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 prettylittledetails.ca





Red Wine Mushroom Chicken
(serves 4)

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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)

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rose gold & blush

Happy Monday!  Now a little while back I had the chance to do a photoshoot with my friend Alvina (you can check out more of her photography at AlvinaGrace.com).  I had so much fun walking through the park with her, chatting and snapping photos.  Here are some of my favourite photos from our day!  :)


How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

How to wear rose gold. Photos by Alvina Grace Photography.

Blush blouse & white denim - Forever 21.  Clutch - Le Chateau.  Watch - Aldo (similar here).  MYO mini affirmation bracelet - BCBG.  Nude slingbacks - Alfred Sung

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our Wedding (part 3)

For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing photos from my wedding (you can also check out our photoshoot & getting ready pics!) but today I'm sharing all of the details from our ceremony & reception.  I loved the vintage glam feel of our wedding and had so much fun incorporating numerous DIY projects.

DIY tissue packages.

Flower girl & ring bearer.

Monogramed water bottles in vintage crates.
Vintage glam wedding inspiration.

Gorgeous ballroom at the Gates on Roblin decorated with burlap linens, chiavari chairs and tall stock flower centrepieces.

Coral and burlap.

This shot of my bridesmaids is the absolute cutest candid!  Also, isn't this cake gorgeous?  I wanted a lace inspired cake and the real flowers added amazing colour.

Kissing game.

Creative diy mug cake favours.
Coral and Purple wedding details.Cutting the cake  - Winnipeg Wedding Inspiration.

Father/Daughter Dance - Winnipeg Wedding Inspiration.
Our First Dance - Winnipeg Wedding Inspiration.

Flowers - Fache Floral Design.  Linens - Dream Day Decorators.  Chairs - Accessible Elegance.  Location - The Gates on Roblin, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Cake - Zen Bakery.  Photos - Kamp Photography.  Video - Paperback Films.