Blue Galentine’s Party

I’m definitely a romantic, there is no denying that. Beyond romance with my fiancé (we’re cooking homemade pasta and meat sauce on Sunday and I can’t wait), I think celebrating your friendships is uber important. It’s so much fun to dress up and drink some girly cocktails and eat candy!!

I’m super excited to share some behind the scenes pics from our feature with Rue Magazine this month. PS. the February issue is unreal – I can’t wait to read the whole thing with a glass of wine tonight!

Keep reading below for a fun little Valentine’s cocktail that I made which is so easy to recreate this weekend!

DSC_7944I knew that I wanted to make a cocktail that was romantic and easy. Elderflower liqueur immediately came to mind but then when I found this tiny bottle I knew it would be perfect! It reminded me of the love potion that Romeo and Juliet drank that decided their tragic fate. Luckily, this party ended on a totally different note (a lot more fun – ha!)

Love Potion Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail

1 oz. gin
1 oz. elderflower liqueur
3 oz. prosecco

Add gin and elderflower liqueur to coupe and top with Prosecco.

Photography: Tracey Ayton Photography
Lauren Armstrong‘s Dining and Living Room designed by Gillian Segal Design
PARTYSKIRTS worn by Sophie Collins, Gillian Segal, Lauren Armstrong, Mariel Armstrong
Food & Drink: Me!
Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman
Flowers: Botany & Co. (our wedding florist!!)
Candy: Karameller (Vancouverites, if you haven’t gone, you must!)

I hope you have an amazing week leading up to Valentine’s day!

Here’s last year’s Valentine’s post. 

Wedding Inspiration

I can’t believe we’ll be getting married this year! I have been collecting inspiring images for longer than I’d care to admit on the internet, but I thought I would share some sneak peaks of pictures that are inspiring me for our big day this September. If you’ve planned a wedding before, I’d love to hear your planning process!

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This cake was one of the first pictures I ever pinned when I started dreaming up the big day. I love the simplicity of the frosting and the addition of roses. While we aren’t adding roses to our cake, we are adding a little something that represents us 🙂

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I am really drawn to black and white pictures like the one above when I think about how I want our day to be captured. I don’t the original source or photographer of this image, but I love how natural it feels!

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I love love love the mix of mercury glass and pale pink. In fact, the main colour palette of our wedding is metallics and pale pink. So pretty! (Pic)

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I am absolutely obsessed with eucalyptus leaves and plan on incorporating them throughout almost every part of the wedding. They smell amazing and are so beautiful and unique. I love how they were used in this Austin wedding.

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This photo is super small, but I have to include it because I pinned it years ago and ever since then knew that I wanted all my gals to wear different dresses. I love seeing each woman’s unique style and think it’s so fun how it all looks together. This is harder than it seems but I think it’ll be worth it!

It’s all a work in progress but I’m having a blast!

Rustic Home Inspiration

As if Ellen Degeneres wasn’t perfect enough: funny, business-savvy, successful, yet somehow perfectly relatable…she’s also a kick ass interior designer! I came across some images from her new book and had to share. I have a serious weakness for rustic homes, and these two photos had me dreaming to move to the country.

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I mean…that kitchen above?? Stone top table, antique chairs…but what really gets me is the gorgeous wall to wall rug and the brick fireplace with a wood stack. She manages to put together all of these unexpected elements that somehow flawlessly work and make a stunning place to sit around with a cup of coffee, or read by the fire. I can even imagine fire roasting some tomato sauce in that fireplace.

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Those caramel leather chairs are what dreams are made of and I think i’m going to need to find replicas for our place. These could be a good start.

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Oh, you know, just what looks like a gourmet food store in your HOUSE! #lifegoals

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Give me a good book and I would never leave that little corner.

I think Ellen and I may be design soul sisters, and I would gladly accept an invitation to hang out at her SoCal Horse Barn.

Photos: William Abranowicz for ELLE Decor

Kitchen Eye Candy

It isn’t often that I pick up a magazine and pull out almost every.single.page. But, that was the case with this month’s Style At Home. There were so many incredible pages that I nearly tore the magazine apart! Among my favourite features was this kitchen on the cover. Bright natural light, multi-toned cabinets, barss hardware, deep double under mounted sinks, a fiddle leaf fig tree, big range, and gorgeous black accents. It’s absolutely perfect and I love love love it! So much so that I scanned each picture to share with you. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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Renovation Update – Follow Along!

As you may know, we’re currently in the midst of planning a renovation for our new home. It has been exciting, daunting, inspiring, and at times confusing. There are so many decisions to be made and we are only just beginning. We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by people with experience and expertise. Throughout the next few months, I’ll be providing updates, pictures, and inspiration here and there alongside our amazing interior designer!

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Scouring the web for deck inspiration. Our deck won’t be done for a while, but there’s no harm in gathering images now, right?photo 2

Driving around our neighbourhood for ideas for the outside of the house – perhaps a copper feature?photo 3

Site visit at this house. These stairs are REAL!!! I think we may have to tear them down 😉photo 4

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We love walking around our new neighbourhood and grabbing coffee at my favourite coffee shop in the city, The Mighty Oak.

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For the most exciting update of all, Gill presented us our mood board. Needless to say I’m obsessed and can’t wait for everything to come to life.

Make sure you follow along as we make progress over the next few months:
#PSrenovation
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Gill’s Blog

XO for now!