Anyone visiting the Guatemalan highlands can delight in seeing the beautiful traje indigena (traditional Maya clothing). Some basic elements of the traditional dress are the huipil (blouse), corte/refago (skirt), and paz (belt). The styles, patterns and colours used to make these garments are unique to each village and the Maya women of the highlands proudly wear huipilies and cortes everyday.
While spending time with loved ones is undoubtedly the best holiday gift, there's something special about presents under the tree. Choosing eco-friendly gifts is an ideal way to contribute to the well-being of our planet and pave the way for a sustainable and greener future for everyone. If you're eager to witness your favorite person unwrap something physical this holiday season while remaining environmentally conscious, consider a few key points:
Candles have long been cherished for their ability to create cozy and tranquil atmospheres. However, not all candles are created equal, and the type of wax used can significantly impact your candle experience. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the environmental and health benefits of choosing candles made from natural waxes over traditional paraffin wax.
In this blog post, we'll share the reasons behind our decision to craft our Taper Candles from a blend of 100% pure soy wax + Canadian beeswax.
Scrolling around on Pinterest one afternoon, I stumbled on a tutorial for Ice Dying. Have you heard of it?? I tried it for the first time last week and now it’s become my new favourite thing EVER. What I loved the most about ice dying is that unlike the traditional tie-dye method (tie & bind), it lets you achieve a stunning watercolour look. The process is so fun and easy and best of all, the ice does all the work for you so you don’t have to have any prior experience with fabric dying to create something gorgeous. I only used 4 powder dyes in my trial but as the ice melted and mixed the dyes, a whole spectrum of new colours emerged. The resulting pattern was a wonderful surprise and looks like a bright and colourful one-of-a-kind piece of art.
This bright and refreshing Nouveau Mexican salad features grilled pineapple and jalapeños mixed with fresh mango and avocado and then tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette. The warm sweet heat of the pineapple and jalapeños, cooled by the mango and avocado, is a match made in heaven. You can serve this as an accompaniment to your favourite tacos, or make it star of the show by serving it with grilled chicken or fish.
If you've ever had the good fortune to visit Ambergris Caye, then I'm sure that you will agree there's 1 word to describe it: magical. I first set foot on the breathtaking Belizian coast in 2003 - back when Ambergris Caye was still kind of a secret and the path to get there was a lot less worn. It was all about shoestring budgets and backpacker accommodations back then and while I have very happy memories of my stay at Ruby's Guest House - I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'm feeling a little desperate to go back and experience the eco-luxury that Matachica has to offer.
With stunning Lake views to rival some of the most famous in the world, writer Aldous Huxley said of Lake Atitlan: "Atitlan is Como with the additional embellishment of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing”. He couldn't have been more right.
Surrounded by 3 large volcanos (Agua, Acatenango and Fuego) and some of the most breathtaking vistas you could imagine - this Spanish colonial town was once the capital city of Guatemala (1543-1776) until much of it was destroyed by earthquakes. Wandering the cobbled streets of Antigua feels like stepping back in time. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Antigua is still home to dozens of churches, museums and ruins that tell the story of its turbulent past.
No matter the time of year, I always favour bright, airy spaces—but for winter, especially ones softened with layers of sumptuous textiles. Have you been thinking of redecorating your space? Don’t start before you take a look at these gems I’ve pulled together. From etherial all-white escapes to bold accent walls, these bohemian bedrooms will get you excited to bring a touch of boho into your home this season.
It's the time of year when the leaves start dropping from the trees and the experts start dropping their predictions for what's going to be hot in colour and design for the new year to come. That's right folks...Colour of The Yearseason is upon us and announcements from the world of Fashion and Home Decor are coming in hot.
Confession time...I've never really been a giant fan of Halloween, least of all, decorating my home for it. There has been the odd year where I've gotten into the spirit and pulled a great costume together, but I've just never been able to get behind spending money on crappy, cheap plastic throw-away decor that's most likely to end up in the landfill.
This one’s for all the apartment renters out there…and for anyone else who’s been in misery over their shabby, outdated kitchen because they don’t have the time or budget to give it the proper overhaul that it needs. Let’s face it…when it comes to making big changes to your living space the struggle can be very real, especially if you’re a renter. But as you will see…making big, impactful changes doesn't mean that you have to break the bank, the secret is to get creative.
Mexican Street Corn, or Elotes, consists of roasted corn cobs that have been slathered in crema then topped in spices. Though it’s a popular street food that’s usually sold by cart vendors in Mexico, I actually got my first taste of this delicious treat at one of my favourite Toronto eateries Chadwicks Craft Kitchen.
Devon, a self a proclaimed antique collector and thrifter, has a number of cherished pieces in her home which she inherited from her grandparents. In fact, she can place the first time she saw each item in her grandparent’s Muskoka home, where she spent so much of her time as a child. The pieces carry the same nostalgic words that Devon shared with me after her recent overnight trip to the historic Sherwood Inn on Lake Joseph, in Muskoka.
Reaching for the sky at an altitude of 5,125 ft., Lago Atitlán (Lake Atitlan) is considered by some to be the most beautiful lake in the world. The lake basin, volcanic in origin, was formed by an eruption several thousand years ago. Today filled with glistening water, the lake shores are home to 11 towns and villages belonging to the Maya people - namely the Tz’utujil and Kaqchikel.
Last weekend the EBB & FLOW team set our minds to prowling every square inch of the St. Lawrence antique market, looking for… well, anything! Because while I do have a list in mind of things I’m endlessly on the search for, there’s a special joy in hunting through various collectibles only to find something you never knew you needed in the first place.
Finding affordable living in most big cities is difficult. Like me, you’re probably habituating a space that is reminiscent of its previous owners (as indicated by the outdated bedroom wall colour you’ve since painted over with Cloud White). Your home, like mine, shows real potential and it’s been screaming “fix me!” ever since you first moved in. But for most, dropping big bucks on a major renovation is simply not on the books - and for us renters, it’s probably not even an option.
Colour lovers rejoice!While 2018 was all about bold metallics, Millennial Pink and black statement walls, home decor trends in 2019 are taking a more mindful and lifestyle-based approach to colour. Craving a Spring colour refresh of your own? Check out our top picks from 2019’s trends + shop the looks to add these bold new shades to your home now.
There’s no denying that wallpaper is back and having a major revival. Thinking about elevating your decor game by adding a mural or wallpaper to your next design project? Take a look at some of our favourite styles and patterns below.
Aided by thousands of like-minded adventurers who contribute their photos to this creative collaboration, Koval shows us The Grand Budapest Hotel come to life. And what makes each post even more delightful, is that he goes a step beyond simply posting pretty pictures by also providing a glimpse of the history behind every location captured.
This recipe for Moroccan Kale Salad has been a favourite of mine for ages and it just so happens to be perfect for making the most of the abundant supply of cherry tomatoes, mint, kale and cilantro that I currently have on hand in the garden.
With summer quickly drawing to a close, I can't help but look out at my herb garden with melancholy, knowing that soon I won't have the luxury of popping out to the deck when I need some fresh flavours (anybody with me??).
Located on top of the Circulo de Bellas Artes (the Fine Arts Building), the Tartan Roof Bar offers some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the city. A four-Euro lift ticket will get you from the cultural centre on the ground floor to the rooftop terrace where you will find some of Madrid's hippest locals lounging with cocktails and cooling off in the mist of built in water spritzers.
Nestled near the base of Arenal Valcano, Tabacon's network of mineral rich river pools are naturally heated underground by the volcano's magma. The lush, tropical Costa Rican jungle surrounds the pools making it an experience for all the senses. My favourite memory from that day was sitting at the spa's swim up bar in the evening and sipping a Caipirinha while watching red hot lava roll slowly down the peak. I couldn't help but think "Man...how the hell did I get this lucky?!"
Circular statement mirrors are showing up everywhere in home decor right now! I'm absolutely loving this trend and currently on the hunt for one of my very own. Need some ideas how you can add a circular mirror to your space? Get inspired below....