Category — books
I love my blog. I reallyx3 do. If you read my ABOUT page, you’ll understand why. While I don’t have the time I used to when I started five years ago, it’s still an important outlet for me to write, share my ideas about the places I travel, the great restaurants with the most delicious food, the chicest boutiques and vintage shops I frequent and the cultural happenings that keep me excited about living in Toronto. I have a fun life and I always count my lucky stars and bank my Supermoons.
I have a dear friend who also manages a blog and we chat about when and if to call it quits as other life priorities take over. My feeling is, I will continue writing as long as the passion is there. It’s a creative space that evolves with me. If there is one thing I have learned about any love collage — whatever I write about on my blog or put on my actual board comes true. Sounds hokey but TRUST. And another grain of wisdom, put your energies in the things, people, places and interests that inspire you. When you look back, you will only have fond memories and few regrets.
“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” – Anais Nin
August 14, 2014 No Comments
This is kind of a continuation post of my Holiday Gift Guide 2013. I reallyx3 put the brakes on my OOC tendency to buy “one for you, one for me” when Christmas shopping. My Christmas tree and décor went up mid-November so I have been enjoying the lights, baking for friends, attending socials and wrapping gifts. In an effort to share some delightful gift ideas and live cyber vicariously through my blog, here are more fun ideas to help you through your holiday shopping…
And for the more decadent bon-vivants in your life, some gifts which are worth the splurge!
For the gourmands who could use a bite to go with their giant glass of wine…
December 14, 2013 1 Comment
I woke up super-early on Saturday morning, even though the night before warranted a proper sleep-in until noon. But I had a singular purpose in mind and that was to do all my holiday shopping before the madness descended on the mall. And I can dutifully report, “Success!”
Here are some of my tried and true ways to keep your sanity and give them what they want, what they reallyx2 want this holiday season:
- Make a list & check it twice – Now that I’m older and wiser, I have no time for diddly dadlling. I create a short list of the presents I need to buy and the shops I need to go to get them. Pick up the easy items you know first (like a specific book) and leave more time for the difficult (that perfect holiday sweater). Even if you don’t get everything in one shot, at least you will leave with a sense of accomplishment.
- Wear lightweight clothing – Even if it’s bone-chill cold outside, shopping is a calorie-burning exercise. I tend to feel overheated and irritable if I pack on the layers while maneuvering many bags.
Remember, to give how you live. I don’t think it’s about how grandiose the gift but the intention. Getting someone something they would never think to get for themselves is always a crowd-pleaser. And sometimes you don’t need to buy presents. Perhaps organizing a holiday brunch or dinner is plenty to spend time with close friends and family. The best part of the holidays is celebrating.
December 1, 2013 No Comments
Many of my friends have invited me to be part of their book clubs but I often hesitated with a suppressed eye-roll and an excuse like, “I’m busy.” Yes, I admit to taking a snobbish anti-stance to book club. I am a bonafide lover of books, a speed reader, a bookworm, a mega-nerd but why would I want to sit around listening to strangers talking about books? In an effort to support my friend S, I decided to put my ‘no-thank-you’ ideas about book clubs aside as she has organized a monthly meet up called BooknBrunch Club which has blossomed into a 260 member group and growing.
This month’s book was Michael Pollen’s In Defence of Food, a follow up to his successful The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The novel recounts the industrialization of the food industry and the ensuing consumer confusion on nutritional choices. It asks the questions – “What does it mean to eat healthy in today’s society?” and “How has it devolved that the common Western diet is perhaps the greatest blame for preventable diseases such as diabetes, strokes and cancer?” Think about that!
To parallel the theme of this month’s book selection, S had a sit down brunch for thirty with a healthy and locally sourced menu. Some of the messages in the book were about taking time to enjoy food as a community and to consume only foods which our grandmothers could name. Our location was The Soho House Toronto (192 Adelaide St. West). It was a beautiful setting, though a larger group than her usual, it felt intimate and the people I met were affable, intellectual and extremely interesting. Talking about books is not so bad especially over salmon, beet salad, dollar pancakes, fresh strawberry compote and fruits! Clearly, I am a converted Brookie (book + brunchie)!
October 19, 2013 No Comments
Sort of like Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight…this post is decades, actually make that years in the making. If you missed it, here’s Reading Is Sexy (the prequel). I have a tendency to go through reading binges. Nothing else matters but going home, laying in bed and getting deep into a novel. I do adore fiction.
Here’s what’s keeping me up all night:
State of Wonder - I had heard positive reviews for this novel by Ann Patchett and I was not disappointed. The story centers on pharmaceutical employee Dr. Marina Singh, who goes to the jungle in Brazil to retrieve information on her deceased colleague and to assess the progress of drug research by a reclusive Dr. Swenson. A highly recommended read.
Crazy Rich Asians - Or Crasians. I just learned that term. haha. The much-hyped first novel from Kevin Kwan is a light read (perfect for that jetsetter vacation) about the opulent lifestyles of the uber-rich elite families of Asia. Rachel, an Asian-American goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Unbeknownst to Rachel, she has snagged Singapore’s most eligible bachelor and with it comes the pressure of dealing with his ostentatious extended family, her snooty jealous rivals and the culture clash of ridiculous wealth. It won’t change your life but an interesting behind the scenes look at the lifestyles of bazillionaires.
September 12, 2013 1 Comment
I like my stationery of the subtley quirky, snicker laugh, ironic variety. In celebration of the LC’s 2nd birthday, I thought of some eyebrow raising gift ideas of the papery kind. I often receive sketchbooks because my friends know how much I love to wax poetic (“dear universe…”) or whip out my glue stick (“ooh, I like this outfit. must save”) or madly scribble (“scratch-scratch-scratch” the sound of a 15 second gesture drawing). Also, I like to stockpile stationery in case someone makes a grand gesture that is deserving of a well-thought out and sentimental love note. With technology, text messaging and emails, people rarely send letters or cards. It’s a rare treat to receive a letter or card in the mail. *Le sigh
August 19, 2011 1 Comment