Holidays

This Week

:: Finally found a wreath! I usually like to make them however I was running out of time and purchased this one – I enjoy the fruits on it, something I’ve never done before::

The final days before Christmas and it’s finally sinking in – the excited, joyous Christmas feeling! Family is arriving tomorrow on both sides and then its officially time to relax. I love how at this time of year, everyone seems to take a step back and enjoy the little things – although I’ve been off work for the last little while with little miss Stella we’re super excited to have A around us for a couple days and be off of work. Merry Christmas everyone!

:: Hand delivered gifts from my friend Pepper B, she’s the cutest ::

:: We have a mantle, yay! Now, if you have seen instagram, you’d know that I gave many plans for this mantle in the New Year but for this year, I plan on just being happy with the fact that I have one ::

:: My little Mackie looking sweet ::

:: The most decadent Fresh soaps which I LOVE and are also great stocking stuffers if you’re a super last minute shopper ::

:: A little ornament from last weekend in NYC – the Empire State Building, where we got engaged ::

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Interior Inspiration // Christmas House Tour

It’s the week before Christmas and I’m feeling almost sad that we’re this close! This year I’ve been a little behind in getting the house decorated, completing Christmasy tasks (like baking cookies) and I have yet to attend a Christmas party (aside from the Elsie and Kel dinner Laura and I indulged in). At the same time, I have so much to be happy about and am thankful for including Stella’s first Christmas, instilling some new family traditions, Laura and my first year of business and family that is traveling all the way from Australia to be together this year. So more focusing on what’s good and less on what’s not there.

I’ve been a blogger and reader of blogs for many years and for some reason, this year is a first for me in catching these amazing Christmas Home Tours.  It’s always amazing to see people’s different approach to this season and I especially fell in love with one home in particular that belongs to the home of designer Sarah Walker was so impeccably done for the holidays, I’m in love. Her mantle has given me some serious inspo for mine and I appreciate the subtly of it all. Super classy and less in your face – enjoy!

All images via – The Curated House 

Photography // When He Found Her

Design // Sarah Walker

Floral // Sweet Woodruff 

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Travel Chapter :: Melbourne, Australia

DSC_0018 This was my second time visiting Melbourne, Australia and I only fell more in love with the city. My brother and his wife moved there 6 years ago and about 2 years ago A and I agreed that we would be spending Christmas 2015 in the sun. I’m used to travelling for the holidays but had never been across the ocean and I was scared Santa wouldn’t find me! (jokessss) What isn’t a joke though, is the flight and with the aforementioned unexpected layover, it felt even longer. From a larger perspective, it’s not all that bad and it’s worth it. My mom asks me all the time how we make it through and my response is always movies and sleeping pills. IMG_8862 :: This beautiful store called Husk – it was merchandized so well I wanted to move in  :: 

We really wanted to beat jet lag once we landed so we tried to keep ourselves busy to go to sleep at a normal hour. Our gracious hosts, my brother and his wife, took us to this cute neighbourhood called Albert Park to catch some rays, grab a bite and do a little shopping. Sounds pretty ideal right? I absolutely love what the Australians have to offer in regards to shopping – just love it!

IMG_8864 :: More Husk Love :: IMG_8886 Apparently the big thing to do on Boxing Day is to go to the Chricket! We had never been and it’s difficult to get tickets. You need to be a member and people are on the waiting lists for 20+ years – seriously! Luckily we had a friend help us out – I wish I had a picture of us there because we looked cute! There’s a dress code and everything however we had to leave early due to this stupid sickness A and I both were dealing with.
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Portsea! Mornington Peninsula! Amazingness. Luckily, A and I got over our illness just in time for our little beach trip. Last time we were visiting Australia, we had a couple little trips on the side but this time around we only had one but it was a good one. The Mornington Peninsula is a quick trip south of Melbourne and I would go as far as saying it’s a must if you can. The beaches and sights were incredible and even as a tourist, I could see the value in making the extra little trip there versus the city beaches.  IMG_8893 :: Us! :: IMG_8905 :: Visited this quaint little gin distillery called Bass and Flinders – delicious ::
IMG_8908 :: Cute decor :: IMG_8911 :: Amazing little cafe in Sorrento (beside Portsea) :: IMG_8913 :: Followed by awesome shopping at Seed :: IMG_8917

 :: Our usual set up at the beach :: DSC_0016

:: Squad :: DSC_0005

:: Cute Bath Houses :: IMG_8959

:: Beautiful store called Coastal Living where I wanted EVERYTHING :: IMG_8932

:: Delicious food at the Portsea Hotel including their pizza! :: IMG_8946 (1) :: Sunsets ::   IMG_8960 DSC_0006 DSC_0012 IMG_9948 Wine Tour time!  IMG_9960
IMG_9897 :: Perhaps the most amazing salmon sashimi ::

IMG_9891 :: Festive Flinder’s Station ::
IMG_9997 :: Cool neighbourhood – Fitzroy ::
IMG_9733 :: New Year’s Eve Brunch with Sara at Sandbar :: IMG_9915

:: The National Gallery of Victoria ::  IMG_9918

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:: Interacting with the exhibit ::

It was an amazing trip and I only wish we had more time there. There are so many other things we wanted to do but also wanted to have some down/chill time. Can’t wait to get back there already.

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Shopped: Husk, Coastal Living, Seed, Country Road, Witchery, David Jones

Ate/Drank: Sake Sushi, Merrywell, Soumah, Industry Beans, The Botanical, Boatbuilders Yard, The Vincent, Portsea Pub, Sandbar, The Meatball and Winebar, Chin Chin 

Did: National Gallery of Victoria, Yarra Valley Wine Tour, Royal Botanical Gardens, South Melbourne Market, 

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Gingerbread Men

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I still can’t believe that Christmas is THIS FRIDAY! Time yet again, is flying by. I was a tad MIA last week on the blog since every family and friends gathering occurred and I’m simultaneously trying to get ready for our holiday trip to Australia (we leave tomorrow- yipeeee!). I hadn’t yet done any Christmas baking and had been meaning to make some gingerbread men – my second favourite holiday treat following my Grandmother’s empire cookies.  DSC_0002

I made the dough a couple days prior (using this recipe), I felt that this was helpful since carving out the time for baking is hard enough. After chilling in the fridge for a couple of days I left out on the counter to bring the dough to room temperature. Note: Don’t leave too long like I did or your gingers will break! 10-15 minutes depending how long the dough had been chilling. DSC_0003

After rolling out the dough (roughly 1/8 inch thick – I had no idea how to really measure that so I simply guesstimated) place your cutter into the dough. Easy, right? DSC_0005 DSC_0008

Simple place them carefully on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and pop them into the oven for 10-12 minutes rotating the cookie sheets from the top rack to the bottom rack midway through. As you can see, some of my guys are a little wonky but that’s okay right? I realized it was because the dough was too warm so my second batch was much better than the first but that’s what baking is all about right? Figuring it out on the way… well for me at least since I’m still a rookie.  DSC_0014

Last step is to decorate! I stay pretty simple with white icing but leave your freak flag fly and decorate as much as you like!

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This Week

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:: A failed attempt for a coffee meeting – such a cool and well designed place however we weren’t able to work there sans table ::

Today is a great day as I’m checking in on a project that I’m excited about as well seeing my bestie and her husband tonight has me on a life high. Oh and it’s sunny outside so that has a smile on my face. We have a quick trip to Ottawa this weekend and I’m looking forward to connecting with some friends and family again before we depart on our trip to Australia to see my brother and his wife. Hope you have a great weekend!

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:: #MackieMyPup looking regal on his chair :: IMG_8739

:: Current reads – LOVE #GIRLBOSS so far and the Bohemian book is full of inspiration :: IMG_8724

:: Continuing the spirit of Christmas in the lovely and cozy Shangri-La with high-tea, totally recommend it! Thanks Ash for bringing me!!! ::

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Festive Cocktail Time!

festive cocktails-2 It’s about that time, isn’t it? 5:00pm on a Thursday evening – you’ve worked hard all week and now it’s time to indulge in some very necessary beverages. Since the holidays are in full swing – a couple of my gal pals (Ash and Laura) got together to get merry and cheerful with some festive cocktails. We attempted some twists on some traditional drinks and were pleased with the results.

We saw the Moscow Mule cups and knew we had to do something with those and realized that pomegranates were in season and needed to be celebrated.

THE MERRY MOSCOW MULE

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 ounces of pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces (about 2 shots) Vodka
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 12 ounces Ginger Beer
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish
  • Candied ginger for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine all vodka, juices, and ginger beer and pour over ice. This makes two drinks.
  2. Garnish with Pomegranate arils and lime wedges if desired.
  3. Enjoy!

2 festive cocktails

THE ORANGE OLD FASHIONED WITH ROSEMARY

INGREDIENTS

– 1 sugar cube

– 2 ounces of rye

– 3 dashes of orange bitters

– Splash of club soda

– Large orange slice for garnish

– Sprig of rosemary for garnish

– Large ice cubes

– Slice of orange

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine rye, soda and bitters and pour over sugar cube. This makes one drink.
  2. Add large ice cube and garnish with a slice of orange and rosemary.
  3. Enjoy!

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Shop the post from Indigo: Marble and wood cutting board, Moscow mule mugs and Gold-striped napkin.

Shout out to Hello Midge Flower Studio for providing us with some lovely blooms, she’s the best.

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Small and Local Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to gift! I love giving gifts to friends and family however there is nothing worse than defaulting to some basic level of gift giving that has little thought, meaning or character to it. I find when you head to the big box stores, you can find gifts sure, but there’s something to be said for giving a gift that seems a little more personal and unique. Well, if you live in Toronto (and if you don’t, you can still shop online!) than you’re in luck because I’ve rounded up some small stores that are perfect for finding that special gift. I’m lucky to call some of these shop owners friends but that doesn’t make me biased at all…

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1 – Health Hut Boutique – You may recall Tara’s store from the launch party I helped her with and I’m still in love with her little hut! She has so many natural lifestyle products that are perfect for anyone on your list. My top three picks are: the Swell bottle (I love mine so much), an adorable gift set that she has created, and my favourite face wash.

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2 – Keaton & Co. – What is more personal than a monogrammed gift? Jennifer has curated some of the best home gifts for that person on your list that has everything but some personalized napkins, right? My top three picks are: Monogrammed PJ’s for her, Rustic Linen Napkins and Emoji Napkins. Hurry – you will need to place your oder ASAP from her last minute shop here before Dec. 15 if you’re in Toronto.

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3 – SOUVENIR – This little studio space/gallery/shop was started by two cool girls and is a home for emerging designers, artists and makers to display their work in a gallery-type setting – it’s just brilliant! Since their online store is still under construction you have to go into the studio however it’s well worth the trip to College St. My three picks are below: beautiful tiny bud vases (proud owner right here!), subtle earrings and speckles paint mugs. 2015-12-07_11-17-48 4.Tonic Blooms – I recently learned about their flower delivery service that delivers quality, styled arrangements to the downtown Toronto core in about 2 hours from placing your order. It’s the perfect last-minute gift for someone especially if you won’t be seeing them before Christmas.

5. BRIKA – I had the pleasure of checking out their new pop-up shop in Yorkdale and it was a gift giver’s dream. Perfectly curated gifts from local and non-local artisans that you can learn more about while shopping. It’s nice when you can me the connection between the product and it’s maker and BRIKA is all about celebrating that. My three picks include: dainty rings, the cutest little night light for a little one and these lovely candleholders BRIKA

6. Pepper B. Design – As I’ve mentioned already, it’s great to purchase from small businesses because it’s great to support local artisans however it’s always nice when the designer is as beautiful as her products! I’ve recently met Dani from Pepper B. and is just the cutest just like her pillows!!! My top three picks for gifts are: Didot Gray Medium Case, Didot Navy Pillow (clearly i’m into the Didot) and the Seventy Pillow in Taupe pillows

 

Happy Shopping!

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Thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

It has to be one of my all-time favourite holidays. The time of year brings the best weather (how amazing is this weekend here in Toronto?!) and it’s just tinch more relaxed compared to other holidays. What’s not to like about family gatherings, eating and drinking?

I’m super thankful this weekend as we celebrated our friend’s wedding and they were my first wedding I styled! Super grateful for the opportunity to do so and help build my portfolio before officially launching my business. I’m super excited to share their details soon.

I have plenty to be thankful for and it’s nice to take a moment to think about about them and be gracious. I hope your weekend was beautiful as well!

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p.s. I found taper candle heaven and am super happy with these Dove Gray guys.

St. Patrick’s Day

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.

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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!

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Love Day

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! This year more than ever will be super special because my best friend is getting married on Valentine’s Day. For some, this holiday is silly and pointless and for others it’s a time of year to show your love and affection to your partner in life. Whether you exchange gifts or not, I’m sure your love bug wouldn’t mind if you surprised them with something sweet.

Gifts for Him: 

1. iPhone case // 2. Shirt // 3. Heart Printed Boxers // 4. Floral Tie // 5. Whisky Stones // 6. FM Radio // 7. Key Fob // 8. Watch // 9. Vintage Chess Set

Gifts for Her:

1. Pearl Pen // 2. Cute coin purse 3. Coin Necklace (psst…did you know that Indigo is sharing Jenny Bird pieces online?!) // 4. Jewelry Stand  // 5. Sheer lip // 6. Eye Mask // 7. Pretty little panties // 8. Monogrammed Pinky Signet // 9. Lip Balm

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