The C List

2 Jul


Ocean spray. Hot summer days. Steamy reads. Beach hair and coconut skin.

These are just a few of the things I’ve been enjoying since Tuesday night as I celebrate a 5-day long weekend (#vacation) on the ocean.

Here’s just a glimpse…


And if you follow me on Snapchat, you may have caught me giving a behind the scenes look at the next Recipe of the Month, coming to the blog on July 15th and perfect for summer BBQs. Want to know what I cooked? Add me on Snapchat: crystalcrichard – my snap story will be up until Friday evening!

But for now – here are the links I’m totally, madly in love with this week!

1. 5 Ways to a Summer Glow – Without the Sun (via Jillian Harris) I am a sun worshipper and have been all my life, but I know a lot of ladies who try to avoid the sun and its propensity for longterm damage. These are five great tips to rocking a summer glow, without the skin damage.

2. The Perfect July 4th Cookie Recipe (via In the Land of Jamie) Shoutout to the incredibly talented JHiggs – she posted this recipe on Instagram and though I’m not American, I’m pretty tempted to make these cookies over the weekend in honor of all of you lovely Americans out there!

3. Snapchat Secrets to Take Your Snapping to the Next Level (via The Verge) I thought I knew every Snapchat trick. Nope, not even close. Check this link out and start bringing your Snapchat A-Game. New to Snapchat? Add me: crystalcrichard

4. 25 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Visit The Maritimes This Summer (via Buzzfeed) I mean, I’m biased, because I live here, but if you needed any number of reasons why the Maritimes are a must-visit: here are 25 great ones. Warning: We eat A LOT of lobster.

5. The last (and most amazing) trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (via The Daily Beast) For real, I’m going to need someone to a) hold me until July 31st and b) watch all 8 parts with me and flail, laugh, cry, and drink cheap champagne, tequilla, whatever with me.

Have an awesome weekend!


Did you catch my Guilty Pleasure of the Month? If you’re a sucker for love or just a fan of reality TV, go check it out!

And – BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – make sure to come back TOMORROW (Saturday) for my official Rules of the Summer! They were a hit last year and they are not to be missed this year! 

Guilty Pleasure of the Month

1 Jul

guiltypleasureofthemonth_july2015This month’s Guilty Pleasure of the Month was a coin toss for me – do I talk about an amazing movie I saw at the theatre recently? *cough* 5 thoughts on Jurassic World right here *cough* or do I share my recent Netflix or television obsession? If you guessed television obsession, you’re right.

This month, I am HOOKED on The Bachelorette. I’ve never been a fan, though I used to watch the Bachelor religiously in university. A few weeks ago, I caved and discovered with a little internet sorcery (hint: the same app you would use to score American Netflix) — I could watch all of this season’s episodes on I was instantly hooked and now I count the minutes until I can download Monday night’s new episode on Tuesday nights on iTunes.


Enough about where you can watch it – here are four reasons why you need to watch it:

  1. The Bachelorette is Canadian. For you Canadians, no explanation needed: she’s homegrown. For anyone else, us Canadian girls are something else, in all the right ways.
  2. There is a Ryan Gosling / Calvin Harris hybrid as one of the men competing for her heart. Who cares if he gets insecure half way through the season and gets a bit whiney. RYAN GOSLING / CALVIN HARRIS HYBRID. 
  3. It will put every date you’ve ever been on to shame and then subsequently raise the bar higher than ever for your husband / future boyfriends. I’m sorry, it just will.
  4. Men are far more dramatic, whiney, and unpredictable than women. As a result, the Bachelorette will be the most entertaining 1.5 hours of your week.

If I’ve convinced you, come back and let me know what you think. If you’re already a fan of the Bachelorette and spent this entire post screaming ‘FINALLY’ out loud – yes, I’m happy I fell down this rabbit hole too! Now identify yourself in the comments below, so I can debrief with you weekly!

Oh and for my fellow Canadians – I hope you are having an exceptional Canada Day!


New to the blog? My Guilty Pleasure of the Month happens once a month, on Wednesday nights! You can check out past pleasures here and here.  And don’t forget to come back on Friday for this week’s C List!

Scenes from the Weekend

28 Jun

As we gear up for an extra long weekend here in Canada next week, this weekend had a common theme: family.

On Friday, my father celebrated his birthday and my aunt & uncle arrived from out of province for a summer visit. Wit these two reasons to celebrate, we did what us Richards do best: get together and enjoy some incredible food and amazing company.

Here are just a few of my favorite snapshots from the weekend.

IMG_1377 quick photo with the birthday boy

IMG_1466 my contribution to friday night’s birthday celebrations: grab the recipe here!

IMG_1383 my mother has serious dessert skills

IMG_1465saturday morning views

IMG_14058am run along the ocean

IMG_1404quick stop at the market for an iced coffee & crêpe salée

IMG_1461 on sundays, we brunch

IMG_1462 one of the lovely hosts from brunch – huge thank you to my aunt & uncle for the spread!

IMG_1463 these two were not at brunch

IMG_1464 jaws was also left off the guest list

What did you do this weekend? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.


The C List

26 Jun

theclist_summer2015headerThe only thing I love more than Fridays, are Friday mornings on the ocean.

As summer kicks into full swing, our work from anywhere fridays perk at Onboardly is now in place, which means I’ll be waking up to seagulls, waves, and ocean views for as many Fridays as possible this summer.

I mean, this view is pretty stellar.


But before I curl up with my coffee and this view, ready to tackle the day, here is this week’s C List.

1. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Trailer (via YouTube) Netflix has released the trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – the limited 8-episode series remake of the cult classic. All of the original cast is returning, including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper and more. If you haven’t seen the original – it just so happens to be streaming on Netflix. Just sayin.

2. Kid Theatre with Channing Tatum (via YouTube) Channing Tatum. Jimmy Fallon. Magic Mike as written by children. You can thank me later.

3. Tess + Olivia 25% Off Summer Sale (via Tess + Olivia) Tess + Olivia is a beautiful collection of interchangeable jewelry, created and designed by my insanely talented friend Sunta. To celebrate the arrival of summer, you can save 25% off your order now through July 2nd. I just placed an order – you should too!

4. Praise Kaitlyn Bristowe, the First Bachelorette Star to Get Real About Sex (via Vulture) Yes, it’s true. I am now watching the Bachelorette and I am SO addicted. This past week’s episode ruffled more than a few feathers, but I am 100% team Kaitlyn. You go girl.

That’s it from me today – if YOU are watching the Bachelorette, definitely let me know in the comments below. I’m going to need a support group over the next few weeks.

And if you haven’t already – check out my Book of the Month! Lastly, don’t forget to come back on Sunday night for this week’s Scenes from the Weekend!


Book of the Month – Open Road Summer

24 Jun

bookofthemonth__june2015Confession: I had this HUGE plan to have read at least one of my summer books by now for this Book of the Month post, but truth be told, between Miami and life, I haven’t had much of a chance to curl up and read. I CAN tell you that the last of the Books in my Beach Bag This Summer  are on order and will be here soon! You can look for that post in early July!

BUT in the meantime, because I know that I do have a lot of readers who enjoy a good young adult novel from time to time, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on one that I read earlier this year on my flight to Nashville, Tennessee.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord is a story of friendship and young love on the open road. Newly single Reagan decides to leave her rebellious past behind her to join her best friend (and country superstar) Lilah Montgomery on her summer tour. Yes, I imagined Lilah as Taylor Swift the entire time. Enter Matt Finch, fellow country star with the boy next door charm no girl could resist. Not even Reagan who has sworn off dating for the summer.

If you like country music, road trips, and a cute young love story (but more importantly, a great story about two best friends and their friendship) – Open Road Summer will not disappoint. It’s totally a fun read that will give you butterflies and bring you back to memories of your first love.

If you’re looking for a sexy, smutty read – you should probably check out either of the last two Books of the Month: Ugly Love or Beautiful Secret. Or you can order my friend V’s first book: One More Shot!

Got a book that I must read? I’d love to hear about it! Drop the name in the comments below or tweet me @crystalcrichard!


Scenes from the Weekend

21 Jun

Following hot, wild Miami nights last weekend, a relatively low-key weekend on the shore was much needed.

I kicked it off with a little entertaining in the city on Friday evening, tapas and raspberry spritzers, before hitting the moonlit highway to come to the shore for the rest of the weekend. From Father’s Day lobster feasts to summer bonfires and walks on the beach dunes – it was the perfect family weekend.

Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from the weekend.

IMG_1185friday night entertaining

IMG_1192 friday evenings in the city, saturday mornings on the shore

IMG_1198 couldn’t resist stopping to take in this view at the seaside market

IMG_1209 father’s day feast

IMG_1214 get tiki

IMG_1227 million dollar view

IMG_1278 introducing: volcano log

IMG_1276 sundays at the dunes

IMG_1268 dune life

IMG_1274 driftwood find

IMG_1271 happy father’s day dad

I hope your weekend was equally fantastic!


Did you catch my 5 Thoughts on Jurassic World? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Looking to try a new guacamole recipe? Make sure to check out my Recipe of the Month and come back Wednesday night for my Book of the Month! For a real-time look at my East Coast weekends, follow me on Instagram @crystal_catherine

The C List + 5 Thoughts About Jurassic World

19 Jun

theclist_summer2015headerOh Friday, you sexy thing!

Last night, I FINALLY made it to the theatre to see Jurassic World, only one week after the rest of the world it seems.

If you knew me in the 90’s, you would know that I was obsessed with Jurassic Park. And obsessed is probably putting it lightly.

Let me just take this opportunity now to apologize to everyone sitting around me for the sobbing, flailing, fist pumping hot mess that I was for two hours. Yes, everything makes me cry, but especially the Jurassic Park theme. And no, I will not apologize for rooting for the dinosaurs 90% of the time.

Before I get into the C List, I thought it would be fun to share some of the thoughts (SPOILER FREE) that I had while viewing the movie.

5jurassicparkthoughts_june2015 1. I thought there was nothing hotter than a man and a dog. Nope, there is something hotter and that’s Chris Pratt and a velociraptor.

2. Starbucks! Jurassic World has a Starbucks! How do I go to there and do they have a You Are Here Series mug for purchase.

3. I’ll just be over here sobbing into my sleeve, because dinosaurs, the music, the scenery, the throwbacks to Jurassic Park. ALL THE TEARS. 

4. I’m pretty sure my cat is part velociraptor.

5. I would never risk my life to go to the moon, but I would definitely risk my life to hangout in a park with dinosaurs. 100%. No questions asked. Sign me up.

Have you seen Jurassic World? I’d love to hear what you thought!

And now – here is this week’s C List.

1. Taxi Driver Rescues Family of Ducks, Gives Them Free Ride to River (via TIME) In case you were concerned about humanity, there are still a few good souls out there.

2. Zookeepers do their best Jurassic World impression with pigs and penguins (via The Verge) I would like to hug every single one of these zookeepers, but especially the one with the otters.

3. We Are Your Friends Trailer (via YouTube) Post-Miami, I am really into dance / techno / house music, which bodes well with my recent discovery of everything Calvin Harris has ever released in the past few years. As you can imagine, I’m now really looking forward to this movie, because a) Zac Efron b) it looks like the Social Network but for DJs.

4. If the dinosaurs in ‘Jurassic World’ were replaced with wiener dogs (via Mashable) This is everything and you can thank me later.

And that’s it for this week!

Have an amazing weekend! And if you’re going to see Jurassic World (or you have already) make sure to let me know what you think! Leave a note below or tweet me @crystalcrichard! Want to join in an East Coast weekend? Follow me on Snapchat for all day stories: crystalcrichard! And lastly, if you’re looking for a great weekend snack – check out my Recipe of the Month! It goes GREAT with margaritas or beer!



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