Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travel Tuesday . MUJI to GO . First Impressions

MUJI to GO is a line of travel products designed with the following characteristics in mind: compact, functional, and comfortable. I am drawn to MUJI products due to their simplicity and functionality and the MUJI to GO line is no exception. I was recently invited to the MUJI head office to learn about the MUJI to GO line and was provided with a set of products to try. I will be featuring a few of these items in a "pack with me" video in the fall. In the meantime, here are my first impressions.

The 33L Valise Hard Carry Travel Suitcase comes in 4 colours: black, red, navy, and beige. I chose beige because it is really stunning in real life - the suitcase has a lovely sheen that makes the beige look almost like a beautiful brushed metal. We received the 33L carry on size to try and I am really excited to test it out on my next trip. I've wheeled the luggage around already as I walked home from the MUJI head office with it in tow and the wheels are very smooth. I'm a little concerned that the luggage does not expand (I always come home with more than I leave with), but we often pack a lightweight collapsible duffle bag in case of extreme shopping so I will be sure to bring that with us. :)


A couple of the features that I found most interesting about MUJI's line of luggage include (1) the ability to lock the wheels to prevent your luggage from moving around when you want it to remain stationary and (2) the built-in locking mechanism for the zipper tabs. I don't usually lock my luggage so the jury's still out on whether I will use the latter feature but I found it to be quite innovative.



I love being organized so I'm not sure why I've never used packing cubes. I was going to purchase some a little while ago so I was thrilled when MUJI surprised us by including a couple of packing cubes in our selection of goodies. We received the medium double layer case and the large case.


This eye mask is the only item I've tried thus far. It's a very soft cotton mask that fits me perfectly - it is not too loose and not too tight. I often sleep with a mask as there is quite a lot of light at night in downtown Toronto and we don't have blackout blinds/curtains. I like that this mask comes with a pouch so you can keep it relatively clean when you travel.


As some of you may know, I've been working through my beauty products and I'm starting to run very low on samples (yippee!). I used to "depot" my full size products into reuseable containers, but when I started my beauty box obsession, I amassed a plethora of travel size samples so I decluttered all my reuseable bottles as they were taking up space and not being used. Now that I'm transitioning back to using full size products, I have a feeling this MUJI travel set is going to come in very handy! I love the little round stackable containers - at the MUJI head office, they were used to store hair ties, and I plan to do the same. Also, I have a fascination with clear makeup bags so I'm excited to add this one to my collection.


These are the only 2 items I'm not sure I'll get a lot of use out of. One is a lint roller; however, I generally prefer lint brushes that use little stiff fibers to remove hair/lint/fur/dust, rather than a roll of sticky tape that needs to be refilled. The second item is a purse hanger, which I've seen used before and I do like the concept, but I've never found a need for it in my own personal experience. Interestingly enough, Alinea used a purse hanger for my super heavy Alexander Wang Rocco and DSLR combo, which almost gave me a heart attack, but surprisingly, it held. Back on topic: I will try using both, and if they don't suit my lifestyle, I will pass them on.


Last but certainly not least, I am very excited about this neck cushion! I like that it comes apart so you can mold it into different shapes and use it for your neck, head, or back. I also LOVE that the outer layer zips off so you can wash it. I've had multiple neck pillows in the pass and I always end up donating them because I don't like not being able to thoroughly wash them. This is the perfect solution and I can't wait to use it in the fall on my next trip.


In case you are interested, here is the vlog with some footage of the MUJI head office and the above MUJI to GO products.



Have you tried any products from the MUJI to GO line? If so, please let me know your thoughts!

Not sponsored. Thank you to MUJI for providing these products for review purposes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Travel Tuesday . Perouges & Annecy . September 2013




























1. Bridge detail in Lyon (M)
2. Lyon scene (M)
3. Shadows on bridge in Lyon (M)
4. Church in Perouges (M)
5. Sun through stained glass on floor of church (M)
6. Flowers (H)
7. Painting by Laurent Vernier (M)
8. Painting by Laurent Vernier (H)
9. Painting by Laurent Vernier (F)
10. Galette shop in Perouges (H)
11. Galette shop in Perouges (H)
12. Shadows in Perouges (H)
13. Church in Annecy (M)
14. Church in Annecy (M)
15. Church detail x 2 (H)
16. Friend and me in Annecy (M)
17. Hubs and me in Annecy (M)
18. Scene in Annecy x 2 (M)
19. Shop detail (H)
20. Itineraire obligatoire (M)
21. Boats x 2 (M)
22. Pont des Amours (M)
23. Canals x 2 (M)
24. Canal at dusk (M)
25. Street in Annecy (H)
26. Swans (M)

Note: the letter in parentheses = source of the image (M = my camera, H = hubby's camera, F = friend's camera).

Monday, July 4, 2016

Delysées Summer Rendezvous Event

Delysées is a quaint French bakery located at 780 King Street West. My husband and I are long-time patrons, having made our first visit back in December 2013 (as featured in this vlog, then later in this vlog and in this vlog)... so you can imagine how delighted I was to be invited to the Delysées Summer Rendezvous event. The event featured the launch of a new collection of miniature éclairs, tarts, cakes, and cheesecakes. Delysées partnered with the Grange of Prince Edward winery and Sloane Fine Tea Merchants, so we were also treated to sparkling wine infused macarons, a lovely sparkling wine & hibiscus scented tea cocktail, and a refreshingly light red wine (Select Gamay Noir).

Note: all photographs in this post are courtesy of Juliette Capdevielle.





My friend and I studying the menu! In my head (or perhaps it was out loud), I was saying, "I want to try this one. And this one. And this one."


Fred Naggar is the very kind and gracious owner of Delysées. We chatted with him for a little while, and he was so humble and appreciative of his customers and employees. He mentioned the use of magnifying glasses in the kitchen for the delicate work involved in crafting the miniature pastries and we were in awe. I can't even fathom the hard work that went into creating all the treats for this event.


Of course, we sampled a multitude of miniature pastries. Dessert in place of dinner, what could be better? I am happy to report that the miniature pastries taste as good as they look. My favourites were the "Grange of Prince Edward" Special Edition Macaron (infused with sparkling wine!), Sweet Caramel Mini Choux, "Intense" Madagascar Vanilla Mini Choux, Blackberry Cheesecake, and Milk Chocolate Praline Mini Eclair. I wish I had the appetite to sample them all!


Macarons as far as the eye can see... this is what heaven must look like.


The mini choux were both cute and delicious. The gold leaf was such an elegant touch!


Normally I am not a big fan of cheesecake but I tried the mini blackberry cheesecake anyway (twist my rubber arm)... and it was light, fresh, and delicious.


A beautiful selection of mini tarts.


Looking back, I wish I had sampled the "Sloane" Raspberry Cream Mini Eclair. I suppose that means I will have to visit Delysées again very soon as I would also like to purchase some more macarons, as well as some mini sandwiches and gelato macarons!


My friend and I had an amazing time and we felt very spoiled by all the goodies. Thank you to Delysées for an incredible event and to Juliette Capdevielle for the beautiful photographs.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Keep or Donate 24 - 89 Sleeveless Tops (Try-On Declutter)



KNITS
1 - Costa Blanca grey knit - DONATE (not happy with the fit & don't really wear too often)
2 - Costa Blanca navy knit - DONATE (not happy with the fit & don't really wear too often)
3 - Benetton wool turtleneck - keep
4 - G2000 tan knit - keep
5 - Uniqlo mustard sweater - keep
6 - Club Monaco black knit - keep

CROPS
7 - New York charcoal crop top - keep
8 - American Apparel pink crop top - DONATE (not flattering & found a small hole in it)
9 - American Apparel oatmeal crop top - keep
10 - American Apparel grey crop top - keep
11 - American Apparel navy crop top - keep
12 - American Apparel black crop top - keep
13 - American Apparel black turtleneck crop top - DONATE (don't wear this anymore now that I have crops in the other style)
14 - American Apparel striped turtleneck crop top - DONATE (don't wear this anymore now that I have crops in the other style)

FITTED
15 - H&M black halter - keep
16 - H&M purple tank - DONATE (not flattering & rarely wear)
17 - H&M black and brown striped tank - DONATE (not flattering & rarely wear)
18 - Smart Set teal tank - DONATE (not flattering & rarely wear)
19 - Smart Set coral tank - DONATE (not flattering & rarely wear)
20 - GAP blue tank - DONATE (rarely wear)
21 - GAP red & grey striped tank - DONATE (rarely wear)
22 - Smart Set olive green reversible tank - keep
23 - Smart Set light grey reversible tank - keep
24 - Forever 21 taupe layering tank - DONATE (not flattering & rarely wear)
25 - Zenana Outfitters black textured tank - keep
26 - Mossimo bright blue tank - keep
27 - Uniqlo ribbed oatmeal tank - keep
28 - {Brand Unknown} ribbed navy tank - keep
29 - Point Sportswear ribbed black tank - keep
30 - Paris Blues ribbed light grey tank - keep
31 - {Brand Unknown} sheer light grey tank - keep
32 - {Brand Unknown} sheer black tank - keep
33 - {Brand Unknown} sheer dark grey tank - keep
34 - Daftbird sheer pale yellow tank - keep
35 - Old Navy off white sweetheart tank - keep

RELAXED
36 - American Eagle cream tank - keep
37 - Joan Vass blush pink tank - keep
38 - Forever 21 sheer white tank - DONATE (not flattering)
39 - Uniqlo black pocket tank - keep
40 - Uniqlo brown pocket tank - keep
41 - Uniqlo lilac pocket tank - keep
42 - Uniqlo grey pocket tank - keep
43 - {Brand Unknown} grey tank - DONATE (still love this top but it's really old and there's a small stain on it)
44 - {Brand Unknown} navy tank - keep
45 - Forever 21 light grey tank - keep
46 - H&M sheer white tank - keep
47 - H&M sheer blush pink tank - keep
48 - H&M black tank - keep
49 - H&M maroon tank - keep
50 - H&M tan tank - keep
51 - {Brand Unknown} white asymmetrical hemline tank - keep
52 - {Brand Unknown} white tank with lace panels - keep
53 - Forever 21 cream tank with lace details - keep
54 - H&M floral tank with lace detail - keep
55 - Forever 21 polka dot tank - keep
56 - Ambiance Apparel coral tank - keep
57 - Vero Moda eggplant tank - keep
58 - Sans Souci watercolour tank - keep
59 - Sister olive tank - DONATE (the olive green is a bit off - wish there was more grey in it)

LACE / SEQUINS / FRINGE
60 - G21 lace tank - keep
61 - ASOS pink lace tank - keep
62 - Guess blue lace tank - DONATE
63 - Kimchi Blue floral sequin top - keep
64 - H&M black tank with metallic strip - DONATE (love this top but i very rarely wear it)
65 - Zara black fringe tank - keep

VESTS
66 - Dresslink denim vest - keep
67 - Simons charcoal vest - keep
68 - Urban Behavior black vest - keep

WORK
69 - Jones New York polka dot top - keep
70 - Forever 21 blush pink bow top - keep
71 - George purple & white striped top - keep
72 - Merona teal shell - keep
73 - Merona purple shell - keep
74 - Wilfred white shell - keep
75 - H&M paisley top - keep
76 - Michael Kors navy tie-neck top - keep
77 - Zara black turtleneck - DONATE (i used to wear this a lot but i never reach for it anymore)

SPORTY / ATHLETIC
78 - Lululemon black top - keep
79 - Authetic Pigment Canada graphic muscle tee - keep
80 - {Brand Unknown} We the North muscle tee - keep
81 - Dresslink heart muscle tee - keep
82 - {Brand Unknown} screen printed tee - DONATE (colour is not flattering)
83 - Galapagos T-Shirts muscle tee - keep
84 - {Brand Unknown} painter's tank - DONATE (i used to wear this a lot but not really loving it anymore)
85 - Forever 21 cat muscle tee - DONATE (makes me look wide in the middle)
86 - Love Milly I Heart Dog tee - keep

VACATION
87 - Ripe coral & grey striped tank - keep
88 - GAP floral halter - keep
89 - Hilo Hattie Hawaiian top - keep

TOTAL PIECES = 89
KEEP = 68
DONATE = 21

I'm wearing:
Pants - American Apparel Easy Jeans
Eyes - Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes
Lips - Sleek Pout Paint in Pinkini

Not sponsored.

Keep or Donate 22 - 44 Short Sleeve Tops (Try-On Declutter)



1 - Uniqlo "I love biscuits & beats" t-shirt - keep
2 - Uniqlo "These cookies are the cat's pyjamas!" t-shirt - keep
3 - Uniqlo "I love cheese & bicycles" t-shirt - keep
4 - Uniqlo "Cheese defender" t-shirt - keep
5 - YesStyle "I'm OK" t-shirt - DONATE (don't like the fit)
6 - YesStyle bunny with bow t-shirt - keep
7 - YesStyle bunny with glasses t-shirt - keep
8 - Savvy PITT t-shirt - keep
9 - Hot Line MBA t-shirt - keep
10 - [Brand unknown] horse with roller skates t-shirt - keep
11 - Disney Mickey Mouse black t-shirt - DONATE (used to wear this a lot but I don't wear it anymore)
12 - [Brand unknown] Mickey Mouse grey t-shirt - keep
13 - [Brand unknown] screen printed off the shoulder black t-shirt - DONATE (don't like the fit)
14 - [Brand unknown] screen printed off the shoulder orange t-shirt - keep
15 - Copasetic Creative The Nature of Things t-shirt - keep
16 - Bluenotes I heart burgers t-shirt - keep
17 - Mighty Fine Cookie Monster t-shirt - keep
18 - Green Envelope striped top - keep
19 - Moores oversized blue dress shirt - keep
20 - Gap striped top - keep
21 - Nautica striped top - keep
22 - YesStyle striped t-shirt - keep
23 - American Apparel cream crop top - keep
24 - Milk & Honey black turtleneck - keep
25 - Smart Set teal top - keep
26 - Dex orange top with lace detail - keep
27 - Dex red top with lace detail - keep
28 - Pleione black top with mesh panel - keep
29 - Design History black top with mesh overlay - keep
30 - Zara silver foil top - keep
31 - Express black v-neck pocket t-shirt - keep
32 - Express grey v-neck pocket t-shirt - keep
33 - Zenana Outfitters light grey v-neck t-shirt - DONATE (too long and not crazy about the fit)
34 - Forever 21 white t-shirt - DONATE (don't like the fit)
35 - Ardene olive green t-shirt - keep
36 - Antistar blush pink t-shirt - keep
37 - Zara black oversize t-shirt - keep
38 - Acemi bat wing black top - keep
39 - RW & Co. short sleeve cardigan - keep
40 - Ecote grey lace top - keep
41 - H&M light pink cover up - keep
42 - H&M kimono - keep
43 - H&M beige cover up - keep
44 - [Brand unknown] coral cover up - DONATE

TOTAL PIECES = 44
KEEP = 38
DONATE = 6

I'm wearing:
Pants - American Apparel Easy Jeans
Eyes - Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes
Lips - OCC Lip Tar in Vintage

Filmed with Canon 70D Body + Canon 35mm f/1.4 Lens

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Keep or Donate 21 - 89 Long Sleeve Tops (Try-On Declutter)



STRIPES
1 - Chuu/Marvel Studio (YesStyle) black & white striped top - keep
2 - Miss Sumey (YesStyle) white & black striped top - keep
3 - Forever 21 striped top - this is actually a dress but it's too short/tight so i wear it as a top - keep

PATTERNS
4 - A.M. Beretta Paris brown & black print silk top - it's not for everyone but there's something about this vintage top that i love - keep
5 - H&M floral top - this is actually a dress but it's too short/tight so i wear it as a top - keep

LACE
6 - H&M light pink lace top - keep
7 - DEX burnt orange/tan lace top - keep
8 - DEX black lace top - keep

SOLID COLOURS
9 - American Apparel light grey top - keep
10 - American Apparel tan top - keep
11 - American Apparel black top - keep
12 - Kenneth Cole black top with tulip back and sheer panel - keep
13 - Ivanka Trump black top with faux layers - not crazy about the length of the sleeves and wish they were a touch longer - DONATE
14 - ASOS scoop neck black top - I used to wear this all the time but I've never been crazy about the fit as the sleeves are too tight - DONATE
15 - ASOS scoop neck red top - the sleeves are looser on this one but I rarely wear red - DONATE
16 - Sfera dark green/grey top - I cut off the bottom of this because it was too long and tight but I never wear it anymore - DONATE
17 - C'est Moi (Winners) dark green top - keep
18 - Zara taupe v-neck top - I've worn this a bunch but I'm not crazy about how this top sits at the shoulders - DONATE
19 - Zenana Outfitters off-white top - keep
20 - [Brand Unknown] white muslin top - keep
21 - Tahari raspberry top - not crazy about the length of the sleeves and wish they were a touch longer - DONATE
22 - Max Studio navy v-neck top - keep
23 - Terranova bright blue off-the-shoulder top - keep
24 - H&M charcoal turtleneck - keep
25 - Uniqlo grey scoop neck top - keep
26 - Mossimo light grey top - keep

SWEAT SHIRTS
27 - Uniqlo black sweat shirt with pockets - keep
28 - Forever 21 charcoal sweat shirt - keep
29 - ASOS light grey sweat shirt with lace detail - keep
30 - Y&H (YesStyle) light grey & white striped top - it's a little awkward near the hips but it's so comfy and great for travel - keep

CASHMERE SWEATERS
31 - Lord & Taylor raspberry v-neck sweater - keep
32 - Lord & Taylor heather blue v-neck sweater - keep
33 - Lord & Taylor charcoal turtleneck sweater - keep
34 - Lord & Taylor black turtleneck sweater - keep
35 - Lord & Taylor camel turtleneck sweater - keep
36 - Uniqlo indigo blue crewneck sweater - keep
37 - Zara black v-neck sweater - keep

TURTLENECK SWEATERS (NON-CASHMERE)
38 - Woodward's colour block sweater - keep
39 - RW & Co. grey striped sweater - keep
40 - Cynthia Rowley camel sweater - keep
41 - Club Monaco cream sweater - keep

OTHER SWEATERS
42 - Ginger G sheer black sweater keep
43 - Forever 21 off white waffle knit sweater - don't love this - DONATE
44 - Forever 21 light grey waffle knit sweater - wore this a ton in the past and it's looking weathered - DONATE
45 - RW & Co. burnt orange sweater - there's something about this that i love every time i put it on - keep
46 - BDG patterned sweater - this is my ugly sweater and i wear it when it's super cold - keep
47 - Sparkle & Fade black cropped sheer sweater - I rarely wear this and it has a few snags in it - DONATE
48 - Helmut by Helmut Lang grey low high sweater - wore this a ton in the past and it's looking weathered - DONATE
49 - Mossimo olive green open knit sweater - this covers the butt but is quite fitted so not a fan anymore - DONATE
50 - Lady Dutch cream open knit sweater - i like wearing this down south as a bathing suit cover up - keep
51 - Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve cream sheer sweater - keep

CHAMBRAY
52 - Calvin Klein Jeans light denim/chambray shirt - keep
53 - Velvet Heart chambray shirt - keep

PLAID
54 - Age of Wisdom red plaid shirt - keep
55 - Burberry navy plaid shirt - keep

OTHER BUTTON UPS
56 - Michel Laurent Paris red top - keep
57 - Yoshimura pale yellow top with bow - not a fan of the sheerness and how puffy the sleeves are near the cuff - DONATE
58 - Max C London - horse print top - keep
59 - Armani Exchange pink pinstripe top - love the look of this shirt but it's too stiff so i rarely wear it - DONATE
60 - Smart Set black top with brass buttons - keep
61 - Uniqlo polka dot top - keep
62 - Uniqlo navy blue top - keep

CHUNKY CARDIGANS
63 - Jack print cardigan - wore this a bunch in the past but i haven't been reaching for it lately - DONATE
64 - Silence + Noise grey cardigan - this style emphasizes my hips (and not in a good way) - DONATE
65 - Uniqlo cardigan - keep
66 - Lara Knit black & white cardigan - used to love this but never reach for it anymore - DONATE
67 - French Connection sweater coat - keep

OTHER CARDIGANS
68 - H&M light pink cardigan - keep
69 - H&M taupe cardigan - keep
70 - Yessica dark grey cardigan - keep
71 - H&M light grey cardigan - keep
72 - Merona beige cardigan - this style emphasizes my hips (and not in a good way) - DONATE
73 - JKLA California flowy sand cardigan - never reach for this - DONATE
74 - Uniqlo lilac blazer-style cardigan - keep
75 - H&M long grey cardigan - keep
76 - H&M black cardigan - keep
77 - Uniqlo merino wool black cardigan - keep
78 - Uniqlo merino wool dark navy cardigan - keep
79 - Le Château black sleeves - brought this on vacation a ton in the past but i don't reach for it anymore - DONATE
80 - JKLA California flowy black cardigan - never reach for this - DONATE
81 - [Brand unknown] slinky black cover-up - keep
82 - Uniqlo black blazer-style cardigan - keep
83 - H&M long black cardigan - keep

ATHLETIC WEAR
84 - Lululemon black yoga jacket - keep
85 - MEC black layering top - keep
86 - RBX grey top - keep
87 - RBX grey hoodie - keep
88 - MEC black rash guard - keep

89 - in the intro, I'm wearing a Banana Republic oatmeal cardigan (forgot to film a try-on clip of this) - keep

TOTAL PIECES = 89 including the cardigan I'm wearing in the speaking portion
KEEP = 69
DONATE = 20

I'm wearing:
Pants - American Apparel Easy Jeans
Eyes - Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes
Lips - Burberry Lip Cover in Golden Peach

Not sponsored.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Parcae

Parcae is a dark, secretive restaurant, hidden in the nondescript Templar Hotel. And the food is fantastic.

I started the evening off with - what else - a gin cocktail. Miss Geraldine is a strong one, just the way I like. There is a strong anise flavour due to the Pernod so keep that in mind in case that is not your taste. The soft, pillowy pink lemon foam resting on top was more sweet than sour. I enjoyed this drink.


The menu at Parcae is intended for sharing. We ordered 4 dishes and they were all delicious. The first plate consisted of 5 thin slices of horse carpaccio. There aren't many restaurants in Toronto that serve horse but it is big in France. I usually order it every chance I get.


The duck raviolo was one of my favourite dishes. Yes, it is only one raviolo but it's a big one and we enjoyed every bite. The flavours were fantastic and the pasta perfectly al dente. The best raviolo I've ever eaten.


My other favourite course was the buttermilk fried rooster. The smallest rooster I've ever seen but it's definitely not for the squeamish. If you don't like your meat to look like an animal, this isn't for you. If you can get past the presentation (which we did not mind), the flavour and texture are incredible. Crispy skin, moist meat, a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce, and the best waffle I've ever eaten at a restaurant. Most of the waffles I've had are too dry or too hard. This one was perfect.


Finally, the risotto. It's black due to the squid ink. I don't recommend you order this on a first date because the squid ink will get in your teeth and on your lips. The flavour is incredible but it is a little salty so avoid if you are sensitive to sodium. Our server told us that Parcae is the only restaurant as far as they know that use sturgeon bone marrow.


Dessert was very decadent and equally fantastic. Pouding chomeur is one of my all-time favourite desserts. The portion at Parcae is a little small but it is very rich. Next time, we're ordering two. The salt adds a really nice touch.


The cinnamon roll was nice, albeit a little dry. I love maple anything but overall prefer the pouding chomeur.


We had a fantastic meal at Parcae. There are a few other dishes on the menu I'd like to try so we will definitely be making a return visit!

P.S. Please excuse the terrible photos. They are all screen shots from my vlog footage.

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