Pink Party

Good Morning,

It’s a little late, but today I’m featuring a amazing kid’s birthday party I attended last Monday on the Victoria Day holiday.  It was the 2nd and 4th birthday party for my bestie’s kids, Ella and Tatum. I love these two little humans more than I can possibly describe, but ALSO they looove pink…which just makes me love them even more.  So, of course, their Mom decided that for the girl’s birthday party (their b-day’s are only 5 days apart), a PINK PARTY was in order.  With the invites, instructions were given for attendees to don as much pink as they could.  It was so fun….and oozing with pink goodies.  Bright pink, light pink, salmon, neon….every pink you could imagine.

Kelly did amazing job pink-ifying the decor and food….even the cucumber slices were dyed pink.  There was birthday cake with 3 pink layers, pink popcorn and pink yoghurt pops.  Pink poofs, pink lemonade, and pink strawberry milk!

Decor and Food copy And then there was the stylin’ kiddies in their best pink outfits and accessories.

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And the pink fun continued with face-painting and birthday cake!

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 Such a fun party with a fabulous theme.

Don’t get used to it Kel….before you know it they’ll be 15 and wanting to wear ripped jeans, plaid shirts and Doc Martens…because by then the early 90’s will be cool again.

XO,

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Vegas Part 1 – Vegas Uncork’d Bellagio Block Party

Good Morning!

I hope all of you had a great long weekend! This morning I’m finally getting to the first installment of my Vegas extravaganza. I’m starting with the main reason we chose to go the weekend that we did, which was Bon Appetit Magazine’s Vegas Uncork’d. 

 Vegas Uncork’d is a 3-day culinary star-studded event featuring  award winning chefs like Michael Mina, Gordon Ramsay, and Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Todd English and many more. The events included some private dinner parties at $300-$500 per plate….um, not in our budget….but there were also a few more reasonably priced food parties, one of which was the one we attended, the “Bellagio Block Party: Cured, Briased, Smoked, Grilled and Toasted.”

bbp-vegas 1 copy The party took place in a large parking lots behind the Bellagio hotel and was comprised of about 15 food and drink stations which you could pick up bite-sized morsels of food from the chefs of some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.  Here are some shots of the scene….

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The best part for me, of course, was the food…

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The morsels were super delicious. Our particular favourite was a naan wrap with grilled goat. The sauce they used was amazing and it melted in your mouth. Yummmmmmy. I wish I could remember which station/chef it was from!

bbp-the food copy There was also a grill challenge between chef Todd English and chef Akira Back and two students from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School that took place at the party. The winning student won a $20,0000 scholarship and the runner-up a $5,000 scholarship.  It was hard to see to get any decent photos but you can see a video of it here.

So, was it fun?  Did I mention that Patron Tequila was one of the main sponsors? No?  Hmmm, well a boatload of amazing food and excellent tequila…I’ll let you guess if we had a good time or not…

fun times Patron also had HD photobooth there to take fun photos of guests at the event.  See how much we like each other in this one??

…then my friend Rena tried to steal my margarita….

 A great event!  More Vegas pics to come later this week.

Have a great start to your (short) week!

XO,

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Happy Birthday Katrina!

Good Morning!

Today is my niece Katrina’s birthday!

My niece is one of the kindest, strongest, and most creative girls I know. I’m pretty lucky to have her in my life.

 As she embarks on her pre-teen years, which aren’t always the easiest, I just want to tell her to…

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Happy Birthday sweet girl! I hope you have a great day! Love you lots!

XO,

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DIY Masquerade Mask

Good Morning!

Do you remember the masks that my friend Tory and I wore at our Masquerade Birthday? Well, we crafted those little darlings ourselves…with some help from the dollar store and Pinterest.  I liken the pairing of the dollar store and Pinterest to Edward and Vivian in Pretty Woman. One may seem a little more high-class than the other, but in reality they are equally awesome and much better together than apart. (Yes, I love that movie) But I digress. Today I’m giving you a brief little overview of what we did for these masks.  I’ll start with the golden lacey number that Tory wore.

541603_10151460520854589_1015831706_n Tory found the instructions and template for this DIY mask on this post by Sprinkles in Springs on Pinterest.  The full instructions are on the post.

DIY  Tory mask Tory made one change from the instructions and used gold glitter glue instead of fabric puffy paint.  We couldn’t find puffy paint anywhere downtown so we tried the glitter glue which looked great but took a LONG time to dry.  So if you use it, do the mask a couple of days in advance.

For my mask, you need: a plain mask base (I got mine at It’s my Party on the Danforth), feathers (regular and peacock), small plastic jewels with one flat side, a glue gun and some small gauge wire (all from the dollar store).  All I did was glue a pattern of pearly and blue stone jewels to the base mask, put the feathers into small groups and wrap a wire around them to keep them sturdy, glue the feathers to the back side of the mask and it was done! DIY LG Mask

 Holy plumage Batman!

These were very fun to make, so much so that I want to have another party so I can make a different one!

Have a great day!

XO,

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Masquerade Birthday!

Good Morning!

As you may recall from last week, my friend Tory and I celebrated our birthdays together this past weekend with a masquerade themed birthday party.  I was going to post about the party yesterday, but after all the “festivities”, the last thing I wanted to do on Sunday was edit photos. Let’s be honest, I didn’t even move from my bed/couch until about 5 pm.  At 34, my body now needs about two to three days extra recovery time for a late night.  Sigh.  But it was worth it.

When you throw a theme party there is always some question as to whether people will participate.  We did have extra masks on hand, just in case people came empty handed, but we were really hoping that people would get into the theme.  And let me say, our friends didn’t disappoint.

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The winner of the prize for best mask went to my friend Monisa (with me, bottom right), who rocked her first ever glue gun project and crafted up this plumage-y beauty using the feathers from 2 masks…..

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Fun!

There were many great masks, but here are a few of my favourites from the night:

1) Pete’s “I can colour a mask as well as any 2nd grader” pirate

2) Geoff’s slightly creepy long-beaked mask, a throwback to Eye’s Wide Shut

3) Steve’s “Life of Pi” tiger mask

4) Natalie’s ski mask

All in all a great success!  Tomorrow I’ll share a little on how Tory and I constructed our own masks.

Have a great day!

XO,

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Highlights from IDS 2013

 Good Morning!

This weekend proved to be busy as I tried to get things done before my departure to Switzerland tomorrow!  That meant I didn’t get a chance to post about my recap on the interior design show last week!  But I have it today!

The festivities kicked off with the opening night gala on Thursday night.  It was a fun time, and why wouldn’t it be with so many bloggers in attendance? Plus, I got a chance to preview the show.

But the real viewing of the show took place when I took part in the IDS Instawalk 2013 hosted by Beige is Dead.  (I don’t have instagram but they let me take part anyway and I just tweeted my pics)  Here are some of my faves from the show.

View of IDS from above…

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ceasarstone, one of the lead sponsors for IDS2013 put together this “Stone Garden”.  Normally I’m not big on minimalism in design, but I thought this was a nice calming break in the midst of the busyness of the rest of show.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There was some great lighting showcased at the show.  The lovely fixture on the left is from Cocoon out of Oakville, while the eclectic display of fixtures on the right are from Living Lighting on King.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I found my dream rugs at the Reznick Carpet booth.  Hand dyed, hand woven and beautifully designed.  About $100/sq. ft….Hmmm, which means I can afford an area rug for dollhouse.  Alas.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One of the things that everyone was talking about was the vintage copper tub that the IKEA booth used in its rustic bathroom design.  It was spectacular.  And I enjoyed their rustic kitchen design as well.

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 And there was lots of stuff for bathooms too!  Cool sinks from Stone Forest, and cool gold faucets from Rubinet Faucet Company

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 I’m really not a big fan of a bath….but this tub designed by might just be the one that makes me change my mind….

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 I enjoyed the “candy store of tiles” setup at the Ceragres Tile Company booth, as well as their grey ombre wall of tile.

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But one of the coolest things I found at the show was Creative Matters wall coverings.  They have fabulous designs and you can buy them either pre-pasted or peel and stick.  Being a renter, the peel and stick option is great.  And they also can do custom designs!  So glad I stumbled upon them!

 

 

 

 

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And that is it for my summary of IDS2013! There was so much more but these are just a few of my faves.  Excited to do it again next year.

XO,

 

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Good Morning!

This past Tuesday evening I attended the #BrotherBizSmart event, which was a collaboration between Brother Canada and the Yummy Mummy Club and was hosted by my friend Sarah Gunn – DIY guru on Cityline and blogger on Sarah Gunn Wall Candy and Sara Gunn Style! The event was held at the BoConcept furniture store on Adelaide St. East, and was a really great location for this event.

The evening started with an introduction to the new Brother Business Smart Series printer by one of the lovely Brother representatives.

Here is the deal with this fabulous machine: It prints, it copies, it scans.  IT’S WIRELESS.  It prints 11×17 sized paper. It’s SMALL.  Oh, and it’s freakin’ pretty.

Then Sarah showed us how she used this printer to do some great photo DIY projects.

She show us how to easily mount your printed pictures onto canvas to make fabulous (and personal) wall art. In this one, she printed some Instagram shots from her time in Nova Scotia last summer. A very professional looking art piece of her family vacation! I the next photo, and to the right of this busy DIYer, you see a logo she printed and framed, which you could do using your own company logo.  A great idea for small businesses who want some signage for their home office but don’t want to pay for professional printing. Seriously, the creativity of this chiquita is CRAZY. And as I went through my photos of Sarah presenting, I couldn’t help but link these two photos together….

Full disclosure, the above MAY IS NOT a direct quote from Sarah’s presentation, but if is was, I’m sure she would have be talking about enlarging PHOTOS.

Sorry Sarah, I couldn’t resist…

And to top the night off, she announced at the end of her presentation that Brother was giving ALL OF US ONE OF THE PRINTERS!  ALL OF US!  How insane is that??? We were all shocked and very excited. Again, THANKS so much to Brother, YMC and Sarah for this fabulous gift.

Sarah and I taken by Brittany Stager (p.s. I look like a running back in that photo, what is up with my shoulder?)

Overall a fabulous night!

And if my week couldn’t get any better, I’m flying to NYC tonight for a girls weekend. I’ve been to New York many times but have never experienced Christmastime in Manhattan.  Soooo excited.

XO,

Jo’s Showcase

Good Morning!

This post has been a long time coming but on October 17th,  I attended a showcase event put together by designer Jo Alcorn of Whitewash & Co.  She brought together 17 local suppliers and created some lovely spaces in a grand home in the beaches.  Here are some of my fave things:

Clockwise from the top left:  Loved the two colours of dining chairs and the bold art from Design Republic on the wall of the dining room * More awesome bold art by the bar in the dining room (also from Design Republic) * Unique and gorgeous coffee table/art piece from Jeff Turner * Art by James Connelly * lovely upholstered chairs by Switch Studio * great styling in a bedroom using art from design Republic, pillow from Teb interiors, and more * loved this eat in kitchen design * exquisite desk from Chair Table Lamp with a modern chair * funky pillows from Teb interiors.

I only captured some a great things in the space but the whole house was beautifully put together.  Congrats to Jo on great spaces and a fun night.

Here is the complete list of the suppliers who took part in the showcase:

You can check our Jo’s post here about the event to see more pictures from the cocktail part of the event.

Have a great Sunday!

Chicktacular

Good Morning!

Today I’m going to share with you some scenes from a super fun cooking event/competition that my friends and I have every year. I wanted to post yesterday but there were so many photos I couldn’t get it out in time!

The event is lovingly known as “Tacular”.  It started 2 summers ago with Porktacular, followed by last year’s Beeftacular, and this year we moved on to chicken.  There is cooking, eating, voting, and always a healthy amount of trash-talking. Here is the official poster of this year’s event…..

This is a well run event, especially with my friends Sam and Pete hosting and doing the organizing (the organizing part being all Sam). Check out all the amazing details that went into this event…from the golden chicken egg trophies to the “chick” magnet, she thought of everything.

Ok, here’s how it works…..you can enter in one or both of the appetizer/entree categories. They have to be a chicken based dish.  Everyone tries some of each dish, and then votes. Simple as that.  It started with the appetizer category….

There were 4 entries this year.  All were delicious.  My entry was the buttermilk coconut chicken nuggets on the bottom right.

Then we started prepping our entree entries…

There was chicken pizza, curry chicken, spicy chicken skewers, and chicken skewer wraps with homemade peanut sauce. I made spicy maple chicken drumsticks. But by far the most innovative entree of the event were the “Churtles”….

These bad boys were made of all chicken products….chicken bacon weaved around a cheese and ground chicken center, and chicken hot dogs for the legs and head.  Definitely the most creative entree at Chicktacular….congrats to the Wickens for this amazing display of chicken-y goodness.

There were some other non-meat dishes for the vegetarians in the crowd and to help fend off the meat sweats for us carnivores.

Also significantly high on the creativity list were the desserts….how amazing are these chick/chicken inspired cupcakes?

The ever talented Monique, a Tacular veteran and owner of The Chocolate Pizza Shoppe, prepared these awesome cupcakes.

Then there was the eating (my favorite part) and mingling with old and new friends….

And then what you’ve all been waiting for….the white paper with the results….

And GUESS WHAT????

I WON!  Both categories! Woohoo!

Here were the prizes….

Everyone got one of the golden eggs, each with a appropriately themed gift inside…a chicken bouillon square!

The recipe for the buttermilk and coconut chicken fingers I made can be found here, and the recipe for the spicy maple chicken can be found in this book.

Such great event! Many thanks to Pete and Sam for organizing and hosting again this year!  Can’t wait till the next ‘Tacular!

XO,

 

Baby Shower

Good Monday Afternoon!

Being Monday, I should be doing my last week’s loves, but since I spent much of my weekend putting together and hosting a baby shower for my friend Amber, I thought I would share some highlights with you instead!  It was a fun afternoon with some of my favourite ladies.

 For the decor, I made a the little bunting banner with Amber’s name on it, and added some paper pom-poms (which Martha taught me how to do here) to make it feel a little more festive.

Some of the snacks and flowers for the party…I actually made enough small arrangements like the one below for everyone to take one home with them as a little gift. However, I failed to take pictures of any of them except this one!

Ummm….cake.  The was my first foray into fondant icing.  I made it from scratch and it was shockingly simple……except for the rolling of the fondant, my weak ass arms got a workout.

And on the topic of cakes, my friend Jenn made this amazing diaper cake, complete with a little Sofie and some other fun surprises inside. Total cuteness.

My friends and I aren’t really into baby shower games, so for an activity we created a ABC book for the baby.  I bought some card stock, printed out some clip art, bought some letter stickers/stencils and kids colouring books and between the bunch of us we made pages for all the letters!  We are going to get all the pages made into a book for the little one to learn his/her ABCs! I love this idea but I totally stole it from another baby shower I’d been to….no credit for me on this one.

We had a great time coming up with words for each letter, some more creative than others (Kel, I’m talking to you – U is for bunny UNDER a (palm?) tree). Here are some of the finished pages.

All in all a great afternoon with great company.  Here’s wishing Amber all the best for the remainder of her pregnancy, and I can’t wait to meet her new little one soon!

I’ll be back with last week’s loves tomorrow!

XO,