A New Year: Best of PPMeow

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Happy New Year friends!

Hope you rung in 2016 with love in your heart and a smile on your face. 🙂

I’ve been a social butterfly all December long, and for NYE I spent it cozy with my bae Netflix – for a quite me, myself and Irene evening.

❤ ❤ ❤  It. Was. Glorious. ❤ ❤ ❤

As for resolutions … this basically sums it up for me:

1930797_10153818096882905_3037596641247621160_nI started this fashion & lifestyle blog as a fun outlet to share the things I liked.  Over the past two years, the blog’s focus has moved more and more into an “online journal of the life and times of moi” – showcasing What I DID and What I Wore! 

Having just celebrated the blog’s 2nd anniversary (yay!) … there are a number of things I want to start introducing into blog content in 2016, I will definitely continue with many more of WID and WIW type-posts in the upcoming year. 😉

There have been some fun, new, winterized outfits in the first 10-days of January, and if you’re following my Instagram channel you’ve caught a glimpse of them.

But for now, let’s take a look back to my favourite looks on the blog from the LAST YEAR!

  1. Poodle Skirt Perfection – You know how much I love the retro 1950’s look?  I had the perfect opportunity to finally wear it … to the opening of Bean and Baker Malt Shop this summer.

2. Sea-side Sun Dress – This was a cheap buy from Old Navy and worn many times from spring through summer.  Special thanks to Rebecca Northcott Photography for the photoshoot.

3. Picnic Parasol – This green checked dress was custom-made for moi in Vietnam when I visited in March.  It was the perfect outfit for the annual Toronto Vintage Society Picnic.

4. Florals & Stripes – Mixing patterns more bravely was something I did a lot of this past year.  THIS was one of my favourite combos from Spring.

top 8 of 20155. Hibiscus Wrap Pants – Travelling was a major focus for me last year…and these fab wrap pants were a fashion find in my exploration of Asia – KL, Malaysia to be exact.

6. Peek-a-boo Pencil Pin-up – Found this curve hugging pin-up frock for $15 at one of Tatyana’s super-duper sale events.  It was perfect for the White Kitschmas themed TVS Holiday Celebration.

7. FATkini – In the 30-something year’s of my life, 2015 was the year I embraced my bod, buddha belly, thick thighs and all, and wore a bikini bathing suit!!!  It was the “most liked” photo on my Instagram and even the lovely GabiFresh commented on it!!!

8. Hello, Yellow – Ah, yes…this yellow skirt ❤  Another custom creation from my travels to Asia – Hoi An, Vietnam.  It’s been styled many different ways all last year…and even helped me create a Snow White Lindy Hop Halloween look.  Love. This. Skirt.

There you have it!  My Favourite Looks from the past year.  Which is your favourite?  Tell me in the comments section. 🙂

And stay tuned for new blog content all year long!

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Bean and Baker Malt Shop

The wait it over friends.

TOMORROW –  Tuesday June 2nd – Toronto’s Bean and Baker Malt Shop OFFICIALLY open their doors for business!!

Owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson, a husband and wife team, invite you into their mom n’ pop style establishment for an experience that is nostalgic as it is charming.

Team Bean and Baker decided to move the Grand Opening to early June, when the massive demand during their soft opening week SOLD OUT of their entire supply of ice cream without making it through an entire business day. 🙂

Clearly, a good sign of things to come … Torontonians know what they want.  And they want what Bean and Baker Malt Shop’s got!

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Me with the delightful owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson, of Bean and Baker Malt Shop and the lovely leggy Liz, of The Vintage Inn Blog.

I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive blogger sneak-peek event last week, along with friend and fellow blogger Liz, from The Vintage Inn.

So here’s the inside scoop on what you can expect from this lovely little gem-of-a-spot in a great neighbourhood of Toronto.

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How thrilled was I to finally have a reason to wear my pink felt poodle skirt?! Yippee!!!

The 16­-seat establishment is charming and decorated in a retro 1950’s style.  Customers can sit inside or grab­-and­-go.

Also, there are rumours that a few picnic benches may pop-up over the summer too. 😉

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It features an open­-concept kitchen and Soda Jerks behind the counter complete with a bow­tie and a smile, as they provide good, honest food and drinks with top-notch quality ingredients.

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The smiling Soda Jerks and open-style kitchen

Being a blogger definitely has its perks 😉

We were offered a sampling of all the amazing treats which included savouries like Wisey’s mini mince beef & cheese pies, veggie savoury pie and the veggie quiche.

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Then came sweets! ❤

There was the warm cherry pie pocket, dark chocolate eclair, and the old school PB&J pie.

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And last, but certainly not least, the Hello Dolly Square – O.M.G. so good!

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The menu also features premium coffee, ice cream, floats and milkshakes.

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Ice Cream Sundaes made anyway you like and with any kind of Ed’s Ice Cream.

It was this evening that I discovered the Burnt Marshmallow flavour.  And let me tell ya folks, it is life changing! I have no idea how I’ve gotten through 30+ years of living without knowledge of this ice cream flavour …

Viva la Burnt Marshmallow! Mmmmmmmmm!

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Is it just me, or is anybody wondering what the heck ‘malt’ actually is?

Well…according to wiseGeek:

The term malt comes from the malted milk that made the shops famous. Brothers James and William Horlick invented malted milk in the 1880s. The concoction is a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk that is dried to a powder form. It was originally invented for use with infants and invalids to be an easy source of nutrition, something akin to powdered baby formulaor milk. The taste found popularity in soda shops, and even greater popularity when mixed with ice cream.

Here they are – Malt Shakes made with whatever ice cream your little heart desires!  These were in mini form for the blogger event – yours will come in the traditional size 😉

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One of the coolest things about Bean and Baker is their handmade sodas made by authentic Soda Jerks, with flavours ranging from Root ‘n Cola, Gramp’s Ginger, Real Orange, and Hibiscus.

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Ever wonder what those long swirly spoons were for?    Watch the video below and wonder no more friends 🙂

Thank you to everyone at Bean and Baker for making this event so delicious and so much fun!

If you’d like to read the Bean and Baker Malt Shop official news release and The Vintage Inn’s review, click here.

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Mmmmmmm…..House-crafted Soda….delicious!

 “10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2015” This retro malt shop is slated to open this spring at 326 Harbord St., the address formerly occupied by the Bickford Flexitarian (and before that Linuxcaffe). The shop to be stocked with old school soda fountains, ice cream, baked goods and confections. – Blogto.com

What a cool, fun addition to the TO vintage landscape!!!   You got to get to there!!! 😀

Bean and Baker Malt Shop is located at: 326 Harbord St, in Toronto

Hours of operation are T​uesday – Saturday: 11 am ­ 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am ­ 7 pm, Monday ­ Closed.

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Photo credit: Liz of The Vintage Inn

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