Weekend Edition

Valentine's Day cards in London OntarioI realize that Valentine’s Day has been derided in today’s society for it’s over-commercialization. Everyone grumbles about the expensive dinners, over-priced flowers, and red everything! And I don’t deny that big business has put it’s grubby hands all over this long-standing holiday. But being European, I thrive on tradition and romance. 

I’m thrilled to celebrate a day devoted to love. Whether you spend it with your significant other, your family or even your pets, love should be enjoyed in all its glorious forms. And although I realize that we should express our love for each other every day of the year, there is nothing wrong with having a day where you go that extra step for someone special. In that vein, here are a few special ways to share your feeling on Valentine’s Day and maybe stretch the lovefest all weekend long!

  • Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate should be the anthem of this day. So when I found this decadent creation from Louise at Cygnet Kitchen, I knew the boy and I would be doing some indulging this weekend!
  • The art of letter writing has become almost extinct in this day and age. That’s why the written word can still elicit more tears of joy than a sprakly anything. When I came across this list of 9 Most Memorable Love Letters, I realized that letters don’t have to take hours or become long missives…a few special words can go a long way.
  • Everyone says that the most romantic city in the world is Paris. And yes, it’s true. But I’ve found this list of 15 Most Romantic Getaways Around the World that give Paris a run for it’s money. I just may be adding these to my bucket list!

Wishing all of you a fantastic weekend of love and indulgence!

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Snow covered trees - winter in Victoria Park, London OntarioThe last few days London has been hit by a lot of snow. Might be a little late for that white Christmas, but mother nature is certainly making up for her tardiness and laying a rather large blanket of the fluffy stuff over the entire region…and I know she’s not done anytime soon. I’ll have to start getting creative about some in-home entertainment since I’m not a fan of the cold.

While I’m figuring out my hibernation options, I’ll be enjoying these weekend links. Hope you do too!

  • I’m a huge fan of Reese Witherspoon and she has a new movie called Wild coming out. It’s based on a true story of a thousand mile journey along the Pacific Coast that one woman undertook to discover her true self. If you want more inspiration of self-discovery, check out these 8 women who’ve also set out on some amazing adventures.
  • Montreal is my European home in Canada and I’ve never gone a year without visiting at least once. But this time of year the temperature in Quebec is brutal and you couldn’t get me out there with five coats on. So instead I enjoy the beautiful instagram snaps from @livemontreal. It’s almost like being there…but warmer!
  • Although the holidays are now a distant memory and crazy New Year’s resolutions are haunting my dreams, I’m still not willing to give up on delicious treats. I’ll be indulging my taste buds with some yummy hot drink recipes and stunning photography from the gorgeous Linda Lomelino on her blog Call Me Cupcake.

Stay warm friends!

Weekend Edition

Tulips and daisies at a flower shop London, OntarioI feel some serious colour deprivation this time of year  and find myself sneaking into various flower shops around town. My budget has taken a bit of a hit since I tend to come away with at least one bouquet but this simple addition to my living space feels completely indulgent. I’ve discovered a few other things this week that have made me smile and of course I had to share them with you.

  • If you want gorgeous blossoms on your table but are a bit tight on budget, the lovely Aimee Twigger shares a great diy project for some crepe paper peonies.
  • The ultimate cool french girl Isabel Marant takes her 2015 Spring collection inspiration from America cowboys, Elvis Presley and Navajo tribe. Girls everywhere, me included, are sighing and waiting for the warmer weather with bated breath!
  • I found 33 of the yummiest cupcake recipes on the internet. They all look delicious and the hardest part is deciding which one to start with!

If you have some favourite links, I’d love to know what they are.

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Snow capped roofs in London OntarioUgh…the weather outside is more than frightful (but at least I don’t live in Buffalo!) and it’s not even officially winter. I have to take the time to remind myself of the gorgeous and yummy things that I can indulge in when the world lies under a white blanket of snow. Maybe you’ll find something you’ll love as well. Enjoy!

  • With all that fluffy stuff coming down from the sky, all I can think about is a White Christmas. If a snow covered holiday is also on your wish list, Brooke Saward shares the best 10 cities for your dream Christmas.
  • Inevitably with snow comes the cold. There is probably nothing better than a steamy cup of hot chocolate after a day of outdoor fun. I’ve pinned an amazing infographic with 18 ways to spice up your cup to my Pinterest page. I may have to try all of them!
  • I can never have too many warm and cozy pieces in my winter wardrobe. This week’s EDIT magazine from online retailer Net-A-Porter has a list of the most beautiful seasonal pieces that I’m now officially drooling over.

Keep warm and happy reading!

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Italian Inpired - Cafe break in Rome - Cobblestones & CappuccinosAm I wrong to already be dreaming about summer holidays? This weather is really giving me the blues and all I can think of is soaking up some sun in the Mediterranean. I keep going back to the photos from my holiday in Rome, anticipating the next time I will smell the aroma of freshly brewed espresso sipped on a cobblestone street in the warmth of the afternoon sun. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy my Italian inspired weekend links!

  • There is nothing more beautiful than a summer wedding, especially one in Italy. Marissa Cox shares her beautiful snaps from a friend’s wedding and makes you feel like one of the guests. Thank you for the privilege!
  • The beautiful Eva Green stars in the 2015 campaign calendar for Campari, the liquor at the heart of Italy’s most famous aperatif, the Negroni.
  • Who doesn’t want a quick and easy recipe, especially for the weekend. Silvia Colloca serves up the perfect frittata which can be served hot or cold . Buon apetito!