Can you believe it’s already August?! Summer is flying by, but I hope you guys are enjoying every moment of it. It seems like this past year I’ve been so focused on work that I almost forgot about doing things I actually like. I don’t know about you but when I like something, I LIIIIIKE IT. It becomes a borderline obsession that I just want to share with everyone. These are some of the things that made the cut in July.
L I F E S T Y L E F A V E S
N A T U R A L S K I N C A R E // B O D Y C A R E
Last year I shared a list of my Cruelty Free & Vegan faves. Since then I’ve been making more of an effort to still keep it cruelty free/vegan, but to “green” up my routine a little bit. All I have to say is that after switching my skincare over, my skin has GLOWED THE EFF UP, especially after a long and brutal Canadian Winter that left my skin feeling like the Sahara Desert. I’ll be doing a more detailed post on my routine, but I’m so glad the search is over and I’ve finally found a routine that a) works for me and b) isn’t full weird ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.
H O U S E P L A N T S
How could I not include my plants (aka my babies) in this post? In college I built up quite the collection of plants. But with summers between Toronto and my on-campus living space, I officially became a cactus killer. Recently I’ve been re-building my little collection and I couldn’t be more happy.
I’m a total homebody and I also work from home most days. My mornings have been spent sipping coffee amongst my little urban jungle. I love having my “office” filled with lush greenery rather than boring white walls. Plus, there’s just something so relaxing and satisfying about taking care of a plant and watching it thrive.
C U R R E N T R E A D — Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I realize I’m about 10 years late to this party but who cares? Equally inspiring and emotionally moving, this is the perfect light summer read for when you’re lounging on the beach or on a park bench.
Y O U T U B E // N E T F L I X
I turned 24 in July and thought that I should probably start adulting. I SUCK at saving money and it’s really (like really) embarrassing how little I know about finances. I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called The Financial Diet a few months ago, and I’m so glad I did. In addition to sharing helpful tips that are easy to understand, Chelsea and Lauren shed some light on their own personal and hilariously cringe-worthy financial experiences which makes me feel less alone in the mistakes I’ve made. Read their blog here and watch their videos here.
Other shows I’ve been LOVING: Master of None (on Netflix) & Game of Thrones
T H E M U G
As you can see, the eye mug has been creeping its way into a lot of my photos lately. I’ve been getting TONS of questions about it, so here ya go. It’s from Urban Outfitters and it’s the perfect size for your morning cup of coffee or tea.
F O O D F A V E S
C O C O N U T Y O G U R T
If you’re here from Instagram, you know I love my coconut yogurt and you knooooow about my go-to coconut yogurt breakfast jar. So far, the best non-dairy yogurt I’ve found is the Silk unsweetened coconut yogurt. It has the tanginess and texture of regular yogurt minus the weird taste/aftertaste that a lot of non-dairy yogurts have. It’s the perfect vehicle for maple syrup, fresh fruit, or granola…or all three. I recently experimented with making my own, and will be sharing a recipe really soon!
Fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits are the easiest breakfast to take on the go, and are perfect for when it’s already a million degrees outside at 8am. The last thing I want in the summer is a hot breakfast like oatmeal, but sometimes I don’t mind a warm toasty piece of bread in the morning…
L I T T L E N O R T H E R N B A K E H O U S E
A few weeks ago I took to my IG stories in search of a gluten free bread, and so so so many of you recommended Little Northern Bakehouse. I’m not a fan of it un-toasted, but toasted with some nut butter & bananas on top, I wouldn’t know that it’s gluten free.
L O C A L F A V E S
I was born and raised in Toronto and like anyone who has lived here all their life, I quickly grew tired of doing the same things and visiting the same places over and over again. It wasn’t until I lived in another city for a few years and did a little bit of travelling that I realized just how magical this city is. It’s a cultural mosaic overflowing with cute cafes, community events, and amazingly talented people.
A L W A Y S x A L W A Y S
If you’ve been on the hunt for a cute phone case, consider your search over. Toronto-based designer Lisa Ho has created the collection of my (and everyone’s) dreams. Palm-leaf printed EVERYTHING!!! The phone case keeps my phone safe. The yoga mat is amazing quality and is non-slip. The notebook has been the perfect addition to my nighttime journalling routine. It doesn’t stop there – the collection also includes round beach towels, throw pillows, baby bibs, and more! Shop the collection here.
D E M E L L O P A L H E T A
I don’t drink coffee very often. Well, I didn’t until one day I tried a latte that wasn’t from Starbucks on my recent trip to Montreal. I’m no connoisseur, but it isn’t that hard to tell the difference between gross coffee and a great quality brew. It was so good I HAD to know what beans they used. It turns out that the beans were from De Mello Palheta, a Toronto-based roaster and cafe which is not too far from my home #WINNING
In case you were wondering, the life-changing latte was from Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar (1477 Rue Amherst) in Montreal. Try it with their house-blend almond & coconut milk. I die.
T H E S T O P F A R M E R ‘ S M A R K E T
I’ve been to a few markets in the city but this one is my fave so far. There are SO many good vendors and I wish I had 8 arms and unlimited funds so I could buy everything. This week’s haul: 3 types of oyster mushrooms, summer squash, strawberries, nectarines, and fresh basil. I don’t make a habit of buying all my produce from the farmer’s market every week because let’s face it, it can get expensive. But I like to support local as much as possible. After all, farmers feed cities.
The market runs year-round on Saturdays from 8am to 12:30pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns but GET THERE EARLY!
I hope you enjoyed reading about all the things I’ve been loving this month, and hopefully you found something new to obsess over too! I’d love to hear what you’ve been loving lately.