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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

To build a home...

I have a little bit of exciting news to share today… My husband and I are planning to build a house!  We have been working on customizing a floor plan for the past couple of weeks and now that we have most of the interior laid out, we have moved on to planning the exterior.  Now, up until this week, I didn't really have an opinion on roof lines or elevations, but after much googling, pinteresting and driving through local neighbourhoods I've fallen in love with french country style homes!  Here's a few of my favourite inspiration photos!

Image sources: 1. 2. 3. 4.

So now you have seen my dream home… what would your dream home look like?  Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Red Wine Mushroom Chicken with Strawberry Pecan Salad

This chicken recipe is a recent favourite of mine inspired by a popular restaurant dish.  The red wine in the sauce adds depth to an otherwise simple ingredient list, making this dish both elegant and tasty.  The mushroom sauce tastes amazing spooned over a side of mashed potatoes but I opted to lighten up this meal by serving it with a side salad instead. A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for the most delicious maple pecans, and this strawberry spinach salad is the most perfect way to use them up!

Red wine mushroom chicken recipe from

Red Wine Mushroom Chicken
(serves 4)

3 tsp olive oil (divided)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup beef broth
1.5 cups of red wine
4 small chicken breasts
4 slices mozzarella
12 spears of asparagus

1. Sauté mushrooms in 1 tsp olive oil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
2. Turn heat down to low and pour beef broth & red wine over mushrooms. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until liquid is reduced to a third of its original volume. If you prefer a thicker sauce yet, you can stir in a tablespoon of easy-blend flour. 
3. While sauce is reducing, pan fry the 4 chicken breasts over medium heat in 1tsp olive oil until they are no longer pink inside. 
4. In another pan sauté the asparagus spears in the remaining olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
5. Remove chicken breasts from pan and arrange on a baking sheet.  Top each chicken breast with 3 of the asparagus spears and a single slice of mozzarella.  Broil in the oven for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. 
6. Plate each chicken breast and pour a generous helping of the reduced mushroom sauce on top.

Nutrition: (per serving)
304 Cal, 11.3g Fat, 1.2g Fibre, 2.7g Sugar, 35g Protein

Strawberry Pecan Salad
(serves 4)

2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup maple pecans (the most delicious recipe here!)
2 tbsp goat cheese
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp organic cane sugar

1. Toss spinach with strawberries, pecans & goat cheese.
2. Mix together oil, vinegar & sugar until sugar has dissolved.  Pour vinaigrette over tossed salad.

Nutrition: (per serving)
341 Cal, 27.7g Fat, 3.8g Fibre, 15.3g Sugar, 3.9g Protein

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?