I may take photos of absolutely everything I eat, but please don’t let the illusion of Instagram or my desire to keep my aesthetic strong because I am not a fan of cooking. Of course, I love to eat and, yes, there are moments when I’m in the kitchen thinking I’m the next Mario Batalli, sautéing and what have you. Most of the time, however, what goes on behind-the-scenes is a frustrated, hangry me, desperate to eat, too tired to cook, and eyeing that jar of peanut butter like I’m a thirsty camel and it’s my desert oasis.
One of my resolutions for the new year – rather, a plan, since labelling anything as a resolution typically has a negative end – is to simplify my living space through excessive decluttering and through rearranging furniture and other pieces to bring about a more cohesive and relaxing environment.
When I hit Toronto soil approximately this time last year, I made a promise to myself that not only would this be the time that I succeeded, but that I would do whatever it takes to reach my goals. Much like Rocky, I would make this city my ultimate triumph. To do this, I decided that it would take a certain amount of sacrifice on my part. For the most part, Toronto isn’t a cheap city to live in. To do so would mean I’d be giving up a lot of regular pleasures I’d grown accustomed to, but it would all be worth it.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the time to share some of the amazing things to happen to me in the last year. It’s true – humanity faced some incredible challenges in 2016 and, at times, it seemed like we were up against insurmountable odds. But, we’re nothing if not resilient and I’m a firm believer that if you want positivity to reign supreme throughout the world, then it’s your duty to first look inward and find the best parts of yourself. If we can’t see the light around us, how can we ever expect to see it anywhere else?
1. If the millennial in your life is anything like yours truly, they’re averaging at least 3 homemade cups of coffee a day (on top of the 2 lattes they get from Starbucks). With that being said, a cute set of mugs is a necessity in any millennial’s kitchen cabinet. The thing I love most about mugs? No one expects them to match. These Kate Spade New York Pretty Pantry Stacking Mugs from Indigo are perfect for confined spaces, with each mug offering a certain amount of uniqueness in colour and their sayings: “All in good taste,” Eat cake for breakfast,” “Out to lunch,” and “Adding the sauce.”
2. No matter what a millennial is doing in their apartment, you can bet at least a couple of selfies will happen. Equip them with the latest and greatest from Polaroid. The Zip Instant Photoprinter allows them to instantly print 2×3″ photos from their mobile phone or tablet in less than 60 seconds using Bluetooth or NFC technology. Oh, and the best part? No ink involved. The printer uses ZINK Magic!
3. Hydration is key. At least, that’s what my mom has always told me. A busy millennial is typically juggling a thousand different tasks at any given times without leaving enough time for the most basic necessities, like water. With a S’Well White Marble Water Bottle from Indigo, the millennial in your life is going to be as hydrated as possible because with a bottle this chic, they’re never going to put it away.
4. Rose, red, white – it doesn’t really matter. A simple set of wine glasses adds a touch of sophistication without completely breaking the bank. These Kate Spade New York Larabee Dot Stemless Wine Glasses from Indigo are perfectly quaint, while still adding a certain amount of flare to any social situatuon.
5. Cooking or take-out? Cooking… or take-out? It’s the eternal struggle almost every millennial faces when they live on their own. You want the savings that come from cooking your own food, but you can’t deny the satisfaction and superior taste that you get from take-out. How about a compromise? Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen, available at Indigo, is the perfect kitchen companion for the food fanatic who wants to cook simply and eat deliciously.
6. Remember those adorable mugs from the number 1 spot? Your millennial is going to need something to put in them. Coffee, coffee, coffee. A Keurig (I have the K200 Plus Series) combines effortless brewing with the satisfaction of a variety of flavours from some of the most popular brands – like Starbucks. Forget about brewing an entire pot of coffee every morning. When you have 10 minutes to get ready in the morning and catch the subway, all you want is a quick cup – usually to go.
7. Laying on the couch or propped up in bed binge-watching The Mindy Project – we all want something soft and warm to cuddle. Don’t we? You won’t find much better than this Faux Fur Pillow Cover from Indigo. It measures 18″x18″. Don’t compromise comfort for style. You cam have both and it’s so easy.