Current Obsession: Copper

Over the past few months I’ve become more and more obsessed with copper. It started with a copper goblet I found vintage shopping to a showroom I designed with copper fixtures to now a wedding I’m planning. I do love me some gold but there’s something about warm copper tones that seem fresh and unique.

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Cool Shit: Repurposed Vintage Plates

My good friend Melissa from The Sweet Escape will be at The One of a Kind Show next week selling her super rad plates. Repurposed vintage plates with gold leaf symbols & quotes make for some pretty cool ass wall art. I have one in my new pad and love it! After seeing her latest plate additions which she will have with her at the show, I’m starting to think I might need to add a couple more to my collection!

Also head over to her blog for a chance to win tickets to the One of a Kind Show!
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Cool Shit: Mini-Loop

I first came across Mini-Loop’s work at the One of a Kind Show a few months back. I was blown away by their handcrafted LED lightboxes made out of exposed film stock and Op Art multi-layered prints. The artist behind the pieces, Hugo Cantin, integrates vintage and recycled visual elements from the 1910s to the 1970s that consist of 16mm films, retro optical illusions, geometric abstraction, psychedelic visuals & strange vanishing lovers. The pictures barely do this art any justice. The depth and illusions that the lightboxes create when seen in person is crazy unique. Pair that will the vintage vibe and you have yourself one badass art piece.

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Mini-Loop will be on display at the spring One of a Kind Show from March 25-29th in Toronto.

 

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Recent Project: Jacob’s Creek Moscato

A few months ago I styled a super fun and girly shoot for the team at Jacob’s Creek. We were highlighting their Moscato and also touched on a few of their other varieties. The entire shoot was based on a ‘girls’ night in theme’.  While I was whipping up cocktails from the recipes they provided and having fun with food & props, Selina was behind the lens. As usual, we had a great time in the studio. I love my job!

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Cool Shit: Bloomingdales x Crayola

When images of this Bloomingdales and Crayola collaboration landed in my inbox yesterday, I may have let out a “holy shit”. Bloomingdale’s has commissioned designers including Cynthia Rowley, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rebecca Taylor to create Crayon-assembled garments. Combining fashion and crayons in this way is pretty mind blowing to me. Using the tips of the crayons to appear stud like, the ends for added texture, layers for panelling and even an intricate lace type of detailing – shows so much creativity and stands for everything Crayola is about.

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Recent Project: BRAVE Leather Spring Collection

I have worked with BRAVE Leather in some capacity for over 10 years. Whether it be for sales, design work, styling or social media, it’s a company I stand behind (hello made in Canada) and a brand I joy working with. A few weeks ago I was given creative direction for their spring shoot and I had a blast combining fashion with home decor – AND yes they totally did launch a home collection! The spring collection of belts, bracelets and bags is full of texture, hardware details and some pretty badass styles.

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More fun news on the BRAVE front is their recently launched Blogger collab that I helped orchestrate. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the 3 bloggers we worked with and their completed designs. Big thanks to Gracie Carroll, Christine Dovey and Gaby Burger on their incredible work!SocialMedia_600x650_BloggerBags

With Gaby’s perfect I would take anywhere leopard number, Gracie’s 3-in amazingness and Christine’s must have LBC (little black clutch), this girl here is in major trouble. How’s a girl to choose?

Go check out the new BRAVE collection and I apologize in advance for your soon-to-be maxed out credit card!

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Recipe: Cocktails with Nestea

A few weeks ago Nestea invited myself and a few other bloggers to a day escape in the countryside. I brought along one of my besties Andria and it was a day to remember. I’ll admit the cold temperatures were not on our side but nonetheless the day was pretty damn magical. We started off with horseback riding with my horse piper who was a speckled ginger beauty. My favourite kind.

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After a very cold hayride, we were taken to this barn location for a food and cocktail pairing. Everything was styled and executed perfectly from the hot toddy’s that welcomed us to the cozy blankets to keep us warm to the gorgeous table set up.

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Over the course of the evening we were treated to five different cocktails each featuring the new Nestea flavours – Natural Blackcurrant and Blueberry Mint. Of course I had to share the recipes for my two favourite cocktails!

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1 oz Nestea Blackcurrant reduction (to make reduction bring Nestea Blackcurrant to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until liquid reduces)
4 oz dry prosecco
1/4 tsp of creme de cassis
– combine ingredients and garnish with a spring of rosemary threaded with blackcurrants

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3 oz Nestea Blueberry Mint
1 oz gin
1/2 oz tonic concentrate
1 1/2 oz soda water
– mix ingredients and pour into a glass with cubed blueberries (freeze blueberries in ice cube trays with water) and garnish with mint leaves

Thanks Nestea for making my winter a little extra special!

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Recipe: Mini Cherry Pies

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, making pie is so damn satisfying. I made my very first pie a year ago and it was a classic apple, my second experience was peach pie in a jar and now I introduce mini cherry pies!

I added a rather festive heart detail just in time for Valentine’s Day. A little heart motif, a lot of delicious and all made with love.

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For the filing:
14 ounce jar of tart cherries in water or syrup
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of almond extra

Add ingredients into a sauce pan along with half of the juice from the cherries. Bring to a boil and simmer until mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.

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The trick for flaky pastry dough is to keep all the ingredients very cold. I use a metal mixing bowl and place it in the freezer 30 minutes prior to starting to make my dough.

For the pie crust (dough recipe from Pies cookbook):
2 1/2 cups flour, cold
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup + 4 – 7 tbsp ice water

1. In a large cold bowl, mix the flour and salt.
2. Cut the cold butter into tiny cubes. Put them straight into the bowl and mix well to coat it with flour.
3. With a manual pastry cutter, cut the pieces of butter while continuing to mix the flour, until the butter pieces are the size of small peas.
4. Add 1/2 cup of ice water and mix with a fork. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed, until the pastry begins to moisten and stick together.
5. Form a ball with your hands, handling the pastry as little as possible.
6. Cut the ball into two; make two 5 inch diameter disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate immediately for 30 minutes.

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To bake and construct the pies:
1. Roll the pastry dough out on a floured surface to about an 1/8″ thick.
2. Cut rounds using a 3″ cookie cutter (or in my case the outside lid of a wide mouth mason jar).
3. Place each round into the muffin pan pressing it in firmly.
4. Fill with cherry mixture 3/4 of the way full.
5. Cut out more rounds and use a tiny heart cookie cutter to cut out the middle. Place this on top of the pie. Pinch pastry together.
6. Or for the heart top, cut heart shapes with a larger cookie cutter and place on top of pie.
7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until crust is golden.
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Don’t worry too much about making them look perfect. A little rustic vibe always works when it comes to pie! And it’ll taste just as yummy!
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Style Ideas: Lingerie

Single or taken, Valentine’s Day or not, there’s no reason why you can’t get your lingerie on any day of the week/year. Put one of these cute numbers on under a cozy sweater and you’ll be feeling a little sassy and whole lot of sexy all day – trust me!

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Cool Shit: Valentine’s Day

Even though Valentine’s Day is completely cliche the romantic in me kinda loves it. I’m not one for expensive gifts; the ones that are thoughtful and quirky are what make me melt. And a little humour never hurt either! Whether you have a special someone or a kick ass bestie, any of these gifts would be perfect.

Cards from local designer Smitten Kitten are my kind of cards. I mean anyone that features MJ or a little Whitney is A-OK in my books!

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I love anything custom where you can tailor it specifically to the person you are giving it to – makes it extra special and that much more meaningful. My mom made me a photo book for Christmas of my entire life and it was truly the best gift I ever received.

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And anything edible is always a great idea. These cookies from The Drake General Store are the cutest. A collaboration between Shared x Lindsey Bakes.

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