RESTAURANT REVIEW: GUSTO 101

Over the past few months, we’ve been hearing so many great reviews about Gusto 101 that opened this past spring in Toronto. We are happy to say these reviews did not disappoint. True to its name (gusto means tasty in Italian), the food tasted authentically Italian with a city twist.

We began with the kale salad and arancimi (rice balls) – They were just as yummy as we hoped. It felt like we were brought back to Sicily!

The Kale salad literally burst with flavours; who would’ve ever thought that the simple mixture of lemon and parsley could be so marvellous for our taste buds.

Our favourite part of Gusto 101?  HOME MADE WINE!  Guess the price? 1 dollar per ounce and it tasted close enough to a Chateau du Campuget!

We aren’t sure how a restaurant can manage to be both homey and chic at the same time, but somehow Gusto 101 makes it happen.

See for your own and threat yourself to a night out x

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http://gusto101.squarespace.com

MUSIC HEALS THE SOUL: THE LANDFILL HARMONIC

Over this past weekend, I was shown a short teaser for an upcoming full length documentary that was truly inspiring. The Landfill Harmonic is a documentary featuring the amazing story of an orchestra, made up of young musicians who play recycled instruments. The orchestra is the product of a small village community in Paraguay coming together, and creating music in the most unusual of circumstances. The result is absolutely incredible, and really struck a chord with us. Music has always been a big part of our lives, and it is beautiful to see that it is not limited by place or circumstance.

We wanted to share the teaser with you, and hopefully you will be as inspired as we are. xx

Click here to visit their website.

12 DAYS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS: STOCKING STUFFER #3

We are absolutely dying for this next stocking stuffer. Lana Del Rey’s CD, titled ‘Born to Die’ is our go-to for any social event or mood. It is a sexy, sultry throwback to old Hollywood, combined with a rough, unexpected edge that makes it irresistible. We absolutely adore Lana and all she stands for. This gift is a no-brainer.

DAY 3  – Lana Del Rey CD [ $10.00 ]

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Meet Arie Assaraf: The Brains Behind TNT

If you haven’t heard of Arie Assaraf, chances are you’ve at least heard of TNT – the fabulous boutique-style chain of stores in Montreal & Toronto. If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit – you need to go. Like now. Seriously, stop reading and head over NOW!

Arie Assaraf: TNT

TNT is a fashionista’s dream come true. Each TNT space is unique, filled with hundreds of edgy brands that range from avant garde to easy-to-wear basics. Whether you shop here for a fabulous selection of Comme des Garçons or the latest Alice & Olivia statement piece, TNT is a fashion utopia.

Arie Assaraf is the mind behind the TNT empire, and he began over two decades ago with one store in toronto, simply trying to ‘create a story‘. He describes TNT as a closet. And what a dream closet it is! The best part is, Arie Assaraf is loyal to his Canadian roots and is a huge supporter of Canadian talent. We can’t help but love him!

Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) will be hosting an event with Arie Assaraf this Thursday, December 13 at 5:30pm. This is your opportunity to meet one of our favourite Toronto retailers and maybe even get some fantastic business advice. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Hope to see you there! xx

Guide to Writing Holiday Cards

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It’s that time of year again – it is time to mail out those holiday cards. And yes, its true – we haven’t sent out ours yet either. Writing holiday cards can be difficult, and time consuming – so we’ve put together 5 tips to make the whole process easier. We’ve got writing the perfect card down to a science xx 

5 TIPS FOR WRITING THE PERFECT HOLIDAY CARD

  1. Make a list of everyone you are going to send one to before you start writing – this makes sure you won’t forget anyone
  2. If you know the person well, write a personal message
  3. If you are not familiar with the person, keep the holiday greeting generic using phrases such as “Happy Holidays” or ‘Season’s Greetings’
  4. One card per household – this can be tricky when sending cards to friends whose families you know well
  5. Keep your message short and sweetit’s the thought that counts!