Happy May, friends! I hope you’re enjoying the sunnier days and the above 10ºC temperatures – I know I am, and to celebrate the month ahead I have new wallpapers to share! Of the many pleasures brought to us by Spring, spending time in the garden is a personal favourite. My husband and I recently moved into a house, which was quite the upgrade from our former bachelor dwelling. Not only are we thrilled to have more than one room to peruse, we are super excited to be spending time in the yard!
Image via @secondvoyagevintage
It’s no secret that Toronto is full to the brim with vintage shops – especially in our belovedly hipster-centric Queen West area. However, I only just learned that there is a twice annual Vintage Crawl that goes down in the city from 5-11pm, and tonight is the night!!! All participating shops stay open late, and some have special sales. I liken vintage and second-hand shopping to the ultimate treasure hunt; you never know what you’ll find, but you’re always certain to have fun along the journey.
Growing up without email (my family didn’t own a computer until I was 12!), you had exactly two options for getting in touch with your friends and family – you could phone, or you could write. I would chat for hours on the “family phone” (I know, I know, stone age right?), but as friends moved out of the city and long distance charges applied, we learned to love writing letters.
This past weekend I had a blast checking out all the wellness exhibitors at the 2016 Toronto Yoga Conference with my sister (aka: my Best-y). We sipped fresh coconut water, nibbled on Made Good Granola Minis, and browsed through hundreds of lovely yoga lifestyle products. From jewellery to cookbooks, and of course yoga mats and apparel, there were so many items I wanted to bring home – and many of which I did!
Welcome April! Welcome Spring! Boy am I ready for you! I absolutely love witnessing the change of the seasons, and as Winter melts away it seems there is so much to look forward to. Every day I can see the earth waking up after (too many) months of sleep; tulips and crocuses are pushing through the thawing ground, and I hear the faint call of birds in the AM before I slide out of bed.
Spring is just around the courner, can you feel it? Despite the recent refreeze we’re enduring in Toronto, I’m thrilled to actually see natural light before 8am, and to hear bird songs coming from the sleeping trees. Tulip and crocus leaves have started to rise through the earth of my tiny front yard – it feels like spring is ready to pop!
In recent years, my sister has been trading messy egg decorating techniques such as wax-masking, multi-die dipping, and intricate brush work, for single colours and minimalist designs. Like this Bumble Bee Easter Egg, her new approach has made decorating a lot more fun and creative!
Every year at Easter my mother, sister, and I gather round our dining room table to gently unwrap and display dozens of intricately decorated eggs. Each egg is unique, with colours and patterns that inspire new decorating ideas year after year!
In recent years, I have grown into a serious coffee lover. But it’s about so much more than a rich brew – it’s the whole cafe culture that has me hooked. I love to sit and sip a good latte (bonus if it’s topped with intricate, frothy art), while listening to chill music, watching other people chat or read in peace.
Thus far, 2016 has been a (happy) whirlwind to say the least! I expanded my yoga teacher studies with prenatal training (update to follow), my hubs started a new design job downtown, and we’re packing up our bachelor apartment and moving into a house in the East End! So much excitement, and naturally I’m working on some fun DIY plans like this DIY cat scratcher and these fun terrariums.