Travel

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

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

I Heart NY

After going to Paris Fashion Week for the last five years straight, I’m taking a break from the City of Lights for the lights of Manhattan. That’s right, folks, this chica is headed to the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week in September! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’ve been to New York numerous times over the years - for work and for play - but never for Fashion Week. It will be interesting to see...

I Heart NY

A Chilly Affair

Every time I return to Paris, it’s a short but intense love affair. Ever since my boyfriend left the City of Light in pursuit of love in Vancouver, my travels to France have now become only a yearly occurrence - always timed with the Fall-Winter ready-to-wear shows in March. What that means is that I no longer get to experience (read: enjoy) Paris in the springtime - and I do miss that. This particular trip was tough as it rained practically every day. On the day of my arrival, the rain showers were...

A Chilly Affair

Sunshine Revisited

Environment Canada has issued another winter storm warning for the BC South Coast today, which means that Vancouver could see another 10 to 15 centimetres of wet snow or freezing rain. Joy. Now don't get me wrong - I’m a snow lover. In fact, I’m a big ski bum. The white stuff is awesome - as long as it stays up on the mountain. But enough already...

Sunshine Revisited

Sun Drenched

With seemingly no end to Vancouver's chilly weather, there was nothing to do but escape. And so escape to Palm Springs was the plan: to fly 2.5 hours south to a town that seems frozen in time. Other than the cars, I'd imagine that this was what Palm Springs looked like back in the mid-40s. It's a mid-century mecca amidst a landscape of palm trees, desert and wind farms...

Sun Drenched

Travel Beauty Essentials

As I’m about to embark on three back-to-back trips to Toronto, Seattle and Palm Springs, packing for these trips can be tricky. Not to mention we’re talking about severely varying climates from dry, cold weather in Toronto, to damp, chilly-to-the-bone weather in Seattle and finally to dry desert heat in Palm Springs. What’s even trickier than figuring out what to wear is how best to take care of your skin in such varying climates! Here’s a glimpse of the beauty products I’m taking with me in my carry-on...