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

 

Bright Eyes, Blue Denim

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The snow has subsided (for now) in Toronto. It’s time to toss the winter coats and knit toques, because spring is finally here.

Spring can be an awkward time for Canadians. The weather fluctuates so much that you’re scrounging for sweaters one day and the next your sunbathing in the snow. Jean jackets are the ultimate outer layer because they are heavy enough to protect from the wind, but light enough to keep you comfortable in the warmer weather.

Designed in Vancouver and made in LA, Fidelity Denim is always my go-to because it’s durable and only gets better with age. Every pair of jeans is touched by 26 pairs of hands and approved by founder, Jason Trotzuk, himself to ensure authenticity and consistency.

For this shoot I’m sporting the brand new Ryder Jacket in Crystal Blue. I’m in love the light colour and the embroidery above the left pocket. Shop the Fidelity Denim SS17 collection online at fidelitydenim.com.

What I’m wearing:

Jean Jacket: Fidelity Denim, t-shirt: Lululemon Love Tee IV, earrings: Hillberg & Berk Sparkle Ball Studs, sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster

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MEET THE BAKERS

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Ted Baker London was the talk of the town last Thursday as Toronto’s top editors and influencers dropped by the FSHOPPE to preview the SS17 collection.

The new designs are feminine with lots of lace and floral prints (groundbreaking). Silhouettes mimic Dior’s New Look of the 40’s and 50’s, which is a classic choice for Ted. Rolling with 50’s theme, we rented some retro props including pastel rotary phones, vintage food boxes and milk bottles, a big box tv and records. Attendees were invited to help themselves to an old fashioned sundae bar by Sweet Sammies and at the end of the event, they went home with a branded Google Cardboard to experience the Ted Baker collection in virtual reality.

To embrace the 50’s housewife look for the event, I pinned my hair into a fake bob, applied my brightest shade of lipstick and grabbed my favourite new piece from Ted – FLUXAM, the Folk Foliage skater dress. Shop the collection in a 360° film, ‘Keeping up with the Bakers,’ hosted on tedbaker.com today!

xo Lau

Detailed Denim

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As spring approaches, there is one thing that everyone must invest in…a perfectly worn in, classic James Dean inspired jean jacket. I fell in love with a Lennox & Lucy original from Urban Threads/Studio 103 in Fredericton, NB. When shopping I always like to think about how many times I will wear a piece and then divide it by the price to justify the spend. When it comes to denim jackets, literally everything matches with it so I couldn’t resist when I came across this cute find.  All Lennox & Lucy jackets are one-of-a-kind with fun patches and inside details. They are also handmade in Vancouver by a hardworking stay-at-home mom so I am more than happy to support local. Check out more of Keanna’s work here: @lennoxandlucy.

xo Lau

Sweater Weather

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Although spring is right around the corner, sweater weather still reigns in the 6ix. To escape the winter blues, I swapped out the dark heavy knits for airy pastels courtesy of Joe Fresh (who, by the way, is currently clearing out their holiday stock… you’re welcome).  Luckily, I have an amazing friend pursuing their passion at Ryerson School of Fashion who needed test model for his first photography project. Then and there I knew I had to take the opportunity to highlight this awesome find. We spent last Saturday catching up and scoping out locations around Bloor-Yorkville area, which I will definitely be revisiting soon (stay tuned!!).

Thank you to Chris Berneck for being an angel and making me feel and look super glam, I will be your test model anytime.

xo Lau

 

ROCK’N’DOLL

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The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix… the list goes on. These rock and roll legends were definitely there in spirit at this past week’s Faulhaber Communications essence Spring Summer 2017 preview at Analogue Art Gallery in Toronto. Old records, branded balloons, custom Hello Baked cookies and Jackie O floral arrangements scattered the room to set the scene. Guests were invited to try the new products at nail and makeup touch up stations, snack on the sweets table created by My Perfect Party, and have their photo taken by yours truly at the record wall.

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A perk of my job is being able to try out the new essence collection before it hit the market. My favourite SS17 beauty products included the Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder, the Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in ‘it’s a statement’, and of course the Rock ‘n Doll Mascara.

The Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder ($4.49) is a silky miracle worker that evens out skin tone and absorbs excess oil in one step.

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For a bold creamy lipstick with a long lasting matt finish, try the new Matt Matt Matt Lipstick. I love essence lipsticks because at $4.49 each you can afford to buy all of your favourite trending colours without breaking the bank.

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The Rock’N’Doll Mascara ($4.99) amplifies lashes for the perfect edgy doll eye look.

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essence cosmetics are currently sold at Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws.

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