Month: June 2014

Notion Fifty-Five: A Summer Dinner Party


With the final arrival of summer, my friend (and partner-in-crime for crazy ideas) Bella decided this week that it was about time for us girls to enjoy an outdoor dinner party. I knew to expect something absolutely fabulous and as usual when it comes to all things planned by her, was not disappointed. I thought I would share a few snapshots of our wondrous evening (shoes optional). I would also like to thank Adi, Bella’s mother and spectacular co-host for the evening. It just would not have been the same without your added sense of design!

In keeping with my outfit updates, I tucked a black H & M dress into a black French Connection skirt and paired it with a statement necklace from Shamelessly Sparkly. Bella is wearing a gorgeous maxi that she purchased from Target. Isn’t it so fun?



Our table decor was simply enchanting and I am quite the fan of the goblets we used to sip home-made lemonade and white wine from.




We enjoyed an array of cheeses; Havarti, Brie, Goat’s Cheese as well as Feta. All the vegetable dishes consisted of organic, home-grown goodness straight from Adi’s garden.


 Cheers! Pris and Ana looked so lovely!




I should mention — Jessica is getting married in a week from today! We are all bridesmaids and quite thrilled to be sharing the special day with her and Dan!


After we had eaten more than enough of our fill of the harvest we made our way downstairs to the lower patio. This we lit with candles and outdoor lights while dining on yogurt, almonds and honey, followed by a satisfying helping of delicious cheesecake!




We were then blessed to be treated to an unexpected firework show. Oh Canada, how we love thee! (Not only on Canada Day weekend).


Well, that’s a wrap! I have a very busy day tomorrow and cannot wait to help Jessy with wedding favors along with the rest of the crew. Next dinner party : My house!




Notion Fifty-Four


I completed this sketch in the morning for the studio I am collaborating with, BlushPretty. They are located in downtown Toronto and are one of the biggest hair and makeup artistry studios in the GTA. It is such an honor to be working with such a talented team. I have been named their in-house illustrator! Keep an eye out for my work on their blog and anywhere else!

I also have started sketching some spot illustrations. I found a love for drawing shoes! I am planning on making prints of some of my illustrations shortly, to be sold on Etsy or directly from myself, as well as at the studio.


In case you are curious, here is the original photograph that I sketched from for these beauties.


I do not own the rights to this photo, merely borrowing it for comparison purposes!

I have been extremely busy lately, but will post soon!







Notion Fifty-Three


A little over a week ago I attended (as a bridesmaid) my good friend Jessy’s bridal shower. I am pictured with another dear friend of mine whose blog you can read here.

The photos turned out amazing. I wore a Modcloth find that could pass as vintage if I didn’t mention it was brand new. The dress is covered in painted little birds and is a beautiful aqua colour. I love how it hits just below the knee as far too many dresses (even 50’s inspired ones) are too short for my liking. The material is a cotton and feels hand-made. Definitely a keeper!

My shoes are Breckelle’s and I purchased them off of Beyond the Rack. I am crazy for T-straps at the moment.

The courier in my area knows me by name now as I clearly am a serial online shopper. I am cutting back most recently though due to my husband and I purchasing a new house. We really want to channel our money to things such as furniture and necessities for the next little while. I ultimately LOVE decorating so I am really looking forward to making the new place our own.

I am posting a little later than normal but I was away all weekend at a cottage for a Bachelorette weekend! Keep an eye out as I may be posting some photos soon! We had an awesome time.





Notion Fifty-Two




I am crazy over men’s style button ups and have been for a good six years or so. They are comfortable and so versatile! This one in particular is high-low and I accented it with a gorgeous gold filigree statement necklace purchased on Ebay. I have received so many compliments on it and it can be used to accessorize both casual and dressy outfits.

I also am wearing my trusty combat boots by Steve Madden. You can never go wrong with them!

My purse is the Cross-body Jet Set by Michael Kors in Sapphire. Yes, even the name lures you in! I bought it in the United States as they only seemed to have the black colour of this style in Canada and I wanted something more fun for spring and summer. Not to mention I am just a huge sucker for royal blue hues.

In case you were wondering, my nails are painted in the Essie shade, “Ballet Slippers.” It is a little more pink in real life than what the picture is portraying. Being quite a popular colour I am sure you have all heard of it or seen it on a friend!

Happy Sunday!