Friday, August 19, 2016

Cake Decorating Tutorial // Blush Ruffles & Gold Sequins

Hello Darlings!

Back when I shared my kitchen reveal, you all got to see a sneak peek at an amazingly gorgeous cake that just so happened to be sitting on my counter.  I promised I would share a tutorial on how you could diy the cake yourself and the long awaited (and much requested!) tutorial is finally here!

Having never decorated a cake like this before, I brought in the experts to show you how it's done!  To create this gorgeous tiered ruffle cake with gold sequins, I collaborated with my friend Stephanie (fun fact: we used to be horseback riding lesson buddies!) as well as her friend Sara.

I hope you all love this tutorial!  Make sure to leave a comment and let me know if you try to diy your own cake!

How to DIY a stunning ruffled party cake // Gorgeous gold and blush cake tutorial.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wink, Wink! // The secret to gorgeous full eyelashes!

Okay ladies, lets talk about lashes!

Ever wonder how movie stars & models always have such long gorgeous eyelashes?  Well, it isn't some magical mascara... the secret is eyelash extensions!

Most women will have tried false lashes at one point or another, but eyelash extensions are a totally different ball game.  Traditional falsies are mounted on thin strips you glue to your lids, but lash extensions are different because individual synthetic lashes are glued onto each one of your own eyelashes instead of attached to your eyelid.  The biggest benefit though, is they are semi-permanent, meaning you don't have to worry about removing them before bed and they will still be looking fabulous come morning!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Fiesta dinner party (part 2!) // + the most AMAZING 7 layer dip

I recently shared some inspiration for a fiesta inspired dinner party I hosted for Cinco de Mayo! You can see all of the beautiful decor inspiration here, but today, I'm sharing part 2 of that dinner party and talking all about the menu!

For the party, I served a 4 course dinner with bacon wrapped chilli chicken and Mexican street corn as the main dish.  But the star of the menu was the delicious individual seven layer dips I served as appetizers!  Seven layer dip is a classic appetizer, but when served in mini trifle bowls it makes the simple dish extra special!

Fiesta dinner party & the most AMAZING 7 layer dip!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Vintage Bike & Floral Romper

Rompers are a summer classic!  While you can find rompers that are more casual, lately I've been drawn to dressier styles that are perfect for both a bike ride around town or an upscale date night!

I snagged this floral romper from a cheap asian clothing site and while it was a great deal, I wouldn't recommend purchasing unless you know how to sew!  There was originally lace trim along the neckline, but it had been sewn in backwards and looked terrible enough to warrant me removing it.  The fit also wasn't great, so a little extra sewing was involved to make it wearable.  After a few modifications though, I'm super happy with how it turned out.  The print on the fabric is adorable and I love the eyelash lace trim on the bottom!

Also, can we talk about this hat for a moment? I've been wanting to buy this amazing boater hat from Lack of Color, but before I got a chance to purchase it, I stumbled upon this hat from Target and actually love it way more.  The softer beige tone works better against my skin tone and it cost a mere fifth of the price!  The online description calls it a floppy hat, but the brim sits perfectly straight making it a perfect dupe for the popular Lack of Color boater!

Summer outfit inspiration // Floral lace romper with straw boater hat & Steve Madden lace up flats.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Blogger's Guide to Winnipeg // Unplugged at the Fort Garry Hotel

I often get asked for recommendations on social media about things to do & see in Winnipeg so I'm starting a new column all about this wonderful little prairie city that everyone loves to hate!

With sweaty hot summers, frigid winters and plenty of mosquitos Winnipeg tends to not be on most people's "must visit" list.  But once you look past the surface, Winnipeg is a charming & vibrant city with a wonderful culture.  In my humble opinion, summertime is definitely the best time of the year to visit the prairies!  Sure, you might have to fight off a few mosquitos, but with so many amazing festivals and outdoor events it really is worth a visit!

Today's post takes us to the Fort Garry Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.

A blogger's guide to Winnipeg: Ten Spa, Yoga Public and the Fort Garry Hotel.
[Photo: Charmaine Mallari]