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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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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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.

an urban picnic on robson street


I seriously LOVE entertaining. as I move through life, I’ve learned that it’s also something that I do quite well! I’ve found so much joy in my home, decorating, and feeding loved ones! I’ve worked with Robson Street before, and when they asked me to host an intimate media lunch to promote their Pop-Up Picnic area, I was so excited!

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For bigger projects with plenty of lead time, I’ll usually start a secret pinboard to hold inspiration… I find this useful to really see what i’m attracted to, and I let this guide me. I never copy anything I see – I want everything I do to be authentic to my taste. For this project, I only had 10 days to pull it together, so I simply used the idea of an urban picnic, and went from there. I knew I had a space (in this case, a small patio area right on Robson and Thurlow), tables, chairs, and a takeout menu (the meals had to be chosen from the restaurants on Robson Street since this event was to promote the picnic area space that is ‘popped up’ for the summer, only).


Working with that, I had a small budget to pull together other elements like the linens from Taffete Designs, napkins, cutlery, drinks, flowers and extras. I always like to create unique elements, so I used my own personal vases, cake stands, straws, mason jars, and made special placecards out of custom hasthtag macarons from Sweet Bake Shop.


A little goodie bag full of Karameller Candy (in red and white, of course!) was the perfect take away. While I wanted the picnic to feel elevated, I wanted to stay true to the rustic ‘picnic’ feel, and added some watermelon, a vintage picnic basket (from Whiskey and Cake Home) and garden flowers from Flower Factory. When hosting, I always consider the comfort of my guests so I wanted to make them feel special, and give them plenty of opportunity for a great time, conversation with friends, and of course, the perfect photo opp! It was such a fun day – cannot wait until next time!

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