Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve, Guest Blogger
Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in Vancouver, Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve spent time in Toronto where she made waves as a singer-songwriter, television producer and writer. She’s back in Vancouver (for now, until she heads to New Zealand in June for a year) where she lives with her husband and young son.
To scrub or not to scrub? These are the kinds of questions that come creeping up in the days leading up to a facial appointment. To help us decipher what’s appropriate pre-facial spa etiquette, we enlisted the help of Heather Hill, manager of spa operations at the Windsor Arms Hotel Spa in Toronto.
Standing in the grounds of Casa Loma – a towering, grey stone castle – it would be hard for most people to believe they were in Toronto. The attractive home, built in the early 20th century and the biggest, by far, of its time in North America, means house on a hill, and was dreamed up by Sir Henry Pellatt, a famous entrepreneur who made his fortune in electricity and railroads. With its manicured gardens, tall turrets and secret passageways, it feels as if it should be in the middle of Scotland, not Canada’s largest city.
My mom was visiting from Ottawa over the weekend, so it was a perfect time to book “Afternoon Tea” for some mother/daughter bonding. Seeing as my mom is from Glasgow, she has always adored scones with clotted cream and the whole “afternoon tea” ritual.
Bride Irene Kim (Editor-at-Large of The Genteel) and her groom Kevin chose the regal Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, Ontario as the venue for their intimate wedding. Irene's vision was to complement the venue with an 'English garden' theme. With that in mind, Sarah Wu of Petite Studio created elegant floral designs and some unexpected decor touches. With photography by Melissa Sung Photography, this wedding features the classic 'Hayley' wedding gown and a five-flower headpiece from Vera Wang Bridal, Toronto.