Monday, September 19, 2011

A Garden Party

I’d like to share with you my little slice of paradise from last week! One of my best friends has left us for 4 months abroad in France, and so it seemed fitting to have a classy little afternoon of treats to see her off! You’d be amazed how full you can get off all these little the end of day, as it finally started to get dark, we were too stuffed to move!
I found some lovely glass pieces from Value Village which were perfect for our get together; I had been looking for a beautiful sandwich platter for awhile, and came across one that was just perfect for our fresh cucumber sandwiches. I found the glass container for our strawberry vanilla lemonade at Value Village as well, and I’ll be able to use it in the fall as well for serving wine! I came across the punch bowl there as well, which we used to scoop out copious amount of sangria!

I found these lovely cameo pieces in a local baking shop called Scoop-n-Save Ltd. and thought they would be an excellent match for my London fog cupcakes. I made mini ones this time, using the same recipe I’ve posted here earlier this summer. I liked the effect piping the icing gave them this time, as opposed to using the tried and true butter knife technique.

These were probably my favourite snack of the afternoon...I introduce to you: pink lemonade cupcakes! I stumbled upon this recipe trying to find something quick and easy for the party. These are certainly easy to make, and they were so tasty I was eating the leftovers for breakfast and dinner the rest of the week! You can find the recipe here: They are surprisingly light and fluffy, and have the perfect amount of tartness. I highly recommend them!

My cake pops were definitely a first attempt... I was hoping to be super creative and put little Chanel C’s on them with black icing, but they didn’t quite turn out the way I’d hoped. Dipping them in the white chocolate was much fussier than I’d expected! I’ll let you know once I perfect this one :)

One of the lovely girls also brought some carrot cake muffins, stuffed full of raisins and walnuts. They were absolutely amazing! I didn’t know I could eat so many cupcakes in one sitting...but I wanted to make sure I had at least one of everything. If you want something sweet, but not too sweet to give you a toothache, these are a great option. Very filling!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A DIY Project: Yesterday's Dress

I am by no means talented with the sewing machine, but it’s easy to use for this mini-project...

I found this dress by Necessary Objects in Winners, but when I tried it on it didn’t quite fit right on top. I couldn’t zip up the back past the skirt. The dress was otherwise just too perfect, though, so I bought it anyway!

To fix the zipper issue, I took some inspiration from a dress I saw on someone a while ago at a dance. The back was held together by large horizontal pieces of black elastic. I decided to create this look on my dress, in order to bridge the gap in the zipper on top. I added a sketch below of how I envisioned this working; I found a picture online of a dress similar to what I saw...sorry I don’t have the photo cred, if someone knows where it is originally from, please let me know and I’ll add it in.

I folded over the fabric on either side of the zipper so that the zipper no longer showed. You can see how I sewed down both sides to hide the zipper.

I went over the elastic a few times on each side, just to make sure it won’t rip.

And that’s it! Now I’m so glad I bought this dress, even though it didn’t originally fit. Now it’s one of my favourite dresses!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Look of the Week: A Bright Day Downtown

So I went downtown with the girls to find some good food, ice cream, and shopping! We were starving and came across one of the new food trucks on the streets...and I must say it was fantastic! Maybe it helped that it was a beautiful day, and we ate in front of the Art Gallery fountain, but the sandwiches they are making up at La Brasserie are A-maazing! After that, my friend sent out a shoutout on twitter for someone to give us directions to this place called 'Bella Gelateria'. And thank you to whoever sent us to the right place, because it was soooo tasty! We found it on the corner of the Fairmont Waterfront, and their selection of flavours was robust. Best of all, my decision was easy because...they had Early Grey!! One of the best cones I've had in a long time!

The dress you see me wearing in this post is one I picked up from Winner before summer started up. I'm going to do a post tomorrow on how I got this gem to fit me, because it was not quite perfect when I bought it. I'm so glad I still bought it that day, because it's one of my favourite summer pieces now! There's nothing better than wearing bright colours to make you feel like summer has really arrived!

Sorry for the lack of posting recently, I've just recently had my wisdom teeth out, so my productivity has gone down quite a bit. I promise, more posts to come! Hint: I've got some darling shots from a garden party I hosted for one my best friend's going away...she's leaving us for Paris!

Dress-Necessary Objects (repurposed), Shoes-BeWild, Belt-Urban Behaviour, Sunglasses-Claire’s
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