I'll Follow You Anywhere

I’ve been to L.A. a handful of times, but for some reason I’d always skipped over Silverlake. Though I’ve heard so many good things over the past few years, I was just never able to fit in enough time to explore properly, and I didn’t really have a good handle on what was in the area to begin with.  This time around when Johanna and I booked our trip with Expedia.ca and mapped out how we wanted to spend our precious days we we made sure to put a whole afternoon aside for Silverlake.

We were oh so glad we did.

Of all the places we visited in our five days in LA, Silverlake felt the most like home. The long sunny strip offered so many cute coffee shops and swoon-worthy boutiques that we quickly lost count, and it seemed like every few steps we’d discover something new to fall in love with. Though I’m still definitely a bit more beach-loving, Johanna quickly decided this neighbourhood was where she’d want to live if we made the big move, and by the end of our stroll I was almost swayed. The food! The delicious cocktails! The locally made goods! The cute boys (like, really cute!)

Scroll down for our favourite spots! 







Coffee //
Dinosaur Coffee
Alfred Coffee

Food and Drinks //
Ohana Poke Co.
Night Market

Boutiques //
La Causa
Dream Collective
Clare V





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To find cheap flights to L.A. and escape the cold check out Expedia.ca!

Dear Diary

Though it seems like a lifetime ago now, I was lucky enough to explore the South of France after my first year of university. My best friend and I packed our bags and travelled around Europe for over a month that summer, and though we saw so many amazing sights, the highlight for me by-far was Nice. A pastel land by the sea with floral flavours infused into almost everything you can imagine, I would’ve stayed forever if I could’ve, and I often daydream about taking an impromptu trip back.

Because I have such an attachment to “The California of Europe”, I was thrilled to hear that New York City’s beloved Maman would be opening up a location right here in Toronto. With lavender lattes and lavender blueberry loaves, it’s a little slice of Nice just a few blocks away from my office, and though vegan month has kept me from truly indulging, I’m totally hooked on the hot cocoa with almond milk! Have you popped by their adorable cafe yet?

Dear Diary

This post ended up being a bit late (Spring seems to finally be on its way! Hooray!) but I really felt the need to share a bit about my winter experience, even if it doesn’t actually help anybody until next December.

I’m a West Coast girl at heart, and the only word I can use to describe how cold winters make me feel is miserable. When I first moved to Toronto I was enchanted by the cold- I loved to cuddle, and the snow was oh so pretty. Over the years though I’ve become well, jaded, no longer able to see past my icy feet, lack of energy, and heavy heart.

This winter I found myself falling into the same old sad patterns, pressing snooze on my alarm more and more each morning, dodging plans with people I care about, and constantly apologizing to Honey for the short walks around the block that I had started to chose instead of our usual dog park visits. In short, I was wasting away, but after a few weeks of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to get out and do something about it. I got back on track with workouts, healthy eating and dog walks, and started to actively seek out adventures and little life improvements that would make me feel better.

Though I won’t go as far as to say I was fully cured, the following are my favourite ways to beat the winter blues.

If I’ve missed anything please comment and fill me in- we could all use a little boost from one another while we wait for Spring to hit!

Visit a Botanical Garden //

I’ve seen a ton of photos on Instagram this winter taken at Allan Gardens, and when I finally got around to visiting them myself I very quickly realized why. Walking through the doors of a botanical garden bursting with life and light is just the thing to help melt a frozen heart. If you can’t afford an actual vacation I highly recommend packing a book and some yummy snacks and spending the day in there thawing out.

Find a new favorite local spot //

Being able to escape your apartment and be out and about with new scenery and human contact can make all the difference when you’re having a down day. My favourite local find this winter has been Home Baking Co., a sweet bakeshop with incredible cookies and pies, and a heartwarming atmosphere that feels like, well, home!

Have a beach day //

The Toronto waterfront is always packed in the summertime, but few people get out and experience just how magical it can be during the colder months. Sugar Beach is always a treat with its pink umbrellas reflecting in the snow, but the real winner this year was the Winter Stations installation at Kew Beach in the east end. My favourite piece was the magical rainbow pinecone (of course.)

Turn your home into a warm sanctuary //

Add as many plants to your home decor as possible, stock up on fancy tea, assemble an army of high-quality candles, and invest in a really good fuzzy blanket. There are so many ways to make your home feel warm, safe, and energizing, but those are a few of my picks.

Get lost in the PATH //

Toronto has an expansive network of underground tunnels, and there are some really great finds down there if you’re willing to get a little bit lost in the labyrinth. I suggest looking up a few places beforehand without glancing at the location, listing them out, and spending a day with a friend down there trying to find them!

Trek to Pmall //

Nothing lifts the spirits quite like an afternoon spent at Pmall slurping noodles, sipping on bubble tea, and stocking up on fun novelty phone cases and obscure beauty products. If you don’t have access to a car you can still get there by bus, but I highly suggest hitching a ride if at all possible (it’s a long, long bus ride, especially in the snow)

… and if all of that doesn’t quite thaw your icy, frozen heart, splurge on a last-minute getaway someplace hot (My Las Vegas adventures are coming soon!)