Cocktail Emporium 

So Toronto is huge, it’s the biggest city I’ve ever lived in and it’s safe to say it’s going to take me quite a while to explore all the neighbourhoods and shops this city has to offer. Saying that, I feel quite confident in saying that I’ve already found one of my favourite stores. 

I visited the Cocktail Emporium three times in the first two weeks of living in Toronto and I could easily go in every week, as someone who has dreamed of putting together a beautiful Art Deco bar cart with all the trimmings for quite a while now this store is heaven. They describe themselves as “Toronto’s first and only one-stop shop for everything bar and cocktail related” and they really do have everything you could possibly need, the only problem is you think you know what you want until you go in and see that they have it in silver, gold, and rose gold! and then you’re really spoilt for choice. I even fell in love with their tiki selection, which I never thought I would be interested in.

They have two locations, which is why the photos below are split into two sections and I would highly recommend checking it out even if you don’t drink alcohol it’s still a beautiful store to visit.

BYOB Cocktail Emporium, 972 Queen Street West, Toronto 


1\2 oz. Cocktail Emporium, 20 Kensington Avenue, Toronto 

This may look like a Valentine’s gift guide…

…but I promise it’s not. It just happens to be a bunch of pretty pink things I like the look of, and it happens to be February. Thats all I’m saying. 

Liberty Coin Purse – Comes in loads of different colours and also as a wallet, pouch, travel card holder, and other various sized bags

Herbivore Botanicals Mini Rose Face Mist – Always seems to be sold out online on the Sephora website, but it has great reviews and I also found it at Urban Outfitters

Topshop Sahara Cateye Sunglasses – I love the glamorous cateye shape and the contrasting blue tinted lenses

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – A gel lip balm with a deliciously sweet scent that softens the lips whilst adding a naturally coloured glossy shine with a barely-there effect

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in ‘Shape of my heart’ – The perfect soft blush pink shade

Diptyque Rosaviola Candle – Scented with delicate rose and violet perfume and packaging designed by accessories designer Olympia Le-Tan that you’ll want to keep forever

Heart Pom Pom Keyring – Adds an element of cuteness and fun to your handbag or keys 

Ban.do Sip Sip Tumbler – This tumbler would definitely encourage me to drink more water

Happy Heart Porcelain Dish – Perfect for holding loose change or your collection of rings

Ban.do Peekaboo Folio – Now you can keep your documents beautifully organised and also add an individual touch with the included stickers

Cluse La Boheme Rose Gold Watch – Sleek and minimalist yet still feminine

If you’re interested in more pink and heart related stuff you can check out my post from 2015 

Farewell January

It’s been a while. I haven’t posted anything on my blog since before Christmas, which I think is the longest period of time I’ve been silent on here.

It’s not that I’ve given up blogging, it’s more that I’m feeling the way a lot of bloggers feel at this time of year, uninspired and pretty unmotivated. I can’t say I’ve done anything recently worth talking about either. I had a nice Christmas with Antony and his family, it didn’t snow here until a few days after Christmas Day and it’s been cold, slushy, and slippery ever since which I get pretty fed with, I’d like to wear something other than snow boots.

If any of you watched Lisa Eldridge’s make up video with Alexa Chung I can definitely relate to what they call ‘winter face’ where you feel like you look grey and tired, and your skin is really craving some sunshine. I bought quite a few new makeup and skincare items with my Christmas money hoping it will perk me up (see photo below), but Antony and I have also found ourselves discussing the idea of living somewhere warmer for a year or two, maybe Australia, we’ll see.I do have one update for you, in December Antony and I moved out of his parents house and into our own apartment in Westboro, Ottawa. It was the only neighbourhood we looked at because it’s known for being quite young and trendy, it’s close to downtown, and there’s lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants right on our doorstep (I’m writing this sat in Equator Cafe, see Latte photo below).I haven’t shared any photos of the apartment because it’s tiny and we don’t have a lot of stuff here (most of my things are still at my parents house in England) so I don’t really feel like it’s worth showing you, plus, we don’t plan to stay in this apartment for long. Okay, here’s one photo of our bed, just because I love the Hudson Bay blanket my parents bought us and the SPRUTT white metal cabinet from IKEA that I store all my makeup etc in.I think that’s enough rambling for now. I just want to finish by saying I’m really happy it’s now February (my birthday month) and also roll on Spring!

All is merry and bright

 Christmas shopping in the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa

Presents wrapped and ready to send to my family in England (all paper and tags from IKEA)

Wandering around the neighbourhood checking out the neighbours Christmas lights and decorations

Really impressed with the choice of Christmas cards available this year

Beautiful trees and wreaths at the florist down the road from us in Westboro

Chapters knows how to do Christmas table decor, there’s always something I would like to buy

Antony and I went to watch the Christmas sound and light show projected onto the Parliament building, it was very magical and I’d highly recommend it, especially if you have children

A beautiful paper wreath inside a card shop in Westboro 

Watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for the first time whilst drinking hot chocolate 

All I want for Christmas is… (2015)

I created a Christmas wish list last year which if you like you can check out HERE. I really enjoy making them so I decided to do another one this year. I seem to have a never ending list of products I’d like to try or items I’d like to own, but I’ve attempted to narrow it down to some of my current favourites. I hope it gives you a few helpful gift ideas too.

Herbivore Coconut Milk a Bath Soak // Pixi Glow Tonic // Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette // Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel // Jin Soon Nail Polish in Charade & Nostalgia // Tweezerman Slant Tweezers // Jade Facial Roller // Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick // Aesop Parsley Seed Face Mask // RMS Beauty Living Luminizer // Eva NYC Pro-Lite Hairdryer 

David’s Tea Matcha Essentials Set // Diptyque Le Redouté Scented Candle // Rosefield Watch // Love, Style, Life Book // Pyjama Set // Wire Wall Grid // Scattered Star Alice Band // Firecracker Earrings // Glasses (Set of 4) // S’well Water Bottle // Rose Turkish Delight