Friday, September 12, 2014

Mini floral crown diy

Last week I shared an outfit post where I wore a unique diy mini floral crown.  I promised I would share how I made it, so here is a quick and fun tutorial for you all to try!

1. Get your supplies! You will need some wire (I used some inexpensive aluminium wire I picked up at a local hardware store), floral tape and a variety of flowers and foliage. Make sure to grab a mix of small, medium and large flowers as well as some greenery

2. Measure the crown of your head and cut a piece of wire 1" bigger than the measured circumference. Twist the ends of the wires together or fold into loops to later attach ribbon as a closure.

3. Optionally, you can secure short pieces of wire to the stems of smaller flowers with floral tape. This will give them a bit more stability.

4. Starting in the centre with the biggest flower, begin stretching floral tape around each bloom onto the wire. Continue adding smaller flowers and greens until the crown is as full as you would like. Keep trying the crown on as you go and reposition flowers as needed.

5. Tie a piece of ribbon through the loops you created earlier.  Your crown is now ready to wear, or you can save it for another day by spraying it with a bit of water and placing it in a plastic bag, storing it in your refrigerator.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to wear joggers!

High waisted jogger pants are both stylish and super comfy. You just need to make sure to pair them with the right top & accessories, or else you may risk looking like you are wearing pyjamas!  It took me a lot of trial & error (basically trying on every shirt in my closet to see what worked) but I have figured out a few tips and tricks on how to wear the trend!

How to wear jogging pant.

Here's three types of shirts that work well with jogger pants:

1. A button up blouse.  Classic & simple, the button up blouse gives your outfit a polished look.
2. A slim, embellished tee.  Pretty much anything goes here as long as you pick a fitted tee in a complimentary colour.  If you choose at patterned tee, make sure to pick one with a pattern of a different scale than the pattern in your pants.  (I also loved wearing my pants with a simple striped tee!)
3. A silk tank.  Paring the joggers with a silk tank is my favourite combination.  The simplicity of the top balanced the business of the bottoms, while the shirt's fabric kept the look elegant.

I thought I would also share my tips on how NOT to wear them.  Don't make these jogger pant mistakes:

Mistake 1: Wearing them with flats! Joggers definitely need to be worn with high heels! Not only do taller shoes balance the width of the pant but it also keeps them from looking too casual.
Mistake 2: Pairing them with a loose top! You don't need your top to be skin tight, but make sure your top has some shape, otherwise you venture again into pyjama territory.  Also, make sure you tuck your shirt in (or at least the front of it) to define your waistline!
Mistake 3: Wearing an oversized pair! You need to make sure you find a pair of joggers that fits properly. You will want them to be loose through the hips while skimming the rest of your curves.

Ps. I purchased my leopard print jogger pants at Smart Set, but sadly this pair is no longer available.  You can purchase a similar pair from Necessary Clothing ($18) or, I also love this fun print from Urban Outfitters ($49)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peach & Cherry Galette

Today I'm sharing a delicious and super simple galette recipe!  I love how versatile this sweet pie is, and how fresh fruit really is the star ingredient.  Best of all, you can throw pretty much any fruit you have on hand into the filling, so it is a great way to use up fruit that is past its prime.  Another favourite combination of mine is filling it with blueberries and sliced plums.  What is your favourite kind of pie?

Peach & Cherry Galette
(serves 6)

3 C flour
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
3/4 C coconut oil
1 egg plus water to make 1 cup
1 tbsp Vinegar
2 tsp salt
3 peaches
1 cup pitted & halved cherries
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 tbsp corn starch

1. Combine first 6 ingredients using a pastry blender.
2. Divide mixture into 6 portions.  Shape into balls, then tightly wrap 5 of the 6 portions in plastic wrap, freezing for another use.
3. Roll out remaining portion as thin as possible onto parchment paper.
4. Mix remaining 4 ingredients and pile into centre of pie crust.  Fold edges over to keep filling inside.
5. Bake in 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Nutrition: (per serving)
195 Cal, 5.2g Fat, 3.1g Fibre, 18.8g Sugar, 3.5g Protein

Thursday, August 28, 2014

To build a home: Master Bedroom Inspiration

Now that we have the floor plan ready for our new house, I'm excited to start designing the interior! I really want a fresh updated look for our new house, but because we don't have a huge budget, we will probably be keeping most of the same furniture.  Most of our updates will come from artwork, accessories and of course some fresh new paint colours!

I've been dreaming about the new colour palette for our home, and for the main areas I want to keep the colours bright and airy.  But one place I'm not afraid to use a little colour is the bedroom.  I love the look of a bedroom that's a little bit more dark & moody, especially when paired with crisp white curtains & linens.  Lately I have been inspired by a rich colour palette of navy mixed with glamorous gold and coral.  Here's a few of my inspiration pics!

{Source: 1, 2, 3, 4}

I also have some exciting news for my Winnipeg friends & followers! Starting this Thursday, I'm partnering with CIL Paints to help YOU pick the most perfect paint colours for your home.  I'll be available this Thursday from 6-8 at Home Depot on 845 Leila for personal consultations. Of course, if you can't make it today, you can also meet me in store on any of the dates below!

August 28th, 6-8pm: Home Depot Winnipeg North (845 Leila)
September 4th, 6-8pm: Home Depot St. Vital (1999 Bishop Grandin)
September 11th, 6-8pm: Home Depot Crossroads (1590 Regent)
September 18th, 6-8pm: Home Depot Polo Park (727 Empress)

Can't wait to see you there! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maxi skirts and Floral Crowns

Hello Everyone!  Last week, I was inspired by all the beautiful blooms in my garden, and decided to make myself a mini floral crown.  To be honest, I really don't have any occasions in my weekly schedule that would call for wearing flowers in my hair… so I invented an occasion! I had planned to go out for ice-cream and have a cute picnic in the park with my husband, but ended up getting invited to go see a movie in the theatres instead.  I debated taking the flowers out of my hair (because let's be real, who wears a floral crown to the movie theatre?) but the flowers were already cut and they would be dead by tomorrow if I left them at home, so I decided to wear it anyways.  And the craziest thing happened… absolutely nothing!  No one stared at me or laughed me out of the movie theatre!

Sometimes, it's hard to take a risk (even if it's just a tiny fashion risk) but you can't let the fear of what other people may think stop you from stepping outside your comfort zone.  So, moral of the story?  Go on and try that new thing you have always wanted to try!  The only person stopping you is YOU.

Ps.  If you want to make your own handmade mini floral crown, I'll be sharing a diy tutorial next week!

Chiffon skirt - Forever 21.  Crochet top - Romwe.  Heels - Le Chateau.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Favourite Things - August Edition

Pretty Little Details August Favourite Things

1. With big bold brows (à la Cara Delevingne) still on trend, I've been wanting to pick up a brow powder for a while, but I've struggled to find a brow powder that looks natural on me. Everything I tried either looked way too dark or way to warm for my skin tone. Last week I found this Anastasia brow duo (in the colour taupe) and it is perfect. I love that their brow powders are available in such a wide colour range! $30

2. I found this stunning pair of earrings from Elle Jewels through Pinterest and I love the delicate shape & the attention to detail that went into making these handmade earrings.  Other colours and designs are also available via Elle Jewels' Etsy shop. $24

3. I can't help but love everything Anna Bond designs. I can't remember the last time I wore a temporary tattoo, but these adorable designs for Rifle Paper Co make me want to get inked… temporarily of course! $15

4. I love hats, and this Rag & Bone fedora looks like it would be the perfect accessory to transition from summer to fall. $195

5. I love the idea of wearable fitness trackers, but until now I haven't seen any designs I could actually see myself wearing outside a gym. This collaboration with Tory Burch and Fitbit, is definitely a sign of better things to come in the wearable tech industry. $195

6. I just bought myself a flat pair of these lovely two-tone shoes from Dolce Vita, but I'm loving them so much I want to buy the heels as well! $90

Monday, August 11, 2014

Elegance in the park

Happy Monday!  Today I'm sharing part 2 of my photo-shoot with Alvina Grace Photography.  This outfit was super fun to wear and although it looks like a dress, it is actually a peplum top layered over a tulle skirt.  Okay, well I say tulle skirt but really it's a tutu I picked up from a costume shop a few years ago for halloween…. but hey, if it works why not?

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Elegant wedding guest attire.  Peplum and tulle outfit by Pretty Little Details.

Peplum top - Forever 21.  Tulle skirt - local costume store.  Clutch, pearls & heels - Le Chateau.  Ring - Winners.  Bracelet - Vintage.