my favourite things of 2014

sparkle fave things 2014

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.

time for soup weather

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i stopped buying canned soups years ago when i found out how much sodium they contained. since then, i haven’t eaten soups because they seem to be to be a bit of a hassle to make… could be just me but the payoff never matches the work for me! i was recently at a friends’ and met the owner of kitskitchen soups – i was an instant fan after tasting her soups (and being infected by her passion for her artisan expression!). i love to support local businesses, and even better when their product is amazing (and it’s a female entrepreneur run company!).

fresh, locally sourced ingredients, dairy free and straight up healthy and organic i’m a huge fan. love the idea of gifting the monthly soup subscription and if you’re in vancouver, you must check them out! a big bowl of the tomato + red pepper flanked by some crispy bread is calling my name…

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peppermint pretzel snaps

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i dreamt these up one day when i was looking for something quick and simple for a holiday party. i often come up with new recipes simply by strolling the aisles at the grocery store, and something will spark my imagination. in this case, it was costco, and i was in a rush. three ingredients, and these crispy, salty, and sweet “cookies” will be yours! they were a huge hit.

these throw together cookies are the perfect holiday treat. they are delicious and are the easiest recipe ever… i feel guilty even calling this a recipe!

peppermint pretzel snaps

PEPPERMINT PRETZEL SNAPS

40 pretzels or pretzel wafers
1 cup good quality chocolate melting wafers, half dark and half milk
6 candy canes, crushed

melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between sessions. allow to cool slightly for 3 minutes so chocolate adheres to pretzel more easily

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unwrap, and crush cady canes in a ziploc bag

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dip one half of pretzel into chocolate, let excess drip off, and lay in candy canes, sprinkling with the candy

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lay to dry on a baking sheet covered with foil wrap or parchment paper

leave to set in the fridge for 30 minutes, and done!

fall styled shoot

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fall is hands down my fave season. the crispy leaves, warm flavours, and an excuse to cozy up and cuddle under a blanket while the rain pours. jen and i thought it was high time to really enjoy the season, and collaborated with some local vendors to pull together a gorgeous fall styled shoot, or as we call it, a “fall fete”. it’s a little slice of our dreams come to life featuring some of the best in vancouver: photography by blush photography, delish food from cioffi’s market, a sweet cake from sweet bake shop, fanciful calligraphy from love by phoebe, decor items from bespoke decor, styling by taffete designs and blooms from the flower factory, we enjoyed every single moment dining outside, and wrapping up in cozy blankets surrounded by lush gardens (thank you for letting us use your gorgeous backyard, julia!).

it’s always more work than it seems to produce a styled shoot, but it was a lot of fun and i’m so happy with how these images by blush photography turned out!

fall tablescape

see more over on glitter guide today. hover over the images to pin as you please!

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thanksgiving pumpkin pie

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today, roberto said to me “it’s our first thanksgiving as a married couple”, which i thought was a pretty great reminder of how much i have to be thankful for this year. pumpkin pie is a huge tradition in my family, and i believe tradition is the thread of who we are – keeping them alive is so comforting for me. i remember my grandma baking them from scratch for my mom, and her famous crust was always just right. my mom makes them every thanksgiving and christmas, and now that i have started my own family, i carry this tradition forward… except for the homemade crust part. i have yet to attempt that, so for now, i buy the pre-made stuff from my bakery, and roll it out, which is totally cheating, but A for effort? even though my own family is far away, and i don’t see them every holiday, i realized how this is the first of many holidays with my new husband and my new family, and we get to start our own traditions. lots to look forward to!

for those of you looking for a good recipe i used this one, which i’ve totally added to my trusty recipe bookmarks - it was divine. i may or may not be eating a sliver as i write this…

i’d love to hear about the traditions you carry on? let me know in the comments! xo

pumpkin pie