lately…

the sparkle office

oh hi! just popping in to say hello – i haven’t forgotten about you! i’m here… at my desk… lots of late nights working because days are full of meetings. we also made our first big decision as a married couple, and are moving, which i’m really, really excited about. i’ve been in our current place for 6 years, and as we prepare for kiddos (eeeek, yes, seriously), we’ve decided to move into a more kid friendly spot. we’re still downtown dwellers, thank goodness. unfortunately, moving means packing… not looking forward to that part at ALL.

i have a fun post coming up on wednesday - until then, my friends! xx

decorating with peonies

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it’s official, peony season has arrived! wait, how did you know? oh, instagram you say? yes, it’s definitely the quickest way to tell the lovely flower is in season… simply scroll through your instagram feed to see everyone going gaga over the blooms.

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i had to buy a few for my house, and i always like to separate the bunch, and keep a few in different rooms. these white delights are sitting on my desk and on my dressing table, they smell lovely. i’m such a fan of a simple mason jar for smaller arrangements, and never like to get to fussy with arranging them – natural is best! i get mine at whole foods – they’re usually a great price (possibly the only thing at whole foods that has a reasonable price tag).

i can’t wait to show you my wedding invites here on the blog later this week – i think you’ll love them as much as i do. x

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the sparkle holiday 2013 gift list: local love

the sparkle gift guide 2013 vancouver locals

ok, so i lied just a little bit. i said that the gift guide last week would be my only, but i really wanted to include some of my local faves in on the action! blogs focus so much on internet shopping, that it’s easy to forget that some great gifts are found right in our own city, in my case, vancouver. some of my local faves are online shops founded by ladies in my area, and some are the fave boutiques i frequent, that i can always find a great gift at. these are a few things i would love to find under my tree, in place of a lump of coal, this christmas!

gorjana gold cuff + gorjana cheetah pouch clutch from shut up i love this | gold foil heart print from kardz kouture | may lindstrom the honey mud cleansing silk + the treatment duo from eco diva beauty | vita fede mini titan crystal bracelet (literally obsessed with getting one!) + sydney even ‘love’ ring, from beautybar | tassel garland, from confetti & co. | dcl glycolic pads + eminence organics probiotic mask from eternal skin care

DIY confetti and beauty stuffed christmas poppers

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talk about festive! my gf megan and i created these super cute and unique diy confetti beauty poppers for glitter guide, a spin on those traditional christmas crackers, and the outcome was a whole lotta sparkle! i love this idea, and honestly, it isn’t hard at all. if you aren’t into gold (you better just turn around now), use any colour you like! you could stuff them with whatever you prefer – of course, had to fill them with beauty goodies! add a place card, and these are perfect on your tablescape.  they are also perfect for a gift – make a batch, and keep them on hand throughout the season. enjoy!

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my office: a sneak peek

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you probably remember me saying that i recently gave my office an overhaul – well, here’s the (semi) finished product! i find so much office styling inspiration seeing others’ office spaces, and i snapped these pics a few days ago to share with you. the space isn’t completed, but here’s a little sneak peek. i love that i’m surrounded by pretty things, and it makes for a much more enjoyable working experience, especially since when you work alone from home, it can get a little lonely. i have special photos (my bf and i on our last trip to mexico, love notes, my bff’s baby girl wearing her first pair of shoes that i bought for her), cards given to me from loved ones, and a pretty glass of water (it’s easier to stay hydrated throughout the day if you make it a bit of an experience) to make the space feel special, warm and reflective of my personal style. oh, and of course, stacks of magazines i’ve never read. typical me.

i mentioned most of these items in this post, so browse and see if something here might work for you, too! full office shoot coming in the new year.

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