1) Le Petit Marseillais deodorant spray – France loves Le Petit Marseillais. I’m always on the lookout for new beauty products and had never really seen any spray deodorants for women in Canada before, especially some that didn’t contain paraben or aluminum. These spray on deodorants are so awesome because they don’t leave any white stains or yellow marks and dry super quickly! I also love the smell of this one – “green tea“, it’s light and also a little sweet. I was so stoked on this product, that I actually brought back a bunch of them with me. You can get some Le Petit Marseillais products online via Amazon, if ever you’re not planning on making it out to France any time soon.
2) BelVita Biscuit Petit Déjeuner – I recently discovered these amazing breakfast cookies while in France. They come individually packaged in packs of four and are great accompanied by fruit or even yogourt in the morning. They have a bunch of different kinds – some sweeter than others. To my surprise, I found BelVita cookies at Fiesta Farms in Toronto, but funny enough in Canada, they’re made by Christie and not by LU and don’t have the same health standards. So to my utter disappointment, these cookies in Canada as healthy and awesome as they are in France. Luckily we brought back a few boxes but that just means we’ll have to go back and get more 😉 SO YUMMY!
3) Chestnut Spread – As a kid, my mom would eat chestnut spread from France every morning. She would put it on toast with butter. I never really liked chestnut spread until I became an adult but now, I love putting it on raisin bread toast (any one else grew up eating raisin bread all the time?!). I like it because it’s not too sweet and this particular spread we brought back from France is actually local and all-natural. You can find similar chestnut spread at Whole Foods or even Fiesta Farms in Toronto.
What do you do in your downtime? Are you someone who likes to read? I realized recently that I read less than 10 books this past year. How scary is that? I used to read all the time but with the advent of Netflix, getting and iPad, blogging, etc., most of the downtime I spend indoors is connected to some form of technology. I got a major reality check this month when Offner and I rented a house in Malibu in the middle of the canyon with no wifi, no tv and basically no technology whatsoever. What else is there to do at night when you take technology away? We’re so tied to it that it feels funny at first to not be able to “refresh” your twitter, instagram, etc. every 5 minutes.
We decided to embrace this lack of technology and found ourselves playing games (mimes anyone?), talking a lot more and reading a bunch before going to bed each night. It was actually quite calming. Though I’m not one to make yearly resolutions every January, one of the things I will make a conscious effort to do more this year is to read. It’s another form of relaxation that I often overlook and want to make sure I don’t as much in the future.
I’m always looking for reading suggestions so if you’ve got any good books you’d like to share, comment below! 😀
1) Diptyque Feu De Bois Candle – The best candle for these cold winter nights. This week’s Friday Faves are all things that I got on my recent trip in France. I purchased this beautiful candle at the Diptyque store in Le Marais. I’ve been lighting it at home every night since I got back this week and it smells just like a fire place. Its aroma is comforting and cozy. So happy I brought one of these back home with me!
2) L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream – Ever since I was a child, I’ve always seen my family in France with L’Occitane products lying around their homes. I’ve actually never owned any of their products until now. This cream is so handy with the cold weather right now and super easy to carry around. I like that it doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy and doesn’t have a powerful of a smell. Super hydration!
3) Cartier La Panthère Perfume – I was gifted this lovely perfume at Christmas in France by my mother in law. Cartier is such a prestigious and legendary brand in France. I love the delicate panther head engraved in the packaging. The perfume is classy yet also fierce, two qualities that I really like.
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!
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!
A cute new patisserie opened up in Parkdale recently called The Tempered Room. Located on Queen West, this hip new spot is incredibly cute and homey. The owner and chef Bertrand Alépée, is from France and has brought lot’s of his home country to this little café. At the Tempered Room, you’ll find freshly baked croissants (that taste like France and that are way cheaper than Nadège!), croque-monsieurs, chouquettes, baguettes, flans, etc.
The space is well designed, you can either sit with you computer on a stool at one of their individual tables or at the big table in the front or even right by the windows. They have complimentary wifi for their clients and always have a killer music playlist. Their staff is also very friendly.
The flavors of the food he presents is very similar to what you would find in France, which warms my heart and makes my mouth water. It’s so rare to find baked goods that really remind me of France in Toronto. The place seems to be pleasing locals as it’s been busy since they’ve opened. They plan on expanding their food menu come winter and are also working on developing special wine, pastry and dinner events in the future. J’ai hâte!
Happy weekend everyone! Hope you all had a great Halloween last night.
I’m sharing with you today, my last and final look from my nature walk in Toronto. Fall is really underway in the city… it was even snowing a little bit this morning. I hope you get out to enjoy the lovely fall colors before all the leaves fall down.
Living in a place with four seasons, reminds me every year of how fast time goes by. It seems like just yesterday I moved to Toronto, but this week I celebrated my 5th anniversary in the city. Grateful for all that the city has brought me since I’ve made that move. Not sure if I’ll be staying in Toronto forever, but there’s a really great energy in the city these days. With now a new (and hopefully much better) mayor leading the 4th biggest city in North America, I have high hopes that Toronto will continue to thrive and develop into an even greater place. Really happy to call Toronto my home!
Never thought I’d be a big fan of baggy faux leather pants but then I tried on this comfy as hell pants from M for Mendocino a few weeks back and decided to had to have them. Not only are they comfy but they’re also super warm. I think they’ll officially become my new travel pants. Plus you get dress them up with heels or with a nice pair of boots or even opt for a more casual look with sneakers or slip-on shoes. Would you wear the baggy leather pant?
Happy Canadian Thanksgivingeveryone!! So much to be grateful for on this day and also throughout the year. Thankful for my health, my family & friends, all the amazing opportunities that have come my way this year and just being able to travel the world and do what makes me happy! Also grateful to all of you who take the time out of your day to come visit this site! Thank YOU!
Pinch me! I can’t believe it’s already October! Things I love about October: the leaves changing colours, the crisp smell of fall, being able to wear pants again, bringing my collection of teas back out, etc! Another thing about October is that it’s BREAST CANCER AWARENESS month. Breast cancer is a cause that touches me directly, my mother is a breast cancer survivor. Unfortunately, a lot of her friends who were also diagnosed around the same time as her, have passed away. We’ve come such a long way in regards to treatment but we still have so much further to go. There are so many great initiatives and campaigns out there to raise funds for breast cancer. I particularly liked this unique campaign I saw today by Surfline x Mauli Ola Foundation called “Battle For The Breasts”, which gets you to vote for your favorite women surfers. You can check it out here. For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness month, you can check out the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or your local Breast Cancer organization.
Enjoying the last few days of warm weather this year to wear my shorts a couple more times. Wearing a long sleeve shirt today just to make the outfit a little warmer.