Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

I'm so proud to be a Canadian!  I love living in Texas and I have lived there most of my life but I was born in Canada and enjoy visiting friends and family every summer.

We love our sunsets at the lake here but we also enjoy visiting Toronto, one of my favorite cities in the world.  Here are a few of our favorite things to do:

The view from our room!  Photo credit: Kaitlyn Berry
We typically stay at One Hazleton (big rooms and located in our favorite part of town) but because the Texas Rangers were playing the Toronto Blue Jays, we decided to stay at the Renaissance Marriott in a room that overlooked the Roger's Centre Field.  It was a blast!  We bought tickets to the Friday night game and our son watched the Saturday and Sunday afternoon games from the room while his little sister took her naps!  It was great!


Wander in the funky and artistic Junction area

Head to the 2900 block of Dundas Street West and find a parking spot (don't forget to feed the meters here!).  We pulled out the stroller and explored this up-and-coming area that is filled with great coffee shops, cafes, local shops and small businesses such as:

 Latre Art + Style - super cool unisex designs based on Vintage Japanese Military Wear. 

Gerhard - wonderfully curated men's collection and Canadian Made items such as Hudson's Bay Blankets - a must have souvenir!)

La Vizziata - the most delicious Gelato, Espresso, Panini, and Cannoli

We also stopped into some really charming "junk shops" and art supply stores and found some little treasures and craft supplies for the children.

See the sights

In the tunnel at the aquarium where sharks and sting ray swim over above and all around you!
Checking out the Jelly Fish at the Ripley's Aquarium
OK...I am not a "touristy" person and we don't often do something in another town that we could do in our own but the Ripley's Aquarium has a line for hours for a reason.  It is spectacular and was a highlight of our weekend with the children.  Be sure to buy your timed tickets in advance because otherwise the lines are dreadful!

Our view of the CN tower from our seats at the Rogers Centre
The CN Tower is a must as well! You have great views of the city and it is a blast for all ages.  You can even walk the ledge if you dare!

JR at the Pompeii Exhibit at the ROM
We always check the schedule to see what special exhibition is going on at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and this time it was a treat!  Our son is obsessed with Pompeii thanks to his teacher last year and we lucked into being in Toronto during the exhibit!  This is another spot you might want to purchase your tickets in advance for.  The building itself is a sight!  

Shop in Yorkville

We love to meander through Yorkville and shop away in both the small and large luxury shops. This area is kind of the antithesis of The Junction but it has lots of charm too!  I could spend the entire day in Holt Renfrew and my husband loves their new men's annex too!  Don't forget to wander down the side alleys as they are full of great boutiques that carry lines you might not be able to get at home.  

And I never ever miss a chance to stop in the super-chic Pink Tartan Concept Shop in a historic Georgian gem of a building built in 1837 at the corner of Belair and Yorkville.  I love Pink Tartan (a Canadian Line) but I also love so many of the other brands they carry like stationery from Mrs. John L Strong and these Giambattista Valli Flats.  Swoon! 


For a delicious and indulgent Italian meal, make a reservation at the newly rebuilt Soto Soto.  Their former location burned but the food is still fantastic! 

Our children love the food and the atmosphere at Yamato Restaurant.  Teppanyaki is always a crowd pleaser and the location is in walking distance to The Hazleton Hotel.

For a quick and easy delicious lunch,  One Pizza won't disappoint.  The first location is open on King Street but I have a feeling we are about to see this restaurant grow into a chain. You select your ingredients and watch as they make it in front of you.  Yum!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Perfect Stack of Bracelets

I love a good stack of bracelets and I'm crazy about this grouping!  You won't believe where it comes from and you will love the price!
I have worn them over and over but I love the unexpected pop of color they gave to one of my go-to summer dresses by Vivetta.  Vivetta is one of my favorite brands because I love their quirky blouses and dresses in unexpected color combinations.  Do you see the faces in profile?

Photography by Kelsey Foster

Friday, June 26, 2015

Saturday Steal: Elizabeth Showers Vintage

If you love a sale as much as I do, you will want to listen up!
I've been a fan of Elizabeth Showers jewelry for a long time and love it when she hosts a trunk show or sale but this one is even more special than most!

This time she is discounting a big batch of her vintage treasures that were discovered when she was moving her office!  Like these amazing earrings that are now only $58!

Imagine them against your new summer tan and at $58 they are not much more than the cost of bottle of sunscreen and a beach read! They are a must!

And these golden mother of pearl ($68) or Abalone carved earrings ($74) would make a statement! 

Don't forget to check out Elizabeth's blog.  She is always celebrating both inner and outer beauty and you will love following her!

Friday Faves

So getting this pillow....

Completely obsessed with this Rhubarb Leaf Lamp. LOVE!

I want a stack of these.

My son and I have been working on these all week - so relaxing.  Best stress relief ever!

Yes, this is an investment bathing suit covers the tummy and it doesn't have straps (two of my requirements!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Coral Crush

One of my favorite things about getting up to the beach in the summer is pulling out my Raynaud Cristobal dinnerware.  It was a part of my wedding registry ten years ago and I have had so much fun creating tables for special occasions with it throughout the years.

 I love love love using the Cristobal Raynaud Side Crescent Dish for salads.  

I'm not sure what kind of tables I set this summer but I'll be sure to share here so please check back in.  I think it's time to add a bit to my collection!  Maybe some other accents around the house!
I'd love to see your summer tablescapes so please share them here!

Happy Hosting!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ice Cream Sundae Centerpieces

I promised some details on our Sundae Centerpieces so here you go...
I had a blast putting these together and I hope you will try it too!

Here is what you need:
Pink Carnations (standard size)
Red Miniature Carnations (for the cherry on top!)

 Soak your Oasis floral foam in water for a little while and place it in the top of the sundae glass. 
The spheres I had fit perfectly into the top of the glass but you can always cut yours down a bit if you need to.

 Cut the stems of the pink carnations down to about three inches and start placing them in a tight arrangement, filling up the oasis.  Start at the top center and keep working your way around always turning the glass to make sure you are making an even dome.

Once it is filled in, add your cherry on top buy cutting your miniature red carnation so that it has about a four inch stem and stick it in at an angle.

I also made some sundae centerpieces with larger sundae glasses and minty green hydrangea by simply placing one hydrangea on the top of each glass and adding the miniature red carnation.

I hope you like our sweet centerpiece idea!  I'd love hear about your ideas for entertaining too!