Suzanne made the brooch/pin and could that scarf be anymore Me?
Tucked in the envelope is a handmade card.

Last week, I met with the ever lovely Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files. A fellow Canuck, Suzanne lives a creative life in Ontario. If you follow her blog, which you should, you know she’s beautiful, bright, witty hilarious, and a loving guardian of a pug named Zoe. In person? Better!!! Whaaatttt? Yep! She is warm, genuine, and she is gorgeous! Although taller than me, she’s very petite and I now totally understand how she rocks her unique personal style like nobody’s business. After those awkward first 30 seconds…honestly, I felt like I’d known her forever…we hit the country road. Our destination? Tanglebank Gardens. A combination garden center, gift shop, and bistro; it was here that we dallied away the afternoon. We snagged the last available outdoor table in the bistro and settled in for a long and leisurely lunch. One of the things I love about blogging is the sense of connection with like minded individuals. Spending time with Suzanne really brought that aspect home. We had so much to chat about, everything from blogging to photography, family to travel, art to food. When we were making our dessert choices, I mentioned that I had never had a macaroon. Given how popular macaroons are, both on Pinterest and on trendy It blogs, it seemed apropos to indulge…after the requisite photos, of course. After lunch we toured the garden and took photographs. And before we knew it, the clock struck five. Being the troopers we are, we headed to the local Value Village for a quick browse. I wasn’t about to let an opportunity of receiving Suzanne’s excellent style advice go for naught. She quickly, like blink-blink quickly, had me in a 100% silk Asian jacket that flattered my every curve. I ended up not buying it, but…I did buy a beautiful piece of silk sari fabric whose destiny is to become a fit and flare dress. It’s nearly impossible to see, but the centers of the flowers are mirrored! And! I also found a beaded bag of perfect proportions. It was a lovely day, with a lovely person. Thanks Suzanne, and many bisous! I can’t wait to meet with you again!

In these photos, Suzanne is wearing a vintage 1970’s maxi dress, accessorized with a fantastic necklace of her own creation, and Clarks sandals. I’m wearing my Midnight in Paris Dress with Stuart Weitzman sandals. Suzanne has a post up today also. Please pop over and say Hi!



  • Reply The Style Crone May 27, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Blogger meet-ups are the best! The two of you spending time together are evidence of that. You are both radiant and gorgeous in these photos. Now off to visit Suzanne.

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files May 27, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Well I sure had fun! : )

    Thanks for zipping us around in your fun car and making it seem like I'd known you for years. All I can say is…when can I expect you in Toronto? ; )


  • Reply Dana Bishop May 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed both yours and Suzanne's posts today. I have 3 good blog friends and I value each of them so highly, despite never having met.

    I love your new blog “look”! Everything about it is so subtly radiant. Your posts are always a surprise and packed with quality. I don't sew clothes but I experience that satisfaction through your tales and photos.

  • Reply Val S May 27, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Wish I could have been there with you – I was too busy with my own blogger meet-ups! Looks like you had a gorgeous time – what a fab location, and you both look beautiful.

  • Reply Sheila May 27, 2014 at 6:51 am

    That's so cool – I've met a few bloggers and it's always been awesome! If you ever make it out to the west coast, Sue, let me know!

  • Reply Haylee Mae May 27, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Wow that is awesome! Hope I get to have a meet up someday!

    xx, H

  • Reply Melanie May 27, 2014 at 9:25 am

    What a lovely way to spend a day – meeting a blogger you already kind of know but finding out you REALLY know. You two shine in the garden, that's for sure. I have never been to Tanglebank Gardens but it looks like an idyllic getaway from downtown. Thanks, Sue. Off to see Suzanne's post now…

  • Reply Vix May 27, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I do love a blogger meet-up. You two look so at ease and fabulous together and Tanglebank Gardens really are stunning.
    Good to see your Paris masterpiece again. xxx

  • Reply pastcaring May 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    How fabulous that you and the gorgeous Suzanne met up! The gardens look like a great place to spend an afternoon, and that sari fabric is gorgeous. Both of you are so beautiful and stylish, I bet you turned some heads.
    I've loved every blogger meet-up I've ever been on, it's a fab way to make new friends! xxx

  • Reply sabine May 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    What a great day, thank you Sue for sharing it with us!
    Ladies you both look amazing. This wonderful garden is the right scenery for you.
    Sue, I love your car. I still haven't a new one. I wish I could by me one like yours.

  • Reply Tamera Beardsley May 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    So fabulous to read two of my favorites … spending time together! Thank you for sharing your delightful meet up!

    And may I say … your photography is stunning!


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Dana, I always appreciate your comments! Thanks for taking the time to say hello!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Oh yes Sheila! Your are definitely on my list! Can't wait for you to take me to all your haunts!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks Tamera! My photography class got derailed by a local civic strike, 🙁 but I am practicing on my own almost daily, thanks to you!

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen May 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Lucky ladies! What a great meet up … would that I were a fly on the wal Excellent. Two of my favorite bloggers in all the world! See, small world?

  • Reply popcosmo May 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds like so much fun and you look adorable (as usual) and just like you are having a blast!!! What a great day for the both of you!!

  • Reply arish May 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Tus fotografías son muy buenas y tu blog me gusta muchísimo. BESICOS.

  • Reply Ileana May 28, 2014 at 1:18 am

    What a beautiful place! And the macaroon looks delicious ^^


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  • Reply Flo May 28, 2014 at 4:39 am

    What a fun opportunity, I love meeting up with people I've got to know via the internet. Those gardens look gorgeous too!

  • Reply Connie May 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I just love blogger meet ups. Especially when it's with two of my favorites! So much beauty up there in Canada.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Judith! Perhaps one day I'll make it down to Denver! Or is up to the Mile High City?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    The big smoke, T.O….it's sound more and more fun!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Val, our time will come…hopefully sometime this year!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    We couldn't have picked a better day if we tried! No rain, not too hot…yep, it was splendiferous! You and O may need to plan a little afternoon road trip.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Vix! You and Curtise are on my UK meet up list!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    And she is gorgeous Curtise! Your blogger meet ups are really the most inspiring! What's not to love about prezzies, pubs, and…um….can't think of any more p's…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for popping by Sabine! You'll get the right car for you when it's time, I'm certain!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    It IS a small world, and hopefully small enough to one day anticipate meeting you and Dan!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    It was a treat! I'd meet her again in a heartbeat, 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Muy gracias Arish. I am trying to better my photography.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Oh! I should have mentioned in my post, that the macaroon was really quite yummy! Not dry like I thought they might be…but, creamy, and melt in the mouth delicious!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    It was great fun Flo! So you've had some meet ups yourself? Right on!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I'd love to do a west coast road trip, so you may yet find me on your doorstep. Just don't give me the wrong directions Connie! 🙂

  • Reply nimbus nim May 29, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Nueva seguidora, following GFC (quedateenminube)
    Fabulois blog! beautifull with dresses!

  • Reply No fear of fashion May 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I should never have started blogging in English… now I have met loads of lovely bloggers far, far away. You met lovely Suzanne, Jan met lovely Trina… And I hope some of you come to Amsterdam at the beginning of September. Marvellous aspect of blogging.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Greetje, you are the ambassador for Amsterdam. I would LOVE to visit, but I may have to leave my credit card at home, 😉

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Hola! Thank you so much for the follow; I'm happy you like my blog.

  • Reply Carelia Moran June 1, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    How awesome! Thanks Sue for sharing this fun meeting with Suzanne. You both look wonderful.

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