Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Dinner: Table Setting

I wanted to share the simple table setting I decided on for Easter dinner. My placemats, napkins and table runner are all muted colours and I couldn't resist white tulips, so I used my smoky blue glassware and some Purdy's dark chocolate eggs to add a touch of colour.

What do you think? I MIGHT try some brightly-coloured flowers next time but otherwise I'm quite happy with the simple, elegant look. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Product Plug: Fresh Lip Treatment

aka Damn you, Sephora. Damn you!

I wandered through Sephora last week, planning to buy my token travel-sized hairspray for my upcoming trip and I got caught up in all it gorgeous product-ness. Can anyone ever go in and actually purchase just ONE THING? It's like Costco, dammit!

Enter my new favourite lip tint: Fresh.

I received the Cherry tinted colour as a Christmas gift from JL and LOVED wearing it this past Winter. If you want to wear red on your lips, but aren't bold enough to actually go for it, this is the perfect compromise. 

Now that it's Spring and the weather is changing, I obviously need to migrate into "warmer weather" make-up, my lips included.

Which brings me back to last week and my hairspray errand that turned into me standing in front of the Fresh display, testing every single tint they have. I didn't QUITE trust the lighting around that particular mirror so I had to take a lap around the store, ensuring that the colour passed my insanely high standards. It did. I absolutely love it. So I bought some. 

And some nail polish (have to make sure my nails are corresponding with the warmer weather too!).

Naturally, I forgot the travel-sized hairspray.

I almost don't want to admit that C-Mah and I placed a Sephora order last week that includes hairspray (not travel-sized though).

Please keep reading this blog.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend Round-Up

My four-day weekend started off gloriously -- sunshine and brunch with a friend on my deck. Since Friday was supposed to be our only "nice" day in Vancouver, I decided to take advantage and spend as much of the day as possible outside.
Except for that wonderful hour in the late afternoon when I had a fantastic massage.

Note the photo of sweet Greta, my two year old niece who broke her arm after falling off the bed while jumping on it. She still managed to sling her Easter basket around that arm though. She adapts well.

I have to remind Vancouverites of Acme Cafe, the great little brunch joint in Gastown. C-Mah took SJM and I there for a "thank-you" meal after last weekend's baby shower and I loved their tuna melt. The Americano was also delicious.

I hope everyone's long weekend was a fantastic break!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Dinner: The Food

I was happy to cook Easter dinner (let's face it, my fam uses this as an excuse to pig out and drink delicious vino) yesterday and took great care to plan the menu.

I went with the very traditional Pasta with Peas, Arugula & Prosciutto as a main. This dish is seriously delicious, especially complemented with a Virginia ham. I combined 1/4 cup dijon, 1/4 cup real maple syrup and a 1/2 ounce of bourbon for a tangy dipping sauce (see photo above). We were delirious with "mmmms" and "aaahhhs".

For dessert, I opted for something Spring-like as everyone consumes so much chocolate over the Easter holiday and another rich dessert would be over-load.

Enter Lemon Pudding Cakes. So perfect: light, fluffy and bursting with flavour. This was my first time using ramekins and I loved serving everyone individual desserts. I cannot wait to use them again!

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend -- I'm already counting down to the next one when TD and I will be in Me-hee-co.

Happy Easter!