Kitchener City Guide - Where To Stay, What To See and Where To Eat!

Kitchener, Ontario

Just in time for our city's biggest celebration of the year, I am sharing my full Kitchener City Guide for the city that I have lovingly called home for 20 years.

#WearItWednesday - Yellow Heels for Fall

#WearItWednesday - Yellow Heels for Fall

Colour me almost stumped on this one!

October Classics

October Classics

Here are the clothing items I'm deeming my October Classics this month.

#WearItWednesday - Jean Jacket for Fall

styling a jean jacket for fall

It's time for another #WearItWednesday and this week we are talking about styling a jean jacket for fall.

Hudson's Bay Stripe Hunter Boots

Hudson's Bay Stripe Hunter Boots

There are Hudson's Bay striped Hunter rain boots!

#WearItWednesday - J.Crew Factory Winnie Pant

jcrew factory

For this week's #WearItWednesday we are looking at styling the J.Crew Factory Winnie Pant for fall.

Olive and Pink for Fall

l.l.bean fall clothing

How to style olive green for fall while still remaining true to you feminine side? Just add pink!

Roots Kanga Hoody in Varsity Green

Roots Canada

Showing off a little Canadian pride with this Roots look I wore to the Drive-In last Friday.

Green H&M Dress for Fall

H&M

Where am I? Port Credit or Port of Spain?!?

#WearItWednesday - Red and Berry Beauty

fall beauty picks

Starting our new series, #WearItWednesday with some fall red and berry beauty picks!

Fall Flannels at L.L.Bean

l.l.bean

Here's some exciting news for your weekend, all flannel items are 20% off this weekend at L.L.Bean!

Just Peachy

levi's jacket

Everything I am wearing? All old and from the back of my closet!

Gal Meets Glam Angelica Dress

Gal Meets Glam Angelica Dress

Don't you just love this time of year? Cool mornings, warm afternoons and fields of gold in every open space. 

September Classics

classic clothing

I'm going to be trying something new for the next few months, so please bear with me.

Two Weeks and Counting with Store Bought Roses

flowers

This summer will be remembered as the time I totally nailed keeping my store bought flowers alive for an extended amount of time.

Our Dog Friendly Cape Cod Airbnb Rental

Dog Friendly airbnb

Welcome to our dog friendly Airbnb rental on Cape Cod! 

The First Canadian L.L.Bean Store Is Open!

l.l.bean bootmobile

Welcome to Canada, L.L.Bean!

Cleaning Your L.L.Bean Boat and Totes

l.l.bean

The legendary L.L.Bean Boat and Tote takes a real beating in my family and the question of how to clean them came up last summer. 

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Game On A Budget

blue jays

This week I attended a Toronto Blue Jays game and challenged myself to do it on a budget.

160th Queen's Plate

preppy couples outfit

A few weeks ago AMH and I dressed to the nines and headed to the 160th Queen's Plate!

Stranger Things 3


It's Stranger Things 3 release day!

Summer Concerts


jean jacket lilly pulitzer

Summer + live music = Pure bliss

My IKEA Front Porch Makeover

ikea wicker chair

A few sunny June days was all it took to get me to finally tackle a project that I've been putting off for a good long while, my front porch!

Vineyard Vines x Target Haul

Vineyard Vines x Target

The Vineyard Vines x Target release was this past Saturday and I'm home and ready to show you what I picked up on my shopping trip!

Impairment Suit Experience with Ford Canada

celebrating this life

Just in time for the long weekend, let's talk about impaired driving! 

Sephora Sale Details April 26 - May 6, 2019


Time to start filling your cart, the spring Sephora sale is finally here!

5 Netflix Titles to Watch Spring 2019

Here we go, 5 Netflix Titles to watch this spring!

Spring Cleaning (that you may not have considered) & New Williams Sonoma Kitchen Towels

williams sonoma towels, vineyard vines shep sweater

Spring has officially sprung here in Ontario and I am all about spring cleaning right now! 

Review: L’Oréal Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk

L’Oréal

When you're a raging flower lover and a trusted brand comes out with a new face wash called Fine Flowers Cleaning Milk, you tend to pay attention. 

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

hydrangeas, blue and white

The skies turn blue, the sun shines and the robins are singing their happy little spring song and my first thought is, hydrangeas! Specifically where can I get them and how many! 

While I do love all flowers, hydrangeas are my favourite. Their little lacy flowers are eternally classic and they look good no matter the situation. They're also a relatively inexpensive cut flower (even when we were saving every penny to buy our first home, I always had a small budget built in to buy hydrangeas) and they keep for a good amount of time. It's always sad to buy say, a dozen roses and watch them wilt within the week. 

Hydrangeas will last a good amount of time with the simplest of care but they will last even longer if you put in a little effort! 

flowers

Two weeks ago I stopped by our local grocery store floral section and scooped up two bouquets of roses and two bouquets of hydrangeas. I started sharing photos on my Instagram of how I was preparing them and my inbox was flooded with questions and comments! Turns out you all love hydrangeas as much as I do! And...many of you had never heard of my tips for ensuring your hydrangeas last as long as possible, so here we are! 

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home


  • As soon as I get home I gather the vases I plan on using and have them out on my countertop. 


  • I clear out my kitchen sink (because it's somehow always full of dishes) and place the stopper in the drain. 


  • I clip the stems of my hydrangeas with sharp scissors or gardening scissors to fit in my chosen vase. 


  • Place the hydrangeas in the bottom of the sink and start filling with cold water. 

Cut Hydrangeas


  • Once the sink is about halfway filled and the blooms start to float, I place a large heavy plate or bowl on top to help them sink down (you need to put water on top of the plate/bowl) 

Hydrangeas

  • Let rest for 2-3 hours. Remove and carefully shake off water. Rest on kitchen towel. Prepare vases with cool water and floral food (the packet the florist provides) and arrange.

blue and white

Arranging is the best part! For all of my cut flowers I keep them out of direct sunlight to prevent wilting. Sometimes my flowers will start the day on my coffee table, and end up on my dining room table. I am constantly moving them around to get the full enjoyment out of them. Some florists and websites will recommend changing the water everyday, but I've always stuck with every second day and they last just fine. 

Cool water always and if you find in the first day or two that your hydrangeas start to wilt or develop a flat spot, submerge them in water just like when you started. Sometimes this will hydrate them enough to spring back. If not, they could be past their prime and it's best just to enjoy them while you can (there's no telling how long they were at the florist before you bought them) 

On the 7th day I placed them in my bathroom where they have stayed. 

Here's a view at 10 days:

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

and now 14 days:

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

My hydrangeas are finally spent and headed for our green compost bin. Can you believe that these $6 grocery store stems lasted a good two weeks?!?! They spent their first week moving around my living and dining room and the last week brightening up my bathroom. I admit I got really used to having them in my bathroom and can't wait to go grab another bundle, which of course I'll be putting through the steps above so I can keep them around for a good long time. 

Add This To Your Summer Road Trips - Prince Edward County

picton, crystal palace

After what has felt like a long and cruel winter season, I am happy to report that spring has finally sprung!

The Stranger Things 3 Trailer Is Here!

Stop what you are doing, the Stranger Things 3 trailer is here! 

5 Tips To Take The Stress Out of Buying a Sofa (or any other large home decor purchase!)

sofa shopping

I bought a new sofa!

5 Outfits by Friday 03.08

This week's 5 Outfits by Friday 03.08

5 Outfits by Friday 03.01

This week's 5 Outfits by Friday 03.01

5 Outfits by Friday 02.22

This week's 5 Outfits by Friday 02.22

5 Outfits by Friday 02.15

This week's 5 outfits by Friday

talbots green coat

02.10


hudson's bay blanket

02.12


winter


02.13

Long Sleeve (c/o)

winter ootd

02.14 (day)

Get 25% OFF 2/14 through 2/19, online and in stores – only at L.L.Bean. Includes Sale items and hundreds of new styles and colors. Use promo code BEAN25.

winter style

02.14 (night)

Lipstick (mix of matte & gloss)

5 Outfits by Friday 02.08

This week's 5 outfits by Friday

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

Review: L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream

Is there any body part that suffers from dry winter air more than your hands? 

Review: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

As I started to hibernate this winter I developed a not so great habit of biting my lips.

How I am Banishing Dry Indoor Air

cool air

If you've been reading here for some time you know that I am beauty obsessed and my particular passion/area of expertise is in skin care.

5 Outfits by Friday 02.01

This week's 5 "please keep me warm 'cause it's awfully cold" outfits by Friday 02.01

Valentines Day Outfits for Colder Climates

winter outfits

Oh Valentines. Such a love filled holiday...right smack in the middle of winter.

5 Outfits by Friday 01.25

This week's 5 Outfits by Friday 01.25

Resort Wear Recommendations 2019

Resort Wear
You know what's better than dreaming of a warm weather getaway? Actually going on one!

Dinner at Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Toronto

toronto

By the time my birthday comes along in early January, everyone is feeling fatigued from holidays parties. Well everyone except me! I'm always game for getting dressed up and spending the night on the town. 

Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Experience


On my last trip to California back in October, I knew that I wanted to finally tick off an item that's been on my bucket list for a while.