Cool Shit: Brick Planters

How rad are these brick planters by Recreation Center? They are handmade from red clay and engraved with a brick pattern. And should probably make their way into my apartment sooner than later.

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Recipe: Lemon Mint Cocktail with Pureleaf

I attended the most beautiful lunch on the TIFF Lightbox rooftop a few weeks ago in celebration of the launch of Pure Leaf Canada. With no preservatives, no added colour, no artificial flavouring – just real-brewed tea, it became my inspiration to make a killer cocktail.

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I’ve never made a cocktail before this one. I mean sure I’ve splashed some 7up over a shot of vodka but I’m talking a real cocktail here. I borrowed a cocktail shaker from my good ol’ neighbour, grabbed some ingredients and got to work. With live music playing in the background (gotta love city living), and a little cocktail shaking, I was in my zone. And the best part? It turned out delish!

I later made this concoction for my roomie and I quote “This is the best cocktail I’ve ever had!”. So there you have it, one kick ass cocktail recipe perfect for a novice!


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1 or 2 ounces of vodka
4 lemon quarters
1 ounce of simple syrup
4 mint leaves
2 ounces of unsweetened Lemon Pure Leaf
Lemon wheel + mint sprig, for garnish

1. To make the simple syrup combine 1 part water: 1 part white sugar. Stir until completely dissolved over low heat on the stovetop.

2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon quarters and mint leaves with the simple syrup. Add the vodka. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with Pure Leaf. Garnish and drink.

Recipe adapted from Redbook

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Cool Shit: Kelly Wearstler Rings

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Ok, can we seriously discuss the f***ing amazingness of these Kelly Wearstler rings? I’ve turned into a little bit of a ring whore as of late and I’m big time craving one of these bad boys. But how’s a girl to choose?

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DORMEO Pinterest Contest

Dormeo Octaspring is a bedding company from Belgium who is known for its revolutionary new line of mattresses and pillows that are made from an innovative technology called Octaspring that features both springs and memory foam. The memory foam cradles and conforms to the sleeper’s body while the springs provide incredible ventilation and breathability – it’s the best of both worlds!

I’m stoked to be the judge of their #DORMEOSummer Pinterest Contest. Now until August 31st create your own “Summer Bedroom Style” board for your chance to win a $250 Gift Card to HomeSense & a set of Dormeo Octaspring Evolution Plus pillows! Canadian blogs Gracie Carroll, Girls of T.O. and myself will be judging the winning board, alongside Dormeo, & will be looking for the most creative, summer-inspired board. I created a board (sneak peek below) to help get your creative juices flowing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

Style Your Summer Bedroom by DORMEO Pinterest Contest:
DORMEO Summer
Create Your “Summer Bedroom Style” Pinterest Board
How to enter:
1. Follow DormeoCanada on Pinterest.
2. Complete the entry form on the contest landing page.
3. Create a new board called “#DORMEOSummer”. Check out their sample board for inspiration.
4. Pin images that show your summer bedroom style and inspirations.
5. Complete your Pinterest board by August 31 to be eligible.
DORMEO Summer
OCTASPRING PILLOW

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DIY: Scrabble Magnets

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This might the easiest and quickest DIY project ever to exist. I had some left over scrabble pieces from a project a while back so I thought why not make something fun with them. Hello Scrabble magnets!

What you’ll need:
-Scrabble tile game pieces
-magnets
-hot glue

1. Carefully apply the hot glue to the back of the Scrabble tile and place a magnet on the glue. Set aside to dry.

2.Stick the new Scrabble magnets to a magnetic surface such as a refrigerator and have your child spell out words!

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Summer List

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It’s pretty hard to believe that we’re already into August but it had me thinking about the summer list I wrote about in a blog post a few months back. After reviewing my list, I’m please to say that I’ve done half of it!

- have a picnic
- bike ride on the island
- a visit to Canada’s Wonderland
- hit up a music festival
- book a girls’ cottage getaway
- go on a wine tour  (well kinda – I’m booked to go on one next month)
- weekly pool lounges
- test out some cocktail recipes
- learn to BBQ
- multiple visits to the beach
- create a herb garden on my balcony
- experiment with popsicle recipes

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Recent Project: Boho Dinner Party

I am beyond stoked to share these pictures with you! A few weeks ago Selina Whittaker, Kerri Cooper and I teamed up to create this magical evening. With Selina behind the lens, Kerri cooking up a storm in the kitchen and me running around styling my ass off, I’d say it was a dream team project.

We hosted a few of our friends in Selina’s backyard for an evening of delicious food and great company!

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Recipe: Zico Coconut Water & Pineapple Popsicles

My friends at Zico sent me a summer care package a few weeks ago filled with Zico Coconut Water in all 3 of their flavours along with popsicle & ice cube molds. There’s nothing more refreshing in the summer than a fresh fruit popsicle so I couldn’t wait to start experimenting using a fruit and coconut water combo. AND testing out popsicle recipes was on my summer to do list – soooo check!

Pineapple is always so sweet and juicy so I figured I couldn’t mess it up…it turned out super yummy on the first shot!

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RECIPE

1 1/2 cups Zico Original Coconut Water
2 cups fresh pineapple
3 tablespoons agave

1. Combine all three ingredients into a blend and mix until smooth.
2. Carefully pour the mixture into the popsicle and/or ice cube molds.
3. Transfer to the freezer until frozen.
4. To remove the molds place each popsicle in hot water for 10 seconds and gently pull off.

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{add coconut water pineapple ice cubes to a glass of water to give it some yummy flavour}

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Current Obsession: Wall Hangings

There’s not much I love more in my home than crisp white paint and cool art on the walls. Whether it be something colourful, personal, textural, unique – it makes your space feel like a home. I’m totally digging woven wall hangings these days so I rounded up a few of my faves below….which one would you hang on your wall?

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DIY: Mini Clay Pots

I sure do love me some neon pink and anything mini which inspired these mini clay pots.  They were super easy and quick to make. I wasn’t super particular in getting it perfect – I dig the homemade look with these bad boys.

Wouldn’t these make the best little cheer-someone-up surprise?

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What you’ll need:
bakeable clay
an old rolling pin
waxed paper
masking tape
melon scooper or small spoon

1. Prepare your work area by taping down a piece of waxed paper.
2. Condition the clay by taking a piece and rolling it flat on the waxed paper. Repeat this 5-10 times for each colour you are using. Use half a package of the clay for each pot.
3. Roll the clay between your hands into a ball until smooth.
To add the spotted effect stick on tiny pieces of another colour and repeat step 3.
Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
4. Using the melon scoop or small spoon, scoop out the center of the ball until the pot is about a quarter of an inch thick all the way around.
5. Bake at 275 degrees Celsius for 35-45 minutes. Allow to cool and then fill with plants or flowers!

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