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The Canadian Opera Company brings a season of dark fairy tales to Toronto

This fall, the Canadian Opera Company is putting a chill in the air with two very different, dark fairy tales.

Rusalka Oct 12 To Oct 26, 2019

The mermaid Rusalka leaves behind her watery home to be with her prince charming. Will he stay true to her sacrifice? Based on The Little Mermaid’s original tale, this romantic opera stars Met sensation Sondra Radvanovsky.Gorgeous sets, costumes, and choreography make this production a fairytale spectacle reminiscent of ballets Ondine and Giselle and films like The Shape of Water.

Turandot Sept 28 – Oct. 27

Princess Turandot knows that marriage can be a dangerous commitment. That’s why all her suitors must answer three riddles – and if they get even one wrong, they face the executioner’s blade. Despite the mortal risk, the exiled prince Calaf is determined to try and win her heart.

I haven’t been to the opera in several years, and I’m very excited to see these performances!

Take a peek at the new season from the Canadian Opera Company. If you’re under 30, you can get tickets to the opera for only $22.

Fresh Summer Scents

Summer and fall have the absolute best scents. When I think about summer, I think lemons, mandarin and other fresh, bright fruits.

This summer, I’m trying a new scent: Nest Wild Poppy. Poppies are such beautiful flowers, but I’ve never thought of them in a fragrance. That being said, I’m totally in love with their Wild Poppy Eau de Parfum. It’s an intoxicating mix of pear, raspberry, and apricot with hints of Himalayan jasmine and Rose de Grasse. I didn’t realize how stunning poppies were until watching the behind the scenes video below!

Ever since I made the switch, I’ve been getting lots of compliments and questions about where I got my perfume. It’s my official scent of the summer.

As for my home, I’m ushering in fruity scents with my Velvet Peardiffuser and candle. This lush scent is gentle and refreshing.

This understated fragrance blends velvety Anjou pear and crisp apple with bright, crushed lemon leaves. Hints of peony accented with white musk and amber round out this scent, creating its lush, flavorful appeal.

Nest fragrances are available at Sephora.

Ja Rule & Ashanti to headline Toronto Festival of Beer

I’m not sure what’s going on with Toronto this summer, but we’re getting some amazing artists! It seems like they’re specifically targeting my demographic, especially with this latest news.

Ja Rule and the Grammy Award Winning Ashanti, will headline the final day of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store. It goes down Sunday, July 28 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. This show is in partnership with 99.9 Virgin Radio.

This is the only Canadian stop for the duo. It’s definitely going to be an amazing performance paired with cool brews and delicious food. Don’t miss it!

Grab your tickets here.

[Read it] The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

This heartwarming tale is told from the perspective of a Japanese cat named Nana. Satoru, his owner, adopted him when he was found injured on the streets.Since then, human and cat have lived together in quiet companionship.

Suddenly, everything changes.
Satoru takes Nana on a roadtrip across Japan to find a new home, but Nana doesn’t know why. This book has beautiful descriptions Japanese landscapes like the countryside, farms and the sea.
While we journey, we learn a bit more about Satoru’s childhood, relationships, and of course, cats.

This book may or may not have a heartbreaking conclusion…you’ll have to reach it to find out what it is. If you’re a cat lover, you’ll warm to this charming book.

Get the book here:

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

[ Win it! ] Indigo Canada 150 Collection

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Indigo is all Canadian, and they’re celebrating our big milestone- Canada’s 150th birthday! This is a celebrating that goes way beyond July 1st. In their Canada 150 Shop, you’ll find carefully selected books, tote bags, delicious smelling candles and more, all dedicated to Canada.

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My favourite part of the shop is the Coast to Coast section. I love the wooden canoe paddles for your walls, fun beach towels and lawn games. Also, how cute is that pillow?

If you’re a reader like me, you’ll love their curated list of Canada’s top 10 reads. Anne of Green Gables is on the list, one of my favourite books of all time! History buffs and Canadiana fans will enjoy The World Needs More Canada – an amalgamation of anecdotes, insights and photography from over 100 storytellers and thought-leaders across the country.

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I’ve partnered with Indigo to give one lucky reader a prize pack that includes: a Canadian mug, 1 Read the North T-shirt, 1 delicious smelling candle, a Read the North tote bag and a The World Needs More Canada book. Feeling lucky? Enter below! Good luck!

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Recipe for Change is Back for Another Year

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One of the best foodie fundraisers in Toronto is returning for another year. Recipe for Change will take place on Thursday February 25th at St. Lawrence Market. The evening brings together 30 of Toronto’s top chefs sharing gourmet dishes. This year, participating chefs include Nick Liu (DaiLo), Rocco Agostino (Libretto), Chef Nuit (Pai), Evis Chirowamhangu (Mnandi Pies), David Liee (Planta) and many more. See the full list here. For $135, guests will be able to eat and drink their fill. Tickets are almost sold out, grab yours here! (more…)

Hello 2017!

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It’s 2017! Last year was pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to a year full of some big firsts. Getting married, buying (hopefully!) a condo and a honeymoon! Bring it, 2017. 🙂

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