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Monday, May 25, 2015

Planes, Trains and Automobiles ... May be the answer





"Stepping out of your everyday life is a gift to your soul. It allows you to reconnect with self, clears the mind and provides the opportunity to dream. " - Celia M.

I'll be giving myself this gift so things may be a little quiet around here. But if you follow High Heeled Life on Instagram you'll get a glimpse of where planes, trains and automobiles are taking me.

P.S. check out my article on 5 Benefits of Taking a Vacation HERE .

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

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Celia in the City: Riverside - Flower Market & Bonjour Brioche


We have been enjoying some fabulous warm temperatures in Toronto (in between the still lingering unseasonable cool days) and May 9th was perfect for getting out and exploring the city. Though the temperatures were cooperating the weather gal suggested we could expect small bursts of rain. I decided to stay close to home and see what was happening in Riverside. This little neighbourhood spans only 10 blocks along Queen Street East ( between the Don Valley to the west and Degrassi street to east) but has many wonderful gems to be discovered. Easily accessed by street car. My trip today was all about the Toronto Flower Market.


The Toronto Flower Market -  had it's season opening day just before Mother's Day. This year's market is located at 659 Queen Street East and if you missed their opening on May 9th - be sure to mark your calender  as there are only 5 more market days this season: 
June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12 and October 10.   

What I loved about the market was that it reminded of the flower markets in Europe and the flowers are Ontario grown!!! I'm already looking forward to June's market.


If you follow along on Instagram you will have already seen the beauties that I scored!!
To learn more about the Toronto Flower Market and for great tips on caring for your flowers visit their FaceBook Page.


This little canvas cross-body bag, I picked up at a Paris market in 2010, is perfect for keeping my hands free while I'm out exploring the city.


Relaxed ...

On Mother's Day Mr. G and I enjoyed a fabulous brunch at Bonjour Brioche
And of course one does get hungry when exploring. My fav spot to stop and enjoy some wonderful eats is at Bonjour Brioche - you will find it just east of the market on the north side (just before the train bridge over-pass at Degrassi). I've shared about this little French patisserie gem here . 

And no brunch at Bonjour Brioche is complete without a treat from the patisserie tray ... 

How clever and beautiful is this display of flowers??? ... 
I will be checking out this eatery next time I'm in Riverside.


and of course comfy walking shoes ...

For HHL What I Wore readers:
Shoes - Converse sneakers; pants - Gap; T-shirt - Calvin Klein; Cross-body bag - market in Paris; Sunglasses - Gucci; Cap - French Connection

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I'm always looking for new places to discover and adventures to experience. If you know of a business or area of the city that I should explore, would like to introduce me to your place of business or product, just drop me an email at Hello@HighHeeledLife.com

(photos of moi - GC Creations - aka Mr. G.)
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Why I Love City Living - Humber Bay Shores Park



As the weather continues to warm up the desire to get outside heightens. And being in the city offers many choices to do just that. Within 15 minutes we are casually enjoying a late morning stroll at Humber Bay Shores Park.


Fabulous view of  the Toronto skyline!! 


The sun was shining bright and the warmth of its rays welcomed ... getting my vitamin D au natural.


There was a slight breeze but nothing a light sweater couldn't fix.


Perfect day for a stroll ...


There really is something revitalizing about being near the water!!! 

What I wore: shoes - Burberry inspired; pants- Gap ; top - Calvin Klein Jeans ; sweater - J. Crew; sunglasses - Gucci; cross body bag - from a market in Paris

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts Ideas




Not sure what to gift the Doggie Mama in your life, here are some Mother's Day gift ideas:

1.
Sneakers
These Converse Chuck Taylor All Star canvas sneakers 
are fabulous for walks, comfy and stylish ... check it out here

2. 
Pajama Set
There is nothing like slipping on silk at the end of a long day and how adorable is this 
EQUIPMENT Lilian printed silk crepe de chine pajama set? Check it out here

3. 
Bubbly
Everyday is a special occasion, celebrate with Veuve Clicquot... need I say more? Check it out here

4. 
 Hand and Foot cream
After all those walks and hand washing (from numerous ball throws at the doggie park) 
a little hand and foot TLC is in order. L'Occitane - hand and foot creams are my absolute favourite!! Check it out here

5. 
Hooded Rain Coat
For the damp and rainy day walks this little number 
Abstract Floral Parka in Multi with a hood is perfect for keeping mama dry. Check it out here

6. 
Dog Mom Mug
Every mama needs a mug and this one from Lorrie Veasey  just too cute. Check it out here

7. 
Rubber Boots
Keep mama's feet dry in these stylish rubber boots from 
TretornViken Toggle on rainy days. Check it out here

8. 
Umbrella
Pasotti is my umbrella love!! and how sweet is this one with it's Labrador handle? 
It will help get mama out the door for walks on wet days.  Check it out here

9. 
Any Gift
Doggie mamas are just like all other mamas and some cuddle time, 
dog wags and face licks will melt her heart. 

Please share in comments your suggestions for Doggie Mama Gifts  ...

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Afternoon Tea Experience - Windsor Arms & What I Wore

Long time readers of HHL already know I LOVE afternoon tea and the tea room at Windsor Arms is one of my very favourites in Toronto. I have wonderful memories of sharing tea with friends there, over the years. It started out as an after Christmas shopping trip in Yorkville treat with some girl friends years ago; evolving over the years to outings for birthday celebrations, girl friend catch ups on life's ups and downs (lots of laughs and tears have been shared here) and other times for no reason other than we love afternoon tea. 

So, when friend E. invited me to tea at Windsor Arms -
 there was no hesitation, "only when and what time?"

Image Via Windsor Arms
We arrived for our 3:00 p.m. sitting and I was happy to be seated in the purple room. There are three areas where tea is served and this is my fav and preferred choice. Something about the room is inviting, calming and relaxing (I think I have taken tea at every table in this room).

 
The Afternoon Tea Menu...
* neither E. or I are crazy about egg salad - so our waiter kindly replaced them with other sandwiches, without a fuss.

The potato blinis with smoked salmon are my fav!! actually it's a tie between them and the goat cheese and caramelized tart. The scones are always delightful and topped with Devon cream and WA's homemade strawberry, raspberry preserves become a party in your mouth. I'm usually giddy with the Petits Fours - but this time the lemon poppy seed cupcake was a little dry and the chocolate cup a bit bland. E. was quite pleased with the lemon meringue bite. 


Life is good!


E. is a little camera shy ... 


This chandelier always takes my breath away ... 
did I mention how much I LOVE afternoon tea at Windsor Arms? 

HHL Rating (this visit): out of 5
  




What I wore: jeans-Suko; belt- Hermes; t-shirt - Ralph Lauren Sport; jacket - Banana Republic; shoes -Anna Marino; sunglasses - Gucci; necklace - WHBM

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