Tuesday, 19 September 2017





As a mom of two, I'm always looking for innovative products that make our lives as parents, a little bit easier. When I came across the DockATot, I knew it was a product I wanted to look into. I did some research and here are a few points that won me over! 

About the DockATot: 
The DockATot is a multi-funcional cot that is meant for playing, resting, tummy time or play time. They are all-natural, 100% cotton, Swedish design and are currently handmade in Europe. The DockATot was designed to mimic the mother's womb, creating a soft surrounding for babies to lie in and feel soothed and comforted. 







The DockATot offers two sizes. Because Alessia was already ten months old when we got one, we went with the DockATot Grand that is meant to carry your baby from 9 months to 3 years of age. Talk about a product that you can get major use from! There is also a smaller option, the DockATot Deluxe that is meant for younger babies, birth to 8 months old.  

One of my favourite features was the breathable lightweight mattress pad with airflow. It also has a removable cover, making it a breeze for washing. 

Thanks to the DockATot travel bag, we are able to transport it easily while keeping it clean. I can't tell you how great it is to visit friends or my parents' house knowing Alessia has a place where she can safely rest. We just set it on the ground next to us, never on an elevated surface. As always, ensure that your child is properly supervised at all times. 

Uses: 

We do not use the DockATot in her crib, instead as a place to nap or play during the day, while my husband or myself are next to her. While I have seen many parents use the DockATot in a crib or for overnight sleeping, I would not recommend it for this use.  Remember to always place your sleeping baby on his or her back, without any pillows, blankets or bumpers in order to lower risks of suffocation. 




For younger babes, the DockATot is a great product to facilitate tummy time. A lot of babies have a harder time with tummy time but the DockATot allows you to rest your baby over the rounded bumper, making it a lot easier on baby. 

Alessia is now 11 months and loves to use it during play time. Because I can easily transport it from room to room, she can be by my side as she plays and I get things done around the house. 








Transition from Crib to Bed: 
As Alessia grows into a toddler (time, please slow down!), she will be able to use the Grand to make the transition from crib to bed easier. The numbers or the Grand act as a bed guard, making the transition not only easier, but safer as well. 


Design: 
The DockATot is so beautifully designed and is such a well built product. There are lots of designs to chose from. When I have travelled with it, people have come up to me to ask me about it. It's definitely a product that stands out and I think a lot of it has to do with how beautifully made they are. You can find more information on the DockATot here



Thursday, 24 August 2017




In the Winter, I wrote a post about Winter whites and how to feel confident wearing white even with all the weather elements against you. I have worn a lot of white this summer so I wanted to do a round up of some of my favourite white staples. Lots of you always tell me how afraid you are of wearing white because it's a fact of life - you wear white and that's the day you spill your coffee or yogurt that morning! I'd encourage you to give white a chance though and if you're still super freaked about getting it dirty, try wearing white with light patterns!

I have linked some of my favourite white staples at the bottom.

One of my favourite buys this summer has to be the white jeans from Banana Republic. I bought these in petites so the length is perfect on my 5'0 stature.

Top: Ann Taylor | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: Call it Spring 

Another of my favourite purchases of the summer was this off-the-shoulder white shirt. The material is a bit thicker so it reminds me of fresh, sun-dried laundry. This one actually ran a bit big so I had to size down to xxs. I love the fact that it doesn't ride up though and actually stays off-the-shoulder.

Rompers are always such an easy choice for warmer months. As we begin seeing chillier evenings, it's easy to throw a cardigan over this one. Rompers are so versatile and you can pair them with flats, wedges, loafers or casual sneakers; depending on the look you are going for! Going apple picking in a few weeks? Wear your romper with cute rain boots and a cardigan!

Top: Winners | Romper: Abercrombie & Fitch  

For an easy look to help you transition to fall, add a sweater with some drama. This sweater was perfect for smaller frames because I felt it had the right amount of drama without overwhelming a petite figure. It's a great way to wear the new trend while still keeping the classic look.

Top: Winners | Jeans: Hollister | Shoes: Call It Spring




     




Monday, 14 August 2017

truLocal Wild Caught Icelandic Cod & Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon 

I come from an Argentine family and we take barbecues very seriously back home; we call them 'asados'. It's not just about a meal, it's about quality time spent together, away from phones, work, activities and social media. It's a time when you get to be present and just enjoy each other's company, as well as the food. Growing up in our family, my dad was the barbecue chef - or as my little brother nicknamed him - 'BBQ dad'. For these special barbecues, we used to drive into the city and go to one particular butcher shop where we could get the specific cuts of meats that we needed for our 'asados' -  (btw, these cuts aren't sold at your local grocery store, you needed to make the drive downtown, stand in line, take a number and watch your whole Saturday morning dwindle away on this one task!). This goes to show you how important asados are to an Argentine family!

   truLocal Hot Italian Sausages 

When I came across TruLocal, I was so excited to try their meat products because they are a company that delivers local, antibiotic-free, free run, no hormones-added meat to your front door. We all know that subscription boxes are all the rage right now and I was excited to hear that the Milton-based company offers products that are not only delicious but that you can feel good about consuming.

Unlike many other subscription boxes, truLocal allows you to customize and decide what meat products will be delivered to you. This means you know exactly what you are getting when that delivery arrives, making meal planning that much easier. They have a large selection including the ever so popular Striploin Steak, Filet Mignon and Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon to Lamb Loin Chops and Elk T-bone.

You can modify your box to what you love and have it shipped to your front door! (Do you know how amazing it is to have your groceries delivered to your door?) Even if you are not home, because of the packaging and dry ice, your products will still be frozen when you get home that evening! The subscriptions are flexible, allowing you to set up a plan that best suits you and your needs. You can even decide to try different meat products, changing your monthly box picks!

truLocal Lean Ground Beef Tacos 

As you guys already know me, you know that I only endorse brands and products that I believe in and use myself. truLocal's meat products were so delicious but my favourite aspect of this is that truLocal's products are locally sourced with Ontario's best suppliers; its so important for us to begin looking at where our food comes from, making sure that it is sustainable.

The box was beautifully packaged and even included a recipe card inside. Each product was individually vacuum sealed, making it much easier to defrost only what I needed for that particular meal.

We had a huge barbecue and had our family over - everyone loved the meat but more than anything, I loved the service and experience truLocal provided.

Thank you truLocal for this delicious experience!

 
truLocal Striploin Steak 



Chimichurri Sauce: Original Argentine Recipe

This sauce is used on grilled meats in Argentina. It's an intense and flavourful sauce that is best served fresh but can be prepared and refrigerated for 24 hours.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped (approx one tablespoon)
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Allow to sit for ten minutes to release all of the flavours into the oil before using.
  2. Use sauce to baste meats (chicken or steaks) while grilling or add a tablespoon over your steak and serve (my favourite). Enjoy! 


Tuesday, 8 August 2017



I had planned to have this post up days ago but unfortunately, we got hit by the flu at home so it's been a long week - and it's only Tuesday! Nevertheless, the minis are feeling better so that's what matters most!

Being summer, there are so many cute sandals and flats out there but the most comfortable shoe in my current rotation are the classic Adidas runners. I paired them with these navy shorts with a tie up belt that I'm currently obsessing over. I love the extra little detail, giving your shorts a mini facelift this summer. These ones are a linen-like material so they are soft and will keep you cool during the hot months.



I added a basic black tank but the ruffles on the sleeves are an added a feminine touch. This one has a V neck but it isn't deep V, making it the perfect casual tank.



Tuesday, 25 July 2017


A while back, I wrote a blog post about building a capsule wardrobe in an effort to own and have less material things (you can read about it here). Living in a condo, I have had to readjust many things - mainly the use of space. Closet real estate is hot property so I try to take care of it wisely, only shopping for those key pieces that I'm missing/needing. Having a list like that definitely helps when shopping because with all of the beautiful things being displayed in stores and new styles coming in weekly, it really can be never ending. The trick is to be wise about it! One of the best ways to get you thinking about your shopping choices is calculating cost per wear. Something that may be inexpensive but would only last a few wears may have a higher cost than a big ticket item that you end up wearing all of the time. Think about the longevity of your wardrobe as you make your choices. With all of that said, I've put together a list of ten investment pieces that every woman should have in her closet.  These are the ones that are worth the splurge as your cost per wear will definitely be worth it.

Dark Wash Jeans: We all have several pairs of jeans and now with out newest distressed obsession, we may be missing one key pair, the dark wash. They are flattering on everyone and the wash allows you to dress it up or down. Find the cut that best suits your body type and I promise that it's the pair that you'll be reaching for for years. 

The Handbag: Most of us use a bag everyday and for that reason alone, it should be a high quality piece that is versatile and can be worn with most of your outfits. Because of its high quality, it will last you years, even with everyday tear and wear. Here are a few of my favourite structured bags. 


Jewelry Statement Pieces: A lot of us have a signature look and just like your look, you should have a  timeless piece of jewelry that you can wear daily. Think of a classic bangle or a statement ring. I'm not very big on jewelry but I do love bracelets. I have two bracelets that my husband bought for me before each one of our two kids were born; these are so special and significant to me and I rarely take them off.

The Classic Timepiece: A watch now is seen as much more than a functional piece. Your watch can now be the finishing touch on your outfit. Think classic, elegant, simple. Remember, it's all in the details...


Trench Coat: The reason this is an investment piece is because you can wear it over anything and it will make you look chic and polished. Invest in a classic look; you'll have it forever.

The LBD: The little black dress is timeless and I guarantee you will be reaching for it time and time again. Choose one that is flattering on you and the only thing you'll have to worry about when in need of a LDB next time, is how to accessorize it.

The Classic Pump: Choose a mid or high heel and it will make anything from jeans to pencil skirts look chic. Start with a neutral (black, navy, nude).


The Camel Coat: This coat is by far one of my favourite items in my closet (I actually have several). There is something so elegant about slipping a camel coat over your outfit. Want to take it up a notch? Wear it over your shoulders or add a great scarf.


The Chic Flats: With so many options now, the difficult part will be deciding which style to invest in! Flats, loafers, slip ons...happy shopping!


The Cashmere Cardigan: This cardigan is a great layering piece and in most places, you'll use it year round. Make sure to invest in a good quality cardigan in a style that is flattering on you and it will pull almost any outfit together. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017



I have lost count how many times I have visited Montreal but it never ceases to amaze me with its beauty and European charm each time. If you can't away to Europe this summer but are craving a little piece of European culture, Montreal is your destination. Having just returned from a quick trip, I have listed a few of my favourite spots; some were new to me and some keep me coming back each time I visit.

If you have never been to Montreal, this is a great list to start with because it will give you a little of everything and provide you with a sense of what this great city is all about. From its night life to the foodie scene and the historical and architectural spots, Montreal really has something for everyone. 

Let's start with food, because there are restaurants everywhere...literally. 

THE FOODIE SCENE

Montreal is such a great spot for foodies. Montreal takes great pride in their food scene and so they should! You can find diverse restaurants and original menus. Last year, Montreal had the record number restaurants per capita in North America beating out San Francisco and New York; yep, that's a lot of delicious restaurants to choose from during your stay there. Here are a few things you should try. 

Gelato, Coffee and Crepes: I'm going to start with desserts because it's my favourite. Not only can you get great gelato at Delices, you can pick up cookies and maple syrup to take back home as souvenirs. Or totally eat them on the way home (a la Ross).






Smoked Meat: The first time I visited Montreal many years ago, I missed out on eating smoked meat; I didn't even know what an icon this sandwich was in Montreal. When I returned, a friend asked me if I had liked the smoked meat - I had no idea what they were talking about. I didn't make that mistake again. When my husband Marco and I returned, one of our first ventures around the city was to look for these on a menu. I recommend the ever so popular, Schwartz's. 

Poutine: There are so many places to get good poutine and although it's impossible to recommend just one or even decide on the 'best,' a good start would be La Banquise. If you aren't in town for long, this will give you the classic poutine experience and because it is always open - yep, 24/7, you can do all the sightseeing you heart desires before you stop in to have a bite. 

Shawarma: Our first stop is always Boustan. If you are looking for the best shawarma in the city, look no further. This tiny place on St. Catherine is always busy and it's no surprise why. Once you have their garlic sauce, you may not want to settle for another one. One of the great things about this spot (other than how amazing their food is) is that it's open until 4am. I suggest you take it to go as its a small place and there isn't a lot of seating area. 

Bagels: Ever heard of the famous Montreal bagels? If you've made it to the city, you can't leave without first stopping by at Fairmount! There's nothing like freshly baked bagels. This was the first bagel bakery in Montreal and they haven't stopped being the best. This bakery opened in 1949 and continues to be family owned. The bagels are rolled by hand and baked in an old fashioned wood fired oven. It's carb heaven, trust me. 

Looking for a gourmet experience? Capture the culinary heritage of Montreal by trying one of the many food tours! 

Bon appétite!




EXPLORE OLD PORT 

This beautiful district is perfect for strolling all day on cobblestone streets, stepping into art galleries and taking in the architecture. Make sure that you walk, don't drive there. Start by stopping by at Place d'Armes. It is one of the most historical public squares in Montreal. With the fountain, carriage rides and architectural beauty all around you, you'll think you have stepped into a movie.




Can you spot Marco and our little traveler on the picture above? He parked his tricycle and went off to see the Spanish performer in the square. 

One of the most stunning spots to take a walk on is St. Paul Street. With its cobblestone streets and old world charm, you'll think you're in Europe.


Although you may get distracted by performers and buskers, Place Jacques Cartier is a beautiful spot in the city and will take you to Montreal Town Hall. If this building takes you back to France, that is because it was actually modelled after the Tours Town Hall near Paris. 

Skip the tourist souvenir shops and you'll find the cutest little cafes and shops on almost every street you decide to walk down in Old Port.





MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES: There are so many museums and art galleries to enjoy in Montreal. Begin with Montreal's largest, Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts, located on Sherbrooke Street (which is also an amazing street for strolling). It features 5 pavilions and a permanent collection of over 42,000 works.

DHC/ART is a non-profit gallery is located in Old Montreal and features award-winning exhibitions. If you're into contemporary art, this is definitely a must-see.






Montreal has so much to offer! These were just a few of my highlights from our short trip. Let me know below if you've been to Montreal and other great places/restaurants you've tried there! 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017



This look is one of my recent favourites. I've always loved remixing older pieces from my closet with new finds. I currently came across this dress from Topshop; after eyeing it for a couple of weeks, I decided to get it. Wrap dresses are one of the most effortlessly chic dresses to wear! The wrap dress is universally flattering. This one is an empire waist so it ties at the smallest part of your waist. This dress has a couple of different features making it a twist on a classic.


There are actually three panels on the bottom giving a flowy feel and creating a slit when walking. When the breeze catches the dress, it makes it even prettier. There are several colours that this dress comes in but this soft blush colour won me over.

The second feature that makes it stand out from the classic wrap dress is the fact that it is asymetrical. This is a look that I have always stayed away from as it just hasn't been my taste but I liked so many other aspects of this dress that I decided to give it a try.

The neckline is elongating and is great for fuller chests. Although most wrap dresses are appropriate office wear, I don't recommend this one due to the asymmetrical hemline. It is however perfect for weddings, showers and date nights.

As beautiful as this dress is however, there are a few things to note. The panels at the bottom, although create for beautiful movement in the breeze, can make for a wardrobe malfunction as the panels go all the way up. I would recommend wearing a short slip with this dress. I love that the panels create a peekaboo slit without showing too much leg.




I have linked the exact dress below and a few others that are very similar. My shoes and other similar clutches are also linked below.