Thursday, 5 December 2013

What's in my Beach Bag

What's in my beach bag

I am by no means suffering from the winter blues just yet, I mean there's hardly any snow on the ground.  However, I could definitely go for some ocean water, sand on my toes and cocktails with a view.
So we're off to the Bahamas and I thought I'd give you a glimpse into my beach bag since I hope you'll have a chance to sneak away at some point this winter as well.

1- My iPhone to instagram photos and make you all jelly - go ahead and hate me for a week
2- Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for effortless beachy hair
3- Celine shades to protect my eyes from harmful rays
4- appropriate footware 
5 - Obagi spf 50 sunscreen for my face.  This stuff is amazzzzing!
6 - Hawaiian tropic for my bod
7 - Instyle magazine to catch up on my girl,  J Law - That girl is on fire
8- My absolute fave lip gloss Fresh Sugar Rose.  This stuff has spf 15 and adds a soft reddish glow to your puckers
9 - Frends headphones
10 - A pretty crochet cover up 
11 - A wide brimmed hat to block the sun from my face.  I would like to age gracefully, thanks.

Em xox

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Shades of Pink

I love how style can be so personal and vary from day to day.  I mean, of course there are trends that we follow, but how you choose to personalize a trend is what makes it all your own.  Today I was feeing super feminine so I chose to embrace that with a pastel pink coat, a fluffy winter white sweater, a hot pink clutch and curls in my hair
Happy Hump day! 

Coat - Asos
Sweater - Club Monaco 
Pants - Helmut Lang 
Boots - Now Sold Out :( similar style here
Clutch - Aldo
Gloves - Agnelle (purchased at Printemps in Paris)  

Em xox

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Practice becoming aware of the the mind and listening rather than thinking. Eventually you will be able to witness your thoughts as they pass by instead of becoming them.  Awareness gives you freedom. Freedom gives you Happiness.

Happy Hump-day

Em xox 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Lobster Bake Tablescape

Did you know lobster was once considered a poor man's food?  Yea, imagine that next time you're perusing the menu at a fancy restaurant and come across the lobster dish *Gasp* It's as if anything with the word lobster in it entitles a restaurant to rip you off.  The portion is generally tiny and the price is steep. 
Lucky for me, my husband has an obsession with lobster.  He will buy mounds of them from the local seafood market (much cheaper than the grocery store) cook them up, cut the meat out and serve his guests on a lobster platter.  I know lobster can seem intimidating and time consuming - it is a lot of work - but it's health benefits and sinfully delicious taste outweigh the workload, especially when you have an eager beaver husband who enjoys the labour.  
Lobster is super low in calories, fat and carbs - total skinny dish IF you don't dunk it in the butter - Ew.
It is also high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, Selenium and Vitamin B12 just to name a few. 
Here's how I styled the table for our most recent lobster bake.  
PS How cute are these lobster plates?!

The tools in a mason jar 

Make sure you have somewhere (preferably concealed) to put the shells.  

Em xox

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Leather love

Leather love

Here you have it, my picks for leather pants/leggings.  Keep in mind these are investment pieces that you will have forever and ever.  Not to mention they are so versatile and can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion.  I own multiple pairs of pleather pants and I have worn them all down so I'm now ready to graduate to leather and I am about to take the plunge on one of these beautiful, buttery options.  I love the fit and style of the Helmut Lang leggings, and they come in a super long inseam (bonus for all the tall, long legged gals out there!!)  but I also like the idea of having a leather "jean" style with pockets like the Rag & Bone pants.
On a side note, leather is very flattering but it can also go way wrong if you try to squeeze into too small of a size.  Sausage legs is not a good look, ladies.  Also if you have thicker or more muscular legs, watch out for seams around the knees since they can cut into your leg and give you the appearance of two sausages.  Opt for a more seamless style if you're worried.
Most importantly, unleash your inner rockstar and rock on!

1. Helmut Lang 
6.  J Brand

Em xox

Thigh high

Imagine my excitement when I came across thigh highs that are actually thigh high on these legs of mine.  At 5'11, and legs that go on for days, I knew I had my work cut out for me when trying to find my perfect boot.  I also surprised myself when I chose the olive over black, but man am I happy I did.  I find it to be such a nice neutral yet rich tone.  I've been playing around with them a lot lately, pairing them with skirts and dresses and casually with jeans.  I love their ability to make every outfit look polished and sexy, but not over the top.
I paired up my two favourite looks - plaid and fur.  I love mixing casual and more glam piece to strike a fun balance.  Plaid has been on high rotation in my wardrobe lately and I'm looking forward to layering and pairing it with more playful pieces. 
Hope you're having a wonderful week! 

Coat - Wilfred via Aritzia 
Dress - Dolce Vita
Vest - Heartloom 
Boots - Stuart Weitzman 
Bag - YSL
Rose ring - vintage (an ode to my maiden name, Penrose)

Em xox 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Leopard love

I absolutely dread winter! I mean it's pretty, sure, but it's cold and wet and icy, and a serious pain.  However,  I'm a firm believer in not compromising style for warmth.  I love this coat (bonus: it was such a steal for under $100) and I can't wait to style it with different looks throughout the winter.   
Can I also just say how much I love the gold detailing on these boots.  I have been wearing them nonstop since I got them a few months ago.

Sweater - Old Navy
Blouse - Talula via Aritzia 
Tights - Target
Boots (my favourite! And on sale now!!) - Urban Outfitters  
Neckalce - Vintage

Em xox 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Kitchen reveal

I survived a never ending kitchen (turned entire main floor and upstairs bathrooms plus painting everything) renovation! This renovation began in april, my friends and it is now november.  Now you understand why this became a matter of survival.  We received our countertops a week ago and our contractor has still been in and out of the house with a list of things that still need to be done.  But, it is 99% done and it feels so good! 
My poor husband was such a trooper as he came home to many new undertakings and surprises.  I learned from the two most important women in my life (my mom and my aunt) that our men are better off not knowing what we have up our sleeves because they will just argue with you about your decision and then wind up LOVING it when it's all done.  Of course they'll never admit to it, but it's the truth.  
Anyway, here are a few surprises that I'm convinced my husband now LOVES…Happy wife happy life, right?! 

I chose to be quite involved in the design process and was able to have a hand in designing this custom hood.  

We went with a large farmer's sink so I could do more dishes all at once..yes! - not

A kitchen made for baking

A little nook for some cookbooks

I died over this faucet! 

Quartz countertops to resemble the marble I really wanted.  Marble is wayyy to porous and soft for our crazy family so we opted for a more durable, equally gorgeous option.

We will always be newlyweds in my eyes 

I wanted some open shelving to display some precious items so I  hunted down these adorable shelf brackets from Anthropologie to complete the look.  I think I might wallpaper the wall behind the shelves, or at least paint the silver screws that were used to mount the shelves for now (do they not make white screws?!?)

We knocked down the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create a more usable space.  In the dinning room I had a chalk board wall made to write grocery and chore lists and the kids have been writing sweet little messages.  "Smile the day away" - Such a nice reminder as I make my morning coffee.  They are so stinkin cute! 

I fell in love with these upholstered stools the moment I laid eyes on them.  I feel like stools are always neglected and we spend a lot of time sitting on them.  These babies are not only super comfortable (with a back for added comfort) but they are so chic.  They come in different heights for bars and counters as well as chairs.  

While knocking down walls, we found the original brick fireplace (our house was built in 1892) as well as old beams.  I had my contractor use an old beam as a shelf to hold the tv and we tried our best to salvage the old brick.  It's a nice reminder of the charm and character our old house has despite all the updates we make.  

New wide plank floors :) These were a really, super special surprise for Quinn that he's still working on loving.

We chose wire to open up the cupboards up top and then added pot lights to light them up.  I love how it really showcases special pieces, like the vintage tea set handed down to me from Quinn's grandma. 

I find my style to be neither here nor there.  I love a rustic earthy look but then I felt the need to balance it out with a touch of glam with the chandelier.  It's as though I can never fully commit to a certain style or look, I always need to throw in an unexpected element to break it up. 

A computer desk and homework station for the monkeys.  "Do what you love" written above as a reminder to embrace their free spiritedness. 

I wanted the coffee bar to resemble a piece of furniture as well as an extension of the kitchen right around the corner.  

Bench seating to accommodate larger dinner parties.  This has really come in handy and I would definitely recommend having one on hand. 

Surprise!  A new dinning table. This table is such a statement and we both absolutely love it

I really wanted the kitchen to resemble a boutique of furniture pieces so I scoured the planet for these knobs and pulls.  The antiqued brass pulls below were actually taken right off some vintage dressers and the glass knobs were ordered from a furniture hardware company.  

A gold lined teacup that was given to Quinn's grandma on her wedding day that sits front and centre on the open shelves. 

There you have it!  7 months in the making and I have to say, I am so happy with how it has turned out. 

Em xox