Friday Loves: Colette, Calligraphy, Nadege and More

Friday, August 1, 2014 7 0

Happy Friday Everyone!  Today, I’m starting a new series called Friday Loves.  I’ve realized that there are so many things that I come across on a daily basis that I want to share here, but I don’t because it may not make sense to write a full post about, for example, my love for my donut pool float (since I’m not 12 years old).  So, I decided that at the end of each week, I’ll share some of my favorite things, ranging from fashion, people, places, DIY’s, products, beauty, art, photography, news articles, recipes, things on the web, restaurants, and so much more.


Here are 5 things that I’m loving this week:


1. Calligraphy.  I signed up for a calligraphy class, hosted this week by two wonderful ladies, Amanda from Pink the Town, and Ashley from Quaintrelle.  I’ve wanted to try my hand at calligraphy for quite some time now, but always felt a little overwhelmed and didn’t really know where to begin.  When I saw that these ladies were offering a class to teach the basics, I knew this was the time to finally take a stab at it.  Here is my first attempt.  I definitely need some practice, but I already know that this is something I want to continue with.




2. Colette Grand Café.  A couple of months ago, I heard about a new French Restaurant, Café and Bakery opening in Toronto by the owners of one of my favourite restaurants in town, The Chase Fish & Oyster.  I was immediately intrigued and started to follow Colette Grand Café on Instagram to stay in the loop about their opening.  As the weeks went on, I became more and more obsessed with this place.  The glimpses into the décor details, the marketing and photography for their artwork, and the pictures of some of their baked goods were just screaming my name.  They have been sampling their treats around town, and when I finally tasted one of their amazing salted chocolate cookies, I was completely hooked.


Yesterday was their opening day, and I was able to get a little sneak peek of the restaurant (and a sampling of their delicious food) the day before.  The restaurant is just absolutely stunning!  Really, it’s something you need to experience.  The cuisine, décor and atmosphere will have you feeling like you’ve stepped out of Toronto, and into a Café in Paris.  If you are in the Toronto area, I highly recommend stopping into Colette, even just to check out the gorgeous space.  They will also be starting to serve weekend brunch after Labour Day.  I can’t wait!


Below is a photo I took of one of the pavilion areas of the restaurant.  The space is divided into different sections including the bakery, the bar, 2 different pavilions, the main dining area, library seating, and 2 outdoor dining spaces.  Each has a slightly different look and feel, but all remain consistently beautiful and on point.




3. Donut Pool Float.  I’m sure you’ve seen this fabulous Urban Outfitter’s donut pool float all over Instagram, including on mine.  It was one of those things that I knew I had to buy, even though I don’t own a pool.  I took this baby with us to Roatan, Honduras a couple of weeks ago on our vacation, and used it every day.  This will certainly be accompanying me on future beach vacations.




4. NADÈGE Macarons.  It’s no secret that I have a weakness for macarons, and NADÈGE makes some of my favourite in the City.  NADÈGE has collaborated with 6 Canadian Artists to create an Artists Packaging Series; a limited edition collection of boxes containing 16 of their delicious macarons.  I received a lovely delivery yesterday of the mouth-watering treats packaged in this gorgeous box designed by Illustrator and Fashion Designer, Virginia Johnson.  Her design of painted Orange Blossoms was inspired by a property she rented in France one summer called L’Orangeraie.  Since I couldn’t get my hands on any Orange Blossoms this time of year, I thought it would be fun to take a photo of this beautiful box with these pretty flower alternatives.




5. Farmer’s Market Fresh Berries.  My refrigerator right now looks like a Farmer’s Market.  I have pretty much every berry available in there.  Tis the season for the sweetest and most delicious berries of the year.  Yum!









  • Luxy
    August 1, 2014

    Great post. I totally agree that Nadege has the best macarons in TO. My friend is the front of house manager at Chase – which I love. So dying to try Colette. What would you recommend ordering there?


    • Jenny
      August 1, 2014

      You will love Colette! I only had a sampling of their food, but it was all amazing. I had the lamp chops, watermelon & feta salad, venison tartare, salted chocolate cookie and a macaron. All of these were to-die-for, especially the watermelon & feta salad. I’m not usually a fan of that dish, but their’s was out-of-this-world! I can’t wait to go back for a full dining experience!

  • Jacquelyn | lark & l
    August 1, 2014

    Yes, yes, yes, YES! I agree with every single thing here. Especially Colette. I’ve already heard AMAZING things but omg that interior. Totally obsessed.

    Also: super impressed with your calligraphy skills already!

    • Jenny
      August 1, 2014

      Hahaha, thanks Jacquelyn! I really loved doing the calligraphy, and found it to be relaxing. I think this will be my new hobby to unwind.

  • Emma Finlayson
    August 1, 2014

    I am super excited about Colette!
    xo Emma

  • Donna
    August 1, 2014

    OoOoooo looking forward to reading about your Loves each week ;-).
    Hope you share more pics from your fabulous vacay!

  • laura mitbrodt
    August 2, 2014

    I want that donut!