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Most days, I live in a pretty neutral world, specifically when it comes to designing for myself but lately, this colour has popped up in my life online and IRL and I’m slightly obsessed. It’s a bit dark, a bit moody and totally rich. I first came across Hunted Interior’s bathroom reno and from then on, it was a bit of a love affair! It’s also very suitable to this time of year when I’m drawn to more cozy spaces versus light and bright. I’ve yet to do our master bedroom so perhaps that is where I can inject some of this great colour?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I love this holiday – it’s always so fun, cheery and bright. Oh how I miss the days of the pancake keggers and the endless green beer however I’m celebrating in a more sophisticated way this year (I suppose). I kicked it off with a wonderfully green pasta dinner with friends last night (highly recommend this recipe, it’s light, tasty and refreshing!) and will be having some pints with other friends this afternoon. I figured I would round up an outfit or at least a recipe for you to try this evening should you fancy a little Irish celebration.
1. Irish Soda Bread – Last year, during a St. Patrick’s Day themed brunch I hosted – we made the most delicious Irish Soda Bread and I highly recommend adding it to your dinner table ce soir.
2. Olive Green Silk Shell – If you’re playing hostess, you may need to don some green and if your closet isn’t up for it – pop into your nearest J.Crew for this pretty and functional top.
3. Shamrocks – If you aren’t feeling inspired by the beer or the green you’d have to agree that these shamrocks are picture perfect.
4. Shake It Up – So you don’t care for any of the above? What about the Shamrock Shake from McDonalds? I haven’t had one in year but it would sad to not celebrate at all!
Since making my Christmas wreath last year, I made the decision to keep up with the tradition for decking the halls. Since working with boxwood greenery last year, I figured I would switch up my game a bit and try pine.
- Wire (a thick and sturdy kind)
- Wire (a less sturdy, more pliable and green kind)
- Wreath adornments (I used gold bells and glitter leaves)
Disclaimer – purchase a wire framed wreath, don’t try to make one like I did. It’s just a lot more effort and I would image that it’s more sturdy. The one I did make does the trick though so if you happen to have some wire kicking around – have at it!
Once you have your wire frame (store bought and not the hideous looking one that I made pictured above), you simply work your way around the frame, attaching the greenery as you go with the softer, more plyable and green wire.
When you have covered the wire and your wreath is looking as plush as possible – it’s time to add some accents. I kept it fairly simple and used some glitter leaves and large gold bells. Sometimes during the holiday season, less is more.
And that’s it! Hang it on your door, above your fireplace or where ever your heart desires.
I wouldn’t say that I’m cleansing type of girl, I’ll try anything once, but an easy way to get some goodness is something that I’m up for. After consulting my friend/nutritionist/chef on what she drinks in the morning that contained lots of fibre and goodness – she passed along her favourite green smoothie. Once she listed the ingredients, I was in! I also decided to name it Greeny for obvious reasons
1 1/2 Cups of Coconut Water
2 Cups of Spinach
1/2 Ripe Pear
1/2 Frozen Banana (frozen for the temp!)
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon of Freshly-grated Ginger
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
Honey to taste
Mint leaves to taste (I used 1-3)
All the goodness in one little magic bullet.
Look at Greeny in all of her glory!
This past weekend was amazing! While Saturday was a little grey, we had a really sunny Sunday and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It turned out to be the perfect day to get a little festive in honour of St. Patrick. This year was a little more low key than our regular St.Patrick’s Day Pancake Kegger. It allowed for more time to get creative in the kitchen and perhaps a little less aggressive. I was a little short on green decor so I opted for the gold theme which in my opinion, is never a bad idea. With the help of my friends, we made a Irish themed meal that included two types of quiche, an all-green fruit salad and Irish soda bread topped it all off with either some Baileys and coffee or a delicious mimosa. Since I’m jetting off this weekend and will be travelling on St. Patrick’s Day, I’m happy I was able to squeeze in a little celebration – do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
The best part about the prep work is the cocktail that pairs with it!
The two quiche – ready for the oven! We may have cheated a little and purchased frozen pie shells but we did make this Irish soda bread from scratch – can you believe it?
It was really amazing and easy to make, shout out to the head chef!
Adding a splash of orange of grapefruit juice to our sparkling wine made our drink the pot of gold we were all reaching for on sunny Sunday.