Christmas at the Ritz Paris

"When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz," - Ernest Hemingway

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Astier de Villatte

I've always been attracted to the beauty of imperfection, which is probably the reason why I fell in love with a 115-year-old, crooked, little blue house. (If I place a marble in one corner it immediately begins to roll and will smack the other side before I can say "I love this house!")

With its crooked white picket fence, creaky antique floors, cracked moulding and original wooden windows – complete with old brass cranks – the house is a dream come true. When I first saw it, I blurted out "It's perfect!" to my husband. That was over ten years ago, and I am still in love with our house. All while it remains perfectly non-perfect.

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Francis Ford Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita Takes the Cake!

Francis Ford Coppola's Palazzo Margherita takes the cake… especially when you get to spend three nights staying in the great man's own bedroom! (But with my great man not THE great man – just to be clear!)

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A Hotel is the Most Important Part of a Trip!

When I started traveling, a hotel was just a place to sleep. It didn't matter where I stayed because it wasn't like I was going to spend the day there anyway. Sounds logical, right? Well, this miserable method only led me to unpleasant establishments. The "I can't wait to return to your hotel!" feeling was never, ever present. Was it worth the savings? No. In the end, you actually do spend a lot more time in your hotel room than you think. You will most likely spend just as much of your 24-hour day in your hotel room than you will out of it.

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My Stay in a 16th-century Venetian Palazzo

Ever since launching my website, I've had a ton of fun visiting world-renowned hotels. The experiences over the years have been extraordinary – in fact, so much so that it has been a challenge for me to put these precious moments into words. My recent visit to Aman Venice will prove to be one of those times… but I will give it a go!

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Taking Care of my Skin!

My mother grew up with few material possessions. She doesn't seem to need or want much in order to maintain the natural happiness she radiates. She is simply content. I suppose this is why my childhood memory of her Lancôme, her only indulgence, is so ingrained.

Her Lancômewas off-limits! "Ne touché pas!" she would say, but in German because she's not French. Ha. Kidding aside, I will never forget taking notice of how my mother cherished her precious face cream.

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Pretty Sightings in Newport

I had the fortune of spending last weekend in glorious Newport, Rhode Island with my dear friend Bettie. She has introduced me to a world of such beauty! 

I think these pictures will say it all.  

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April in Paris: Part Two

If the lottery would be gracious enough as to offer me an enormous amount of money, my new existence would pretty much be me moving into here! (Ahhh!)

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April in Paris: Part One

Since spring refuses to arrive in Toronto, I have no choice but to hang on to those warm and sunny April days I spent in Paris. Eight days of perfection in every way possible. It was simply glorious, from morning to night!

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LEBON Giveaway!

Win my favourite LEBON toothpaste!

In five days I will embark for Paris to enjoy a full week of wandering the cobblestone streets, strolling through parks, people-watching from one of those tiny round tables at a sweet little café, browsing antique markets, discovering new hotels, sipping a little (okay, lot of) wine… and to begin working on my plan to create enticing trips for others who want to enjoy the same delightful experiences in Paris as I do – stay tuned!

For now, I can offer a taste of my Paris experience through a giveaway! 

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