{ DRINK UP: cocktails from your herb garden }


This long labour day weekend may mark the beginning of the end for summer but it’s not over just yet. Use this long weekend as an excuse to try some new summer cocktails. What’s more seasonal and fresh than pulling ingredients from your own herb garden? Here’s five cocktail recipes that use common summer herbs to help you drink away your end of summer time blues. 


RECIPES

{STYLE: vintage wedding dresses from etsy}



I swear I wasn’t sitting around dreaming about a wedding but something made me search vintage wedding dresses on etsy. I totally underestimated what I found. So many beautiful and timeless pieces and all under $600! Of course if the stars align and you fall in love, it has be your size (the dress, not the man). The truth is that I was never a wedding day dreamer until the invention of Pinterest and I’m single so it hasn’t taken over my brain just yet but that being said…..I do envision a very vintage inspired dress. I’m gravitating towards the style of the 1950’s but I think these would all make a bride stunning. The key to wearing vintage – formal or casual, is to mix it up with some modern styling. Here’s my picks for what you may pair up your beautiful vintage dress to complete the look. 


I bet you don’t remember anything that beautiful coming out of the 1980’s!? And you can be a blushing bride, literally, with that sweet dress from the 50’s. It was fun being wedding stylist for an afternoon! 

{DIY : turning plastic hangers into gold}

I’ve been working on some great creative shoots the past few days that I can’t wait to share with you! But until then, this mini DIY that I did on set seemed to be a hit on my Instagram so I thought I would share. The truth is that I didn’t have the time or cash to buy a bunch of matching hangers BUT I did have a can of gold spray paint. I went through a faze earlier this summer where I wanted to paint everything gold. I got a little fix today playing Midas and spray painted these mis-matched cheap plastic hangers gold and what a difference!


Don’t they look so much better!? (excuse the blurry photo)


{COLOUR STORY: emerald green}

So I thought since we’re half way through the year that we should revisit Pantone’s colour of the year, and my personal favourite, emerald green. God I love this colour. The fact that it happens to look fabulous on this red headed green eye gal has nothing to do with it. Ok maybe a little. But I also think it’s stunning to use in home decor. It’s such a rich & bold colour. It can be trendy, classical or modern. Take a look.  











photo sources: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

Feeling a little green with envy? How amazing is that green wall in the first photo or that spiral staircase?! If you’re not ready to make a huge & permanent commitment to this colour, how about just adding a pop of it? 

shop: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7






{SPACES: put it in the calendar}

I realized that I could’ve done a whole week’s theme on working from home so you can look forward to more home office/DIY/inspiration posts while I’m working my way through this transition. 

 Monday is a good day to get organized don’t you agree? You’re already a little down because the weekend is over and in denial that you indeed have to tackle your inbox or your growing ‘to do’ list. There’s no better form of procrastination than cleaning up and getting organized. How many times have you done everything you can think of, include cleaning under the sofa before tackling what you really need to do? For me I’m struggling with keeping a schedule and need a little help with planning. Being a visual person, I’ve decided the best thing to add to my work-in-progress workspace (inspiration here)is a wall calendar so I can see it all laid out in front of me. Here’s some great & stylish inspiration I found to incorporate a calendar into your workspace.  

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{DIY: projects to keep you busy all year}

I thought I would load you up with a bunch inspirational DIY’s for the weekend – you know just in case you’re looking for something to do. Today’s DIY roundup come from fellow blogger Rachel and her clever yet simple idea called 52 Weeks Project. I met Rachel at the AltSF conference and loved her bright red bob and creative & colourful style. Her blog concept is simple – she shares one DIY project every week. Her concept came from carving out a little crafting time for herself each week to escape her hectic life – which I think many of us can relate to. 


Here’s a roundup of my favourite 10 projects that can be found in her Project Gallery. Links to instructions below. Happy crafting!

 


1   fabric art
2   water colour gift tags
3   upcycled earrings
4   bathroom tile coasters
5   painterly iPhone case
6   double-sided mouspad
7   colour dipped photos
8   paint swatch art
9   painted silverware
10  stenciled tote

{thrifting 101: not your granny’s blanket}

This is one of those items you come across and you almost need a second opinion to confirm if it’s tacky cool or just tacky. I’m pretty sure it’s so tacky it’s cool. Check out this huge and colourful wool blanket I found on my latest thrift store adventure. The colour reeled me in and I didn’t have the will power to walk away. The first thing that popped into my head was how great it would be as a photo backdrop, so that’s what I did! Oh yeah, it also works well as a blanket.