Saturday, 21 July 2018



I went to purchase some decor accents today and I was taken aback at the fact that Thanksgiving decor had already made its way onto the shelves. Can we just take a moment and soak in the Summer? I mean, it's only mid-July! I may be biased here as my favourite season is Summer so I'm in no hurry for pumpkin spiced-anything right now. I'd rather bask in the warm sun, the long summer days, gelato, fresh cut grass, iced coffees and the list goes on and on. Toronto has been having an amazing Summer so far and it's been a hot one. With that in mind, I've put together a list of a few of my favourite pieces for the season. If you're looking to add some Summer staples to your wardrobe, here are the best of the season!




Mustard Yellow: 

In case you've missed it, yellow is everywhere this year and I imagine it will transition right into Fall so get those mustard coloured pieces in your wardrobe now! Yellow is usually a difficult colour to pull off but somehow, the richer hues have made an impact on the fashion industry and can be found on most brands. I usually like to stick to classic pieces but I did incorporate this trend with a crepe-like shirt from Zara. It's lightweight and the cut is so flattering. It also comes in white and black for those who'd rather opt for the neutrals. 


The IT bag "Rattan:" 

Round, bucket, totes, backpacks....basically every shape and size you could imagine. These cute bags can take you from the beach to a day of shopping. I've rounded up a few of my faves below and they all start at about $50. When I'm not using my bags, I stuff them with the paper that they came with so they maintain their shape. I also stand them up on a shelf in my closet to




The Button-Down Dress: 

You've probably already seen a version of this dress everyday this Summer and that's because they are simple, airy and so dreamy. The white linen ones from Zara are by far my favourites of the season and come under $80. 



Paperbag Shorts:

Definitely one of my favourite trends at the moment. It's hard not to continue adding more to my wardrobe! Wear with a body suit or a top that you can tuck into them to showcase the cute paperbag detailing.









Floral Print Midi Dress: 

The romantic floral midi dresses are back this season and although they can be found in every imaginable colour, the sunny yellow ones are the ones that seem to be favouring! Here are a few of my favourite picks from Asos.

 

The Ruffle Wrap Dress:

It's hard not to get addicted to this cute silhouette and they are so flattering. Find these dreamy dresses in every colour and print. Topshop has some of my favourite wrap dresses this Summer.




Thursday, 5 April 2018


One of my favourite things to do for my loved ones is cook for them; especially those days that I have a couple of hours and have the luxury of "slow cooking," as I like to call it. Yesterday was one of those days that I actually had time to prep and really enjoy each step of a recipe without having to rush through each part. In our household, both my husband and I cook and I absolutely love the way this has worked out because it keeps our menus fresh as we are always alternating dishes and styles of cooking.

I grew up in a Argentine home and so our dishes were very much influenced in its European roots. Stuffed peppers was a dish we ate many times growing up and it's still a cherished one in my home, years later. I love that my son can now help in the prep work and help stuff the peppers himself, although I think he helps me so he can sneak a bit of the shredded cheese!

I usually make my peppers with rice but last night I tried orzo stuffed peppers from Giada De Laurentiis. I ended up tweaking it and taking my favourite things from each recipe as I still wanted beef in my version. You can find the original recipe here if you would like.

Here's my version:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cans of Italian tomatoes
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 gloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of chopped onion
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups of orzo
8 oz. lean ground beef
6 sweet bell peppers (red, yellow)
3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and break apart using your finger tips. Add the zucchini, cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for 4 minutes (the orzo should be only partially cooked). While the orzo cooks, use a large nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Sauté onion until tender. Add beef and oregano. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat when beef has browned. Use a fine mesh sieve to transfer the orzo to the large bowl with the other vegetables. Stir the orzo, beef and vegetable mix to combine. 
Wash peppers in cool water. Slice the tops off the peppers and remove all ribs and seeds. If your peppers don't stand on their own, you can cut a thin slice from the base to help the peppers balance and stand on their own. 
Place the peppers in the baking dish. Spoon the orzo mixture into the peppers. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the top of each pepper with cheese and continue baking until the cheese is golden, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve. Make sure to handle the peppers gently when plating them so they don't fall apart when serving. Sprinkle with flat parsley. 
Enjoy or as we say in Argentina, "buen provecho!"



    Saturday, 24 March 2018



    I recently got my first eyelash extension and with this trend getting bigger and bigger and having gotten many questions about it, I wanted to share about my own experience. If you have been following me for a while, you know I'm quite low maintenance so getting extensions was a completely new ballgame. I have to admit though, I can see how people get addicted to them! I absolutely love how they look and feel. My everyday make up routine consists of mascara and a BB cream so when I got my extensions, they were a game changer in the mornings. I loved how polished I looked without having to even reach for my makeup bag. I haven't worn any eye make up since.

    For those of you wondering about the process or considering getting extensions, I've answered some questions that I think are important to know going into this experience.

    Here's what you should know before you try them.

    What are lash extensions?

    Semi-permanent lashes are applied on by one, by hand by technicians. They glue the extensions on top of your actual lashes. They can last anywhere between 4-6 weeks with proper care and will remain on your natural lashes until your lashes naturally fall out in their cycle.

    How long does the process take?

    The process took about an hour and a half for me but can take up to two hours, depending on how many lashes you are getting. After they have been applied, you should allow the glue to fully set. That means, not getting them wet for the next 12 hours.

    How do you know which lashes are the best fit for you?

    Your technician will help you figure out what the best fit for you and which ones will complement your eye shape. For example, when I went to Danielle from Lashful, she asked me a few questions and I let her know that I wanted a more natural look. She recommended the 11mm ones for me and I absolutely adore them. They are long enough that I don't have to wear any eye make up but natural enough that I'm comfortable wearing them to the office each day. I was also surprised at how light they felt once the process was done!

    Will I have to change my skincare routine?

    You'll have to take some precautions in order to keep your lashes in great shape. Stick to non-oily makeup removers, like micellar water. I also found that makeup wipes work much better than cotton balls so you aren't stuck trying to remove pieces of cotton from your lashes. Chances are, you won't be wearing much eye makeup once you have your extensions but you'll still want to make sure you are cleaning the lashes carefully and gently to remove any build up on the roots. Don't scrub!

    You will also need to brush your lashes with a soft (clean) mascara brush after showering. Danielle gave me a brush with care instructions. You'll want to look down and gently twirl the brush on the top side of your lashes. You don't want to brush them the way you put on mascara as they will only tug on them.

    How do I pick the right technician?

    With this growing trend, you can easily find technicians in your area but don't settle for just any. Make sure you do your homework, ask questions. Make sure your technician is a certified, ask how much experience they have, etc. Danielle noted that the kind of glue that a establishment uses is very important and that she uses Sugarlash. Some places may use cheaper glues that may cause redness, stinging or allergic reactions. Look for trustworthy reviews online or ask your friends for personal recommendations.

    A big thank you to Danielle for my first extensions! Click here to see this talented boss babe, her work is amazing!





    Sunday, 31 December 2017



    As 2017 comes to a close, I've been thinking about the things that I have been the most thankful for this year so I wanted to take a moment and share a few things I'm grateful for! It's a different type of post for me but I wanted to share a more personal post to end the year.

    I'm thankful for...

    Family: We've been blessed with two (adorable) kiddos. As Micah has gotten older, we've been able to add new traditions each year. Not only at Christmas, but-year round. There's something so special when new traditions grow organically from your own family dynamics. I have loved creating new memories with him and look forward to creating more with Alessia as well. This year I also became an aunt for the first time as my brother and my sister-in-law welcomed their first son. We couldn't be more in love with baby C.

    Childhood: I purposely wanted to give this one its own space on my list. The reason for that is because it's so important to me. We strive to be parents that give their kids a full childhood. One that really milks all they can get out of it! My hopes are to give them a childhood that they'll cherish forever. One that lets them explore, create, dream; one that celebrates them for who they are and who they are becoming each day. I want them to play in the rain, laugh until it hurts, splash in muddy puddles, climb the tree, have dessert before dinner once in a while and get the most of out being a kid as they can because I promise you one thing, it goes by fast. And all while Marco and I are doing this for them...we end up with the greatest blessing of all; watching their childhood unfold.

    Friends: I began blogging this past February as a means of having a creative outlet. I never would've imagined that 10 months in, I would have met such cool, supportive, fun people! Thank you for all of your DM's, your likes and comments. I had no idea that Instagram was such an amazing community. I have loved getting to know you guys, getting to know the person behind the posts and I look forward to meeting more of you in 2018. It's because of you guys that I get to do what I love and for that, thank you!



    Health: With so many things going on, sometimes we take health for granted. This year, I want to devote more time to self care. Sometimes I have so much going on with the kiddos, work, blogging, and all that makes up life that I end up putting myself last. I'm the worst person at taking time for myself (I've been wanting to book a massage...it's been 4 years since I keep letting it slide "for next week." I told you, I'm the WORST!) but I know how important it is! This year I want to get back to doing pilates. I know that it may not happen everyday but I want to commit to at least 20 minutes each day. I know that if I take a little bit of time for myself each day, it will not only be good for my health but it will make me a better mother, wife, daughter and friend. You can only give of what you have so it's important that we take time for ourselves as well.

    Work: One of my biggest blessings to date has been my job. I work as a consultant at a children's mental health agency in Toronto. I began with them with a contract position in 2008 and went on full time in 2012. I absolutely adore the children I work with, the team of consultants I have the opportunity of working alongside each day and the management team. I have learned so much in this role, not only about children development and mental health but also about myself. I'm thankful for the families that allow me to come in and work with their children on a daily basis. It's a role in which I am challenged each day and although it is at times emotionally draining, it is also incredibly fulfilling.

    Marco: Most of all, I'm thankful for my husband, my partner in all of this. He's the one that encourages me when I want to quit or when things get too hectic. He's my ride or die and my best friend. I couldn't do all this without his support and unconditional love. I'm so blessed to have you by my side though all of this! (And thank you for all of the pictures babe!)

    2017 has been great to us and I can't wait to see what the new year holds! Happy New Years, friends!!

    Thursday, 28 December 2017


    With all of the Christmas music playing everywhere, the twinkle lights and eggnog lattes, I still have all of the Christmas feels. With the cold weather, I've been wearing all of my wool coats and this white one from Zara has been on heavy rotation this December!

    Most of the time, we tend to wear dark colours in the winter time here in Canada. We are constantly having to care for our clothes from snow, salt, sleet, slush and the list goes on and on. There's something so refreshing about wearing light colours in the Winter though so I try to wear light colours as much as possible to break away from my usual go-tos. Here's one of my favourite looks so far.


    Although my style is pretty casual most of the time, I've been wearing OTK boots for date nights, holiday parties or meeting up with friends after work. If you've been thinking about getting a pair of OTK boots, I have reviewed the Stuart Weitzman highland boots here. They're an investment but they're versatile and can be dressed up or down throughout the Fall/Winter months.


    This grey sweater is lightweight but extremely warm. Like I mentioned on my IG post, it's so warm and soft that I had to go back and get the same one in black. Turtleneck sweaters are a perfect classic staple for colder months. I promise you, they'll never go out of style! This one has braided detailing on the sleeves and neck, adding texture to my all-neutral look.



    This year, I had to add a pompom hat. I searched for about a month for the perfect beanie because some of them end up being too big and some of stretch (not a cute look!). I finally found the shade I had been looking for and it's the softest material. This one is from Roots and is under $50! I always get tons of questions about it so I'm glad I waited it out until I found exactly what I had been looking for! Not only is it currently my favourite beanie, but it's also a Canadian brand! I have listed all of the details below.



    Coat: Zara | Jeans: Banana Republic | Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Beanie: Roots

    Friday, 22 December 2017


    With just three days until Christmas, most of us are running around, doing the final preps for the holidays. My family is from Argentina so we celebrate on the 24th of December. We start with appetizers and charcuterie early on in evening and move into our late dinner around 10ish. We ring in Christmas (much like we all do NYE) at midnight. It's not until after midnight, after we have all hugged and wished each other a merry Christmas, that we begin opening gifts. It's a long night but there's nothing quite like hanging on to traditions from back home. The following day, we wake up (slow) and have a huge family brunch. From there, the eating continues on and on for the rest of the day.

    With all of the running around with gifts and decorations, most of us are probably still wondering what we'll be wearing during the holiday festivities. It's easy to fall back on black dresses during the holidays because they are such a classic staple but I wanted a softer look this year. Because I've always wanted to wear a tulle skirt, I thought that maybe Christmas was the time! I wouldn't usually wear tulle but if you can't be a little extra with your looks during the holidays, when can you be?! I'm pretty minimal and casual when it comes to fashion and beauty so I thought this look gave me the balance I was looking for.



    Faux Fur Wool Coat: H&M | Skirt and Sweater: Marshall's | Shoes: Nine West 

    This soft tulle skirt falls just below the knee and would look stunning with strappy sandals. I chose this beautiful black wool coat with a faux fur collar to dial up the glam a bit. I paired the tulle skirt with a thin, black fine wool turtleneck. I fell for the scalloped detailing; it's on both the cuffs and the neck. Because it's a thin sweater, it easily tucks into skirts and pants without it bunching. This turtleneck has been one of my favourite purchases of the season!

    Do you have your holiday looks ready?

    No matter how you celebrate the holidays, take the time to be present and enjoy each moment with your loved ones! Merry Christmas!!

    xo,

    Desirée

    Sunday, 10 December 2017


    Nick and Jean: extrapetite.com

    Like most people, I LOVE Christmas. There's something so magical and romantic about the twinkle lights everywhere! I was talking to a friend the other day and she was asking me for some cute date ideas for Christmas. I have wanted to do a date night blog post for months now because Toronto is filled with amazing places but this got me thinking about holiday inspired date nights! So here we go. I have put together a list of some of my favourite date nights that are made for cozying, cuddling and getting in that holiday spirit. Although I have put together a list of Toronto and other surrounding places, if you don't live in the area, you could definitely get inspo from this list and apply it in your city!

    Happy cuddling!


    Toronto Christmas Market

    The Christmas Market in the distillery has everything you could possibly want during the Christmas season. Amazing food, delicious desserts, warm brews, cobblestone walkways, music and lights. There are also about a million Insta-worthy spots for pics of both of you.




    Niagara-on-the-Lake

    If you want to get out of the city but don't want to go too far, head towards Niagara-on-the-lake. Stay at cute little bed and breakfasts, take a carriage ride through downtown core or visit one of the many wineries for a Winter tour.



    Christmas Tree Farm

    Visit a local Christmas tree farm and choose your own tree. Make a day out of it! Get the tree, some hot cocoa, then get it home to decorate. I promise you, you'll laugh all day together. Just getting the tree on top of the car to get home is funny enough.

    Jean from extrapetite.com




    Evergreen's Winter Village

    If you're still longing for more Christmas markets, grab your skates and head over the Evergreen's and enjoy some skating, the Street Food Market, shop for local gifts or visit the onsite Farmer's Market. Evergreen's Winter Village is free of charge and runs until December 31st.





    Ice Skating in Harbourfront Centre or Nathan Phillips Square

     If you're a couple that loves to brave the cold, this wintery date is perfect. Both locations offer amazing backdrops. In Nathan's Phillips Square, you're in the heart of Toronto. The Toronto sign also gives you beautiful pictures at night.

    If you're looking for a lake view, head over to Harbourfront Centre. They have DJ Skate Nights on Saturdays starting at 8pm with different DJ's headlining each week.




    Bloor-Yorkville 

    My husband and I always love turning our Christmas shopping into date-nights. It keeps the act of checking off the Christmas list from feeling like a task. We walk around the city for hours, stop at little cafes on the way to warm up and hopefully, get most of our presents checked off the list. One of our favourite spots for our yearly Christmas (present) date-night is the Bloor-Yorkville Village. You can get a pizza where Queen Bey ate at Trattoria Nervosa, get drinks at Hemingway's and stop to see the twinkle lights at the Village of Yorkville Park. Also, you may or may not run into one of the cast members of the Toronto housewives.


    Escaping citylife for a weekend in Muskoka

    If you're looking for a quick getaway but want to feel like you're in a whole other world, I definitely recommend renting out your own cozy cabin for a weekend in Muskoka. Just think; fireplace, hot chocolate, outdoor hot tubs, all of the serenity you could possibly want and waking up to this amazing view in the morning. What else could you ask for?




    What are some of your favourite winter date spots?