Fun with RITZ

Thursday, December 8, 2016 0 0

Goat Cheese, Apple, Balsamic Drizzle RITZ Crackers

Brunch with my Besties: RITZ Crackers topped with Goat Cheese, Apple, & Balsamic Drizzle

 

Tomato, Avocado, Cilantro Ritz Crackers

Black Friday online shopping fuel: Avocado, Tomato & Cilantro RITZ Crackers

 

Chocolate Covered RITZ Crackers with Peppermint Chips

Santa’s Special Treat: Chocolate Dipped RITZ Crackers with Crushed Candy Cane

 

Some of you may have seen these yummy photos on my Instagram over the last couple of weeks. I was so excited to partner with RITZ Crackers to create three delicious recipes to celebrate life’s rich moments! RITZ Crackers have been a staple in my home since I was a child, so I had a blast coming up with new ways to enjoy them.

 

I loved all three recipes I created, but the Chocolate Dipped RITZ with Crushed Candy Cane were by far my favorite. My instinct has always been to go the savory route with crackers, but I really wanted something for dessert, so I tried RITZ with a drop of chocolate. As soon as it hit my tongue, I knew it was a winner. Adding the candy cane really took it to the next level. Hope you enjoy!

 

LoveJenny1

 

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The Gift of Fragrance

Monday, December 5, 2016 0 0

Top 7 Perfumes for Gift Giving

 

One of my favourite holiday gifts to give and receive is fragrance. Perfumes feel like a luxury that often times people don’t purchase for themselves. Or, a woman will have her one signature scent that she’ll purchase, but she still wants to build a fragrance “wardrobe”, and have other options for different moods, seasons, and occasions.

 

I absolutely love having a collection of fragrances that I can mix and match, and sometimes even layer. Perfumes smell totally different on me than they do in the bottle or on other people, so I’m always testing out fragrances in the store to see what they actually smell like on my skin. I have a huge collection of perfumes, and it’s one that I’m always looking to grow.

 

These 7 scents are some of my absolute favourites, and smell very similar on me as they do in the bottle. Hopefully, none of my close friends are reading this post, because some of them will be receiving a few of these scents this year for Christmas. 😉

 

 

Viktor & Rolf BONBON EAU DE PARFUM

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon

(Notes: Mandarin Accord, Peach Accord, Neroli Oil, Orange Blossom, Sambac Jasmine, Caramel, Sandalwood Accord, Patchouli, Vanilla)

 

MIU MIU EAU DE PARFUM

Miu Miu Eau de Parfum

(Notes: Star Anise, Ginger, Green Lily of the Valley, Blooming Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Petal, Rose, Akigalawood, Sandal Wood, Nirvanolide)

 

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris perfume

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

(Notes: Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss)

 

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

(Notes: Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence, Patchouli Essense)

 

Chloe eau du toilette perfume

Chloé Eau de Toilette

(Notes: Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Honey)

 

Marc Jacobs DIVINE DECADENCE EAU DE PARFUM perfume

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence

(Notes: Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom, Creamy Bergamot, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle, Saffron, Vanilla, Liquid Amber)

 

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

(Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli)

 

Top 7 Perfumes for Gift Giving

 

I always pay for all of my gifts during the holiday season using my RBC Rewards credit card. When RBC Rewards reached out to partner on a post to share a special offer they have with Saks Fifth Avenue Canada, I jumped at the opportunity! The RBC Rewards program is incredible. We collect points on every purchase, and they add up so quickly. Justin and I haven’t paid for an airline ticket in over 2 years, as we always use our points to redeem for airfare (trips to Hawaii, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Nashville just in the last year)!

 

From now until December 31, you will automatically receive 2x points when you use your RBC Rewards credit card in store at Saks (CF Toronto Eaton Centre or CF Sherway Gardens locations)! And if you sign in to RBCRewards.com and opt into the holiday promotion, you’ll actually receive 3x points! I’ll definitely be purchasing my holiday fragrance gifts at Saks using my RBC Rewards card. You can also earn 3x points at Apple.ca (online only until Dec 31)! Be sure to visit RBCRewards.com first, sign-in and opt-in to earn 3x points when you pay with your RBC Rewards credit card. There are so many great deals!

 

What are your favourite gifts to give and receive? Please let me know your favourite fragrances! I’m always looking for new ones to try!

 

LoveJenny1

 

Thank you to RBC Rewards for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Living Room Progress Report + Small Space Sofa Find

Friday, December 2, 2016 0 0

Colorful Living Room, Gray Tufted Sofa, Picture Ledge Gallery Wall

 

I’m so excited to finally share with you the progress on our living room redecorating project. You may have seen my last couple of posts of our bedroom progress and our dining nook. After a very long 4 months of redecorating, all of our hard work is finally come together! Here is glimpse at our living space so far.

 

Now, I’ll preface this post by saying that almost all of the styling is going to change in the next month or so, ie. most of the photos on the wall (I’m waiting for new prints to come in), the pillows (can’t decide what fabrics I want), and the decor on the shelving unit beside the sofa (I have new items I want to display). But, all of the big ticket items are new and staying, like the sofa, coffee table, rug and shelves. It will be a couple more months before everything is complete, but I wanted to share some progress photos in the mean time, and share some info on the pieces in the space.

 

I should also offer a second post preface by saying that we rent our condo, and that we (obviously) live in a very small space….two things that can make decorating very tricky. It’s tough to decide which investment pieces to purchase that will hopefully fit in our next condo, and which pieces to save some money on because we don’t know if they’ll fit in our next space.

 

The hardest decision of all was definitely our selecting a sofa…..

 

Picture Ledge Gallery Wall

Small Space Condo Living Room Inspiration

Rugs USA Bosphorus BD07 Distressed Persian Rug Blue and White

Small Space Plus Tufted Gray Convertible Sofa

 

It took me literally 5 months to find our sofa. I had been looking since last January, and finally found the perfect sofa in May. I had a long list of criteria. I wanted a sofa that had…

  1. blue or gray material (I was thinking a beautiful, rich blue, or a looks-good-with-everything medium gray)
  2. tufting (our old sofa was not tufted, and I wanted this one to feel very different from our previous one)
  3. a sectional (we spend a lot of time on our sofa, and need the extra space when we both want to spread out)
  4. under 90″ wide (surprisingly, this is very hard to find, and it falls into the “apartment sofa size” category)
  5. not too expensive (we don’t know if this sofa will fit into our next condo, so we didn’t want to spend a fortune)
  6. most importantly, a sofa bed (we live in a 1 bedroom, and often have out-of-town guests stay with us)

 

After months and months of searching online, I was almost ready to give up, when I somehow came across the absolutely perfect sofa. It was from a store called Small Space Plus, in Toronto (located at 380 Alliance Ave, just north of the junction), that specializes in condo-sized furniture. I made Justin go to the store with me that same day to check it, and it was just perfect in person. The sofa is called the Valencia sofa, and it fit all of our criteria, including converting into a sofa bed and the critical requirement of being under 90″ (the Valencia is an ideal 84″ long”).  It came in a beautiful medium shade of grey, called Smoke Grey.

 

The team in the store was so lovely and wonderful to work with. They were very knowledgeable about their products and about small space limitations. We got to chatting, learned about each other, and decided to partner on a post for their website! Head over to the Small Space Plus site to check out my top picks from their store, and for a fun interview I did about small space living! I’m sure my fellow small space dwellers will be able to relate.

 

And…I’m so excited to share that those of you who shop my picks, including the Valencia sofa, can receive 15% off your purchase using code LOVE16! How fabulous!!!

 

Colorful Picture Ledges Gallery Wall above Sofa

Juliet Roses

Small Space Condo Living Room Decor inspiration

West Elm Marble Topped Brass Pedestal Table

 

Another purchase that was very difficult to find was our coffee table. I wanted a white marble table, it had to be round (because our space is small, and I knew we would be banging our legs on the corners of a square or rectangular table), and it had to be under 32″ (again, because of our space restriction. Most coffee tables seem to be much larger). I had been on the West Elm website a thousand times, and on the one thousand and one time, this beautiful marble and brass pedestal coffee table appeared. It was love at first site, and I knew this was the table I needed to own!

 

Small Space Plus Valencia Gray Tufted Sofa Bed Sectional

Here is the Small Space Plus Valencia sofa in the open, bed position.

 

Jo Malone Candle

Mid Century Modern Living Room Decor Inspiration

Sofa: Small Space Plus // Coffee Table: West Elm  //  Rug: RugsUSA  //  Pillows: Ikea (pink), Ikea (stripes), Lulu & Georgia (leaf print)  //  Tray: Homesense  //  Picture Ledges: Ikea

 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our living space. Once our bedroom is complete (most likely in the New Year), I will definitely be sharing that too. Thanks for following along!

 

LoveJenny1