How I Meal Prep

I have most definitely gained some of that "Quarantine Fifteen". Stress eating, the sudden abundance of homemade bread, and more drastically in my case, not being as active as I used to be, all contributed to the formation of a rounder abdominal pouch that I was not happy to welcome back. Many of you will …

Something Old: My Vintage Engagement Ring

Like many around the world, we've made the decision to postpone our wedding celebration to next year. We began 2020 with excitement, visiting cool venues where we'd envision our intimate wedding while enjoying complimentary champagne and delicious cake samples. In February, we secured a deposit for our venue and photographer, we announced the date to …

Outdoor Therapy

In yesterday's post, I highlighted the beauty found indoors while nestled at home. Today I'm highlighting the soul-soothing benefits of the outdoors even (or, especially) during a pandemic, social unrest or straight up uncertainty about the future. Our condo does not have a balcony since we chose extra closet space and a kitchen pantry instead. …

Quarantine Life in Photos

This past weekend marked exactly three months since quarantine began. As restrictions slowly start to loosen up in our city, I thought I'd document these last months in photos. My goal was to highlight beauty that was present during a period when time seemed uncertain and when time truly stood still. Let's talk about time …

Beauty Rises From Ashes: My Hopes for The Black Lives Matter Movement

It’s June, friends. 2020 is halfway done. The start of a new month generally feels refreshing and inspiring to me but lately it feels like we’re stuck in a time capsule of a dark past. Hateful words and behaviour have resurfaced more publicly, and antiquated ideas are bouncing around in what’s supposed to be a …

Creamy Lemon Squares

In this post, I'm gonna pretend that there's no pandemic. This isn't a pantry hack or a "what can you bake with 3 ingredients" quarantine edition. This is simply a fun, easy, summery dessert recipe. The long weekend being the official kick-off of summer inspired me to bake something bright, fresh and light. To me, …

Beauty Pampering at Home

You would think that with all this free time, us beauty junkies would be self-caring like crazy. The truth is, being at home during a pandemic, dealing with uncertainty and cabin fever, has caught me in a sluggish Netflix/couch cycle instead. In the 45 days that I've been home, I've had very little energy or …

Getty Museum Recreation

If there's one positive thing to come out of this strange and uneasy time, it's our ability to turn to creativity for our mental and emotional survival. Through memes, YouTube or TikTok videos circulating amongst our group chats and Zoom videos, our creativity has proven to comfort one another through comedy, relatability, inspiration and just …

The Best Sunsets of My Life

I haven’t seen a sunset in over a month. That's 31 days of Spring without a sunset. For a lot of us right now, it's an unusual new reality. Sunsets are a daily occurrence that some may take for granted, but not me. I’m that quintessential sucker for sunsets. Why? Because even though I've seen …

Earl Grey Yogurt Cake

Now more than ever my baking urges have intensified, keeping me on my feet and distracted; focused on something else other than the news or being a Netflix potato. But most importantly, baking is a form of creative expression for me. It's a fun outlet that produces delicious outcomes. Just like for everyone else, this …

Helpful Tips for Working From Home

Well, things just got real. You've probably been summoned to work from home and if this is your first time working from home, or at least for a longer period of time than you're used to, then you're probably a little out of sorts, and you're definitely starting to get cabin fever. This is especially …

Appreciating the Now

As you may have noticed, it's become a ritual here to wrap up my seasonal reflections in photos. And although Springtime in Canada is normally delayed well beyond what the calendar suggests, the mild weather lately has been a good enough reason for me to officially bid farewell to Winter on my blog (apologies in …