I got home from an extended Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in Boston and NYC (the chocolate went down really well, except I’m confused that my sister and brother-in-law don’t binge like I do, they actually eat one or two pieces and then stop, wtf is that?) on Wednesday, blog posts about my exploits upcoming, once I get my act together.

I went back to work on Thursday and Friday, but it still feels like I’m on vacation. Maybe because Will is still in Nepal (he finished his trek up Gokyo Ri and is fine, nowhere near the blizzard and avalanche that happened last week, terrible about what happened to the trekkers there), and I’m having a weekend to myself where I can do what I want. Not that I can’t do what I want when he’s here, but it’s just different.

So today I had pie, hot chocolate, and went for a lovely fall walk.

And took the opportunity to try out the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S5, my new work phone.

I picked up pie at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky at Kensington Market.

The Ontario sour cherry was…fine. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for pie?

I also went to the Distillery District, which I love.

There are locks on the letters, like on the bridges in Paris.

I just happened to end up at Soma Chocolate again. I mean, I’m there already, I can’t not go in, right?

The hot chocolate is their Spicy Mayan with milk, not sweet at all. It’s more like a coffee than a sweet drink.

Today’s outfit:

Soia & Kyo raincoat // American Apparel circle scarf // Gap zip leggings // eric michael Laguna boots

Not a great photo, so here’s Friday’s outfit:

Hugo Guinness for J.Crew Dog Tee // Gap zip leggings // Gap classic ballet flat in rose blush

I can’t resist a hound on a T-shirt.



(from the episode Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk, season 3)

You’d think you’d be able to get pretty good chocolate in Boston (L.A. Burdick isn’t bad, for one), but my sister always requests that I bring chocolate from two local Toronto chocolatemakers when I go visit.

I’m happy to do it, even if I turn into Homer in the Land of Chocolate while I’m shopping for the goodies.

At Stubbe Chocolates, I picked up truffles, salted caramels, chocolate-covered Australian ginger, and an assortment of bars.

My sister and her husband ration themselves and make their stash last. If it were up to me, this would probably be gone in a week. It’s amazing that I had these for a few days in my house without tearing into them and ending up in a chocolate orgy.

I also go to Soma chocolatemaker in the Distillery District.

When I’m there, I’m like a kid in some kind of store. Of course I have to get something for myself. I love the English toffee with almonds, the dried cherries tumbled in dark chocolate, and their latest truffle of the month, calamansi and white chocolate in a dark chocolate shell (omg so good).

Blurry because I was shaking with impatience to get at them.

I have so many goodies to bring to Boston that I had to put everything in a box, and it was heavy!

It’s appropriate for what will be a food-centric weekend. As it should be, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving so I have to be gluttonous regardless of where I am.

Hope everyone has a good one and more food photos to come when I get back!



It’s full-on fall now, after being spoiled with basically the summer we didn’t have in September. Jacket weather again. (But not parka weather. Come on. It’s not winter yet.)

And I’m wearing pants? What?

Soia & Kyo jacket (2007) // J.Crew lightweight merino sweater // J.Crew necklace // Gap ultra skinny ankle pants (got on sale for $35!) // Gap classic ballet flats in rose blush

I’ve been a staunch skirt/dress girl, but this year, I wanted something simpler. A sleeker, unfussy, uncluttered silhouette.

I’ve always been afraid of being boring (just a plain V-neck sweater and black pants?), but a big statement necklace will always save me from that. I’ll still wear skirts and dresses, it’s just nice to have another option once in a while.


Hello September…I mean goodbye September

I took an unplanned break for a couple of weeks there (I guess almost four now), work has been insane and in my spare time I’ve been trying to feel better. I have been sick/not feeling well for the good part of a month, the latest is some stomach problems (stomach hurts, but I’m still hungry so I eat, then my stomach hurts some more). I’m sure it’s stress-induced, so either I have to become more zen or just kill everyone who’s pissing me off (kidding! I’m not homicidal!).

But other than that, September hasn’t been so bad. We’ve had some lovely late-summer weather, but try telling that to the girls I’ve seen wearing wool coats, hats, scarves, and Uggs in 25C/75F weather. Just because the calendar says it’s fall doesn’t mean it actually feel like it out there.

So I’ve been enjoying some summer favourites before I pack them up until next year.

Gap Body tank // J.Crew lightweight cotton cardigan // Gap rugby stripe maxi // J.Crew flip flops

September just flew by, but October promises to be interesting. On the con side, Will is gone for most of it, on an epic trip to Delhi, Nepal (including a Himalayan trek up Gokyo Ri, he decided against Everest base camp because it’s too touristy), and Hong Kong, so I’ll be on my own for most of the month. On the pro side, I’ll be on my own for most of the month and I get to hog the bed. Also, I’m going to Boston to visit my sister, her husband, and their new puppy, and the four of us will drive to New York City for a weekend. I managed to get a reservation for the whole rotisserie duck at Momofuku ssäm bar (puppy not invited, but maybe we’ll bring him some leftovers). It’ll be an epic eating weekend (as it usually is when I get together with my sister and brother-in-law), so I hope my stomach behaves itself by then.

Also coming up in October: pants. Say what?

To make up for the blurry bathroom mirror pic, here are some old pics from my trip to Chicago in April, that Will took and he finally downloaded off his fancy schmancy camera.

J.Crew tissue tee (looking a little sheer under my left arm, I ditched this top soon after this trip) // Club Monaco scarf // lululemon wunder under leggings // Adidas kicks // trying to hide the massive stomach I acquired from Frontera Grill

And some gorgeous early morning sunrise pics taken from the roof of my building.


August 2014 in pictures

black cat // this book in the window at Mabel’s Fables made me laugh // Serve the People, by Jen Lin-Liu // cone of shame // doggie evil eye // Vietnamese noodle bowl, actually made by me // Dexter on National Dog Day // pretty pink grapefruit juice // labneh at Fat Pasha

August was a dum month. But I have realized one thing: I blog and Instagram when I’m excited about something and want to share it, and this month, I was excited about almost nothing and felt like I was just going through the motions. I’m hoping that will change in September, or at the very least that September is a neutral month.


Windy summer days

Can’t believe it’s the last week of August already, summer is flying by. Not loving this late summer humidity, but it makes for standing on my balcony in a billowing skirt that makes me look like I have an enormous butt.

Anthro Elementary Dress // Stella & Dot Marchesa necklace // Anthro Anadyomene cardigan (Rosie Neira)

Not wearing any shoes.

The past few weeks have been kinda crappy, but that’s another story for another time. Or maybe no time, because any time I talk/write about what’s bothering me it seems so trivial out loud/on paper. And besides, focus on the positive, right?

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