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friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

During the winter, I shared warm-you-up boozy drinks each Friday afternoon. Well, I’d like to bring the Friday happy hour back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. First up is this sweet and light watermelon lime refresher. Best enjoyed on a rooftop patio, it’s a mix of watermelon, mint and lime with the added hydrating benefits of pure coconut water.

recipe watermelon lime refresher friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

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take me back to brooklyn

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Brooklyn with some media friends to check out the west elm Holiday 2014 preview. First off, for all you west elm fans, get ready for some fabulous new items this coming holiday season. I can’t post anything too detailed just yet, but stay tuned in the next few months. I fell in love with pretty much everything they showed me! Here are some pictures I snapped from the whole trip – a whirlwind 24hrs. It was my first real venture into Brooklyn…and I’m dying to go back and explore some more.

Bridge take me back to brooklyn View of the Manhattan Bridge just down the street from the west elm head office. There was actually a giant TV screen playing the US world cup soccer match set up under the bridge!

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places to go, people to see: bacardi festival libre

Take advantage of patio weather before it’s gone. Sure, you love your local bar, but the city’s largest licensed outdoor patio is worth checking out. Paying homage to its boozy heritage, starting today at 2 p.m., Toronto’s Distillery District is playing host to a three-day festival celebrating the rum cocktail and the rich Cuban culture that bred it. Organized by rum authority Bacardi, the Festival Libre will populate the cobblestone streets of the historic Canadian site with music, dance, art and food you’d more often find on the streets of Havana. Here’s a glance at what you can expect. (Not a Torontonian? Don’t worry. The festival will touch base in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal before summer’s over.)

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places to go, people to see: the good son

Hey Queen West, there’s a new kid on the culinary block: The Good Son. The restaurant, owned by Vittorio Colacitti, who competed in Top Chef Canada‘s fourth season, opened last month. With a focus on organic local and seasonal fare, the eatery features dishes that pay homage to Toronto’s cultural mosaic, but have a distinct Italian flavour. The food is complemented by a curated drink menu that offers new twists on old favourites. And, if you’re in a hurry, you can pop by The Pantry section for a take-out pizza – made on the wood fire oven, of course – or the general-store-esque entrance for an Italian-imported bottle of olive oil. Colacitti wants to make you feel at home, or more likely, like you’re at Mama’s house. Think mismatched furnishings, room-like compartmentalization, time-worn books and trinkets, casual gallery walls, hanging displays of vintage plates, even a fireplace vignette. Because words can only do so much, feast your eyes on some snapshots of the food and decor.

The Good Son 2 places to go, people to see: the good son

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diy: simple glitter art

I went through a phase about a year and a half ago where I was semi-obsessed with glitter. It was a messy obsession (and I’m pretty sure my roommate hated finding glitter on pretty much everything in our apartment)…but I just loved crafting with it! My favourite creation is my “Everyday I’m Hustlin’” hot pink piece that I hung above my living room sofa (see it here). It is such a simple craft and really quite fun to make. Experiment with fun quotes and coloured glitter! Here’s another example (which was also my first attempt) that is hung above my bed. Keep reading for more pictures and info on how to make!

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my (current) favourite living room sofas

Anyone on the hunt for a new living room sofa?? Here’s a round up of some of my favourites on the market right now.

West Elm Sofa my (current) favourite living room sofas Image via. west elm

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mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

So, have you found your Summer Song yet? That song that seems to be on repeat, and when you hear it, you open the sunroof, turn the volume up, throw your hands in the air and just sing along? The one that accompanies your barbeques, pool parties, beach days and every long drive? I’ve got a lot of contenders, but haven’t yet decided on the finalist. THE Song.

But in an effort to help everyone discover their Summer Song, here are some playlists to accompany your activities this weekend.

 

Garden State Screen Cap mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

Screen cap from one of my favourite moments in Garden State

 

1. What I’ll be doing: Enjoying an afternoon in the garden (hopefully getting some gardening done)
What I’ll be playing: A Garden State of Mind
Featured artists: All the best crooners: Joshua Radin, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie The Shins and Zero 7.
Why it’s perfect: Inspired by Zach Braff’s movie Garden State, the playlist is soothing and relaxing, mixing folk and soothing electro. It pairs perfectly with a quiet day in the yard, sun shining, birds chirping and a refreshing glass or rosemary-cucumber water in hand.

 

 

Viceroy Skyler Greene Photography mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

Viceroy, Skyler Greene Photography

 

2. What I’ll be doing: Sunning on the beach at Toronto Island
What I’ll be playing: Viceroy’s Remixes
Featured artists: Sing-along-worthy remixes of songs by artists you know and love: Maroon 5, Passion Pit, Montell Jordan, Two Door Cinema Club, Lady Gaga and Mark Morrisson.
Why it’s perfect: Viceroy’s motto is “summertime all the time” and his synth-pop sound featuring steel drums and peppy make-you-dance beats has easily become my soundtrack to summer.

 

 

Mike Bloomberg mix tapes: 3 playlists to listen to this weekend

Image from mikebloomberg.com

 

3. What I’ll be doing: Hosting a summer barbeque
What I’ll be playing: Gracie Mansion Backyard BBQ
Featured artists: A great mix of hits from Blues Traveller, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Jason Mraz, Hootie and the Blowfith and Gotye.
Why it’s perfect: Curated by Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City from 2002-2013, as the soundtrack to summer at Gracie Mansion (the official residence of the New York mayor), this mix tape is chock-full of upbeat crowd-pleasers guaranteed to have guests tapping their feet and singing along.

fab find: stripe duvet cover

While out sourcing for some upcoming photo shoots yesterday, I popped into West Elm and fell in love with some bedding. I’m currently designing a farmhouse bedroom, and am somewhat regretting this bedding wasn’t available a few months ago! I love the mixture of blue tones and different thicknesses of stripes. There is also a great stitch detailing halfway up the duvet cover that adds that extra hit of texture.

Bed fab find: stripe duvet cover

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places to go, people to see: kleinfeld

If you’re a soon-to-be Mrs., you have to hit up the first Canadian location of Kleinfeld. The New York-based boutique of Say Yes to the Dress fame has opened up its doors in Toronto. Sprawling over 2,000 sq. ft. on the seventh floor of the historic Hudson’s Bay building at the corner of Queen and Yonge streets, the shop is nothing short of spectacular. Complete with glittery lights and walls of stunning dresses, the open-concept showroom features a few choice luxe furnishings to glam it up. It’s the sort of space that makes your heart skip a beat and your stomach flutter a bit, the kind of realm where dreams come true. At least that’s the impression I got at the launch party several weeks ago, when fellow nearly newlywed associate editor Amanda Etty and I stood sipping bubbly, rubbing shoulders with the likes of dressmaker extraordinaire Pnina Tornai. Here’s a taste of what we saw.

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a crafter’s dream: scotch expressions tape

I’m a self proclaimed amateur crafter (I’m slowly getting better, one DIY at a time!), but I enjoy it…and that’s all the really matters! My favourite thing to do is to make cards. From birthdays, to engagements, to sending friendly hello’s – I like to make simple DIY cards that give that extra personal touch. Previously, I have worked with glitter (artwork seen here, wrapping seen here)…but these days I’m on a tape kick. I was thrilled to learn that Scotch has come out with a new Expressions line that has Washi, Masking and Shipping tapes in a ton of fun colours! Read on to check out some of the collection and a few simple quick crafts I did..I just couldn’t help myself!

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