Lace Dress – Blonde / Red Heels – Kensie / Lipstick – Nicki Minaj via MAC
To all my hippy/peace & love people out there, this post is for you! How fun is a flower crown? I swear every girl needs one in her life for those free-spirited kind of days. I love how it makes me feel like I’m living in a fairytale.
I have seen so many different flower crowns being posted all over the blog world, and I have been wanting to make one for myself for a while. Jill and I had the pleasure of making this crown together when we were together in Vancouver last. She will tell you how we made it in her next post, but the memories of our time crafting this are so special to me. Her friendship is a gift and I just love her to bits! Hope the look makes you feel as “totally radical” as it did me.
Life has been crazy. Like craaaaayzay crazy. I am in the middle of my teaching practicum that keeps me busy all day and all night and these days, all weekend long. My hubby is in the middle of his busiest rotation for Medical School, and we just plop our heads on our pillows at night and dream of the good ‘ol carefree days…and anticipate the next break we get. Which isn’t until Easter. If he gets the time off.
I didn’t want to miss a week on ze blog, and found this DIY that I did last summer, but didn’t have a chance to share. It’s easy, fun, and affordable! My sister-in-law made one that she uses at her front door to hang their coats, I use it for jewellery storage…but just think, store your scarves, purses, belts – the options are endless!
So here is what you will need:
- Piece of wood (I found mine in the garbage pile of a construction site = free.99)
- Paint of your choice
- Dresser knobs (I found 4 of mine at thrift stores, approx $0.25 each!!!)
First I sanded down the wood, then painted it with two coats of white paint. After the paint was dry I used my sandpaper again to give it a distressed look.
I then measured out my knob placement and screwed the screws in from the back of the wood, making sure they stuck up just enough to screw the knob on.
I really wanted a crystal knob as the final one, and looked high and low at every thrift store I entered, with no luck. I was thrilled with the four that I had found, and excited that they tallied up to only just over a dollar. I spruced two of them up with some nail polish and loved the result.
And then I bit the bullet and went to RONA where I found the perfect crystal add. It was worth the splurge of $4.99, and I feel really completed the look.
And there ya have it folks, I know what you are thinking – knob you didn’t Jillian…a rack of knobs for under $10.00. And yes I did.
Amongst the craziness of life, I am thankful for the opportunity that both my hubby and I have to pursue our dreams. And when I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed I get a little kick from the tiny prince or princess that is growing inside of me, and all my worries fade away.
This week I decided to venture into the world of gold leafing. I’ll be honest, it was time consuming and not the most affordable craft I have embarked on, but the end result was just too cute to be true.
Here is what you will need:
- Mod Podge
- Foam paint brush for painting the white paint, and normal paint brush for the adhesive.
Step one: Mod Podge strips of newspaper onto a blown up balloon. Depending on the size you want your bowls is the size you should make your balloon. Let this dry over night.
In the morning, when the Mod Podge is good and dry, pop the balloons and peel the bowl away from it. You will end up with some rough edges, so cut your bowl down to size like you see in the picture below:
Next I painted the whole bowl white, which is not pictured, but you can picture it.
Then came the tricky part. With a small paint brush spread metal leaf adhesive onto the inside of your bowl. Take a piece of Gold Leaf and place it inside. Your Gold Leaf with overlap, perhaps rip, but it is ok! Just work with it and stick it in the bald places as you go. Each bowl took about 4 pieces of Gold Leaf.
After your bowl is leafed to your liking, let it dry and finally add the Metal Leaf sealer to secure it in place. And ta da !
I absolutely love these little gold gems, and am dreaming of other things I can stick this beautiful Gold Leaf to! The next time you walk into my home and you think you have stepped into Donald Trumps penthouse suite you will know why. Gold everywhere. Pretty everywhere. Just how the Donald and I like it.
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This Holiday season it has been so great reuniting and catching up with one another after an entire year. We had so much fun finally being able to work together on our blog and being able to shoot these pictures as a team, thanks to our faithful photographers (our husbands). We have some great posts that we’ve been working on yet to come!
For my outfit, I (Rebecca) was really looking forward to sharing my thrift store find. My gold metallic blouse was found at “Love Lucy” in Cairns. It’s was the perfect top for the Christmas/Holiday season. I bought it a few sizes too big, so I took it in a bit in the arms and voila! It was a perfect fit. I was so happy with it and I got my wear out of it. As for my leather pant/legging, these were purchased online at Esther Boutique. I was also in need of a new pair of glasses this year, and I found this sweet pair by Dolce & Gabbana’s at Lenscrafters. I fell in love with the hipster, cat-eye look.
One of my (Jillian) favorite things is when Rebecca goes through my closet and dresses me. This is exactly what happened for this photo shoot and I was so thrilled with what she picked out. It is amazing what a different set of eyes can pull out of your closet and made me wish we were roommates so I could get this treatment every morning.
Rebecca Janelle and Jillian Marie
Happy New Year Friends!
Well, I’ve been a busy little bee trying to make every moment with friends and my family special. It’s been so good to be home.
2012 was quite the year to say the least, and I can’t believe that it’s over. When I reflect on this past year it makes me feel excited that our first year on our 5 journey is already over. We moved to Australia with basically the clothes on our back, and now we have a home, new friends, a new job, and lots to be thankful for. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!
Typically for New Years Eve we have a Party at Jill and I’s in-laws house with all our friends and siblings, however, this year we decided to switch things up a little. We decided to be city-slickers and ring in the New Year downtown Vancouver. We ended up at a cozy little restaurant called Establishment. What a night it was!! My feet are still throbbing from dancing the night away. How was your New Year’s Eve? Would love to hear how you rang in the New Year.
Velvet Bow-Diva / Earrings-Aldo Accessories / Peplum Top-H&M / Ivory ruffled skirt Dress-H&M Kids / Heels-Steve Madden / Bracelet-Forever 21 / Lipstick – Creme D’Nude MAC
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First of all, I just want to say it is so good to be back! I too have been quite busy here in Vancouver as I am just finishing up my first semester as a student teacher. Let me tell ya…teaching is hard work!! I have a new found respect for all of the teachers in my life – You.Are.Amazing.
So now that I am finding more spare time here and there, I decided to do some christmas crafts. As you all know by now I love getting crafty and I get some great inspiration and ideas from Pinterest. I decided to embark on some pins that had been lingering around my boards for awhile that I had yet to try. I’ll be really honest here, I had two epic fails and one craft that turned out rather cute. So I’ll start the Christmas season off with these…I hope you like…and I hope you try!!
I made these gift tags with 3 every day ingredients. Here is the recipe:
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup salt
* 3/4 cup water
Mix these three ingredients together, slowly adding the water until you have a workable dough. Roll it out, cookie-cutter it out, and bake at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Simply. Easy. Cute.
I then got out my stamps and sharpie and went to work decorating. I loved the simplicity of a letter on the small tags to represent family members.
These little birdies turned out to be my favourite…
Make sure when you are punching out your shapes that you take a straw or toothpick (for the small circles) and punch out a hole to thread your string through.
Add them to a gift, or even hang them on your tree. Other ideas to jazz them up would be to add sparkles to your dough before you bake it, or a little dab of food colouring. How fun!
So far this season: Christmas Crafts – 2 … Jillian – 1
But sometimes it takes a few funny fails to get an outcome you truly love.
ps. Rebecca and I are re-united in 7 DAYS!!!!
Im back!! Did you miss me? First of all, I need to apologize for our absence. The past few weeks have been like a whirlwind for me – in a good way!
A few weeks ago I got a call from Louis Vuitton out of the blue glorious sky, asking for an interview! My resumé came across the manager’s desk again 10 months after applying there. The moment we sat down for an interview and got to know one another and she introduced me to the world of Louis Vuitton, I knew this would be such a blessing if I got the position! What they could offer me, and the opportunities available is exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t even have to ask for it. After a few days of hoping and praying, they called me back with wonderful news! So as I’ve started this new path I’ve also had to finish up at the Shangri La and in the process was working 2 jobs for the past couple of (long) weeks. Although Ill miss the people I’ve met at the hotel, I’m really excited about this new opportunity that seems to have fallen so nicely into my lap. So here I am again back into the world of fashion that I’ve been missing so much, and I could not be happier! Merry Christmas to moi!
AND Merry Christmas to YOU! Because I’ve been completely M.I.A. for the past 2 weeks, I’ve decided to treat you with two outfits this week.
Número Uno- beach day! This was my honey and I’s first day off together in months and we made the most of it by soaking up the rays and being complete beach bums. It was glorious.
Sunglasses – ASOS / Dress – Kensie
Número dos- date night! I love pairing a casual boyfriend blouse with my leopard skirt. Juxtaposing pieces makes me giddy. I attempted Heidi braids for the first time a little while ago and loved it, they give a fun and edgy feel for any outfit. I’ve been wearing these braids with my casual outfits too. It’s nice for running around town too because it spices up a simple outfit and is so unexpected!
Earrings – Aldo / Blouse – Sportsgirl / Leopard Skirt – Kmart / Nude Wedge – Aldo / Black Fringe Bag – H&M
Have a good week everyone!
I am so excited to have my dear friend and baker-extrordinaire Sylvia Francisco guest post on our blog today. Sylvia is so talented when it comes to anything baking or cooking, and I have been blessed many times with invites for dinner, desserts for birthdays, and ‘just because’ muffins. She is such an amazing friend and has made my time in Vancouver so rich!
When we were chatting about this post, she had me look through her facebook album of her amazing baking creations she has made over the last while. When I came across these pumpkin brownies, I knew they had to be featured. Pumpkin and brownie marbled together into a perfect piece of heaven…seriously…could there be a better combo!?
And just when you start drooling about the pumpkin and brownies…there are…
Shut the front door. Pure bliss.
She was kind enough to share the recipe with all of YOU! Isn’t she the best!
Marbled Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
6 oz bittersweet chocolate (I use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract (I add a splash more)
1 1/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling…pure puree. I add a bit more of this too as I LOVE pumpkin flavour)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I heap mine…I love fall flavours)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I heap…again)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (the recipe calls for hazelnuts, but pecans are my all time favorite baking nut – so in they go!)
1) Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan/dish. Cut a length of parchment that will cover the bottom and two sides of the pan (makes them much easier to remove), line the pan with it. Butter the parchment lining too.
2) Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave in a microwave-proof bowl. Stir often until both are well melted and mixed.
3) Whisk together flour, baking powder, cayenne, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy and well combined with a hand-held mixer – approx 3 minutes. (Alternately, you can also cream the sugar/eggs/vanilla together in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment…but I prefer the hand-held mixer). Add and beat in the flour mixture.
4) Pour half of the batter (about 2 cups) into a bowl and stir in the chocolate mixture. This mixture should be a nice/pourable consistency…so if not, you can add a splash or so of milk until it is.
5) In the other bowl, stir the pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the remaining batter.
6) Transfer 1/2 of the chocolate batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. The layers won’t be very thick so don’t be alarmed if the spreading takes a few minutes to execute. Top the chocolate batter with 1/2 of the pumpkin batter; smooth. Repeat these steps again, once more with the chocolate and pumpkin – you will have 4 layers in total.
7) Insert a table knife gently into the pan, until it hits the bottom. Run the knife through the batter along the length of the pan, swirling the layers together. Repeat this throughout the entire pan until it has a marbled effect. Smooth the top of the batter out again, and sprinkle with the nuts.
8) Bake 40-45 minutes, until set. Let the brownies cool in the pan, then cut/serve.
This brownie is very dense and rich, so only a little square is needed! Paired with a fresh americano or chai tea latte, this is a wonderful fall treat!
With American Thanksgiving just around the corner and Pumpkin Spice Lattes still in full swing at Starbucks, this recipe has come at the perfect time. Thanks Sylvia!
Well I just said goodbye to our out of town friends that stayed with us for the weekend. Unfortunately Jord and I weren’t in the position to be the best hosts as we both had to work, but it was a last minute plan and totally worth it to have them. And yes, if you noticed I said “friends”. We have FRIENDS! We seem to have been making more and more this past while which is a blessing. I was getting lonely. I’m not going to lie, I hadn’t had to make new friends in a really long time as we had our core group back at home. Plus, if we did make a new friend it was a friend of a friend of a friend. ya know? Since being out here, I’ve really had to put myself out on the market for new pals. It takes a lot more time than I thought it would and I’ve had to be patient. It’s too bad friends don’t just come popping out of the woods when you need them like they do in Snow White (even though the friends she makes are cute animals and dwarfs). Has anyone else seen “Mirror Mirror” with Julia Roberts? Loved it.
What else have I been getting up to? hmmm…Oh! I FINALLY went for a swim at my beach! The water was warmer than our pool in my backyard. How crazy is that? I haven’t gone swimming in the ocean since moving into our apartment because there were too many dangerous creatures lurking around that could eat or do some serious harm to me. When I went to the water this time, there were so many people already swimming so I figured the likelihood of becoming something’s lunch was slim to none. I put on my brave face and went up to my NECK! Now I want to go every other day. I’m trying to convince Jord to take 1 day off from his placement this week to come with me. “I’m wishing” in my wishing well.
Now for my outfit of the week. I paired a flowy pleated skirt with my silk floral Zara blouse. It’s airy and light for the hot hot hot weather we’ve been having. I’ve been really trying to work with what I already have in my wardrobe without purchasing new clothes every fort night for my outfit posts. It’s been dreadfully hard as shopping makes me happy (like REALLY happy) but this week I conquered that goal.
Felt Hat – BCBG / Blouse – Zara / Pleated Skirt – thrifted / Rose Gold Watch – Michael Kors / Leopard print clutch – gifted from mom / Suede Booties – Kmart
Have a happy week everyone!