travel: i left my heart

Hello there,

I recently got back from an amazing long weekend in San Francisco. The weather, the food, the shopping and the views were all so beautiful I couldn’t get over it.

I’ve come up with a short list of some of my favourite things from the trip. I would definitely recommend them to anyone thinking of visiting. Oh, and if you’re thinking of visiting – mind if I stow away in your suitcase?

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

I know what you’re saying – “well, obviously.” But honestly, every time I spotted this magnificent bridge I got butterflies in my stomach. The colour is so rich and it’s especially stunning when she pops out from behind the fog.

The Golden Gate Bridge

2. Tartine Bakery

I have four words: double pain au chocolat. Tartine’s version of this French classic is so flaky and sweet you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

Pain au chocolat at Tartine

3. The Gardens of Alcatraz 

Alcatraz may seem all doom and gloom, but outside of the jail cells there are some absolutely incredible gardens. I could do a whole post on this, from the succulents to the layers of flower beds. Everything looks so much more beautiful next to the crumbling buildings.

The gardens of Alcatraz

The gardens of Alcatraz

4. The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Step into this garden and it will feel as if you stepped into paradise. The whole space smells amazing and you’ll love saying “hello” to the Koi swimming in the streams.

Japanese Tea Garden in SF
So if you’re looking for the perfect weekend away, or if you’re looking to move somewhere (hehe), look no further than San Francisco. Also, if anyone has their own recommendations of what to see and do I would love to hear them. I’m already dreaming of my next visit!

Until next time,

xo Vivian

P.S. While I was writing, I was eating some yummy Ghirardelli chocolate, another must-try while you’re in the city.

fashion icon: keira at tiff

Hello there,

I, along with many, many other people near Toronto, am terribly excited when the Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city. For me it’s not so much the films that make my heart skip a beat as it is the star-studded parties and designer outfits on the streets. There is definitely a buzz in the air at this time of year.

I don’t know about you, but my favourite outfit this year so far has been Keira Knightly’s stunner that she wore to the Can A Song Save Your Life after party:

Image via Fashion Magazine

Image via Fashion Magazine

The Mary Katrantzou gown is a work of art. What I love most about it is how delicate it is, even though it’s a statement piece. I love that Keira is still wearing the dress – the dress isn’t wearing her, and the minimal accessories let it shine.

A second runner up for favourite TIFF fashion moment so far is this:

Image via Fashion Magazine

Image via Fashion Magazine

Taylor Swift and Julia Roberts’ adorable moment meeting one another at the August: Osage County Soho House party. It’s just too sweet.

What has your favourite TIFF moment been so far?

Until next time,

xo Vivian

shop: white hot shades

Hello there,

I hope you’re having beautiful sunny weather. Here it’s been a bit cool (back to scarves and cardigans!) but I am convinced that the warm weather is here to stay.

With sunshine comes the best excuse to pick up some new sunglasses! I have my eye on this white hot pair from kate spade:

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kate spade “della”

I love that they are pearl, rather than a matte white. Aren’t they very Betty Draper? They remind me of this look, in particular:

betty sunglasses
What do you think? Are you a fan of white sunglasses for summer?

Until next time,

xo Vivian

fashion icon: lauren at the derby

Hello there,

Did you bet on a horse this weekend for the Kentucky Derby? I didn’t myself, but I did take a peek at all the Derby fashion.

There was one look that I thought captured the essence of Southern charm. It was my favourite reality TV star turned fashion designer, Lauren Conrad.

lauren conrad at the kentucky derby 2013

I love that she went with nude from head to toe. The neutral palette really let her gorgeous floral fascinator pop, without being overbearing. And of course you know my opinion on polka dots. So simple and yet so pretty. I imagine her look paired perfectly with an ice cold mint julep. Yum!

What do you think of Lauren’s look? Did you have any other Derby favourites?

Until next time,

xo Vivian

fashion icon: carey mulligan

Hello there,

Are you getting excited to see The Great Gatsby? I certainly am. 

The fashion at last night’s New York premiere certainly didn’t disappoint. Carey Mulligan’s bright red Lanvin stunner is so simple, yet so chic. I love that she paired it with very little embellishment – just some delicate Tiffany & Co earrings. She let the bright colour and her natural beauty do the talking. 

great gatsby carey mulligan

What did you think about Carey’s look? Are you excited about the premiere? 

Until next time,

xo Vivian 

fashion icon: kate (and baby)

Hello there,

Is it just me, or can our favourite duchess do no wrong? Kate looks absolutely lovely these days – that baby bump is giving her such a beautiful glow.

She was out and about with Will and Harry, touring the new Warner Bros. studio in London in a very cute maternity (or anytime!) look. I love her polka dot dress from Topshop and the simple black blazer and clutch make it a classic look.

20130426-160134.jpgWhat do you think? Would you wear Kate’s outfit?

Until next time,

xo Vivian

shop: green beauty

Hello there,

I was passing by the Fossil store today at lunch and I spotted a green beauty tucked on a shelf, itching to make an outfit pop. Since emerald is the Pantone colour of the year, green is everywhere. And although I’m not usually a big fan  - I’m really warming up to green this season.

What do you think of this loveliness?

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I can hear it calling me from the store window now…

Until next time,

xo Vivian

home: picnic essentials

Hello there,

Warm weather season is almost here. And with warm weather comes picnics in the park! To celebrate the beginning of picnic season, I’ve rounded up three of my favourite baskets. Why? Because a picnic just isn’t a picnic without a cute basket.

1. Williams-Sonoma Wicker Picnic Basket

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This is the picnic basket to end all picnic baskets. Definitely not the spontaneous lunch choice, but perfect for a well planned picnic party. And the wicker basket is so Downton Abbey!

2.  Apolis & Kinfolk Garden Bag

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This bag is for the casual, cool picnic set. I originally saw it on Cup of Jo (love her!) – so that means it’s a must-have for a laid back picnic in the grass.

3. kate spade new york “Pack a Picnic” Picnic Basket

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I don’t think I need to explain myself, but this basket is to die for. I just imagine it filled with wine, fancy sandwiches, and macarons – on a gingham blanket in Central Park. Lovely!

What is your go-to picnic basket? I’d love some more recommendations for this summer.

Until next time,

xo Vivian

shop: a pretty penny

Hello there,

Even though pennies are on their way out, this penny is on its way in to my closet (I hope!)

The new Coach Legacy collection is full of timeless bags, but the Legacy Leather Penny is definitely my favourite. The rich cognac leather combined with the playful tassel detail makes it the perfect summer bag. And it’s a cross-body, so it leaves your hands free for warm weather fun.

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What do you think? Perfect for summer outings?

Until next time,

xo Vivian

shop: chapters (not just for books)

Hello there,

Have you been to Chapters lately? I like to go in once in a while to browse their home items and I have to say – they keep getting better and better! Each season they have some very chic pieces for home as well as some fabulous accessories.

As I was wandering through this afternoon, I was tempted to buy a ton of items. Here are my three favourites (and trust me, this decision was not easy):

1. Mason Jar Drink Dispenser

mason jar

How fun would this be for a backyard party? I know it’s not much to look at now, but imagine it with a big batch of pink lemonade and some lovely lemon slices and ice cubes floating in it. Fun!

2. bluebellgray Anemone Pillow

pillow

I really don’t think I need to tell you why this pillow is here. The beautiful floral pattern caught my eye right away. Wouldn’t it look great on a bright white sofa? Or on a crisp, white bedspread?

3. Scalloped Bangle

bangle

This bangle is very summery on its own (love the colour – “guava”), but I think it would look even better in a stack. I find that bangles get a little lonely without some friends, don’t you?

What do you think? Does this make you reconsider the idea that Chapters is just for books?

Until next time,

xo Vivian