Feb 242017
 

Going with our theme we dressed comfortably chic thanks to Joe Fresh!

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Nicole works events, She needs to be able to move but also look chic. This floral print shirt dress  delivers. She layered this light cardigan on top and is ready to be the perfect hostess. Nicole can also pair this shirtdress with leather leggings for added comfort and warmth.

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I opted for this floral dress and layered a thin knit lilac sweater over it. It’s February in Toronto so you never know. I like the feminine details and it’s making me feel like spring is around the corner.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ideas for creating a comfortably chic Oscar viewing party. If you don’t use these ideas this weekend keep them in mind for next time.

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DRINKS

For the drinks we kept it very simple:

1.Vodka Milkshakes – pre-made drinks that you can buy at the LCBO in keeping with out “Fake it, Don’t make it” entertaining theme. They taste great and we served them in milk bottles. Again, use what you have – martini glasses or champagne flutes are a great idea to serve these pre-made cocktails.

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2. Wine – we chose Kim Crawford wines. Their Pinot Noir below went well with the menu and our “chocotorie” platter. It didn’t overpower any of the food choices.Miriam Massei-5399

3. VOSS Sparkling Water – Nicole and I originally chose VOSS because of the shape of the bottle. We were pleasantly surprised with the taste, it was lightly carbonated and may be a great choice for those who find some sparkling waters too strong and bubbly. Just be warned when opening the bottles. The first bottle Nicole opened came leaking out, the next bottle she opened slowly and no leaks.

 

 

SWAG BAGS

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Nicole has created and managed events for Hudson’s Bay, TIFF and most recently Sundance. She thought giving guests Swag Bags would be a fun touch and something all the stars in the entertainment industry get. We partnered with some great brands to create these fun swag bags. We wanted to gift our guests items they would use. Some are for every day and other items are for those special occasions when we want to look our best.

We have

  • – Le Petit Marseillais Body Wash – This is a new brand to Canada (found at Shoppers Drug Mart). I discovered it when I was in Croatia and this is the body wash we used this summer. It has a soft scent and it’s French.
  • -Joe Fresh Socks and Scarf – it goes with our Comfortable and Chic Theme
  • -Joe Fresh Gel Nailpolish – Naturally I selected Red Delicious.
  • Quo – Lip Gloss, Contour Kit, False Eyelashes and Radial Blur Translucent Powder. All these products will get you Red Carpet Ready.
  • Joe Fresh – Tinted Lip Balm, Matte Lipstick in Ruby and Red Lipliner

The products we selected are reasonably priced and fantastic. Now Swag Bags can get pricy. If you are hosting a small party you could ask each guest to buy their favourite beauty item for each swag bag. You can even select a budget. Women are always asking what to bring to a party. Make it easy for them and get them to bring something for everybody.

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Feb 222017
 

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FOOD

Nicole and I created this easy menu so you can enjoy your party. Our menu is a “glam’ed up” version of simple foods with lots of “Fake It Don’t Make It” mixed in.

FOOD

1. Truffle parmesan popcorn
2. Devilled eggs topped with caviar
3. Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini
4. Pre-made appetizers (President’s Choice)
5. For dessert, a “Chocoterie” platter – various types of chocolates and chocolate desserts displayed on a board

 

Truffle Parmesan Popcorn

Pres Choice

Ingedients

PC Microwave Popcorn
PC Parmesan Cheese
PC Black Label White Truffle Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ground Black Pepper

 

Directions

1. Pop microwave popcorn according to directions (Sticking to our “Fake it, Don’t Make it” motto, we simplified this recipe even further by using microwave popcorn). I made Nicole get the Extra Butter Flavour. Nicole usually uses Plain or Butter Flavour popcorn. Once popping comes to a halt, open the bag and place it in a bowl. Allow to cool.

2. Meanwhile finely grate parmesan cheese.

3. Pour truffle oil over the popcorn and gently toss. Sprinkle with parmesan. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

For the original Recipe please click here.

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Devil Eggs Topped with Caviar

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Ingredients

6 lage eggs
1/4 cup PC mayonnaise
1 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon PC yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Black caviar for garnishing

 

Directions

1.Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water continuously for 1 minute.

2.Crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

3.Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. We made this recipe “Oscar-worthy” by adding the caviar on top and serve.

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Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini

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Ingredients

8 baguette slices
4 Figs, cut into thin wedges
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette (optional)
Walnuts for garnish

 

Directions

1.Preheat broiler. Arrange baguette slices on baking sheet. Broil until lightly toasted on 1 side.

2.Mash crumbled Gorgonzola and 1 tablespoon butter in small bowl until smooth. Spread Gorgonzola mixture evenly over untoasted side of baguette slices. Top with figs and walnuts. Drizzle oil over figs. Broil until Gorgonzola mixture bubbles around edges, about 3 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette if you want. Transfer crostini to platter and serve.

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Assorted PC Ready Made Appetizers

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Chocotorie Platter

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Assorted chocolates (dark, milk and white chocolate)
Assorted bark
Figs
Dried fruit
Almonds
Berries
Rosemary sprigs for garnish

We purchased the bark and chocolates from the Sweets counter at Loblaws. They are sold separately and are definitely a treat. Don’t have anything like that close by? Not a problem, purchase boxed chocolates and arrange like we did above. To fake the bark purchase some nice chocolate bars and break apart to create your own bark.

 

Enjoy!

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Oscar Viewing Party Decor

COLOUR PALETTE: Black and Gold

FLORALS: White Hydrangeas and Greenery

DECOR: Black linens, white crisp china, gold flatware (if you have it, if not silverware is great), stemless wineglasses

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When Nicole and I were discussing the decor for the party we agreed that we were going to use what we had for serving the food and drinks. This was not about buying new dishes, stemware or platters. Hosting an Oscar Viewing Party was not going to cause unnecessary stress or debt. Nicole served the food and drinks with items she already owned – she had this beautiful orange tray (pictured above) for the drinks, a slate platter (pictured below) for the chocoterie platter, white platters and bowl for the rest of the food, and glasses we had in our cupboards. For vases we used a medium sized vase I had from home for the larger arrangement and a stemless wine glass for the smaller arrangement.

We served the Vodka Mudshakes in little milk bottles that we had from a previous project. You don’t have to use milk bottles. You can use martini glasses or champagne flutes. Use what you have in different and fun ways. If you are interested we purchased the milk bottles from a party supply store, but I have seen them in the dollar store as well.

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We did purchase the black and gold napkins, black gift bags for the swag bags, gold tissue paper and the straws at a party store. I love to scrapbook so I already had the paper and fabric flowers and the black confetti. We placed the flowers and confetti on the table and orange tray to add a bit of drama to the table scape. In the above outline we called for black linens, I picked up the smaller gold ones as accent pieces and they’re great for drinks or dessert.

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For the flowers Loblaws had 3 bunches for $20. We selected 2 bunches of hydrangeas and one bunch of green berries (I don’t know the technical term). Nicole and I asked for help on the arrangement and the florist told us that creating a floral arrangement with these items would be fool proof which I quickly responded with “Challenge Accepted!”. She told us to cut the flowers on an angle and keep the arrangement tight and that was it.

While Nicole was cooking I was creating the floral arrangements. We knew we needed two – a small one and a large one. I had several vases to choose from and what I quickly learned was I needed vases with a smaller openings to keep the flowers bunched – square, rectangular or cylindrical vases would not do. I didn’t have a small vase that worked so Nicole suggested I use one of the stemless wine glasses.

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I used one of the leaves from hydrangea to cover the stems in the smaller arrangement because I didn’t cut the stems equal lengths and it looked funny. This makes the arrangement look more “professional” and covers my mistake.

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Below is the large floral arrangement.

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I created the arrangements in minutes and will be creating simple and elegant arrangements like the ones above for years to come. The florist was right – they really are fool proof.

Tomorrow we’re talking about food and drinks.

 February 21, 2017  Posted by on February 21, 2017 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Feb 202017
 

I love watching the Oscars. I think I love watching for the same reason you do – first it’s the fashion (no surprise there), all those beautiful gowns on full display for all to see; second it’s celebrating great films and the performances they inspire. Before all the kids I hosted several Oscar viewing parties with my girlfriends.

I forgot how much I enjoyed these Oscar viewing parties. Getting all my friends together so we could just enjoy each others company and enjoy all the drama of the night. I would even have an Oscar pool – you can find print outs online. When my girlfriend Nicole approached me with the idea of co-hosting an Oscar party I was all in. The best part of co-hosting a party with Nicole is that she’s an events planner and the principal of Bisou Events. She has planned events for Hudson’s Bay, TIFF and most recently Sundance with some of the biggest celebrities. Nicole already had the concept for the party and I helped her bring it to life.

Below is our Oscar Viewing Party Plan. We’re both mothers and entrepreneurs so that means limited time stretched way too thin. We’ve planned a simple and chic party that anyone could recreate with a very reasonable budget. Remember use what you have – this isn’t a make work project. For example, if you don’t like black and gold select colours you like. I’ll be posting our ideas all week and we wanted to welcome you to the party!

OSCAR VIEWING PARTY

THEME: Comfortably Chic

COLOUR PALETTE: Black and Gold

FLORALS: White Hydrangeas and Greenery

DECOR: Black linens, white crisp china, gold flatware (if you have it, if not silverware is great), stemless wineglasses

MUSIC: Oscar-winning songs

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: A “glam’ed up” version of simple food with lots of “Fake It Don’t Make It” mixed in.

1. Truffle parmesan popcorn
2. Devilled eggs topped with caviar
3. Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini
4. Pre-made appetizers (President’s Choice)
5. For dessert, a “chocoterie” platter – various types of chocolates and chocolate desserts displayed on a board
6. Vodka Mudshake, wine pairings and Voss Sparkling Water

FASHION: Comfortable chic outfits

PARTY FAVOURS: Swag bags

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Feb 162017
 

I am a fancy traveller. It started after I had the kids – whenever I know I am getting on a plane I get my travel outfit ready. It consists of jeans, shirt and a blazer. Do you have a travel uniform?

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Outfit Details – Blazer, WHBM (here, blue here); Jeans, WHBM (here), T-Shirt, WHBM (here),  Shoes, WHBM (here); Scarf, WHBM (here)

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Feb 052017
 

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On Wednesday, February 8th at 8pm I am going to be co-hosting the First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower Valentine’s Day Chat with Notable.ca and fellow bloggers My Fash Ave and Canadian Fashionista. To get in the Valentine’s day spirit I did a fun photo shoot and selected my top gift ideas. During the chat we’ll be talking about all things Valentine’s day and specifically what are the perfect gifts for him…

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and her.

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You MUST RSVP for this twitter chat. There is over a $1000 worth or prizes being given away and I wouldn’t want you to miss the chance to win. To RSVP follow the link here.

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I’ve told you before that I have good hair – it’s thick, can hold a curl or colour, easy to style and grows fast. Now I’ve been colouring it for decades and I’m not afraid to change it up (blonde to dark brown without a flutter of fear) but all that changing it up has also caused damage to my hair. There has been a lot of breakage with my hair so it was perfect timing that I started a partnership with Sassoon Toronto.

I talked to my stylist Lorraine and colourist Kamilla and told them I was open to ALMOST anything (I’m not going pink/silver/really short). Kamilla wanted to address my breakage and told me I should go back to my roots.

So ta da…

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There were several inches cut off and I had a demi-permanent colour added. This is what I learned about demi-permanent colour:

-Demi-permanent colouring is more gentle on hair, as it has no ammonia, only colour deposits.
– It adds tons of moisture and shine to hair.
– Balances out any dryness from previous colour and bleach.
– Lower maintenance – has a softer regrowth.

I am really happy with the colour. I’ll be visiting Sassoon Toronto every month and getting my hair cut/coloured/highlighted as well as the occasional blow-dry and style.

If you are looking for a new stylist check out Sassoon (I’ve linked the Toronto salon) or follow them on Instagram @SassoonToronto. We can look fabulous together.

 January 31, 2017  Posted by on January 31, 2017 Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »
Jan 292017
 

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Outfit Details – Camel Coat, Club Monaco (old, similar here); Sweater, Banana Republic (sold out, options here); Jeans, JCrew (old, high waisted options here); Shoes, JCrew

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Jan 242017
 

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I have had this vest for a year and a half. I love it. I can wear it from the cool fall months to those early spring days and everything in-between.

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Outfit Details – Vest, WHBM ( old, similar here and here, great grey option here); Dress, Karen Millen (old, cold shoulder option here, mock neck version here, similar here); Over the knee boots, Ron White (similar here, lots of options here)

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