art, design, lifestyle

2.17.2016

Gifting Made Easy with Giftagram

 giftagram gifting made easy
Chanel Tenderly Nail Polish | Elizabeth & James Nirvana Perfume

giftagram gifting made easy
Bathorium Bath Bomb

giftagram gifting made easy
Woodlot Candle | Woodlot Soap | Binchotan Charcoal Body Scrub

giftagram gifting made easy

giftagram gifting made easy
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak | Trinitae Dead Sea Bath Salts

giftagram gifting made easy
Gold Apothecary Bath Salts

giftagram gifting made easy
Fountain Beauty Molecule

giftagram gifting made easy
Trinitae Love Yourself Box

Have you heard of Giftagram? If not, you're in for a real treat! It's pretty much a life changing app which allows you to send a gift to anyone across Canada and the US, all with the convenience of your phone. How you ask? It's broken down into three easy steps: select the gift, select the recipient, and send. Pretty straightforward right? Your contact will receive a notification letting them know they have been sent a gift and all she/he needs to do is provide their preferred delivery address. That's it! Their Giftagram will arrive in 3-5 days.

One of the things that I love most about Giftagram besides the convenience factor is their carefully curated selection of both local and international products (examples above! :) As creative as I am, I wouldn't say that I am a natural "gifter." The app makes it simple -  breaking down the products into categories, which makes finding that perfect gift so easy.  Is the birthday boy into tech? Scroll through "Tech & Gadgets" and you're sure to find something he'll love. Got a sister that's a foodie? Search under "Gourmet." Are you into beauty? Treat yo'self ;)! There is literally something for everyone. 

If you haven't downloaded it yet, do it! Apps come and go but this one has been on my phone for years and its not going anywhere anytime soon. 

xx A

Thank you Giftagram for sponsoring this post. 
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2.13.2016

Bridesmaid Ask Brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
I was walking down the street and came across a bus stop ad for Kleenex.  It read something along the lines of "Got asked to be a bridesmaid again" with an image of tears streaming down a girls face. Bridesmaid status definitely has a bad rap - I get it - but I also don't think it has to. 

I must admit there are so many cringe-worthy aspects of the "traditional bridesmaid." But one thing I have learned throughout the whole wedding planning process is the importance of doing things your own way and not the wedding industries way. 

Life celebrations are opportunities to bring those closest to you together. I ultimately decided that I wanted to have a bridal party but without any expectations or duties. Yes, duties. Apparently there is a list of traditional duties allocated for both the maid of honour and bridesmaids. I didn't even know these existed until I referenced the terrifying bridal binder. I'm now debating whether this should be burned to limit the extent of my anxiety.

My personal outlook is that everyone can do whatever they'd like, or not like, as they wish. To be quite honest - I did a little bit of recon work before asking to gauge out everyones interest in being part of the bridesmaid train. I knew forced fun is never fun and being a maid is not for everyone. 

After Michael and I selected the wedding party, I decided I wanted to show the girls how much they mean to me and pop the question over brunch at my place. The menu was set - mimos, macarons, bagels & smoked salmon.

bridesmaid ask brunch
I was lucky enough to have Skye Flowers come on board and dream up the most insanely gorgeous flower arrangement I've ever seen. The details that she went over with me were above and beyond my expectations, and I was completely blown away by the final arrangement. They were absolutely perfect for my girly brunch. The level of thought that went into these arrangements was incredible, and am so thankful to have found Skye to work her magic. Follow Skye on Instagram at @skye_flowers to get your daily dose of pretty.

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
My parents gifted us their china which I used to set the table. As a little girl, I remember coming downstairs on my birthday to the table set with the "special china" along with streamers and confetti. It was the perfect sentimental addition that made things feel a little extra special. 

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
I knew I wanted to pop the question in a special way - so I came up with this little box for each of my maids. I'll be sharing my tutorial on the blog later this week - stay tuned. 

bridesmaid ask brunch
What's a brunch without a mimo bar? I decided to stock the bottles with grapefruit, mango, pinapple, and cranberry juice. I purchased the adorable Mimosa Bar sign on Etsy here. I bought a frame at Homesense and spray painted it gold. 

bridesmaid ask brunch


bridesmaid ask brunch
I made this tassel garland following the DIY found here.

bridesmaid ask brunch
I'm going to be honest here - I'm a huge montreal bagel gal. When I lived uptown, I would always treat myself to The Bagel House on weekends. Now being a downtown gal without any Montreal bagel goodness in sight, I was at a loss. Until my sister mentioned What A Bagel. I picked them up the morning of and turned out to be a huge success (apparently only one bridesmaid shares my similar passion for the Montreal ;)

bridesmaid ask brunch
And never mind the mimos, what's a brunch without macarons? I knew these were a must. I headed over to Nadege the day prior to pick them up and store in the refrigerator overnight. Fun fact: macarons last up to four days in the refrigerator. Who knew?!

bridesmaid ask brunch
The spread. I ventured out to the East end to pick up a smoked salmon filet from Kristapsons - the best smoked salmon in Toronto. I borrowed my moms fish platter to serve it on :)

bridesmaid ask brunch
Beyond words. If only you could smell them. I felt like all I needed was a unicorn and I would be in a dream. 

bridesmaid ask brunch
I put the capers in the adorable pinch pot I gave Michael for Christmas from the Drake General Store, along with the diamond marble & wood cheeseboard (gotta love those communal gifts! ;)

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
I found these little cups at Homesense (um adorable right?!)

bridesmaid ask brunch

bridesmaid ask brunch
It was the perfect day. I had all my nearest and dearest gals under one roof getting to know each other, and most importantly, celebrating how much each of them mean to me. 

xx A
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2.02.2016

Wedding Day Lingerie

wedding day lingerie

wedding day lingerie

wedding day lingerie

wedding day lingerie

wedding day lingerie


In case you missed my Insta, over the holidays the man of my dreams asked me to marry him (and no - I had no idea it was coming!) Needless to say, the holidays were an extra special time for us being able to celebrate with all the people that we love. After lots of bubbly and food, we rolled our way back to Toronto, and it all started to sink in. 

I had no idea how exciting yet overwhelming the whole "wedding thing" would be until I purchased a wedding binder with 100,000,001 things you need to do before the big day. (I'm over exaggerating, but only slightly) It all seemed just too over-the-top for me. With that said, I decided to use the binder as a guideline. After all, it is OUR day, and we want it to feel like US!

After confirming our venue and date, I started the search for the dress. In all honesty, this was a different world to me. Trumpet? Um, why are we talking about instruments?  Mermaid? I love Arielle, and legit know every lyric to The Little Mermaid soundtrack, but what does she have to do with finding my wedding dress? I would be down to look like a mermaid, perhaps an "under the sea" theme... but only if Sebastian was by my side the whole time. In all seriousness, it was a big learning curve for me but am proud to say that I finally passed Wedding Dress 101.

With wedding dress shopping comes wedding day lingerie, and I was ecstatic when Azura Bay approached me to check out their website. I instantly fell in love with both their product and their philosophy. Azura Bay is a Canadian based company with a carefully curated selection of luxurious and socially conscious lingerie, swim and loungewear brands. They checked all the boxes - stylish, fantastic quality,  flattering, ethically made and eco-friendly. Beyond all that, when you make a purchase, Azura Bay donates a portion to one of three organizations of your choice (learn more on their giving back page) I loved the fact that I found lingerie that lets me love my planet as much as I love my hubby-to-be! 

When looking for wedding day lingerie, it's important to think about what looks good and most importantly, feels good on your body. Given that I am quite a modest dresser, I wanted something that was flirty yet sweet. When I saw the dainty lace of the Cosabella set, I was sold. When I recieved the set in the mail I literally did not want to take it off. High quality, check! Good fit, check! Ethically made, check! Feels like me? check!

Whether you're shopping for your big day or Valentine's Day, be sure to check out the Azura Bay and love your significant other as much as you love the world. 

Thank you Azura Bay for sponsoring this post. 
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