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Inspiration for living a luxuriously and balanced life

Thursday, December 29, 2016

48 Hours to De-stress and Refocus on YOU!!



Are you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed from the holiday festivities? Did your self care move to the bottom of your priority list because you were busy taking care of everyone else? It's time to put you back on the top of your priority list and jump start your daily self care READ MORE...

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

La Société ~ a little bit of Paris in Toronto

I have been wanting to try La Société for some time and this past weekend 
Mr. G. treated me to a birthday dinner there.
 La Société is tucked in on the second floor of the Colonnade ...
right in the heart of mink mile. From the decor, the massive stained glass ceiling and
lively ambiance  you feel like you've just stepped into a restaurant in Paris.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Tea at the Park Hyatt Toronto ...


I have enjoyed some wonderful experiences (the spa) at The Park Hyatt Toronto and shared some of these experiences in past posts:  Girls Just Gotta Relax ; the amazing view from the roof lounge - I shared here Summer in the City and the amazing winterlicious dinner I had in the Annona restaurant shared here Two Weeks of Highlights in pictures. Most recently I learned they also offer afternoon tea on weekends - and until December 23, 2016 - they are serving a Festive Tea. So, as a birthday treat to myself I quickly made a reservation. 
Of course no birthday celebration is complete without a glass of bubbly ...
Champagne tea - please ...
and what a delight that it was my fav - Veuve Clicquot !! 
  
For my teacup loving readers ... 
I remembered to capture the manufacturer of this darling and joyous teacup. The colours were perfect! The butterfly and humming birds drifted my thoughts from the gloomy, over cast slushy winter day outside - to memories of the warm summer in the garden.
Cheers ... 



The tea sandwiches were a symphony of flavours ... and each bite was perfection! Christmas Tree Cucumber, Ham & Havarti on Pumpernickel Turkey & Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese on Egg Bread; The Crispy Cone of Boursin, Mushroom & Chive and Smoked Salmon, Dillweed & Cream Cheese Crepe Cube were my absolute favs!!
Also served was a Chicken Salad & Pomegranate Bouche with Five Spice Boy - not being fond of chicken salad - I requested it be substituted - which they happily accommodated. I did get to enjoy the bouche with five spice boy - and let me tell you it was flaky and tasty ... I can only imagine the harmony of the egg salad served upon it (unfortunately I'm not an egg salad person - but if you are I'm certain you will be impressed!) 
Since I was celebrating my birthday the - Celebration Medley
by Sloane tea seem most appropriate. A South-African Red Rooibos sings with the natural sweetness of Apple, Orange and Rose, creating the perfect concert of flavours with spice notes. Ladies let me tell you - it was everything and more as described. I know I'll be looking for it on my next tea restocking shopping trip. 


When the dessert tower arrived ... I was in heaven!! 
Long time readers of HHL already know I have a "bit" of a sweet tooth! and these delights did not disappoint: Currant, Orange & Cream Scones with Classic Clotted Cream & Fruit Preserves; Dark Chocolate Mint Petit Four; Snow Man Sugar Cookie; Cranberry Lemon Checkerboard Tea Cake; Orange Spice Madeleines; Chocolate Candied Ginger Tart; Celebration Tea Macaron. 


no words required! 
The checkboard tea cake was an explosion of delight in my mouth!  
Did I mention how juicy and sweet the strawberries were? 
in winter - this was a definite treat!!! 

The staff were most welcoming and friendly - and the service was spot on. 
Thank you for making my birthday celebration to myself extra special!

Ladies, I know afternoon tea with the girls is fun (it's one of my fav outings with my besties) - but I have to say it's a wonderful experience to be on your own with your thoughts. Lots of reflecting and planning happened during this afternoon tea, on my own. The Festive Tea is on until December 23 - so if you are in the Toronto area - I highly suggest making the time to experience it! - Solo or with the girls and even that special male friend.

Tea is served in the elegantly decorated Annona restaurant within the hotel. For full menu details click here.

The Park Hyatt Toronto is located just off Mink Mile on the outer edge of Yorkville at 4 Avenue Road Toronto, ON, M5R 2E8 tel:: 416- 925- 1234 or visit the website: Parkhyatttoronto.com

SIDE NOTE: While the Festive Tea is only being served until December 23 - I understand regular afternoon tea is served on weekends. I know I'll be enjoying a cup of tea here again!


 You are the curator of your life so live it luxuriously ,

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pajamas, Reflecting and Planning ... the perfect snow day!

This weekend Mother Nature graced us with a blanket of snow ... 
and despite the sun it was bitter cold....
So it didn't take too much thought to call it a pajama day!! 
These 100% cotton pajamas from Belle de Provence with angel motif are my fav lounge pjs. I scored them on sale a couple of years ago when the Yorkville location was closing, and am so pleased with how they have held up.
After enjoying some time on the sofa reading, if you follow me on Instagram you already know, I started working on the year end reflection exercise, in my Resilientista Day Planner, over a cup of afternoon tea. For my teacup loving friends - the teacup and pot are Kate Spade.

"Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful." ~ Margaret Wheatley 


Dolce and Gabbana were great company as I reviewed my reflection on 2016 ... and what areas of life I would like to improve for 2017.
Pajama day continued .... all weekend ...
Now I'm ready to start working on setting my goals, intentions and action steps towards what I want my 2017 to look like. This page spread in the planner is great for writing, drawing or collaging images, quotes, and inspirational words to remind me what I'm working towards and to keep me inspired to take the action steps that align with what I wish to achieve for 2017.

“The sweet fragrance of a fresh New Year!” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita


And of course there was plenty of furbaby cuddle time too!!

Have you enjoyed a pajama day lately?

It's never to soon to start thinking about what you want to achieve for the year ahead.


The Resilientista Day Planner is more than just a place to jot down your appointments and task lists. This planner was created from the many adaptations I made to my ordinary day planners over the past few years to include: reminders and tips for self care; inspirational quotes; spreads for reflecting and setting action step intentions to achieve goals;  and tools for reflecting throughout the year. And weekly spreads for your appointments - and lots of prompts to improve your self care on the daily!!

If you would like to learn more about the 2017 Resilientista Planner pop on over to my website HERE ... 

You are the curator of your life so make it luxurious,

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