A City Oasis

Secret Garden Window, London, ONSecret Garden PathSecret Garden StatueSecret Garden Lion Head, London, ONSecret Garden Bench“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
                ― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

This beautiful garden is hidden in plain sight in the heart of London. If you are looking for a great place to read a book, enjoy a coffee or seek an escape from a hectic day, all you need to do is visit the Central Library…ask one of the friendly staff and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Naughty and Nice

Jezebel Soaps - Hussy, London, ONJezebel-Soaps-Tart-Trollop, London, ONJezebel Soap - Harlot, London, ONJezebel Soaps - Bath Soak, London, ONJezebel Soaps - Plain Jane, London, ONStrolling through the merchant stalls outside the Covent Garden Market last Saturday, my eye landed on the essence of European advertising…great uncomplicated design with a dash of sex appeal. The packaging is a play on the beguiling concept behind Jezebel Soaps. The cheeky vintage vixens conceal luxuriously scented, hand made soaps that are as good for your body as they are for the environment. All the soaps (and products) are made from natural ingredients and the wrapping is made from recycled paper. So if you’re feeling a little naughty or know someone who is, why not give these beauties a try.

Colette Grand Café and Bakery

Colette Grand Cafe and Bakery TorontoColette Toronto PastriesColette Toronto GranolaColette Grand Cafe Toronto Macarons        Colette Grand Cafe & Bakery Toronto CroissantsColette Toronto SeatingAfter hearing that a brand new French café opened its doors at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto a few weeks ago, I just knew I had stop in. Colette Grand Café and Bakery is both elegant and simple in its design, with the requisite blue, yellow, and white colours giving the space a French flare. Although Colette serves a full menu in the cafe, it’s the little things that truly bring me pleasure. My sweet tooth urged me to the maccaron display where two palm-sized confections, sweet cherry and bittersweet chocolate, made their way into a box to be devoured on the way home. Absolutely divine!

If you are looking for an authentic French cafe experience in Toronto, visit Colette.  You won’t regret it!

Weekend Edition

NewsstandSome Saturday mornings are spent lingering over a long breakfast and the crossword, others beckon with sunshine filled adventures. I wonder what this one will bring? If you don’t feel like moving an inch this weekend (at least in the morning), why not have a peek at a few of these links. Enjoy!

  • After seeing Alice Gao‘s photos of Blue Hole Park, I have a feeling that I will be adding a Texas destination to my travel list.
  • There are many days when I wish I had a sweet treat to go along with my morning cappuccino. These delicious looking chocolate almond and orange cantucci by Kylie Flavell make me wish I was a better baker.
  • Learning languages should be fun, and what better way to do it than finding a new french word each day in your instagram. Bonne chance!

Oh, Monsieur!

Graf & Lantz Moustache Key ChainMy key chain recently broke sending keys scattering to every corner of my purse. Until that moment, I hadn’t realized that only a tiny screw held my life together. Not one to cry over spilled milk (bleh!), I took this as a sign to go shopping! And I’ve found the most amazing replacement from Graf & Lantz. I’m absolutely enthralled with this colour. I hope this one lasts much longer!