Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Shirt: Madewell - Jeans: H&M Bedding: HomeSense 

With the hustle and bustle of every day life, I love coming home to my little family and to the home Marco and I have built together. This year, we've done tons to re-do room by room in our house, from painting our entire place, to new curtain panels around our place, to new beds and furniture. Little by little, we are adding pieces we love and creating a cozy and warm atmosphere where our kids can grow up, where we can entertain friends and family and of course, cozy up on Netflix nights.



In 2018, we definitely focused on our home and it's been so much fun shopping with Marco, taking pictures of things we love for inspo, looking at colour palettes and textures and finally deciding on pieces we'll be able to enjoy for years to come. We are far from being done but that's what I love about setting up your own place, it's like a marathon, taking your time to find each piece.

Here are some of my tips:

Have a Pinterest Board: What I found helpful was having a Pinterest (find my board here) and adding to it for inspo each time something stands out to you.

What if you don't know what style you like for your home? Once you begin adding to your folder, you can step back and look at all of you've found and definitely pick up on what your style is!

Take Pictures: When we're out and about, I always take pictures to later use as reference. Anything from the piece itself to textures and colour.

I've rounded up a few of my favourite things for the home. Some of these pieces are currently ones I love and some that are still on my wish list.

xo,

Desiree




Wednesday, 14 November 2018




If you've been following me a while, you may have already noticed my love for Aritiza pieces. I mean, what's not to love? Their versatile pieces, the colours and textures and their love for minimalism is the way to my heart.

Not only do I love their clothing but also, their spaces for its aesthetics. Each space is unique and styled a bit differently. From art to furniture, I love that each store has their own design, while carrying that same Aritzia-feel we all love. 

When Wilfred and Babaton (two of my favourite lines Aritzia carries) opened its boutiques, I was so excited as we now have wider range to chose from.  

I've rounded up a few of my favourite pieces from Aritzia for the season. Hopefully it will give you some Fall and Winter Inspo. 

Let's start with coats because they're my favourite.

Coats, Jackets and Blazers: 

I absolutely despise being cold; I'm definitely a coat and jacket girl. Even in the Summertime, I usually have a light coat in the car just in case! One thing I love about Aritzia is that they label their clothes with 'designer notes' and what my eyes will always go to first is the type of weather each coat is for. Being in Toronto, I need to know that my coats can handle the cold weather so having what temperature the coat is made for is definitely helpful. Something that is also important to me is how clothing is made and this parka is made with responsibly sourced goose down. 

Because most of you guys already know me well, I'm a sucker for wool coats. I have quite a few in different colours, styles and fits. If I could, I would get them ALL but here are a few of my top picks.

I have also added the Grete coat to this Fall edit because it's so cozy. I was looking for a teddy bear coat but wanted one that I could dress up as well if needed to. I found the Grete coat and found that it was a good mix of both worlds. It's a cozy coat but in a neutral colour and more polished cut. It was hard to pick the colour as they are all SO good. I ended up picking up the Bone colour because I feel it gives me the most versatility; although the other colours were hard to pass up!

For work, I have a couple of structured blazers but this past month, I added the Chevalier jacket to my work wardrobe. Not only is it great for as work wear, it wears well and looks chic with a pair of skinny jeans and heels for a date night. It's such a versatile piece, I love it that you can wear it beyond the 9 to 5.




Left to right:
Babaton Oskar Parka - Stedman Wool Coat - Wilfred Brenna Wool Coat  - Wilfred Grete Jacket 

Wilfred Chevalier Jacket in Cairo

Pants & Skirts: 

I fell in love with these pants (Wilfred Jallade) the moment I saw them, The difficult part was deciding on what colour to get as they have so many different variations; in colour, length and material. I ended up going with the dark grey ones and I absolutely love them. I always get so many compliments on them! I highly recommend them. For my girls who live in colder cities, they also come in a wool and cashmere blend to keep you toasty. 


The Daria Pant: These leggings are so smooth they feel like butter! I wasn't sure about getting these at first because other than a leather jacket, I haven't done any other type of vegan leather. I think I can tone them down though with the right sweater and coat. They are machine-washable and so comfortable.



Wilfred Essonne Skirt: If you're looking for the perfect Winter skirt, look no further. The Essonne skirt is the warmest mini skirt. Its made from Italian flannel which is a blend of wool and cashmere. I love the structure of this skirt. I usually wear this skirt with my OTK boots, making it a warm alternative to wearing pants in the colder months. I have it in charcoal but it comes in five colours/patterns.

       


Sweaters:

Wilfred Isabelli Sweater: I've always loved waffle-stich so when I saw this cozy sweater, it was a no brainer for me. It's such a warm sweater, making it perfect for winters in Canada and it comes in 8 gorgeous colours.

The Montpellier Sweater/ Sweater Dress:

Either one you go with, it'll be the one you reach for in your closet, over and over again. Shop it here.



Accessories:

And of course, how can I leave two of the coziest pieces, the blanket scarf and the beanie. Even if you live in warmer cities, these pieces are perfect for milder Winters. The only difficult part will be picking out which one you like best...the Mosaic scarf is available in 24 different colours this season!

Mosaic Scarf in Birch/Grey  

Rowan Beanie 

Let me know what your favourite Aritzia pieces are!

xo,

Desirée 

Friday, 9 November 2018

Wearing: Coatigan and Skinny Jeans: Banana Republic - Adidas: Aritzia  - Bracelet: Daniel Wellington


Hey November!

So Fall seems to have hit Toronto fast and furious this year. The colours on the trees have peaked and it never fails to amaze me at how beautiful it is. It's kind of like the first snowfall of each year - it's beautiful each time.

If you've been following me on Instagram for a while, you've noticed how much I love Summer (you thought I was going to say Fall, right?). Nope, I'm a Summer girl at heart and that will never change but if there's one thing I absolutely love about Fall, is the fashion. From textures to rich colours, I honestly think there's nothing like Fall fashion. So instead of focusing on the fact that days are shorter and it now feels like bedtime by 5pm, I'd rather look at the brighter side of things and enjoy the sweeter things that this beautiful season also brings us!

I've rounded up a few of my favourite styles and products that I've been loving this Fall. Everything from my favourite moisturizer to my favourite teddy bear coat, and everything in between!


Moisturizer:

If there's one thing that I can't live without is face moisturizer. It doesn't matter if it's a no makeup day or a BB cream kind of day, moisturizer is a must. If you live in colder cities like Toronto, it's usually necessary to switch to richer cream for the Fall and Winter months. During the summer months, I use Biotherm Aquasource and then switch to the richer, Estee Lauder Hydrationist. It goes on smoothly and I love that it keeps my skin hydrated all day.


Lips:

I'm a pretty low maintenance girl when it comes to makeup so a lip stain is right up my alley when I want an extra pop of colour. These are three of my top picks for the Fall. The three of them can be found at Sephora.


Teddy Bear Coats:

Whether you're looking for a long or short one, a pink or camel tone teddy bear coat, you can find them everywhere this season. Not only does this offer you lots of choices in colour and styles but also different price points! I've seen them as low as $15 and as high as a couple of hundred...so if you're just trying out this trend, there's no need to spend a ton on one if you aren't yet sure you love it! Other great stores for teddy bear coats: Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, JCrew, and Banana Republic. Currently in my closet: the Aritzia Grete coat and Topshop teddy bear coat.

OTK Boots:

I have two go-to pairs that I absolutely love. My favourite ones are the Stuart Weitzman highland boots. I have shared in the past that I wish I had gotten the lowlands as I think I would get more use out of them because I'm more of a flat shoes kinda girl but nonetheless, I adore these boots. If you're interested in making the investment on these beautiful boots, read my review here before you do!



Saje Diffuser + Oils

This one has been on my wish list forever and this week, I finally purchased the Aroma Om from Saje. There's nothing like coming home to a cozy atmosphere in the Fall and this diffuser makes your place smell amazing. I started off with the scent 'Goddess' because I wanted a great, everyday scent for my home but as we enter the holiday season, I think I'll also begin using the Peppermint Twist. I love scents but I'm the type of person that prefers cleaner and fresher scents rather than stronger, floral ones so I'll keep you guys posted!


                   Saje Om Diffuser                                       Saje Goddess Oil                      Saje Sugar Plum Fairy Oil   



Stay cozy!

xo,

Desirée

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!