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Fall


Summer has past and Fall is not only in the air but is here. I must admit, I’m not a Huge fan of Fall. If I had to choose between it and Winter, I’d pick Winter. Why?

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Weddings


This past weekend I went to a wedding. It was beautiful. It was at the waterfront of this beautiful hotel. There was a nice breeze that kept us all cool despite the reported scorching degrees. It was so screening. The bride was absolutely beautiful. The service was exceptional and the company was great.

There were flowers of every sort and mature trees scattered throughout the grounds. Because of the wind and the loose fabric of my flowing dress, I looked like a Goddess and felt like one. It looked like I was about to take flight in my chiffon flowing material.

The wedding was small and intimate. Only 30 close friends and family. We sat facing the water as the bride and groom exchanged vows under a gazebo. After the deed was done, we were greeted by the staff for a sip of champaign which went straight to most of our head because we were drinking on an empty stomach. The bubblies will do that to you. But aside from this sudden rush of tingles, I took a moment to appreciate this cold, refreshing beverage and take a mental picture of this moment.

We were then all directed inside the dining area as the bride and groom went on to take pictures with the very talented and personable photographer. Once inside, the waiting staff read to us the menu. It was a 5-course meal. The plates were reasonable in size but added all up it was a bit more than I could handle.

While I was waiting for the meal to come, in my attempts to level my head from the buzz I was feeling, I had a small loaf of bread and butter. I love butter so I thoroughly enjoyed it but it wasn’t the best move for me considering that I tend to get full just by the mere sight of food no matter how famished I am. A few minutes later, the first course came. It was a mushroom covered pastry dish. Mushrooms is another one of my favorites. Then came the pasta. There were two kinds on the plate. One was a bow tie shaped pasta with pesto sauce made from scratch. The Hotel grows there own herbs. You could just see the quality and light color of the sauce that just screamed health. Unfortunately, my tiny stomach did not allow me to indulge. Instead, I opted to choose my battles and only ate the other half of the dish. Again, it was a pasta dish which consisted of a cream cheese sauce. After that came salad which I had to decline. I was already getting quite stuffed and knew that if I had eaten that I could pretty much kiss the main course goodbye.

Then came the meal we had all been waiting for… I had the chicken in a wine sauce. It was quite delicious but I only managed to eat half my meal. But the truth of the matter is, I only Really realized how absolute stuffed I was when I got up to use the washroom. If I had dropped something and bent over to pick it up I would have surely brought everything I had just spent the last 45 minutes or so eating, right back up.

Then came desert. Mmmmm! desert. We were served a hazelnut treat. It was a teenie mousse cake that was a delight to eat. Did I have room for it? NO. But I pushed it down anyway. It’s amazing what a little greed and hungry eyes will bring you to do.

All in all, this was a beautiful day to remember spent with loved ones, family, and friends. I ate like a Queen and drank till I was happy. These are the moments we should all cherish in life not matter how big or small and best of all, I witnessed the union of the Bride and Groom who now embark on a new journey as they build their life together as husband and wife.

 

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Heat wave


Man! It’s HOTTTT! It has been unbelievably hot these past few days. All you want to do is make like a crocodile and just lounge around like they do all day with their mouth open so they don’t overheat.

On days like these go head out for a swim. Drove by my local pool today and the parking lot was full to the brim. Everyone and their aunt Mary was out today trying to cool down and what better way to do so than to fully submerge yourself in a pool of unheated water.
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Cat nap


There is nothing quite like taking and afternoon nap. Getting away from it all for 20 minutes – half an hour, finding a nice place to lay your head and zone out for a bit. If its the weekend, I like to find the sunniest place in the house which is often times my couch. I find a nice spot to snuggle up and get some vitamin D while I dose off. I have no idea why I enjoy sleeping in the sun so much but I prefer it to closing the curtains and sleeping in darkness. Even at night, I prefer to keep the curtains drawn. I guess it’s because I somehow feel connected to my surroundings or something.
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Splurge!


Life isn’t all about work. Sometimes we need to splurge a little on ourselves and enjoy the finer things in life. That’s just what I did recently when I decided to rent out a Loft for the long weekend. This place was beautiful and immaculate. The owner told me it was cleaned by a local Montreal cleaning company that they just recently started using. 
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Summer’s Here!!!


Summer’s here and even your dog is excited about it. Granted people start to embrace the summer season even though it’s only Spring but it’s not quite the same as when the season is here in full effect. School’s out and there is just a completely different vibe in the city.
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Diwali - Festival of Lights

Diwali


Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights. It is one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring things one can experience in this lifetime. I remember the first time I saw this festival taking place. I was a child. No older than 4 or 5. My dad took me into a local cemetery where the people were lighting candles and lamps. You’d think that it would be creepy being in a cemetery in the middle of the night but No, not at all. It was quite peaceful and beautiful. I’ve only had the chance to experience this festival once and it has stuck with me ever since. I guess that’s why I enjoy Christmas so much now but the lights put out for Christmas pale in comparison to the flickering light show put on during Diwali. So, just what is Diwali anyway?

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Stormy weather


Unlike most people, I Love it when it rains. Not only rain but storms. Wind, Rain, Thunder and Lightning. It’s like God is putting on a show for us. It’s fun and exciting!

I remember being a kid, alone to my own devices and bored out of my head. It’d be overcast and I’d be just as gloomy as the weather. Then I’d hear it! A rumble in the sky. Although back then, I actually did think it came from the sky. Don’t laugh, but… Promise not to laugh? If I see even the slightest chuckle I’m not telling you.

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Adding Beauty to Life


Charming life designs is a blog that is all about bringing beauty to the world. Everywhere I turn I see so much beauty and I wish to share this with you. From things I see in my every day to things I remember from my childhood. Even things places and events that friends, family members, and acquaintances tell me may inspire me to write. In other cases, these may just be things that I imagine. Daydreams I may have as I look out to the sun. Early morning as the sun rises or late evening as I sit on my balcony watching the sun give its final hoorah for the day as it paints the sky in colours that just take my breath away. Reds, and oranges. Sometimes even fuschia! Hitting the clouds and reflecting a prism of the most warm and beautiful light.

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