Happiness Is…

November 25th, 2011

The first snowfall. It never fails – total magic. Of course now it’s all melting, but Panda made the most of it while it lasted. Happy weekend and Happy Birthday to my dear sister on Sunday!! xoxo

Happiness Is... the first snowfall

Happiness Is…

November 18th, 2011

Knowing I’m not alone in my enthusiasm. Leslie and Ben are back together!! Television screenshots are from this insanely dedicated site. Happy Friday!!

Happiness Is... Leslie and Ben

I’m a born and bred Montrealer. I love this town. I come from an era where Mile End was mostly inhabited by Hasidics and immigrants (including my family). I remember when Boulevard St-Laurent was populated with mom-and-pop shops, when the Champlain bridge had tollbooths, when there was no blue metro line, when Île-Ste-Hélène had an aquarium, when Westmount had a movie theater. Montreal’s come a long way since then – some good, some bad. Thankfully, some things never change… St-Viateur Bagel is still the same, albeit with a few more flavoured cream cheeses in their fridge.

Montreal is my favourite. It is constantly re-inventing itself: welcoming new people, saying goodbye to others, eternally broke and falling apart, yet always a wellspring of thriving artistic and cultural expression.  I love it when people come here and fall in love with its beauty and disparities. Chantelle Grady is a talented stylist and graphic designer who recent relocated to Montreal from Brisbane; she is also the author of A Little Relish, a charming online mag that allows her to combine her skills and express her love of all things food (and allows me to continue to culture my obsession for all things food – thank-you, Chantelle).

A Little Relish - Montreal

Last night I was working late and Chantelle tweeted that her new issue was out. I had been looking forward to it, because this issue is all about Montreal – and I was not disappointed. From her favourite café roundups to the markets to a few quintessential Montreal must-eats, her photography and design capture this amazing city wonderfully. There are recipes I can’t wait to try (hello, roasted tomato soup!), and I wasn’t surprised in the least to see my dear friend Marie-Ève featured beautifully and representin’!

A Little Relish - Montreal

A Little Relish - Montreal

One thing I’ve noticed about Montreal tributes and guides is that some hoods like NDG tends to fall to the wayside a little too often… Perhaps I’ll have to put my own rudimentary tribute together one day.

All in all, a beautiful tribute to your new hometown, Chantelle! I can really appreciate how much work you put into A Little Relish – it’s beautiful, and a treat to read. Looking forward to the next issue… with relish.

Happiness Is…

November 11th, 2011

True gratitude.

Remember.

Autumn Interlude

November 8th, 2011

Some days just aren’t worth mentioning. You wake up feeling awful, your to-do list is woefully uninspiring, there are no clean socks, your inbox is so clogged it needs medical attention. I could go on. Taking a vacation or even a day off would help – although that can be a tough challenge (both spontaneously and financially) for many of us. But an hour?

Yeah, sometimes all you need is an hour…

Autumn Interlude

Autumn Interlude

Even if it’s just for a moment – wherever you are, allow yourself to take a breath.

Autumn Interlude

Autumn Interlude

Happiness Is…

November 4th, 2011

Wearing artwork made by talented friends. I own a few treasured pieces from the lovely Rachel Rachna Dhawan’s stunning Brazen Design collection and I can’t wait to get more. You can catch her at some of the holiday craft shows coming up in Montreal, or order online – but did you know that she is currently holding a give-away for this exact necklace?! AND that her name necklaces are half off this month (I got one last year)?!! Go, go, go there now!! Happy Friday everybody!

Brazen Design Tree of Life

Illustration Inspiration

November 2nd, 2011

Living out in the sticks means being prepared. It means noticing that there are ten bars of soap left and saying, “time to stock up”. Okay, I may be a smidge overly enthusiastic, but I know this will become a major hide-saver come Christmastime. November is upon us, and I am officially opening the floodgates to holiday shopping. Online, preferably. Local, independent, sustainable? Even better.

If you are anything like me, all that browsing inevitably results in buying yourself a little something along the way, amirite? This year, I barely started before this little beauty offered itself up to me and I said, one for me too, please!

English Muffin 2012 Calendar

Bess Callard is a good friend and she is also a super talented illustrator. In addition to running her own studio, she lends her talents to Pure Green Magazine and it is all the more distinctive for it. This is her second year in the calendar business and she does not disappoint – I received my copies and they are beautiful! Gorgeous colours, typography and theme. It’s almost impossible to choose a favourite but April is my birthday month so I’ll have to go with that :)

English Muffin 2012 Calendar - April

The best part? Once the month has flown by (as it is apt to do), you have the option to frame the print! How cool is that. My favourite kind of gift is the one that keeps on giving. Head on over to the English Muffin shop to start your holiday shopping on the right foot!

English Muffin 2012 Calendar

photo: Bess Callard