Category — new age
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.
January 28, 2014 1 Comment
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!
January 22, 2014 1 Comment
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.
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.
Here is an easy Detox Juice Recipe:
- 2 apples
- 2 carrots
- 2 beets
- 1 orange
- 1/2 lemon
- 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.
November 10, 2013 No Comments
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.
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.
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!
June 24, 2012 No Comments
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.
March 28, 2012 No Comments
Writing my blog for the past two years has been both a rewarding and exciting endeavour. I write about haphazard musings that have taken hold of my fancy, from the frivolous to the heartfelt. Time and again, I am surprised to meet strangers who follow me regularly, am utterly thankful for your ongoing support and am touched by those who embrace ‘living with inspiration.’ In many exchanges, I am asked how it was that The Love Collage came to be (here is a refresher).
When I originally built my website in WordPress, you only had one instant to choose a title. The title was everything and for me, it had to convey sincere meaning with a dash of wit.
“What should I name it? Hrmm, what should I name it?” Perplexed, my eyes darted around the room searching for an idea to spark a revelation. I stared out the window. The afternoon rays were peaking through the wooden blinds. I sighed heavily. My head twisted to the left. There it was.
A month prior I had decided to feng shui my bedroom. In my tidied love quadrant, lay charms meant to invoke love, the theory being that a mini-shrine to love would create an abundance of love. This presumption made sense to me and plus, there truly was no real harm in creating a tableau in hues of red and pink. Sitting atop an otherwise empty shelf was a vintage postcard of entwined tango partners, a tanned Spanish George Hamilton look-alike in a 70’s one-piece dance outfit and his female dance partner attired in ruffled flamenco garb, an oversized faux rose bouquet and a love collage which I had painted and carefully pieced together on my birthday.
And so became the title of my blog, The Love Collage.
I have come to grow very fond of this title because it captures the sentimentality of memories, the passion of dreams and the small things we treasure. The Love Collage is more than a diversion – I write because I love to write but am ever thankful that you love to read.
The Love Collage is inspired by…
August 15, 2011 1 Comment