diner en blanc vancouver

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Diner en Blanc Vancouver happened this week, and we enjoyed our evening! If you don’t know what this event is, it started out in Paris, and now in Vancouver, it’s an annual tradition. Bringing your own table, chairs and food may seem silly, but the outcome is really an experience to be had.

I obviously went with my hubs, and we had our meal catered by the italian eatery, Cioffis Cucina… now that was a charcuterie board, yes?

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If you have the opportunity to go to one in your city, do it. At least once!

  

Bridal Picnic on Style Me Pretty

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When I planned this bridal picnic for Alicia it was for one simple reason: celebration. I was feeling a bit disillusioned with how busy life was and how we don’t take time out to celebrate the special moments. I seriously walk around most days in a blur of over-scheduling, and while it’s definitely something I thrive on, I find serious joy in making someone feel special and happy. Alicia recently walked down the aisle, and I threw her this picnic a few weeks before. I invited our little group of bloggers who over the years, have become wonderful friends.

I’m so excited that the picnic was featured on Style Me Pretty this week! Scroll through to see some of the images, and then pop over to Style Me Pretty to see the rest!

Photography: Ainsley Rose | Flowers: Flower Factory | Cake: Sweet Bake Shop | Food: Dirty Apron | Decor: Whiskey and Cake Home | Friends: Alicia Quan (bride) | Friends: Jen Pistor | Friends: Jen Tam | Friends: Alex Grant | Planning/Styling: Sparkle Media

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beauty faves

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Yes, I pinch myself that part of my job is testing out the latest and greatest in beauty! Patience. Not-so-great outcomes. A product graveyard. Not all of them make the cut, and I only like to share the ones that I love with you!

Every so often, you get some serious winners. While I do always prefer to take the natural route when it comes to beauty, there are exceptions. NARS is definitely one of the best, consistently amazing lines out there, and their new Audacious mascara and liner are no exceptions.

The mascara honestly does not clump. That’s basically a miracle, because mascaras alway do. It stays put, doesn’t flake and has to be one of the best I’ve tried. The liner is super pigmented, creamy and smudges like you always want it to.

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Doesn’t the word ‘juicy’ just get you every time? Just me? Awkward. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, but I’ve always thought of wipes as unnecessary garbage… these Kaia Juicy Bamboo Cloths are biodegradable! I never use makeup remover, and my towel pays the price. After washing, even double cleansing, there are always remnants of my laziness on the drying towel. When I use these, that’s definitely not an issue. They are also completely natural so of course, that gives them extra marks. Perfect for beside the bed on the ‘can’t be bothered’ nights, but otherwise, I do like to use them prior to cleansing as opposed to having them replace my cleanser.

Any new faves I need to know about? Would love to hear!

life lately

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Happy Friday! I’ve been SO bad at blogging lately! Don’t lose faith in me! If you’re on Instagram and Snapchat with me (erincsousa), y0u’re up to date, and honestly, that’s where I share the most, so I hope you’ll pop over to join me.

Summer has been so busy and wonderful thus far! It was my birthday (this lemon vanilla cake from Sweet Bake Shop was beyond), our first anniversary, and there have been lots of fun outings and events to take part in. On top of that, and primarily, it’s been work. I’ve been so busy with clients – the business has really blown up and I’ve been having working so, so much.  For the later part of the summer, I’ll be heading to Osoyoos for a mini holiday before the summer ends at Watermark Resort, and to Pemberton for Araxi’s epic long table dinner, and staying at Summit Lodge in Whistler.  It will be really needed to get away for a bit, so I’m really looking forward to it!

 

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Deighton Cup is a day at the races, and I was so excited to wear a fancy lady hat – thanks so much, Hive Mind Hats!

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For our anniversary, I gifted Roberto a Hudson’s Bay blanket – he’s always wanted one. I say perfect for picnics, and he says he won’t let it touch the ground…

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Poolside content creation for a client – dying over this Barefoot Contessa romper and hat.

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Ava is too much. Especially in cute sunnies (from Barefoot Contessa)

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A business trip for Sparkle Media’s client Uptown Shopping Mall took us out to Victoria for a few days! This sunset was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Working anywhere has it’s perks, and sometime it’s from a hotel bed in Victoria.

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This oil is so lovely – it’s from Aerin’s fall collection! Estee Lauder is really doing some fun stuff for fall, and I was able to get a sneek peek at their fall launch.

one year married

I can’t even believe a full year has gone by since we tied the knot! I could go on about how fast time flies, or how much I love him (oh, and I sure do!), but this year has been the best of my life. I actually still can’t fully wrap my head around the fact that this day happened. I am so thankful that we have a video of our entire day thanks to the team at Capture the Moment Media. As we were planning the wedding, I knew that I wanted great photos and a video. I knew that day would fly by, and I am so, SO glad I have our video to relive it over and over.

It’s hard to imagine how the whole video process will go down (what angles will they get! What if I say something terribly wrong!), and I was nervous about having a videographer documenting the day (extra people, extra stress), but it was so seamless, and Capture the Moment was so easy to work with. They were able to extract our story, and tell it in just the most authentic way that really was ‘us’. I am so grateful to have this moment in time captured! The snippet below still makes me giggle, and I’ve watched it over and over.

I am so lucky to get to do life with my best friend, and I can’t wait for many more years of the joys and sorrows that will make us stronger.

More details of the wedding, including our wonderful vendors, here and here.