The past few months have been so busy that I haven’t had much time to stop by here and work on the blog. Not only have I been working away on freelance projects but I’ve also been busy working on an exciting little personal project of my own with Byron!
Well, the news is officially out! We are expecting a baby this December. We are beyond elated for this incredible news and we cannot wait to meet our new best friend later this year. I still can’t believe that we are going to be parents THIS YEAR! What an amazing feeling – and of course, a bit nerve-wracking too – thinking about all of the work we need to do and prepare for the baby.
I have had such hardcore fatigue during the first trimester it was hard to get myself motivated to get things rollin’ but we managed to start purging some junk that we’ve been carting around for the last four years in our spare bedroom! I can’t wait to start freshening it and making it a beautiful new space that will hopefully be inspiring and interesting for brand-new little person.
We are already planning the adventures we will have with our new family – I feel like somewhere on the West Coast with insanely good sushi will be in order. I am already going through massive withdrawal!
Anyways, I am SO happy to share our big news with you all. It means a lot to still have readers after I haven’t been around much the last few months! Stay tuned for more baby updates coming soon! xoxo
Isn’t everything cuter in baby size? Maybe it is only me and I’m just weird but whenever I am shopping for baby gifts for friends, I always find the most adorable outfits that I secretly wish I could get in my size. Freshly Picked‘s baby moccasins are no exception. I first fell in love with this brand, three years ago when I met the genius mastermind behind the biz, Susan Petersen at ALT Summit in Salt Lake City. Not only is she a great businesswoman but she is also such an inspiring and upbeat person. I got to have breakfast with her and several other amazing retailers at a little morning hang-out with Big Cartel. I even won one of her gorgeous leather mousepads when they did a little business card draw. Her stuff is quality and I would recommend it to anyone – and I don’t even have kids!
Since then, she has gone on to do big and wonderful things. The Kardashians are massive brand supporters – anytime you seem them toting around their kiddos in the celebrity gossip mags, they are always wearing Freshly Picked moccasins. How awesome is that?! She was also very successful on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank – what can’t this girl do?!
Anyways, with so many sweet babies just born or on the way, I thought it would be fantastic to do a giveaway with Freshly Picked for a pair of the adorable moccasins! You can head over to my Instagram page for all of the details + to enter! Giveaway ends on Friday. Good luck + thanks! xx
Last weekend, my good friend Lori Andrews (The Original 10 Cent Designer) took me out to her family’s ranch just north of the city. If you are familiar with any of Lori’s photography you know that she takes a lot of her photos there and has truly embodied the magic of the countryside. It was fantastic getting to see where she has staged many a shoot; I was very excited for her to point her expert lens on me – just for fun!
I love the photos that came out of our insane wind-induced photoshoot. From her cabin to gravel back roads, I got to see all of the *famous* spots. If you are looking to get some photos taken I would highly recommend Lori. She doesn’t do cookie-cutter so you can expect to see some incredible images after your shoot. Follow her awesome Instagram feed at @theoriginal10cent.
All images via Lori Andrews.
Stripe Fit & Flare Dress from GAP – here + here. Oversized hooded coat from RW&Co. – similar here + here. Ray Ban Sunglasses – similar here.
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers. Okay, we’ve got just under two weeks until we all overdose on cinnamon hearts but here I am, already in the spirit! I’ve been scouring Etsy trying to find the best, most beautiful gifts for both him and for her. Well, browsing on Etsy will never leave you empty-handed and I’ve come up with some real winners that will knock the socks off your beau. Show them that you care by giving her a gorgeous print for her wall and treat him with a handsome leather satchel for his bicycle – or vice versa! Whatever you find, you know that it will be vintage or artist-made – which makes every gift that much more special. In celebration of that, let’s say I love you with Etsy this year! Also, be sure to scroll down to the bottom for the awesome giveaway that I’ve teamed up on with Etsy Canada and The Smitten Collection – all for one lucky winner!
✚ for her…
Let’s Make Out Letterpress Card // His & Hers Ceramic Prep Bowls // Thief in the Night Bathing Whip // To Love and Be Loved Print // Bonne Maman Jam Print // Porcelain Pink Mugs // Eye to Eye Clutch // Neon Pink Heart Print
✚ for him…
Black Heart Lollipops // Hello You Glasses Card // Heart Coffee Spoon // Cycle Case // Handmade Rucksack // Vintage Camper Birdhouse // Dapper Dude Hankerchief
✚ A GIVEAWAY!
I am so excited to be teaming up with Etsy Canada and Judith from The Smitten Collection for this great Valentine-themed Instagram giveaway! We are offering up a $50 online gift card one lucky winner to spend on Etsy PLUS a ‘To Love and Be Loved’ gold foil print from The Smitten Collection! Whether you gift your prize or just treat yo’ pretty self, we can’t wait to spread a little love your way!
HOW TO ENTER:
✚ 1. ‘like’ @yuppielove and @thesmittencollection on instagram and repost the image above on your instagram with the hashtag #smittenandinlove
✚ 2. for an extra entry, leave a comment on this post letting us know you’ve completed the above and include a link to your own instagram photo.
This content is open to Instagram users worldwide. Only users who DO NOT have a private Instagram account will be eligible to enter. One winner will be chosen at random using the hashtag #smittenandinlove on Wednesday February 12th at 10am MST! Good luck!
Well, I’ve got some news to share with you, my friends. After weighing in on a number of recent career decisions and my desk nearly toppling over with to-do lists, I’ve arrived at the decision to leave Standard Issue as Editor. I feel good knowing it is the right decision for me at this time in my life. It is so important for me to remember why I do things in the first place and keep revisiting those thoughts in times of doubt. If I can offer any advice to anyone feeling like they are spreading themselves too thin – do what makes you happy and never compromise that feeling for anything. Ain’t nobody got time for that, pals.
As I move on, I want to wish my cofounder Mackenzie and all of my lovely contributors all the success as they move forward with Standard Issue in 2014. I feel so lucky to have been one half of this fantastic site and have gotten to work with so many amazing photographers, videographers, local businesses and bloggers as we built the site together. Thanks to everyone who brought Standard Issue to life. A bucket list item; totally checked off!
Being a member of such an incredible online community is the greatest feeling ever. I can’t wait to continue to share my creative endeavours with you here on YUPPIELOVE as always and elsewhere. Thank you to everyone for your support.
Oh hey, it’s September. Where has this summer gone, friends? Probably the busiest, most disorienting summer I’ve ever experienced – it surely has been a great one albeit a fast one. Where have I been, you might ask? Hastily working on a ‘new baby’ of sorts with a new collaborator, my friend Mackenzie Clarke. We launched a new Canadian lifestyle site called Standard Issue on the third of June. Over these past three months we have put nearly every inch of ourselves into this new online magazine. It has been tricky with balancing our freelance careers, travel and regular life stuff but we’ve loved every minute of it. And I want to share this with you. This summer was our soft launch but with us averaging 2-3 posts per day of curated and original content, Standard Issue has morphed into something we had always imagined but did not realize would happen so quickly for us. We’ve had the opportunity of working with some incredible local businesses such as Village Ice Cream, Camp Clothing Co. and Seed + Soil. This city is jampacked with some of the most talented photographers and videographers and we are so thankful to get to work with them – thanks to Blair Marie Photography, Heather Saitz, Jessika Hunter and Tom Kucy for helping us create incredible original content. We hosted a Stampede Party + DIY Craft at Anthropologie which was an absolute blast and success – you can check out our video by Tom Kucy here. There is so much more to come from us – pop-up dinner parties, DIY workshops and blogging networking opportunities – we want to you to be there for every minute of it.
I invite you to take a look at Standard Issue when you get a chance. We’ve got everything from travel, style, decor and sweet things for the little people in our lives. We have a big focus on local – so watch for new launches, shop profiles and local spotlights. You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook – we hope you want to be friends.
As for yuppielove, now that things are getting back to normal around here and life is returning to routine, you’ll be seeing a lot more regular posts coming up. I’ve got some exciting new weekly columns I am writing and more projects that I would love to get you involved with. Stay tuned, pals.
This past Thursday was an absolute blast! I hosted a Card Workshop at the Calgary Anthropologie and had an absolute blast. Setting up the tables with my favourite crafting supplies (aka GLITTER!) was a thrill and getting to meet new and old friends was such a treat.
The team at Anthropologie was such a dream to work with – the girls in-store set up such a beautiful display of treats and drinks. It was perfect.
The craft turned out to be a hit too! I had sewn up little red and pink vinyl envelopes and made blank cards for the crafters to decorate like crazy. There was some serious creativity brewing in that room, let me tell you. I made a couple of examples of different cards you could make but these girls just took it to a whole new level. I even noticed that a couple of girls brought their own secret papers to make their Valentine’s cards even more special. Now, that is some intense dedication to the craft.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the workshop! I had so much fun meeting all of you and hope to craft with y’all again soon!
photos by: morgan mclaren
If you live in Calgary, you may have caught me on Breakfast TV this morning sharing some fun Valentine DIY projects that you and your family can whip up! I was super nervous but I think I did a-okay!
You can check me out in action over here showing how to make love-inspired fortune cookies.
Image from BT Calgary!
Smooch! Excited to share another fun and easy DIY craft for Valentine’s Day. This is a great way to get your whole family involved in the holiday crafting and make a super unique and special gift for that special someone. I absolutely love Victorian silhouettes and this is a great modern spin on this traditional portraiture.
Here is what you need to make this adorable V-day gift:
- Wooden plaques – picked these up from the dollar store!
- Craft paint
- Glitter hearts
- Paint brushes
- Self Healing Mat
- X-acto Blade
- Washi Tape
Step One: Create your silhouette! The quickest way to do make your adorable silhouette is to take a photo of your subject against a white wall with a light shining to create the contrast. Open it up in your photo-editing program, up the contrast and make it black & white. Print it out on cardstock.
Step Two: Using an x-acto blade, cut out the silhouette. I used some washi tape to affix them to the mat, so they didn’t move around while I was cutting them out.
Step Three: After, cutting out your stencil, paint the wooden plaque white with a foam brush and craft paint.
Step Four: Once the plaque has dried, tape your stencil to it and fill in with black paint carefully. You may need to use a smaller brush for detailed parts of the silhouette.
Step Five: Dress up your silhouettes with sweet love-themed notes, red hearts and kisses.
This is the V-day gift that keeps on giving. A wooden card that can be hung on the wall afterwards as a reminder of your love! As I mentioned, super easy project to do with your kids or even a great activity for your Valentine’s Day party! Inexpensive and fun!
What could be better than receiving a love fortune on Valentine’s Day? This DIY is very easy especially if you are handy with a glue gun and have an arsenal of lovely romance quotes at your disposal. Red & pink non-edible fortune cookies are great party favour for your little V-day get-together. I adapted this how-to from an old Martha Stewart craft and it really only takes minutes!
Here is what you need for this cute craft:
- Felt in Red & Pink
- Pipe Cleaners
- Glue Gun
- Fortunes – I just wrote mine in Word and printed out
The fortune cookies can be easily condensed into four easy steps: Glue, Press, Fold and Pinch.
Step One: First, cut out 2.5″ circles. Draw a line of hot glue across the center of the circle.
Step Two: Cut a length of pipe cleaner and press into the hot glue. Be careful – the wire may heat up!
Step Three: Once the glue has dried, fold the circle in half.
Step Four: Pinching from the center of the circle, fold the “cookies” in half. Fluff it out a bit to gather the shape of the cookie. Slip in your fortune and you are ready to hand them out!
Happy Valentine’s Day!