june how-to

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For your next party: 10 Ways To Make A Cocktail Stick

A Cup of Jo shows you how to give a reflexology foot massage

Making aged mercury glass candle holders with A Beautiful Mess

The tool kit for sexy bedhead

Brush care 101 from Garance Doré

How clever are these hanging laundry baskets!

A hand-carved stamp project with Emmadime

Who doesn’t want to make their own piñatas ?

Hellllooooo June! Can’t believe you’re here already. Don’t you think that the beginning of the month is a such great time to get inspired! Speaking of such things, I can’t wait to share more details soon on a course I am taking that starts this coming Monday. It’s called Fibre Arts with Natural Dyes and it’s sure to be an amazing experience in something that’s totally new! xx

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home-grown: vintage crawl

vintage crawl

Put on your walking shoes. Well I suppose all shoes are meant for walking, aren’t they! But, hey, maybe you’ll pick up a new pair along the way ; )

For one night only it’s the Vintage Crawl Toronto! A late-night party across the city’s west end where shops from Kensington Market to Roncesvalles keep their doors open from 7pm til midnight with treats, sales and deals at the ready.

Here are the participating shops and a handy map to plan your route!

1. Sub Rosa 16 Kensington Avenue
2. One Heart Design 77 Kensington Avenue
3. Anice Jewellery 167 Augusta Avenue
4. Pretty Freedom 165 Augusta Avenue
5. Armed 1024 Dundas Street West
6. Bridge + Bardot 1138 Dundas Street West
7. Penny Arcade 1177 Dundas Street West
8. I Miss You (Dundas West) 1315 Dundas Street West
9. Dalston Grey 1317 Dundas Street West
10. 101 SUPERmarket 1418 Dundas Street West
11. The Chief Salvage Co. 1493 Dundas Street West
11. Friends Electric 1493 Dundas Street West
12. Life of Manek 1504 Dundas Street West
13. Reservoir Vintage & Bright Brown Vintage Pop-up at Henhouse 1532 Dundas Street West
14. Print Fine Vintage 834 A College Street
15. Mrs.Huizenga 28 Roncesvalles Avenue
16. Door Number Two ‘Garage’ at 294 Roncesvalles Avenue
17. Common Sort (Parkdale) 1414 Queen Street West
18. Philistine 1394 Queen Street West
19. House of Vintage 1239 Queen Street West
20. 69 Vintage 1100 Queen Street West
21. Thank You 1080 Queen Street West
22. Chosen Vintage 960 Queen Street West
23. Magwood 886 Queen Street West
24. V Queen West 702 Queen Street West
25. Cabaret Vintage 672 Queen Street West
26. Silver Falls 15 Ossington Avenue
26. Tusk 15 Ossington Avenue
27. I Miss You Vintage (Ossington) 63 Ossington Avenue
27. Emporium by I Miss You Vintage 63 Ossington Avenue
28. Rescue Vintage 102 Ossington Avenue

vcto map

xx #vcto

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tunes & lasagna

With family in town for my long weekend { why not take Monday off?? } we were busy and had a lot of fun! The boys ran the Scotia Bank 1/2 marathon, we ate good food, relaxed, and went for lots of long walks…  Today was for groceries { we’ve started actually making lists and planning meals for the week – unreal } and then I got to making my famous roasted veggie meat lasagna. Delish! A glass of red wine, Saint-Germain des-Pres Cafe Vol. 7 in the air, and cooking in a cozy kitchen. Not a bad way to spend a windy Monday afternoon.

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atlas assortment no.10

It feels like it’s been a while! I am just home from an exciting/exhausting week in Vegas for work, and looking forward to a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon. I was able to spend yesterday getting pedi’s, shopping, and dining @ Grand Electric with my sisters which was such a lovely treat! Gosh, I have also been on a bit of a shopping streak lately so better to just browse and window-shop atlas assortments for me right now ; )

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that’s one lovely blog


As I mentioned the other day, the lovely Yasmin of the Hermit Homewares blog nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award! How amazingly exciting & flattering – eep! Her beautiful blog is very inspiring and filled with beautiful houseware goodies that I am sure everyone will enjoy takeing a peek at it. So, now it’s my turn to keep up the tradition. The Award Rules are as follows;

*Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
*Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
*Nominate up to fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
*Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

Random Facts about Me:
01. I am absolutely terrified of things that fly, including moths, butterflies, dragonflies, birds etc…
02. My favorite food is hummus; on crackers, potato chips, tortilla chips, a spoon, what ever.
03. I love Excel. If a list needs to be made, if anything needs to be organized… Excel!
04. I believe my little Pug Buddha is the world’s cutest dog. He went blind 2.5 years ago and he is still so brave (while still being incredibly stubborn).
05. I was a vegetarian for about 16 years until recently { in December } I decided to scrap that idea and now chicken and steak are my favs.
06. I love stripes. Seriously, most of my closet looks the same to the untrained eye. Der says all of my striped shirts look identical – and I will probably bring home another one within the next month – but to me they are all unique ; )
07. I love surprising ppl with little notes and gifts. In the mail or in person. Just something small to make someone smile!

Blogs I Love: (In no particular order!)
01. Black Eiffel – My go to for music inspiration, amongst other things. Be sure to check out Rachel’s Music Monday post, when else, every Monday!
02. Smitten Kitchen – FOOD! Delish recipes dreamed up in a 42 square foot circa-1935 half-galley kitchen. I love the photography on this delightful foodie blog.
03. The Alternative Wife – Ethereal inspiration. Think pastels, pink, and lace all with a hazy glow.
04. Emma Dime – I am obsessed with the design, layout, and everything of Emma’s blog. So gorgeous, and always inspirational. I think she loves font as much as I do to!
05. Odessa May Society – Crushin’ hard on this beautiful blog with inspired housewares, décor, design, and a hit of fashion every now and then.
06. Pennyweight – Fashion, décor, music, you name it!
07. Lark & Linen – fellow Torontonian, Jacqueline Clarke, of Lark & Linen is always a go-to.
08. The Reno Project(s) – looking for home décor advice, look no further!
09. Elephantine – making beautiful jewelry and a beautiful blog.
10. Atlantic-Pacific – If I could have one persons closet… Blair Eadie has impeccable taste and a unique style that I love.

Thanks y’all! xx

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bunner’s bakery

Previously, when I had a craving for yummy gluten free cupcakes, it required a trip to my favorite Vegan GF bakery in New York City – Babycakes NYC. Thankfully, a new discovery today in Toronto’s own Junction proves a great substitute that doesn’t require a flight!

Bunner’s has a similar vibe to Babycakes. Well, minus a bit of kitsch and plus more clean lines, but overall, I have a very familiar feeling when I enter the small shoppe. The chocolate-chocolate cupcake and the french toast versions get a seal of approval! The icing was the best part, and that’s saying a lot coming from the butter-cream icing queen ;)

We purchased a loaf of three-seed bread too, which I’ll be using this week for sandwiches. I already sneaked a little bite and it tastes just like regular bread and it’s not heavy like a brick, as some can be.

I am delighted with this new discovery, yet still, happy that it’s not right around the corner. A trip to NYC was one thing, but if it was too close, I might be eating cupcakes everyday!!

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links are back

The Hamptons Guide from Goop
Where to find book reviews – idreambooks
Hilarity from the Man Repeller when she interviews herself…
Just a little tune; The Head & The Heart – Rivers & Roads
A downtown gem for lunch – Rodney’s by Bay
Great WordPress resources & plugins from August Empress
Smitten Kitchen makes bacon & eggs look delish in a leek risotto
ShopBops current Hit List

tgif xx

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little things no.02

It’s just too important not to! Like getting into a new book, daydreaming, trying something new { image #4 from Barre Works, with more to come on that later! } … Almost half way through the work-week, I am sure that you have lots to be thankful for ; )

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Holts + Tory Burch + FEED


“Looking for the perfect spring tote? Holt Renfrew, FEED and Tory Burch have partnered to create a limited-edition, worldwide-exclusive tote to benefit the FEED Foundation and the Tory Burch Foundation. ‘I am so thrilled to partner with FEED on this initiative,’ says Tory Burch CEO and designer Tory Burch. ‘I have always admired the organization’s mission to help children around the world. When this opportunity came up we didn’t have to think twice—the collaboration between Holt Renfrew, FEED, our brand and our foundation was a natural fit from the beginning.’

A stunning spring tote with a philanthropic twist, now that’s feel good fashion at it’s finest! ‘This bag is a fashionable do-gooder’s dream come true,’ said FEED co-founder Lauren Bush Lauren.

‘The story behind this exclusive product is as exceptional as the tote itself. Holt Renfrew is proud to bring this project to life and to support such important causes,’ said Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy.

The bags are available for purchase starting today at holtrenfrew.com and in Holt Renfrew stores across Canada May 10, so get yours now and help change the world one tote at a time. Also, please join us at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street on May 10 at 10 a.m. to meet Lauren Bush Lauren and have your bag signed.”

Look’s like a bag that you can feel good about… better get yours now ; )

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i heart letterpress

Good Friday!

With the day off we decided to make an appt to see Craig at Don Black LInecasting to checkout what refurbished letterpress’s he had available. We settled on a little table top Golding press that’s approx 125 years old! I can’t wait to learn how it works and start different printing projects. In the mean time, a neat video above, about a printer who uses an outdated, cumbersome, and obsolete machine for the quality of the finished product.

happy Easter weekend xx

eats & treats


Marben
for Wednesday night oysters & prosecco
Friday night = Champagne + Chantecler
Macroon madness at Nadège
Must try Mexican at Playa Cabana (tested & true)
Must try it Mexican at Grand Electric (next on my ‘to try’ list)
The best grilled cheese you have ever had, courtesy of Cheesewerks
Get your croissants at Clafouti
My go to bistro
And, it’s always my choice for pizza

Bon Appétit!

xx

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cupcakecait

I know that it’s been a while since I have posted, but I have been working on my second blog! It’s been a slow process, and still very much a work in progress, but I wanted to share a little bit about it as it starts to take shape.

While I have fallen in and out of my relationship with baking over the years, one thing has always remained the same… the CUPCAKE! The business ideas, and names, and logos may have changed over and over again, but it was always about baking yummy bite-sized cakes.

I have decided to get back into it and I thought that setting up a blog where I could put info on ordering (sorry just in Toronto!) and post interesting items on cupcakes would be a fun idea.

So that’s it in a nutshell, cupcakecait. I’ll be working on it for the next little while, so be patient. But also feel free to check it out as it evolves ;)

nightnight and sweet cupcake dreams!

xx