Friday, May 22, 2015

Pretty in the Park

So this has to be my favorite shoot so far this year! I hope it inspires you to throw a blanket under a big shady tree and catch up on some reading!  Enjoy your weekend friends :)

Jennifer Ashley of Pretty Little Details reading #Girlboss. Jennifer Ashley of @PLDetails with glasses. Picnic in the park set up. #getcaughtreading Reading in the sunshine. Gold Sequined Pillows and a Blush Midi Skirt. Picnic in the park inspiration shoot.
Heels: Le Chateau. Midi skirt: Forever 21. Infinity ring: Macy's. Books c/o: Chapter Indigo

Monday, May 18, 2015

Girlboss Power Outfit

This outfit to me is a working gal's power outfit!  Combining a flattering blazer and a classic pair of heels is one of my favourite combinations to wear for business meetings or any other occasion where I need to look a bit more professional.  It's also a perfect combo to wear if you work in an office type setting!

Office wear inspiration for women.
Braided half crown on platinum blonde hair.
Two tone high heels with ankle strap from Le Chateau.
Purple blazer with snakeskin tank top from H&M.
Stacked gold rings with nude nail polish and a cream colored Cole Haan clutch.

Snakeskin print tank - H&M (only $7!!!).  Two-tone heels: Le Chateau.  Structured clutch - Cole Haan.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Effortless Entertaining - Wine & Cheese Party

I love to throw elaborate parties but sometime a quick get together is in order and a wine & cheese party is a perfect excuse to host a few friends on a whim!  Putting together a tasting party barely takes any more effort than throwing out some chips and pop for your guests, and trust me, it is way more fun!

Last week, I threw my own wine and cheese night, and it was a total hit!  We got a chance to try some of the winning cheeses from the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix (a major event that happens every 2 years) and they were beyond delicious.  It was also super fun to read about the different notes and flavors in each cheese before we tasted them.  With all the busyness in our lives, it was so refreshing to stop and actually taste the complexities in each bite instead of rushing through eating to get to the next task on our list!

A few of the winning cheeses from the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

Interested in hosting your own wine and cheese night? Here's what you will need:

1. Cheese
Make sure to get several different kinds.  You will definitely want to include a soft cheese, an aged hard cheese and something a little moldy for your more adventurous friends to taste!  Most important is to make sure you have variety and don't be afraid to try something new!  I was worried that everyone would like the same kind of cheese and I would end up with tons of leftover cheese that no one liked, but I was actually very surprised that everyone had a different favorite cheese.  (My absolute favorite was a cheese called Handeck, while my sister loved this year's Grand Prix cheese "Laliberte")

2. Accompaniments
Time to round out your cheese plate with some goodies!  Here are a few a few extras you won't want to miss.
* fresh fruit - grapes are classic, but berries and cut apples also work well!
* bread & crackers - try a crusty baguette and some crackers with dried fruit baked into them!
* a handful of nuts - my favourite is pecans, so I had to include some!
* a tasty sweetener like honey or jam - great for drizzling over stronger cheeses like a tasty blue!

3. Wine
It's easy to overthink things when it comes to wine pairings, but for an effortless evening in just pick up one variety of red and one variety of white.  For the best pairings, try to pick up wines that are versatile and aren't too sweet.  If you're not sure what wines would work, definitely ask an employee at the store and likely they'll be more than happy to give you their recommendations for wines that pair well with most cheeses.

Now that you have all your ingredients, it's time to display them.  There is no need to splurge on any special equipment, but do make sure you label each cheese in some way so people know what they're tasting.   Otherwise, use whatever dishes you have on hand to serve the cheese.  Mixing and matching plates, cutting boards, cake stands and pieces of slate adds tons of visual interest!

From here, all you need to do, is call a few friends and dig in!  Have you ever attended a tasting party? Make sure to let me know in the comments!  Also, if you have a favourite wine or cheese, let me know… I love trying new flavours!  Enjoy your weekend everyone :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blush Trench & the Alt Hotel

Last week, my hubby and I got the chance to take a mini stay-cation and spend a night in the brand new Alt Hotel in Winnipeg. It was so nice to get away for a night during our stressful move and the hotel was absolutely lovely (free wifi and a comfy bed… yes please!!!)

The room we stayed in had beautiful concrete walls (and a giant floor to ceiling window!) so we thought it would be fun to take some outfit pictures inside our room. I hope you love the pics, and if you are traveling to the 'Peg make sure to check out the new Alt Hotel!
Reviewing the Alt Hotel.
Blush trench coat with a lace tank top.

Jennifer Ashely, Winnipeg Style Blogger.
Nude ankle strap heels from Le Chateau.
Blush Trench Coat - Dynamite (also available in black).  Nude heels - Le Chateau (also available in black & white).  Suede skirt - Vintage.  Bow Ring - Kate Spade.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Skincare Overhaul (thanks to Mary Kay!)

Have you ever stuck with a product you didn't love just because you were too scared to try something new?  That's what I have been doing with my skincare routine up until last month.  I've been using the same products for years, and although they left my skin feeling super dry, I haven't wanted to risk switching products because my skin is super sensitive (and frankly dry skin is better than breakouts!)

Luckily, my friend Bethany (who is a total sweetheart & also happens to be a Mary Kay consultant) stopped by a few weeks ago and gave me the confidence to finally shake up my skincare routine.  I honestly had never tried any products from Mary Kay before, but I figured I'd give their products a shot and I loved that they had an amazing return policy in case the products didn't work out!

Review of Mary Kay Botanical Effects skincare line.

Anyways, Bethany let me try a bunch of the skincare products she had brought along and after testing them on my skin I decided to incorporate the dry skin cleanser and moisturizer from the Botanical Effects line into my daily routine.  The cleanser instantly felt soooo much better on my skin, and way less drying than what I had been using.  I also loved the skinvigorate cleansing brush (It's very similar to the Clairisonic one but at a much more affordable price)!

Although I wanted to share this post a month ago, I wanted to make sure I still loved the products after using them a few weeks before I blogged about them.  (I have a strict policy that I only share things on the blog that I genuinely love and actually use myself.)  But after using them everyday for the last month, my skin still feels feels so good!

Bethany Funk, Mary Kay rep.

So, have you guys tried any Mary Kay products before?  Let me know a few of your favourite products in the comments!  Also, if you need a Mary Kay rep to order from, Bethany is amazing!  You can get in touch with her, or shop her online Mary Kay store here!