Lifestyle || Home Decor || 4 Spring Place Settings with @TheBrick #partner

I love a good seasonal place setting, it’s probably one of my favourite home decorating activities. I have a “go with what you’ve got” mentality. The base, an amazing and versatile dining table with chairs. I like an easy to clean surface and ample seating. The Caroline dining bench from The Brick is a comfortable option for seating, while the Monarch metal cafe chairs are easy to wipe down for your mini children guests.

Next, mix in china sets that you own and love, for me these floral vintage pieces from my late Grandma are perfectly paired with the new Anthropologie gold spot plates. Get creative with your napkins, it’s an easy and cost effective way to mix in a seasonal theme. Layered into the china, bunny shaped or with fresh flowers or herbs tucked inside… napkins can turn a place setting from everyday to special event in seconds.

Finally nothing says fancy like fresh flowers, I found these at my local grocery store. I bought the most affordable grower’s bundles in my table setting colour palette and made my own bouquets. Making your own arrangements makes it far more affordable to go with fresh centre pieces.

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Think about adding a mini mimosa bar to the end of the dining table. Mini bar cart like set ups add fun little details that would otherwise be left out of the dining decor. Plus, your guests have amazing beverages right at their finger tips literally. It’s all about the little luxuries.

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Play to your guest list! I LOVE champagne flutes but it’s always nice to incorporate both the masculine and feminine versions of the popular cocktail glass. I like to set the short champagne flutes out for all the men dining to give them a less feminine tall glass for their dining enjoyment. And always offer water… it’s a table staple not to miss.

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Beauty || 30 Days Of @maybellineCAN || #partner

I’m so excited to share with you my personal lipstick colour picks for 30 days of Maybelline lipstick! It’s crazy how much a new lipstick can change your look. I’ve covered all the bases from nudes, to pinks and my fav reds to help carry me through a full month of different lipstick for everyday. Be sure to check back because I’ll be giving away a Northern Style x Maybelline lipstick vault for one lucky reader. It will include all 30 of my favourite colorsensational lipsticks in the ultimate makeup haul.

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For now here’s a look into my top Maybelline lipstick picks…

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Subscribe to Maybelline’s newsletter for more insider info! Can’t wait for you to come along with us and see how we make it happen this year!

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 The #MaybellineSquad

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Style || Mini Me Fashion || It’s all about the shoes… #partner

It’s a mom’s reality, joy and nightmare all at the same time… those cute adorable growing feet! I know I’m not the only one that struggles with the mini shoe game weekly. I get Alastair a new pair of shoes, I blink and he’s outgrown them. Luckily Edmonton got a DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse kids! It’s the largest shoe store in Canada carrying some of my favourite brands at a discount: Hunter, Kate Spade, Coach, Nike, New Balance, Converse, Toms, Sorel, and Ugg. It makes it so easy to pick up a few pairs of on trend shoes at an affordable price.

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We found these New Balance sneakers for my husband and of course the cutest little Vans for Alastair.

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It’s giving away time! To help keep the feet in your life stylish I’ve teamed up with Designer Shoe Warehouse!  For your chance to win 1 of 2 $50 gift cards of your own, simply complete the two following steps for an entry:

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Comment on this post with your fav brand carried by DSW!

For more entries, head to my Instagram and look for one of these photos for all the details. Contest ends March 28 2017. Must be a Canadian resident. Prizes are valued at $50, no cash value. Good luck darlings!

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Beauty || DIY || Cooling Bath Bomb Recipe

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Recently my little guy has gotten addicted to LUSH bath bombs… let me tell ya those things are not cheap! So instead of either letting him pamper himself out of house & home or burst his bath bomb dreams I decided to make some myself! How hard could it be to make a fizzy luxury bathing product? The answer, not hard at all and this is coming from a very craft inept person. Here’s my simple bath bomb recipe:

  1. 1 cup baking soda (Food grade, NOT washing soda)
  2. 1/2 cup citric acid
  3. 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  4. 1 tsp. water
  5. 2 tsp. coconut oil
  6. 1 tsp. vapour rub

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Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Next add the coconut oil and vapour rub… mix lightly.

Here’s the only difficult part, adding the water. You don’t want to add it to quickly to the mixture or you will cause the fizzy bath bomb reaction. I found that it is easiest to use a spray misting bottle and spray a few times, mix with hands… spray a few times, mix with hands. Repeat this step until you get the mixture to start sticking together a little. You are not going for cake batter… more like still dry and flaky cookie dough. AGAIN DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH WATER or DO NOT ADD WATER TOO QUICKLY. You want to save the reaction for the bath later!

Finally, place mixture into moulds of choice. I used large silicon ice cube trays from Epicure. Go with what you’ve got! Cute cookie cutters, silicon cupcake trays, or just an ice cream scoop will do the trick. Press down on mixture, gently remove from mould and place on parchment paper to dry.

*If you want some added glitz, you can press a little more salt into the tops before removing from moulds.

There you have it easy cooling bath bombs! Perfect for cold season or hot summer days.

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