Music hype-Fitz and the Tantrums

Much to my relief, the LA based band Fitz and the Tantrums will be releasing their second album May 7th. The album is intitled More Than Just a Dream and features 12 tracks of their revamped soul/indie pop genre. Formed in 2008, the band released their first album in 2010 and since then has gained popularity amongst music bloggers. The new album, produced by Elektra Records was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Phoenix) and has a much more synthesized sound as well as experimental vocals with a preppy twist.


The band has announced a North American tour that WILL hit Canada. Check it out here!

The album is avaible for preorder.

Listen to all the tracks here!


Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Gasp! Am I the only one who did not see May 3rd approaching so quickly? Coming out in only two days, the much anticipated documentary will feature some of the most iconic fashion designers, celebrities and style icons. The documentary will unveil the inner workings of this famous “department store” as well as its rise from a modest tailor shop to the fashion Mecca of the world. Although financed by the Goodman family as a memoir to it’s 111 years of business, Bergdorf Goodman was actually sold a long time ago to a little company you might know named Neiman Marcus Group.


BG has also released a book featuring sketches and anecdotes by fashion designers, writers, employees  and celebrity clients which resembles the documentary that will be released quite soon. Some of the featured characters (playing themselves of course!) include Tom Ford,Marc Jacobs, Rachel Zoe, Vera Wang, Karl Lagerfeld, Joan Rivers, Micheal Kors, Giorgio Armani, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Bobbi Brown, Christian Louboutin, Victoria Beckham, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Narciso Rodriguez and many others! Be sure to check it out!

There’s nowhere in the world like Bergdorf Goodman. A New York institution and fashion Mecca, it’s where Grace Kelly ordered her wedding invitations; where Jacqueline Kennedy was outfitted for her dress for John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Ball; where designers Halston and Michael Kors got their start. Bergdorf Goodman captures the imagination, inspires fantasy, and plays a central role in the history of New York society.


Joys of Summer: Food Edition

Goodbye gloomy mornings and windy nights! This Joy of summer is entirely dedicated to the exciting foods, produce and recipes that we can look forward to in a few months! Spring was only a few weeks away, but my minds is going full speed ahead to the thoughts of tanning and enjoying a nice iced-tea on the patio. Unfortunetely, I don’t live in sunny California so I’ll keep dreaming about the heat for a few more weeks. Enjoy!

Delicious salads


-Citrus-pomegranate quinoa salad
-Summer Farro Salad
-Basil Beet Salad

Summer fruitfruit


Vibrant veggiesveggies

-green beans
-plump tomatoes
-sweet  corn

Local quirklocal

-farmers markets
– gourmet food trucks (you’ll be surprised how many quality food trucks are based in Ottawa)
-ice cream trucks (if you’re lucky enough to find one)

Refreshing dessertsdesserts

-mango and berry pavlova (also check out her lovely recipe)
-poppy seed- honey cookies
-lemon bars

Frozen treatsfrozen

-Easy ice cream crunch bars
-Blackberry,Honey and Yoghurt Pops
-Frozen chocolate covered banana pops

BBQ parties for the veggie enthusiastsbbq

-roasted red pepper,mango and brie quesadillas (I apologize for the outdated recipe but this one always seems to pop back up whenever we host)
-grilled portebello mushrooms (recipe to come!)
-grilled artichoke

Cool drinks


-blood orange sangria (family favorite!)
-Summer peach tea punch
-Lemonade with a twist

Green thumbsgreen thumbs

Pick your favorite herbs and start a garden! Fresh herbs add color,flavor and depth to summer drinks! If you’re short on space, try purchasing one of these or these!

Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what summer food and produce you’re excited about! I’ll be doing more recipes and summer food posts once this yucky weather is out of sight. Have a lovely weekend 🙂


Introducing City Bliss

Quick hello before this get buried under my upcoming posts!

Call me Alexie, Lexi, Kimi or Kim! I’m a full-time student living in Ottawa. This blog is my summer project which will hopefully lead to some more blogging but was mostly created to get me to appreciate this summer as well as discover this city. Cities are my happy place. I’ll be blogging food, music, recipes, fashion, streetstyle, randomness, reviews, observations, photography, some more music and all kinds of quirky little things.


Glad you could join me! Leave a comment or say hi! Enjoy!