Magnificent Magnolia

I’ve often written about taking time out for yourself, even if it’s just 10 minutes to meditate in the morning. Anything to reset and recharge; it really helps to improve your mental and emotional well-being. When I do go away, it’s often to some of my favourite places that are a short distance away - Whistler, the Okanagan wine country, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, for instance. What I’ve often forgotten is that there is another location so close to home: Victoria. In fact, it’s so close that I often take it for granted and have been doing so for nearly 20 years. Yes, I can’t believe it had been that long since I had been back...

Magnificent Magnolia

White Bite: An Experiment in Teeth Whitening (REVIEW & CONTEST)

I'm a self-professed oenophile. As such, I often enjoy a glass of wine (or two) with my meals. And while I like white wines my preference still lies with red - in particular deep, rich, velvety and smooth Bordeaux wines. The only first-world problem that comes with that preference however, is that the wines end up staining my teeth. Pile on coffee stains from my multiple lattes during the day and I'm starting to resemble someone from the cast of Oliver...

White Bite: An Experiment in Teeth Whitening (REVIEW & CONTEST)

Cuddling Up to Spring

Given how Vancouver’s weather can change on a dime - where one day it’s a balmy 25 degrees Celsius and the next day it’ll be 13 degrees and raining, you can’t quite do a wholesale change with your closet. That’s why I keep sweaters in my dresser year-round. You never know when they’ll be handy and hey - they’re super comfortable and cuddly...

Cuddling Up to Spring

Rainforest and Botanicals

Although many of us in Vancouver are complaining about the rain and grey clouds this week, one of the benefits of such weather is the ability to shoot very moody editorials. Witness this shoot that I recently did with Carolyn Tanaka. A very talented photographer, Carolyn was able to capture some pretty stunning, rich and creamy shots (yes, there are such descriptors for photography) on a particularly rainy day in Vancouver...

Rainforest and Botanicals

Finally, My Reading Corner is Here

There's nothing more exciting than anticipating the arrival of new furniture for your house. Recall that I was searching for some furniture to sit within a space I was carving out for myself. Well I found everything I was looking for at Structube in South Granville and now I just had to wait for the arrival of all the pieces I purchased. Well the day finally came and I could barely hold my excitement...

Finally, My Reading Corner is Here

The Cure for a Perfect Summer

We're finally getting the warm weather in Vancouver that residents have been waiting for. It's long overdue but we can finally declare it patio season! To that end, searching for a patio isn't a difficult task. I do live in Vancouver, after all. When the sun shines, you'll find most Vancouverites outdoors - and that includes where we eat and drink. Most patios are packed during the summer, and it doesn't matter if it's adjacent to the water or smack in the middle of the city...

The Cure for a Perfect Summer

Jumpstart Jumpsuit

The weather in Vancouver is now finally warming up during the day but it can still get quite chilly at night. When this happens, I usually call on my trusty jumpsuit when I head out for the night. Still keeping most of me covered (i.e., warm), it's a great way to dress up without actually wearing a dress. And the whole off-the-shoulder thing nudges it into the fancy category without trying too hard...

Jumpstart Jumpsuit

Botanist Opens

The highly anticipated Botanist restaurant in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel has officially opened to much fanfare and great reviews. I went to the Grand Opening party last night and if the small bites and inventive cocktails were any indication, Vancouver has added another gem in its crown of fine dining. Highlights for me included...

Botanist Opens

L'Eclair de Genie Opens in Vancouver

The Parisian-based patisserie's first North American location lands on Robson Street. Those who hunger for the satisfying taste of an eclair will certainly have their fill with the new addition, just a stone's throw from Ladurée's first Canadian location. Eclairs are decadent desserts that I don't usually consume but I had the opportunity to try its various flavours during the...

L'Eclair de Genie Opens in Vancouver

A Corner of My Own

Most of you know that I moved into a larger space back in September and it’s taken a few months to really get settled. The process of moving from a condo into a house can be time consuming - and expensive. You suddenly need to find furniture to fill the newfound space that your exorbitant rent provides (thank you, Vancouver). You also realize that your condo furniture is now not quite to scale. Ah, so many learned moments. After months of searching and finding the right pieces for both inside and out...

A Corner of My Own