In the market for some bling?

On Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at 2pm The Royal Ontario Museum  and Ritchies Auctions is hosting a very glamourous auction. I have spent the last hour going through the fine jewels, I thought I would add a few of my favourites for you all to oogle. SHould you want to bid don’t forget to make an appt.

 

Unmounted 1 ct pink diamond

Unmounted 1ct green diamond - est cost 40,000.00

Suspended pear shaped 1.2 cts yellow diamond - $3,000.00

5cts diamond solitaire - 30.000.00

5.5cts cushion cut saphire with diamond wrap - $7,000.00

8.4cts tourmaline and diamond dinner ring - 1,000.00

10.5 cts Ruby sugarloaf and diamond earrings - $12,000.00

10cts saphire and 7 cts diamond earrings - $15,000.00

18.5cts yellow diamond flanked with 1ct trapezoid diamonds - ONLY $450,000.00

gorgeous graduated wreath a total of 43.7cts of diamond - $30,000.00

50cts diamond solitaire... this is the size of a Canadian Loonie - a bargain at $10,000,000.00. Although they think that it will likely only go for $4,000,000.00!

And of course we can’t forget all the dapper men out there.

Vintage Tissot Gentleman's wristwatch

 

 

 

 

Spooky Spirits!

Halloween isn’t just for the little Hallo ‘weenies’ anymore.

Have some friends over and cook up a few halloween bevies for all the grown up ghouls! Leave it to Martha and her team to come up with some fun twists on old cocktail classics.

I chose cocktails that have simple enough ingredients, at least ingredients we have all heard of. Truthfully you could be as simple as serving up beer in an interesting vessel, for instance have any old science class beeker’s lying around? How about freezing some grenadine droplets or red food colouring into an ice cube tray and freezing then  just serving those into glasses of water? Even Grapes or olives can look like eyeballs if the pitch is good enough… so be creative and have some fun!

The Martini:

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dry vermouth
  • 8 ounces premium gin
  • Ice cubes
  • Pickled Baby Beets, each placed on a cocktail skewer

Directions

  1. Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer or fill with ice water and let sit until frosty, about 5 minutes (pour out water). Add the vermouth, dividing evenly; swirl to coat the glasses, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled; divide among chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Cider:

Ingredients

Fine black sanding sugar

  • 1 lady apple, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 ounce maple syrup
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Club soda
  • 1 thin crosswise slice lady apple, for garnish

Directions

  1. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Place sanding sugar in a saucer and dip rim of glass in sanding sugar to coat; set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda. Garnish with apple slice and serve.
For grown up ghouls:

Ghost in the Graveyard (far Left)
Serves 1
2 ounces black vodka
2 ounces creme de cacao or coffee-flavored liqueur
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Pinch of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside. Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream. Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.

Screwed-Up Screwdriver (tom Collins glass)
Serves 1
1/4 cup ice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 1/2 ounces black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw. Serve immediately.

Berry Scary Martini
Serves 1
1 cup ice
1 ounce black vodka
2 ounces cherry juice
Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish

Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink. Serve immediately.

The Classic Pina Colada, now the Pina Goulada:

Ingredients

  • FOR THE “BLOOD”

    • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • FOR THE DRINK

    • 20 ounces pineapple juice
    • 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 10 ounces good-quality rum

Directions

  1. Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold a glass by the stem, dip rim into the syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rim. Turn the glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip the remaining glasses. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together drink ingredients. Place 2 1/2 cups ice in a blender, and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth; add more pineapple juice if mixture is too thick. Repeat with remaining ice and mixture. Carefully pour into prepared glasses; serve.
Have a cocktail or two for me!

cake week is coming!

November!!!

I will be showcasing some of the most impressive talents in the cake designing industry that Toronto has has to offer. I have said this before and will continue to say it, Toronto is truly a leader in all things boutique wedding and cakes are by no means an exception.   Our designers are artists and very few cities can compete with our team of skilled cake makers/designers/bakers.

So with sweetness in mind, we will visit some of my favorite cake designers and talk to them about what makes their cakes/cupcakes/macaroons/marshmellows….. the very best! stay tuned!

This cake was designed by Shauna Austin Landry of City Girl cakes in Halifax, NS. She flew into Toronto to bake and decorate just a few days before the wedding.  Working out of someone else’s kitchen can’t be easy for a professional baker.

Since we planned our wedding in just 30 days, it was so nice to be able to rely on our skilled vendors. Thank you Shauna!

Fashion Fridays! – Jackie

This is my attempt at some kind of theme for my blog, the introduction of Fashion Fridays.

simple simple…

step 1: pick a fashion icon or institution

step 2: discuss

It is only natural when considering fashion icons to think of the originals, Jackie, Grace and Coco of course…

Jackie was born in 1929 to a wall street broker and a stay at home mom, she was groomed in style and etiquette from a small child and her sophistication and poise were a true testament to a women fit to be the 1st lady.

She is known for many trends, most of which are still relevant today.

What I find most fascinating about her is while most of her fashion choices while clearly on point and ground breaking, many of her most influencial trends were simply made by her own lifestyle choices as well as a few  insecurities.

number 1: The “Pill box” hat

While studying at Vassar, Jackie did an exchange to France and she fell in love with many French Designers.  Oleg Cassini was an American designer that Jackie worked very well with. Jackie commissioned many Chanel ‘look alikes’ to be made by Cassini and he always made a Pillbox hat to match. It was convenient as they had the same size heads and he could measure his hats on his head for Jackie.

Number 2: White “Opera” gloves

 

 

 

Women everywhere started wearing this elegant accessory after Jackie started wearing them for formal functions. The truth however is that Jackie really did not love the look of her nails as she was a smoker and a nail bitter, so she often wore the gloves to cover your hands.

Number 3: The Trench

 

Her sunnies were always larger and very dark! I once read that Jackie said that she loved wearing the big glasses because she could watch people and they wouldn’t know it.  See all us girls are the same!

Number 4: Horseback riding gear

This look can be found all over the world and not just on the ranch! Jackie attended many of her Vassar College classes wearing her riding gear, many of the young women felt that she was starting a trend but in fact Jackie was just coming from her lessons.

Number 5: Jackie at home. This is not really a trend but my favourite part of Jackie. She loved her family. Until Jackie, very few powerful women were photographed informally with their children.

Jackie really struggled these years, they had lost two of thier children and soon after lost her husband. It was all very public and for a private women this was difficult. She turned to her children for strength and pleasure.

Clearly Jackie was and is a fashion icon, but again her style was very much a product of her lifestyle. This is so relevant in the argument towards always being yourself. She truly inspired a generation of women not just in how they dressed but  how they were seen by others. Always poised with perfect posture, standing tall, supporting those you love and speaking your mind… politely of course.

Rainy days…

Oh October days! Today is a bit of a rainy day in Toronto and I am oddly inspired!

I couldn’t help but think of how so many people say that the rain is romantic… you know lying in bed hearing the drops on the roof, snuggled up with a book or someone special or both!

well what if “said rainy day” was the biggest of day for you and someone you love? In my career I have certainly shared a few rain storms with some lovely couples, I thought today would be a good day to showcase some romantic wedding day photos.

One wedding stands out in particular, one of Savoir Flare’s favourite couples. Mani and Jennifer were so much fun to work with. Mani an engineer and Jennifer in design together they were so organized and had incredible taste. It was so fun to be able to pull together their ideas and create their amazing Persian wedding day.

Just as the couple were getting ready to leave the rain showed up… made for very dramatic and romantic photography. The photography for this wedding was supplied by Z Molu Photography, it was the first time we had worked with him, but his pictures were so dramatic we hope to work with him again!

Venue: Palais Royale in Toronto

Flowers: Stemz Flowers http://www.stemz.ca