Check out these before & after shots of me by Stela Licina. This shoot was for Cherry Velvet’s upcoming holiday collection! Stela is so talented! I just can’t get over it. I love how she does hair and make up. Very polished without too much product.
I have a major girl crush on Zooey Deschanel! She’s such a babe. I even got bangs because of her. Also, after much investigation I found out that Zooey is also my husband’s celebrity crush! So yeah – we both have good taste in women apparently. LOL!!
But seriously, how cute are all these outfits?! I love the retro vibe.
I noticed that a lot of her clothes come from ModCloth and J. Crew. She’s always wearing fun and quirky pieces that totally match her personality. Too bad I don’t have some extra money to go shopping!
Last night for dinner I made one of my favourite meals! Candied and smoked salmon on baguette with cream cheese, capers and red onion. It was delicious!! Everything here came from my S.P.U.D. delivery which I get every now and then. (Try S.P.U.D. and for a limited time get $20 off your first order. Use this referral code: CRVAN-KEIDAN).
Today I wore a plain t-shirt dress from H&M, a suede jacket from Le Chateau and rather than my pearls I’ve been wearing these pink chewbeads.
I love the chewbeads because they are cute, pink and safe for my baby girl to gnaw on.
I also really love this H&M dress. It was super cheap too! However, if your a Mama like me…it’s a bit short for running around with a baby. I’m pretty sure most of the Winners parking lot saw my ass as I buckled my girl into her car seat.
Stella is my family’s Miniature Schnauzer X Poodle. She’s only three years old but she’s been sick off and on for her entire life. I don’t even want to know how much I have spent on veterinary bills!!
This past Easter we were at my in-laws place and Stella urinated blood on their carpet! I was so freaked out. I rushed her to the vet and she had a series of tests, X-rays, and ultimately a surgery on her bladder to remove struvite crystals and stones. A thousand dollars or so later…Stella was finally recovering but we were told she would have to be on a special food (Urinary SO) for the rest of her life. This didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t believe that the food was meeting her nutritional needs.
I battled with many vets. All of them said no to homemade dog food. (I do believe they were trying to help but I don’t know how much they learn about actual dog nutrition in school). Anyhow, after hours and hours of research I thought – fuck it – I’m going for it. Today, Stella has been on homemade dog food for almost 2 months and she is doing great!
She hasn’t had any fur discolouration (which she always got on her paws and ears), or infections of any kind. I also regularly test her urine with pH strips just to be sure.
If you are interested in recipes for your dog…let me know!
I had another photo shoot yesterday. We were shooting for Diane Kennedy‘s upcoming season and catalogue.
First I headed over to Pin-up Perfection’s studio where the one and only Stela Licina did my hair and make up. I can’t emphasize how amazing this girl is at what she does. Afterwards, we all headed out to Steveston in Richmond, B.C. where we took photos on the wharf and beach. It was not a very glamorous day… we saw a dead seal and I sweated profusely because it was smoking hot out! Regardless, we still all managed to have a great time!! 🙂
“Can I get you some fries with that?” Haha…
I love playing with Shimona’s props, accessories and wardrobe. Isn’t this breakfast skirt amazing!!? I love it.
I was lucky to work with well known curvy model Jihan Amer yesterday. I met her for the first time a few months ago when we were both hired to do a runway fashion show for Forever Yours Lingerie. She is such an awesome girl! She gave me lots of tips and I learned a lot from her as always.
Here’s all of us after the shoot! It was so hot out yesterday. Thank god these kiddies set up a lemonade stand beside us!
Thank you to all of these ladies who made the day a success!!
This past weekend some of our family and friends went downtown for the 2014 Vancouver Chinatown Festival, Golden Dumpling Cook Off & Dumpling Derby. It was so much fun. My husband and I got the “dumpling passports” which allowed us to sample twenty different dumplings from a variety of Vancouver restaurants. There were Asian, Italian, Mexican and even Indian inspired dumplings.
I even got to meet Chef Vikram from Vij’s (a popular Vancouver Indian restaurant).
My husband, Adam, was a trooper and also tried to compete in the dumpling derby (a 2 minute all you can eat dumpling competition). Needless to say, he didn’t win. His strategy of prepping for the competition by sampling 20 dumplings prior didn’t really pay off. Haha! However, he still looked awfully cute in his dumpling bib.
I made another galette for dinner the other night. It was inspired by Smitten Kitchen’s burst tomato, corn and zucchini galette. I followed the recipe and threw in all our leftovers from last night’s dinner too! Two boneless skinless chicken thighs, asparagus and onion. It was really good and kind of tasted like chicken pot pie.
I know what you’re thinking… “Another galette?”
You’re right, I’m completely obsessed. But they are so easy to make and pastry makes me like vegetables, so sue me.
Just look at that beauty! Deb at Smitten Kitchen has so many recipes that are to die for.
Plus, my mother-in-law dropped off a big bag of homegrown cherry tomatoes and some local corn. A woman at the farmer’s market gave me three free zucchinis too so I mean…it is kind of meant to be.
I’ll be posting my version this evening. 🙂