Late Night Campfire: DIY Party

My favourite kind of party always ends with a casual bonfire, roasting marshmallows, singing by the fireside and listening to some good music. This time, however, I decided to start the party that way. As an end-of-the-year, school’s out celebration, my friends and I all spent the night camping out in my backyard. We set up the yard with lights, seating, tents and some great food.  This is the kind of realizing, fun party that anyone can have in their own yard. As for the music, I would definitely recommend my June Playlist. Here are some of our little secrets and how-to’s to throw a classic bonfire party that no one will forget.

The Setup

To set up the lights, we in fact used outdoor christmas lights and paper lanterns and attached them to a thick cord, all held up by four wooden posts. In addition, we took some empty bean cans (a giant three-bean salad was made specially for this part) and poked holes in them to place candles inside. To do so, we had to place water in the cans and freeze them so they wouldn’t break when we poked the holes. Then we wrapped wire in two of the top holes to hang them securely on the cord.

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The Menu

 

 

No bonfire is complete without s’mores, so of course we had to pull out the marshmallows. All you need are graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. And be sure to grab a bunch of sticks in the backyard, preferably long, with one smaller end to attach the marshmallows. Roast the marshmallows in the fire, then take two half pieces of graham cracker, place some chocolate on one, and sandwich the gooey marshmallow. It works best when the marshmallow is burnt.

As for the drinks, we used mason jar glasses with handles and made an assortment of beverages, the headliners being strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas. Both are easy to make. You can find the strawberry daiquiri recipe here and the piña colada recipe here.

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Home Inspiration: This Is Glamorous

 

 

 

 

Design*Sponge recently posted this sneak peek of founder and editor in chief of This is Glamorous, Roséline Lohr’s  Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh. As an avid follower of her blog, I was delighted to find that her home is just as feminine and glamorous as the contents of her blog. All the antiques, the vintage, and especially the colours had me drooling over this home. It is so elegant and sophisticated. She really does see the world through rose coloured glasses, as mentioned by Design*Sponge.

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{all photos courtesy of: Design*Sponge}

Interior Envy: Kitchens

I don’t know about you, but my Pinterest ‘home’ board contains over a thousand pins full of interior and exterior inspiration. I adore scrolling through the millions of kitchens, bathroom, offices and bedrooms that are all so gorgeous! Seeing as how I now feel like a chef, I’ve been going crazy over all the kitchens! Here a just a few of my favourites:

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{all photos from Pinterest}

The Sweetest Sixteen (Part 2)

Yesterday was my birthday, and oh how sweet it was!

I started off the morning by writing the majority of my thank you cards! Somehow, mom always captures the moment in her photos. All my gifts from the night before were still around me!

Also, you might have realized this already, but I am absolutely in love with my sweet sixteen dress! I don’t think there has ever been anything else I would wear two days straight in a row!

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My amazing godmother gave me this lovely Tiffany necklace the night before, and it’s so gorgeous that I had to put it on.

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I opened the presents from my parents, and got quite a few lovely surprises! They got me the most beautiful pair of earrings!!

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From there, we headed downtown for a bit of shopping, and then sushi for dinner! Yum!

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Thank you everyone once again for all the birthday wishes!!

xoxo, Ali

Design Inspiration: A Creative’s Dream Office

This recently renovated apartment office, located in Chicago, is wonderful. The colours, the designs, the furniture, and everything else that is placed in this room. This cute and chic office can be found in the home of Alaina Kaczmarski, founder of Live Creating Yourself and co-founder of The Everygirl. Alaina moved in to her apartment in August 2012, and renovations lasted until March of 2013. Here is the final result:

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This is her intern station! I have to say, I would absolutely love to be her intern!

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I love the rugs, they are adorable!

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The nail polish… So clever!

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Here is her office bar.

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I love the gallery wall!

Just wanted to post this office to share with everyone, because I feel it represents so much of my style and what I love. More to come, I promise! What do you think of this office? Would you want to work here everyday?

{Credit: Live Creating Yourself}

Home Inspiration – Stylish and Eclectic Take on Manhattan

I happened to stumble upon an article on Mix and Chic earlier today that caught my eye. Designed and owned by style writer and interior designer Rita Konig, this Manhattan based home is too cute. It has the perfect combination of vintage and a minimalistic-modern touch to complete this little masterpiece.

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This home has a beautiful pattern play, and amazingly cute color schemes. I am absolutely in love with the entire kitchen, from the glass jars to the wall of photos and the bookshelf. I am also loving the couch in the living room. Overall, I think it all works perfectly together to create an inspiring design. What do you think? Does this home inspire you?

Credit: Mix and Chic – Home Tour: Rita Konig’s Manhattan Home