Monday, December 30, 2013

A Great Gatsby Holiday Party

The twenties made a huge comeback this year from the mesmerizing movie on the big screen to inspiring everything from fashion to home decor. We got into the spirit last weekend by celebrating the holidays with our closest friends at our gatsby-themed party. I have a love for anything art deco so it was a blast to plan and decorate for the party. I found that some simple decor with black, white, and gold as the main colours can instantly transform the place to the era of lavishness and decadence. Whether it's for New Years Eve, a birthday, or a stagette, a great gatsby inspired party is always a good idea! A little party never killed nobody, right?

Jay Gatsby would be happy to know that we had a champagne tower, plenty of hors d'oeuvre, beautifully decorated custom cookies by The Whisk, a huge fancy frill ballon by Confetti & Co, and a fun photobooth from Legendary Photobooth Vancouver!

Here are the Great Gatsby Party Essentials:
- A 20's Dress Code (Beaded, sequins, feathers, fur, headpieces, you get the idea!)
- Champagne (lots of it)
- Hors d'oeuvre (Deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms etc)
- Lights (Twinkle lights or candles)
- Balloons (check out Confetti & Co)
- Art Deco dessert (check out The Whisk)
- Photobooth (check out Legendary Photobooth)

Happy Party Planning ;)

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Cheers!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A holiday home tour

I have always had a love for home decor and decorating for the holidays is my favourite! I'm happy to share these photos of my living room now that our gallery wall is up and the Christmas tree is decorated. I love nothing more than being home for the holidays with my family and friends, enjoying all this season has to offer. I wish you all a great Christmas and a happy new year! I'm grateful for everyone who reads this blog and want to thank you for all of your love and support in 2013.

 Cheers to a wonderful 2014!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Week in Toronto

Joe Fresh blouse, Alice & Olivia skirt, Marc Andrew coat, Tory Burch flats, Michael Kors bag

A week in Toronto just isn't long enough! I love the city and am looking into a possible move to the east coast next year.  From the Distillery District to Kensington Market, we did some touring and enjoyed exploring the city's great spots for food, drinks, and entertainment. The best part? I got the chance to see some of my favourite people over there.  Here are some snippets from the trip!

{Exploring the Distillery District }

{Dinner at El Catrin}

{With my love at the Distillery District }

{Our friend's amazing custom suit and shirt store: SurMesur)

{Relaxing at the pool}

{Beautiful salt water pool at the hotel}

{Out with one of my bestest}

{Rainbow cake at Wanda's Pie in the Sky - Kensington Market}

{One of many beautiful sightings of the CN Tower}

{Toronto skyline by night}

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Nails with China Glaze

Thanks to Nail Polish Canada, I can finally try out the China Glaze nail polish. The verdict? Amazing! This gorgeous "Dash of Dazzle" set makes a perfect gift and gets your nails ready for the holidays. From left to right, the colours are Mingle With Kringle, Bells Will be Blinging, and So Blue Withbout You.

The gold "Mingle With Kringle" is absolutely stunning so I got inspired to do a holiday look with a snowflake accent nail. I applied two generous coats of polish and did the nail art using a toothpick! How are you getting your nails ready for the holidays?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Black Friday at Pacific Centre

Canadians are joining in on the Black Friday fun and kicking off the holiday season! Pacific Centre has some great activities planned for this ultimate shopping day so before you run off to wait in line at the border, come check out Pacific Centre's Black Friday sales and have a little fun while you shop! You could win some amazing giftcards for your holiday shopping - there are tons of prizes and giftcards to be won! I'll be involved in styling one of the "Right Price" mannequins. The closest guess to exactly how much the outfit costs will win a $100 gift card!

The Fun Details:
Black Friday at Pacific Centre
November 29, 2013
Extended Mall hours: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 pm
Numerous retailers will be having Black Friday offers and special discounts

*The first 100 shoppers at Guest Services will receive a $10 giftcard!

Black Friday Photo Station
- Capture the moment at the Black Friday photo station! Share your photo on Twitter @pacificcentre with #BlackFridayPics for your chance to win a $100 shopping spree!

Garment Bag Giveaway
- 200 exclusive Black Friday garment bags. Over 100 Prizes to be won. "Un-zip” the garment bag for your chance to win gift cards, special promotions and more! All proceeds go to Coast Mental Health. Everyone will receive a custom garment bag for their donation.

The Right Price Contest
- Submit your guess of how much the entire outfit on the mannequins cost. All five mannequins feature clothing exclusively from Pacific Centre retailers. The most accurate guess for each mannequin will receive a $100 shopping spree!

Refreshment Station in Centre Court
- Treats and beverages will be served throughout the day - a perfect break from shopping!

Beauty Station
- Stop by the Dunsmuir Court (by La Senza) for glitz and glamour on Black Friday. Pamper yourself with complimentary hair styling, nail painting, and scented skin products.

Twitter Contest
- Keep your eye out for the Twitter Contest! Follow @pacificcentre for ways to win!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Neutral + Faux-fur

Ever New cardigan, Zara dress, Miu Miu shoes, Kate Spade bag

It looks like this was the last week to step outside in bare legs - although this faux-fur collar cardigan is warmer than it looks! We are trying to enjoy the last of the falling leaves in the neighbourhood. This means lots of walks with the dog and nestling in caf├ęs with views while we work. Next week I'll be visiting Toronto and will surely pack lots of layers and cold weather accessories. I've only ever been there in the summer time so this will be an interesting visit! Updates from TO coming up!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Black and Gold

Banana Republic sequin sweater, Joe Fresh leopard skirt, Tory Burch ballet flats, Michael Kors bag

To say I love this Michael Kors "Selma" satchel would be a gross understatement. I LOVE everything about this bag. It's the perfect size and structure for both work and play. The quality saffiano leather is indestructible and the multiple inner compartments and sturdy bottom literally hold my entire life.  The best part? It comes with a strap to wear as a shoulder or cross-body bag. On the black and gold trend, I also recently invested in a pair of incredibly comfortable Tory Burch ballet flats. They practically had my name written all over it! These "Caroline" flats save my feet from all the walking in the city and give them the well-deserved break from heels.

Happy November, everyone.  I hope you're enjoying the last bit of this beautiful fall season!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sweater Season

Banana Republic sweater, Zara leggings, Franco Sarto boots, Chanel 2.55 bag, Joe Fresh necklace

We have had an exceptionally beautiful (and dry!) fall season in Vancouver this year and I'm so grateful to have all of this beauty in my backyard.  This is also why J and I will always make time to enjoy the colours of fall, no matter how busy life gets. I love this sweater season and found a new love for sweater jackets. I have been especially drawn to them, as opposed to layering a jacket over thin sweaters, for the sheer convenience! This Banana Republic knit has a tweed jacket look with beautiful layers of mustard, grey, and black. It's thick, well constructed, and can definitely keep you warm enough to leave those jackets and coats at home!