Garden Party

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer is officially here and that means it's time for garden parties and weddings!  I picked up this dress at the end of the summer last year from Gap, but never got a chance to wear it until now!

I chose to pair it with this stunning gold waist belt (and I decided to wear it with the closure snaps at the front!) from BRAVE Leather.  Nude pumps are my favourite heels you guys!  They seriously go well with any outfit, highly recommend getting a pair.  The blue fold-over clutch was the perfect finishing touch.  I love that you can easily place it under your arm when you need both hands.

Now it's time to party!


Well That Caught My Eye - Edition #5

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Okay, I typically post this series on Fridays, but I have a fun fashion post scheduled for this Friday so today it is!

We spent last Friday at the beach, first beach day of the year and you guys, it was fabulous!  It's by far our favourite thing to do during the summer months.  Though I have to admit that the water was still mighty chilly, thankfully, it didn't phase the kids!

This week's links:
Have a wonderful Thursday!


Canada Day 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Okay, seriously, wasn't it just March last week?!  Goodness, how is it already JULY?!  Sorry for yelling, but honestly

With that!  Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians.  I hope you're enjoying and enjoy an absolutely amazing day!

Though the forecast isn't looking too good for us, we still have some fun plans in store to celebrate our Nations' birthday!

Every year I buy some new Canada Day gear for our little crew and this year,  I fell in love with the tops at Old Navy.  It's all about comfort on Canada Day because the day typically includes backyard chillin' and lots of walking.  Hopefully the weather does cooperate and we can head downtown to watch the fireworks.  I have two outfits ready just incase it does rain, which explains the shorts and pants.

We will most certainly be making this cake.  It's a yearly tradition and so delicious!  I highly recommend it.

Happy birthday, Canada!


Decorating With Pillows From Tonic Living!

Monday, June 29, 2015

I'm a pillow lover, it's true.  Our basement makeover is coming along nicely, but my excitement level shot through the roof with the arrival of these stunning Tonic Living pillows!  Jumping.through.the.roof.  To me, pillows are not only comfortable (I love surrounding myself with them when I'm sitting on the couch) but they are such a great way to add personality, texture, layering and colour to your space.

I've been a loooooong time fan and customer of Tonic Living.  They are my go-to for fabric, home decor inspiration and they have been consistently upping their game in the past years.  With steady features in home design magazines and with several collaborations with talented bloggers under their belt, Tonic Living has made their mark on the interior decor world.

We basically started with a clean slate in the basement.  One thing that I absolutely love about this space is that the window is at the back, so you can see our gardens.  The weeping jade tree aka our wedding tree always seems to catch my eye.  It boasts beautiful arching branches that have stunning white and pink flowers in the spring.  It was the perfect jumping off point for the colour scheme.

I spotted Sonnet in Spring and needed it to be a part of this project.  I decided to pair it with a long time favourite, Monarch Trellis in Meadow (I have been dying to use this fabric for a while now).  Since this is a family space (aka the boys will be here too), I needed to tone down the florals.  The Links fabric in Indigo and this cozy Indigo Velvet were the perfect finishing touch.  Before placing the order, I ordered some fabric swatches just to make sure!  (Thank you Tonic Living for labelling them!)

I debated going with different sizes, but in the end 20x20 always seems to work so well for me.  Since the sectional is a good size, I wanted to cover as much space as possible.

Now, I'm a huge fan of details and you can tell that Tonic Living is too.  Just check out the seams, matched to per-fection!  

Right?!  The zippers were meticulously sewn in (this isn't easy!) and the lines are beyond straight.  I absolutely adore the fact that you not only have a slew of fabrics to choose from, but that you can also select the insert that's right for you.  These pillows have faux down inserts.  A great alternative to feather inserts for those with allergies, who still want the look.

I look forward to sharing a post with you on how to mix and match patterns when choosing pillows!  Stay tuned!


Tonic Living kindly provided the pillows for this project.  Please note that this didn't influence this post in any which way, all opinions are my own.  I am a huge fan of Tonic Living and have been for years.  It's an absolute pleasure to be working with them.

Life Lately 26.6.15

Friday, June 26, 2015

So we celebrated the end of the school year with some delicious cupcakes and new Lego.  I can't even believe that school is over!  Though it's much harder to get work done during the day, it's wonderful having so much time with the boys and not really having much of a schedule live by.  There will be many beach days!

Here's a little glimpse of the last little bit around here:

summer ready with this cute tunic and fedora from Talbots (c/o)

speaking of fedora's, I've never owned one, goodness they are fun!

okay, who had a pair of jelly sandals when they were young?!  had to get these from Old Navy! (no longer online)

so after hearing all of the hype, I decided to give Benefit's They're Real mascara a try and I'm impressed.  Have you tried it?

Kiddo 1's new bedding from Aura.  Goodness I'm jealous, it' fabulous!

Also, I'm now on Snapchat and Periscope!  Find me at elliven_studio on Snapchat and ellivenstudio on Periscope!

Have a loooooovely weekend, friends!


Patio Moments

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer is officially here which means patio season is in full swing!  Though I have to admit that I'm nowhere near fond of the bugs that appear at night, I still absolutely loving hanging out on the patio with friends and family.

A simple way to enjoy a summer patio moment is providing your company with delicious treats and a refreshing beverage, all neatly laid out on a gorgeous tray.

everything (even the chips!) on the tray was from HomeSense

It was quick and easy to make and it brought some of my favourite people together.  A wonderful moment full of laughter.

Do you love patio season?


HomeSense kindly provided me a giftcard to purchase these items, opinions are completely my own and my opinion was not influenced in any which way.

Master Bedroom Before and After

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hey friends!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend!

I'm over at Domino sharing a recap of our master bedroom makeover!  It was a budget-friendly update that I still love to this day! Hop on over to Domino to read how we made over the space, link below the photo!

a budget-friendly master bedroom makeover
Tired of your bedroom decor? Take a peek at a few simple changes that will instantly transform your space.

Have a lovely Monday!


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