101+ Ideas For Gift Giving

Hey everyone! ūüôā

This time of year, I am teaming up with Amazon to get some¬†great finds for your Christmas gifts or next gift giving occasion. I know it may seem a little early to some, but I know there are some eager beavers out there! I once knew a friend who started Christmas shopping in September, so this time of year is totally sane, ha! But, I think it’s that time of year when everyone starts planning their gift exchange.

Christmas is not about gift giving to me. It’s a celebration and a reminder of Jesus Christ coming into this world to save the lost, eventually dying for our sins, and rising from the grave! My parents made christmas very special for us growing up, but always made sure to remind us of the true reason we celebrate. But gift giving was always very special, personal, and fun in our house growing up.

So,¬†together with Amazon, I have listed some gift ideas for any occasion. But first…

Let’s talk about Ebates, if you didn’t already know…

Ebates¬†is a must for online shoppers or for anyone who would love to see cash going back into their account after spending…on anything! I signed up last summer because I love to shop online! Especially since the pregnancy morning-all day sickness kicked in for me 2 months ago, I started ordering everything I needed online- and I mean everything. Amazon just recently introduced home delivery of fresh groceries, but haven’t gotten that extreme yet (because my husband is such a big help with that). Although I think I may have to take advantage of it once the baby arrives. Ebates is linked to so many of known stores-over 2,000! And this is how it works: you shop online, and you get a percent of cash back for your purchases. That simple. Free money. I wish I knew about it sooner, cause if you’re going to spend, you might as well get money back. Make sure to sign up now HERE!¬†With all the black Friday and Christmas deals you won’t want to miss out getting money back for your purchases.

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For her:

Printed tees:

Slippers: We all know someone who always has cold feet. 

The coolest of mugs: making every sip memorable.


Phone Cases: these will really make a statement.

 

The¬†instant photo print straight from the iPhone: for that picture fanatic…me!

Umbrellas: they come in handy, you know, especially pretty ones. 

Notebooks/agenda:¬†a pretty notebook and agenda says a lot about someone. ūüėČ

This notebook comes in different colours and letters:

Totally random, but totally cool:
 


 

Gel manicure set for under 30$…umm total steal!

The giant candle, and I mean giant. 

Essential oils diffuser: for a spa-like feel.


Soaps to die for! They smell and appear just pretty enough to eat…but are calorie free!¬†

Bath bomb and spa night essentials!

Pool floats: food never goes out of style. 

 

Pillow talk:¬†seriously, you can never have too many pillows, especially when they’re this neat!¬†

Yes, these are pillows too. 


For your niece: how could anyone resist this stuffy!?


For him:

 

 

One for you, one for him!

Not your typical lunch bag:

The trendy tool bag:

 

¬†Yup! It’s toilet¬†paper…

The iPhone case that holds cards and protects, multifunctional! 

The fancy rose gold flask:


House warming gifts or for all the home junkies: (I definitely fall in this category)


 
The retro blender and mixer:
     

The hot dog toaster: yes, they exist, and is totally functional.

The breakfast sandwich maker:

The 3 in 1 multifunction breakfast unit: perfect for small spaces. 

Pretty coasters:

 


Unusual salt and pepper shakers:

 

Random necessities: 
 

 

 
The pour over coffee pot: ahh-maaz-ing. 

For mommy-to-be: A stylish sippy and deciving tethers. 
 

A stylish stroller:


For the bride-to-be: the sentimental gifts.

   

  
  


For your co-worker or office junkie: that make work a little more exciting. 

A stylish stapler:


The donut eraser:

The card holder:

Glam office essentials:

Toasty sticky notes: really. 

For a refreshing look:

 

For your sweet, loving pets: nothing but the best. 

The lion mane…perfect.¬†

 

Happy shopping!

xo I.P.

A Perfect Plum-sized Surprise

I can hardly believe this moment has finally come. God willing, (approximately) end of May 2017 we are going to be parents!! We feel so blessed and thankful to carry a wonderful gift of a child. I can’t simply put my thoughts into words to express my gratitude and excitement, then to say the Lord has answered our prayers.

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed and prayed of the day to start a family with the man I love and raise children of my own–and this is all happening…now. ūüôā

Here are a few of my favourite shots of an early maternity photo session. I just hit 3 months a couple days ago, and according to the experts our little baby is the size of a plum. Stay tuned on the blog if you’d like more updates. ūüôā

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“Twinkle twinkle little star, how we wonder what you are…”

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We don’t know the gender yet, but we are eager to find out soon. Although I have a strong inclination that this child may be a girl, but Seb is leaning towards a boy… hmmm. ūüôā
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In this shot, I am wearing one of my handcrafted, self designed dresses (project 2). I will be sharing another post soon for details.

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I saved the best for last. This one is my favourite. <3

Thank you Abigail, for your talented work. ūüôā¬†Make sure to check out her other great work here!

Also here is a sneak peak of my maternity dress. I’ll be sharing more pictures soon.

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Be blessed!

xo I.P.

Project 1 x Design

Hey everyone! I’ve been a little MIA lately due to feeling under the weather and because we recently¬†made a small move (within LA). But, as I mentioned a while ago, I still thought I’d share my first fashion design project with y’all!


For any of you that know me well, will know that I have always loved fashion design, and anything to do with decorating and shopping (yes, even grocery shopping, I take it very seriously). So, when a fashion class was offered back in high school, I was so excited, I thought I’d never want to go to college or university! But as much as I enjoyed sewing and design, I didn’t think I would see a future in sewing and/or fashion design (which is totally possible if you put your mind to it!). But things changed recently when I thought I’d pick up my sewing hobby. And ever since I had the intention of started a blog, I wanted to make sure I’d incorporate my fashion designs into my blog. I haven’t touched a sewing machine for about 5 years now. But as soon as I got my hands on the sewing machine again, it all started coming back to me! So I have to say that high school fashion class really did me good. (Thanks to Mrs.Lackenbauer, my fashion class teacher… that was the best class I’d ever taken!)

The projects you will see are made from scratch, without a pattern design, and basically no formal training or guide…since highshool. Its a challenged project, but an exciting one! The are no deadlines, no restrictions, and no mistakes. I come up with what I want. And I love it!

This first project was not as hard as I thought it would be, even though I had to familiarize myself with the sewing machine and techniques again, and I think it served as a good introduction project into my next big project (which I am totally exited about)! I have made many little side projects in between, but they were mainly for practice.

Some of you have asked which sewing machine I use, and after much research and thought, I decided to buy this SINGER 7258 Stylist Award-Winning 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine. I think it was a great choice for a great price. It was exactly what I was looking for and what I intended to use for my sewing projects. You simply can’t go wrong with the brand Singer!

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Inspiration behind Project 1

As I pondered on what I’d make for my first (in a while) sewing project, I thought I’d make something practical. A piece that I can throw in my suit case for a last minute trip, or throw on when I have nothing to wear, or a cover-up at the beach. This 3-way dress was perfect!

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This gorgeous view was at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, where we went for our first year anniversary. ūüôā

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Breakfast with a view…

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Since we were in Malibu, we decided to check out the gorgeous beach.

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I thought the tassels would be a perfect touch. However, while purchasing the tassels at a fabric store, the lady at the checkout asked what home decor project I would be working on, I smiled and told her I had the intention of sewing them on sleeves, she looked a little confused…oh well. lol.

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Oh, Malibu.

Let me know what you think! Project 2 is in the process. ūüôā

xo,

I.P.

 

 

My Favourite Fall Trends

Now that Fall is officially here, I wanted to share my favourite Fall finds. Fall has always been an exciting season for me; the beautiful colours, back to school, pumpkin-spice everything, and all the beautiful Fall clothes. Every season has it’s wonders, but I think Fall is the exception. ūüôā

So, I began to go through my closet to see what I could put together for this season, and I have attached my favourite pieces for Fall. Click on each of the photos if you want to know where to buy these items!

Here’s what’s trending in the fashion world this Fall:

¬† Ankel tight boots. A little throw back to the 70’s.

Now you can have a sleek look pairing these boots with a skirt.

image1xxl Chokers that come in any shape and size.

They make for the perfect accent to any outfit.

http://www.stevemadden.com/product/JEAN-V/241284.uts?selectedColor=PINK Velvet anything. From shoes to dresses, to handbags.

Mix-matching colours is bold.

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 The skinny scarf.

Tie it in a bow, circle it around your neck, or tie it around your collared shirt.

This is what I had trending in my closet. Which outfit do you like best?

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Now you can  shop my look, or whats trending this Fall!

I attached some of my favourite items that I have found so you can shop my favourites or similar to #whatsinmycloset . I definitely made some purchases already. Happy shopping ūüėČ
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The Pastry Cake

The super duper easy pastry cake. I promise. I know it looks so much harder then I say, but this will probably be the easiest cake you’ll ever make.

This is a family recipe that got passed down to me, which is also know as the “roof cake” (because of its various other triangular shapes, this one is circular), “tube cake”, “to-die-for cake”, and/or the “pastry cake”. Simply because it’s made out of butter puff pastry, cool whip, and condensed milk (ok that explains it..riiight?) I got approached every time I brought this delectable dessert to¬†events. Eventually I started making them upon requests. It’s that good. (Not trying to be prideful here, it’s not my recipe, I’m just following¬†instructions. :))

Now, I am all for making recipes from scratch, but this is my one expectation. I have considered making the puff pastry from scratch before, but the store bought butter puff pastry tastes so good in this recipe, so that thought was out of mind, and out of sight!

But seriously, if you are very particular in making homemade butter puff pastry, here is a great how-to.

So, let’s get started. Follow along with the pictures below to make the fail proof cake!

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What you’ll need:

Butter Puff Pastry: This is the brand I usually buy. But any will do. You can find it at most grocery stores; I have the best luck at Wal-Mart (frozen section) or European delicacy stores for better quality pastry.

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Berry Pie Filling: You can actually buy this from Amazon! Crazy huh? This also, can be found at most grocery stores, in the baking aisle, but many times I had to go to multiple locations because the berry flavour was out of stock. Feel free to experiment with other flavours, but the berry combo is the only filling I like to use!


Condensed Milk: Again, you can find this at any grocery store, this is a common brand I usually come across. Make sure you do not buy evaporated milk or use it as a substitute, I did this mistake once. They are totally different. 

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Cool Whip: You can find this in the frozen aisle, near the puff pastry. I always use this brand, others will do as well, but this brand is everywhere. Do not substitute this for a on-the-shelf canned cool whip, that will make this cake flop in 10 seconds. Another alternative is to use heavy whipping cream, but I prefer this this.

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Round Baking Pan: Like I mentioned earlier, instead of moulding the pastry in the round pan, you can leave them be and stack them into a pyramid/triangular shape. Same taste, just depends on what look you’re going for. I used a 7 inch.

Butter: Unsalted, any butter will do. Leave out the butter (at room temperature) the night of, or a few hours before to soften in order to use it for the cream, this is important. Melting the butter in the microwave will not have the same results.

Wood Slab Cake Stand: After using this wood slab a few times, I have had many ask where I got it from, luckily for me, I got it from a dear friend of mine, Nicole, who gifted me with it from my wedding. I love it! But I did find one on amazon for a great price, since they are often expensive. (click on the picture!)

Instructions:

Take the dough out of freezer, and let it thaw for about 10-15 mins (or let it thaw in fridge overnight). Then slowly unfold the dough, make sure to only continue unfolding if dough is thawed or else it will break apart. You can stretch the dough slightly, but not too much or it will come apart.

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Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees celsius.

After unfolding the dough, it should have somewhat of a square shape, if one side is longer, I like to cut it vertically because you get more out of the dough.

What you’ll be working with:

  • 2 Boxes of pastry dough
  • 2 sheets in each box, 4 sheets total, and 12 pieces in total
  • Cut by dividing each sheet in 3 pieces

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Next, begin by filling the center of each sheet with the pie filling. Sometimes, there isn’t as much berries in the pie filling, so I like to add fresh or frozen fruit, you can also add jam.

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Once the filling is placed, pinch both sides of the sheet together to close the dough so the filling will not pour out during baking. If you need to slightly stretch the dough in order to pinch both sides, feel free to do so. The main goal here is to make sure the dough is firmly pinched.

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Once the dough is pinched, you’ll notice it looks very thin and unstable, so gently press down on the pinched-filled dough to secure the closure, and begin on the next piece. ¬†(Thats it!)

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This is what they should look like: pinched and pressed.

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You will notice, when you pick up each piece for transferring, they will naturally stretch and thin out. This is fine, but make sure they still remain this size (as the picture above) or else your cake will not have much of a structure.

Next, transfer to round baking pan, and circle the dough around the pan. Make sure to leave some room in between the pieces, because the dough will expand.

Note: I inserted the wax paper here for an attempt less-messy method, but you can spray the pan with an oil non-stick spray. This option is a little healthier. But if you are more keen on a particular shape, its best to use the oil spray for an exact circular shape. 

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Bake at 400 for about 20-30 mins. You will notice the pastry will turn a golden-brown colour, crispy texture, the pieces will open up, and that’s when you’ll know its ready.

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(I put in 2 round trays at a time, but repeat until complete.)

You will be able to fit in about 3-3.5 pieces of dough.

Once all the dough is done baking, let it cool off. Do not apply the cream to the pastry if it is still hot, or else the cake will flop.

Now, on to the cream. This is super easy and quick, there is just one technique that must be followed.

Empty the containers of cool whip, add half the can (about 1/3-1/2 cup) of condensed milk, and had 3 tablespoons of room temperature of softened butter. As I mentioned earlier, the butter has to be softened at room temperature, and not the microwave, or else it will not have the same consistency needed for the cream. If you use the microwave to soften the butter, the cream will be very soft, and you may have to let it chill for a couple hours until the cream hardens.

Once all the ingredients are combined, slowly and very gently, mix the cream with a spatula in a round formation. Do not use a mixer. Mix until the ingredients are combined. The texture should be puff-like and not liquid-y. Do not over mix.

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Once the pastry has cooled off, its time to put the cake together!

Begin by placing some cream at the centre of the slab to secure the stability of the cake. Then, add the first layer, cover surface with cream, and repeat until complete.

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The raw look, although this is quite trendy, the cream is too good to go to waste, so it’s best to cover the complete cake for best results. ūüôā

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TA-DA! After covering the cake with the remainder of the cream, don’t forget to top it off with something pretty!

Note, that this particular cream will have an unfinished texture, so don’t expect a “clean look”.¬†

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How pretty is this cake?!

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I like making the circular shape because when you cut into it, it looks so yummy!

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Enjoy! ūüôā


The Pastry Cake

Ingredients

    For the Pastry Cake:
  • 2 boxes of Butter Puff Pastry (total of 4 sheets)
  • 1 can/ 22oz of Berry Pill Filling
  • For the Cream:
  • 2-3 containers of Cool Whip
  • 3/4 can of Condensed Milk
  • 3 Tbs of Butter

Instructions

  1. Pre Heat oven at 400F. Set butter out until softened at room temperature.
  2. For the pastry:
  3. Thaw puff pastry at room temperature or over night in refrigerator.
  4. After thawing, unroll the dough, and cut each sheet into 3 pieces.
  5. Add pie filling and fruits (optional) to the centre of each piece.
  6. Begin to close each piece by pinching the dough together until closed, then gently press down on the dough to secure the closure.
  7. Place dough in a lightly oiled, or parchment paper-covered round baking pan.
  8. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Allow for pastry to fully cool off until applying the cream.
  10. Cream:
  11. Place all ingredients together in a mixing bowl: cool whip, butter, and condensed milk.
  12. Gently and very slowly mix together until combined. Do not over mix. (see picture and note)
  13. Once pastry has cooled, add the cream to each layer of the cake, until stacked.
  14. Then cover the outside of the cake until desired look.
  15. Place cake in the fridge to slightly stabilize and before serving.
  16. Now, enjoy! ūüôā
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Spending the Day in Beverly Hills

Where would you go in Los Angeles if you only had one day to visit? Well, I asked myself the same question when my dear cousin came to visit me this past weekend. She’s a student and always on a busy schedule balancing school-work-life obligations that she was only able to stay for the day (she came from North Cal). As I began to think where I would take her, I reflected on my favourite parts of LA,¬†and thought that exploring Beverly Hills would be a good start. We wanted to ¬†make the most out of one day. We started off the day on Rodeo Drive, and walked around all the shops and restaurants near by until we needed to change our shoes (blisters are no stranger for me)! We also stopped by Hollywood, and drove up a hill to get the best picture perfect snap of the Hollywood sign…buuuut my phone died. So I decided I’d share my favourite places of Beverly hills instead.

P.S. this post is unique because I have listed below a new feature on the blog, “Shop My Blog” where you can find clothes, accessories, shoes, and really anything that I post on my blog to¬†purchase. Make sure you check it out. ūüôā¬†

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Dr. is so glamourous. Personally, I feel such an excitement walking up and down this street. It has such a feel to it. I love going into the well known brand stores to discover the latest fashion trends, and fresh looks off the runway. Fashion is an art.¬†A lot of these styles found at the high end shops are more artistic then actual wearable items. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to own many things I laid my eyes on, but I like to appreciate the creation of each item, just like an artist appreciates it’s painting. Each brand displays their signature, and¬†their inspired look.

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Clearly, we got a little carried away once we went into #YSL, the all white-marble everything is just…ahhh!

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After being in the So Cal heat for the early afternoon, we really needed a beverage to cool us off. We drank a little to much caffeine the morning of (since we were up early) so we thought a Matcha smoothie would really hit the spot, and it did.

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And here we have it, the famous Rodeo Drive strip. Although this part is quite small, it does give off a European feel with the beautiful architecture, restaurants that expand onto the street, the grand hotels, and the artistic display of sculptures and monuments.

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As for lunch, a good friend of mine recommended a beautiful restaurant called, Villa Blanca. I love the all-white look (if you haven’t already noticed)! She knew I would love it, and it was a truly a great find. The food tasted just as good as it looked. And I got some inspiration for my next pizza recipe. ūüėČ

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For dessert, we thought we’d try something different. After a satisfying meal, we thought a gelato would hit the spot. Amorino was a very unique gelato/cafe shop. I have never come across this type of presentation before. I did a little background research since I noticed that they are originated in Paris, and have expanded to some of the major places in the world.¬†“This place is very unique in a sense that is was¬†Created in 2002 by two childhood friends, Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi, Amorino was born in the heart of Paris on Ile St Louis. Also, (and my favourite) there is absolutely no colouring agent or artificial flavors will be found in our gelato – this is one of Amorino’s fundamental principles”. A pretty rare thing to come across now a days. Very authentic.

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Then I decided it was time to take off those heels, because my feet were not happy.

Tip: always have a stylish pair of flats in the car. ūüôā

Shop these shoes at the end of this post>>>

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ATM Sprinkles. Uhhmm… this is a must!

Sprinkles is loved my many well known stars like Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Ryan Seacrest and Barbra Streisand. You know this place made it big hence the need of the ATM machine; the line-ups were so long that they needed to come up with an idea to serve customers (like me) who don’t like to wait in long lines.

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Next, on our way to our next destination (the Hollywood sign) we did a little wondering in this random area.

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And then I laid my eyes on this adorable house (I’m sorry for not getting copyright over this picture lol!) it was just too cute not to share.

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And there you have it, a day full of exploring, eating, and laughs. Spending a day with your¬†bestie, is always a good idea. ūüôā

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My Favourite Moments of Our Wedding Day

Here we are, after one year of marriage spent together, we can proudly say it’s our first wedding anniversary! Time sure does fly by. As we were both reflecting on this memorable day, we shared our favourite moments through out our journey together, our thoughts, and our future goals. We are so grateful for God bringing us together. He has given us the desire to serve the Lord, to love each other, and to start a family together. Love is¬†truly¬†a beautiful thing.

As I reflected back on our wedding day, it really does seem like a dream. I sooo badly want to relive it, to take in every detail, and every moment to its fullest. But, without a wink of sleep it’s kind of hard to remember each little detail. I remember desperately trying to fall asleep the night before our wedding. So many thoughts were racing through my mind! The dress, the decor, the flowers, the weather, my hair and makeup, making sure I packed everything I needed for the honeymoon, and seeing my hubby face-to-face… oh the endless thoughts. And I don’t think I am the only one who experienced this. So after looking at the clock over a million¬†times, I gave up, I accepted the fact that I would not sleep. Then,¬†rinnnng goes my alarm, the day has begun! As I jumped out of bed, I tried to remind myself that I wasn’t going to allow myself to be tired. Suddenly, I heard my phone ring, I smiled as I looked over to see that it was my fianc√© (husband). As we shared our excitement before seeing each other he added, “babe, I didn’t sleep a wink”. Ha! I knew I wasn’t the only one. ūüôā

So, in honour of this symbolic day, I wanted to share a few of my favourite photos, that display my favourite moments of this special day.

I started off my morning with a hot bath in my parents jacuzzi. Hot baths always make me feel relaxed and refreshed, so this is exactly what I needed. I think I was enjoying myself a little too much when the hair dresser rang the door bell and I was still in the bath! lol.

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After the makeup and hair styling was done, my flowers came in. Oh they were so lovely. I love white flowers… actually I love white everything. It’s so elegant, pure and peaceful.

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Next, I couldn’t leave the house without perfume. Perfume is essential. And I wouldn’t go on with my special day without the perfect smelling scent of the classic, Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. This perfume is my all time favourite. I¬†save this one for special occasions or the weekends. ūüôā

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It was finally time to get the dress on. I felt so many feelings of excitement, this was it,¬†my hair, my makeup was¬†done, and now I’m putting on the dress. It’s every girl dream coming together all in this moment. Also, this photo is significant¬†to me because of my mama and sister that¬†always stood by my side to make this day as special as it was.

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With only a month and a half to plan our wedding, I was happy to be able to custom design my dress. Because of the limited time I had with options, I was happy to have done what I could. It was perfect to me.

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And now, the wedding shoes. The perfect touch, the perfect detail, and the perfect fit… Badgley Mischka.

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Oh! How vividly I remember this moment. After everything was done and complete, now it was time to see my future hubby. It was time for a face-to-face. Every step was filled with excitement, as my heart was racing, this moment was finally here!

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We took most of our wedding photos the morning of the wedding ceremony. It was a dark, gloomy and rainy day. My curls were falling out, my dress was getting a little wet, and my makeup was fading, but I (we) couldn’t be happier. Nothing else mattered in these moments.

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I wanted to share this one because it shows the details of my dress. If you want to read more about how I custom designed my Vera Wang dress, check out my post here.

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I love this photo, it’s just so fun.

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Now, we were running a little late. The clock was ticking, and it was time to get to the ceremony. On the drive there, we drove by some cute areas that were soon instagram-able that we just had to stop. I promised that this was the last stop we were going to make, hence my eagerness to get to the picture perfect area.

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WE DO! And just like that, we are husband and wife! This was the beginning of it all. Our hearts were full of joy. We were so thankful for every person, every clap and every smile that were part of this day.

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It’s all about the details. I love¬†the beauty of flowers (especially white flowers).

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This photo sums up our excitement of this day and our future. We did it, we came this far, by the grace of God we are in this forever.

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I find peace in the comfort of his love.

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This is one of my favourite photos of this day. The veil blowing in the wind, our eyes locked, and the smiles on our faces.

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I’m sure by now, you can tell that I love black and white photos. ūüôā

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And the day finally came to an end. It definitely didn’t go as well as I planed or expected, but I was able to see past all of this because it was so much more than having the best hair, makeup, details, decor, weather, and/or dress… this day was all about the start of our future. And that was enough for me.

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Left-over Bacon Butter Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I grew¬†up in a big family, who loves¬†food. There was always something cookin’ in our house…and a lot of it! Thankfully, I was taught how to¬†cook at a young age from my lovely mama, who always¬†taught me to make enough to feed everyone and have leftovers, ensuring¬†everyone would be¬†fully satisfied. I still carry that on today – even if I don’t have eight mouths to feed,¬†¬†I always make a little more, because more equals leftovers.

More food = Leftovers

(I really wanted to emphasize that! he he)

In honour of this past long weekend, I made pan-seared steak¬†(which was delicious; and I am definitely planning on posting that recipe on here soon). Along with the steak I made mashed potatoes, ’cause… who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? And of course I made a little too much, so there was leftovers for the next day.

So, yesterday I wanted to whip up something quick for lunch, and as soon as I opened the fridge a lightbulb clicked. There was bacon, parsley, feta, garlic (there is always garlic), and butter, and I thought that would make a tasty combo…my husband (being my food critic) said it was a hit!

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Voila!

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Our meals don’t slide without a salad, so I thought adding this spinach-tomato-feta salad was critical. Also, I never buy or use store-bought dressing, so look below to see how you can make your own dressing in seconds, just as I always do.

Spinach Tomato Feta Salad

  • Spinach
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • Feta Cheese
  • 1/2¬†squeezed lemon
  • Sea salt and basil or Italian seasoning for taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbs of Olive oil

And there you have it! A 10 minute lunch. Honestly it doesn’t get much easier then this. Next time make extra mashed potatoes just so you can set yourself up for¬†a quick and easy dinner for the following day!

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Left-over Bacon Butter Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Cups of Mashed Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Parsley
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 5 slices of Bacon, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 1 tbs of Butter

Instructions

  1. In a small pan, fry chopped bacon until browned, and remove from heat.
  2. In a separate pan, melt butter and add minced garlic until browned.
  3. Add bacon to the butter and garlic and stir until combined.
  4. Add mashed potatoes, parsley, and feta and stir until combined and potatoes are warm enough for serving (about 5 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat, and enjoy!
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Birthday Fun in California

There is definitely a first for everything…Especially when¬†you move half way across the country! This year I celebrated my 23rd birthday in Pasadena, California. My husband planned an evening out town, and I was very impressed. ūüôā

Pasadena is a small-ish town northeast of LA, known for the shopping and dining district, along with their beautiful Victorian and striking architecture buildings. It really has a European feel, which made site seeing and picture taking… #instaworthy. ūüėČ

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This courtyard at City Hall was so lovely

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The restaurant we went to was called Cafe Santorini. It was so fun and the food was delish!

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So to start off the day, I had these adorable champagne gummies from Sugarfina because I thought they were totally suitable.

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Many people asked where I got my outfit from, as if was going of that flappers look, lol…I actually wasn’t, frills are just so fun, and so in, and I just felt like wearing something fun for my birthday! After all, I couldn’t let this adorable dress just sit in my closet forever! Anyways, I got this dress for a steal a couple months ago when¬†Zara¬†(my favourite store of all time), had it’s semi-annual sale on (which¬†is currently still happening if they have any more items left!).

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And as for the shoes… yup you guessed it… #Zara ! I got these again, when they had their 2016 winter sale just this past January. I couldn’t resist when I came across these! They are just drop dead gorgeous.

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So I pieced it all together by working with what I had in my closet.

Dress: Zara

Shoes: Zara

Choker: Aldo

Earrings: Hudson’s Bay

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Buuuut I have to say, I had a little dilemma with the choice of earrings, which would you have picked?

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You know, it doesn’t always have to be new, but thats something I just recently learned. I used to always buy a new item for random events; girls night out, date night, wedding, shower, church, and so on. But eventually my husband caught on and said that had to stop, lol. But there is always something you can work with in your closet. Like that little black dress, or that plain tee, or even dressing up your plain outfit with those fancy shoes that you never wear! Im telling you, re-discover your closet, there is more in there then you may know. ūüôā I’ve helped some friends that needed tips on “what to wear” and they were surprised with what they had in their closet once paired up with something they never thought could work.¬†Anyways, thats my little rant for the day, he he. I hope your day was as special as mine was. <3

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xo I.P.

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