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Floral and Fantastic Flavouring

21.7.14

I must admit, it was slightly difficult to get back in the swing of things, but I am happily back to blogging after a small holiday and extended birthday weekend. There’s far too much to share, but overall it has been an incredibly wonderful summer so far.

If you’ve been following the blog for even a smidgen of time, then you've likely noticed by now that I am a foodie devotee. In the past few months, I have been challenging myself to cook, bake, and even use my kitchen tools a lot more … that is, when I actually set aside a designated time. Fortunately, even though I may not be near my own appliances at all times, I am thankful to have close friends that also host fun foodie nights just as I do, but in a different way.

Therefore, I recently took over one of their food processors and made homemade (all natural) frozen yoghurt for a delicious dessert. Their foodie nights are usually, a sort of potluck—each one of us does something: one-person helps with the main menu, one sets up and chooses the games, another may even be in charge of making all of the drinks, etc. My contribution was fruity dessert. I am not really a dessert person, so I thought a healthy and refreshing option was perfect. I made lemon-blueberry frozen yoghurt, and then raspberry-basil was the second option! Homemade dinner was a four-course seafood and veggie feast, I will share more pics later. 
Double Dipped Style:
I had forgotten about this outfit, so here it is … enter, sheer floral goodness! This printed jacket was a lot less delicate than I had expected, which was a good thing. I had seen a similar 3D print somewhere else in another colour, but much preferred the flatter version and shade here. It’s part sporty and casual, however I think the golden hardware and translucence made it a lot more modern and versatile. So, I just wore it out for a late lunch date, and then again on a weekend window shopping trip.

This time, matching the lavender colours (from the pastel eyeglasses and jacket print) was the unforeseen style element that just happened to work well together. Yes, even on a slightly balmy, partially sunny, and rainy type of day this floral had its moment to blossom!

How has your summer been so far? Can you believe that August is just around the corner!
The goods: Printed organza jacket, and Leopard faux stone earrings-c/o Oasap, Denim-Levis, shopper bag-Goorin Bros., Geo nude sandals-Local boutique-Canada, Skirt-Express, Necklace, and Tank-H&M.

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The Jersey Dress

15.7.14

There has been a variety of colours that really speak to me this summer, including coral, teal, and chartreuse. Whether off-trend or on-trend, none of that matters because I’ve loved wearing them more than ever this year. But, to be fair, there’s not any colour forsaken in my wardrobe.

This cotton dress is a vivid coloured jersey that’s incredibly easy to wear. The easy to wear dress was a great alternative to my summer maxi—it's an ideal and breathable choice for daytime.

Isn't it funny how our tastes change over time: our personal style and even food flavours can undergo a slight makeover. If I remember far back enough I do recall a period when I might not have worn large-scale prints or ultra feminine florals.    
Creative Nostalgia
I thought there was no better reason to break out the 3D floral creation that I made around this time last year. The revamped cardigan was one of three style options that I had in mind for this look—opting toward a simpler colour palette, I decided to pair my chartreuse dress with the black and white combination.

Although, recently experiencing a great deal of busy times, I am hoping to get back to a few art projects that I’ve had to put on hold. The juices are flowing and there’s an abundance of creativity in the works. Not every angle of it may be blogged about, yet charily documented elsewhere. Perhaps, it’s a special save for a “rainy day” future posting.


*I am taking a short holiday to celebrate my birthday (officially, this Friday), and I will see you back on the blog next week. Enjoy your weekend!*

In the meantime, you may catch up with other stylish and inspiring happenings via my Twitter and Instagram.
The goods: Metallic sandals-Peperosa, Green jersey dress in eco-cotton (colour=Sharon)-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén, Geo-wooden black necklace-African art market, Floral cardigan-DIYHandbag-Nine West.
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Random Bits and Pieces

9.7.14

Here are a few random things that made my week special.


Fantastic Fruit:
For me, moments of indulging isn’t really a box of chocolates per se, being that I have a very low to no raw sugar diet. However, this week my life did get a bit sweeter by taking a break to delight in fresh cherries. 

With so much of the weather being up and down (mostly a heaping of warmth), it was nice to refuel my palate with refreshing bites from a fine bowl of sweet cherries. Plus the benefits of eating cherries aren't too shabby either: high in potassium, fortified with vitamins, great dose of antioxidants, low calories, etc. Read more here.

The Product:

Nothing says opulence like these stylish and sleekly designed Marc Jacobs beauty items. Appearance may not be everything in our daily lives, but for anyone who appreciates chic product and package design, they know better. Have you ever been captivated by a bottle of wine or a perfume bottle based on aesthetics alone?



Pristine packaging with a quality product is everything! Designed by the creatives of Established, the highly anticipated Marc Jacob’s 2014 fall beauty collection will launch next month in August, firstly available in NYC at Sephora stores, but actually now online for Sephora beauty insiders. The fall line includes the Twinkle Eyeshadow Stick, Kiss Pop Colour Stick, and the Smart Wand Tinted Face Stick. Stay tuned for more items from Marc Jacobs cosmetics coming soon.
 
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The Winning Pool:
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Unless you aren’t into sport at all, if you have some form of internet or have been watching the World Cup, then you’ve likely heard about the win by Germany. Although, bittersweet for a few cousins, I think between my co-workers and immediate family, festivities might still be happening. Since my predictions were correct, I ended up winning a prize bundle from our little FIFA2014 pool at work. There were only two of us in total that won. Perhaps, I will treat myself to a pair of shoes or something soon. Did you watch the game?

The Details:
With wedding season being present, I have been helping a friend with a few different concepts for her reception. As seen below: Inspiration from decorating books, and charming miniature boxes of wedding tokens, I finally found my necklace that I thought I had misplaced, and my mini travelling trunk filled with sewing notions for those "on-the-go" crafting and alteration moments.
What was good for you this week? Were there any special moments that happened to you?

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Titá Bijoux: Jewelled Refinement

7.7.14

When there’s a unique story behind a brand it always gets my attention, especially when there’s undeniable passion within its roots. Titá Bijoux is an Italian brand that specialises in luxury lace accessories and fine jewellery.

Keeping It in The Family:
Innovative mother and daughter duo, Laura and Céline founded the Titá Bijoux company. In 1996, Laura, a successful interior designer opened a design workshop in Milan, called Laurarte. Seven years later, she decided to provide her clients with furniture covered in finishes of lace and macramé. Her clientele as well as her daughter, Céline, adored the lace detailed decorations. And, in 2005, Céline used the macramé and lace bits from her mum’s remnants to design statement earrings, which now sells in their shop.

The talented designing pair produces high-quality accessories that are easy to love, and carry an imperial aesthetic. All of their creations are handmade with precision and fervour, and are in essence pieces to be cherished and fully talked about when worn. 
What To Love:
Today, the Titá brand carries everything from diverse jewels of precious metals to colourful and elegant lace pieces. Of course, with lace being timeless, it intrinsically has a history of its own. Based in Milan, Laura and Céline makes certain that each item created is of the best quality. They also use local manufacturers to develop and reproduce a vast range of their own patterns in lace.

In collaboration with Titá Bijoux, I wanted to show you pieces from their stunning Skyline Collection. These intricate designed cuffs were one of my favourite items in their jewellery line. As an avid traveller and accessories devotee, I unsurprisingly gravitated to this collection. From postcards to posters—distinct cityscapes are always a much preferred way to remember any great metropolis, so the thought of having jewellery that evoked that concept was brilliant, in my opinion!

In the Skyline collection, you will find exquisite cutouts: earrings, pendants, and cuffs offered in cities like, Milan, London, New York, Paris, and Rome, etc. Check out a few of their other designs and more of my favourites from the Titá Bijoux brand below.

What do you think of Titá Bijoux and their Skyline Collection?
 (Above) From left to right: Lace earrings-"Lace and Macramè" collection, Pendant and Jewelled earrings-"Skyline" collection, necklace-"Under the sea" collection.
The goods: “New York City,”and “London” cuffs from The Skyline Collection in gold (Silver is also available)-Courtesy of Titá Bijoux. All opinions expressed are my own.

*Visit Titá Bijoux’s e-shop here. You may also follow updates on their Facebook page. To view other collections visit www.titabijouxx.com.

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