January 18, 2019

2018 wrap up

Oh hey there! We're more than half way through January and I am feeling so good about this year. Perhaps even more so than ever I am setting goals, dreams, and trying to collect all of my thoughts and ideas.

I realize more and more every year how much I like to really take my time with these kinds of things, and have accepted that don't always happen within the first few weeks of the year.

2018 was good to me. Looking back, I feel so warm and fuzzy about so many of the moments I had.  I wanted to reflect a bit on a really lovely year. Here are some things below...

Some of the things I completed from the 18 for 2018 list:
// go to trivia night // get a massage // go on a trip to montreal // revamp my blog // go to karaoke // get new glasses // go on a road trip // colour my hair pastel pink // start my own podcast // get my nails done at her majesty's pleasure //  go on a little weekend trip with my mama

Some other great things that happened in 2018:
Gave the blog a little makeover, planned an amazing charity event at work (and raised $50K for SickKids, Went on a girls weekend trip to PEC with my mama, Had some amazing cabin weekends with the fam, Went to Montreal for the weekend with the hubs, Celebrated two years of wedded bliss, Planned a surprise pizza party for Pete's birthday, Cheered on England in the World Cup, Had a few Buffalo shopping trips with my besties, Got to speak at a few really cool events, Had one of my favourite birthdays ever, LAUNCHED MY OWN PODCAST, Saw (and died for) Florence + The Machine, Had so many of the most special, meaningful moments with Pete, family, friends, colleagues, and so many new great people too.

A few of my favourite blog posts from the year:

Next up, 2019 goalsssss!

January 9, 2019

new year, new me! (lol, jk!)

Happy New Year, Beautiful!

2019 is here and it feels like the whole world is happy about it! I won't lie, 2018 was really good to me. Like every year, it came with ups and downs, but when I look back all that happened I feel really warm + fuzzy inside.

Christmas was just magical (as always) and I am lucky enough to get a lot of time off around Christmas and new years at work! This year Pete and I decided to go back to California again during this time (since we just love it there so much!) and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

Our trip was a dream, truly. If you follow me on Instagram then you know it was filled with sunshine, colours, laughs, sparkles, shopping, happy hour, delicious food, and exploring! I will do a California post or two in the coming weeks too.

I'm also planning on doing a 2018 wrap up blog post, because seflishly it's something I really like to do to reflect on the past year. It's also something I've done for a while and it's sort of become a tradition for me on this blog.

With all that is going on in my life, I am not ready to give this blog up just yet. Sure, the posts come in waves or don't come at all, but I've accepted that. I've also realized that as long as it's still something I love to do and look forward to doing then it's all worth it!

I am feeling so inspired and refreshed after one of my favourite trips ever! I'm looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow (omg, seriously though I love my job and can't wait to see everyone) and this weekend I plan to set some goals, choose my word(s) of the year and do some content planning! Hope everyone had a magical holiday season! HAPPY NEW YEAR BB!

December 10, 2018

the gift guide for a cozy holiday

Hey beautiful! I'm still here, I promise ♥

It has been a crazy, yet so wonderful couple weeks and I am just watching a breath! Currently curled up by the Christmas tree with my boo, watching Christmas SNL and enjoying a quiet night since those tend to be few and far between around this season.

I planned a huge friends and family event at work last week and then Pete + I hosted our annual Christmas party on Saturday (so fun!) Yesterday was perfect. We went out for a coffee, and got our gifts for each other for this year (we bought moccasins! perf) and then spent the day snuggled up watching Christmas movies, writing out cards and having a picnic charcuterie. *Magic*

As I was curating a Secret Santa gift for my work's SS exchange, it got me thinking of a few ideas of a gift guide! Simple little things for a cozy holiday/winter season!

1 // murphy + jo candle - I keep seeing these amazing candles all over the city. Not only do they look pretty, but they smell incredible too. Oh, and they're from Toronto AND they make a donation from every candle to Save Our Scruff.

2 // field notes - When in doubt, a nice notebook is always a good idea. People love gearing up and getting inspired for a new year, and what better than a blank slate? Picked up some up for a gift from Phillistine here in our hood.

3 // palo santo - Literally my favourite scent in the entire world. Palo Santo reminds me of all things good (especially Cali, which we're heading back to in a few weeks!) You can get some nice PS from a local shop in Toronto called Crown Flora

4 // a cozy blanket - Can't go wrong with a nice throw or blanket. We have so many but I love them all for different reasons. I love the palette on these simple ones from West Elm.

5 // the little book of lykke - You know how much I love The Little Book Of Hygge, well Lykke is just as magical and I loved it so much! I got to meet with author Meik this year and it made me adore him even more.

6 // kitten + the bear jam - Oooh baby, K+B had a really cute booth yesterday at the blush+bloom holiday market. I picked up a delicious (and beautiful) jam and a pack of scone mix. Such a cute idea as a little gift! Love!

Oh, and I am doing pretty good on my Christmas To-Do List! I'll post an update soon! xo

November 25, 2018

happy one month until christmas!

Oh, hiiii! Happy One Month Until Christmas!!!

Time is flying by and I am so ready to dive right into the holiday season (shocking, I know) This always takes me a while to come up with but I love sharing my Christmas to-do's every year! Some of these things I've already done actually since I am all about being on top of things and organized (even more so than normal this year!)

Ready for it? It's tradition but, here's Jules' Christmas To-Do List:
  • get festive specials from swiss chalet
  • watch all my favourite christmas movies
  • go visit grandpa in the hospital and bring him christmas spirit
  • go see the christmas windows at the bay
  • make the ultimate christmas playlist (+ share it with y'all)
  • record a christmas episode of my podcast
  • bake some delicious cookies + sweets
  • watch christmas vacation + a bunch more movies with the fam
  • order chinese food on christmas eve with the family
  • get custom christmas cards + return labels made
  • sing christmas songs/carols as often as possible (lol)
  • go to the toronto santa claus parade
  • host our annual christmas with the whishes party
  • drink eggnog/baileys/mulled wine
  • make the most epic festive charcuterie board
  • spread anonymous love + joy around toronto
  • have ivy + jimmy over for a christmas sleepover
  • shop local at a toronto holiday market
  • go to the christmas themed bar
  • give back to the community in some way during the holiday season
  • diy at least one gift
  • eat candycane icecream (omg, the best)
  • have a christmas wrapping day/night 
  • write out + mail lots of christmas cards
  • go to the toronto christmas market
  • have our annual bestie secret santa gift exchange
  • have a peppermint mocha coffee date
  • do a home tour of our christmas decor on insta stories
  • go to st.lawrence market in december 
  • have a pj hygge chilly day of movies, wrapping, and cozy moments with pete

November 14, 2018

christmas tips from a girl who loves christmas

Oh hello there! All of the sudden we're half way through Novemeber and OMG, what? how? This is bananas. If you've been reading my blog or following me for a while then you know how much I LOVE Christmas (actually, love is an understatement) and since I want everyone to be as stoked as Christmas as me, I thought I'd share some fun posts. This one is about getting ready for Christmas early to ensure maximum happiness and organization throughout the season!

// plan out your holiday schedule: planning is happening in full force in the whish household that's for sure! we chose our christmas party date in like early october (lol) and i've been filling our shared calendar and my planner up day by day and trying to squeeze everything in. two things i never seem to have a dedicated day for - christmas card making + christmas baking day (hopefully changing that this year!)

// get your invites out early: my goal is to always be the first party/celebration on peoples lists! haha. but for real, you need to plan ahead for these types of things since people have such jam packed schedules. lock in those amazing plans people, it's the most wonderful time of the year!

// pay attention to online sales + deals: ok, so i have to admit i tend to get to a point where i ignore literally every email i get with online deals and sales. howeverrrrr, i will say that at this time of year it's time to pay attention to what's on sale where and where all the awesome deals are! that way, if there is a gift you're on the hunt for, you have an idea of the best place to get it. time to open those emails, hit up some promo codes and see where the deals at.

// start shopping early: this year, more than ever before i am all about shopping early. i'd say i'm already about 60% done my shopping and babbby, it feels good. i'll admit that i never quite want to be at the point where i'm 100% done shopping by like end of november or something. because to me, part of the fun is definitely the idea of that last minute hustle and bustle (and trying to spread a little joy and kindness during this time)

// order/purchase your cards now: i placed our order for our christmas cards and labels this week to make sure they arrive by end of november. i tend to go a bit overboard on the number of cards i send out (shocking, i know!) and i scrounge last minute to ensure they are all written out, filled with cute stickers, mailed etc. there are so many cool places that do custom cards like vistaprint, parabo press and minted.

// pick up hostess gifts: i love bringing a little something to our friends or family members who are hosting festive parties, events etc. while i'm out and about or shopping online i keep my eyes peeled for a nice, meaningful yet reasonably priced gift. things i love or have done in the past ; baked goods, homemade baileys, cookbooks, wine, a nice candle or some homemade baked goods!

// make your lists and check them twice: how can one prepare for the season of all seasons without making lists? i live for this sh*t! and i've been listing away prepping for my favourite time of year. list of people to write out cards to, lists of fun things to do at christmas, lists of gifts to buy, lists of crafts to do and so much more!