DIY :: Giant Crepe Rose

DIY Giant Crepe Rose

Bonjour! I’m so excited to share a glimpse of a special project I worked on over the weekend with Shop for Jayu! When Sally asked Marla, Angelic, and I to a part of Shop for Jayu’s Fall/Winter 2014 look book, I was beyond ecstatic. The most exciting part about this project was not only being able to work with a super talented team of creative people, but Sally also wanted each one of us bloggers to create our own concepts and incorporate elements of our style and blog into each shot.

Of course my main focus was to include a fun DIY project for each the looks I came up with. Sharing with you today is my one of my three conecpts - “Romantic Rose Garden”. I really wanted to keep everything simple, but exaggerate the shot with this DIY giant crepe rose, creating an surreal romantic moment. I’ve seen this paper flowers many times, and have always wanted to make a giant one, this was the perfect opportunity.

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Giveaway :: Nogah Necklace {Exclusive at BRIKA}

BRIKA Nogah Necklace

Happy Thursday! BRIKA, an online marketplace featuring under-the-radar artisans and designers and their well-crafted goods, has put together a Best of Summer Necklace Collection featuring 8 beautiful hand-crafted summer necklaces in collaboration with BRIKA’s artisans and designers! I love working with BRIKA and their collection of hand-crafted items are to die for. I recently worked on a video tutorial with BRIKA on their C’est Joli Summer Bracelet DIY Kit, it was so much fun and I’m thrilled to be working with them again.

The ladies at BRIKA introduced me to one of the 8 summer necklaces – the Nogal Necklace made by Tilly Doro. This gold-plated box chain necklace, which has a combination of green and pink semi-precious stones (pink quartz, rose quartz, vintage beads, brass diamond charms) reminds me of watermelons on a hot summer day. The design is both playful and sophisticated, super easy to style with a white tee or a summer dress.

Good news! I’m giving away the Nogal Necklace (retails for $70) to one LUCKY reader via Instagram! Keep reading to enter! Good luck! Read the full article →

Outfit :: Henkaa Iris Convertible Dress

Henkaa Iris Convertible Dress

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’re having a fine, lovely day! Today, sharing a recent outfit that was too good not to share! A few months ago, I packed along Henkaa’s Sakura Convertible dress with me to Paris. I love the fact that it offers multiple wear and also the fabric is super wrinkle-free. I am THRILLED that Henkaa decided to give birth the Sakura’s sister – the Iris Dress.

I consider the Iris dress a more sophisticated version of the Sakura dress. The Iris is a gorgeous convertible dress but accompanied with 3/4 sleeves – this is a great option for a cool office space (mine is frigid at most times) and also a great step into the Fall (yes, I said the F-word…).

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Giveaway :: Win 1,000,000 PC Plus Points with Loblaws {#LeapofFlavour}

Million PC Plus Points Instagram Giveaway

Good morning! I hope you had a lovely weekend! A super short but super awesome contest to share with you today. For those that are located in Canada, this is SO easy to enter and the prize is amazing. I love President’s Choice products. Totally not going to lie, I do most of my grocery shopping at Loblaws, No Frills, Superstore, and pretty much anywhere else that carries PC Products. I also do a Sunday weekly run for flowers (sometimes they’ve got pretty stems for 50% off!). Yesterday, I picked up an assortment of pearly white florals for $10!

Interested in winning 1,000,000 PC Plus Points which is worth approximately $1,000?! Join the Leap of Flavour Instagram contest for your chance to win! Read further for details on how to enter!

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Fashion :: Made to Order

Custom made dress canada

I love seeing the emergence of custom-made clothing and accessories that is both affordable and can be done in the privacy of your own home. Custom, made-to-order garments have always either been a premium service at a specialized tailor or on the flip side, understood as something totally inexpensive done during your trip to Asia. What about the perfect balance of custom made premium items but not having to physically make a trip to the tailor or overseas?

Today, I’ve roundup four Made-to-Order online services that are both premium in quality and budget friendly.

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DIY Inspiration :: Emotion Calendars

Love Emotion Calendars

Hello! A super quick post today, but a good one! I came across these creative, adorable, and in MY mind, practical life and love calendars by Brigada Creativa. Funny how we keep track of all the important parties, meetings, and numerous to-dos but rarely pay attention to our emotional meters.

I love these life and love calendars. The “Love Life, Day by Day” calendar has 365 hearts for each day, each divided into 4 quadrants, representing: time together, conversation, caress-kisses and sex. Keep track of your heart wellness by filling in the portion daily – hopefully you’ll end up with more full hearts than none! The “How was your day?” calendar, equally as important, tracks your daily emotions by allowing you to fill in the blank happy faces: very good, good, ordinary, bad, or very bad.

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Beauty :: Summer Beachy Waves and Sun-Kissed Skin {with WINNERS}

Summer Beauty, Beachy Waves and Sun Kissed Skin with WINNERS

With Summer here, my beauty regimen translates to achieving the “beach” look without physically spending hours at the beach. Let’s face it though, spending hours at the beach certainly doesn’t equate to looking flawless!

Today I want to share a few simple tips and beauty products I snatched up from WINNERS that help me create the perfect beach look = beachy waves + natural sun-kissed glow.

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DIY :: {Built-In} Chalkboard/Blackboard Art

DIY Built in Chalkboard

For those of you who celebrated Canada Day yesterday, I hope you had a nice a relaxing day! I took Monday off as well and made it an extra long weekend and managed to catch a lot of vitamin D out in cottage town. I had such a great time! To my America friends, I hope you will be able to enjoy your upcoming Fourth of July weekend as well!

Apologies for not posting this DIY {Built-In} Chalkboard tutorial earlier, I know that I had mentioned it in this post a couple of weeks back, but here it is! I have very high ceilings at home and have been wanting to welcome my guests by my front entrance with a big piece of art for quite some time. However, finding a frame or a canvas about 6 ft tall can be quite challenging. Therefore, I decided to create a DIY built-in chalkboard for some doodling by painting directly on the wall and adding some simple trim border as the frame.

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DIY :: C’est Joli x BRIKA Summer Bracelets DIY Kit

Cest Joli x BRIKA DIY Bracelet Kit

Greetings! I’m EXTREMELY excited to partner with C’est Joli and BRIKA to launch their DIY Summer Bracelet Kit collaboration! Many of you have asked me about these uber cute and bright neon bracelets since I posted them up on Instagram last week. I’m so thrilled to announce that this DIY Summer Bracelet Kit is now on sale at BRIKA for $24!

Clearly, I’ve got some inner love for DIY, but I can’t begin to tell you how simple and genius this DIY Kit is! The bright colours paired with the gold are perfect for summer and ads a pop to any (boring) outfit. I paired my neon yellow version with all black the other day, and I got tons of compliments on it!

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Home Decor :: Charmed Aroma {a surprise gem in each candle}

Charmed Aroma Jewelry Candle Review

I love candles. I love them even more now that I have a home. I never use to invest in them. I thought they were only necessary for romantic baths, curing a hard day at work, or airing out the smell from cooking all day in a small condo. I have a total different view of candles now. They are THE most necessary accessory to any home! They are so darn pretty, and smell incredible. I’ve honestly got candles in every room in my house (literally, I just counted them).

I want to thank Samantha (see her food blog) for introducing me to Charmed Aroma. Not only do their candles smell incredibly yummy and decadent, but each candle contains a surprise piece of jewelry worth anywhere from $10 to $5,000!!!

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