Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Gift Idea #1

A few days ago, I noticed a post on my friend's Facebook talking about stylish camera bag options for women. So often camera bags are ugly, in a black nylon and quite masculine. So, I decided to do a bit of surfing around for some great choices. Here is what I found:



I think that the photo taking fashionista in your life would love these!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Guest Blogging and Cute Hats

Today I did a guest blog post about Grandfather caps for The Style Butcher. Check it out!

During my research I came across some great looks featuring stylish gals rocking fall/winter caps on Lookbook. Here are some of my favorites:




All photos from Lookbook.nu.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Versace for H&M TOMORROW!

Versace's line for H&M arrives at select Canadian H&M stores tomorrow!! So fashionista's, get ready to line up as this line will sell out fast!

Here are some of my favorites from the collection:





Monday, November 14, 2011

Look I Love...Cozy Chic

While perusing the blog of uber-cool new and consignment retailer, Front and Company, I came across this fantastically chic gal. I love the whole look from the hair right down to the boots. I have often attested to my love for capes and this one is a stunner. I also can't get over her pretty tights. I want them!

Photos from Front and Company.

Home I Love: West Village Town Home

I am always so happy to see amazing family homes in urban areas. This West Village, New York home is a wonderful example. I must say that my favorite space in this home is the family room. It looks so cozy and would be a wonderful space for just relaxing a reading a book while watching the rain through those amazing windows.


Such an inviting living room space. The windows are amazing.



I am aiming for my bed too look like this.



 Love the lime green accents.


Awesome clock and stove element wall art.
All photos from Apartment Therapy.

See more of the house tour photo gallery.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Look I Love: Plaid Pea Coat

A few years ago, a friend of mine had a gorgeous red plaid pea coat which I seriously coveted. I have yet to see one in a store and thus forgot about it. That is until I spotted this gorgeous one on (appropriately) The Coveted. Do you know who makes it?

As seen on The Coveted.

Home I Love

Apartment Therapy featured this LA loft-style home recently. I will start off by saying that I am not in love with all aspects of this home, not that they are bad, but just not thrilling. However, there are many elements that I do adore. Check them out:

 I love the picture, photo wall display and the little lemon tree. Although I would need my picture to read "I love you, blogs and tea" or "I love you, blogs and coke zero".

I am always a sucker for colour blocked book shelves.

The abstract painting, contemporary living room chairs, bar and more traditional dining area are fabulous. I also love the area rug.



This is my dream bar.

The more natural wood on the island beautifully compliments the contemporary cabinets. I also really like the use of the bakers rack with assorted jars.

The Menu chalkboard is a great idea.

This is a very creative method of clothing storage and bedroom decoration. 

The large balcony is a beautiful urban oasis. 

 I would love to see this deck lit up at night.

All photos from Apartment Therapy.

See more and the house tour at Apartment Therapy.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween...Fright Nights

A couple weeks ago, Will and I decided to try out the PNE's Fright Nights at Playland. We didn't go to the PNE or Playland this summer so it seemed like a good time to catch up on the fun. Will had also never been to Playland before so that made the visit all the more necessary.

 The large vampire bat that greets you at the entry to the park.
As seen on vancouversun.com.

We arrived pretty early (just after 6pm, they don't close until 1am!), which was great because we were able to take in the park while it was still light out for a bit. Also, there were fewer people there. We went on most of the rides with the exception of those that you pay extra for and the Atmosfear...it was too scary! My favorite was probably the Coaster, a old wooden roller coaster. I think part of the fun of this one was that it was the first coaster that Will had ever been on! It was great having that first experience with him.

Unfortunately it is a bit grainy but this was taken while Will and I rode the Coaster. I love Will's look of genuine joy and terror all at once!

Will's favorite ride, Baywatch.

We also checked out two of the six haunted houses. That was all we could handle...we are total chickens. We also watched a bit of the of the Kinshira Fire Performers (not really our thing) and the Monster's of Schlock, which was rather amusing. Between eating mini doughnuts, going on rides and taking in all the sites, we had a fantastic time. I highly recommend going, but watch out for the creepy performers that wander the park preying on innocent park-goers (all in good fun!).

We were also able to score a great deal that got us park admission, unlimited riding (with the exception of the 3 rides that were extra charge) and haunted house visits, and a hot dog and drink all for $20 each. Regular admission ranges from $25-33. I suggest purchasing tickets online as it is a bit cheaper.

 The Master of Ceremonies, Singe the Clowne in front of the Asylum haunted house.
As seen on straight.com.

The Halloween Mood...the dining room

I must admit that I do love Halloween. The opportunity to carve pumpkins, decorate, dress up and get spooky is my idea of fun. This year I am not going to be up to much as I am on anti-biotics and potentially contagious...arg. So, I figured I would at least share some awesome Halloween ideas with you. The first being Halloween decor at home...or where ever you are celebrating.

I discovered this amazing dining room set-up on Apartment Therapy. It is from The Happy Heathen blogger, Evita. She has created an wonderfully spooky and gothic dining room meant for supping with a mad scientist. I must say that I would love to dine with her and her mad scientist on Halloween!

I recommend perusing The Happy Heathen for other interesting tips and ideas!






All photos from The Happy Heathen.

I think I need to go watch some Tim Burton movies now...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Back Down South...

I have never been to the Southern USA, but this video is exactly how I would imagine life in a small Southern town...or really any small North American town. I am not a huge King's of Leon fan, but I really love this song especially the violin portion. I swore it was a cover and started singing along when I first heard it...but apparently it is not. Does it sound like another song to you? I was initially thinking it was a John Cougar Mellancamp cover.



Kings of Leon- "Back Down South"

While watching this video I was amused by how much the guys in the band have changed their look over the past few years.

Then:


Now:

 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hair I Love

Hilary Duff is certainly rocking pregnancy in style. I love her messy side braid with a leather string run through it. Such a fun departure from the standard braid.

As seen on stylebistro.com.

Fashion Fab or Fail: Peachy Streaks?


Lauren Conrad, as seen on thebeautydepartment.com

 
Conrad rocking the streaks in a bun. As seen on usmagazine.com.

Ms. Conrad appears to joined in on another hair colour trend. Along similar lines of the dip-dyed look, she has added peach coloured streaks to the ends of her gorgeous blond locks. Personally, I am kind of in love with the look. It is less bold then the multi-coloured dip-dyed look and is just quite soft and pretty. But I am curious to have your opinion...

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY: Waxed Denim

If you like the waxed denim trend, but don't want to shell out for a new pair of jeans, then maybe try out this denim waxing DIY from The Coveted:


Looks pretty simple!

Fashion Fab or Fail: Waxed Jeans



As you may or may not know, my husband, Will and I run an online denim store where we sell mostly pre-loved premium denim (www.denimhunter.com), thus I am always interested in new denim trends. I have heard a bit about waxed denim over the past year and am intrigued. I have yet to actually encounter a pair but feel like maybe I should check them out. I kinda like the leathery look that the wax gives the denim however, I am not sure how I would feel about the texture. Also, would the wax come off on furniture or other clothing? Have you worn waxed denim?

What do you think?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dessert with Jill: Fresh Blackberry Crumble

Before cooking the Warm Sausage and Potato Salad, Will and I went blackberry picking in our neighborhood. We got a few scratches, Will almost died falling off rocks, but we got enough berries for a delicious Blackberry Crumble!


In preparation for crumble making, I rinsed, soaked and drained the berries a number of times to make sure that any tiny bugs were gone...or at least dead (ewww, I don't even want to think about that!).

I think I almost prefer crumble to pie...or maybe I like both similarly, but crumble is so easy and quick to prepare. I like to use a combination of recipes from my Purity Cookbook. This is a fantastic old-school cookbook first published by the Purity Flour Company in 1917. My Nana (great-grandma) gave my mom a copy of it when she was young and we used it regularly while I was growing up. It went out of print in 1967, but it was recently put back into print so I now have my own copy. I highly recommend it for all your cooking and baking basics.

The two recipes that I referred to while making my crumble are Fresh Berry Pie (for preparation of the blackberries) and Apple Crisp (for everything else). It is not the most pretty dish (I guess that is where pie beats crumble), but it is heavenly.

The recipe....

Jill's Blackberry Crumble
-> a fusion of recipes from the Purity Cookbook

Prep Time: about 15 mins
Cook time: 40 min
Yield: 6-8 servings


 
Preheat oven to 350˚. 

Prepare
     4 cups berries
Wash and drain.
Combine
    3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on tartness of berries)
    3 to 4 tablespoons Pre-Sifted PURITY All-Purpose Flour (I am bad and never sift my flour, nor did I use PURITY brand flour)
    1/2 teaspoon salt (not pictured above, "sorry, salt!")


Mix together
    1 cup Pre-Sifted PURITY All-Purpose Flour (see above comment)
    1 cup rolled oats
    1 cup lightly-packed brown sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cut in
    1/2 cup butter or margarine (I prefer butter)  

Mix about 1/2 of the crumb mixture with the berries and spread in a buttered 8" x 12" baking dish. Add berries on top of the crumb mixture in the pan. Cover with remaining crumbs and pat down lightly. 

 The berry layer on top of the first crumble layer...and my creepy shadow looming over.

 Top crumble layer on and ready to go in the oven.

Bake in a preheated 350˚ oven for 35-40 minutes or until the top has browned. (I am not totally used to my oven here and got tired of waiting after 40 minutes so I turned it on broil. Be very careful if you choose to do this as the top crust burns very easily.)

Serve hot or cold (both are tasty), with cream (or ice-cream, as I prefer!).

Voila! A delectable treat made with freshly picked blackberries! 

 Not beautiful, but sooo yummy! See the darker spot in the top left corner, beware the power of the broil. If this happens to you, simply spoon off the very top layer of the crumble. It will still look the same and no one will be the wiser.