Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A time for LOVE - JORD Wood Watch giveaway!

I talk about him enough on here and after all he does for me, I think it's about time the Emilio to my Eleanor makes an appearance! Today we're teaming up with JORD Wood Watches to give away $100 towards a unique and beautiful wood watch! Stay tuned for details at the end of the post...  

It's already been a week but I'm still feelin' the love radiating from Valentine's day! Whether or not you chose to celebrate it, I hope you spread some love and felt the love from that special day too. I know I did! Ruben and I have been together almost 7 years and just celebrated our 6th Valentine's Day together - crazy how time flies. When it comes to celebrating an anniversary or holiday like Valentine's day, we love to surprise each other with things that hold a great meaning. As soon as I saw this wood watch I knew it would be the perfect gift for him! I wanted to gift him something that was different, and showed him that our love is timeless - what better way to do that than with a watch?! A wood one at that. Needless to say, he loved it. 

JORD Wood Watches seriously has so many beautiful, and unique watches it made it almost impossible to choose! I loved the Reece watch in Walnut and Navy because I know Ruben didn't own anything like it and the rectangular face is so funky and neat, kinda like him ;) It's such a nice change from a regular round face and now definitely adds some diversity to his collection! 

Ruben always puts up with me and my requests to go shoot photos, or help me out with posts so this was a nice switch up for me to be behind the camera and him in front of the lens! By doing this, I wanted to show him that his time is so valuable to me and I will always make time for him in return. 

All you need to do to win $100 towards a watch of your choosing is to click this link and fill out your details! Simple as that, right? While only one person will win the $100, everyone who enters will receive a $25 off code because we are all winners!!!

*The contest will close 2/26 at 11:59pmBoth the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on 4/30/2017.

Luxury Wooden Watch

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Made with LOVE

It's no secret that Ruben and I love music, it's what brought us together! When we first started talking, we would send each other Youtube links via Facebook chat of our favourite songs or bands. I'm a huge music nerd, so I thought sending him really cool stuff that I loved, would impress him. And guess what? It did!! I still have the chat to prove it, and when we look back I can't help but make fun of how terrible his taste in music was, and how awesome mine still is ;) Needless to say, we fell in love because of music. 
For our first date, he invited me to a concert to see a band he loved and I hadn't heard of. It was a hardcore/screamo type band so that was interesting! We bought matching band t-shirts from that show, which we both still have. In the beginning, we would make each other playlists and exchange mix CD's (I still have the first one he ever gave me!) We still make playlists for one another; when we miss each other, to say sorry, or to fit whatever mood we may be in. We have gone to countless concerts, shows and festivals together, and have quite the extensive collection of ticket stubs to prove it! Together we created a playlist with some of our favourite love songs - from The Beatles, to Broken Social Scene. I hope your day is filled with love and you enjoy this playlist of songs, as much as we do. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fresh Tangerine giveaway! *CLOSED*

Ruben and I spent this past weekend celebrating Valentine's Day, since he's going to be working all day tomorrow. We took Friday off work and visited the Art Gallery of Ontario, went out for dinner and spent the rest of the weekend drinking wine at home while watching movies. Overall, a great weekend in my books.
I love love, so Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate that specifically! I also love being festive when it comes to holiday's, so Valentine's is no joke! Red, white, pink and heart everything. 

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you SO much to everyone who entered. As my way of saying thanks, I'm offering 20% off all Fresh Tangerine items from now until Feb. 24, 2017 - use code 'THANKYOU'

You may have noticed on my Instagram that I'm teaming up with my friends at Fresh Tangerine to give away one of their beautiful collections! All of their stunning jewelry is hand-made (with love, may I add) and comes in 14k gold fill and sterling silver. I put together this outfit for Valentines day and to showcase how I styled the Gold Heart set! 

**Make sure you check out my Instagram post to see how you can win a set of their Heart Jewelry (which includes a necklace, bracelet, ring and earrings in your choice of silver OR gold). Also find a BONUS way you can enter, at the end of this post!

BONUS ENTRY: Comment on this post with the link to your favourite item from Fresh Tangerine

Hope everyone has a very Happy Valentine's day filled with chocolate, candy and love! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Valentine's Gift Guide: for her!

The month of all things ~LOVE~ is officially upon us! Even if Valentine's Day is a "made-up Hallmark Holiday" (as some may say), I'll take any excuse to celebrate love, candy, hearts and the colours pink and red!!! Ruben and I will be celebrating our 6th Valentine's Day together this year, and we always try to gift each other cute, memorable gifts. I'd say I'm pretty easy to shop for, and this guide I've put together is basically anything, and everything I'd be happy to receive! It's full of great ideas for your gal pal or lady love!

6. LUSH Bubble Bar
7. Instax Mini
8. Let's Kiss Coin Purse
9. Sugarfina Candies
10. What I Love About Us Book

*Bonus gift not on the list - a hand written love letter or note! A special and sweet note written to your bestie, or lover is always a great way to remember that moment in your life and relationship. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips!

One of my goals this year was to cook and bake more often now that we have our own place and a kitchen of my own! I've been pinning lots of recipes and things to try, and when I came across 
this one I was sold at red velvet + white chocolate chips (two of my favourite things!) A super simple, but delicious recipe and the perfect treat for Valentine's day! The recipe makes about 24 cookies - enough to give to all your favourite people (and maybe a few for yourself too)

What you'll need:
  • -a stand mixer or hand mixer
  • -2 bowls: one medium sized, one large
  • -non-stick cooking spray
  • -cookie sheets
  • -wire cooling rack
  • -measuring cups and spoons
  • -2 1/2 cups of flour
  • -1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • -1 tsp baking soda
  • -1/4 tsp salt
  • -1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • -1 cup granulated sugar
  • -2/3 cup brown sugar
  • -2 eggs
  • -2 tsp red food colour
  • -2 tsp vanilla extract
  • -1 package of pure white chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350°. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugars together in a large bowl, until fluffy and well blended. Add eggs, food colour and vanilla to butter mixture. Gradually add dry mix into the butter mix. Once well blended, fold in chocolate chips.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and drop a rough tablespoon of cookie mixture, spreading out by a few inches. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

WARNING: these are suuuuuper addicting and it'll be hard to keep your hands off of them! They are soft, chocolately and just the right amount of sweetness. I'd suggest packing them into cute treat bags and handing out to all your Valentines so you aren't tempted to eat them all yourself!
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