Meet, Louise. Louise is my travel wife and someone that holds a very special place in my heart. She's the person that was with me every weekend while we lived in Switzerland. After not seeing her for years (we went to elementary school together), it was fate when we ended up moving to Switzerland in the same year and we reconnected right away. Fast forward, we've traveled to eleven countries together and tons of cities within. Lou and I have been in crazy situations in Europe and somehow we always managed to get through it; laughing hysterically. Sometimes it can be tough traveling with someone, but never with Louise - I was always ready to jump into the next adventure. Beyond our travels, this little lady is very talented in what seems like all aspects of life. Visit her website here and check out her video of us in Martha's Vineyard to see her skills in action. As wives with blogs, we thought it would be fun to share a quick Q&A with all of you.
All-time Favourite Olsen Twin Movie?
Lou: Ah, I love them all! If I had to choose, toss up between It Takes Two and Holiday in the Sun.
Tash: I loved Passport to Paris and Our Lips are Sealed! I still remember running to Blockbuster Video to buy new releases and making my whole family (including my dad) watch them with me!
What is your Favourite Indulgent Beauty Product?
Lou: When I worked in Fragrance, I got really interested in different scents so I like to splurge on a nice perfume every now and then. I’m currently into Nirvana White; it has peonies and musk (mix of feminine & masculine)! I also love this Charcoal Mud Mask by Origins. Dry Shampoo saves me many’a morning - I like the Batiste Full Body one.
Tash: For Fragrance, my favourite scent is Jo Malone's Blackberry and Bay. For everyday wear, I'm still a big fan of YSL's Young Sexy Lovely (which they discounted so I try to find it at random perfume stores). I am also really enjoying Lush bath bombs at the moment. My favourite one is the sakura scent.
Nude or bright nail polish?
Lou: I’m usually really bad at maintaining polished nails (I get antsy sitting through manicures haha) but when I need to put in a little extra effort, I’ll paint my own with Fiji by Essie … nudie! :)
Tash: Having chubby fingers I think they look better with a bright polish. I recently purchased this new polish from one of my favourite blogger's new collection at Sephora. If I feel like getting pampered, I always go to Mira's at Yonge and Bloor. Hands down, the best affordable nail salon in Toronto. You can't go wrong with a classic french too!
Go-to fancy coffee order?
Lou: Lately I’ve been going for the Americano’s..and if I’m feeling really fancy I’ll get a Cinnamon Dolce Latte (mostly because it’s fun to say)
Tash: I love a good London fog on a rainy day and a skim milk cappuccino to perk me up!
Favourite pizza topping?
Lou: Pesto + Goat Cheese on a thin crust!
Tash: Anything.... I would eat pizza everyday if I could!
Current celeb crush (male or female)?
Lou: Emma Watson; beauty, brains and brawn. I love Gigi Hadid’s easy style, she’s a babe. Hmm..David Bowie (R.I.P), those Hemsworth brothers are nice to look at, and Shakey Graves makes me swoon; witty and musically inclined.
Tash: Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively and Emma Watson are all so intelligent, classy and obviously beautiful. I'm also a huge fan of Hugh Darcy, Paul Rudd and Ryan Reynolds...because I mean...
All time favourite chick flick?
Lou: YOU’VE GOT MAIL.
Tash: I LOVE chick flicks. Seriously, I'm all for the cheese factor. I love anything with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts circa 1980s-2000s!
Three bucket list travel destinations?
Lou: Iceland, South America, Japan
Tash: California, New Zealand and Greece
Thing that you can never have enough of?
Tash: Productive weekends! Nothing feels better going to bed on a Sunday night feeling accomplished and ready to tackle another week!
Favourite 3 restaurants in the city?
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you choose?
Lou: A cute cabin or treehouse in the middle of a forest to sip coffee and write in. Other: London, England or San Francisco
Tash: Napa Valley, London, Vancouver, Rome.... The list is endless.
Most memorable trip with the other person?
Lou: Our magical trip to the glass igloos in the Arctic Circle (Finland)! Portugal, Switzerland (Montreux, Crans Montana, Geneva etc.), that gorgeous AirBnB apartment in Paris! I CAN’T CHOOSE. Serious case of wanderlust now.
Tash: All those moments drinking vino and having life chats in different places. A few nights that stand out were when we brought blankets and music up to our hotel roofs in Istanbul and Germany. Another would be drinking wine into the wee hours in our cave hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Last concert you went to?
Lou: Shakey Graves at the Danforth in Toronto!
Tash: Shania Twain with my grandma for her 80th birthday!
Lou: It always seems impossible, until it is done.
Tash: If you're going through hell, keep going.
Favourite ice cream flavour?
Lou: Mint chip.
Tash: Anything with sprinkles!
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
Lou: You write the way I want to think.
Tash: Can I have the recipe?
What is your biggest fear?
Lou: Complacency. There are so many adventures to go on and things to accomplish in this world. I don’t ever want to regret not doing something just because I was scared of unsettling the status quo.
Tash: Sharks! Ha ha.. just kidding. Working too hard at one thing only and not being able to accomplish all of my other personal goals.
What genre of music do you listen to?
Lou: Indie/folk, golden oldies, jazz (Miles Davis etc) while cooking. Eclectic mix.
Tash: Anything my grandma listens to! I love oldies. I am probably the only person who Googles music from movies/TV shows I like... I was always a big fan of the soundtrack section at HMV. It really ranges depending on my mood. Some days I'm all over Stevie Wonder and other times I'll be like yeah, turn up that Kygo song!
If you had time to pick-up one of the activities you used to do in childhood, what would it be?
Lou: Piano lessons. I miss them. Maybe I should make time for that again.
Tash: I would go back to Camp Wenonah every summer if I could. Nothing more relaxing and stress relieving...
Who or what inspires you?
Lou: I don’t think there’s just one thing. I take inspiration from the weirdest and simplest of things. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say my family. The relationships my parents have inspire me to never settle for anything less than that. The relationships they have with my sisters and I inspires me to be a great parent someday. The relationships I have with my sisters inspires me to be confident (even when I’m not), creative and to take chances. They support me (and vice-versa) no matter what.
Tash: My family definitely inspires me. They've taught me to work hard for what I want and never settle. I also love reading about influencers who may not have taken a traditional path to rise to their success.
Standard drink you order when you’re in an airplane:
Lou: Tea or a baby bottle of red wine if I’m flying Porter :)
Tash: I never just ask for one...I'm that person. Red wine or tomato juice (depending on what's included) and a water to stay hydrated.
Three things that are always in your purse:
Lou: Kate Spade Agenda (can’t live without it), a book (always comes in handy), a million pens from my Dad.
Favourite thing about the other person?
Lou: That the depths of her kind, generous soul know no bounds. Also, her cooking/organization/interior design skills blow me away.
Tash: She's literally the most thoughtful person. She always goes above and beyond for any visitor or a significant moment in a loved one's life. She is also very intelligent - we can be talking about anything and she will be able to contribute value (and her quick wit) to the conversation. Louise also writes the sweetest handwritten cards.