Caribbean Cruise


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we are off! the hubby and I are so excited to be off on holiday! it's been a LONG hard winter here and we are headed for some fun in the sun. This is also our early one year anniversary gift to each other and we couldn't be happier. we both love to travel and look  forward to sharing some travel guide info when we get back. Toodles!

Traveller - Time for A Getaway


the countdown is officially on for my much needed and very much anticipated Caribbean cruise! we booked it a few months ago and finally it is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more ready than on a day during a freak snow storm in the city. #comeonspring! I have been on a cruise once before and as someone who finds it difficult to sit still in one place for a very long time, i can't recommend cruising enough. I love knowing that i'll get to see a few various places and most importantly i love  feeling of moving on the water. i'm a pisces, can you blame me? this time next week i'll be slipping a cold pina colada on the beach or boat with these items on my body or on hand.

Nautical Print Cross Back Swim Suit - Old Navy;  Coral Lipbalm - Sugar; Where'd You Go Bernadette - Chapters; SPF 40 - Kiss My Face; Surf Spray - Bumble & Bumble; Playlist - Ellie Goulding; White Cotton Cover Up - Bloomingdales; Flip Flops - Old Navy; Navy Stripped Beach Bag - Polyvore; White Hat - Aldo Accessories; Beach Towel - Shop Style, Popsugar.

Kitchen Basics Series – Simple Sweet Potato Fries


i am happy to announce the start of a new element of the blog called the Kitchen Basics Series! in this exciting new section i will showcase some of the best tips and suggestions i've come across for those just starting out and hoping to master some basic culinary skills, or those looking to get a better handle on some classics that they can build upon. while i am by no means a formal teacher (although i do have one sister who works as a chef and offers up lots of good tips), i have a ton of tried and true experiences. this series is also open to anyone of you who wishes to send in good tips to be featured. blogs are all about sharing!

sweet potatoes are a staple in my house when it comes to starchy treats, and one the most basic ways to cook up these potatoes is as tasty sweet potato fries. this kitchen basic is a simple, no fuss, no muss, crowd pleaser that you can easily handle on a busy weeknight or weekend.

the how:
preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
peel and rinse one large sweet potato (typically one is a serving size for two people). square off your potato into a long rectangular cube. now chop into evenly sized strips. the key here is evenly sized. if you want them to bake consistently they must be the same size. now grab an egg and separate so you only use the egg white, and give that white whisk before rolling your chopped fries through the mix. the egg will help make them crispy and not soggy when cooking. you can bake them without the egg, but for better crunch i recommend using the egg white mixture. now throw some parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place them on top spreading them out with space between, or at least so they aren't overlapping. bake for 10 mins on one side, then flip and bake for another 10-15 mins on the other side. just watch out for burning ends but allow them to get a little brown before pulling them out.

a perfectly yummy sweet potato side dish is a wonderful kitchen basic.

if you wanna get more exciting here are some of my tried and true spices combos we to dress our fries in fresh out of the oven.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg
  • Paprika & Chipotle Powder
  • Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar
  • Rosemary & Garlic Powder

Banana & Peach Smoothie


smoothies are one of my favorite breakfast foods. i commute about 1.5 hours on public transit to work, so i like to take my breakfasts with me each morning to make my day a little easier. it may not be the ideal option, but it's the best option that fits into my busy lifestyle, and hey, at least i'm eating breakfast, which is more than i can say for my younger self. 
along with a whole slue of blended options, this banana & peach combo is one of my most loved right now. just grab all the elements, throw them into your blender and buzz, buzz, buzz till it's blended. pour into a seal safe container like a klean kanteen and off you go.
- half of a banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen peaches
- 1 tsp ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 4 large icecubes
- dash of vanilla extract

Polka Dot Nails for Spring


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on sunday nights i have a quiet weekly ritual of pampering my nails and watching episodes of Suits on Netflix (oh! I love that show!). let's put it this way, i love really sundays! i would like to think that i'm someone who tries to have nice nails. although it may not ever look like that, i do try. low and behold without fail the day after i paint them i always manage to seriously chip one nail. i'm talking like a good whole half of one nail of polish is removed. urg. I'm learning just to accept it.  recently i stumbled across a picture of  polka dot nails for spring and i don't believe it can get any cuter. think pastel colours and clean white dots. Essie has a whole selection of beautiful spring time colours that i suggest you check out. after trying a few different methods, including what is referred to as the band-aid stencil method (i do not recommend this one), i have come to learn that the best way to to achieve this adorable look is with the end of a bobby pin or toothpick. play around with it when you do it. try creating larger and smaller dots, or clusters of dots near the tips. it's a fun look for spring that i highly recommend trying.

La Societe - Toronto


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on my birthday my husband surprised me with a wonderful evening out. he cleverly knew where to find my notepad with scribbles of "restaurants i want to try" and arranged to picked me up after work and whisk us off to dinner at a placed called La Societe on Bloor Street. when we try a new restaurant (especially when celebrating) we allow ourselves to be a little more self indulgent than normal by testing a few different options on the menu. on first impression La Societe is a place that transports you to Paris and back for an evening. designed to look like a parisian style bistro this place is very unique. the cuisine is exactly as you could find in France and is by far some of the best food we have ever tasted. mouth watering heaven.

here is my best advice on how to enjoy an evening here:
head over before your reservation time and gracefully start your evening at the bar and order a Negroni, or Lillet cocktail. once you are settled on the bar stool with your drink sit back, sip and take in the scenery. allow yourself to start to feel relaxed. 

then while you are begin walked to your seat in the dining room, look up. take in that breathtaking art that is a stainglass ceiling 

start out by ordering the a charcuterie platter to share. one with a mix of duck and pork pate, terrines and pickled vegetables all arranged on a wooden board with the very best in dijon mustard pairings.

next order a glass of white wine like a Pinot Gris and a bowl of their french onion soup. for an entree you cannot go wrong with the classic duck confit. the aroma and fall off the bone meat are really outstanding. i don't just want to go back for it again, i need to go back.

end off this perfect evening with a latte and a macaron.
what a birthday! it was the best day, with the best scenery and the very best date. I feel so grateful for all the wonderful things that happened last year and can't wait to see what is coming around the bend for this one.

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