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My Dining Room Refresh

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Our dining room needed a refresh.

Paul and I currently renting a very open-concept loft style apartment in Portland, Oregon. Since it’s a rental, I want it to feel cozy – but I don’t want to overdo it since I’m not sure how long we will be living in this specific unit.

It’s really easy to fill up a space with knick-knacks and big pieces of furniture, but if we ever downgrade into a smaller place – we’ll be stuck with a bunch of extra furniture. Which brings me to our dining room refresh project!

So how can you decorate efficiently, cheaply and still fill up a big space? (more…)

A Weekend in Banff

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Happy Travel Tuesday! I wanted to share one of my favourite posts with you about one of my all-time favourite getaways – Banff, Alberta. It is gorgeous in the spring and definitely worth a look for a last-minute getaway this time of year. Hope you enjoy. xo – Lisa

I am in love with Banff.

I paid my very first visit to Banff National Park in Alberta last month and I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to experience the beauty that is Banff. From the fresh Rocky Mountain air, crystal clear blue water and wildlife along the highway – the whole thing felt oh-so-Canadian and right.

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The drive from Calgary to Banff takes around 90 minutes along a busy highway where the Rocky Mountains just smee to appear out of nowhere along stretches of prairie plains. There are lots of easy hiking trails with a waterfall reward like Johnston Canyon and the scenic Banff Gondola which gives you a 360 degree mountain view from the top of the clouds. Make sure to pack your bathing suit for a hot mineral soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs or buy a $69 day pass to access the luxurious water circut at The Willow Stream Spa inside the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Banff also has one of the longest ski seasons in North America and usually runs into Victoria Day long weekend. Make sure to pack your gear and hit the slopes at Sunshine Village. (more…)

Photo Diary: Hello Kitty Con

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The very FIRST Hello Kitty Convention was held in Los Angeles earlier this month in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. I had a lot of fun checking out all the Hello Kitty fashion + street style and taking a peek inside this Hello Kitty House.

I finally edited through the hundreds of photos I took from Hello Kitty Con and have shared a few of my favourites in this photo diary. I’ve also posted ALL the photos on my Facebook page. Enjoy!

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Riding the bus with my friends… (more…)

Saying Goodbye to Our First Home in LA

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By: Lisa Ng

Well, it’s been 11 months since Paul and I moved from Toronto to Los Angeles and we’re sad to be saying goodbye to our first home in Los Angeles. After giving it a lot of thought, we decided to move to a new townhouse with a bit more outdoor space and a more zen view.

We currently live in an alleyway with a view of a parking lot on one side and an apartment building on the other. We felt a little closed in, but we LOVED the inside of our current place. However, being at home all day with no outdoor space, nature or trees was beginning to get to me and I started to feel a bit clausterphobic with a sprinkle of cabin fever mixed in there. So the search for a new home was launched, but still on the Westside of LA of course. Moving all the way from Canada, my priority was to be near the ocean!

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So I’m spending all of this week packing up and we will be moving towards the ocean to our new place in LA. Since Paul and I both work from home, we decided to invest a bit more into where we work and opted for a view of the marina and to be on the water in our new home.

The biggest selling point? The huge front patio that we will hopefully outfit with some comfortable patio furniture and a BBQ. My dream is to work outside all day if possible! (more…)

My Reading Nook Makeover

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The funny thing about living in a townhouse is that the space always ends up being very long and narrow – which makes it super awkward for placing furniture. We were unsure of what to do with the empty space we had next to the front door and under the window.

It was a little too far from the TV to integrate into the living room area, so I decided to create a reading nook for myself to catch-up on magazines or to laze around on my laptop.

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The main piece that we started off with was a White Chaise Ektorp Lounger from Ikea that we picked up on Craigslist for $150.

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I then added a Threshold Acrylic Stacked Ball Floor Lamp ($80) from Target. If you haven’t shopped Target’s Threshold Collection yet – RUN. It’s incredibly stylish and super affordable. Our entire house is practically outfitted in Tar-jay goodness. It’s nice to be able to mix high and low. (more…)

Spring Things

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I spotted a few fun spring things at the LA Fashion Market last month. These cute little slip-ons ($35) from Nomad Footwear would be perfect for summer festival season or a day at the beach.

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It’s finally starting to rain in LA, after what’s been the worst drought in ages. I’m not so much a fan of the rain but a fan of these bright and colourful rainboots, also from Nomad Footwear. (more…)