Monday, March 28, 2011

Signs of Spring - COLOUR

I don't know about you guys, but the one thing that lets me know spring is near is my craving for colour! Lately, I just cannot get enough. I'm over at the Home Slice for a 'Signs of Spring' guest post sharing some of my fave colourful picks.

Check them out here! Thanks, Emilija, for asking me to participate!


And in the meantime, I'm sending lots of warm, 'melty' thoughts out there in hopes to see some colour poking through soon! This is my backyard - looks like we've got a ways to go, hey?

Shopping therapy it is!



Christine

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Go Green!

Love this beauty of a dress from Anthropologie...though I would trade it for the sight of green grass if I could ; ) With today being March 17th, that means spring is just around the corner.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and happy almost spring! yay!

image via Anthropologie


:) Christine

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby Girl Style

I recently found out I'm going to be an auntie to a beautiful baby girl!! I'm so happy for my lil sister and her husband and can't wait to meet my new little niece in June. Of course with the reveal of the girl comes the shopping! My mom and I shopped up a storm on Saturday and found some seriously stylin' items at Baby Gap.
I only wish they came in my size too...

all items and images via Gap
Conveniently, Gap Canada (Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap + Factory Stores) are having their 'Give and Get' Program this coming weekend.  30% off your order and 5% off what you spend goes to their non-profit partners.  Click here for the coupon (Canada only). 

A little bit for baby, a little bit for me ;)

Happy shopping! Hope you have a great week, peeps.
Christine

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Orleans: Bourbon Street

In honour of the recent Mardi Gras celebration I thought I would share the rest of my photos from our trip to New Orleans in January. The city really has such a beautiful and big energy, I can only imagine how crazy it must be during Mardi Gras.

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My bro, Steven and his girlfriend, Brittany. Poor brother severely broke his wrist in a hockey game just a week before we came to see him play. Poor guy. (In case you were wondering what that strange lump was growing out of his stomach).

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I learned a lot about Mardi Gras while down south and I even got to try my first King Cake, a Mardi Gras season tradition. And yes, Mike found the plastic baby. They put a plastic baby in the cake and whoever finds it has to buy the next cake or host the next party. Here's a shot of the baby from the cake, can you say creepy??


Have you ever been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, is it as crazy as I imagine?

Friday, March 4, 2011

My House: Guest Room, Wallpaper Headboard

Remember that time I was working on our guest room? Barely? Well, I am still working on it and I've come to realize that, due to some severe perfectionist tendencies, I have been holding out on you guys. I really wanted to wait until the room was "done" to show you what I've been up to. I still have a few things I'd like to do (find the perfect lamps, get the side tables in place, etc) but Mike and I tackled a project a few weeks ago and I just can't wait any longer to show you. It's too pretty ;)

I had this image from House & Home saved in my inspiration folder for ages and finally had the perfect room to put it to use. Using just wallpaper and some trim, we created a simple, easy, and cheap DIY headboard.
What do you think?

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This was such an easy DIY project, with just a few simple steps:

- measure and tape of your desired headboard area with painters tape.

- measure, cut and apply wallpaper to wall (will vary depending on your paper, ours was the easy pre-pasted kind).

- smoooth it all out and let it dry.

- measure and cut your trim and nail to wall.... and you're done!

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The wallpaper was an amazing find at Rona and the yellow colour was almost a perfect match to the Amy Butler fabric in my pillows. I got the roll for $30 (discounted because the roll was open) and spent $25 on pre-painted trim. For a total of $55 for the whole thing! Love it.

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I hope to be back soon with some more finishing touches! Check out the before pics and other progress posts here, here and here.


:) Christine

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Must Drink: London Fog

I hate to be one of those downers that complains about the weather all the time, so I'll make it quick.

Dear winter, minus 34 with windchill? Not cool... not. cool. It was fun for a while but if you could kindly make way for spring that'd be great. k, thanks.
Love, Christine

In the meantime, I've been cuddling up with what has become one of my winter staples, the London Fog. I've had these a few times at Starbucks but my cousin, Jenn whipped one up for me a while ago and now I'm hooked. Warm, comfy, delicious and really easy to make...

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Here's what you need:
- 1 mug of Earl Grey Tea
- 1-2 Tbsp Vanilla Syrup
- Frothy, Warm Milk
Brew tea, add the syrup to taste, froth milk and scoop on top.

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I have a milk frother I use - I just warm the milk for 30sec in microwave and then froth away. You can steam the milk too, whatever floats your boat.



My Mom loves this drink too and says you have to drink it in a clear mug so that you can "see the fog".

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I hope you are staying warm where you are and have some signs of spring creeping in. What is it they say, "in like a lion, out like a lamb"? Here's hoping...

:) Christine