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. 

My Skincare Routine

From a young age I was always taught to take care of my skin. Way back then (I think I started around age 12) I used Éminence which I absolutely loved. You grow up and your so does your skin, so it’s always good to change it up. That’s what I started doing in my twenties, but I had a really bad reaction to a face cream and was so nervous to try anything new. Since then, I’ve stuck to products with natural ingredients. I was so excited when NUDE Skincare sent me a few goodies. I would never post about something just because it was sent to me, but I’m not lying when I say this stuff has changed my skin for the better. I look forward to washing my face every morning and evening, and my skin is so smooth and happy.

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From left to right, this is my skincare routine. On the left is the Detox Gentle Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash which I use three times a week when I wash my hair (yes, I only wash my hair three times a week MAX). It is an exfoliator but it turns into such a nice paste when you add a little water, and it makes your skin so smooth (especially during these dry winter months). Second from the left is my day and night Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly. When I first used this, I actually missed the sudsy, foamy texture of my old face wash, but I’m now a total convert. It cleans without stripping your face of essential oils. On the far right was my saving grace when I was spending the day in the sun in Maui. No joke, this rescue oil has changed my life. It is packed with backuchiol which is “nature’s answer to retinol” – if that doesn’t convince you I don’t know what will. Lastly, I’ve been using that Dermalogica eye serum for a few years because it’s super hydrating and completely eliminates the fine lines below my eyes.


I took this photo at midnight after flying home for 6 hours and using all of my products for a couple of weeks. My skin is way more nourished and hydrated than it every has been and in result I’ve been wearing way less makeup everyday.

I hope you find this helpful! I would also love to know which skincare products you love!

PS I almost deleted that selfie above out of sheer embarrassment but I figured it would be best to show you the results so you know how I really feel about this skincare line!

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.



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.


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.


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


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

2015 Recap

Every year I reflect upon everything that happened in the past 12 months. Every year, I am grateful and amazed and I always wonder how the next year will ever be able to top it.

This year was no exception. It was by far the best year of my life to date. We moved into our new home, we got engaged (best day ever), I did some really fun shoots and was published on one of my favourite entertaining sites, I entertained more than ever, I travelled to some amazing places, and I worked a ton, and took my career to the next level, taking on some really interesting clients. It was a great year.

Last night, we watched the sunset  and set some intentions for 2016. I can’t wait to share them tomorrow, but for now enjoy your day off and Happy New Year!

Bedroom Inspiration

We’re in the final stages of designing our new place before moving, and my mind is now focusing on paint colours and furniture! While we will be ordering everything in stages to account for time to save up, I want to have a good overall picture of how I want things to look before we make any decisions. Since we’ll be painting soon, it’s time to decide on paint colours! All of this has me pinning images of what I want our bedroom to look like. For me, the bedroom is a place to escape the world. Sleeping is my favourite, as is waking up on the weekend to sunshine streaming in the windows, in bed with coffee and a good book. I want our bedroom to feel relaxing, cozy, a little luxurious, but mostly like US. Here are some pictures I’ve been using as inspiration.

I love the vibe and the neutral colours of the bedroom below. Lots of pillows, comfy blankets and taupes and grays. It looks like a place I’d want to curl up all weekend!


(original source unknown, unfortunately!)

One thing I know I want for sure, is a faux fur throw for the bottom of the bed. I love the contrast of the deep brown tones with the crisp white bedding.


(photo: Nuevo Estilo)

I’ve been leaning towards lots of neutrals for our place because I know I can build upon them later. I love the serene vibe of this room below and I especially love the natural textures like wood and the green branches.


(photo via Coco+Kelley)

This bedroom below is one of my absolute favourites. While we don’t have high ceilings or natural wood beams (maybe one day!), the fresh and calming palette, and those dreamy windows are so beautiful! I’ll be drawing neutral colours from this, as well as the pops of black that will come from our black windows!


(photo via this cute barn featured on Architectural Digest)

The bedroom below is probably a little more elegant than we’ll be steering towards, but I had to include it because, in my mind, it executes the perfect balance of shades of grey, taupe and greige. It’s so calming and elegant at the same time.


(Photographer: Andreas Trauttmansdorff, Designer: Julie Charbonneau)

The space below is total urban perfection to me! The cool white tones are warmed up by the leather and the sheepskin. I’m also loving the simplicity of no headboard here.


(designed by Jarlath Mellett)

Ok, how amazing are those vintage doors behind the bed? While we won’t be doing anything to this level of extravangance, I kept the photo because of the use of white and taupe tones. We will also add a sliding door to our closet one day, and it would be great to find something vintage that resembles this “headboard.”


(photo via Restoration Hardware)

The room below is SO glam, and is something I would definitely strive towards if I were to be living alone. Since that’s not the case, I’ll be taking some hints from this room and hope to add just a dash of leopard for a little fun.


(photo via Jessika Goranson’s home on Domaine Home)

The bedroom below is near PERFECT in my mind. The wall colour (we’ll probably be doing something a little more earthy), the gold mirror, the grey fabric headboard and white sheets – I love everything about it!


(photo: styled by Elkie Brown For The White Company)

I love the clean and tidy feeling of this bedroom below. Because we don’t have a ton of space, we’ll need to use dressers as side tables to keep things neat. This will be inspiration to me for keeping our bedroom spic and span! I think I would put something different (or nothing) above the bed in this room.


(original source unknown, unfortunately)

I grabbed the image below mostly for the natural light and gauzy white curtains. I also love the feeling of a sisal rug for those rustic fibers. We currently have black IKEA dressers that I think will act as our bedside tables like this image below.


(photo via Mr and Mrs)

I am LOVING the bed linens and pop of black in the photo below.


(photo via Gardens & Gun)

The bedroom below belongs to Ivanka Trump. I have had this picture pinned for YEARS, and while it’s still probably a bit too feminine for our room, I love the elegant yet relaxing vibe. I think it’s the subtle use of colour that works for me.


(Originally published in InStyle and House and Garden. Found here)

Is there anything better than natural wood beams against a blank white slate? I think not. Again, this won’t be happening in our place, but I loved the colour of the floors (very similar to what we chose) with the white and natural wood tones.


(image found here)

That’s it for now – a round up of the bedroom spaces that are inspiring me! Check out our designer, Gillian’s, original post on our reno for more inspiration!



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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?