Learn to Live.Learn to Love

Lifestyle/Personal, Restaurant Reviews, Toronto Adventures

All you really need to do to get to know someone is to let go of all your preconceived notions of them, let go of the stories you’ve heard or told about them, and forget all of your expectations for that person. Only then can you appreciate who they are. Only then will you let them surprise you.


The more time I spend with my fiancĂ© the more I learn about him, the more I find myself falling in love all over again. The more we do together, the stronger our relationship becomes. Who knew he was so handy? Not me, until we had to take apart my bed and bring my entire room into the basement. Who knew he had such good fashion sense? Not me, until he encouraged me to wear a pair of fancy floral pants that I had purchased a YEAR AGO and was unsure if I could pull it off. Who knew how good he was with kids? Not me, until I saw the way he acts with my our niece.

IMG_0484We had a mini-staycation in Toronto from Sunday to Monday of this week. Although he’s not a huge fan of traffic or a bustling busy city, he knows that Toronto ignites inspiration into my bones so every so often he takes me downtown. We explored Yorkville and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day and the surprisingly quiet city.

In the afternoon we stumbled into the Andy Warhol exhibit on Bloor. Colour popped off of the walls, reminding me how bright and beautiful the world can be. Although small, the exhibit is powerful, filled with life and passion. As I took a photo with Monroe I wondered what my stamp on this world would be. Much like art, words have an immense amount of power; are mine powerful enough to stick? To evoke change? To be remembered?IMG_0477 IMG_0478 IMG_0480

People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly — Andy Warhol

For dinner we headed to ONE Restaurant, where my brother-in-law just happens to be the Executive Sous Chef. With a pitcher of pimms and a great spot on the shady patio, Alex and I enjoyed one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Each dish had such different flavours and were cooked to perfection. My taste buds didn’t know what to do with themselves but I’m sure they were happy.

IMG_0502 IMG_0503 IMG_0504Overall it was another successful trip to the city! My taste buds, heart, mind, and creativity drove home nourished and ready to tackle the short (for me) work-week AND get to work on my extracurriculars. You must make time for what you love, am I right?

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo