and the award[s] goes to…

LiebsterWe have an extra special post today – we got nominated for a liebster award which is basically an excuse for us to interview eachother and our favourite bloggers, so this was the most fun we’ve ever had. We (okay. it’s me) are unashamedly nosy. The liebster awards are an amazing way to get to know your fellow bloggers. You share it with people starting out who don’t have a lot of followers yet. Or people you just really desperately want to know more about because you’re a huge creep. You get to define those lines yourself.

We were so so excited to hear that we got nominated by Sabrina at Morning, Dear, another local T.O blogger we love! We love an excuse to talk about ourselves (just kidding) and learn more about the blogging community!

SO, here are the rules:

  • post the award on your blog (look, we’re already killing it)
  • thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog
  • write 11 random facts about yourself
  • nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 250 followers
  • answer 11 questions posted by the present
  • ask you nominees 11 questions

11 Random Facts About Us

1. I can eat tacos every night forever. Sometimes I do. It’s gross. – Ashley

2. I can touch the bottom of my nose with the tip of my tongue. – Fernanda

3. I have a 2-year old black pug named Sadie and I’m obsessed with her. – Victoria

4. I love Dunkaroos. I’m 23. – Ashley

5. I love to sing. – Fernanda

6. I used to be an avid Scuba Diver but after a scary mishap on a night dive, I haven’t gone since and am afraid of open water. That was probably 7 years ago. – Victoria

7. I’m an avid Nora Roberts fan. I’ve read all her books. I’m not even ashamed. Well sometimes I’m a little ashamed. – Ashley

8. I am very good and patient with little details, hence why I like doing my nails. – Fernanda

9. Nothing gives me more joy or more anxiety than planning a party. – Victoria

10. I have two half sisters (ages 4 and 7) and a half brother (he’s 21). I also have a golden retriever named Tucker and a boyfriend who mostly puts up with the craftermath of my blog projects, and a cat who almost never leaves my craft supplies where he finds them. – Ashley

11. I have read every Tamora Pierce book, and have even gone to a SciFi convention to have her sign one of my them. – Fernanda


11 Questions from Morning, Dear

1. What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give your younger self?

– Don’t date high school boys. And tell Brad to lock the house during the keg party. – Ashley

– Dont take life too seriously, and be prepared for things to not turn out as you plan all the time. – Fernanda

– Think about that tattoo for longer. And be more confident. – Victoria

2. Who do you look up to most?

– My mom is a badass and I love it. She always juggles a million things at once and she’s never idle, she’s mean and charming and hilarious and fun and sweet and secretly a huge softie and my best friend. I’ve always wanted to be like her when I grow up. – Ashley

– My parents, who made the incredible sacrifice of leaving their home country to move to Canada and give my brothers and myself a better life. – Fernanda

– I wouldn’t say that I look up to one person or have one role model. Many people, whether I know them or not, inspire me in different ways. – Victoria

3. What would be your dream dinner-party guest list.

– I think a celebrity dinner party would be SO fun with: Emma Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Jimmy Fallon, Miles Teller… I could go on. Actually can I erase all that and just have a dinner date with Sam Claflin? Great, thanks. – Victoria

– Can I have Victoria’s discarded guest list? I think Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal. – Ashley

4. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

Well once upon a time I was supposed to have a totally different future, and I was supposed to take my honours degrees to law school and become this badass lawyer who wore tailored suits and struck fear into the hearts of slimy businessmen, but then I started feeling unchallenged in my academic environment. I’d always loved being creative and I wasn’t using it in real life anymore.

And I’d always taken entertaining to a whole new level. For our housewarming party in university we had an 80s theme and I cut up bristol board and made our wall a Pacman scene. Everybody was playing beer pong and I was like, “Oh guys, I forgot to put on the Jane Vonda workout video for ambience.” So I’d surf all these creative blogs to fill that void, and then I thought “Hey, I can do that, and I can do it in CANADA” where I think the creative blog world is very underground right now if you aren’t tapped in. And then when I thought about what I wanted to do with my life I realized I just wanted to plan parties and make people happy. I just wanted to be the girl that loved parties.

So the Party Girl was my way of being creative and having fun and planning parties, and sharing it with other people who felt the same way. It became this thing where it wasn’t just me, it was a type of girl (or guy) and I was going to show them what they could do. – Ashley

5. What are your favourite blogs?

http://tatertotsandjello.com/

http://femmefraiche.com/

http://justagirlandherblog.com/

http://www.stylemepretty.com/

http://blog.hwtm.com/ (Hostess with the Mostess)

http://www.homeyohmy.com/

http://www.stephaniesterjovski.com/

http://ohhappyday.com/

http://www.studiodiy.com/

6. Describe your dream house.

– A little farmhouse with a big wrap around porch and a library and a craft room with a wall full of cubbies and each cubby is a party theme and has a party on it. – Ashley

– A house with lots of land, a library for all of my books, a huge kitchen to cook in and a great patio to lounge in, either by myself or with some of my friends. – Fernanda

–  A house big enough for a room for my pets (I plan on having many), a comfy reading nook, a huge closet so I can organize and space out all of my clothes, a crafts room, a gift wrapping room. Nothing too modern-looking. I like classic and cozy houses. -Victoria

7. Where were you born and where did you grow up?

–  I was born in Richmond Hill and then raised in a super small town called Haliburton where you can’t even be born because the hospital isn’t equipped for births. In 2014. THAT’S REAL LIFE PEOPLE. But it’s a really gorgeous magical place with a lot of trees and lakes and sometimes during science class I watched the fire helicopters do drills in the lake with giant buckets of water instead of learning about covalent bonds so I win. – Ashley

– Born in Rio Negro, Argentina, where literaly there was nothing to do and nowhere to go. Moved to downtown Buenos Aires when I was five. We lived in a little apartment and my brothers and I shared a room. Needless to say I was very much one of the guys. Then moved to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where I we stayed for 4 years until I was 11 and my family moved to Canada. We have been living in Newmarket ever since. – Fernanda

– Toronto born and raised! – Victoria

8. What’s your morning routine?

– Ignore my alarm, ignore my dog, move my cat off my face, text Fernanda and Victoria and say I’m not leaving the house, ignore their responses until it gets violent, get up and eat whatever I find first, straighten my ENDLESS hair, take my dog out, run out of the house late for something. – Ashley

– Very short and simple cause I like to get as much sleep as I can. Get up, brush my teeth and wash my face, change, grab my bag and a quick breakfast and go! – Fernanda

9. What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

– Brunch, dinner parties, shopping, dragging Justin for walks in the valley with Tucker, movie nights, baking. But mostly brunch. – Ashley

– Sleep in, make a big and healthy brunch, then head out for a day of horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, anything outdoors. And finish it with reading a good book and enjoying dinner with James. – Fernanda

– Road trip with friends and my dog. -Victoria

10. What makes you laugh more than anything?

– Everything. The Mindy Project. Tumblr. My boyfriend. My brother. My friends. – Ashley

– That part in Frozen when Oloff sneezes and his nose goes all the way on his head. – Fernanda

– My pug. – Victoria

11. What’s your guilty pleasure?

– Brunch. #ForeverBrunch. And maybe Dance Moms. That’s pretty guilty. – Ashley

– Dessert, can’t live without it. And a good John Mayer song. -Fernanda

– Chips, Taylor Swift songs, and trashy books. -Victoria


We Nominate…

1. Winter – Weekends With Winter | @WeekendWinter
2. Kerri – A Pop of Pretty | @APopofPretty
3. Casey – Waffling Design | @WafflingBlog
4. Meredith – More Than Yesterday | @mtyesterday
5. Hailey – Here Nor There | @_herenorthere_
6. Julia – Home On 129 Acres  | @homeon129acres
7. Melissa – The Whimsical Wife | @whimsicalwife01
8. Kathleen – Snowdrop and Company | @snowdropandco
9. Anna – Spunky Sapphire | @spunkysapphire
10. Andrea – Personally Andrea | @personalyandrea
11. Joan – Nicer Than New | @nicer_than_new


We Want to Know 

1. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
2. What are you favourite blogs?
3. Where were you born and were did you grow up?
4. Do you like to travel? What’s your favourite place you’ve been to?
5. What do you love about blogging?
6. What is the number one thing you’d like to get out of your blog?
7. What’s one thing you’ve always wished you knew how to do?
8. What is your favourite post from your blog?
9. What is one lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog?
10. What’s your favourite movie and why?
11. What are you reading right now?

 

And that’s it! We’re excited to hear all your answers!

 

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pink and stripes mani

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Happy monday! As you may have noticed from the header I was feeling like pink this weekend, something that doesn’t happen very often to me.  The whole time I was doing my nails I was thinking about how much Ashley would love this design seeing as they have two of her favorite things: pink and hearts. This mani is easy to do but does require a lot of patience. First you’ll start by painting your base coats,  the pink and the brown (or purple color according to James).

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Once your nail polish has dried, and please make sure it is FULLY dried, you can begin to paint the stripes. I decided to do white stripes on the brown nail and used clear tape that I cut into thin stripes.

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Once you have gotten a good coat of the white nail polish on begin removing the tape from the nail. Do this right away while the nail polish is still wet to avoid smudging.

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You have to wait again until the white stripes are dry before you can add the finishing touch.  You see why I said before you’ll need lots of patience,  there is a lot of waiting for this mani but you don’t want to rush it and ruin the manicure half way through.  Always wait at least half an hour before doing a design with tape.

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Apply your heart stencil,  or freehand it with a dotting tool.  Again remove the stencil right away before the nail polish dries.

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And that’s it,  a very pink and very cute mani!! Last tip make sure to use new tape for the other hand, I learned the hard way that little lesson and now my right hand stripes look a little more messy because of it.

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Let us know what you think below 🙂

Ps, thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for being such a great photographer. I was able to get some good action shots,  dontcha think?  🙂

friday faves: august 22

header friday favesHappy Friday my darlings. Can we side note briefly to address that as I wrote that my mind automatically went to this movie:

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I know why but also I don’t know why. I just wanted share.

ANYWAYS, here’s what we loved this week:

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1. This pretty (and personal!) diy confetti from Femme Fraiche

2. This adorable Fantastic Mr. Fox themed birthday for the sweetest little boy on 100 Layer Cakelet

3. These easy diy treat boxes from Make And Tell, perfect for sharing some goodies with your besties, and customizing for any party!

4. This stunning Mid-Summer Night’s Dream inspired wedding cake from Rosalind Miller

5. This gorgeous rustic wedding with the perfect touch of elegance from Rock My Wedding

 

I’m still swooning over these finds. I think Friday Faves is my new fave thing. Have a great week Party Girls!

 

 

bloodshed and breaches

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Okay, so first of all, the title of this post is the name I decided on for our Shark Week party this year. I am still laughing about that. I feel like if you aren’t avid shark week fans (and shame on you if you aren’t, just kidding apparently that’s rude) that’s confusing for you, but basically sharks are the most amazing thing ever. And when they jump out of the water it’s called a breach. It looks like this:

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SO MAJESTIC. Anyways, my obsession with shark week has been known to surpass my holiday spirit. This year I decided to have a shark week themed pool party. And now I’m sharing because it was SO MUCH FUN.

shark week headerSo it is a sad truth that most of our little get togethers are mostly advertised through Facebook these days. Still, I can’t accept not making some sort of little invitation. So I made a cover photo for the event page and then a more stylized invite:

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My friend Lindsey (you may remember her from this post) made these sweet little cupcakes. You can find the toppers on Amazon here.

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We had mostly snacks since it was a pool party. I figured we’d order pizza but we actually ate so much it wasn’t a huge issue. And we made sangria that looked like blood. AMAZING. I’d give you a recipe but we just poured whatever we found in. It was the best ever.

We bought some blow up sharks and tossed them in the pool. I also bought some flutter boards at the dollarstore and painted them silver. I cut out giant shark fins from foam boards and painted those too, then hot glued them to the boards to float in the pool. It was so funny. I wish I had a picture but apparently I missed that part. Must have been the mystery sangria.

Lindsey is also super handy with knives. She cut this watermelon into a shark.

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And then, because I’m super creative and not at all weird (there may have been whispers), I suggested we use a big chunk of watermelon as a shark victim. I called it “the dead thing” all day. But it looked awesome.

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Since it was outdoors we didn’t have many actual decorations. The pool was all decked out with shark themed toys so that added to the appeal, plus the food. But we did get some balloons! The idea was to string them all up around the pool and tape shark fins to them. The goal was also to get 36″ balloons. In reality, my friend Vicky was almost laughed out of the party store for asking for 6 of those giant balloons. Apparently you need a large truck for that. We ended up getting one giant one and then a few little ones. The shark fins were a cute touch though.

shark week balloonPlease note the shark fin on top. Amazing.

We also made jello shooters that were themed. It was the best part. We made them blue like the ocean and then let them set. When they were almost completely set I put a drop of red food colouring in so it sat on top and then shoved the paper shark fins in. It made the red spread out like blood. The blood theme is starting to seem weird but they were delicious.

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Of course we also had to make nacho dip (you can revisit my love for that here) but I got inspired with some triangular tortilla chips to make little shark fins in that too.

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We had a projector set up playing all the highlights from shark week, but we had so much fun sitting around by the pool on a Sunday afternoon I didn’t catch any of the shows.

Luckily I watched them all week. Otherwise that would have been tragic.

the weekender: august 22-24

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Happy Wednesday Party Girls. It’s time to get out your day planners, because we’re about to help you plan out your weekend. Here’s a round up of the highlights in Toronto you should be pencilling into your agendas this week!

Movie Night in the Park

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We’re all a little heartbroken over the news about Robin Williams passing away. I’ve already watched Mrs. Doubtfire five times this week. But if you’re like me and prepared to make it six, there’s a sweet little tribute night on Friday in Liberty Village Park. Bring your friends and neighbours and relive the classic with some laughs and more than a few tears. Check out their Facebook page for more info here

Buskerfest

10526140_10152166302672105_5774181979867664759_nFirst of all, if you’re feeling like some free thrills, this weekend is Toronto’s annual Buskerfest. That means Yonge St. becomes a celebration of street theatre. August 21-24 come downtown for comedy, daredevils, magicians, circus acts, music, and more. And the best part is that it’s all for a good cause. The whole party is organized by Epilepsy Toronto, raising awareness and a lot of hell – the best kind of event! Head to their website to get more details here.

Baking Classes

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We’ve been obsessing lately about taking in some new baking classes, and some of our faves are the ones offered at Le Dolic bakery on Dundas St W. This weekend there are still some spots left in the Doughnut baking class (Saturday 1-3pm $80) and the Cake Decorating and Design class (Sunday 10-1pm $129). You can get more info about the classes offered (and maybe make a date with us, because we’re making some room in our calendars for a few upcoming classes!) on their website here.

Canada’s Biggest Water Fight

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Relive some childhood memories and join the crowd at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday at 2pm for Canada’s Biggest Water Fight. Created by Improv in Toronto, there’s a ton of people armed with Nerf water guns, and a whole bunch more bringing water balloons and their own Supersoakers this weekend. Trying to beat the summer heat? Looks like you found your perfect afternoon. Head to their Facebook page to get more info.

Annex Flea

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Looking for some leisurely shopping on Sunday? The answer should be of course, because the Annex Flea is back in the Honest Ed’s Lot on Sunday 11-6pm. That means there’s lemonade, vintage summer dresses, home decor, and pretty treasures waiting for you to stumble on. There’s nothing I like better than shopping on Sundays. Except maybe brunch. I do really love brunch.

 

 

woodland cake stand

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A few weeks ago I was walking Tucker outside and noticed some men with chainsaws cutting down this gorgeous old tree in front of our building. Like any normal person, I dragged my poor innocent golden retriever towards the chainsaws and charmed the maintenance workers into giving me my choice of some of the branches. You may be asking why. Well, once upon a time Fernanda found this pretty wood slice that I decided would be perfect for a cake stand to show off woodland themed cupcakes (my new obsession). But of course weeks went by and we couldn’t (by we I mean me. It was me. I’m picky.) find a base that would work. And I despaired of ever having a cake stand, until the chainsaws.

So, with some help from Tuck, who was committed to dragging the branch indoors for me, I lugged a big branch about three feet tall into our apartment…and hid it in the bathtub (because okay, bugs, right?). I let it dry out for a couple days. After finding some spray-can sealant in the storage room (I want to tell you what it was called but I threw the can out afterward. I know it was like a spray-paint glue) I sprayed the hell out of it in case there were bugs. But I got lucky and it was fine.

We used a mitre saw (I don’t know what that means, I just asked what it was called) to cut the branch down to a normal cake stand size. While we were at it I asked my dad (operating the saw) to cut some extra slices for coasters. Two birds, right?

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Then I just used this wood glue to attach the base. I let it adhere for 24 hours with a heavy book on it, but that was likely overkill. It actually bonded incredibly well – it’s so strong!

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This barely counts as a diy, but I wanted to share just to show you how easy it is to make your own cake stand, with zero money and sharp blades! You’re welcome 🙂

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dotticure

Happy monday party girl!

I can’t believe august has only two more weeks left! This summer is going by super fast. Many of you will be starting your back to school shopping soon, either for yourself or for your kids. But before you get too crazy with all the to do lists for september, how about taking an hour to relax on this busy monday and do something for yourself, say like do your nails?

I love getting pampered, and getting a manicures is one of the things I enjoy the most. Obviously it would be much better if someone was doing them for me, but I definitely can’t afford to be going in to the nail salon every week. So I have settled for doing them myself. Which works out great because I get to experiment with funky and different nail art. Just like the one for today’s mani monday!!

This weekend was so gloomy and cold, I decided to cheer up my week with a fun dotticure! Now for those that have never heard of a dotticure (you’re not alone, I was unaware of this term until a couple of days ago) it is a manicure that involves dots. Sounds simple doesn’t it. And it is! There are many different types of dotticures, depending on how intricate you want to get. I decided to try out a confetti style dotticure. It’s a nail art that I have wanted to do for a while now and it’s simple enough that anyone can do it.

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The very first step when starting your dotticure is doing your base coat. Now those of you that have seen my previous posts see something familiar. Yes I am using the Sally Hansen mint colour again, called Jaded. I fell in love with this nail polish colour when I saw it and I have been trying to use it as much as possible.

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Once the base coat has dried you can chose the colours you want to use for the confetti dots. I chose to use a dark purple, a coral red, and a silver sparkly nail polish.

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You will also need your dotting tool for this manicure (it is called a dotticure after all). If you don’t have one no worries, there are many alternatives that you can use which you can find around your house, like a pencil!

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Once you have all of your nail polishes and tool ready you can begin the nail art. I started with purple colour first, placing the dots throughout the nail. Remember to leave room for the other two colours! Don’t stress too much about the exact placement, just put them wherever you like, you can always fill in any empty spots later.

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Then I added the red. You can see that I did some bigger dots at the end of the nail and as I moved closer to the bed of the nail the dots got smaller, adding a little of variety.

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Finally I added the silver sparkle. I wanted to leave this colour last as I like using it as a detail.

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Do the same with the rest of the nails and you are done!

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I loved doing this nail design, I think it looks cute and fun. Let us know what you think of our dotticure and if you have any suggestions for the next mani monday in the comments below! 🙂