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Spring & Summer Style with Chews

Anyone else counting down the days to Summer? This Spring hasn’t been the greatest for weather and it’s got me craving the sun and heat in a major way. The West Coast is a beautiful place to live but we have so much grey and rain that we earn the blue skies and hot weather for the few short months they’re here. 

And with that sun comes all the things for Spring and Summer in our wardrobes: tees, shorts, flip flips, maxi dresses… I’ll take one of everything. ;).  I teamed up with Chews Boutique on a fashion feature in the Fall (see that here) and we’ve got together again to share some style ideas for the Spring and Summer (also perfect to take on vacation!). We paired everything with items you’ve probably already got in your closest to show how easy and versatile her pieces are to wear- perfect if you like pieces that can multitask and go with a variety of items you already own.

All of the pieces Chelsey carries in her online shop combine comfort with style, with everything under $70. Comfort, style, aaaand at a good price? Check, check, check! Like I said, I’ll take one of everything ;). See below for 5 outfits perfect for the warmer weather featuring pieces available from Chews- just add sun!!!

 

Off the Shoulder Tie Top- $48.50

Sunglasses & black jeans- my own

Cargo Jacket– $59.50

Burnout Tank Top– $28.50

White jeans- my own

Blue bodycon dress- $42.50

White Converses runners- my own

 

Bell sleeve top- $42.50

Black jeans & hat- my own

   Blue Ombre Maxi Dress– $58.50

Wedges & hat- my own

 It’s hard to pick a favourite, but it’s safe to say that Chelsey stocks her online shop with some pretty great pieces. Whatever is on your warm weather style wish list, make sure you check out Chews, you definitely won’t come away disappointed. We always have a good time when we get together for shoots and we had a blast with Akane shooting the photos for this post- I hope it gave you some ideas for your Spring and Summer style! 

Want to treat yo’self??? Hop over to Instagram and enter to win a $25 shop credit from Chews! Click here for a direct link to the contest photo. Good luck!!

About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper’s closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

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Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography

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May 18, 2017
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Mother’s Day High Tea

 

Sometimes you want to take something you enjoy and make it a little special. A cup of tea and some baked treats are simple pleasures that many of us enjoy, but have you had the pleasure of trying a high tea? It’s like taking the tea parties from your childhood and elevating them to a grown- up version- princess dresses and crowns optional. πŸ˜‰ The finger sandwiches, British- inspired sweet treats, and a perfectly brewed cup of tea are a part of the experience and it’s something that is enjoyable year- round. Whether you enjoy a day out with some girlfriends or include the kids, I thought this was a sweet idea for Mother’s Day. There are plenty of places to go, but you can also enjoy the high tea experience at home with services like those offered by SocieTea Events, where you can select a package to enjoy in your own home or garden. 

Hosting a high tea at home can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it- start with a selection of teas and treats and go from the there!- and it’s an opportunity to dress up and have some fun (have you seen all the cute Cake inspired pieces from The Sweet Life Apparel?). The lovely ladies from Sequel Events helped me style and shoot this high tea and we definitely indulged in our girly sides- add in a yummy cake from Hello Cake Co, a few simple DIYs, and some pretty touches like the ones included here from SocieTea Events (they also provide some decor items) and Raggy Girl Vintage, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful afternoon. And if you’ve got something else in mind for Mother’s Day (have you checked out this year’s gift guide?), how cute would it be to host a high tea for a bridal or baby shower? It’s amazing what some pretty vintage- inspired touches and fresh flowers can do. See below for the final results!

   

 

 

 

 

Photo credit- Sequel Photography

Styling- Our Happy Place & Sequel Events

High Tea Service & vintage tablecloth- SocieTea Events

Florals- Sequel Events

Cake- Hello Cake Co

Fabric buntings- RaggyGirlVintage

Rose pink ‘CAKE’ tee- The Sweet Life Apparel

Ari’s outfit:

Dress- Isn’t She Lovely?

Glitter bow- Cutie Pie Boutique

Liam’s outift:

Shirt & shorts- Watermelon Tree Kids

Belt- Monkey & Peanut

Shoes- Minimoc

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April 18, 2017
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Easter Bunting Printables

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Looking for some last- minute Easter decor for this weekend? Buntings are a cute and simple way to add a pop of colour to your home and make for a fun craft project for the kids. All you have to do is print, cut, add some string, and hang (plus a little glue for the letters- easy!)!

I’ve got two different printable buntings below: a solid colour lettered bunting  and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine or string for a cute ‘Happy Easter’ garland). I’ve created each in a variety of colours so you can pick one to match your Easter decor or favourite Spring colour- I even created grey versions in case you prefer a more monochromatic option. See below for instructions. Hope everyone has a happy Easter!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

 

SOLID COLOUR ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERED BUNTING

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

Happy Easter Bunting- Robin’s Egg

Happy Easter Bunting- Mint

Happy Easter Bunting- Yellow

Happy Easter Bunting- Peach

HappyEaster! Bunting- Coral

Happy Easter Bunting- Mauve

Happy Easter Bunting- Grey

 ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

 

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Robin’s Egg

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mint

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Yellow

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Peach

Happy Easter Bunting Letters- Coral

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mauve

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Grey

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April 14, 2017
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Spring #OOTD for Little Ones with Watermelon Tree Kids

We spent a fun morning yesterday morning at Ritual Ice Cream in Fort Langley shooting photos for an upcoming Easter collab with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood. Considering there were six little ones running around, I think we pulled it off pretty well and the kids handled it like champs. It didn’t hurt that there was the promise of sweet treats after the photos either. πŸ˜‰ Sugar rush and all, it was a fun morning spent with friends and the perfect way to spend the first day of Spring. 

There will be plenty more of all things Spring and Easter from that shoot coming soon to all three of our blogs, but until then I wanted to share the sweet outfits my two little blondies got to model from Watermelon Tree Kids, a sweet children’s store in Fort Langley, that stocks a variety of quality baby and kid’s items ranging from larger, well- known companies, to a variety of local brands. I had the chance to check out the store before Christmas with a girlfriend and love everything about this store and the mother- daughter team behind it. They were very generous helping us dress the kids in the sweetest outfits for Spring and if you’ve been looking for an outfit for your kids, they’ve definitely got plenty of cute items to choose from!

Ari’s dress- WHEAT

Liam’s shirt & shorts- Ben Sherman

Both provided by Watermelon Tree Kids

I’m a sucker for getting the kids dressed up, even if it only lasts a short while. Ari’s dress was super soft and comfortable, and Liam killed me with cuteness is his button- up and shorts. (If you follow the blog on Instagram you’ll also know that he loved when they came off and was running around in just the shirt and diaper- what is it with boys?!). I also love the added bonus of supporting a local family- run business that cares about the quality of the items they carry (Sidenote: they also have a great play area and couch in the back of the store to help entertain the kids and provide a space to breast feed if needed while you shop). You can tell the owners really care about their customer’s experience and I appreciate that it’s a kid- friendly place to shop. The next time you’re in Fort Langley I hope you pay this sweet shop a visit. <3

Thank you to Ritual Ice Cream for letting us shoot the photos at your beautiful location and Watermelon Tree Kids for providing the outfits for all of the kids!

Photo credit: Creative Wife and Joyful Worker & Discovering Parenthood

Find Watermelon Tree Kids online: watermelontree.ca | Instagram: @watermelontreekids

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March 21, 2017
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Pretty Spring Table DIY

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Are you hosting Easter Dinner this year? Entertaining can be a lot of fun, but it can get expensive and be a lot of work- especially when it comes to the dishes and clean up! Today I’m sharing some fun and simple ways to set a Spring table including this pretty DIY table runner made from ribbon and fresh flowers/ greens. Added bonus: I used paper plates and napkins and wooden cutlery for an easy clean up instead of linen, china and silverware: just pop them into recycling and the compost when you clear the table and you’re done! Scroll to the end of the post for all the details. 

 

I love finding inexpensive ways to decorate and finding ways to use items I already have, and setting the table for special occasions is the perfect chance to do this. When it comes to entertaining, I love spending the time with loved ones, I just don’t enjoy the time it takes to clean up after having guests. So I opted to set this table with as many recyclable/ compostable items as possible, as well as ones that can be used again- such as the mason jars and pretty candle holders– to cut down on clean up. I used these beautiful paper plates as the jumping- off point (can you believe they’re paper?!) and went from there. The silver chargers I already had, and I simply folded up some paper napkins to lay the cutlery on. When guests are finished, the plates can go into recycling and the cutlery and napkins can be composted. All I’ll need to do is pop the mason jars in the dishwasher and wipe down the chargers with a cloth. And then there’s that table runner… 
I love making pretty centrepieces, but I don’t like trying to see over them to talk to people across the table, so this low- lying beauty is perfect. All you need are some pretty fresh flowers and greens, and any other materials you would like to use. I laid down craft paper to serve as placemats (another easy thing to clean up!), then layered satin ribbon on top running the length of the table. I used ivy as the base then added some dusty miller and roses- use whatever you’ve got in the garden or pick up some fresh cuts at the grocery store. This doesn’t have to be expensive to make a statement. If you’d like the roses to last longer, pop them in floral tubes with water. For a fun finishing touch for Easter, give each guest an egg and paint pen (or use a regular/ permanent marker) so they can decorate an egg while they wait for dinner to be served- this is a great way to keep the kids entertained and it’s fun for the adults too. I hope this post gives you some ideas for your own Easter table! See the checklist below for what I used.
Table checklist:

Place settings:
– paper plates- Heather and Gem
– wooden cutlery- Grace Miller & Co
– kraft paper (used as placemats, I used a roll I bought from IKEA)
– chargers 
– napkins
– mason jars
– paper straws
Table decoration:
– wooden candleholders- From the Seeds 
– table runner:
— satin ribbon (I just laid it down on the table, but you can use double- sided tape if you’d like it secured in place)
— fresh greens- seeded eucalyptus, nagi podocarpus (used in a lot of flower bouquets), ivy, and dusty miller are a few ideas
— fresh flowers- pick flowers that suit your style and colours that suit the rest of the table

Thanks to 
Heather and Gem,  From the Seeds, and Grace Miller & Co for helping me pull this all together!

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March 17, 2016
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Candy- Free Easter Basket {+ Giveaway}

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What’s the Easter Bunny bringing your kids this year? While chocolate and sweet treats are classics, Easter baskets don’t have to be loaded with sugar to be a hit with your kids. Check out some non- candy ideas below and enter to win some amazing goodies from all of the shops included!

Shown:
T- shirt- West + Wind
Glitter bow bunny ears- Cutie Pie Boutique 
Canvas Easter bucket- From the Seeds
Warm shoes- Minimoc
‘Go with the flow’ wooden sign- Allybeth Design Co
Mini dream catcher- VMD Jewellery 

Want to win some sweet non- sugar treats for your little one? Enter below for your chance to win! Here’s what’s up for grabs:

Bunny ears with glitter bow from Cutie Pie Boutique | Instagram: @cutiepieboutique  
$50 shop credit from Minimoc | Instagram: @minimoc 
Kids tee from West + Wind | Instagram: @westandwind
Canvas Easter bucket from From the Seeds | Instagram: @fromtheseeds
A pair of leggings from The Little Moore Shop | Instagram: @thelittlemooreshop
Mini dream catcher from VMD Jewellery | Instagram: @vmdjewellery
Mini wooden sign from Allybeth Design Co | Instagram: @allybethdesignco

Please note that due to shipping, TPB and the shops above cannot guarantee delivery before Easter, but will do our best!

A big thanks to all the great brands who collaborated on this post & contributed prizes for the giveaway! Check them out online & give them some love on social media!

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March 11, 2016
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Spring & Summer 2015 Style w Muse Social Fashion House

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Who’s ready for sunshine, sandals, & sunnies??? If you live in YVR you’re probably already enjoying all 3 (heck yes!) and ready to stock your Spring & Summer wardrobe. 

Whether you’re planning a trip or staying home it’s fun to add some trendy seasonal pieces to your closet. 2015 is all about fun prints & bright colours. Pair with classic staples like denim (great to make lighter items wearable year- round) & accessorize to suit your style and you’ve got a winning outfit from head to toe. 
I teamed up with one of my favourite stores, muse Social Fashion House, to give you some inspiration for the sunny months ahead. I love owner Christine’s style and not only is everything in store stunning (try going in without buying something!), everything she carries is affordable, making it a great place to stock your closet. And really, who needs an excuse to go shopping? πŸ˜‰

There’s a little bit of everything from denim to tulle below. Hope you love!
Visit the muse website to shop these looks.
Find these & similar items in store & online.

Let’s Be Mermaids! 
Turquoise aztec print shorts (in- store exclusive item) $42
‘Let’s Be Mermaids’ tank $35
Signature bandeau bra in white $21
Native Jericho shoes in Shell White $55
Her Bracelets in turquoise $25 each

Ballerina Style: <3 Tulle
Blush pink tulle skirt $75
Wide strap signature camisole $23
Aqua beaded statement necklace $37
Denim jacket light wash $75
T- strap heel sandals in Natural $68

We all need a go- to dress!
Black & white stripe 3/4 sleeve midi dress $78
Co- Lab coral clutch $60
Native Jericho shoes in Shell White $55

Pretty florals perfect for sunny weather
Floral print kimono $70
Black Orchid Denim mid rise super skinny jeans in Blue Away wash $160
Signature booties in Sierra $70
Co- Lab Chris Tote (in- store exclusive item) $85
JQ Vancouver Gold tone necklace $32

Fun patterns: Dress ’em up or down!
3/4 sleeve multi- colour print blouse $68
Black Orchid Denim mid rise super skinny jeans in Blue Away wash $160
T- strap heel sandals in Natural $68

Harem pants paired w anything = a winning combo
Palm tree & flamingo print pants $72
Signature camisole in Cockatoo $23
Cropped medium wash denim vest $60
Co- Lab Hila Tote $80
Signature booties in Sierra $70
Gold starburst necklace $35
Her Bracelets in white $25 each- confirm this is the right outfit

Rompers. Nothing to add πŸ˜‰
Navy floral print long sleeve romper $78
T- strap heel sandals in Natural $68
Dainty gold necklace with clear stones $37



Special thanks to Christine, Lisa, Brianne, & Jena for being a part of this fashion collab! <3
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Hair & Makeup: Eva Terez Beauty 
Model: Jena Lenzi
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March 25, 2015
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Spring DIY: Easy Hanging Baskets

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It’s that time of year to get your garden ready for Spring. Even if you’re not an avid gardener- or just don’t have the coveted green thumb!- you can add visual interest to your deck or patio with hanging baskets. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make them, and it’s a fun DIY project to do with the kids to get them outside & learn about gardening. Have them help pick out the plants & baskets to encourage their interest- when the baskets are finished they’ll have a sense of pride from helping and the satisfaction of watching them grow. Involve them in watering and maintaining them- it will get them out in the fresh air and teach them responsibility; when they’ve participated in the process they’ll be more interested and enthusiastic to help. (These also make great Mother’s Day gifts for the Grandmas or for your hubby to make with the kids for you!)

MATERIALS
Hanging baskets 
5 plants per basket 
(Tip: pick something tall to plant in the middle; pick 1-2 vines & trailing plants & 1- 2 low- lying plants for visual interest. Ask someone at your local garden centre for suggestions)
Soil
Trowel
Watering can & water
Approximate cost for 2 hanging baskets: $25- 30

DIRECTIONS
1. Select your baskets & plants
The larger your baskets the more plants you will need. I used moss- lined wire baskets with the following plants:
– 1 spiky grass (tallest plant, in centre of basket)
– 2 pansies per basket in opposite corners (low- lying plant)
– 1 petunia per basket (low- lying/ trailing)
– 1 vine per basket

2. Fill your baskets approx. 1/3- 1/2 full with soil, distributing evenly.
3. Place the plants in the baskets where you would like them arranged & adjust until your satisfied with their placement; remove your plants from their pots & loosen the dirt around their roots
4. Add enough soil to fill up to the base of the plants; press the plants into the soil to make sure they won’t shift
5. Hang your baskets & water
For maintenance, make sure you water the baskets 1-2 times per day during the Summer in the morning and/ or evening (the leaves can get burnt if you water them in the scorching heat); remove dead foliage & flowers as needed.

I’ll try and add some photos when they’ve grown to show their progress.

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April 23, 2014
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