I wasn’t always sold on the idea of engagement photos, but a wise friend reminded me that it will be nice to have proper photos of us as a young couple to look back on. And so, here they are! One Thursday just a couple of weeks ago, Andrew and I had our photographer — Tara McMullen — over to our flat to capture us at home. Although we haven’t actually hung art yet (oops! where does the time go?), Tara wanted to get us in our element. It’s honest and it’s authentic. From our apartment we walked over to the park for some croquet and then to Dutch Dreams for ice cream (mint chip…

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Andrew proposed to me nearly a year and a half ago, and since then we have already moved to France and back. Now that we are settled at home again, planning is fully underway for our October vows. The whole thing has been exciting and though I’ve shared little snippets on Instagram here and there, I figured it would be nice to properly document the process and share with you. Even as someone who plans events for a living, I’ve learned a few things along the way and so I thought this may also be helpful for you . . . should you also be planning your I do’s. I don’t want to give away…

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Toronto has some very special holiday traditions, one of them being The National Ballet of Canada‘s production of The Nutcracker. I attended a matinée with my Mum and it was absolutely what I needed to get me in the festive spirit (the warm temperatures and lack of snow have staged a challenge)! Earlier last week, I was invited to enjoy a little precursor to the performance: a Nutcracker themed tea at The Shangri-La Hotel (just a hop and a skip from the theatre). I brought my friend Kelly Lynn along to join me . . . we snagged the coveted fireside lounge table which was lovely. Inspired by the ballet, Executive Chef Damon…

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What can I say – I love a good cocktail. Combine that with the holiday season and my love of entertaining . . . I’m a very happy girl. When hosting a group of friends at home, a signature drink is simultaneously a delightful thing to offer and easier to prepare in advance since you can shop for the ingredients ahead of time. In collaboration with fellow stylists (and lovely friends!) Kelly Lynn and Laura, I whipped up a couple of my favourite go-to’s: think classics with a seasonal twist. First up, the winter-y Moscow Mule with pomegranate and ginger. Second, the Old Fashioned with a kick of citrus. The best part of…

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It’s Halloween tomorrow — how are you celebrating? It’s one of my favourite holidays, but let’s be honest I enjoy any reason to get a little festive. Unfortunately Halloween isn’t much of a thing here in Paris, so it will be considerably more low key for us this year. You will see the odd carved pumpkin or gourd display in an American-ish café and there are a few costume shops (which I’m guessing pander to expats like me), but it’s certainly a rarity. Our friends just purchased and renovated an apartment in the neighbourhood and because one of them is Canadian, they are throwing a housewarming/Halloween fete to toast their new home. I…

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