Summer weekends always feel like an opportunity to get away – to drive up to the cottage, take a trip to the beach, or sneak away for a weekend jaunt to another city. But there’s something to be said about the stay-cation and taking some time to enjoy your local surroundings.
This past weekend, my boyfriend and I opted for a low-key weekend outdoors, picnic-ing and watching the holiday fireworks (one of my favourite things about summer!). When it comes to picnics I am all about minimal packing and quick clean-up, so you can focus your time on enjoying the company, good food, and sun.
Here are a few things I packed for an afternoon picnic for two:
1) I’ve been wearing this BaubleBar deco tribal collar necklace a lot lately. This design sold out quickly, but luckily they’re having a massive summer sale on their website with hundreds of other beautiful pieces. (I also spotted a $100 gift card for just $80!)
2) These pink gold foil pencils from Miss Poppy Design are a daily reminder of the simple things I love.
3) I can’t say enough good things about this book by Elaine Lui, aka. the amazing Miss Lainey Gossip. Maybe I relate to it a little more given my Chinese background, but it’s filled with amusing anecdotes from her childhood and highlights her mother’s eccentric parenting techniques in a way that would captivate anyone. It had me laughing constantly and is an easy, light-hearted read.
4) I picked up this Mast Brotherschocolate bar on a recent trip to New York – its cute packaging immediately caught my eye! The mix of just four ingredients – 73% cacao, cane sugar, organic almonds and marine sea salt – are a simple combination yet pack a lot of flavour. Yum.
I’ve heard so many amazing things about Stratford and its surrounding area, so a couple weeks ago I took a day trip there and finally got to see what all the fuss is about! The small-town charm and beautiful scenery was right up my alley. The first part of the day was spent visiting St. Jacob’s Village, about 20 minutes from Stratford. We took the scenic route (by accident) and it was absolutely picturesque! We strolled the streets and popped in and out of small shops that caught our eye.
I’ve recently started collecting antique tea cups and tea pots, so I was excited to come across Victoria Antiques & Heirlooms in the village. I fell in love with this gorgeous gold Royal Winton tea pot, which also happened to be an additional 50% off. Naturally, I took that as a sign. I just had to take it home!
We continued to the St. Jacob’s Market to get our fill of fresh produce before the vendors packed up for the day . . .
We re-charged with some refreshing berry lemonade before our 2nd round of antiquing. .
We spent the rest of the afternoon perusing the St. Jacob’s Antiques Market. Though there were so many beautiful tea cups onsite, I settled on the most unique find of the day – a delicate white and gold tea cup with feathered blue edges. That vintage phone also had my heart!
We only had time for a quick dinner before our show, so we grabbed these delicious burgers from Boomers Gourmet Fries in downtown Stratford. If you’re ever visiting, this spot is a must-try.
My friends snapped this “behind the scenes” shot of me capturing an ever-important food photo.
We strolled along the water and were greeted by some new friends along the way . . .
Finally, we headed to the Stratford Festival Theatre to catch a stage-side viewing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My friends and I were treated as “guests” in the wedding taking place on stage, and were seated under twinkling lights, on lawn cushions among the actors for the duration of the show. It was such a unique perspective, and fun to feel so immersed in the show. At only $15/ticket it was entirely affordable; tickets are available hereif you’re interested!
It was such a lovely visit, and I can see why everyone who visits this town immediately falls in love with it. I think I’ll be visiting again soon, Stratford. xo
Pineapples are popping up everywhere – from jewellery, to home décor, and even swimwear. These bright, happy prints are perfect for summer! Tone them down in silver or gold, and they become a chic accessory.
So I decided to “cookie” this trend in honour of its popularity.
What other trends have you spotted for the summer? xo
Art: I’m in the process of creating a gallery wall for my office and ordered this custom painting from my talented friend Claire Oostrom. I absolutely love it! She captured my favourite flowers, peonies, and incorporated beautiful pastels which are a perfect complement to my office décor. Now, I’m on a hunt to find the right frame for this gorgeous piece of art!
The little things: This bright David’s Tea pineapple bubble mug + a Caramelito Nespresso latte have been my go-to for morning joe this week.
Daily Inspiration: This was one of those weeks when I needed a little boost; some daily reminders and inspiration to overcome the hurdles that life sometimes presents you with. I ordered this book from Shop by Monika, and it’s fitting that it came wrapped with gold polka dot paper and confetti (which put an instant smile on my face). It’s a simple book written with great depth. It celebrates women – mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends – it is about our sense of spirit, heart, caring, strength and accomplishment. “She” is celebrated through these quotes. I also love giving this book as a gift, as I think we could all use a little encouragement now and again 🙂
Pekoe: We recently had a health scare with my cat, Pekoe (named after my favourite Orange Pekoe tea, of course) – one of 3 episodes in her short 2 years! Thankfully she seems on the road to recovery, and though she’s smothered with love every day, this week she’s gotten a lot of extra kisses and a few more treats tossed her way.
Attire for the wedding I attended this weekend called for, “Black Tie Welcome”, but the ceremony was set for mid-afternoon. I wasn’t sure whether to go ultra-formal or fancy cocktail-style to balance the two, so I kept it classic and opted for a floor-length black silk dress with embellished shoulders, minimal accessories, an off-white clutch, and killer shoes.
And for a pop of colour? Tiffany Blue, of course.
The lightweight silk and elegant front pleated fabric were perfect for a summer wedding. But it was a windy day and I hadn’t realized how high the slit went up when I was trying on the dress in-store – so I often found myself clutching my dress outdoors to avoid any “Angie’s Leg” moments!
It can be hard to feel elegant and comfortable all at once in a floor-length gown, but this dress and outfit (yes, even the shoes!) certainly achieved it. xoDress: Club Monaco | Shoes: Nine West | Clutch: BCBG | Necklace: Tiffany & Co
This past weekend, I joined a friend of mine in celebrating her nuptials at one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever attended. She is not only a great friend, but was one of the first people to encourage me to grow my hobby into a business. Starting any new venture can be nerve-wrecking, and surrounding yourself with positive, supportive people makes the ride a little smoother. So I was truly honoured when my friend approached me to attend and also create favours for her wedding.
We decided on this topiary design by Spoon Studio, which also adorned the save-the-dates, place cards, menus, and tied in perfectly with the topiaries and greenery visible throughout the event. I just loved the fresh elegance of this hand-drawn illustration atop a watercolour pattern. Since the design itself is so classic, there was room to play with different base shapes. I opted for circular, rectangular, and plaque cookie cutters to add visual interest.
Thanks to some kind recommendations from fellow cookie artists, I recently discovered Rainbow Dust edible food colour markers. I ordered several from The Baker Shop in preparation for this order. I had high expectations based on the reviews, and was definitely not let down! They maintained their thin, sharp lines well and I found that 1 pen could be used for up to 50-60 drawings (cookies). The ink colour was still strong after 50 cookies but I did find that the tip had flattened substantially by that point. Overall, I was pleased with these markers and will definitely be ordering them again!
This set was very special to me, and I was so happy to be a part of this beautiful wedding. Congratulations to the newlyweds! xo