Holiday Party Spread Roundup

17 Dec
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Pear, Walnut and Ricotta Crostini

One of the best parts about the blog for me is being able to look back at some of my older posts for inspiration and opportunities to recreate some of my favourites. We host our annual Christmas party this weekend, and I am in the process of narrowing down what types of snacks we want to serve, and I found a lot of my favourites have been shared here in the past. Hopefully this round-up will come in handy if you are in a pinch to throw something together this holiday season!

Click any image to see all the recipe details~

Mini Margherita Pizzas

Mini Margherita Pizzas

Prosciutto wrapper asparagus

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Antojitos

Antojitos

Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers

Prosciutto, Pear & Goat Cheese

Prosciutto, Pear & Goat Cheese

Baked Zucchini Sticks with Sweet Onion Dip

Baked Zucchini Sticks with Sweet Onion Dip

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Roasted Grapes with Thyme

Devilled Eggs

Devilled Eggs

Last Minute Gift Guides

16 Dec
Gift Guide for Him

For Him: It is fun to look for something he might not buy for himself, or a new show to hunker down with over the holidays is also always a fail proof bet.

  1. Coach Bleeker Leather Passport Case – $98
  2. Club Monaco Kensington Cashmere Hat – $80
  3. Coach Boxed to Size Reversible Belt – $178
  4. Fossil Townsman Automatic Watch – $240
  5. J.Crew Abingdon Laptop Case – ON SALE $80
  6. Sons of Anarchy Season One – $20
  7. J.Crew Wool Baset Weave Scarf – ON SALE $32

I hope you have all been having a wonderful holiday season so far, seems hard to believe Christmas is just 9 days away now! I am sure I am not alone when I say I have a few last gifts to track down, and with shipping windows in time for Christmas closing within another day or two, I thought I would share some last minute suggestions for those who are tough to buy for.

I hope you find these helpful as you round up gifts for those still left on your list, and I would love to hear any suggestions you have for the hard to buy for!

Happy Holidays!

Gift Guide for Her

For Her: I love looking for something that is either really fun and unique (like the docking station) or something that is luxurious that they might not get for themselves but will love to use (like special candles).

  1. J.Crew Embroidered Emblem Baseball Cap – ON SALE $40
  2. Kiehl’s Products – Lotion $37 and Scrub $39
  3. Karen Walker Number One Sunglasses – $250
  4. Madewell Perfectly Plaid Scarf – $58
  5. New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada – $38
  6. Jo Malone Candle Travel set – $100
  7. Anthropologie Vintage Book iDock – $72

Check out last year’s suggestions for her, him and the person who has everything on your list.

Vanity Makeover

13 Nov

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A long time ago (I mean seriously long time) I mentioned here, how much I wanted to redo our spare bedroom and make better use of the space. I dreamed of having a lovely vanity to get ready at in the morning, complete with a fully functional and organized space for all my makeup, products, and jewelery. Well, I am happy to say we finally got around to doing it, and now I can’t believe we waited so long to get it done.

Before, we used this space for extra closets (read: where I keep all my stuff because our marriage wouldn’t last if we shared one closet), an office (for when my husband was in school), a spare bedroom (we had a futon we could use for guests) and just a general room for dumping things. When my husband finished school last September, we had talked seriously about turning the space into a more functional day to day room, but just never carved out the time to do it or really took the time to figure out what the space needed.

In the end, like all home reno projects big or small, it took much more time, a bit more money and definitely more patience than we had predicted, but the end result is well worth it. We literally feel like we have so much more space now, because we are using the room in a much more effective way. It is now a bigger closet (read: we added ANOTHER wardrobe but this one is actually shared for coats since we don’t have a coat closet), a nicely laid out office for when either of us need to work from home, a gym (we got a spin bike and needed a good place to put it) and a dressing room.

I was obviously most excited about the dressing room/vanity part, and had so much fun tracking down all the little pieces I wanted to make the space perfect. From scouring Pinterest to figure out what would work as an additional storage piece (the space we had was very limited), to finding the perfect lamp, chevron bench with built in storage, lucite containers, and finally building the necklace racks I have been meaning to do for the past two years, it was a really fun project.

Here are the items we used to create the new space (please excuse any reflection of the spin bike, desk, etc. in the background, like I said, it is a functional space). Hopefully, it will help you if you are thinking of doing a similar project, because in the end, we managed to find really affordable pieces to make the space special. Sadly, after all this time I didn’t have a great before picture to share, so you will just have to use your imagination, but I promise it is way better than before!

Key Pieces:

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Target Lamp here, Lucite tray here, Lucite duo container here – I love the clean feel of the lucite pieces and it is still easy to see everything but feels much more organized

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Organized nail polishes and jewelery make finding things so much easier

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Necklace racks made from knobs from Anthropologie and recycled wood that we spray painted white (literally total cost of under $20)

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For the pieces I reach for most, I decided to keep them front and centre but this glass tray still makes it feel organized

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Simple dividers from Target now keep all my makeup organized and easy to find

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This shelf above the vanity used to be a jumbled mess of things, now it is clean and sleek looking with some special items that are close to my heart

I literally look forward to getting ready in the mornings now

I literally look forward to getting ready in the mornings now

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The fully finished space….and my new favourite area of the house

Check out my pinterest board here for more vanity inspiration and this post I did a long time ago on makeup organization if you are thinking about trying something like this at home as well.

Fall Fashion Inspiration

21 Oct
Fall Fashion - chambray and maxi

A great way to extend your light coloured chambray into fall with a leather jacket & maxi skirt combo

Fall really is the best time of the year for fashion in my opinion. I love that on Friday’s I can wear my favourite jeans and heels, and all I need to throw on is a blazer when I run out the door, and I am simultaneously comfortable, pulled together and hopefully chic looking, all day long.

I have been trying to find new and creative ways to wear things that are already in my closet, by finding fresh ways to mix them and of course Pinterest always comes through with great ideas and inspiration to style your closet different ways. Here are just a few of the looks I am loving for fall, and here is to wishing for a nice long fall here in Toronto, before the snow settles in for good.

A high waisted, light colour wool skirt would work amazingly well with any blouse in your closet

A high waisted, light coloured wool skirt would work amazingly well with any blouse in your closet

Plaid, leopard and camo mix is unexpected but fun

Plaid, leopard and camo mix is unexpected but fun

Big cowl necks and a classic grey long coat look chic always

Big cowl necks and a classic grey long coat always look chic

Leather and stripes paired with classic black accessories and an olive coat is perfectly timeless

Leather and stripes paired with classic black accessories and an olive coat is perfectly timeless

Black on Black in various textures is the perfect go to on mornings when you can't decide what to wear

Black on Black in various textures is the perfect go to on mornings when you can’t decide what to wear

For days when you need a pick me up, you can't go wrong with a gorgeous statement coat and classic casual jeans & a t-shirt

For days when you need a pick me up, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous statement coat and classic casual jeans & a t-shirt

Worn in jeans, a great bag and shoes and the perfect fitting leather jacket are the best fall uniform if you ask me

Worn in jeans, a great bag & shoe combo and the perfect fitting leather jacket are the best fall uniform if you ask me

One of my favourite go to fall looks - a classic tweed blazer

One of my favourite go to fall looks from here last year – a classic tweed blazer

{Images from here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9}

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