A lifestyle blog inspired by all of the things I share with my twin sister. Skincare and style finds, food ideas, health and advice.

  • Life

    What are you Reading?

    Have you read any good books lately? I don’t know about you, but I have finally had some down time to read in the past couple of months. For the past few years, I seem to only have time to read on vacation. The list of books I wanted to read was getting out of control! So finally during COIVD, my sister and I decided to purchase a few books, read them, and then swap. Here is what we thought of each. Educated by Tara Westover “This was such an unexpected page turner, I couldn’t put it down. Learning about Tara’s childhood was mind-boggling- it was like she grew up…

  • Home,  Life

    Creating Your Own Outdoor Retreat: Before and After of Our Backyard

    Over the past few months we have been working hard to turn our backyard into our ideal hosting and relaxing spot. With the pandemic changing many of our summer plans, I know a lot of people have been looking to have a relaxing outdoor space at home. I wanted to share our adventure of transforming our outdoor space. Before we started working on the backyard, we had a small concrete patio. It wasn’t wide enough to fit a dining table and chairs which was really annoying when trying to host dinners. We also had wooden fences on three sides of our property and a chain link fence on the last.…

  • Life

    What Have You Learned From Quarantine?

    It has certainly been a challenging, but important year so far. I was discussing with friends the other day that as much as staying at home due to COVID has been tough, I have learned some very valuable lessons. I would love to hear what you have learned from staying home. 1- The biggest one for me has been to slow the F down. Pre-quarantine, every weekend my husband and I had something booked. And while many of those things were very fun and important, we had lost the balance of having some down time. Having a weekend off, with not much planned, is so important. It lets you recharge…

  • Style

    The Only Bra I Will Ever Wear

    My first attempt at a no-underwire bra was with a bralette. While it was fine for around the house, it did not provide enough “nipple smoothing” to be work appropriate. It had no padding, just a thin piece of fabric, so I also didn’t love the shape it created under clothes. Then I tried one with removable padding… fuck I hate removable boob pads. They never retain their shape, they get all folded and creased, and are a pain in the ass to wash. I flat out refuse to spend one more minute of my life trying to fit a boob pad back into a bra through a tiny ass…

  • Food & Drink

    The Summer Salad

    Let me introduce you to the BEST summer salad. If summer had a “taste”, it would have to be this combo of in season tomatoes, peaches and basil. When I first heard about combining tomatoes and peaches in a salad, I was skeptical to say the least… it just didn’t sound like they would go together. I was most definitely mistaken – it may be my favourite combo of all time. I make this salad all summer long while peaches and tomatoes are in season. I make it as a side for dinner when we have people over, and even to bring to work for lunch. It is so easy…

  • Food & Drink

    The Wine List: The Best Bang for Your Buck Wines

    I am a wine lover. I love the flavours, tasting notes, trying new wines and sipping old favourites. However, I also love saving money. My whole family is of the mind that there is no greater joy than finding a great bang-for-your-buck wine. We all share new discoveries and recommendations. I also always get asked by friends to recommend good wines at a reasonable price point. Tori and I compiled a list of our favourites and why they are a part of our core rotation. All of the wines listed are under $20, available at the LCBO and some even at a grocery store. They are easy to find, easy…

  • Life

    Links and Reading This Week

    I wanted to take a break from posting these past couple of weeks to support the movements happening right now. Like many, most of what I have been reading lately has been around educating myself further on the Black Lives Matter Movement, systemic discrimination, white privilege and bias. I wanted to share resources and posts that I have found helpful. I would love if you would share with me any you have been reading. This free bias test by Harvard University is a must do. I have already done the race (Black – White) test and the weight (fat – thin) bias tests. This is such a great way to…

  • Style

    Clearly Glasses – An Online Shopping Story

    I had been wanting a new pair of glasses for quite a while. Since I wear glasses everyday at work and my run-in’s with uveitis had me avoiding contacts for months at a time, I was getting bored of my same old frames (even though I loved them). I was also interested to see if blue-light lenses would make a difference for me with the computer at work and at home. As luck would have it, during a FaceTime chat with my friend Claudia the other day, I complimented her on her glasses (see photos). They were so fun and cute! She told me that she got them online. Online?!…

  • Beauty,  Health

    My Current Skincare Routine

    After a ton of research and some trial and error, I have finally nailed down my skincare routine. The products below have been my go-to for about 4 months now and I’m thrilled – my hormonal acne has not caused me any issues and my skin is more even in colour and texture. I keep my routine pretty simple and straightforward – no 13 step process for me! I also do my best to avoid buying products based on branding, but rather strip it back to what the actual ingredients are doing for my skin. This is just what I have found works for me. I wanted to share because…

  • Health

    Wise Words on Anxiety

    This week, my wonderful aunt sent my sister and I this resource, Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers. I decided to take a quick peek, even though I didn’t really think I needed it. After all, I was “fine”! Holy man was I wrong. I did not realize how much I needed to go through the workbook – I suddenly felt understood and refreshed. The above resource helped me realize how important it is to prioritize my mental health. In addition to seeking out resources, I need to continue to exercise, eat well, and maintain meaningful relationships by reaching out to others. But the biggest thing of all…