Sometimes if you venture outside of your comfort zone, you will be generously rewarded. As a west end girl, it’s highly uncommon for me to venture north of Bloor. I make rare exceptions for veryx3 good friends. But I’ve been in a hair slump since my hairstylist T’s (aka My Perfect Man) sudden city departure for higher education. My bangs were a hot mess and the state of my tresses were more shabby than chic. baha!
So I was mentally auditioning hairstylists to see if they could fill the void, or at least trim the split ends that T left behind. The Alcorn (1222 Yonge St) is a boutique salon in the chi-chi neighbourhood of Rosedale (near Summerhill station). The salon is refreshingly low-key, bright white on white décor with fashion photography. The staff was extremely friendly and professional. There was a mix of clientele – Bergdorf Blondes getting touch ups, privileged teens getting their hair blown out and a micro fashionistah just chilling. My stylist R had reallyx3 good hair of the Olivia Palermo variety.
If you arrive early, check out the cute boutique across the street The Cloakroom (1177 Yonge St.) They have a nice assortment of contemporary brands including my faves – BB Dakota and One Teaspoon. But you might buy something by accident…like this girl I know.
October 28, 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
This is the perfect weather for taking leisurely strolls, the beautiful fall leaves crunching under your shoes. *le sigh* I am on a sweater rampage of late. I love pairing a slouchy sweater with leggings and flat boots. Perhaps if it’s brisk out, paired with a scarf wrapped just so. This is my go-to brunch outfit for those sunny days where you can still sit al fresco sipping a latte.
This season brings a plethora of sweater trends for us to fancy feast on.
Year of the Tiger – There’s a debate going on and it goes: animal face – yay or nay? I say bring it. The tiger trend is going strong for Fall. If you’re more a domesticated pet lover, I’ve seen some adorable feline and dog novelty prints.
Soft as Eyelashes – This yarn is perhaps one of the most exciting for the season. The loose fibres are cut like eyelashes, with a hand that is sooo soft and has a tactile quality very reminiscent of mohair (but not at all itchy). I’ve had many a friend bury their face against my sweater to coo and luxuriate in the softness. After which I admonish, “five bucks please.” bahaha
Florals Good Enough for Grandma - Chunky knitted, oversize florals like the kind Nana made you for Christmas are romantic and vintage-y in feel. I like this trend when done right and I call it “ugly-cute.” But tread cautiously, because there is such a thing as just plain ugly.
September 29, 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
Funny how when I am travelling abroad, I make it a point to see interesting exhibits, visit every museum and immerse myself in local culture. But at home, I am less inclined to do the same. I am putting a stop to such madness. Adding that to my summer TO DO list!
Recently, I had a beautiful al fresco brunch at Origin (107 King St. East). Try the refreshing lychee mojito - ahem, you can ask them to de-virginize it. Afterwards, we took a leisurely stroll to Bay Street to catch the Christian Louboutin exhibit (The Design Exchange from June 21st – September 15th, 2013). Complimentary with your admission is a year-long subscription to Flare.
Here’s an excerpt of what it’s all about…
“Curated by The Design Museum London in conjunction with Christian Louboutin, this exhibition presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career that has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejeweled pumps. It is a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.” – DSX website
SPOILER ALERT… some of my highlights. But these images do not do the shoes justice or the interactivity of the exhibit. You reallyx3 must check it out for yourself. You promise me?
August 10, 2013 No Comments
I was walking past a sandwich board for a comedy bar and it read, “Better than Netflix.” Confession: My subscription to Netflix has contributed to my blogeress hiatus. Thus, I should have limitless celluloid fodder on which to base many a post. Nothing peaks my curiosity quite like a good documentary! You too? Nerdy.
There’s just something about the human experience that gets me. Oh yes, I am a private movie watching crier.
Brooklyn Castle – This documentary focuses on 5 unlikely young chess prodigies attending inner city junior high IS 318, a school recognized for winning the most national championships. The story of these students is remarkable because it shows their passion in winning chess as a reflection in their personal determination to attain higher education and rise above circumstance. A truly inspirational story about underdogs!
No Impact Man - A NYC journalist, Colin Beaven and his family decide to reduce their environmental footprint by producing less waste, consuming less and eating local. I found the premise to be an interesting social experiment and very entertaining to watch. The wife goes on a shopping shame spiral before they embark on their year-long adventure and the husband deals with a public backlash as he publicizes his sustainable lifestyle.
Farmageddon, Vegucated & Food Inc. - Growing up, I was chowing down on chicken nuggets and porkchops. I never thought I would be a mostly dairy and gluten-free vegetarian. Last December, I went on detox (was already lacto-ovo by then) and became obsessed with food docs. These are eye opening exposes on food production (insert super-tear). If you love ribs or chocolate milk, NEVER watch these movies or it will be like that time Neo took the red pill in the Matrix. Trust. But for you GOOPs, go right ahead.
July 24, 2013 No Comments