We’ve had constant visitors since we’ve moved to Los Angeles.
So where do we consistently take visiting friends and family? Without fail, we always end up at The Water Grill in Santa Monica just across the street from the ocean. Our typical afternoon usually starts with a walk through Muscle Beach, ring toss at The Pier, a stroll through Third Street Promenade, shopping at Santa Monica Place and we end with dinner at our all-time favourite – The Water Grill. It even has a Michelin star!
If there’s one thing you MUST order, it is by far the Cioppino ($33) which comes with red rock crab, jumbo shrimp, & big chunks of fresh fish in a tomato shellfish broth. The broth itself is amazing and I like to take a soup spoon and start slurping away before I even dig into all the seafood. Continue reading →
Whether you ran late getting ready this morning, or got asked to a last minute after-work event, a kit of office-friendly beauty products will make sure you always looked polished from 9 to 5 and beyond. But unless your boss will understand that you need an entire filing cabinet for your makeup, we suggest choosing a few essentials that won’t overpower the office supplies.
We’ve picked some of our favourite things to stash at work to avoid crisis and keep you looking fresh before a big (or surprise!) meeting:
Hair Elastics & Bobby Pins: An unexpected rainstorm at lunch or a humid summer day can totally botch your morning’s blow out. Keep some elastics and pins handy for a messy side braid or top knot when you’re in a bind. Goody Double Wear Elastics ($3.99) and Colour Collection Mini Bobby Pins ($3.99) at drugstores. Continue reading →
I remember finding my dream wedding dress and not being able to stomach the $3000 price tag. It may not seem like a lot of money to some people, but as a newly engaged and broke university grad, $3000 was almost the price of my last tuition bill.
With a wedding to pay for, honeymoon costs looming and the possibility of buying our first home – I just couldn’t do it. So I decided to get a little creative and find a good compromise. Because once you have your heart set on a dress and a style, it’s hard to get that idea out of your head.
Paul got 12 stitches across his forehead last week.
Unfortunately it wasn’t from any sort of extreme skateboarding hijinks. The doctor found a bit of skin cancer from a biopsy they did two weeks ago and he would have to get the cells removed. Luckily, it was basal cell carcinoma – a very common type of skin cancer that can have a 98% cure rate. But we were both still pretty freaked out.
So I thought I would write this post to urge you to get checked if you have a funny spot/scar/mole that you have a bad feeling about. Paul first went to his family doctor, who said it was likely not serious but if the spot starts peeling and then scabbing he should have it looked at. The spot on his forehead was not healing – so he booked in with a dermatologist who confirmed his gut feeling and he had day surgery at the doctor’s office two weeks later. The scar is so big because they had to go deeper than they initially thought and he had two rounds of surgery (which is also very common). He also got a black eye from all the swelling – so it was an extreme looking injury… Continue reading →
I had the pleasure of staying at The Pantages Hotelduring my recent visit to Toronto last month. This boutique property is located in the heart of downtown and directly across the street from The Toronto Eaton Centre for those looking to get their shopping on.
I loved the location of the hotel because it was steps away from the subway station with lots of fantastic restaurant and late-night food options in the neighbouring area. It was also a breeze getting around to all my meetings during a busy week back home. Here’s how my visit went:
A lovely welcome from the hotel! Chocolate-dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of white wine awaited us after a long day running around town. It was such a nice and elegant touch to come home to. It was nice to flop on the couch and take in the skyline views of the city.