Just a Glimpse of November

Ok November flew by, did it not?!! I just looked back to my October glimpse and it felt like I JUST wrote that. Well, it was a great month, but a busy one that I almost barely remember. A few things that did occur: I jetted down to Calgary to visit the new West Elm location (did NOT disappoint) and my lovely friends, I spent a crazy day getting holiday ready with Diana at the Project Loft (see my behind the scenes post here) and, of course, we put all the finishing details on the Laurier Heights house. I also attended a baby shower and a bridal shower AND celebrated my mom’s birthday. It was jam packed, to say the least. And, of course, December will continue to be busy getting ready for the Holidays…but it’s the fun kind of busy because Christmas season is by far my favourite time of year! But before we jump into December, here’s a glimpse of November – some of my current obsessions, highlights and favourite things.
glimpse of November

The Dance Love store – Spread the {dance} love. Your purchase will help a dancer pursue their dreams. $1 from every purchase will be donated to a local dance studio to be used towards covering costs for dancers that need financial assistance. | Read: Rising Strong book | Listen: In Time by Talos | Photo of West Elm Holiday Decor | Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair | Must Purchase: Hand Meyd Body Scrub | Cyber Monday Sales start soon…I’m definitely heading to Asos to check out their deals

I hope your month was wonderful! Here’s to December! xo

Comfy Knits

comfy knitsIn my day to day, I am generally an on time kind of person. My husband may disagree with me but that’s because to him on time means being 20 minutes early! Usually, the only time I am actually late is because either my hair was uncooperative (I hate my hair!!!) or I’m trying to find that one black shirt in a swarm of disorganization (a closet organizer needs to be in my future!). I do have a few go to outfits though for such a mess and this is one of them. I love cozy, comfy knits of any variety and layering up for winter is key. I grabbed this really comfortable jersey knit dress, and it works so well layered over tights and topped off with an oversized cardigan. It’s relaxed but still pulled together (and doesn’t take much time to pull on in a rush!). I love mid length dresses like this one because they are so practical, easy to layer in winter, and can be dressed up or down.
0A0A5971 0A0A6047 0A0A6061comfy knitsShop the look: Dress (comes in many colours! I love the burgundy too!) | Sweater/Coat (though it was purchased very recently, I could not find an online link!! So I’ve linked to one very similar). | Michael Kors Chelsea Boots

Happy Sunday!


Simple Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Icing

It’s time for some holiday baking everyone!! I don’t know about you but I love getting into the kitchen and baking my yearly favourites (which always includes Spritz cookies – see my recipe for those here). You should also check out what Diana is cooking up on 204 Park as well! So many great recipes! This year I wanted to try something new and after stumbling on this recipe in Dote Magazine, I thought I would give them a try!

Simple Sugar Cookies with Eggnog Icing

What You’ll Need

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking sode
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp allspice

simple sugar cookies with eggnog icingDirections

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices into a bowl and mix together. Set aside.

In a mixer, cream softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add eggs and vanilla. Add the dry to the wet and combine until smooth dough.

In a separate bowl combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, roll into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on a baking tray about 2 inches apart. Back for about 14 minutes. Makes about 24 cookies.simple sugar cookies with eggnog icing simple sugar cookies with eggnog icing

When cool, ice with eggnog icing.

What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of cinnamon and a pinch of salt

Cream softened butter until smooth and add powdered sugar a half a cup at a time until all combined. With mixer running, slowly add the eggnog and mix on medium for another 2 minutes. Add the cinnamon and salt and spread on cooled cookies.simple sugar cookies with eggnog icing

A note about this recipe – it originally called for cardamon and more spices in the icing. I found it a bit too much so I opted to simplify the recipe a bit. If eggnog isn’t your thing then omit from the icing. simple sugar cookies with eggnog icing simple sugar cookies with eggnog icing

5 Days in Switzerland: things to see and do

DSC00483Switzerland!!! The land of delicious chocolate, gorgeous hand crafted watches, and stunning scenery. The place where we spent the most money of our entire honeymoon!! and discovered that the Swiss sure know how to do luxury right! But, of course, there is much more to this great country than that and, even though many love to jet over here in the winter, we discovered, in a few short days, how much Switzerland had to offer in the warmer months. Here are some of the places we absolutely loved and wouldn’t miss if we were planning a trip back.

5 days in Switzerland | Lucerne |

We started our tour of Switzerland in Lucerne and after only a few blocks of our walking tour, we could understand why it was deemed one of Europe’s prettiest cities. Take for instance the oldest wooden covered footbridge in Europe, Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke). It sits atop the calm waters of the Reuss River, amid the swimming swans and many excited tourists snapping photos. But even with the small crowds, it’s absolutely picture perfect and one of Switzerland’s most visited sights.5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

We loved seeing Lucerne from its lake as well, taking to the paddle boats and getting up close and personal with the local swan life.5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

Another famous monument is the Dying Lion, which was carved out of rock to commemorate all the Swiss mercenaries who died in France in 1792. I was completely taken by this monument and even though there were many others there, it felt incredibly peaceful but somber at the same time. Everyone should see this moving piece.

5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland | Mount Pilatus |

You can’t go to Switzerland without heading up a mountain or two and this one, overlooking Lucerne, was the perfect option for us since it wasn’t too intense or expensive. We aren’t avid climbers or hikers by any means. We took the scenic boat ride to the base of the mountain and then ascended using the steepest cogwheel railway in the world (only open in the summer months). This was an incredible journey (try to sit close to the front by the conductor to see the railway!).Photo 2015-08-18, 4 49 20 AM5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

We then hiked to the highest summit called Tomlishorn. It wasn’t difficult hiking but it got our stomachs a few times when the rail system seemed a bit lax and the mountainside plummeted below…eek! It’s not often that you are that far above the clouds in life…5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

We made our way back down on the aerial cableways and panorama gondolas, stopping at the mid point to do the longest summer toboggan run. We had such a blast and the views were breathtaking!

Photo 2015-08-19, 8 05 35 AM| The Golden Express |

We were absolutely blown away by the train system in Switzerland and were so excited to take the scenic route to Lausanne on the Golden Express. The journey was broken up into different legs and we absolutely enjoyed the voyage, especially the second stage from Interlaken to Montreux where we did the Panoramic train car. The scenery was stunning and so worth seeing.Photo 2015-08-19, 6 31 30 AM

5 days in Switzerland | Lake Geneva |

This lake is one of the places you have to visit in Switzerland in its entirety. It is one of the largest lakes in Europe and definitely one of the most beautiful when you see the surrounding mountains covered in deep green trees. I think everyone who visits can agree that Lake Geneva is almost like a place out of a fairytale.5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

| Lausanne |

The first thing that most people know about Lausanne is that it is home to the International Olympic Committee. But we didn’t go and experience the Olympian splendours. We loved the second largest city on Lake Geneva because it was gloriously French, had an impressive Cathedral, quaint streets and wonderful markets. We much preferred this to the bustling city of Geneva but really, you can’t go wrong staying anywhere on the lake.5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

| Chateau de Chillon |

Chillon Castle is located on the shores of Lake Geneva and for over four centuries, the water castle was the main fortress that monitored the lake, while guarding the land route to the St Bernhard Pass. The beautifully restored castle boasts art from the 14th century, subterranean vaults, 25 separate buildings with three courtyards, and two circular walls. 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland We spent several hours exploring this historic monument. It was especially interesting to see where Lord Byron carved his name in the dungeon while he was there writing the poem The Prisoner of Chillon.5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

Our travels through Switzerland were pretty incredible and even with only 5 days, we felt we really saw a lot of this beautiful country. Add it to your must visit list in Europe and you’ll be doing yourself a favour!5 days in Switzerland 5 days in Switzerland

Blogging Behind the Scenes – Our Holiday Fun

A couple of weekends ago, I joined my girl Diana from 204 Park for a day of epic blogging. But wait, let me start from the beginning…In Edmonton, we have this great space called the Project Loft that is perfect for small events, business meetings or workshops (yes, this is where I had my lovely 30th birthday dinner as well). And as it turns out, it is an amazing location for blogging shoots. Diana and I met beforehand and planned out all of our holiday content – what we wanted to shoot, who we could get on board to assist and how we could jam it all into 4 hours (no easy feat!!). The day arrived and we piled into the space with all our loads of goodies and got started on what was to be the most productive 4 hours I have ever had in my blogging career. But before we start to reveal all of the awesome posts for the holiday season, I wanted to give you a quick glimpse into the madness that was our morning and share a little blogging behind the scenes action!blogging behind the scenes

Aislin, of Mr and Mrs L, stopped by to help out and snap some photos. Such a great supporter she is. Love her dearly! blogging behind the scenes

I felt like I got off to a bit of slow start…until Janna arrived. She got right to work helping me stage my festive table setting. I sometimes wonder how I could ever do this job without Janna’s help and constant support. blogging behind the scenes blogging behind the scenes blogging behind the scenes blogging behind the scenesObviously, a lot of effort goes into blogging photos…a LOT more than I ever thought when I first started. Lighting, angles, staging the items, fixing the items again and again (it has to be perfect!!) haha…we seriously aren’t afraid to stand on a stool or two or roll around on the ground if needed! Anything to get the right shot!
blogging behind the scenes blogging behind the scenesA bit of the madness of the morning…but really, it’s all organized chaos! And don’t worry, we left that place immaculate before we left. All part of the process!!! blogging behind the scenes

Diana doing her thing! I seriously learned so much from watching this girl work. She is so organized, incredibly driven and knows exactly what she needs to do to achieve her goals. I admire her a lot and I’m so thankful we have connected. blogging behind the scenes blogging behind the scenes blogging behind the scenesSome Behind the Blush shooting. Janna will be posting some great holiday looks on their blog soon! blogging behind the scenesHahaha…it can’t all be hard work, right?! A little fun is always allowed! Thanks to Janna for wrapping us up in twinkling lights!
blogging behind the scenesLook up #itsjanna

blogging behind the scenesWe had some new Winter edition Jacek chocolates and Glow juices delivered but no eating or drinking was allowed until all the photos had been taken!! (that was the hardest part of the morning lol) blogging behind the scenesAnd finally….none of these behind the scenes images or even the majority of the post images would have been possible without Breanne, who literally didn’t stop shooting from the second she walked in the door. She is beyond lovely and uber talented and both Diana and I were so happy she agreed to help!

And there you have it…our blogging behind the scenes!! We are so excited to share all of our holiday posts this month, so stay tuned and head to 204 Park to see more!!


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