A fabulous Saturday afternoon in my kitchen with local Markham via Mexico Chef Paula Zavala. I was lucky to be able to attend her virtual Thai Food Cooking Class today. On the menu – Thai Coconut Milk Soup with Chicken or Shrimp, Chicken or Pork Skewers with Peanut Sauce and Thai Caramelized Plantains or Bananas.
Chef Paula hosts a few weekly classes virtually from her kitchen. Definitely recommend doing your mise en place prep before the class. In addition to her weekly classes, you can also book a private class too. What a fun and safe idea to enjoy with family, friends and/or your team for a little holiday cheer from the comforts of home. Gracias Chef Paula for a great few hours of connecting with others, learning and my delicious Saturday evening dinner. ♥️
This family day weekend I really needed a bit of self care so decided to take advantage of the February promotion at Glow Medi Spa for an OxyGeneo 3 in 1 super facial which I have heard many great things about. My winter skin definitely needed a little TLC. My skin is a bit sensitive to some facials and I often experience redness that always subsides. Not with this facial. I was immediately able to go about my day makeup free with SPF. My post-facial skin feels fabulous. Thank you Lily, Amy and Alex for an absolutely lovely first visit to Glow Markham.
Life doesn’t always give you the fairytale but it doesn’t mean you can’t aspire to own beautiful table-settings just for you. Beautiful selections at the stunning new William Ashley Flagship Store in Bloor Yorkville.
Today I paid a visit to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Wig Salon and Accessories Boutique. It is the only place in Toronto that I found that accepts gently used wigs to be reconditioned for patients that may need one. I also discovered they will take head coverings and scarves too. They have a Look Good Feel Better program out of the space as well as sell hats and accessories with proceeds going back to the hospital. I was lucky to meet the lovely team including Wig Specialist Laurie as well as a fourteen year volunteer giving back. Such a special place to help patients. Unfortunately not everyone is lucky to have work and/or private insurance or can afford to cover the cost of a wig. For those patients PMH runs a service outside of the PMH Lodge on Jarvis on Wednesday mornings to help those who cannot afford a wig and do not have insurance. All wigs have been donated like the one I dropped off today. Appointments must be made in advance by phoning Laurie at 416-413-7412. Losing your hair can be traumatizing so if you have gently used wigs, head coverings or scarves, definitely consider donating them to PMH and help patients in need.
How times and styles change. My mummi’s tiny wine glasses of decades gone by vs. my big ones of today. Essence by iittala from William Ashley. They are meant for red wine but practical me only wanted to buy one style of glasses. Mine are used for red, white and rose. I have champagne flutes for bubbles. I love the simplicity of the Essence line. Timeless Finnish design for everyday living.
I have always been a fan of glass enclosures for balconies since discovering them in Finland. All of the flats I have visited have had them and you find them both on new and old buildings. Smart and practical Finnish design for climates with four seasons. Thankfully Lumon has brought this design element to Canada. If you are looking to expand your living space in your condo, sunroom or patio at your residence and/or business, definitely visit at Lumon Canada to learn more. Beautiful, stylish and practical design to create a better home.
A JLT friend of mine Chelsea Brown Pelech recently launched her company Millie and will be hosting her inaugural Millie Speaks event on Saturday September 29th with the theme “Your Authentic Life”. In October, she will host her first Journey with Millie to beautiful Jordan. To learn more about Millie’s authentic experiences and/or to sign up for their newsletter, please visit the Millie website and prepare to be inspired.
I have never aspired to own anything from Louis Vuitton but I did enjoy my visit to their Time Capsule exhibit. It is beautiful. If you are downtown definitely pop in. The main exhibit is in the tent outside on Front Street across from the Royal York Hotel and there is pop up shop filled with books, notebooks and perfume in the lower level of Toronto Union. Free admission and the exhibit is on until Sunday September 30th.
Brighton Layson and Passmore Mupindiko are the two resident sculptors visiting Toronto for the ZimSculpt Exhibit at the Toronto Botanical Garden. I have been a few times since the exhibit opened and have enjoyed chatting, getting to know them and seeing them create amazing sculptures. If you have not yet been, do plan a visit on your own or with family and friends before Sunday, September 30th. Make sure to drop by to see these two lovely gentlemen in the ZimSculpt Marketplace to say hello and see what they are getting up to.