Thursday, 31 December 2015

December Favourites


Wow - not to sound cliché but can you believe that we're at the last day of December, let alone 2015? This has been the most incredible year for me and, while I'll be dedicating a whole post to the year in review, December was a great month and I discovered many new local hangouts and great products. Take a look at my absolute favourite things for the month of December.


Brunch At Colette Grand Café

I had the pleasure of joining Gabriella of Pastels and Pastries, Siffat of Icing and Glitter and Tara of The TL Blog for an incredible brunch at Colette in The Thompson Hotel in Toronto.  My local ladies know that Colette is a sort-of blogger mecca for brunch, with its bright marbled interior and Parisian feel. I had high expectations for the brunch itself and believe me, it didn't disappoint. The quality of the food is absolutely incredible, with everything made in-house and fresh as could be.  Although the portion sizes aren't the largest, this is definitely a girlfriends-only brunch location and I could barely finish my plate through all of the chatter and giggles.  Colette Grand Café is definitely a must-try when you're in Toronto, and I am already planning my next visit.


Flowers In The Box

Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that my weakness is definitely fresh flowers.  I'm an absolute sucker for a pink rose and while I'm usually the one to arrange my own blooms, this month I received a bouquet from Flowers In The Box and was floored.  The bouquet was so expertly arranged, achieving the sort of height and balance that I can never seem to get right.  The presentation with a touch of burlap and an adorable ribbon was enough to convert me over to professionally arranged bouquets for good - or until I work on my own floral-arranging skills! You can order one of these gorgeous arrangements, or send one to someone you love with Flowers In The Box.


Matcha Lattes At Neo Coffee Bar

Oh matcha lattes - my greatest weakness after fresh flowers and gin. Lucky for me I live in a city absolutely bursting with amazing cafés, but it's incredibly hard to find one that makes a decent matcha latte.  Neo Coffee Bar makes a mean matcha latte and the best part is that they're located in my area of Old Town Toronto - score! If you're ever in the area, make sure to give them a try.


Pandora Stacking and Statement Rings

While I've never been one to wear a ton of accessories, I've been gravitating towards rings lately - probably since I've been trying to grow out my nails. Pandora recently has stepped up their game in the ring department, and their stackable rings are absolutely beautiful. The quality is hard to beat, and the silver rings come at an incredible price point. My Pandora rings are a gift from Brian (thanks Brian!) but I definitely plan to add a few more to add to my stacking set.

That's it for December - what an incredible month! Stay tuned for my New Years post but until then, have an absolutely wonderful New Years Eve!

xo Joëlle
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  1. Yay to our pretty blogger brunch! Also loving your shiny new rings - your man did good!
    xo
    Siffat
    https://icingandglitter.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Siffat - I'm pretty impressed with his gifting skills this year! Looking forward to many more brunches in the new year xoxo

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  2. Those matcha lattes look amazing! So much better than my sad attempts at home haha\

    Kris | Love. Loft. Life.

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    1. No way Kris - your at-home matchas are my inspiration to start making them as well!!

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  3. Awesome post... I love me some Colette

    Filipa x

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    1. Me too Filipa - Colette brunch date in the new year??

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  4. More brunch in 2016 please! Love this roundup. I am now craving a matcha latte.

    xx Gabriella
    pastelsandpastries.com

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    1. Definitely more brunches in the new year! We should also grab matchas at NEO the next time you're in the area, you will absolutely love the café!

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  5. Yumm...totally craving Collette! I actually only went for the first time a couple of months ago and as soon as I stepped in, I knew it would be a favourite. Happy New Year!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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    1. It's so true Jackie - the place is an absolute dream. And the food - delicious! We'll have to have a Colette date soon! xo

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  6. Oh wow, those pandora statement rings are simply beautiful! Add it on my wish list!

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    1. So glad that you like them Malia - I love them too! I'm so impressed with Brian's gifting skills :)

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  7. That brunch looks delicious, I love going for food and having girl time. Those Pandora stacking rings are really pretty too!

    Samio
    www.samio.co.uk

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    1. The brunch is amazing! I'm with you Samia, there's nothing like a good brunch and some girl time to make everything right in the world xo

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