Vintage Paper Garland Workshop

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So, DIY’s and I do NOT mix! I’m not the craftiest person around, but luckily, I have some pretty crafty friends! Eva de Viveiros and I are hosting this fun Vintage Paper Garland holiday themed workshop at Barefoot Contessa Boutique on December 1st!

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I would love love love to have you join us. There are only a small amount of tickets, and even fewer that are left, so get one, and treat a friend to a fun evening of crafting, cocktails, nibbles and merriment. We’re going to have FUN!

Grab your ticket, here and join me!


Our Holiday Style in Westcoast Homes & Design

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Christmas is my fave, and I am over the moon excited about this holiday entertaining spread on the cover of Westcoast Homes & Design showcasing our holiday style!

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I’ve always loved this season the most, and designing our space to showcase for the holidays is something I do in private all the time. Pulling together some of my friends and fave collaborators to bring an ideal holiday setting to life, I’m sharing all of my special seasonal tips to make a holiday feel special.

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If you’re in Vancouver, you can find the magazine at stores, and the digital version of the magazine is here. I hope you feel warm and fuzzy, and ready for entertaining!

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Huge thank you to Tracey Ayton for shooting this feature.

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Source Guide:
Decor: The Cross Design & Decor
Flowers and Greenery: Flower Factory
Makeup and Hair: Suzanna Chun, Tori Blush
Brass candlesticks: Bespoke Decor
Catering and Food: Railtown Catering
Calligraphy: Love by Phoebe
Photographer: Tracey Ayton

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Our Holiday Cards From Minted


Gotta get a jump on it! We ordered our cards at the beginning of November because I swear to myself every year that I will NOT be a last minute person. Some years are better than others, let’s just say! Minted is definitely becoming the place to go for custom holiday cards.


It’s easy to upload a fave image, and then choose your design (I didn’t know that each design is created by an independent artist – love that). Luckily, they also have a service that will address your envelopes, but we weren’t prepared with our list before we placed our order – you can take advantage of it, though!

Last year, we ordered our cards from Minted, and this year, we went for a darker feel. What do you think?! Ava isn’t so sure, is she? We had our place all decked out for a Christmas photoshoot in October, so Tracey Ayton snapped this shot in front of the tree.

What are your plans for your holiday cards? I love the nostalgia of sending them out, thinking about our loved ones getting something special in their mailbox!


A Weekend in Whistler

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Growing up, at the end of the winter season, my mom would take my sister away to the mountains in Alberta for a little getaway. She would always treat us to a stay at a Fairmont hotel, and this has lead me to become obsessed with Fairmont as an adult. The service and feel of the chain is just beyond, and super consistent, as well.

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We stayed at Fairmont Chateau Whistler this weekend in Whistler for Cornucopia, and we had some much needed rest, relaxation, and reconnection with each other. We enjoyed a gorgeous brunch (with bubbles!) at the Wildflower restaurant.

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It was such a low-impact three days away – their concierge, shuttle, and amazing staff really make you feel pampered. And seriously, I didn’t know how much I needed it! I turned off my email, and really relaxed. OK, well, except for Snapchat… I was pretty much spamming the whole time (I’m erincsousa if you’d like to find me!).

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I even started a new tradition of a hotel spa visit for a massage – I think this will be a new must for me on holiday!

Cornucopia… wow. I posted about my excitement to attend, and I was blown away. We loved learning about Portuguese wines (my fave was the ‘vino vert or green wine’ which is unripened grapes; very crisp!), hopping around finding new wine and restaurants to love… it was just good for the soul, pure and simple.

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I hope you’ll experience it one day for yourself (and it’s also happening this weekend as well, so there is still time if you’re into the last minute thing!).

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Here’s to getaways an hour or two from home that really give you a breath of fresh air!

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Cornucopia in Whistler November 5th – 15th, 2015

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We were in Whistler this summer, and though I’ve been a few times, I fell in love with during my last visit. It’s so calming, and very much a mountain town – lots of hidden gems, and really, a breath of fresh air! I’m heading back this weekend for Cornucopia, Whistler’s 10-day celebration of food and wine. BC is a really exciting place to be in terms of the great culinary experiences, and the wine, oh the wine. I’m looking forward to staying at Fairmont Chateau Whistler and taking in their Bubbles and Brunch on Sunday morning (it’s EPIC!), a lesson in Portuguese wines, and a dinner with one of the best restaurants in Whistler, Araxi. Sadly, because of scheduling, I’ll be missing the kick off at Nita Lake Lodge, the Veuve Clicquot party (champagne tears!), but there is so much more to do. I may even fit in a little spa visit at Fairmont. Thrilling.

This 10-day event is such a wonderful way to support our local food and wine talent!

Some of the events I’m super excited to attend, I thought I’d share below… maybe see you there?!

Guide to Portuguese Wines (my Portuguese husband is mighty excited about this one!)
Fairmont Chateau Whistler – An Enchanted Evening with Masi Wines
Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Bubbles and Brunch (in my opinion, everyone needs to experience this once in their life – it’s next level!)
Barefoot Bistro Oyster and Bloody Caesar Battle
Araxi Dinner with Tightrope Winery

I’m obviously bringing multiple pairs of stretchy pants and bottles of Advil. So excited for the weekend… and it’s only Tuesday.