Saturday in Pastel

{Zara pants (similar), Mango blouse (similar) , Zara jean jacket, H&M hat, Michael Kors bag, Sam Edelman flats (similar)}

Although summer officially started a few days ago, the weather remains a little on the cool side in Toronto …  this is not a complaint… our apartment does not have AC {yet!!} so the cool lake breeze has kept us all very happy!

The cool air has also forced me to reconsider my typical summer uniform. In past years, as soon as the temperature and the humidity started inevitably climbing, I’d reach for one of my many billowy sun dresses without much thought. However, since those dresses aren’t quite weather appropriate yet, I have found  myself digging deep into my closet and getting more creative.

Not only have I had an amazing time finding outfit inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, I’ve also made time to “shop in my closet” and rediscover some great items that I had completely forgotten about -the last time I wore those pastel pants, I was still a university student…!!!  After some digging, I put together the outfit above for a busy errand-running Saturday and is now one of my go-to’s.

This weekend I encourage you to invite a friend over, dig deep in your closet, find an item that you have not worn in a while and together style an outfit around it. I promise that the outcome will be lovely and you both will have a surprising amount of fun!

Table for One

Table for one - Blushed TapatiaAlthough I like to think that I am a fairly independent person it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how terrified I am to do certain things on my own.

On Sunday I flew out to San Diego for work. After a crazy flight I arrived famished and was determined to get Mexican food {I mean my home country is literally a stone-throw away and so this will be the closest I get to authentic Mexican food for a while}!

I settled into my room, freshened up and as I started thinking about biting into some delicious rajas tacos I quickly realized that I would be sitting down at a restaurant all. by. myself. While I have eaten at food courts and cafeterias on my own, I have never gone to a restaurant solo and was surprised by the anxiety attack that started coming on: What would people think? What would I do? Would it be awkward?

I resisted the urge of ordering room service { and let me tell you that it was hard….very few things beat  breakfast/dinner in bed!} and instead faced my anxiety head-on by jumping into a cab and asking the driver to take me to the best Mexican restaurant in town. I arrived at Puesto and as confidently as I could muster I asked for a table for one.

Table for one- Blushed Tapatia

The experience was surprisingly refreshing! I not only realized that I can totally rock solo-eating {!!!} but I also really enjoyed it. My phone was dying so I was unable to use it as a shield and was forced to really just be there. I was able to focus on the food that I was eating and truly enjoy it {the tacos and guacamole were out of this world! – seriously…the best tacos I’ve had outside of Mexico! } I also rediscovered my love of people watching! And no I was not the creep sitting at a dark corner of a restaurant watching others eat… I promise!

Although it was nice to face my anxiety, not miss out on what I truly wanted to do, and rediscover some of my pastimes, I also realized how much I enjoy the community aspect of eating a meal. I really love being able to share food and to be able to express my thoughts on it {I actually was tempted to live-tweet my dinner!}. With my new-found appreciation for dinner time, I have decided that from now on I will limit my phone use while we eat to strictly photo taking; no email, no Instagram, no nothing!

I would love to know, have you ever solo-dinned at a restaurant? How did you find the experience? And if not, what is stopping you from trying?

A love affair with leather

Plaid & leather outfit - Blushed Tapatia{J.Crew top (similar) & necklace, Banana Republic skirt (no longer available) , Michael Kors booties (now on sale!)}

Although leather has been all the rage for the last few years, I hate to admit that I was not an early adopter and it’s mostly due to a horrible experience I had with leather back in grade 5.

I was in middle school living in Connecticut and fresh-of-the-airplane from Mexico. As a little awkward pre-teen who was trying to fit in and not draw too much attention to her accent, I relied on pretty clothes to make me feel more comfortable {lets be honest, not much has changed!}.

It was early fall and I had fallen in love with a beautiful pair of faux-leather pants at the-best-store-in-the-WORLD, Limited-Too, and after weeks of pleading I finally convinced my mom that I absolutely needed them and that I would certainly wear them more than once. The first day that I got to wear them to school I was on top of the world!

At lunch time my little group of girlfriends crowded around me and ooohd and ahhed at my gorgeous pants as we squeezed into the packed cafeteria.  Then, just as I went to take a seat, I heard the most terrifying sound a human being can hear while they are wearing faux-leather pants…


At first I thought it wasn’t me so I did a 360 trying to find the source of the sound but when I heard my friends gasp and then break into a cackle I reached behind me and was terrified to find that my pants had ripped right in half and left my little bum, underwear and all, exposed. I did the only thing you can do when you’re in such a situation: I began hysterically laughing. I’m pretty sure that part of the hysteria was panic and the other part was disbelief. Like, seriously?! The pant’s weren’t even tight fitting!!

My diary entry that night promised that I would never wear anything leather ever again. Ever!

But here I am, a few years later and completely in love with my mini-leather skirt. No rips have happened since and *knock-on wood* won’t ever happen again – not sure what my office’s policy is on having an exposed bum and I don’t plan on finding out!

What to do in Toronto this Christmas

Christmas in Toronto

Whether you are visiting Toronto for the holidays or you live in {or around} the city, these are the top 5 things that you absolutely must do this Christmas season. Not only are they guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit but you will also get to enjoy one of the most wonderful cities in the world {I may be a little biased…} in full sparkle and glamour!

1.Bundle up and go ice skating

In the winter, this city comes alive with public skating rinks that you can find scattered all throughout, with the most popular one being at Nathan Phillips Square. While they all offer their own charm, I would highly recommend marking December 20th on your calendar for the Annual Holiday Skating Party at the Harbour Front Centre.

2.Visit the Toronto Christmas Market

This is a fairly new event but it is quickly becoming a Christmas staple in the city. The Distillery District in Toronto is decked out with twinkling Christmas lights, the most beautiful Christmas tree and a variety of shops where you can purchase anything from handcrafted ornaments and gifts to delicious {and festive} snacks.

3. Bah Humbug your way to Soulpepper’s adaptation of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol 

The show will warm your heart and get you in the right mindset for the holidays. The venue is also is conveniently located in the heart of the Distillery District. My suggestion: give yourself a few hours before the show starts so you have plenty of time to walk through the Christmas Market then follow the play with dinner at my favourite Mexican restaurant. Perfect date-night? Absolutely!

4. Go for a walk through the High Park trails

Living in the west end of Toronto, I’ve come to truly appreciate the beauty and solitude that High Park offers this busy and bustling city, especially during this crazy time of the year. The best way to do the park is to start with a walk on Roncesvalles. If you enjoy great coffee, get a cup at Cherry Bomb and walk north on Roncy until you get to High Park Boulevard. You will walk by some of Toronto’s most beautiful homes and walk in to the park through my favourite entrance!

5. Brave the crowds at the Eaton Centre

If you prep yourself for a crowded mall and if you have gotten most of you shopping done, going for a walk through Toronto’s iconic Eaton Centre will be an enjoyable Christmas activity – I promise! The Christmas music, the crowds, the decorations and the good cheer lives there this time of the year. And before leaving, make sure you walk by The Bay’s store display on Queen Street. It’s an absolute must!

Fellow Torontonians, what other key events and places are a must this time of the year?

Hair Confessions: Lesson Learned

2014 was a very interesting hair year for me, and I mean “interesting” in the worst sense of the word.

All through my high school and most of my university years I kept my hair style more or less the same, which is to say, it had no particular style. It was long, it was wavy, it was okay. Then one day, while cramming for final exams and finishing up term papers, running on exactly 3 hours of sleep and after drinking my fourth Red Bull, I had the most brilliant idea in the world: I would get a bob hair cut {!!!} And in a very Carpe Diem way, I went straight to the hair salon before I could actually sleep on it and chopped all my hair off.


This was the first time I had had such a drastic transformation and was surprised at how fun having short-bouncy hair could be so naturally I grew a quite a bit more confident with what my hair could do. For the next few years I played with different cuts but it wasn’t until last year that I ventured into the world of colour….

Last December I went into the hair salon and confidently told my stylist “I want to be blonde.” I should have taken his incredulous look followed by laughter and then by realization that I wasn’t kidding as a bad sign but apparently when I get an idea into my head I can be stubborn {or something… ;)}. Against his expert opinion {and my husband’s}, he listened to his customer and gave me highlights.

Hair Confessions with Blushed Tapatia

I enjoyed my Kelly-Clarkson-Circa-2001 look for exactly 2 minutes before realizing the mistake I’d made but {being the stubborn lady that I am} I refused to let anyone, especially my stylist, know my true feelings.

After a couple dozen box dyes and more than monthly visits to the hair salon, I’ve realized that although my hair does grow back rather quickly, it might not necessarily be the best “canvas” to play with.

Lesson learned: never make decisions when you’ve only slept for 3 hours and have had more than the daily recommended amount of caffeine.

Have you played around with your hair style and colour? Did you ever go back to the original or did you find something different that you love?

A Dog’s Diary #2

“hi guys! it’s me, {h}ernie!

IMG_1408mom says I’m still a puppy but she’s wrong because I’m all grown up now. look, i have whiskers!

also, I really love walks.  specially our saturday walks. mom and dad always tease me on saturdays. it looks like we are on the way to the park but then they stop to get something to drink at their favourite coffee shop. last weekend, mom got something called a {croissant} but was too slow at eating it so i helped myself and took it right out of her hand. she screeched but im certain that it was with joy!

oh and then we go for nice long walk along the paths of high park. my favourite thing about the park are running, dogs and squirrels. i love getting chased by them!

this past week i was able to get mom’s work pants into my crate. she asked me how i did it but a magician never spills his secrets! anyways, they were so soft and cuddly that i couldn’t help myself and just ate them. not only was she very upset but my stomach also got very mad at me. they both are still getting over it.

i also have discovered howling. have you ever tried it? it’s fascinating so i test it out anytime i hear a sound out in the hallway. last night i tried it at 3 am but i don’t think mom and dad were too impressed…humans

anyways, i love christmas time. i get to hang out under the christmas tree and munch on the popcorn and cranberry garland.

speaking of which, i’m hungry again so i gotta go.



Three Easy Ways to Beat a Cold this Winter

Hello! It’s been a while…a long while.

I could give the many excuses that I have been telling myself for not spending time here but I won’t do that to you. Nobody likes excuses so I’ll take it like the grown up that I’m trying to become and admit that it was absolutely my fault. But you will be happy to know that I missed you, terribly! So I am back and this time for good. Some weeks I might post more than others and that’s okay. I’m learning that just because I miss a post or two it doesn’t mean that I have failed and now have to quit posting altogether because the truth of the matter is, I really love this space. I love the writing, the curating, and I love that you take the time to read this.

So without further ado, I will start this new season with what I hope will be useful to you this {furiously approaching} winter season: my top 3 ways I tell a cold to beat it!

Beating-a-cold1. Salads. Yes, I said salads and no, I’m not crazy. While I love a good cup of hearty chicken soup like any other sick person, I find that soup only makes me feel good temporary and {as I reluctantly transition into adulthood} I am finally starting to accept {and notice} the fact that greens are good for your body and your immune system…who knew! The salad above was my version of this but I replaced the watermelon with peaches. The dressing is also oh-so delish that I make a batch every.single.week.

2.Stress is never good for you, specially when you’re sick so cuddle up on your couch in your comfiest blanket and watch your favourite feel-good movies. My go-to list is The Holiday, Love Actually, Bridget Jones Diary, Dirty Dancing and Easy A.

3. Water, tea, repeat! While all tea is good and delicious, as soon as I start feeling a cold coming on I start compulsively brewing David’s Tea Cold 911. Its minty flavour always makes me feel way better!