Fashion- Feeling flirty in floral print! 💮

 Happy Friday beauties!!! We finally made it throughout the week and I’m so excited to share this look with you all!

Today’s post features this cute floral outfit with which I’m currently obsessed!

This outfit is courtesy of Dynamite clothing- the ruffled shoulder top is so feminine and versatile that I love to pair it with skirts, shorts and even jeans! I’m wearing a size Small and it does fit quite snug, so bear this in mind if you decide to buy it!
 The skirt (size small) is one of my spring/summer favourites!! The high waisted piece is comfortable, trendy, and has a perfect length (a factor to consider when I buy shorts/skirts, as I’m quite tall at 5’8!). The floral print with pastel pink colour just screams ‘SUMMER’, don’t you think?! I also love the white detailing of the flowers, and how the cute bow ties at the side 🙂
 I paired the outfit with my favourite and most comfortable nude sandals from Call it Spring and completed the look with soft pink and gold jewelry and blush pink sunglasses from Forever 21.

I decided to complement this kit with one of my go to handbags- this gorgeous pink frill handbag is a staple for spring and summer time! It’s lightweight, has pockets inside, includes a zip to close (very important to me!) and gives for a dainty and feminine look!

See below for the outfit looks, and do share your comments below!  🙂

Talk soon! xoxo

~ Lissy

Travel- Road trip to la Ville de Québec!

Hi friends!

Today’s post features my recent road trip to Québec City! I’m so excited to share with you the beautiful places that I visited and most importantly, the delicious food that I ate! Let’s get right into it 🙂

My work friends and I decided on doing a road trip to Québec City just for the weekend (admittedly, I was skeptical about traveling the long distance for such a short period of time), and we had done so much more than I had ever imagined in the 1 1/2 days of our visit! We left on Friday afternoon and planned to return to Toronto on Sunday evening. During the journey, we made a few pit stops at the en routes and even took a minor detour to Kingston! One of my favourite quotes states “See a detour as an opportunity to experience new things” and I try to embrace this approach in my daily life!

We also made a quick stop for dinner in Montreal at a quaint French bistro called Marché de la Villette, and then walked around Old Montreal for a bit. I always love visiting Old Montreal, as it encompasses the old and new architecture of the French and British colonization. While I’ve never visited it, this place evokes a feeling of France with its narrow, cobblestone roads and European style buildings. 


Some 12 hours later, we finally arrived at our destination! The road trip would have been around 8 hours in total, although, as we made a few detours, it took a bit longer. We didn’t do much but explore the house (which in all honesty, was a bit eerie with its Medieval Times ambience, but I digress) and got ready for the day ahead of us.

The next morning, we made our way through Vieux-Limoulou, as there was a street festival taking place. Included in the festival were street performances and vendors who were selling handmade items such as jewelry, crafts and food preserves. A few minutes into the festival, we were all starving and stumbled upon a quaint breakfast nook called Les Fistons Bistro, which served absolutely incredible brunch at an affordable price!  I ordered the Assiette Brunch and the combination of savory and sweet foods left me feeling very satisfied to begin the day’s activities!

Afterwards, we hopped into the car and drove straight to the next place on our itinerary- Parc national de la Jacques- Cartier! We began with what we thought was a short 3 km hike to the mountain top, but quickly learned that the hike itself turned out to be much longer than anticipated, so in total, we hiked an average of 5km and headed back to the car. We had to determine how long we’d stay at each place due to the fact that we only had one full day, and there were more places to visit! While we didn’t make it to the very top of the park, we enjoyed the scenic views at every stop which made for frame-worthy photos. As the famous saying goes, ‘Enjoy the journey, not only the destination’ and that’s exactly what we did!

The next stop on our agenda was Old Quebec (or shall I say VieuxQuébec) and this was definitely a highlight of the trip! We roamed the city like typical tourists with our cameras in hand and snapping as many photos as we could of all the gorgeous historical buildings while reading the descriptions in French (might I clarify that it was more along the lines of broken French, since French is not our first language!).  We were enjoying the sights of many cathedrals and government buildings until a sign captured our attention- the sight alone was enough to make us salivate: “Le Petit Château- Creperie”! We knew then and there that when in the French land, indulge in the French treats! Le Petit Château served a variety of savory and sweet crepes, pizzas, sandwiches and an assortment of fondues and dessert beverages. I opted for the Crêpe chocolat-noisette et bananes and it was delicious! My mouth is watering as I reminisce on how flavorful this treat tasted! When I think about the term sweet indulgence, this crepe comes to mind!

After this highly satisfying detour (detours seemed like a trend during this trip, but I love a combination of both a daily agenda, along with the element of spontaneity! :p), we headed to the lake at Vieux- Québec, where we also walked past the Jardins des Gouveneurs building and through The Battlefields Park. I was in wonderment of how quaint this area really is, from the remarkable building designs, to the detailed wrought-ironed railing, to the wide boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence River- I thought it set the perfect scene for a storybook!
The overall ambience evoked a feeling of serenity and completion, as the yellow and pink streaked skies marked the ending of what could only be described as an unforgettable day.

The next morning, we were all in disappointment that our trip would soon come to an end, but we had one last item on our agenda to fulfill- the Montmorency Falls! First, we stopped at theRestaurant Aucoin de Larue for brunch.  and I chose the ‘Le forestier Benedict (I’m a sucker for Eggs Benedict and will almost always choose it when out for brunch :p) which was absolutely divine!

Before making our way back to Ontario, we concluded the final activity on our list- the Montmorency Falls! Another highlight of the trip, these falls are exceptionally impressive, with a height of 83 metres and a surrounding landscape, including a hiking trail and a cable car ride. For those of you looking for an adrenaline rush, there is also a 300 metre zipline which crosses over the falls! The zipline and cable car rides both come at individual costs, but it’s completely worth it if visiting for the first time! We chose to walk on the bridge to see the view from the top and then went down the staircase to gaze at the stunning waterfall from the side of the cliff- what a wonder!! I stood there, gazing at the falls for a solid fifteen minutes, as the water was absolutely magnificent and captivating! The panoramic view is breathtaking, as it overlooks the cityscape and the lake. In terms of cost, the park itself is free of charge, but you do pay a fee for parking near the entrance of the falls (in our case, we parked across the street at a grocery and simply bought an item which allowed for us to then explore the park). For all you nature lovers out there, I highly recommend stopping by the Montmorency Falls as it really is a sight to see when visiting Québec City! It was the perfect spot for us to visit before embarking on our 8+ hour drive back to Toronto.

The overall trip was absolutely memorable and despite it being short and sweet- we still achieved everything that we wanted to do on our list. I honestly believe that this experience brought us closer not only as work colleagues, but as friends! To this day, we all make jokes and recall funny and even scary memories made from our Québec City travel and are already planning the next one- we’re considering Prince Edward Island! Stay tuned!
 
Here are some photos from the trip! J

If you’ve been to Québec City, do share your photos and experiences, as I’d love to learn more about the beautiful city and maybe learn some new places to visit next time!

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Talk soon! xoxo

~ Lissy
 


Dinner in Old Montreal



Rustic décor at

Marché de la Villette
 
Assiette Brunch at Les Fistons Bistro 

2 oeufs, jambon au romarin, saucisse, patates
sautées, mini chocolatine, crêpes au sirop d’érable, cretons, fèves au lard et pain au choix



 

Jacques-Cartier National Park
 
 

Le Petit Château

  
Crêpe chocolat-noisette et bananes




 
The Battlefields Park

VieuxQuébec

 
 
 
Jardins des Gouveneurs
The Battlefields Park




Le forestier Benedict at Restaurant Aucoin de Larue

Oeufs pochés, jambon forêt noire, champignons, fromage brie sur muffin anglais, 

nappé de sauce hollandaise, pommes de terre, rôties, café

 

Views from the top at the Montmorency Falls

Side view of the falls

 

 
 


Event: Neob presents Niagara Lavender Festival 2018!

Hello beautiful people!

Last Saturday, I went to the Neob Lavender festival at Niagara-on-the-lake and I just have to share my experience and photos with you!
We had purchased the $20 World Traveler (WT) tickets (one per person) which allowed for bite sized sampling of various lavender infused food. I was most impressed when I learnt about the assortment of treats that were offered to us, which were not available to the general public (those who purchased the $5 entry fee only). Upon entry, we presented our World Traveler tickets and were each given refillable purple water bottles with the Neob branding for refills at the water truck- this proved to be especially useful, as the day was extremely hot and sunny.
While walking through the festival, we came across a variety of stalls and handcrafted items from local vendors. I decided to stop at the honey stall, and sampled a variety of unique honey mixtures such as honey-almond, honey-wild berry, honey-lime, honey-lemon and honey-maple syrup. While they all had a unique taste, I settled on the honey lemon, as I figured it would allow for multi-use J
Next, we drifted to where the sweet sounds of steelpan was playing (being an island girl, I can’t pass up the opportunity to see and hear a steel band!). We then stopped into several clothing, jewelry, handbag, unique artifacts and even cured meat vendors before finding our first ‘Ticket sample’ sign! We presented the WT cards (one per person/ticket) and the first sample consisted of 3 desserts: Lavender Flour-less Chocolate Cake (rolled in shaved coconut), Lemongrass & Lavender Cheesecake and the Lavender Mystery Tasting- all three were absolutely divine!! I was pleasantly surprised at how good lavender infused treats are and learnt about the many uses of lavender in cooking and baking.
We were still eating the cakes when we came across the second sampling stall- Lavender Pizza! Yes- it is a thing! The pizza was cooked in a wood oven by Johnny Rocco’s Pizza Wagon. The thin crust pizza was topped with sliced potatoes and baked cream cheese infused with lavender seeds,. This was possibly the best tasting item at the festival- one slice was simply not enough!
While continuing the journey to ensure that we get all our samples, we stumbled upon a stall which offered each WT ticket holder a Rosemary Meatball. The meatball was soaked in an incredibly tasty thick creamy sauce (I assume it might have been cooked with a type of lavender oil), as well as a Lavender Butter Tart topped with toasted lavender seeds.
We didn’t get too far before we spotted another sign (this quickly became a game for us!) which served a Lavender Cupcake to each WT ticket holder. This cupcake was extremely moist, and I could taste the infusion of lavender essence in the cake itself. The icing may have also included the essence and the taste was intensified with the sprinkle of lavender seeds (this truly made for a pretty cupcake with the purple seeds complementing the white icing!).
Our final treat at the festival included an absolutely delicious Lavender Cannoli which I devoured in two bites! The shell was the perfect texture and taste for the cannoli cream which was lavender filled. You’ll notice on the World Traveler card that we didn’t taste the Ice Cream or the Wine Tasting, because we did arrive the festival later than estimated, and couldn’t find the ice cream stall. Our tardiness stemmed from two factors- 1.) the World Cup soccer game started at 10:00am and we just had to watch it and 2.) there was traffic on the highway which resulted in us arriving at almost 4:00pm (we missed all of the scheduled information sessions). However, the day was certainly not wasted and was rather productive with both the sampling of many bite sized sweets and treats as well as the grand finale of our day- Pick Your Own Lavender!
The lavender fields were blooming with brightly colored purple and white lavender flowers which were available for picking (we were cautioned to be mindful of which areas of the field from which we were allowed to pick, as certain sections were saved for the lavender show). The cost to pick the lavender was $12.50 per bundle and lavender wanderers can pick to their heart’s content the amount that they want, as long as it can tie with the twist tie that is distributed at the cashier. The WT ticket card allowed for $2.50 discount off one bundle, so we only paid $10.00 per bundle! We then completed our day with a sample of lavender infused botanical soda and headed straight to the store for an abundance of lavender infused home care products. Do you understand now what I mean when I tell you that the World Traveler experience is great value for your money?! 🙂
What a beautiful day it was to sit in the field and hand pick my own lavender- it certainly evoked a sense of nostalgia from my childhood when I would roam the savannah field. Hand picking my own lavender also instilled a personal element and a deeper sense of appreciation to pick each flower stem myself. I’ve shared some photos of the day, my outfit and what I did with my lavender in my house- the aroma and fragrance has filled my apartment with the sweet and calming scent of lavender!

Have a great week, and as Neob’s slogan goes- Enjoy every moment!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and reliving the experience! I do hope you try this festival next year as it is an absolute delight to roam in the fields with lavender perfuming the air!

See below for photos of the event! 🙂

Talk soon!

~ Lissy
Happiness in a field full of lavender!
Picking my own lavender!
Outfit details: White maxi dress: Charlotte Russe; Earrings: Call it Spring- under $12; Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories; Sandals: Call it Spring

World Traveler ticket card
Left: Lavender Mystery Tasting; Top: Lemongrass and Lavender Cheesecake; Bottom: Lavender Flour-less Chocolate Cake
Top left: Lavender Butter tart; Top right: Lavender Pizza Slice
Bottom left: Lavender Cupcake; Bottom right: Mini Lavender Cannoli
Sweet sounds of steelpan

Drying out my lavender by hanging it upside down
Honey & Lemon jar bought at the Honey stall

Lavender in abundance! Here are my purchases at the store:
Left: Lavender sachets
Top left: Lavender essential oil
Top center: Culinary Lavender
Right: Lavender shortbread- vanilla & vanilla-chocolate

Fashion- Happy Canada Day!!!

Happy Canada Day loves!

I hope your weekend was fantastic! We celebrated the Canada Day long weekend with friends and family, and what a fun-filled and beautiful weekend it was! The weather was amazing with sunny skies and tropical vibes! 🙂

Yesterday, I went to a friend’s BBQ and wore this stylish, and of course, patriotic outfit and just had to share with you! I wore a loose fitting white off the shoulder crop top which I tucked into these trendy and super comfortable high waisted bright red shorts. Both the top and shorts are from Dynamite clothing, and the sizes that I chose were perfect for a relaxed fit (see below for size info). I paired the outfit with white sandals from Call it Spring and I completed the look with these absolutely adorable and affordable earrings from Claire’s (see photo 2 for a close up look). As tassel earrings are in right now, I thought these were perfect for the occasion!!

See below for all outfit details and let me know what you think of the looks! 🙂

Photo 1: 
Dynamite:
– Off the shoulder crop top-  Colour: White (size S): $39.95
– Structured shorts- Colour: Tango red (size XS): $34.95

Claire’s:
– White and red tassel earrings: $4.51

The next day we headed to the beach and I wore this bright red bathing suit which also matched perfectly with the earrings! 

Photo 2:
La Vie en Rose:
– Off the shoulder red top (size S): $42.95
– Sunglasses: Carrera

That’s all for now beauties. I’d love to hear stories about how many of you spent your Canada Day celebrations, so feel free to share your photos! 🙂

Talk to you soon!

~ Lissy