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The Love Collage Celebrates 5 Years!

Macaron Eiffel Tower: Though I am a kind and generous person, I am not sure if I would share. ps. If ever in doubt, Pistachio & Salted Caramel are my faves.

Macaron Eiffel Tower: Though I am a kind and generous person, I am not sure if I would share. ps. If ever in doubt, Pistachio & Salted Caramel are my faves.

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

The patron saint of The Love Collage Anais Nin dressed as a flamenco dancer in Paris. This picture pretty much sums up my life.

The patron saint of The Love Collage Anais Nin dressed as a flamenco dancer in Paris. This picture pretty much sums up my life.

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August 14, 2014   No Comments

Best Yoga Outfits Everrrr

This pullover tells you how I feel about life -- WearMeGear Carpe Diem! Seize the day, not to be confused with Carp diem (fish of the day)

This pullover tells you how I feel about life — WearMeGear Carpe Diem! Seize the day, not to be confused with Carp diem (fish of the day)

As a full-time fashionistah, I like to incorporate thoughtful styling into all my outfits.  This includes my leisure and activewear.  Yes, I admit it. I am that girl.  During a yoga class, a friendly stranger has commented, “Your pullover matches your yoga mat.”  Ahhh, very perceptive.  And while on travels, “Hey cool sneakers.  They match your backpack.  That’s tight.”  I was a lil’ bit embarrassed by that one.

Right now, I’m crazytown about having just the right Yoga wear.  Yes, Lululemon is de rigeur but I’m talking about indie, creative, unique objets d’art to wear to and from and whilst juicing post-downward dog.  I found many beautiful clothes and accessories on Etsy and I thought I would share them with you.  Sharing is caring.

 

Grace and Lace ombre legwarmers because sometimes it gets cold when you are doing Restorative.

Grace and Lace ombre legwarmers because sometimes it gets cold when you are doing Restorative.

 

Always looking for ways to stave off the evil eye -- Hamsa leggings from Grizzy Love

Always looking for ways to stave off the evil eye — Hamsa leggings from Grizzy Love

 

Harem pants are tough but when the shape isn't too baggy and it has the most brilliant pattern, I encourage this fashion risk taking in your active wardrobe. These ones are from Labhanshi

Harem pants are tough but when the shape isn’t too baggy and it has the most brilliant pattern, I encourage this fashion risk taking in your active wardrobe. These ones are from Labhanshi

 

For those times when you can't resist a little pop and lock. Gotta Dance tank top from Enter The Sun

For those times when you can’t resist a little pop and lock. Gotta Dance tank top from Enter The Sun

 

Are you just happy to see me or are those elephants on your leggings? These hand-dyed batik leggings from Baganus are sooo one of a kind.

Are you just happy to see me or are those elephants on your leggings? These hand-dyed batik leggings from Baganus are sooo one of a kind.

 

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January 28, 2014   1 Comment

New Year, New Attitude

Cheesy as it sounds, I make a vision board a la Penny from Happy Endings. According to moi, that shizz works!

Cheesy as it sounds, I make a vision board a la Penny from Happy Endings. According to moi, that shizz works!

Feliz Nuevo ano! That’s Happy New Year for my non-Spanish speaking lovies.  Fortunate for moi, the universe was conspiring with me to flee the sub-arctic cold for warmer climates.  Instead of freezing my @ss off during the polar vortex, I was sunning, chilling and chillaxing on a beach drinking batidos (smoothies). But now that I am back, the wind chill is briskly slapping me on the face and my hair is turning into pointy icicles.  Thank goodness for my Sephora bronze & blush combo!

The new year is an exciting time.  It’s a fresh start. It’s a time to kick bad habits to the curb.  A proverbial do-over.  When I arrived home, I noticed that my friend D had begun to fill in her blank vision board (which I goaded her for a year to do).  And it made me reallyx3 happy (like totally kvelling as Cher would say in Clueless) because if you don’t think about what you want in the beginning of the year, 9/10 you don’t end up achieving what you want.  Let’s dream big in 2014!

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

 

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January 22, 2014   1 Comment

Juice Is A Verb

Printed Yoga Leggings

Breaking news: I’m seeing more Yogi’s wearing printed leggings to yoga. There are some cute ones from Prana in tie-dye and Lululemon has a tone on tone paisley (obvi!).

They said, “You’re crazy going on a detox during the holidays!”  But alas, dear friends, as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I really don’t partake in a huge turkey dinner.  The only vice I truly lament is a wheel of Brie paired with those delicious Raincoast Crisps…ok maybe I’ll indulge in the occasional chocolate molten cake for dessert.

Lorde

Lorde playlist: It’s really a pity that the radio has overkilled ‘Royals’ by Lorde. The cd has excellent tracks like Tennis Court, Team, Swingin’ Party and Buzzcut Season.

Nothing is better than winding down on a Sunday afternoon with a yoga class, cutting fruits and veggies to indie-rock and juicing.  Yes, juice is a verb.  While it seems radical to some to go on a juice detox, I think that adding fresh juice to my current diet will have many health benefits.  Plus, it’s ridiculously fun to throw veggies down the chute.  Delicious and nutritious.

Breville Juicer

Breville Compact Juicer: It’s really not that compact but super easy to use. I had a step stool to be able to drop the apples and carrots in.

Here is an easy Detox Juice Recipe:

  1. 2 apples
  2. 2 carrots
  3. 2 beets
  4. 1 orange
  5. 1/2 lemon
  6. 1″ ginger

It’s recommended to drink juices immediately to get as much nutrients as possible.  Remember to store in an air tight glass container and refrigerate immediately.  For a fun game, get your friend to guess the ingredients.  Amazingly, my friend D named every single ingredient correctly.  I was super impressed.  Alas, she has a very refined tasting palette.  Enjoy!

If you don’t have a juicer, you can try a lovely organic juice or smoothie from Sunshine Wholesome Market (942 College St.) This is a family run business that uses organic and local ingredients as well as sells natural health food products.

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead

My favourite genre of film is Documentary. Sub-genre: Food Documentaries. Fat Sick And Nearly Dead will make you wanna juice. Trust.

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November 10, 2013   No Comments

In Search of Inspiration…

A plethora of inspiration boards.

I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman.  Inspiration for me is everywhere but I do have an abundance of sources… 

On Fashion – Working in the industry, I am constantly surrounded by clothes and accessories.  Like a chocoholic in Serendipity.  I have many wonderful fashionistah friends who always have their own distinct personal style.  Brunch is never just brunch — it’s a lookbook.  Reading magazines (my faves are Harper’s Bazaar & Vogue) and fashion blogs will also keep you up to date on how to adapt a trend. 

Whoa gorgessity! Emma Stone covers July Vogue. As far as I'm concerned, it's the fashion bible.

On Beauty – The best resource for beauty is Allure.  I learned how to apply makeup from reading the tutorials, collecting books from Kevyn Aucoin and practicing on my friends.  I still beg them to let me before we go out; but they willingly oblige because I do a fierce smokey eye.  In my early 20’s I visited my first Sephora in Paris.  As you can imagine, the clouds parted, the rays of sunshine beamed down and angels sang ‘Alleluia.’  Then I entered, sprayed glitter in my friends’ hair, sampled eyeshadows and played with lipgloss for two hours.  A heavenly experience.

The glorious Sephora on Les Champs Elysees, Paris.

To Live Well – As a bohogi, it sounds cliche but I value every experience from having sangria with friends to afternoon walks in the park.  I love to travel and experience different cultures, so I constantly look at Conde Nast Traveller and dream of an exotic adventure.  I never know how or when I will get there, but I put it out there and make a plan to go.  The universe always delivers!   

Read more about finding inspiration on living well on BlogHer and don’t forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes.

My absolutely favourite museum Caixa Forum in Madrid, Spain. They have installations, documentaries, live performances and an amazing gift shop.

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June 24, 2012   No Comments

Bunnies Make Everything Better

I mean, I'm allergic to most animals but I would suffer the hives to snuggle with this bunny. Please, you would too.

Are you having a challenging week too?  I feel you.  I’m getting roughed up by Mercury in retrograde but trying to maintain my optimism because of Spring Equinox.  It’s a fine balance.

To cheer you up on this very dreary week, BUNNIES!  Growing up my nickname was Bunny – perhaps it’s on my totem as a power animal.  Anyhoo, this very random blog post should lift your spirits if you are feeling low.  Another yogini trick is to change your state – like crank some tunes, get up and dance.  But if you’re lethargic, read my blog and stare at cute bunnies.

Asos Bunny Sweater. There is something kind of menacing about this bunny that reminds me of Donnie Darko.

"Oh these old things!" Miss Stam in designer bunny ears for Louis Vuitton 2009

The time of times: Patron saint of the LC, Rachel Bilson in her Primp bunny thermal with the love of her life, Adam Brody. Le sigh.

Perhaps when I'm stressed I allow myself a creamy White Rabbit candy, but not too many because then I'm letting them win!

Parting thought: Shhh! Just enjoy the moment. Close your eyes. You ARE the cute bunny. (Bunny meditation)

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March 28, 2012   No Comments