Month: February 2017

Happiness is… Pancakes. Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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There are only two reasons this girl gets excited for a Tuesday in the year. The first, half-price Tuesday movies, and second, PANCAKE TUESDAY! A.K.A Shrove Tuesday, A.K.A Mardi Gras, A.K.A Fat Tuesday. You get the picture. It’s a day when all the stars align, and we are shamelessly allowed to dig in, dig deep, and pig out, with no ragrats!

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Afternoon Tea at Kitten and the Bear

trade and charm kitten and the bear high tea restaurant review toronto best scone jam teaHello lovelies! Have you ever been to afternoon tea or high tea? It’s quite a big deal across ‘the pond’. In fact, one of our dreams is to go to a good old fashioned High Tea in London town. Until we have the opportunity to visit the UK (hopefully soon!) we satisfy our cravings for big cuppas‘, buttery flaky scones, clotted cream and lashings of jams in Toronto. In fact, by the looks of the number of local bakeries and restaurants that are launching new versions and varieties of scones, Toronto is becoming a mini-London! I’m certainly not complaining!

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Spring is in the Air: One of the Best Walking Routes in the Toronto Core

Hurrah! This past long weekend had us all jumping for  joy as temperatures climbed to 12 degrees in the downtown core. As soon as it’s warm enough to start wearing cute clothes again, Lauren and I get a serious craving for patios and spring-time walks in the city.

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Valentine’s Day Round Up and a New Work Day Lunch Spot!

toronto restaurant review trade and charm xobisous salad lunchspot downtown lunchAfter a very indulgent Valentine’s Day, Jess and I wanted to get back on the right track with a good clean lunch. We went in search of somewhere new in Toronto that would offer a quick healthy lunch on a busy day. We found a hidden treasure – Xo Bisous!

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Galentine’s Day is the New Valentine’s Day

valentines day galentines day flowers roses chocolate dessert holidays girls squad girl gang boss babes friendships friends girlfriends desserts macarons chocolate inspirationHave you ever heard of this day? Unless you are a big Parks and Recreation fan, the answer is probably no. Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s character created that occurs every year on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. On this day, you celebrate the female friendships you have in your life… obviously the best day of the year.

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Easy Peasy Week Night Dinner – Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

toronto recipe dinner easy ideas beef lettuce asian blog trade and charmWeekday dinner planning can be tough. Most days I spend my commute home taking a mental inventory of what ever is left in my fridge and trying to find a yummy, healthy, easy, quick, fresh recipe on pinterest for dinner. It’s a tall order. One of my boyfriend’s favourite meals is Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps inspired by  the awesome Gordon Ramsay. This was one of the first recipes we cooked together! Since then, we’ve adjusted and customized the recipe to make it perfect for us. Now I want to share it with you guys!

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Building Your Perfect Skin Care Routine

Hey Bart! Your epidermis is showing!  (for any Simpsons fans out there…)

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Your Valentine’s Day Guide to Toronto

Valentines Day Toronto Guide Flowers roses giftValentine’s Day is upon us once again! Hurrah! For most ladies (and gents) with a special someone, Valentine’s Day matters. The fact that V-Day matters really isn’t debatable my darlings. For some, February 14th is just another day, but for others, Valentine’s Day is the best day of the year to say “I love you” in a special way.

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How to Celebrate your Birthday in Toronto: BirthNIGHT (Part 2)

We might not be kids anymore, but who says you can’t throw an awesome birthday party as an adult? I’ve always been jealous of summer babies like my sister – the birthday celebration options are endless! I’m a January baby, but I’ve learned to embrace the cold. Yes, winter sucks, and we all hate the cold. But if you’re willing to put some thought behind it, you can throw an amazing birthday party that you’ll remember forever (or not remember at all) despite the winter blues!

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