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Thursday, December 18, 2014

4 Tips To Creating A Coveted Life from American Express & The Coveteur

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.
Are you a tourist or a traveller? Do you dine out regularly or are you a gourmand? Are you shopping to feel trendy or to curate a wardrobe you adore? And — what’s the difference anyway?

American Express Canada recently invited us to explore these themes and how to turn ordinary activities into extraordinary experiences that help you live an enriched life through a lively panel discussion with Stephanie Mark, The Coveteur, Laura Scheck, American Express Canada and Liloo Alim, Four Seasons Toronto moderated by Catriona Lamb, Coco & Cowe.

From experiencing Dubai as an official royal guest to snorkelling in the Maldives with a handsome stranger to dining at a quirky niche restaurant that pays homage to peanut butter. The evening was filled with incredible travel stories but also easy ways to enrich daily life through dining, travel and service experiences that we can all use.

Here are my 4 favourite tips of the evening:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pet Photos with Santa @ PawsWay - Toronto

By: Lisa Ng

Did you get photos with your pet and santa?

It's your last chance! Purina PawsWay is hosting Pet Photos with Santa THIS coming weekend on December 20 &  21 from 11am-2pm and 3pm-5pm. Head down to the Toronto waterfront and check out this unique community centre for pets, admission to the centre is always free.

Find out if your cat or dog has been naughty or nice. A portion of the proceeds wil help the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Children and families are welcome too!

Cost for Photos: $12 per photo session (includes one print and $2 donation to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides), $6 per additional print, and $5 per digital copy (taxes not included). All dogs should be on a leash.

See all the hilariously cute photos at #PetsWithSanta.

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women.

#EatRealFood: Chef Doug McNish Holiday Dinners

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Nothing says happy holidays than being surrounded by good company, some fine wine and delicious food!

This year, my family will be celebrating Christmas eve with another couple, and as busy mamas of rambunctious little one year old boys, we decided to leave the cooking to our friend, Chef Doug McNish <-- yup, he's the guy behind those #KaleIsTheNewBeef t-shirts! :)

Chef McNish is offering a ready-to-enjoy organic, vegan, gluten-free holiday meal that includes generous servings of:

  • French Lentil and Millet Loaf with Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herbs
  • Roasted Root Vegetables (parsnip, squash, carrots, celery root)
  • Sage & Apple Stuffing (GF or Sprouted Wheat)
  • Spiced Sweet Potato and Coconut Mashed Potatoes
  • Mushroom Miso Gravy & Cranberry Sauce

Add-on a tapas platter or cheesy baked squash mac & cheese and don't forget dessert (raw egg nog cheesecake, raw berry crumble and more)!

Cost $50 to $95.

Pick up at Public Kitchen on 561 Marlee Avenue (free parking and steps from Glencairn Subway Station).

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Perfect Brew: Nespresso Introduces VertuoLine

By Wendy Kam Marcy

I love fancy lattes but definitely don't like standing in long lineups to get one or paying the $5 (plus the extra 50 cents for soy milk). So I did a happy dance when Nespresso launched their VertuoLine, an intelligent and innovative single-serve system that delivers richly aromatic, deeply flavoured coffee and espresso.

If you've ever used a Nespresso machine, you'll notice these capsules to be slightly different and that is because the new VertuoLine centrifusion technology spins the capsule to extract the coffee flavour. It is a unique method that delivers the perfect brew every time.

Pop in one of the shiny little capsules and the simple and convenient one-button operation reads the barcode and creates your coffee by cup size (now you can brew a large!), temperature, rotational speed, flow rate and time the water is in contact with the coffee. In just a minute to a minute and half, you get your wonderful cup of pick-me-up.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The HUG Holiday Gift Guide brought to you by SHOP.CA

By Wendy Kam Marcy

SHOP.CA makes gift giving easier than ever this festive season. So grab some mulled cider, crank those x'mas tunes and get ready to check off everyone on your gift giving list without leaving home... maybe you'll even find something for yourself along the way.

Oh and did we mention, shipping is FREE (and so are returns if you have to exchange anything for any reason) and earn Aeroplan on every order. Now that's holiday magic!

We curated our favourite must-have gifts for your hip + urban bestie, mom and sis. We've never seen so much fabulous for $100 or less!

1) Bring instant fun and excitement to your everyday life with Fujifilm’s new Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera. It's super cute, compact and comes in five fun colours. ($100)

2) What to get the person who has everything? These Kobo Soy Candles of course! Comes in beautiful packaging (no need for wrapping paper!) and delicious scents such as Golden Mimosa, Anisette Orange, Water Mint and more. We love that these candles are made of domestically grown sustainable soybeans and has 80 hours of burn time. ($38)

3) Baby it's cold outside and every Canadian gal will appreciate a pair of these adorable Lareyne B Mittens. The cerise red adds a pop of festive colour to any winter wardrobe. ($39)

4) Got a busy bee or new mom on your list? Everyone can use a little extra help when it comes to mealtime. The Hamilton Beach 5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is perfect for effortlessly whipping up healthy and nutritious dinners. ($60)

5) We can't get enough of these stylish Talented Totes with quirky illustrations of Britain’s pastimes and iconic subjects. Printed on natural or denim fabric , these bags are fair trade made and makes a great stocking stuffer. ($25)

6) Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? A freshwater pearl dangles from a braided purple nylon cord on this Pearlyta bracelet and the sterling silver heart adds sparkle. The perfect accessory to any outfit. ($36)

7) Meow! This My Little Shoebox USA Meow laptop bag is purrfect for your kitty loving bestie. There is also a matching tablet bag, wristlet and travel cosmetics kit (but we won't go there). ($59)

8) Help your fitness & health junkie friend stay motivated and on top of their new year resolution goals with the Fitbit Flex Tracker. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it monitors your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. ($100)

9) How cute is this Nostalgia Electrics Mini Chocolate Fountain?!?! The perfect gift for chocolate lovers or the hostess with the mostest. ($45)

10) Make delicious cake pops, donut holes and other pastries at home in 5 minutes AND without turning on an oven with the Nostalgia Electrics Cake Pop & Donut Hole Bakery. Nom nom nuff said. ($30)

SHOP.CA is a Canadian company that offers a one-stop no-hassle shopping experience with free shipping and returns/exchanges if you are unsatisfied with your order.

I discovered this site when they launched two years ago but since then, I've really noticed how much they have expanded their product line and carry even a wider range of premium brands. There are always great sales as well so check it out for yourself... and start your holiday shopping here!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lounging in LAZYPANTS

By: Lisa Ng

I've been feeling extra lazy since my LAZYPANTS showed up in the mail.

So what makes these pants so special?

The sweatpants are made from 100% cotton French fleece, which means they feel extra soft and are extra thick to snuggle into at home. I know it might seem a bit over the top - but when I'm working from home, they feel pretty amazing and they're cute enough for me to run errands in. I chose a pair in Strawberry in size small. It has a very comfortable waist band and fit pretty true to size.
LAZYPANTS are 100% made in Canada, which includes the fabric, design, and manufacturing. You can find these unisex sweats across North America at Sporting Life, TNT, Kitson and online. Sizes range from Adult XS - XL and for Children 2-12, in over 18 different colours. A skinny LAZYPANTS collection will be launching over the holidays for those looking for something even more chic to pair out with heels.
The pants are perfect for some winter lounging around or to pack for a winter ski trip getaway. I'll definitely be sporting mine throughout the holidays.

To learn more visit:

Pizzeria Libretto Opens in The Financial District

By: Lisa Ng

Financial District workers and PATH dwellers rejoice! 

A Pizzeria Libretto has opened at 155 University Avenue, near the Sun Life Tower for your authentic Neapolitan pizza fix. This third location follows their very successful Ossington and Danforth restaurants. Now you can get your Libretto at lunch or after work. I'm also planning to hit it up anytime I'm in town for a Raptors game or a concert at the ACC. The D.O.P. Margherita Pizza is the one thing I look foward to eating when in Toronto

The menu at the University location will remain the same, but the bar will feature a larger beer selection from Italy, Ontario and Quebec – with one guest tap that will change monthly. 

Best thing about the new Pizzeria Libretto? It will seat 110 people total + 40 in the bar/lounge, so that painful hangry wait will be less likely! A patio will open in the summer time to seat an additional 50 guests.

Pizzeria Libretto is located at 155 University Avenue and is open daily from 11:30 am to 11pm.

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Nutcracker Tea @ Shangri-La Toronto

The Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto will be hosting a Nutcracker Afternoon Tea service and Champagne Wall for the holiday season.

Inspired by the Nutcracker ballet, Executive Chef Damon Campbell and his team of expert pastry chefs have created a special afternoon tea menu with themed Nutcracker pastries like Waltz of the Snowflakes - a peppermint scented milk chocolate mousse, cocoa sponge and white chocolate snow. The Battle of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King features a stollen spiced cheese cake with citrus bavarois and candied lemon; and the Drosselmeyer’s Entrance is a brown butter hazelnut financier, praline cream and dark chocolate glacage. 

Other items include a selection of finger sandwiches including roasted turkey with cranberry preserve, honey baked ham with caramelized onion, Atlantic lobster and herb mayonnaise and truffle poached egg salad. 

Desserts include tea cakes and scones served with clotted cream, house-made berry jam and citrus marmalade. A vegan option Nutcracker High Tea menu is also available. 

The Nutcracker Afternoon Tea is $42 per person and is served daily from 2-5 pm in the Lobby Lounge. For reservations, 647-788-8888 or visit: Shangri-La Toronto online.

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women.
Photos by Teddy Chau

The Toronto Christmas Market

By: Lisa Ng

The Toronto Christmas Market returns back to The Distillery District in Toronto and is running now until Sunday December 21st. The market runs from Tuesday to Friday Noon to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm and admission is free!

Santa will be there for photos, there will be mulled wine and an outdoor beer garden to relax with friends. Christmas merchandise and gifts will also be for sale by local vendors to help get you into the holiday spirit. It's definitely worth a wander around and to have a look at all the Christmas decorations around The Distillery District.

Learn more at:

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Our Holiday Faves from Style&co.

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.
By: Lisa Ng
The holidays are in full swing and the type A in me has already been planning all the outfits I will need for the many cocktail parties and holiday events happening over the next month! What I really hate is being stuck an hour before an event with nothing wear. Worst? Going to the mall on a busy Saturday and having to search frantically for a dazzling outfit. I constantly kick myself every year for not shopping ahead of time. Not this year – my friends!
I have teamed up with my friends at Style&co. to make sure we’re all ready to rock, with a few of my favourite items from their winter collection. It’s even available online – so you can get shipped directly to you OR you can visit the Syle&co. section in-person at The Bay. Here’s what caught my eye:
Holiday Fave #1 – The Ruffled Topper Cardigan
I really dislike being cold. So what’s a girl to do? Layer! Layer! Layer! This cardi is perfect over a soft tee, a pair of leggings and a hip pair of short booties. It’s ultra soft to touch and the ruffles add a bit of holiday flair. I would add a felt black fedora to dress it up and a cute cross-body purse. The Ruffled Topper Cardigan is available in purple, heather grey and charcoal. It’s also versatile enough to wear beyond the holiday season!