Love Is In The Air

This past Sunday I met up with local photographer and blogger Krenare! She did an amazing job not only capturing my Valentine’s inspired outfit, but also caught some adorable moments with my fiancé I can now cherish forever. We initially planned on shooting inside Sweet Philosophy, but they unexpectedly had to close for a few days due to a family emergency. I can tell you however, it is even cuter inside than it is outside (if that’s even possible), and I definitely want to go back to get some shots!

The weather may not have been on our side that day for outdoor photos (welcome to Canadian winters), but we managed to get a small break in freezing rain for Krenare to do her magic! After all, love is all about making sacrifices right?!

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What girl wouldn’t swoon over a boy holding the most beautiful floral bouquet? A huge thank you to Blossom Moments Flowers for making dreams into a reality! Be sure to follow along with them on Instagram for the most beautiful bloom feed and inspiration!

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Grab your sweetheart, put on something red/pink and do a cute little photoshoot, you won’t regret it!

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Okay…so maybe I picked up this adorable scarf and thought it would be the perfect focal point for a shoot all about love! Either way, the outfit turned out almost as cute as the photos themselves!

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Sorry in advance to my fiancé, I’m painting our house and door pink!

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Windy, cold, freezing rain day= shrinking balloons…luckily we managed to get some good shots in!

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Photography: c/o  Krenare Ali  Floral Bouquet: c/o Blossom Moments Hair: c/o Hair Addictz Studio , Makeup: c/o: Facetime With Daniela , Pants: c/o: Suzy Shier , Scarf: H&M (similar)

xoxo, Staffordable

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Fringe-Worthy Cardigan

Fringe is in, and it was love at  first sight when I saw this amazing piece!  However, my bank account didn’t quite like the price point so I waited a while until it went on sale after Christmas.

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This loop fringe cardigan is MAJORLY on sale right now so scoop it up while it lasts!

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Quickly scrolling through Instgram or Pinterest these days, you will see fringe just about everywhere.

This cardigan is the perfect piece to layer in the winter, and is warm enough to wear as a light jacket in the spring or fall.  I really like the neutral colour, but it’s a little different than just black or white, and allows the details to really stand out!

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This isn’t a regular cardigan, it’s a COOL cardigan!

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I kept the rest of my outfit simple and let the cardigan do all the talking for this look.

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I couldn’t help but add the black pom pom beret. I feel like it’s also fun so it was a nice compliment to the cardigan without being too flashy.

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Staffordable

Show Your Stripes

Nothing like brightening up those brutally cold winter days with colourful outfits!

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I saw this sweater on a couple of Instagram accounts that I follow, and I loved the huge pop of colour that came with it! Lucky for me, when I decided to finally give in and buy it, it was marked down BIG TIME!

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With so many colours in the sweater the accessory combinations are really endless! I decided to pair it with a bright blue pom pom hat, and added just that much more colour, with cherry red Hunter boots!

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I paired it with a metallic silver bubble jacket over top. This style has come back HUGE and I’m so happy about it! I grew up wearing Gap bubble jackets, so wearing this one reminds me so much of my childhood! I found this one on sale for only $25, it’s actually extremely warm too! It comes in a variety of colours but I decided to go with a colour that wasn’t too out there, but wasn’t just plain black like my everyday winter jacket.

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My fiancé likes to call it my space man jacket, and asks when I’m going to the moon whenever I wear it lol!

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The sweater comes in two different styles, I opted for the one with all over sparkles (because sparkles are life) that, and it was the cheapest of the styles. The exact style I’m wearing is available here.

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I picked up my jacket on the sale rack in stores, it’s available online, but is showing  for full price.

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Pom pom hats have been super popular the past few years, so you can get them just about anywhere . This particular style I loved because of the bright blue, it really brings out my eyes! This was on sale last season from Obsessions Fashions .

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Let’s Go Pearls!

Don’t let the cold, snowy weather stop you from feeling fabulous. Don some pearls anyway you choose, and you will feel like you can run the world (LET’S GO PEARLS!)

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I’m so happy that pearls have made such a huge comeback in 2017/2018, they’re popping up everywhere (on everything!) To create this look I pulled together a few of my favourite pearl embellished items from my closet.

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The great thing I love about pearls is that you can wear them and pair them with just about anything, not to mention, they add elegance to any look!

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Go out and buy yourself something with pearls, trust me, these aren’t your grandmother’s pearls, you won’t regret it!

Top: H&M Skirt: H&M Clutch: Banana Republic Booties: Urban Planet

Winter Warm-Up

Nothing says winter style like cozy knit sweaters, chunky knit scarves and pompom hats! Lucky for me, this look has it all!

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This look is perfect to layer under your winter coat and also looks cute just on its own!

From head to toe: 

Hat: I picked mine up from a Kate Spade Outlet back in November, it was on sale for only $20! I wanted it so badly last year but couldn’t justify paying close to $80 for a hat. I was so happy to find it this year and for such a good deal!

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Click to see where it is currently available.

...and here in grey

Earrings: I’m such a fan of statement earrings, and these white pompom ones sure do make a huge statement. I call them my little snowball earrings. I picked them up on sale from H & M for $7 around Black Friday. H&M has a great selection of fun statement earrings for everyone’s style!

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Scarf: This pompom scarf instantly became my new favourite winter accessory! With so many colours in it, it goes with everything! The pom pom details are of course my absolute fave thing about it. I ordered it online from Old Navy on sale for approximately $12.00. It’s currently sold out online but you may have some luck in-store.

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Similar styles here for only $9.99!

Sweater: This sweater is from Reitman’s Winter collection last year.  I didn’t realize how much wear I would get out of it but I still can’t get enough. I got right before Christmas when it went on sale for 50% off and it made an appearance on the blog last year too! It’s super cozy and perfect if you want to layer a plaid shirt underneath or leave it on it’s own. I love how perfectly it matched with the pom pom hat and the scarf this time around and the cute little saying is a fun touch!

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Although this style is no longer sold, Reitmans has a ton of really cozy sweaters right now (and lots on sale too!) 

H&M is also a great spot for knit sweaters with fun sayings on them (I love this one for the holidays!) 

Hope everyone out there experiencing all the cold and snow is trying to stay warm!

Thanks for stopping in.

xoxo,

Staffordable

 

Pastel Pink Candy Apples & Halloween Bar Cart

What’s better than candy apples you ask? Pastel pink candy apples of course! You won’t feel as guilty indulging in these treats after all, they’re made of fruit so they’re partially good for you, right?! You will definitely want to add these to your Halloween desserts when you find out just how easy these are to make!

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Traditional candy apples are made up of a mixture of corn syrup, water and sugar that are boiled until they’re the perfect and sticky consistency for dipping. MAJOR TIME SAVING HACK: use candy melts (available at Michaels and Bulk Barn), melt them in the microwave or double- boiler on the stove, dip your apples, and VOILA! Just like that, in a few minutes you will have beautiful “candy” apples!

What you’ll need:

*Green Apples, plastic twigs (I got mine from Michaels), you could use real ones, or candy apple sticks

Candy Melts (in the colour of your choice) + any other sprinkles or toppings you want to put on your apples

Wax Paper (once your apples are dipped place them on wax paper for easy removal)

Cake stand or platter to display your beautiful apples!

 

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Every holiday or special occasion I style my bartcart, it is so much fun to do and you can really get as creative as you want with it!  This year I used the apples as the centerpiece and went from there with decorating the rest. I opted for a black and white theme which really made the pink apples pop!

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Here’s a look at my final styled bar-cart, how cute do the pop of pink apples look on here?!

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These 3- ingredient pumpkin bites were a huge hit! All you need is peanut butter, softened butter, icing sugar, and a little bit of food colouring! Top with a chocolate chip and use a toothpick to make the indents and you’re all set! IMG_2297IMG_2296IMG_2295

Here’s my second styling- I kept with the black and white theme and made a simple vanilla cake with Oreo (eyes) and a surprise purple colour inside!

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

Nothing says Fall or Thanksgiving quite like pumpkin pie! These little sugar cookies pack a huge bite of the pumpkin pie you know and love. The added hint of cream cheese is the icing on top of a perfect pie!

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Prep- 40 minutes Total-1 hr 25 Serves-36

Ingredients
Cookie Base
• 1 package of Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
• Butter and egg as directed on cookie mix package

Pumpkin Filling

  • 1 brick of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Topping

  • Betty Crocker™ cream cheese frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray (I used mini ones).
  2. Make the dough as directed on the package.
  3. Press approximately 1 1/4 inch balls evenly into the bottom of the pan going slightly up the sides. Make a deep enough well so you the pie filling fits inside.
  4. Mix Pumpkin Filling ingredients in s medium sized bowl with a whisk until smooth.
  5. Spoon a small amount into the each cookie filled muffin tin and spread evenly.
  6. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown and the filling has set.
  7. Both the cookies and the filling will be soft, let cool for 10 minutes in the tin.
  8. Very carefully remove and place on a wire rack to cool and harden.
  9. Using a small plastic bag, add cream cheese frosting and cut a small piece from the tip of the bag. Pipe a small amount onto each pie and sprinkle lightly with pumpkin spice.

*Refrigerate the cookies in a container or wrapped in plastic wrap.

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Enjoy your minis, these are the perfect bite size treat to bring to the table for Thanksgiving!

xoxo,

Sara