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The weather was beautiful, the city was welcoming, and my tour guide was friendly.

I liked the Distillery District a lot. The whole place seemed to be set up as one big photo op! That’s Jennifer from Rambling Renovators in blue, one half of BlogPodium (the reason for my trip).

Lovely Life List item: check! Cross the Canadian border, eh. (Actually, I checked off two items, but I’ll talk about the keynote speech in a separate post.)

Thanks for having me, Toronto.

p.s. I tried poutine. It was good!

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  • Marianne
    May 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    How did I miss that you were making a trek up here?! Glad you enjoyed your visit. The city looks better through your lens than through my eyes… :)

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    May 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    It was so great to have you here Nicole. It’s nice to see my city though your eyes. Thanks for the shout out :)

  • Allison
    May 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I can’t believe poutine isn’t a thing elsewhere! It’s the best thing ever in all it’s fatty glory! They also have a butter chicken variety and a Greek kind… Oh my it’s good. I hope you enjoyed it up here!

  • Melanie
    May 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Isn’t Toronto beautiful? Glad you enjoyed it:)

  • Rita
    May 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Ah, Toronto…I’m glad to see it through your visit because when I was there last Summer for a conference, I was in such a weird mood I didn’t really appreciate it (though I was incredibly/childishly amazed by black squirrels!). Thanks for sharing!

    • Lily
      June 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Next time you should try and catcha glimpse of a white squirrel. A bit more elusive, but sitting out on a bench or on the grass at Trinity Bellwoods park, you will eventually see one… Or maybe it is a local thing.

  • Kathy
    May 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I love the lucite clear bead necklace you are wearing with white skirt. Where did you purchase the necklace?

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      It’s Kate Spade. I picked it up for $25 or so when they had one of their big clearance sales.

  • georgia
    May 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    You look happy and beautiful :)

  • BAJo
    May 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I simply love this city of wonderful and unique neighbourhoods :) You’ll have to visit Montreal next!

  • Sara @ Zahara Dessert
    May 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Looks like you had a ball. Toronto looks amazing – such great pictures. Also great that you go to tick things off your Life List, always a good feeling.

  • stephanie
    May 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I was there last weekend too and i also loved the distillery district! but i have to say, you’ve never actually had poutine until you come here to Montreal. we are the ones who invented it after all! ;)

  • Eye See Pretty
    May 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    It was so lovely to meet you at BlogPodium. I really enjoyed your keynote at the event and chatting with you after!


  • Tiffany
    May 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    It’s a dream of mine to go to the Distillery District, it’s lovely that you shared pictures! Travelling is one of the best things in life, you can learn so much from even the shortest trip.

  • CatfromMontreal
    May 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I have doubts about Toronto poutines since it’s from Quebec! And the best of the best has to be from “Chez Ashton” only in Quebec city. Absolutely nothing chic about the place but they’re worth the 3-hr trip Montreal-Quebec. Délicieux mes amis!

  • Holly
    May 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    It was great hearing you speak! Glad you had such a wonderful trip up North! ;) Your photos are lovely!

  • Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees
    May 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I love Toronto!! And as a Canadian currently living in the U.S. I miss my Poutine!! It is soooo very good. Glad you enjoyed. My sister lives in Toronto so about once a year I go to get my fix.
    Isn’t the ROM entrance stunning?!

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    May 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I sooo enjoyed meeting you and listening to you speak! Hope you enjoyed your visit. Hope I didn’t talk your ear off – I can be SUCH a chatty Cathy. It was truly wonderful hanging out with you both evenings and hope the poutine was tolerable!

  • MaDonna
    May 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What pretty pictures! I’m jealous you got to try poutine – one thing I haven’t had a chance to try yet! Someday…

  • Decor by Christine Interior Decorating & Design
    May 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Hi Nicole,
    So sad that I missed meeting you at Blogpodium this time around but I injured my knee at Blogfest in NYC last week and wasn’t able to attend. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Toronto.
    All the best,

  • Shannon @ Polish and Sugar
    May 30, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Yay! I’m from Toronto, and I love seeing an outsider’s perspective on the city. Glad to hear you had a good time!

  • Erica
    May 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I love your striped dress. Do you mind sharing where it is from?

    • Making it Lovely
      May 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      It was from Talbot’s, last year.

      • Erica
        May 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm


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  • Lindsey
    May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Glad you enjoyed our city, and we loved having you at Blogpodium. You provided really great information. Based on the comments from others I spoke to that day, we were all equally in awe of your knowledge and insights and felt very lucky that you were able to be there.

    Thanks again!

  • Jill Seidner | Interior Design
    May 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Amazing city! Beautiful pics! Would love to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jacklyn (Ohbygolly)
    May 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Oh wow, Toronto is beautiful! Maybe one day I’ll see it for myself.

  • kate
    May 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Ah…I love Toronto!

  • Jordana @ White Cabana
    May 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    You’ve captured some great architectural features of Toronto in your photos Nicole. You presented an informative keynote – accompanied by a beautifully designed slide presentation – and it was great to talk to you if only for a few brief moments. Do let us Canadians know when you’ll be back in town!

  • megs@thisweekendlife
    June 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Isn’t the Crystal addition to the ROM so neat? We just took the kiddies there the other (rainy) day, and enjoyed an amazing lunch in the C5 restaurant at the top of that amazing structure. What a neat place to watch a rain storm.

  • fai
    June 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I’m glad you enjoy Toronto. I miss Toronto so much!

  • Jenn
    June 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Cheese curds or grated?

  • TieDye64
    June 10, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Gorgeous photos!