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
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
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
never happened!! (ba-dum-pum) This is especially true if you go to Cabo San Lucas to soak up the sun and take an extended siesta all day on the beach, then repose by the pool, gorge on salsa and tortilla chips only to siesta in your room and tuck in early to catch Kourtney & Kim Take Miami on E! Latino. But if I was in Cabo with my girlfriends at 21, I would be that girl drinking pina coladas in the infinity pool, doing the hotel dance and waking up my neighbours at 4am from a late night dance session to latin house. How can I judge the kids on Spring Break? I was that girl.
Cabo San Lucas is a resort town on the southern tip of the Baja California. Nestled amid the scenic mountains are million dollar mansions and a marina filled with bright white yachts. This charming town has restaurants, bars and a few outdoor shops. Perch yourself on the pier at La Casa Country, enjoy a plate of fish tacos, a major pina colada and people watch until the sun sets. Or indulge in some retail therapy at Ondade Mar for vibrant Columbian swimwear or uniquely latin caftans.
Much like an observer of street trends, I thought I would share some insights straight off the beach…
- Day Glow Neon – Perhaps you feel you’ve already done neon but it was huge on the beach. To avoid neon overkill, many gals paired their bright bandeau with a black bottom or toned down the fluorescence by wearing a print accented with neon. For the less fashionistah adventuress, muted neons in coral, pink and chartreuse are the way to go.
- Stacked Bracelets – Oh, you can never wear too many at once! The look is a mashup of skinny bangles, round beads, braided leather or string friendship bracelets. To elevate the look add a few simple gold bangles, charm bracelets or a skinny watch.
- Haute Hippie Headwrap – Perhaps the beach is the best place for fashion risk-taking. Swim turbans and headwraps abound! Function meets fashion! Not only are you shading your pretty little head from the sun, you are also making a MAJOR statement.
- Return of the Crop Top – Oh yes, 90′s resurgence. Save the fitted crop top for the teens and the 20-somethings. Go oversize for that Flashdance/Let’s Get Physical, off the shoulder, laisser-faire, I’m casual vibe.
February 24, 2013 No Comments
Dearies, this is the third time I have attempted to write this post. Perhaps this attempt will be the charm. Every year, around the time that my boots get damaged by salty slush, I have to scrape the ice off my windshield and my hair turns to icicles if I don’t properly blowdry, I like to write a little ditty about Resort. As a summer baby, I lament the loss of our friend sunshine and wearing too many layers causing my hair to stand up in a static-y frizz.
Snowbirds rejoice! This year, we have many Swim trends to pique our fancy. With bathings suits (like shoes and handbags), you can never-ever-ever have too many. The newest styles are ones that mimic fashion trends so be on the look out for saturated hues, mixing of pattern and textures, bold motifs and retro styles.
January 26, 2013 No Comments
But if anyone asks, a shoetie is really a bootie. More specifically, the kind of bootie that ends at your ankle. It has a nice lyrical flow and rrrrrrrolls off the tongue, non? Before the streets fill up with slush and snow, Fall is the best time to invest in suede or leather booties. Much like a leather bomber jacket, booties have a short timeframe on the East Coast so wear them while you can!
Shoetie chic – Shoeties look great with slim pants like a stretch ponte or a cigarette pant. They are also very striking with a basic black opaque tight (very flattering) or for added punch, try them with a bold tight in a jewel tone. For casual days where you don’t want to channel a ragamuffin (translation: more dressed up, than dressed down), nothing beats shoeties with a favourite pair of jeans.
October 21, 2012 No Comments