My lovely friend Kristin Dahl along with her friend Stephanie Rice (read her This Beautiful Life profile here) have launched an amazing e-book, The Art of Wellness. I love the idea of living a cleaner and more holistically balanced life that I gravitated to this book instantly.
I’m reading it slowly and trying to meditate and absorb each of the lessons and really think about how I want to change the way I’ve been eating and living. The recipes in it are also amazing. Every time Kristin hosts a get together, all the natural, clean and healthy snacks she makes from scratch are SO delicious. I chatted with Kristin recently about her career path, favourite natural products and show some support for her new book!
What made you want to pursue a career as a Holistic Nutritionist? Was there something that triggered this major life change?
For much of my youth I struggled with depression, anxiety, and body issues. I was a vegetarian from a young age, but didn’t know how to care for my body, and I filled up on all the wrong foods, mostly empty carbs and comfort foods (like pasta, pizza, & bagels). Searching for a way to feel better, I started practicing yoga around the age of 20. I was immediately hooked to the uplifting feeling it gave me. Though yoga helped cure many of my anxiety and body issues, I still didn’t feel 100% secure in my body.
I was determined to find more solutions and heal my relationship with myself. As a result, I moved out to California around the age of 22 and got really into natural living; I started seeing a naturopath, began shopping at farmers markets as well as health food stores, and eliminated gluten from my diet. I also tried several different cleanses and healing diets. I experimented with natural healing modalities like acupuncture, colonics, and infrared sauna therapy. My depression lifted, and I began choosing exercise over nights out at the bar. I loved how clear, vibrant, and full of life I was feeling.
Transforming my relationship to health, transformed my relationship to life. I looked younger, leaner, and more radiant than ever. Eager to learn more and wanting to share my knowledge and insights with the world, I enrolled in a comprehensive nutrition program at IHN in Toronto. What I learned has forever changed the way that I live and I am beyond grateful for the lifelong benefits. My goal is to continue to grow, educate myself, and help others achieve optimum health. Continue reading →
I am in disbelief that it’s going to be August tomorrow. Summer has flown by way too fast, so I’ve partnered up with ARTDECO for a little mid-summer giveaway! If you’re looking to perk up your beauty routine, ARTDECO is a fantastic line out of Germany and is now available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart or your order online.
Here’s what’s up for grabs:
ARTDECO Eyeshadow Base ($14) – A perfect primer for your shadow and liner.
ARTDECO Beauty Box Quattro ($14) – You choose which blush and eyeshadow shades you would like filled in this customizable palette. Eyeshadows + blushes range from ($8.50 – $14).
We just got back from an amazing weekend getaway drinking wine, eating great food and lounging around in a cozy cabin next to campfire. I did a lot or research for my Napa Valley trip and it was really difficult to narrow down which wineries to visit and what to do during my visit.
The biggest thing is that everything is pretty spread out, so you have to be a bit strategic about hitting everything in the same area at the same time.
Here’s a look at my itinerary if you’re planning your own trip to Napa Valley + Sonoma Valley, California:
Getting There – Paul and I opted to make the 6 hour drive to Napa Valley by car from Los Angeles. We ended up stopping in Dublin, CA at around the 5 hour mark of our drive for dinner. It’s a big suburb with a shiny, new Whole Foods Market if you’re trying to eat something healthy on the road before you overdo it on ALL the wine + cheese on your upcoming trip. If you’re feeling sushi, Amakara is a good one to check out or go for Pho at Pho Saigon Garden. Dublin also has a huge shopping mall nearby to stretch your legs AKA get your shop on.
Winery Tours + Restaurant Reservations – One very big lesson I learned while planning my Napa Valley trip is that winery tours, special tastings/pairings and restaurant reservations all book up very quickly. So make your itinerary at least a MONTH or more in advance and start booking your reservations for all the places you want to hit on your trip to avoid any disappointment.
Things To Do in Napa Valley
Since everything in Napa Valley is pretty spread out, I tried to group things that were close together without having us running back and forth across wine country.
Tour a BIG Winery – We started our day in Napa Valley by booking into The Robert Mondavi Signature Tour (90 min, $35), which is a great big winery tour. This location produces close to 3.5 million bottles annually and it was fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes look at this recognized brand. I learned a lot about this history of Napa and how wine is made – this is a fantastic tour and I highly recommend making it your first stop. Continue reading →
I first met the lovely Angela Aiello when I got into blogging in 2010 during one of her wine events. I have always admired her hustle, hard work and expertise on something I personally find a bit daunting – wine. Angela Aiello works to make wine accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy wine and I love her fun approach. Her entrepreneurial spirit is what I find the most inspiring. Meet Angela Aiello everyone!
Do you remember what first sparked your interest in wine?
Yes, I remember loving a bottle of Riesling like nothing I’ve ever had before when I was 18. It was my mom who told me to apply for the job in wine when I was 16, but it is Riesling who is my one true wine love and has helped spike my interest in the whole industry.
What was the definitive moment for you when you decided to pursue a career in wine?
I realized after trying to earn a career in media upon graduating from university and working in Toronto that I had 8 years of wine experience that was very valuable. I had worked in the wine industry to put myself through school and although I had a communications degree and wanted something in media, it was hard working at the bottom of the food chain in that industry. I realized that all my wine knowledge was an asset and started to brainstorm a way to integrate my in-field experience with my degree.
5 years ago I went full-time into my own freelance work and haven’t looked back since, but it was a big move to make the change from stable work to the life of a hustling entrepreneur.
As you enter the Distillery Historic District’s pedestrian-only village, the first building that you will gaze upon is 16 Trinity Street, which houses the Stirling Room, one of Toronto’s best upscale nightclubs.
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the Stirling Room hosted a festive party filled with great company, music, summer cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. The summer is also the perfect time for the Stirling Room to kick off its patio launch. It’s a fantastic place to people watch, the patio is a casual and relaxed space to sip on a cold drink while enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather.
The contemporary decor adorning the traditionally preserved building makes for a modern and sophisticated space that is aesthetically appealing. Bright orange banquettes wrap around the wall of the patio and decorative lighting hangs from a beam that extends the length of the patio.
While mingling with guests, I sipped on a tropical cocktail and nibbled on delicious appetizers catered by the Food Dudes including: flavourful lamb tacos, smoky chicken drumettes and pizza topped with cremini mushrooms and rosemary goat cheese.