Monochromatic Bathroom

I was given the go-ahead on redesigning an upstairs main bathroom. Anytime I get the opportunity to redesign a room I get super excited because just like an event, you have ideas which are translated onto paper, but then you get to take those ideas and see them come to life when you put them in a room.

The house is about twenty years old, but still in really good shape, as the house has been renovated throughout the years. The vanity currently in the bathroom has been updated since move-in, however, it could still use a facelift. We decided to leave the bath tub as is, because although a few years old, still looks good, and it can be covered with a shower curtain anyways.

The color board for this room is monochromatic, so there will be greys, blacks and whites. The pop of color will be greens. It is always nice doing a neutral bathroom because it always looks clean. People get the wrong impression with bathrooms and feel that everything has to be white, from the bath tub, to the vanity, to the floors — this isn’t the case at all. Have fun with your bathroom, but remember, it is a small room, so take that into considering when designing.

We are adding to this bathroom — a new vanity, a new toilet and new flooring, and of course, a new color to the walls.

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We chose this Vanity, bought from Costco, as the focal point of the room. This vanity is espresso in color and is solid hardwood with a Bianco Carrera marble counter top. This vanity has a lot of storage, including 8 different drawers. This vanity also comes with the 2 wood-framed mirrors seen in the picture above.

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http://www.costco.ca/Studio-Bathe-Kalize-Double-Vanity-with-Mirrors.product.10321253.html

Considering there are light floors in the bathroom right now, we decided to do a drastic change and do all of the floor tiles in grey slate. The exact brand of floors has not been picked out yet, but we know the type of floor and the specific look as well, so we are still shopping around. As seen in the two pictures, one is rectangle tiles, whereas the other one is square – either or would look good in the bathroom space, just again, keep into considering how big your room is. If you a bigger bathroom to work with the rectangle will look great in the room, the square tiles are more for a smaller bathroom.

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Accessories are add ons in every room. For this specific bathroom, with the dark grey floors and the black and white marble vanity, I decided to do silver accessories, to bring a little bit of brightness into the bathroom. Continuing with the modern theme of the bathroom, we will continue that with the accessories as well.

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/hotel-collection-executive-stainless-bath-accessories?ID=255953&CategoryID=22094#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D249%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3D3

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With silver accessories, dark slate grey floors, and a black vanity with a white marble countertop, we still want to keep the room monochromatic. With a white bathroom curtain it will still keep the room modern, but it will lighten it up a bit.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=41259016&RN=10&

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Matching the shower curtain with the rug will tie in the colors of white. It will also keep the room looking uniformed and sophisticated.

http://www.target.com/p/thomas-o-brien-bath-rug-true-white/-/A-13592363#prodSlot=medium_1_4

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Lastly, comes the towels. Incorporating black and white into the towels is a nice modern touch and with these black and white herringbone towels it will tie everything in together nicely. If you do not one to showcase this bold print, you can always do a larger white towel, with a small black face towel draping over it, the decision is yours to make.

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With a monochromatic room, you have the option to bring some outdoor colors inside. Fake plans are a great idea and these plants from IKEA would look nice in the room, maybe sitting on top of the toilet, or you could place both on the bathroom counter. I would not do the plant with a white base though due to the white marble counter tops, if you could find one with a black base that would be even better. The modern element here is the rectangle base, try to find one similar to this, as a rounded base would take away from the feel of the room.

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/40223329/

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If you wanted to do a taller vase instead with draped flowers instead, that would look good as well.

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/40207683/

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The last decoration that I have added to this room, is a canvas that will hang above the toilet. The picture will remain in grey scale and will be from IKEA. The last time I went to IKEA they had a skyline picture of Toronto, being that this is where I live, I thought it would be a great way to incorporate that into the room. If that picture is not available, any grey scale picture would work.

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20209065/

You could even do a 3-1 split canvas, where you have one image, but it is separated into three different sections – these are very popular right now.

The Work Edit, by BCBG

During my daily web search this morning I found myself checking out the latest styles from BCBG. Sometimes when I am looking at designers websites I always wonder why they don’t have different outfit ideas. For example.. looks for the office, dinner, vacation and weddings. I was pleasantly pleased to see that BCBG had different outfit ideas for MANY sections.

Being a recent graduate myself, I’m always looking for the idea looks for the office and this page gives you a lot of different options. Of course all of the outfit ideas may not be appropriate for your job, but it doesn’t hurt to get different inspirations.

http://www.bcbg.com/WORK/clothing-by-occasion-work,default,sc.html

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SOCIALITE

 

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CONNOISSEUR

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VISIONARY

Along with outfit ideas they also have a category for “From Desk to Dinner”, which is nice for the nights you are going straight out from the office!

http://www.bcbg.com/DESK-TO-DINNER/clothing-by-occasion-work-desk-to-dinner,default,sc.html

Bachelorette Wardrobe

Bachelorette Wardrobe

Bachelorette party outfits don’t have to just consist of boas and tiars, they can be chic.

During the day before you girls head out on the town you can wear cute tank tops that have “bride”, “maid of honor” and “bridesmaid” written on them.

At night the bride can dress in white and have her girls dress in black. If you wanted to add something to it like a tiara, veil, or a boa go for it, it is completely up to you. It all comes down to what type of bride you are and where you are going. If you are going with the black and white outfits you can even have little bins that they sell at Party City that say the title of the girls and you can get the flashy, glow in the dark bride one!

Have fun with it, but remember, you can still remain chic while doing it!

The Ultimate Bachelorette

It’s wedding season and that ultimately means that it is bachelorette season! There are so many fun things to do in your city, but if you and the girls want to have a fun weekend away and if you all can afford it, do that. The only thing that you don’t to do is suggest going away somewhere knowing that one of your bridesmaids or friends can’t. As the bride, you can mention it, but try and get your maid of honor or close friend to bring up the idea so that they don’t feel obligated to go.

Planning bachelorettes can be very exciting! This is your night to celebrate with your girls, without making it look like your part of the movie The Hangover. Of course there are some brides that love to party, where others are more reserved and would rather a day at the spa. These ideas will give both type of brides ideas and options.

First I will give you some ideas about what you can do in your city, then I will follow with some ideas out of town.

Being a Toronto girl, we have very few hotels with rooftop pools, however, the ones that we do have are breathtaking!

1) Book a hotel room that has a rooftop pool
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The Thompson Hotel in Toronto is absolutely beautiful and they have rooms that will accommodate larger groups, such as the Thompson Suite and the Penthouse Suite. This is your bachelorette, it’s time to go all out — when else will you book a penthouse suite?? NEVER! You can have all your girls stay in one room and you can have the ultimate bachelorette party. The Thompson Hotel is in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and London – so this idea could work in many cities and if you don’t have this hotel in your city, don’t stress – I’m sure you can find a hotel in the heart of the city that has a rooftop pool!
 
Check in for all hotels is normally 2-3 pm. If you are able to get this hotel that early, GO DOWN this early. You are paying for the room, why not enjoy it? Go check in with your girls, have a light lunch, and ENJOY the pool. The Thompson Toronto even has a “Girls night out” room accommodation option.
 

Spend the night celebrating with your girls! •Luxury accommodations in a Double Deluxe or King Suite •Welcome amenity •First drink on us! Voucher redeemable at Rooftop Bar or Lobby Bar •Complimentary Internet Access •Exclusive Access to the Rooftop (Excluding Sunday & Monday) •1812 Lounge Admittance (Monday, Friday, and Saturday) •Recuperate from a great night with a complimentary 2pm check out!

 
http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/toronto/thompson-toronto/sleep/thompson-suite

So once you enjoy your complimentary rooftop drink, relax, enjoy the pool. Then when you girls are hungry, go out and have a nice dinner in the hotel, called Scarpetta.

 
 
When your done, go back to the room, have a pre-party, maybe some “dancers” … haha.. then go out for a night on the town! There are a lot of Toronto lounges that offer an older crowd and a more sophisticated environment, or if you want to go out and party for the rest of the night you can do that too.
 
Remember there are so many more things that you can do when staying at a hotel. You do not have to worry about transportation or where anybody is sleeping. It is extremely convenient.
 
2). Take a Flirty Girl Fitness class
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Flirty Girl Fitness has weekend workshops
CHAIR STRIPTEASE WORKSHOP
POLE DANCE WORKSHOP
LAP DANCING WORKSHOP
BURLESQUE WORKSHOP
VIDEO VIXEN WORKSHOP
COYOTE UGLY WORKSHOP

However, if you do not want to do a workshop you can actually rent out space just for you and your girls. Have some fun and do some pole dancing — It’s your time to let loose.
 
3). Day at the Spa
There are many spas in Toronto and in every city, you just have to find the one that speaks to you.
 
– Novo Spa
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This spa is in Yorkville and offers many many spa features. From facials, to massages, to body scrubs, eyelash extensions and manicure and pedicures – this spa is more of a pampering center.
 
– Body Blitz Spa
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This is a women’s only spa that is surrounded by water. They have relaxing therapeutic waters and they also have body massages, body glows and body scrubs. Anything a bride and her maids need before the big day.
 
Scandinave Spa
 
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This spa is in Blue Mountain, so if you want to incorporate a spa day as well as a weekend getaway, this is the perfect option. This spa is known for their Scandinavian baths and has been awarded for their services.
 
Guests enjoy the escape from their every day world and enter into the serenity of the natural outdoor environment. The renowned Scandinavian Baths include a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & relaxation areas. Also available are Registered Massage treatments, relaxing getaway packages & an on-site bistro serving healthy local fare.
 
4). Drag Queen Club
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Never been before? This is seriously the bachelorette capital of Toronto. They have world famous shows every weekend and has been standing for 21 years. If you want an up-beat and fun environment, this is the place to go.
 
5). An up-beat and fun restaurant
Finding a restaurant that has a party vibe can be hard, but there are a few restaurants that have a fun atmosphere.
 
– The Sultan’s Tent
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This Toronto restaurant is Moroccan inspired and has a belly dancing show at around 9pm. The whole restaurant is covered in large lavish tents and the food is very authentic. They play traditional Moroccan music and they have separate larger sections for parties, so this would work well for your bachelorette party.
 
– Blowfish
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This King Street location has a high energy vibe, just what you need. This is the perfect location if you are feeling Japanese food. They offer gourmet sushi and have both hot and cold dishes which have more than enough food for sharing.
 
– STK (If you live in USA)
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With locations in Atlanta, Miami, LA, NYC, London this is “Not your daddy’s steakhouse”. I have been to the NYC location in the Meatpacking district and it was phenomenal. The atmosphere is what you are looking for. They play upbeat music and it is a fun environment.

http://togrp.com/togrp-stk/

 
6). Male Strip Club- The guys do it, why cant the girls?
 
– The Foxxes Den
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This strip club has been voted the best in Toronto and from the pictures on the website, the men are.. well pleasant to the eye. If you want to go out for a memorable night full of laughs, maybe this is your thing.
 
If you plan on going away for a girls weekend I have a few ideas for locations.
 
1. Vegas- I think every bride and groom dreams of having their bachelor/ette party in Vegas – It is the ultimate party. You stay in a nice hotel, same thing, maybe a penthouse, or have a few rooms for you and your girls that are connecting. Stay by the pool during the day, and go out at night — There is always something to do in Vegas.
 
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2. NYC- If I could spend every weekend in NYC I would, I just love the views, the atmosphere and the people. You can go down with your girls for a few nights and stay at the Thompson! Get the rooftop pool top, and they actually have a club on the top of it at night, so you could always check that out. Go for some shopping “exercises” on 5th avenue or in Soho and just have a good time. You would go here if you still want to have a good time with partying, however, you are not party animals like the girls going to Vegas.
 
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3. Miami or South Beach- Want to soak up the sun and go to some clubs at night, all while getting your tan on? Miami is another option. You could stay in a beach front resort, or even rent a villa on the beach. You would wake up and lounge on the beach and you could go out at night. It’s like an all inclusive vacation.
 
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4. Caribbean- Sometimes 3 nights in a tropical place is what you all need before the wedding. The bride can relax and so can the girls. And majority of the time 3 nights in, lets say, Mexico, is less expensive than going to a large city for 3 nights.
 
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Of course, the destination, and the location depends on each individual girls budget. You do not want to pressure your girls by throwing them into a situation that they are not comfortable with. If your dream is to go somewhere out of town, maybe pitch in to each girls trip instead of giving them a bridal party gift. Also, out of town bachelorette parties typically only include a few people, as not all bridesmaids, and female family members will be able to take time off. Have a meeting with your girls and talk it out. Remember, no matter what you do, as long as your girls are there, is all that matters.
 
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My next post will be bachelorette party outfit ideas! Stay tuned.

Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Your boyfriend proposed and now you are engaged! With the hectic schedules of booking venues, florists, invitations, etc, you might be overwhelmed with the different options of a wedding dress. Working at Paloma Blanca in Toronto I saw many different dresses and was even able to try on a few. There are many different styles and even different shapes – there is a shape out there for you. Before you go out looking for a dress, take a look at your body and figure out your shape. Are you shaped like an hourglass, a pear, a rectangle, a triangle, an inverted triangle, a circle or are you lean, almost pencil shaped.

Before I give you the different dresses for each shape, I will give you a description for each shape before so that you know which dresses are for your own personal shape.

Hourglass

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  • bust and hips are well balanced
  • defined waist
  • your shoulders align nicely with your hips

Women that have an hourglass figure want to show it off. You can do this with a mermaid dress that is a fit and flare.

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A sheath dress that shows off your figure with a streamline silhouette.

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Or a ball gown that has a structured bodice.

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Standard

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  • have shoulders and hips that are the same width
  • body similar to hourglass, but not as defined
  • average body type
  • tend to gain weight evenly all over your body

These brides can wear whatever they want, because they have the body to pull off anything. This bride should show off her figure and show off her body with a dress that hugs her but also is stylish. A mermaid or trumpet would be my top two picks for this bride.

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Triangle (Pear)

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  • hips are larger than your bust
  • defined waist

A triangle shaped bride wants to either wear an A-line gown, an empire gown or a ball gown. The idea here is to have the bottom of the dress angel away from your hips, showcasing your tiny waist.

This is the a-line option that has a fitted bodice and an angled skirt.

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The empire gown is a high-wasted style and draws the eye to the waist opposed to your hips.

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The ball gown is always a good option when hiding your lower half, just keep the bodice at the natural waist, we do not want a dropped waist here.

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V (Inverted Triangle)

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  • larger upper body and belly
  • broad shoulders, and ample bust and a wide back
  • Slim hips and flat bottom
  • Shapely legs

The inverted triangle bride will be seen in a mermaid gown, a ball gown or a short gown. The idea here is to create symmetry with the broad shoulders. You want to take the attention off of the shoulders and bring it down the waist or legs.

The mermaid gown with a flared skirt will bring attention to the legs and not the shoulders. If you are not comfortable showing your shoulder at all you can either put on a bolero or have a dress with straps.

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A ball gown has a fuller bottom, so this can switch the emphasize from your shoulders to your legs, especially if you have a lot of detail on the bottom of your dress.

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A short gown can have the same effect as the other two dresses because it draws attention to your legs and to your shoes. This is only for the bride that wants a short dress though.

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Rectangle

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  • have shoulders and hips that are equal width 
  • no definition in your waist
  • athletic looking figure
  • no curves

The rectangle shaped bride can be seen wearing an a-line, sheath, or empire gown. The idea for these dresses is to CREATE shape that is not initially there.

The a-line gown can create an hourglass shape on the rectangle figure. The bodice and ribbon creates a slimming look for the bride and the a-line skirt creates the illusion that the bride has shape even if she doesn’t. There are different textures in the skirt as well which able it to create that feel of the hourglass.

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With the sheath dress you want it to hug your body, but be pulled in fitted to your body, so that it has the allusion of curves.

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The empire gown creates a waistline and it allows the dress to be flowy so that it does not hug the body.

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Circle (Apple)

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  • tend to have really narrow wrists and ankles
  • arms and legs may be your favorite feature
  • tend to gain weight in your middle section
  • the narrowest part of your torso tends to be right below your breast

If this brides main concern is her middle area a dropped waist gown would not be the best option. A fitted bodice with corset back will also create a proportioned silhouette. The best options would be an empire or a ball gown.  

This empire dress will create an elongating silhouette with high waistlines and the skirt flows away from the body.

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The ball gown has a fitted bodice and a fuller skirt that creates the illusion of a smaller torso.

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Although these are the main body shapes, there are also other considerations when looking for a dress. If you are tall, short, plus size, skinny, busty. There is a lot to take in, in order to find the perfect dress.

A lot of brides think that if they are busty then they shouldn’t be wearing strapless, however, the strapless gown is normally the best option for the bustier bride.

For the shorter bride, a ballgown is not the best option, you do not want to get lost in the dress. A trumpet or a mermaid dress really shows off the shape and does not overwhelm the shorter bride with all the material.

Your bridal consultant will be able to show you styles that she thinks will look good on you, but it is always best to go in with a general idea of what you want and what you think will look good on you!

Happy shopping!

-xox

 

Princess Themed Birthday

Planning a child’s birthday can be very exciting and planning their 1st birthday can be the most exciting of all. You’re baby is no longer a few months old, he or she is finally 1. This is what I will center this blog post around- Planning a little girls 1st birthday.

What is more perfect than a princess birthday party? Little girls aren’t quite at that age where they know who their favorite Disney Princess is, so why not just make it a pink princess theme.

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This theme will have a pink color board, incorporating light pink and dark pink – keeping the overall theme pretty soft and flowy. You can also incorporate aspects of pink tulle, a princess’ best friend.

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You can also incorporate the theme into your baby girls outfit. What is more fun than a pink tutu on a 1 year old? This cute little dress is from a seller on Etsy. The link will take you right to the sellers page. She also ships worldwide and the skirt is only $52.00. You can even pair it with a cute headband and a pink tank top.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85123607/baby-toddler-baby-pink-tutu-outfit?ref=sr_gallery_17&ga_search_query=toddlers+tulle+dresses&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all

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This picture was found on Pinterest.

You’re invited! Super cute invitations to let your guests know what kind of theme this party will have. This invitation is simple, yet it still showcases the princess crown on the front of it, tying the entire theme together.

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This specific dessert table was found on Pinterest.

Dessert tables are extremely trendy right now and as long as they are decorated beautifully, you can have very simple desserts. It is nice focal point to any occasion. You can do all your final touches with various buyers from Etsy – they will customize just about anything you need.

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This picture was found on Pinterest

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You can serve drinks with pink paper straws. Also found on etsy. I have ordered from these buyers before and they are amazing and will ship your product in only a few days!

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/116617896?ref=fb2_tnx_title

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Since it was a 1 year old birthday, you don’t necessarily need to label everything, especially if it is pretty straight forward candy or desserts. It is cute to have the cupcake toppers but that’s all you really need! These were made by another seller on Etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/modernparty?page=2

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Of course if you wanted to do dessert table labels, you can, and of course, Etsy has those as well! Sometimes you can even get them to customize other items so that your theme is unison. For example, if you were to order these dessert label tags, you can ask the seller if she can make you matching cupcake holders and bags. You will be surprised what these sellers can do!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/modernparty?ref=shop_sugg

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Of course if you are having a candy buffet, you need to have either small boxes or candy bags so that the guests can put the candy inside. The good thing with ordering from a seller on Etsy is that you can customize everything. So although the color in this candy bag is a darker pink, you can ask the seller to change the color on the template to a lighter pink.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97129315/princess-party-bag-girls-birthday-party?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=pink+princess+candy+bags&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all

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All these pictures were found on Pinterest

CAKE! Sometimes the best part of any party. Guests always look forward to eating a piece of cake, diet or not, people make exceptions! Anything with a bow or a tiara is perfect for a princess cake. Even if you have a one tier quilted pink cake with a tiara on top, would be more than enough! But if you like to do everything big why not a 3 tier cake like the one shown on the left. The design is up to you – these are just some inspirations.

I hope you guys enjoyed all these ideas and inspirations! Up next will be a baby boys birthday party! Keep posted.

– xoxo

Country Celebrations

OH CANADA

Monday we celebrated the 146th birthday of our country, Canada. No matter how you celebrated, you all heard the fireworks that were happening in your city. Many of you celebrated by wearing a Canadian t-shirt, or just supporting the colours of our country, red and white.

Below I will showcase my two favorite looks from Canada Day.

Day Look

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Night Look

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STRIPES AND STARS

American’s are also doing a little bit of celebrating this week, as they celebrate Independence Day. This celebration is to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence that took place on July 4, 1776. The color theme here being red, white and blue.

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If you plan on going out at night, here is a semi-casual outfit, if you want to spice it up add on a pair of heels or wedges.

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This is the perfect outfit if you have a bbq to go to or if you are attending any festivals or parades! You can change the color of the top to either white, black or blue.

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I am sure there are many many parties happening this Thursday in the States. This is an idea of an outfit that you can wear, while still incorporating the colors of the American Flag.

Have fun, enjoy the celebrations, but most importantly be safe!

– xo