Holy amazingness, we found the best dessert in Vancouver! Okay, to be fair, a Belgian friend of mine introduced Nero to me a few weeks back;) After our ridiculously delicious dinner of waffles, I knew it had to be our next eat sip shop stop! Kendra, Britt, and I stopped by after work last week to indulge in some waffle goodness and well, we were in heaven:)


The waffles are made to order which means fresh + warm! You can choose your waffle batter: Brussels (light + crispy) or Liege (soft + sweet + chewy) – Kendra had the Liege with fresh strawberries + whipped cream while Britt and I shared the recommended Dame Blanche, Brussels style. It wasn’t too sweet, just the right amount. YUM!!


Definitely put this treat on your list of musts in Vancouver. It’s like a little piece of Europe placed on Robson street – friendly staff + heavenly waffles + cosy, intimate ambiance. a new favourite + lucky for me, conveniently located 5 minutes from my apt;)  Smakelijk!


Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
1703 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C8





Hey, hey – Happy Thursday!!! This week Kendra + I visited the most dreamy flower shop, Olla Urban Flower Project. The space was overflowing with beautiful blooms + plants. So much in fact I had to bring one home with me. Megan, the sweetest owner, found a lovely vase to house my new plant and now I’m fighting the urge to head back and buy heaps more! Head on over to Kendra’s blog to check out the full post!



hi guys! hope you’re soaking up all the sun + good times summer brings about. i sure am;)  here are a few snippets of the happy times as of lately… according to the iPhone;)

+ andy visiting from Germany!

+ Germany and the USA advancing!

+ flammkuchen-making with a handful of good friends. yuuum!! Have you ever had it before? It’s one of my favourites!

+ Exploring Vancouver with my bud. Being a tourist in your own city is always fun;)

+ Canada day treats + fireworks!

+ This is probably the ONLY time you’ll ever see me in a cowboy hat, hah. I’m not much of cowgirl, but I sure enjoyed stampedin’ it up on the 4th of July with my lady, Britt.

+ Road trip back to Vancouver from Calgary. I’ll admit, that was the real treat for me! I’ve been a few times and the Canadian Rockies still continue to amaze me! Everyone should make the drive at least once..! We stopped at Lake Louise for a short hike and treated ourselves to tea + biscuits with our little friends..

+ Deutschland wins the cup. Sunday was a gooooood day!

Oh ya! And lastly, National Geographic will be featuring a photo of mine in their Spring 2015 “Abroad at Home” book! happy dance x 34884636489.

More soon!!







eaaa this is a big week – my best friend is moving to Canada!! The two of us have been discussing how to recreate my space to reflect both of our styles which has been a bit overwhelming! I was excited when PlaidFox, an online retailer of furniture + home decor based in Vancouver, reached out to me – perfect timing, eh? PlaidFox makes the daunting task of figuring out your style easy + fun with a style test. Once you receive your result, you can shop the look!

I tend to think of myself as a mix + match kind of lady – there’s not one particular aesthetic I’m drawn to (see above). When I got “French country” as my primary style on the test I was a little thrown off as ruffles + frills just aren’t my thing. However, I am definitely one to appreciate the timeless, casual, charming, & rustic feel that comes with that style. I tend to skip the trends. Natural materials, linens, soft colours – ahh, love it all. The secondary style, “mid-century modern” seems a little more fitting, in my opinion.

Their shop offers beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces without the insane retail price tags! It’s also an awesome resource for inspiration + ideas. I’ve quickly built up quite the wishlist.. sigh.

Here are a few pieces that I would love to add to our abode:)


They’re officially launching their site this week – go check it out! And let me know what you get on your style test!!



01. Amarillite Ceiling Lamp | 02. Gunner Writing Desk | 03. Sonora | 04. Gladsaxe Arm Chair

Images via: my pinterest







Hope you guys had an awesome first weekend of summer! On friday we celebrated our lovely lady Essie – She’s off to NYC to start a new chapter with her sweet guy. It was such a bittersweet night. I couldn’t be more excited for her new adventure but am sad to see such a good friend go. She was the first girlfriend I made here in Vancouver – we bonded over being the only people we know with a ketchup phobia, hah;)  Cheers to new beginnings + another reason to visit NYC ;) Good luck, love!!




Fair trade coffee beans + cacao from around the world to make chocolate locally right from the bean by the women of Rainier Hotel, a women’s supportive housing project should be reason enough to stop what you’re doing + head to East Van Roasters! Kendra + I met up during our lunch break for this week’s stop to indulge in their tasty treats + rich, but not bitter coffee. mmm..


You can take their whole beans + chocolate bars away to share the deliciousness with your favourites:) Though I recommend hangin’ in their beautiful, naturally lit cafe complete with exposed brick, donated grand fir pews for seating, and a window to check out the chocolate-making process.


If you’re around Vancouver definitely make a stop! The women are sweet + ready to answer any you questions you may have about chocolate:)



East Van Roasters
319 Carrall St.
Vancouver, BC



Last week I headed home for a quick trip to visit my grandma as she’s been ill. I was lucky enough to tie it into work + meet with some of our Chicago clients. Whew. Easily one of the most emotionally exhausting trips I’ve ever taken. It’s strange as you get older, the annoyances of siblings + home slowly turn into the imperfections you absolutely adore about them and somehow miss even while you’re there – have you experienced that?

My grandma + I were only able share an hour in the garden with her being so weak, but gosh do i feel so thankful for those moments. This woman has been and still is a constant inspiration in everything I do. “ang, the world is a harsh place, but don’t give up on love – keep on loving everything + everyone, it will never steer you in the wrong direction” grams, you’re right:) don’t you agree!?

I also finally met the two new additions to my family, my baby niece + nephew. My family keeps growing + i’m not complaining!  Oh my, i wanted to eat them up. so cute.

some of my favourite moments included..

+ beachin’ + beers with my girls
+ early morning conversations over coffee with mom
+ adventures with the nieces + nephew which always include too much candy + ice cream + their wild imagination+ sleepovers  – can i just pack them up + bring them back to canada, please!?
+ dad’s cooking
+ all the hugs
+ bbq + dinner catch ups with family + friends
+ kissin’ + lovin’ on the baby twins
+ reminiscing with grandma about grandpa because that makes her the happiest
+ baseball games
+ runs with lexi, even if she ends up wasting me every. single. time.

Though the visit was short, it was filled with an abundance of love:)

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