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Michelle Keong

Writer, travel addict and creative enthusiast. Looking for inspiration in the simple, beautiful things in life.

Plant love

Meraki Botanical_IMG_4320

Earlier this year, while going through a particularly rough phase, I picked up Elizabeth Gilbert’s book called Big Magic. She essentially told readers to create and give yourself over to what you love, what brings you energy, what brings you joy, and see what happens. Around the same time, I took a liking to airplants (plants […]

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Creative living

Le Marche St. George

Over the holidays, I stumbled upon two questions that got the wheels turning: What makes my heart sing? What brings me to life? Humour, wit Writing Mentoring Dogs & cats (look at this gent) Pretty pictures Meditating Instead of pressuring myself to come up with the next project, right this instant, I have decided to […]

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Good reads

Hatchards bookshop in London

Beautiful window displays are works of art. There’s so much promise beyond the glass — of tales in faraway lands, of connections with characters, of adventures waiting to be explored. Hatchards bookshop created a feast for the eyes. This whimsical garden makes me want to dive into my reading list. Here are some great stories that I’ve encountered as of late — a mix of novels, newsprint and the […]

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A fresh approach

Samantha Ballard (credit Rebecca Clarke)

A passion for popular music and making videos have helped UBC harp student Samantha Ballard tap into unconventional—and large—audiences. Samantha Ballard’s arrangements of tunes from Game of Thrones and How to Train Your Dragon have attracted attention from popular and classical audiences. Using social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, Ballard has developed tools […]

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Life’s a beach

Wailea 2014

In Maui, days are filled with sun, sand and salty ocean breezes. These cute dishes by Avery Tillmon reminded me of island life. Couldn’t resist taking them home. Available at the delightful shop Sand People in Lahaina.

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Fabulous find: Aesop


The vibrant hydrangeas at the Victoria & Albert Museum make me long for the garden. But playing in the soil takes a toll on the hands. Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm to the rescue! This luxurious formula trumps all hand creams (I’m obsessed with them and have tried countless). Deeply moisturizing and highly absorbent, the balm leaves hands feeling […]

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My new love


“You are now
 In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow
 At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore 
Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more.
 Yet in its depth what treasures!” Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Spring is in the air

Magnolias QE Park

And so are the gorgeous magnolias. Reminds me of Club Monaco‘s pretty creations, littered with freshly-picked perennials. Who needs chocolate eggs when you can covet one of these beauties? Happy Easter!

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It’s official

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Beat the winter blues

With a trip to the spa. As a self-proclaimed spa junkie, I’ve been to the good, the bad, and the downright amazing. Here are my top three picks for the ultimate winter getaway: 1. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental (Las Vegas, Nevada) Get ready to be transported to a different world where modern luxury meets exotic 1930s […]

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