Pink Jumpsuit in Jamaica

Hot Pink Banana Republic Belted Jumpsuit (2 Ways)

I wanted to get something new for my Jamaica trip. I felt like I had already worn all my resort appropriate clothes and wanted something fresh to make me feel amazing- so I searched for bright colours. When I saw this electric pink jumpsuit it screamed at me. I was worried it wouldn’t fit but luckily I scooped up the last one in my size! See below for the two slightly different ways I styled it.

Look 1 – Resort Outfit

Pink outfit and red necklace

DIY Straw Pom Pom Clutch

The secret with bold coloured jumpsuits is it looks like you put a lot of effort in but you didn’t since it is just one piece. The best thing is, it has pockets?! It may not look it but it is comfortable and fairly light.

I wore this outfit to our farewell to vacation dinner on our last night in Jamaica. I paired it with a statement gold and red necklace and stretchy neon bracelets. I love these silver flat sandals, I got them made when I was in Capri. This cute little old man had a shop where you could pick the sandal style, leather colour and size! I always feel fancy when I wear them.   Another great thing about this pant suit is I didn’t need to wear heels with the suit- the length is perfect for flats.

The purse is an embellished purse from Michael’s craft store (DIY coming soon). It is perfect for the climate and actually holds a lot.

Pink Banana Republic Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic
Necklace: made by me
Sandals: Got custom made on the spot in Capri
Bracelets: made by me

Look 2 – Funky work outfit

Pink Belted Jumpsuit

Turquoise Sandals - Sam Edelman

This looks is almost the same but a bit more funky. Instead of a chunky necklace I wore a long bullet necklace -it has a crystal inside an upcycled bullet. You can’t see the shoes in the full body picture because unfortunately my photographer cut them off! But they are turquoise sandals with gold details. The shiny Rayban glasses also make the look more street.

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic
Necklace: made by me
Glasses: Rayban
Sandals: Sam Edelman

Birthday Cake Cookies (nut-free)

Creme de Lacombe Birthday Cake Cookies (Nut-free)

Having a nut allergy often makes it difficult to eat fun things. But if you bake yourself, you can eat practically whatever you want.

I’m not a gifted baker, but I have been obsessed with Kelsey Lacombe’s blog and Instagram full of colourful cakes and cookies lately. Creme de Lacombe is a feast for the eyes, check her out! Her photos make me hungry every day. Sadly, finding cookies like the ones she posts in a store would be hard for me to eat given my nut allergy. So making my own is often the only choice. For a get together I had I decided to try to re-create her awesomeness.

I modified her Birthday Cake Cookie Sandwiches to ensure they were Ashley-friendly (meaning nut-free). The first picture below are Creme de Lacombe’s masterpieces – I know seeing my version next to hers makes it seem like a craft fail – but I’m still happy with how mine turned out.

Birthday Cake Cookies

Please note I was going to make the cake sandwiches…but on my first attempt I was unable to make perfectly round cookies. With practice hopefully I’ll master it. But although they are not perfectly round they still tasted great and had magical sprinkles.

I modified a few of her ingredients and simplified the recipe (didn’t do the sandwiches) due to my diet and allergies, but I don’t think it made a difference in taste. They were also pretty easy to make- I’ll just make them smaller next time.

Recipe courtesy of Creme de Lacombe

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (plus more for tops of cookies)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white cake mix – I used Betty Crocker white cake mix – it was safe
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles – I made sure mine were nut-free
  • 1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips – I used Chippits – they are amazing and I can eat them!
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer (I used a stand mixer) fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, incorporating a little at a time until combined.
  5. Stir in 1/4 cup of white chocolate Chippets chips and 1/4 cup of sprinkles.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, evenly distribute balls of cookie dough onto cookie sheet.  Next time I will make my scoops smaller!Raw Birthday Cookie Dough
  7. Sprinkle some of the extra sugar, sprinkles and white chocolate chips on top of the balls of dough.
  8. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Let cool on wire cookie rack.

Birthday Cookies cooling on wire cookie rack

Tip: If using one cookie sheet, make sure you let it cool in between batches of cookies. If you scoop the dough onto the hot cookie sheet, the cookies will start cooking before they get into the oven!
I am going to practice my baking so that I can make the sandwich version next time. Even though they weren’t perfect, they tasted great and that’s all that matters. It is the inside not the outside that is crucial!
I hope Creme de Lacombe isn’t too horrified with my version of her cookie 🙂 What do you think of my baking attempt?

Birthday Cake Cookies
Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

I have always admired Ted Baker’s line. It is well made, beautiful and classic.  But I’ve held back purchasing because it is hard to justify spending a certain amount of money on clothes. However, I came into some fun money and thought the perfect thing to do with it was to get something I’ve wanted for awhile.  Since this this money was unplanned and this dress was on sale I convinced myself it was okay to buy. Now I may be addicted to his line.

Curtsy in a Scalloped Dress

The dress has pockets!

I wore this dress to a fancy celebration dinner for my four year anniversary. We went to Flor de Sal, a restaurant near Casa Loma which we stumbled upon a few Halloweens ago. When we went the first time we were definitely dressed inappropriately; now it is a place we go on special occasions.

What I love about this dress is the attention to details. Aside from the pretty grey and floral motif – the scalloped hem and sleeves give extra special details. There is also a copper exposed zipper on the back. And wait – it has pockets! The dress also has stretch and is big circle skirt you can actually eat in. The bright pink purse is also Ted Baker and I scored it at Nordstrom’s The Rack.  I saw it and it screamed me; luckily I’ve been a pro at spotting sales lately.

Short Wavy Hair

The heels have ankle straps that make them less typical. I also did my best to curl my hair for the occasion, but sadly it was almost flat when we got to the restaurant due to the wind.

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

Ted Baker skater pink and grey scalloped dress

What is your splurge brand?

Dress: Ted Baker
Purse: Ted Baker
Shoes: Sam Edelman

Eating Rainbow Unicorn Cake

Rainbow Unicorn Surprise Cake

If you want a Rainbow Unicorn Surprise Cake to be nut-free likely you’ll have to make it yourself. But I don’t have enough patience to make myself a just because layer cake.

I was leaving a project at work to take on another role. My fabulous co-worker often would bake for the team, but sadly I could never eat it. Guaranteeing a nut-free cake in a contaminated home is tricky. But for my going away week she asked me if I had any requests – and what do you think I asked for?

MAKE ME A RAINBOW CAKE! Pretty please.

I was so obsessed with this cake I decided to make a video to commemorate it. Wait for the surprise inside…

I’ve never been able to eat a cake like this before and it has always been a dream to get one. Given how time-consuming it must have been I was surprised she delivered something so elaborate – I totally didn’t expect anything. I was half-joking when I requested it – I am so grateful for the effort! She went the extra mile: she bought a new bag of flour, new paper towels, disinfected her kitchen multiple times, then became paranoid that her clothes may have been contaminated with previous nut residue. To make her feel better I made choking noises after the first bite – I’m a jerk. Nonetheless baking for me was likely a stressful experience she will never do again lol.

Sprinkle Cake

Look at all the rainbow and sweetness overload! So much colour; I’m dying! The Skittles inside made me lose it.

Rainbow Cake with Skittles

DIY Sparkle Champagne Bottle

DIY Sparkle Champagne Bottle (VIDEO)

Veuve Sparkle Champagne

This craft adds something special and fun to any party. I’ve made these sparkle champagne bottles for many occasions. I made the silver Martini Astor bottles specifically for a bachelorette, the pink bottle was for the bride and the mini bottles was for the bridesmaids. The Veuve bottle was for my sister’s champagne birthday. The purple rainbow one was for my unicorn birthday party. Glitter elevates any occasion!

It is also super easy! See video and step by step instructions below.

Supplies

Supplies for sparkle champagne bottle

  • Alcohol bottle of your choice
  • Spray adhesive – I used Krylon. You can also use Modge Podge but it is messy, takes longer and doesn’t work as well.
  • Glitter colour(s) of your choice! Warning glitter will be EVERYWHERE!

Directions

Sparkle-Champagne-Tutorial

  1. Put masking or painter’s tape around the bottle cap if you are spraying the whole bottle with glitter- this will ensure you don’t get glitter on it and it will still allow you to open the bottle. Optional: Put tape on labels or anything you want to not have glitter on it. The the picture above I put tape on the labels so they would be visible
  2. Spray a light line of  aerosol glue down the bottle (keep a distance of around 10 inches)
  3. Sprinkle glitter on glue
  4. Repeat steps two and three until bottle is covered
  5. Let dry then remove the tape
  6. ENJOY!

Unicorn Champagne

That’s it! Such an easy way to add glitter to your party. How do you add sparkle to your parties? I’d love to hear from you.

Metallic Grey Leggings and a blue wall

American Apparel Metallic Grey Leggings

Blue Archway - Roncesvalles

Green Damask Wallpaper

Lately these shiny grey leggings have been my go-to for style and comfort. See more polished way I wore them here. They were the best Value Village score. I am determined to wear pants as little as possible! And I would’t exactly consider leggings pants …but these leggings are super easy and still fashionable.

Mint Green Teapot

Mint Green Teapot

This outfit is very simple, a loose black shirt and the statement leggings. The only accessory I added was the kitschy fun cameo necklace to give the outfit some flair. Red lips and dramatic eyelashes also glam the look up. I wore the outfit wandering around Roncesvalles on the weekend.

Grey Leggings Outfit

Blue Wall

You probably won’t notice, but I tried to put a purple wash in my hair and it didn’t take very well, you can see slight lavender in my hair directly in the light but just barely! The goal is to be blonder to have crazier hair!

Sipping Tea

Leggings: American Apparel (from Value Village)
Random old black shirt
DIY necklace made from old jewelry
Lipstick: Lime Crime (True Love)
Sandals: Sam Edelman 

Colourful Outfit and a purple wall

Kaleidoscope Dress – Forever 21

Kaleidoscope Dress and Coral Coat

Kaleidoscope Dress - Pink and Purple

This outfit went straight from work to evening drinks. Since it is finally nice my co-worker and I ventured to Kensington Market, which is one of the cooler, hippie areas in Toronto. Like the market, this outfit is colour overload and may be too crazy for most offices. But whatever, it is spring and I believe there is never too much colour.

The formfitting dress underneath is like a kaleidoscope of flowers which I got ages ago at Forever 21. It’s so different and was affordable, but I haven’t worn it nearly as much given the crazy pattern. The coral coat is one of my favourite go-to pieces. I reach for it whenever I want to make a statement and I’m not sure what to wear. The boots are black velvet and work for fall as well – and they are comfy even though they may not look it. The only piece of jewelry I’m wearing are turquoise feather and chain earrings I made. Since the dress is so busy, you don’t need much of anything else.

Turquoise Feather Earrings - Etsy

The purpose of the after work adventure with my fashion friend was to find a patio and a good graffiti wall – luckily we didn’t have to search for long!

Coat: Zara
Dress: Forever 21 (from years ago)
Boots: Indigo Rd (from The Bay)
Feather Earrings: made by me

white skirt outfit

Coral Tassel Earring Outfit

Neutral Outfit - white Zara Coat

White coat with bell sleeves

This outfit came together to match my new tassel earrings. I found these coral and gold beads I fell in love with; then saw matching tassels in the fabric store on the same day. I knew they were meant to be fabulous earrings. I finally got around to making my vision and just needed to wear them immediately.

Coral Tassel Earrings

Coral Tassel Earrings

I was spontaneously going out for tacos because it was Cinqo de Mayo (stereotypical and cliche I know) so thankfully I could wear the earrings! My outfit was way dressier than everyone in the restaurant but the tassels were happy.

I chose this sheer shirt because it has a tiny bit of coral in it, like I said this whole outfit exists because of these earrings. The skirt is gauzy and has some shimmer, someone commented that it was like Cinderella. Generally I would wear this shirt with a tight pencil skirt since it is loose. But everything I had was black and black seemed so drab for a sunny day. So I went for the opposite of my usual and created a neutral outfit.  Usually I go for colour overload, but the shirt and earrings are fun enough. The cream skirt has some shimmer in it and the coat reminds me of what a politician would wear. I paired the look with nude pumps to give the look more softness.

Neutral Outfit

Earrings: Made by me
Shirt: Shein (I wore a black cami under it)
Shirt: Zumel & Co
Shoes: This Is Spring

AGO afternoon tea

AGO Afternoon Tea

Kusama Narcissus Garden

I bought an Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) membership in the hopes of getting into the Kusama infinity mirrors exhibit, which didn’t grant my wish. However, while going through the benefits I discovered they do afternoon tea. A proper tea at an art gallery; well that just sounds like the best and classiest thing ever!

For my outfit I wore these orange/red cropped lace pants. They were such a good sale item. They are a statement piece, the colour is bold – but wait you haven’t heard the best part – they have an elastic waist! Which means you can actually eat your afternoon tea. A plain white shirt with scalloped sleeves and my Egyptian inspired necklace completed the look. I also wore a Kate Spade bracelet which I got from a BUNZ trade and a blue stretchy bracelet I made. Since the pants are a show piece you don’t need much else.

AGO afternoon tea

Handmade Necklace Red, Yellow, Orange - Etsy

The traffic to get there was insane for some reason, it took double it should have to get there. I was so stressed in the car! But we were still able to enjoy the tea being 30 minutes late. I thought it was supposed to be Kusama-inspired but it didn’t seem to be. When I go for tea I always judge how pretty the teacups are and these passed my test. They served mini avocado toast and a chicken katsu bite which were yummy and different than a typical tea menu. There was also an infused (with matcha I think) hard boiled egg as well. And of course scones and clotted cream!

Kusama Narcissus Garden

After we walked around really quickly and saw a couple paintings and the one free Kusama exhibit . I think that is the most I’ll get to see of the mirror exhibit sadly.

Shirt: Shein
Pants: J.Crew
Necklace: made by me
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Purse: purchased in Hong King but I think it is Italian
Blazer: Club Monaco (from ages ago)
Pocket Square: Tommy Hilfigher

My Little Pony T-shirt

My Little Pony T-Shirt

My Little Pony T-shirt

Yes, I am an adult. I pay my bills, have a full-time job and am trying to further my education. Yet still, when I see a sparkly My Little Pony shirt I am compelled to buy it. Especially if it is pink, black and has sparkles on it; one of my favourite combinations!

This shirt is from a local Toronto designer, so supporting a store that reminds me of how Queen Street West was in my youth (less big box stores and more independent designers) makes me feel good. Shopping is supposed to make you feel good, right?

My Little Pony T-shirt - Hayley Elsasser

Silver Bullet Earrings

This is probably one of my most casual looks ever. The shirt is boyfriend style and is unisex and looser than I usually wear, I must admit I’d like it better if the sleeves were shorter, but I still love it. I never realized how comfortable a t-shirt could be! Heck, maybe I’ll change my style – retire all the pencil skirts and blazers!

I paired it with grey jeans to bring out the silver sparkle of the pony, and studded rocker boots with a slight heel. I added pink extensions to the hair (they are hard to see in the picture) to add some more colour to pick up the pink outline of the pony. The only jewelry I’m wearing are silver bullet earrings I made. They are created from bullets I actually shot!

This was definitely a fun outfit that brought out the kid in me.

My Little Pony T-shirt - Hayley Elsasser

Shirt: Hayley Elsaesser
Jeans: Guess
Boots: Sam Edelman
Bullet earrings: made by me