Oscar Roundup

Having my friends over for bubbly and The Oscars last night was a great way to end a great weekend. Starting with the red carpet, we noticed that there was a lot of 20’s esque dresses and lots of sparkle. There were a few looks that stood out to me.

I was really digging the navy blue tuxes on the guys…PS – how adorable was Eddie Redmayne’s thank you speech? So well deserved.

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I thought this colour was stunning on Jennifer Hudson. Overall, girl looks GOOD!

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Jennifer Aniston is always stunning. I thought her dress was beautiful without trying too hard.

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The back of Naomi Watts’ dress is what sealed the deal for me. It was really beautiful, from all angles though.

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I  didn’t love Kerry Washington’s dress, but her simple hair, glowing makeup and earrings were my favourite combo of the night in the beauty department.

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After seeing Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, I’ve been waiting for her next film to come out. I think she’s so effortlessly beautiful and this red number was a top pick for me.

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Julianne Moore was so incredible in Still Alice, and I was really excited to see what she’d wear. While I’m not a huge fan of the drop waist here, I like that the dress is different and that the colour almost perfectly matches her skin tone without washing her out.

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Best dressed of the night, for me, goes to Reese!! Y’all know she’s my favourite, but I think she killed it overall with the simple hair, slight smokey eye (no eyeliner!), incredible earrings and beautiful black and white Tom Ford dress. So beautiful.

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Highlights of the show, for me, included Common and John Legend’s performance (it had the whole audience in tears), Alexandre Desplat’s quote about Wes Anderson, Lady Gaga’s Julie Andrews tributeGraham Moore’s (of The Imitation Game) acceptance speech, and Whiplash winning a few, really well deserved, awards.

Can’t wait to next year! What were your favourite parts?

Oscar Weekend

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I am OBSESSED with all things Oscars. I have been ever since I was a little girl and my mom and I would watch together every year. My love for the Oscars has grown throughout the years, and recently I’ve created a tradition of having my good friends over for a night of guessing the winners and critiquing the fashion. It’s fun, light-hearted and a great way to wind down a February weekend. I thought I would share with you some things I’m prepping for my little get together tomorrow night.

My bestie will be joining me a little earlier on in the day for a glass of bubbly and, of course, to watch the red carpet. I’m most excited to see Reese Witherspoon, as she has one of my favourite Oscar looks of all time.

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To feed everyone and get them through the show, I’ll be whipping up my favourite chicken meatballs (from this soup recipe) and serving them with a homemade tomato sauce and spaghetti (simple, easy).

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Now, to the movies! I managed to see every film nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress and and Best Actor. When choosing the movies I think will win, I always say: this is the movie I want to win, and this is the movie I think will win. I’m breaking down my choices below:

Best Picture

What I want to win: Whiplash. Hands down, this was the best movie of the year. An extremely high level of intensity, flawless and raw acting, and an incredible story. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and find a way. I’ve never felt this strongly about a movie before.

What I think will win: Birdman. Really cool story, but honestly just way too weird for me. But, the other awards shows have been super favourable to this film and I think it will be pull through. Side note: I think Richard Linklater will win for Best Director for Boyhood.

Best Actor

Who I want to win/who I think will win: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Wow – what a performance! He was incredible in this film and he gets my vote easily.

Best Actress

Who I want to win/who I think will win: Julianne Moore for Still Alice. A heartbreaking, yet uplifting performance of what it means to lose yourself to a disease like Alzheimer’s.

That’s my Oscar round up this year! Make sure you stay tuned to my Instagram as I prep for my party!

#WineWednesday: Think Pink Brunch Edition

Hey Y’all! Happy #WineWednesday. You know it’s my favourite day of the week. While I won’t be indulging tonight (I’m getting over a cold), I did want to share the wines that I chose for mine and Gilian’s Think Pink Brunch hosted on Camille Styles. Being brunch, it’s really nice to keep things light and fresh. Instead of doing a full pairing menu with each food, I wanted to start with a mimosa (recipe below) and move to rosé throughout the meal. I wanted a pink mimosa, so I tried grapefruit juice instead of orange. I absolutely loved the result! It was more refreshing, a little less sweet, and my new go to brunch drink!

To make the mimosa, fill the glass with prosecco ¾ of the way and top with the juice you desire. Grapefruit is a great alternative to orange and keeps you refreshed.

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For the rosé, I wanted something punch in colour, and bold in taste to go with the smoked salmon bites. I found the perfect match in Olivares Jumilla Rose. At $12.99, this wine is a STEAL and a half. Bold flavours like strawberry round out this refreshing sipper, and I wouldn’t hesitate to serve it at night time either.

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I wanted to keep the glassware simple and elegant. Gillian found those gorgeous hot pink cups, so we decided to play with the heights of the glasses by using my super tall Champagne glasses for the mimosa, and a geometric white wine glass for the rosé. I truly believe the glassware you drink your beverages of can have a huge impact on the taste of your wine.

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Cheers to #WineWednesday! Don’t forget to read the full feature on Camille Styles.

Photos by Christie Graham. Wearing PARTYSKIRTS. Flowers by Botany & Co. Cookies by CookieVonster.

ps – I’d love to know, what wine are you sipping on tonight?

Smoked Salmon Bites

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I was featured on Camille Styles this weekend, hosting a Valentine’s Day girls’ brunch with Gillian. We had so much fun coming up with this shoot and curating it together and shooting it with the PARTYSKIRTS ladies! As you know, I love pairing wine and food. For brunch, it can be a little bit more difficult because you definitely want to keep things light. My go-to is rosé when pairing brunch foods, but I also wanted to include a fun take on the classic mimosa. I’ll be sharing more pics and tips throughout the week, but for now I wanted to share my favourite new appetizer recipe, the Smoked Salmon Bite!Christie Graham Photography-23 Christie Graham Photography-33 Christie Graham Photography-38

SMOKED SALMON BITES W/ HORSERADISH CRÈME

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 bagel crackers (or any cracker)
  • 5 slices of smoked salmon, cut to bite size
  • a few chives, chopped for adding as garnish
  • Maldon salt, to top
  • Horseradish Crème
  • 1 cup of light sour cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp horseradish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix together sour cream, chives, horseradish
  2. Lay all crackers on platter
  3. Layer smoked salmon onto cracker
  4. Add a small dollop of Horseradish Crème to salmon & cracker
  5. Top with a couple of criss-crossed chives and Maldon salt to taste
  6. Serve with a punchy Rosé (Spanish-style Rosé goes well with this dish)

Photos by Christie Graham

Golden Globes: My Best Dressed

While I’m always sad for the holiday season to end, there’s a part of me that’s totally OK with it, because it means that awards season starts! Great movies, great outfits, and fun reasons to stay home and drink champagne. Last night, I had my family over to watch the show, and we had such a great time! Other than the fact that I actually hadn’t seen any of the big winners (I’ll make up for it before The Oscars), I enjoyed it thoroughly. One of my favourite parts is watching the red carpet to see all the new styles for the year. Last night, things were all over the place but generally I thought it was a great showing of dresses, hair and makeup!

Here are my favourites:

Best colour/best fit: Amy Adams.

This dress was stunning on her. It was the same colour as her eyes and fit her like a glove.

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Best detail: Chrissy Teigen.

Loved her messy ponytail, her impeccably beaded dress, and her reaction to her husband winning an award.

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Most interesting: Emma Stone.

This was daring, but it worked well and I loved the youthful vibe!

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Best hair/makeup combo: Joanne Froggatt.

So cute! Also, she had the best speech (other than George thanking Amal – so cute!)

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Best neutral colour: Kate Beckinsale.

She is truly ageless!

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Best makeup: Sienna Miller.

Loved her subtle smokey eye and neutral lip.

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Overall best dressed: Reese Witherspoon.

She is so classically beautiful, and I loved her jaw dropping diamonds and dress with her simple yet stunning hair and makeup!

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What did you think?

#WineWednesday: A Midwinter Night’s Dream Edition

As you may have seen from Monday’s post or my Instagram feed, I’m super excited that A Midwinter Night’s Dream was featured on one of my favourite lifestyle blogs, Camille Styles on Monday. Camille always puts together the most gorgeous entertaining features and I was so happy to be featured talking about my dream dinner party guests, my entertaining rules and, most importantly, my wine pairing tips. I wanted to delve a little deeper into each of the wines (and spirit) that were presented in the feature.

Read below for my pairings with Creamy Tomato Soup, Barons of Beef Roast with Crispy Kale and a Chocolate Pomegranate Cake.

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Hugues le Juste Viognier with Creamy Tomato Soup

In the winter months, it’s really nice to start off dinner with a small bowl of vegetable soup. For this dinner, I wanted something warming yet elevated. Oftentimes having a creamy soup to start off can make you feel full and heavy, which is why I paired this with a bright white wine. There are some tropical flavours to this wine and it’s really nicely balanced between richness and acidity. It has a crisp finish that leaves you feeling refreshed, your appetite whet for what is to come. At $14.99, it’s a no brainer this holiday season and would be perfect served at your next holiday get together, or as a table wine during upcoming dinner parties.

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The Chocolate Block Red Blend with Barons of Beef Roast and Crispy Kale

There’s truly nothing like red wine and red meat. Instead of serving this beautiful piece of meat with something heavy like mashed potatoes, I wanted to lighten up the mood with some (equally delicious) kale chips. I also love how the colour of the kale kind of blended in with the meat and the other tones of the table. It all came together very well!

I’m quite familiar with South African white wines, but haven’t tried a ton of their reds. That’s all going to change now that I’ve tried The Chocolate Block Red Blend. Not only is it a beautiful bottle (love that font!) but the wine is equally is gorgeous. Small hints of spice are layered underneath this ripe-blackberry-flavoured red. It’s light tannins are perfect alongside the intensity of the meat, and the finish is perfectly smooth.

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Calvados Père-Magloire Jack Rose cocktail with Chocolate Cake (topped with Pomegranate Seeds)

Have you ever had a French Eaux de Vie? Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? This particular Eaux de Vie is an apple brandy from Normandy. It’s an absolutely perfect gift for the holidays (along with a couple cool martini glasses or a martini shaker perhaps!) The bottle is beautiful and it’s insanely delicious. I mixed this up with lemon and grenadine for a “grown up Shirley Temple” and it was the perfect way to finish off the meal. I used this recipe and couldn’t have been happier with it. The spirit has a strong apple flavour that refreshes your palate while helping you digest your food. Enough said!

What sort of food and wine pairings are you planning this holiday season?

Photos: Christie Graham Photography