Galentine’s Day

February 13th, the most important day of the year. This is the day we leave our significant others at home and celebrate the love we have for our girlfriends, soul sisters and chosen family. As Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope says, “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

In true Galentine’s Day style, I teamed up with some of my best gal-pals to celebrate this special day and to give you some inspo for your own gatherings.

Here are my 3 tips for a successful Galentine’s Day get-together:

  1. Treat yourself. Forget about the calorie counting and indulge in what you love, whether it be local pastries from Prairie Girl Bakery or my personal favourite, fresh  heart sprinkled donuts from Loblaws. To each her own.
  2. Follow a common theme. To make your gathering feel extra special, splurge on a few cute décor details. This will show that you put in extra effort to make this day one to remember. We found these patterned plates and straws from HomeSense and picked up roses from a local flower shop.
  3. Put the phones away. This is an opportunity to connect, build relationships and share some much-needed quality girl time. Ditch your phones at the door so that you won’t be tempted to check every notification that pops up on your screen.

To see more of our Galentine’s gathering visit both my girlies – Rebecca (from A Long Way From Home) and Britt (from Little B Big City)!

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xo Lau

 

 

 

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Easter Entertaining

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This is my first Easter out of school, and like a true adult I put on my hostess apron and teamed up with my blogger bestie Brittany Watson (a.k.a. Little B Big City) to put together this epic Easter spread sure to impress the most judgmental of dinner guests.

To recreate this spring setting, there are a few things you need to know….

DON’T spend a fortune. You don’t have to break the bank just for one day of entertaining. By adding a few key seasonal pieces from HomeSense and the Dollarama to your own selection of serveware, you can pull this off.

DO include fresh flowers.  They automatically liven up the table with a pop of colour.

DON’T be afraid of buying store-made desserts. Eliminate the stress of mastering intricate recipes and pick up those perfectly baked pastries from Pusateri’s. The only thing your guests will care about is how good they taste.

DO incorporate classic holiday candy into your spread.  Mini Eggs are a must for Easter. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they also give guests something to satisfy their sweet tooth while they wait for the main meal.

DON’T ignore dietary restrictions. Be sure you have something on the menu to accommodate every guest.

DO choose a colour scheme. Think about the serveware you already own and go from there. We went with a pastel theme since we already had the macaron runner.

DON’T overthink it. On the day of the party if something doesn’t go your way, don’t stress. You made the effort to bring friends and family together for a beautiful gathering, and that’s what really counts.

And finally…DO have fun. You worked hard to put this together so enjoy every minute of it.

xo Lau

 

NYC Insta Guide

Well, here it is… my 2-day compilation of the most instagrammable destinations in New York. No, this list is not exhaustive, but it does include a wide variety of classic tourist attractions and little-know local hotspots.

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#1. Central Park. From horse & carriage rides to ice skating, this oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle is full of kodak moments ready to happen.

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#2. Hope Sculpture (222 W 53rd St). Because the Love Sculpture has been overdone.

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#3. Times Square. This is the epitome of the city of lights. If you don’t share a photo of Times Square, were you even in New York?

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#4. Dylan’s Candy Bar (

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#5. The Apartment by The Line (76 Greene St). Styled to perfection, everything in this space is for sale. Designed to give shoppers an intimate retail experience, The Apartment is ready to be photographed.

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#6.Waldo Wall (corner of Mott & Kenmare). Help your feed stand out with a photo in front of the Where’s Waldo mural.

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#7. The Butcher’s Daughter (19 Kenmare St). For endless brunch pictures.

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#8. Brooklyn Bridge. The best place to see the New York City skyline, and take a selfie.

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Be sure to keep this guide in mind to keep your feeds fresh next time you visit the Big Apple.

xo Lau

 

CNE Eats

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People who aren’t super into flipping, spinning, or dropping hundreds of feet for fun will find that the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has a lot to offer this year other than rides. The main reason I made the trip out to the CNE was of course for food. Exhibitions are known for three things: bright lights, rigged games, and deep-fried calorie-rich snacks. This, my friends, is the ultimate cheat day outing. I even skipped lunch in preparation for indulging in as many unique treats as possible. The two must-try CNE menu items on my list were the Fran’s decked out milkshakes, and Cheesery’s rainbow grilled cheese.  I chose the classic “6ix” milkshake which is made up of six different chocolate treats including Nutella, Kit Kat, and Coffee Crisp topped with sprinkles and cotton candy. It was definitely worth the $12, but my tip to you is to bring a friend to help cut costs and share snacks. There’s no way I could stomach those dishes on my own. My second tip is to not limit yourself to the food building. The most unique eats are stationed outside amongst the midway games so grab a map and scope out the area before committing to a meal.

I hope this helps you make the most of your CNE dining experience and remember, don’t be afraid to treat yo-self.

xo Lau