cooler days bring better closet days, of course. Wouldn’t mind filling mine with a few of these pieces…
ps: here’s a tune, because it’s tuesday + who doesn’t love a little dancing to break up the workflow ?!
images via my pinterest
I’ve always been the kind of girl that insists on bringing healthy lunches into work. But man was I slacker this summer! It’s so much easier to agree to beers + cookies in the park, right?! Quinoa & mixed salads can only satisfy you for so long!!! Well, so I thought. Kendra & I stopped by Tractor, a cafeteria-style restaurant in Kitsilano for a dinner mainly consisting of salads. There were about 12 different options, and absolutely nothing boring about any of them! Who has a hard time choosing a salad!?! this girl. I recommend the quinoa, blueberries, butternut squash, basil and mint salad:) It has restored my motivation in concocting quinoa dishes once again. Hop on over to Kendra’s blog for the full scoop!
We’re back to our series after a short hiatus + couldn’t be more excited to share this incredibly yummy + cute bakery with you! Over the summer I met Uli, the sweet owner of SweetSalt at the grocery store. She offered me a sample of apfelkuchen & it instantly took me back to my days in Germany. They’re very serious about their baking over there! Anyway, you don’t have to jump on a plane to treat yourself to delicious bread + pastries!! Head over to Fraser St. + 19th Ave and there sits a family-focused bakery and café, SweetSalt.
a heavenly assortment of German pretzels and Brötchen – I took a few to go for sandwiches during the week. (they didn’t make it through the weekend;)
We hung out in the back while the baker prepared traditional plum scones from scratch! Mmm!
Kendra was really into the German pretzel roll:)
The apfelkuchen was just as delicious as I remembered earlier this summer!
If you haven’t made it over there yet, do so! And if you have kiddies, even better!! They offer baking classes for the little ones. I’m a pretty big fan of their genuine family-focused values + of course their willingness to share their traditional German recipes with us:)
3497 Fraser Street
This afternoon has been all about colour theory. Who woulda thought I enjoy teaching so much?! ;)
I’m so excited to share this special morning with you guys! It was quite a challenge to narrow down the photos to just a few. Jan Heuninck did such a wonderful job at capturing our little brunch:)
Cocktails. Good conversation. Waffles. Awesome women – I’d say that’s a recipe for a good morning. Finding a reason to have friends over + host a party is something I quite often do. This idea of hosting creatives popped in my head after moving here over a year ago. I would often show up to events that focused on selling a product or service – not much emphasis was put on the actual attendees + their experience. Where was all the good conversation happening? I want to be there. After brainstorming with Kendra, Sweet Happenings came about. We decided to collaborate + throw a brunch for creatives that focused on creating a community. This was a morning of women coming together to relax + enjoy one another’s company over simply made fresh food + drinks. It was inspired by celebrating relationships, old + new.
It’s so often we get caught up in the daily grind that we forget to just be. This brunch was meant to remind us to enjoy the small, sweet happenings our life brings.
My lovely little garden was perfect in setting the intimate, warm ambiance we were hoping to achieve.
side note: It actually wasn’t planned to exclusively be women (turned out that way, ha!) but for future gatherings we’re hoping to invite all creatives, male + female: engineers, scientists, artists, architects, teachers – you know, anyone really into creating + sharing their stories;)
The goal was to keep everything simple + fresh. We put together a spread of different ingredients for our Smørrebrød, Danish open-face sandwiches which allowed guests to make their own sandwiches. Super easy + so yummy!
Olla flowers created these gorgeous arrangements for the tables. The women at Olla are fantastic! We told them a little bit about our event and they exceeded our expectations by far! Collaborating with local businesses is where it’s at;)
Greenhorn Cafe, easily my favourite cafe in Vancouver provided the Belgian waffles for our waffle bar! Fruit toppings, jam, and nutella and you’ve got yourself some satisfied guests.
gin + elderflower cocktails (i can’t quit making these!!), wine, and a coffee bar – mmm!
Kendra created a lovely floral backdrop for photo ops. And after we filled our apartments with the flowers;)
Kendra designed the loveliest bouquets + watercolour tags for the ladies to take home. These ladies were awesome! Thank you to everyone who came out + shared their Saturday morning with us. It was such a delight to learn more about you and I can’t wait to see your sweet faces again soon! I’m already looking forward to our next event;)
Photography by: Jan Heuninck
Florals by: Olla Urban Flower Project
Styling + Individual floral arrangements: Kendra Murphy for Prenta
Art Direction + Styling + Menu : Angela Grayce Design
Belgian waffle bar: Greenhorn Cafe
This weekend was one for the books! Our sweet happenings brunch went off without a hitch and I just can’t stop smiling. I had to fight the urge to skip into work. seriously. I also got an entire eight hours of sleep last night so that may have induced the little dance while i got ready this morning;)
here’s a little peek of saturday morning, expect a fully loaded post soon!!
hey, hey!! I wanted to pop in + say hi! I miss posting and have had every intention on finishing up the billion of posts I have had planned, but that Vancouver sun!! I just can’t justify sitting in front of the computer while there is so much going on outdoors;)
Though I have been working on a few special projects that I’m over the moon about!! I went through a few clips of the filming Kendra + I did a few weekends back, and eaaaaa – can’t wait to see it all come together + share with you guys! The two of us are spending this week finalizing details for an event I dreamt up last summer. And now this Saturday we will make it come to life. ya! So stoked. Working with that girl is really never work!
a few snippets of my favourite moments as of late;)
+ exploring the cutest little German village
+ filling the car with fresh blooms from Pike’s Place
+ snacking seaside
+ a morning splash after a night of camping…still no s’mores!!! soon, please!?
+ cold beers at sunset
hope you’re having a wonderful one – cheers!!