If you’ve managed to make it this far in the season without buying a single bouquet of fresh blooms, I invite you to visit the Toronto Flower Marketand try to resist. I guarantee it will be nearly impossible not to covet a lovely bunch (or two, or three) before you leave!
Summer is in full swing and that means gorgeous gatherings of flowers are absolutely everywhere! From patio boxes, to store-bought bouquets, the options are endless and the hues are just heavenly. If, like me, you take the beloved idiom “stop and smell the roses” to heart, you’re going to want to check out this years’ Toronto Flower Market, where growers and florists gather to bring you the best blooms of the season.
The Flower Market is open once a month – since May and until October – so you can get your fill of fresh Ontario flora. I fully encourage buying flowers for no particular reason other than they will undoubtably make you happy every time you look at them. For this reason they also make a wonderful gift – just because.
If you’d like to follow the local flower frenzy, you can find the #TorontoFlowerMarket on Facebook,Instagram&Twitter. Read more below to see info about location, dates, and times.
Today is hot and sunny, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! People about-town are sporting their shorts and flipflops, sunhats and shades. I am sooo ready to feel the sun, sit on the patios and drink the fruit cocktails!
This months water colour themed calendar is inspired the sunniest fruit there is – the pineapple! And simply because I’m celebrating summer (and digging the pineapple trend), I’m sharing a bonus wallpaper!
Of all my Parisian fantasies (and trust me there were many), visiting Ladurée, to sip the perfect cup of tea while surrounded by a rainbow of delicate macarons, was the most glamorous.
The Ladurée tea houses have become a tourist fave, and are filled with an eclectic bunch looking to savor luxurious mid-day refreshments. Like most decor in Paris, the Ladurée restaurant along Le Champs Elysées, was elegant and ornate. That said, there was nary a wide-brimmed-hat-wearing, pearl laden lady in sight – quel dommage!
Although surprised, I was actually very glad to see that no one was very formally dressed since Mano (my husband) and I had just finished dashing in and out of shops along the street trying to stay out of the rain. We inevitably ended up a little soggy and sad by the time we sat down to tea, but despite the polished decor, Ladurée proved to be a place where all are welcome to experience a little Parisian luxury.
I’m taking a quick break from “May as the Month of Paris” on the Rather Luvly blog, to share some beautiful fitness gear. I honestly can’t stop wanting these items.
As a newly minted yoga instructor, the importance of using props is fresh in my mind. Props help you to fully experience your version of a pose while being in proper alignment, so you can avoid injury. I also have a background in design, so when I came across these beautifully designed yoga objects, I just had to share them with you!
Active-wear company Outdoor Voices has partnered with New York-based design studio Visibility, to design a family of five “yoga-related objects” made from natural materials. The designs use wood, cork, and felt, and includes: a resistance band, a wood yoga block, a triangular cork block, a wood roller, and a felt mat.
Nothing quite captures the old world of Paris like Montmartre! It’s winding cobblestone roads invite you to explore the bohemian district which was once the live/work local for artists such as Dalí, Monet, Picasso, and van Gogh!
Today however, Montmartre is often a touristic frenzy. With hoards of people filling into overpriced cafes and souvenir shops, its important to know what’s actually worth seeing, which sights to skip, and where to find the hidden gems that will make your day in Montmartre extra special! You’ll find a handy “Montmartre Walking Tour Check List” at the end of this post – enjoy!
Our walking tour began at Blanche Metro Station, where we met up with Chris, the forthcoming and very knowledgeable creator of City Free Tours. From the station you’ll see the infamous Moulin Rouge. After some research, we decided this was a sight to skip, as the price of the dinner/cabaret is pretty steep – gauged against entertainment value.
Next along Rue Lepic is the Café des Deux Moulins (meaning “two windmills), where many go with the hopes of being served by Amélie. Continue to 54 Rue Lepic, where a large blue door marks the entrance to the apartment where Vincent Van Gogh lived with his brother Theo from 1886 – 1888. Look up to the third floor and you’ll see sunflowers tucked in the shutters of his old 3rd floor apartment.
Last spring, my husband and I took a two week vacation to France (photos and stories to be featured all month!) and Paris was, without a doubt, the city over which I grew the most obsessed prior to the trip.
Like many, I dream about, fantasize, and idealize, the many corners of the Earth. Wanderlust had a serious hold on me, and I spent ample time dreaming about what Paris would be like! Read More
We are days away from the month of May, and a 3rd of the way through 2015 which seems unreal. We’re beginning to revisit the patios, rediscover picnics, and frankly remember what sunshine feels like! The Springtime is also a great time to travel, when off-season prices are still in effect and the heatwaves of summer are still at bay.
This time last year my husband, Mano and I took a two week vacation to France, starting in Paris and ending in Provence. So, not only is this month’s calendar Francophile inspired, but our posts for the month of May will be as well! Quelle joie!
If you’re a lover of yoga, there’s a good chance that you made it to The Yoga Conference this past weekend here in Toronto. There’s always so much going on in this city, and I find I’m always wishing there were a window into the many events I inevitably miss. So… as I did make it to the show this year, I’m sharing some of my highlights. From classes, to clothing, to health food, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see at the Yoga Conference.
We’re already a week into April (and a quarter into 2015 – yikes), but I really wanted to offer you a free downloadable desktop calendar for this month! Expect a new watercolor themed calendar every month for the rest of the year.
Click on the calendar image to open it in a new window. Simply save the image and use to personalize your desktop. Enjoy!