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.

IMG_0528

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.

later!

{h}ernie.”

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!

Quench your thirst!

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Warm summer weather and patios call for deliciously refreshing drinks. Although I do love a crisp cocktail to cool off on a warm summer day, sometimes I really just need a drink that will quench my thirst. I have always been an avid water drinker {great for my health, terrible for teeny tiny bladder!} and this is a fun way to spruce up my go-to drink. The best thing about it is that you can truly get creative by mixing up new delicious pairings with each pitcher.

My favourite combinations right now are:

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

 

Blushed Tapatia: Fruit Infused Water

There really is no recipe but I do recommend that if you are using any sort of herb {mint, sage, basil, etc} you give it a quick little crush with your hands to release the flavours.

Try this this weekend for your summer party or BBQ or your R&R time- it is a quick and beautiful way to keep your guests {and yourself!} hydrated.

 

Here comes the sun!

Blushed Tapatia

 

{Zara blouse & pants on sale now, Nine West shoes, J.Crew Jewellery}

 

Although it has been 2 years since I graduated university, I still feel a tinge of what I think might be guilt but I am not quite certain, when summer rolls around. Throughout university I worked at camps and as a tour guide, which meant that I got to spend all of my summer outside, soaking up the sun. I am now working in an office, and although I love my job I do miss spending so much time outside so in an effort to bring a little sun into the office I am incorporating florals and bright colours to my outfits while keeping it office appropriate. Glass half full, right?!

 

Friday Favourites

Blushed Tapatia: Ernie Boy

{Playing fetch with this crazy goof & teaching him to swim}

While I was on vacation I spent the entire week completely unplugged {I literally didn’t even touch my phone for a whole week, which for me, was a record} and as much as I hate to admit it, it wasn’t due to my own free will but rather due to circumstances {no free WiFi!} . After my initial panic attack I decided to embrace it and surprisingly enough I kind of loved it! I came back feeling so refreshed and worry-free that I decided to make an effort and become more unplugged in my day-to-day life. I’m not saying I’m quitting cold-turkey but I am starting with simple things like no phone or iPad {unless it’s for reading a book} for 1 hour before going to bed. For some of you this might not seem like a great feat but for me, who could be perfectly described by this hilarious print, it’s a big deal!  Hope you all have a restful and {perhaps, if you want a lovely challenge} unplugged weekend!

Alebrije - Mexican Folk Art Sculpture

{Brought this little Alebrije home with us from Mexico}

afterlight (2)

{Shameless selfies during a walk through High Park}

Mexican Wool Blanket

{We had  been in search for a beautiful wool blanket and fell in love with this one… it’s also Talulah approved!}

Mexican embroidery

{I couldn’t come back from Mexico without some more embroidered pieces….I am obsessed!}