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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Year's Fashion Ideas

What are you doing on New Year's? Even if you leave your planning- and wardrobe choices!- to the last minute, there's still time to put together an awesome outfit. Whether you dash out quickly or shop your closet to style your NYE, here are 3 simple ideas to help you ring in the new year (including a super cozy one for Jan 1). 

Add sparkle to classic black

Lace + a pop of colour = a winning combo 

Cozy plaid for the win after midnight

Style 1
Sequin dress (worn as top)- MUSE
Black tea- length skirt- The Latest Scoop
Black pumps- Winners
Grey coat- MACCS
Gold polka dot champagne glass- Grace Miller & Co
Black & gold noisemaker- Fun Fiestas by Ili
Style 2
White lace top- MACCS
Purple skirt- The Latest Scoop 
Gold glitter pumps- Winners
Bracelet- Aldo
Stud earrings- Old Navy
Glitter tumbler- Grace Miller & Co
Stlye 3
Pom hat- Lille Mus
Black cross t- shirt- West + Wind
Faux fur vest- vintage
Plaid pjs- PJZZZZs
Wrap bracelet- West + Wind
Monogram mug- Winners

This will be my last post for 2015, it's been a fun year and I hope your 2016 is wonderful! I can't wait for more fun things to come! xx KP

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Yummy Mummy Monday: Spiced Nuts

Do you ever see a recipe and think I would have never thought of that! ? Well this is one of those.  I like roasted and candies nuts but haven't ever tried a version with a kick. These spiced nuts are quick and simple to make and oh- so- tasty (I couldn't keep Ari & Will's hands off these when they came out of the oven, so you might want to make extra). Inspired by this recipe these are a perfect holiday snack for parties and get togethers. Package in a pretty jar with twine or ribbon to give as a hostess gifts or stocking stuffer.

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Spiced Nuts

4 cups of nuts/ seeds* of your choice (raw and unsalted)
2 egg whites
2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp soy sauce
*I used almonds & cashews, and pumpkin seeds for a pop of colour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl large enough for all of the ingredients, mix the egg whites, maple syrup, spices, and soy sauce.
3. Add the nuts and toss around until evenly coated in mixture.
4. Spread the nuts evenly on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden and the mixture is dry.
5. When ready, remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an air- tight container to maintain freshness. If you're giving as a gift, pop into a pretty jar or container (I used a layer of parchment paper over the top of my jar under the paper to help seal it).

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Friday, December 11, 2015

A White & Gold Christmas in Cloverdale

Decorating is one of my favourite- and I mean FAVOURITE- things about the holidays. Whether you're all about the sentimental or are OCD about your tree (or are a combination of both), how you deck the halls is a reflection of you and your family. I had the chance to style the tree and decor at De Dutch Cloverdale this year and had a lot of fun doing it. Working with some of the existing ornaments and decorations I went with a gold and white theme with red accents and lots of DIY and handmade ornaments. You don't have to have a large budget to make an impact or have fun decorating and I hope this shows that. Plus the DIY ornaments I made are all made with easy to find, kid- friendly items that would make for a fun holiday project. See below for sources.

On Tree:
Hand painted white & gold ornaments- KAIT Creative
Ribbon & faux flowers- Michaels
{DIY ornaments- all materials from Michaels}
Straw & twine snowflakes
Gift tag ornaments
Chalkboard clip- ons
Glitter- filled glass ornaments
Santa sack (used as tree skirt/ stand wrap)- Homesense

On Mantle:
'Be Merry' bunting- Allybeth Design Co
White snowy loops- Michaels
Burlap bags- Homesense 

I hope you like how it turned out and will try making some of the simple DIY ornaments for your own tree (added bonus: most of them are non- breakable!)

Special thanks to KAIT Creative & Allybeth Design Co for helping me add some local touches!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pizza Night at Lombardo's {+GIVEAWAY}

I recently enjoyed a mouth- watering meal with a group of other bloggers at Lombardo's Pizzeria and Restaurant, a local favourite on Commercial Drive in Vancouver offering up what is probably the best pizza I've tasted. Family owned and operated since 1986, the restaurant serves up thin- crust Napolateana style pizza using local ingredients cooked to perfection in a wood burning oven. And while the pizza is a must- try, the pasta and other menu items shouldn't be ignored if you visit. 

We enjoyed an evening of conversation and fun over the generous portions the restaurant and it's friendly staff served us. For starters there was calamari, focaccia bread and salad, followed by a course of pasta and gluten- free gnocchi (AMAZING!). Then. Came. The. Pizza. Words can't do this food justice so I'll leave it to the photos below to try and help you understand how amazing it was. We tried three of their most popular varieties including their Salmone Calzone, stuffed with wild BC smoked salmon, capers, onions, dill, garlic oil, quark, and mozzarella. Need I say more? Finally we enjoyed coffee and tea served with a canoli- style dessert which left us happy, full, and content. If you've been searching for a pizza that tastes right out of Italy, Lombardo's is the place to go. And if I have your tummy grumbling and your mouth watering (sorry/ not sorry! ;) ) Lombardo's has teamed up with the group of bloggers who attended to offer up a $100 gift card to the restaurant! See below to enter. 

Giveaway Time!
How would you like to enjoy a night out at Lombardo's? Enter below for your chance to win a $150 gift card. Now you just have to decide what you'll order. ;)

Visit the Lombardo's website to view their full menu & more info. You can also find them on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Photos courtesy of Lombardo's & Popcorn Media
Logo courtesy of Lombardo's

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