My Genesis Experience

Current status: thoroughly missing my 2017 Genesis G90.

For a few weeks in October, I was lucky enough to call one my own. I drove it everywhere from film sets in the city to Northern Ontario to explore the fall colours, and it was truly a more enjoyable a ride than I anticipated.

I’m not usually one for flash, but after just one day in my Genesis, it was hard to argue the worth of investing in a luxury vehicle.

It had everything you’d expect—heated seats, a sunroof, great sound system, comfortable and spacious seating—along with a whole other world of upgrades I wasn’t anticipating: corrective steering assistance (yes, you can go hands-free around a bend to grab something in the back seat), a live multi-view camera, a super-intuitive and non-distracting interface, insignia puddle lamps which projected onto the ground like a Batman symbol, sun screen visors, and ambient lighting (which I appreciated big time).

I Got Central Vac—And It’s Amazing

Pals, I think I’ve officially hit peak adulting: I got central vac installed in my home.

Call me Suzy Homemaker,—or don’t—but regardless of nicknames (Suzy Homemaker not among mine, for clarity sake), there’s something very rewarding and deliberate about having a home outfitted with a BEAM Alliance central vacuum system.

In all honesty, it wasn’t something I thought about in the first few years of home-ownership. My priority was replacing the roof and windows, then renovating spaces that irked me, and then decking the place out in furniture and decor I loved.

But jump-cut to getting a dog—one with black, white and brown fur, mind you—and suddenly a good vacuum became a huge priority.

I love Piper, but holy cow-dog does she shed a ton! Add in the fact that my entryway opens into my living space so I’m battling mud in the spring, grass in the summer, leaves in the fall and salt in the winter. Compound this with a massive real wool rug which sheds (and will continue to for another year or so), and I knew it was time for an upgrade.

While it worked great, I found my old vacuum kicked back a ton of hot air, and emptying it was a pain. I also found that my variety of rug fluff always caught around the turbine, so I’d spend a good 15 minutes each session with it upside down, cutting and pulling out strings. Bit this BEAM beauty comes with a carpet cleaning head which has a built-in razor (see that little blue-outlined button?) that cuts any strings that jam the brush roll with the press of a toe.

Elsewhere, the regular vacuum head works just peachy on my wood floors. But better yet, it’s super lightweight, so it’s not a chore to lug it out for a quick clean-up. And it’s half as quiet as other vacuums. Piper normally barks to high heavens when I vacuum, but she isn’t bothered by this one at all.

Overall, I’m really happy with my BEAM system and if you’ve been toying with it, it’s well worth it (and the installation was fast and painless)! After renovating my entire house, it’s the cherry on top of a happy home for my and Piper. 🙂

x, S

Big thanks to BEAM and their team of amazing installers for making this possible. You guys rock.

[Notes From Bali No. 4]: Bend Like Bamboo

During my time in Bali, I was introduced to the Japanese proverb: “The Bamboo that bends is stronger than the Oak that resists.”

While it may seem counterintuitive, rigidity offers the perfect environment for fracture. Whereas adaptability accommodates life’s ebbs and flows.

Stiffening and avoiding hardship isn’t a show of strength. Just as admitting that life is suffering isn’t succumbing to sadness.

But there was a time in my life when I rejected this fact—call it an act of defiance, a stance of misplaced positivity, a false belief that control equalled strength.

But I’m truly the happiest I’ve ever been. Now—as someone who surrenders to this truth.

So if you needed the reminder: stand tall in the stillness, but make room for give in the storm.

x, S

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I’m Becoming a Yoga Teacher [+ a Playlist]

Yoga has been a big part of my life for the last 15 years.

It’s seen me through tough times, beautiful moments and mundane months. It’s been both a life saver and a passive practice, but through it all, it’s been a constant source of peace for me. And it’s finally time I take it to the next level.

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Links + Likes: BLACK FRIDAY DEALS + New Jamie Oliver, Yoga Gear, David Carson, Nikes + More

This LOLË yoga mat is only $26 — regularly $39. Sweeeeeet.

Can’t go wrong with brand new $85 Nikes.

Lately I’ve sharing my cooking on Instagram stories (and you guys are so nice letting me know how much you love them)! A lot of my recipes are inspired by Jamie Oliver and his new show and cookbook, ‘5 Ingredients, Quick and Easy Food’. Wishlist for sure.

If someone bought me this $99 pink wool coat (or better yet, this this rose jacket when it’s back in stock), I wouldn’t complain.

I really enjoyed this TED Talk by David Carson on design.

Not positive, but pretty sure I need this neon banana sign.



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