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October Obsessions

It has been an insane week, but finally there is time to indulge myself and post about October obsessions from around the web!

October Obsessions
October Obsessions
This Hermes watch is one of my favourite "dream" pieces. It's big and masculine, and the soft brown leather makes it feel like the perfect thing to wear with a big camel coat. But above all I love the Hermes website. It's filled with these whimsical illustrations on nearly every page. They just offer a little bit of deserved delight on a fall day.

October Obsessions

October Obsessions
The New York Times Home & Garden section . . . like this bedroom in Berlin and this Stockholm entryway! Speaking of the NYT, there is a fantastic piece written by Thomas Beller that made me smile from ear to ear today. Click here to read "Home is where your stuff is."


October Obsessions
As soon as the air turns crisp I crave Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. I've had one so far this year, trying to keep it reasonable!!

October Obsessions
October Obsessions
October Obsessions
Listening to Heart of Gold on chilly mornings driving to work. Nothing wakes me up and stirs my mind like the opening beats of that song, especially when I'm on my own, free to play it nice and loud.

October Obsessions
Rich shades of yellow and bronzy brown to get me in the autumn mood.


October Obsessions
Edward Hopper's paintings - which were part of a my American Literature specialization in a seminar I took in my final year. I remember using these paintings as a metaphoric consideration for the home as a barrier, used by the protagonist to escape the complexities of the outside world. I've been fascinated by them ever since. She looks longingly towards the outside, yet she curves self-protectively in determined immobility. Morning Sun feels like fall to me though, the slow rising sun that still is fresh and warm once awoken.


October Obsessions
Elsa Peretti Wave Ring from Tiffany. Just simple and beautiful. For some reason I always want to wear more gold in the fall and silver in the winter. How curious.


October Obsessions
Love the exterior of the new Westchester Boutique. Curved windows and slate black paint is looking surprisingly warm and inviting. I love it.


October Obsessions
Dot Flouncette Blouse from J. Crew. Now being added to my holiday wish list . . . early I know.

October Obsessions
Cocoon Concerto coat from J. Crew.

Sundays are Special

Sundays are Special

When I was little Sundays always seemed special. We would wake up to a delicious smell wafting from the kitchen - my mom baking muffins or scones or pancakes. Then there was the inevitable rush to get dressed for church, followed by afternoons avoiding homework, and Gramma coming over for family dinner in the dining room - again something delicious.

These days a little leisure and a lot of coffee on Sunday, before getting down to business, has become the routine.

Sundays, past and present, are just wonderful in my estimation. Hope you're enjoying yours.

Fantasy Photo from Domino Magazine via Brides.com

Coffee Love & Toronto Love

Coffee Love & Toronto Love
Image captured by Virginia McDonald for Toronto Life


Any person, who truly knows me, is aware of the fact that I love coffee. I suppose it should actually be categorized as an enduring love affair. I love the way it smells, tastes, the ritual of making it and drinking it.

Last weekend I had the best Americano at Manic Coffee at 426 College Street (in Toronto, Ontario). It was so great that I had to do a post about it. One of the things that I liked the most, completely aside from the fact that it really was the best Americano I have ever tasted, is that it was the PERFECT spot to come and get some work done, chat quietly with a friend, etc. The decor and the setup allowed for a relaxed and casual experience - you don't feel like you are infringing on someone else's space while sitting down. So often I find I don't want to stay too long in a coffee shop because it is so cramped. Definitely not the case with Manic.

If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by and have something!!

Coffee Love & Toronto Love
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