Paris… On a Budget!

“Paris exists to remind you that your dreams are real”

Paris Up Close

I seriously feel as though Paris was MONTHS ago!! Can I go back now please? I’ve been meaning to write this blog for the past week or so, but am admittedly still feeling that post-vacay bliss. AKA. I want to do absolutely nothing but sit on my tushie & binge watch The Handmaid’s Tale whilst binge eating baguettes & macarons literally all day. Side Note: I fully realize this situation sounds more like “rut” than “bliss“, but I’m a glass half full kinda gal, so we’re going to go ahead & roll with “bliss” today. So – I FINALLY decided to pull myself together – partially because I’d finished The Handmaid’s Tale (snaps for Peggy), but MOSTLY because I was afraid that all of my Paris tips & tricks (& they’re goodies) would soon be a distant memory & I’d therefore have zero information to give all of you! So… yeah… you’re welcome! 😛  (more…)


Canada Day Cottage Essentials

“If a Canadian falls in the forest & no one is around… does he/she still apologize?”

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Ps. The answer is undoubtedly always yes. HAI there my fellow crazy Canucks! What are your plans to celebrate the big “150” this weekend? I personally plan on commemorating this special occasion by planting my pretty little keister in a Muskoka Chair lakeside, with a ceasar in one hand & a…. oh heck, who am I kidding – with a ceasar in the other one too… because obviously. Well, considering lakeside Northern escapes are kind of our jam here in the Great White North, I felt it apt to share a few of my favourite beach/dock/pool essentials – however I’ve tailored them slightly to accommodate Canada Day celebrations!!!! Enjoy, & have a happy Canada Day!!!!  (more…)


3 Cottage Appropriate Meals for Canada Day

“On behalf of all Canadians… SORRY for being so awesome all the time”

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When you factor out black fly & mosquito season, I’d say summer for us Crazy Canucks culminates to a mere four good, “quality weekends“. So when Canada Day long weekend hits, I tend to reserve said weekends solely for trips up to the Great North – aside from when there is some form of mandatory, “super important” social function tying me to the city, like a wedding or shower of sorts…. Which is just the actual WORST – kidding, kidding – but if we’re actually being honest here, I’m really only half kidding because I take my cottage summer weekends VERY VERY seriously. Anywho – my nonsensical, long-winded intro is not for nothing, what I’m getting at here is that I know the “ins & outs” of all things cottage – not limited to “socially acceptable cottage mannerisms” so to speak. And seeing as how Canada Day officially, officially marks the start of cottages, camping & all things summer social, I thought it apt to discuss one of the more traditional & unspoken, yet totally mandatory, responsibilities of a cottage guest: prepping a meal for the weekend! I’m therefore sharing a few different, SIMPLE meal ideas one can bring up for a summer weekend getaway with friends… because it honestly is such an ART! (more…)


Wedding Season Roundup

“We are all a little weird & life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them & fall in mutual weirdness & call it love”

Dr. Seuss

Guys – I’m going to keep this one short & sweet. Primarily because I have been staring helplessly at this screen for the past hour in a desperate attempt to drum up some form of witty, “charm-your-pants” off type of intro – Spoiler Alert: the word “dismal” seems far too optimistic an adjective to describe just how swimmingly this is going. It’s now midnight, my head is killing, & I’m doing my best to not completely freak out over the seemingly endless mountain of looming deadlines I have to meet prior to leaving for Paris this Friday. It’s been one heck of a long week to say the least. Anyways – I’m being a major Negative Nancy – so for those of you who weren’t completely turned off by my “whine fest” & decided to stick it out, well A. good for you, & B. I’m rounding out all of my my favourite wedding posts! Because despite all of my doom & gloom – it’s wedding season; there are some serious love-sick puppies out there & I’ll be damned if I deprive them of their right to bask in all of the wedding glory.

**** Ugh – this intro was neither short or sweet. Let alone witty & charming – just read the roundup… & then lets all collectively forget this post ever happened. Kay? Kay. **** (more…)


Bachelorette Guide: New Orleans

“There’s certain things in life that I love. One is architecture. And music, culture, food, people. New Orleans has all of that.”

Lenny Kravitz

Ditch the kale smoothies & perhaps a small portion of your dignity (mandatory for Bachelorette’s & double mandatory for Bourbon Street; but like… in a postive way), because I’m talking Big Easy Bachelorette vibes on the blog today!!! If you do plan on venturing down to our friends in the South anytime soon – Side Note: MAJOR emphasis on friendly, you’ll meet some of THE nicest people there – you NEED to read my tips & tricks on visiting the Jazz Capital of the good ol’ U S of A! Enjoy! (more…)


Healthy Bachelorette Swag Bags

“May your Bachelorette Party be so fun that you don’t notice how annoyed the rest of the bar is”

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PSA: prior to delving into this weeks’ post, please be aware that I’m working off of a grand total of three hours sleep – thanks to a 5:30am boarding time -, a layover sans ANY coffee whatsoever – I knew that I had a window seat beside strangers, & my tender bladder simply cannot handle that kind of pressure – & a three hour drive back from the airport. AKA – If a mere 30% of this post is somewhat readable I will be EXTREMELY okay with that. So where was I travelling from exactly? Well if any of you follow me on Insta, you’ll know that I was just in New Orleans for one of my besties’ Bachelorette Parties; which I had the PLEASURE of planning because I just so happen to hold that exclusive title of MOH!!! Now seeing as this is my second consecutive year planning Bachelorette Parties, & am therefore now a self-proclaimed MOH GENIUS (bow down), I wanted to give the inside scoop on putting together the ultimate Bachelorette Party Swag Bag! Because these days it’s kind of a necessity – at least that’s what Instagram Photos are telling me! (more…)


Airport Essentials

“Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away”

Frank Sinatra

Folks… I am Big Easy bound for the long weekend, & I could NOT be more excited about it! Truth be told, New Orleans has always been on my “wanderlust” radar so when on of my recently ring’ed up girlfriends suggested we go for her Bachelorette, I was MORE than on board! Now because I have this utterly relentless need to share/document almost every minute detail of every event in my life… I naturally felt it necessary to share some of my NOLA airport essentials with all of you today! Which I’m sure many of you (I hope) will find useful considering the May Long Weekend is a biggie in the travel department!  (more…)


Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to EVERY mom! I hope that you’re all currently getting ridiculously spoiled by those you love the most! If you still need a little bit of inspo for what you want to do today, here’s my post on Mother’s Day Tea Essentials & here’s my post on Last Minute Gift Ideas (which, for those of you reading… I REALLY hope you don’t need :P)!!! Enjoy the rest of your day!