DIY Bachelorette Survival Kits

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Seeing as my sister is offfiiiicially getting married on Saturday (!!), it only seemed fitting to finally share the details of the bachelorette survival kits I put together for her last hurrah. I created one for every guest in attendance just as a wee little thank you for being so awesome to my big sis over the years. An adult loot bag, if you will! The best part is that they can be totally customized depending on your preference/location/event. Staying in Miami? Toss in some sunscreen and aloe. Vegas? Obviously a poker chip to get everyone started. The one thing that I must insist upon: glitter glasses. Fun group photoshoots are bound to ensue! (Tip: pick up the kids glasses – they’re only $1 at most party stores in lieu of the $8 adult ones. They don’t totally fit, but they do stay on, and nobody will ever know)

PS – scenes from that weekend right here!

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My Favourite Colour from Vmac + Cheese

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Is it even necessary to express how envious I am of Jacquelyn’s current adventure in South Africa? Besides the fact that it’s summer there, I’ve long dreamed of exploring South Africa’s beautiful beaches, vistas, and wildlife. By all accounts, it’s spectacular!

It should come as no surprise that South Africa’s stunning flora and fauna inspired local artist Frances White, who created My Favourite Colour, a “surface design company” who creates beautiful patterns and textiles for use in the design industry. Launched in 2012, Frances’ current collection showcases floral patterns based off of flowers found in the South African regions of Highveld, Cape, and Tsitsikamma. She created the designs by hand first, through drawings and paintings, then converted them into digitally collaged patterns which were then printed on her textiles. I’m completely in love with the vibrant colors in this design, while the soft palette and plants in this one remind me of growing up in Texas (both are gorgeous, right?).

Check out more of Frances’ designs below, and keep reading on for the good news — you can purchase her designs, no matter where you live!

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Now for the good news: to purchase, you can check out South African retailers here (if you’re a local), or purchase online via Etsy!

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Happy New Years from Cape Town!

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So I totally wrote this before I even left and have scheduled it out in advance, but I’m going to go ahead and say that we are having an INCREDIBLE time! I hope your New Year is off to a fantastic start, and can’t wait to see what’s to come this year!

Lots and lots of love
XOXO, Jacquelyn

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Coffee Talk

My dear Clara recently tagged me in this fun little project entitled Coffee Talk. Essentially, she answered a handful of questions and asked 4 people to do the same. And since it’s Friday and all, I thought it’d be the perfect time to get it out there. Without further ado, here are a few bits and pieces you may (or may not have!) known about yours truly. 

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And now it’s my turn to tag some of my favourites! Leah, Tobe, Molly & Sally aaaand Samantha, you girls are up! 

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Couryard Photo:  Buffy Dekmar Photography  for SMP Living | New York City Photo: Bryce Covey Photography for SMP Living | Honeycomb Studio Ceramics: Buffy Dekmar Photography   for SMP Living

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How To Create a Fall Floral Arrangement

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Floral arrangements are one of those things that I insist on having in our home at all times. For just a few dollars every few weeks, you can truly transform your dining room table. This simple act brings me an inordinate amount of joy each and every day, and it’s come to be something I just work into my monthly budget. And what better way to bring some life to your space with a foraged fall inspired bouquet the likes of this beauty from Amy Osaba  & Rylee Hitchner. Read on for a few tips on creating your own romantic centerpiece, perfect for this time of year!  

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::Tip No. 1::
Use a wide mouthed vessel. The wider mouth encourages the florals to fall loosely and haphazardly creating a more organic feel. 

::Tip No. 2:: 
Try to stick to no more than 3 different colours in your palette. This will ensure your arrangement remains elegant and sophisticated. Here, Amy stuck with a rich palette of burgundy, pink and white. 

::Tip No. 3::
Grab blooms, branches, leaves and any other interesting findings from your own yard. Vary the scale and texture of your pieces to create a more interesting arrangement.

::Tip No. 4:: 
Start with your largest, heaviest branches. Next, start layering in some of your single stems, rotating the arrangement as you go to ensure it looks fantastic from all sides. Don’t worry about perfection here! It’s virtually impossible to mess this one up.

::Tip No. 5::
Save your fullest blooms for last, placing them closer towards the center of the arrangement. 

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Floral Arrangement: Amy Osaba  | Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Found: Style Me Pretty Living

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Interview: Channeling Contessa

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Just a quick note to let you know that I’m over
on one of my favourite blogs, Channeling Contessa,
answering all of her burning questions in her “Girl Crush” series!

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Guest Post: Scenes from Sweet Thing’s Weekend

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Hi, Jessie here from Sweet Thing. When Jacquelyn asked me to guest post, I thought it would be fun to carry on her weekly tradition of “Scenes From My Weekend” with my own version.

As a freelance photographer, weekends have become somewhat obsolete since I always have work to do. But this past weekend was wonderful from start to finish. I still had work obligations and photo editing to finish up, but I made sure to make time for a little fun as well. Other than an insanely fun 90′s themed dance party on Friday night, I had no real plans. Sometimes I find those to be the best kind of weekends. I wondered around my neighborhood, went to my local farmer’s market and record store, drank lots of delicious coffee, walked around the Silver Lake Reservoir and grabbed drinks with friends. The weather was warm and perfect. It’s weekends like these that make me love living in LA more than ever.

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Jessie_Scenes_04{A stop at my local record store Vacation Vinyl, to pick up the new Vampire Weekend}

Jessie_Scenes_05{A cocktail at Bar Stella}

Jessie_Scenes_06{Coffee and a donut at Broome Street General Store after a morning walk around the reservoir}

Jessie_Scenes_07{Wine with friends at Jay’s Bar}
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A big thank you to dear Jessie! I can’t even begin to describe how honoured I am to have THE Jessie Webster’s personal photos up on my pages.

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April on Instagram

 

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I think it’s safe to say that April was a good month. Not only did I wrap up a fab mini family vacation in Florida, I also finished writing that dang NCIDQ exam (one of these days I’ll refrain from bringing it up in a sentence), a dear friend of mine has returned from a whirlwind 9 month long stint in South America, and the weather is finally behaving. This newfound freedom has me all sorts of excited and I can’t wait to see what May brings along with it!

Ps – If you care to follow along on further Instagram adventures, my username is: larkandlinen.

Happy weekend my dears. XO

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March on Instagram

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I feel like I’m cheating since we’re almost through with April (what!?) but I thought I’d take a quick peek back at the month of March, as told by my Instagram feed. I thought for sure this month would be pretty pathetic since it feels as if I never. left. my. couch, but apparently I did do some fun things! Follow along @larkandlinen and have a wonderful weekend. XO!

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spring has sprung

 

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I can’t even begin to tell you how enamored I am with this shoot from the newest Kinfolk magazine. It’s weird in the best kind of way. It simply embodies my feelings surrounding upcoming seasons and has instantly given me that kick in the pants to will winter out the door. Spring, I am so ready for you!

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February on Instagram

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February 2013 will forever be remembered as the month before exams started taking over my life. All of these activities feel like they happened So. Long. Ago. In case you care to see what my March is looking like on the daily, you could totally follow along (username: larkandlinen)

Happy weekend friends!

xo.

ps – you might want to head on over to Kisha’s blog to check out a little series I helped her kick off!

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january on instagram

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Are you guys totally getting sick of seeing pictures of my mug of tea yet? I’m telling you – things have been pretty slow around here! Most days I’m lucky if I get changed into something that doesn’t resemble that of yoga pants or cotton sweats. It’s not terribly pretty around here ;)

Happy weekend lovelies!

ps. find me on instagram here. My username is larkandlinen.

pps. I’ve totally jumped on the Vine wagon as well. I’m still pretty convinced that the whole thing is a hot mess, but it IS pretty fun to play around with!

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house envy: au natural

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You might think that once you’ve seen one neutral home, you’ve seen them all. But I am here to prove to you that this is not the case. Not even in the slightest! This particular Antwerpian home plays with the use of scale and texture to create a neutral, natural space that is anything but boring. And if you know me at all by now, you’ll know that I’m totally, completely, 100% on board.

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lately, on style me pretty at home

 

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1. An outdoor winter picnic
2. A french pear martini
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. The most adorable 1st birthday party
4. A guide for how to prepare your cheese board (it came in really handy when I was preparing mine last weekend!)
5. Travel diaries through Milos, Greece
6. A beautiful reunion
7. A delicious goat cheese apple tart

Just a glimpse at a few of the things we’ve been up to over on Style Me Pretty at Home. Have I mentioned already that I have the best job in the world? Seriously. I’m a month in and still can’t get over the fact that I get to oogle all of this pretty for a living!

Happy weekend lovelies <3

 

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amazing art:

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As a designer, art is the thing one thing I often find the most troublesome. Not only can it absolutely make or break a space, it’s such a personal experience and one that cannot be forced. As they say, art needs to find you (which can be frustrating at times, let me tell you!)  In general, it takes me a while to connect with a piece, and though there is no denying the incredible talent that exists in this world, there aren’t many pieces that have completely moved me to date. When I stumbled upon Florian Nicolles illustrations I stopped dead in my tracks. I feel very attached to each and every one of these pieces and I officially NEED to find a way to make them mine.

 

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condo life: our halls, decked

 


| a simple pine wreath transforms our door |

As I mentioned yesterday, I much prefer understated decor when it comes to getting ready for Christmas. In lieu of knick-knacks and tchotchkes strewn about, we’ve opted to go for a natural vibe using white and green as our palette with hints of red thrown in for good measure. Here are just a few things Justin and I have done to ensure our condo is holiday-ready.


| faux-fur sheepskins set a cosy vibe (and are only $12 at Ikea) |


| a wooden bowl filled with seasonal fruit
(because clementines totally smell like Christmas) |


| we didn’t forget to show the washroom some love |


| a handful of simple snowflake ornaments
(picked up at the dollar store of all places) on our tree |


| Guinness coasters (from Ireland) & a cupboard filled with Christmas mugs
show festiveness in unexpected places |


| tree trimming remnants in a “cable-knit” vase adorn our table
and a mulled wine candle helps set the mood |

tip: when picking up your tree, ask them if they have any tree trimmings they’re willing to part with. I ended up leaving with far more than I knew what to do with – all for free! We have vases filled all over the place and the scent is intoxicating.

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1 Champagne Glass ($33)
2 Art ($26)
3 Lamp ($108)
4 Bangles ($130)
5 Stationery ($16)
6 Throw Pillow ($30)
7 Notebook ($13)
8 Ceramic Bowl ($18)
9 Bracelet ($30)
10 Earrings ($30)
11 Tray ($33)

It’s possible that I saved my personal favourite gift guide for last…

Happy weekend you guys!

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note to self:

work here:

cook here:

drink this:                                                     in this:

and sip it here:

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Just a few things I’d like to be doing right now.

Happy weekend kumquats!

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October on instagram


Let’s just say that October was good to me.

Happy weekend you guys!

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tasty treats: middle eastern stuffed acorn squash


Between my recent vacation (where calories don’t count) and Halloween, it’s pretty safe to say that my diet as of late has been lacking in all forms. Heavy meals, too much beer and sugar-ladden treats have quickly replaced anything of value and have made me feel laggy and less than stellar.

With that in mind, I’ve been on the hunt for meals that are easy to throw together, full of flavour and leave me wanting more. When I stumbled upon this recipe for middle eastern stuffed acorn squash*, I knew I had to give it a shot. Not only does is scream fall, but the flavours are intense and delicious and taste anything but healthy.

*It should be noted that I doubled the amount of cinnamon, cardamom & mint the recipe calls for. Additionally, I added a teaspoon of cumin, turmeric and coriander to boost the flavours even more. I am a spice advocate through and through

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{a very belated} september on instagram

Just a few things I got up to last month via Instagram (yes, I’ve joined the bandwagon)

Follow along here (username: @larkandlinen)!

Happy weekend you guys <3

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halloween treats


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Every year I convince myself that I’m going to throw a Halloween “feast” of sorts. An excuse for my friends and I to gorge on inappropriate amounts of candy and drink questionable beverages out of oversized goblets. And each year, without fail, Halloween manages to sneak up on me.

This year is no exception. With travel and life and work and… these days, I’ve once again run out of time. If I were to throw said party however, you’d better believe that my treat table would resemble something the likes of what you see here. Oreos disguised as mummies, dangerous looking cupcakes* and licorice spiders make for the perfect accessories to my make believe party.

*I’m fully aware that sounds ridiculous. I use the word dangerous lightly.

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market finds


Last Saturday, Justin and I headed to the Christie Antique Show to waste away the day (in the best kind of way). Happening only twice a year, this event consists of 10 acres of delicious antique market goodness. We ended up leaving with a handful of cool trinkets for unbelievable prices (my favourite being the vintage wooden shoe forms – Justin thinks they’re weird but that’s kind of why I love them).  It was my first time perusing the bounty and it will definitely not be my last. Here’s a peek at the goodies we brought home with us. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend it!

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august on instagram

I finally jumped on the Instagram bandwagon and couldn’t be more thrilled. Follow me @larkandlinen if you want to be bombarded with pictures of my life on the daily (I warn you, I’m slightly obsessed). And if you don’t have Instagram, you can still check-out the goods. I’ve added a fancy little Instagram button on my sidebar.

Have a great weekend!!

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get organized!


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I know that many of us succumb to the urge to spring clean as the weather warms up, but am I alone in feeling the same compulsion come fall? Though I’ve been out of school for over five years now, once September rolls around I still feel as if new beginnings are on the horizon. A fresh start, if you will. And with that comes the desire to purge my belongings, organize my boxes and bins, tuck away all my warm-weather clothes, and dust off that label maker hiding within the depths of my closet. Without realizing it, lately I’ve been unintentionally pinning a handful of organized spaces that are only further fueling this fire. Here are a few great ideas that I can’t wait to incorporate into my own home some day. In the meantime, I’ll be busy figuring out a way to impermanently affix some hooks onto the innards of our cupboards in our (rented) condo (see the first image, above. How clever is that?!)

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house envy:


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While I’ve always been a girly girl at heart, the notion of all things princess (tulle, tiaras and the like) irks me to no end. Give me some pink, MAYBE a sequin or two, but for the love of all that is holy do not call me a princess.

When it comes to interior design, there’s no question that I’m drawn to that of a feminine aesthetic. That said, there is a fine line between pretty in pink and Cinderella threw up. All to often I see spaces in which that line has been crossed. But this one? Well, this one is an exception. The perfect example of girly done right. A hint of pink here and there, just the tiniest bit of sparkle, and worn wood to ground it all. Yes, yes and a little more yes.

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house envy:


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I mentioned last week that one of the most difficult things to do as a designer is to design for yourself. There is just so much pretty out there that I find I need to be very cognisant of my purchases so my own space doesn’t turn into a mash up of objects from eras of all kinds. While I admire the eclectic look and feel and know for certainty there is a time and a place for it, I have recently established that it’s just not for me. On the other hand, if there’s one thing I dislike to the umpteenth degree, it’s a space that has been so heavily curated that it feels as if its unlivable. Matchy-matchy, and over-done is never a good thing.

I’ve been on the lookout for a space that embodies everything that I envision for myself: a fine line between painstakingly predetermined and haphazardly thrown together. I feel confident when I say that this just might be it. Estee Stanley has done an impeccable job at transforming these rooms into a home. The combination of old and new, feminine and masculine, modern and rustic is no easy feat, and is one I strive for myself on the regular. This house, what with its glorious furnishings, arched entryways and other such architectural details, will from here on out be considered my muse.

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note to self:

Make these:

To put on here:

Relax there:

Sleep here:

Start each day there:

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guest post: makeunder my life


I’m over here participating in Jess’ “Design Your Life” guest series. Check it out!

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guest post: she wishes she was wearing

My very favourite blogging duo, the adorable Molly and Sally, have asked me to be a part of their awesome series: She Wishes She Was Wearing. Hop on over to A Piece of Toast to check it out! This anti-fashionista happens to have some pretty sage advice ;)

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scenes from my weekend


rainbow sprinkles (because I’m 4) | a weekend morning ritual
a playful puppy | sparkly shoes | the beach

If this past weekend is any foreshadowing for what’s to come this summer, I know that I’m in for a treat. It was the first one in a very long time in which I really took advantage of the warm weather in all its glory, spending every spare moment possible outdoors. Between blended mojitos, dinner dates with new friends, (more than one) ice cream trips and strolls along the beach, it was the absolute perfect way to kick off what is sure to be a wonderful season. Summer, you are aces in my books.

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summer essentials


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I believe that my favourite thing about summer is that you truly don’t need all that much to really enjoy it. The blazing sun, a cute swimsuit, something to protect your skin and a functioning bicycle is all I need to get me through the next few months.

Happy (first of summer) weekend friends!

 

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made me smile:

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Happy weekend friends! xxx

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guest post: the white ruffle


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Come find me over on Madison’s blog, The White Ruffle!

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hold tight!

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… we’re working on a few changes over here! I shall be back as soon as I’m able. Hold tight for now!

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Made me smile:


I used to entitle these posts “happiness is” but it never quite felt right claiming that the secret to happiness is a cute set of salt and pepper shakers or brand new boots. Every time I would hit publish something would churn in my stomach for I felt I was sending the wrong message. When I originally started this sometimes series, I did it with the intention of placing the focus on the little bits, those small moments that make your day just that much sweeter. I’m a firm believer in finding the light, the silver linings and appreciating the little things and that’s exactly what I’m trying to convey. From here on out, I will be referring to this series as “made me smile” for it feels more fitting. Yes, finding that dress you’ve lusted over on sale is something to smile about, as is making your way home without ever having to stop at a red light or purchasing a bag filled primarily with brown m&m’s (they taste the best, I swear it!) Little tidbits of my days that, in the grand scheme of things, are superfluous, potentially superficial and not necessarily the secret to happiness, but do deserve some recognition in their own right. What are a few notable things that made you smile lately? I’d love to know!

Happy long weekend sunshines (oh look, another reason to smile)!

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tasty treats: rich chocolate cake (for one)

Once in a while, I get the sudden urge for chocolate cake. If you’re anything like me, you know that when this urge strikes, it isn’t easily satisfiable. There isn’t much that can compare to a big slice of warm chocolatey goodness, and don’t try to tell me that a cookie or a chocolate bar will do the trick. I assure you, it will not.

Not wanting to commit to baking an entire cake for these dire moments of need (because if I have an entire cake I will eat an entire cake), I knew that there had to be a solution. It turns out, I wasn’t alone in this thought and have since found a multitude of recipes that result in just enough batter to make one decent portion of ooey gooey deliciousness. A single, personal sized chocolate cake, if you will. After testing out a few versions I came up with what I believe to be the perfect recipe (see below). The combination of ingredients results in a cake that’s not too sweet, not too dense, and just chocolatey enough to fulfil any and all cravings.

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luxury camping

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I’m not sure I’d be allowed to call myself a true Canadian if I didn’t enjoy some occasional camping. Something about surrounding yourself with nature, makeupless (and, more often than not, showerless) is extremely invigorating. Good for the soul, if you will.

While I feel the escape does great things for the psyche, I won’t deny that I do enjoy my luxuries. Sleeping on the ground is never something I’ll claim to enjoy and while bacon and eggs taste infinitely better when prepared over an open fire, they also take four times as long to cook (and are usually ingested with dirty fingers. Yum!)

Enter Shelter Co. Not only will they go ahead of time to set up your camp (consisting of an actual bed, 400 count sheets, down duvets, Pendleton blankets and s’more fixins’), but they will also go so far as to prepare your meals and organize your activities, should you so please.

How much fun would this be for a bachelorette party or for your guests after an outdoor wedding? It certainly has my name written all over it.

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the adventure project!


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I’ve recently teamed up with The Adventure Project and TypeTAP Campaign in support of World Water Day (which just so happens to be today!) The Adventure project is an organization that works to create jobs that stimulate economies in developing countries. Over the next 24 hours myself, along with 250 other bloggers, are hoping to raise $100 each to go towards training water well mechanics in India. Just $550 can help train one well mechanic which will results in access to clean water for 5,000 people. The Prem Rawat Foundation has agreed to match our donations (of up to $25,000.00). If a handful of us could spare five dollars each, we could make this happen! If you’re in a position to donate (every little bit helps), please head on over here to do so.

I truly appreciate it!

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guest post:

In addition to my post this morning, I’m over on Buckets & Bunches while Chelsea prepares for her upcoming nuptials (congrats Chelsea!) There I’m showcasing a few classic pieces I currently have my eye on – you may want to go take a gander.

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toronto in style.

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Head on over to Andrea’s blog here where I’ll teach you how to tackle Toronto in the most luxurious fashion – should money be no object of course. Hey, sometimes it’s nice to dream!

Happy weekend guys!

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goals & resolutions.

Come January, the thought of coming up with any sort of resolution always seems like a daunting task. It’s generally one in which I tend to avoid (hence the incredible delay of this post). I often feel as if I’m setting myself up for failure from the get go. I mean, lets face it, I won’t ever go to the gym three times a week – and I don’t need to beat myself up for it. When I saw this post on pennyweight it seemed like something I could easily stick to. By breaking goals and aspirations down on a month to month basis and turning them into a pretty graphic chart of sorts, I’m much more likely to accomplish said task and it gives me something to look forward to for the upcoming month. The following are a few things I will strive to achieve throughout the next year:

January :: make bread from scratch | February :: start painting again |
March :: take a cooking class | April :: do something nice for a stranger |
May :: organize my desk | June :: re-attempt an herb garden |
July :: take a roadtrip | August :: walk/bike to work every day |
September :: rent bikes & go on a picnic | October :: spend a day in bed |
November :: learn how to knit |
| December :: make a gift for a neighbour I haven’t met |  

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giveaway: sneakpeeq. {closed}

Sneakpeeq has generously offered to give away $25.00 to one lucky lark & linen reader. A new online venture, Sneakpeeq is a one stop shop for food, style and home products. Their focus is on brand new items that have never been seen before, all at incredibly low prices (perfect for those January budgets we all seem to be on). So head on over here to sign up to enter the giveaway (and get an additional 20% off your next purchase just for signing up).

The giveaway is currently only open to US residents at this time (but I’ve been assured that they’re working on making it available to the rest of us who always seem to be left out). A winner will be announced here at noon EST on Tuesday, February 7th!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED – Chantal is our lucky winner!

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retail therapy: mignon kitchen co.

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I just can’t get over Rachel’s new online shop Mignon Kitchen Co. I must have gone back to it eight times yesterday just to peruse some more. With its focus on unique items for your pantry, pretty packaging supplies and beautiful items to adorn your table, all at a more than reasonable price-point, it just cannot be beat. Plus, the addition of the easy tips and tricks to help you bake add a lovely personal touch that I often find lacking when it comes to online shopping.  I, for one, am absolutely smitten.

ps: Make sure to check back this afternoon for a great giveaway!

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guest post: hello 2012.

Today I’ve over visiting Kirby & Alexa at The Short and the Sweet of it. Hop on over to find out a few things I’m looking forward to in 2012!

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interviews: xquisit magazine.

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been featured in the new Xquisit magazine! Filled to the brim with inspirational images (the likes of what you see above) I feel honoured to be amongst so much prettiness. Hop over to checkout my interview on page 4 & 5 here

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guest posting: because it’s awesome.


Head on over to Because It’s Awesome where I’m holding down the fort while Tobe gets her new home all pretty-like! In light of her upcoming move, I’ve put together a housewarming gift guide to suit any budget (bonus: it’s perfect for Christmas gifts as well!)

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giveaway: the i am project! {closed}

I’m technically still celebrating Thanksgiving (and by that I mean I’m on a train en route from Montreal), but I needed to pop by quickly to help my dear friend Tobe spread the word on her awesome endeavour: The I Am Project. Have you heard of it? In her own words:

Our wish is to affirm and inspire the beauty in every woman, to celebrate the uniqueness in each of us, as well as the commonalities that unite us as women. We want to create a space to confront the dark places that come with growth; to witness women being valued for more than their bodies, clothes, or societal projections; to feel inspired by stories and images; and to become more deeply rooted in who we are as women. We want to become a net of resources that will nurture and fortify each other’s confidence, and fill women with awareness of the extraordinary beauty that each of us uniquely brings to the world.

Tobe and her friends have recently opened an Etsy shop where you can purchase their I am prints. 15% of all of their sales will go to help support women and the arts (how awesome is that?!)

Today Tobe is generously giving away a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 print (of your choice!) to one lucky lark + linen reader.

To Enter (open to everyone):
-Leave a comment below! A winner will be drawn Friday, October 14th

For additional entries:
-Like The I Am Project on Facebook
-Come back and leave another comment
-Tweet about the giveaway!
-Oh, and make sure to leave yet another comment

Good luck guys!

 

Whitney Johnson is our giveaway winner! Weee! Congrats Whitney!

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friday favourites.

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Happy weekend my loves!

Here are a few of my favourite things I stumbled upon this week
::the prettiest cloud cookie tutorial
::I kind of need this wallpaper in my life
::the most amazing guide to NYC
::now this is some camping I could get on board with
::I absolutely love this concept 

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guest post: vmac + cheese.

You can find me over here today! Victoria from vmac and cheese has asked me to participate in her “behind the scenes” series and I could not be more thrilled! Check it out to find out where I plan on travelling, and what I hope my life looks like in the next five years.

 

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guest post: wink nyc.

found (clockwise) here, here, here & here 

I’m excited to announce that today I’m being featured on WiNK’s blog! Head over here to check it out.

ps. it’s really strange to see my face on their homepage. Eep!

Thanks for having me WiNK ladies <3

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a collection of pretty things.

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It seems as if I’ve had one of those weeks where nothing is working out as it should. Nothing has gone drastically wrong, but things aren’t going all that right either. While I am always an advocate for long weekends, which ultimately lead to short weeks, they always leave me feeling drained at the end as I’ve had to pack five days of work into four. Adding on a faulty fire alarm at our condo (which went off six times in the middle of the night), an inconsistent streetcar system (that has made me borderline late for work too many times this week) and an internet connection at work that seems to like to disconnect the moment before I need to send out a set of drawings to a client, and I’m about ready for this week to end. Instead of going on and on with my woes (which, put into perspective are really not woes at all), please accept this collection of pretty things that are currently making me happy.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!  

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flor.

When I first came across Flor carpet tiles, I must admit I was a little bit skeptical. I knew that there were benefits to these tiles in a corporate setting, but I couldn’t imagine them in my home (or any of my client’s homes for that matter). Not too long later, I was put in touch with one of their PR representatives who offered to send me some tiles in order to take them for a test-run.

The tiles arrived and we promptly installed them. We opted for this line, and I could not be happier with the result. The quality of the British wool is wonderful. It’s thick and exquisitely soft and I often find myself sitting on the floor rather than the couch to enjoy it (I’m a designer, and sometimes we’re weird – no judgement please!) The installation was a piece of cake and I feel confident when I say that you can’t tell that they are carpet tiles. While you can’t exactly compete with a wonderful hand-knotted silk and wool Tibetan rug (or something of the like), I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this rug. Having lived with it for a month now, I would confidently recommend the line to anyone looking for an inexpensive alternative to an area rug.

And if I may be so bold, may I recommend this one? Lately I’m all for the re-dyed antique rug look and this line definitely fits the bill. It’s a great alternative to the (much) more expensive versions found on the market these days.

disclaimer: while the area rug was given to me to review, this post is unpaid and all thoughts and comments are 100% my own. 

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guest post: aspiring kennedy.

{a picture of our camel trek through the thar desert in jaisalmer}

Head on over to Aspiring Kennedy who’s asked me to share a few words on what she should expect while visiting India! (click here)

 

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bits and pieces of ella.

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For the next little while I’ll be taking some time to showcase bits and pieces of some of my very favourite bloggers; the ones that I visit daily, without question. These girls are talented beyond belief and I love the idea of sharing a bit about them with the rest of you. Without further ado, here it is:

I’ve only been reading Ella’s blog moleskine for a few months since it’s relatively new, but it has quickly risen to the top of my list of things I read before I begin my day. She posts frequently about art installations, incredible spaces, and anything and everything jaw-dropping. Her posts are always inspiring, beautifully written, artfully put together and more often than not something that I’ve never seen before. I have no doubt in my mind that any and all of you will love it just as much as I do.

And here are some bits and pieces of Ella: (more…)

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quotes & such.

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First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all of the love and support you’ve shown me with regards to my post yesterday. Your tweets, your comments, your emails and virtual hugs mean more to me than you’ll ever know. I miss my grandpa terribly but feel so loved, inside and out, through and through at this moment. So thank you.

It feels weird to transition into something else after the last few days, but I know that life must go on. That said, posting may be light over the next little while as I figure out how to adjust and digest this life without one of my very favourite people.

So here we go, attempting to move on.

A few of you recently emailed me asking what was written and hung up on our new art wall (this post here). It’s an exerpt from a novel called the Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I have not read the novel myself, but stumbling upon its quote a few years back really hit home for me and no words since have struck me the same way. Here it is:

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon… I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals, or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty, every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, YES!

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
-The Invitation

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gramps <3.

grandpa & I, c. 2006

I usually try to stay away from things that are incredibly personal, or difficult to deal with on my blog. The reason being is that, for one, I like to maintain some sort of anonymity. Secondly, there is so much out there that happens on a daily basis that we’re all forced to deal with, why drag it here, to my happy place? I prefer to keep this spot positive and joyful, a place where people want to come and visit during their moments away from reality.

That said, it’s also important to realize that things are not always butterflies and rainbows. Stuff happens. Crappy stuff. And sometimes it makes it easier to appreciate the sweet when you know what sour tastes like. I’ve gotten to know and love so many of you over the last year, and would like to share what I’ve been going through lately with you.

Yesterday morning, after a long, grueling battle with cancer, my grandpa passed away. He left behind four children, their respective spouses, a wife, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild, all of whom not only love each other, but legitimately crave time together. Seriously. Everyone gets along. That there is a testament to the type of man that he was.

He was the man who brought his wife tea in bed, every morning, and prepared a candle lit dinner for her every Friday during their 55 years of marriage. He was the man with the greatest belly, and the belly laugh to support it. A man with incredible stories, including the time he had the opportunity to serve the Queen breakfast during his stint in the navy. He had thirty men lined up in the kitchen,with every ingredient you could imagine on hand, ready for anything she desired, only to have her order a bowl of cereal. He laughed as he told the story, every time. The man who sat at the head of the table, eight grandchildren in tow (at the time, my baby sister wasn’t around yet), playing military lunch* with soup and grilled cheese. A man who suffered for a year now, in pain that I could only begin to comprehend, without even an iota of a complaint. He never missed a beat, or a party, until the very end. This is the man who, at the age of 72, funelled rum and coke’s at the pleas of his teenage grandchildren (we were 19, I swear of it!) It’s safe to say that he lived his life to the utmost fullest until the very end. My heart aches at this moment, but I feel relief knowing that he’s no longer in pain. His legacy will go on in the form of his incredibly loving, and supportive family. A family that I count my blessings to be a part of, every day. The best there is in this lifetime, I swear. R.I.P Gramps, you will be sorely missed but never, for one second, forgotten.


*military lunch: 8 kids, 8 bowls of soup, 8 grilled cheeses, with Grandpa at the head of the table commanding our moves: “one spoonful of soup with three and a half noodles on it”, “bite the corner of your grilled cheese” to be continued until our lunches were finished. To date these lunches are still my favourite childhood memory. I only recently realized that this was his ploy to get 8 kids to finish their meals. Brilliant, and incredibly fun.

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tasty treats: strawberry watermelon mojito.


Last Saturday the girls and I declared a pool day and spent the entirety of it by my cousins pool. To complement our idea, we whipped up some strawberry watermelon mojitos using this recipe and enjoyed them in the sun. Despite being slightly more labour intensive than I would usually tackle on a lazy Saturday, it was well worth the additional work. The drink was refreshingly dangerous as the subtle sweetness and fruity mixture completely masked any hint of vodka. They were quickly declared the perfect poolside accessory.

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condo life: art wall.


Remember this post of yore? After much contemplation (and some serious voting action from the likes of you – thanks guys!) Justin and I finally got our act together and filled up that sad, blank wall in our dining ‘room’ (I say room lightly as it’s more a dining corner – wahoo condo living!) Since finalizing our decision to go the direction of the art wall, we’ve been collecting items to frame. Seeing as we’re both on a tight budget, we knew that we had to be savvy with our selections. Luckily, I was able to dig through my files (both of the computer and of the old-sketchbooks-in-my-mother’s-basement variety) and found a bunch of personal art and photography that worked quite well together. Take a look below (and click on the image for a larger view) to see where our pieces surfaced from. I’m happy to say that thanks to the $1 printed card I purchased in India and my Coulson Macleod prize from a challenge I entered back in October (here), the wall was virtually free! Oh happy day! I’m so pleased with the results.

and if you’re looking to attempt an art wall of your own, here are a few of my tips:

::At least one element should remain consistent throughout to tie the pieces together as a whole unit. A few examples: use the same frames, stick to a similar colour scheme (all black and white images, all highly saturated images…), use pieces in the same medium (all photographs, all oil paintings…), or stick to a similar theme (landscapes, family photos…). While I believe that one element should be consistent, some of the most interesting art walls I’ve come across mix and match mediums, colours, and/or frames, so don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it.

::The most common mistake made is not hanging art at an appropriate height. The rule of thumb is that the centre of your cluster should be at eye level (ie 5′ off the ground). That isn’t to say that you can’t extend your art wall from floor to ceiling for the most wonderfully dramatic effect.

::Chose a spacing between your photos and keep it consistent. In our case we chose a 1″ gap between each frame.

::Get creative! Tack up an old strip of photos or frame a pretty peacock feather. There are endless possibilities.

::Asymmetry is beautiful, so long as balance is maintained. For example. If I had two or three light and bright pieces on one side, I would balance out the other side with a single heavy, perhaps dramatic piece on the other.

::And lastly, there are no real rules and like most things, to each their own; these are just guidelines that I find helpful when completing a cohesive scheme.

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wanderings: morocco.

Ever since returning from India (check out the details on that trip here), I’ve been hit with the travel bug. Hard. It’s taking all of my might to not pack up and leave to some exotic place once more. At this moment in time, it’s unfortunately not a possibility for me. However, it just so happens that my cousin is away in Morocco. The girl keeps sending me these incredible pictures that leave my jaw agape and I just needed to share the beauty of such a wonderful place with you. If I can’t travel myself at this moment, I can at least attempt to live vicariously through her.

ps: how awesome is her hair? Sometimes I send her creepy messages telling her I just want to touch it. Sometimes. AND now that you think I’m sufficiently weird, I am off!

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here + there.

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Psst! Check-out my very first interview over at the lovely Claire’s blog: Celebrate Creation (click here)

Thanks again Claire!

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new stuffs!

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I’ve added some new categories: wanderings & wishing well. Check em’ out…

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events: leslieville farmers market.

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I’m just going to take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to inform you of an awesome endeavor that one of my very best friends has taken upon herself to initiate. On Sunday, Leslieville (in east Toronto) will get it’s very own farmers market! The market will be open from 9-2 every Sunday from here on out until October. She has 21 vendors lined up selling everything from coffee and baked goods like fresh bread and pies, to fruits and veggies, free range, grass-fed meats, eggs, honey, fresh cheeses, prepared foods, jams and preserves as well as fresh crepes, quiches and poutine. Um. Hi deliciousness! I’m so so proud of her as she’s worked her little tail off the past few months to make this happen. There will be live music, delicious food and a guaranteed good time. (Seriously. I wouldn’t tell you all about it if I wasn’t absolutely sure it will be worth your while to make the trip).

For more information head on over to www.leslievillemarket.com And hopefully I’ll see you Sunday?! (ps how awesome would for me to actually get to meet some of you in real life too! Weekly groceries and new friends? Double whammy!)

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guest blog: freutcake.

graphics by freutcake

I’m so excited to announce a guest post for a series entitled 5 questions that I’ve recently put together for Leah at Freutcake. Have you been to her blog? If you have not you must go. Now. Immediately, if not sooner. She has a serious eye for all things pretty, and not to mention an impressive collection of incredible recipes (yes, I’ve flagged them all for future use, thankyouverymuch). So if you don’t go to check out my 5 questions (here), at least go and check out her stuff. You can thank me later!
And thanks again Leah for including me in your series!

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two things.

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Two things!

1) Congratulations to Lisa, our blog giveaway winner! Lisa I will contact you soon with details (for the nosey folk, I used random.org to select the giveaway winner)

2) I am off to India! (well, on Sunday). I am desperately excited and terribly nervous, eek. I’ll be gone for two weeks and I don’t know what I’m going to do without you guys! I’ll miss you so, but I’ll bring back lots of pictures, lots of stories, and perhaps some treats & souvenirs for another giveaway (we’ll talk). Have a great two weeks my little sunshine biscuits!

xx Jacquelyn

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something a little different.

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“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our
possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and
hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to
life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer
space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom,
but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but
accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but
broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything
from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the
showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share
this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks
up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave
your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the
only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”
Bob Moorehead

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giveaway: {pi’lo}!

To celebrate my one year of blogging (my blogaversary if you will) I’ve lined up the following giveaway. Heather at pi’lo has graciously offered to giveaway one of her typewriter pillows. Umm can we just stop and look at how pretty it is!? Really. Go look again, I’ll wait.

You see? So pretty.

The vintage typewriter keys are printed on a hemp and cotton pillow and have a wooden button closure so that the cover can easily be removed and washed – perfect for homes that have little people with sticky fingers.

To enter the giveaway you must do the following:
1- visit Pi’lo (here or here) and leave a comment telling me which item is your favourite (I know, it’s hard to choose, because everything is so stinkin’ pretty, but you must try!)
2- for an additional entry, follow me on twitter (here) and tweet about this giveaway
If you do decide to do both, please leave two separate comments.
A winner will be chosen at random next friday, April 29th!

(the small print: open to US & Canadian residences. please make sure you leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you!)

update: giveaway closed. Congratulations Lisa!

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one year down.

and also, as a thanks to you, my crazy-awesome readers, I’ve lined up a pretty great giveaway for tomorrow. So, although it’s a holiday and you’ll probably be sitting with your feet up eating little miniature chocolates wrapped in colourful foil (at least you should be. If you aren’t, we need to have a chat), you should take a moment to stop by here and enter the giveaway. (Did I mention that it’s a good one?)

Thank you guys for a really, truly, awesome year. I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for you. Your comments, your tweets, your sweet & hilarious emails… they keep me going. I love you guys!

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lark + linen on facebook {updated}.

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So I know I posted about our pretty shiny new facebook page some time ago, but it seems as if we were having some technical difficulty that I was not aware of. SO, if you’ve been trying to find the page and couldn’t, it’s all fixed and ready to go! Click here to like lark + linen on facebook <3

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featured: design*sponge.

Remember when I spoke about painting my desk (here)? Well, guess whose desk before & after was featured on Design*Sponge this afternoon! Lil ol me! I’m so pleased, I could almost fist pump (but nobody wants to see that). Check it out -> here! (weeeee!!)

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condo life: art woes.

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Here’s a sneak peek at our dining room (sans our Eames chairs, which arrived yesterday ::dances::).We’ve officially been in our place for a month (as of saturday), and we’re still staring at this big ol’ blank wall that is just begging for some sort of love. But I need your help. Do we do an art wall with a collection of smaller images, photographs, found objects OR do we splurge and purchase (or create) a big piece that really makes a statement. I find I’m changing my mind every day! 

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condo life: chair crush.

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If you follow me on twitter (which you totally should. we could be bffs), you may have noticed that I mentioned a little something about a big purchase that Justin and I recently made!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a crush on chairs. I know it’s weird, but I’m a designer, and sometimes we’re strange (just wait till you read the rest of this post, then you’ll really judge).From Bertoia to Jacobson, Mies Van der Rohe to Wegner, I definitely don’t discriminate. Each and every one makes me weak in the knees. That being said, to date I have not been in a position to be able to make such an extravagant purchase (hello upwards of $800 each). Until now. With a little persuasion from a co-worker (big purchases are scary), an incredibly crazy deal that was offered to us (seriously, I worry a litle bit that they’re going to arrive in doll-house size or something), and a few pennies saved, we’ve taken the plunge and purchased our dining room chairs.

Please meet our new Eames babies. They have wooden dowel legs and I love them so. They should be arriving on our doorstep in due time, and you bet your buttons they’ll each be getting their own name, and maybe even their own personality (one will definitely be a bachelor named Hank who lives in a loft, has an affinity for making homemade sushi and has a secret love for french documentaries. Obviously). How amazing are they? I want to cuddle them and make little chair babies. Too far? Perhaps. But man, I’m excited!

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spring fling.

found via unknown (1, 2), simply seductive, the decorista, the new yorker

 Up until Sunday the weather in Toronto was dreary and cold. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that we had the biggest snow storm of the season. With this in mind, it’s been difficult to allow myself to get excited for spring.

On Sunday, we woke up and took Stella out for a long stroll in our new neighborhood. The weather was fresh, the air smelt sweet, and for the first time in a long time, I found myself giddy at the thought of what’s to come. While Sunday called for an oversized sweater and a brightly coloured pashmina, I could sense that the days of pink skies, bare legs and new blooms are quickly approaching. And for this, I am excited.

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morning calm.

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Upon successfully signing our lease, I knew that I wanted to treat us to something small in celebration. A house-warming present of sorts. I had remembered stumbling upon Morning Calm, an etsy shop with the prettiest looking soaps from Korea. I quickly headed on over and made my purchase: a pack of nine soap samples ranging from bamboo charcoal to french green clay and peppermint. The package arrived promptly, wrapped in kraft paper and twine, with the loveliest little notes in the prettiest penmanship. As miniscule as a small bar of high quality, delicious smelling hand soap is, it’s often the littlest things, the small indulgences, that make life just that much better.

Currently, Hwasson from Morning Calm is donating 50% of many of her products to aid in the relief of Japan. I highly suggest moseying on over to pick yourself up some pretty little things.  

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lark + linen is on facebook!

So lark + linen has finally joined the ranks of all that is cool and now has it’s very own bright and shiny facebook page! From there you can follow us (or “like” us, if you will) to see sneak peeks, “scenes from my weekend” outtakes (sometimes it’s difficult to narrow the goodness down to just five pictures), to be notified of a new post and to see things that I’ve stumbled upon on the daily. Click here to like us over there. It’s exciting stuff here, folks.

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photography moves.

all photos found via photography moves (by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Cylla von Tiedemann, an incredibly talented Toronto based photographer, has just launched her new site: photography moves. Having a large knowledge and background in theatrical photography, she’s going to begin teaching workshops to those whom are eager to learn. These workshops are not your standard workshops though. Essentially, they will take place throughout the world, from Berlin to Montreal, to Mallorca and then some. The trip will encompass the entire travel experience from local food to culture to learning how to take gorgeous photos of talented dancers with the help of some of the worlds most incredible backdrops. How amazing would such an experience be?! I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.

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day of silence.

I’ve been sitting around, twiddling my thumbs, watching in horror as the events in Japan unfold. I’ve felt everything from sadness, to anger, to guilt for leading the incredible life I’ve been given thus far and not always appreciating it to the largest capacity. I know that I’m unable to save the world, but I also know that I can make a difference, and so can you.

Lydia at Ever Ours & Lucy at Utterly Engaged have gotten together to set up a fundraiser to help raise money to provide ShelterBoxes for families who have lost everything. “ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.”  (via ever ours) If you’d like to contribute, click here. Every little bit helps.

On top of my donation, on Friday I’ll be participating in a Bloggers Day of Silence for Japan. If you’re interested in participating, please e-mail lydia@ever-ours.com or info@utterlyengaged.com for more information.

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help japan.

found via Design Crush via Rob Dobi

Buy art, help Japan. All of the proceeds from purchasing this beautiful piece go towards helping disaster recovery in Japan. What has happened is a tragedy unbeknownst to the vast majority of us and I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around what each and every individual is going through at this very moment. Anything we can do to help, whether large or small, will not go unrecognized. 

Click here to make the purchase.
There are more here, if you’d rather another.

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psst.

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Are you as sick of this blogging hiatus as I am? I feel like I’ve been gone for a year and I really miss you guys! Things are slowly (emphasis on this) getting back to normal around here, thank goodness. So far I’m totally on top of all of my new-to-me projects at work, and we’re almost done decorating our new apartment too (::happy dance::)! Unfortunately in order to be on the ball I’ve exhausted almost every molecule of energy I own and I seem to be coming down with some sort of bug. I’m ignoring it though. Ignorance is bliss, right?! Anyway, I did not come back here with the intent to complain (although a little cuddle and a smidgen of sympathy never hurt anyone).

We officially move on march 19th and I’m so excited for life to get back to normal. I have a bunch of fun things planned for when I do return, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, it’s taking all my effort to not climb into one of these cloud homes. How fun are they?!

I’ll be back as soon as I’m able

xx Jacquelyn

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breathe.

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Every once in a while you just need to stop, and breathe, and relax, and get inspired. With tomorrow being the last day for a very close co-worker (and best friend .tear.), this week has been especially busy as I prepare to take over her projects (effectively doubling my workload). With this change comes a huge shift in my responsibilities and I suppose somewhat of a pretty amazing promotion. Today I’m off hopping from meeting to meeting and will be keeping this beautiful image in mind as I do so. Postings may be light until I establish both my work life and my home life once again, but I’ll still be around, popping in here and there. Wish me luck in the next couple of weeks! It may get a little hairy around these here parts.

xx Jacquelyn

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sleep deprivation.


found via A time to get, Global Atelier via Sarah Kaye

With my upcoming move quickly approaching, I’ve been busy purging all the things that I’ve accumulated over the last few years. I suppose one of the benefits of moving is being forced to go through each and every box in each and every closet and tossing (or donating) all the things that you will probably never need. (Note to self: you will NOT make your way through seven different face masks. Control yourself lady!) With this urge to purge my life comes the desire to refresh certain items that have found their way into my keep pile.

Namely: my desk. This bad boy is a simple pine desk with pretty bronze pulls and a matching wooden chair that I just cannot bear to part with. It was purchased for me for my first day of kindergarten (does that make it vintage?!) and I distinctly remember every little detail of the excitement that ensued. To date, there are still visible marks in the bottom of one of the drawers left behind from my awesome stash of crayons. But I digress. My little desk needs help you guys. Its knotted pine is dated and old, and the sun has done its damage by dyeing the wood a lovely shade of orange. I’m contemplating painting the entire thing black so that the bronze hardware really pops, but I can’t help but think it would be fun to leave the bottom eight inches of the legs unpainted. I’ve tossed around a few ideas here and there but this one has topped the list so far. I love the way the half-paintedness (totally a word) makes an older piece feel modern, fresh and updated. What do you think? Has all of the busy gotten to my head? – I have been sleep deprived you know.

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big news!

I know. It’s true. Here:

 How exciting is that? Very. That’s how. We have a fireplace guys. A fireplace! With real fire and everything! Maybe I’ll stop using exclamation marks now!

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I’m finally able to share the news with all of you. It’s been in the works for some time, but I wanted to ensure that it was actually for realsies going to happen before we went around gloating about it (aka smiling from ear to ear). We signed the lease on Saturday so now it’s officially ours. We have views of the lake, and of the city skyline. You can totally see the CN Tower from our future bed. Floor to ceiling windows you guys. It’s all so very exciting. And you know what? We have a dishwasher. Gone are the days of chapped hands. But for real, the best part? My current roommate is moving in with her boyfriend just around the corner! We may fasten ourselves one of those cup on a string phones so that we can still be in each others constant presence. I’ll keep you posted on that one. She has not been privy to this plan of mine yet.

I’ll miss living with a girl, a really great girl at that, as I hear boys have boy things and sometimes that’s pretty gross (hockey equipment anyone?). Also, word on the street is that boys have cooties. But I cannot wait to wake up to his face every morning. And force him to watch reruns of the Hills. And take naps during hockey games.

I hope to keep you posted throughout the trials and tribulations of our impending move. First up: how to decorate a large space with no money! Stay tuned.

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it’s his birthday!

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events: the interior design show.

If you follow me on twitter you would have seen me prattling on about the Interior Design Show last friday. Despite waking up with a massive, incredibly rude and totally uncalled for headache (I didn’t even drink, guys! he was such a bastard, showing up all uncalled for like that), I dragged myself to work and subsequently to the show with my co-workers in tow and I’m so pleased that I did. Below are some of my personal favourites; the highlights of the show, as far as I’m concerned:

hanging wire animals by Lynn Jackson (these guys were seriously cool)

Moroccan inspired pendant fixtures (Snob)

incredible millwork by the Carroll Street Woodworkers (you can push the wooden buttons on the desk and little compartments pop out! check out their website. These guys have super-talent)

by far the most appealing of all the redesigned Panton chairs (Greta Constantine)

arbutus + denman aluminum light fixtures – simply stunning

a pretty Bloomsburry Cabinetry kitchen

a beyond fantastic double-sided Selene book-case

some country sparkle (a winning combination) at the Up Country booth

perfectly pretty crown wallpaper

what better way to rep Toronto than with a YYZ pillow by Nicole Tarasick (sorry for chopping off the bottom. oops)


Jenn-Air underlit shelving (would look nice with a warmer glow, methinks)

Commute Home never fail to impress with their talent

and naturally, I saved the best for last. Coloured toilet paper! (and paper towel to match) by Renova. Fun in theory, although I’m not sure how it would actually look. Amazing all the same!

There! Now you can go on about your daily business and act as if you were TOTALLY there (if you didn’t have the opportunity to attend). You’re so welcome.

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scenes from my weekend.

images via lark + linen

This weekend was a particularly good one. While the boyfriend was out of town, I played catch up with all of the ladies in my life. On Saturday, I met my mom, my aunt and her daughter for brunch at Moroco, a chocolate bakery that also serves delicious meals. I ordered an $11.00 hot chocolate (just a little indulgent) which turned out to be a chocolate bar melted into a cup. While it was delicious, I could only ingest about a quarter of it before getting the shakes from too much sugar. The place was really sweet, with the cutest washrooms I’ve seen in a while (remember, I judge places based on their washrooms).

In the evening, the ladies came over for girls night. We headed out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and came back for flannel pj’s, leftover risotto and a slumber party (circa grade 3).

Sunday, we woke up and headed out to take advantage of Winterlicious, a food festival that takes place in Toronto twice a year. A handful of restaurants participate in the event and offer prix fixe menus for an astoundingly reduced price. It’s a great way to take advantage of restaurants that you may not otherwise be able to afford. The girls and I stopped off at Pure Spirits Oyster bar in the distillery where we enjoyed far too much food. We then waddled our way over to the west end of the city to take a peek at the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up to my Room art installation. Each room at the Gladstone Hotel is transformed into a work of art by a different artist. Unfortunately it’s done for the year, but it was very interesting and if you have a moment in the future, I would definitely recommend it.

*update: I’m aware that $11.00 hot chocolate is absurd, but I just had to try it once. It came with a truffle, so that helps justify it right? Yes. Let’s go with that. Don’t worry, I’m not one of those people who think that $11.00 hot chocolate is acceptable. But it was delicious, and sometimes you need to indulge a little. 

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pretty packaging: mast brother’s chocolate.

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Mast Brother’s Chocolate has hit it out of the park with not only their highly popular, incredibly incredible, high quality chocolatey goodness, but the packaging that comes along with it. I mean really. Look how pretty! It’s probably a good thing that they don’t sell the deliciousness up here in Canada because I’d be all over it (although, really guys? what’d I ever do to you!?).

As a side note, I’ll be attending the IDS show in Toronto this afternoon, camera in tow, so hopefully I’ll have some goodness to share with you next week!

Happy weekend lovelies

xxx

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a little love & a lot of ramblings.

Hey there! May I just take a quick moment away from our regularly scheduled blogging to talk about something real quick (but not really real quick because sometimes I ramble)? I thank you.

found via love nordic

Not long ago, I would hear of these blogger awards that people pass on to each other and I’d think “that’s so silly.  I’ll never participate in one of those!” But guess what happened. I was just tagged with a stylish blogger award and my first instinct was to get all giddy and high-horse like and think about my acceptance speech (because um, clearly an acceptance speech is necessary in a situation like this). And here I am, writing my little speech, getting excited over some recognition and for being given a cute little badge that makes me feel special.

Blogging is a funny thing. For so long you put yourself out there. You work really hard and pour your heart and your soul into it and you act like it’s your second job. Your baby. And for the first little while, nobody reads it (except your mom and your dad, when you make him). And sometimes you feel like you’re talking to nobody. And sometimes you think what’s the point? Why do I spend so much time pouring myself into this little corner of the web when nobody’s listening? Receiving a little token, a comment here and there, it makes it all worth it. So thank you Chantal, for bestowing upon me a cute little badge and a sweet little comment!

The rules are as follows:
.Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
.Share 7 things about yourself.
.Pay the award forward to 10 great bloggers.
.Contact those 10 bloggers and let them know that they have received the award

So here are my 7 things that you may not have known about me previously:

.My parents split up when I was just a little girl. It was both the worst and the best thing that has ever happened to me. Now I’ve been gifted with 8 grandparents, 4 parents, 2 additional siblings and more aunts, uncles and cousins than I could ever count. It’s been a blessing in disguise.

.I am a J-walker. I know. It’s true. I cross roads when I’m not supposed to. I dodge cars and run across lanes like I’m in my own personal game of frogger. But when I’m driving, you better believe I yell at pedestrians who do this in front of my car. It irks the hell outta me and don’t you know that it’s only okay when I do it?! C’mon guys.

.I’ve known that  I wanted to be an interior designer since I was a teeny weeny. I used to get excited to go to people’s houses for the first time so that I could see how they lived. How they decorated. When I would get home I would draw out their floor plan by memory and lay out their furniture the way I felt it worked best. I still have a binder filled with floor plans for my future dream home from when I was 7. You bet your buttons I had a ton of bridges, secret passages, and crazy hiding spots (for ultimate games of hide and seek) strewn throughout.

.I name inanimate objects all. the. time. I knew that my boyfriend, Justin, was the one for me when he didn’t bat an eyelash when I told him the name of my new sweater. Currently, I have a pink tea kettle named Maggie, a frying pan named Fiona, a TV named Hank and a mattress named Isodora. Although I’m well aware that this is more than a little strange, I can’t tell you how often I’ve been told that my naming abilities are a gift (seriously. I’ve gotten emails from friends with pictures of their new bikes attached asking me for the perfect name. Clearly I have awesome friends). I’ve recently named my new camera Clyde. It suits him just fine.

.I’m always blown away by the talent that emanates amongst my friends & family. Between one that has come up with the. best. commercials on TV, one that has opened his own restaurant, one who has recently accepted an award for an incredible marketing idea, a number of crazy-talented cooks, pianists, graphic designers, illustrators, interior designers, entrepreneurs… I’m constantly surrounded by such driven, talented individuals that it makes my head spin. I feel so so lucky.

.When I was little, I was painfully shy. My cousin used to have to push people out of the way so that I could approach and go down the slide. She’s 6 months younger than I am and to this day she still insists on taking care of me in her own little ways. She’s wonderful.

.My boyfriend has informed me that every time I blink, my left nostril twitches a little bit. I don’t know if this is true. I cannot tell because the twitch seems to take place during the closed-eye portion of the blink, so looking in the mirror doesn’t work (I tried). Nobody else has ever noticed this, ever. But it makes us giggle.

and the 10 stylish bloggers that I’d like to pass this award on to:
.Alexandra Campbell
.Two Tall Blondes
.Bijou & Boheme
.Sofia’s Journal
.From Gem with Love
.Love Nordic
.Global Atelier
.The Daybook
.munich & jeff
.the marion housebook

Thanks for listening guys!

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scenes from my weekend.

images via lark + linen

Despite the fact that my typical instinct during the winter months is to hibernate, on Saturday we embraced the cold! We headed outside dressed in as many layers as we could muster (I wore two of everything) and braved the frosty weather for the sake of a tobogganing/skating party to celebrate my little sisters birth. My uncle, an incredible cook, made homemade jamaican patties, my stepmom brought pierogies and hot chocolate was abound. Justin and I made cookies to enjoy hillside, but unfortunately they never made it out of the house (they were basically gone upon our arrival. A good sign I suppose.) It was a winter wonderland. We may have spent more time eating by the side of the hill than on the ice, but so be it. Later, we headed back to my aunts to warm up with stew and ox tail. It almost worked (except I’m still cold).

On Sunday I woke up craving waffles something fierce. Justin and I headed out on a mission: find Toronto’s best waffle. I do believe that we were successful in this endeavor. We ventured over to the west side of the city to check out Goet Eten, a sweet little belgium café with loose leaf teas, a variety of breakfast items, and probably the best waffle I’ve ever eaten in my life (aside from any that my Grandma has made, but that’s not fair because hers are made with actual physical love and that just cannot be competed with). The best part? My waffle was only $5.00! So go. Run. Get yourself some inexpensive, yet incredibly delicious waffles!

After some waffle eating, a bit of thrifting and a lot of complaining about the frigid weather, we topped off the day at the movie theatre (hibernation mode back in effect) where we saw Blue Valentine. My heart is still wrenched but my God it was a good movie.

Good weekend? I’d say so. How was yours?!

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photography: bill durgin.

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Bill Durgin, a New York-based photographer, works with the human body posed in compromising and unnatural positions to create his artwork. The result is nothing short of incredible. Oh, I can’t even being to describe to you how badly I want one of his pieces. I’d blow it up to an unrealistic size to mount above my future mid-century modern teak credenza in my future dining room.  A montage of smaller images, matted and framed to perfection, would work just the same.

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scenes from my weekend.

images via lark + linen

With temperatures quickly soaring downwards (it was -24c this morning. Minus twenty-four!), Justin and I did not much else other than hibernate from the frigid winds outside. We watched silly television, ate takeout sushi, built floor-beds* and spent hours laying on my new mattress (note: she was delivered Saturday, and in case you were wondering, her name is Isodora and she spoils us. She is like angel love and blue-eyed puppies).

Sunday we finally ventured out of our cozy-cave for brunch at le petit déjeuner in Corktown. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was funky and fun, but the service was just okay. The benches were upholstered in sparkly green vinyl though, so that was a definite plus.

Later, we ventured over to the St. Lawrence antique flea market to see what we could get our hands on. We didn’t purchase anything, but we did find a dog dressed in jeans, suspenders and a scarf, so I’d say it was a pretty successful outing.

ps. Yesterday was my baby sisters 13th birthday. Thirteen! When in the world did this happen?! In my mind she’s still teeny tiny, with long ringlets and a loud, high-pitched voice, dancing in front of mirrors and putting on shows for anyone that would dare watch. Happy birthday to the best baby sister anyone could ever ask for. Ever.

*a floor bed is exacly that – blankets, pillows & more blankets, all strategically placed on the floor. Kind of like an adult fort, but not quite as good

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one piece, two looks.

I’m always intrigued on how different designers approach a space and how they decide which direction to go in. Generally, I begin with one main statement piece and design the rest of the space accordingly. Usually, the moment I see that piece I have an immediate idea in my mind on what should happen with it. That being said, there are so many directions that you could pursue with that one item, and it’s often interesting to think of alternative solutions.

I thought that it would be fun to introduce a new feature on lark + linen called one piece, two looks. Every once in a while I will present to you a single item and design two drastically different looks around that piece.

 This week, I’ve settled on my victim: the ever so popular, ever so beautiful, ever so wildly wonderful Paul Smith Rug. With its bold pattern and saturated hues, I resolved that there were two main directions that I could go in:

My automatic response is to embrace the playfulness of the piece and match it with other fun, bold items, all the while keeping the space feeling somewhat sophisticated with the use of a beautifully designed lamp and Eames chair. I’ve also began to ground the space with the use of fun, adjustable black side tables and black accents.

Alternatively, I could let the rug do the talking, and design a beautiful space filled with class and sophistication by using clean lines and neutral elements that complement the rug. The solution that I came up with is prim and pretty, perfect for a single female who wears heels and entertains often (that’s what I picture, so let’s just go with it!)

So take a look!

paul smith rug found via the rug company
the rest of the furniture found via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

I’d love to know, which do you prefer? And as an aside, if there are any items you’d like me to incorporate into this series, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I would be happy to design two spaces based on a piece of your chosing.

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gabriel dawe.

 

found via Gabriel Dawe

Originally born in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe has always had a fascination with the intensity of colours that surrounded him in his birthplace. Using nothing but thread pulled taut over and over again, Gabriel has created these large-scale installations that are utterly brilliant. Being a young boy growing up in Mexico, the notion of textiles and thread was often thought to be an activity based solely for women, and thus forbidden for men. Gabriel challenges these social constructions with his installations and the result is mind-blowingly beautiful. The depth, movement, colour and attention to detail in his pieces creates what I think is fair to call a masterpiece.

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a quick note.

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve added a few little touches to my blog. First of all, my portfolio has been updated with Danielle’s bedroom pictures. Second, I’ve added another little tab entitled here + there (yep, right up there!). I’ll be using this tab to link to any site that has featured lark + linen in the past.

So quick, go look, and enjoy! Please note that if you’re interested in featuring any of my work you are more than welcome. In fact, you’re even encouraged to do so ;) In return, I’ll give you a big virtual hug and then add your banner to my new here + there tab. Oh it’s all so very exciting.

xx Jacquelyn

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pretty packaging: basanti.

found via Lovely Package

I’m here to present to you the branding for Basanti, a high end Mexican tea company. Without a doubt it has some of the nicest packaging I’ve come across in a while. Menosunocerouno, a crazy talented design company, has used the idea of chalk on a chalkboard to create incredibly simple, yet punchy packaging for this up and coming brand. I’m such a sucker for this stuff. I will absolutely buy the toothpaste with the prettiest label (the one that matches the tone and colour of my bathroom. not joking), or get overly excited about my new boots because they come in a really fun box (umm. hello, target market). I’ll be keeping my eye out for this tea up here in Canada, if only because it will look pretty on my kitchen shelves.

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so this is christmas.

image found via here (check out the other winter wonderland pics. there are some pretty amazing ones)

I can’t believe Christmas is here… While I’ve technically been on holidays for the last day and a half, I’m only really beginning to enjoy it now! With my to do list mostly crossed off, all that’s left is to finish up my tiramisu cupcakes for dessert tonight. I’ll be taking the next week off from blogging to do a whole lot of nothing, and I could not be happier as I plan on sitting around in my pj’s, huddled away from the cold. I hope you have the most wonderful of wonderful holidays, whatever you chose to do and I will be seeing you once again come January!

Merry Christmas loves.

xxx Jacquelyn

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food + such.

all images found via what katie ate

This may be a bold statement, but some time ago I stumbled upon the food blog What Katie Ate and she quickly became my most favourite of favourite food bloggers. Her food photography is easily the most beautiful I’ve seen. And the recipes? They literally make my mouth water.

Katie has recently collaborated with a number of talents and they’ve come out with a holiday recipe guide for us to feast our eyes on (here). There’s still a few more days to indulge in treats and sweets, and you should probably just go right ahead and do that since calories don’t count this time of year (we’re not going to talk about January just yet. Things change then). So for now, dig in and be merry!

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scenes from my weekend.

an update: I have my computer once again so I’m able to post this! Despite being submerged in a few inches of water, my computer has prevailed and survived. What a little trooper. Needless to say, I’ll be spending my afternoon backing up everything on it, just in case. There was minimal damage to our office space (apart from a lot of soggy drawings, and carpets that are off being cleaned), but the place smells like a toxic bbq so we’re all sitting here with our winter jackets on and the windows wide open. But the bright side? All our computers still work! Heck yes.

and now my weekend…

Friday night we celebrated my friend’s birthday with pizza and funfetti ice cream cake. It was like we were twelve all over again! We even ended the evening with a movie & a slumber party. Yep. Be jealous.

Alternatively, we began our Saturday with a mimosa breakfast (the best way to start a Saturday, if you ask me). We then made our way to the new skate trail at Colonel Sam Smith Park, which was so wonderful. Speakers blasted Christmas music, there were lights everywhere, and I didn’t even fall once!  After some leisurely skating, (and humming, ahem: loud singing, of Christmas music), we headed home to dethaw our toes.

Once we were properly warmed up and had food in our bellies we headed out for my first ever pub crawl. This one was naturally entitled the 12 bars of Christmas  (because we’re so festive) and it gave me an excuse to wear a fuzzy red boa. Despite my fuzzy redness, I was outshone. People came dressed to the nines, some in cookie & milk costumes, others with flashing ties, green and white striped leggings, and more santa hats than I could possibly count. The whole evening was eventful, ridiculous, hilarious and made me feel like I was in University all over again.

Sunday ensued the way a good Sunday should. Late to rise, some udon soup for breakfast (the only thing I could stomach after 12 bars…), a long afternoon nap and finishing off the Christmas decorations at my moms place. The only thing? I found my babys first Christmas ornament with the date 1985 on it. Apparently this ornament is now considered a antique and it gave me a bit of a reality check (ha! I’m antique!!) All in all, I feel rested and ready to tackle the events that are facing me this week. Much to do… stay tuned!

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a quick note.

Just popping by for a quick second to keep you all informed. Over the weekend there was a fire at our office. Nobody was hurt (thank god), but there’s a lot of water damage. That said, I currently don’t have a computer and as a result my post will be a little late today (as in, probably tonight!) Wish us luck with all this clean up:)

xx Jacquelyn

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gift tag roundup.

Let’s stop and talk about gift tags for a moment, shall we? Guys. Put down those dollar store stickers. Pay attention! Gift tags are comparable to that last accessory that pulls your outfit together as you walk out the door. They make a statement! Plus, if I’m going to be honest, people like this stuff. They really do. I’ve designed my own gift tags every year for the past few Christmases and I can’t tell you how many people have kept their tag! Lord knows where the gift is, but they still have those darn little things. Here are a few ideas for both the beginning craftsman and the novice one. If you aren’t really crafty, or don’t want to figure out how to reproduce these on your own, no worries, many of them are available for purchase. I won’t tell.


Gingerbread cookie tags


Wooden tags

Letterpress tags

Printed tags with a jeweled detail

Simple cut out tags

Laser-cut tags

 Chalkboard tags

Sewn gift tags

And some free printable gift tags for you to enjoy!

-Blush Printables
-Bucklette
-Creature Comforts
-Domestifluff
-I love it all

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scenes from my weekend.

My weekend began on Thursday night when I was invited over to my friend’s place for a belated birthday dinner. Actually, the dinner was not for my birthday, but somehow I capitalized and scored an invite! Following dinner, we watched Elf and drank champagne. Just writing that makes me want to do it again.

The rest of the weekend followed suit with a healthy mix of leisurely laying around in my pj’s, and missioning through the crowds to tackle my shopping list. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to cross off almost every gift on my list at this point (I even found my wrapping paper, which is usually a daunting task for me)!

On Sunday, Justin and I headed to the Christmas Market at the Distillery District. I wish I had known about this beforehand so that I could have informed all of you. Unfortunately yesterday was the last day, but if you do anything festive whatsoever next year, this should be it. It was honestly incredible. They had reindeer! Real. Live reindeer! With antlers and everything! A 40 foot Christmas tree, carollers, fire pits, a 5 foot gingerbread house, lights absolutely everywhere… The cobblestone streets were lined with little wooden booths selling cute gifts and delicious smelling treats. After braving the cold for hours, meandering through the crowd, we headed to Balzacs to warm up with hot chocolate (in bowls!) and take in the moment.

We topped off the evening by putting up our tree (and decking our halls). So the gifts have been bought, the apartment smells like pine, and I feel like one of Santa’s little helper elves. All in all, another great weekend.

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one hundred things: week X!

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Well, I finally did it guys! I actually can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I’ve been doing this for 10 weeks… To think that I began this thing in the SUMMER. So weird. It’s been a great little outlet for me and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed coming up with them! The funny thing is that I have about 100 more written in my moleskine, it’s just hard for me to find suitable images for each (eg. how do I properly display someone leaving a brief, concise, to the point phone message?) I may pop back in here and there with a few more things when I need a bit of a pick me up. And for real, you should all do this. It was wonderful. Stopping to think about positive things really did make a difference in my life. And without further ado I give you…

Week X:

#91. A glass of wine.

#92. Knee high socks (especially when it’s cold out! maybe I wear goofy ones under my pants… maybe.)

#93. Quaint little bed and breakfasts.

#94. Rainbow cake!

#95. Sparklers.

#96. Stuffed stockings.

#97. Travelling! (goes hand in hand with new experiences – which makes me equally happy)
#98. Worn-in leather bags

#99. The first snowfall of the season.

#100. Cobblestone streets.

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inspiration: advent calendars.

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Another one of my cherished childhood memories happens to fall around Christmas (surprised?). The first day of December was always an exciting one because it meant that I could eat a little piece of cardboard tasting advent chocolate before I even brushed my teeth. While our tradition generally consisted of going to the dollar store where my brother and I would argue over which advent package we wanted, there are a number of great ideas out there that I had never really considered until now. From stringing small gifts on a tree, packaging little treats and hanging them along a clothesline, or even associating a different Christmas tree ornament for each day of december, and as the days go by, hanging each ornament on the tree. While I prefer advent calendars of the chocolate variety (that you can easily eat for breakfast), these are a few great ideas to help you start a tradition of your own.

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scenes from my weekend.

The past few days have been such a whirlwind, I’m still trying to come down from the madness! On Friday night I had the opportunity to attend my roommates Hanukkah dinner. Unfortunately we did not have brisket (something I had been looking forward to since last Hanukkah, and you follow me on Twitter, you’re probably sick of the word!), but we DID have cookie cake, and that makes up for any lack of slow cooked meat (the meal that was prepared was still delicious, but it won’t stop me from complaining about brisket ;). We played the dreidle game, I won (perhaps I was born into the wrong religion since I’m practically undefeated at this game), and we opened gifts. I love being able to experience and appreciate each and every holiday.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and headed to my moms for our annual Christmas cookie baking day. This year, we attempted to tackle ten different recipes. After 12 hours of baking, multiple tea breaks, Christmas music on repeat, and ingesting far too much raw cookie dough, we did it. To celebrate a job well done, we drank hot chocolate (laden with Baileys and Malibu rum) and “watched” Christmas movies (aka fell asleep during the opening credits).

I’m so pleased that the only thing I booked for Sunday was dim sum with my dad. After brunch, I came home and napped for five hours (although I’ve been informed that at this point it’s probably considered a sleep. Minor details). I finished off the evening with mindless television, a big bowl of soup for dinner and catching up on work for the week (aka Danielle’s bedroom which will be ready oh so soon!). Have a wonderful week lovies!

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happy weekend.

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Happy weekend my loves! Is it just me, or does it feel like this week was never ending?! I’ve got a jam packed weekend ahead of me (but the good kind of jam packed. The christmas baking and the Hannukah dinner kind), but I’ll be sure to sneak one or two of these hot chocolate milk shakes in there somewhere. I advise you to do the same.

and a few random links of interest from around the interwebs:
::Tim Burton’s very first stop motion movie
::Some awesome towels (warning: you’re about to see cartoon nudity)
::Some lighting tips from Samantha Pynn
::A beautiful 125 sq. ft. apartment.

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one hundred things: week IV.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week IX:

#81. Brunch on Christmas day. After the chaos has calmed down a bit, we sit down for a delicious, over the top, unecessarily ladden with calories type of brunch. Homefries are cooked in duck fat, and mimosas are always involved.

#82. Love letters.

#83. Confetti! Because, hello, it’s awesome! My aunt puts confetti in every letter or card she sends and it always makes me smile.

#84. The fact that I’m 25 and my parents still buy me an advent calender. I hope they never stop.

#85. Pretty place settings. I’m convinced they make your food taste better!

#86. A porch swing. We have one up at my cottage and it’s filled with great memories.

#87. Bike baskets! Just because they’re cute AND practical.

#88. Testing out a new drink recipe. Lavender Lemonade anyone?

#89. Movies from my childhood. Please tell me I’m not the only one who was obsessed with Hugga Bunch. To this day I have yet to find a single person who has even heard of this movie. The. Best. Movie. Ever. Ever!

#90. Tree houses! Does this need any further explanation? I didn’t think so.

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gift guide: less than $100.

for him
1 wooden usb key $52
2 leather flask $39
3 wooden tool set $99
4 laptop case $75
5 carafe $75
6 concrete block cufflinks $70
7 bird house $48

for her
1 necklace $60
2 Vincente Wolfe’s new book $50
metallic pillow $48
4 Mr. & Mrs. salt and pepper shakers $48
5 gold candle holder $47
6 hanging terrarium $68
7 gold lipped handmade dish $34

for theirs
1 zebra scarf $75
2 silver rattle $69
3 rainbow rabbit stuffed toy $39
4 owl onesie $40
5 diaper bag $90 (on sale)
6 hanging mobile $75
7 mary jane trumpette socks $35

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scenes from my weekend.

Two things:

One: we celebrated one of my very best friends 25th birthday on Friday night. It was amazing. Guacamole (in mass quantities) was involved. Unfortunately the guac didn’t make it out alive.

Two: I finally finished Danielle’s room! (see the sneak peek here). The last-minute touches, the hours spent shopping, the photo shoot… all of it took a ton of work, but it looks amazing and I can’t wait to share the pictures with you. The only problem? I think I need a weekend break from my weekend.

Side note:  beginning tomorrow I’ll be celebrating the kick off to December (where it’s officially acceptable to hum Christmas music, watch Elf on repeat and spread all of the joy), I’ll be sharing a pretty amazing gift guide I’ve put together. So stay tuned! (and for the sake of my gift guide/December kick off/fitting the guide into one week, lets just pretend that tomorrow is the first day of December. K? Thanks)

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one hundred things: week VIII.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week VIII:

#71. Vespas + heels.

#72. Well-dressed babies (look how spiffy he is!! please note the sock pom-poms)

#73. Whipped cream.

#74. The little noises kittens make

#75. Watching mindless television on a sick day (y&r? price is right?)

#76. A rainy day and nothing forcing you to leave the house.

#77. Laughing until your cheeks hurt.

#78. A midnight snack that you probably shouldn’t eat at midnight…

#79. Putting on clothes that just came out of the dryer.

#80. Waking up to a good morning text message that my boyfriend left me (since he starts work approximately 2 hours before I even get out of bed).

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scenes from my weekend.

Friday evening happened the exact way in which it needed to happen. After an incredibly busy week last week, it was nice to have no plans. I headed over to Justin’s and went straight to bed (party animal, table for one). We napped and let our bodies recuperate from a week strung together with busy work days and eventful evenings. At around midnight, we woke up, grabbed Stella and headed out for a walk to treat ourselves to some tea and coffee. I’m slightly convinced that this strenuous activity only took place so that we could prove to ourselves that we didn’t completely waste the night (if you could even call napping a waste of a night.)

After a delicious breakfast on Saturday morning, we ventured out to the flea market to see what we could get our hands on. I fell in love with one booth containing amazing vintage dishes and teapots. Justin had to pull me away and remind me of my lack of funds and impending list of Christmas gifts I have to purchase. Bah. Responsibilities.

In the evening, we headed over to his aunts place where we had secretly planned a surprise party for Justin’s parents 25th wedding anniversary. They were surprised. The party was amazing. And maybe, just maybe it ended with a round of flip cup and beer pong (teenagers, adults and grandparents alike). We’re classy like that.

The weekend ended off with the annual Santa Clause parade. Equipped with peppermint hot chocolate and two pairs of pants, we ventured out amongst the craziness. My boyfriend is so incredible as he appeases me when I drag him to these silly events in which we’re surrounded by children, and generally, we’re the only ones without. But the parade was amazing, as per usual, and as far as I’m concerned, this marks the official kick off to Christmas! Naturally I went home and changed my ringtone to Bing Crosby’s It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. And now I’m pumped.

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happy weekend.

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ugh. It still won’t let me link things! What is up wordpress?! I promise I’ll update this stuff when wordpress stops getting in the way.

Have a relaxing weekend, loves!
I know that’s my plan.

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one hundred things: week VII.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week VII:
#61. Baby laughs (my favourites here & here).

#62. My grandmothers waffles. Seriously. They’re so good that my friends refer to her as Grandma Waffles (no word of a lie).

#63. Snow days!

#64. When you just so happen to have the perfect amount of change for your morning coffee (tea) and don’t need to break a bill (even if it’s embarrassing having to hand the poor lady a handful of leftover pennies and nickels).

#65. Mittens! So much toastier than gloves. Who ever thought that you need to wrap each finger individually?

#66. This guy. (I named him Boris)

#67. Wearing comfy socks on cold and rainy days.

#68. Children’s movies that are also secretly meant for adults. Wall-e anyone?

#69. Waking up in a panic only to realise that it’s Saturday and you aren’t late for work.

#70. The ability to simply CHOOSE happiness. It is a choice.

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pretty packaging: cheeky wine bottles.

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It’s been a while since I’ve featured some pretty packaging here on lark + linen. I thought I’d end the drought with this series of simple, yet cheeky wine bottles that are extremely appropriate for many events.  

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happy weekend.

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Happy weekend poptarts <3

and some links:
::Ninjabread men cookie cutters! I. So. Want.
::Christmas cards made from reindeer poop (yep)
::A cool idea for a blog: downtown from behind
::A cute girl + a catchy dance

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one hundred things: week VI

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week VI:

#51. Road trips!

#52. When coffee shops come out with their Christmas cups. You know Chirstmas is only 2 months away at that point, and then you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

#53. Grilled cheese! Cheese. Bread. Win. Win.

#54. Afternoon naps.

#55. Clementine season! They’re delicious, nutritious, you can get them by the box-full and, yes, they smell like Christmas.

#56. Homemade Halloween costumes.

#57. A party, an event, or a monday morning that involves a cheese plate (I like cheese).

#58. Cashmere: sweaters, pants, blankets, or just a big ball of it. Bring it on, you soft and fuzzy thing.

#59. When you arrive at your subway platform and your subway just so happens to be pulling up. It’s like fate.

#60. When a stranger goes out of their way to hold the door open for you. Thank you, kind sir. This makes me happy.

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coulson macleod.

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So as you all know, I was voted the Design Refuge October challenge winner. Yay!! My prize includes a print from the very talented Coulson Macleod and I need your help! Their work is pretty incredible; often made with reclaimed materials, each piece is unique and beautiful. I’ve narrowed it down to the above three and would love to know, which do you prefer? I just can’t decide.

As an aside, yesterday Coulson Macleod put together a really sweet feature on their blog about lark + linen. It’s the first time I’ve been featured since starting my blog last April and if you’d like to see it please take a look here. It truly made my day.

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scenes from my weekend.

First of all: guys! I won the design refuge October challenge! This is so beyond exciting for me. Writing a new blog I often wonder if people are actually interested in what I have to say, or if all of this is just interesting to me (and my mom, because moms have to love everything you do. It’s the law). I struggle with these thoughts often, and all of your support, your sweet comments and e-mails and finding multiple computers to vote for me means so so so much. They all make me want to keep going, keep writing and keep finding pretty images and inspiring spaces. I haven’t won anything since highschool when I was given the “most improved” title in computer class, which really just means “you tried really hard and we feel bad for you” as far as I’m concerned. But I took that award and ran with it! I won something! Woo-hoo! Well, this is so much better. So once again, for the millionth time, thank you. I love you all.

And now, my weekend:
Friday night was ‘girls night‘ (must be squealed in a loud, high pitched manner). We shopped. We bought sweaters with big puffy flowers (okay I bought a sweater with a big puffy flower. it’s cute, trust me). We made soup (using this recipe. yum) and we watched movies that our boyfriends would never watch with us. Stupid, girly movies that are so cheesy it hurts. It was wonderful.

After waking up to a homemade brunch (thank you roommates boyfriend), Justin & I headed out to the Royal Winter Fair, an agricultural event held in Toronto every year. I hadn’t been for years and it wasn’t exactly how I remembered it. I did, however, learn a few things: although llamas are amazing, alpacas are even better (and we could all use a few of their hair-style tips and tricks), an emu will peck you when you stop paying attention, and I’m secretly glad that I’m not the type to enter a large vegetable contest (although a 893 pound pumpkin is pretty cool).

After petting many a cows, watching many a baby pig, and eating our fair share of free samples, we headed back home and went out for a romantical double date dinner with the roommate and her man-friend, and far too much wine was involved (ha. Yeah, I just said that).

Sunday morning Justin and I headed north to hang out with my family. My grandpa, an ex navy-man, walks in a veterans day parade every year around remembrance day. We all went up for the parade, the celebration, and the chinese take-out that followed.

Weekends, I love you.

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happy weekend.

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Have a wonderful weekend lovelies, and thank you again for your continuous votes and support this week. It really, truly, means a lot.

And as per usual, some links that made me happy this week:
::How to properly set a table
::Amazing posters: Paris vs. New York
::A really cute puppy, dreaming
::A guide: the 16 stages of ninjaing

xxx

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one hundred things: week V.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week V:

#41. Baby shoes (especially in the form of moccasins)

#42. The first day of a vacation (so much goodness to look forward to!)

#43. That feeling you get when you’re coming home from a long vacation, and you know that the person you miss the most is waiting at the airport for you

#44. Snail mail (both literally and of the I-got-a-letter-and-it’s-not-an-email variety)

#45. Drinking out of champagne glasses (it just tastes better!)

#46. A long, hot shower (bonus points if it’s outdoors)

#47. Chocolate shavings & extra foam

#48. Pretty kitchen shelves to display your pretty things

#49. When your favourite store is having a huge sale, and you just so happen to be in the market for some new items

#50. Finding the perfect gift for someone

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ps. Today’s the last day to vote for the Design Refuge’s october challenge. Click here to vote! I promise I won’t bug you again from here on out. Thanks guys :)

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scenes from my weekend.

Friday evening: I came home from work and I took a nap. Yep! It was glorious! This was then followed with a large pizza and a glass of white wine. The evening carried through with glue guns, fuzzy fabric, threads & needles and copper wire as we strung together our Halloween costumes. Clearly we know how to take-down an evening.

Saturday began slowly as we caught up on back episodes of glee and drank cups of tea. When we finally got moving, we went forth and tackled all of our big-girl chores and by the end, it was time to get ready for the evening. We donned our antlers and ensured our tails were securely fastened, we put mustaches on the boys (our hunters) and tied random strings through all of their weapons (so they’d have both hands free to eat candy). Once we were all properly dressed and ready, we headed out to a friends Halloween party where we were greeted by french men, tree huggers, Antoine Dodson, a number of men dressed up as ladies (why do guys love doing this?) and a cactus.

Seeing as the celebration lasted until well into the morning, Sunday was basically a write off. By the time we made ourselves presentable, at the very least, and headed out to brunch (if you can even call it that), it was almost 4:00. After carving our pumpkins (a Jason mask & a frightened Hilda), we watched scary movies and waited for kids to arrive. Yeah. Not even ONE showed up. Not a one!! All I wanted out of my Sunday was to see a giraffe with a stuffed bum, a baby dressed up as a strawberry or a miniature Transformer. But nothing. Is Halloween slowly dying, or do I simply need to switch neighborhoods? If it’s the neighborhood that’s a problem, well I have a solution. Would it be totally creepy if I scoped out a Halloween frenzied area and handed out candy while sitting in a car next year? You’d allow your child to accept candy from a grown lady dressed in a Carebear costume sitting in her boyfriends car, wouldn’t you? Please advise.

Update: I’m not actually going to do that.

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happy weekend.

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Happy weekend & happy Halloween, poptarts! Please ensure that you eat your weight in chocolate and other such treats (it will make me feel better about my plan this weekend).

And as per usual, a few random links that made me smile this week:
::Lost your phone? This website will call it for you! (I actually tried it and it totally works)
::an illustrative guide to things you could wear to bed
::a pasta whistle
::a husbands food art for his bed-ridden wife

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one hundred things: week IV.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week IV:

#31. Sunday Brunch

#32. Bulldog underbites

#33. Cake bundting. Who doesn’t like little teeny flags?!

#34. That feeling you get after a much needed good cry. Sometimes you’ve just got to get it all out!

#35. Laugh lines

#36. Climbing into fresh, clean sheets

#37. Chunky scarves

#38. A friday night in your sparkliest heels

#39. …a Friday night in your bathrobe

#40. Love. It’s all you’ll ever need

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an ode to halloween.

1. spooky candy apples – Matt Armendariz (via ABCD design)
2. trick or treat bar – Twig & Thistle
3. crow decor – Martha Stewart
4. dessert table – Twig & Thistle
5. candy apples – Nicole Hill Gerulat (via Design Crush)

6. halloween party invites – Brooklyn Limestone
7. candy cupcakes - Honest Fare
8. pumpkin – Weheartit
9. poisoned candy – Somewhere Splendid

10. a nightmare before christmas cheesecake – Weheartit
11. spooky rabbit – Weheartit
12. mummy cake – Sweet cupcakes (via black eiffel)
13. black kitten - hat + glasses

When I was a little girl, I struggled with the inner debate of which holiday I loved more. Really. This was a legitimate issue for me. Between Christmas, Halloween, and Easter, I’ve always enjoyed celebrating anything that focuses on treats, in present or chocolate form. Easter has long since fallen by the wayside, and come December I will surely change my mind, but for now, I am a Halloween advocate. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up in a silly  costume, let their inner gore fly and find a real live excuse to drug themselves up on rockets and kit kats (organized based on type, naturally)! If the answer is you, well, we need to chat. 

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scenes from my weekend.

 After a series of jam-packed, pull-your-hair-out busy weekends, it was so nice to not have any plans. We saw two movies in one night, because we’re disgusting like that (my bum still hurts). On Saturday, I dragged Justin to a pumpkin patch, and he dragged me to watch the UFC fight. Seems fair, right? We chose pumpkins, of which I named one Hilda, and we drank beer. 

On Sunday I received a call from a friend asking me if I wanted to go and see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a musical/play currently playing at the Royal Alex theatre. As I’m always open to pretty much anything, I of course said yes, and I’m so so glad that I did. The show was AMAZING. It took everything out of me not to cry tears of joy due to the bright colours, intense sparkles, fantastic music and overwhelmingly incredible costume designs. I highly recommend anyone go because it’s so beyond entertaining. (Coles notes: It’s about a series of drag queens crossing the desert in a pink sparkly bus. Yep. Amazing.)

Seriously. A good, hearty weekend filled with random stuff, bright colours, and puppy cuddles.

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happy weekend.

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Happy weekend, sunshine-biscuits!

And a few links that I stumbled upon this week that could be of some entertainment:

::Canoe (in my opinion, one of Toronto’s best restaurants) has now shared their incredible braised pork & split pea recipe
::Anthology’s stop motion video (I love me some stop motion)
::This bride was daring enough to pull of a black wedding dress (and I love it)
::An amazing Paris flat that remained untouched for 70 years
::A foam printer?

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one hundred things: week III.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next few weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week III:

#21. Occasionally sleeping in until ridiculous hours

#22. Purses that are large enough to carry around your life and anything else you could possibly conjure up

#23. Moleskine notebooks. I mean, Hemingway used one, and he knew what was up! The thing makes you feel so fancy.

#24. Cotton candy. Is there anything better than the melt-in-your-mouth sugary-pink goodness? I think not.

#25. Chunk jewelry. It turns a boring ol’ outfit into something classy and fabulous.

#26. The beach. Warm sand. Cool breeze. Salty air. I’m in.

#27. A worn in sweatshirt (even better if you didn’t wear it in yourself) 

#28. Baking! Both fun, and at the end? Very rewarding (assuming all goes as planned, of course)

#29. A good hair day…

#30. …and successfully maintaining a bad one!

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incredible art.

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This has completely blown my mind. Alexa Meade, a 24-year-old artist, has taken painting to a whole new level. Instead of painting people on canvas, she cuts out the middle man and simply paints the people themselves! The result is absolutely incredible.

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scenes from my weekend: birthday edition


Some birthday math:
.1 lunch
.3 dinners
.5 cakes
.a head full of new highlights
.2 bottles of champagne (one of which my dad had requested be sent to me at the club at midnight. I cried. Father of the year?)
.18 tiramisu cupcakes (omygod. Recipe here)
.far too many glasses of wine
.a million thoughtful gifts
.even more sweet messages
.one incredibly spoiled, incredibly lucky, forever grateful girl.
I love you guys

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happy weekend.

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Happy fall weekend, lovelies!

And a few links:
::Mrs. Libra
::A tutorial for ruffle icing!
::Some free jam labels
::Find out how many people share your very name

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one hundred things: week II

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next ten weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.

To see the rest of the series click here: one hundred things

Week II:

#11. Christmas lights

#12. The smell of autumn

#13. Giving/receiving thanks

#14. Birthdays! (mine was just incredible. I want to thank all of you who made me feel so so special yesterday)

#15. Chocolate

#16. When you find a book that you just can’t put down.

#17. Feathers!

#18. Spending the entire day in your ugliest, yet comfiest pyjamas

#19. A fireplace in your kitchen (perfect for cold days)

#20. My grandmas homemade jam (why does grandmas food always taste better than anyone elses?)

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happy birthday to me!

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Today is my birthday. I am officially the ripe old age of 23 (plus two). Please excuse me as I’m probably off eating cake or something of equal importance.

(and yes, I did just throw myself a birthday party on my blog)  <3

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scenes from my weekend.

Friday evening we packed our bags and made the long trek to Montreal. My roommate and I took off after work with tea in hand, and a playlist prepared. What was supposed to be a six-hour drive turned into eight when we realized we had to detour due to construction upon arriving in Montreal, and had no idea where we were going. Needless to say, we became incredibly lost and so frustrated that it turned into mini fits of giggles. By the time we arrived at the hotel, after quite the adventure, it was two in the morning (two hours later than anticipated). Delirious, we were told that there were no more available rooms, but that we could be upgraded to a suite! Naturally, we obliged and we must have been asleep before our heads hit the pillow because I do not remember crawling into bed.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to meet my brother for breakfast. After stuffing ourselves with waffles atop heaping piles of fruit at Le Grand Café, I ventured off to find myself a birthday dress. After 6 hours of no luck, I called it a day and headed to my brothers championship basketball game (of which they won!)

In the evening, after much deliberation due to exhaustion, we decided that although the thought of pj’s, our king sized hotel bed and a pay per view movie was incredibly appealing, we refused to get old and we were going to go out! We met my brother and his friends at Macaroni bar (of which there was no macaroni, only expensive drinks and really short dresses, harumph). A late night ensued, and we woke up Sunday morning somehow feeling refreshed (see?? not old yet!) After a brisk walk through Old Montreal, followed by an incredible crêpe breakfast, I headed out yet again on my dress adventure. This time, I had my game face on. I powered through the stores and came out with the most incredible black dress I’ve ever owned. And bonus? It was half off! All the more sweeter.

Naturally, I celebrated with Turkey. You see, my brother goes to university in Montreal and happens to be on the basketball team. Every year, they have a tournament that falls on Thanksgiving weekend. Because we don’t have the heart to let him celebrate the holiday alone, for the past few years my mom and I have brought Thanksgiving to him. We have to eat off of paper plates on our laps in an apartment maintained by three boys (read: boys have cooties), the food needs to be picked up at the caterers (last year we attempted to make it ourselves in his kitchen, and due to a power failure, it was a disaster zone), and we may have to share it with a group of 6’6″ basketball players, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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happy weekend.

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This weekend I’m heading off to Montreal to celebrate Thanksgiving (and find myself a birthday dress!). What are you up to? 

and a few links of interest from this past week:
.a pretty awesome (yet totally impractical) tattoo
.find out everything you’d ever need to know about the day you were born
.a guide to selecting the right fabric for any upholstery projects you may have
.a sloth video (what is it with me and odd animal footage?)

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends, and happy fall weekend to the rest of you!

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one hundred things: week I.

Sofia from Sofia’s Journal has a challenge: to come up with One Hundred simple things that make you happy. It seems easy enough, no? I’ve decided to take this challenge and run with it! Every friday for the next ten weeks I will present to you a new compilation of ten things that make me happy.

Without further ado, here is week I in this series:

#1. Ice cream sandwiches & milk

#2. Quotes

#3. Tea (have you figured this one out yet?)

#4. Llamas (especially those of the scarf-wearing variety)

#5. Paris. Perhaps it’s cliché, but the city is just magical.

#6. Letterpress

#7. Nail Polish (I honestly can’t remember what my toes look like when they’re unpolished)
#8. Unnecessary kitchen gadgets

#9. Lavender

#10. Farmers markets

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I challenge you to do the same! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, it’s all about the little things, folks. Stopping for a second to take them in really does make all the difference in the world.

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scenes from my weekend.

I’ve battled this cold/flu/mean little thing for the past little while. As a result, on friday evening I allowed myself some sympathy with a large bag of movie popcorn and a movie. I’m thinking it worked because I woke up Saturday feeling a world of better, ready to go. We packed up and headed to an apple orchard to appease our inner nerds and pick our own apples (pie to follow). I thought most twenty-four year olds did these sort of activities until we arrived and noticed we were the only four people there without any children. But whatever, we totally had more fun than them anyway. And our apples are so much better. So there.

In the evening we headed out to enjoy Nuit Blanche, an event held in Toronto every year. Basically the city doesn’t sleep from seven pm until seven am one night a year. Sprinkled throughout the city during the event you’re able to find a number of art exhibits, installations and other such activities. Things such as interactive lighting displays, a table filled with people eating birthday cake (& singing happy birthday every fifteen minutes for the entire twelve-hour span) and people dancing to the popcorn song in the middle of the street. We venture out every year and never seem to find ourselves too impressed with the art itself, but the energy of the city at four am gets me every time. You’d think you were walking about at three in the afternoon with the amount of people who are out, enjoying and experiencing into the wee hours of the morning. Between a dance party at city hall at three am, mowing down on roasted corn at inappropriate hours, and being able to visit haunted Bay Station, I’d say the evening was a success.

Naturally, Sunday was a complete write off. Once again, we did not remove our pyjamas until closer to four, and only because our stomachs were grumbling and we had to find ourselves some food. I believe Sunday should be declared pyjama day.

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happy weekend.


found via Inspiration for Wellbeing via From Me to You

A few fun links:
.20 things to do in bed
.photographs of 101 men from age 0 to 101
.operation beautiful
.how to perfect pie crust

Happy weekend, sunshines!

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scenes from my weekend.

 

After a month-long sugar detox  (of which I only lost 3 of the 6 lbs I was looking to shed. Grumble. Grumble) I celebrated with the most incredible dessert I could think of. Makes good sense, right? Justin and I headed to Le Papillon for french onion soup and pouding chômeur. There are no words. (I take that back, there are a couple: it tasted like the heavens opening, a room full of blue-eyed puppies and sweet, sweet love all melted together, served with a side of vanilla ice cream. Yep. Just like that). It was so good that I didn’t even have the chance to take out my camera before it was gone. I’m sorry. Except I probably did you a favour and saved you from a pound of buttery, sugary goodness. You’re welcome.
The rest of the weekend followed suit with a leisurely Saturday, complete with a new pink umbrella (that says “sh*t it’s raining”, in french), a coffee date (ahem. chai tea latte), and an impromptu Justin Nozuka concert. He wore a very strange-looking tank top that made me feel uncomfortable, but other than that it was a pretty wonderful night. My Sunday began with an extended, long overdue brunch with my lady friends, topped off with both a 65th & a 2nd birthday party (at the same time. that takes skill) and at the end of the evening? A hot tea & my Moleskine as I pretended to watch Justin’s hockey game (they won!). Weekend: you have been conquered, yet again.

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happy weekend.

found via Little Brown Pen

A few fun links I stumbled upon this week:
.a cute kids birthday party idea
.a hilarious video that I cannot stop watching
.a website dedicated entirely to turtles eating things (it’s entertaining. seriously)
.the most amazing looking dessert

Happy Weekend, Lovelies!
xxx

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dedicated art.

found via The Spotted Fox

Take a look at this artists incredible commitment to his craft. In 1965, at the age of 34, Roman Opalka decided he was going to spend the rest of his life counting to infinity to signify the passing of time. The. rest. of. his. LIFE. He begins each canvas at the top left corner and diligently writes out each number with the same hand on the same sized canvas each time. He completes each day with a self-portrait to further document his work. At 84 years old, he has now painted over 200 canvases, has well passed the five million mark and has no intention of quitting. He will be doing this until the day he dies. Insanely poetic, insanely dedicated, insanely insane.

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birthday wishes.


Happy birthday to the only woman who was ever allowed to brush my hair. The one with the gentle touch, the logical answer and the incredible wisdom. The one who’s capabilities always amaze me. Who’s drive and courage inspire me daily. Happy Birthday to a wonderful stepmom.

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happy weekend.

found via Lonny

I have a few birthday parties to attend this weekend, and I’m hoping to squeeze in a little antique shopping to search for a few little treats for an upcoming project. What are you doing?! 

ps. If you haven’t heard yet, Lonny has launched their new site and they’ve incorporated an incredible image database. Yahoo! (this totally calls for a yahoo).

Have a wonderful weekend, loves!
xxx

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happy weekend.

found via Le Love

And we’re off! Justin and I are celebrating our anniversary at a bed and breakfast just outside of Niagara on the Lake. We’ve gotten ourselves a room in a mansion built in the 1800′s that’s rumoured to be haunted (of course we didn’t realise this until after we booked)!

Have a fabulous weekend, my loves.

xxx

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my love.

Please excuse me for a moment, while I allow myself to be cheesy. It will be brief, I promise.

Happy anniversary, to the boy of my dreams. Thank you for being you. For allowing me to be me. For encouraging it each and every day, in fact. For reading my blog, even without my asking. For holding my hand while we sleep and squeezing me close every morning, even when you’re running late. For picking me up when I fall, both literally and figuratively. For having the patience and the wisdom to help me through it all. For understanding me. Deeply. Intently. And encouraging a better understanding of myself. Thank you for calling me ‘lady’. For bringing me tea when it’s needed most. For kissing the tip of my nose, always. For making me laugh harder than I ever thought possible. True. Real. Gutteral laughs. But most of all, thank you for making these past four years, the best so far.

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scenes from my weekend.

My weekend consisted of a lot of little indulgences. Between drinks with friends at Czehoski’s, a catch-up session & thai take-out on the floor of a friends brand new apartment, commencing the day with walnuts & caramelized bananas atop french toast at bar_one, antique shopping, purchasing the finishing touches for Danielle’s bedroom (which I’m so excited to share with you!) and tea & croissants at Nadège with a girlfriend, I feel as though this weekend was thoroughly taken advantage of. As I sit here and reminisce on the amount of things that I managed to squeeze in there, I realize that on top of it all, it’s 10:30 pm on a Monday, I’m here with a hot cocoa in hand, and I still have not gotten out of my pyjamas. If that doesn’t top off an incredible weekend, well I just don’t know what does. I hope your weekend was just as wonderful!

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weekend things.

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Happy weekend, lovelies!

xxx

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falling for fall.

I know that many of you are sad to see the summer months fade away. While I agree that the slow, leisure pace of summer is fantastic, there are many reasons to embrace the crisp months of fall in all its glory. I’ve compiled a list of things that we’re able to resurrect now that fall is on its way. Between warm hearty meals, cool, casual clothes, no more frizzy hair and cozy evenings in, there’s so much to be excited about!

There. Don’t we all feel a little better now?

1 Tory Burch Mini Norah satchel found via Neiman Marcus
2 Gold mug found via Bailey Doesn’t Bark
3 Blanket found via Pod
4 Scalloped dishes found via Coe & Waito
5 Butternut squash risotto (& recipe) found via Martha Stewart
6 Audrie boots found via Coach
7 Pom pom scarf found via Paper Source

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scenes from my weekend.


The weekend began with tea & gossip and ended with lobster & brie grilled cheese. Exactly what I needed.

Friday evening, my girlfriends came over to catch up on life, and veg with a movie. I’m not even embarrassed to admit that at 24 years old, we spent our entire evening gossiping and drinking cup after cup of tea. I woke up Saturday feeling blessed to have such amazing, inspiring, hilarious women in my life.

After a late brunch with my roommate & her man friend, I treated myself to a mini shopping spree involving oil & vinegar bottles (how perfect are they! you can find them here), and incredible fall boots. The evening was spent celebrating a friends birthday, soaking up what’s remaining of our summer evenings at a backyard barbecue.

On Sunday, my boyfriend and I took our time both getting out of bed, and getting ready to face the day. I  got out of my pyjamas at precisely 4:30 pm, and only because I was promised that we could stroll through the Distillery District, and that lobster & brie grilled cheese would be involved.

How was your weekend? I’d love to know!

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happy weekend.

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Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend my loves. Soak up the last little bits of summer while it’s still around!
xxx

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birthday wishes.

{my dad & I circa 1989}

I just want to take a quick moment to wish my dad a happy birthday. He is the most wonderful father a girl could ever wish for. Happy Birthday Dad! I love you to the moon and back.

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love.

Love deeply. Love Passionately. Love wholly and without question. And when you get hurt? Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and love again; because, really? It’s all that matters.

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Happy weekend lovelies. I’ll see you back here on Monday with lots of BC goodness!

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create.

Even if you don’t think that you can. You may surprise yourself.

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dress up.

It feels good!

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breathe.

It helps.

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a quick hello.

Just popping in to wish you a quick hello! BC is beautiful and we’re having an incredible time. After some champagne for breakfast this morning, we took off to pick up the motor home we’ve rented (yep. champagne and motor homes, we’re pretty fancy!) Shortly we’ll be heading up the coast of Victoria to Long Beach & Tofino to camp, swim & perhaps try our hand at some surfing. I’ll be back Monday with some pictures, if you’d like to see!

Miss you all and hope you’re having a wonderful time, wherever you may be.

xxx Jacquelyn

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indulge.

It’s one of life’s little pleasures. Don’t feel guilty.

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swim.

It’s liberating.

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Happy weekend lovelies!

xxx

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read.

It stimulates your mind.

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celebrate.

Celebrate life. Celebrate love. Celebrate for the sake of celebrating. You don’t need a reason. Gather your favourite people, head to your favourite place, and drink champagne.

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relax.

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appreciate.

It’s the little things. It really is. Pay attention to them and you’ll feel more fulfilled.

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vacation time.

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Alright lovelies, this is it! Vacation time! I’ll be off gallivanting in British Columbia  for the next two weeks, but don’t you worry, I won’t leave you high and dry. I have a few sweet posts lined up to keep you company while I’m away. Each day you can expect to find some pretty images and a simple, inspiring idea that you should keep in mind so that you too can feel refreshed and rejuvenated over the next little while. If I get the chance, I’ll pop in here and there.

Enjoy & I’ll see you back here in a bit with lots more goodness!

xxx

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just because.

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lovely thoughts.

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weekend things.

found via Somewhere in Barcelona

Alright lovelies, I’m taking off for the long weekend, heading to my boyfriends cottage in Muskoka! Have a fantastically dreamy weekend and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday.

xxx

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terrific twos.

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The past little while I seem to be bombarded with the number two. (Bear with me here). Everywhere I go, I see two’s. Spray-painted on walls, carved into the sidewalk in front of my apartment, the page number of my book as I’m forced to dog-ear it and place it in my bag before I exit the subway. They’re everywhere.

It may be argued that they are constantly present because I’m looking for them, but even when I’m not, they seem to appear. I happen to look at the clock most every day at 2:22, I just so happen to have twenty-two files on my desktop (and did not realize this until I was transferring them to a USB drive), and my dad has just informed me that as I crossed his mind yesterday, he glanced at the clock, and lo and behold, the time was 2:22 (this even weirded him out and he doesn’t generally buy into these things). There’s a new restaurant that opened up just down the street that I’ve frequented a few times. The food is fantastic and I’ve been shouting my praises about it to all of my friends. They recently posted their address on the front of the building and, naturally, their address is 222. My boyfriend is born February 2nd (02.02) and both of my best friends are born on the 22nd of their respective months.

The strangest scenario yet? On Sunday morning my alarm was set for 9:30. It went off early. 9:22 to be exact. You should know that my blackberry is old; it’s in dire need of replacement and it has been acting up the past little while. (For instance, the alarm was set for Saturday morning and it didn’t go off at all.) So it doesn’t surprise me that it went off early. But still, this is strange, no? I could go on and on but don’t you worry, I won’t for your sake.

I decided to do a little research on numerology to see what the number two symbolizes, simply out of curiosity. What I found was pretty incredible. I stumbled upon a number of sites that give you the directions to calculate your Life Path Number. You basically take your birthday and add the numbers up until you end up with a single digit.
For example, my birthday is 10.14.1985.
10 + 14 + 1985 = 2009

2 + 0 + 0 + 9 = 11

1 + 1 = 2

Yep, my Life Path Number is 2. Now I don’t know if this has anything to do with my constant 2 sightings, but I found this pretty interesting, so I investigated further. The description of a Life Path Number 2 was astounding. It described me to a T. It might as well have been called Jacquelyn’s Life Path (seriously). But I wasn’t completely convinced yet. I continued to calculate the Life Path numbers for all of my friends and family, and could not believe what it came up with. The descriptions were spot on for each and every one of them. I should inform you that I do believe in horoscopes and things of the like. I’m a sucker for hidden messages and signs, I flip a coin often to “let the universe decide” what ice cream flavour I should go with, and I fully and whole-heartedly believe in karma. But I have a few close friends who think it’s all a bunch of hokey pokey, and even they were impressed (dare I say, creeped out) with their Life Path descriptions.

Try it yourself! Go here and let me know if it works for you!

update (07.26.10) - three times within the last two days, the elevator at my apartment has stopped at the second floor without anyone getting on or off.

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a little art history.

 

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weekend things.


found via Unknown


This weekend, I have a few more pool dates to attend (it’s a rough life, isn’t it?). My boyfriend is taking off tomorrow for a family affair, so I plan to soak my sorrows away the entire live-long weekend! Perhaps I’ll finally get some colour on this winter white skin I still seem to be sporting.

Also in jet setting news, my mom (a fabulous piano player) is off to Rome today to attend a few classes and play in a few concerts (so fancy!) Happy flight, and a safe trip mumsy!

Have a fantastic weekend, poptarts.

xxx

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weekend things.

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This weekend I have the privilege of celebrating both a 25th birthday and a 60th birthday. Two of my favourite people in the world are getting old ;) I’m secretly hoping that rainbow cake will be involved, but really, any cake will do. Have a most fantastic weekend sunshines.

xxx

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housekeeping.

You may have noticed a couple of changes around here over the weekend. Namely, the title of this little blog that seems to have taken over my heart for the moment. Yep, it’s no longer Jacquelyn (hi. That’s me, by the way!). “Jacquelyn” was only temporary until I figured things out a little. Did I forget to mention that? I apologize. It’s now lark + linen. To read a bit more about it and my reasoning behind this thing, click here. I’m thinking that things are a little clearer now, and maybe we’re actually going in a bit of a direction here. Who knows! But please continue to join me on my simple little adventure (or my lark + linen, if you will).

I’ve decided to keep up with my scenes from my weekend for now as I’ve had very positive feedback. Unfortunately I’m a little stretched for time at the moment, but they will be up at some point today, I promise!

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celebrations.

Happy Birthday Canada!

all images found via Weheartit


I’m feeling proud today :)

I’ll be off tomorrow & celebrating tonight. Have a lovely long weekend lovelies, and see you back here on monday!
xx

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theurel & thomas.

Some incredible package design for you! Theurel & Thomas, a Mexico based french pastry shoppe, has really hit the nail on the head with these designs. The packaging allows the delicious treats to really stand out and speak for themselves, all the while remaining elegant and glamorous.

 

all images found via The Dieline

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weekend things.

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Happy weekend, lovelies!

My aunt’s big day has finally arrived. This weekend will be filled with garden weddings, family celebrations, and late afternoon pool parties. 

See you on monday! xxx

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lovely thoughts.

I’m having one of those days where I’m irritated for absolutely no reason at all. Nothing. I really don’t have anything to complain about, but I guess everyone is allowed to have their moments, right? Does this ever happen to you? I’ve decided that life is too short to waste on these feelings. Enough for today! I’m taking a deep breath, calming my mind, and filling it with lovely little thoughts instead of the negative ones that have been present thus far.

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current obsession.

I know it’s summer time and blah blah blah. But I am currently obsessed with this pom pom blanket. It’s just so cute! And considering these crazy rainy days and tornado warnings we’ve been experiencing the past couple of days (in Canada no less!), I would love to cuddle up with one of these on my balcony and listen to the rain (and watch out for tornados, of course).

 
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summery things.

Keeping in tune with Summery things, check-out this package design for hot dogs. I would for sure purchase these for a barbeque!

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weekend things.

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A word of the wise: never book an outdoor activity on the Saturday before father’s day. My family throws an annual pool party every year on this day, and every year, without fail, it rains. I can’t wait!

Have a wonderful weekend sunshines!

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milk teef.

If you haven’t seen this already, click here to read about Ickle and Lardee’s adventures.

Here’s a little peek.


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lovely thoughts.

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be right back.

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I’ll be on site this morning so please accept this as a place holder. I will be back this afternoon with some images of an incredible farm house that is making me want to grow myself some chickens! That’s right.

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father’s day.

Since father’s day is coming up (seriously. end of june. now? what?!), I thought I’d put together a list of fabulous father’s day finds (ha, I know you liked that alliteration. I’m just on today.)

Without further ado, here it is:

A wine bottle holder. It’s art. It holds wine bottles. Win. Win.

found via Greengrassdesign ($160)

Some mustache drinking glasses for his morning orange juice (daddy juice, as my little sister used to call it).


found via BreadAndBadger ($34)

Some amazing dumbbells (that mom won’t mind having displayed in her bedroom) for his work-outs.  

found via Charles & Marie  ($180)

An incredibly attractive glass bird feeder for his yard.

found via Greengrassdesign ($60)

And lastly, a rustic-looking handmade wallet in the softest (yet still manliest) leather.

found via Makr ($80)

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weekend things.

weekend to do’s (in no particular order):

.celebratory dinners
.eat cookie cake
.start a herb garden (weather permitting)
.sleep in
.eat ice cream
.go for a country drive
.eat breakfast with my grandparents
.sleep in
.drink tea
.sleep in

Happy weekend, lovelies!

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fuzzy socks.

found via Atelier Pompadour via See Saw

It’s cold and rainy here in Toronto. I got caught in the downpour unexpectedly on my way to work this morning and as a result, my hair is all wonky. This would be the only day this week where I actually have a client meeting, of course. The silver lining though? I’m wearing warm fuzzy socks (this actually, sincerely makes me feel better!)

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weekend things.

If I’ve learnt anything this week, it’s this:


found via La Dolce Vita

Happy weekend my little kumquats!

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love.

If you only ever watch one video I post, this should be the one. It’s only the best marriage proposal I’ve ever seen!

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life obsession.

You may not know this, but I am 100% completely, totally and utterly obsessed with Jack Johnson. He is my favourite artist in all of life. LIFE. His newest CD just came out, and since I’m going to his concert later this summer, I had to go out and get it. I’ll be listening to it at work on repeat until I know all of his songs and slash or my boss contemplates my termination (whichever comes first). I’m unfortunately going to be that girl for a while. My coworkers (and roommate) are going to loooove me. Sorry in advance guys.

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be right back.

My boyfriend and I have been through a bit of emotional turmoil the past few days. We’ve decided to take a mini mid-week vacation. So please bear with me while I go galavant and get life back together! I promise, when I come back tomorrow my little blog will be good again.


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better than a love letter.

This kills me. Passive aggressive notes written by children. The first one was slipped under her parents door after she was sent to her room for misbehaving.

I love the dramatic flare of crossing out the love and replacing it with from. Good work, little girl! 

The next one is explained by little Eliots mother: “My husband and I were outside one evening, deaf to the ’screams’ of my 9-year-old son, Eliot. Apparently, he was in his room and bumped his fish tank, causing a small amount of water to slosh out, and he panicked. When we came back inside, we found the above note shoved under our bedroom door. Upon examination of said fish tank, we could find zero evidence of leak-springing… but then, we were also laughing pretty hard at the indignant note — especially its closing and postscript.”

found via Passive Aggressive Notes

Ha! His fish is named Bob (I think that’s the part I like the best).

These remind me of when my brother was in kindergarten and he had to write an apology letter to one of his classmates. It went exactly like this:
“Dear Mamoona, I’m sorry I told you that you smell. Love, James”

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puppies.

Did you get a good look at this picture of Stella? Not to be redundant, but I feel this picture is worthy of a double add. Just me?

She’s just like a flying puff! With ears. And look how happy she is!

It kind of reminds me of this one:found via unknown

Only better, because I know her. And she’s awesome.

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weekend things.

found via Etc…

Happy friday, my loves!

For once in a very long time, I have zero plans. It feels kind of nice. I hope yours is filled with cuddles, long hugs, and everything that makes your heart smile.

I want to send an extra amount of love to my boyfriend and his family who are going through a bit of a hard time right now. Please keep them in your thoughts!

xxx

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every little bit helps.

My blog is now carbon neutral! Boo-yah.

It was so easy. All I had to do was add that pretty little button to my sidebar, and write a post about it. In return, Kaufda will plant a tree for me to offset any carbon dioxide emissions that may be caused by my blog.

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let’s colour.

The Let’s Colour Project is a worldwide, ongoing project aimed at turning drab, grey spaces into bright, colourful ones. Take a look at this quick two-minute video here. The video was shot in four weeks, and it takes place in Brazil, France, London and India. It’s pretty amazing! The people in the video are not actors, but volunteers who came ready to roll up their sleeves and add some colourful cheer to our everyday lives. It makes both my eyes, and my heart smile (yeah, it does).

found via Let’s Colour Project

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birthday wishes.

two of the wonderful men I am surrounded by; my grandpa & my little brother.

I wanted to wish my baby brother a very happy birthday. He turns 22 today – this boggles my mind! When we were little, we had a small case of sibling rivalry. I had a pink Lego mansion, and when he wanted to play, I’d make him be the stable-boy. He was in charge of taking care of the horses and I may or may not have made him sleep in the palm tree. I don’t think he minded, but I just want him to know, that if we ever play Lego mansion again, he can sleep in the house. He can even take the racecar bed if he so choses to.

I Love you James! Happy Birthday. 

ps. this is a more recent picture of my little brother and I. I’m really not that short… he’s just ridiculously tall.

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weekend things.

Alright minimuffins! I’m checking out early today to make my way up to my family’s cottage in Prince Edward County. Our cottage faces west, and as a result we get to experience some of the most incredible sunsets while we eat dinner. It’s so blissful and I can’t wait! Happy long weekend sunshines.

I took these pictures from our porch last summer. I promise you they have not been altered one bit. Life is beautiful. Seriously.

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dear kristyn.

My boyfriend’s sister is quite upset that I did not let her know that I have a blog. SOMEONE spilled the beans before I was able to, and now I’m in trouble. I’m offering her this, Le Devin, from Ladurée in Paris (since it’s just a picture, I will also be offering a freshly baked cookie, which I will personally deliver to her tomorrow night), as an apology.

I think I win now.

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go try it on.

This certainly would have come in handy during my electric blue legging incident (read: experiment) of oh-nine. It’s a website where you upload a picture of your outfit, and then wait for legitimate feedback and honest advice on said outfit.  You can block out your face as to remain completely anonymous (and not feel like a total dork; unless someone recognizes your neck or wrist, but that would be weird… Carrying on). I scrolled through a number of posts, and the comments I’ve read are actually helpful, not hurtful. I like it! Maybe eventually I’ll stop voting on other peoples outfits, and actually get up the courage to upload my own. I’ll keep you posted on that one though (hah).

Go here to check it out.

ps. I’m debating about posting a picture of the night of the electric blue leggings. Thoughts? It’s bad guys.

And because I, personally, dislike posts with no pictures, here is a completely unrelated photograph of a pretty french building (I know you liked that segue).

found via Simply Seductive

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just because…

kitty feet!


found via Etc…

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girls night out.

You may have seen Colio’s Girls Night Out’s selection of wines kicking around your LCBO in the past. They are local (Ontario Wines), affordable (under 13$ a bottle) and delicious. Plus, the label is adorable, and everyone knows that always makes everything better (so what if I’m a marketers dream. I like my things pretty).

BUT, did you know that this was happening?

sent to me by Colio Estate Wines

Yep! Girls Night Out Strawberry-Watermelon and Grapefruit-Pineapple-Lemonade flavoured wine. I had the opportunity to test them the other week and they are incredibly tasty. They are this-is-dangerous kinda good. The Strawberry Samba one is definitely my favourite, but I tend to have a bit of a sweet tooth.

They go on the shelves this weekend, so keep your eye out! I’m excited.

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wonderful birthdays.

me, my little brother, my big sister

I just wanted to take a second to wish my big sister a most fantastic birthday. Without her, I wouldn’t know how good I am at re-enacting scenes from Clueless, I wouldn’t know that you’re supposed to say holy crow instead of holy crap, I wouldn’t have realised how much fun washing dishes really can be, and I never, ever, ever, would have gotten into the freezing cold lake at the cottage as many times as I did.

I love you to the moon and back, Kathleen!

ps. Much to her dismay, I still don’t say holy crow. I’ll work on it though. Promise.

Also, I totally look like a gremlin in that picture. Admit it.

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life rules.

I thought that I would share with you a few of my personal life rules. These are the things that I remind myself daily; the things that keep me grounded and the ones that keep me smiling. I’m sure I’ll be updating it as my life progresses, but for now, here it is!
 

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weekend things.

I hope your weekend is exactly like this.

found via ffffound

update: a reader has informed me that she has named my elephant Martha. Well played Miss Jenny. She knows what’s up.

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teeny gardens.

Pete Dungey, a graphic design student at the University of Brighton, plants gardens in the potholes throughout the UK. This seems like such a lovely idea! Not exactly practical, but lovely all the same. I really wish we had more Pete Dungey’s lying around. One in Toronto would be nice. Just putting that out there guys…


found via Cup of Jo via Pete Dungey

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summer happenings.

Click here for a list of things going on in Toronto this summer!
The ones that I personally recommend? The Hot & Spicy Food Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival, Summerlicious, and the Outdoor Art Show at Nathan Phillips Square.

This will be the summer of George!

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lovely thoughts.

found via unknown

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tessa tangerine.

You may have come across Ryan Marshall’s blog, Pacing the Panic Room, during your internet travels before. I began visiting his blog a year and a half ago when he started documenting his wifes pregnancy with weekly photographs. His work is amazing! Refreshing, inspiring, beautiful.

This morning he posted the following picture, and I just had to share it. His daughter, Tessa, is now 10 months old and is probably the cutest baby I’ve ever come across. Here she is during one of her swimming lessons:

found via Pacing the Panic Room

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backyard weddings.

I’m attending my Aunts wedding this summer and I could not be more excited for her! I’ve been perusing the interwebs trying to come up with appropriate attire and I need some advice. I love clothes, and I think I’m not so bad at picking out individual pieces - but I will never claim to be particularly good at putting an outfit together. Sometimes I think I’ve hit the nail right on the head, and a few weeks later when I look back at pictures, I’m not sure what I was thinking. One time, I tried to be all cutting edge and avant-garde, so I wore bright blue leggings to a friends party. Bright. Blue. Leggings. Please don’t let this happen to me again.  It’s a simple backyard wedding with a small group of people. Which outfit do you prefer?

dress from Anthropologie, Steve Madden heels, Aldo accessories clutch

dress from Ruche, Steve Madden heels, Aldo Accessories clutch

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stella.

I thought that it was about time that I introduced you to Stella.

I can’t lie… She’s not mine. My boyfriend and I decided to adopt her a little over 2 years ago. Since we don’t live together, and I live on the 10th floor of an apartment building, we decided she would be happiest if she stayed with him at his home. Technically, since I’m pretty sure his family doesn’t read this blog, I could go on and say how she’s mine, all mine! But that wouldn’t be fair considering they do all the dirty work, and I just get to give her high fives, ask her to dance for me and get her to sneeze on command (she totally does all three, by the way). She ‘s wonderful and I love my puppy to little puppy bits! (haha)

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boy stuff.

My boyfriend was quite distressed that I didn’t include him in my Cape Town summer dreams (ok I totally just made that up – he probably didn’t even notice). Without further ado, I give you his summer attire.

found via Ralph Lauren

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semi-free things!

I’m not the biggest Starbucks advocate out there. I find that their tea is too strong (and NOT loose leaf. Tea snob. Remember?), and the rest of their drinks either give me a headache or hurt my stomach. Maybe I’m just sensitive. Anyway, that being said, I’m a sucker for a deal. From today until the 16th between 3 and 5 pm all of their fancy new frappuccinos are half price! Now Go. Go. Go!!!

found via Starbucks

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lovely things.

 

found via unknown

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a little bit of architecture.

Whenever possible, I like to give credit to Canadian artists and designers. Hariri Pontarini is an incredibly talented Toronto based architecture firm that does everything from residential to commercial to corporate and back again. Take a look at this ravine house!

 found via Hariri Pontarini

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in case you were wondering…

This is what I would be wearing at my Cape Town beach house all summer.

found via BCBG Max Azria

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mother’s day.

Since mother’s day is fast approaching I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you a few great gift ideas to make your mom feel special. I mean, she did birth you and everything after all…          

First up is a One Line a Day, Five Year Journal. “The 365 daily entries appear five times on each page, allowing users to revisit previous thoughts and memories over five years as they return to each page to record the current day’s events.” I actually own this myself and it’s a really cute idea. To boot, the quality is amazing. It’s really well made and put together.  found via Amazon      


Next, some Jamie Oliver Lemon Sea Salt. Because it’s yum, he’s totally cute in a I’m-an-amazing-cook-and-have-an-accent kind of way, and look how pretty the packaging is!    
found via Jamie Oliver     
 

Some Quote/Unquote book ends. Only because they just make good sense.      

found via Uncrate   


Haveitconfections Caramel of the Month Club on Etsy. Once you sign up, you receive 1/2 a pound of delicious different flavoured caramel every month for a year. Umm. I should not know that such a thing exists.  
      

found via Haveitconfections     

  

And lastly, some interlocking silver rings from Christina P. You can have her children’s names engraved on them. Mom’s go crazy for this stuff!       

 

 found via Christina P Jewelry           

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lovely thoughts.

found via Unknown

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weekend things.

I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated after this past weekend. My boyfriend and I have decided to try to become a little more adult and responsible-like with our money. We spent the majority of our weekend meandering through flea markets, playing mini-putt and watching old episodes of Modern Family with a bottle of wine. And yesterday? He came home with strawberries, chocolate & tea, and he treated me to an incredible massage in China. I’m sorry, but you can’t have him; I kind of want to keep him around for a while! I’ve decided that you really don’t need to spend much to have an amazing time.

I will be on site for the large part of the day today, so postings may be a little light.

May I offer my apologies in the form of a cheeky giraffe at a wedding?

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happy weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend suntots!

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babies.

Have you guys seen the trailer for the new documentary Babies yet? It’s currently playing at Toronto’s Hot Doc film festival and word on the street is that it’s fantastic! A camera crew follows 4 babies from around the world, one from Japan, Mongolia, Namibia and the United States. It documents their lives, their traditions and the way they’re raised from the day they’re born until their first steps. Click here to watch it.

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this happened.

Why is he so cute!?

Click this link to watch a teeny turtle trying to eat a baby tomato. Random? Maybe. Awesome? I think so.

Note: I did not watch the whole thing, so I’m not sure how it ends. 4 minutes is a lot of turtle time…

update: spoiler alert! I have been informed that he does manage to eat it all. Good for him!

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tea snob.

I have recently become a self-proclaimed tea snob. Sorry Red Rose, but you just don’t cut it anymore. If you have not yet tried David’s Tea, you are missing out on a really important part of life! They have a huge selection of loose leaf teas and the quality is out of this world (yeah, I said out of this world). Every afternoon I brew myself a cup of Glitter & Gold. Guys, this stuff actually sparkles – I’m not even making this up. It’s incredibly exciting. Unfortunately they have discontinued this particular kind, but there are so many to choose from, and trust me, you will not be disappointed. I’m not even being paid to say any of this; it’s just that good.  

found via David’s Tea & unknown

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glee.

Was anybody else sorely dissapointed with last nights episode of glee?
It made me feel a little bit like this:

source unknown due to my poor memory

For those of you who are wondering, and I know you are, I have named her Esme. For those of you who are not yet aware, I take great pride in my ability to name, well, everything. Spatulas, bicycles, eyelashes… I even have a pink polka-dotted duster named Lola. She is pretty useless but I love her all the same.

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spring rolls & reality shows.

I have a confession to make. My name is Jacquelyn, and I watch the Hills. Tonight, the ladies are coming over to make these bad boys, and to enjoy Heidi in all of her boobed glory. I feel at the ripe age of 24, I am well past the age where I should be enjoying mind numbing shows such as this one, and I’m thinking maybe it’s just an excuse for all of us girls to get together one night a week. Right? Ok. I lied. It’s a good show. Don’t judge us.

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smeg.

I have been informed by my friend Jess that the fridge from my last post is actually a real live fridge, from a real live company! An italian manufacturer named Smeg produces them, and they come in a million amazing colours. Unfortunately they are not yet available in Canada, but maybe if we cross our fingers really, really hard…

found via Smeg

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birthdays & cupcakes.

We celebrated my best friend (and roommates) birthday this weekend. We all gathered at Stone’s Place and danced like fools. The highlight of the evening though? These cupcakes. Look how pretty!

found via Ming Makes Cupcakes

We successfully attempted to make cupcake number 22. Nutella icing? Hello!

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happy weekend.

And I leave you with this, friends-who-are-not-yet-reading-my-blog-but-totally-should-be-because-it-will-be-awesome!

found via Anna Inghardt Photography

Have a lovely weekend. xxx

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