Party Ideas: The Best Bachlorette

A few weekends ago we got a little rowdy for my girl Zuzana’s bachlorette. Her sister Daniela of Clutch PR did one killer job planning everything to perfection. With a #ZatSea theme complete with sailor hats and pin up looks, I’d say we were already off to a great start.

First up sailing. Three hours of bubbly, sun, tunes, dancing and nibblies definitely got us in the party mood. I couldn’t sum up a more perfect afternoon. Big thanks to Dahlia Katz for capturing all the special moments through her lens!

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Next, a limo picked us up from the marina and took us to The Drake where we refreshed and got dolled up. We headed up to their Sky Yard where we were greeted with bottles of bubbly (seemed to be a theme in it’s self for the day!) along with snacks and a round of Moscow Mules – my favourite cocktail.16904536644_3c7f5c1690_z 18644776804_3302e9f76b_z

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Following The Drake, the limo took us over to Ossington where we had the most incredible dinner at Boralia. A personalized menu was the perfect added touch that didn’t go unnoticed. Happy bellies, wobbly legs (the booze is more than a little noticeable at this point) and we were ready to hit a dance floor!

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Bachelorette Planning Tips:

– ask the bride to provide you with the guest list and everyone’s email addresses
– send out an anonymous survey to all invited guests to get an idea of each person’s budget and available dates  prior to starting the planning process
– ask for money up front so everything is paid for and taken care of the day/night of
– plan a few different activities to keep the day fun and interesting
– hire a limo or car service for the whole event – this came in super handy for everyone and made the night go extra smooth

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Recent Project: Rooftop Boho Party

This rooftop boho party that I styled for the Merry Mag summer issue along with Melissa from The Sweet Escape was one of my favourite shoots to date. Gorgeous sunny day, props on props on props, yummy recipes we whipped up and the most delish wine from Kendall Jackson – can’t get better than that! And my favourite little bulldog even made an appearance!

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Current Status: Beach Bum

Right now I’m beach side in Mexico. I arrived today for a 10 day trip – a little business and a lot of fun. One of my close girlfriends is getting married and we’ve been planning the big day for months now. I cannot wait to see the vision come to life!

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I feel all sorts of anxiety being away from my work for that long but I am long overdue for a little fun in the sun and some beach side R&R. Getting away inspires me like no other so I’m beyond excited to let my mind wander and my body rest.
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I have a few blog posts lined up to keep you inspired and don’t forget to follow along with my trip via Instagram2c951fe620e176b4ff2a42166b613edf1/2/3/4

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Spotlight: Inspirations Studio

A couple months ago I was invited to attend a pottery class at Inspirations Studio, a division of Sistering. It was my first time attempting pottery and it was pretty much a scene from Ghost, without Patrick Swayze. We learned two different techniques one of which was on the wheel (so much harder than I ever thought) and the other was a hand forming technique using molds.

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About Sistering & Inspirations Studio:
Sistering is an organization that offers practical and emotional support to women through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions, which endanger women’s welfare.

Sistering’s employment and income support programs offer women the opportunity to earn supplementary income, prepare for employment, acquire workplace and business skills and establish links with employers.

I worked with their textile studio Spun last year and it was an incredible experience. A new division of their programs is Inspirations Studio where the woman from Sistering make and sell gorgeous pieces of pottery. And they now offer classes!

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This was me doing the hand forming technique using molds and a rolling pin to create texture.

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And drum roll please….my finish pieces: a little wonky but a whole lot of character!

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I can’t say this came naturally to me. I must of messed up my piece on the wheel over 10 times, but they say practice makes perfect. I’ll definitely be signing up for future classes!

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Wish List: Tassel + Gaine

I’m having a love affair with pillows these days so when I spotted these beauties from Australia label Tassel + Gaine, I decided on the spot that I need one. Each cushion is double-sided so you can switch things up depending on your mood that day. Finished to perfection with tailored piping and stuffed with an eco-friendly cushion insert that is made in Australia from recycled PET bottles, I’d say these babies just moved straight to the top of my wish list.

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Recent Projects

Whoa. It’s been a full month since my last blog post and I can’t say I have a great excuse. Sure I’ve been busy, but I need to make more of an effort to post because quite honestly, I miss it. Blogging opens my eyes to new ideas, introduces me to a world of creative individuals and gives me a place to share my thoughts. This blog has paved the way to all the fun projects I get to work on.  I feel pretty damn lucky to be doing what I love each day.

Also I  turned 32 last week and still think of myself as a chick in her late twenties. Perhaps I’m in a wee bit of denial?!

Back to doing what I love – here’s where I’ve been these past few weeks:

I installed a bunch of fun windows for mini mioche including this macrame themed one. Big thanks to my girl Lisa Terry for lending me these gorgeous, handmade macrame pieces.

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A collab window with Native that involved a touch of neon…

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And the most recent one, a little summer something something….

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I styled a few homes to get them ready to go on the market including this King West loft

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And this home in the burbs which sold for 110% of the asking price in just 4 days!

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I styled up a 40th birthday party for my close friend and mentor Alyssa of mini mioche.

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And made these neon pink babies as the centrepieces…

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I was invited to spend the day at Southbrook Vineyards with Melissa of The Sweet Escape to enjoy the most delish lunch in celebration of their new restaurant.

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Did I mention it was delish??

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I threw a shower for one of my nearest and dearest…she had a baby girl a couple of weeks ago!

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I did a little summer styling for BRAVE Leather

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And styled up a shoot for their fall look book with Marla from Trend Struck.

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I also managed to throw in more than a few fun moments with some of my faves!

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Hope you are having the most amazing summer! xo

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Merry Mag Summer + DIY Concrete Jewellery Dish

I am beyond stoked to share with you the Merry Mag Summer issue! Months in the working, creator and editor-in-chief, Melissa DiRenzo, killed it again. The holiday issue blew my mind away and the summer issue might even have topped that.

I’m honoured to be alongside a team of contributors who are so talented and bring so much to the table. Merry’s summer issue is filled with recipes, cocktails, DIY projects, entertaining ideas and one of my fave photo shoots to date – a boho rooftop shoot that both Melissa and I art directed and styled together (Harper even made an appearance!).

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I whipped up a little DIY project for the issue….

A girl can never have too much jewellery and I’ll admit I have more than my fair share. I’m always taking my jewellery pieces off at the end of the day and misplacing them, so I was big time in need of a few jewellery trays to keep track of my precious metals. I like a pretty + edgy combo so I decided to use concrete and a little gold & neon pink paint to create some fun trays!

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What you’ll need:
– quick dry cement
– water
– stir stick
– molds (I used small porcelain bowls and a glass lid from a jar)
– hammer
– tape
– paint
– paint brush

1. Mix the cement and water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I wasn’t too precise on this and had a pancake batter like consistency.

2. Pour the mixed concrete into your molds and roll it around so the concrete mixture ends up on the sides of the mold. Give it a few taps on a hard surface to even it out and to get out any air bubbles. Set aside to dry. Mine took a full day to completely dry even though it was suppose to dry in under an hour.

3. Turn the mold upside down and give it a few taps with a hammer. It should fall right out. The pieces are quite fragile so be careful during this step.

4. Now the fun part! Use tape or freehand to create some cool designs with paint. Set aside to dry and once dry you’re ready to go!

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Recent Project: Dream Home

My bestie and her partner in crime have been renovating this Toronto home over the course of the last four months and the project came to completion earlier this month. A labour of love is what they are calling it and believe me if you saw the before images you would definitely agree. Every detail was thought of with top notch everything.

Once all the renos were completed it was time to get my hands on it to style and stage from head to toe. A few days later and it was ready to go on the market. I love making a gorgeous house feel like a home. I’m proud to say this baby sold for 115% of the asking price!

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Cool Shit: Tiff Manuell Bags

I first spotted these hand painted, handmade, one of kind clutches by Tiff Manuell on Instagram a few months ago. Both colourful and unique, I would definitely say this is wearable art at it’s very best. You’ll rarely catch me out at night without a clutch in tow, so you can bet your ass I’ll be adding one of these pieces to my wish list. I can already envision what I would pair it with: ripped boyfriend jeans, pointy toe pumps and a tee. Perfect outfit!

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Recent Project: Rustic Fall Wedding

I’m so excited to share these images from a wedding I styled back in the fall at Arta Gallery in The Distillery. Sarina and Aalim tied the knot last October and I couldn’t have been more honoured to help make their big day be that much more special. They were so amazing to work with – easy going, funny and so in love with each other. They truly seem like best friends.

With a gorgeous space to work with it was easy to pull it all together. Gold leaf everything, pumpkins as vases, rustic elements, a donut peg board, Reese Buttercups (um ya!), pies on sticks and cookie mix to go. Seriously perfection!

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