Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Auntie and Andie Recommend

Here's the post when I tell all my mommy readers something they most likely already know. Actually, this probably isn't the first time...

Last week, we had a bit of overcast sky so, knowing I would have Andie for our epic sleepover, I made arrangements to meet Katie Lady and her Hannah at Science World for a few hours in the afternoon. I have not been since Vancouver 2010 when it was Sochi House and  I posed with Russian Sailors while wondering if I'd get poisoned. The place has undergone some major renos recently and the space is great! I especially love their outdoor garden -- complete with a chicken coop. Andie loved everything about it ("This is the best day ever!")

The space is large and loud and your kids are SUPPOSED to run a bit wild and touch things, jump, sing, dance...all that fun stuff that makes being a kid (and an auntie) so fabulous!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Product Review: Current/Elliott "High Waist Ankle Skinny" Jeans

"Wear high on the waist and as tight as it gets."

I was scoping out new jeans last week as I am desperately due for an upgrade. My J Brands are....two or maybe even THREE years old. I just don't wear jeans enough to buy more than one "nice" pair. I actually think I look terrible in them and find them incredibly uncomfortable. I think it's safe to say I'm a skirt or dress kinda girl. Or leggings. Bring on Fall and my leggings/ankle boots phase!

The Bay is a place I always forget to check out. Downtown, the store is gorgeous and they've done a fabulous job of bringing in some great designers. My sales girl saw that I had J Brand Maria's in my hand and she gave me the Current/Elliott ones to compare (both high-waisted). For me, there was no contest. The latter ones fit perfectly on my short little legs. 

The denim was soft and the "ankle" means I barely have to get them hemmed (yes, I still do though). They sit flat across the front so there's no bulge under your top. 

Do you booty-test in the change rooms?
Yup...this is what I do on my lunch hour....

I've linked to Nordstrom, but, for you Canadian readers, The Bay does sell them -- and ONLY $150.

What are your favourite jeans? 
Let me know if you give these a try!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Round-Up

#auntieniecesleepover was a success! I answered questions such as, "Auntie Melissa, do you live in a hotel?" and "What does annoying mean?" I loved listening to exclamations that included, "This is the best day ever!" and "I can't believe I've never been on a bus before!"

The curious mind of a 4 year old never ceases to amaze me. 

Sidenote: that water park on Granville Island is DA BOMB! The waterslide? Even I had a blast! Bonus: it's all FREE??? How often does that happen in Van?

My SIL and younger niece came into Vancouver to pick Andie up on Saturday and we all had a picnic at the beach, which was a great way to tire the kiddos out. I ended the day with a quick scramble up to Quarry Rock followed by some moscato on my deck and I was WIPED.

Sunday, C-Mah and I headed back over to the North Shore for another hike (can you tell I missed my TRX class this weekend -- I needed to burn energy!) and then met JZ and MZ for brunch. We also crept on the "Marine Unit" who were hanging around Olympic Village.

I have to give a shout-out to the L'Oreal team who were handing out sunscreen at Kits Beach this weekend. I've never thought to buy their brand and the mousse is fantastic -- go give it a try!

I have a busy week ahead and I already cannot WAIT for my long weekend coming up. Some good friends will be visiting, which means some good wine will be consumed, no?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Five
I'm off work today because it's Tinkerbell's first sleepover! Yes, an auntie-niece night is in order. Lots of sparkle will be involved.

This cute dress from Plenty. I don't get in there often, but I tend to find something when I do.

These bottles arriving. I'm thinking a "Moscato and Mania" night is in order.

Getting #CrushedByKondi
When can I get my ass kicked again? I honestly can't wait.

The lovely Tessa, owner of the newly-opened Sweet Bake Shop, brought these GF cupcakes to a BBQ last weekend and I (skeptically) gave one a try. Oh my....yes, they were absolutely delicious. I often find GF baked goods are too dense, but these were perfect. 

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 
How can it already be MID-August??

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Luscious Libation: Sidecar

Guys, I have not used my coupes in some time. Call it a conscious effort, or maybe I've just been more into margs this summer? Regardless, I felt the need to go back to them. Someone must have left Hennessy at one of my WILD bashes and I had no clue what to do with it until I came across this drink....

What You'll Need for ONE Cocktail
1 ½ ounces Cognac, such as Hennessy
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce lemon juice
Glass: coupe
Garnish: superfine sugar, mint

Dip the wet rim of a coupe in superfine sugar -- this cocktail is more tart, so I recommend NOT skipping this step. 
In an ice-filled shaker, add all ingredients and shake for 15 seconds. Strain into beloved coupe.

It's Thirsty Thursday -- Come find me on the Black & Blue rooftop with my ladies!