Pink Forever

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I am so smitten with blue and pink lately, in our house and in fashion too!

A few weeks ago I spotted this peacoat in Banana Republic's sale section.  I hummed and hawed and then of course, BR offered their 50% off and I decided to go for it!  Though the jacket isn't as thick as I thought it would, it's made of melton wool aka it's super soft and it's warm.  It will be perfect for running errands (remember, I'm that girl who very much dislikes overheating when running errands!), no heavy winter jackets for me (unless it's minus a zillion out of course!).

This week is feeling rather long, I'm exhausted!  Perhaps it's from all of the shovelling we did over the weekend?! haha!

Hope you're having a fantastic week so far!


Feeling The Love! Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A quick post to wish you all a very happy Valentine's Day!  I hope that you indulge in all things sweet today!  That's exactly what we intend on doing....lots of chocolate and of course, a heart shaped cake!  This is something that my mum used to make when we were kids, and because we all loved it so much, it's a tradition that we've carried on!

Enjoy your day!


The Blue Dress

Monday, February 13, 2017

A few weeks ago, we found out that we have an fun event to attend in the spring.  So of course, I immediately hopped online in search of the perfect dress!  J Crew was offering 40% off sale items, so I decided to purchase the Clara dress.  After debating which colour, I chose newport navy and, it's the most stunning blue ever! 

The dress has since sold out, but there are most certainly some other amazing options!  I've also got my eye on this one (hopefully it's re-stocked) as well as this one.  So gorgeous!  I love to nab great dresses at even better prices!


Newness - New Workouts & New Beauty Routine

Monday, February 6, 2017

About a week and a half ago I decided enough was enough.  I threw on my workout clothes and headed to the basement to do a circuit.  It was time to start working out regularly again.  I love Crossfit, but I don't love working out in the garage when it's so darn cold out, so using the treadmill,  kettle bell and hand weights is a great alternative for me. (I'm a huge fan of Emily Skye's.  If you love circuits, follow her on Facebook for awesome videos.  I refer to them all of the time).

I switch things up every day, but typically do a circuit that consists of a 3 min run, then I do a few exercises with the kettle bell and then arms.  I repeat this 3/4 times.  After that , I do a core workout and lately I've been finishing this off with hill sprints on the treadmill.  I wish I had given this a try sooner, because I LOVE them!  I do 30 secs of running with a 30 secs - 1 min break, four times.  It's killer, but in a great way!

I've also made some rather big changes to my diet.  I always thought that I was a pretty good eater, but when I looked a littler closer I quickly realized that that wasn't the case.  Being more aware of what I'm eating has also made a big difference in how I feel.  Small changes with huge impact!  I'll chat more about this in a future post.

After having the opportunity to try Philosophy's anti-aging ultimate Miracle Worker night cream, I've been completely sold on the fact that I need this entire line in my life and just bought a new jar!  It is a beautiful line and I'm so incredibly happy with it.  I also added Purity face cleanser as well as anti-aging Miracle Worker Moisturizer to my daily routine.

I will be the first to admit that I've always been a skeptic about how well these products work, but for me, it's been a great experience and I'm truly happy with how much healthier my skin looks and feels.  It did take a few weeks for me to start noticing the difference, which is probably why I was always a skeptic.  I typically only ever used samples.  Samples are great for allowing you to see how the product feels and to ensure that it moisturizes your skin enough, but otherwise, you sometimes need to use the product for a longer period of time to notice the benefits.  At least that was the case for me. You can view the Miracle Worker line here.

I also wanted to invest in some great beauty product, so I decided to head to Shoppers Drug Mart to visit their Beauty Boutique.  I knew what type of look I was going for, but had no idea what products I needed to use to achieve it.  There are SO many to choose from and to know which brand and which shade you need has always felt very overwhelming! Thankfully the associate was so helpful and patient.  I left with these products and very much look forward to using them!  I will continue to use a mix of high & low products, but for me, these products seemed to fit the bill and work well with my skin tone and gave me the overall look I was aiming for.

I can't lie, I have a list of other products that I'm wanting to try, but I'll stick to these plus a few of my old regulars for now!

Do you have any favourite beauty products?  What about make up brushes?  I need to buy some that are of better quality.


A Night Out

Friday, February 3, 2017

I consider myself to be somewhat of a homebody....only because I love nothing more cozy evenings at home - so I find it hard at times to motivate myself to go out.  BUT!  Tell me that we are going someplace that I have to wear a dress and heels and I'm there!  Without a doubt!

There's not denying that Valentine's Day gives us a little bit of a nudge to make the effort to go out with your loved one.  I know, we should always make time for this, but I do love Valentine's Day, just like your birthday, when it's an extra special day to celebrate.

I spotted these heels while perusing the shelves at Call It Spring and could not resist purchasing them!  To think that this lover of the colour pink didn't have any pink heels in her closet until these lovelies came along is craziness!  I feel like a lace dress is a great staple for any closet.  Also, my favourite scent of the moment is Indigo by Nest.  Gosh I love it so!

Have a lovely weekend!



DIY Pink Ombre Tablecloth

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hi everyone!

Thanks so very much for all of the love on the Kids Valentine's Day Party post!  So thrilled that you liked it!

As promised, today I'm going into a little more detail about how I made the pink ombre tablecloth.

I picked up a canvas drop cloth from our local hardware store for $30.  I decided to go with 9' x 12' because I wanted it to drape over the sides, all the way to the ground.  Truth be told, this drop cloth was pretty heavy, but the reason why I wanted to use it was because I loved the look of the canvas.  After pricing out similar options at the fabric store, this was the best bang for my buck.

To create the ombre look, I used three different shades of pink Krylon spray paint - Ballet Slippers, Watermelon and Mambo Pink.  You can see two out of the three here.

To apply the spray paint, I placed the drop cloth on a fold-up banquet table that we had out in the garage and measured how high up I wanted the lightest colour to start.  In hindsight, I'm thinking that it may have actually have been easier to place it on the ground, lying flat, so that you could easily get around the edges.

To figure out how high I wanted the colour to start, I first placed the tablecloth on our kitchen table and measured up from the ground.

I started with the lightest colour (Ballet Slipper) and slowly, in short bursts, passed it over the length of the tablecloth, one side at a time.  I gradually over-lapped the layers the further down I went to get the right intensity of colour.  You can always add, but can't take away, I kept reminding myself of this!

After the first colour was applied, I repeated the same step with the two other colours (Watermelon and Mambo Pink).  Taking a step back, I could easily see where I needed to add more colour and did so as needed.  I wanted an organic look, similar to what you would achieve if you were using a dye, so I would move the can up and down ever so slightly, in almost a wave pattern. to minimize the straight line look.

For the corners, I simply tucked in the extra fabric and using my fingers, creased the edges for a nice, crisp look.  I didn't hem the edges, because the tablecloth looks gorgeous with the extra fabric pooling at the corners, however I didn't think that it would be a wise option to do that for the kids' party incase someone tripped over it!  No need for cupcake masterpieces to go flying!

You may notice an almost marble look in the spray paint.  Well, I completely forgot to iron the drop cloth prior to applying the spray paint!  Ooops!

I'm so thrilled with the end result of this project!  Can you even believe that I almost didn't go ahead with the idea, in fear that it wouldn't work?!


Kid's Valentines Day Cupcake Decorating Party!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi, friends!

I'm beyond excited to be part of a blog hop that's all about sharing ideas and inspiration for hosting a fun Valentine's Day party for the kids!  All together there are 11 fantastic party ideas, so be sure to check them all out!  A big welcome to everyone who is popping over from Ashley's gorgeous blog!  How stunning was her Valentine's Day post??!!  Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!  You'll find the links to the other participants at the bottom of the post!

I absolutely love any excuse to go all out using my favourite colour, pink!  This cupcake decorating party is meant to allow the kids to create their own tasty masterpieces while being surrounded by all things love.

I had so much fun putting this tablescape together.  The biggest DIY project (but super simple!) was the ombre tablecloth (find the tutorial here!).  I bought a drop cloth from our local hardware store (don't underestimate the weight of a 9'x12' drop cloth.!!).  I then took three different shades of Krylon pink spray paint (Ballerina Slippers, Watermelon and Mambo Pink) and one by one, passed them over the side of the drop cloth.  I overlapped the colours where I felt like I needed a little more intensity.  I will be writing more about this project in an upcoming post!  One thing I totally forgot to do was iron the drop cloth prior to spraying it (oops!), which is why there is almost a marble effect.

The chairs were removed from the table, hoping that it would make it easier for the kids to move around and get what they needed to decorate their cupcakes.  I bought piping bags from the bulk food store and filled each with icing.  There are two white, one pink and one marble (I added the red food colouring, but didn't mix it completely, for a fun marble effect).  Each piping bag has a different decorating tip, so that the kids can make various designs.

Red, pink and white sprinkles have been placed in bowls with spoons.  Messes are welcome!  Part of the reason why I chose to go with a dropcloth tablecloth was because I didn't want to have to worry about the mess!  Nothing too precious here!  We really want the kids to be as creative as they want, without worrying about being too messy!  The dropcloth can be folded up, shaken out (there will be a lot of sprinkles on it! lol) and then placed in the washing machine after it's been used!

Plastic utensils have been wrapped up in napkins tied with kraft paper name tags and a festive cupcake topper.  A quick swipe of pink paint adds a bit of detail to the kraft tags.

Paper bags with treat boxes inside make it easy for our guests to take their cupcakes home with them (we made a lot of cupcakes, enough to eat during and extras to take home to enjoy after!).  Though the kids weren't captured working on their masterpieces, it was such a blast seeing all of them hard at work!  They were so creative!

Happy decorating!

Now be sure to hop on over to the beautiful blog of Lucy from Craftberry Bush to see her party inspiration and incredible heart ballon tutorial!  It's absolutely beautiful and I know you'll just love it!

You'll also want to visit the blogs of the other participants, below!  So much to love!



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