Not going to lie, chances are I will be writing a lot about being a mom!
And of course we can’t forget all the dapper men out there.
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!
Fine black sanding sugar
Ghost in the Graveyard (far Left)
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)
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
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:
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!
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.
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!
Flowers: Stemz Flowers http://www.stemz.ca