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decor vs. fashion: anchor print pillow or pants?

Nautical chic style is totally in this summer. And we’re not talking pirates, ships and stripes. We’re thinking subtle anchor motifs to infuse your nautical-inspired home. To get the look, try out Indigo’s anchor print toss cushion or try on NYDJ’s nautical patterned pants this summer.

If you had $80 to spend this weekend, which would you choose: the anchor print pillow or pants?
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summer garden party

Summer is finally here and with the beautiful weather upon us, are you ready a summer garden party? I hosted one a couple of weeks ago at my roof top garden, and added three special touches to make the party a memorable one.  Today, I want share with you on how to put together an effortlessly elegant summer party.

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the incredible silent vacuum

Barking dogs, crying babies, roaring vacuum cleaners. Why do all of these things have to be so noisy? Why can’t they all just shhhh? Well, I can’t help you with your pup or  babe, but German manufacturer Rowenta has made a point of diminishing the racket of the cleaning machine.

5.Full Rowenta Range the incredible silent vacuum

 

Vacuum cleaners, from $270, Rowenta

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host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

How amazing are these bottle openers from Fort Standard?  CrestBottleOpeners host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

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new-use tuesdays: ketchup

Your fries can’t live without it, your grilled cheese sandwich yearns for it, your hot dog begs for it. Ketchup is a household staple. I don’t even eat the stuff, but my fridge is always stocked with it (what kind of hostess would I be if it wasn’t?). Here are a few less common but very effective uses for the condiment that you may not have considered before.

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Courtesy of Heinz Canada. 

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fab find: outdoor ceramic lanterns

Fab find
Whisteria lanterns, $29.97-$39.97; Crate & Barrel.
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easy summer dessert idea: ice cream sandwiches

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! I’d like to share the easiest summer dessert idea. We had our engagement party this past weekend, and after dinner we busted out individual ice cream sandwiches.

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friday happy hour: aperol spritz

During the winter, I shared warm-you-up boozy drinks each Friday afternoon. Well, I’d like to bring the Friday happy hour back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. Next up: an Aperol spritz recipe. This Italian aperitivo (a pre-dinner cocktail) is light and refreshing – best served before a lingering alfresco meal.

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decor vs. fashion: tropical print chair or dress?

Hide your calendars, friends–July is halfway through! If you haven’t yet, now is the time to shop for summer-ready outdoor decor and the prettiest dresses to ensure you’re making the most of Canada’s short-lived sun and sand.

If you had a budget of $300, which would you choose–the tropical print chair or dress?
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fab find: outdoor patio lights

Fab find
Edison string lights, $44.69; CB2.
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