Sophisicated Pink Lace and Trousers

April 25, 2017

RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style

What's your favourite colour to wear? It's no secret I am more than partial to blush pink and this outfit does a fine job to emphasising that. Last weekend when we had a stint of warm weather I couldn't help but get dressed up for just a casual date night. We just went to a local Italian eatery but forgoing the boots and a large coat felt so nice for a change! I am so over the cold, wet weather we've been having since, and I can't wait to get back into these trousers. They're from RW & CO and are so comfortable! I love that they can transition me from the office to the weekend. I have never been one to get the same item in a different colour, but I had to get a black pair, too! Both pairs of pants have turned into spring staple pieces and I have not looked back on my decision. When you find something that works you just need to go with it, right? In the accessory department, my vintage Chanel seemed like the only bag that would do for this level of sophisticated dressing. 

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G : Forever 21 top  (similar, similar, similar), RW&CO trousers (similar), vintage Chanel bag, Nine West pumps 

S H O P  T H E  P O S  T :



RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style

RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style



RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style

RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style

RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style

RW & Co blush trousers, pink lace bell sleeve top, Nine west pumps, vintage Chanel bag = Pink Spring Style

Coconut Water Watermelon Spritzer

April 21, 2017

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining


Watermelon. The sweetest, most divine creation on planet Earth. Am I right!? So fresh, so summery, so juicy. The minute the weather starts getting warmer I am craving all things watermelon! I probably eat it one way or another every day in the summer. I can't get enough, and why should I? It may be over 90% water, but it's still packed with nutrients! It has more lycopene than tomatoes, which is an essential antioxidant that fights diseases and even prevents cancer. Watermelon is known to reduce soreness, bloating and swelling, and since it's mostly water, it hydrates you to the max! How could you not love it? So, let's make sure you're getting all that lyco (I shorten everything, didn't you know?!), and enjoy the vitamin-packed fruit-- juice it, eat as a snack, add it to your salad-- the possibilities are endless.

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining
When Thirsty Buddha came out wth their Sparkling Coconut Water with Watermelon I knew it would make the perfect electrolyte-packed sip for summer. Coconut water is amazing for hydration, and coconuts protect the heart, fighting disease and inflammation. Try making this easy drink at home for a super simple, refreshing mocktail, or spice it up as a summer cocktail! Perfect for all your summer entertaining needs!

Recipe (makes 2 servings):

Ingredients:
1-2 cups watermelon chunks
4 finger piece of cucumber
1/4 cup mint leaves
juice of 1 lime
1 can of Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Coconut Water with Watermelon

Directions:
1. Place watermelon, cucumber, mint leaves and lime juice in a blender and blend on high until combined.
2. Fill two glasses half way with the watermelon juice.
3. Top off with Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Coconut Water with Watermelon

** If you find your watermelon juice blend too chunky you could always strain it through a cheesecloth.


Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Thirsty Buddha Sparkling Watermelon Coconut Water Spritzer - Summer entertaining

Pink Stripe Bell Sleeve

April 17, 2017

pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

I did it again. Don't judge me. I added another bell sleeved top to my collection! Can anyone get a handle on this addiction!? Aside from the fact that it makes reaching across tables, doing dishes and putting on coats kinda annoying, I am still hooked. I actually scored this pink blouse at Winners (don't worry I linked tons of similar options below) and didn't even bother trying it on. As soon as I brought it home I knew I had to pair it with my DIY pillowcase clutch. I love how the soft pastel colours pair together and how the two patterns complement one another. Floral and stripes, stripes and florals... aren't the just the perfect pair! Throw in some white denim and a pair of comfy, but totally chic leather kitten heels and you officially spring ready! 

Are you still loving the bell sleeves, or are you sick of them yet?! 

W H A T  I ' M  W E A R I N G : Winners blouse (similar options below), AEO Denim, DIY clutch, Zara heels (similar)

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pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutchpink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

pink stripe bell sleeve blouse, white american eagle denim, zara white leather kitten heels, diy floral clutch

Easy Easter Entertaining

April 12, 2017

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table

Entertaining and Easter... two of my favourite E's! I love getting together with a few friends over good eats, treats and just celebrating the little things. A little springtime Easter inspired gathering?! Right up my alley! This past weekend I did just that and had a pre-Easter brunch with some of my closest. 

I've said it before, you don't need to go crazy hosting! A few little details are all it takes to put together something special. If you're short on time or want to throw something together last minute I have you covered. Some of my favourite local eateries were so eager to be a part of the brunch and supplied some seriously amazing eats to make the day go off without a hitch! One thing I've come to realize after hosting quite a few affairs is that it's okay to take off some of the pressure and not do everything yourself! I used to let myself get so stressed trying to curate the perfect menu. But, really it's so important to remember why you are having the get together in the first place-- to spend time with those who matter. After the eats were taken care off, I threw in a few little DIY details and the event was complete. It really is that simple! Let's break it down, shall we?!

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger

F O O D

What could be more fitting than pastel coloured eats?! We served up The Burger Pawty's "Dream Burger"-- a delicious chickpea/corn patty sandwiched between perfectly pastel lavender coloured waffles. Add in the cilantro-lime sauce, sprouts and pickled pineapple and you have one seriously tasty slider! The Burger Pawty was founded by Louise Mangalino for her love of burgers, and girl power! She was reviewing burger joints on her blog and was inspired to create something new, fun, and girly around her love of burgers. I can't get over the aesthetic. One look at her Instagram and you'll see why. With names such as The Barbie Burger and The Dream Burger which feature pink and purple waffles as the buns, this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill caterer! Louise even made sure the waffles were gluten-free for me! So accommodating. They cater to all kinds of events. Definitely look her up if you're looking for something totally different and fun (and delicious)!

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger
Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter
N I B B L E S

Light bites are a brunch essential and since fruit is the perfect nibbling snack I knew I wanted to serve up all the colours of the fruit rainbow. The Fix + Co is my just my jam. They are my go-to spot for any sort of healthy eats, juices and smoothies. Now that they do platters and catering, life is complete! The ladies put together such an amazing holiday inspired spread for my Christmas gathering, so I knew they would knock it out of the park with this one for spring. We went with a refreshing fruit platter that was also stacked with nuts, dried coconut and fruit, and their amazing cashew nut cheese which was served alongside crackers. Check out this interview I did with Adrianna and Tamara, or their 3 wellness tips to learn just what they are about!


Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter

Kelly's Bake Shoppe Burlington ON, gluten free, vegan vanilla sprinkle donut
S I P S

This time around I wanted to try something totally unconventional and fun. Enter in the homemade blueberry-blue latte. Pink lattes have become all the rage, so I took the lavender spin on this one to match the waffle bun sliders. I started my muddling some blueberries in a pot on the stove with a touch of maple syrup and water. Using a fresh cold pressed juice from The Fix + Co (I used On The Mend -- a blend of beets, celery, apple, swiss chard, and carrots) I mixed it with fresh blueberry syrup and 1/2 cup of almond milk on the stovetop. I then frothed up some almond milk with the beet juice and topped it off with some edible flowers. A subtly sweet drink and pretty to look at!

Kelly's Bake Shoppe Burlington ON, gluten free, vegan cupcake
T R E A T S

No brunch is ever complete without dessert! Kelly's Bake Shoppe is my go-to spot for all things dessert... always! They do everything to gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free perfection (as you've seen here, and here). They come out with seasonal menus and I knew their Easter features would be too good to pass up! They were so kind to give me a sneak peak of their menu before it's release this Easter weekend, and sure enough, everything was divine! We went with the Bugs Bunny cupcake (carrot cake topped with cream cheese buttercream and a toasted coconut birds nest), and the Lemon cupcake (lemon cupcake, filled with lemon sauce and topped with an adorable lemon buttercream chick). Sprinkle donuts and sugar cookies fit in perfectly with the pastel brunch spread. Kelly's cookies are seriously my weakness, I think I ate all of these sprinkled cuties! Owners Kelly and Erinn and two seriously inspiring ladies and their cookbook, 'Made With Love' divulges some of the famous recipes of their bakery and restaurant in Burlington, ON. In light of the book's one year anniversary I'm going to have some exciting news next week, so stay tuned!

Kelly's Bake Shoppe Burlington ON, gluten free, vegan vanilla sprinkle donut / Pastels & Pastries Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter

D I Y / D E C O R 

I kept the party decorations to a minimum this time around to keep things fresh. A table backdrop doesn't need to be intimidating to make or time consuming! Some fresh flowers, a DIY backdrop, and some floral-crowned eggs adored the tablescape to create a simplistic but playful Easter vibe.

The DIY backdrop was inspired by Tiffany Pratt's latest book 'This Can Be Beautiful' where she has instructions for creating coffee filter rosettes. All you need is some white coffee filters, a little dab of paint and some string to hang! Voila! I scrunched about 3 filters together and twisted the backs of them to keep them bunched. I chose colours like lavender, pink, orange and gold and just went to town painting until I felt they looked pretty. No method at all! I used some raffia and washi tape and got to hanging the rosettes above the tablescape. So easy, but adds such a nice touch! You can also use the filters to wrap the treats/sliders in, use as coasters, or just place around the table! Confession-- the backdrop is still hanging... I just can't take it down yet! Too pretty!

The little white eggs I got from Dollerama, along with the mini rosettes. It took no time at all to glue the roses to the top of the eggs and place them on the table. A few minutes and you have yourself some homemade touches!

Kelly's Bake Shoppe Burlington ON, gluten free, vegan vanilla sprinkle donut / Pastels & Pastries

Delicious eats, simple sips and a little creativity are all it takes to elevate your get-togethers with friends. Keeping it simple is sometimes best! I hope you found this inspiring enough to throw a little Easter or spring time brunch together for your nearest and dearest! I can't thank The Burger Pawty, The Fix + Co, and Kelly's Bake Shoppe for helping me bring my Easter vision to life! They are seriously some of my favourite local shops to work with for their kindess, generousity and all around amazing eats!

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter

Easter lemon cupcakes /Kelly's Bake Shoppe Burlington, ON / Pastels & Pastries

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter
Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter







The Fix + CO, Toronto plant based juice bar, Pastels and Pastries, vegan nut cheese

The Burger Pawty Dream Burger , Pastels & Pastries Easy Easter Entertaining

The Fix + CO, Toronto plant based juice bar, Pastels and Pastries, vegan nut cheese



The Fix + CO, Toronto plant based juice bar, Pastels and Pastries, vegan nut cheese

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co Platter

Pastels and Pastries- Easy Easter Entertaining / Easter Table Kelly's Bake Shoppe Sprinkle cookies & donuts/ The Burger Pawty Dream Burger / The Fix + Co plant based Platter

Kelly's Bake Shoppe, Burlington, ON Made with Love cookbook , Pastels & Pastries