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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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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.

EasyDessert IceCreamSandwiches easy summer dessert idea: 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.

AperolSpritz friday happy hour: aperol spritz

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friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

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. First up is this sweet and light watermelon lime refresher. Best enjoyed on a rooftop patio, it’s a mix of watermelon, mint and lime with the added hydrating benefits of pure coconut water.

recipe watermelon lime refresher friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

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entertaining pick: paperless post invitations

Today’s Style at Home Twitter chat was all about summer party planning. One of the questions asked how we send out invitations to a party? Via email, in person or online invite? There was an overwhelming consensus that Paperless Post is the best way to send out a party invitation, and I couldn’t agree more. My fiancé and I were so happy with our engagement party invitation that we sent to our family and friends via Paperless Post, so I thought I’d share it here.

PaperlessPost EngagementParty entertaining pick: paperless post invitations

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editor’s pick: summer vacation playhouse

How fun is this tablecloth playhouse? It’s almost summer vacation time for the kiddos, and this secret hideaway is perfect for both indoor and outdoor fun. It’s such a simple yet GENIUS idea from Etsy seller StripedCoast – and the kids will love it!

TableclothPlayhouse 2 editors pick: summer vacation playhouse

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easy summer style essentials

Summer officially starts this weekend, so let’s talk about warm weather style.

SummerStyle CasualBackyard easy summer style essentials

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editor’s picks: mara hoffman for anthropologie

Anthropologie now carries an exclusive collection of home goods from New York-based Mara Hoffman, one of my favourite clothing designers. Mara’s statement-making graphic boho prints and vibrant colours are signature to her aesthetic. Although her pieces are a bit of a splurge, they are clothes that are always the centre of attention – they make you feel both confident and pretty. I imagine that the bedding, toss cushions, rug, drapery and chair she designed for Anthropologie will have the same effect on your home.

MaraHoffman Bedding editors picks: mara hoffman for anthropologie

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places to go, people to see: through the garden gate

What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend? If you live in or are visiting Toronto, check out Through the Garden Gate. This annual tour is put on by the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) and showcases of some of the city’s most beautiful private gardens. Don’t you love the idea of peeking into strangers’ backyards and taking inspiration for your own garden? I’m definitely into it, since I live in a downtown condo with minimal outdoor space (unless you count my balcony, which is currently housing my collection of potted plants).

ThroughTheGardenGate Hydrangea places to go, people to see: through the garden gate

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editor’s pick: french market totes

French market totes are having a serious moment right now, and with good reason. They’re emblematic of laid-back summer style and market days in the south of France. Read on for two attractive options, and how I use my French market tote.

FrenchMarketTote KaufmannMercantile editors pick: french market totes

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