Oats & Ivy for lunch

For lunch last week, the ladies and I went to find the Oats & Ivy bicycle. I’d seen them on the street before and another colleague, Ariel, recommended it. What a great idea!

They serve fresh, healthy food and have a real vegetarian option. You can check out their website HERE for where they are each day as well as the menu.

Cate, Liz & I shared 2 orders of Avocado Salad Rolls (avocado, carrot, cucumber, pea shoots, romaine lettuce, rice paper wrap, sweet chili sauce).

And Judy had the Asian Chicken Slaw (organic chicken, pineapple, carrots, peppers, cabbage, sesame seeds, cilantro, mint, tahini dressing)

From the @OatsAndIvy Instagram

We also each had a black bean brownie, which was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend getting one. Oats &Ivy has cold pressed juices as well and we sampled the Ruby Tuesday and High Five juices.

If you’re in the downtown Toronto core at lunchtime, check out Oats & Ivy for a healthy option. You can also call ahead and have a lunch waiting for you and we’ll do that next time.

Toronto’s Fesitval of Beer

On Sunday Jason and I went to experience the Toronto Festival of Beer. We met up with Kyle & Reneta at Betty’s for a pre-festival Stiegl Radler and then headed West to the CNE grounds.

Jason and I stopped by the media tent first to take some pictures and have our taste of Estrella beer and then we all made our way to the ticket booths. We each got $20/20 tokens and started our sampling tour.

I was in a cidery/light beer mood and tasted all of them that I could find. My two favourites were the Magners Pear Cider and Waterloo Grapefruit Radler.


Magners Pear Cider,

Waterloo Grapefruit Radler

We walked over to the bandshell to hear the last band before Wide Mouth Mason went on. They were called The Julian Taylor Band and funny enough one of the members was a friend of ours, Dave! Such a small world.

Me and Dave from The Julian Taylor Band

Me and Dave from The Julian Taylor Band

Me and Steve-O

Me and Steve-O

Wide Mouth Mason was on next, I’ve never seen them live, but they wrote one of my favourite songs, Companion, and I was hoping to hear it. They didn’t play it but were awesome live. I was really impressed with their sound and man can Shaun Verreault sing!

Wide Mouth Mason

Finally it was time for the man of the hour to take the stage and you could tell that Sunday was full of Matt Good fans. We all crowded around the stage and sang our hearts out. It’s something else to hear him play. Matthew Good is my favourite musician. He has been since the 90′s and when I hear him play live it makes me feel everything. The memories tied to each song are happy, sad and bittersweet and I could listen to him play forever.



During the middle of the set he stopped mid song to make sure a fan was ok, then continued on with the rest of the set. After the last song they had to clear the stage and close the festival due to a big storm. I was ready to leave by that point anyway, so we hopped in a cab, went to Aft for a pint and then home to crash.

We had a blast at the Beer Festival and we will definitely go again next year. Thanks so much for the invite!

Show & Tell: July 11/14

This has been a great week. My sister and I went to the launch of Entreprenuer Barbie & the Young Entrprenuer Bursary Program from Mattell and we spent our evenings walking with Finn, Gideon and Max at the Marina. It’s so nice to be able to walk out there with the puppies and they love it! Finn has caught a bunny and a duck so far this year – he hasn’t hurt them and I think he was just as startled as they were that he managed to get them! This weekend we were supposed to go to a Pool Party and to a cottage but it looks like we’ll be home instead. Oh well.

I hope you have all had an awesome week and here’s a fun little Show & Tell to get you through the afternoon.


A Taste of Savour Stratford

I have to admit that I’ve never been to Stratford. So when Jason and I were invited to the Toronto launch event for A Taste of Savour Stratford, well we couldn’t pass it up. We headed down to The Mill Street Brew Hall in Toronto for a preview of the Perth County Culinary Festival (which is coming up this July 19-20, 2014) and it was a delicious time!

The event (and the festival theme this year) was a showcase of food From Coast to Coast to Coast created by Chef Jason A. Robin of the Mill St Brew Hall using Perth County ingredients.

We also got to meet the chef presenters and Stratford Chefs School grads who are involved in the Savour Stratford Festival.

  • Rich Francis, chef/owner, Aboriginal Culinary Concepts, current Top Chef Canada competitor and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • Carl Heinrich, chef/co-owner, Richmond Station, Top Chef Canada winner and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • Doug McNish, award-winning vegan cookbook author, Eat Raw, Eat Well
  • Jennifer McLagan, chef and award-winning cookbook author, Odd Bits
  • Yva Santini, chef, Pazzo restaurant, Top 30 Under 30 recipient and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • The Wine Sisters, sommeliers presenting unexplored Ontario wines

We had drinks from  Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers. I had their Vodka and Jason tried their Rye & we left the Gin for next time :) You can get them in the LCBO or even better, visit their new distillery & sipping room located on the Niagara Wine Route.

They also make a collection of Bitters and Fruit Spirits, but we didn’t try them.


My drink was a Vodka and Lemonade with fresh strawberries. It was so delicious and I love that Dillon’s are a 100% Canadian distillery.


It was such a beautiful, sunny evening that it was hard to get good pictures with my iPhone.

We sampled the 2012 Cabernet Merlot from Reif Estates Winery and we both really liked it. I’m a red wine kind of girl and this is one that I’m adding to my list for home.

There were also beers from Mill Street Brewery – their Organic, Tankhouse (one of Jason’s favourites) and the Lemon Tea Beer, which is one of my all time favourites.

It was an event full of deliciousness and some good learning, because we also got to try Rosewood Estates Winery’s Mead – a femented honey beverage which is the first and oldest version of alcohol. I had never heard of it before and it was delicious. We met Kristina Roman and she is a 3rd Generation Beekeeper and they use a traditional method of taking care of the bees, which means that they don’t move their homes around, but use a permanent structure/location. Honestly, I asked so many questions and I am looking forward to taking a wine tour on our next trip out Beamsville way. Another great reason why we need to SAVE THE BEES.

It was a great preview and we are looking forward to heading down to Stratford for our first time to enjoy the festival.


The List – Online Clothing Stores

One of my favourite things to do is to online window shop. I’m always looking for new online clothing stores and have had a great list saved in my GoogleBookmarks for years. Recently I’ve shared some of my favorites with friends, so thought I should share it with you all as well.

This list is alphabetical and I’ve added a handy legend. I’ve labelled local/Canadian companies because paying customs on orders adds so much to the cost and can be a shock at the post office.

This will be an ever evolving list and if you have any websites to add or a review you’d like to contribute via guest post, send me a message or comment below and I’ll update the list.


Canada-Flag-icon– Canadian owned
purple-check-icon I’ve purchased from this online shop
Star-icon– Click the star for my  review on carlyanne.com
BOLD– Canadian website version, ships from Canada – no customs fees
Regular– US based or ships from US – expect customs fees
Italics– Ships from or Company based Overseas – expect customs fees and longer delivery times
*Full disclosure – If there is a * beside the store name, this means I signed up for an affiliate link, so if you click on the link and purchase an item I will get a commission from the sale.


    • Ann Taylor - We champion the modern working woman and her love of fashion and offer a unique combination of fashion, work and flattering fit. .
    • BabyGirl Boutique - A gaggle of geeky fashionistas in PDX dedicated to scouring the globe for the hottest, cutest, sassiest retro, rockabilly, and pinup fashions!
    • Betsey Johnson Like red lipstick on the mouth, my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life…drawing attention to her beauty and specialness…her moods and movements her…dreams and fantasies” – Betsey Johnson
    • Bicyclette Boutique Canada-Flag-icon - A clothing boutique and a lifestyle brand that merges downtown, city life with a whimsical twist – street style meets fairy tale – you can also visit them in person at 880 QUEEN ST. W. TORONTO, ON
    • Bluenotes Canada-Flag-icon - Our roots are in denim and we service the casual, yet fashionable lifestyle 
    • BooHoo - From Manchester’s best kept fashion secret combining cutting-edge design with an affordable price tag. Our philosophy is pretty simple: we don’t take fashion or life too seriously.
    • Dress911 Canada-Flag-icon  - A a small team that works to provide Canadians with an amazing selection of uniquely cute and fun fashions at great value.
    • DressLily - An international online fashion clothing and accessory store that focuses on the very latest in affordable fashion styles – most of the same items as Rose Wholesale
    • Dynamite Canada-Flag-icon purple-check-icon – A Montreal based retailer with affordable trends that allow customers to go from the office to a chic night on the town, or a casual weekend, with an urban flar.
    • eve and enoch Canada-Flag-icon- An Edmonton, Alberta based company that makes all of their clothing handmade in the studio, we believe in making clothing that makes you feel great
    • Forever 21 Canada * purple-check-icon -The Canadian site for Forever 21 features the latest trends at affordable prices.
    • Gap Canada - The Canadian site for Gap, an All-American classic style
    • Guess Canada - The Canadian site for Guess by the Marciano brothers, a young, sexy and adventurous style.
    • Hate and Heartbreak Canada-Flag-icon - A a collection of unique and few of a kind clothes and accessories from film and wardrobe sets across Canada, curated by actress Kristin Fairlie. Hate and Heartbreak is about what comes after. Get out there and get it.
    • H&M Canada - The Candian site for H&M, a European retailer that have hottest trends to the best in basics at an affordable price.
    • Jacob Canada-Flag-icon - A Montreal based company with a chic style that is essential and enduring, surprising and inspiring. Style that knows who you are and is not afraid to let you feel fabulous.
    • Lily Boutique* - an online boutique based out of Kentucky with cute dresses and other ladies and juniors clothing
    • Mango - The Canadian site for Barcelona based Mango, fashion for the young, urban woman.
    • Mexx Canada* – The Canadian site for Mexx, a global brand founded and based in Amsterdam that inspires confidence, possibilities and fun.
    • Missguided - A UK based, online store that aims to stay on top of the latest trends in order to provide the best that the fashion world has to offer. 
    • Nasty Gal - An LA based company, founded in 2006 by Sophia Amoruso (author of GirlBoss) Nasty Gal is a global online destination for fashion-forward, free-thinking girls. In just five short years, the shop has grown to become an international style source offering both new and vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories. The name was inspired by the song and album “Nasty Gal.” Betty Davis, the patron saint of badass women, was known for her unapologetically sexy funk music which comprises our vision of femininity—complete with lamé platform thigh-high boots.
    • Onze Shop Canada-Flag-icon - A Montreal based clothing shop featuring feminine, vintage inspired dresses and more.
    • PinUp Girl Clothing - Started in 1999 by Laura Byrnes, this California based clothing company specializes in the highest quality vintage inspired fashion, shoes and accessories for women of every size! Their original designs are cut to flatter your curves and make you look as beautiful as you feel, at prices to fit every budget
    • Rebel Circus - An NYC based company featuring pinup, punk rock, alternative, rockabilly and tattoo clothing. 
    • Ricki’s Canada-Flag-icon - A Canadian clothing store that carries the latest looks for work & weekend, in sizes 0-18, with pants in multiple lengths.  They carry everything from suiting options to great mix and match pieces, jeans, tees, and more.
    • Rose Wholesale purple-check-icon – A Singapore based online clothing retailer that sells the latest designs at wholesale prices - most of the same items as DressLily
    • RW & Co Canada-Flag-icon - A Canadian retailer featuring modern collections designed to inspire confident, individual style from workday to weekend, and with a strong focus on quality and attention to detail
    • RoseGal - A Chinese based retailer, RoseGal was started by a group of friends who all share a deep and abiding passion for stunning clothing and fashion. Specifically, it is the intimate fusion of endless possibilities that vintage and modern apparel has to offer.
    • Simons Canada-Flag-icon - Le Maison Simons has been in business since 1840 and evolved into a specialty fashion retailer in 1952. They are now an online department store featuring fashionwith physical locations in Alberta & Quebec.
    • Urban Outfitters - The Canadian site for Urban Outfitters. They offer an eclectic mix of merchandise. from men’s & women’s apparel and accessories for the educated, urban-minded individual in the 18 to 30 year-old range.
    • Victoria’s Secret purple-check-icon The world’s best bras. The sexiest lingerie. From beauty & sleepwear to fashion & swim.
    • White House, Black Market - They started as a single, tiny neighborhood boutique in Baltimore, Maryland and their passion has always been to make women feel beautiful with clothing that features the honest simplicity of black and white, and the remarkable individuality of the different styles they build from it.
    • YesStyle - The Canadian site for YesStyle, they feature fashion and lifestyle products from Asia.
    • Zara - The Canadian site for the Spanish clothing and accessories retailer featuring chic, trendy and casual clothing.


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