‘Out to the walk of stars, now you in Cali’

I was in LA this past July with a coterie of close ladies for a bachelorette party. It was not a first time for anyone included, jaunting across borders – a group of tight knit Canadian prairie girls – just this time heading to SoCal, it was a 3 day whirlwind. With rooms at Hollywood’s Roosevelt, a packed & very suitable itinerary, we were jumping in and out of Ubers, weaving our way through delectable restaurants, popping into poolside parties & sipping champagne on couches of every second store we hit on Sunset & Robertson Blvd.

Some waited patiently for another or bounced ahead to a next favourite stop while others took turns browsing favourite designers in they were focused on. Well for most of us this was the case. In my bubble, I was along for the  experience, company & bubbly. I am not a huge shopping fashion-ado. I love clothing, shoes, accessories, etc., I just am not a browser. I didn’t have anything on my random & unfocused mind to collect. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a memorable and wonderful experience. Sometimes not needing a reason to hang out with some of your best friends and tagging along with each other is the best chance to make fun memories.

Champs is always liftings, but in this chilly season (and not being graced with an LA breeze), cheers to friends with this cozy drink.

My favourite ‘gift to myself’ that I picked up in LA is a Sephora treasure by Bumble & Bumble. I am now obsessed. So are my friends…

Going to be poolside with a bachelorette? Pin one of these on her!

Also, if you make it to West Hollywood for some strolling down Robertson Blvd, take a break and be sure to have a bevy at their bar and dine on amazing pizza here….you may end up star-struck…

And if you are travelling, not renting a car/not driving to be socially responsible, always check out if your chosen city for upcoming debauchery has Uber. It will leave you with more in your pocket for shopping, dining or maybe saving a few $$ to slap into your savings account upon returning home! I know you’ll pick the last option, right? Always.

With an impossible amount of songs that can make you dream of the palm trees and views of the Hollywood sign, I don’t know how you pick a favourite, but here is a great one to enjoy while on on this pacific roll…


Coal and Canary is ready to fly

I love that Winnipeg is full of creative entrepreneurs. The other beauty about it is that when something local gets started, our very supportive Peg city folks normally like to give a new, more public emergence the benefit of the doubt. We help it hit the ground running & these ideas & new local features get their chance to fly.

I expect for Coal and Canary’s handmade & delectable sounding candles, there will be soaring.

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~What are they?~

“Winnipeg’s newest and hottest candle company specializing in exclusive small batch, hand-poured candles for the hip and modern professional.”

~Where can you see their products online?~

Here & herehere.

~Where can you purchase their unique products?~

Here & beginning next week at the local St. Boniface coffee shop, Café Postal (Sept. 30th)

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With names such as “gimmie some sugar’, ‘the cider made me do it’ & ‘chunky knit sweater’, these seasonally titled wax jars of joy make me excited to light my first one & burn it until they (hopefully) surprise us with their next weather inspired scents! In the meantime this one below may help me curb the upcoming & always dreaded holiday padding….by that I mean pounds. Our winters are very cold & we need a little extra to survive…right?

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Visit their site to learn more about the products and the creators, Tom & Amanda. The name already has a hint of wings to it. It just needs the lift. Of course all of these wonderful photos by Brittany Mahood Photography help show the elegant sweetness of the candles too.



You never know the condition of someone else’s life.

Perhaps a person isn’t pleasant or welcoming, they may be unhappy or come off as blatantly rude.

True compassion & understanding from oneself is to appreciate each persons situation as one we may not know or be able to appreciate and still show civility & respect.

To me, that is a true reflection of good & admirable character. 



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Staying warm with summertime ‘real film’ sessions

I was over the moon when I won a give away contest from Brittany Mahood Photography. She decided to have a giveaway upon the  celebratory launching her newly designed website. The site design is timelessly classic with soft, but stated lettering and a … Continue reading