Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

As soon as I saw photos of mini pumpkins surfacing on Instagram I knew I wanted to pick up a few to decorate my condo with – they are just too cute! Especially the white ones, but unfortunately I couldn’t find them anywhere. I also had a little vase that I wanted to fill with  Halloween candy but I wanted to buy something that I wouldn’t be tempted to eat so I went with candy corn. Call me crazy but I’m just not a big fan of it, however, I have been guilty of snacking on them. (I have to add that the vase wasn’t full when I put the candy in it).

Here are a few photos of how I added some Fall decor to our place, which will be replaced with Holiday decor before I know it. I didn’t go as far as making them gold or glittery but definitely will get more creative next year!

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Wish List: Aldo Accessories

I love browsing online and “shopping” – AKA I fill the cart with everything I want and then close the browser and don’t actually purchase anything. Sigh. However, I do usually bookmark the pages of the stuff I like and half the time when I go back through this “wish list” lots of the items are no longer available. Which I guess is a good thing, at least for my wallet anyways.

My most recent browse & bookmark session was on Aldo – specifically accessories. I love bundling up with scarves in the Fall/Winter time and like having not only an assortment of colours & prints but a variety of styles as well. For example; even if I have a circle scarf in a dark green, I feel the need to also have a regular scarf in the same colour. But I’m sure most girls do this, right? And I immediately fell in love with this bag as soon as I saw it. The structure of it and gold buckle detail helps make the bag. Although I prefer it in the black (but I don’t really need another black bag) the bone is also a great neutral tone and can transition well into the Springtime!

These are the few items that are currently on my wish list:

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2) ELEN turban $15

3) JAN circle scarf $25

4) GRAMERCY bag $50

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8 Must Haves in your Carry-on

Bon Voyage!! I am off to Toronto tomorrow for a little vacation to visit some family and friends. I am super excited for my trip but I dread packing. I am one of those people that want to bring EVERYTHING.. It’s suppose to rain twice while I am there and for that reason I wanted to bring my Hunter wellies. I took me a day to convince myself I won’t really need them. But my suitcase is now full! and I am just packing up my bag for the plane. Here are some tips and things I plan on bringing with me so I can enjoy my flight!

1) Use a big purse/bag!! I am using my Michael Kors Jet Set Macbook Travel Tote which is perfect because it has a compartment for my Macbook Pro and it still leaves tons of space for other things that I need to bring with me.

2) Bring a Laptop or iPad to play with. I get really bored on planes, especially when I am alone. I will be bringing my laptop to keep me entertained. But I also don’t trust having my laptop in my suitcase so even if I don’t plan on using it I want it with me. Along with my laptop I make sure I have my charger and iPhone charger.

3) Bring a book or Magazines. I am bringing both, again it’s mainly for entertainment purposes.

4) Chapstick!! I am seriously a lipgloss/chapstick hoarder.. I have put in 5 different kinds in my bag.

5) I like to bring my own blanket. The ones they give you on the plane just plain suck. I tend to get cold easily, so I prefer to bring my own fuzzy blanket. I also am packing a scarf with me to put on once I land in Toronto.

6) Proper Identification and cash! This is important anytime your are going on a flight, mainly because they won’t let you on if you don’t have the right ID and it is always safe to have some kind of cash with you, just incase.

7) HEADPHONES. This is crucial. If you want to watch a movie or listen to music you are going to need these, unless you enjoy listening to the person beside you snore.

8) Gum and snacks! Gum for taking off and snacks because you never know when you’ll get hungry!

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Okay time to double check and make sure I have packed everything!

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Bedside Tables

One of the easiest places to change up some decor is a side table or coffee table. My bedside table is an example of one of those things that is always changing. The table it self is an old side table I have since painted that matches my Tiffany’s Inspired Dresser.

I don’t like having too much clutter on my table because my laptop is usually on it. I am one of those people who spends an hour on the computer before going to bed (bad habit), so it’s regular home is on my side table. I also currently have 3 small notebooks that haven’t been used yet sitting there. The blue ones are from Target and the pink one is from Indigo. I always keep some kind of lipgloss (I like to put some on before bed) and moisturizer for quick access if I’m lounging in bed and don’t feel like getting up. I usually also keep my Michael Kors watch on my bedside, mainly because I don’t want to lose it. There is also a little pink bow ring that has been sitting there for the past month.

As I said before this is something that is always changing for me and there really is no wrong way to do it. I am thinking I need to move the notebooks and add some white mini pumpkins soon! Good thing I will be checking out the pumpkin patch this weekend!

 

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Pop. Fizz. Clink.

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Can’t believe we’re already halfway through October, which means that today is…my BIRTHDAY!

I celebrated over the weekend with family and friends which also happened to be a long weekend for us Canadians because yesterday was Thanksgiving.

Saturday night was my celebration with my friends – we took a limo to a bar called the Lamplighter in Gastown which is in downtown Vancouver. It was so much fun! Then Sunday morning my fiance and I went over to my mom & step-dad’s to have brunch with them, as well as my brother and sister. It was very yummy – we had a variety of quiches, sausage, pineapple, croissants, tater tots & of course mimosas! Last week when my fiance and I went to Whistler for a few nights, we had an early birthday dinner together at the Keg and it was really nice.

I’m very lucky that the company I work for gives us our birthday as a paid day off, and this day happens to be the last of my 11 day staycation. It’s going to be weird going back to work tomorrow after so many days off, also because I will be at my new store. So I plan on enjoying the day by spending it with two of the most important people in my life! I’m meeting my mom for lunch, using birthday money to get my hair done and then meeting up with my dad for dinner. Normally I would never eat out twice in one day (with the exception of vacations) but it’s my birthday! And I have boot camp the next two evenings.

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– Stephanie

Nursery Heaven

Happy Monday!!

I am currently lounging in bed with a tea in hand, with the sunshine is trying to come through my shut blinds. This is the life of someone who is just finished school and is looking for a job. Sound glamorous? Before I officially start my day of job hunting, running errands and going to the gym I thought I would write a quick post :-). Now I am clearly not having any babies anytime soon but I do have many friends with little ones and friends that are currently pregnant and there is just something so sweet about designing a nursery! This is going to be the babies first room and it is important to do it right. I personally love the idea of using neutral paint colours and then adding in the pinks and blues in the furniture and accessories. This way it is easy to change the look of the room in the future, it is good if you end up not staying in that current house – you won’t be scaring away potential buyers with a bright pink room and if you are not finding out the sex of the child you don’t have to guess if you should be painting it blue or pink or just settling with yellow. I love browsing Pinterest for some inspiration! Here are some of my favourites that I came across…

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Current Must Haves

I went to try on wedding dresses again today with my mom and it kind of went how I thought it would. It did re-confirm that one of the 2 I really liked from a few weekends ago was my dress, however it also added a 3rd into the mix. It really is such a difficult decision, especially because the dresses are all so pretty. Although I didn’t like as many of the options at this store today compared to the other one, I did really really like one of the dresses – especially when I was all “jacked” up. One thing I have learned though is that a sparkly beaded belt is definitely a must have to wear with whichever dress I do end up choosing!

On that note of must haves, I’ve recently made a mini list of items in my head that I want to purchase for this Fall/Winter season.  Even though my closet is beyond full and I don’t really need anything new these items can be considered as staples in your wardrobe. Any pair of denim is very versatile so you can’t go wrong there and the camel coat is not only a classic piece but it’s a neutral colour. As for the taupe booties, it’s really just to add another pair into the mix.

Happy weekend everyone!

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Boyfriend jeans (H&M)

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A camel coloured (wool) coat (Aritzia)

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Taupe ankle boots (Aldo)

– Stephanie

H&M Home

If you don’t already know H&M has their own H&M Home division in Europe. It is similar to their H&M fashion collections, with their prices being low. It was announced back in August that the H&M home collections will be available on US online stores! Unfortunately this isn’t including Canada, but in Vancouver we live close enough to the US we could just order it and have it sent to the border and pick it up! They have everything from duvets, pillows, vases and kitchen accessories. Hopefully some time in the future us Canadians will be able to order online as well! Or even better if eventually they opened H&M Home stores, imagine going to H&M and being able to shop for a new outfit and new accessories for your home, it sounds like a dangerous combination for my wallet! I did some online browsing on the H&M Home  website and put together a little inspiration board of some of my favourite products they carry to give you an idea of what they have. You can always check it out yourself at H&M Home!

 

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes

This is my last week working at the location I’m currently at and then I get to enjoy a wonderful 10 days off with my fiance before starting at a brand new location opening up in the Fraser Valley! So of course I had to bake one last batch of cupcakes for my store. I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin flavoured in the Fall and have been anxious to try a pumpkin cupcake recipe. After looking at a couple recipes on Google I settled upon this one, with a few substitutions – I used almond milk instead of buttermilk & whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Another little change I made to the recipe was that I added a cream cheese filling in the center. I bought a package of cream cheese in the brick like shape and cut it into little cubes which I then inserted into each cupcake before putting them into the oven. I topped them with cream cheese icing and sprinkled them with pumpkin pie spice.

Obviously I had to taste one after they were finished and I have to say they turned out great! And they were a big hit at work today as well which was the most important thing.

It’s going to be kind of a bitter sweet goodbye this Friday – I’ve worked at this location for 4 & a half years and worked my way from a seasonal position to my current role as Visual Merchandise Manager. Transferring to another store is a long overdue change but I’ve been patiently waiting for more locations to open up on my side of the bridge(s). I’m very much looking forward to the new opportunities that will come my way and that I get to do my 4th store opening with the company!

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