December 31, 2014

Year in Review


Two thousand and fourteen was a year that I will never forget. I graduated for {maybe} the last time, took the trip of a lifetime to Europe with B, started my career and really concentrated on maintaining a more healthy lifestyle. I am forever grateful for the goals I wrote down in my notebook last January first as they truly shaped my year. I'm not saying I stuck with them day in and out, but I made the effort to hold them true.

Seriously- thank you again for following along on my little P&P journey. This idea of this blog, that started in my university computer course, has turned into the ultimate creative channel for me, and I hope it fills you with incessant inspiration for your everyday.  I wish you the most fabulous year filled with new and exciting adventures, endless love and complete happiness!


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December 29, 2014

Ripped Denim and Pom Poms







Temperatures are somewhat warming up, which makes it bearable to sport ripped denim and not feel like pins and needles are running through my thighs. A classic ensemble such as boyfriend jeans and black is so simple that it's refreshing. Side note- these jeans were purchased in Barcelona, and you know how everyone says Zara is that much better in Spain? Well, I can confirm! There's even a Zara at the airport- in case you indulged in too many tapas and did too much Gaudi site seeing (guilty). Did you see my post on Barcey? And cue the travel bug… 

{Old Navy beanie, H&M blouse, Vera Moda blazer, Zara jeans, Tory Burch clutch, Michael Kors booties (now on sale!)}





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December 26, 2014

High Tea at MoRoCo Chocolat




With influences such as "passion, Paris and chocolate" how could you not be completely swept away with MoRoCo Chocolat? I had been wanting to visit this cheeky and luxurious Yorkville spot for a while now, so I was thrilled to accept an invitation to experience their lavish high tea. The boutique is whimsical, yet modern and it is stocked with colourful macarons, intricate little truffles and other confectionery goodness such as eclairs, chocolate dipped marshmallows, and peppermint-candy cane bark. The dining area is as glam as it gets- complete with draped walls, sparkling chandeliers and posh seating. At a closer look you will discover the vintage tea pots, and high gloss white rabbit antlers, which allude to a Parisian chic meets Alice in Wonderland theme.


The decor is fabulous, while the food is crafted to match. To start the experience we chose our teas from a variety of artisan blends. I went with a fruity "Strawberry Fields", and B chose a more decadent option "After Eight" - a chocolate mint Rooibos blend. Next came our glass of champagne and our very own three tiered dessert stand.  The bottom layer was stacked with mini sandwiches. And we're talking gourmet spreads such as mango- chicken and pesto-smoked salmon! The top two tiers were filled with delicious pastries- red velvet cake, cassis flavoured macarons, vodka infused truffles, mini cheesecakes, and the list goes on! Don't even ask me what my favourite was because I still can't decide. Each bite was an adventure of it's own and the pure flavours had me wide-eyed and amazed. 


Warm, freshly baked scones came out about 15 minutes after the nibbling began. I immediately went for the chocolate scone, which was actually unreal (may just be my favourite!), while B devoured the original scone with lemon curd.

Just when we thought we were done, the savoury dishes were brought out. Truffled mac and cheese for him, and a sweet potato quiche for her. Both were filled with flavour, and even though we were bursting at the seams we managed to polish them off. 



MoRoCo Chocolat is truly an inspired place that takes you to a Parisian wonderland and engulfs you in every bite. They make everything in house in small batches and it's evident they use the highest quality of ingredients. Whether you're planning an afternoon tea, a dinner date or want to indulge in the sipping chocolate and macarons, it is necessary that you experience MoRoCo Chocolat.   




A peak inside the boutique: 






*A huge thank you to MoRoCo Chocolat for this insanely sweet experience!

MoRoCo Chocolat is located at 99 Yorkville Avenue, in Toronto. 
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December 24, 2014

Hot Chocolate Bar


A steaming cup of hot chocolate is probably the most perfect Christmas Eve treat. I put together a little hot chocolate bar for my Glitzmas Party, but have been regularly indulging in it since the party. The girls chose from a variety of different liquors (my favourite being the Godiva White Chocolate Cream Liquor), and topping such as mini marshmallows, chocolate dipped marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, peppermint chippits, candy cane sprinkles and stir sticks, and the list goes on! I still have a few of my huge pink chocolate dipped marshmallows left over and am going to be treating myself today! Throw on a Christmas classic, grab your loved ones, and start up a warm fire and you have the most perfect holiday affair. I'll be sipping on this while getting ready for my family festivities! Tonight is an all fish feast, while tomorrow is a more traditional Christmas dinner. I can't wait!

Have yourself a Merry Christmas, filled with sweets, love, family and relaxation. 






more from #glitzmas


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December 22, 2014

Candied Pecans


Looking for the perfect last minute gift for co-workers or a hostess? I was too. I decided last minute to individually gift pecans for colleagues in my department at work. These pecans are not only so delicious, but they are incredibly addicting. Don't like pecans? Switch for walnuts, or another nut you enjoy. I gave them out Friday at work and already I am getting requests for the recipe. Extremely easy, and they look super cute when you give out in mason jars, or look a like Chinese food containers.

Candied Pecans

Ingredients
9 cups pecans (just over 2 pounds)
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2 egg whites 
1 1/2 powered sugar 

Directions


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in oven on a 12 by 15 baking sheet. Add pecans and dredge in melted butter.
  2. In separate bowl combine sugar, salt, vanilla and egg whites. Drizzle over pecans and stir to coat.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes stir up mixture.
  4. Place powered sugar in large container with lid. Add pecans and shake/stir to coat. 
  5. Remove and cool.
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December 19, 2014

Glitzmas Party


A true glitzmas would not be complete without gold glitter, sweet treats and pink roses. 

This year's party was seriously one of the best yet, and although all the glitter and cookies contribute, it's really because I have an amazing group of girlfriends that are not only hilarious and incredibly generous, but are beautiful inside and out and loving beyond words.

Keep reading for tips on throwing an affordable but fabulous Christmas party!


DECOR 

Plan: First thing's first- you need to pick a theme, or colour scheme, or establish some guidelines for the event. It really helps to narrow down choices while shopping, and it helps to focus in on your ideas. I always sit down with my notebook and make lists of all my ideas- everything I want to serve and bake, and just go from there. This year I went with a pink and gold glitter theme (for obvious reasons). Naturally I began with the dessert buffet; not only are they for indulging purposes, but they are also creative masterpieces! 

Table runner: No, I wasn't going to spend $30 on sequin fabric to put on the dessert buffet. It would have been lovely, but so not in my budget. I picked up some gold chevron wrapping paper from Target for under $5 and taped it down to act as a table runner. Trรจs chic, non? 

Wall art: I like to have some element of decoration above the dessert table. It pulls the look together and creates a focal point in the room. I attached pink and gold ornaments to gold string and hung them from the ceiling at different lengths.  Also, I purchased a "Happy Holidays" banner from Target to match the glitter theme. The gold ball banner is from Michaels, and I scored it at half price. Always print a coupon before going to Michaels, people! 

Extras: It's the little extras that pull the theme together. Pink and red straws, pink napkins, red berries, mini glitter Christmas trees, and these DIY gold vases and candlesticks.  I even tried to stick with similar serving ware to maintain the look throughout the rooms. And never forget the flowers! They add a touch of elegance and freshen up the room. 


DESSERTS

My girlfriends know anytime they are coming over desserts will be had. I get a lot of requests for certain desserts (hem… peanut butter balls) throughout the year, but refuse to make them any other time than the holidays. It makes it more special since it's a little tradition we have.

This year the dessert buffet was stocked with White Chocolate Stuffed Ginger Molasses cookies, Hello Dollies, Secret Kisses, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Squares, homemade Turtles, candied pecans,  and massive dipped marshmallows for the hot chocolate bar. Don't worry if you don't have time to bake.; bakery goods are just as delicious and chances are someone will bring dessert. 

Bar: Drinks are essential, and sweets and cocktails go hand in hand. I finally put my vintage champagne coupes to use and had a little bar tray at the ready, with some berries to garnish. We also had a winter white sangria and a continuous flow of wine. 


ACTIVITIES 

This is not a necessity, but it's nice to have a distraction from all the eating. 

In between the presents and girl talk, we treated ourselves at the DIY {alcoholic} Hot Chocolate station (with all the fixings), and a cookie decorating station. The hot chocolate station was delicious… I mean, who doesn't love vodka infused whipped cream? The girls also loved the cookie decorating station and it acted as a party favor (more on that here). As the night dwindled down we put on Love Actually and moved the party to the couch. 












 As you can see, for me it's all about incorporating little elements together that have a large impact.  I hope these simple yet valuable tips will help you throw the ultimate girls Glitzmas!

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December 18, 2014

Christmas Cozy


Wool socks, knit sweaters and pretty mugs are my essential elements for a cozy Sunday morning in. Add in a touch of gold, and I'm really not moving. The glittering lights are making it real hard to want to do anything but cuddle by the tree, and since I already know the next week is going to unfold at lightening speeds, I'm savouring moments like these. Both the sweater and socks I picked up in Quebec City last month, and they have become instant favourites. Talk about the ultimate lounge wear. 


How do you do cozy Sunday mornings by the tree?





{sweater from Simons, socks from Charlevoix Pure Laine, mugs from Indigo} 
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December 17, 2014

Toronto Christmas Market

Visiting the Toronto Christmas Market has become a tradition over the past few years; we go with family, sit by the fire pit, eat, drink and be merry. The sights, smells and sounds will truly put you in the most magical Christmas spirit. This weekend is your last chance to get to The Market and here are my top reasons why you should go:

european charm
mulled wine
giant tree
one of a kind vendors and gifts 
beer garden

And if none of that does it for you, this Sunday you have a chance to be apart of a world record! Mill Street is hosting a world carolling challenge and if that isn't amazing I don't know what is!
 




 



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