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Hello Loves!

With Valentine’s Day approaching, really quickly, Best Buy Canada challenged me to the question… ‘How does tech keep you together?’. Well tech plays a huge role in our relationship, from the camera equipment which has created a like minded interest and hobby, to tech savvy kitchen appliances that allow us to create incredible meals together. But what really keeps us together is sound, music!

Even just thinking back to our courting years music played a role in creating our relationship. Sameer would pull up to school in his clapped out Honda Civic blasting some kind of tune (yes he was that guy… and I dug it, sorry Mum). We would spend hours driving around listening to music, our fav song was Mary J Blige ‘Be Without You’…don’t judge us, it was a tune!

Now that we live together music is even more important. When I find myself drowning under piles of work Sameer knows the perfect soundtrack to lift my spirits (anything Lana Del Rey or Alt-J). On weekends we like to spend our time in the kitchen, cooking and dancing to the Gypsy Kings or Buena Vista Social Club… these hips definitely don’t lie.

Music can totally change a mood or atmosphere, music unites people, it can make you feel happy, sad or even sexy *insert eye wink. But it all starts with the right sound system. I mean you don’t want have to huddle around your cell phone in a bowl while your trying to rock out to Justin Bieber (again, don’t judge). You want music to fill your soul.

That’s why I love the Sonos ONE speaker. It’s convenient, stylish and is equally as powerful to the speakers that used to live in the trunk of Sameer’s car… Oh the memories.

Some quick facts about the Sonos ONE speaker:

  • First Sonos to have Alexa built-in
    • Which means you can talk to it and it will talk back lol
  • Connects to all other Sonos speakers, this is cool if you have a multi-room setup
    • Have different or the same music playing throughout the house
  • Super sleek and sexy
    • Only 4lbs.
  • Integration with all your favourite music streaming apps (e.g. Spotify)

So now I ask you, think hard… How does tech keep you together?

Get your Sonos ONE speaker HERE at www.bestbuy.ca

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xoxo Fil

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Hello Loves!

I am back and I’m feeling better than ever! Why you may ask? Because I’m starting this year off the way I want to spend it… traveling! I kicked my first 2018 staycation off in Québec City… I can’t actually quite believe that I have never visited this story book town before, only 8 hours (drive) from Toronto and you find yourself wondering if you crossed a border at some point (you didn’t… your still in Canada). I felt right back at home (Yorkshire, England) with its winding cobblestone streets and little pubs. But the main attraction is something you really can’t miss (quite literally, it’s huge!) and that I had the absolute honour of laying my head, the STUNNING Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Now when I say stunning, I mean STUNNING… this place is legitimately a castle. Souring over the Old Port Québec, you are delighted to views and services fit for royalty, and if your a history buff like me… well this is your spot.

Location:

Located in central Old Port Québec, you are quite literally in walking distance to EVERYTHING. Take a stroll down the cobbled stone streets of Petit Champlain, wine and dine in Haute-Ville, or check out the historic sights such as the Basilique Cathedrale – Notre-Dame-de-Quebec… it’s all in walking distance.

Staff:

The staff were warm and welcoming right from bonjour. The scene was set with their beautiful accents (you seriously don’t feel like your still in Canada) that whisk you through a quick and easy check in… Any questions or requests are no problem, these guys know their stuff. As an added bonus, in our room delicious treats were left waiting… how did they know I was hungry?

Room:

We had the privilege of staying in one of their newly renovated junior suites. Fun fact this location actually went through a $75 million renovation a few years back… and boy does it look good. All rooms are complete with the charming feel of the Fairmont brand, yet you are still well aware you are staying in a castle, but with the added luxuries of modern day. Our space was light and bright and deliciously cozy. We woke up to beautiful views of the famous copper roof and iced over St. Lawrence river.

Amenities:

Le Château Frontenac offers a wide variety of services and amenities. From the shuttles to the ski slopes of Stoneham ski resort, health and spa club which offers an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, kids pool, steam rooms, gym and for an additional cost spa services of your choice. To a historic tour of the hotel… which I highly recommend. This place has sooooo much history! You can actually stand in the room where Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King strategized D-Day!!

Food:

I was BLOWN away by the exquisite food. Firstly, their breakfast buffet Dufferin Terrace, offers anything and everything you could desire and is located in the most gorgeous hotel buffet room I have ever seen. Also fun fact, if you sit in the conservatory area of this buffet room you are actually sitting in what used to be their curling alley. The room service boasts an extensive menu, which may I suggest you try the pizza of the day. The chef uses different local cheeses which are drool worthy. Another fun fact, this hotel actually has its own cheese room filled to the brim with local delights. But the pièce de résistance is Bistro Le Sam. We enjoyed one of the most incredible culinary experiences I have ever had. We wined, we dined and laughed all night long. The highlight of our dinner was the most delicious cheese board which served 5 seriously generous portions of the most exquisite local cheeses I have ever tasted… and it was only $30!! I can’t even buy cheese at my local shop for even close to that. Le Château Frontenac also houses 1680 wine and cheese bar. Often competing in world wide mixology competitions, these bartenders know their stuff. Finally Champlain Restaurant which unfortunately I ran out of time to experience but I heard is just divine.

Whether you want action and adventure or a simple and relaxing staycation, Le Château Frontenac can most definitely cater to your needs. I can tell you one thing for sure… I will be back!

BOOK YOUR STAY AT Le Château Frontenac HERE

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Hello Loves!

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me then you still have plenty of gift buying still on your list. But do NOT fret, gone are the days of the sad last minute bottle of whatever is in your cupboard. We can do better than that. Amazon and their prime shipping have our back! So throw on your onesie, sit back and enjoy an egg nog (random fact… I actually hate egg nog lol), and listen here because we’ve got some shopping to do.

FASHIONISTA (click item to purchase)

GAMER (click item to purchase)

BEAUTY (click item to purchase)

All products available on Amazon.ca … click HERE to shop

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Hello Loves!

Why do we forget what winter is like as soon as it’s over? We are so shocked when we are sat by the pool, in our polka dot bikini’s, and it starts to snow. We have a slight panic attack when we open the blinds to see that there is STILL snow on the ground, like Mother Earth was going to miraculously take it away, and we still last minute shop for appropriate winter apparel because, well, we sold all last years as soon as the sun came out.

I gotta tell you, I check the box for all the above. However, I did come to accept that I’m a ‘forgetter’ while the ground still had dirt on it. Now that doesn’t mean that your too late and you should just succumb to Mr. Jack Frost… No, no, no it just means that we have a little bit of retail therapy to do *insert sassy shrug*.

When it comes to winter apparel, for me the one thing I hated the most was the dreaded ugly bulky winter boot. I would actually refuse to leave the house, just because the thought of lugging on some heavy gross boot was just not worth buying groceries. So this year, I took it upon myself to find the IT winter boot, to help not only me… but you my fellow friends (you know I got ya… stay until the end for a lil summin extra) stay fashionable these coming winter months.

That’s where Cougar comes into the picture. Even the name is fierce, so you know I found some fashionable finds fit for Elsa’s runway (haha get it?). This Canadian footwear megastar has been creating high quality boots and shoes for over 65 years… So you know they know a thing or two about winter. With their always waterproof design, your feeties are bound to stay warm and dry. Heck yeah! With a variety of styles and colours you are bound to find your Cinderella match.


Picking my perfect pair/pairs from Cougar was super easy… pretty much because I wanted everything! But after careful deliberation I was able to narrow it down to my two fav’s..

The Fabiola

This suede moccasin delight is a great and easy throw on bootie. Not only is Fabiola going to keep my feet nice and toasty during those lighter winter days, but also throughout fall and even spring. I am sure to get a lot of use out of these babies.

Shop Fabiola HERE (use code FILIPA2017 for 20% off non-sale items until Dec 31st 2017)

The Vera

It was love at first sight with these gorgeous suede shearling boots. It’s the kind of boot that you know is going to treat you right. Vera is going to be there for me during the coldest, snowiest winter days, keeping my feet warm and toasty, she knows what I like… haha.

Shop Vera HERE (use code FILIPA2017 for 20% off non-sale items until Dec 31st 2017)

Who said you have to dress like a marshmallow to stay warm?! Well whoever it is, is on the naughty list this year for sure. Cougar has transformed the way I do winter style, allowing me to continue my expression of fashion all while staying oh so cozy. Also, life update I am now happy to leave the house in my winter boots and my fridge is nice and full.

Shop Cougar from now until Dec 31st 2017 and recieve 20% off your purchase price, when you use the code FILIPA2017

xoxo Fil

 

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Hello Loves!

Winter is here, and I don’t know about you but I am bloody freezing! That’s why with the help of my go to online source, Amazon, I have gathered all you need to stay cozy and warm this winter. Whether you are looking for gifts for someone special or just want to treat yo self, imma hook you up… you know I got your back!

Clothing

I don’t know about you, but what excites me the most when it comes to winter is SWEATERS! I am such a sucker for a sweater, and although I tend to wear one even on the hottest days of summer (I just love them), I am joyous of having an actual excuse to wear one, or two, or even three (layering baby) snugly sweaters.

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Home

Cozy homeware and goods is an essential part of the winter season. It’s also an excuse to change the decor of your house without breaking your bank… or in my case driving your husband crazy.

On The Go

As much as I wish that I could hibernate in my snugly sweater, under a chunky throw, with a beautifully scented candle burning, unfortunately I am still out and about during those cold winter months. So it’s important that I have things with me to keep me warm and cozy.

 

All products available on Amazon.ca … click HERE to shop

xoxo Fil

 

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