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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Years Eve Babe

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My little Miss Emery is all ready for New Years Eve! I couldn't resist this polka dot ruffle one piece from Joe Fresh for E. I can't wait to see what the year 2015 will bring with our sweet little angel.
Happy New Years my lovely readers!
<3 Kastles
                 *Headband & romper: ℅ Joe Fresh (on sale now!)*

Pop Fizz Clink


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I can't believe that this year is almost over! It has been such a busy & fun year! We will be celebrating New Years Eve in Palm Springs. A little Kate Spade New York Pop, Fizz, Clink & some vintage sequins are the perfect touches for New Years Eve. What are your plans?
<3 Kastles
Dress: LOFT, Sequin sweater: Vintage, Heels: Sam Edelman ℅ ShoeMe.ca, Clutch: Kate Spade New York, Bracelets: Kate Spade New York, Necklace: J.Crew
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Joe Fresh Christmas Baby Style

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might know how obsessed I am with dressing up my sweet baby girl. Christmas outfits have been my weakness  this season. Red, bows & cute knits have been my favourite for putting little Emery in. Joe Fresh by far has the cutest Holiday outfits for babies right now. These outfits are perfect for this holiday season & are good for mixing and matching with the rest of her wardrobe.
Bonus, they are on sale right now. I might pick up a few outfits for next Christmas too.
<3 Kastles
                    *All of Emery's outfits are courtesy of Joe Fresh*
Monday, 22 December 2014

Glitz and Glam

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Winter sticks around for awhile here, so I am all about the winter accessories. This fun jewel turband from Obviously Chic is perfect for cheering me up through our long winters. Plus it adds a little bit of glitz to a casual outfit. Also loving this glitzy necklace from 31 Bits, it would be a perfect necklace for New Years! If you haven't heard of 31 Bits, here is a little bit about them from their website:

"Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world. 31 Bits is part of a movement revolutionizing the way people do business. We value both the creator and the consumer. The artisans in our program are receiving a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Our accessories are marked by fresh colors and crisp design. Our customers exemplify sophistication and compassion."

Check out more about this cool company here.

<3 Kastles

Jewel turband:Obviously Chic, beaded necklace:31 Bits, denim top: Anthropologie (on sale today here), black jeans: Old Navy (here), lace vest: Anthropologie (on sale today here), watch: ℅ Daniel Wellington, purse: Target, boots: Target

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Stocking Stuffers

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Stockings have got to be one of my favourite things about Christmas. It is so exciting coming out & seeing what Santa stuffed in your stocking! These are some of my picks for the girlie girl.

Cute stationary: Rifle Paper & Co.

A fun to go mug: Ban.do

Mini lipgloss set: Too Faced

Christmas tea: Davids Tea

Make-up set: Benefit

Little candle: Volcano

Bath treats: Lollia bath salts

Sequin heart: Ban.do

And of course some chocolate kisses!

On a side note how cute is this mint stocking from Anthropologie? I got it for Emery! What are some of your favourite stocking stuffers?

<3 Kastles

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Cheer

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To mean this time of year is all about hanging out with loved ones, eating tasty treats & sipping on some yummy drinks. Vickie, Ashley & I got together to do just that. Holiday entertaining can be time consuming & stressful but our three recipes are fairly easy to make. We have included the three recipes for mulled wine, fruit cake pops & sparkling cranberries below. Enjoy!

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Bar cart: Target (similar here), books: vintage, candle: Anthropologie (find here), moscow mule mugs: Chapters, paper fans: Oh Joy for Target (here)

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On Ashley: romper: LOFT (find here), earrings: Bauble Bar x Anthropologie (find here), ring: Michael Kors, heels: J.Crew (similar here)

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Mulled Wine 

Ingredients:

-4 Cups Apple Cider

-1 Bottle Red Wine (We used a Cabernet Sauvignon)

-1/4 cup honey

-2 cinnamon sticks

-1 orange zested and juiced

-4 cloves

-3 star anise

-garnish of your choice (we used dried oranges)

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil

2. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes and serve warm with the garnish of your choice!

I ended up bringing this mulled wine to a birthday party on saturday & it was a hit! 

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On me: gold polka dot dress: Anthropologie (find here), bracelets: Joe Fresh, bow heels: Betsey Johnson (similar here & here)

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Sparkling Cranberries

Ingredients:

-2 cups cranberries

-1 cup water

-1 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Rinse cranberries & set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan heat 1 cup water & 1 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved & liquid is warm. Do not boil.
  3. Remove from heat & allow to come to room temperature. (cranberries will pop if the syrup is too hot)
  4. Once syrup is cool- pour over cranberries & place something on top of the cranberries to hold them down in the syrup since they will naturally float.
  5. Cover & refrigerate overnight.
  6. Once your cranberries have soaked for allotted time – strain out cranberries in colander & reserve syrup for other recipes.
  7. Pat cranberries dry with paper towel. They should be tacky not wet.
  8. Work in batches of 3-4 cranberries at a time – roll in small bowl of granulated sugar to coat.
  9. Allow sugar to harden onto cranberries on a baking sheet for several hours.
  10. Store at room temperature.

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On Vickie-dress: Kate Spade NY (find here), bracelet: J.Crew (similar here), ring: Gorjana, heels: Forever 21, necklace: Forever 21

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Fruit Cake Pops

Does the thought of fruit cake make you shudder? Have no fear, fruit cake pops are here! No really, all my cheesy rhyming aside, these are actually super tasty! My husband even liked them & he hates fruit cake. 

Ingredients:

-fruit cake

-melting chocolate

-icing (optional)

Instructions:

1. Crumble up the fruit cake into a large bowl. This is where you can choose to add the icing or not.

2. If you don’t add the icing simply roll them into balls

3. If you do add the icing to the crumbled cake mix it with your hands until it is incorporated. Once the icing is mixed in roll them into balls and then pop them in the freezer (20 mins)

4. Melt your chocolate in 30 second intervals in the microwave or use a double boiler

5. Dip the cake pop stick in the melted chocolate and let harden for a few seconds. Then push the stick into the cake ball

6. Dip the entire ball in the melted chocolate and add sprinkles

7. Place the sticks in a foam block (or a deep cup filled with rice) to let harden

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