Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY makeup palette (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Today I wanted to share a little tutorial for making your own custom make-up palette.  Now, if you are like me, I'm sure you have a ton of random powders and shadows piled up in your bathroom drawers. Recently I found out about the Z Palette available at Sephora, which is a brilliant makeup system where you can insert your own makeup of whatever brand or size into a universal palette.  This palette is amazingly practical, but its price tag is quite steep when you realize all you are paying for is some paper & cardboard that you still have to fill with your own make-up, so I decided creating my own diy version would be an inexpensive & fun project!


DIY customizable universal make-up palette inspired by the Z Palette.

DIY customizable universal make-up palette inspired by the Z Palette.




Here's how you can make your own:

1. Grab some cardboard and cut out four identical rectangles. My pieces were 8"x 5".
2. Using a ruler and a sharp knife cut a 1/2" boarder inside one of the cardboard rectangles discarding the centre piece.
3. Using some heavy-duty double-sided tape (I used Sookwang tape), tape the boarder you just cut to one of the three remaining cardboard rectangles. Using this piece as a guide, cut an identical hole in this piece, again discarding the cut centre
4. You now have 3 pieces: your base, your lid and your boarder piece.
5. Trace all 3 pieces onto some pretty paper leaving a 1" allowance around the pieces.
6. Notch all interior and exterior corners as needed.
7. Wrap each cardboard piece in the paper using more tape to secure.
8. Cut out another piece of paper as wide as your palette and about 3" across (I cut my piece to be 8"x 3"). Glue this piece to the top of the base and the bottom of the lid piece leaving a space to fit the boarder piece in the middle.
8. Glue the boarder piece to the base with the taped edge facing down. Glue another piece of paper (8"x 5") to the underside of the lid to conceal any unfinished edges.
10. Glue a magnetic sheet (7"x 4") to the center of the bottom piece then begin filling with all of your oddly shaped shadows and powders!


In other news… I'm excited to share Pretty Little Details' first GIVEAWAY! I love painting my nails and essie makes some fantastic colours! The lucky winner of this giveaway will get a bottle of essie nail lacquer in the most gorgeous mint shade (turquoise & caicos) as well as a bottle of their amazing matte top coat (matte about you). So what are you waiting for?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rose gold & blush

Happy Monday!  Now a little while back I had the chance to do a photoshoot with my friend Alvina (you can check out more of her photography at AlvinaGrace.com).  I had so much fun walking through the park with her, chatting and snapping photos.  Here are some of my favourite photos from our day!  :)


How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

Blush blouse & white denim - Forever 21.  Clutch - Le Chateau.  Watch - Aldo (similar here).  MYO mini affirmation bracelet - BCBG.  Nude slingbacks - Alfred Sung

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our Wedding (part 3)

For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing photos from my wedding (you can also check out our photoshoot & getting ready pics!) but today I'm sharing all of the details from our ceremony & reception.  I loved the vintage glam feel of our wedding and had so much fun incorporating numerous DIY projects.

DIY tissue packages.

Flower girl & ring bearer.

Monogramed water bottles in vintage crates.
Vintage glam wedding inspiration.

Gorgeous ballroom at the Gates on Roblin decorated with burlap linens, chiavari chairs and tall stock flower centrepieces.

Coral and burlap.

This shot of my bridesmaids is the absolute cutest candid!  Also, isn't this cake gorgeous?  I wanted a lace inspired cake and the real flowers added amazing colour.

Kissing game.

Creative diy mug cake favours.
Coral and Purple wedding details.Cutting the cake  - Winnipeg Wedding Inspiration.

Father/Daughter Dance - Winnipeg Wedding Inspiration.
Our First Dance - Winnipeg Wedding Inspiration.

Flowers - Fache Floral Design.  Linens - Dream Day Decorators.  Chairs - Accessible Elegance.  Location - The Gates on Roblin, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Cake - Zen Bakery.  Photos - Kamp Photography.  Video - Paperback Films.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Today I'm sharing a quick sneak peek of a photo-shoot I did with my friend Alvina.  I can't wait to upload the rest, but in the meantime you can check out her website to see tons of her gorgeous pictures :)

Photo by Alvina Grace.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sweet & Spicy Maple Pecans

Today, I wanted to share a recipe for the most delicious candied pecans.  These nuts are perfect for adding to salads, but most of the time we end up eating them before they make it to dinner!  I love that this recipe is super easy, has only 4 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to put together.  You seriously must try these!



Sweet & Spicy Maple Pecans
(4 servings)

Ingredients:
- 1 cup Pecans
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat a small non-stick frying pan on medium heat.  Add pecans and let them warm in the pan for 4-5 minutes.  This will release some of the pecans natural oils, so no extra oil is needed.
2. Pour the maple syrup over the pecans.  The maple syrup should immediately bubble up and begin to thicken.  Use a spatula to move the pecans around in the pan and make sure they are all evenly coated.
3. Continue cooking until the syrup reaches the hard crack stage.  This will take about 3 minutes, but you can tell it's done when there is a slight burnt smell and the syrup that sticks to the spatula hardens when it's removed from the heat.
4. Pour the pecans onto a piece of parchment paper in a single layer.  Immediately sprinkle with salt & cayenne.

Nutrition: (per serving)
239 Cal, 19.5g Fat, 2.6g Fibre, 13g Sugar, 2.5g Protein

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunshine & Rompers

I have always loved the idea of rompers but have only ever found a few that I really liked.  This one from Forever 21 is easily my favourite!  I love the striped tribal pattern and its simple shape.  Have you guys been wearing rompers lately, or do you prefer shorts and a tank?







Romper -  Forever 21 ($18).  Heels - Le Chateau ($29).  Utility jacket & Necklace - from Smart Set (old).

Friday, June 20, 2014

Our Wedding (part 2)

Because June is our anniversary month, I have been blogging about some of our favourite moments & details from our big day (you can see part 1 here).  Today I'm sharing some photos of us getting ready the morning of the wedding.  You really do get spoiled on your wedding day, and it was so much fun spending the first half of the day with my amazing girlfriends.

Finding my wedding dress was quite a journey.  I knew I wanted to wear lace and I wanted the dress to be a full ball gown (there just aren't enough ball gown occasions in a 21st century girl's life!) but I just couldn't find what I was looking for.  Because we had a long engagement, I knew I had a little extra time and I decided to wait until after bridal fashion week so I could see next season's dresses.

I remember watching the Enzoani fashion show online and seeing my dress walk down the runway.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one.  The only thing was I would have to wait months for the sample dresses from their new collection to be shipped before I could try it on.

I waited, and waited for the dress to become available to try on at a local bridal boutique, until finally I got the call that their samples were in!  I tried it on and instantly I knew it was the dress.  We were ready to purchase it when the Lore, the owner of Bliss Bridal, asked me when my wedding was.  She looked concerned when I told her my wedding was in June and quickly made a call to Enzoani to find out when they could get the dress here.   Unfortunately, they didn't have good news and the dress wouldn't make it in time for my wedding.

I was so sad and left the bridal shop in tears.  But the next day I got a call from Lore, who had made a bunch of calls and was able to locate the exact dress I wanted, in my size and the right colour, at one of Enzoani's warehouses!  I was so incredibly happy that I could have my dream dress!    Lore went over and above with helping me find my dress, and I definitely recommend making an appointment at Bliss if you are a Winnipeg bride!

Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Videography by Paperback Films.

Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Enzoani Gina from Bliss Bridal Boutique.
Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Enzoani Gina from Bliss Bridal Boutique.Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Tuxedo from TipTop Tailors.

Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Tuxedo from TipTop Tailors.

Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Enzoani Gina from Bliss Bridal Boutique.


Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Kate Spade Charm Heels.
Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Allure Bridesmaid Dresses Style 1221.

Winnipeg wedding inspiration.

Winnipeg wedding inspiration - Enzoani Gina from Bliss Bridal Boutique.




Bridal Gown - Enzoani Gina via Bliss Bridal Boutique.  Wedding shoes - Kate Spade Charm heels.  Bridesmaid dresses - Allure style 1221.  Hair & Makeup - Rouge Hair.  Photography - Kamp Photography.  Videography - Paperback Films.