Birthday Wish List

We’ve officially started Fall and October is just around the corner – where has the time gone?! I swear each month goes by faster and faster. (Which also means that our wedding is 11 months away –  eep!) I may or may not have already mentioned that October is my favourite month of the year…because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH! I don’t really celebrate it all month long but try to stretch it out for a week of celebrations. The week will consist of lunches and/or dinners with family, a night out with my friends & a nice evening with my fiance. However, this year he goes away the day before my birthday for work *tear* but we’re going away to Whistler for a couple nights the previous week which I’m very excited about!

Personally I LOVE celebrating birthdays, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. I know lots of people who could care less about celebrating which makes me feel more inclined to give said person a card and even a little gift. I either bake cupcakes for them in their favourite colours/flavour or give them something related to their interests, so it feels more personal & thoughtful. When it comes to gifts for my birthday (even Christmas) I tend to think that I’m very easy to shop for, however, some of my friends seem to disagree. Pretty much anything to do with cupcakes, clothes/shoes/shopping or unicorns is a safe bet. And anything purple or sparkly. As I get older there doesn’t seem to be as much that I wish for like I did as a child. It becomes less about material items and more about feeling loved on the 1 day a year that’s all about me. So here’s this years little Birthday Wish List!

katespadeagendaI use an agenda at work for planning out all my visual changes & since we’re getting closer to the end of the year I’m going to need a new one for the new year – and this gold polka dot one by Kate Spade from Chapters fits the bill perfectly!iphone5s_white_medI still technically have to wait a year before upgrading without paying a fee but since they released the iPhone 5S I think it’s time to upgrade early. 1) Because I’m still team Blackberry and 2) it now comes in gold.

justintimberlakeI’m really enjoying the new music he’s been putting out and I missed seeing him last time he came to Vancouver for his solo headlining tour. (balcony tickets showed up but I was selfish & wanted to search for something better and sure enough they sold out – I legit shed a tear) So this time I really want to see him – I know he’d put on a great show! Tickets go on sale Monday!

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As if I need another pair of shoes. I already have cognac booties and black booties but I’ve fallen in love with taupe coloured ones as well. These are my current favs from Aldo!

hunterbootsOne pair of boots that every Vancouver girl needs – rain boots. I have a pair of floral rain boots but these classic black Hunters need to be added to my closet as well. They’ll go with every outfit, as black always does.

giftcard2And of course, you can never go wrong with a gift card! It may not necessarily be a personal gift but for any shopaholic – like myself – they’re perfect! Get me a gift card for any store that I shop at and I will have no problem finding a goodie, or two, to take home with me.

– Stephanie

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Fall is here!

Fall is officially here!! This is my favourite season of the year, it means cozy oversized sweaters with leggings, Hunter rain boots and a nice chunky scarf. And one can’t forget thanksgiving, pumpkin flavoured everything, halloween and mine and Stephanie’s birthday’s! The change in the seasons also means a new step in my life as I officially completed my Interior Design Degree yesterday! I am very excited and happy about what the future holds for me but I am also a little nervous, but that’s normal right?

Fall is all about the change in the weather and your wardrobe, not your house decor, don’t we all wish we were rich enough to change our entire spaces every season? But you could easily change up you accessories around your house. I am talking nice fluffy pillows, warm throws to curl up with by the fire and adding some gold accents. I also like buying those little baby orange and white pumpkins and putting them around my house. Here are a few decor ideas to add into your space:

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1) HAY Baby Dot Quilt
2) West Elm Sculptural Sphere
3) The Cross Ampersand Object Gold
4) Pottery Barn Red Cherry Texturized Linen Pillow
5) Tom Dixon Etch Candle Holder
6) West Elm  Braided Cable Throw

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Berry + Leopard

This morning I went with my mom & 3 of my girlfriends to try on wedding dresses for the first time! (insert obligatory girlie squeal here) I was so excited, and a little nervous actually. Whenever I go shopping and try clothes on I tend to always throw out an “Oh my god, I LOVE this!”, then buy it, let it sit in my closet for awhile, try it on again & decide I really don’t love it all that much. Oops! Thankfully most stores have a good return policy. Anyways, I was afraid that I would fall in love with too many dresses & end up getting overwhelmed with narrowing it down to just one but that wasn’t really the case.

I left the store without purchasing a dress today, which was my intention, but now I’m trying to decide which of my favourite two is THE ONE. I can be very indecisive and this is a big decision so I don’t want to pick the wrong one. They’re both beautiful gowns so we’ll see which one keeps appearing in my dreams…

I decided to wear the berry midi dress that I purchased yesterday & received lots of compliments on the colour – told you ladies! I paired it with a leopard print circle scarf & cognac booties. It was a nice day out today – I love that crisp feeling in the air during the Fall when the sun’s still shining & the leaves are falling. Since we weren’t allowed coffee in the salon with us we all grabbed a Pumpkin Spice Latte when we were finished – the perfect drink for this season.

Have a great weekend everyone! xx

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Dress (H&M) Scarf (H&M; Old) Booties (Payless; Old) Watch (MarcByMarcJacobs)

– Stephanie

Fall Trends: Jewel Tones

There are many trends for this upcoming Fall season but this is the last one of my Fall Trends posts! I say “upcoming” because it hasn’t quite started, even though the first official day of Fall is 2 days away. The weather has definitely started to change. When I’m getting dressed for work in the morning (which is at like 6am) it’s cold & cloudy but by mid afternoon it becomes warm & sunny. What the heck?! Oh right, this is Vancouver.

A trend that I love for Fall are pretty jewel tones like Teal & Berry/Oxblood! I actually just purchased a teal blouse & a berry long sleeve midi dress from H&M (on a side note, I’m become slightly obsessed with dresses & skirts in a midi length). It also happens that teal is one of my favourite colours – my #1 fav is purple. These colours are the perfect way to add that pop of colour to your Fall wardrobe which usually consists of neutrals like black, cognac & creme. They can also be worn all year round which is a great reason to pick up something in one of these fabulous colours!

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H&M, Aritzia, Party Skirt, CakeForBreakfast

– Stephanie

 

Fall Trends: Plaid

A couple years ago I purchased a red plaid button down from Garage and was obsessed with it. Who knew that this pattern would become a highly coveted item! Unfortunately, either due to fit or my ever quick changing mind, I got rid of said shirt. Normally when I get rid of clothes (either selling them to friends, donating them or “recycling” them at H&M) I never miss anything but this shirt is a first. So I was on the hunt again for the perfect flannel and recently purchased the one from Garage pictured below.  From the runway, plaid has been spotted in some of the Fall 2013 shows like Versace, Moschino, Suno and Fausto Puglisi. They come in a variety of colours & plaids and are so versatile with styling. You can wear them buttoned up or unbuttoned with ANY kind of bottom (skirt, shorts, leggings, jeans) or even with a maxi dress as a kind of “jacket”. Another common way to style it is to rock it old school – tied around your waist. Yes, really. Seeing this look reminds me of grunge fashion & the 90’s. I had to order mine online because they were sold out in stores at the time so I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival! I can’t wait to wear it tied around my waist with a tank and a black maxi skirt.

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Garage, Aritzia, H&M

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– Stephanie

Scandinavian Design

Happy September! I can’t believe that summer is just about over, the only good thing about this is that I graduate at the end of the month! Which means September will be a VERY busy month for me. I recently came home the other day from two of my best friends wedding and I am ready to buckle down and start busting my ass to finish! But first I will write a quick post about my love for Scandinavian design.

What I love about Scandinavian design is the neutral hues, comfy and interesting textures and fabrics, clean lines and warm features. It is functional, minimal and simplistic. When I finally get my own place I can picture this style being a big part of my home. Here are some great inspirational pictures of some Scandinavian interiors!

– Nicole

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Fall Trends: Pretty Pastels

Now is the time of year to snag that perfect new coat for Fall. However, there’s a bit of a twist to the trend this season: the colour. Normally when we see pastels we think of Spring time, like Easter. It’s been spotted on various runway shows like Celine, Proenza Schouler, Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton & Gucci to name a few. The most popular colour being seen is pink but there’s also yellow, blue & lavender. Seriously, just screams Easter right?

Anyways, I don’t think I’ll be buying into this particular trend this season simply because I personally don’t like to wear pastels. I rarely ever wear pink and if I do it has to be a dark pink. On the contrary though I think that these coats are a fun & girlie piece that you can challenge yourself with to see how many ways it can be styled. This trend seems to be taking it’s sweet time to hit the sites online but here are a few pretty pink coats I’ve come across!

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ASOS, Zara, Club Monaco

– Stephanie