in the meantime…

ok, so NYC was AMAZING! i want to do a proper post on it, but this week has really been one for the (crazy) books. husband was working out of town (per usual, sigh) and it was up to me to get as many things on our to-do list crossed off before i start work this tuesday. HOLY CRAPOLY. i can’t believe i’m entering the working world (forever) so soon… and have no idea yet how it’s going to start affecting my life.

things i’m excited for: meeting my fellow articling students, getting to figure out the practical world of practicing law, getting to know the people of my firm, wearing suits (and building that style of a wardrobe (let me be vain!) )

things i’m not so excited about:  loosing a lot of freedom – getting to choose how early or how late i wake up, scheduling my day as *i* want to, not having to schedule or feel guilty about vacations (and baking… i feel like after tuesday, time in the kitchen will be reserved for cooking!)

things are slowwwly coming together at the condo, i’m currently painting a dresser and have no idea how people do this without getting paint all over their hands and legs and hair (and maybe i backed into it with my rear end once as well) …

but in happy news, this week i finally managed to get all the pillow covers and pillows i’ve been scouting for to get our bed finalized. and so i leave you with a picture of that, until next time … xo

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cherry blueberry galette

this is what happens when you still haven’t finished your cherries and blueberries from the farmer’s market and you’re leaving on a 4-day trip to NYC tomorrow….

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i love making pies, but sometimes often don’t have the time or energy to make one. for the record, i think the best kind of days are the ones where you have all the time in the world to make a pie (or two) and eat it of course 😉

so when i stumbled upon galette recipes here, here, and here, i decided to find out if it was indeed the answer to my pie-making-woes. The result, such a breeze to make, the perfect dessert for when you want an easy fruit-based dessert. I love pies (husband & i didn’t have a wedding cake, but if we had, i probably would have fought for it to be a bunch of fruit pies!!) so i won’t go so far as to say that it takes the place of a pie. but you came close, galette, pretty darn close! so ima keep you around!

till next week

xo

graduation flowers

on friday, i graduated Law School! woohoo!!

i want to do a proper post on that, but am currently a bit busy studying for a lil’ something called the Solicitor’s exam… taking place tomorrow!! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for the end of studying… for these books and binders and highlighters to be out of my life (and my living room)

so i’ll leave you with this picture of different graduation-flowers I got… and mister husband in the back, de-shelling and deveining shrimp, cooking dinner for lil’ ol’ stressed out moi!

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dosa date

growing up, i used to always wonder if i’d marry an indian (and if so, would he be an indian from my state (kerala) or another state, or north india?) or someone from another ethnicity. i think the very fact that i could ask that question (and be so open to the endless possibilities) shows how wonderfully our world is evolving. growing up as an expat child in an international school, and then moving to multicultural toronto, definitely blurred the racial dividing lines for me.

as life would have it, I got an indian 🙂 his dad is from my state in india, his mom from the neighbouring state. for both my husband and i, our love for our ethnic food, was one of the first few variables that peaked our interest in each other (no joke). and it has reappeared many times in our relationship. whilst on our two week honeymoon in italy, halfway through, in rome, no less, we both looked at each other and said ‘so…wanna find a chinese or japanese restaurant?’ yes, we had reached our limit of days-we-can-live-without-rice. together. no explanation needed.

a very similar thing happened this week. husband had a weekday off, so we slept in. when i finally sat up in bed, i announced that i was really craving some dosa and sambar. without needing to ask, i knew, he understood. for most south indians, the words dosa, sambar, idli, chutney, will bring back intense childhood memories, of weekend-breakfasts, holiday breakfasts, road trips, and comfort. for me, those words hit so strong i instantly am able to smell and taste the food (and yes, maybe i start salivating).

yes indeed, this is one of the perks i get for marrying an indian 🙂

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…and it was heavenly…

holy smokes

it has been almost two months since my last blog post, yoikes! i guess i didn’t realize how moving to a new city, setting up a 715 sq ft condo, and studying for the bar, can keep a girl busy! seriously though, i thought about blogging so many times, especially when i was out searching for furniture or accessories for the home. i love bloggers who showcase these types of ‘hunts’ and to be honest, i find furniture, pillows, carpets, accessories, to all be a form of art! i have learnt so much about toronto’s condo furnishing scene that i didn’t know before… and really, someone should pen it down! cuz errr…i was too lazy/tired while on the hunt, haha!

all this being said, husband will say that our home (thus far) is predominantly a west elm, cb2, and ikea fusion. and well, he wouldn’t be wrong. i’ve felt like such a lucky duck to be able to go around shopping and selecting. real grown up pieces too. when did this adulthood thing happen?

so as a late addition… i’ll showcase some of my favourite pieces in our home thus far:

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our capiz chandelier from west elm

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i’ve decided to learn my share of cocktail and martini recipes. and husband and i love hosting parties – so a bar cart (especially a turquoise one) is a must! from cb2

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it took us one weekend of 20 different stores to finally settle on this baby from urban barn (with a small customization) for our pie in the esplanade sky (this is how i refer to our home, yes. don’t ask.)

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soft headboard? hard headboard? soft? hard? can’t decide! found the morocco headboard at west elm and swooned. the end.

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one of those things husband and i aspire to do is support budding artists (and the arts in general)! right now, things were a little too tight to buy this beautiful painting for $450 (by Jen Ramos). so i got my talented sister to paint a similar one – and it’s a big, beautiful, painting, hanging right above our sectional in our living room! The best part is since I had it commissioned directly from her, we also got to play around with the size – and yep, it’s 60″x48″

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and because i do love Jen Ramos’ work, I also bought these two prints from her etsy shop.

so… that’s just the beginning. right now we are on a mission to finish our bedroom – we set up ikea’s pax closet system which we love! and i’m thinking of setting up a gallery frame above our bed. perhaps something like this.

till next time

xo