Staying in love with The Dress

| The Dress, Weddings

Sarah Houston

It’s a long time between “yes” and “I Do”, and I’m not just talking about the seemingly never-ending stretch between popping the question and walking down the aisle. The time from when you find your perfect wedding dress to when you actually get to see it again can be months long – maybe even a year! For me, it’s going to be about 10 months – I’ll see my “Franken-dress” (top from one, bottom from another, plus a few extra tweaks) it in its entirety for the first time at the end of April/beginning of May 2015.
Trying on Sarah Houston’s latest collection: the exception to my rules
It’s been a month since I found the elements that would create my perfect wedding dress at Sarah Houston and I’m not going to pretend that I haven’t had second thoughts in that time.… Read more

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The Last Single Girl Birthday

| All About Me, Life

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There are three types of people in the world: those that love their birthdays, those who abhor their birthdays and those who pretend to be ambivalent about their birthdays but are secretly the former or latter. You shouldn’t trust those people. You should also know that I am unequivocally someone who loves her birthday. And all other holidays. Basically any occasion I can decorate, dress up and bake for, really. But I digress.

Saturday was my champagne birthday. That is, I turned 26 on July 26! It also happens to be – as my lovely fiance and many friends reminded me – my last single girl birthday.… Read more

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The Bride Tribe

| Planning, Weddings

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As much as those around you attempt to feign interest in your table linen choices, latest bridal party drama or the thousandth dress you’ve tried on, I’m pretty sure they’re not really all that interested. There’s only so much information you can consume about a wedding that isn’t yours. That is, of course, unless you’re a bride-to-be yourself.

Right after Mike popped the question, I shared a list of the 5 people you meet when you get engaged. What I didn’t realize when I wrote that post was that I was missing a seriously important category: the bride tribe.
Your bride tribe is the group of ladies in your life who are getting married in the year or so around the time of your date.… Read more

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Weekly Enabler Report

| Weekly Enabler Report

Caitlin Wilson Textiles Gold Foil Pillows Indigo

Guys – it’s birthday week! I’m fairly obsessed with my special day, so apologies in advance for being obnoxious this week. It’s my champagne birthday this weekend (the 26th) and I’ve taken Friday off for a mani/pedi at Me & T Studio before dashing off to a friend’s cottage with a big group for double the birthday celebrations.
This week’s enabler report is full of pretty little things and I have a feeling you’re going to love them as much as I do. Thank you to everyone who entered last week’s Weekly Enabler Report giveaway! I’ve chosen the lucky winner – make sure to check if it’s you!… Read more

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Weekly Enabler Report + giveaway!

| Contests, Weekly Enabler Report

Kate Spade 2015 Agendas Indigo

TGIF! It’s been a little while since I shared an enabler report with you, but that’s not for lack of product love or shopping. I’ve had a little too much of both recently but unfortunately too little time to share them! This week’s items are major favourites that I’ve been using obsessively. Yes, all of them. You know the things you love so much that you just want to enjoy them every single day? That. As a bonus, you’ll be able to win two of these items to enjoy at the end of the post!
Ash Large Hex + Kate Spade Mini Bouquet Collar Necklaces

We’ll just call this double enabling karma.… Read more

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5 gift ideas for the newly-engaged

| Celebrations, Weddings

Unique engagement gifts - custom wedding cartoon art and ornament

So your friends are engaged. Now what? Amidst the flooding of Facebook congratulations, you’ll probably find yourself with a few friends you want to celebrate in a special way. If they haven’t registered yet (or don’t plan to), it can feel a bit overwhelming.
I’m lucky enough to have received some really great gifts when we got engaged in October and also absolutely love putting together little packages for friends, so I’ve created 5 engagement gift ideas. Whether you’re celebrating with your girlfriend or the couple, there’s something here for everyone! Bonus: some of these ideas would make the perfect wedding gift as well.… Read more

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On Mondays we play with peonies

| Blogger Love, Events & Culture, Toronto Events

Pink the Town Peony Party Beau & Belle photobooth

I’ve discovered the best way to start the week. It involves fluffy blooms, the sweetest treats and some gabby girlfriends. A few weeks ago, I spent the evening at Pink The Town’s Peony Party – an evening that included all of those things and more! I spotted the event announcement on Instagram and immediately texted Stella to see if she’d be up for it. We have basically all of the same interests and pretty pink peonies rank fairly high on that list, so she was an immediate yes. Flash-forward a few weeks and we’re mildly soaked from a downpour en route and basking in the girly awesomeness that is Bicyclette on Queen W.… Read more

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Lillet, s’il vous plaît!

| Food & Bev

Lillet Blanc Basil Slush Martha Stewart Summer Recipe

Confession: I’m not a big drinker. Yes, I work in advertising. Yes, I’m a bit of an anomaly. I can pinpoint where things took a turn for the “I don’t think I can party anymore” – 21st birthday, an entire bottle of Veuve and a three-day hangover. We won’t mention the few times I’ve tried to hop back on the party animal horse (cough… my first agency holiday party). There’s been a huge bonus to being that 1-to-three-drinks-max girl at the party, though: I’ve started to actually appreciate a good cocktail, glass of wine or refreshing cider. And Caesars – never forget the mighty Caesar.… Read more

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Essie’s Endless Summer

| #ManicureMonday, Nails, Reviews

Essie Summer 2014 Collection - swatch whole collection

It’s finally time to bust out those freshly polished toes – it’s hot, it’s muggy, it feels like summer. I’ve been in a bit of a nail polish rut recently but it’s not entirely a bad thing – basically, I’ve been wearing Essie Summer 2014 collection exclusively. It’s rare that there’s a full collection that I can’t wait to wear, but this one is definitely it. A mix of bold hues and gorgeous neutrals, it’s hard not to want every single shade. I lack restraint, so after a few weeks of wearing only Urban Jungle I decided to wear them all at once.… Read more

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And the bride wore….

| The Dress, Weddings

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There weren’t any tears, there wasn’t a magic appointment-ending phrase and there wasn’t celebratory champagne. In the most stress- and drama-free way, I chose my perfect wedding dress at Sarah Houston on Saturday afternoon. For real this time, guys. We put a deposit on it.

After the magical appointment at Kleinfeld that turned into a Carrie-from-Season-4-of-Sex-And-The-City-style panic attack in the dress, I actually felt pretty relieved rather than being discouraged. It took a few anxiety-ridden days and some deep chats with Mom, bridesmaids and Mike, but I knew I couldn’t go back to Kleinfeld for that dress, as beautiful as it was.… Read more

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