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Afternoon Tea at The Plaza Hotel New York

A few weeks back Joseph and I took James on his very first trip to New York in celebration of our 3rd wedding anniversary. We catered as much of our itinerary to our toddler as we possibly could: trips to Central Park Zoo, ice cream lunches at Bryant Park, Lego Store, pastas and pizzas at Eataly … [Read More...]

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Afternoon Tea at Annvita Tea Room Toronto

Well, this is a first. The place that I'm about to share in this post is actually "permanently closed," at least according to Google. So if you came for a review of Annvita Tea Room in Toronto then look no further because after … [Read More...]

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Afternoon Tea at Holts Café, Holt Renfrew (Yorkdale Mall) Toronto

And we're back! During our short hiatus we focused on family and work, took a week-long trip to Vegas, and (of course) squeezed in a few new afternoon tea places to share. While some were a pleasant experience, others lacked … [Read More...]

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Afternoon Tea at Mandarin Oriental New York

Happy month of May to everyone! With Mother's Day just around the corner (that's Sun May 14 btw), I'll be sharing our afternoon tea posts on Instagram (@dreamsofvelvet) over the next few weeks, because whose mama doesn't love tea? Not sure where to go? You can also check out our collection … [Read More...]

High Tea at Sorelle and Co. Toronto

Helloooooo Spring! Ahh, who am I kidding... Old Man Winter is still lingering on and on and it's already the end of March! It's certainly cold these days but at least it's bye bye snow for now and hopefully (soon) I can take Baby James out to the park in nicer weather. Just a few weeks ago … [Read More...]

[Product Review] Woolino Merino Wool Toddler Blanket

Happy 18 months to our Baby James! He's officially a year and a half old, although I've pretty much been saying that ever since he turned 14 months. Our social butterfly is a ball of fun, with an energy level unsurpassed in our household. If only I could bottle up some of that for … [Read More...]

[Product Review] Munchkin STEP™ Diaper Pail

It never ceases to amaze me just how much baby poop stinks. Oh, if you don't think it smells now wait until baby starts eating meat (ohhhh boy)! Ever since James was born I've been using a diaper pail in the nursery, and for the first year we used a sleek and modern all-stainless steel … [Read More...]

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

Happy holidays, IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! We’re teaming up with our friends at Woolino where one lucky winner will receive a Woolino 4 Seasons Sleep Bag (winner’s choice of colour and size). This is Baby James’ go-to item for a good night’s rest. GOOD LUCK! 🎉 TO ENTER: 🔸Like … [Read More...]

Afternoon Tea at Windsor Arms Hotel Toronto

These last few weeks have been really hectic at work, but I'm finally getting some much needed time off. A staycation, anyone? YES PLEASE. Toronto has such much to offer and I rarely get the chance to explore my own city, so I'm looking forward to some major shopping and dining with Baby … [Read More...]

[Product Review] Woolino Merino Wool 4 Season Sleep Bag

Winter is near and that means getting my little one ready for the cold Canadian weather. That’s the thing about parenthood – you’re always worried about your baby being too hot or too cold, particularly when asleep. Thankfully with Woolino’s Merino Wool 4 Season Sleep Bag Baby James is … [Read More...]

Afternoon Tea at Butter Avenue Toronto

A few weeks ago, in celebration of a wonderful friend's birthday, we surprised her with some much anticipated afternoon tea at Butter Avenue. Butter Avenue is a patisserie and cafe in Toronto renown for their delicate French pastries, particularly their gourmet macarons. Recently they … [Read More...]