Stories From the Fitting Room Part 2

Monday, October 31, 2016 4 0

Kate Spade Mixed Lace Dress

Nordstrom – Kate Spade lace dress

 

How gorgeous is the Kate Spade lace dress above?!?! I spotted it from afar when I was shopping in the new Nordstrom at Yorkdale, and bee lined it right to the rack. I just need to be invited to an awesome event now, so I can justify purchasing this beauty!!

 

As you may have seen in my last few posts, I’ve partnered with Yorkdale shopping centre to showcase some of the fabulous stores in their new expansion. I spent some time shopping in the new wing, and was blown away by all of the gorgeous Fall pieces I tried on. After going through all of the photos I took in the fitting rooms, I decided to share my top picks from 2 stores: Nordstrom and Oak + Fort, simply because those photos turned out the best. But, I tried on so many beautiful items as stores like Maje, Uniqlo, Mackage, Canada Goose and Reiss.

 

Have any of you been to the gorgeous new expansion at Yorkdale? What is your favourite new store? What pieces are you eyeing for Fall?

 

Nordstrom Joie 'Feyana' Tie Neck Print Silk Peplum Blouse

Nordstrom – Joie blouse

 

Nordstrom Lilac dress

Nordstrom

 

Nordstrom Leith Ottoman Knit Mock Neck Pullover

Nordstrom –  Leith sweater

 

Alice and Olivia dress

Nordstrom – Alice + Olivia dress

 

Oak + Fort Women's Wear

Oak + Fort

 

Oak + Fort Striped PJ Shirt Dress G16

Oak + Fort dress

 

Oak + Fort Grey Sweater Dress with Cut Outs and Pink Pleated Skirt

Oak + Fort dress and skirt

 

Oak + Fort Black Dress

Oak + Fort dress

 

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Oak + Fort sweater

 

Oak + Fort Striped PJ Dress G23

Oak + Fort dress

 

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Girls Night In with Palm Bay

Monday, September 12, 2016 4 0

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I was recently interviewed for a magazine article, and one of the questions I was asked was, “When are you the happiest?”. Without hesitation, I answered, “When I’m with my loved ones.” Nothing brings me more joy in life than being with my family and friends. I’ll use any excuse to get together with my friends, so when Palm Bay asked me if I wanted to host a “Girls Night In” with my girls, I yelled “Sign me up!”.

 

We’re in the middle of redecorating our condo, sans designer, so I bribed my lovely gal pals, Victoria and Gaby, with some delicious apps, sweet treats, and yummy Palm Bay, to come on over for some girl time, in exchange for their fashionable opinions on how to decorate our place (decorating posts to come to the blog soon!). Haha, obviously, I didn’t really need to bribe them, but we’ll use any excuse to get together.

 

The yummy tropical flavour of Palm Bay’s new Pomegranate Hibiscus Cocktail inspired me to add a little tropical flair to our Girls Night In. Easy-to-make appetizers, fun music, and a bring-me-back-to-my-childhood ice cream bar rounded out our memorable afternoon.

 

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Blueberry, Ricotta, Rosemary Crostini

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Prosciutto, Melon, Bocconcini Skewers

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Avocado Chili Melba Toast

Watermelon, Feta, Balsamic Pizza

DIY Ice Cream Bar

DIY Ice Cream Bar with Sprinkles, Chocolate Chips, Cherries

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Palm Bay Girls Night In

 

Sources:  My dress  //  Hair by Cabello by Carolina  //  Pineapple shot glasses  //  Palm Print Pillow  //  Latte Bowls  //  Gold Flatware

 

APPETIZERS:

  1. Watermelon, Feta, Basil, Blackberry, Balsamic Pizza
  2. Prosciutto, Melon, Bocconcini Skewers
  3. Grape Tomato, Basil, Bocconcini Skewers
  4. Blueberry, Rosemary, Ricotta on Ciabatta Bread
  5. Avocado, Lime, Sea Salt, Chili Pepper, Melba Toasts

 

Thank you to Gaby and Victoria for such a wonderful day. And a big thank you to Aylin for getting us all pretty and giving us our gorgeous beachy waves!

 

LoveJenny1

 

Thank you to Palm Bay for partnering on this fun post! Please remember to always drink responsibly.

36 Hours in Victoria, British Columbia

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6 0

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Happy August, my friends! Wow, this year is flying by! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia for a photoshoot with a brand that I’ve partnered with to be their newest Ambassador (but I’ll share more fun details about that in the upcoming weeks!). Justin tagged along, and we decided to spend 36 hours in the picturesque town of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, 3 hours from downtown Vancouver.

 

When we were doing our hotel research, we came across stunning photos of the Fairmont Empress hotel located on the gorgeous inner harbour of Victoria, and immediately knew that was where we had to stay. With its turn of the century architecture and majestic beauty, we couldn’t help but feel like royalty while staying at this beautiful resort. In addition to the architecture and view, the hotel grounds were beautifully landscaped, with breathtaking florals around every corner (stay tuned for more pics in an outfit post this week!).

 

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

The interior of the hotel is absolutely beautiful, and has this girly floral carpet running throughout the entire space and long hallways.

 

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Definitely one of our highlights of not only this vacation, but our entire year, was partaking in Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress. Everyone we talked to before we left for the trip said we just had to go for Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont! So, of course, we did!

 

A time honoured tradition in their world renowned tea lobby, the Fairmont Empress serves hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets. Our waiter taught us that in England, the traditional way to enjoy tea service is to actually start with the sweets, then move on to the scones, and lastly enjoy the tea sandwiches; the reverse of what North American’s are accustomed to. The experience was so wonderful, relaxing and delicious! I highly recommend enjoying their Afternoon Tea if you have the pleasure of visiting Victoria.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

 

After our Afternoon Tea, Justin and I walked around the Victoria downtown and inner harbour, stopping for fresh lemonade to cool us down on the most gorgeous warm Summer day.

 

Lemonade in Victoria British Columbia

 

As the sun began to set, we were both mesmerized by the awe-inspiring pink and purple sky. It felt almost too beautiful to be real.

 

Victoria British Columbia Sunset

 

We took in the breathtaking sunset from our dinner table located at The Veranda restaurant at the Fairmont Empress. The Veranda serves a farm-to-table menu, featuring the most deliciously fresh seafood. We indulged on a seafood platter, full of the freshest crab legs, oysters, tuna, salmon and shrimp….so yummy!

 

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

The lights and views of the harbour are just as stunning after the sun sets. Below is the illuminated British Columbia Legislature Building, and the stunning Fairmont Empress after dark.

British Columbia Legislature Building

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Even though our trip to Victoria was brief, we left more relaxed than we’ve been in a really long time. I wasn’t able to take photos, but Justin and I also spent an hour at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress. Justin opted for a relaxing massage, and I indulged in a luxurious facial. The experience was so amazing, and my skin was thanking me for days. 😉

 

I hope you enjoyed this little travel diary. Some of you may have seen on Instagram that Justin and I are getting married this weekend. We’ll be heading to Washington, DC for a little mini-moon getaway, and I’ll definitely be sharing some pics from that trip too. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

 

LoveJenny1