friday favourites

Yay for the weekend! This week has been pretty busy – I feel like I say this a lot. Maybe its not that my weeks are busy, but instead that I have just jam packed the next few months with a little more than I can comfortably handle. Im quite guilty of spreading myself thin, and right now is no exception – though I am having a blast with everything that I am working on! Here are some of my favourites from the week.

high messy bun.

jack and coke slushies.

summer dreaming – maxi dress with side cut outs

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happy hour.

Being a twenty-something who has grown up with the internet, and reality television, has led to a very clouded view of what life after university would be like. Unlike the MTV stars of the world, I’m not living in my own two bedroom apartment in downtown LA sipping on Veuve every night while out on the town – although kudos to my awesome boyfriend who did get me a bottle for graduation (it tasted amazing and was well worth the splurge!). Toronto is definitely not LA or NYC, but the bar scene is still ridiculously expensive. Unlike the reality tv stars I watch weekly, my income is not endless, and will not allow me to frolic around downtown every night of the week. Because of this, I have had to scour the internet for drinks that are cheap to make at home, but look expensive, taste great, and can be served when friends come over. Below are a few of my top picks.

pink lemonade cocktail – water, sugar, grenadine, lemon, and vodka.

dirty shirley – sprite, grenadine, cherry vodka (doesn’t have to be grey goose, although the recipe is from them!).

champagne treat – ice cream, raspberries, and champagne (doesn’t have to be veuve, but a girl can dream.)

the cool down.

One of my favourite things about summer is all the fun drinks you can make! More than just a cold beer, or a rum and coke, summer is a time to bust out that blender and make some fun, fruity, refreshing drinks for you and guests. I’m partial to anything that is cold and thirst quenching, especially if being served outdoors at a patio or on the dock at the cottage. Here are a few of my favourite recipes for the summer months.

frozen strawberry lemonade.

white strawberry-lemon sangria. (click for recipe)

frozen pineapple daiquiri

patio pleasure.

the C lounge – toronto.

One thing I love about living, and working, in Toronto is the abundance of great patios! Regardless of if they are street level, rooftop, or elsewhere, nothing beats drinks under the sun in the company of great people. Most of the patios I frequent offer great ‘happy hour’ drink specials, a fantastic atmosphere, and of course stellar drinks and food. Below (and above!) are some of my favourite patios in the Toronto area!

wayne gretzky’s oasis patio – toronto

the madison pub – toronto

hey lucy – toronto

friday favourites.

I am leaving for New York City tomorrow and I could not be more excited! My shopping list is written out, and I am looking forward to finding some fun, unique pieces that can only be found in the big apple. I am so excited to see a broadway show, walk around central park and of course, spend endless hours exploring the MET – it is the one place where my inner classical studies student can come out! Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy some great meals with friends and family and explore some new parts of the city.

Here are some of my favourite finds, gifts and ideas from this week:

Favourite gift: An orchid!

Favourite accessories: Anna Dello Russo for H and M!

Favourite photo: My last photo taken at University.

Favourite drink: strawberry mojitos!