Rue Crèmieux is a hidden gem of colourful and charming houses. If you weren’t looking for it, you never would have known this street existed within the city limits of Paris. Along the street there are homes painted in every colour of the rainbow. From pink homes with purple shutters to cheery yellow homes with small murals painted on them, this street is an Instagram dream!
While you absolutely must visit this adorable little Parisian street when you are in Paris, there are a few things you should take note of. First, Rue Crèmieux is a residential street so you should make every effort to take your photographs quietly as to not disturb the families living in those homes. Also, there are a few houses with signs requesting no photographs, so it is very important to respect their privacy and leave those homes out of your Instagram photos. Otherwise, go ahead and take a million photos – the colourful houses here are too cute not to!
The little white dress is a summer classic that will always be in style. For such a basic colour, there are surprisingly many shades. From cream to bright white, there is a shade to suite every skin tone.
White dresses are extremely versatile and are appropriate for nearly any occasion with the exception of one: bridal events when you are not the bride. So unless you are attending a wedding, feel free to wear your favourite little white dresses all summer long. Of course, if you are planning to get married soon, a little white dress is perfect for wearing to all the pre-wedding bridal events including your bridal shower or bachelorette.
How to wear a little white dress:
The little white dress can be easily styled up or down depending on what accessories you choose. For a casual day around town, pair your lwd with a rattan bag and a pair of leather sandals. To fancy up the look for an evening out, pair the same little white dress with your favourite stilettos and a designer bag.
With summer on the horizon, I’ve decided to bring back my summer trend series. Today’s feature summer trend is a style that feels both sexy and effortless – the tie front dress! Tie front dresses are super popular this summer season and are available at every price point. While tie-front dresses in an a-line style, like the one I’m wearing here have a distinctly vintage feel, sheath or body-con style tie front dresses give a decidedly modern vibe.
Most tie front dresses have a small cutout detailing in the middle. The placement of this cutout works really well for most body types and shows a hint of skin in an unexpected place. Finding a bra that works with a tie front dress can be a little bit tricky. If you are smaller chested going sans bra is the easy choice, but for those of you who need more support or feel more comfortable wearing a bra, stick on bras will be your new best friend (I recommend this style).
Here are some of the prettiest tie-front dresses available in stores now:
Here’s my take on the style! This gingham tie-front dress was part of my recent Amazon fashion haul and it comes in so many different colours and prints. Which print do you like the best?
This past week we celebrated Emilia turning one year old by throwing her a unicorn themed first birthday party. We didn’t want to throw a huge party but we knew we wanted to do something to celebrate. We decided to host a small get together and invited the kids from her Sunday school class (along with their parents and siblings) to our home for dessert.
Since Emilia is my first child, I’ve actually never hosted a kids birthday party before. Because of this, I definitely had to do a bit of research about how to throw a one year old birthday party first. What makes a first birthday party tricky is that you are essentially throwing a party that is just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. Truthfully, your one year old will never remember her first birthday party but it’s still so fun to celebrate this huge milestone.
So now that Emilia’s first birthday party is over, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned about how to throw a first birthday party for your little one. Here are 5 tips for throwing an amazing first birthday party.
How to throw a first birthday party for your baby boy or girl:
First birthday party tip: Plan a menu with little ones in mind!
Although we had planned on only serving dessert, we wanted something that even our littlest guests would be able to eat. As a less sweet option, we decided to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into miniature star shapes. To our surprise they were a huge hit – and not only with the kids! Adults were just as keen to snatch the mini sandwiches from the dessert bar.
Another baby friendly item we chose to serve were cream puffs. Compared to goodies covered in icing, cream puffs are relatively low in sugar and easy for small hands to grab. For the remainder of the dessert, we served a unicorn decorated funfetti cake, cupcakes and sugar cookies. While sugar cookies aren’t my favourite dessert, the older kids loved the fun shapes. The unicorn decorated cookies especially were a big hit!
First birthday party tip: Open presents early!
We ended up opening presents pretty quickly after everyone arrived as some of our guests had to leave early. In hindsight, I’m so glad we opted to do that. First of all, letting a one year old open gifts is not a quick process. They are so easily distracted and excited for every new toy. Secondly, the kids loved playing with Emilia’s new toys (and lets be honest, at 1 years old she was just as happy to play with the boxes and wrapping paper as she was with the new toys).
First birthday party tip: Plan a simple activity
We tried to think of an activity that kids from age 6 months-4 years would be able to enjoy. Although we tossed around quite a few ideas, in the end we decided to create a colouring station. We created custom colouring sheets featuring unicorn motifs and happy birthday messages. In order to prevent mess we printed the colouring sheets on Crayola Color Wonder paper. Then we gave the little ones Color Wonder markers so they could go to town colouring without us having to worry about them ruining our walls or furniture.
First birthday party tip: Keep the party short.
Let’s be honest, kids have short attention spans. While I would never consider stating an end time to party I would typically host with adults, with kids parties it’s nice to have a scheduled start and finish time. Knowing how long a party will last helps parents plan better for the day. Keeping the party to around 2 hours helps avoid temper tantrums due to tiredness or boredom.
First birthday party tip: Schedule the party around nap times.
Before choosing a time to host my daughter’s first birthday party I asked a few of my friends when their kids napped. While my daughter usually naps from 10-12, I found out most of the little ones we had invited usually napped from 12-2. With that in mind, I chose to host my party starting at 3pm so parents wouldn’t have to cut their child’s nap time short in order to arrive on time.
So, were these tips helpful for helping you plan your own kid’s first birthday party? Let me know you thoughts in the comments. Keep scrolling to see all the pretty photos from Emilia’s unicorn themed first birthday party.
I know you all loved my guide for how to take flatlay photos so I’ve created part 2 to that guide. Every flatlay photo needs to tell a story and in order to do that you’ll need a few props. Today I’m sharing all my favourite props to include in flatlay photos. Of course, depending on the type of photography you want to create, there may be additional props you’d specifically want to invest in. For example if you are a food blogger I would recommend also adding a collection of beautiful plates and utensils. But for general lifestyle photography these are the items I reach for the most when creating beautiful flatlay photos for my Instagram.
Here are my recommendations for the best flatlay props for styling beautiful Instagram photos.
The Best Flatlay Props for Instagram Photos:
1. The background
Every flatlay photo need a great background. Often you are able to use whatever surfaces you have in your house such as your kitchen counter top or living room rug. But not everyone lives in a home where this is possible. Also, adding in backgrounds that you don’t already have in your home gives more variety to your feed. I personally prefer lighter coloured backdrops when it comes to creating flatlays. Here are my recommendations for the best background props for styling flatlay photos.
2. Trays and dishes
Being able to group items together in a tray is a great way to make your flatlay photo more interesting. Some of my favourite props for this purpose are marble or lucite serving trays. Other items that work well are small plates or bowls. A small jewellery dish is perfect for grouping together smaller objects such as rings or office supplies like paper clips.
3. Pretty books & notepads
Books are a very inexpensive flatlay prop that can layer texture and colour into your image. The best books for flatlays are ones with simple, monochromatic covers. When choosing a book you might also consider how the book looks when its jacket is removed – often books have more simple covers hidden behind their book jacket.
I recently shared a blog post featuring the best pink coffee table books and most of these books would also be amazing as style details for use in flatlay photos. Make sure to check out that post if you like to incorporate pops of pink in your flatlay photos.
4. Cups and mugs
A pretty mug filled with steaming hot cocoa or delicate latte art is a flatlay photograph staple. Because the mug will be photographed from above, choose mugs with unique shapes and colours that are visible from a birds eye view. A cute coaster is also a must. My go-to coasters for flatlay photos are agate rounds with gold leaf edging.
5. Pretty jewellery
Jewellery is the best way to add a bit of sparkle to your flat lay photos. While dainty jewellery is nice, bold statement necklaces or classic masculine watches will add the most visual impact to your photo.
6. Flowers and greenery
Fresh flowers are the best choice for adding organic movement to your flatlays. I love to pick blooms from my garden to add to my photos. In the winter season when flowers are more expensive and my garden is not an option I often turn to silk flowers. If you are laying the flowers horizontally on the table instead of arranging them in a vase, make sure to choose silk flowers with lifelike stems. Otherwise wrap the bouquet in newspaper or kraft paper to hide the ugly bottoms.
7. Office supplies
A few other favourite items I love to include in my flatlay photos are office supplies. From pretty gold scissors to an eye catching pen these items help tell a story in the photograph. A few of my favourite photo worthy office supplies come from Kate Spade and Target.
8. Beauty items
Beautifully packaged makeup is a great addition to flatlay photos. Consider opening the makeup to make its placement look more organic and give your image a pop of colour. As an example, take the lid off your lipstick like I did in the image above.
9. Handbags & wallets
Some handbags undoubtable photograph better for flatlays than others. My personal favourite purse to photograph for flatlay styled photos is my YSL Kate bag. For flatlay photos choose handbags that are smaller in size, have a flat shape and have the majority of their detailing on the front of the bag. Here are a few luxury handbags that photograph well for flatlay photos:
My final suggestion for flatlay props is utilizing the tech you carry around every day. A cute iPhone case or a vintage inspired camera is a natural fit in most flatlay photos and adds authenticity to the photo. I often use my MacBook because its contrasting black keyboard keys is a good way to ground the image.
Like most travellers, I have favourite places that I have visited. Of all the countries I have traveled to there are a few special places that have left an extra strong impression on me. These three cities and towns are places that I would travel back to in a heartbeat and I believe every traveller needs to add to their travel bucket list.
Now, before I chat more about these three amazing places, I wanted to share a bit about a great travel booking tool. When booking vacations, I always try to spend my money wisely and save money when I can. Of course one of the best ways to do this is by redeeming miles – which is why I’m excited about Aeroplan’s travel booking tool.
With the Aeroplan booking tool, you can redeem miles for nights at over 250,000 different hotels or 11,000 different car rental locations. If you are working on saving your miles, you can also book your vacation with cash so you can earn 4 miles per dollar spent. In fact, from March 18th until April 14th, you will earn double the miles (that’s 8 miles per dollar spent) when booking your vacation using cash through the Aeroplan website. With additional miles earned for every dollar spent, your dream vacation is closer than ever!
With all those miles to spend where should you go? At the top of your list should be these three locations. Here are three places every traveller must visit in their lifetime.
1. Ubud, Bali Indonesia
The island of Bali is the most geographically stunning place I’ve ever visited. The greenery is so incredibly lush and the ancient ruins are extraordinary. The island as a whole is incredibly hospitable and the Indonesian people are so welcoming to visitors. The town of Ubud in particular is a can’t miss spot. The intricately carved rice terraces are absolutely incredible to view in person.
2. Paris, France
It’s been said that “Paris is always a good idea” and I couldn’t agree more. From the architecture to the food the French do everything with incredible style. Although Paris is a bustling city it’s also the perfect place to relax and have a picnic amongst its many beautiful gardens. It is easily one of my favourite places in the entire world.
3. Oia, Santorini Greece
Santorini is one of the most picturesque places on this planet. The white and blue houses echo the aqua hues of the ocean and the narrow streets are filled with charming boutiques and delicious greek restaurants. One of the best views of Santorini is from the ocean at sunset. Watching the homes all lit up and sparkling on the cliffside was incredible and is an experience I’d highly recommend to anyone!
Do you want to plan a trip to any of these must visit places? Let me know which location would be your top pick!
Whether you are planning to travel to Paris, Santorini or anywhere else in the world, make sure to book your vacation using the Aeroplan booking tool. With the ability to double the miles until April 14th, it’s so worth it to earn the extra miles that will bring you even closer to your dream vacation.
Like most people, my wardrobe has gone through several major shifts as my lifestyle has changed. From wearing tailored blazers when I was a real estate agent to stocking my closet with trendy seasonal pieces as a fashion blogger each new phase of life has come with wardrobe changes. Now as a mom, this phase of life is filled with mornings at home baking muffins and cuddling with my baby girl. Of course even though I’m at home most days I still want to look and feel my best.
Some days it’s tempting to just stay in my pyjamas all day long. Of course the few times I’ve done this I’ve ended up needing to sign for unexpected packages at my front door (does this seem to always happen to anyone else?!). Loungewear is definitely an important necessity in any woman’s wardrobe and today I’m sharing the essential loungewear pieces that every woman should have in their wardrobe. Clothing that is comfortable, easy to wear and still cute!
Here are 4 loungewear essentials to add you your wardrobe to help you feel pretty and put together for days at home.
4 must-have loungewear pieces to add to your wardrobe
Pretty neutral coloured leggings
Soft stretchy leggings are my favourite thing to wear around home. Most people automatically choose the colour black when it comes to leggings but there are so many more colour options now available. I recommend leaving the bold prints and loud colours for the gym and opt for subtle desaturated tones for lounging around the home. I’ve personally been looking to add a new pair in a light grey tone or pretty pink colour to my loungewear collection.
Save your push up bras for going out – pretty bralettes are the best choice for wearing at home! Not only are they super comfy but pretty straps and lace detailing make your lounging look effortlessly pretty. The Free People Adella bralette is a fashion blogger favourite and an absolute must-have. It comes in so many pretty colours but my personally favourite is the classic white version because of its versatility.
Every girl needs a fun pair of slippers for wearing around the house. If you are looking to invest in a pair that will last you years, I recommend Birdies slippers. I own a pair of Birdies with a gorgeous calf hair leopard print that look so classy for wearing around home. If you are looking for a more budget find, the adorable pink velvet slippers I’m wearing in the photos above are a total steal from Amazon.
For wearing around home I prefer sweaters that are a little bit oversized but have a fitted sleeve that doesn’t get in the way (and is easy to roll up in case I have to quickly clean up a mess). Right now I’m loving all the off the shoulder knits available in stores. Showing hint of skin helps cozy oversized sweaters feel effortlessly chic.
Today I’m sharing a few inexpensive and fun gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. Not everyone has unlimited budget when it comes to holidays so I’m sharing cute and thoughtful gift ideas that are all under $20. From a bottle of Rosé to a pair of cozy slippers, these gifts are perfect for giving to your girlfriends or even just for treating yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day darlings!
Last year we traveled to the island of Oahu, Hawaii for our babymoon and we had the best experience. The island is so incredibly beautiful and the colours of the island are stunning. We loved the bright blue ocean, deep green mountains and vibrant tropical florals. We also saw several of the most beautiful rainbows we had ever seen in our life. So, it’s safe to say Oahu is a travel destination I would highly recommend.
With winter travel season rolling around once again, I thought I would share our itinerary for the perfect 7 day Hawaiian vacation on the island of Oahu. These are the exact activities and destinations we experienced and loved on our trip. Since I was pregnant at the time of our trip, everything on my itinerary is also pregnancy friendly. The only things I would likely add to the itinerary for the more adventurous (and not pregnant traveler) would be a surfing lesson and tougher hikes.
I hope this itinerary is helpful to you for planning your ultimate Oahu, Hawaii vacation!
7 Day Oahu, Hawaii Itinerary:
Day 1: Explore Waikiki
Grab a coffee at Olive & Oliver then walk to the beach. Stroll along the shore and watch the sun rise over the ocean. For brunch head to Hideout Waikiki for a Polynesian breakfast sandwich complete with fresh pineapples and avocado. Spend the afternoon shopping and exploring the Luxury Row boutiques along Kalakaua avenue. Then for dinner check out a local favourite, Marukame Udon. People queue up down the street at all times of the day for these delicious (and cheap!) Japanese noodle bowls.
Take a drive up to the North Shore to experience the big waves that made Hawaii famous for surfing. On your way, stop in at Wow Wow lemonade for something sweet to sip on while you drive. Make sure to drop by the Dole Plantation to spend an hour getting lost in their pineapple maze, then drive past the cute surf town of Hale’iwa up to the Banzai Pipeline. Grab a towel to sit on and watch surfers take on the huge, magnificent waves. For a snack, head back into town for an açai bowl at Hale’iwa Bowls. Then put on your swimsuit and join a stand up paddle board tour to see the sea turtles in their natural habitat. For dinner head to Giovani’s shrimp truck for a giant plate of garlic-y shrimp scampi.
Get up before the sun and head to Lanikai beach for a morning hike. I recommend the pillbox hike for a quick morning workout with fantastic views. A decadent brunch is the perfect follow up so stop by Boots & Kimo’s for a stack of rich macadamia nut pancakes. While the decor isn’t exactly instagram worthy, their famously creamy macadamia nut sauce more than makes up for it. As an afternoon activity head to Pearl Harbour and take the free tour to visit the USS Arizona. (Quick side note: there are tons of companies who will charge you upwards of $100 for a Pearl Harbour & USS Arizona tour but this experience is free for everyone. All you have to do is pre-book your tickets on the US National Park Service website)
Head downtown to grab a latte and a slice of avocado toast at Arvo Cafe. Afterwards walk around and the area and snap photos of the bright and colourful murals along Kakaako street. For dinner head to Buho Cantina for a Mexican feast on the rooftop patio.
Arvo Cafe: 675 Auahi Street, Honolulu
Kakaako street murals: 442 Cooke Street, Honolulu Buho Cantina: 2250 Kalakaua Ave, Suite 525, Honolulu
Day 5: Polynesen Cultural Centre & Luau
Start your morning off with a sweet Hawaiian crepe from Crepes No Ka Oi. Along the way, stop at the giant tree swing to enjoy the ocean view and snap a few photos. A luau is a must-do Hawaiian experience and I recommend the Luau at the Polynesian Cultural centre. We purchased the Ali’i Luau package and thought it was the best way to discover more about Polynesian cultures while experiencing our first luau.
Get up bright and early to head to Hanauma bay for snorkling. The small parking lot fills up quickly so make sure you arrive by 7am to ensure you make it into the park before it fills up. Pack a picnic lunch and rent a set of snorkelling gear to spend the day enjoying the coral and fish that call the bay their home. After you’ve had your fill of beach time, head to the Halona blowhole to view this natural wonder. While there, make sure to look to your right to find a hidden staircase down to Cockroach Cove. The dark rocky bay makes for a stunning view of the ocean. For dinner, head back to Honolulu to check out Duke’s Waikiki.
Spend your final day relaxing in the Waikiki area. For brunch, visit Heavenly for a kalua pig eggs benedict or honey french toast. Afterwards, go for a swim in the ocean on Waikiki beach then sit on the shore eating Banan nice cream – a vegan ice cream made out of bananas. After freshening up, visit Ala Moana Center for some shopping then head to Scratch for a delicious dinner (I highly recommend the BC Burger if it’s still on the menu!)
I had been looking for the perfect winter coat for a while. Since we live in a cold climate my winter coat collection is quite extensive but most of the coats I own are neutral colours. This year, I wanted to invest in a new jacket and upon seeing this Max Mara dark pink coat I was absolutely obsessed. But with a $3700 price tag, the coat was way more money than I could justify spending on a single item. I scoured the internet trying to find something similar but had no luck.
Then, I was doing a little shopping during my trip to Arizona, I stumbled upon this Ted Baker coat. The colour was exactly what I was looking for and I knew as soon as I eyed it that it was going to be mine. It’s a statement in it’s own right but it also pairs perfectly with the soft pastel tones my wardrobe is mostly made up of.
This dark pink rose hue is certainly having its moment in fashion. In contrast to the light peachy hues that have been in vogue that past few years it’s a welcome change of pace. Rose pink is an optimistic shade that feels more mature than fuchsia but fresher than burgundy. While it’s still less common to find in stores than infamous millennial pink plenty of retailers are designing pieces in this gorgeous hue. Here are a few of my favourite rose pink fashion pieces currently available online: