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Holiday Party Spread Roundup

17 Dec

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



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


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.

June’s Top 5 Picks

3 Jun
June's top 5 picks 2013 - forever 21 blouse

Cloud Print Sleeveless Blouse – Forever 21 $20

A sleeveless, collared blouse is perfect for warmer days – and I am in love with the colours on this one

In a sense, it always feels hard to believe that another month is here. However, June is one of my very favourites, since we still have so much wonderful weather ahead of us, and we are fully into our summer wardrobes. To me, this means fun colour, fabulous sandals and all of the other great things that are distinctly summer. Last week I was down in South Beach, and I can definitely say I am in full summer mode now, in fact, I picked up this fabulous (and amazingly priced) blouse down there and can’t wait to find ways to make it work appropriate here.

What are you on the hunt for this month to kickoff summer?

I am obsessed with the cut, colour and fabric of this dress – perfect for summer and will look amazing in the fall with booties

June's top 5 picks - All Saints Dress

Riviera Jersey Dress – All Saints $150

If you are looking for a unique sandal, look no further – also love the colour (would look fabulous with the dress above)

june's top 5 picks - RM shoes

Ragini Sandal – Rebecca Minkoff $208

Pefect paired with jean shorts or layered over a great light weight dress when the nights are a little cooler

june top 5 picks 2013 - madewell sweater

Neon Fade Sweater – Madewell $70

A cute structured bag, in a nice neutral for a great price point = perfect purchase

June's top 5 picks - top shop bag

Snake Trim Boxy Bag – Topshop $40 (via The Bay)

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

7 May
Mother's Day Gift Guide

I can’t believe it is Mother’s Day again, it literally just feels like yesterday that I did a round up for Mother’s Day last year (you can see them here if you are looking for some other specific types of gifts) but I love looking for nice gifts for mom. Mother’s Day is a great excuse to spend some quality time with your mom and treat her to something special she probably wouldn’t buy for herself.

I tried to round up some picks to help if you are stuck with what to get this year, but I would love to hear what else you are looking at for your mom this Mother’s Day.

  1. Tory Burch Mix Print Brigitte Cosmetic Case $78 – A beautiful makeup bag to use daily would be a great special treat
  2. J.Crew Leather Colorblock Passport Case $54 – I am still in love with this special passport case, such a wonderful treat for someone hard to buy for
  3. Selima Elizabeth Sunglasses for Club Monaco $185 – I think these would look fantastic on every mom, and the tortoise frames are super versatile
  4. J.Crew Infinity Scarf $48 – Stripes and an infinity scarf together, any mom would love this for the summer
  5. Anthropologie Hobnail Pitcher $78 – A classic, coloured glass pitcher would look beautiful on display and is equally functional
  6. Coach Saffiano Medium City Tote in Honeybee $298 – Any mom would love the classic tote shape, but the unexpected colour helps to make it an extra special treat for Mom
  7. Le Creuset Bloom Mini Casseroles (set of 4) $45 – Any mom would love some Le Cruset in her life, but these beautiful bloom coloured mini casseroles are extra special
  8. J.Crew Sunflower Necklace $60 – All mom’s love jewelery, and this gorgeous statement necklace would be the perfect, wallet friendly piece to add to her collection this mother’s day

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