I fell in love with La Mer years ago. It was a serendipitous moment at the mall when I happened to stop at the La Mer counter inside Holt Renfew at Yorkdale Mall to admire the simple, yet pretty packaging when I was offered a sample of their hand cream, The Hand Treatment. The top of my right hand was instantly hydrated – my dry, cracked skin healed, like never before, and I was instantly hooked.

La Mer The Hand Treatment

The woman at the counter said, “Now you must see what it can do for your face,” and held up their first, and most beloved product, Crème de la Mer. She walked me through the benefits: soothing moisture, helps heal dryness and visibly softens lines and wrinkles. How to apply: Warm it for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then press gently into the skin. And the ingredients, which include their Miracle Broth, made from kelp full of self-regenerating powers, harvested off of Vancouver Island. I left the mall that day with more than I had expected and excited to incorporate my new moisturizer into my morning and nighttime routines.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

Since then, I’ve tried almost all of La Mer’s line. In addition to their moisturizing cream ( I use the Crème de la Mer in the fall and winter and the moisturizing soft cream in the spring and summer), The Eye Balm Intense, which comes with a cooling applicator, is always part of my routine and reduces puffiness, hydrates, conditions and visibly softens lines, wrinkles and other signs of tired eyes.

La Mer The Eye Balm Intense

Last summer, I tried their Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid for the first time and it was a game-changer. Lightweight and filled with additional benefits like combating dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles, this sunscreen works on all types of skin and all tones. I was thrilled it didn’t leave any white residue on my dark skin like many other sunscreens have in the past. I wear this on my bare face and under makeup all year long. What’s also great is a little goes a long way.

La Mer The SPF 50

Next, I hope to try Genaissance de La Mer, their uber luxe collection made in small batches and designed to accelerate skin’s natural renewal process. Stay tuned for a review coming soon!



Don’t let the Cabin Fever caused by COVID keep you from enjoying some holiday cheer and making merry memories!

Here are five ways to enjoy this festive season in the Toronto Area:

  1. Head downtown Toronto just as the sunsets, grab a hot drink, and meander along Queen West by The Bay and Saks to take in their winter window displays – including a massive masked-up nutcracker!

2. Book ahead to secure a time slot for ice skating in the city. There are 54 rinks to choose from including one at Nathan Phillips Square.

3. Take a day drive east of the city to Pingle’s Farm Market and enjoy their Christmas festivities. Kids can make and take a holiday craft, take a magical walk with Santa’s helpers, have a hot chocolate and take a (socially-distanced) photo with Santa Claus*. *Furbabies are welcome on Dec. 15th.

4. After dusk, head to Bowmanville to admire the Chirstmas Lights displayed on the beautiful homes and properties of the neighbourhood along Old Scugog Road.Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and leave at designated driveway.

5. Bake Christmas cookies for your neighbours and deliver them (distanced of course!) You may even feel moved to sing them a carol from across the way 🙂



I feel blessed to have besties. Close girlfriends that have been there through the good, the bad and the really really ugly. Friends truly are the family members you get to choose.

So, I’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for your bestie to show her how much you care! I love that these are luxury items on a budget!


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I’m so happy to welcome you to my little corner of the internet! For years I’ve been wanting to start a blog where I could share my love of fashion, beauty, home decor, travel, and more! The pandemic has forced me to slow down and I’m glad that through such a gloomy past 8 months I’m able to make the time to create something positive that I hope will brighten up your day and that you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it! I’ve always been a writer at heart. Since I was young I loved keeping a journal and even had a poem published! After I had all my babies, I went back to school for journalism and communications and freelanced for many years before going back to school for my masters of fashion with a focus on philanthopy and published my thesis. I worked in fashion for a few years and now I mostly focus on managing my household, a social enterprise, and investment properties. This blog is a work of heart where I’ll be sharing my latest finds, adventures, and every day life. Welcome to!

Home Decor


This is definitely my favourite holiday of the year! I love getting the house decorated all cozy for Christmas and ready for that special family time. Holiday décor naturally centres around the family room as that’s where we tend to spend the most time.

This year I’ve gone with a white, gold and silver aesthetic and kept the décor simple and soft. Focusing on four key areas: the couch, coffee table, shelves and mantle, here’s everything you need to get your family room ready for Christmas before you finish it off with a beautiful tree!

Here are my favourite Christmas décor pieces for this room:

Christmas-inspired pillows are perfect for instant holiday vibes. I recommend finding good pillow inserts so you can easily swap them out throughout the year to go with different holidays, seasons, and moods

This year, I bought these custom pillowcases on Etsy and even got an extra one as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law.

Of course, Christmas means extra cozy time on the couch so you’ll want to have a soft blanket to curl up in while you’re watching Christmas movies or sipping apple cider. I found this great throw at Indigo and they also have matching pillowcase covers if you want to get a complete set.

Decorating a coffee table, ottoman or side table is so much fun! I recommend gathering everything onto a tray and playing with different heights of two or more objects such as ornament balls and candles. You can also add twinkly lights to give it even more of a magical feel.

The focus of most living rooms is usually a fireplace or area with shelving so adding decorations here really brings the whole room together. I like to start with a garland or faux snow and build from there by adding a holiday sign, some Christmas trees, little houses, or reindeer decorations, a nativity scene, lights and of course the stockings!

How are you decorating your home for the holidays this year? I’d love to see your pictures! Next week I’ll be sharing how I’m decorating my Christmas tree so please sign up for my weekly newsletter to find out when the post is up!

xo Kyla