DIY :: Make Your Mark with Monograms

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I partnered with Joe Fresh, to come up with stylish takes on the classic monogram. Come try them out at the  Queen + Portland store in Toronto during the month of September, where you can custom monogram your Joe Fresh purchase for $5.

I love stocking up on basics for Fall. I gravitate towards solids and richer colours and look for transitional pieces that match the changing weather. Layering a classic denim jacket over a T-shirt, or sporting a midi shirtdress paired with a wide brim fedora, are two of my go-to looks for the season.

As a DIY enthusiast, I’ve always enjoyed adding personalized details to my wardrobe, especially when it comes to basics. It’s my way of exercising my inner creative flare—such as with monograms.

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DIY :: Tasselled Gladiator Sandals

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I’ve always been a fan of Gladiator style sandals. I remember when I visited Greece last year, I saw a huge variety of styles. Athens and Santorini offered styles that reminded me of ancient Greece meanwhile, on the swanky island of Mykonos, boutiques were carrying sandals that were embellished with colour beading, fringes, pom pom trims, and tassels.

I’ve been seeing a variety of embellished styles pop up all over Instagram, most of them, designed and decorated by talented artists and fashionistas. So naturally, I had to attempt a pair myself. I picked up these gold Gladiator Sandals from LE CHATEAU last month and finally had the chance to embellish them!

Read further to see what items I used to make these DIY Tasseled Gladiator Sandals..

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DIY :: Indoor Potted Flower Centerpiece

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I’ve been having so much fun this Summer season with my growing adventures! I’ve been making strides with some of the projects I set forth at the beginning of my Scotts® Gro Crew journey, and guess what, I’ve not yet to kill any or my plants!

Last month, I shared my tips on how to create a lush potted herb garden and to go one extra step, how to freeze and preserve them. I’ve been adding my herbs to so many great recipes since.

As for this month, my goal was to beautify the interior of my home, and thought it would only be appropriate to tackle an indoor project with the help of a premium Scotts® Miracle-Gro product. I debated between a few ideas such as an indoor terrarium or a simple potted succulent, but I wanted to go an extra step and add some extra colour with this indoor potted flower centerpiece.

Find out how to you create your own potted flower centerpiece, they can be a great wedding centerpiece alternative (it cost less than $25)!

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DIY :: BBQ Backyard (Pool) Party Hostess Gift Box

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The best part about summer is by far getting together with friends and spending some quality time over great food and bevvies while soaking in some sun. I love throwing outdoor BBQ parties but I honestly love attending them more!

I know just about how much work and preparation goes into hosting an impressive BBQ (Pool) Party, and often times as the host, you are so busy worrying about your guests having a good time, that you often miss your own party! To say thanks, I like to surprise the host/hostess with fun gifts for their hospitality, that’s the least we can do as guests, right?!

I partnered with DIXIE Outlet Mall to show you how inexpensive and simple it is to curate the ultimate BBQ Backyard (Pool) Party Hostess Gift Box!

I guarantee that the hostess will be so grateful and you will be the best guest on the guest list!

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DIY :: Growing and Freezing Fresh Herbs

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When it comes to creating new recipes, throwing a quick dinner together, or even hosting an elaborate party, having herbs at home, dried or fresh, can go a long way. It can instantly transform any ordinary dish into a crowd’s favourite or even turn you into a master bartender by adding herbs into basic cocktails.

As part of the 2016 Scotts® Gro Grew, one of my missions was to create my own potted herb garden! I’m so pleased to share that with the help of a couple premium Miracle-Gro products I’ve successfully grew fresh basil, chives, rosemary, oregano (to name a few) and they’re ready to be used in my daily culinary adventures.

However, for those of you who have grown herbs before, you already know that an immense amount of herbs can be harvested in a very short period of time. I’ve come to realize that at times, I’ve got more herbs than I can use. Therefore, I went on a quest to find ways to save the large quantities of herbs on hand, and so pleased that I discovered a simple and practical way to freeze and preserve my precious herbs with olive oil, to be used at a later time.

Read more to find out how to grow and freeze your fresh herbs for future use!

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DIY :: Summer Rhinestone Keds

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It’s been some time since I worked on a fashion related DIY and I’m excited to share this fun yet simple project with you! Nothing beats a pair of classic white Keds for Summer and I’ve partnered with SoftMoc to show you just how easy it is to customize a pair of your own!

I was inspired by fun pineapple and cherry prints that I’ve been seeing in stores as of late and created an ‘adult’ creation by using fancy and sparkly rhinestones for my DIY Keds shoe design. I loved how they turned out!

Not only are these DIY Summer Rhinestone Keds perfect for Summer but they are 100% one of a kind!

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Lifestyle :: Spring & Summer Gardening Plans

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The month of May is the perfect time to get the gardening gloves out. I’ve never been much of a gardening expert and actually have struggled to keep my plants alive! With limited gardening knowledge and a small outdoor area, it’s always been a challenge incorporating gardening projects into our busy schedules.

Last Summer, I did manage to attempt a small gardening project and grew our own planter box herb garden on the third floor terrace of our townhouse and surprisingly, it did survive a couple of months! I loved having fresh herbs on hand, where I was able to combine them in our favourite food and drink recipes.

This year, I’ve got some lofty growing plans to not only improve the herb garden, but also beautify our terrace, entrance way, and indoor space with fresh potted and planted flowers. Though I’m slightly intimidated by these projects, I’m super thrilled that I’ve been asked to join the 2016 Scotts Gro Crew, where I’ll have direct access to gardening experts, advice and premium Scotts® Miracle-Gro products, such as Miracle-Gro Flower Magic and Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix to assist me through my #IGrewIt Journey! I hope you’ll follow along as I’ll be sharing what I learn with you over the next few months!

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DIY :: Mother’s “Day-Off” Gift Box

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With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, I couldn’t help but to reflect on what my mom and I have in common. I would like to think that I inherited some of my mom’s best traits, such as loyalty, kindness and someone that values family and friends. The one thing I am sure of is that my mom and I both enjoy a good bargain. For special occasions such as Mother’s Day, she never asks for gifts and always prefer that my sister and I save up what we have. Shopping for my mom is a tough task because it’s got to be a good bargain!

Pulling together a special gift certainly doesn’t have to be costly, I decided to challenge myself to a style savings spree at the DIXIE Outlet Mall, where I snatched up some really great items (at discounted prices) and curated what I call a Mother’s “Day-Off” Gift Box because every mom out there deserves a day off this Sunday!

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DIY [Video] :: Doughnut and Mimosa Bar

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This video tutorial originally appeared on Mode.com

The weekend is just around the corner and I often look forward to entertaining friends and family. If throwing an extravagant dinner party doesn’t interest you much but playing the “Haute Hostess” is, I guarantee you’ll love this simple entertaining inspiration that requires little work from you but offers huge impact for your guests.

Get ready to round up the #squad for brunch at your place because I teamed up with Mode to reveal my secrets for creating a fun (and seriously delicious) DIY buffet station where guests can decorate doughnuts and make mimosas just the way they like them!

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DIY [Video] :: Mini Flower Arrangements

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This video tutorial originally appeared on Mode.com

When it comes to home decorating, adding flower arrangements is the simplest way to spruce up any living space. For special occasions and holidays, I typically order flower arrangements from my florist. However, as beautiful as they are, they can become a costly expense. With Spring upon us, I’ve got shades of bright and pastel pink florals on my mind.

Recently, I collaborated with Mode to film a step by step tutorial video to show you just how easy it is to create a stunning, inexpensive flower arrangement using blooms from your local grocery store or farmer’s market—all you need is a few simple tips and tricks.

Watch the G.I.Y (Glam It Yourself) Video to learn how to create your own DIY Mini Flower Arrangement!

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