Weekly Round-Up

It’s been a couple of months since my last Weekly Round-Up, something I’ve done weekly for many years, so I thought it was time I brought it back. One of my biggest inspirations comes from fellow bloggers and this column forces me to stay up to date with the blogging community and highlights incredible talent.

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The most amazing DIY paper feathers via Craftberry Bush.

Super adorable engagement shoot of Studio DIY via Green Wedding Shoes.

Obsessing over some of these Paris Fashion Week street style images via Because I’m addicted.

Loving these DIY water coloured bags by The Sweet Escape.

The easiest funnel cake recipe around via A Beautiful Mess.

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DIY: Stacked Pumpkins

Fall is my all time favourite season! A couple of weeks ago the pumpkins came out in the markets and it reminded me of a project I did last fall that I never posted. I created these stacked gold leaf pumpkins for my parent’s front porch with their house number on it. Gold leaf + pink pumpkins equals some crazy gorgeousness!

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What you’ll need:
-3 pumpkins (I used rose pumpkins because they had a flatter shape and I loved the colour)
-primer spray paint
-black spray paint
-gold leaf
-gold leaf adhesive
-2 paint brushs
-flat head thumb tacks
-chalk

Numbered pumpkin:
1. Spray prime one of the pumpkins and allow to dry.
2. Next spray that same pumpkin with the black paint (or colour of your choice) and set aside to dry.
3. Use a piece of chalk to sketch out your house numbers onto one side of the pumpkin and using this as a guide start sticking in thumb tacks until all the chalk has been covered up with the thumb tacks.

Gold leaf pumpkins:

  1. Use a paint brush to apply a very thin coat of the gold leaf adhesive to the remaining two pumpkins. Wherever you apply the adhesive is where the gold leaf will stick. Follow the instructions on your adhesive for the amount of time you need to allow it to sit.
    a. Top pumpkin: I applied the adhesive very sporadically to get a worn out,  vintage effect.
    b. Bottom pumpkin: I used the lines already on the pumpkin as my guideline.
    2. Pick up the gold leaf from the paper backing side and apply it gold leaf side face down onto the pumpkin where you applied the adhesive. Use a clean paint brush to help it stick. Keep repeating this until your pumpkin is covered to your liking. Brush off any excess.
    3. Stack your pumpkins on top of one another. If you are having trouble with them staying put, stick a long wood dowel through them to hold them upright and together.

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Cool Shit: Klash Inside

I attended the Queen West Art Crawl a couple of weekends back and I was blown away with the art pieces by Klash Inside. They look like abstract paintings until you take a closer look.  They are in fact handmade wall sculptures made of acrylic/Perspex. They embrace changing light conditions which makes them appear to glow and gives the art piece a 3D effect.

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Current Obsession: Black & White Tiles

I’m big time coveting black and white tiles in the bathroom (well anywhere really, but something about a small space and a strong floor has me drooling). Whether geometric, ornate, large or small these spaces totally rock and the floor definitely makes the space. Love!

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Recent Project: Mini Mioche Photo Shoot

I styled the Mini Mioche fall photo shoot last month and let me tell you they have the best models in the city! Cute duds, even cuter kids (and dog!) and some vintage props makes for one fun shoot.

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Photography by Selina Whittaker

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Style Ideas: Fall Inspiration

As sad as I am to see summer leave, I can’t deny that I’m excited for fall duds. Chunky knits, layering, leather, rich colours, booties…fall is my favourite wardrobe season! It’s definitely time for that seasonal closet change over. This means a trip to the rents to do a little swap (big wardrobe, small closet equals parent’s house for storage)!
Here are a few looks I put together for a little fall inspiration….
{click on each outfit for information on where to purchase each piece}
Grunge
City Slicker
Fall Desert

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Inspiration 9.10.14

A quick blog post to share some images that have caught my eye lately….

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No such thing as too many rings.

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Looking forward to cosying up in chunky knits this fall.

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Colour, lines, texture, graphic – cool shit.
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True dat.

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See you in a couple months New York!

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These tiles.

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Not a diamond girl, but this tiny diamond ring though….

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Pink loving.

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Recipe: Peach Pies in Mason Jars


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Growing up my dad would make us custard with peaches for dessert. Something about the warm custard and the sweet peaches was so delish and comforting. When I was at the farmer’s market last week I couldn’t resist buying a basket of peaches which are perfectly in season right now. I knew instantly I wanted to try my hand at peach pie. And the peach pie topped with a scoop (or 2) of vanilla ice-cream was pure nostalgia!

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Pie pastry (Short pastry recipe from Pies by Josee Fiset and Dominique Boue)
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour, cold
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup + 1 to 7 tbsp ice water

1. In a large cold bowl, mix the flour and salt. I placed my bowl in the refrigerator prior to starting for 20 minutes.
2. With a manual pastry cutter, cut the pieces of butter while continuing to mix with the flour, until the butter pieces are the size of small peas.
3. 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 stock together.
4. Form a ball with your hands, handling the pastry as little as possible.
5. Cut the ball in two: make two 5″ diameter disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate immediately for 30 minutes.

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Peach filling:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
6 cups diced peeled fresh peaches

1. In a small bowl, combine flour and sugars.
2. Cut in the butter cubes until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Set aside.
3. Divide your dough into 6 pieces. Dust your working surface with flour and roll out one piece at a time to a 6″ diameter. See above picture for example.
4. Lay the dough onto the mason jar and press in. It doesn’t need to be perfect but you want to smooth out any bubbles. Repeat with the rest of the dough and mason jars.
5. Fill each jar with a couple tablespoons of the flour and sugar mixture, top with peaches and finish with another tablespoon of the flour mixture.
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice-cream!

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Recent Project: Track Fitness Retro Window

A few weeks ago I installed the new window at Track Fitness! With a ‘Get Your Track On’ theme, we went retro!! Hello old speakers I sprayed gold, roller skates, disco balls and records!

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Summertime

Even though summer isn’t official over for another few weeks, labour day weekend always feels like it’s the end of it. And what a summer it was!

In some ways I feel like this summer changed me a bit or at least made me realize more about myself – how strong I am, who my true friends are, how to find that ‘perfect’ life balance and how to appreciate the simple things in life. I love me a good party and definitely had my fair share this summer but I have a newfound love for wine & balcony chats, sunsets, fresh farmer’s market produce, bike rides, live music, cooking for friends and The Mindy Project (right?!).

Here are a few of my favourite moments that I pulled from my Instagram.

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