My Top 7

1. Making Things with Makeful // Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fun maker workshop hosted by Melissa, Katri and the new specialty channel, Makeful. We drank momosas, stuffed our faces with mac n' cheese squares, lamb chop lolly pops, crispy shrimp, and crafted to our hearts content! At the end of the day we all walked away with a beautiful handcrafted holiday envelope and a Christmas wreath. The Makeful channel is currently in free preview, so check your local listings for channel info!
2. Toronto Christmas Market // If you have never been to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Historic Distillery District it's a must see! The annual 28 day event captures all of the heritage and charm you would find at a traditional European market. With over 80 shops, boutiques, and food & beverage booths you are sure to find a handcrafted gift for those hard to buy for people on your list... or even a hot-toddy or two for yourself!
3. Shakshuka // I have quickly become obsessed with this dish! I mean, what's not to love? Eggs are slowly poached in a rich and spicy tomato sauce and then sprinkled with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. And don't forget about the crusty bread to soak up all that goodness! #Yum
4. Winter is HERE! // It's hard to ignore how beautiful the world looks after a snowfall....
5. A New Addition // After what seemed to be the fastest 40 weeks of my life my little sister gave birth to a beautiful & healthy baby boy on November 7th! Welcome to the family little Lincoln!
6. At Home Sarah Style // If I had to describe Sarah Richardson's new book in one sentence it would simply be "beautifully curated." Every room, every recipe, every page of this book is so well thought out... it should definitely be included on your Christmas Wish List this year!
7. The Art of Home // Last weekend my sister and I made a quick trip to Cambridge to visit a store that has been on our "visit" list for months now... The Art of Home. Every single vignette in the store is so perfectly styled... it's hard not to fall in love with this store!

I'm Dreaming of a Round Table

Six years. Six. Long. Years. That's how long I have had my cheapy, bar height, square table. I bought it on sale at Zellers when I first moved into my townhouse. It was always meant to be a interim solution while I searched out a higher quality option... and here we are six years later. It's chipped, it's dinged, the chairs are broken....It's time for a new table!

I never thought a round table would be an option I would consider, but these days I am loving the classiness and simplicity a round dining table brings to a room. So, until I find "the one," I'll be dreaming of these round tables!

Hello Holidays

It's hard to believe Christmas is a mere seven weeks away. It feels like just yesterday I was gathering with my family, stuffing my face with glorious holiday food, and opening presents galore.
It might seem like a long way out, but seven weeks is the perfect amount of time to start planning for the big day. From shopping for gifts to planning the menu, I've found prioritizing your to-do list can make everything manageable and enjoyable. In true foodie fashion the one thing I like to tackle first is the menu. And while I have gone all-out in the past, serving fancy crostinidevilled eggs, and gluten-free brownies, this year I am going to keep it simple and get back to basics.
It feels really good knowing my family will be sitting down to a meal made up of some of their favourites. From my fragrant Mulled Tea and easy Caprese Bites, to a Traditional Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing and a No-Bake Dessert, this is a holiday meal I know my family with love (and I know your family will love too!).
If you're like me and find yourself already preparing for the holidays, you're going to want to check out Leon's new Hello Holiday guide! It's overflowing with holiday inspiration from some of the most talented bloggers and creators out there! From functional holiday DIY's to adding a touch of winter to every room, this guide is what you need for a happy holiday home. And make sure you check out my traditional holiday menu, it can be found on pages 73-77. Happy browsing!

Sweater Weather & Fall Accessories

Fall. It's such a finicky time of year isn't it? While two weeks ago I could have sworn Winter was on its way (we had about 1/2 inch of snow one morning), this week it feels like summer.
While the weather might be a little wonky, it's allowing me to continue to enjoy my Fall weather favourites. Chunky knit sweaters, turtle necks, ripped jeans, and ankle booties are in heavy rotation right now.
Choosing accessories when it feels like your whole body is covered up can sometimes be a tricky task. More often than not I take a minimalist approach when selecting my accessories in the Fall months and stick to the basics: dainty rings, sunglasses, blanket scarves and a watch.
It may be hard for you to believe, but up until a month ago I only owned one watch (the rose gold one "J" surprised me with 3 years ago). Sure it limited my options and made my daily outfit planning easier, but I longed for something a bit more eye-catching and unique.
I searched high and low for something that was more of a statement piece, but it wasn't until I stumbled upon JORD's wooden watches did I feel I found a timepiece that was truly unique. Not only are JORD watches handcrafted and sustainable, they are beautifully designed using modern elements like gold, swarovski crystal, and sapphire crystal glass. I mean, it's kind of a showstopper right?
The JORD website is filled with all kinds of beautiful watches, but I couldn't help but gravitate towards the Sidney in maple and rose gold (I'm all about the rose gold lately). When it arrived I literally squealed with delight! Packaged in the most beautiful wooden box and wrapped around the cutest little pillow, a JORD wooden watch would make the perfect anniversary, birthday or Christmas gift (because Christmas is fast approaching you know!).

Now that I have two watches in my collection I may be faced with a more difficult decision when selecting my accessories!

Which wooden watch caught your eye?