Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Sunday, everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the weekend. I am putting together my spring reading list and I’ll be sharing it with you all on Tuesday!

If you’re looking for some weekend reading, I’ve got you covered with my favourite links…

+ Last night, I started The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and I am already 100 pages in. This is a story that desperately needed to be told. It’s tearing me apart. As I’m reading, I am so overcome with so many emotions that I can’t stop my hands from shaking. All I can think is “this feels so real.” And that’s because it is real; it’s happening every single day. Here’s a great interview she did with Atlanta magazine. I am ecstatic it’s being adapted into a movie!

+ LOVED this essay. The Personal is Political.

+ Emma Roberts has an online book club, Belletrist. I really enjoyed her exclusive interview with Joan Didion about her new book South and West.

+ Will’s incredible profile in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times is so well-deserved!

+ A fascinating long read: ‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death. I haven’t read this piece in its entirety, but I will soon.

+ How to Get What You Want (it’s a lot easier than you think). I can definitely relate to  number 3.

+ The Super Bowl Champ, and the Dying Author Who Changed His Life. “Your book ‘Exclamation Mark’ … changed my outlook on life. It taught me that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from—there is a place in this world for you. You just have to stay strong and keep moving forward.”

+ This cake is just so beautiful.

+ Have you heard of Code Switch? It’s an NPR podcast by journalists of colour that launched last year May. Gosh, I’m late.

(Photo snapped by Kay Gardner Beltline last spring.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend so far. Got any fun plans? I’m catching up with the girls over Sunday brunch and I can’t wait.

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

+ Watch: how to run away and join the circus. Talk about taking the leap!

+ Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the author of the popular Modern Love essay, “You May Want to Marry My Husband” died of ovarian cancer earlier this week. Reese Witherspoon shared a touching post on Instagram, complete with illustrations by the children’s book author.

+ This vanilla latte coffee scrub sounds amazing.

+ Man Repeller launched its new podcast The Call this week and it is so good. I am really looking forward to future episodes. You can listen to episode one here.

+ Loved this powerful and beautifully-written essay that Meghan wrote for Time Magazine: Periods, Potential, and the Path to Education.

+ Have you heard about the fashion search engine TAGWALK? A former assistant quit her job to create it! Here’s her story. “Van Houtte’s startup is designed to help the fashion industry track down looks with as much specificity as possible, from runway shows in Paris, Milan, London, and New York that occur twice a year. It’s like Google, but in Anna Wintour-speak.”

+ Diane von Furstenberg shares some of her greatest design inspirations in this short video.

+ What life as a human rights lawyer is really like. “We need those who will work to amend, change, or even break laws if need be, all in the service of protecting our fundamental right to a life of equality, freedom, and dignity. Being a human rights lawyer is one such way.”

+ Photographer captures ballerinas in this stunning underwater photo series.

+ I’ve been snacking on protein balls lately. These pistachio matcha snack balls and these salted caramel protein balls sound so delish!

+ Whipping up this creamy raspberry protein smoothie this weekend.

(Photo snapped by the Toronto Waterfront last spring.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

Sunset along the boardwalk

Happy Friday, everyone! How was your week? The weather here in Toronto is freezing (-15 celcius) and super windy, so I’m staying in and catching up on my favourite shows and doing laundry. On the bright side, Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. this Sunday!

Hope you have a good one! If you’re looking for some weekend reading, I’ve got you covered with a ton of my favourite links this week…

+ Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to adapt ‘The Mothers’. This news made my year!

+ A Week of Outfits: Toby. LOVE Toby’s personality and sense of style and I could not stop laughing at his commentary. My favourite line: “I like blazers because it’s like a grownup. I like wearing layers. I know my style — I just know.”

+ Where to dine, shop, sweat, and stay in Santa Monica. Such a comprehensive city guide!

+ Finding space. I cried while reading this post. So beautifully written and heartfelt. “Slowly, being single didn’t seem like the worst thing. Slowly, I didn’t equate single or alone with loneliness.”

+ Loving this adorable sweater dress (with ruffles!).

+ I can’t believe I just discovered OKREAL! In honor of International Women’s Day, they featured inspiring women from their #OKREAL community. I could really relate to this one: “It opened my eyes to how difficult it is to be an active advocate for your own health.” I learned this firsthand a few years ago. Read all their stories here.

+ I was curious about this new networking app so I downloaded it yesterday. Do you use it? Thoughts?

+ “I’m in.” Miss these two, but they’re still at it! “Thank you to both of you for your profound levels of activism within our community, leading up to a historic event that I did not think I would witness in my lifetime. Thank you for how you treated children, both your own and all of America’s, with kindness, humor, and spontaneity.”

+ Tsh shared the 3.5 tricks that are helping her read more this year.

+ I’m seriously craving these turnip cake fritters with prosciutto and these glass dumplings with mushrooms and smoked gouda cheese.

+ Weekend sips: Iced lavender dirty chai latte!

Reading update:

I finished The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall this week. I could not put this down.

Reading this weekend: Unbound by Steph Jagger.

(Photo snapped at sunset by the Toronto Waterfront.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy first weekend of March, everyone! Spring made an appearance here in Toronto, but that was short-lived. We’re back in the deep freeze again (Right now, it’s -13 celcius with the windchill!) How are you spending the weekend? I fell behind on my winter reading and I’ve got a stack of books to cozy up with this weekend. Read any good books lately?

I hope you make the time to rest this weekend. I came across so many good things on the Internet this week and as always, I’m sharing them with you. Enjoy!

+ Too Busy (not) To Pray. I read this post while waiting in the blood lab this week. Perfect timing as always. “My so-called “busyness” is often the culprit of my lack of joy, lack of flexibility, and lack of a peaceful heart. But, still, even knowing this, I say things like “I have too much to do,” and then scurry past the most importance task of just sitting with the Lord.”

+ Amanda followed me on Instagram recently and I am so happy she did. She’s just so real and encouraging. This post: Our wedding and love story is well worth the read. I cried in public.

+ You may want to marry my husband. This Modern Love feature also made me cry. Luckily, I read it at home.

+ Interior designer Magalie René-Hayes shares her 10 tips for transitioning careers quickly. I am thinking about changing careers so this post came at the perfect time. Thanks, Design Sponge!

+ The Cup of Jo team asked people in their shared office space what they actually eat for lunch. Loved the responses.

+ Don’t Wait for Permission. Griffin opens up about how she was turned down when she first applied for her Pure Barre franchise and how she kept on chasing her dream. “Don’t wait for permission to think outside the box. I’m not talking about being dishonest or breaking the rules, but the people who go above and beyond don’t wait for approval.”

+ 10 healthy whole food swaps. Happy to see raw apple cider vinegar and tahini on the list!

+ I’ve been on a nut butter kick lately, but it’s so expensive. I’m considering making my own and this espresso almond cashew butter sounds incredible. Laura, you’re genius!

+ Sarah of My New Roots has a beautiful new cookbook out. On the wish list.

+ I just downloaded the prettiest free desktop wallpaper from Design Love Fest. Such a mood brightener.

+ Canada turns 150 this year. I downloaded Passport 2017, the Canada 150 events app this week. It’s the perfect way to get personalized recommendations and discover cool events happening in 2017!

+ I don’t care if it’s freezing out. I’m making these healthier, boozy chocolate chip cookie milkshakes this weekend! My favourite things rolled into one.

Reading update:

I picked up Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People last night and it kept me up way past my bedtime.

I’m hoping to finish The Lonely Hearts Hotel this weekend. Highly recommend it if you’re in a historical fiction kinda mood.

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 Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Sunday, everyone. It’s been snowing nonstop since this morning and a foot has fallen already. I plan on making the most of it. How are you spending the rest of the weekend?

If you’re in the mood for some reading, here’s a roundup of my favourite links from around the web this week…

+ The Grammys are on tonight. Will you be watching? Here’s a rundown of what to watch for.

+ This indoor skydiving freestyle routine took my breath away.

+ This photo shoot on Iceland Black Sand Beach is nothing short of magical.

+ Teenagers who vandalized the Asburn Colored School in Virginia sentenced to read. The list of 35 books includes The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Night by Elie Wiesel, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

+ Will shared the most stunning photos from his NYE trip to Stockholm.

+ This New York City ballet dancer’s new role is being bad.

+ Pardon my French is one of those podcasts I listen to regularly. This week, Garance had best selling author Jessi Klein on the show.

+ Did you see this story about the flight attendant who saved a young human trafficking victim on an Alaska Airlines flight? “Something in the back of my mind said something was not right. He was well-dressed. That’s what got me because I thought why is he well-dressed and she is looking all dishevelled and out of sorts?”

+ I downloaded this app this week and I can’t wait to try it out. 10 tips for taking an awesome Boomerang. Do you use it?

+ I am heading back to ballet this week after a 5-month break. Halfway through every class, my calf muscles cramp up. I wish I’d known about these tips to avoid or minimize them sooner.

+ Favourites on Instagram: From Reese to Madeline via @reesewitherspoon, Magical morning moments via @thebalancedblonde, Having a princess moment wearing Dior via @songofstyle, Who says you can’t do ballet in a formal gown? via @mystylepill

Reading update:

I am still reading Columbine. I am hoping to finish it tonight.

I’m in the mood for historical fiction so I’m starting The Belly of Paris.

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

winter wonderland on Manor Road

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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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.)