Monthly Archives: July 2014

The perfect boyfriend

Though the Boyfriend Jean has been popular for some time, I’ve never been able to find quite the right fit for my style. Most of the ones I’ve come across are too boxy, too baggy, or have taken the distressed look a little too far.
I found this pair at Zara in the Spring and they’re now a staple in my Summer wardrobe. They’re loose-fitting, but still have some stretch and maintain their shape as you wear them. The minimal rips are just enough to add a little visual interest.
I like to pair these jeans with comfy layering t-shirts, my favourite wide heel sandals and a cross-body bag for a casual look when running errands, or even for low-key evening strolls by the Lakeshore. 

boyfriend jean

Jeans: Zara (also love this pair) | T-shirt: J. Crew | Bag: Tory Burch | Sandals: Zara (similar)

 

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak cookies
When I first started decorating cookies, I almost always created “platters” with various designs per order. Part of the reason I did that was for practice, since I didn’t have much experience and it was a great way to try new designs. The other part was the novice in me that totally underestimated the amount of time it takes to create a platter full of different designs for a single order! So as my business has grown (and become very favour-oriented for events) I’ve veered away from platters and typically only offer 1-2 designs per order.
Eid Mubarak cookies
I received a special order request a few weeks ago to create some designs themed for Eid al-Fitr, in celebration of the end of Ramadan today. I love doing henna designs because of the bright, bold, colours, and these designs on their own can be quite intricate and beautiful. For this order, I was asked to also incorporate some other simple designs that are symbolic of the holiday: an Arabic tea pot, palm trees, Eid Mubarak (a greeting meaning “Blessed Celebration”) and the crescent moon, which marks the beginning of each month, including Ramadan and the start of Eid al-Fitr.
I was happy to make an exception to my 1-2 design rule in this case to make sure that these meaningful cultural symbols were incorporated as part of the celebration. Eid Mubarak!
Eid Mubarak
Eid Mubarak

 

 

Friday Favourites

#GIRLBOSS
{A surprise in the mail from my lovely friend Amy to help me get through a tough week. And by the way – this book and woman is seriously inspiring!}

Jaana Flamingo Print

{A sweet gift from Jaana Brett Design and her Paaper Shop collection.} 

Chapters Indigo Thin Gold Frames

{Fell in love with these thin gold frames from Chapters/Indigo.}
Mode & Honey tea
{A lovely Thank You from mode & honey for my recent guest blog post! And they’re sharing the love with 15% off for my tea-loving friends; use coupon code hellobaked}
Have a fabulous weekend! xo

 

C’est Bon

C'est Bon Madewell Sweater
We’ve been lucky to have a pretty warm and sunny summer where I live. But every now and then, a gloomy, cooler day like today appears. On those days I like to throw on a lightweight sweater – preferably with a cheery saying like this (“c’est bon” is French for, “it’s good”) – skinny jeans, and heels.
C'est Bon Madewell SweaterC'est Bon Madewell Sweater
It’s a comfortable, easy look, and this sweater keeps me in bright spirits, even on the gloomiest of days. xo

C'est Bon Madewell SweaterC’est Bon Sweater: Madewell | Jeans: Gap (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar) | Bow Bangle: Kate Spade (similar)

Beach Scene

Beach cookie

A few years ago I spent some time living and working in Australia, in the heart of Melbourne and only a 20 minute tram ride away from the beach. I’d often make a day of it on weekends or for festivals, and sometimes even headed down after work for an evening stroll and some gelato on the pier. Though I truly loved being in the city, there’s something so calming about living near the water and having a little break from city sounds.

Beach cookie

I was recently approached (by a very thoughtful boyfriend) to create a summer/beach-themed surprise set for his girlfriend. He suggested a few of her favourite summer activities, and I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate the feeling of a relaxing beach scene (think: the “Find your beach” Corona ads) that I used to get when I went down to St. Kilda Beach.
Beach cookieFor the base layer, I used beige and two light shades of blue for the water and the sky. Once dry, I used a paintbrush to dab on a darker beige for the sand (SweetAmbs‘ technique). I then piped the chairs and umbrella, and channelled my inner grade school artist to draw the v-shaped birds in the sky.
While waiting for the 2nd layer to dry, I piped small dots of white icing on wax paper to create royal icing transfers. The next day, once dry, I coloured in small triangles on the dots to create the beach balls, then “glued” them onto the cookie with icing. 

Beach cookie

I unfortunately have yet to make it to the beach this summer – but after making this set it’s a definite reminder that summer is fleeting and I’ll have to hit the beach soon! xo

 

Friday Favourites

Favourite Moment: Seeing Sara Bareilles live at the Artpark. There’s nothing I love more in the summer than outdoor concerts, and despite the (pouring!) rain, we hunkered down with a blanket, a couple umbrellas, and enjoyed every second of this show. By the last couple songs, the rain had subsided, there was a golden glow from the sun and a (double) rainbow appeared. To top it all off, her encore performance was my absolute favourite song – Satellite Call. 
Field of roses
Favourite Surprise: Taking the scenic route back home and stumbling upon this amazing field of roses. The smell was intoxicating and the colours even prettier.
Target Palm Print Swimwear
Favourite Sale Find: I’m loving all the palm prints this season and had to pick up this cute set from Target (40% off!).

Watermelon

Favourite Snack: Watermelon – one of my favourite fruits and the perfect warm weather treat.
Mitandio Scarf
Favourite New Accessory: This beautiful, bold scarf from Mitandio. I was inspired the minute I saw it – this is definitely a cookie design waiting to happen!
Have a lovely weekend! xo

 

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

With summer in full swing, there are so many fun drink recipes I’ve been dying to try. Typically, I opt for water over juice to stay hydrated, but it’s hard to resist a glass of cold lemonade on a hot day. I gravitate toward flavour-infused lemonades but have yet to find the perfect Blueberry Mint Lemonade recipe – the lemon often overpowers the other flavours. So I decided to make my own concoction!
Ingredients
Syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 sugar
1/2 cup muddled mint leaves
1/4 cup muddled blueberries

Drink
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons)
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup blueberries
2 thin slices of lemon
Directions
1) Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan to make the syrup.
2) Using a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the mint leaves. Repeat for the blueberries.
3) Add mint leaves and blueberries to the sugar water and bring to a simmer. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then let cool. Cover the syrup and let it rest for several hours, so the mint and blueberry flavours are fully infused.
4) Strain the syrup into a large pitcher, and add in the water and fresh lemon juice. Add the extra blueberries, mint leaves, and slices of lemon. Let sit overnight in the fridge, and the next day it will be ready to serve!
— For a boozy twist, add some rum and I swear it tastes like a Lemonade Mojito! —

I found this large water bottle at the Real Canadian Superstore. It was perfect to hold my lemonade – it was easy to make the drink directly in the bottle (along with fruit and other garnishes), then re-attach the spout for transportation and pouring.
I brought this along on a recent picnic with my boyfriend, and instead of packing extra glasses we opted to use these fun neon straws for sipping.

Water bottle: Real Canadian Superstore | Neon Straws: Oh Joy! for Target

What are some of your favourite summer drinks? xo