1) Blood Concept B perfume – I’m currently in France and one of the things that I had to get more of while I was here was this Blood Concept perfume. As you can see from the bottle, I’ve been carrying it around with me quite a bit. It’s my go-to perfume. The reason why I like it so much is that it’s clean, fresh and isn’t too overpowering. It’s also not too feminine. I have yet to find any here, so I make sure to grab some bottles when I stop by the Springsioux store in Paris!
2) Estelle & Thild’s Biodefense Multi-Action Youth Serum – They’re an organic skincare brand from Stockholm, Sweden. I first heard of them through Anine Bing‘s blog and wanted to try them out having read a lot of really great reviews on their products. The first thing I noticed is how amazing their products all smell. I’ve been adding this serum to my beauty routine twice a day before putting on anything else. It really makes my skin feel good without being too thick or leaving any residue.
3) F. Miller lip balm – I’ve talked about F. Miller’s 100% natural products before. Offner actually got this lip balm when he attended her skincare product launch in Toronto this fall (an event that I missed sadly). I’ve been using it every day since he got it. She recently announced that she’ll be expanding her product line and releasing these lip balms shortly. It’s the perfect thing to put in your bag or your pocket to keep your lips hydrated!
Looking for new spots to check out next time you travel to New York City? I’ve got you covered! In such a big food city like NYC it’s hard to only pick five, but here are some of my latest favorites!
1) Chalk Point Kitchen. One of the newest restaurants that I discovered upon my last trip to NYC. I was immediately attracted to this place for two main reasons a) they’re all about supporting the local farming and food community and b) they’re very social media savvy! I was welcomed with a super cute personalized card on the table. I loved their farm and barn-inspired interior. Everything that we ordered tasted incredibly yummy and FRESH! They also have lot’s of amazing vegetarian options. You can pay them a visit for brunch and dinner, they’re located in Lower Manhattan. Make sure you also check out their ultra cool bar just underneath them called The Handy Liquor Bar, love the old library and speakeasy vibe they’ve got going on.
2) Doughnut Plant. If you’re a doughnut fanatic like I am, you have to stop by the Doughnut Plant in NYC. There are two main locations on the island: one close to the Williamsburg bridge entrance and another in Chelsea. Whatever area you’re staying in, it’s definitely worth the trek to get these handcrafted gourmet doughnuts. They make their doughnuts every day from fresh seasonal fruits and ingredients (organic if possible), they’re all natural, all of their jams are made in-house plus they don’t contain any eggs, trans fats, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. You’ll want to try their signature Jelly-Filled Square Doughnut, I had their peanut butter and jelly doughnut and it was hands down the best doughnut I’ve ever tasted (and I’m starting to be quite the doughnut pro)! If you’re on the go, you can always download their app, so that you are sure to find a doughnut near you!
3) Le Pain Quotidien. My favorite spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch when in the city. I love their seasonal and organic menu. This place has such a European feel to it, with the big communal tables, their jams, pastries, etc. It’s really homey spot that makes your dining experience really fun and relaxed. I’m a huge fan of their avocado on toast for lunch, their quiches and fresh salads. For breakfast, I love having their organic granola (they also have a Gluten Free option for those in need) as well as their chia seed pudding! The portions are the perfect size so you’re never left feeling too stuffed!
4) Baked by Melissa. By far the cutest cupcake place in NYC. Melissa’s little cupcake shops are located all around Manhattan. I stopped by the one right by Central Park and Columbus Circle. She opened up her first shop in Soho in 2009. In her store you’ll find more than a dozen different kinds of bite-size cupcakes. I decided to try a box of three, my favorite being the peanut butter & jelly (are you noticing a theme yet on this blog? I have a thing for pb&j!).
5) The Grill at La Piscine / SNOB. Located in the heart of Chelsea, this summer rooftop pool and restaurant or winter lounge will give you one of the best views of Manhattan. In the summer, they have an amazing outdoor grill where they serve Mediterranean specialties and in the winter, you can relax in their comfy sofas and dreamy lit lounge. Located in the Hotel Americano, this is one of my new favorite hotspots to hang out in. A perfect place for drinks after work or weekend outing!
Couldn’t be more excited about this last blog interview of the year! If you’ve been following my blog, you know just how much I LOVE the designer Anine Bing. Not only is she my favorite designer, she’s also someone I look up to and an inspiration! The Los Angeles designer by way of Denmark, is also an entrepreneur, a model, a singer and a mother of two young children. Since she launched her first collection in 2012, my closet has slowly been filling up with a lot of her designs. I love her minimalist yet rock n’ roll designs. Her clothes always have the perfect balance between edgy and feminine. I feel 100% myself when I wear her clothes. Her blog is also one of my daily go-to’s. I’m beyond thrilled that she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of my questions. To finish off the year, here are my 5 Questions With Anine Bing:
1) Do you remember when your love for fashion started? What made you want to become a designer?
My love for fashion started already as a kid. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so I got most of my clothes from my older siblings. But I did the best out of it and I got very inspired by my older brother who always wore cool jeans, Dr. Marten boots and a pallastina scarf. My dream of starting my own line started 4 years ago. I wanted to create the perfect pair of jeans and other great basic pieces that was easy to mix and match..
2) Where do you draw inspiration for the clothes that you design for your Anine Bing line?
I get inspired where ever I go. There is so much inspiration living here in LA. Wherever I go I feel inspired. I also love traveling and experience different cultures. Old movies, books and magazines are also places to look for inspiration..
3) What are some of your must-haves for the winter season?
For the winter I love layering. I am a big fan of chunky oversized knits, skinny jeans and a big scarf. Boots is also a must during winter, or actually all year around
4) In addition to being a designer, you are an entrepreneur, a singer, a model and you are also a mother of two. How do you balance all of these different aspects of your life? How each of these things feed your creativity and your life in general?
I love being creative and everything I do is very creative.. In different areas. Being a mom is the most important roll. Being a designer takes up must of my time and I just LOVE what I do.. It gives me energy to do so many different things. I love every part of my life and that makes it easier to balance then..
5) Those who follow you on social media will note that you also seem to love good food. What are your favorite spots to eat in LA?
I love Urth Caffe for lunch. Pace for dinner and Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast…
What’s next for Anine Bing?
I have soooo many exciting things coming up.. but I can’t give you any details right now…
Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to take part in my 5 Questions With blog series this year. I’m incredibly honored and grateful! Here’s to more inspiring interviews in 2015!
1) Titika Active Wear headband – Nothing worse than having your hair in your face when you’re working out. In the summer, I usually wear a baseball cap that also protects my face from the sun, but in the winter, if I’m not wearing a hat or I’m working out indoors, I NEED to wear a headband or my hair drives me nuts. I like this Titika headband simply because it’s bright and colorful and is super cheap. Plus it actually stays on my head throughout the workout! Added bonus, they’re a brand from Toronto
2) LACC vegan friendly nail polish No.2005 – Did you know that there was such a thing as vegan friendly nail polish? You won’t be finding fish scales or any other animal byproducts in this line of nail polishes. LACC, which stands for “La couleur couture” is one of my latest discoveries. All of their nail polishes are named after years. I like this one “No.2005″ because I find it to be a great winter color. Don’t quite remember what I was doing in 2005 (can’t believe that was almost 10 years ago) but I think it’s neat to be wearing a nail polish that is named after a specific year.
3) Dr. Lipp original nipple balm for lips – This is actually a free sample that I got when I recently ordered some other beauty products. I usually don’t care for free samples but this one not only caught my attention, I actually started using it as well. It’s 100% natural and is the best cure for chapped lips. Also, you can use it for dry skin, feet, cuticles, etc. Who knew?!
The leopard coat (faux leopard that is!) is officially back out. I forgot just how warm it was and how much I love it with my red hair. Kinda obsessed with this jumpsuit I recently found at H&M. It’s the first time I find one that’s actually long enough for me. I kinda feel like a could be a mechanic wearing this jumpsuit, a dorky mechanic maybe… Happy Monday!
1) Komono Red Leopard watch – Part of The Wizard Print Series this fall, I couldn’t resist this rad rose gold and red leopard watch. You know me, anything leopard, I must have! It definitely makes a statement with any outfit. Can’t wait to wear it this winter!
2) COMMUNION By Joy Warrior stud – Can’t get enough of this 14k rose gold stud that the lovely Joy sent me a couple of weeks ago. All of her jewelry empower women and are so incredibly unique. I’m such a big fan of hers!
3) Applepear Strand Bracelet – I love this super dainty new bracelet I got from Priscilla, the designer of Applepear Jewelry. Priscilla does it all. She’s a wife, a mom, an engineer and also an artist. She has a real talent for designing feminine and beautiful pieces of jewelry while using metals and semi-precious stones. I’m really excited that Priscilla wanted to offer YOU the chance to win a $30 gift card for her online shop. All you have to do is enter the contest below. You have until 12am EST Tuesday December 9th to participate. Good luck!
Never thought I would be a winter runner. Honestly, I never thought I would run consistently all throughout the year. I’ve mentioned this on the blog before but since I moved closer to the waterfront in Toronto, running has become a really important part of my life. It’s precious “me” time that I use to decompress and clear my head. I’ve always dreaded running when the temperature started to drop and would usually stop around October or November. Luckily, this fall hasn’t been too cold and I’ve been able to wear some awesome new gear, which has made braving the cold a whole lot easier. These Hyperwarm tights & this warm waterproof jacket have helped keep me warm. Plus these rad new shoes give me some extra pep in my step. #ChooseYourWinter is Nike’s slogan this year and I can honestly say that I’ve chosen to brave the elements and keep up with my running routine. Though I’ll be traveling a lot in the next couple of months, I hope to be able to keep up with this regimen. I’ve been thinking about this a lot as of late and I would like to sign up for my first ever 5-10k run in 2015. New goal!! Anyone want to sign up with me?
Writing a food blog while hungry is a little dangerous, especially if you’re blogging about a big food city like San Francisco. What I discovered during this past trip is that San Francisco really has a great food scene. With the big mix of cultures in the city, you’re bound to find some AMAZING spots to eat. Here are the five places I loved most when I traveled to San Francisco this summer:
1) Foreign Cinema. The perfect location for a date. Movies and food? What more could you want? I really enjoyed the sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere there. The restaurant, located in Mission, serves high-end Californian and Mediterranean inspired dishes. The outdoor patio is super romantic with all the little lights strewn across the entire space. Foreign Cinema is also a local brunch hotspot. They serve great charcuterie and cheese boards as well as really tasty mains.
2) Tacolicious. If you’re into Mexican food and have a thing for tacos, you HAVE to stop by Tacolicious on Valencia Street in Mission. You can also find them in Palo Alto, North Beach and at the Marina. Finding a table at this joint is almost impossible if you show up any later than 5pm. So either show up early or order some appetizers at the bar and wait to be seated. I see Tacolicious as SF’s version of Grand Electric in Toronto but with even more Mexican authenticity, which is awesome! The best thing about Tacolicious is all the different FLAVORS! Everything tastes incredibly authentic, spicy and is so delicious. I definitely recommend trying the plate of 4 tacos for $16, that way you get to taste a variety of flavors. They also have great snacks and yes, DESSERTS!
3) Dynamo Donut + Coffee. I couldn’t blog about food in SF without mentioning this place. This small joint is located in Mission and there’s another spot at the Marina. People line up every morning starting at 7am to make sure they grab some fresh donuts and coffee. The spot in Mission has a great back patio, where you can enjoy your oh-so delicious donut in a peaceful environment! All of their donuts are made from scratch by hand in-house with REAL ingredients. All of their donuts are made from seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Their donuts aren’t too greasy or big so you can definitely try more than one I honestly had to stop myself from eating too many.
4) La Méditerranée. Located in Noe and Fillmore, this yummy Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect place for quick and fresh lunch or dinner. I love trying out new dishes and flavors, especially when they come from an area of the world I’m not as familiar with. I love being surprised by spices, textures and overall dish presentation. This restaurant did just that. It was all incredibly filling and tasty. A tip: try getting some sharing plates, that way you’ll be able to taste a lot of their different specialties. The restaurant also offers a lot of vegetarian-friendly options (see below!).
5) Craftsman & Wolves. If you’re looking for the cutest pastries, a good coffee or some tasty snacks, you have to check out the ultra hype Craftsman & Wolves located on Valencia Street. Their specialty tarts, croissants, scones and cube cakes are all ridiculous (I mean SO GOOD!). They’ve also got a selection of sandwiches for lunch and also serve wine and beer.
What are some of your favorite spots to eat when in San Francisco?
Can’t believe it’s December 1st! Just a few more days before we finally leave for our next travel adventure. This weekend was all about resting and having fun in the city (never too old to play in a park! ;)). We also treated ourselves to some yummy food at the much talked about new Italian restaurant OVEST on Queen West (ex-Terroni chef). Super tasty food but a little on the pricey side. We also had dinner at our favorite BBQ joint Electric Mud BBQ in Parkdale. They really have the BEST selection of BBQ & southern comfort food and the best homemade desserts. Nothing quite like sharing life’s little pleasures with someone you love!
I’ve been thinking of doing a new series on my blog for a while now and have decided to finally launch it today. I will be picking 3 things on Fridays that I’m currently obsessed with and will be sharing them with you. It can be accessories, beauty products, food, etc. I’m not going to limit myself to anything specific, just the three things that have got me excited right now! Here are my first three picks for my Friday Faves:
1) Urbanears – Humlan Mulberry – Can’t leave the house without my new Urbanears headphones that I recently purchased. Not only do they keep my ears warm but they’re also completely machine washable. I’ve been using them for running as well. They’re a great replacement for my iPhone earbuds that kept falling out of my ears. These headphones are adjustable, have a microphone and remote and also have socket that allows you to share your music with someone else. Most importantly, everything sounds great in them!
2) Stance Bglam Socks – Who said warm socks couldn’t also be cute? Stance always have the coolest sock designs. I love all of their bold colors and patterns. These guys are perfect for the holiday season. I’ve got them in grey and black. They keep warm and add some sparkle to my outfits!
3) Lacoste T119 Elf charger – The battery of my iPhone hasn’t been dealing well with the cold weather as of late. I love having this tiny little charger in my bag, it’s a daily lifesaver. All you have to do is charge it up overnight and it’ll give your phone 2-3 extra charges. Since I’m not planning on buying a new phone just yet, this will keep me going throughout my travels in the coming months!
What are some of your current obsessions? Share them with me! xo