Thursday, September 29, 2016

Canada's All Ladies Craft Beer Festival

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Real ladies drink real beer right?

Roundup your girls and be a part of another sell-out wildly popular all-female event! The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) is marking their 30th Bevy at Artscape Wychwood Barns on November 5.

It will feature roughly a dozen local craft breweries and a variety of food vendors. Tickets are $30 and will include 4 drink tokens, a commemorative 5oz tasting glass, a ‘Morning After’ gift bag and a chance to try a unique 'Bevy Brew' crafted exclusively for Bevy 0030.

A portion of ticket sales will also support The Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

3 Recipes To Try Out This Fall!

By: Lisa Ng

Fall is finally here! 

Which means I'm always craving big warm bowls of comfort food that make the house smell amazing. I've been experimenting with a couple different recipes lately - here are three you need to definitely try out for fall:

1) Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Soup has to be one of my all-time favourite foods and this hearty bowl of homemade chicken soup with big chewy dumplings does the trick for me. Make a big pot at the start of the week and throw it into a cute thermos for work the next day. This soup is also super quick to prepare and is a great weeknight meal.

2) Roasted Carrot + Spinach Quinoa Bowl

I made this delicious roasted carrot + spinach bowl recently and I’m definitely keeping this hearty and healthy option in my lunch rotation. Make a big batch at the start of the week and separate into individual containers for a healthy lunch all week. Roasting brings out some really great flavours out of your vegetables.

Grab the recipe here!

3) Slow Cooker Baked Beans

I definitely loved baked beans as a kid. However making your own ensures that you know what's going into it and you're not loading up all sorts of weird preservatives. This recipe is easy to make and cooks slowly in your crock pot.

Which recipes do you like to cook up for fall?

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show + Antique Market

By: Lisa Ng

The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market are back at 
Exhibition Place in the Heritage Court on October 1st and 2nd, running from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 4 PM on Sunday. 

Look for antique finds for your apartment and one-of-a-kind vintage and retro clothing at this annual show. It's definitely a fun way to spend and afternoon and have a sift around. Admission is $10 and you never know what you're going to find!

Show Manager, Catherine Knoll is particularly intrigued with some amazing outfits that hail from Nova Scotia. “This year, we have an enormous collection of costumes from the 1800s, early 1900s and right up to the present day era,” explains Knoll. “Apparently, the former owner of the costumes collected them from around the world while traveling with her husband.”

For more information visit:

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Great Canadian #SIMswap

An empty coconut - totally useless
By: Lisa Ng

A sponsored post.

I am a minimalist and I LOVE getting rid of useless things. 

My husband and I used to live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house. We downsized into a 650 square foot condo so we could travel more and got rid of a lot of stuff in the process! I didn’t realize how many useless things I had until I realized I was able to live without them.

What useless item do you have in your house? Is there something you’ve been meaning to get rid of?

This sparkler is about to be useless

What if I told you that you could trade that useless item in for a free brand new SIM card from Public Mobile as part of their #SIMswap campaign?

Go on and take a picture of your useless item, share the photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag @PublicMobile + the hashtag #SIMswap. On Facebook all you have to do is post the photo to Public Mobile’s wall. Public Mobile will message you with a unique URL and you can order your brand new SIM card. They’ll send you a little surprise and may even feature your useless item in an ad!

What’s different about Public Mobile? 

They’re a DIY online kind of communication carrier company. You can bring your own phone, build your own plan and earn rewards online to bring your costs down more. Plus - it’s prepaid so there are no contracts or nasty surprise bills. Having no contract gives me the freedom to activate the phone whenever I want and the flexibility to make changes if I need to do so. SIM Swap is a fun way for people to get to know Public Mobile and really see what makes them awesome. 

Do you need a new cellphone?

I’m giving ONE lucky reader a chance to WIN an Alcatel Phone + One Year of FREE Service from Public Mobile. Just tell us in the comments below the one useless item you would trade-in for a new phone + include your email address so I can get a hold of you if you win.

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest, however the winner will be chosen at random on Monday September 26th, 2016. Open to Canadian addresses only.

Learn more about Public Mobile’s #SIMsSwap program here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's Time For Oktoberfest!

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Can't get to Munich's famed festival? Well just head on down to Ontario Place and join 5,000 others dressed in dirndls and lederhosen to celebrate Bavarian heritage with food, beer, polka music, sporting lederhosen, speaking German (or attempting to), and performing the chicken dance!

#TOKT16 is happening on September 30 to October 1. Early bird tickets on sale until September 23 here.

This year, Toronto is also hosting a vegan version of Oktoberfest at Nest on College Street. Join plantbased foodies to support the local culture of sustainable, delicious nutrition and fundraise for The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.

Monday, September 12, 2016


By Wendy Kam Marcy

Furniture shoppers rejoice! A new shop has joined Designers Walk (Building 5 on 160 Pears Avenue, Suite 312).

The sparkly new showroom boasts slow-designed handmade modern furniture crafted by Dustin Kroft and his quality-obsessed team.

Kroft is not new to the designer furniture game -- they have been selling and taking custom orders online and handcrafting it in their Toronto wood shop. But now you can see (and touch) the beautiful goods for yourself!

I'm already a big fan of their modern tables, sleek sideboards and mirrors + accessories with clean finishes... classic pieces that function and look great in my condo. Those living in small homes will definitely appreciate the minimalistic designs.

It's hard not to fall in love with something in their collection but in the case that you see something you sorta like but not too sure about, they also accept modifications (which is much better than getting stuck with "off the shelf" furniture)!

Kroft is open Monday to Saturday by appointment only (made on their website). HUG followers receive a 10% discount until October 31, 2016 using promo code HIP10.

Follow Kroft on Instagram and Twitter.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Friends For Life! Walk 2016 for The Ontario SPCA

By: Lisa Ng

The Friends For Life! Walk is the big annual walk benefitting The Ontario SPCA happening the weekend of September 24 + 25 with walk locations all across province.

You don’t need a pet to participate! The walk welcomes all animal lovers. It’s a fun way to spend a day out with family members and there’s a complimentary lunch, pet vendors marketplace with cool products, live music, activities for the kids and more.

There’s still lots of time to still sign-up! Register and raise $50 online before September 15th and you’ll be entered to WIN a Keurig. Raise $150 online before September 26th and you’ll be entered to WIN a Dyson vacuum. It’s a great way to give back!

To learn more visit: 

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Etsy: Made in Canada

By: Lisa Ng

Want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping? Looking for unique finds for your apartment? The third annual Etsy: Made in Canada returns to Toronto on Saturday September 24th, 2016. 

This pop-up marketplace will feature 140 Etsy sellers with two locations in Toronto. Shop your local Etsy makers at MaRS Discovery District from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Artscape Youngplace from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

“Each pop-up is led by Etsy Team Captains who spend the year planning to bring together the community and celebrate local talent,” said Erin Green, Managing Director, Etsy Canada. “They embody the Etsy: Made in Canada mission to inspire positive impact for better communities, and it’s their passion that will encourage the growth of the next generation of artisans.”

To learn more visit

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 

Monday, August 29, 2016

TIFF Festival Street

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Roll out the red carpet because the TIFF Festival experience is heading outside for the 3rd year! On Opening Weekend, September 8 to 11, King Street West between Peter and University will be car-free and transformed into a pedestrian corridor with plenty of star gazing, food trucks and extended patios along Restaurant Row.

Enjoy performances from up-and-coming musical talent and free film screenings of two cult classics: Labyrinth (1986) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Costumes are encouraged with prizes to be won.

Happy #TIFF16 everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Veg Food Fest 2016

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Don't miss the largest vegetarian food festival in North America... it's happening at Harbourfront on September 9-11!

Between delicious vegetarian & plant-based food, this event is stuffed with workshops, lectures, fitness classes and music. New this year is the Veg Out Zone for relaxed eating. My friend, Chef Doug McNish (owner of Public Kitchen and the guy that sells those green "Kale is the New Beef" t-shirts) will be serving up delicious vegan fares at the World Cafe, and I'm so glad I won't have to make the trek to Barrie to enjoy Boon Burger!

This year's event will host international nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Greger and features 2016 MasterChef Canada Mary Berg as well as, cooking demos from popular local shops YamChops and Kelly's Bake Shoppe.

For details and the full weekend schedule, visit the Veg Food Fest website.