The Dream Team's August Favourites!
I think every time I have to write my blurb for the monthly favs post, I will say “Holy Cow, how is it already (month)?!” But for real, how is it September?
It felt like the longest and the shortest Summer EVER.
In all honestly, Fall is my favourite season, so the second my Birthday hits in August I start wearing sweaters and pretending its cool out- bring it on!
I think this has already been one of my monthly favs, or it was on my Summer reading list but it is taking forever for me to get through books these days and I’m still working my way through this one. I have never read anything like it. Glennon is so painfully raw and honest, my heart breaks for her, feels joy for her, feels so unbelievably proud of her. It's just incredible. Maybe this favourite is more about Glennon than her book this time around. The book in itself is life-changing (yes, life-changing), but Glennon is a force. I have started following her on Instagram and I LOVE her morning videos, her honest posts and her dry sense of humour. Trust me, if you haven’t followed her or read her book, go do it and your welcome.
I stumbled upon thins night cream completely by accident and have completely fallen in love with its rich texture and smooth finish (not sticky!). In all honesty, I was trying to decide between two skincare products and ultimately chose YTTP because of its glass and recycled packaging. The other popular skincare brand has big promises to switch all of their products to glass, but it's still in the works... which means the majority of their products are still ending up in landfills. I encourage you to check out YTTP and its pledge to sustainability.
I received a few of these a year or two ago and I love them as an alternative to beeswax wraps! The fruit flies are EVERYWHERE right now and they work perfectly to keep them out of fresh tomatoes from the garden and the bowl of cut strawberries I currently have in front of me. Also easily flipped over a bowl of salad or side dishes when eating outside!
Cycling and spin classes have always been a personal fav of mine. It's a great way to burn off steam, get moving and keep active. I started using the Peloton app a couple of years ago and it's not just for cycling, but running, core, weightlifting, yoga and meditation. For about $15 a month, it's a full personal trainer at your fingertips. I love the instructors and its easy to find ones that mesh with your personality. With the upcoming school year and crazy times ahead, I am really trying to get into a great routine of moving my body at least 5 days a week- this app gives me the tools to do so!
We’re already in September, it feels like summer has flown by. I am sad to see the warm weather go but excited to start pulling out my fall layers and focus on staying inspired and slow in this upcoming season. Here are my end of summer faves:
Last year was the first time I had discovered Raveena’s music and I’ve been hooked ever since. Raveena is an Indian, American, experimental, R&B singer who creates slow and calm music. Raveena’s debut album, Lucid, is peppered with voice overlays, ethereal and soulful melodies and lyrics based on her childhood, growing up, and self-acceptance. Raveena opens up the conversation about being queer and a woman of colour by telling her story through her music, videos and online presence. If you liked Mac Miller’s, album, Circles and Charlotte Day Wilson’s album, Stone Woman, you will definitely like this calm and enchanting album. If you would like to check out Raveena, click here, to find her album on Youtube, click here.
I’ve been watching a lot more YouTube lately but have found it hard to find short films that have a story behind them. I recently came across Nowness on my feed and was instantly drawn to their diverse storytelling and curated videos that showcase international short films about Arts, Culture, Fashion, Beauty and Music. There are so many videos on their YouTube channel to stay inspired and calm; this is exactly what I have been looking for and the videos are short but informative, allowing you to learn about so many different cultures, experiences and traditions happening around the world. Although we cannot travel currently, Nowness’ feed is a great way to learn about other cultures while staying safe at home. They have up to 10 languages available in subtitles which makes it more accessible for people to watch and understand. To get inspired, check out their YouTube here, to learn more about Nowness and where it came from, click here.
My mum and I recently started watching and quickly finished World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, hosted by Bear Grylls. This is by the same creators as Survivor, which we are both big fans of but with the most recent season wrapping up, we were happy that we found another adventure show that we could binge-watch. World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, exclusively premiered on Amazon Prime and focuses on 66 international teams who venture through Fiji to compete in a 671 KM endurance trek by foot, bike and through water and to top it off, they have to make it across the finish line within 11 days! This show is more than a competition, it introduces you to a diverse group of teams that each have their own story to tell. What I love about the Eco-Challenge is that it shows you how important Team Work is and allows you to see the honest and unfiltered version of what supporting each other can look like through the good, the bad and the ugly. With the current pandemic and extraordinary things that are happening within the world, it is comforting to find a group of competitors that inspire you to face your fears and perceive forward. You can stream The World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge here and check out their site for more info!
I have been following Petra Collins for a couple of years but this year I received her book, “Coming of Age,” which is filled with her dreamy photography and personal essays that talk about her coming of age story from being a resident photographer at Rookie magazine and learning from her Mentors, to becoming a professional photographer. Collins is a Toronto raised photographer who has now directed many short films while her photography continues to be featured in Vogue, Elle and Wonderland Magazine. Collins’ work focuses on fighting against the male-dominated art world by creating more conversations about femininity and the female gaze through dreamy landscapes within her portrait photography. If you would like to learn more about Petra Collins, click here, to see more of her photography, click here.
I absolutely love Levi's! The brand as a whole is super conscious of their ecological footprint and is making the necessary changes to reduce waste and provide denim lovers with sustainable options. I have owed a couple of different styles in the past but I love my jeans to be high-waisted and even their highest rise wasn't high enough...until now! They now carry the ribcage collection which hits exactly where high-waisted jeans should. This particular wash is so beautiful and perfect for every season. I can wait to pair these with a cute pair of booties and my BLANK NYC Snake Print Coat!
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was one of many books on my summer reading list and all I can say is, this book is incredible! I am currently just over halfway through and kind of never want it to end. You will lose your self in this book. It lifts you out of reality and into what feels like a hazy, lucid dream.
I typically read just before bed and decided to purchase a reading light to not disturb my boyfriend while he's sleeping. I came across this particular light on Amazon and love it! Unlike most reading lights, this uses an amber light rather than a blue light and won't disrupt melatonin production. It also comes equipped with three light settings and a rechargeable battery. Plus, the packaging is made from recycled material and is made in Canada!
I've been using this serum for just over 2 months and, although expensive, it works! My skin texture has already improved and I wake up with a glowing complexion. I use about one pump after washing and toning and follow up with moisturizer and sunscreen the next morning.
As an ex-sailor, maps played an integral part in my day to day life. I was overjoyed when my brother and sister-in-law sent us a hand-illustrated hiking map of the world! It was the perfect gift for our anniversary. Awesome Maps has a wide range of maps for every kind of wanderlust-stricken soul out there. They have Surf maps, dive maps, even golfing maps, they have it all. Each Map is meticulously researched and hand-illustrated. The result is a beautiful and informative high-quality print for your home, workplace, van, or backpack. This map serves as a daily reminder to never stop exploring!
I love being out in the sun and one will very often find me out and about on a hot summer day, but never without my hat! It’s usually one of my straw Goorin Bros Hats. I stumbled upon this fantastic hat shop one afternoon while walking around the Haight-Ashbury
District of San Francisco. I was hooked the second I walked into that store. I have since then amassed quite a collection over the years. I was sad to see the store in Toronto close in August and when they announced a closing sale I promptly went over and stood in line! Glad to see they’ll still have their hats for sale online. I’m a firm believer that everyone is a hat person, some just haven’t found the right hat yet.
This recent discovery has risen to the top of my summer coolers list. Thank you, Tina, from Buka Maranga, for introducing to this delightful concoction! It’s so simple and refreshing I’ve had it about half a dozen times this month. A quick muddle of some basil, a couple of slices of cucumber and matcha powder. Drop-in some ice and top up with tonic water for refreshing tea-based tonic suitable for any time of the day.
This seasons favourite beer award goes to the Blueberry Wheat from The Merchant Male House. Served with a few fresh blueberries in the Mug, this beer goes down easy on a hot summer afternoon! Even better if it’s after a long morning hike through the Niagara Glen. The Ale House is located in St. Catharines and is the perfect pit stop on the way back to Toronto. I have yet to return from the Niagara region without a case of Blueberry Wheat.