Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend, friends! Got any fun plans? Seriously, where is February going? I really wish the year would slow down just a little bit.

Have you filed your taxes yet? I plan on filing mine online this Sunday. I can’t wait to get it out of the way. Also, will you be watching the Oscars? I don’t think I’ve watched any of the movies in the running, but I’ll be tuning in nonetheless. We used to do an Oscars pool at my old workplace and it was so much fun!

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a good one! If you’re looking for some reading, I’ve got you covered with my favourite links…

+ Watch how movie sound effects are made. Just in time for this Sunday’s Oscars!

+ Sip on these gorgeous lemon raspberry sorbet prosecco floats while watching the big show.

+ The best of New York Fashion Week street style illustrated. Love love love.

+ I discovered Griffin on Instagram this week and I appreciated her super honest post, Loving the Body I Hate. I wrote these words on a Post-It and stuck it on my bathroom mirror: “But, if you struggle with loving your body, like me, remember that love is first an action. One of the best things you can do is act in a way that’s loving to your body, even if your mind is telling you otherwise.”

+ Instagram’s newest feature is without a doubt the best one yet. You can now share up to 10 photos and videos in one post.

+ When everything is not enough. I read this post at the perfect time.

+ This made me laugh. “I want to grow up and be like my mom because I really like her.”

+ This short film is not to be missed: 109-year-old veteran and his secrets to life.

+ I could devour a couple of these beautiful scallion and sesame tuna burgers right about now.

+ Love this monochromatic look.

(Photo from last spring.)

Happy {Long} Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend, everyone! Got any fun plans this weekend? It’s feeling like spring in Toronto and I’m looking forward to hitting the trails this weekend.

I hope you have a good one. As always, here’s what I’m loving this week…

+ A brave and moving love story.

+ The wait is over! Big Little Lies premieres this Sunday on HBO.

+ This weekend I plan on catching up on New York Fashion Week Fall 2017. This year, there were 180 shows! I loved Anna Wintour’s recap of trends spotted on the runways. “I also thought it was an optimistic week and a joyful week. I do feel when things are tough being positive is the best revenge.”

+ What Should I Read Next is one of my favourite podcasts. In this week’s episode, Anne talks books with Megan of the Sorta Awesome Podcast.

+ Hosting an Oscars party this year? Oscar bingo sounds like such a fun way to entertain your guests. (Thanks Emily!)

+ Pixar launched free online lessons in storytelling and filmmaking featuring the studio’s directors and story artists. I am definitely checking this out.

+ LOVED this. Life Inside the Lifestyle Blog.

+ I just discovered Elle‘s series This Woman’s Work. I’ll be catching up on the features this weekend.

+ On repeat: Bruno Mars’s tribute to Prince.

+ A great interview with British author Clare Mackintosh. Her response to the question, “Who is your fashion icon?” made me laugh out loud in public: “I’m a writer. Find me a celebrity who advocates spending all day in stretchy lounge wear, fingerless gloves and fluffy slippers, and there’s my fashion icon.”

Reading update:

This weekend I’ll be starting Heather O’Neill’s new historical novel The Lonely Hearts Hotel.

(Winter sunset snapped in the neighbourhood.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the final weekend of January? It’s cold and grey and snow flurries are on the way. If it’s not too cold out, I plan on checking out the Toronto Light Festival in The Distillery District. It looks like such an amazing event!

Got any fun plans this weekend? As always, I’ve rounded up my favourite links from around the web this week…

+ The right way to fall. “The key is to not fight the fall, but just to roll with it, as paratroopers do.”

+ Real perspectives from the Women’s Marches in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

+ Watch New York City Ballet dancers take over a subway station.

+ A new Netflix documentary series about design is coming in February.

+ LOVING the 2017 Oscar nominations by the numbers.

+ Invisible Wounds. Humans of New York’s new series tells the stories of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

+ The Taste of Emotion. Dominique Crenn on the poetry of cooking, the power of memory, and rejecting limits for women in the male-dominated culinary industry.

+ Bri shared an amazing Stockholm travel guide.

+ 9 documentaries to add to your must-see list this year.

+ Stay warm with this matcha honey hot chocolate.

Reading update:

I finished Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night this week. It was the late author’s final novel and I really enjoyed it.

I’m starting Columbine this weekend.

(Photo snapped in Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens last winter.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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I am in the mood to curl up on the couch in my pajamas and binge-watch documentaries. Any recommendations?

Whatever you do, I hope you have an amazing one! As always, my favourite links this week for you to click through…

+ Don’t miss out: This weekend, you can download these 7 eBooks for free in honour of the Women’s Marches!

+ Bryan Stevenson: A Civil Rights Hero for the Age of Trump. Stevenson shares his thoughts on justice, race, America, and the importance of books. His book Just Mercy is a necessary read for our times. I finally read it last year and I’ll be rereading it soon.

+ A final thank you from Obama. How can you not love him?

+ And designers wrote the sweetest thank you notes to Michelle Obama.

+ This was a fascinating long read. To Obama With Love, Hate, and Desperation. The director of presidential correspondence, Fiona Reeves “looked for stories. Not pro-this or con-that, not screeds, not opinions about what someone heard on N.P.R. The president needed to hear the stories — that’s what he couldn’t get himself. She thought of the letters as a periscope outside the bubble, as a way for him to see as he used to see, before Secret Service protection and armored vehicles and a press pool and the world watching.”

+ Love this interview. Why the world needs more women sound mixers.

+ The brilliant question LinkedIn’s head of recruiting asks every job candidate.

+ This timely Ted Talk landed in my inbox this week. Ashley Judd: How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control.

+ An anti-smoking billboard that coughs. Seriously?

+ Must watch: Ellen’s tribute to the Obamas.

+ The perfect dinner for cold winter evenings: Slow roasted citrus salmon and winter citrus butter salmon.

+ Loving this social media cheat sheet for 2017.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: The beautiful in-between via @tuulavintage, Steamy with a chance of flurries via @laurenswells

+ In case you missed it, I shared the 100 books on my 2017 reading list.

Reading update:

This week I finished Padma Lakshmi’s memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate. Vivid, brave, moving, and brutally honest.

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying what’s left of the weekend.

If you’re in the mood for some Internet browsing, I’ve got you covered with my favourite links from this week…

+ In case you missed it: President Obama’s farewell address. (Keep a box of tissues handy.)

+ And why President Obama’s tears matter. “For the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style, and good humor.”

+ Reese Witherspoon on sexism in Hollywood. “I feel like I constantly see women of incredible talent playing wives and girlfriends in thankless parts, I just had enough.” I am looking forward to the premiere of Big Little Lies next month!

+ My cousin got me hooked on this Netflix series. I find it really strange, but I can’t stop watching. Have you watched it? Thoughts?

+ I started listening to The Lively Show again this week. I found this episode incredibly relatable and inspiring. Energy, Flow, and Finding Adventure in Your Own Hometown with Rob Lawless.

+ Stolen good books: why Canadian thieves outclass the British. “They have a better class of book thief in Toronto. Whereas in the UK, Potters Harry and Beatrix, as well as travel guides, top the list of titles most likely to be stolen from bookshops, thieves working the aisles in the Canadian city are targeting Haruki Murakami’s work.”

+ I bought this book last year and I finally started reading it yesterday. It is SO good.

+ If you’re looking for recommendations, I shared my winter reading list this week.

Reading update:

I finished reading Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz. I don’t usually read young adult novels, but this debut novel grabbed me from the opening line. Narrated by Fig, from ages six to nineteen, it’s a painfully authentic portrayal of life with mental illness and a mother-daughter relationship. One of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a while; I can’t stop talking about it.

I also read You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris. After his wife Helene was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, Leiris is left to pick up the pieces and care for his seventeen-month-old son. With honesty and vulnerability, he shares the story of his grief and struggle in the days and weeks after Helene’s murder. I was blown away by his decision to choose love over hate. A beautiful and important little book.

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy 2017, everyone! I hope you had a great first week back. Winter has arrived in Toronto and all I want to do is curl up on the couch with a good book or three. This weekend I plan on putting the finishing touches on my 2017 reading list.

How are you spending this first weekend of 2017? Whatever you do, I hope you have a good one! If you’re in an Internet browsing mood, I’m sharing the notable links I came across this week…

+ It’s Golden Globes night! Here’s how to watch the Golden Globes online or on TV.

+ Michelle Obama’s final speech as first lady. “Lead by example with hope, never fear.”

+ Bookmarking the top TED talks of 2016. Have you watched any of them?

+ The skill you need now: presentation literacy. “If you commit to being the authentic you, I am certain that you will be capable of tapping into the ancient art that is wired inside us. You simply have to pluck up the courage to try.”

+ Garance takes us backstage at Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios, complete with stunning photos and interviews with the cast and crew!

+ The Need to Read. Schwalbe’s new book is on my winter reading list.

+ An inside look at photographing at the Olympic Games.

+ A great interview with author John Grisham on the state of criminal justice.

+ Watch: Cinematographers discuss going digital, using Instagram, and more.

+ This super helpful post: Gluten: What You Need to Know.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Fishtank via @halfadams, Snow flurries and castle views via @heleneinbetween, After a week of rain, magic via @taza

+ In case you missed it, I shared this post on what I’m reading for the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. I chose the Reading for Growth path as I really want to stretch myself in my reading life this year.

Reading update:

This week I picked up Fractured by Catherine McKenzie. I couldn’t put it down and I finished it in a day. McKenzie is skilled at keeping the reader on edge. If you love suspense, I highly recommend it!

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Sending lots of love to you and your loved ones. Got any big plans for the holiday weekend? I’ve got the sniffles and I’m fighting it off with this immunity shot, vitamin C, and lots of sleep.

Just sharing my favourite links from this week with you before I head off to enjoy the holiday with my family. I hope you enjoy…

+ How five ballerinas get ready for “The Nutcracker”.

+ Watch: Why aren’t we hiring more women in the film industry?

+ Octavia Spencer’s reaction to meeting President Obama is the BEST!

+ An Obama Administration speechwriter on the end of a literary presidency. So sad to think about.

+ I’m a full-time photographer because of Instagram. This is so inspiring. Such great tips!

+ This made me sad and angry. Bana Alabed, Twitter’s Child Witness to the Battle for Aleppo. “Soon after Fatemah’s exchange with Rowling, the author’s agent, Neil Blair, arranged to send Bana digital copies of all the Harry Potter books, to read on her mother’s smartphone. Bana was overjoyed. Hours after receiving the e-books, Fatemah posted a photo of the corpse of one of Bana’s friends, who had been killed that night in an explosion.”

+ Here are 7 ways you can help the people in Aleppo.

+ I’m a huge fan of Cup of Jo’s Beauty Uniform series. This week’s story with Paola Mathe is one of my favourites!

+ Anthony Bourdain’s post-election interview. “Are we any less racist now? Okay, some of the laws have changed. Great. But are we any less racist as a nation? I don’t know. I’m looking for some evidence right now and I don’t see it.

+ Can you spot the sheep among the Santas? It took me way longer than I thought it would!

+ Barack Obama on Race, Identity, and the Way Forward. The president in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

+ Long read for your weekend: For These Girls, Danger Is a Way of Life.

+ And in case you missed it, I rounded up my favourite nonfiction books in 2016. My favourite fiction picks coming up next week.

Reading update:

This week, my sweet blogger friend sent me a copy of The Mothers in the mail. I devoured it in two days. At this point, all I can say is that it blew me away and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in ages. Bennett has gifted us a timely, insightful, and thought-provoking novel written in the most gorgeous prose. I am already looking forward to Bennett’s next novel. (I hope there’s one in the works.)

(Photo snapped after receiving The Mothers in the mail this week.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Got any fun weekend plans? Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a good one!

This weekend I’m heading out of town to spend time with family so I am sharing my favourite links from the week a bit earlier than usual. This week’s links are pretty incredible and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…

+ Joanna attended a holiday party at the White House and of course, she shared all the details! I literally squealed when I read this post. Cup of Jo is the one blog I read every day for its informative, uplifting, honest, and “out of the box” posts. Joanna is such a lovely, genuine, and down-to-earth person. I am so happy she was recognized by the Obama Administration for her support, authenticity, hard work, and providing a safe and welcoming space for her readers. (Make sure to scroll down and read the comments.)

+ 10 things you didn’t know about how the NY Times Book Review works.

+ I’ve been dying to see this movie since it premiered at TIFF this September. Also read this great interview with Casey Affleck and writer-director Kenneth Lonergan last month.

+ Nominations for the big award shows were announced this week: Golden Globes 2017 nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 nominations.

+ Taza’s post on holiday markets in NYC makes me want to catch the next flight out.

+ How filmmakers make emotions visual. I found this so fascinating!

+ This interactive map lets you listen to radio stations all over the world!

+ Isn’t this drinking buddy bottle opener adorable?! It would make a great stocking stuffer.

+ Watch: Garance and her friends discuss What is French Beauty?

+ This week, Instagram launched its new bookmark function. Here are 7 ways the new feature will benefit beauty and fashion lovers.

+ The 30 most anticipated new TV shows of 2017.  Three words: Big Little Lies.

+ I recently discovered the beautifully curated online shop, Paisley & Sparrow. Each purchase helps survivors of sex trafficking, widows who are HIV positive, women recovering from addictions, and girls who grew up as orphans.

+ Anne launched her 2017 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge! This will be my third year participating in the challenge and I highly recommend joining in.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Running to the edge of the Boca do Inferno viewpoint in Sete Cidades via @jennifhsieh, Suspended in the treetops of Whistler’s rainforest via @bontraveler, The couple that shoots arrows together, stays together via @halfadams

(Photo snapped during Sunday’s snowstorm.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend! It’s absolutely freezing here and 15 cm of snow is on the way. It’s been a very emotional week and all I want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Christmas movies like this one. What are your favourite Christmas movies? I’d love to hear!

How are you spending the weekend? There was SO much good stuff on the Internet this week so it was a bit of a challenge narrowing down my favourites. But here you go…

+ Book lovers, rejoice! NPR’s Book Concierge is out. I look forward to this app every year. NPR staff and critics share the over 300 titles they loved. Happy reading!

+ A perfectly cozy holiday movie night.

+ I spent last Christmas in New York and my favourite part of the trip was walking around Manhattan and gazing at the magical holiday windows. Thanks to Google Shopping’s Window Wonderland we can experience the magic without leaving home.

+ You NEED to check out Will’s dining nook makeover! LOVING the black matte and metallic combo.

+ What President Obama read, watched, and listened to during his eight years in office.

+ I watched this movie this week. The performances blew me away. Tobey Maguire deserves every award under the sun for his performance.

+ While watching it I remembered this TED Talk, We train soldiers for war. Let’s train them to come home, too. Psychologist Hector Garcia is doing important work.

+ Loving these tips for getting better sleep at home and on the go this holiday season.

+ The year’s most captivating film performances according to Times critics AND the year’s best actors channeling classic film-noir looks. Such an incredible feature!

+ Amazon Go’s check-out free shopping is simply brilliant. Opening in early 2017.

+ The sexual assault survivor fighting to protect victims’ identities. “British newspapers are banned from reporting the names of victims of sexual assault, and victims can request to give evidence behind a screen, all in the service of “victim protection.” The fact that police routinely provide perpetrators with their victims’ full names is a glaring anomaly in a process that has otherwise good intentions.”

+ ‘Tis the season for peppermint affogato and hot buttered rum.

+ This week Instagram launched new tools to keep people safe. The anonymous reporting for self-injury posts is such a great feature: “If you believe that someone you care about may be thinking about injuring themselves, you can report it anonymously, and we will connect your friend to organizations that offer help.”

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Best part of aging via @iamsarahgrafferty, Attitude runs deep in this family via @emilyschuman, Move aside, onesie. The TWOsie is here via @winstonsih

Reading update:

I read and loved Jason Priestley’s memoir. Read all about it in this post.

This weekend I’ll be reading The Nix. Have you read it?

(Photo snapped at the Winter Village in Bryant Park last Christmas.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy first weekend of December, everyone! Giving season is here and I shared this post on ways you can give back this holiday season. I still haven’t made it to the Christmas Market yet, but I just might check it out this weekend. I’m suddenly in the mood for mulled wine and Christmas decorations!

Got any fun plans this weekend? If you’re looking for some weekend reading, I’ve got you covered with my favourite links…

+ This is the best: Actors on Actors. Actors behind the year’s most talked-about movies in candid conversation with one another.

+ The trailer for Big Little Lies is here!

+ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks beauty, femininity and feminism. When asked if she considers fashion and makeup entry points to a wider audience, she said: “I decided to do this No7 thing because I thought it might be fun, and then they will give me free makeup. And I’m always up for free things. It wasn’t a carefully calculated thing. It was actually just my being blinded by the selfish overwhelming love of makeup.”

+ The holiday gift guides are rolling in. Joanna always puts together the most thoughtful gift guides.

+ So are the best of 2016 lists! The Guardian asked writers to pick their best books of the year. Here’s part one and part two.

+ 8 ways to embrace the Danish art of Hygge this winter. “With hygge being such an embedded part of Danish culture, perhaps it’s no surprise that, despite winters with only six hours of daylight and temperatures dipping below -30 C (-22 F), the Danes are ranked as some of the happiest people in the world.”

+ Must read: Instagram Grandpa’s art carries his love across the world. A sweet, inspiring story. (I just started following his account.)

+ When food banks say no to sugary junk, schools offer a solution. The founder of Food Bus, a non-profit that connects schools with food banks “arranged to have the students start collecting their unopened leftovers instead of throwing them away. She also arranged to purchase extra refrigerators to store the perishable items. Once a week the students haul all the food they’ve collected over to the food pantry to be distributed.”

+ I am a huge fan of America Ferrera. The outspoken actress shares how a triathlon helped her defy her inner critic.

+ One author on why you should avoid reading the flap copy. “With no background information to rely on, I found myself paying closer attention and reading more attentively. Hunting for clues in the author’s words rather than those of the Publicity team who promoted the book. It felt like a complete journey.”

+ Foodism Toronto has a print edition! I grabbed a complimentary copy this week and I am loving it.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed this week: NOOOO, DADDY, WHYYYYYYY via @evachen212, The magic of New York City during the holidays never gets old via @brightbazaar, Party for one via @davekennedy_

Reading update:

I See You by British author, Clare Mackintosh came out in Canada on Tuesday and of course, I ran out and bought a copy right away. I loved the detailed look at police procedure and the investigation. I enjoyed the rapport between the detectives. I stayed up late last night to finish it and I can’t stop thinking about it. Mackintosh explored serious issues and she’s encouraged me to be more careful while walking around the city and riding the subway.

(Photo snapped while sipping on Davids Tea’s chocolate covered almond tea latte this week.)