tech makeover: november calendar

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It’s November and that means time for your next tech makeover!

As per usual our Canadian weather is being super temperamental and we left our Friday night party in a flurry and I went to class without a coat today. Who can keep up with that nonsense? BUT, it’s a new month and that means we’ve got your tech download for November!

There’s nothing like some watercolour pinks and greens to make November seem a little less dreary. Get your desktop and iPhone lock screen calendar download now!

Desktop W/ To Do

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Desktop Calendar Without To Do

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iPhone Lock Screen Wallpaper

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And there you have it! Something fun and bright to make glancing down at your smartphone in the middle of a frigid snowstorm easier on the soul.

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the weekender: november 14 – 16

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Get out your day planner, it’s time to plan your weekend in Toronto!

There are two major events going on in Toronto this weekend that are worth checking out, as well as a tradition you can’t miss and a pop-up that deserves some attention, so while this weekend may seem smaller than usual it’s actually jam-packed…with possibilities! (See what I did there?) Without further ado (and I am the pro at ado), here’s where you should be this weekend:

The Gentleman’s Expo

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This may some incongruous (that’s my English major talking) but the Gentleman’s Expo is a super cool event. Last year was their first in Toronto and it was a huge success, featuring some impressive guest speakers, interesting demonstrations, envy-worthy food and bar stations, and some bawdy humour (who doesn’t love that?) and to be honest I was a little jealous. But luckily you don’t have to be a guy to attend, so it’s a pretty great event to pretend your boyfriend dragged you to when in reality your as down for Bar Magic with Smoothini and other amazing sessions as you would be for Makeover 101 at a girl’s day show. Get the full lineup and ticket details at their website here.

Brika Pop-Up

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I love pop-ups. There’s something addicting about the exclusivity of shopping in a random place for one day only, and pop-ups are always done by creative people so you can never go wrong. When you add in that this pop-up is none other that handmade crafted goodies from Brika, you have a winner. This event also features a custom footwear company and DesignHer Co., so really you can’t go wrong. It’s running both Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm at the Canary District.

Spark Sessions

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I’d call this the ultra-estrogen opposite to The Gentleman’s Expo, and the fashion and beauty bloggers have for the weekend. A blog conference targeted specifically at Canadian bloggers who specialize in beauty and fashion, there are still tickets available for weekend passes AND single day passes both Saturday and Sunday. Featuring amazing sessions on topics like rebranding, working with brands, and the legal details all bloggers should know, if your blog fits the bill you should definitely check it out! Get the full agenda and purchase your tickets here.

Santa Claus Parade

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Of course it isn’t November until you grab the littles and some hot chocolate and watch the annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. I’m little-less and I’ve dragged Justin to countless parades in the past years (don’t ask him about the time I planned our weekend around hitting five different parades Toronto and the GTA, he’s still cross about that one) because nothing get’s more more in the Christmas spirit than singing Christmas songs and catching flying candy. For more details on the best place to catch your view of santa, hit up the parade website.

That’s all for this weekend! More than enough to keep you out of trouble if we do say so ourselves. What are you up to? If you have something going on you think we should add to our list let us know in the comments below!

mani monday: fall manicure

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Another Monday is here, normally I would be totally depressed with the idea if it wasn’t for the fact that today is also mani monday!!

I noticed this past week that I haven’t done a dotticure in a while. For those of you that don’t know a dotticure is a dotted mani. Super simple to do, as you have seen in the confetti dotticure I did back in August. All you really need is a dotting tool and a couple of different nail polish colours. This time I chose to use a bunch of fall colours to embrace the autumn weather.

So here it goes!

These are the nail polishes and the dotting tools I used to make this design. I love these shades, I think they are so perfect for fall! You will definitely be seeing me using these a lot more!

Fall Dotticure Tools

I started by painting my ring finger white and the rest a dark shade of blue.

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Once the nail polish dried I began painting the dots. I wanted to only do two dotted nails, so I chose the ring finger and the thumb. I started with four dots all together in the center of the nail.

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Then I added the first circle of dots around the middle ones.

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I did this again to create an outer layer of dots in a burgundy colour.

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I left the thumb to dry and I moved on to the ring finger. Here I repeated the same steps but with different colours.

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Once the dots have dried apply your favourite top coat and you are all done!

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Hope you liked the fall dotticure!

 

 

mani monday: linear blues

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Hello party girls! Happy monday! Can you believe the amazing weather we’ve been having this week, I have been LOVING the warm temperatures. I spent the entire afternoon soaking up the sun and it was amazing.

This week we are doing a very simple nail design. As you know I really like doing simple and quick nail art, especially now with the crazy and hectic fall schedule. So when I got this idea for this mani I thought it was perfect for any girls out there looking for an easy and cute nail design. This week’s mani monday is linear blues! (thanks Ashley for the name for this post, I was struggling to find a cute name)

For this nail design you will need metallic blue, turqouise and white nail polish. Preferably you will use a thin brush white nail polish but if you don’t own one or can’t find one you can use thin stripping brush and regular white nail polish.

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First paint your base colour with the metallic blue. I love this colour, it is so trendy right now for fall.

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Next add the turquoise accent. This part is super simple, just paint one thick line down the middle of the nail.You may have to do two coats of this depending on your nail polish.

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Finally you’ll add the white stripes on both sides of the turquoise stripe.

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And that’s it! Add your top coat and you are done the linear blues mani!

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Let us know what you think of this nail design on the comments below 🙂

introducing: the party box

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We may have hinted at a big announcement a little while ago, but we’ve been crazy busy getting our first boxes out just in time for the first official party of fall: Halloween! We are SO excited to say that we’ve launched two Party Boxes in our Shop this week, and we’re offering them ON SALE for 50% OFF (actually my favourite words ever) as a special launch deal. To make it even sweeter, we’re giving you a sneak peek to see what each Party Box looks like all set up, AND give you some behind the scenes posts for the rest of the month!

There are a lot of ways to celebrate Halloween, but the most common are adult costume parties with fun drinks, gory puns (my specialty) and some solid scare tactics AND kid friendly parties that appeal to the inner ghoul in all your littles without giving them nightmares (ask my mom how many Halloween parties I ruined with horrible dreams about brains for dinner, I’m the worst). So we wanted to give people the option for either, a grown up party or a little fun pre-Trick or Treat time dinner for the kids.

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Included in the adultParty Box:

– 12 tall “Vampire Blood” glasses
– 12 cocktail “Poison No. 9” glasses
– 24 black and white straws
– 12 black paper dinner plates
– 24 gray cocktail napkins
– 12 vampire fang napkin holders
– 12 blank table tent cards (available blank or customized, please contact us directly about customizing your box)
– 6 “Family Portraits” for backdrop
– 1 black mesh hanging for backdrop
– 1 black “Lace Spiderweb” tablecloth
– 2 “Skull & Bones” candlesticks
– 12 “Skeleton Hand” favour bags w/ black ribbons
– 24 cupcake liners
– 24 “Spider Leg” food picks
– 5 wine bottle “Potion Labels”
– 6 “Arachnid” cupcake holders
– 1 plastic “Lab Rat”
– 1 “Witch’s Cauldron”
– 1 “Black Raven”
– 1 “Spider Chandelier”
– 1 invitation (available customized with your details and can be printed or emailed as a PDF)
– plus recipe and project cards to help you plan your Halloween menu!

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The best part is that not only can we give you a party delivered right to your door, but we can customize it with you too, so add little details (say if you want menus or signage) or adjust the quantity for your guest list. So not only do you get the party, but you get the party planner too!

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Included in the kid-friendly Party Box:

– 12 “Jack O Lantern” cups with straws
– 12 tall “Ghostly Images” glasses
– 24 black and orange straws
– 12 black paper dinner plates
– 24 cartoon napkins
– 12 vampire fang napkin holders
– 12 blank table tent cards (available blank or customized, please contact us directly about customizing your box)
– orange “Something Batty” backdrop
– 1 black “Lace Spiderweb” tablecloth
– 2 “Skull & Bones” candlesticks
– 12 “Spider’s Web” favour bags (come pre-prepared with 1 pencil, 1 eraser, 1 stamp, 1 lollypop, 1 sticker page, 1 spiky bouncey ball, 1 bubble container, and 1 spider ring, all Halloween themed)
– 12 “Eyeball” and “Rat” gummies in canvas bags
– 24 cupcake liners
– 24 “Spider Leg” food picks
– 5 bottle “Potion Labels”
– 1 “Haunted Mansion” cupcake stand
– 1 plastic “Lab Rat”
– 1 “Witch’s Cauldron”
– 1 “Black Raven”
– 1 orange, yellow and black tissue garland with skull accent
– 1 invitation (available customized with your details and can be printed or emailed as a PDF)
– plus, again, recipe and project cards to help you with menu planning!

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The best part is we’re going to share how we made some of the goodies you’ve seen in this sneak peak, so not only do you get a detailed look but you get some inside information on how to make these Halloween snacks!

Check back with us often, we’ll be adding more Party Box themes as we go. AND, we’re offering a completely customized option as well, so if you have a party idea in mind we can build a box specifically for you! It’s the best of both worlds.

What do you think? Can you think of a time you could have benefited from having a Pinterest-worthy party in a box show up at your door?

halloween mani

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Start your week off with a spooky Halloween mani!

Can you believe it’s the last week of October already?! I can’t believe Halloween is this Friday. Do you girls have your costumes ready? I know I do, I’m going to be a flapper girl and I convinced James to be a gangster. Actually I didn’t need to do much convincing, he owns a white tux and has been looking for the chance to wear it and he finally found it.

So now that my outfit is all set I am moving on to my nails. Ever since I started doing nail art a couple of months ago I have been preparing for my halloween post. There are so many looks and art that I could do I was having such a hard time deciding. But I think this halloween mani is the perfect combination for any halloween celebration!!

Now be ready party girls, this post is very picture heavy. First start by painting your thumb and ring finger with a white nail polish and the rest of the nails black.

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Next we will do the creepy face nail art. Start by painting two black tilted ovals on the middle of the nail.

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Next paint the nostrils and the mouth. Make sure the mouth extends from one end to the other.

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Finally add the lines on the smile to finish off the creepy face.

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Next I will show you how to do the spider web nail design on the thumb. Begin by doing three lines down the thumb.

halloween mani- spider web step 1Next start adding curved lines to connect the diagonal stripes.

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Continue doing this all the way down until you finish connecting the stripes.

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Finally I’m going to show you how to do the spider nail art. This is the easiest of the three designs so if you’re still learning how to do nail art start with this one first! Start by drawing a curved line from the left corner to the middle of the nail.

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Next create the body of the spider by adding a big oval right underneath the line we just did.

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Finish it off by adding the spider legs and two black eyes.

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And there you have it! You are ready to rock your halloween nails! 🙂

halloween mani finalWhat do you think? Will you be trying any of these nail designs for your halloween celebrations?

 

 

 

swirl cake

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So on Tuesday you got to see how we made this sweet little flamingo cake topper, and now as a bonus we’re going to show you the crazy easy cake we made to showcase it. The best part about this cake (we’ll call it the swirl cake) is that it’s so easy I don’t even know what tip I used. If that bothers you, I can ballpark and say it’s similar to a Wilton 1M, but it came free with the icing gun I got at Target (amazing) and it’s a bit more spread out than the 1M. Either way, it doesn’t really matter as long as you have that rough star shape to give it some texture.

I like to this of this cake as a play on the rosette cake, but maybe a bit more edgy. Okay maybe not at all edgy, but if you aren’t into rosettes then this is a fun compromise, and equally pretty.

swirl cake step 1 crumb coat

First, crumb coat your cake. The beauty of this one is that you’re going to make pretty large swirls, so it takes you about 5 minutes to make this cake and the coverage is amazing, so don’t stress about your crumb coat. This is me justifying how crazy messed up mine looks in these pictures. Yikes.

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Once your crumb coat has settled a little, you can start your swirls. Start on the bottom layer and, unlike the rosette cake, start on the outside of what will be your swirl. Slowly rotate your icing tip forming a circle. The trick is to keep it loose enough that it forms a bit of a loop and doesn’t leave a big gaping hole in the centre. I twisted the end a bit and guided it to where I wanted it so you couldn’t see my crumb coat.

swirl cake step 3 completing the icing design

If you don’t like the little holes in the centre, you can use the swirl as a “frame” for something decorative to fill that void. I know that Bulk Barn has those gorgeous little roses in a million colours you could probably press into it, or make the swirls tighter (maybe to circles around) so there isn’t a gap. I kept mine loose because I wanted to attention to be on the flamingo topper, but ironically every time I see that picture I’m just like “man that cake is adorable”.

I didn’t ice the top of my cake (because of the whole topper thing) but you could continue the swirls on top in a circle spiralling outwards from the centre. I think the swirls set the stage for a cute topper, so if you’re giving the flamingo a try, this cake should be on your to do list!

And that’s all! Easy tutorial for an easy (and pretty!) project!

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