Exercising Baby

One should surround themselves with things that are either beautiful or practical or both.

On my first visit to ZimSculpt, I fell in love with a beautiful sculpture called “Exercising Baby” I found in their Marketplace. Sadly the piece was not in my budget but I took a photograph to remember it. Apparently I really loved the piece as in reviewing my photographs I found a smaller version of the sculpture I loved. Lucky to find it on my second visit to the exhibit. Exercising Baby by Richard Kambazuma now has a new home with me.

To find your own beautiful piece of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture and support generations of Zimbabwe Sculptors, visit ZimSculpt at the Toronto Botanical Garden between now until Sunday September 30th.

Acqua di Gioia

“A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique.” – Giorgio Armani

I love perfume. Many scents I love are too heavy for summer as well as the office. I was gifted Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia a few years back and it quickly became a favourite. It has a lovely light scent that isnā€™t too floral and is perfect to wear to work everyday regardless of season. Please be mindful as many individuals have scent allergies and sensitivities. Definitely something to keep in mind if wish to wear perfume to work or a job interview.

Plane Spotting at YYZ

When I was little, my dad would take my brother and I to Toronto Pearson to watch planes land. The excitement of the plane coming towards you is a rush that never gets old. It is something I still absolutely love today.

One of my favourite spots to catch jets landing is the parking lot behind the Petro Canada Gas Station on Airport Road. It is the perfect spot when this runway is in use. Download a flight tracking app to your mobile to determine where planes are landing. Trust me when you arrive, you will find many other fellow plane nerds trying to capture the perfect shot.

Today I met a family who brought their four year old son for the first time and the smile on his face said it all. If you are looking for a fun family activity, I highly recommend a wee bit of plane spotting. A great way to create a lifetime love of flight.

Kitchen Essentials: A Chef’s Knife and Paring Knife

For anyone who cooks at home, a Chef’s Knife and Paring Knife are kitchen essentials and absolutely worth the investment. My knives of choice are the WĆ¼sthof Ā® Classic 6″ Chef’s Knife and WĆ¼sthof Ā® Gourmet 3″ Paring Knife that I have had since 2010 and still love today. Despite cooking since childhood, I signed up for a knife skills cooking class at the LCBO in Toronto. In one evening class, my friends and I were lucky enough to learn beginner knife skills, enjoy the fruits of the our labour and were gifted with a few WĆ¼sthof Ā® knives to take home. The LCBO still runs these classes at the Summerhill Toronto LCBO Stores and other locations throughout Ontario. If this is something you are interested in, sign up for their LCBO Taste and Experiences Guide to learn about future classes. The LCBO also has a number of great cooking classes with wine paring too. I highly recommend taking one if you are looking to expand your own culinary skills. It is a lovely way to spend an evening.

If you are already a knife pro and looking for an upgrade, definitely check out the WĆ¼sthof Ā® knives which are sold in Toronto at Crate and Barrel Yorkdale Shopping Centre, via their website and at Russell Hendrix Foodservice Equipment. I love mine.

Happy chopping!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Tiffany’s Elsa PerettiĀ® Open Heart Pendant is absolutely one of my favourite jewellery pieces. I purchased mine for myself 13 years ago and it is a treasured piece I wear almost everyday. I love its simplicity and beauty. If you are looking for a lovely present for you or a beautiful woman in your life, one may love this beautiful open heart in a little Tiffany blue box.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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My Best Nine 2017 Simple Joys

My own creation of my Best Nine of 2017 is one that I feel truly reflects this past year. While nothing particularly monumental or noteworthy happened this year, there were many memorable moments along the way. I love all my visits with my little nephew. He has such a happy, energetic and fun little personality and challenges me with all his WHY questions. I loved that I had many opportunities to learn something new. A definite highlight was the opportunity to celebrate Finland 100 through my Finnish Architecture and Design Course at U of T including a behind the scenes tour of Toronto City Hall. I learned a bit about Emergency Preparedness as a volunteer at Toronto Pearson’s annual exercise. My volunteer role allowed me the amazing opportunity to attend a Train the Trainer session for two Cleveland Clinic program. I also contributed to many different initiatives in my volunteer role which hopefully will help many patients and their families in the future. I loved that I got to meet Bobbi Brown as I love her beauty philosophy – Be Who You Are. I enjoyed exploring and photographing University of Toronto and other areas of our city I don’t often get to. A definite highlight for me was the experiencing the incredibly inspiring Invictus Games. I was totally in awe of the competitors and loved seeing our city come out to cheer on every single one of them. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. I was also pretty excited that I saw Prince Harry on two occasions after seeing Princess Diana on her first trip to Canada in 1983 and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London in 2013. A full circle moment for me as they all are an inspiration to me on the importance of kindness, giving back and helping others. I am thankful for all these simple joys and many others I had throughout the year and grateful to everyone who follows along as I simply go about my everyday. Wishing you all a 2018 filled with many simple joys of your own. šŸ’—