NEW COFFEE SHOP: Phin Coffee Bar

Hello everyone! I was checking out TasteHamOnt’s list of what was open and closed on Family Day and came across a new name in Hamilton. I immediately took to Instagram to lurk and discovered Phin Coffee was having their soft opening weekend and that Monday was only the 2nd day. So the HF (who is a mega coffee geek and got me into vanilla lattes bc he would make them for me at his place) and I headed out to Westdale to check out this new shop.

There’s no signage outside as of yet so it’s easy to miss if you’re driving. They’re in a white brick building next to a crossfit gym and when you enter, it’s immediately cozy and calming.  Continue reading

EATS: Yasu

Hello everyone! One of my foodie dreams recently came true when the HF took me out for omakase at Yasu. Omakase translates to “I’ll leave it up to you” so it’s basically chef’s choice. At Yasu they serve the most amazing sushi with ingredients from all over the world, shipped daily so it’s super fresh. I had first heard about this place through my friend Laura who is half Japanese and lived in Japan for a few years, and when she said she almost cried at how delicious the tuna was, I knew it had to be added on my ultimate must dine list. WARNING: this post is VERY FOOD PICTURE HEAVY so you’ve been warned lol.  Continue reading

Mac Powder Kiss Lipstick in Burning Love

Hello everyone! I recently discovered that Mac is being sold online through Sephora now so I picked up another one of their Powder Kiss lipsticks during the last VIB sale. The first one I bought was Devoted to Chili so I already knew I was in love with the formula and finish. 

As mentioned in my previous review, the Powder Kiss lipsticks glide on super smoothly and while it starts off with almost a satin finish, it definitely dries down to a soft and dry matte. The crazy thing is that unlike the Retro Mattes, these lipsticks are not drying at all. 

Burning Love is a gorgeous berry which almost reminds me of a slightly muted and super matte Rebel. I think I’m set for the colours I wanted from this range, but I hope they come out with more as this formula is exactly what I’m into.

The Mac Powder Kiss lipsticks ($23 CDN) are available now at Mac counters everywhere, online at as well as

2019 Skincare Resolution feat. Physician’s Formula*

Hello everyone and happy new year! I’m not a huge fan of resolutions just because it seems they’re meant to be broken. But alas, whether you call it a goal or a resolution, no matter how small it may seem, changes are important. I’ll be turning 33 in March and my skincare needs are definitely changing. It definitely doesn’t help that I struggle to drink enough water especially when  it’s cold out, but regardless my aim is to keep my skin hydrated and moisturized with a solid nighttime routine/general skincare regimen. Fortunately, I recently attended the Physician’s Formula 2019 launch and was gifted many of their new awesome skincare products. With my new arsenal in tow, I literally have no excuses!

One of their new releases that I am already in love with is The Perfect Matcha 3 in 1 Melting Cleansing Balm. The only cleansing balm I had tried before was the Omorovicza one and while it does work very well, the steep price point is a major deterrent for me. This one from Physician’s Formula (approx. $16.99CDN) is fantastic! I used this to remove a full face of makeup and it felt so soothing on my skin. Texturally it starts warming up very easily with the warmth from your hands and it immediately starts breaking down foundation and all sorts of makeup layers. I wiped it all off with a warm, damp towel and my skin felt clean, soft, and moisturized. Continue reading

OOAK Winter 2018

Hello everyone! The One of a Kind Show and Sale is back at the Enercare Centre for the Winter installment, and if you’re more conscious about shopping local and supporting Canadian made goods, then this is the place to be. I’ve rounded up some new vendors along with my returning favourites for this post – and I’ll be doing my shopping at the Late Night Shopping event on Thursday, Nov 29 (when OOAK stays open until 11pm!) Continue reading

A Tale of 2 Cities: Coffee

Hello everyone! Most people who know me know that although I live in Brampton, the majority of my time is spent either in Toronto or Hamilton. Over the last 2 years, I finally became a little bit of a coffee drinker (in the sense that I now drink vanilla lattes with either almond or oat milk.) I’ve also enjoyed trying out small coffee shops because the HF is all into the indie Canadian coffee roasters and I have some definite favourites.

In Toronto, my favourite coffee shop is Strange Love Coffee (101 Spadina Ave.) Their original location is located near King and Spadina, however they now have 2 other shops (near Summerhill as well as Queen West.) I love their “Lover’s Latte” which is made with tonka bean syrup so flavour wise it’s kind of like vanilla, however I find it slightly more floral/aromatic in a great way. The name is because tonka beans are allegedly an aphrodisiac  LOL. They regularly carry Phil and Seb beans and usually also have a monthly feature roaster and they most beautiful pastries.

My other favourite shop in Toronto is located right in Union Station and is probably the most popular local roaster. Pilot Coffee is a must for me if I ever take the train into Union; their coffee is delicious, their baristas are consistent in making great lattes, and the service is very fast. My usual order is an oat milk vanilla latte (used to get almond milk but now they have Oatly which is delish!)

In Hamilton, my most frequently visited coffee shop is Emerald Coffee Co. Located at 340 Barton Street E (right at Barton and Emerald), this shop just recently partnered with Pilot Coffee however still carries beans from Fernwood Coffee (from BC) as well. They also have a great selection of treats including weekly Donut Monster offerings as well as Eric’s Crafted Butter Tarts. AND as if that wasn’t enough – they sell house designed Hamilton swag and carry awesome retail goods made by local artisans. Main order: almond vanilla latte, however their seasonal Hazelnut Latte has been my main order lately.

Finally, my other go-to in Hamilton is Redchurch Cafe + Gallery. Parking is a bit of a challenge near 68 King Street E which one of the major deterrents for me, however I am always ecstatic when I manage to find a spot. Almond vanilla lattes are consistently great and if you manage to get there when their chocolate chip cookies are cooling, GET (at least) ONE. They have the BEST chocolate chip cookies in Hamilton. They serve and carry beans from De Mello Palheta (another fantastic Toronto roaster) and they also serve actual food (though I have yet to pop in for lunch!)

What are your favourite coffee shops in the 6 or HamOnt? Let me know in the comments! Thanks so much for stopping by!