Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Favourite Things - April Edition




1. Anthropologie hit it out of the park with this Zinke Starboard swimsuit.  The peplum shape is perfect for adding curves and the bright pattern will definitely make heads turn! $132

2. Ever since I saw this post from Kissable Complexions, I have been wanting to try this amazing hot pink Buxom lipstick in the colour Exhibitionist! $26

3. The new h&m eco conceious line is stunning.  There are so many unique pieces in the collection, but I particularly love the shoulder decoration in this picture as a regal addition to spring dresses. $179

4. I found these pretty initial bracelets from Sweet Auburn Studio via etsy and think they would be a perfect layering piece for a #armparty! $43

5. These Valentino rockstud flats are the perfect colour for spring. At $695 they are way out of my price range, but I'll be keeping my eye out for similar high street styles while I'm saving up!

6. These Steve Madden heels are everything you need in a statement shoe this spring!  With an on-trend skinny ankle strap and chic floral print, pre-ordering these heels is an absolute must! $79

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elegant 50th Birthday Party

Today I get to share a little special something I've been working on for a while.  My mom just turned 50 and for her birthday present, I surprised her by hosting a dinner party for her and all of her friends.  I ended up hosting the party at her home because there was much more space to fit everyone we wanted to invite.  My dad booked a spa date to get her out of the house, and she didn't have a clue we had anything planned! Surprise!!!
My mom is super stylish, so I wanted to make sure the decor was perfect.  The trick was to make the tables special and glamorous without making it look like a wedding.   I ended up opting for sequinned rose gold linens with tall candelabras to give it a hint of glamour, then toning the look down with some beautiful earthy green centrepieces with a few delicate white flowers.

Elegant 50th birthday party. Beautiful party inspiration with earthy green centrepieces, rose gold sequinned linens and diy calligraphy.
One of my 2014 goals is to learn calligraphy, so I planned to handwrite the guests names on all of the place cards.  However, my calligraphy pen decided not to work that day (apparently having the proper ink is important!) and I ended up using a sharpie to create a faux calligraphy look.  The thicks and thins of the pointed calligraphy pen aren't there, but its a big step up from barely being able to handwrite at the beginning of the year!
  Elegant 50th birthday party. Beautiful party inspiration with earthy green centrepieces, rose gold sequinned linens and diy calligraphy.

We had a few chefs from Bergmann's come create the meal in her home and the food was insanely delicious! The salad was one of the prettiest I have ever seen and had all of the greens rolled into a delicate cucumber slice.  The creme brûlée desert tasted as good as it looked with a pretty chocolate butterfly to top it off!

Delicious meal by Bergmann's on Lombard in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Elegant 50th birthday party. Beautiful party inspiration with earthy green centrepieces, rose gold sequinned linens and diy calligraphy.



Flowers - The Floral Fixx.  Linens - Planned Perfectly.  Catering - Bergmann's on Lombard

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Pastels

So I'm going to make a confession... these jeans have been sitting in my closet for 2 years now and I can only think of one or two times I have worn them!  Which really is a shame because they are such a fun & happy colour.  Now that I have found them again though, I plan on wearing them at least a few more times for spring!  What are you pulling out of your closet for spring, that you haven't worn for a while?

How to wear yellow jeans.  Inspiration from a pretty little fashion and lifestyle blog from Winnipeg, Canada.

How to wear yellow jeans.  Inspiration from a pretty little fashion and lifestyle blog from Winnipeg, Canada.
How to wear yellow jeans.  Inspiration from a pretty little fashion and lifestyle blog from Winnipeg, Canada.

How to wear yellow jeans.  Inspiration from a pretty little fashion and lifestyle blog from Winnipeg, Canada.
How to wear yellow jeans.  Inspiration from a pretty little fashion and lifestyle blog from Winnipeg, Canada.



Denim - H&M.  Crop top - Forever 21.  White leather jacket - Danier Leather.  Layered Pearls - Le Chateau.  Purse - Mac & Jac (discontinued) .  Bracelet - Vintage.  Rings - H&M

Monday, April 7, 2014

February/March Insta-moments

With a vacation, a bunch of diy projects and a new baby in the family, February & March have been an adventure!  Here are a few of my favourite instagram moments from the past two months.  To see all of my photos as I take them follow me on instagram @jenniferashleyxo!


1) Spending some time with my family and my adorable nephew Judah.  2) My husband hard at work building our handcrafted barnwood dining table.  3) Helping my friend Melanie with some food styling for her nutrition blog Strictly Delicious.


1&2) Dressing up in my wedding gown for a skit called "Til' Divorce do us Part".  3) My sister and I as Ana & Elsa from Frozen.



1) Bambi stopped by to say hi on a snowy morning.  2) Setting sail on a well deserved vacation aboard the Carnival Glory.  3) Taking some time to dream about future travels.



1) Nova photobombing my outfit instagram.  2) Left over letters from a project life page.  3) Meeting my adorable niece Mercedes Chloe for the first time.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Handcrafted

You may have remembered me sharing about some pretty handcrafted pendants in my March favourite things list and I'm excited to say my very own custom pendant from Auburn just came in the mail!  Now I don't own much delicate jewelry, but I've already worn this pendant a handful of times this week.  I feel like the gorgeous mint green colour goes with everything for spring!

For a long time, I've avoided delicate jewelry and have been drawn towards chunky statement jewelry instead.  Not because I didn't like more delicate jewelry, but I never thought it would look good on me because of all my birthmarks.  Now, I'm not usually self conscious about my skin, but for a brief moment while editing these photos, the thought of photoshoping my birthmarks out crossed my mind.  As soon as it did though, my mind flashed back to a few weeks ago when a little girl told me she was being teased because of a scar she had on her face.  I remember telling her that it's our differences that make us special and unique and even features that aren't your favourite are a part of what makes you uniquely beautiful.

When I opened the box my necklace came in, I saw a little card tucked into the package.  On this card, it said that each pendant is handcrafted, and because of that, no two charms are exactly the same.  I loved this so much and I know that it's as true for people as it is for jewelry!

So with that, take a moment today to celebrate your imperfections!  They only make you more gorgeous!

How to wear a monogram necklace. Fashion inspiration from a Winnipeg style blog.
How to wear a monogram necklace. Fashion inspiration from a Winnipeg style blog.
How to wear a monogram necklace. Fashion inspiration from a Winnipeg style blog.

How to wear a monogram necklace. Fashion inspiration from a Winnipeg style blog.

How to wear a monogram necklace. Fashion inspiration from a Winnipeg style blog.

How to wear a monogram necklace. Fashion inspiration from a Winnipeg style blog.



"J" Pendant - c/o Auburn Jewelry.  Coat & Heels - Le Chateau.  Denim - Forever 21.  Tank - Winners.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring wedding inspiration

Last September, I helped plan my sister's wedding and I have been waiting all winter to blog about it because I thought the colour pallet would be absolutely perfect for spring!  Now that spring is officially here, I'm so excited to share all my favourite details and moments from the day!
Now, I love my sister, but she is just not a detail oriented person. She picked her colours to be a gorgeous aqua and bright cherry red, but other than that, she turned the reins over to me and let me run wild with the details!
Some of my favourite elements from the wedding included the ribbon backdrop for the ceremony, the flowers for her adorable teacup maltase puppy Icing (who was also their ring bearer!) and the giant handmade "love" sign behind the head table.  I also love how the dessert bar turned out! We purchased 3 ikea bookcases and filled them with flowers, books, cupcakes and tons of other yummy desserts!
The only thing I was a little nervous about was the flowers for the day!  While my sister picked out what she wanted for bouquets, she just didn't have the time or desire to figure out what to do for centerpieces. Together with my mom, I met the florist and picked out all the flowers for her centerpieces without her having any idea what we had decided. The first time she saw her wedding decor was when she stepped in to the room as a married woman!  Luckily, she loved the decor (at least that's what she told me)!

Red and aqua Winnipeg wedding. Flowers: Floral Fixx.  Photography: Kamp Photography.  Location: Evergreen Village.  Cakes & Cupcakes: Cake-ology.  Linens: Dream Day Decorators.  Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields via L.A. Collections.  Bridal gown: Vera Wang via David's Bridal.
Red and aqua Winnipeg wedding. Flowers: Floral Fixx.  Photography: Kamp Photography.  Location: Evergreen Village.  Cakes & Cupcakes: Cake-ology.  Linens: Dream Day Decorators.  Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields via L.A. Collections.  Bridal gown: Vera Wang via David's Bridal.
Red and aqua Winnipeg wedding. Flowers: Floral Fixx.  Photography: Kamp Photography.  Location: Evergreen Village.  Cakes & Cupcakes: Cake-ology.  Linens: Dream Day Decorators.  Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields via L.A. Collections.  Bridal gown: Vera Wang via David's Bridal.

Red and aqua Winnipeg wedding. Flowers: Floral Fixx.  Photography: Kamp Photography.  Location: Evergreen Village.  Cakes & Cupcakes: Cake-ology.  Linens: Dream Day Decorators.  Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields via L.A. Collections.  Bridal gown: Vera Wang via David's Bridal.


Red and aqua Winnipeg wedding. Flowers: Floral Fixx.  Photography: Kamp Photography.  Location: Evergreen Village.  Cakes & Cupcakes: Cake-ology.  Linens: Dream Day Decorators.  Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields via L.A. Collections.  Bridal gown: Vera Wang via David's Bridal.

Flowers: Floral Fixx.  Photography: Kamp Photography.  Location: Evergreen Village.  Cakes & Cupcakes: Cake-ology.  Linens: Dream Day Decorators.  Bridesmaid Dresses: Liz Fields via L.A. Collections.  Bridal gown: Vera Wang via David's Bridal.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring boot repair

Here in Winnipeg, it looks like the snow is finally starting to melt. However, all that melting snow does not do good things for your shoes. All of my winter boots are starting to show some signs of wear and have developed salt stains.  (In case you didn't know, salt stains are those squiggly white stains on your shoes that are caused by the salt they use to melt the snow on sidewalks and streets.)  But don't lose hope if your shoes get salt stains, they can still be whipped back into shape with a little elbow grease and something you most likely already have in your cupboard!

Are you curious yet?  Well, the best solution to remove salt stains is vinegar!  Yup, the plain old kind you buy from the grocery store.  Here's how you do it: Tale a small sponge, dip it in vinegar and rub in a circular motion over the discoloured areas. It will turn the leather darker, but once it dries it will go back to its original colour minus the salt stains. After the boots have dried, finish by spraying a conditioning protective spray over the entire boot.

Oh! And just in case you are curious, these gorgeous leather boots came from Steve Madden.  They are last years model but you can find a similar (and equally gorgeous) style here!

How to remove salt stains from winter boots.  A DIY guide from Pretty Little Details.






Check out the difference it makes!  Just like new :)

How to remove salt stains from winter boots.  A DIY guide from Pretty Little Details.