Monthly Archives: November 2014

Holiday Gift Guide

Last week I shared my Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers, and this week I’m sharing some of my favourite cozy essentials, pretty accessories, and stocking stuffers for the holidays. I’ve also included some discount codes that can be used for select items – don’t forget to enter them at checkout to save!
Happy shopping!

Cozy Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide

 Oversized Tartan Scarf \\ Cableknit Beanie \\ Moccasins (use code HOLIDAY for 30% off) \\ Buffalo Check Coffee Mug (use code GOBIG14 for 25% off) \\ Polka Dot Socks (use code HOLIDAY for 30% off) \\ Bow Gloves

AccessoriesHoliday Gift Guide

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Fragrance \\ Cosmetics Case \\ Opal Wreath Necklace (use code EARLYBIRD35 for 35% off) \\ Essie Winter 2014 Mini Four-Pack \\ Pave Hinge Spike Skinny Cuff \\  iPhone charger \\ Pearl 360 Stud Set (use code EARLYBIRD35 for 35% off) \\ Striped Travel Wallet (use code HOLIDAY for 30% off)

 

Holiday Gifts for Bakers

To me, the holidays are the absolute best time of year. I’m eager for the cozy knits, snowy backdrops, twinkling lights, hot cocoa and scents of holiday baking to start. But most of all, I adore gift-giving and the process of picking out the perfect items for the people you love. 
As the end of November and December are pretty busy months for bakers (and for everyone, really!), I’ve gotten a head start on my gift shopping for the holidays. Here are some of my top gift picks for at-home bakers:

Baking tools

Baking Tools

My love for pastel colour schemes and copper cookware/décor runs deep. These pieces are not only functional, but will also add some style and colour to the kitchen. The splurge item here is the KitchenAid Stand Mixer – the ultimate gift for any baker. The Artisan series comes in a range of colours but I’m partial to the one in aqua!

Books

Baking Books

  • Ladurée Macarons: It’s no secret that I love macarons, and this book is on my own wish list this year – the colours, flavours, and combinations are endless! 
  • Sprinkle Bakes: I received this as a gift last year and it still has some of the most fun, creative, and inspiring dessert recipes I’ve seen.
  • Decorating Cookies: Written by the fabulous Bridget Edwards of the blog Bake at 350, this book shows you the basic ins and outs of cookie decorating – a must have if you’re looking to learn the ropes!

Accessories & Extras

Baking Accessories

  1. Plaid Apron – I love this two-toned plaid apron, it’s perfect for the holidays!
  2. Oven Mitts – Jessie Steele has the cutest aprons and baking accessories, including this chic oven mitt set.
  3. Baking-themed Ornaments – I came across these ornaments on Etsy and immediately wondered who I could buy them for (how lovely are those designs?!). I also like that they’re a neutral tone and would be a great addition to any holiday décor colour scheme.
I’ll also be sharing some of my top gift picks that are non-baking related next week.                   Thanks for reading! xo

 

Tiffany & Co. Baby Shower Cookies

Tiffany & Co. Baby Shower Cookies
When I first started designing cookies, I often added a lot of extra embellishments and details to my work. That was part of the fun, and very much a part of the creative process.
Now, as my hobby has grown into a business and I’ve become more conscious of the time it takes to create my pieces and how it impacts my clients’ budgets, I’ve begun to grow my creativity in other ways. I’ve pulled back and started to think of things from a different perspective; ways to make more “simple” designs have a great impact.Tiffany & Co. Baby Shower Cookies
The funny thing about less detailed designs is that in theory they require less effort, but in actuality, it’s important to make sure that every technique is well-executed because there’s no hiding behind royal icing transfers or covering up mistakes with extra designs (oh yes, every cookie designer has been there!).
A greater part of me has always connected with the, “less is more” rule, even in my personal style, so now I keep that mantra in mind for most of my work. And with this design I was challenged to stay within a pretty tight budget – so keeping it simple was a necessity.

Tiffany & Co. Baby Shower Cookies

The end design put all the focus on the two-strand pearl necklace and the signature Tiffany Blue colour to symbolize the classic sophistication of Tiffany & Co. pieces. You can find the onesie cutter I used here, and the gel colour I used to achieve the Tiffany Blue shade here.

Tiffany & Co. Baby Shower Cookies

Thanks for reading! xo

 

Camel Scarf

Zara Camel Scarf

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, but I couldn’t help but share one of my favourite Fall accessories – this super soft double-layered camel scarf. Lately I’ve practically been living in sweaters and scarves, and this one is the perfect cozy accessory for chilly Fall days.  

Zara Double Layered Camel ScarfZara Double Layered Camel Scarf

The two-tone camel colours are so easy to wear. Here, I paired it with my favourite white tee, grey open cardigan, army green khakis, and added a pop of leopard and blush pink with my shoes and purse.

Kate Spade blush pink purseZara Double Layered Camel Scarf

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Scarf: Zara | Cardigan: Gap (old, similar here) | Khakis: Gap | Handbag: Kate Spade (old, similar here) | Leopard pumps: Guess (old, similar here and here) | Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Thanks for reading! xo