spring fever is here.

Spring is officially in season, and although the weather isn’t quite co-operating yet, spring activities are in full swing. I like to make lists of things each season that I want to do – things a little more fun than just going to dinner with friends, or heading to a pub after work. Toronto is a great city, filled with tons of things you can do both indoors and out. Here are a few of the things I want to do this season.

go to a Blue Jays game – the Skydom (..sorry, Rogers Centre) is one of my favourite venues for concerts, games, and other events – especially in the spring/summer when they open the roof!

grow a succulent terrarium – I currently have a little cactus that my boyfriend bought me in the fall, but I don’t know how well the little guy is doing in this cold weather. I want to research more, buy a few more succulents and have a little garden.

spring clean – especially my closet! It is definitely time to switch out the big wool sweaters for shorts and fun spring skirts.

go to a concert – I love going to concerts, both indoors and out. With summer festivals right around the corner, now is the time to start booking tickets!

go to an amusement park – I find spring is the best time to do this because you don’t get sunburnt!

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friday favourites.

Well it is a blizzard here in Toronto! The snow hasn’t stopped, and luckily for me, I was told to stay home form work today because the roads are horrendous. A snow day is greatly appreciated! I am going to stay inside today, drink lots of hot chocolate, and catch up on a few shows. Hopefully over the weekend I will be able to get outside and enjoy the snow. Snowboarding anyone??

Have a great weekend. Here are some of my favourites from this week.

favourite winter treat: hot chocolate.

favourite winter destination: mt. tremblant, quebec.

favourite winter fashion: knit hats.

favourite winter quote:

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.)

burn, baby, burn.

It’s November, and it is getting pretty cold here in Toronto. I hate being cold (like really, really, hate it), and do everything I can to stay warm – in university it got so bad that I had a portable heater in my room, and a heated mattress pad on my bed. My house has a fireplace, which is what I have grown to associate being cozy with. I love curling up by the fire with a nice big blanket and reading a good book – especially up north at my cottage in the winter! Fireplaces are becoming a little less common in new houses, but I think they can really look good in a family room. More modern homes are starting to use fireplaces as a piece of art – placing them in unconventional ways. I need to buy a house!

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