I Confess! 5 Things I Secretly Love about the End of Summer

end of summer

I always look forward to the end of spring, because I know sunshine and warm weather is heading our way — but then, too much hot weather makes me long for the cooler fall temperatures. I will miss the sunshine and all the festivals and events that happen here every summer, but fall offers plenty of other great things that I look forward to enjoying. Here is a quick list of 5 of them: Layers. I like wearing layers: cardigans, zip-up sweaters, real shoes (not sandals or flip-flops). Getting … [Read more...]

Pop Culture Lovers Guide to Canada

You may not know this about me, but I am a pop culture fanatic. I usually sneak in at least one pop culture reference in every conversation. Sometimes, people actually get the reference . . .and then we become friends. :) Did you know all these actors and actresses and musicians were from Canada? A couple of them surprised me. I live near the North Vancouver Film Studios, so see a lot of people who work on the sets and the occasional famous face. When I went to the University of British … [Read more...]

Fall Entertaining #PairingIdeas

vegan pumpkin dip

When entertaining friends and family, the challenge for me is putting together drinks and meals that are vegan-friendly yet also appealing to my non-vegan guests. Having a theme to work with is always helpful, as having too many options leaves me feeling scatter-brained and directionless. I have come up with several pairings here to give you some ideas for upcoming get-togethers (big or small) in the fall season. These pairings are all vegan (but if you really want to, you can use … [Read more...]

I Confess! Bikes, Fall TV, New Music, and More

This is a new weekly series all about what's going on on my end — what I'm currently listening to, watching, obsessing over and a confession, just for fun. I hope this will let you get to know me more and get conversations started on some of my favourite topics. Watching while I've been waiting for the new fall shows to start: Fargo The Amazing Race Canada Masterchef USA Loving this music: I'm listening to so much new music lately, that I have a new "playing this song on repeat" … [Read more...]

Stylish Mobile Accessories for People on the go (with Giveaway – Canada Only)

Stylish Mobile Accessories

I don't know about you, but I use my iPhone for pretty much everything — which means that the battery runs out fairly quickly. With all the use that phone-y gets, I feel safe knowing that she is protected from scratches and what-not with Belkin's TrueClear Invisiglass Screen Protector. I feel much better knowing that I won't run out of battery life at a crucial moment (like when I'm trying to watch funny animal videos or obsessively check my weather forecast app), and that my sweet iPhone is … [Read more...]

The Dyson AM06 Fan is Powerful yet Quiet

dyson desk fan

The Dyson Cool AM06 12" Desk Fan has powerful airflow, no spinning blades, and is easy to keep dust-free. Even on the lowest setting, this is one powerful fan! Dyson's AM06 12" Desk Fan is now 75% quieter, making this the perfect fan to keep in my bedroom. I've been using this powerful, yet super-quiet fan in my bedroom to create a cross-breeze and get me through the heat waves. I love that the sound of the fan doesn't bother me at night, and the great timer feature lets me keep it on for just … [Read more...]

Juicing vs Blending (with Infographic)

What's are the key differences with juicing vs blending? Well, there's a science behind it, as it turns out. I had no idea about the inherent differences between, for example, a green smoothie and green juice in terms of nutritional properties. The folks over at Juicing Science provide detailed information about (what else) the science of juicing. Here's a simple infographic for basic differences between juicing and blending: … [Read more...]

Redbubble Helps you go Back to School in Style

Redbubble Tote Bag

Who wants to have the same t-shirt, tote bag or phone case as everyone else—when school is all about showing off your individuality. That's what school is for, right? Developing your own style?! While I'm not going back to school in a traditional sense, I do consider myself a lifelong learner. As such, I spend a fair amount of time with my laptop at libraries (actually, I'm at my local library right now). I like to carry my library books home in a comfortable tote bag that holds a decent … [Read more...]

Wide Brimmed Sun Hat: Quintessential Summer Accessory

Magid Women's Space Dyed Wide Brim Floppy Hat

The perfect sun accessory—an oversized sun hat, of course! Pair this beauty with some bright red lipstick, a floral beach cover-up and a beach bag, and you're all set! But, really—paired with anything, this sun hat makes a glam statement. Made of straw with a nautical-esque white rope and gold chain accent, this hat is an absolute must for days spent at one of the waterfront parks/beaches or sitting out on a patio.  … [Read more...]

Conditioned Smooth Skin Ready for Summer

Summer-time means it's time for lots of sunshine, exposed skin and extra shaving. When you need to shave your legs more frequently that you can wear cute summer shorts and skirts, you don't want to make the experience more gruelling than it needs to be. LUSH's D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap smells and feels like strawberry whipped cream. It's so light and airy that it can't possibly leave your skin feeling too greasy or too dry. This new product from LUSH will help prevent razor burn and … [Read more...]