Christmas Decor Inspiration

Christmas Decor Inspiration

Glam Christmas Outfit Inspiration

I saw this sequin bow sweater from Topshop on Refinery29 a few days ago and fell in love. Then, today, I saw this owl sweater on Glitterguide and I decided I had to put together a look around glam Christmas sweaters.
I wanted something ultra-comfy that you could open Christmas presents in and eat as much Christmas brunch as I might want without worrying about a food baby. The black bag is super easy and fits cards through presents, depending on your holiday needs. Finally, I would use simple loafers to keep my feet warm and cute throughout the day.
Christmas Day Outfit Inspiration

Teal and Pink

Teal and Pink

Polyvore Wishlist 2013

My mom has been asking me for a Christmas wish list with a few items for under the tree so this contest on Polyvore was the perfect way to put my list together! The contest is live for another 10 days, so hop on over and enter! Oh, and don’t forget to send the list to your loved ones, and ask them to make one for themselves so, a great cheat sheet for gifts!
Wishlist 2013

Bedroom Inspiration

I saw the pallet-wall-as-headboard idea here a few weeks ago and fell in love with the look of it. This week I found this DIY wall on Pinterest, and decided I had to put the whole room on paper before I forget it!
As most condos have limited closets, I love the idea of having extra storage beside the bed, and I think PAX are a great option as you can use them for storing anything. You could attach a light on the side of each for personalized reading lights over the beds. I am leaning towards richer colors in this condo, so I used teal-ish as an accent colour. I love this bedding from IKEA for our extra duvet (used so we don’t fight over bedding in the winter) with a white basic duvet for year-round use.
Lastly, I love picture rails over beds. I think we would layer two of them, so each has a purpose: one for our iPads/books and one for pictures.
What do you think? How do you make storage work in a small space?
Bedroom Inspiration

Sunday Dinner

I grew up in a home with a working Dad and a stay-at-home Mom. My Dad travelled a lot for work, so Sundays were usually our last chance before the week started to have dinner as a family, and my Mom is a great cook, so we always ate especially well on Sundays. As a result, I have always thought of Sundays as a time to spend with loved ones.

When I moved to Toronto in 2010, I found a great way to bring people together was to invite everyone over to dinner Sunday night. My core group of girlfriends didn’t have family nearby, and reused it as a chance to catch up and prepare for the week ahead. Kitchen jobs were divvied up, as was the grocery bill, and everyone went home with a full stomach and lunch for the following day.

Why tell you all this? Well, on Saturday’s I want to share recipes you might make for your family to enjoy on a Sunday evening (whether they be related by blood or love). One my my fave cooks is Donna Hay, so it only makes sense to start with one of my favourite meals from her books, Baked Italian Chicken. This recipe, which NoshBites has shared here, is a super easy crowd pleaser, perfect for a busy Sunday spent running errands or watching football.

I usually pair it with an easy rice, such as Uncle Bens Wild Rice (whatever flavour you prefer) or a super easy side pasta, using some pesto set aside BEFORE making the chicken.

Then it is just a matter of including your favourite healthy veggie or salad, and you have a great meal on the table! Personally, I have been enjoying this sautéed Kale (usually No Frills here in Canada has great quality Kale), and I think it would work as a side with the yummy pesto chicken.

So how would I pull it all together?

Well…

1. Start with heating the oven and putting the water on to boil.

2. Prep the chicken and put it in the oven. SET THE TIMER!

3. Once the water boils, put the pasta on to cook. If you are confident in your oven, you can time the pasta to be done a minute or two before the chicken, and then you only need one timer.

4. While everything else is cooking, prep the kale. I like the stems especially once cooked, so I don’t bother cutting them out. Then throw it all in a pan on the stove top, and it should be done before your pasta timer goes off.

5. Remove kale from heat, coat pasta with pesto, and add chicken to the plate.

5. Enjoy!

For dessert, I love to serve ice cream in tea cups because it is simple and keeps portion sizes limited.

That’s my story – how do you recharge and reconnect for the week ahead?

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Okay, not quite this meal, but gives you an idea of what I like to do in the kitchen! Keep an eye out for this one in the future 🙂

Swoon

As I mentioned, I am currently on the hunt for a condo in the city. As a result, I am constantly editing what to do when I find said condo: do I do something new, something with bold, bright colours? Or do I stick with pastels, which is what I have right now? Recently, I have been obsessed with gold accents. I haven’t figured out how to make them work with my current brown/cream/pale blue/pale green colour scheme, but I have time to sort that out.

Will you be adding any of these items to your home over the holidays?

Here are a few of the items currently on my mind:

A round up of some of my favourite gold items I've pinned in the last few weeks.

A round up of some of my favourite gold items I’ve pinned in the last few weeks.

L-R, starting at the top:

– A classic glam combo, this Gold & White pillow would brighten up any home

– These art deco lowball glasses would be a great addition to my current set of IKEA glasses, even though they are hand-wash only

– I would use these gold pinch bowls to replace my old, scratched up IKEA salad bowls

– I would love to serve one of my favourite DavidsTea flavours, Organic Gold Rush, in this amazing mug 

This print takes me to Paris and back with one quick glance. I love the gold on black; hung by a makeup table, it would make me smile every morning when getting out of bed.

– My sister bought us last year’s version of these alphabet mugs. Maybe time to add something new and sparkly to the shelves?

– How can this pillow not make you smile?

– These lowball glasses make me proud to be Canadian.

– Hanging this confetti painting would mean I don’t have to choose between silver and gold.

A few items great for any get together.

A few items great for any get together.

And a few items for your holiday – or any day – get togethers (clockwise from top left):

– The buyers at Indigo are clearly as in love with gold as I am. This decanter is one of many items on the site featuring gold confetti.

– Full-on glitter serving sets. Oh, yes please.

– These coasters are mix and match and have a few golden patterns. I liked the graphic appeal of this one. http://www.brika.com/mix-match-coasters-set-of-4

P.S. GlitterGuide did a great post on this colour scheme for the holidays! Check it out here.