Happy {Long} Weekend + Links I Love

Fresh summer fruit

Happy weekend everyone! I got back from Florida on Tuesday night and I’m still fighting jet lag.

I’ve been dreaming about Ontario peaches all week long. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a farmers’ market downtown and stocked up on my favourite summer fruit! This weekend, I’m hopping the ferry over to Toronto Islands for rollerblading and relaxing by the water. It’s the perfect way to get away from the city without actually leaving the city.

Got any fun weekend plans? Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a wonderful time. As always, a few of my favourite links this week…

+ Love this post on the most buzzworthy summer foods in NYC!

+ Summer weekend getaway to Bruce County has me planning my next road trip. Watch the video here!

+ Glamour x The Tig: Speak Up. “Even after eight years of public speaking practice before I shared my story with over 15,000 people at WE Day, my knees felt like Jell-O and my heart pounded out of my chest. However, regardless of how I felt, I embraced the fear and remembered that it was my responsibility to have the courage and determination to raise my voice.” I can definitely relate to this after sharing my cancer story at Toronto Relay For Life back in June. My hands wouldn’t stop shaking and I got all emotional, but it was 150% worth it!

+ A great reminder: We have permission to rest.

+ ‘Staten Island will not forget my father’: An interview with Erica Garner. On what she’d be doing if she weren’t being a civil rights activist: “I found my calling. I’ve been searching for years trying to figure out what I want to do. Now that this happened to my dad and people are so eager to hear the message that I’m sending, I’ve found my calling and it uplifts me and it helps me a lot.”

+ The most stunning photos on an Idaho ranch. Also loving Julia’s striped off-the-shoulder top!

+ Long read for your weekend: Chef David Chang’s unified theory of deliciousness. “The Momofuku Pork Bun was our first dish that consistently got this kind of reaction. It was an 11th-hour addition, a slapped-together thing. I took some pork belly, topped it with hoisin sauce, scallions, and cucumbers, and put it inside some steamed bread. I was just making a version of my favorite Peking duck buns, with pork belly where the duck used to be. But people went crazy for them. Their faces melted. Word spread, and soon people were lining up for these buns.” I recently had the pleasure of trying the Momofuku Pork Bun from Momofuku Noodle Bar here in Toronto.

+ This article from Stanford Medicine is well worth the read. Come together: How social support aids physical health. “Social connection, especially in the face of illness, I think is a very powerful ally. It helps us manage our stress responses, it helps our bodies do better and helps us to help one another get through life-threatening situations. It makes complete sense.”

+ Summery treat: Acai waffle sundae.

+ Because I am feeling peachy these days: The S’meach cocktail and pineapple peach agua fresca!

+ And just in case you missed it: Michelle Obama’s emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention.

+ Favourites on Instagram this week: Expect the unexpected via @muenchmax, In awe of it all via @laurenswells, Last night Michelle Obama electrified much of America, but there’s at least one person who wasn’t thrilled via @jordanmatter, Forward looking via @extensionmethod, The ocean spray is my fountain of youth via @erubes1, Another round via @lesspressed.

Summer reading update:

On Sunday, I started reading Noah Hawley’s suspense-filled psychological novel, The Good Father and I’m almost done. Unputdownable, beautifully told, utterly heartbreaking, and incredibly realistic.

I am also making my way through A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. I am a huge fan of all her historical novels.

Last night, I picked up Food and the City by Ina Yalof and I am in love. A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the people who make up the heart and soul of New York’s food world—professional chefs, restaurateurs, line cooks, food vendors, and purveyors.

(Photo snapped at the farmers’ market downtown yesterday evening.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

Sunset at Naval Base

Happy weekend! I hope you had a wonderful week. Yesterday evening, I kicked off the weekend with Double Bill Allegro and Sculpt at The Extension Room. It’s the perfect blend of cardio and strength training and I absolutely loved it!

Got any fun weekend plans? I’ve got some friends visiting from overseas and I’m looking forward to catching up with them over dinner. If you’re in the mood for a bit of internet browsing, here’s a roundup of links I’m loving this week…

+ It’s Oscars weekend. Are you hosting a party? The TIG has got you covered with their Oscar Party Entertaining Tips complete with ballots for you and your guests.

+ Watch: Why props matter. An ode to film props.

+ Garance announced the release of her new podcast, Pardon My French. The first episode is out next Thursday!

+ A pretty incredible interview from The Everygirl. From Baltimore to Broadway with Kamille Upshaw of Hamilton: An American Musical. “I have grown the most in environments where I am not the best and I am continuously pushed to be better—to become the best! Beyoncé has “Sasha Fierce” and at an early age in my dance career my alter ego developed and comes out to say hi, but I haven’t named her yet! She’s the type who loves to be challenged, never intimidated.”

+ What really happens on TV cooking competitions. Who are the bigger babies: MasterChef adults or MasterChef kids? “The adults! Adults are guarded and tricky. They are also the bigger babies. But we love them, all the same.”

+ Real Talk / Personal Growth. Loved hearing Bri and the Design Love Fest team’s thoughts on this topic.

+ This is why I love HONY. “I always wanted to be someone in the fashion industry. Maybe a stylist for the magazines. Instead I’m working as an office assistant at a pharmaceutical company. Though I must say, I think the office looks better because of me. I’ve been handing out tips. People are sprucing up a bit more. Some of the ladies are trying new lipsticks. We’re loosening up.”

+ We are hopelessly hooked. “Our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness. The first touchscreen-operated iPhones went on sale in June 2007, followed by the first Android-powered phones the following year. Smartphones went from 10 percent to 40 percent market penetration faster than any other consumer technology in history.”

+ I enjoyed The NY Times Magazine piece, Failure to Lunch from its series, The Work Issue.

+ Favourite Instagrams this week: Gettin’ piggy with it via @rosielondoner, Allegro in paradise via @extensionmethod, Sitting by the fire, keeping warm via @muenchmax, Sylphs in motion via @karolinakuras,  Love waking up with the sun via @jjbegonia, Taking a bite out of Milan fashion week via @karliekloss, Something I can really get behind via @viewfrom5ft2.

Winter reading update:

Last night, I finished The Far Side of The Sky by Daniel Kalla. In this historical novel set in Second World War Shanghai, Kalla draws on his medical background and skillfully weaves a story where religions and continents collide. I learned a lot about an often-unexplored event in history — the role Shanghai played in the survival of German Jewish refugees during World War II. I can’t wait to pick up the second book in the trilogy!

This weekend, I’ll be starting Paul Kalanithi’s memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. It’s my ‘book published this year’ pick for the MMD reading challenge.

(Photo snapped at HMCS York on Tuesday evening.)

Happy {Labour} Day Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Friday, everyone and Happy Labour Day weekend to all my Canadian and American readers. Got any fun plans?

Fall is slowly, but surely showing her face around here. About two weeks ago, I noticed Halloween candy creeping onto supermarket shelves. Then just this week, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte made an early return. Is it just me or is this happening earlier and earlier every year? As much as I love fall, I think we need to slow down a bit and simply savour the season we are in. We’ve still got a month until summer officially ends.

If you’ve got a date with your couch this weekend, why not catch up on some reading? Here’s a roundup of links I’m loving this week…

+ This post from The Food Babe has been making the rounds and causing quite the stir.

+ The Kitchn shows us how to satisfy our Pumpkin Spice Latte cravings without leaving home. Bonus: this version actually has pumpkin in it.

+ Emily’s post on “What Love Never Does” breathes new life and hope into our chaos-filled world.

+ The power of story: Kat Harris of The Refined Woman shares a piece of her incredibly inspiring story with us. “We live in a world full of damage and heartache, but I believe that truth sets people free and story changes lives.”

+ Hello Vogue: I was totally wowed by Vogue.com’s glossy, new look.

+ A delightfully funny summer recap.

+ Pretty pleats, pretty please: This trend is huge for fall as evidenced here, here and here. Stock up now!

+ This Toronto ice cream parlour gives us the scoop on how they make their miso-jellyfish ice cream. Would you try it?!

+ A bold, authentic and inspiring post: I didn’t think I was in an abusive relationship.

+ Need a confidence boost? Carrie’s post on body image will do the trick.

+ I was pretty impressed with New York Magazine’s in-depth look at the Making of Foxcatcher. The true-to-life drama is slated to make its Canadian debut at TIFF on September 8. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

+ The Olivia Palermo x Aquazzura collection is finally here! Shop the collection on Net-A-Porter.com. Those suede ankle boots are calling my name.

+ Happy Fashion Week: The wait is almost over. Catch all the live action starting September 4.

+ A beautiful reminder to live in the now. This moment is all we can be certain of.

So live it up and make the most of the last weekend of August!

(Photo of Andrea Virgin & Miami City Ballet by Jordan Matter)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

japanHappy weekend, everyone! What’s everyone up to this weekend? Living it up or just chilling at home? Yesterday evening, I watched X-Men: Days of Future Past in 3D and all I’m gonna say is: go see it!

I’m on my way out to a Relay for Life North York promo event. Less than a month until event day!

Happy Memorial Day weekend to my American readers!

Here are a few fun links from around the web, in case you’re in the mood for some light reading…

The perfect trench for spring and summer: Megan rocking the Everlane Swing Trench.

+ A great reminder: Jonesin’ for Likes: Staying sane on the Internet.

+ An inspiring post on How to Stop Fearing ‘No’.

+ I stumbled upon this TED Talk by David Steindl-Rast on the secret to being happy. It’s pretty simple: Want to be happy? Be grateful!

+ Catherine Nelson’s photo series of fractured worlds is out of this world.

+ According to a recent study, more women who have had cancer in one breast are opting for preventative double mastectomies.

+ Aimee Song schools us on how to take good Instagram photos. Watch and take notes!

+ Loving these behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ music video. The King of Pop and the President of Pop!

+ Time to practise those knife skills.

+ Whether you’re lounging poolside or enjoying a bbq or picnic with friends, keep your drinks chilled with these fruit ice cubes.

+ Elle put together a list of 10 perfect replacements for your favourite TV shows.

+ Palm tree prints and a cool sunhat – perfect for keeping cool poolside or at the beach.

+ Feeling nostalgic: Britney Spears at her best. Oh and this and this never get old!

I hope the weather is sunny and warm this weekend. Enjoy!

(Photo via British photographer Leila Peterson’s Instagram)

 

Happy {Victoria Day} Weekend + Links I Love

vancouver island

Happy Friday, everyone and Happy Victoria Day weekend to all my Canadian readers. Got any exciting plans? I’m hoping and praying for sunny skies for our picnic in the park on Monday.

If you’re staying indoors this weekend, here are a few lovely links to help pass the time.

+ I hope High Park’s cherry blossoms stick around until Monday. The pretty pink blossoms form the perfect backdrop for a summer picnic.

+ May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With beach days on the horizon, let Alison’s story be a reminder to practice sun safety. Slap on the sunscreen, wear a big hat and steer clear of tanning beds.

+ Also, The New Rules for Sunscreen and signs and symptoms of melanoma.

+ I’ve never been to Paris but it tops my list of places to visit. Carin’s beautiful Instagram photos make me feel like I’m there.

An oh so lovely post: I went to Paris and Fell In Love…With Myself.

+ In my opinion, Blake Lively deserves the prize for the best dressed at the Cannes opening ceremony. Also thought Zoe Saldana, Nicole Kidman, and Masami Nagasawa looked pretty classy.

+ Must-watch: The letter that survived 9/11 warmed my heart. The infamous letter now calls the 9/11 Memorial Museum (which opened its doors yesterday) home.

+ Favourite Collaboration: Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere teams up with Club Monaco.

+ This relationships post on The Everygirl came at the perfect time.

+ Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs sounds perfect for a weekday dinner.

+ Paris Letters just jumped to the top of my summer reading list. The author Janice MacLeod on Paris Letters: “After 110 years of writing junk mail in advertising, I devised an exit strategy to finance my own sabbatical. When I met my financial goal, I skipped town and traveled with nothing more than my suitcase and a small set of watercolors. Along the way, I painted letters about my travels and mailed them to friends.” Sounds like a dream to me!

+ Stock up on summer reads: Don’t miss out on the closing sale at the Chapters John and Richmond location. All books are 50% off until May 31.

Hope your weekend is beautiful!

(Stunning photo of Vancouver Island via Canada Keep Exploring)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Saturday, all! I can’t believe how quickly May seems to be flying by. The weekend is shaping up to be a gorgeous one with lots of sunshine. I’m meeting up with a friend from out of town for a sushi dinner this evening and attending a promo event for Relay for Life tomorrow. Happy Mother’s day weekend to all the amazing mothers out there! Mother’s Day is a bit of a rough day for me. This year will make 22 years since I lost my mom. I sometimes wonder if my life would’ve turned out differently if she were still alive.

Make sure to show your mom some love tomorrow and everyday after while you can!

Whatever you’ve got planned this weekend, be safe!

Here’s a roundup of my favourite links from around the web this week…

+ The forgotten photos of mothers.

+ This roundup shows that moms (big sisters, aunts, grandmas or whoever helped shape you into who you are today) really do know best.

+ If you’re as Pinterest obsessed as I am, make a note of Megan’s tips on using Pinterest for your business.

+ I can’t get enough of Rosie’s recap of her Dallas trip. So many exquisitely captured moments.

+ Insane ice cream flavours to try in LA. The Goat Cheese Wild Forest Berry Swirl caught my attention.

+ Currently loving these scalloped shorts.

+ Because sometimes all you need is an ice cream sundae!

+ If you love Humans of New York, chances are you’ll love this.

+ Health news: Doctors use patient’s immune cells to shrink cancer tumours.

+ I can’t believe I’m just stumbling across this post. Garance interviewed Nina Garcia during New York Fashion Week and it was amazing. Her career is so inspiring.

+ This review of the best horse shampoo for humans made me laugh. My mom washed my hair with this when I was a little girl and I had no idea it was horse shampoo.

(Photo from The cherry blossom girl)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

aialaHappy Friday, all! Got any exciting plans for the weekend? Last year this time, I visited High Park to check out the cherry blossoms and have a picnic. Thanks to the long, harsh winter we had here in Toronto, the cherry blossom buds are still in hiding. The High Park Nature Centre is closely tracking and predicting when the Sakura trees will bloom this year. I can’t wait!

I hope the weather is nice and sunny in your corner of the world. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, stay safe.

If you’re staying indoors, here’s a roundup of posts from around the web to keep you company…

+ The weirdest things people Google every month.

+ The coolest offices in the world. Helloooo, Google and Inventionland Design Factory.

+ Cressida Bonas takes time off work to nurse her broken heart. Must be nice.

+ I love this question/answer session with Emily and her hubby, Geoffrey.

+ A lovely Mother’s Day gift guide.

+ Chocolate berry chia coffee parfaits.

+ This sneak peek at Free People’s May Catalog conjures up images of sun, sea, surf and sand.

+ This documentary connects the dots about food.

+ Eyelet and chambray love.

+ Love this post by Garance on the pressures of dressing up every time you leave the house.

+ Kayla reflects on her “magic age” in this post and it’s pretty brilliant. Made me smile.

+ Not for the faint of heart: A look at the world’s most amazing skywalks. The highly anticipated Glacier Skywalk with breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies opened to the public yesterday.

+ The perfect song to kick off your weekend! Brings me back to those afternoons I’d race home to catch TRL.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

(Photo from @aialahernando. Follow her on Instagram for more incredible inspiration.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope you had a great week. Lately, I’ve got all things summer on the brain. I’ve started restocking my closet with a few warm weather pieces – rompers, light dresses and maxi skirts. Here’s hoping for lots of sunny May days! Here’s a roundup of links I’m loving from around the web…

+ This post on lessons learned from living alone is spot on. I’m so guilty of numbers 3 and 5.

+ Need a laugh? This blog post by Joanna will do the trick.

+ ‘I founded Kitestring to keep my girlfriend safe’.

+ A roundup of unique desserts in Toronto. Chocolate duck liver, anyone?

+ How a 13-year-old girl launched her fashion line at Nordstrom.

+ The perfect snack for when you need a pick-me-up.

+ Vogue posted a list of culprits that could be causing your blemishes.

+ Cool girl style. I need that jacket!

+ Will and Kate go glamping Down Under.

+ These nail polish colours will have you feeling springlike in no time.

+ Watch this man and his Chihuahua do yoga together.

+ Weekend happenings: The city’s annual Hot Docs film festival kicked off yesterday. I caught Valentine Road at last year’s fest and it broke my heart. Watch an interview with writer/director Marta Cunningham.

Have a fun-filled weekend!

(Photo from Pink Peonies)

Happy {Long} Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Friday, friends. Any fun plans for the long weekend? I’m meeting up with friends tomorrow to see Transcendence. I’m looking forward to seeing  Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall in a movie together. I loved her as Vicky in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

The weather has been all over the place lately. I mean, it felt like summer on Tuesday and we woke up to below zero temps and snow on Wednesday. I can’t wait for things to settle down.

I made a few summer plans with a friend earlier – rollerblading along the Harbourfront boardwalk, picnics on the island, fireworks for the Victoria Day weekend next month, and a 5k walk for thyroid cancer in June. It’ll be my first walk for charity. Actually, it’ll be my first walk for anything.:)

Hope you have a wonderful Easter. Here’s a roundup of fun links from around the web…

+ Must-watch: How Frozen should have ended.

+ Can’t be missed: I’ve been pinning these gorgeous photos from Megan and Mike’s 20 day trip to Spain and Portugal.

+ Kale is now a popular baby name.

+ Unique places: I would love to escape to this place for a week or two.

+ Hula hooping tips and benefits.

+ Vanity Fair goes behind the scenes with Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany. Another talented Canadian.

+ Make your own ketchup.

+ Girl next door.

+ New-to-me blogs: Damsel in Dior, Seams for a Desire and vmac & cheese.

+ The Orange Is the New Black Season 2 trailer is finally here.

+ Gorgeous spring outfit.

+ All I want for Christmas.

(Photo from Sony Entertainment Network Blog)

 

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

rachel roy spring campaignHappy Friday, all! Hope you had a productive week and you’re ready to indulge in some well-deserved R&R. Woke up to raindrops on my window sill this morning and it’s been coming down all day. Looks like spring finally decided to show her face in Toronto. I hope you’ve been enjoying the style posts all this week. Here are some fun links from around the web…

+ I stumbled across the video for Rachel Roy’s gorgeous Spring 2013 campaign, The American Exotic and it quite literally took my breath away. The idea of wandering the desert in search of something exotic with the sun setting in the background sounds pretty dreamy to me. Check out shots from the campaign here and here. I also loved this detailed behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.

+ How cereal boxes are designed to hypnotize us. Damn you, Honey Smacks Frog and Trix Rabbit.

+ Could this post by Garance be any funnier?

+ This post by Margaret on online shopping versus shopping in-store shopping is pure gold. I’m in awe of her ability to string words together so seamlessly.

+ Also love her witty post on the return of the denim jacket. Highly entertaining.

Lessons learned from riding the subway.

+ An in-depth, eye-opening article about one young woman’s triumph over cancer.

+ In love with this lookbook from Sincerely Jules. The dry clean only tee is on my wishlist!

+ Getting paid to eat french fries isn’t as appetizing as it sounds.

+ Must-read: I was a Hollywood Personal Assistant. Oh the memories…

Hope you have a fun weekend!

(Photo of Rachel Roy’s Spring 2013 campaign via Ann Street Studio)