Ahhh summer. Time to explore the city by foot, to eat outside as often as you can, and to experiment with this season’s trending apparel (rompers get a pass, but I’ll skip the crop tops thank you). Adult onesies aside, summertime is just plain good for the soul – And theres nothing better than finding yourself in the middle of a perfect summer moment while suddenly being filled with gratitude for it.
Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but Summer 2015 has got me hustling! There’s been dinner & jazz in Montreal, tasty brunches and girl dates, teaching my first yoga classes, and trying to maximize being out in the sun – All on top of my day job! It seems I’ve been going non-stop for weeks now, and as a result the Rather Luvly blog hasn’t seen an updated post in some time. This isn’t to say that I haven’t had plans to post, oh quite the opposite! It seems I have a million ideas for interesting posts and pics to share with you, and I can’t wait to roll them out.
Well friends, we’re officially half way through 2015 – Time flies! And to be honest, I usually have mixed feelings about this, come the 1st of July. On the one hand, summer has finally arrived, and in Canada we usually spend the better part of January – April in serious anticipation of these warmer days. Yet we also come to the realization that a new year is approaching, and we only have the two to three months ahead to fulfill a years worth of summer-time resolutions.
We’ve been a little aggressive with our weekend/holiday planning this year, and despite feeling like we’re always on-the-go, I don’t think I’ll regret it one bit. So, with July’s Free Calendar, I’m also sharing our summer bucket list below!
The Rather Luvly Bucket List of Summer 2015!
- Go camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park
- Pet the manta rays at Ripley’s Aquarium
- Buy peonies at the Toronto Flower Market
- Attend the Gatsby Garden Party at the Spadina Museum
- Celebrate Canada Day with Beaver Tails in the Capital
- While away the hours In The Country with family & friends
Ahh… the pineapple! This lovely fruit is enjoyed fresh, cooked, juiced, and preserved all over the world. And of particular importance over the summer months, we have the pineapple to thank for the piña colada!
Fun Fact: The pineapple is a “true fruit” made up of lots of little “multiple fruits” (aka. coalesced berries). Basically each pineapple grows from a cluster of fruiting flowers which fuse together into singular pineapple! Who knew?
So, besides being delicious (and botanically fascinating), this funky fruit also adds a tropical twist to your summer wear. Here are my favorite Pineapple Picks for some rather luvly pool-side lounging. Cheers!
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.
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!
Sending tropical vibes you way,
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.