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. 

#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?