Vancouver highlights

I just got back from my mini Olympic vacation in Vancouver. It was a great trip! Definite highlights were breathing in the ocean air again; feeling that incredible energy of a city filled with people from all over the world; watching the Canadian hockey team win from a packed city pub, and spending quality time with our laid-back west coast friends.  I truly do love this place!

Granville Island Public Market... another reason why I love Vancouver

Vancouver is such an amazing city, for many reasons, but especially for the mild weather. We spent the entire day outside on Granville Island with just sweaters on.... and it was February!
Granville Island is a pretty charming place to spend the day. We sampled delicious foods, listened to some great live musicians, and took in the various free art exhibits. Definitely a day well-spent!


who doesn't love roller skates

I watched the movie Whip it, while on the plane to Vancouver (directed by Drew Barrymore). It's all about Texas roller derby girls, and it was quite cute. These girls are tough!
It made me want to go roller skating!

Off to Vancouver for a few days

So I'm off on a spontaneous trip to Vancouver for a few days to join in on the Olympic festivities... I'm so excited!
Warmer weather, cherry blossoms and sea-to-sky here I come!

lovely florals

Romantic for Spring, from Free People


Montreal in white

I love big white fluffy snowflakes, and today we seem to have an endless supply of them!

like Lego for Slovakian architects

This is Book Cell, an octagonal building made completely out of old books. Displayed in the Modern Art Center in Lisboa and created by Slovakian architect Matej Kren. 
~ via Inhabitat

Everyone's favourite harpist

Joanna Newsom's new album ("Have One on Me") was released yesterday. She is such a unique artist, and while I have to be in the right sort of mood to listen to her, I think she is positively brilliant. Her music always manages to move me, and I find her a breath of fresh air in the music world.
I listened to her new album all evening yesterday and I really love it, especially the 3rd disc (yes, it's a tripple CD, crazy!).

Just take a second and watch how incredible she is.....

the secret to learning, memory and acing exams

I just read a very interesting article about memory over at Zen Habits. The writer, Scott Young, basically says that the secret to learning, memory and acing exams is by forming associations with whatever it is you need to memorize.
I couldn't agree more. I rely on associations all the time in my studies. I've always thought that anyone can excel in school, in any subject... it just requires the right study skills, which they never seem to teach you in school. Read the article here.

Image: Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931

oh honey

I recently finished the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and I really enjoyed it.... and now all I can think about is honey!


Eco-friendly and totally gorgeous!

Green fashion is truly being revolutionized by amazing new eco-designers. These are no longer your raw, scratchy hemp pants or burlap-sack frocks. This is grown-up, beautiful fashion, and it just keeps getting better!

Mika Machida - A brilliant New York designer who was born in Japan (you can see the Asian influence in her designs). Her clothing is made from organic cotton, bamboo & wool.
I want every single one of her pieces. I love love LOVE this!
See her website here.

C.Marchuska - two wallstreet executive women turned eco-fashion designers. Their clothing is affordable, sustainable and elegant. See their website here

The North Circular - knit by grannies, supported by supermodels
Gorgeous environmentally-friendly knitwear, made in the UK from, UK sheep's wool, and literally knitted by UK grannies!


Yesterday I read the article "50 Steps to Simple Happiness" from New York Magazine and I wanted to share the highlight's from it since there were several great ideas in it.
Unfortunately there were also a bunch of disappointing ones.... like "buy this spa treatment" or "that product" (which I don't believe are steps to happiness). So I've narrowed it down and excluded the product placement bits... here are my favourites from their list of simple steps to happiness...

1. “When you’re stressed, press two fingers to the acupressure point right under the middle of your collarbone and breathe.” —Roberta Mittman, Acupuncturist
2. “Make your bed. Go figure, but outer order contributes to inner calm. Especially if you’re living in a small space—but even if you’re living in a gigantic loft. Start each day with a concrete, albeit tiny (and therefore manageable!), accomplishment.” —Gretchen Rubin, Author, The Happiness Project
4. “Leave your mouth in that slightly upturned position it takes after saying ‘Cheez Whiz.’ It’s a relaxed, confident look that will convince other people you know what you’re doing.” —Debra Benton, Executive Coach
13. “Just say yes every time your partner wants to have sex. It’s only twenty minutes out of your day, and it makes you both feel better. If you’re not in a relationship, say yes to your own private date night at least three times a week.” —Claire Cavanah, Co-Founder, Babeland.
19. “Give the people pushing in the subway or rushing in the streets the benefit of the doubt by imagining that it is really important for them to get where they are going.” —Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, National Jewish Center for Learning And Leadership
23. “When you’re in an elevator, put down the BlackBerry and engage in small talk. There is simply no social-networking site that can replace that connection.” —Faye Rogaski, Professor of Communications, NYU
32. “Carry yourself more erect. Poor posture is a self-fulfilling prophecy of gloom. You can improve your outlook and confidence simply by improving your posture.” —Eva Pelegrin, Founder, Attune Holistic Fitness
34. “Diversify your cognitive portfolio: Museum Mondays, Tennis Tuesdays, Writing Wednesdays, Tango Thursdays, Learn-to-Frittata Fridays, Socializing Saturdays, Socrates Sundays. We need to rotate activities weekly to fire up different brain regions.” —Dr. Gayatri Devi, Neurology and Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
44. “Think like a shark, act like a 5-year-old. Our bodies are meant to be in motion. Don’t stay in the same position for more than 30 minutes at a time.” —Dr. Jeffrey Gross, Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU School Of Medicine

Read the full article "50 Steps to Simple Happiness" here (via Cup of Jo)

new Broken Social Scene, I thought it might never happen

Broken Social Scene are the epitome of cool. The new album is due out this April. How exciting!
You can download the first song for free here from the BSS website.

tessa & scott

They were such a pleasure to watch. Such chemistry. So beautiful. Go Canada!


lovely necklines

lovely necklines from Anthropologie

Au 5e péché

I finally got to experience dinner at Au Cinquieme Péché this weekend, and it was a wonderful experience indeed! The atmosphere is so quaint in there, it feels like this hidden jem... like a family-run French bistro on some forgotten side street in Paris.

The menu choices were somewhat limited, so I wouldn't recommend this place for vegetarians, but on the whole it was a spectacular dinner, and I would definitely go back.

my favourite scone recipe in the entire world!

One of my best childhood memories is waking up to my mother baking my grandmother's famous oatmeal raison scones. They are so simple, but they are absolute perfection!

Music: Aidan Knight

I am such a sucker for a mellow male voice and an acoustic guitar.... it just does something to me, it always has.

Plus this guy's name is Aidan, which is such a great name for a mellow guy with a guitar.

Listen to the whole Aidan Knight album here, and download the free mp3 of the song Jasper here

Jasper by Aidan Knight from Aidan Knight on Vimeo.

transforming cities, Seoul

The city of Seoul tore down an old freeway that ran across the entire city, and changed it into an urban park. I love it!
    ~ Read the whole article over at Inhabitat


I love Tina Fey!

Tina will be on the cover of Vogue magazine next month and she looks amazing! See the rest of the shoot here. What a gal!
Here's the video from her shoot:

Montreal Highlights Festival

Here are a few pictures from the Highlights Festival

The above picture was from inside the L'Oreal Ambiosphere, where the 360 degree short film Yuga is being shown (for free!). 

Here is a little video from inside the Ambiosphere, it really captures what it felt like in there:

hooray for Ben & Jerry!

I love Ben & Jerry's (I'm a Cherry Garcia girl, personally), but now I love them even more.
Apparently they are changing all their ice creams to all Fair Trade ingredients. Isn't that great?!

Read the article over at treehugger


I heart Quebec cheeses

We went to the Quebec Cheeses festival this afternoon (part of the Montreal Highlight's festival) and it was well worth the visit. There were so many delicious cheeses to try.... and they were all free! We also tasted several delicious Portuguese wines, not free but certainly worth it.

Leonard Cohen Love

Today my friend Lee & I visited the Leonard Cohen exhibit on our way back from the Quebec Cheeses festival. I've always loved Leonard Cohen's music and poetry, but I had no idea he also did such  beautiful sketch work and paintings.

Inspiration Tea Party

Read your labels!

This may be a pretty poster on first glance, but these are all the ingredients in a single ham & cheese pizza pocket. So gross!
Designer: Justin Perricone, seen over at Treehugger
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