Blogger Spotlight

I know I’m not the only girl whose Pinterest, Bloglovin and Instagram feeds are filled with images/posts from bloggers, these are the best places to get outfit or styling inspiration. I follow a handful of local bloggers – To Vogue Or Bust, Alicia Fashionista, Bleed For Fashion, The Starving Stylist and Discovering Elegance – the list could go on! (I actually went to Blanche Macdonald in Vancouver with Peter of The Starving Stylist and I remember when he was starting up his blog; keep up the great work love!) Then of course there are those bloggers that everyone knows, who mainly reside in the US, like Man Repeller, Devon Rachel, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Eat Sleep Wear and The Blonde Salad.

One of my absolute favourites though is Julia Engel of the fabulous blog Gal Meets Glam! This beauty is from San Fransisco,  California and has impeccable style. Her outfits are flawlessly styled, capture that classic look and she always looks amazing. Print mixing isn’t for everyone but this girl can pull it off! She also got married a little over a year ago and I definitely have looked to pictures from her wedding as inspiration for mine as well. Also she’s very good at making a ponytail look good (or any updo for that matter) which is something I’ve yet to accomplish. I’ve gathered some of my favourite outfit posts from her blog (there are far too many to choose from!) to share with you. Now it’s time for me to do some outfit planning myself for the work week ahead.

Happy Sunday!

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Friday’s Fabulous Five

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Today is the day of looooove! Hopefully you’ll will be spending some time with a loved one or family or maybe a night out with your single girlfriends. My Valentine is a few provinces over so I will have to settle for a phone call. In honour of Valentines Day I have made a list of Friday’s Fabulous Five that are inspired all things Valentines! Enjoy!

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First is these adorable pad printed heart mugs from West Elm. Choose between a large gold heart or the red ombre hearts. They are $9.18 each.

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I just picked this top up at Aritiza the other day. It’s the Pasadena Tank by Talula. It’s the perfect top for Valentine’s day and also comes in Pink and Blue/Grey. It retails at $30.

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This is the Love Beaded Linen Throw Pillow from Jonathan Alder. This glamorous pillow is $198

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A Party Skirt is the perfect attire for a night out for dinner on V-day! This is TEEN VOUGE Red and is $195.

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And last is these conversation heart cookies I found on Martha Stewart’s website. You can get the recipe here ! Yum!

I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and weekend!!

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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

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

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I baked these Betty Crocker Pink Lemonade cupcakes on the weekend for my friend’s bachelorette party! It was my first time making them and they turned out great! My friend loves pink and I wanted to stick to a girlie theme when I was deciding what to top them with. These bow rings were actually meant for a Sweet 16 but I just didn’t use the ring that said “16” on it. All the girls each wore the ring from their cupcake for the evening too! I unfortunately ended up losing mine.

And I still had one of these edible treats left from the cupcakes I baked for another friend’s bachelorette party back in April so I made a special one just for the bride 😉

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– Stephanie

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Those who know me are well aware that I LOVE to bake cupcakes! And I’m obsessed with any kind of trinket or article of clothing with cupcakes on them; I have a spatula, key chain, lanyard, timer, apron, PJ bottoms…The list could go on. I don’t know what brought on this somewhat obsession but they’re just SO cute! And obviously taste delicious. I definitely enjoy the baking process but it’s when the time comes to ice & decorate the cupcakes that the excitement ensues. For my friends and family, when it’s your birthday you can pretty much expect a pretty package of birthday cupcakes! I always bring the extras into work too which my staff love.

I love using coloured pastes to add more “personality” to the cupcakes – like making them a friends favourite colour or to go with the holiday. I have a variety of icing tips but I usually just stick to my Wilton 1M tip. I also have a growing collection of sprinkles and cupcake liners.

Recently 2 of my co-managers had their last day at my store before they start at a new location opening up at the end of the month! Of course I had to bake cupcakes and with celebrations the first thing that comes to mind is CHAMPAGNE! I decided to bake these Betty Crocker Pink Champagne Cupcakes. They are AMAZING! I’ve made them a few times before (once with blue icing) and they are always a hit. I even whipped up a batch once and divided it amongst a few of my friends due to popluar demand!

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– Stephanie