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}
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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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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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