It doesn’t matter if it’s Galentine’s, Valentine’s, or just a regular ol’ Thursday. There’s always a good reason to release some hearts out into the wild! Am I right?
Happy New Year!
Jillian Harris – via Style Me Pretty Living
Wishing you and your families a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2019! Here’s to more days filled with balloons, bubbles, and florals, too!
Wishing you and your families a most wonderful Christmas!
I have to say (again) that of all the celebrations, Halloween is not my favourite. I’ve appreciated some of the simpler decorations that have come up in recent years much more than the traditional black and orange decorations, but I still don’t decorate beyond (maybe) a pumpkin. But that’s just me. Maybe you do! If you do, then this post is for you. Here are five ways to decorate for a white and black Halloween.
1. Include bats everywhere.
2. Add white pumpkins.
3. Add skulls.
4. Paint branches black.
5. Bake something spooky.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
After a weekend in Grey County with friends (#WhiteCabanaGoesToTheCountry), I’m enjoying a day in Toronto with family. Life is good. There’s a lot to be thankful for. Yes, even with all the not-so-great stuff that life has thrown at us, I am thankful. I hope the same is true for you.
I’m thrilled to share that I have already raised nearly $650 for the Canadian Cancer Society (see my personal page to donate). I’m grateful for family and friends who supported my 5K Run for the Cure and who continue to donate. I am appreciative of everyone’s generosity.
My #WhiteCabanaWearsPink series continues today. Since it is Thanksgiving, I’ve curated a collection of pink Thanksgiving table settings.
One historical meaning of the rainbow flag is peace. Nowadays, the rainbow flag is a symbol for the LGBT social movement. The rainbow flag was created in 1978 by Gilbert Baker who was an American artist and gay rights activist. Each colour of the flag represents something: red – life, orange – healing, yellow – sunlight, green – nature, turquoise – magic, violet – spirit. In Baker’s original version, two additional colours appeared: pink – sexuality and indigo – serenity.
I’m happy to bring a little #loveislove to the blog today in support of Pride Month.
A few things on my mind.
As of yesterday at about 5pm, I became an MBA grad. Wild. The last four years have been a lot of work, but I learned so much, and I met so many great people, so the lack of free weekends, the never ending hours of group work, and the stress of exams were worth it.
2. Ann Arbor, Michigan
I was in Ann Arbor at the beginning of this week for a conference. You can see a few photos at #WhiteCabanaGoesToAnnArbor, but I have a full post in the works, so stay tuned for that.
Audio books. Amazing. I have been doing quite a bit of driving lately, and I’m now keen on audio books. I finished Elena Ferrante’s Book 2 over the weekend, and I’m eager to start on Book 3. Bonus: I have been getting my audio books for free from the Waterloo Public Library.
4. Father’s Day
It’s Father’s Day this weekend. Did you see Daniela’s Father’s Day gift guide? She’s a brilliant gift giver, and I’m grateful that she took the time to share some gift ideas.
Sherlock. I know I’m late to the game, but I watched Series 1 this week. Oh, yes, it’s good.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.
With Father’s Day right around the corner (this Sunday), Daniela is back with an awesome gift guide.
Hey everyone I’m back with a Father’s Day gift guide that is sure to impress the father or father figure in your life. I’ve included gifts at a variety of price points, and I hope you find something special for the dad in your life.
If you haven’t read the story behind the company The Ridge, you should. It started as a Kickstarter project by a college kid and his dad (see The Ridge Story). The original wallet comes in aluminum, titanium, and carbon fiber. Here, though, I am featuring the aluminum version. This wallet is perfect for the person who wants a simple, lightweight option for the cards and money he carries. You can choose a money clip or cash strap option. In addition, the wallet holds up to 12 cards and has a lifetime warranty.
Aluminum – Raw, $65 USD, The Ridge
Next up is this versatile, casual woven cotton belt that can easily be worn on dress down Friday’s at the office or a night on the town.
woven belt, $92 CAD, Nordstrom
Lamy pens are timeless and have been around since the 1960’s.¬†The Lamy 2000 is German designed and manufactured. If the dad in your life does any writing day to day, this is a perfect gift for him. Add a personalized journal (complete with a photo, perhaps) to go with his pen.
super dad notebook, Minted
I love David Yurman and his jewelry designs. I am lucky to have a number of special pieces courtesy of my husband and daughters. My picks for a great Father’s Day gift from David Yurman are two bracelets – the classic spiritual beads in riverstone and the sleek white hex cuff bracelet.
Why not give the golfer in your life the best golf balls on earth? These are used by Jordan Spieth as well as many other top golfers. Even if these balls don’t help dad with his golf game, he will definitely be proud to show them off on the golf course.
A classic gift for dad is an everyday watch. I have a couple of brand options at two price points. Tissot is a well known household watch name made by Swatch. The Tissot Quickster Chronograph T-sport is a great casual watch.
Tissot Quickster Chronograph T-sport, $495 CAD, The Bay
The Farer Stanhope is a modern timepiece that can be dressed up and down easily for a formal event or a casual day out. This is an automatic watch designed by the British and made by the Swiss. Farer is a newer watch company designing quality automatic watches.
Stanhope, $1175 USD, Farer
Next up – the bbq enthusiast. I love this “bbq” apron. It’s awesome for the “king of the grill” in your life. This leather apron comes with deep pockets great for all the bbq utensils.
leather apron, $50.84, The Well
Happy shopping, and Happy Father’s Day!
Thanks, Daniela! You’ve shared a lot of wonderful gift ideas with us today.
From the couple to the dress to the flowers to the music, the Royal Wedding was beautiful.
Ben Stansall – Getty Images
via Harper’s Bazaar
These are just a few of my favourite photos.
I have a loaded work week, so I’m taking the rest of the week off from the blog. Enjoy a wonderful week, everyone!
I’m thrilled to welcome back Daniela to White Cabana today. You may remember her amazing gift guides from the holidays. She’s a very thoughtful gift giver, and we are all eager to meet her second little one this May. I’m grateful that she has taken time to share this impressive list of gift ideas for Mother’s Day with all of us. Take it away, Daniela!
Hey Everyone, I am back with Mother’s Day gift ideas. As I anxiously await my second child arriving early May, I have definitely catered to the “new moms” you may be buying for in your life, although I have to say I think many moms would love the items on this list.
First up is this looks-like-butter romper. It’s from a Canadian company – Smash + Tess – that definitely knows what days are like with children. The variety of rompers not only exude comfort but also ease. They’re great for when you need to relax but also feel put together at home. They’re also great for when you need to run a few errands or are worried someone may come to the door after a sleepless night.
Smash + Tess’s The Sunday Romper looks like it would be the perfect every day outfit for a new mom – or any mom. It‚Äôs a Sunday Funday and what better way to celebrate than being comfortably chic? Oh‚Ä¶ and maybe another round of mimosas. You know what they say: ‚Äúa Sunday well spent brings a week of content.‚ÄĚ Mission accomplished with this romper. In a Midnight Black rayon from bamboo and cotton blend, this romper needs no zipper, no buttons‚Ä¶it‚Äôs that fabulous! It‚Äôs spacious, stylish, and fits in all the right places. Looking for a new staple item? Look no further.
The Sunday Romper, $119 CAD, Smash + Tess
As you may recall from my holiday gift guides, I am definitely a coffee lover. I also find that I need the right mug each morning to go with my “mood”. Here are a few mugs that I’d definitely love to add to my collection.
Super Mom mug, $21.99 CAD, Amazon
#MomLife mug, $12 CAD, Chapters Indigo
On a note about beauty, I recently discovered Maison Apothecare, and I’m hooked! This is a Canadian company with both online ordering options as well as stores in Toronto, Niagara, Guelph, and Oakville. The company has skin care lines and cleaning lines all made from 100% pure plant derived extracts. As a mom, I think it’s important to really take care of yourself, and these products really are about taking care! They’re void of harsh chemical components, and they are sure to compliment the mom in your life’s beauty regimen or lack there of (moms don’t always have time). Here are some of my picks from their lines for the special mom in your life.
Facial Charcoal Brush, $15 CAD, Maison Apothecare
Facial Gift Set, $140 CAD, Maison Apothecare
Lavender & Sea Salt Soap, $8 CAD, Maison Apothecare
Exfoliating Soap Bag, $5 CAD, Maison Apothecare
Now onto the luxury gift in my shopping guide! When a mom finally gets to put her head down after a long day, what better way then to sink into the most luxurious comfortable sheets? That is where Soma Organic Mattresses comes in. Their full collection of St. Geneve bedding is lovely. For this post, I am featuring my wish list sheets – the Nico Organic Cotton sheet set. I have never felt anything like them and definitely know they would be an incredible investment (or gift) to a better luxurious night’s sleep! If you are in the Toronto area, the sales team at Soma is well-versed on everything “bedding,” and their service is top notch.
St. Geneve Nico Organic Sheet Set, $302 CAD, Soma
Finally, for the mom on the go with toddlers or school age children, this bag not only keeps mom fashionable but is also great to keep mom’s hands free while on the go this spring and summer. I wouldn’t suggest this for a diaper bag, but it is a great bag to carry everything you need for a day out with children while ensuring your comfort, too.
Rebecca Minkoff backpack, $276.50 CAD, Saks Fifth Avenue
Yes. As predicted, Daniela spoiled us with a wonderful selection of gifts. I have had my eye on St. Geneve linens for quite some time! They are indeed luxurious! Thanks, Daniela!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day – or Galentine’s Day as some like to call it – is just two weeks away. Does anyone have plans? I’ll likely continue my tradition of wearing my heart shirt (seen here and here), and chocolate will definitely be on the day’s menu.
The marketplace is full of hearts at the moment, but I think the love-ly items that we see in stores now are great for any time of the year.
Comme des Garcons shirt, heart pasta, Love Moschino shirt, heart cookie cutter, heart bag, XO earrings, heart notepad cube, love letter pin, lip stud earrings, heart dish, heart frame, heart wine glass, pajama set, heart backpack
Get out the sparkles! Pop some champagne! It’s time for 2018!
Happy New Year!
I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy happy times together, laugh as much as possible, eat delicious food, and think about all the things you’re grateful for.
Thanks, as always, for making time in your day for a little White Cabana.
Here are five festive things to add to your to do list this month.
1. Set a pretty table for you and your guests.
2. Make a gingerbread house with little ones in your life.
3. Wrap presents in a signature style.
4. Enjoy an evening by the warm fire.
5. Bake up something delicious to share with family and friends.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
There’s one house in Uptown Waterloo that is particularly spooky at this time of year. Even though I know exactly where it is, and I know it’s coming up when I go for a walk, it still spooks me. Every time. I hesitate when I walk by – part of me picks up the pace because I’d rather get by it quickly, but the other part of me is so darn curious that I want to see every creative detail!
The homeowners have quite the skeleton collection, and they’ve placed them in amusing – and spooky – positions. They also have a yard full of tombstones (or RIPs as my nephews used to call them), and bats are flying around the property, too. These homeowners have certainly got Halloween under control!
Imagine the total opposite of this yard…and you’ll get my house. I have my candy ready to hand out to the kiddies (or, more like, one for you, one for me!), but I don’t even have a pumpkin!
Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday tomorrow, and cities, towns, villages, and hamlets are all preparing to celebrate with food and fireworks. Red and white is dominating stores, squares, and supermarkets, and Canadians are eager to celebrate!
Since the maple leaf is one of Canada’s most prominent symbols, I’m sharing five versions of it from five Canadian companies.
diamond maple leaf brooch, Birks
maple leaf bookends, Chapters Indigo
Canada – True North art print, Penny Paper Co.
Canada bucket and shovel, Canadian Tire
pure silver coin, Canada Post
I hope all my Canadian readers enjoy a wonderful long weekend! Happy #Canada150!
It’s always fun to look at old family photos especially when it’s your parent’s birthday. Yes? Today is my Dad’s birthday, and I am amused by all the photos we have of travel and food in our family albums.
Dad and me in Italy (eating gelato) circa 1982
Dad and me in Italy (eating Nutella) circa 2016
Happy Birthday, Dad!
With Mother’s Day around the corner – on Sunday, May 14th – it might be time to start thinking about how you’re going to spoil loved ones in your life. Mother’s Day for me usually means a trip to Toronto to spend time with my mom doing everyday sorts of things – a garage sale perhaps, a trip to the mall, or just lounging around at home reading magazines. Mom and I enjoy many of the same easy-going activities. Heck, I’m sure we’ve even spent the day doing DIYs together! Mother’s Day is also a day to celebrate other moms in my life – my sister (mom of 4 cuties!) and friends, and to reflect on relationships I’ve had with other strong women who are no longer with us like my aunt and grandmothers.
In terms of gifts, I think moms appreciate any token. A card, a phone call, an email, a text, or a material object lets your loved ones know that you’re thinking about them. I like to spoil my mom with flowers because I know she appreciates them so much!
If you’re looking for some Mother’s Day gift ideas (and if you’d like to spoil yourself at the same time), you might want to have a look at Urban Barn. This Canadian retailer offers up-to-date items for your home – from big furniture pieces to smaller accessories. I’ve been to the Cambridge location numerous times, and there’s always something in white that catches my eye.
Today, I’m sharing five items from Urban Barn’s current collection that would make great gifts for loved ones.
Here’s an affordable container for a new plant or bouquet of flowers.
murl planter large, $19
Another place for flowers…or sangria…or water…is this pretty little pitcher.
Little bowls like this one are perfect for candies, jewelery, or keys.
If your mom needs a bedroom makeover, this dresser looks like it would be a great piece to add.
parker dresser, $1499
This bench would be beautiful in a garden. There’s also a full patio set, too.
piazza folding bench, $399
Many thanks to Urban Barn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
via Pottery Barn
I hope you have a wonderful day!
heart branches DIY, via The House that Lars Built
If you’re looking for ways to spread a little love around your home and wardrobe this month, I’ve done a little sleuthing to round-up some really special and pretty items.
Bisou vase, arrow tray, XOXO pillow, kiss kiss dish, arrow love tray, femme vase, Vivetta hearts shirt, Chiara Ferragni hearts t-shirt, Saint Laurent sunglasses, Love Moschino wallet, heart print robe, pajama blouse, journal, coin pouch, mugs
It’s February 1st, which means love day is right around the corner. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you buy yourself an extra little treat? How do you spread love this month – and every month – in your home and in your community?
With all the chatter about banning and borders, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just get along and be nice to one another? How is something so darn simple so difficult to achieve?
via Lynn Knowlton
Heartla wrap sandal, Loeffler Randall
Happy New Year!
Wishing you and your families a wonderful, prosperous, and healthy 2017!
via Homey Oh My
What’s your approach to wrapping Christmas presents? Do you plan a theme? Do you use wrapping paper or bags? Is everything colour-coordinated?
As for me, I keep things simple (are you that surprised?). I use one wrapping paper design and just a few bags. I keep ribbons and tags simple, too. My wrapping is basic, and Pinterest certainly makes me look like the worst wrapper ever.
Just look at these five beautifully wrapped gifts. Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these? I think I may consider improving my approach to wrapping next year.
via 30s magazine
via Homey Oh My
via Style At Home
For the third Christmas gift guide, I opted for items that would make for amazing gifts for those who love Christmas!
GlucksteinHome glitter snowflake, GlucksteinHome polar boar ornament, GlucksteinHome Starry night tabletop tree, owl snow globe, countdown calendar, time capsule ornament, snowball wreath, disco ball topper, channel quilted velvet stocking, reindeer, menu cards, snowflake hurricanes, paperwhites, merry and joy soaps, winter cottage cookie jar
It may come as a surprise to many of you, but when it comes to Christmas, I am quite traditional. I am always eager to get a real tree in my home (usually around December 1st), and I decorate with ornaments I’ve collected from my travels, and a few that I pick up locally each year. Other decorations around my home are from my childhood, belong to my growing collection of reindeer, or are part of my growing Christmas Spode collection (Am I too young to have a Christmas Spode collection? Nah!). You can see some of my decorations on this guest post I wrote for Rox-Anne at Celebrating This Life last year.
All this said, I’ve noticed a lot more white trees and Christmas decor floating around blogs, Instagram pages, Pinterest, and magazine spreads. They’re absolutely beautiful, and I commend those who embrace an all-white Christmas!
via Kaatje Karin
via Blount Designs
What do you get when you bring together some sparkle, shine, and a good cause? The Shop for Gen1 collection at Winners and HomeSense, of course! Proceeds from this celebration tableware collection go to the Canada’s Women Foundation – “Canada’s only national public foundation committed to improving the lives of women and girls through economic and social change.”
set of party horns, $7.99
clink paper party cups, $4.99
set of paper polka dot party straws, $4.99
set of 8 party plates, $4.99
set of party hats, $7.99
I was debating creating Christmas gift guides because I know there are so many wonderful guides already floating around the internet, but then I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with all-in-white. I’ll be publishing a few guides over the next couple of weeks so as to not overload everyone, but to also get us into the generous holiday gift-giving spirit.
I’m kicking things off with a “for the cook” guide. While I adore my kitchen, I’m not much of a cook. My go-to handmade pastas and pizzas are top-notch, but beyond those staples, I’m just an average cook. I do like to bake though, so some of these items are good for both the chef and the baker in your life!
Le Creuset dutch oven, Le Creuset large spatula, Martha Stewart kitchen towels, Kate Spade polka dot apron, KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, KitchenAid pasta attachments, Peugeot salt and pepper set, GlucksteinHome linen napkins, Sophie Conran for Portmerion pie dish, OXO produce keeper, Stelton ice bucket, marble bowl, Godinger marble cheese board, Cuisinart knife set, Joseph cutting board
After a very eventful weekend (attending fun Halloween event for the Red Shoe Society, antiquing at Aberfoyle and Southworks with Rox-Anne, getting pampered at the Langdon Hall spa, and feasting on an incredible 10+ course meal with Chef Jason Bangerter of Langdon Hall and Chef Jackie Lin of Shoushin), I have a bit of catching up to do work-wise, blog-wise, and life-wise. Don’t be surprised if posts are light this week.
For now, here’s a cute (not spoooooooky) easy Halloween DIY:
My family has never been an all-out-for-Halloween-decorations type of family. Growing up, we always had a couple of pumpkins to carve (usually one for me and one for my sister). A couple of times, we created scarecrows for the front yard. That’s about it. Halloween decor doesn’t quite do it for me, and while there are incredible ways to cover up the orange, I’m still not motivated to do much more than carve a pumpkin in terms of decor (for Halloween or fall, actually).
That said, two photos on Instagram recently caught my attention. They veer toward the Halloween Chic category (I’ve stolen the term from my sister…not sure if others use it).
The first floral pumpkin from Sarah Gunn is simple but dramatic. I just could not stop staring at it when I first saw it on her Instagram feed.
via Sarah Gunn Style
The second googly-eyed pumpkin (see it there in the corner) by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day is part of a googly-eyed theme I can handle. Honestly, I actually laughed out loud when I saw it. So funny! (I saw large, sticky googly eyes at Dollarama last week in case you’re looking for them.)
via Oh Happy Day
If I ever throw a Halloween party, one of these two options may very likely be the decor.
Who else thinks that skeletons are creepy?
Jean Pierre gold skeleton, $675, One Kings Lane
party skeleton platter, $41 (on sale), Pottery Barn
life-size skeleton, $55.68CAD, Target
skeleton stud earrings, $4.17CAD, Amazon
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Today’s my birthday, which means it’s basically a free day for me – and everyone else, too! Right? Right!
cake by Alana Jones-Mann
Hope you have a great Monday!
Happy Canada Day! What goodness are you planning this weekend?
I’ve said it so many times here and in real life – I really enjoy living in Waterloo. This city – and region – has so much to offer, and I live such a happy, rich, and pleasant life here. Summer, of course, makes everything that much better, and this area has a lot of offer its residents and guests.
As we have just begun a long weekend here, I’m offering up five suggestions of things to do this weekend.
1. Go for a bike ride.
The Spur Line has recently opened up, and it’s a great way to take a ride to/from Kitchener/Waterloo. The trail is smooth, wide, flat, and lit, so it’s ideal for daytime or nighttime rides.
Alternatively, take a cruise down the classic Iron Horse trail to/from Kitchener/Waterloo. This was the first path I went on when I moved to Waterloo, and it’s still one of my faves. It’s great that it takes riders from uptown Waterloo (e.g., take a gelato break at Vincenzo’s) to downtown Kitchener’s Victoria Park in no time at all. The trail is smooth, flat, and surrounded by greenery.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventures, and are looking for more nature, then head over to Cambridge and ride to/from Cambridge to Paris along the Grand River. The ride is easy, but long (maybe 40+km). I suggest wearing padded shorts. ūüôā
Here I am riding my oldie-but-goodie bike down the Iron Horse trail in Waterloo. It’s such easy living!
Here I am last summer on the Cambridge to Paris trail with the same oldie-but-goodie bike. I earned my lunch calories in Paris that day!
2. Stay cool at a public pool.
I grew up at public pools…first, as a youngster taking lessons, then, as a teen hanging out with friends, finally as a teenager/adult teaching swimming. I love having access to a pool, and luckily, there are few great ones in the region.
Moses Springer outdoor pool is large, clean, and definitely worth a visit.
The lifeguard tower at Moses Springer.
3. Celebrate Canada Day with fireworks at Columbia Lake.
Although this will be my third summer in Waterloo, I have yet to enjoy Canada Day fireworks. Tonight, however, I’m hoping to head over to Columbia Lake to check out the action and colourful sky show.
4. Try a new caf√©.
My two current favourite caf√©s are the Berlin Bicycle Caf√© in Belmont Village the Smile Tiger Coffee beside the Via Train Station. Both are accessible via bicycle, and both offer good coffee and atmosphere. The food at Berlin Bicycle Caf√© is fresh and delicious, and I always find something good to eat. The egg salad is delicious, and the croissant sandwiches are good, too. Both caf√©s have outdoor patio space, so they’re great options for sunny days.
The Berlin Bicycle Caf√©
5. Take a drive into the countryside.
There are so many options for short road trips in the region.
- Stay close and head to St. Jacob’s for a visit to the market.
- Take a ride to Elora, pop into the sweet shops, and walk along the water.
- Drive to Cambridge and pop into Monigram Roasters for a treat.
- Drive over to Stratford and check out the first Balzac’s or grab a chocolate treat at Rh√©o Thompson, then stroll around the lake.
- Eat ice cream in any of the above towns!
If you’re looking to learn more about what to do in the Waterloo region, please check out my Waterloo City Guide over on Design*Sponge.
Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!
Happy Canada Day!
Today’s two for Tuesday is extra special because it’s my dad’s birthday! This styling man…
has gone from hiking in suits in Italy as a teenager to…
hanging out in baseball-style tees in Toronto and texting local and international family and friends on his iPhone.
And he’s the most photogenic out of anyone in our family.
My Dad continues to have bursts of energy (in between resting, of course) and has helped me with countless reno projects at my home…you’ve surely seen shout-outs in these posts! Soon we’ll be off to Italy on our father-daughter trip of 2016. Bring on the gelato (you’re paying, right, Dad?)!
Happy Birthday, Dad!
I’d like to wish my sister a very happy birthday today!
Happy birthday, Corie!
I hope your day is super fun and fabulous! If only you had this tiara to go with your t-shirt and jeans, right?
Bailey Banks and Bittle diamond tiara, ~$56K, 1st Dibs
What do you have planned for the next few days?
Easter bunny candy dish, $19.96US (on sale), Williams Sonoma
I’m taking a few days off to enjoy some feasting and family time. Have a great long weekend and happy Easter, everyone!
Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve never been into the ol’ St. Patrick’s Day parties, and around these parts, the university kids pretty much go wild, it’s all very chaotic, and I think it’s bizarre (yeah, yeah, bah humbug).
At the St. Jacobs market last weekend, I couldn’t resist buying¬† a sweet shamrock plant for only $2 (!). It’s just so delicate. I can totally get behind St. Patrick’s Day green when it’s as pretty as this!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! May the day be a lucky one for you!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I can’t help it. I need to showcase more hearts. I thought I had corralled enough hearts for this Valentine’s Day gift guide, but I hadn’t. I have five more heart-filled items to share with you to end this week.
love struck round floor bin, $19.97 (on sale), Land of Nod
black sequin heart pillow cover, $19.97 (on sale), Land of Nod
I Love You heart dishes, $19.95, Crate & Barrel
heart tote bag, $22, Sweet Escape Creative
Have a lovely weekend, dear readers!
I’m of the mind that champagne (whether from Champagne or not) should be consumed during celebrations both big and small: closing on new house, having a great day at work, meeting with a friend you haven’t seen in ages, a new baby, or a school graduation*.
I guess with Valentine’s Day around the corner, bringing out the bubbly is very √† propos. Heck, whether you’re in a relationship and you celebrate this day of love, or you’re single and avoid the commercialization of it all, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t toast you and your loved ones with a glass of champers**.
It’s not too often that I actually get spoiled with some of the popular champagnes like Mo√ęt or Veuve Clicquot***, but maybe 2016 is the year that I bring this luxury to the forefront of my life (maybe to go with my future luxurious but affordable bed makeover?).
Just look at this work of champagne art:
And the Mo√ęt & Chandon bottle is so beautifully classic.
If you’re looking to pair this with food, the Mo√ęt & Chandon team tells me that the Imp√©rial Brut (feature in the photo above) pairs particularly well with sushi, scallops, oysters, white fish, and white fruit (e.g., white peach tart), but I’m pretty sure my tastes buds are also happy when I pair champagne with the goodness of homemade pizza. Who’s with me?
Or, if you’re looking for a way to switch things up with your champagne, you might opt to try the following recipe for the Mo√ęt Ruby Red (festive for Valentine’s, the Oscars, etc.):
Mo√ęt Ruby Red
3/4 oz. Lemon
3/4 oz. Tarragon, Raspberry, Citrus Shrub (see below)
1 oz. Vodka
2 1/2 oz. Mo√ęt & Chandon Brut
Serve over ice in a white wine glass. Garnish with fresh tarragon and citrus.
Tarragon, Raspberry, Citrus Shrub
2 cups Raspberry Pur√©e
2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
4 cups Cane Sugar
1 Lemon Peel
4 sprigs of Tarragon
Bring ingredients to a simmer on a stovetop, then remove from heat and let cool.
This drink seems to be right up my alley – even though I generally prefer to drink champagne in its original state. I tend to take my champagne in a coupe, maybe with a raspberry thrown in for good measure.
What about you? How do you take your champagne?
* Maybe this is one of the reasons why I have pursued more than one university degree (I’m on lucky #5!)
** Is this a word people use, or is this just a word I use with my friends. Blurred lines.
*** Toasting my PhD achievement was probably my most memorable Veuve occasion (see this and this and this).
Images via Mo√ęt & Chandon.