As I write this post, the afternoon sun is streaming through my window, and that window is open, allowing a warm, June breeze into my room. Piano jazz is playing softly in the background as I contemplate how lovely this moment truly is.
The last time I discussed my favourites, it was cold and dreary, I was anxious for spring and I looked to my favourites to boost my mood. Well, spring certainly came and with all this lovely sunshine and warmth, my mood is certainly boosted; however, incorporating favourites into my everyday is still a must, even when things are going well.
As I have mentioned before, our favourites are often determined by what pleases our senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. One of my favourite flowers are pink peonies, not only because the colour is so visually pleasing, but because their scent is intoxicating. Another favourite of mine is jazz music, because it brings me joy and a sense of calm when I hear it. While your favourites may diverge from mine, we all have them and arguably, we all need them to live well.
In the third installment of this series, I offer you a glimpse into a few of my current favourites, one to satiate each of the senses:
Maya & Marty – NBC
As a child, I grew up watching Second City Television (SCTV) in Canada, and with a cast featuring heavyweights like John Candy and Martin Short, it was a family favourite.
as long as I have been allowed to stay up past midnight years, I have also been a diehard fan of Saturday Night Live (SNL), so you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Martin Short and Maya Rudolph were teaming up for a variety show.
Aptly titled, Maya and Marty, this live variety show, produced by SNL’s Lorne Michaels, features comedy sketches, musical numbers and celebrity guests galore. The first two episodes were fabulous, featuring guests like Jimmy Fallon, Larry David, Tina Fey and Steve Martin.
To catch more tomfoolery with Maya and Marty, tune in Tuesdays at 10 on NBC.
Come Away With Me – Nora Jones
Lately, I have been listening to an old favourite by Nora Jones – Come Away with Me. Nora’s debut album (2002), received critical and commercial success, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 chart and garnering the artist eight Grammy awards.
Described as a mellow, acoustic pop album with soul, country, blues, jazz and folk overtones, Come Away with Me, is an album that I can listen to from start to finish, which is more than I can say for many artists these days.
This collection holds so many of my favourites, including: Come Away with Me (my wedding song), Nightingale and The Nearness of You, to name a few. If you haven’t heard this album, I highly recommend you do.
Each year, the warm weather brings with it a craving for delicious, iced beverages. One of my current favourites is Martha Stewart’s Rosy Raspberry Spritzer:
“Rose water gives a beguiling floral fragrance to this rosé wine spritzer. Crushed raspberries and a little superfine sugar add the perfect touch of sweetness.”
1/4 cup raspberries
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
3/4 teaspoon rose water
2 cups chilled rosé wine
3 cups chilled seltzer
Lightly crush raspberries with sugar and rose water. Divide among 4 glasses. Stir in wine. Top with seltzer.
With our without wine, this recipe makes for a refreshing and elegant cooler.
For me, incorporating beautiful scents into my everyday is an absolute necessity . Scents are powerful. They can evoke memories (like the fragrance you wore on your wedding day), or emotions (like the calming scent of lavender and vanilla).
In my home, I often have a candle burning (Jo Malone is my favourite); however, lately, I have been itching for a diffuser, something that will leave a lasting scent when the candles are not burning. This past weekend, I found exactly what I was looking for in The Body Shop’s Scented Reed Diffusers.
These minimalist, decorative diffusers, with natural reeds, are a lovely addition to the home. The fragrance oils are infused with Community Trade soya oil, while the natural reeds gently and continuously diffuse a refreshing scent into any space.
While I could have left with all five of the scents, I decided to start with Mandarin/Tangelo and Pomegranate/Raspberry. Mandarin/Tangelo and Pomegranate/Raspberry are both invigorating and refreshing scents, which I have placed in our powder room and in my office respectively. A week in, and the fragrance is still going strong!
Bonus: according to the website, they are currently 40% off their original price!
From the moment I first heard Jennifer (The Daily Connoisseur) speak about presentable sleepwear, I have made it my mission to find and collect items that are exquisitely luxurious and equally comfortable.
Available in blush pink and ivory (I want both), the Lace Trim Lounge Wrap by Ralph Lauren fits the bill. Blended with pima cotton, this lounge piece offers exquisite comfort with beautiful, feminine lacework.
I am so in love with this piece, that the matching camisole and pant set is next on my list!
Wishing you a lovely weekend! If you need me, I’ll be on the patio sipping a Rosy Raspberry Spritzer.