Stylish Sweatpants

So, it’s Monday and I don’t know about you, but I wish I was still in bed all cuddled up. I’m unimpressed that I’m in my work gear and not comfy clothes. While I don’t think sweats would fly in my office environment, today I can’t help but want to invest in some sweatpants that are meant to be worn outside of the safe confines of my home.

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This feeling may pass in a few hours though. What do you think? Would you dress up sweats?



Our Travel Collection

Greg & I met while I was a grad student in the UK. On a leap of faith, he relocated to Scotland and from there we kindled a mutual love of exploring new places. On a wintery trip to Prague, an impromptu warm-up stop in a bookstore kicked off a children’s book collection with the (sappy!) hope that we could one day share it with our little ones.

Earlier this week I organized our bookshelf and had the chance to pull out our travel collection. I was a bit stunned to see five years of travel laid out before me. I could clearly remember each purchase, why we decided on the story and the nostalgia of each phase of our relationship.

Here’s a peek at the collection + a few of my favourites:




{Edinburgh: the city where we fell in love and have since returned to visit}


{Bali: a reminder of our much loved honeymoon and days spent hiking in the rice paddies}


{Marrakesh: probably one of our favourite places ever!}


{Hawaii: NeNe would join us for morning coffee on our patio every day in Kauai}

Do you collect anything when you go away? I’m excited to display these proudly on our shelf even if there are no little ones to enjoy them just yet!


Watches by Tory Burch

Move over Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade, there’s another line of watches coming out to hit the town….Tory Burch!

So, apparently I’ve been living under a {unfashionable} rock, because I had no idea that Tory Burch was getting into the watch business. What a pleasant surprise when I stumbled across her line of watches for pre-order.

Less whimsical than Kate Spade, more preppy than Michael Kors, I love that her line of watches exudes timeless designs with signature Tory Burch quirk. Below are a few of my favourites. What do you think?

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So, what do you think? Will one of these make it on your wishlist?




This Weekend

The sun has been out all week and still in the forecast for the weekend – we couldn’t be more excited!
Few things on the go this weekend:

-Finally checking out Byblos for an overdue birthday celebration.

Byblos-Going to The Spits for a stroll / jog.
-Better organizing kitchen and pantry space {so inspired by this }.
-And staying off the Gardiner all weekend!

We hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend!




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Crisp-y Apples

With a few apples left from our recent apple picking excursion I set out to make some baked apples last night and loved them SO much I had to share the recipe.


Crisp-y Baked Apples

4 big apples (I used Jonah Gold)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1.5 tsp cinnamon (ground)

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp maple syrup

¼ tsp almond extract (optional)

1. Heat up your oven to 350F/180C degrees.

2. Prep your apples by slicing off the top (about 1 cm) & reserve. Bonus points: If you cut small slices into the top, like a fan all the way around, your apple top will bake into a quasi-rosette. Core apples (don’t forget all the seeds!), douse with almond extract, drizzle with syrup and then place into a baking dish.

3. Combine the rest of your ingredients until everything gets “crumbly” (technical term) and then fill the apples, packing in all the mixture and dividing evenly.

4. Pop those babies in the oven for 40-45 minutes/until soft. More bonus points: make some custard to drizzle over top!


I think we might hit the orchards again this weekend–I can just imagine these with a few raisins and walnuts. Hope you give this recipe a try!



{ Happy Friday }

Cornflake-Chocolate Chip-Marshmallow Cookies

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Now that the weather has gotten cooler, are you like us and wanting to cuddle up and stay in this weekend? While we encourage you to fit in some hikes and jogs in the brisk weather, if you are looking for a weekend project, look no further: Cornflake-Chocolate Chip Cookies! If you’re ever tried them at Momofuku’s Milk Bar, you’ll know these are epic. And this recipe here makes this somewhat complicated recipe easy to follow.

Share your pictures if you give this a go.

Happy Friday!


Perfect Pies

So, I love baking. I always have, but I’ve never taken classes and haven’t really learned much about the science of it all. Well, last week I took my first ever baking class, Perfect Pies, at Le Dolci. While I never doubted that I would have an amazing evening, I never would have guessed that in 2 short hours I would learn so much about the science and technique in pie-making.

My hands were covered in butter and flour which didn’t allow me to take the best pictures, but alas:


{ My first time using vanilla bean paste. Teacher advice: Always buy vanilla more expensive than you can afford. This one was $100+. When it’s not the real stuff, let’s just say that it uses some goo from beaver bums…}


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{ So, there is no after shot of my pie since as soon as it was out of the oven, well, it was in my stomach….Some of my lattices fell apart, so the hearts did a good job of camouflaging some mistakes. }

This was a great way to spend time with a friend, learn from a professional and go home with some baked goods. I highly recommend you check out Le Dolci for classes if you’re interested.

Anyone want to go to the donut making class with me?!



First Look!

Our new wallpaper is up! Huzzah!

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{Mind the mess–these pics were snapped right after insallation}

We ended up installing the print on a little slice of wall beside our kitchen to make it feel more cohesive and so far we’re loving life in Orla Kiely’s colourful universe. Can wait to share more updates from the space when we have everything back to normal and spruced up.

What do you think? Crazy? Boring? Fun? Do you have any wallpaper projects you’ve tried–we’d love to seem them!