Fashion Board: Denim on Denim

Fashion Board: Denim on DenimI’ve always had a weakness for chambray shirts and denim. Jean jackets and jean shorts are so easy to incorporate into casual outfits. While I love mixing materials, I also love the trend of layering denim on denim. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite looks:

Fashion Board: Denim on Denim

{one} A beige coat to break off head-to-toe denim (whowhatwear.com)

{two} Sneak in a fur vest to add some dimension to your all-jean outfit (gurl.com)

{three} A denim pencil skirt for an alternative “casual Friday” look at the office (theglitterguide.com)

{four} A pair of crisp, white jeans to break free from the classic blue (stylecaster.com)

Mixed Materials

Mixing it up with various materials for today's outfit

I’m always one for incorporating different textures into my outfits. Now, don’t get me wrong: sometimes slipping into an all-cotton t-shirt dress is just so relieving and the best way to live through summer heat-waves. But whenever I have the chance to mix materials, I’m all up for it.

When I woke up last Sunday morning, the skies were grey and the weather was a little muggy. Joe and I were planning to go out for our usual Sunday brunch so I whipped out my faux-leather leggings (and I was stoked because I hadn’t been able to wear them lately) and put on my favorite jean jacket to complete the look.

Mixing it up with various materials for today's outfit Mixing it up with various materials for today's outfit

My Trusty Tory Burch Crossbody Bag

Whether I’m running errands or spending a day with friends, I try my best to only carry the bare minimum in my purse. There’s just something about being hands-free and not suffering the weight on my shoulders (literally) with a large tote that only enables me to lug around more items than I actually need.

Tory Burch for the win - in all fashion aspects

  1. My go-to summer cross-body bag by Tory Burch
  2. Basically, the only colorI’ve been wearing all season
  3. My trusty iPod
  4. wristlet instead of carrying around a bulky wallet
  5. My phone

Simple Summer Frappés

A cupful of deliciousness!

Having so many friends of Greek decent, I feel like it’s been eons since I was first introduced to “frappés.” Frappés are a simple yet delicious drink, made up of mainly ice, milk, and coffee. I love it in the summertime for its convenience (preparation is a snap) and because it seems to cool me down almost immediately.

Here’s my version of it:

Step 1. Put one heaping teaspoon of instant coffee (I prefer Nescafé), two teaspoons of sugar, and 3 ounces of water in a cup. Use a handblender to mix (only for a few seconds) until it’s frothy and lightly colored

Step 2. Pour the mix over half a glass of ice. Add 2% milk and garnish with brown sugar

A cupful of deliciousness!

Breakfast at Duc de Lorraine

Enjoying breakfast at my favorite bakery.

I am a huge fan of breakfast. Go on, I dare you to serve me pancakes at any time of the day. I promise I’ll become your new best friend.

I am always so indecisive when I sit down at a restaurant for Sunday brunch. My taste buds take over all of my other senses, and I crave every single item on the menu.

I’m never disappointed when I go to Duc de Lorraine because their line of pastries pair so well with their hefty breakfast dishes. I always go for their salmon platters (they can put it on a croissant, a baguette, or serve it as an omelette) and take a chocolate croissant on the side. My cravings are always satisfied in that bakery: no wonder it’s become my favorite.

Enjoying breakfast at my favorite bakery. Enjoying breakfast at my favorite bakery. Enjoying breakfast at my favorite bakery.

Wedding Invitations

The in's and out's of wedding invitations: when to write, when to send and how to make them look fabulous!

When I handed my girlfriend our wedding invitation, she smiled and stated: “Lisa… this is it. I feel like it’s so much more official when the invitations are finally distributed.”

Joe and I had so much fun putting together our invitations and RSVP cards. It was a bit of a struggle because we were deciding on whether we would pull a DIY, or purchasing pre-made ones (we ended up ordering the invitations from Invitations by Dawn and making our own RSVP cards).

Here are a few tips and tricks that I learned during this part of our wedding preparation:

Explore different styles and layouts
What catches your eye most? Think of styles that would best suit your needs (for example, pocket invitations are convenient to put everything together: from the invitation, to the RSVP card, and a directions/accommodations card). Joe and I opted for a laser-cut and kraft-paper style because, let’s face it, I’m a sucker for intricate design and detail.

Start using your wedding’s color theme
Invitations could be one of your first opportunities to use your wedding’s color theme. The sky is the limit when it comes to color options on card stock, lettering, and envelopes. This gives you a chance to showcase your theme even before guests attend the wedding.

Make sure to mention the right people
Bettie Bradley, author of The Wedding Expert, dedicates an entire portion of her book on invitation formalities. For example, we made sure to mention our parents on our cards because they will be helping us fund and organize the wedding.

Wording is everything
There are ways to politely address specifications on your invitation. For instance, we had to express how we had limited space for invitees and that we couldn’t accommodate for every guest to have a “plus one.” We simply put how many seats we would be reserving in each of our guests’ honor.

Explore your options and have fun with the details
We made sure to get inner and outer envelopes for our invitations (some wedding planners agree that inner envelopes aren’t necessary if the wedding isn’t too formal). Because of the weight and thickness of our cards, the inner envelope was ideal to make the entire package look smooth and sleek. Also, we made sure to purchase a wax-and-seal stamp, because we loved the nostalgic feel it gave (it’s also great to have for other occasions like thank-you cards and birthday cards).

The in's and out's of wedding invitations: when to write, when to send and how to make them look fabulous! The in's and out's of wedding invitations: when to write, when to send and how to make them look fabulous! The in's and out's of wedding invitations: when to write, when to send and how to make them look fabulous!

LBD – The Little Black Dress

My thoughts on the little black dress - a must for every wardrobe!

I understand that a little black dress is key to have in your wardrobe but until recently, all of mine have been too formal to wear on a day-to-day basis (even at the office).

I found this t-shirt dress at Zara and instantly fell in love with its not-too-snug fit and its round collar. Not only will it be a staple in my summer wardrobe but because of its simplicity, I can carry it over to other seasons and sport it with the right stockings, cardigans, and accessories.

My thoughts on the little black dress - a must for every wardrobe! My thoughts on the little black dress - a must for every wardrobe! My thoughts on the little black dress - a must for every wardrobe!

Summer Face Ritual

How I've been prepping my face for the hot temperatures that summer has to bring

If you take a look at my Five-Minute Makeup, you’ll notice that my everyday face ritual isn’t all that complicated. I strive to make my best features shine and to hide any blemishes with good-quality products (yes, that includes taking years to find the best cream for my face, which happens to be Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream Light).

In the summertime, my skin tans really quickly, so I decided to add a bronzer to my makeup regime.

I picked up Too Faced’s Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer for that touch of glimmer on my soon-to-be darker skintone. What I love is that the shine isn’t overwhelming. Instead, you can catch glimpses of shiny specks on my cheekbones. I start applying on my cheeks, making my way up to my temple and then working my way back down to the cheek and then moving up and then down onto my jawline (think of drawing the number “3” on the side of your face).

Other products on my summer face:
Smoky Extravagant mascara by Make Up For Ever / Creamy Concealer by Bobbi Brown / Mac Studio Fix in NC43Lancome’s Color Design Lipcolor in Natural Beauty

How I've been prepping my face for the hot temperatures that summer has to bring How I've been prepping my face for the hot temperatures that summer has to bring How I've been prepping my face for the hot temperatures that summer has to bring

How I've been prepping my face for the hot temperatures that summer has to bring

The Bier Markt Experience

Dining at Bier Markt is an experience all on itself.

I’ve only ever heard good things about Bier Markt, so when I was given the opportunity to try it during my recent stay in Toronto, I was pretty excited. (Okay, maybe more than excited: I might have dreamed about what I’d be eating and grabbing off of their menu).

What had me even more intrigued was that I was invited for a brunch. While Bier Markt holds pride for serving some pretty good quality beers, I was wondering how the brunch menu would turn out. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I’ll find any excuse to have it at any time of the day.

Hefty, full of flavor, and not your typical Sunday brunch: Bier Markt serves generous portions and puts a creative twist on classics like eggs benedict and french toast. I opted for their Bavarian Benedict and the plate’s roasted porchetta melted in my mouth. I want more. Now.

Well, maybe I can’t have it now, but I can have it sooner than I think. Bier Markt recently opened in Montreal, so it’ll definitely become one of my go-to summer restaurants. (P.S. I visited the one in Don Mills, and the service was superb).

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Dining at Bier Markt is an experience all on itself. Dining at Bier Markt is an experience all on itself. Dining at Bier Markt is an experience all on itself.

Expert Q&A: Duc de Lorraine

Expert Q&A: Duc de LorraineI think we may all know by now that I have an extreme sweet-tooth. So, I’d probably be stating the obvious when I say that the cake is one of the wedding elements I’m most excited about. What makes it even more exciting is that it’s going to be custom-made by the geniuses at my favorite French bakery, Duc de Lorraine. We’ve planned for tiers of navy, gold, and white sugar flowers. After browsing the bakery’s extensive wedding portfolio, I just knew that it was going to be in good hands. Also, it helps that everything on their menu is absolutely delicious… I’m already craving for one of their mille-feuilles (I’m a fan, can you tell?)

I’ve compiled a list of questions answered by Duc de Lorraine‘s owner, Victoria Sorensen. Victoria gives bridal couples some of her best advice for their wedding cake endeavors.

If a bridal couple is super last-minute with their wedding arrangements, what’s the shortest time-frame they should give themselves for their wedding cake?
We suggest as soon as the couple has the theme, colors, and venue to book their first consultation with our onsite cake specialist. We are able to create a cake in any time frame since our cakes are made fresh the day of the wedding. We do recommend, however, that the couple find the time to go through the steps to create and taste different options. For their first appointment, we encourage the couple to bring along any photos to keep any color samples and flowers in mind. As well, in our boutique, we have a collection of photos showcasing all of our past wedding creations. Over the years, we have created so many different cakes that we love the challenge to create the perfect wedding cake to match any celebration.

Expert Q&A: Duc de Lorraine

Let’s say the bridal couple is not a fan of fondant: what cake-finish do you suggest they use as an alternative?
Almond paste, buttercream, or chocolate

What are some of your favorite cake-and-icing combinations?
1) Frasier: almond paste on top of strawberries, white cake, and light cream. 2) Almond paste covered with a white sponge cake consisting of coffee syrup and crème mouselline. 3) Croquembouche (or in France, called apièce montée) – prior to moving to Montreal, I had never heard of this dessert. It is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. It’s truly beautiful.

Aside from the cake, what other desserts do you suggest to serve on a sweet table?
We can create miniature versions of your favorite pastries (éclairs, millefeuilles, miniature strawberry and lemon tarts), or even an assortment of different specialty cakes like mousse cakes, tarts, and meringues. We also offer macarons in an assortment of flavors and traditional French cookies that can be perfect for takeaway treats for your guests.

Expert Q&A: Duc de Lorraine

How do you suggest the wedding cake be displayed? (ex.: cake stand, mirror, silver platter)
There are so many options. We suggest you place your cake on its own table. Your cake should be placed where your guests may admire it, but also out of harms way (dance floor, incoming traffic). Discuss where you would like to have your cake displayed with your venue – they will be sure to have a slightly heightened smaller table that’s perfect for your masterpiece. While a crisp, white cloth is classic, don’t be afraid to dress the table in different linens, or decorate with a photo, or continuation of your theme. You may ask your venue as well about placing lighting near your table, so your cake can truly stand out. To give your cake height, we offer many options for stands. You may speak to our wedding cake specialist during your appointment about the many options. Be creative, there are many cake stand options to suite any décor from rustic to classic.

Ready for your wedding cake consultation? Contact Duc de Lorraine  and you won’t regret it.

 

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