HIGH 5 FOR FRIDAY // 01.04.13

holiday recap

I KNOW – whoa, right? I went a little overboard with High Five For Friday today but I assure you I have my reasons: 1. Because I missed last week due to Christmas craziness and there was so much awesomeness to not include it. 2. Because it’s the holidays aka the best time of year to break all the rules (do you know how much chocolate I ate?) so why not have 11 things rather than 5.

So in this very special edition you’re getting two weeks worth of highfive worthy stuff plus a mini recap of my trip home to Toronto last week. WOOT!


1. Did I mention I was home for the holidays? Certainly no greater feeling than being surrounded by family and friends at this time of year. It was also our first Christmas in my parents new place so that was kind of (weird but) awesome too.

2. I love giving presents so one of my major highlights would have to be watching my family open all their gifts!

3. Classic Imbrogno Christmas morning breakfast (but hold the whip and add eggs this year). Delicious.

4. Getting to see these two little munchkins (my cousins) they are growing up so fast!

5. Seeing the musical, Warhorse, downtown Toronto with the whole family – cousins and grandma included. The puppets are actually amazing – it’s wild.

6. Wedding and Bridesmaid dress shopping with Vee.

7. Quality cousin/nonna time – learning the tricks of the trade cooking Zeppole! (sidenote: looking back at my Instagram feed, I feel as though my Italian-ness was at an all time high over these 10 days).

8. Playing Italian cards with my nonno (see what I mean by the Italian-ness?). The best part is that contrary to grandfather code he never lets me win! But it keeps me coming back for more… grrr… *shakes fist*

9. A trip into Toronto and my old hood to have brunch with two of my really great friends! (Although Maddy was greatly missed!).

10/11. Counting down to the new year (and spending many other incredible, ridiculous slightly intoxicated nights) with these people – aka my high school friends, who yes, I am still friends with and love to death.

How were you holidays ya’ll?



My 2012 trend List

AS I WAS reminiscing on everything that happened over the last year I started thinking more and more about 2012 trends (hello, leather sleeves and spiky jewelry!). I kind of realized that even though there are the obvious trends that are set by peeps like cool hunters and fashion houses, I have a tendency to create these ‘personal sub-trends’ when I find myself particularly obsessed with something. Wether it’s a commitment to a style (preppy chic), a hair-do (bangs!) or even just a saying I catch myself repeating over and over – I had a lot of fun looking back at the year and picking out the things that I just could. not. get. enough of. Here’s a list of things that were trending in my life in 2012:


• Full fringe
• Truffled anything
• Thai green coconut curry
• My black maxi dress paired with a scarf
• Versus Training studio in Vancouver
• Nike Plus App, Bloglovin’ App, Starbucks App
• Americanos
• Running
• Coconut oil everything
• Gomae
• Black and Gold colour palettes
• Silk sleeveless tops
• Taylor Swift’s RED album
• The phrases “Bestlife” “That’s incredible” “So Rad”
• The Newsroom, Revenge and Parenthood

I must add that I spent a lot of 2012 swooning over a Vitamix and though I never actually got to use one this year, I have some christmas money that might put Vitamix at the top of next years list. What things were trending in your life in 2012?



new years

With 2013 fast approaching (we’re just 2 days, 1 sparkly dress and a countdown away) resolutions are the talk of the town. While the promise of a new year brings a “blank slate” I can’t help but want to look back to 2012 to remember all the stuff that, well, rocked. Sure there were a few goals unmet, things I said I’d do and didn’t – but all in all 2012 was a damn good year and I’m just not ready to move onwards (and upwards) without paying tribute to all that went down first.

My 2012 highlight reel (in somewhat chronological order)

Visiting Arizona for my birthday with my parents (which included a B-Day dinner at True Food Kitchen – my absolute favourite place on earth).

• A surprise birthday brunch hosted by Tiff with amazing pancakes and amazing people.

• Discovering Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Society – total life game changer. OH MY GOD.

• When heather came to live with us for the summer! (those 5 months basically need a highlight reel of their own)

• An epic work-related road trip to San Francisco, Tahoe, Bend, Portland and Seattle.

• Running the Vancouver Sun Run 10k

• Speaking at the Ambassador Summit in Whistler

• Playing on a soccer team with friends from work (and winning the championships!)

• When my family came to visit!

• Meat, cheese and bread picnic under the fireworks with Tiff and Heath.

• Learning to play both beach volleyball and softball this summer.

• #Bearminimum camping trip to Tofino – aka the scariest/best thing I ever did.

• Spending the day with Heather in Deep Cove and hiking Quarry Rock.

• Running an effing half marathon!

• Hitting up every night of Celebration of Light in the summer.

• When Vanessa and the Amodeos came to visit me (and spending some QT in Tofino with them too).

• My cousin’s wedding.

• When Mark came to visit me (I really love having visitors. Can you tell?).

• Being able to fly home to Toronto for all the major holidays.

• The first of my friends got engaged this year – whoa!

• Missy Higgins Concert. ‘Nuff said.

• Supporting a few different causes like Toast To The Coast and Imagine1Day

• Starting this blog! WOOHOO!

• a day full of inspiration at TEDxVancouver

• When Bev came to visit (I’m a lucky girl with all these visitors!)

Puerto Vallarta – 7 days of sun-kissed bliss.

• Getting offered a new job/new challenge for the new year.

• Helping said engaged friend go dress shopping #crazy

• Being home for the holidays :) ‘cause that’s always nice!

Can’t wait to see all that 2013 brings – I’ll consider myself pretty lucky if it’s anything like last year.