Hello Sunshine: Kick Those Winter Blues

Anyone else feeling the winter blues? I always get to this time of year and ask ‘is it Summer yet’? Once we get through New Years I wish we could flip a switch and bring back the warm and sunny weather, skip all the grey and rain (hey, the rain isn’t always a bad thing but we get a lot of it here and it can get to you when you haven’t seen blue sky in a few days). This time of year is hard for a lot of people, so I thought now would be a good time to think up a few ideas to try and keep everybody in high spirits. I’m sharing 5 below and would love to hear how you count down to the brighter days this time of year! View Post

Milestones: Celebrating Then, Now, and What Lies Ahead

Milestones. What would you say your last one was? Was it personal? Work? Family?

Sometimes you see them coming, you work towards them. And others sneak up on you seemingly out of nowhere with a funny way of making you pause and reflect. Either way, they are a line in the sand with a before and after. 

But whether you count down to a special day or you suddenly realize you’ve crossed a line into a new phase of life, these are the moments we look back on and say ‘that was when…’ 

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Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

 

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Treat yourself or some of your favourite gals (or drop some hints to your sweetheart!) with this Galentine’s Day round up! Whether red or pink is your favourite colour for the occasion, there are plenty of cute options inspired by Feb 14. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to add some pops of pink and red- and hearts errrrything- but since it’s right around the corner I hope you like some of the ideas here. Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your favourite ladies and treat yourself and each other!

If you’ve left your shopping to the last minute and won’t have time to hit up the mall or your favourite stores, options like express shipping and Amazon Prime (my lifesaver so many times throughout the year!) are great options to make sure your gifts arrive on time (if you’re shopping local, see if your favourite small shop offers local pick up). And if you’re really low on time, you can always make your own gift (see here and here for some cute Valentine’s printables). Or how about a date night/ girl’s night in? Pick up some snacks (check out this white chocolate Valentine’s popcorn for a cute idea) and enjoy a relaxing night of games or movies.

See these posts for more cute Valentine’s Day ideas:

Candy Hearts Valentine’s Printables (perfect for decorating or as cards)

Valentine’s Day Popcorn (+ treat bag printable)

Pretty in Pink Ice Cream Floats

OX Tablecloth/ Photo Backdrop DIY

Shop some of the items in this post + some other Galentine’s inspired ideas below! 

Valentine’s Day Popcorn {+ treat bag printable}

Valentine's Day popcorn and printable gift tags

 

This Valentine’s Day popcorn is a sweet treat everyone will enjoy snacking on. It’s a fun snack to send to school for a Valentine’s party or to put in treat bags to give with Valentines cards (like these cute candy hearts ones!). It just takes a few minutes to whip up a batch (perfect for that ‘oops I forgot’ moment the night before 😉 : all you have to do is melt some white chocolate and choose your favourite sweets to mix in. I’ve even got some cute printable tags you can download and attach to treat bags for handing out on February 14! Who’s going to be organized for that class party? YOU ARE. Nice work mama, now let’s get to the good stuff…

Ingredients

5 cups popcorn (Tip: pop it a little ahead of time so it has time to cool)

1 cup white chocolate for melting

Sprinkles

Valentine’s candies of choice (For mine I went with Smarties and candy hearts, but for kids who are gluten free I picked up some jelly beans to mix in in place of the Smarties).

Valentine's Day popcorn

Directions

1. Melt the white chocolate and stir to remove chunks. (I tried melting the chocolate two ways: on the stove top in a double boiler and in the microwave. For some reason I had better luck in the microwave).

2.When melted, drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn.

Valentine's Day popcorn

3.Cover with the sprinkles and allow to cool. Tip: To speed this step up pop in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.

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4.Break up the popcorn mix into bight-sized pieces and pour into a large mixing bowl. Toss in the smarties and candy hearts and blend until evenly distributed throughout the popcorn. If eating right away, pop into some bowls and enjoy. If making treat bags check out step 5.Valentine's Day popcorn with candy hearts and smarties Valentine's Day popcorn with candy hearts and smarties

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Valentine's Day popcorn with candy hearts and smarties

5.If you want to send the popcorn to school with Valentines, pour into your bag or container of choice and attach one of these cute Valentines tags!

Click below to print the Valentine’s Day tags:

Valentine’s Day Tags

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Valentine's Day popcorn and printable gift tags

 Valentine's Day popcorn and printable gift tags

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1 Dress 3 Ways: Ideas to Re-Think Your Favourite Dress

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with tights and pumps

You know that dress you love so much? You know the one. Maybe it’s one you’ve had for a few years and can’t get enough of or maybe it’s a recent addition to your closet, one you had your eye on and couldn’t stop thinking about. Either way, the more mileage you can get out of the items in your closet, the better and I’m sharing 3 simple ways to style your favourite party dress to transform its look. 

Whether your favourite is a little wild or a LBD, below are some ideas to help get the most wear out of your clothes and extend the life of items you already have. If you splurged on a dress for the holidays, now is a great time to think of ways to wear it throughout the year (hint: what are you wearing for Valentine’s Day?) I started with a pretty black number and added on to it with neutrals and colour to try and show the range of options with these ideas. Sometimes shopping your closet can lead to finding some new favourites, but if a little shopping is required, that’s ok too. 😉 Even if your style changes over time, you can update pieces you might otherwise not wear anymore by re-thinking them.

The dress I’m wearing in these photos is a simple black halter from Tobi with a scalloped detail and one I thought was a great jumping- off point. What I like about this dress: It’s black (goes with everything). It’s comfortable (’nuff said!). And it’s basic without being boring (that scalloped halter top). I also love how it fits: fitted without being too tight/ unforgiving. So, now that I’ve explained everything, let’s get to it!

Here are 3 ideas to re-style your favourite party dress!

1. Classic Accessories

You can’t go wrong with tights and a good pair of shoes, a pretty purse or clutch, etc. They can completely change the look of an outfit: from fun and casual to dressed up for a night out. The simplest way to give a fresh take to a dress (or any outfit) is to switch up the accessories. If you’re on a budget or like to get as much mileage out of your closet as possible, pick accessories that are interchangeable and will go with other pieces (neutrals are always a good choice for this).

For this outfit I paired black tights with nude pumps for contrast. I love how all- black looks (plus it’s a simple/ classic style trick when you’re stuck for ideas) and it leaves your outfit wide open to add accessories like jewelry and bags in a myriad of patterns and colours. Maybe a cute outfit for Valentine’s Day? 😉

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2. Add a skirt

Not all dresses will work with this idea, but with the right skirt (think: something with a bit of body/ not too fitted, like a tutu or something flowy) you can completely change the look of your dress. As a jumping off point for this idea: if your dress has a simple design pair it with a skirt in a bold colour or print and/ or unique shape; if it has an elaborate top half, try something a little understated. This is a quick way to transform your favourite party dress and open up a variety of possible outfit options.

For this outfit I opted for one of my favourite skirts in a bright purple. To me it instantly makes an outfit more fun because of it’s bold colour and playful style. I love the colour and because of its style, it’s perfect to layer on top of this dress. A skirt that comes in at the waist like this one helps create a flattering silhouette and can be paired with dresses even if they aren’t totally fitted/ form fitting. In the spirit of a capsule wardrobe, I paired with the same black tights and nude pumps and added a colourful clutch I picked up at one of my favourite thrift stores.

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1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with bright skirt tights and pumps

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with bright skirt tights and pumps

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with bright skirt tights and pumps

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with bright skirt tights and pumps

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with bright skirt tights and pumps

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with bright skirt tights and pumps

3. Add something on top

The same ideas as above apply but in reverse: for a dress with a simple bottom, add a top layer that stands out; if it’s a more elaborate design, an understated top may be the better choice. Depending on how fitted your dress is, add a top underneath or on top like I did. For example, add extra drama to a strapless dress with a long- sleeved fitted top layered underneath. Or pair something sheer or see-through on top for a pretty peek-a-boo look. Play with combinations until you find one you’re happy with and that suits your body type and style of dress (ie I have broad shoulders, so I like that this halter dress and top don’t add bulk where I don’t need it).

While I love the scalloped detail at the top of this dress, it’s still a simple enough design that I can layer something with an intricate design on top. This white lace crop top stands out against the black of this dress and I love the contrast between the two. Since I wanted the top to be the star, I paired this outfit with understated neutral accessories: a large nude clutch and black leather heels. 

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1 dress 3 ways, little black dress with lace crop top clutch and pumps

Now I want to know: What do you think of these ideas? Would you try them with items in your closet??

1 dress 3 ways, little black dress

Dress: Tobi

Photography: Akane Kondo Photography

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