Valentine’s Outfits + Date Ideas

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s day with your girlfriends, or thinking of things to do with your SO next week, I’ve got you covered! Below I’ve curated a few of my favorite outfits along with ideas I’m mulling over for this upcoming holiday ❤ ❤ ❤

At Home

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This will probably be the most likely setting for our Valentine’s Day celebration (if you like low-key homebody activities 😉 ). Also, I am obsessed with this adorable little lounge set from AKG. First of all, it is locally made/designed, and the fabric is comfortable and so breathable! I’m not much of a lace lingerie girl, so for this occasion I wanted to find something modest, comfortable, and still feminine (and I can continue wearing this for the months to come!). Take a peek below for some date ideas, as well as links to what I’m wearing.

Home Date:

1.  Valentine’s Picnic Basket from Scanway (available February 10 – 19, 2017)

Who doesn’t love to have a romantic indoor picnic in their warm and cozy living room? You can choose between a number of options, plus they really got me when I read tenderloin, truffle, chocolate, and florentines. Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine, and you’ll be good to go. Yum.

2. Spa Night

Pamper yourselves by grabbing your favorite bath products, scented candles etc. and prepare to have a relaxing night in. See some of my favorite products below:

Blackberry Bath Bomb – Lush

Soft Coeur Massage Bar – Lush

Fresh Fig Honey Bath – Laura Mercier

Cocoa Butter Body Butter – The Body Shop

Tantra Massage Oil – Saje 

3. Weekend Getaway at Atlantica Oak Island

Bring your pjs for the weekend and prepare for an ultimately relaxing getaway. Have breakfast in bed, take cooking lessons, go wine tasting, and do yoga together.

What I’m Wearing: 

Chloe Bralette – AKG

Kate Brief  – AKG

*find them in-store at Makenew on 2468 Agricola St.

Casual

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Okay, this blouse totally caught my eye when I first saw it – it carries the embroidery trend feel but uses velvet flowers instead! I paired it with a denim bottom to dress it down, but added a fun sandal heel (don’t you LOVE the faux fur?! I couldn’t help myself when I saw these babies online 😉 ). Obviously if you are doing an outdoor activity, I would recommend changing up the footwear to match the weather, but these were too fun to not share! Take a peek below for some date ideas, as well as links to what I’m wearing.

Casual Date:

1. Valentine’s Food Crawl

What is more fun than reminiscing with your sweetheart while chowing down on a Valentine’s themed food crawl? There are at least 20 stops, and under $10 at each location ❤

2. The Coast’s Valentine’s Doughball

A one hour dessert & wine tasting session from 11 local vendors – need I say more?

3. Curling Tournament of Broken Hearts – Good Robot

If you’re looking for something more active with a quirky theme, grab your friends (or another couple) and get your curl on!

What I’m Wearing: 

Devore Plunge Swing Top – TOPSHOP

Helena Straight Leg Jean – GRLFRND

Vamp Faux Fur Sandal – Zara (find similar ones here and here)

Dressy

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Here I wanted to share my take on “dressier” outfits without wearing a dress or skirt (while we’re still braving the cold winter, I’d much rather stick to pants 🙂 ). I love the play on feminine details with the wider sleeves, peek of skin, and softer tones, plus these are two outfits you can also bring into the Spring season! Take a peek below for some date ideas, as well as links to what I’m wearing.

Dressy Date:

1. Decadence – Savour Food & Wine Festival

Start your Valentine’s weekend off indulging at the Decadence event as part of the Savour Food & Wine Festival. I mean you really can’t go wrong when there’s cheese, chocolate, AND wine pairings involved.

2. Feeling the Love Dinner & Dance

A Valentine’s soiree for couples, singles, and friends – think funk, jazz, and cocktails!

What I’m Wearing: 

Edie Flute Sleeve Top – TOPSHOP

Domme Pant – Club Monaco

Ivette Sandal – Jimmy Choo

Brax Jimpsuit – Wilfred

Mod Tapestry Pouch – Wilfred

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Stocking Stuffers & Holiday Gift Ideas $100 & Under

If you’re stuck on what to get your loved ones for the upcoming holiday, here are some affordable gifts you can get without breaking the bank (and don’t worry, I didn’t forget the men)!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home Decorator (or Self-Proclaimed Interior Designer)

  1. Laduree Sucre Sweet Recipe Book – $95 (estimate). One of my favorite places to eat macarons in Paris – who wouldn’t want such a beautiful coffee-table/recipe book? You can find it on Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, or straight from Laduree (for those residing in Europe).
  2. Mix & Match Custom Coasters from The Coastal on Etsy – $40. Gorgeous hand painted coasters to match your bff’s decor.
  3. Super Soft Plaid Throw from Chapters/Indigo – $49.50. Perfect to cuddle with for the cold winter months!
  4. Nut Tray With 3 Dishes from Chapters/Indigo – $60. Everyone needs something to nibble on during the dinner party!
  5. Home Candle from Joe Malone London – $75 (200 g). Smells like the holidays already! Find it in Holt Renfrew locations across Canada.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Social Butterfly or Party Gal!

  1. Cinta Crystal Cluster Earrings from Ted Baker – $55. To compliment her fabulous outfit at the NYE party!
  2. Le Vernis Nail Colour from Chanel – $32.75 (each). Every girl needs that finishing touch of color to her nails. Find it at Nordstrom online.
  3. To The Moon Idiom Bangle from Kate Spade – $58. A new and gorgeous addition to that decked out arm party.
  4. Naked2 Basics from Urban Decay – $34. An essential palette she can bring with her to build on that smokey eye.
  5. Cocktail Kit Rum Punch Gift Set from Chapters/Indigo – $49.50.  To get the party started of course!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Jet-Setter Always On-The-Go

  1. Carina Felt Fedora from Ted Baker – $100. The perfect accessory she can take with her on that 12 hr flight.
  2. 2015 A5 Weekly Leather Diary from Kikki.K – $39.95 (estimate). A stylish and chic planner to help her organize all her work meetings, events, and flights.
  3. Therm-O Terra Travel Mug from Aquaovo – $26.95. Keeps her drinks hot or cold without getting sweaty or hot to the touch.
  4. Printed Travel Wallet from J.Crew – $56. The all-in-one wallet with pockets for her tickets, passport, ID, cash, and boarding pass!
  5.  Via Dolce Iris Cosmetic Case from Kate Spade – $98. An flirty cosmetic pouch that can double as a pencil case.

Holiday Gift Ideas For That Guy In Your Life

  1. Wood Universal Power Bank Backup Battery from Triple C Designs – $60. A sleek and stylish way for him to recharge his devices when he’s on-the-go. Find it at Urban Outfitters.
  2. NayJay Multi Check Scarf from Ted Baker – $95. A classic design to keep him warm on the cold winter days.
  3. Shearling Slippers from J. Crew – $68.50. You’ll never see him without these on, in and around the house ever again.
  4. 21st Birthday Kit from Peter Thomas Roth – $38. He doesn’t have to be turning 21 to use this five-piece collection of products for healthier skin. Find it at Sephora locations across Canada or US, and on Peter Thomas Roth (US Only). *sold out online at sephora.ca; try your local Sephora location*
  5.  Oval Amplifier from Triple C Designs – $18. Perfect and convenient way to get the party started. Find it at J. Crew.

Breakfast Made With L-O-V-E

I try to lead a pretty healthy lifestyle, and it always inspires me to try “healthier” or “different recipes with a twist” on my all favorite foods. With Valentines Day coming up, I thought I would show you my take on a healthy whole-wheat breakfast surprise for your loved one (or even to enjoy yourself!).

Whole-Wheat Heart Shaped Soy Pancakes

*Makes 2 Servings*

Ingredients:

– 1 cup whole-wheat flour

– 1 1/2 tablespoons white or brown sugar

– 2 teaspoons baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– dash of cinnamon

– 1 cup soy milk

– 1 egg, lightly beaten

– 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

– 1 teaspoon honey

– strawberries and blackberries sliced

– sugar free syrup

– unsalted butter

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon).
  2. In a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients together (soy milk, egg, oil, honey) and pour the soy mixture into the bowl with the dry mixture and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Grease pan or skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter and cook until bubbly. Flip with a spatula and cook for another 1 minute until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

* I cut the heart shapes with a knife (without a heart-shaped cutter) but if you want to make it easier, you can purchase heart-shaped cutters at places like Michaels or other baking/craft stores.*

Let me know if you made any additions or changes to the recipe that you think makes it better!

Until next time,

xoxo

Macaron Pastime

Macarons are one of my favourite desserts of all time and coincidentally also one of J’s favourites as well. We took on the challenge of baking our first ever set of macarons and had pretty good results (given it was our fist time). Since there were so many different variations on how to make these, we thought we would take lessons from French pastry chef Geoffroy Chevallier at Le French Fix Patisserie in Halifax, NS. If Laduree and Pierre Herme were my favorite macarons of all time, why not learn from a French native! The first flavour we tried was vanilla with a pink exterior, and I’m hoping to continue perfecting my pastry skills to include flavours like black currant, matcha, sesame, etc.

If you’re interested in the specific recipe/instructions we used feel free to email me! Also, check out Le French Fix Patisserie’s website here. They have the cutest decor with the most scrumptious pastries (including a toffee chocolate mousse cake, my favourite)!

Look out for another valentines post coming soon ❤

xo

Be My Valentine

That holiday we all love, hate, or are indifferent to is just around the corner! With Valentines Day coming up, I thought I would share a couple gifts or cute ideas (in general) from one of my favourite websites: www.etsy.com. It’s a great place to find homemade items that are one of a kind, or even just to find inspiration for gifts, weddings, decor and more! Instead of the same old box of chocolates or flowers, why not get something cute and sentimental for your special someone (and costs less too!). Here are the list of ideas shown above:

  1. Custom Wine Label
  2. Library Valentine Card
  3. Polaroid Clothespin Picture Frame
  4. I Like You And Naps Card
  5. Custom State or Country or Province Frame
  6. Amour Espresso Cup and Saucer
  7. You’re My Favorite Card
  8. Custom I ❤ You Cupcake Toppers
  9. Personalized Post Card Pillow