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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 1d ago

{The sweetest surprise from my friends at Wild North Flowers.}

Happy Friday friends! Isn’t this sunshine in Toronto glorious? There is something about warm weather and sunshine that puts me in such a good frame of mind and makes me feel SO productive, which is exactly what I needed this week. Between wedding planning, creating fresh content for the blog, events and planning a June trip to somewhere I’ve wanted to visit FOREVER (I’ll share more soon!), things have been a little busy around here this week…but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My friend, Joelle shared a tweet the other day about how privileged we are to be bloggers and to do what we do for a living, and her words definitely rang true for me. While sometimes it can be a struggle to work for yourself, there is truly nothing that I would rather do and the privilege I have is not lost on me. I’m taking that mindset straight into the weekend while I complete a good chunk of work that didn’t get finished this week. Have a great weekend everyone, see you Monday!
{8am workout crew ready to go in our RYU apparel. }
{Delicate details on this stunning Jennifer Behr flower crown.}
{I couldn’t pass up an evening with my fave tequila brand, Casamigos at Soho House.}
{A flower filled bar cart is the best kind of bar cart.}

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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 2d ago

It feels like summer is finally here in Toronto and I couldn’t be happier, especially since the spring flowers are still in bloom. I pulled out one of my favourite new dresses from The Bay earlier this week to celebrate the heat. This Highline Collective dress is such a flattering and comfortable piece. The low v-neck, button down style flatters my top half and I love how it flares out just a tad to skim my hips. The crochet detail on the sleeves is also the prettiest touch. I would typically style this dress with a simple pair of sandals or a heel but I tried a little something different for this look by pairing the dress with summer mules, a new hat and my hair tucked behind my ears.








What I’m Wearing: Highline Collective Dress c/o Hudson’s Bay (here) // Lack of Color Hat (here) // H&M Earrings (here) // Slides (similar) // Sea & Grass Basket Bag c/o (here)

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I’ve always been a fan of adding a couple of DIY elements to a wedding. They’re cost efficient, a fun bonding experience for you and your fiancé to create together, and I love that they add a personal touch to the wedding day.

While planning our wedding, I’ve thought endlessly about the few elements I want to DIY. One thing I kept going back to was our seating chart. There is SO much seating chart inspiration available out there and after taking the Makeful “What’s Your Wedding Style” quiz a few weeks ago and landing on “modern bride”, I figured that us modern gals should definitely add a little something DIY’d to the wedding day (PS: shouldn’t “something DIY’d” be added to the something old, something new tradition!?).

Jamie and I quickly got to work on this little wedding DIY project and we ended up being so happy with how it turned out. While a pretty simple project all in all, I think this seating chart ended up looking elegant and modern, which is exactly the bridal style Makeful let me know that I was. Honestly, I don’t think I could have purchased a seating chart that I love more than this, and that to me is a sign of a successful DIY project. I hope you guys love it as much as I do and for more beautiful wedding inspiration like this greenery filled wedding décor and tips for creating a high-end style while staying under budget, be sure to head on over to Makeful.What You Will Need:

  1. Cork board: The size will depend on the number of guests attending your wedding. We found our cork board at the Home Depot and bought 2 right off the shelf without needing to cut it.
  2. Linen Fabric or any other fabric you like: Purchase fabric a few inches bigger than the cork board so it can easily fold over the back
  3. Staple gun
  4. Paper & Calligraphy pen (I decided to forgo DIY’ing the nametags and sign as I have terrible handwriting but if you feel comfortable you can do it yourself. If not, here (link) is where I ordered my name tags and sign)
  5. Gold thumbtacks
  6. Silk ribbon (optional, but you can find mine here)
  7. Scissors

Step 1: Lay the fabric onto a clean, flat surface and place the cork board face down on top of the fabric making sure that it is centered.

Step 2: Fold the fabric over the first side of the board putting it as taught as possible (it helps to have a partner for this). Hold the fabric in place and using your staple gun, staple directly into the cork board.

Step 3: Continue step 2 for all sides of the board making sure to fold and tuck the corners evenly so that no fabric puckers at the corners of your chart. Staple as you go.

Step 4: Add name tags and sign to the board with gold pins, being sure to use a ruler so that everything is straight and lines up.

Step 5: Using a thin, silk ribbon, tie a bow around each table number pin. This is optional, but I think it looks really cute and helps define the table numbers.



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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 4d ago

Years ago, I found a Kate Spade dress at Winners that I had to have. It was a red, fit and flare style dress it had little Parisian cityscape vignettes printed all over it. It was on sale for around $60 and it was 2 sizes to big but I figured that if I ever made it to Paris, than that was the first dress I’d pack with me (after having it altered, of course). Flash forward about 5 years and I still haven’t made it to Paris my “Paris dress” still hasn’t made it to the seamstress. Recently, I stumbled on this dress at Anthropologie that reminded me so much of the Kate Spade dress I’d bought years ago and I knew that I had to scoop it up. I love the quirkily cityscape print how fun and playful the silhouette is. Plus, this dress fits a whole lot better than my last cityscape print dress so you never know which one I might pack for Paris…whenever I get there!

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What I’m Wearing: Anthropologie Cityscape Dress (here) // Sam Edelman Mules (similar) // Palmetto Handmade Crossbody c/o (here) // Le Specs Sunnies (here)

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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 1w ago

My favourite links from around the web this week…
1. Coconut Tres Leches Cupcakes (College Housewife)
2. An easy breezy throw-on-and-go dress for all of your summer activities (Free People)
3. 10 Tips for the Morning of Your Wedding (Inspired By This)
4. If you want to pee yourself laughing, please watch Ali Wong’s Hard Knock Wife (Netflix)
5. Royal Wedding Etiquette Rules that Should Apply to All Formal Celebrations (Wedding Bells)
6. Always on the hunt for good neutral coffee table books (Harlowe James)
7. More tres leches goodness in the form of a strawberry milk cake (A Cozy Kitchen)
8. How surprised are you that I found yet ANOTHER straw bag that I love!? (Topshop)
9. Driscoll’s taking marketing to a whole new level with #Brasberries (Narcity)
10. The long weekend calls for rose sangria (The Modern Proper)
11. 9 Things Flight Attendants Notice About You When You Board a Plate (My Domaine)
12. 5 Tips from a Psychologist for Dealing With Anxiety (Cupcakes and Cashmere) 

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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 1w ago

{Mini macaron topped soft serve? Yes please!}

Happy Thursday friends! I’m cutting the week a little short as since you know, I unfortunately lost a lot of my files and It’s actually May long weekend. I’m still going to share my Take Note post tomorrow, but I’ve also decided to take Monday off for the long weekend. That way, I’m going to be able to reshoot and catch up on missed work done this weekend and be back to regular programming on Tuesday. We’re also back in Toronto now after a whirlwind of a week. We completed SO many things off our wedding “to-do” list and I am feeling more at ease than I had previously. I even got the draft to our wedding invitations last night! Everything is starting to feel so real and I’m so happy! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, see you Tuesday. {Our first official photo standing outside out wedding venue.}
{Devouring each and every one of these delicious cupcakes at our wedding cake tasting. Any guesses as to what we went for?}
{Cozy cafe corners in Mahone Bay.}
{Mandatory scones and jam at the Lawrencetown Beach tea house.}

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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 1w ago

Hey guys! I’m sharing another outfit post today as you guessed it, I don’t have my regularly scheduled content because of my hard drive crash. You may have actually seen a couple of photos of me wearing this dress already on my Instagram as I’ve worn it in Halifax AND I’d thought these photos had disappeared too. Luckily, they were still on my memory card and when I found them mid re-shoot of this dress, I jumped for joy because these are some of my favourite photos Jamie and I have taken (there’s even a cat, you guys!). This dress is one I picked up from Zara recently. I don’t shop at Zara that often any more but sometimes I find a jackpot like this floral linen dress that looks like it could be from Reformation yet the price is SO good. This dress feels like a nightgown and breathes which is perfect for the summer heat that will soon be here. I’d definitely recommend picking one of these little guys up if you’re looking for an affordable, feminine summer dress.

PS: I’ve now officially run out of content until we’re back in Toronto. I’m going to be sharing my Highs and Lows tomorrow and my Take Note post on Friday instead of them both on the same day. Hope you guys understand! xx

What I’m Wearing: Zara Floral Linen Dress (here) // Sam Edelman Heels (here) // Sea & Grass Crossbody Bag c/o (here) // Boater (similar)

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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 1w ago

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’ve been a fan of Meghan Markle since watching her on Suits, that I’m getting married this year, or a combination of the two…but whatever the reason, I have been engulfed in all things royal wedding these last couple of months. Ever since learning that Meghan and Harry decided to opt for a lemon-elderflower cake for their wedding over the traditional British fruitcake, I’ve been wanting to whip up a version of the cake myself that could easily be served at a royal wedding viewing party.

Enter lemon-elderflower cupcakes. Made with Becel sticks, these lemon-elderflower cupcakes taste light and fresh with just the right hint of citrus and floral notes. They’re made with Becel sticks which is ideal as they require no softening. I simply took my Becel sticks out of the fridge and whipped them into the remaining ingredients to get fluffy, soft cakes and frosting in less than 10 minutes! After about 20 minutes in the oven and cooling, I piped these lemony cupcakes with the elderflower frosting and topped them with edible flowers fit for a princess.

I promise, if you serve these cuties at your royal wedding viewing party your guests will feel like they’ve been transported to England to attend the royal wedding.

PS: The Social and Becel have teamed up for an amazing contest where you could win $5000! Be sure to click over here to see how to enter and good luck!

Lemon Elderflower Cupcakes
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
354 calories
50 g
32 g
16 g
3 g
3 g
92 g
24 g
37 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
92g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354
Calories from Fat 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 32mg
11%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 50g
17%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 37g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
5%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  3. 1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 cup ((2 sticks) Becel® salted margarine sticks, divided
  5. 1 cup granulated sugar
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/2 cup 2% milk
  8. 2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  9. 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
  10. 2 Tbsp. elderflower liqueur
  11. 2 cups icing sugar
  12. Edible flowers, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Combine flours and baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Beat 1/2 cup (1 stick) Becel® sticks with granulated sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs on low speed until blended, about 2 minutes. Beat in milk and 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla. Slowly beat in flour mixture just until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Stir in lemon peel. Evenly spoon batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes and cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, blend remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) Becel® sticks, icing sugar, elderflower liqueur and remaining 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla until blended. Beat on medium-high speed, scraping sides occasionally, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Evenly frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with edible flowers.
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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 1w ago

Happy Monday friends! How was everyone’s weekend and Mother’s Day? I hope wonderful. I spent Saturday at my second last wedding dress fitting appointment where I teared up about 4 separate times. I was just soooo happy with my dress that Katrina Tuttle is creating for me and seeing it come to life has been such a dream.  I seriously can’t wait to wear my dress and see the look on Jamie’s face when he sees me in it.

Sunday was spent with Jamie’s mama in the morning for brunch and then my mom and sisters for a matinée (we saw Breaking In which felt right for Mother’s Day) followed by a nice dinner. Things have been pretty go-go-go but all good and exciting so I can’t complain.

This outfit is one that I wore in Toronto recently and luckily, I had on my memory card when my hard drive crashed. I was going to post this look last week, but I figured after everything that went down with my laptop, I’d just hold off on posting the few things that I have on my memory card this week. Make sense? This pink linen over the shoulder top was such a score from The Hudson’s Bay for under $25. It works so well tucked into a skirt or with worn casually with pair of jeans or shorts. The eyelet skirt is such a sweet piece (also from Hudson’s Bay) that will look cute with heels or tennis shoes. The stretchy waist band is also ideal because it feels so light and comfortable. This is an easy breezy spring outfit but the texture of the linen and eyelet make it feel well thought out and stylish.






What I’m Wearing: Vero Moda Off the Shoulder Top c/o Hudson’s Bay (here + more colours!) // Highline collective skirt c/o Hudson’s Bay (here) // Nine West Heels (similar) // J.Crew Clutch (similar) // Crap Eyewear Sunnies (here) // Earrings (similar)

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The Blondielocks by Kaylee Giffin - 2w ago


My favourite links from around the web this week…

1. DIY Three Thread Rolled Hemmed Napkins, perfect for Mother’s Day (Boxwood Avenue)
2. Little things you can do to drastically alleviate anxiety (Lark & Linen)
3. DIY Rose & Sage Smudge Sticks (Camille Styles)
4. Obsessed with this dress collaboration by KJP & illustrator, Riley Sheehey (Kiel James Patrick)
5. Edible Pansy Sugar Cookies (Craftberry Bush)
6. 35 Ways to Ensure That Your Dog is The Guest of Honor at Your Wedding (Martha Weddings)
7. A pretty pink flutter blouse (J.Crew)
8. The cutest lavender-in-bicycle-basket free digital download (Monika Hibbs)
9. A romantic-glam bedroom makeover using Target’s latest collection, Opalhouse (Emily Henderson)
10. This blue printed midi-skirt needs to be in my closet asap (Mango)
11. Coconut Pineapple Rhubarb Tiki Cocktail (Craft & Cocktails)
12. What 50-Year-Olds Know That 20-Year-Olds Don’t (Ladder)

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