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10.12.14

Cake For Breakfast at Wishlist Boutique //


We had SO much fun popping up at Wishlist Boutique last week! It was so wonderful to meet and shop with some of you. Here are some snaps from the evening! If you have never popped into Wishlist you must!! They are just the cutest with all sorts of fabulous goodies. Also not pictured (I must have been too busy snacking on it ;)) is the wonderful Petite Puf who was spinning all sorts of deliciously flavored candy floss. It was such a fabulous night! I can't wait until our next pop up! 

xo
Tessa

8.12.14

Holiday Gift Wrapping with Ferrero Rocher //


Oh my goodness I am SO excited for the holidays! I am such a sucker for Christmas and all the wonderful holiday activities, so no doubt I had so much fun putting this little post together. I originally saw this stamping technique here and decided to run with that idea, after all, we love us some polka dots around here! And who wouldn't love a parcel topped with an oh so yummy Ferrero Rocher?! Don't forget to share your #ferreromoment this holiday season on IG!


xo
Tessa

5.12.14

Grandma's Cherry Flips //

This is probably my all time favorite Christmas cookie and I think my family would agree. Everytime I make them they don't even last the day!! To me, it's not the holidays without a fresh batch of my Grandma's cherry flips. I use this recipe every year and it never disappoints. My grandma actually hand-wrote the above cookbook and noted all of our favorite recipes which is such a wonderful idea! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, the recipe makes about 14 or so small cookies, if you have an event you're making them for or a larger family I would suggest doubling the recipe! Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS: 
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup flour, sifted 
1 tsp almond flavouring 
1 bottle maraschino cherries, save liquid 
chopped nuts (I use walnuts)

Cream butter until light.

Add sugar and mix well.

Add egg yolk. 

Work in flour by hand. (I prefer to start with a spoon and then use my hands as it can be a bit messy at first!)

Pinch off walnut sized pieces, press in palm of hand, insert cherry and roll dough around cherry forming a ball. 

Place on greased cookie sheet. 

Bake at 325F for 10 minutes. 

While the cookies are baking, make your icing. To make the icing, simply take about 1/4 cup of icing sugar, mix in the almond flavoring and a couple drops of the maraschino cherry liquid (always just add a couple drops and add more if needed! My home-ec teacher always taught me "you can always add more but you can't take away".)

Remove cookies from the oven and while still warm, dip the tops in the icing, and then the finely chopped nuts. 

Enjoy!

xo
Tessa










1.12.14

First Snowfall //

Cardi: Plenty (30% off today only with code BLKFRI30!! | Top: Maccs | Hat: Forever21(old, similar) | Scarf: Nordstrom - on sale! 25% off! | Jeans: Jbrand | Boots: Zara (old, similar - 40% off today only with code CYBER!) | Sunnies: Maccs | Watch: Michael Kors (old, similar) | Lippy: MAC

Haha that last picture of Mason kills me, isn't he the cutest?! Danny and I brought him out to play with us in the snow the other day, because Vancouver had it's first snowfall over the weekend and we obviously had to frolic in it. It is SO cold here right now, I say SO cold and people in other parts of Canada are likely laughing as I guess it is only -5 here and like -20 elsewhere! But still that's pretty darn cold for Vancouver. There's something about the snow and cold weather that A. puts me in the Christmas spirit, and B. allows me to cozy up by the fire watching old movies and sipping hot cocoa. Speaking of Christmas, who else is super excited that it's December today?! This is definitely the most wonderful time of the year for me, and thank goodness I have already started my Christmas shopping (hoping to be ahead of the game this year) but I bet I'll still be that fool running around on Christmas eve - such is life. 

xo
Tessa







27.11.14

Giveaway With Julep //


A few weeks ago, Julep reached out to me to see if I would be interested in collaborating, I had tried Julep before, and absolutely LOVE their polishes so obviously I couldn't wait!! Not only are their products wonderful, they have gorgeous packaging and a HUGE selection of beautiful shades. So we've partnered with Julep to bring you a holiday giveaway - you could win $100 worth of fabulous Julep products! If you head on over to our instagram, all you have to do is like our latest photo of julep products, tag three friends, follow us, follow @julepmaven and that's it!! You're entered!! The winner will be chosen Monday, Dec 1st. Goodluck!!! 

xo
Tessa


26.11.14

Singing In The Rain, In a Leopard Coat //

Jacket: The Button Box (similarsimilar) | Playsuit: maccs | Sunnies: maccs | Tights: Forever21 | Handbag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Watch: Movado | Bracelet: Stella&Dot

First of all, sorry for the photos being a touch grainy.. shooting in the rain isn't as easy as we thought! But oh em gee how amazing is this faux fur leopard cropped coat?! I am seriously obsessed. I first spotted it when Danny and I popped into one of CFB's stockists - The Button Box, oh they have such treasures there! The owner happened to be wearing the jacket and it just looked so gorgeous I knew I had to have it. If you're in the Chilliwack area, you must pop into The Button Box, especially now when it is gorgeously decorated for the holidays. This jacket looks so amazing with black so I paired it with a super versatile playsuit from maccs, simple sunnies and a classic handbag. I can't wait to take this look into night time with a bit of a bolder lip and some serious heels! 

xo
Tessa





21.11.14

Holiday Wishlist #1 //


I don't know about you but I am SO excited for the holidays. It seems the Christmas season comes earlier and earlier every year, and every year I try to hold off my merriment until a reasonable time into the season, however, this year, I am all for it! Decking the halls and fa-la-la-la-la-ing all the way through November into December. That's right, I'm that dreaded person that already has their tree up, stockings hung, and Christmas music echoing through the house. Therefore, I obviously had to put a little wish list together, I have been an angel all year after all. Also, since Danny and I (with saving for a house and all) have been on a super tight spending budget, I have quite the list indeed. I am completely swooning over all of the gorgeous pieces above, and am keeping my fingers crossed that Danny Santa will be watching my instagram to see what I'd love to have underneath the tree this year - here's hoping! 

xo
Tessa