I Made the Patio of My Dreams

In the five years I’ve lived in my apartment, I’ve rearranged furniture, painted walls, installed shelves and rigged lighting to make the space feel like home. But there’s something I haven’t done yet that’s long overdue: turn my fire escape into a place I’d want to spend time. On a hot summer day, there’s just about nothing worse than being stuck inside with nowhere to … Continue reading I Made the Patio of My Dreams

My 5 Favourite Films Set in Italy

Here in Toronto, it’s supposed to feel like summer but as I write this, it’s dark, chilly and wet outside. Can you guess where I’d rather be? I’ve never been to Italy but it ranks highly on my “to-go” list. So when I get a little wanderlust on an evening like this, movies are a great way to be transported to a completely different world. Without further ado, here … Continue reading My 5 Favourite Films Set in Italy

Nail Extensions: To Gel or Not to Gel?

Do you know any girls with envy-inducing nails? While some people are blessed with long and strong natural nails, there’s a good chance they’re rocking nail extensions, like many celebrities on red carpets and reality shows. But aside from how polished nail extensions can make your hands look, they come at a cost. I’ve never had really great nails. They’re weak, bendy and usually break before they achieve … Continue reading Nail Extensions: To Gel or Not to Gel?

4 Reasons to Make New Year’s Resolutions in September

There’s something about September that feels more like the start of a fresh year than January. Maybe it’s the almost-instantaneous shift in weather as soon as the calendar flips, or the rush of students heading back to school. Whether it’s autumn leaves or something else, there’s definitely something in the air that makes me feel like September is a time for new beginnings. I had … Continue reading 4 Reasons to Make New Year’s Resolutions in September

Goodbye, Dairy: My Journey to Lactose Intolerance

It started around January, when my office moved to a new location and began offering fresh, raw, cold-pressed organic juices every morning. I thought it was maybe messing with my digestion, but surely the benefits of such a healthy juice would outweigh the frequent trips to the bathroom, bloating, gas and inexplicable tummy gurgles. But then I cut out the juice and the symptoms continued. They … Continue reading Goodbye, Dairy: My Journey to Lactose Intolerance