Hunter Boots, Warm Cardigan & Dinner & A Movie (that was not…)

Yesterday I spent all day in bed with this wretched cold/flu. Thankfully my husband stayed home and looked after our son. I’m doing a bit better today and like it or not my husband has to go back to work. I swear this cold/flu season is the worst I’ve ever experienced!!! Many of my friends say they just can’t shake their cough or go from one cold to another. Anyways, today I am taking my son to an indoor playground, where he can play and this tired and recovering Mama can read, drink her chai tea, and muck around on her IPad. This is what I am wearing today: a warm comfy cardigan that doubles as a sweater/jacket, jeans, and my Hunter Boots. I know in the States you guys are getting all sorts of weird weather, well up here in the last 72 hrs, we have had sleet, torrential rain, and hail. Hunter Boots are the perfect boot for this crazy weather.

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Cardigan (Jacob). Shirt & Jean (Gap). Necklace (My Name Necklace). Watch (Michael Kors). Boots (Hunter). Purse (Fossil).

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So in my last post I told you all how my husband and I had plans to go to a dinner and a movie last night. Well that was not to be, thanks to this miserable, f-ing cold!!!!! But I still wanted to let you guys know that here in Coquitlam for $18 you can have dinner and watch a movie on Thursday nights. Information can be found here. They give you a set menu at Big River restaurant you can choose from and then they give you a movie voucher. It’s an amazing deal, considering now-a-days it costs you $18 just to see the movie. I highly recommend their burgers. You need to make reservations in advance. It’s the perfect date night out with your husband. If you don’t live in Tri-Cities area, you should see if they have something similar in the town you live in. We have postponed our date until Spring Break. Was really looking forward to seeing Silver Linnings Playbook.

*I was not paid by Big River Restaurant or Silver City Coquitlam for this advertisement. I think it’s a great deal and I just wanted to share it with my readers. Anything to help you get a cheap date night!!!!*

May this blog inspire you to get a pair of Hunter boots and to try a dinner and a movie night out with your partner.

Happy Friday Everyone!!! Stay tuned next week for a fashion recap of the Oscars, ideas for what to do with your kids during spring break and wearing cobalt.

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Chambray, Stripes & A How-To On Layering Necklaces

This is what I wore yesterday: my chambray top layered under my pink stripe sweater, skinny jeans and boots. I am still recovering from whatever bug I had, so I thought a little layering of necklaces was a perfect way to spice up this outfit and my mood. I was barely well enough to take my son to his music class yesterday.

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Top (American Eagle). Sweater (Jacob). Jeans (R W & Co.). Boots (Browns). Purse (Fossil). Necklaces (J Crew & My Name Necklace). Bracelet (Etsy). Watch (Michael Kors).

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I’m a big fan of Stella and Dot and last week they posted a tutorial on how to layer necklaces. I shared it on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/VodkaInfusedLemonade, but I thought I would also do a post about it. Layering is a great way to change up your look. It’s one of my favorite ways to wear jewelry, especially necklaces and bracelets.  Here is their You Tube tutorial for layering necklaces.

If you click on this link it will take you to another tutorial from Stella & Dot.

http://shop.stelladot.com/style/b2c_en_us/featured-shops/layering-jewelry.html

Here are 3 different ways I like to layer my necklaces: On the left I’ve styled it with a plain t-shirt and on the right I showed how I actually wore it.

1. Layer pearls

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Necklaces (My Name Necklace & J Crew)

2. Layer a short necklace with a longer one

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Necklaces (J Crew & My Name Necklace)

3. Layer costume jewelry with a family heirloom

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Necklaces (Stella & Dot, given to be my mother-in-law, was my husband’s grandmother’s)

*Please note that I was not paid by Stella & Dot to post these tutorials. I found them useful and thought I would pass along the information to you, my readers. I will only post things on my blog that I agree with, that reflect my style and that helps maintain the integrity of my blog.*

There are many different ways to layer necklaces. I have a piece that already has many layers to it and you could even add another necklace to it.

May this blog inspire you to try and layer necklaces the next time you get all gussied up. Experiment, see what works and what doesn’t. Have fun with it!!!

Tonight my husband and I have a date night planned!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Stay tuned tomorrow for details on how to get a great deal on dinner and a movie.

Happy Thursday Everyone!!!!

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Trend Of The Month Link Up: Black & White

Today I’m linking up with Marion from Marionberry Style for her trend of the month link up. This month’s trend is black and white. Black and white is big again for Spring. This is my favorite way of wearing this trend. I’ve worn this outfit to see Oprah and this past weekend with a red skirt for High Tea, seen here and here. I mixed patterns with black and white.

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Top (J Crew). Skirt (Gap). Shirt, Purse & Bracelets (Jacob). Shoes (Aldo).

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Here are some of the ways celebrities are wearing black and white

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If I had unlimited funds, this is what I would be buying from Kate Spade!!!

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For the more realistic budget, great items from The Gap

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There are so many ways to incorporate one of Spring’s biggest trends, black and white into your wardrobe. You can always start with a white t-shirt add a black blazer and black skinny pants with some cute flats and you’re set. Take a look in your closet and I bet you could already make a few black and white themed outfits with what you already have. Remember you can always add a pop of color by adding a bright shoe or wearing a bold red or raspberry lip.

May this blog inspire you to add a little black and white into your Spring wardrobe.

Happy Hump Day Everyone!!!!

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I am also linking up with Bri from Work Clothes.

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Polka Dots & Link Up: I’m The Kind Of Girl Who…

It’s a good thing I took this picture yesterday because I don’t feel so good today. I’m thinking I caught yet another cold and to top it all off I have a killer headache. It’s also a good thing that all I have to do today is drop my son off at preschool, come home rest and then pick him up again.

This is what I was planning on wearing today: a brown polka dot top (although you can’t see the polka dots in the picture), cardigan, jean skirt and boots. It’s the perfect running errands outfit.

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Cardigan (R W & Co.). Skirt (Gap). Shirt (Jacob). Boots (Browns). Purse (Fossil).

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Today I am linking up with Holly from Running In Stilettos for the topic: I’m The Kind Of Girl Who…. Here are my answers.

I’m the kind of girl who…

is honest with you when you ask me my opinion

says it like it is

doesn’t bullshit

values friendship

can’t stand dishonesty

prefers lattes to drip coffee

loves my Venti non-fat lattes from Starbucks

carries a book around with me always

loves purses and shoes

loves shopping

loves a good deal

is direct with people

doesn’t play games

is sensitive even though I act tough

hates fake people

loves animals, especially dogs

loves the smell of my son’s feet

never leaves the house without putting an effort into what I am wearing (unless I’m going to the gym)

believes in true love

would rather stay at home and watch tv/movie with her husband than go out

loves good food

doesn’t believe in being too busy (if you really want to do something, you will find the time)

loves the color blue

loves to belt out my favorite tunes in the car

talks to myself (admit it, we all do!!!)

loves driving a standard

loves to travel

gives 100%

loves a fire in the fireplace

believes in ghosts

believes in being the best person you can be

hates it when people are late

hates it when people don’t take responsibility for their actions

loves a good challenge

believes in what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

believes in karma

passionate about life

believes in being the best person you can be

believes in giving 100%, not doing things half assed

likes to be organized

who plans ahead

believes in being true to your word

 believes in living your life to the fullest

believes you can do anything you put your mind to

 would spend a fortune on Christian Louboutin shoes (if I could)

likes to cook and bake

likes to entertain

 has dance parties with my husband and son

curses like a sailor

loves with all my heart, soul and being

can’t sit still

loves to laugh

wants to eat her way through Italy

This list was not mean’t to be as long as it turned out but once I got thinking about the kind of girl I am, the ideas just came flowing. Congrats if you read the entire list and I still could add so much more.

I am now off to rest and get ready to take my son to preschool. I just hope that whatever bug I caught will be out of my system soon.

May this blog inspire you to figure out what your own version of “I’m the kind of girl/boy who…

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!

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Weekend Birthday Celebration, Chocolate Mouse & High Tea

This is what I am wearing today: turtleneck, jeans, my favorite boots and my pink trench.

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Jacket (Jacob). Turtleneck (R W & Co.). Jeans (Gap). Boots (Fergalicious). Purse (Olivia & Joy).

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Friday was my husband’s birthday so my son and I let him sleep in and we made him breakfast: German Apple Pancakes topped with fresh whipped cream and a side of bacon. After breakfast I tackled dessert: home made chocolate mousse. It’s been a while since I last made it but it turned out amazing. Even Aiden gave me a thumbs up!!! Below is a picture of our breakfast feast, complete with a home made birthday card.

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Chocolate Mouse Recipe

Ingredients
6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or a mixture, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon warm water
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder, optional
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
Pinch fine salt
1/3 cup sugar

Directions
Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1 inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. (Alternatively, put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute. Stir, and continue heat until completely melted, about 1 to 2 minutes more.)

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Whip the cream in a medium bowl until it holds soft peaks. Take care not to over whip the cream or the mousse will be dense. Cover and refrigerate while you cook the eggs.

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Whisk the water and espresso powder together in a small bowl.

Put the eggs in another bowl that also sets over the water in the saucepan. Beat the egg yolks, pinch of salt, and sugar until foamy and light, about 30 seconds. Set the bowl over the water and whip with an electric mixer or whisk, moving in a circular motion around the bowl, until the eggs get very fluffy and hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue beating on high speed until the thick ribbons fall from the beater when lifted out of the bowl, about 5 minutes more. Fold in the espresso.

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Fold about a quarter of the eggs into the chocolate to lighten it, then fold in the rest of the egg. Finally fold the whipped cream into the chocolate base to make a smooth light mousse. Pour the mousse into 4 serving dishes or wine glasses. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Serve.

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For a dark, double-rich mousse, use all bittersweet chocolate instead of the semisweet, and decrease the cream to 3/4 cup.

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Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/chocolate-mousse-recipe3/index.html?oc=linkback

Finished product

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For dinner I made steaks with double stuffed potatoes and caesar salade.

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Here are pictures of my husband blowing out his candle. My son accidently blew out the candle the first time :).

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I had bought a Groupon for High Tea at the Fairmont last year and it was going to expire in a few months so I thought that post Valentine’s Day would be a great time for my husband and I to go. From the minute we entered the hotel, I felt as though I was back in the 1920’s. I’ve become a huge fan of the BBC show Downton Abbey, and kept waiting for Mr. Carson, Mrs Hughes or Mrs. Patmore to come around the corner. If you haven’t seen the show, YOU MUST!!! It’s one of the best series I’ve ever watched and that’s saying a lot, considering I enjoy my tv!!! :) We had a fabulous time. Below are pictures of our High Tea experience.

The ornate tea cup and saucer

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My husband all gussied up

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Me

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Enjoying the tea

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Us and of the food

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The sandwiches were amazing but there wasn’t nearly enough of them. My husband and I kept eyeing other people’s sandwiches wondering if they’ll eat them. We were tempted to ask if we could eat them, but figured it would be in poor taste. We were only kidding, well 90% kidding :). The cucumber sandwiches were the best.

The fabulous sandwiches

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The yummy desserts

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The fantastic scones

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I ended our busy Saturday with a girl’s night. Below is my outfit. I apologize for my insane hair. I’m in desperate need of a hair cut.

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On Sunday we just relaxed at home, made a yummy pasta dinner and I feverishly tried to catch up on Downton Abbey. The season finale was last night. I was on episode 8. Hopefully by the time you read this post, I will have caught up.

May this blog inspire you to do something special for your partner’s birthday and to go and have High Tea.

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!

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Polka Dots, Pleats & A Birthday, Oh My!!!

I’m excited to announce that I have started a Facebook page for my blog!!!! :) Please go to www.facebook.com/VodkaInfusedLemonade and like my page. I’ll be posting my spring wants, likes, wish lists and other things that I’m obsessing over. Thank you so much.

Today is post Valentine’s Day. Hope you all had a good one. I purchased this skirt a while ago from Florence Adams and I’ve been wanting to wear it forever, but it’s been too cold and still is too cold. Cobalt is a huge trend for Spring and this skirt is perfect. Now I just need Spring to arrive!!!

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Blouse (Guess). Skirt (Florence Adams). Shoes (Aldo). Necklace (J Crew).

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Today is my husband’s birthday!!! He has the day off so we can spend it together. I’m making German Apple Pancakes (his favorite and you can see the recipe here) for breakfast, steak with double baked potato and caesar salad for dinner and home made chocolate mouse for dessert. Will post the recipe next week. This weekend is turning out to revolve around eating :). But who’s complaining? Not me!!! :)

Happy Birthday to my amazing husband. Aiden and I are the 2 luckiest people in the world to have you in our lives!!! Love you Papa Bear xoxo.

Tomorrow as a post Valentine’s Day treat, my husband and I are headed to the Fairmont for High Tea . We’ve been before, but that time I was pregnant with my son and had horrible morning sickness. I didn’t really get a chance to enjoy it. I can’t wait to indulge in those little sandwiches and pastries. Will post pics next week.

Hope everyone has a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!!!!

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My Funny Valentine & My Favorite Romantic Movies

My last outfit for my Valentine themed week is a black and white stripe skirt, shirt and red cardigan. I was going to wear red lipstick but I thought that would be too much for a preschool drop off. Here it is my Valentine’s Day outfit:

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Cardigan & Belt (Jacob). Skirt & Top (Gap). Boots (Browns). Necklaces (J Crew & My Name Necklace). Watch (Michael Kors).  Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

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I had to include a picture of this amazing bow belt.

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My plans for Valentine’s Day are as follows: drop my son off at preschool complete with the red velvet cupcakes I made for his preschool party and his Valentine’s cards, and then come home and do nothing until I have to get him again. Yup that’s my Valentine’s Day present to me!!! :) For the past 5 years we get a heart shaped pizza from Boston Pizza (they donate some of the proceeds to the Heart & Stroke foundation) and that’s how we will celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Below are the cupcakes I made for my son’s preschool Valentine’s Day party. I made red velvet cupcakes with swiss meringue icing and home made chocolate hearts.

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My son made me this Valentine on Sunday and he couldn’t resist or wait to give it to me. He made me go into the ugly cry, again :).

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My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Movies 

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May this blog inspire you to watch one of these movies and to make your own favorite romantic movie list.

If you’re interested in the history of Valentine’s Day check out this link.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!!

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