Let’s Bloom This May


May is when Spring goes into full bloom, so let’s bloom together in unison. May this month be the start of beautiful growth and transformation, that will let us all bloom to our full individual potential. Happy blooming, darlings!

My Foolish Heart: Valentine’s Day for the Healing Heart

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The universe is playing weird tricks on most of my friends this week, specifically in the romance department. For some reason, most of the women I know are “apart” from their most recent flames–whether it be due to distance or to breakups, it’s shaking everyone up. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, all that lovey-dovey stuff doesn’t help any tears dry up.  So this post is dedicated to all my lovely ladies who need some time to indulge in their feelings and slowly, but surely, heal their hearts.

While time is best remedy for healing a heart, here are a few things you can indulge in when you need to take the night off from keeping it emotionally together:

  1. There’s something magical about the abilities of a cold pint of Ben & Jerry’s to put out the fires of a burning heart; OK-that might have been beyond cheesy, or I might be an aspiring drugstore romance novelist.  POINT IS: ice cream is food therapy at its finest. Kick it up a notch by making this “Lotus Ice Cream Sundae with Raspberries and Honeycomb”, and impress yourself (and your tastebuds). Best part about not having a man around is you won’t have to share 😉
  2. Music is food for the soul–and right about now, your souls are craving comfort food. Have you ever heard a song and thought, “yes, this is exactly what my life is about right now”? Music can describe how I am feeling even better than I can, at times. Listen to my picks for healing hearts on 8tracks: http://tinyurl.com/hptsue6
  3. Pour yourself a drink and live a little. Whether you opt for wine or a glass of whisky, having a drink might just help you relax a bit (just don’t go overboard cause that’s not cute).
  4.  Entertain yourselves! We need reminders that not all love stories are smooth and perfect. My favorite unrequited romance flick is “Love In The Time of Cholera”, staring Javier Bardem (hello, eye candy). If you’re more into reading, then check out “Unrequited” by Lisa A. Phillips.
  5. In the words of Coco Chanel, “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack”. Red lipstick, in particular, can instantly perk up your mood. My favorite shades are Mac’s “Ruby Woo” and NYX’s “Snow White”, as they flatter almost all skin tones.
  6. Saudade is a Portuguese word that is really hard to translate into English, but kind of means a nostalgic longing for something or someone that is distant, or that has been loved and lost. Sometimes it’s also described as “the love that remains” when something or someone is gone. I love this word for its beautiful melancholic vibes, but also because it describes what most of the women I know are feeling at the moment. If this is a new word for you, hopefully it resonates with your healing heart.


Lovely Lacy Things: Lingerie Picks

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If you don’t own a lovely lacy bra, it’s time to get one! Valentine’s day is just a good excuse to go on a little shopping trip and #treatyoself. I feel the most confident and sexy when I know something that other people don’t know about me, like the fact that I might be rocking delicate, lacy lingerie underneath my somewhat seemingly plain clothes. Lingerie, to me, is like frosting for your body–and don’t we all like frosting? So go ahead, ladies, and indulge this valentine’s day. Click on the links below to check out my current lingerie picks:

  1. For Love and Lemons 2. Topshop  3. Topshop 4. Only Hearts 5. For Love and Lemons 6. Heidi Klum Intimates

February Favorites

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Goodbye, January…Hello, February! February is the shortest month of the year, yet has so much going on. Here are a mix of things I heart about this short, but sweet month!

  1. Lovely Lacey Things, aka Lingerie- Ladies, if there’s a month to pick-up some pretty, intricate pieces, it’s February! Lingerie stores like the Italian version of Victoria Secret, Intimissimi, are on SALE! My favorite store to splurge on lingerie is For Love and Lemons–their lingerie is like art for your body. The bra featured above is their “bat for lashes” bra, however they have SO many amazing ones to choose from.
  2. Cute girl+cute boy sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G! Everyone remember this rhyme from elementary school? Kissing is perhaps the most underrated sport. Did you know that kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute? All the more reason to work out this month.
  3. Chocolate Covered Strawberries-two of my favorite things in the world, Chocolate and Strawberries, pop-up more than usual this month (thank you Valentine’s day). If you have a Godiva chocolate shop near you, you can buy a bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries all day, every day in February! Or you can easily make your own! Melt your favorite chocolate in a saucepan and stir continuously, dip the bottom half of your strawberries in the melted chocolate and place them on parchment paper for them to cool off and set.
  4. Romantic Comedies- Who doesn’t love a fun, light chick flick? February is the month to invite the girls over and indulge your favorite (perhaps sappy) romantic films. My favorite romcom of ALL TIME is Vicky Cristina Barcelona, staring Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, and Javier Bardem. If you haven’t seen this movie, please go watch it NOW.
  5. Happy Chinese New Year! This year Chinese New Year spans from February 8-22. I’m especially digging Chinese New Year this year because it’s the year of the Monkey, aka my Chinese zodiac year! Oh, hayyy. I’ll be doing a blog post inspired by Chinese New Year soon, but just as a quick tip, the Chinese believe that eating noodles throughout the month will give you longevity. So get your noodles on!

Istanbul City Guide: Karakoy


Karakoy is one of those cool and bustling neighbourhoods that everyone talks about, so I had to put Karakoy on my to-do list–and I’m so glad i did. With streets filled with coffee shop after coffee shop, unique boutique stores, and snazzy street art, Karakoy quickly became one of my favourite places in Istanbul. Karakoy is like a cafe crawler’s dream. Since I’m basically a cafe cat, I had to check out as many as I could without overdosing on caffeine. The two cafes I highly recommend are:

1. Karabatak– It’s perhaps the most iconic cafe in the area and for good reason. Not only do they make fabulous coffee, the decor and overall scene at this place is ON POINT. You can see me chilling outside sipping on my cappuccino, people watching above.

2. Pim Karakoy– If you’re a young and true Istanbulite, you know about Pim Karakoy. It’s a hip and cool cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or chill for hours on your laptop (my favorite kind of cafe).

You’ll also find a lot of cute hole-in-the-wall shops on every street with plenty of FOOD! Did anyone say coconut, pistachio crusted turkish delight? Or what about some lavender-infused wild honey? Beware: If you’re an artisan food lover, you might gain a few pounds here :)

Walking around the neighbourhood with a coffee in hand is the best way to get to know Karakoy. Each street feels like a different open air art gallery. This is definitely the place to get your fix of street art in Istanbul. If you’re planning a trip to Istanbul, skip the museums and go to Karakoy!

Click HERE Check out part one of my Istanbul City Guide Series on my favourite local rooftops!

All images are ©diamondinmydrink

Istanbul City Guide: Rooftops

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The first time I visited Istanbul, I immediately knew that this is a city I need to get to know.  Having been a few times, I’ve already come to fall in love with Istanbul’s VIBRANT, ENERGETIC, COLORFUL, and CREATIVE VIBES. I wanted to share my favorite spots (so far) with you and hope that if one day you find yourself wandering this timeless city, you will love them too. If you ask anyone I know, they will tell you that I have this “thing” with rooftops. It’s not just a “thing”–I’m obsessed. And Istanbul does not disappoint–rooftops everywhere. Of all the rooftops the city has to offer, these are the two I heart most:


Who knew that the roof of an old textile factory would have the most amazing views of the city?!? Located near the Grand Bazaar, this hidden gem is an absolute MUST.  It’s an adventure to find , but thank Beyoncé for  Google Maps.  Once you get to Buyuk Valide Han, you’ll find a nice old man named “Mehdi” guarding the door to the roof. For just 1 Turkish Lira, you get access to views that will knock yo’ socks off.


2. 5. KAT

Located in the neighbourhood  “where all the movie stars live”, according to my Turkish friend’s hip mom, 5. Kat is a cafe/restaurant with jazzy vibes, delicious coffee, and arguably the most romantic views of the bosphorous. Try and go when the sun is setting for views that are swoon-worthy.

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Stay tuned for part II of my Istanbul City Guide series!

Happy New Year! Hello 2016



It’s the New Year! Time to refresh. rejuvenate. revitalize. Let’s all make this OUR year!

A Merry Little Playlist

a merry little playlist

Dr. Seuss said it best, “the best way to spread christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear” and WOW am I in the singing (and dancing) mood this holiday season. I unapologetically listen to Christmas music all year round, but since it’s actually Christmas there’s no better time to go all out with the tunes and make a playlist. Here are my top 20 favorite holiday songs, some are classic, some are jazzy, some are down right sassy.

Click here to listen on 8tracks: http://8tracks.com/diamondinmydrink/a-merry-little-playlist


Hello December


Words: Halloween Quotes

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