weekend love

sparkle sweet home

the weekend is here, and it couldn’t come soon enough, right? with so much on the go, and being sick for over two weeks now, i’ve been busier than normal, hence the lack of posts. i’m terrible. BUT, i am posting almost daily over on instagram, and if you want to, find me here and sparkle media, here. so much easier to just post on the go on instagram!

have a great weekend and you can count on some new content here next week! xo

 

around our new home

tulips

hello, hello! it’s been a few months (two and a half, actually), and we’re slowly getting settled in and making this place feel like home! i thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what’s going on around here lately! we’re waiting for a new coffee table ottoman, and these tulips are seriously channelling spring. what is it about fresh flowers?!

couch party

i’ve been SO sick for the past two weeks, and when i felt worse than i did at the start of it, i knew i needed a full day of rest. couch party!

quiet night

popcorn is totally my go to evening snack and it feels almost guilt free to nosh on the crunchy, salty kernels, doesn’t it?

sick day cozy

our bed is my fave place in the whole world. it’s always made better with a cup of coffee and some of my fave shows on the macbook.

bookshelf

these babies need to come out to play more often. i was a total kitchen slacker in 2014 and hope to rectify that in the next little bit.

ava

ava got a hair cut and she looks cuter than ever! how can you EVEN with those paws?!

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my home office is a disaster and i can’t wait to get it all sorted out. bought the paint, and now just need to buy the time! once it’s painted, i can start organizing and settled in. this space will have to double as a nursery when the time comes which should be quite the challenge. can’t wait to do a full home tour when everything is ready!

checking in for the holidays

the sparkle christmas card

another year has gone by, and here we are almost at christmas! on a personal note, my year was pretty eventful. last december, i got engaged, we were married, we moved, i grew my business (to the point i’m super happy with) - the only thing that didn’t happen was having a baby! and no, we are not expecting (just yet). side note, it’s funny when you get married how many people ask you when you are getting preggers… and they are totally serious.

we decided to do the official christmas card thing this year, it being our first year as newlyweds! we really wanted to use a photo from our wedding, but they didn’t arrive in time, so decided to go with this one from our engagement shoot with sweet life photography. love these cards from minted, and was surprise we agreed on the design so easily! also obsessed with those glittery acrylic pieces (from a local shop here in vancouver, barefoot contessa), which i gifted to a girlfriend.

i love the holiday season and as our first year as a married couple, we’re doing exactly what newlyweds do… and are spending the holidays apart! well, i go back to my hometown for the holiday’s every year, and since i don’t see my family often, it’s imperative. R is staying home with his family. it works for us, and absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? what about you? what are your plans?

merry christmas, and i will see you in 2015! xo

my favourite things of 2014

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just like oprah, except you don’t get to keep anything and no free cars. sorry, guys! but hey, at least you get to snoop through my favourite things of 2014 that have made my year so much better. from my fave snack, to the kicks you can’t rip off of my feet, to the tunes R loathes that i love.

boom chika pop is a costco staple and isn’t organic, but is gmo free which is a must – lightly salted, and more on the healthier side than alternatives, i snack on this almost nightly || these converse kicks have been on my feet non-stop. they pair with everything from jeans, to skirts, to leggings and when paired with almost anything, instantly give a downtown vibe | me, like every other girl (and most of my friends) are obsessed with t. swift’s latest album (listen to ‘style’ and remember being young and stupid). i don’t even try to fight it || the 1975′s album was one of my faves of the year || my celine nano was a splurge, and well worth it – i use this crossbody bag almost daily | this target bar cart was so worth the cross border trip to pick it up. it adds serious style to our living room and i finally have somewhere to display my ample paper straw collection (ha) || i didn’t even know a completely natural mascara existed, and double didn’t know it would be my fave! || another costco find, i love the texture this sheepskin gives to our space (and my instgram photos) || perfect for the market, barefoot contessa ina garten has the same one! love using this as a tote. it’s so substantial.

sparkle with robson street: holiday tablescape inspiration

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the holidays are officially here and i’ve partnered with my favourite vancouver shopping district, robson street, to bring you holiday inspiration all month long as part of their official holiday campaign, #sparklewithrobson! alongside one of my close friends, christie lohr of style nine to five, we’re sharing ideas, inspiration and tips on decor, beauty, lifestyle and fashion! keep reading, because i’m giving you something to kick off the generosity of the season at the end of this post!

last week, christie showcased how to go from an office day to your holiday party without a dreaded trip home, and this week, i’m showing you how to get a lush and modern tablescape for your holiday dinners, or even that special one on december 25th!

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cb2 is on robson street, and is famous for their minimal and modern aesthetic; i loved using their inventory to design a tablescape i’d be thrilled to have in my home for the holidays. pulling my favourite items, and pairing them with festive green and red blooms from the flower factory, and a little whimsy thanks to sweet bake shop‘s reindeer sugar cookies, it’s a table i’d love to sit down at.

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when setting the perfect table, it’s all about playing with textures, heights, and of course, the perfect lighting. those hanging pendent lights intermixed with glass bulbs lit with tealights were a perfect mix of soft and strong. the table was so gorgeous naked, that i didn’t want to cover it up with a linen, choosing metallic placemats with simple white dinnerware as my base. a flat linen napkin brought an organic feel along with a simple piece of greenery laid on top for added interest. i love sticking with a neutral base, and sprinkling in bolder and more colourful accessories like flowers.

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the flowers can make the table and are what makes this one feel so vibrant and alive. the flowers were a mix of greenery laid down the length of the table (like garland),  bud vases full of berries and bright red blooms, and succulents and peonies threaded into wire cubes which was a fun use of such a modern piece.

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for seating, two wood benches flanked each side of our table, and gorgeous, fluffy sheepskins gave a huge hit of cozy texture. the two white chairs at each head of the table were a nice differentiation thanks to their curved legs and traditional shape (and i personally also love them as an office chair). my biggest advice when deciding which items to use is to have fun and trust your gut. if you’re attracted to something, try it out and if it doesn’t work, simply swap it out!

to see all of the items used, please see this list – there’s more than a few things here i’d love to add to my christmas list! (i’ve put a star beside my absolute faves!)

we’re giving you a chance to win a $200 gift card to set up your very own holiday table – pop on over to instagram to win. good luck!

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