bloggers who drink lagers take cuba!!

I have been struggling with the blog lately! I’m sorry, the photos have not been cooperating but I think I got it figured out but forgive me, there aren’t tons of photos!

So, if you had of asked me when I started blogging almost 5 years ago if I thought I’d be going to Cuba with bloggers I met through blogging, I would have thought you were crazy! But that’s what’s happening. So our little jogging group ended up a couple of years later in Cuba and it was great!

We traveled to Cuba for Happy or Hungry’s wedding! We were known to her friends as the bloggers, which was cute. I had never been to Cuba and it had been almost two years since my last all-inclusive and so I was excited. We stayed at the Quatro Palmas in Varadero, which is right ‘downtown’ Varadero. It was a smaller, older resort but it was perfect for our group. For the price, it was pretty great – and the food was decent. That’s what I always heard about Cuba, that the food is terrible and this was usually edible (sometimes good, the bread was fresh baked and so good).


But with views like this, who cares what the food is like! We had varying degrees of good food, there was good-good, cuba-good and terrible. We did discover something we called a Cuban sangria. They asked us if we wanted sangria, and you never say no to sangria so we ordered a round. I could see from my seat the lady mixing it and I told the table, you don’t know what’s about to happen. It was red wine and sprite and it was delicious. I will definitely have that this summer! I guess it’s a red wine spritzer but I don’t think that’s normally a thing.

A couple of us also took a day trip to Havana and it was breathtaking. I had heard about the beautiful old American cars but nothing can describe how beautiful the architecture of Havana is.


If you want to see some amazing Havana photos, check out Happy or Hungry’s wedding photos. They’re straight out of a bridal magazine, they’re unbelievable.


We had a great time in Cuba, the sunshine, the ocean and the good times is just what I needed, I think there’s even talks of reunion trips this summer.

Have you been to Cuba? What was your favourite part?

world cocktail day with wyborowa

It’s world cocktail day! As if we needed an excuse! It’s a Saturday, the weather is tolerable and summer is just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a cocktail.

I had the opportunity to try Wyborowa, a rye based vodka from Poland. Canadian mixologist, Scott Barber from Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro created a number of cocktails with Wyborowa for world cocktail day.


I tried Scott Barber’s Intrepid Spring:
1.5oz Wyborowa Vodka
1oz fresh lemon juice
.75oz lavender syrup
2 dashes of soda
4 muddled grapes

It was a refreshing drink and a smooth vodka, that can be paired with a great cocktail or sipped (if that’s your kind of thing). How are you celebrating world cocktail day?

brunchin’ – aviv

We all know that brunch can be an exhausting endeavour but sometimes you just don’t want to make breakfast and McDonald’s again would just mean things have gotten out of hand. 

So we were happy when we found a place called Aviv, just steps from Dupont station that accepted open table reservations. I already liked this place, it means I wouldn’t have to stand in some ridiculous line for eggs. 

The menu is a middle eastern style but still with classics like bacon and eggs and pancakes. The place wasn’t very busy when we got there at 10:45am so if reservations aren’t your style, you likely won’t have to wait too long for a table anyways. 

While we waited for friends, we started with dessert, which seems to be our thing these days. 

It was banana bread pudding with Nutella so it was of course delicious, you can’t go wrong. 

For my main, I had the beef brisket hash and it was also very good. 

Cheese, meat, potatoes – how can you go wrong?

The service was great and it was reasonably priced. They have a small patio for those so inclined. I’d recommend aviv if you’re looking for a casual and easy brunch on the subway! 

the corsage project

It’s prom season. It’s something that doesn’t really dawn on me now that I’m many years out of high school…

But I was pretty prom obsessed. I was the treasurer on my prom committee so basically the nerd of the prom committee but it basically launched my career. And I often forget how stressful it was, the hair, the make up, the shoes, the dress and all the other little details. 

So I was excited to hear about The Corsage Project, a charity that helps girls from underserved parts of the city have one less stress in high school, how they’ll be able to afford their prom outfit. I went to see the selection process today and it was truly exciting. This year, 250 deserving girls had the opportunity to select a brand new prom dress as well as jewelery, shoes, and accessories. 

This morning at the TRL, the Bluma Appel Salon was turned into a prom paradise. Rows and rows of dresses and shoes perfectly organized, by size and colour. Each girl got matched with a “fairy godmother” that helps her find everything she needs. 

It was awesome to see all the girls trying on their dresses, taking piles of them to try on and then matching them to everything else. 

It’s a fun project that is always looking for support, either by monetary donation or items such as new formal wear, accessories, new make up or services such as hair, make up and nail services. 

galaxy photoz: uber for photographers


Looking for a photographer can be a daunting task. I’m constantly seeing people looking for recommendations on my Facebook for photographers for weddings, newborn photos and headshots and a new app is looking to make that search easier.

Galaxy Photoz is a platform where you can find professional photographers for future events or for last minute shoots. You choose where, when, and how much you want to pay and then let the app work for you, this means no searching for locations or calling around for prices.

Leanne FergusonIt will also allow photographers the opportunity to manage their capacity. With requests coming in on-demand, photographers can fill gaps in their schedule with last-minute requests.   

Galaxy Photoz has launched a campaign on Indiegogo here. There’s lots of great products that you can buy to support them coming to market. Choose from, perks including drones, selfie sticks, photo shoots starting at $100 and more (if you’ve ever hired a photographer, you know that’s a great price). The app will be launching in June 2017 in Toronto with plans to expand worldwide!

chubby stick lipstick

Now, as someone who has been in marketing a few years, I don’t know that I’d name a make up product chubby but clinique is sticking with it. For Christmas, I got a gift set that I think contains every chubby stick ever made, and while I haven’t tried all of the colours, I am powering through them.

If you haven’t seen them before, they look like a giant chubby crayon (hence the name) and come in a variety of colours. I find that they are not consistently pigmented, so some are bolder than others but for the most part I’ve been happy with the coverage. Now, they don’t stay on as well as a stain of course but they feel a lot nicer on the lips than a stain. They are moisturizing and the colour wears pretty well, not great if you’re eating and drinking but stays on better than some other glosses I’ve had in the past.

The one thing I absolutely hate about the chubby sticks are the lids. I don’t know if it’s because I have the smaller size, but the lid does not stay on, so I’ve had quite a bit of my stuff covered in lipstick. I now keep it in it’s own little bag, which is really a lot of effort for a lipstick but I do like the colour and variety (since I have about 25 of them), I just wish the lids would stay on.

I would recommend the chubby sticks if you’re looking for a moisturizing colour and I’d recommend colour testing in store just to make sure you get the coverage you’re looking for.

Have you tried the chubby sticks? What did you think?

brunchin’: emma’s country kitchen

I had heard so much about Emma’s Country Kitchen but never made it out there because I don’t usually have the patience for brunch, too many lines, and people with nowhere to stand but a couple of weeks ago we were up early on a rainy Saturday so I thought we’d try our luck. The wait was about 40 minutes, so we went and grabbed a coffee across the street, stopped in at the butcher and they called us in about the time they have estimated.

The first thing I noticed was the donuts, they have about 4 different flavours to choose from and our hostess told us that they sell out, they make them fresh everyday and when they’re gone, they’re gone. So, of course we had to start with a donut appetizer.


We got the one with toffee on top, I love sponge candy and this donut was so good. We shared one but I could have very easily just had multiple donuts for breakfast, it was so good.

For our main, we had just the classic breakfast. It was tasty but similar to what you’d have at any brunch place. I did see a lot of people getting their pancakes, they looked good but not what I was looking for.


I don’t know that I would wait in line for breakfast again but I would definitely pop in to grab donuts, it looked like you could pick them up at the counter. They were definitely worth it, particularly as the weather gets nicer and I spend more time walking in that neighbourhood.

Have you been to Emma’s Country Kitchen? What did you think?

read: jackdaws

So, I finished Jackdaws by Ken Follett a couple of weeks ago, but since I read it for a book club, I held off the post until after I had met with them.

Jackdaws is a story from two points of view, set during the war we have the point of view of Flick, a British woman working with the French Resistance and a German solider living in occupied France. It was a book I borrowed from the library, which only gave me three weeks to read it, and I didn’t start reading it until a week after I borrowed it so I was afraid I was not going to finish it but it was so captivating, I couldn’t put it down. The story takes place in the week up to D-Day in occupied France as Flick and her team of women work to undermine the German forces in France. There were a number of points in the book however that I found too graphic and I had to skip over but the story was so important it was worth reading. I wasn’t sure after the first couple of chapters that I was going to be able to get through it but I’m so glad I did.

The book is incredible, if you’re a fan of historic fiction, I would definitely recommend it. Although, I would like to read something a little lighter next time so I’m taking suggestions!


be our guest: royalTEA party events

I might still be in the Beauty and the Beast mode but I definitely felt like a very important guest at today’s royaltea’s launch party.

Royaltea is a new mobile, luxury, high tea business that will bring high tea events to you. Events can be customized to a variety of budgets and themes, which would be perfect for showers, special birthdays and corporate events. Royaltea had a launch party this weekend to introduce their beautiful china and custom services.


This event had tiny sandwiches and little desserts and of course, tea. The attention to detail was remarkable, like the colourful, heart-shaped sugar. Your party can have any types of treats and sandwiches as well as a variety of tea (including some grown up tea). Contact Royaltea Party Events to book your custom tea party.



review: beauty and the beast

I saw beauty and the beast tonight with a theatre full of millenials, because I assume that is the only age group seeing the live-action remake of the 90s classic. 

The film is almost identical to the original Disney version, with all the old songs and a couple of new ones. I hadn’t seen the movie in a really long time so there were a few details I forgot, and a few that were new to the story to make a more complete plot line. 

Although it was a little cheesy, it definitely made me feel nostalgic, I’m surprised there wasn’t a singalong in the theatre (I would totally participate in that by the way). If you loved the film growing up, I’d recommend seeing it, it’s fun and heart-warming  (even though the story is complete bizarre when you step back). 

Have you seen it? What did you think?