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Say Yes to the (Pink) Dress: 14 Blush Wedding Dresses

2015 has come and gone, but the blush-hued wedding dress has made the cut on runways and designer trends for 2016. Keep Reading!

19 of the Most Creative Cake Toppers for EVERY Couple

Your wedding day is all about you and your fiancé. The ceremony, the dress and suit, festivities, decor, food and entertainment are basically a way to showcase your personalities and celebrate your love, right? Keep Reading!

Splurge or Save: 10 Living Room Essentials for Your New Home

Moving into a new home can be incredibly exciting (hello, housewarming soiree!), but it also comes with its fair share of planning, budgeting and to-do lists. <!–more Keep Reading!–>It’s a good rule of thumb to live in your new space for at least two months before making any major purchases. Once you have a feel for your new digs, the fun part begins: turning your empty house into your home. As much as we love poring over catalogs and browsing for new goods, it can be hard to know when to splurge and when to save on all those dream items. We’re making things easier by sharing 10 must-haveliving room essentials for every buget.

Danish Modern Sofa

1. Sofa: Couch, settee, davenport… whatever you call it, a living room looks a little sparse without it. The gorgeous EJ 315 Sofa ($11,900) hails from the ’70s, but Erik Jørgensen’s design has stood the test of time. A touch of class that yields comfort too, the Danish modern design rests on a wooden frame with soft leather cushions and eye-catching, stitched buttons. To avoid blowing your entire living room budget on your sofa, we’ve found a comparable design in the Alcott Sofa ($1,699). We’re definitely loving the price tag on this beauty.

River Stone - Pebble Coffee Table

2. Coffee Table: You need somewhere to rest your mug when you’re enjoying your morning brew or curled up at night with a glass of wine. The River Stone Cocktail Table ($1,035) is a beautiful place to rest your glass while lending elegant flair and a touch of nature to your living room. If you don’t necessarily want your coffee table taking center stage but like the river stone look, then check out this Pebble Coffee Table ($299) that will totally rock your budget.

Living Room Accent Chair

3. Accent Chair: Let go of that Lazy-Boy you “borrowed” from your parent’s basement and get yourself an accent chair. Extra seating is never a miss, especially when you have a seat that’s as stylish as this Kilim Accent Chair ($999). Resting on mango wood legs, the chair is upholstered with 100% cotton textiles and is sure to spark major interest from visitors. Of course, we’re all about the price tag on the 1938 Bergama Butterfly Chair ($229), not to mention, you can’t go wrong with this graphic twist on a classic.


4. Statement Rug: Pull everything together and create an inviting space by adding an interesting rug. We’re all about the geometric-inspired Buche Wool Flatweave Carpet ($3,000). The price tag reflects the durability and artisanal work that goes into it. If you like the look but would rather splurge elsewhere, the Stockholm ($199) pulls off the same modern and geometric look. (Photo via Apartment Therapy)

Patterned - Pillows- Cushions

5. Cushions: Every couch needs a cushion. This comfy textile adds a happy splash of color and pattern to your space. Colorful and fluffy as a cloud, the duck feather-filled Ink Jungle Cushion ($145) adds comfort and a bit of WOW factor to the settee. Equally bright at a fraction of the cost is the Geometric 3D Cushion ($31), which is illustrated and hand-sewn stateside.

Living Room Throw

6. Throw Blanket: Any truly “lived in” living room will have a soft, comfy throw rolled up in a basket next to the sofa. Textile trendsetters may be swayed toward the Multi-Color Stripe Throw ($550), but the uber-soft Fireworks Alpaca Throw ($115) gets the job done at a quarter of the cost.

Curtains - Drapes

7. Curtains: Window treatments offer a vast array of materials and style, but if you want to keep things sleek and understated, the Zoe Beige Geometric Window Curtains ($278) make an impressive statement. Like the look, but not ready to splurge? The budget-friendly Gray Geometric Curtains ($50) are equally as charming.

Framed Artwork

8. Framed Artwork: It doesn’t have to be a Picasso, but framed artwork is a great way to add a focal point to your living space. We’re loving the individually signed and numbered Botanical Print ($150) gracing the walls. If flora is your thing, then this set of 12 Vintage Orchid Prints ($82) will add visual appeal to a plain living room wall.

9. Table Lamp: Essential for illuminating a room, table lamps also make a big impact on your living room’s overall look. Brighten things up with the vibrant Mini Foo Dog Lamps ($850). These dogs were the sacred guard dogs of Buddhist temples. Protect your home for about half the price with a pair of vibrant Turquoise Foo Dog Lamps ($340).


10. Tchotchkes: All you need is love. The Beatles sang it, Robert Indiana sculpted it and you can have it in your living room with the Miniature LOVE Sculpture ($200). All love is equal, but the price on this awesome3D Printed LOVE Sculpture ($36) may mingle a bit more with your budget.

What are your living room essentials? Share your top picks with us below!

16 Valentine’s Day Nail Art Designs You’ll Heart

Let your nails do the talking this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re happy-go-lucky in love, looking for Cupid’s arrow or feeling single and sassy about a holiday filled with X’s and O’s, we’ve got 16 nail art designs for you to love.<!–more Keep Reading!–> C’mon, venture out from a classic red nail and show your true colors this Valentine’s Day.


1. See You Later Nails: Let your nails do the talking for you with these feisty and extra-festive nails. (via Brit + Co)

Metallic Ombre

2. Metallic Ombre: Feeling sweet, but want a little WOW factor? Pastel ombre in metallics is where you’ll find your sweet spot. (via Pshiiit)


3. Marsala Me Crazy: If you’re crazy in love with Pantone’s deep, dark and luscious Marsala, rock it on your nails for V-Day. (via Jamberry Nails)


4. Geometric Hearts: We are feeling blue in a good way this V-Day. If you are too, modernize the classic heart with this cobalt geometric pattern. (via Fashion Squad)


5. Black on Black: The day reserved for love doesn’t have to be all pink, red and white. Class things up for a night on the town with matte black nails and glossy black hearts. (via Alyce Paris)


6. Show Me the Love: Swipe a coat of light pink blush on your nails and mark ‘em with a little red heart for a minimalist approach to nail art. (viaLauren Conrad)


7. Walk on the Wild Side: Dazzle your digits in pink and black with gold studs and a hint of tribal attitude for a walk on the wild side. (via The Nailphile)


8. Feel My Heart Beat: For reals, are these not the sweetest Valentine’s Day nails ever? Short answer: yes. (via Popsugar)


9. Love Struck: These nails say it all and are sealed with a clever kiss. (viaZen Magazine)


10. Scrabble Love: You can’t place a score on love, but these Scrabble-inspired nails are a perfect 10 in our book. (via One Nail to Rule Them All)


11. Roses Are… Pastel: Sure, roses can be red, but we love ‘em in pastel. Grab your fave pastel polish and a toothpick, and your nails will be coming up roses. (via A Little Blog by Ayaka)


12. All Eyes on You: Fun and sure to grab attention, these googly-eyedhearts are truly eye catching. (via Move Slightly)


13. Foxy Lady: If you’re feeling as fun and frolicky as a fox this Valentine’s Day, show how sly you are with a nail brush. (via Liquid Jelly)


14. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Pay homage to the playful childhood game of chance and show off your nail art skills this V-Day. (viaNailstorming)


15. Conversation Heart: These are a funny spin on the conversation heart, only these nails don’t want to be a part of any matchmaking convo. (via Petite Marine)


16. Heartbeat: If you work in the medical field, painting the rhythmic beat of your heart on your nails is the perfect V-day look. (via Makeup)

Getting a mani for V-Day? Share a pic of your Valentine’s Day-inspired nails in the comments below!

Love Your Art: A Luxe Sushi Bar in North Toronto

Ever so quietly a new sushi restaurant opened in Uptown on Yonge and it’s touted as the best sushi in Toronto. Keep Reading!

Barbecue Pork Polenta Bowls With Pineapple and Guacamole

These BBQ Pork Polenta Bowls with Pineapple and Guacamole popped up in my Instagram feed and totally grabbed my attention! Bright, bold and fresh flavors simply bursting off of my screen, how can one resist!?  Keep Reading

Toronto’s Most Authentic Shui Zhu 水煮肉片 or “Water Boiled Fish”

I’ve found myself on an eternal quest for hunting down the best ethnic eats that Toronto has to offer. I scour Yelp, and head to pockets of Toronto that I never even knew existed, all in the name of finding hidden secrets of tasty success! While on my quest, I find it rightfully just to share some of those secrets  – as a sort of public favor. Keep Reading!

Hotpot at Home Guide | xiaoEats

Toronto food blogger xiaoEats brings us her exclusive guide to preparing a hotpot at home and we couldn’t be more thankful. Armed with a trusty camp stove and Xiao’s helpful list of ingredients you too can be enjoying this fun and warming meal! Keep Reading!

Winterlicious Top Picks According To A Toronto Food Blogger

It’s already here! Reservations opened today for Toronto’s Winterlicious and I’m dishing out my top picks. Keep Reading!

19 Easy Spanish Recipes to Throw the Best Tapas Party Ever

Throwing a party and you’re the chef? What host wants to spend the entire night in the kitchen? With tapas, go ahead; mingle with your guests, toss the stylish apron aside and relax! Keep Reading!

Sour-And-Hot Silken Tofu

Get your spoon ready, ’cause you’ll be slurping this Sichuan, silken tofu mixture like it’s going out of style. I was recently gifted, Fuchsia Dunlop’s cookbook, Every Grain of Rice and I can not recommend it enough. Keep Reading!

Cheers To Toronto’s Signature Cocktail

You’ve heard of the Manhattan…
Enter the Wise Guy, Toronto’s very own signature cocktail. That’s right, the great city of Toronto has upped it’s status in bars and lounges everywhere! Keep Reading! | By Neighbourhood: 15 of The Best Toronto Airbnb Options Under $150 –

Whether you are visiting from out of town or simply need a stay-cation, Toronto has some great Airbnb options all under $150 Keep Reading!

Best Restaurants In Scarborough: 30 Of The Tastiest Places To Eat

Good Morning Toronto!!!

I want to know: Where are your FAVORITE places to EAT in SCARBOROUGH???

While it may take the average downtowner a solid 35-minute public transit ride to get there… I can attest, IT’S WORTH IT and I’m looking for more great eats! Keep Reading!

An Elegant Cold Weather French Dinner Party Menu |

It sure is cold out there, but I’ve got just the meal to warm you up!

“This classic French bistro inspired menu has got plenty of warming melted cheese, cream, zesty lemon, and hearty greens to improve any chilly night.” Keep Reading!