Cute, Not-Too-Revealing Bathing Suits

Well summer has officially begun here in beautiful British Columbia, and although the sunny days are usually marked intermittedly with rain, I’ve brought out the hot-weather clothes and am ready to enjoy the heat. That being said, I’ve been on the lookout for the ultimate bathing suit for this season.

I’m in the process of losing a bit of weight, and still don’t feel comfortable wearing a bikini just yet. That being said, I’m on the lookout for the perfect bathing suit: something stylish, sexy, and one that doesn’t make me look like a frumpy middle aged woman (I am only 25, after all). Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

South Beach Swimsuits, $145

Victoria’s Secret, $167

Victoria’s Secret, Top-$48 & Bottom-$28

Any others you’d like to share?

 

 

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Published in: on June 22, 2011 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Bouquet Ideas

I’ve been thinking about what kind of bouquet I’d like for my wedding, and I’m at a bit of a loss. I’m really not a flower person. They’re beautiful, but expensive, and something I didn’t necessarily need to have for the big day. I even toyed with the idea of having a flower-less wedding, but my Mother (who, God bless her heart) is paying, wanted at least some foliage. My color scheme is very neutral… champagne, ivory, gold, beige & bits of sage green, and I found myself drawn towards a more minimalist approach to flowers and decor  We settled on simple, single Calla Lilies for the centerpieces (think these), and I like the idea of very small but elegant Calla Lily bouquets with one to three stems for the bridesmaids.

However, I wanted something a bit more unique for my bouquet. I don’t want to use too much color (I think it would really offset the neutrality of everything else), but I like the look of earthy greens and ivory. On the other hand, my dress has a distinct elegant, old-hollywood look to it, and I’m not sure what would look best with it. I suppose I have a long time to decide, I just like thinking of new ideas as I go.

I love the gorgeous earthiness that succulents bring to bouquets, and I am drawn to their simple elegance. Here are some of my favorites (images courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs):

 

 

Published in: on June 19, 2011 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Veggies Galore!

In order to look my best for my August 2012 wedding, I’ve been seeking new ways to incorporate vegetables into my diet, getting healthy and losing a few pounds in the process. Don’t get me wrong- I love veggies, but plain old raw or cooked ones just don’t do it for me anymore. They need flavour and pizazz, a little extra zing to get me excited to eat them. I tried the following recipes out today, and  boy am I glad I did. Delicious and nutritious usually don’t go hand in hand, but with the following recipes- they sure do!

Sweet Summer Roasted Vegetables from Kevin and Amanda’s Blog:

I’ll be serving this with provolone and mushroom stuffed chicken breasts tonight- fiance will be pleased!

Broccoli Snack Bites from Stacey Snacks:

The recipe suggests that this a good snack for kids… I am not ashamed to say that they are a fantastic snack for adults as well!

Published in: on June 18, 2011 at 11:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Paint Chip Greeting Cards

I stumbled upon this craft project from Chica and Jo and had to share it. These beautiful geometric-patterned cards were made from- you guessed it- paint chips.What a great way to use materials that would normally be thrown away… and with such a beautiful outcome (the green one is my very favorite)! Something tells me that this concept could be made into a neat art project in the classroom too.

     

 

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Favorite Broccoli Recipe

This recipe from The Amateur Gourmet is absolutely the most delicious way to prepare broccoli I’ve ever tasted. With simple yet flavorful ingredients such as garlic, lemon, parmesan cheese and pine nuts, this recipe transforms basic broccoli into a succulent side dish. It’s also a cinch to make and requires very little prep time. I served it with a simple lemon pepper chicken breast, but I think it would go well with just about any meal!

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beautiful Vintage Jewellery

I think I’d like to buy just about every piece of jewellery on this site. Each of Eclectic Eccentricity’s pieces is delicate and feminine with just enough quirk to make it interesting. I’m on a bit of an accessories kick right now, can you tell?

Some of my favorite pieces:

“Leaf Me Be” Earrings

“Where the Wild Roses Grow” Necklace

“Prudence Knows Best” Earrings

“Tweet” Hair Slides

“Turn a New Leaf” Bracelet

Just Beautiful!

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Adorable Place Card Settings

If I had an unlimited wedding budget, I’d buy these adorable paper place-card settings for every guest. You can order one of the pre-designed shapes, or have one custom-designed for a small fee. I’m in love with how delicate and simple they are.

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 5:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Marble Magnets

I found this DIY marble magnet tutorial on Not Martha and had to give it a try. It’s even easier than I expected, and super fun to do. I bought all my supplies at Michael’s, though you would likely be able to find them cheaper if you shopped around. I’m just a “one stop shop” kind of gal and was excited to get started. I even got my sister-in-law involved and she was equally enthralled with the simplicity and pretty outcome of this project. My apartment’s rather dark and I couldn’t get a decent shot of the magnets on my fridge, so I included a photo of the finished product from the blog I got the project from. Enjoy!

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Inspiration Stars

As a teacher, I’m constantly looking for new things to bring into the classroom and share with students. I adore the idea of having a “Inspiration Star Jar” in the room and giving the stars to students that need a little boost. Best part? It’s SO simple!

You write an inspirational message on a piece of paper, fold it into an origami star, repeat. Voila! You have your very own Inspiration Star Jar!

Images and ideas courtesy of Creative Kismet. I love this blog! So many fun ideas.

For a tutorial on how to fold origami stars, click here.

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

I made these for the first time this past Christmas, and they were heavenly. Let’s face it, I love cheesecake. I mean really, really love it. My thighs, however, think a little differently. What I like best about these is the single-serving size; you can have one and not feel shame and regret for the rest of the day (that is, if you can limit yourself to just one). I also drizzled caramel on top for a little extra oomph- an excellent choice.

Recipe and image courtesy of Handle the Heat

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 9:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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