Thursday, January 31, 2013

Craving Colour

I am absolutely craving colour this time of year while nature is still sleeping. I am thrilled to see winter sale racks dwindle to make room for bright spring colours. It's funny, I realized the other day that I don't really have winter clothes. I have sweaters to wear over my summer clothes.

Image 1, 2 and 4 - Decor Pad; Image 3 -; Image 5 - House Beautiful; Image 6 - Country Living; Image 7 - Coastal Living 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Colour Crush: Peach

I've been craving anything peach - colour, flavour, fragrance - even though we are smack in the middle of winter. Maybe I'll make a refreshing and light peach sangria and a warm peach crisp to enjoy by the fire.

Image 1, Decor Pad; Image 2 BHG; Image 3 and 5, Pinterest; Image 4, Coastal Living; Image 6, Southern Living

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Niagara On The Lake: Ice Wine Festival

There were plenty of options from the sea this year at Niagara's Ice Wine Festival.  Mmmmmm.... east coast lobster bisque with vidal ice wine, shrimp with thai curry lemongrass coconut sauce paired with riesling ice wine, seafood chowder and oysters with kerner ice wine... Delicious!  For the sweet tooth:  toasted ice wine marshmallows on an open fire and fresh fruit skewers bathed in a belgian chocolate fountain with cabernet franc ice wine. THIS is how I like to warm up on a cold winter day!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Little Summer Beauty Glow In the Midst of Winter

I always end up looking for a little tropical glow amidst the cold, dark and dry days of winter. These are my eco-friendly and natural beauty staples that hydrate, pamper and recapture the essence summer.

1. Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter

I'm not usually a fan of lip pots, but this juicy colour is mouthwatering.

2. Lavanila Summer Frangrance

I've had strangers ask me what fragrance I'm wearing. It's a beautiful blend of madagascar vanilla, pineapple, mango and coconut. 

3. Ren Skincare Resurfacing AHA Concentrate

This stuff is INCREDIBLE. Within a few weeks, my skin was clear and radiant. Worth every penny. This stuff is gold. 

4. Essie Nail Polish in Coral Reef

I tried this cheery orange-coral for my latest home mani-pedi - it's bright, bold, summery and super durable. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Take Me To...

How breathtaking is this all natural pool at The Four Seasons Hualalai Hawaii? Carved out of lava, it flows with ocean water from subterranean channels. It is not only a sanctuary for guests, but for 3000 tropical fish. Imagine snorkelling in this oasis! This is not just your typical architectural genius, it's the beauty of God's design within a luxury resort.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Vision For 2013

I am not fond of the perennial list of January resolutions.  In the past, I have been guilty of having such lofty expectations that became short-lived and left me feeling deflated and discouraged. And then I just stopped making resolutions. So this year, I am creating a vision. One that isn't so much a destination or a goal, but a direction that is fluid, flexible and might have me meandering on a different path than I originally planned.  Here's some of my inspiration:

#1 I loved Sunset Magazine's article entitled Reboot Your Work Week.

While I may not be able to go for a morning swim in the bay, I can find ways to lengthen and enjoy my mornings and create a feeling of weeknight zen. I don't have to resent the mid-week rush of responsibilities. And I am confident that Monday mornings don't have to be so challenging.

#2 Coastal Living's article on 15 Healthy Dinners is another source of inspiration.

No rigid diet goals here. Just healthy, organic ingredients and a desire to experiment with new recipes.

#3 Better Homes and Gardens' article on organizing paper in your home is one of many great resources for creating structure and order.

Having an uncluttered and organized home will ultimately make #1 and #2 more enjoyable too.  What's your vision for 2013?

I'm wishing you a happy, healthy year ahead! 

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