Life doesn’t always give you a fairytale but thankfully that doesn’t mean you can’t own beautiful dishes just for you. Love my new Sophie Conran White Porcelain by Portmeirion dishes from the William Ashley Warehouse Sale. Simple and practical for every day and entertaining too.
“Money doesn’t buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant.” – Caroline Herrera
Scarves have always been one of my favourite accessories and Love From Alice is one of my go to stops for my growing scarf collection. Open Saturday and Sundays in Jubilee Market Hall at Covent Garden in London, England. I love that scarves are A simple and inexpensive way to add a pop of colour and change up an outfit. If you find yourself in London, definitely pop by Love From Alice for a visit.
Becoming a better photographer is truly practice, practice, practice. I am constantly taking pictures and I often take multiples so I can look back as they can all be slightly different. I also got great advice from James Christie of Edinburgh Photography Tour when I took his tour in 2013 – most people take the photo from where they are standing and move on. Don’t be lazy – walk around and it can totally change your picture. It is so true. I will constantly move to get a better shot. Once a shutterbug, always a shutterbug. Looking forward to another year of capturing how I see the everyday and the world!
Happy mail! Finland in 50 Stories. A lovely little coffee table book from Finland for Christmas. I love photography and stories which makes this book is a perfect addition to my Finnish book collection. 💙🇫🇮
Christmas Wish Lists. Do you love them or leave them? My family has always believed in the lists since I was little and writing letters to Santa. We still exchange them for our family gift exchange to give ideas of what we may like under the tree. I am pretty practical and don’t want things I don’t want or need and thus am a big believer in Christmas (and Birthday) Wish Lists. Hopefully Santa brings me a thing or two off mine.
Love how food evokes so many memories from growing up. Sweet and sour spare ribs were one of my childhood favourites. There never seemed to be enough sauce to put over rice so definitely need to increase the ingredients. Thankful to find the cookbook that contained the recipe and the page reflects how often we made this. Definitely a family fave for mine.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
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.
“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 isn’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.
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.