Monday, May 3, 2010

Spring has Sprung

Hello lovely readers! It's been good ol' spring time here in Toronto with fabulous weather over the last week and a hot spell today. It's been raining in the nighttime so all the flowers look extra beautiful in the morning. My favourite is my gigantic cherry blossom tree in my backyard. It is so pink and lovely and the fragrance the flowers give is intoxicating.



The lilacs in our garden are also in bloom, although the plant is young right now so it will not flower too much until a couple more years from now. I cannot wait until the roses start to bloom, although they come out in June.


We all know that spring marks the season of new beginnings, and what better way to start off these beginnings with new shoes? Over the weekend I checked out a BCBG sample sale and got two new pairs of heels. These gray ones are my favourite and they are quite comfortable.


The black ones, although not the most aesthetically pleasing off the foot, they look wonderful on. They are also comfortable (well, as comfortable a pair of heels can get!) and the rubber soles give me the assurance that I will not fall flat on my face and die. I was so temped to pick up at least 4 more pairs of shoes, but thankfully I did not. I'm trying to stay away from malls and sales and any places of blatant consumerism so I can save up for things that are important to me at the moment, like traveling. Also, my lack of steady long-term employment right now seems to be a huge factor in my spending!


However, spring just wouldn't be spring without spring cleaning. And what is cleaning without a vacuum to get rid of all those dirty, pesky dust bunnies? Last week, I picked up the Dyson DC23 Motorhead canister vacuum from Sears and let me tell you: it has changed my life. Seriously. I can't even begin to start raving about this fabulous product. Not only has it made my carpets feel nicer, it was so easy to use, lightweight and just all around spectacular. I read countless reviews for it and decided to take the plunge and at almost $750 with tax it wasn't a cheap buy. But if you're truly looking for the best clean of your life it is worth every penny. Plus, the five year warranty gives me a peace of mind that I didn't have with my previous vacuums (the phantom and a Panasonic canister). I'm going to see how it lasts over the next 5 months and whether it loses any power, but so far I am one happy lady. And yes, I am young, but I do like to vacuum :P


Have any of you ever tried a Dyson? What did you think?

Wishing you all a lovely week!


  1. Those shoes are cute!!!

  2. You are seriously a great photographer! Those flowers are beautiful and those shoes... hot diggity! I want to go to a BCBG shoe sale!! D: I especially love those gray ones. I also like how you placed the shoes for the pics - very innovative!

    And thank you for your kind words. You are really a great blog friend. :] I'm so glad I met you.

    Erin :)

  3. Your new gray shoes are hot. Great sample sale purchases. xo Mish

  4. What pretty flowers! The warmer weather definitely has me in better spirits :) Love your new grey shoes too!

  5. wow awesome boots really cute i love the stuff
    i ilike this post

  6. gray shoes. ah-mazing.

    and i used to work at bed, bath, and beyond. i was a product trainer, so i know more about the dyson vacuum than any human should. they are one of the best you can buy. ;)

  7. You should visit Vancouver one day, there are so many cherry blossom trees here! They are seriously one of my favourite plants :)

  8. Gorgeous flowers! I absolutely love cherry blossoms :)

  9. I've been curious about the Dyson, but it's currently out of my price range. And 1/2 the house has hard wood floors, so my good old Oreck will have to do!

    It looks like you're having a beautiful spring up north! I really miss lilacs...they don't grow as well down here in Texas, but they did when I lived in Wisconsin.

    Both sets of shoes are gorgeous by the way! I'm not sure which is better, but I wouldn't kick either pair out of my closet!

  10. Oh those shoes are gorgeous! I specially like the black pumps because of the rubber sole.

    Yep, spring is already here and we´d better watch out for the pollens too! ;)

  11. I like the black pump. I love all the pictures of beautiful flowers. : )

  12. Love your new shoes and I agree with you, flowers are everywhere. Have a great day! xoxo

  13. Beautiful flowers & gorgeous shoes! :)

  14. i own a dyson and think is totally worth the money! love the spring flower pics x

    High street + Couture =

  15. Cherry blossoms are my favorite too; and honestly...spring is not complete without a few new pairs of shoes - loving both of the ones you bought. Tres cute!

    I've never even heard of Dyson before, let alone tried it out! :)

  16. Ahh, it's cherry blossom time!! :) Just two days ago, the soft pink petals fluttered all about the place. You have captured their beauty so well!!

    I LOVE the first pair of shoes... I will be silly and say that if I had them, I wouldn't worry if I forgot my compact mirror at home.. :D

    That is one expensive cleaner, but I say congratulations to you on your investment!!! Coming from someone who battles with a vacuum cleaner that doesn't suck (well, the dirt...) properly, I really appreciate a good one when I come across it! I will look into Dyson's in the future.. :) Thanks for your suggestion!

    (Also, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog... it's always, *always* nice to have you drop by!)

  17. i love the shoes with the little grippers at the bottoms and you captured those flowers so well!

    have a great day,

  18. Cute shoes and BEAUTIFUL flowers!


  19. That is one hell of a serious vacuum, we have one that is similar but I must admit I am not very fond of the task :P Vacuums not my specialty, but, that I love :)Stunning choices!

    P.S. I think Toronto is one of the most beautiful cities during this season :)

  20. lovely flowers i like this post great heels looks awesome

  21. Love the floral images! And congrats on the awesome shoe buys... they look great and comfy at the same time! My husband still has a Dyson in his old home but I've personally never used it. I have heard great things about it though. Can't say vacuuming is my favorite past time, but I commend you for investing in a household item!

  22. Those flowers are beautiful!

  23. Beautiful photos of your flowers! And both heels are fabulous!

  24. so glad it's almost summer!

    Merci beaucoup for all your wonderful comments and continued support darling, it means the absolute world =]

    Sorry it took so long to reply, I took a week's break from blogging - so good to be back!

    Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
    English Rose x

  25. gorgeous pics, what camera are you using if you don't mind me asking? both shoes are gorgeous

  26. I would LOVE to have a Dyson...Totally dig those heels!

  27. when i saw the flowers i was like, "breathtaking"... then the shoes, "help, can't breath". ;)


  28. Oh, beautiful flower pictures! and I do like the black shoes even off the foot. I think they look very stylish.
    Congrats to your new Dyson! I used one for a while in a rented house and liked it. I guess the new ones are even better now.

  29. I think Dyson vacuums are one of the best of the market! The flowers are beautiful. That is the good thing about rain.

    B* a la Moda

  30. The shoes are heaven... the black ones look amazing with the rubber sole

  31. I adore the cherry blossoms this time of year! And great finds at the sample sale! I especially like the grey ones - they can go with just about anything!

  32. Hay dear blogger!
    How are you? I'm glad that I've visited this blog! He's lovely.

    Please, check mine too & maybe we can follow eachother!
    Love, Cindy.

  33. I always enjoy your photos, these are no exception! Especially since I'm visiting Toronto next week! Very excited :)


  34. Um, cool shoes much?? I haven't tried that but it looks cool!


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