I don’t know about you, but I still love getting outdoors, even in the cold weather. I think this was a great year for Toronto with the opening of the Bentway, more Christmas markets than ever and now ‘Winter’ at Ontario Place.
Ontario Place really went all out, turning the property into a magical winter wonderland that lights up with twinkle lights, art from local artists and a bonfire at sunset. The festival started late 2017 and will go all the way until March 18, 2018.
At dusk until midnight the island is illuminated by 12 exhibits created by 20 artists. We saw bridges lit up with falling snow flakes (Bridge of Imagination by Phil Sutherland and Reana Niceforo)A giant lit up icicle hanging outside of the silo’s by the old log ride (Icicle Silo by Chris Foster) and a mirrored box, large enough to stand in that overlooks the seemingly endless Lake Ontario ( Expanded Horizon by Polymetis). The soft, fat snowflakes falling onto the ground while the lake quietly lapped at the shore made for the perfect setting.
It’s not every day that you get invited to preview the world’s latest fragrance experience. When I had the option to attend a Davie Lackie party at Yorkdale Mall’s Hudson’s Bay to test out the first scent installation of its kind I definitely could not say no.
Have a hard time deciding what you want for dinner? Same, same. I actually have this problem a lot. My partner and I have varying tastes and so the Assembly Chef’s Hall on Richmond is the perfect solution for us. We made a date to finally check it out on a Friday night. I love that its open late (till 10pm!) and I would have countless choices. Actually, it MAY have taken me a bit longer than usual to decide on what I wanted to try because there were so many options and everything looked great!
I’ve never not ‘liked’ my facial features per se, but I’ve always wondered what I would look like with fuller lips… with a wedding coming up in May, now seemed like the time to make any changes. Wedding photos last forever and it’s a time you want to look back on looking your best.
Wedding aside, I like to have fun with makeup and I usually enjoy wearing a bright lipstick (goes perfect with any outfit!) The thought of having a plumper pout has always been really tempting to me. I decided to take the leap when I found Therapeutic Aesthetics online. Ada, the aesthetics nurse practitioner, was quick to answer any question I had, explain the process more in depth and had multiple (and impressive!) before and after photos of clients that had me yearning for a nice full smile. Ada graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master in Nursing and has extensive medical background in Emergency and Intensive Care. After working at hospitals like Sick Kids and University Health Network she began to follow her passion in the medical aesthetics field.
Ada is certified through Allergan Canada and APT Medical Aesthetics in non-surgical facial enhancement, so you’re in good hands, ladies. Not only that, but when it comes to making drastic (to me, at least) changes to my face, I would prefer a ‘woman’s touch’. Us girls seem to know what looks most natural and what specific areas to focus on, I mean, most of us have been lining our lips and perfecting our own ‘lip look’ with makeup for years. We’ve gotten a lot of practice!
After a few back and forth messages we decided to meet at her King Street West office. Ada was lovely and professional. She eased my worries, which were mainly about the needles, I’m pretty nervous around them. She had the brilliant (and client friendly) method of transferring Restylane into an insulin needle, which is much smaller and in her words “much easier to control”. It sounded like a win-win. Even more so when I saw the originally packaging and needle the Restylane came with. Yikes.
The Second Wedge is the coolest brewery in Uxbridge. Well…it’s the only brewery in Uxbridge, actually. Maybe that’s why the bar tables were filled with locals – families, couples, kids, - laughing over board games, deep in conversation, or enjoying a flight. If this is what it looks like early on a Saturday afternoon, I can’t imagine how their events must be. I pictured folks packing in to get a listen to some of their favourite live acts (Catch Darrin Davis on Feb 4 at 3pm or Ben Hudson on Feb 11 at 5pm) or sipping on some Monday Night Piper as their table tries to feverishly answer trivia questions on Tuesday nights at 7pm.
It seems like they’ve only just put the Christmas decorations away but the Distillery District is back at it again with another event. Toronto Light Festival is a visually stunning outdoor art light show taking place from January 19 to March 4, 2018.
I love to have fun with my jewelry. Pops of colour or metallic’s are right up my alley and that’s why I was so excited when my sister told me about Kannon Design House.
Launched in 2017, by artists Nat and Tayne, the Etsy start up specializes in studs (for now) that you can both comfortably rock in the office and on a night out.
I love how convenient subscription boxes are. I’ve dabbled in a few of variations of them (mostly candy, oops) but one of the best I’ve found was one I chose to gift to my fiancé for his birthday last year. I bought him a 6 month subscription to The Roaster Pack.
The Roasters Pack is a monthly coffee subscription box that shows up to your door with three different bags of Canadian artisan coffee. Each unique roast is accompanied with an info card describing the tasting notes, telling you where in the world your coffee came from, a coupon code if you wanted to re-order that specific bag again and what date it was roasted.
Each month you’ll receive four ounces of three different roasts, which usually works out to about 35 cups of coffee.( $26.95 a month) My partner and I are weekend coffee drinkers and find that the bags lasted us much longer than a month, in fact, we still have a few unopened pouches waiting for us in the freezer.
I was lucky enough to be sent to the 2018 WedLuxe show taking place at The Carlu in downtown Toronto over the weekend. I chose one of my great friends Breanne to come along with me, as she’s getting hitched this year too.
Admittedly, I’m not too wedding crazy and prefer to keep things chic and very simple. I have a tiny venue booked downtown that will hold 28 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. I ordered my dress online from the UK without trying it on first (GASP) and it’s not even entirely white (DOUBLE GASP), instead of the usual 3 course salad, chicken or steak and chocolate lava cake dessert we’re opting for a taco bar catered from Grand Electric (TRIPLE GA-, ok, you get it).
There are some things I could really care less about. I still have to buy my wedding shoes and to be honest; it feels like I’m having teeth pulled.
Breanne is the opposite, her wedding is about triple the size of mine and she’s booked a simply beautiful venue on a property in Hamilton. If my memory serves me right there is even a small waterfall on site. She’s not really into cake and has decided to ditch the idea entirely for her reception and stick to the usual desserts that follow dinner and maybe even a poutine bar, which I think is pretty bad ass.
So, seeing as we are two pretty different brides, could we both find were looking for at the show?
This year’s theme was ‘Reverie’, Celebration of Dreams and had over 100 exhibitors brides to be could mix and mingle with. When the elevators opened to the 7th floor of the Carlu and it certainly did look like a dream- flowers and chandeliers hung from the ceiling, a giant floral unicorn stood to greet you and we were passed a pink welcome drink garnished with cotton candy. We were off to a good start.
Ok, so as promised here is part two of what else you can do in Niagara on the Lake that was an additional cost to what was provided in the Travel Zoo deal (see last post).
Hey! I'm Sarah! A 30 something living in downtown Toronto with a great guy and an OK dog. I love seeing what my city has to offer and try to hit up as many fun events or attractions as I can! I haven't slept since 2004.