9.26.2016

512. Recent Life | Nordstrom

Toronto at night

This photo below was taken last weekend while walking with my dog around the harbourfront. I was thinking that would most likely be our last walk there for the year (as it's nicest there during the summer when it's warm) and I was right. A week and a half ago we had the hottest few days of the year and now suddenly the weather has plummeted and it seems summer is officially over. Luckily I'm leaving in a few weeks on vacation to somewhere where it's still quite hot. I am both excited and stressed because I still have a lot to sort out before then. Mostly with my renovations..which I'm trying to schedule to have happen while I'm away, which also means I'd have to pack up literally EVERYTHING and move it out during that time. It also just hit me how fast this year has flown by. I know I say this every year..but this year especially! They say as you get older, the years seem to go by faster and faster as each full year becomes a smaller percentage of your whole life so far, so it seems shorter. I'm not the best at explaining but hopefully you understand what I mean lol. Or maybe it just seems this way because I am no longer in school. When I was still a student, it would seem like the school year took forever to end.

Summer Toronto Harbourfront
Hennessy Pomeranian
Daft Punk bearbricks
neon pink nail polish China Glaze
CN Traveller Magazine
Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre

Yesterday I visited the new Nordstrom here in Toronto (Eaton Centre). We have Saks Fifth Avenue which opened at the other end of the mall earlier this year. They are quite similar but I think the shoes, bags and clothing section at Saks is better. Nordstrom seems to have a much larger cosmetics department though. I didn't buy anything as I'll save all my shopping for when I go on vacation ;)

Butter London nail polish
Nordstrom Gucci boutique
The Gucci boutique

Nordstrom shoes
Nordstrom Alexander Wang
Nordstrom Eaton Centre
Nordstrom Toronto
Nordstrom Eaton Centre
Nordstrom Toronto
Nordstrom Toronto
Sugarfina candy

Sugarfina candy!

Sugarfina ice cream comes
Sugarfina piglets
Sugarfina
Sugarfina Robins Egg Caramels

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9.25.2016

My New Website!!

Palacesquared

Hi everyone!

I have mentioned in the past that I was working on a new website and finally here it is: Palacesquared! Go take a look and let me know what you think! By the way - I suggest looking at it on your computer monitor..the mobile version isn't that good.

It is named after Palace Square in St. Petersburg, Russia. When I was 15 I visited Europe for the first time with my dad. Russia was one of the countries we went to and ever since that trip, I really LOVED travelling (and Russia). I had been on several trips prior to that but I was so young I barely remember anything..I think that first Europe trip is as far back as I can remember in semi-vivid details. So I thought that would be a fitting name and I also wanted to make it sort of similar to this blog (with the -ed) at the end. In case you didn't know, this blog is named after the Left Bank of Paris ;)

Palacesquared is focused on luxury travel where I will post my top destinations and experiences from around the world. Mostly it will be a place for me to keep track of all the places I want to visit. I posted my travel bucket list up. Whenever I am able to cross something off, I will document it there as well. You can read more on the About page. I have so many places I want to visit and I just keep adding to the list, the more I work on this website.

So I got my own host/server and created the website on Wordpress. Wordpress is a lot more complicated than Blogger at first, but after some time I got more used to it and it is so much more worth it. I wish this blog was on Wordpress as well but I'm hesitant to switch over (for several reasons).

Some pages of the site are still not ready and I don't have too much content yet (only 20 posts at the moment which actually took me so long to do) but I'm really happy with the way it's going.
I've spent so much time working on it over the past few months. Well, on and off..but I am more focused now. At the moment it's a fun side project for me and I really hope I stick to it. Anyways, please let me know what you think!

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9.21.2016

River Cruising: The Perfect Cruise Experience

Budapest Amadeus Cruises
River cruising is one of the best introductions to cruising. Shorter journeys, ever-changing views, small intimate ships and the opportunity to see several beautiful countries all in one trip. If you are a first time cruiser, there is no better way to fall in love with cruising than on a beautiful river cruise. I have taken traditional/large cruises a few times when I was younger and have always wanted to do it again. River cruising is definitely very appealing to me. I would love to go on one someday (particularly through the Amazon), as they seem to offer more unique experiences than large cruise ships. This post is sponsored by Bolsover Cruise Club, on why a river cruise should be your next vacation!

Shorter duration: River cruises tend to be much shorter than a traditional cruise making them the perfect type of cruise for beginners. If you’re unsure about whether you’ll enjoy the motion of being on a cruise or just whether or not cruising is for you, a river cruise is the perfect type to try.

Visit several countries in a few days: A river cruise gives you the opportunity to visit a few different countries in a short period of time. It also has a very relaxed atmosphere. You get to see all the countries you’d like to visit without having to constantly switch your accommodation.

Aqua Expeditions Amazon

Amazing views: River cruising is a wonderful way to see the world. Sailing through waterways surrounded by stunning landmarks, natural scenery and incredible buildings, you’ll be able to see parts of the world as you’ve never seen before while enjoying their incredible beauty from the comfort of your ship.

Smaller ships: As river cruises have to go under locks and small bridges, they have to be much smaller in size. This is one of the best perks to river cruising; much smaller and more intimate ships. With much less passengers, you can avoid huge crowds, easily meet new people and not have to walk far to go back to your suite.

Casual: Some people avoid cruising as they don’t enjoy attending the formal nights and the strict dining arrangements. With river cruising, the overall vibe is much more laid-back and casual, with open seating at meal times and casual dress at all times.

Amawaterways Vietnam Ha Long Bay

With river cruises to some of the world’s most enchanting cities including Budapest, Amsterdam, Moscow, Prague, Siem Reap, Kolkata, and more...a cruise at Bolsover Cruise Club guarantees you can visit some of the most amazing places in a short space of time. For an exciting way to see the world, book a river cruise!

(Photos: Viking River Cruises, Aqua Expeditions, AmaWaterways)
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