Valentine’s DIY :: Happy Hearts

JF Heart Print Denim Skirt

I partnered with Joe Fresh to show you how to add a touch of true love to your favourite Joe Fresh designs with this easy DIY project.  This post originally appeared on Joe Fresh Post

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I think it’s a great time to channel the spirit of love into something fun and stylish. I love Valentine’s Day. It’s a great time to celebrate the simple acts of love with the special people in your life. If you’re looking for ways to spread some Valentine’s Day appreciation, try your hand at this effortless heart-print paint technique to embellish those Joe Fresh basics!

These are 100% washable and loveable!

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Food & Drink :: Elevated Snacking with KRAVE

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I don’t snack too often but when I do, I generally gravitate towards healthier snacking options and if time permits, for example a weekend afternoon, I love throwing together a meat and cheese board and dressing it up with bells and whistles such as olives, chocolates, and assorted roasted nuts.

However, sometimes, I just don’t have fancy meats and cheeses stocked therefore I’m so thrilled to come across KRAVE Jerky, which to me is just the right compromise of a healthy and savory snack option!

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DIY :: Valentine’s Test Tube Candy Gifts

Valentines Test Tube Candy Gift Favors

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s by far one of my favourite times of the year to cook up some simple DIYs! I’m looking forward to surprising friends with sweets and treats to tell them just how much I love them!

During a stroll through IKEA a couple weeks back, I spotted these RIMFORSA test tubes (comes as a set of 4) and thought they would make the perfect containers for the bags of red and pink candies I picked up at the store. I am such a sucker for IKEA products and absolutely love a good IKEA hack (see my last IKEA hack and what I posted on Instagram). Their items are inexpensive in nature and I can always find a multi-purpose for them.

These glass casings are a great option as elevated Valentines or party favors!

Read further to see how you can assemble your own Valentines Test Tube Candy Gifts.

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Outfit :: (Faux) Fur and Fringe {and $150 giveaway to LE CHÂTEAU!}

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TGIF friends! Weekends are reserved for fun outfits just like this playful combo I sported last weekend to Sunday brunch at FIGO (OMG YUM!). I’m totally loving the 70s trend comeback and decided to channel it by adding these cognac fringed suede boots to my winter style. Now, 70s and flared denim jeans typically go hand in hand but since I wanted to show off my new ‘fringe’, I opted for a criss cross tied denim tunic dress instead. I’d say I made a pretty good choice!

I’m also super excited to share that I’ve been invited back as a LE CHÂTEAU Shoe Ambassador for a second year! I’m really looking forward to bringing you another 12 months of trendy shoe vibes and great finds from LE CHÂTEAU!

To celebrate another year of great shoe picks, I’m giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $150 LE CHÂTEAU gift card!

Keep reading to enter this fabulous contest to shop your favourite shoes!
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Lifestyle :: Making Simple Choices to Love

Excel Simple Choices to Love

With such a busy schedule, an overflow of stimulation (computers, phones, televisions, etc.) and an abundance of options, where I’m able, I prefer to make simple choices at home, at work, and especially with my fashion selections.

Workday mornings are a bit hectic therefore I choose to live in basics, such as solid t-shirts, denim jeans, cozy knits but dressed with impactful pieces such as a statement necklace, chandelier earrings or luxe materials such as a faux fur coat or delicate lace. Making these simple daily choices I love has been a great addition to my daily routine!

Over the last couple of weeks, I partnered with Excel for the launch of their new Naturally Sweetened gum. Just like my effortless daily fashion choices, choosing Excel Naturally Sweetened gum is an easy choice you will love. I love this new gum that is made up of simple ingredients without artificial sweeteners, colours of flavours.

Whether it is sticking to wardrobe basics or adding simple ingredients to a recipe, what are some simple choices you make every day that you love?!

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Food & Drink :: Florida Grapefruit and Pear Champagne Cocktail

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Last week, I was invited to enjoy an exclusive lunch and learn with Chef Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and Flock. He demonstrated how simple it was to transform dishes by incorporating Florida Grapefruits to create delicious masterpieces. Inspired by the juiciness and unique combination of bitter and sweet that grapefruits exhibit, I decided to prepare a grapefruit cocktail that is just splendid!

That few leftover bottles of champagne from your New Year celebrations is just the perfect excuse to whip up this Florida Grapefruit and Pear Champagne Cocktail, am I right?!

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From My Desk :: How to Stay Organized

The Art of Prioritizing, Latte Art

Happy Thursday! Last week, I launched the start of a new blog series, “From My Desk” to share some of my personal experiences for the career driven, goal-getters out there (I know there are plenty of you!). Juggling between a full time job and a lifestyle blog requires quite a bit of organizational skills. Personally, being organized is tri-fold. It’s a combination of scheduling, prioritization, and setting goals.

Over the last several years, I’ve managed to devise my own plan and discovered a plethora of tools to help me stay organized.

Read further to find out my favourites!

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Outfit :: Marbled Print and Heathered Grey

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It’s been weeks since I did anything active with my body! Pathetic, I know. So glad I finally got myself to a hot yoga session over the weekend and boy do I feel energized. Last Sunday was the best kind of Sunday, the ones that are super productive yet relaxing.  I trotted around city after yoga to enjoy a nice brunch with Kyle and later shopped around for bags full of groceries and a much needed counter-top spiralizer (by the way, life changing, really!).

I long for days where I can lounge in comfortable yet versatile gear that can bring me from the studio to the streets. I absolutely adore this marbled print hoodie (on sale) and heathered grey leggings from Bench Canada. Not only are they great for pre-workout, but both are fabulous as everyday lifestyle pieces.

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From My Desk :: A New Inspiring Series for the Career Driven

Home Office Space: How to Juggle Between a Full time job and a blog

It’s incredible how many people I know juggle between a demanding full time job and a creative outlet, whether that is blogging, freelance photography, wedding florals or being an occasional make-up artist. I have been so privileged to have met so many talented people in the last few years and I want to personally thank each and everyone of you for your inspiration and passing on some of your energy because  I know first hand, the hard work that goes along with it!

Every successful blogger I know has a personal ‘story’. Why they started, how they manage their time, and ultimately what the end game is. I’m beginning a new Thursday series, “From My Desk”, to share my personal journey and experiences in building a startup company that just hit our 10th year anniversary, a fulfilling career in marketing and creating my mini masterpiece, my blog. Today, I’ll kick off by sharing my personal story.

I hope to inspire some of you take a chance, achieve your goals and stay motivated!

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DIY Inspiration :: 5 DIY Crafts to Try in 2016

Atm Knitting Scarf

Whoa! So sorry I’ve been MIA for a week from the blog, it’s been a crazy start of the year – but crazy good! I’ve missed you all and so glad to be back up and running with streams of ideas flowing through my head. Every start of the year, I like to compile a list of DIY projects I hope to tackle and pick up a few more crafting skills along the way. More importantly, I want to be able to share my DIY journey with you and in 2016, I’d love to focus on a few more complex projects. As much as I enjoy a simple yet genius DIY (who doesn’t), I’ve been thirsting to develop some legit crafting expertise.

So today, I’m sharing 5 DIY Crafts to Try in 2016. A couple of these I’ve started to embark on and the others I have slated in for later months.

What DIY/crafting projects would you like to see me share this year?!

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