Unique Getaway: Igloo Hotel


Igloo hotel with amazing view of the Northern Lights? Um, yes please.
The Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland looks unreal. The village is located in the Urho Kekkonen National Park. These glass igloos offer unparallelled views of the Northern Lights. They feature glass ceilings, with special thermal glass so that you won’t get cold.If you’re feeling more traditional, they also have classic igloos made out of snow that you can stay in.

There’s no word on how much it is to stay a night, but you can be sure it’ll cost a pretty penny.

I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, and I think this would be the perfect place to see them for the first time!

Gilt Groupe Now Ships to Canada


Discount luxe shoppers rejoice! Gilt Groupe finally offers international shipping. And the best part?
They are offering free shipping for the next two weeks! Gilt offers high end brand clothing and products.
They also part of Jetsetter, and offer super nice hotels and a discounted price.

It’s free to sign up! Sign up here.

Hit List: Toronto Events

Event hit list Nov. 8-12:

Black Cat Ball//
Sat.Nov.12: Worn is launching their 13th issue, and is having a classy fun black and white ball to celebrate! Advanced tickets are $10 and include an issue of the mag.


Not Far From the Tree’s End of Season Celebration//
Thurs.Nov.10: After a busy season of picking fruits, Not Far from the Tree is throwing a end of season shinding featuring a raffle, yummy food and tunes from DJ Secret Agent.

Rouge//Thurs.Nov.10: Enjoy an evening of food, drink and music with United Way GenNextâ„¢. Hosted by the Much Music Rap City host and lots of live entertainment!

LCBO Intro to Wine Class

red wine session
Here’s a secret. I don’t like wine. So when my friend mentioned taking a LCBO Wine Tasting class,
I was intrigued. Could this class help foster a love of wine? Only one way to find out!
We signed up for Intro to Wine, at the impressively massive Summerhill LCBO.

Each session focused on a different type of wine. Reds, Whites, Sparkling Wine (Champagne!) and Fortified Wines (Port, Sherry) were covered.The classes were entertaining, and our instructor, Neal Boven was energetic and passionate about wines. He had traveled all over the world tasting wines, and was responsible for selecting wine for the LCBO to sell each season.

the classroom

The classes were held in the kitchen, and had a really nice set-up. 8 glasses of wine would be set up with generous tasting amounts, with a basket of fresh bread along with spring and sparkling water. We learned all sorts of neat facts, like pinot noir (pictured below) is referred to “the heartbreak grape” by wine makers due to it’s fickle nature. Did you know that red wine get it’s colour from the grape peel? I also quickly learned that I liked wines high on the sugar scale, and did not like bitter wines at all.

the heartbreak grape
the heartbreak grape
we used this worksheet to review each wine

Here’s how to properly taste wine (according to me):

1. Take a deep sniff of the wine to see what notes you can catch.
2. Vigorously swirl your wine to mix with the air and release the scents. Sniff again.
3. Drink the wine, making sure to swirl it around in your mouth so it hits your palette.

Wine has some bizarre tastes. Some are what you’d want to taste. Honey, fruit, cake, spring blossoms, ginger Others…..gasoline, wax, cream of mushroom, Nivea cream, rubber, cat urine, mold ……definitely nothing I’d ever want to taste in my wine. Or my anything, really.

The very last session was about pairing foods with wine. We weren’t able to take this session with our regular instructor, and had to beg and plead to be allowed to take our final class at a different location. The final class was a lot of fun, and we tasted cheeses and chocolates with different wines.

Taking the course was a good experience. I now know what my favourite white wine is (Vouvray Lieu Dit Les Fosses D’Harengs) and how to pick a bottle of wine like a pro! I still don’t really like it though…
If you are interested in taking a course at the LCBO, go here! (They also offer cooking classes.)

A word to the wise…the Summerhill location is a particularly good one. When we visited another location for the final class, the instructor and class wasn’t half as interesting.

Covet: November

Some things that I am coveting this month!

I can’t get enough of lipstains! I also love all fresh products.

Tokyo Milk’s Dark collection. Everything smells oh-so-good, and the packaging is gorgeous.


Eveline Tarunadjaja’s 2011 Calendar. Eveline is one of my favourite illustrators. I am in love with each and every one of her illustrations. She is from Australia.

My old headphones broke, so I am on the hunt for stylish but portable headphones. I like these Nokia Purity Beats headphones, but they are very expensive and don’t come out until next year!

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