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;)

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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! 

We exchanged stories about our passions, struggles, travels, global issues – i left completely inspired by these women!


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!!





Happy hump day, guys! I thought I’d help ya get an early start on the long weekend by sharing these simple + refreshing cocktails with you! I picked up a bottle of elderflower syrup at Ikea and have pretty much tried to use it in every way possible. It’s so tasty! Naturally coming up with a non-fussy cocktail was next in order.

Kendra + I spent a Saturday afternoon mixin’ up these cocktails and well, one is not enough! The mint + lemon + elderflower make this number the perfect summer drink. Go on, sip up!

Continue on for the full recipe:)

elderflower + gin cocktail

.75 ounces elderflower syrup
1–2 ounces gin
3.5 ounces club soda
lemons sliced, garnish
mint leaves, garnish

Pour gin, elderflower syrup, and club soda into the glass. Garnish with a lemon slice + mint leaves. Enjoy!!


Shot + Styled by Angela + Kendra 




Holy amazingness, we found the best dessert in Vancouver! Okay, to be fair, a Belgian friend of mine introduced Nero to me a few weeks back;) After our ridiculously delicious dinner of waffles, I knew it had to be our next eat sip shop stop! Kendra, Britt, and I stopped by after work last week to indulge in some waffle goodness – we were in heaven:)


The waffles are made to order which means fresh + warm! You can choose your waffle batter: Brussels (light + crispy) or Liège (soft + sweet + chewy) – Kendra had the Liège with fresh strawberries + whipped cream while Britt and I shared the recommended Dame Blanche, Brussels style. It wasn’t too sweet, just the right amount. YUM!!


Definitely put this treat on your list of musts in Vancouver. It’s like a little piece of Europe placed on Robson street – friendly staff + heavenly waffles + cosy, intimate ambiance. a new favourite + lucky for me, conveniently located 5 minutes from my apt;)  Smakelijk!


Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
1703 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C8





Hey, hey – Happy Thursday!!! This week Kendra + I visited the most dreamy flower shop, Olla Urban Flower Project. The space was overflowing with beautiful blooms + plants. So much in fact I had to bring one home with me. Megan, the sweetest owner, found a lovely vase to house my new plant and now I’m fighting the urge to head back and buy heaps more! Head on over to Kendra’s blog to check out the full post!



hi guys! hope you’re soaking up all the sun + good times summer brings about. i sure am;)  here are a few snippets of the happy times as of lately… according to the iPhone;)

+ andy visiting from Germany!

+ Germany and the USA advancing!

+ flammkuchen-making with a handful of good friends. yuuum!! Have you ever had it before? It’s one of my favourites!

+ Exploring Vancouver with my bud. Being a tourist in your own city is always fun;)

+ Canada day treats + fireworks!

+ This is probably the ONLY time you’ll ever see me in a cowboy hat, hah. I’m not much of cowgirl, but I sure enjoyed stampedin’ it up on the 4th of July with my lady, Britt.

+ Road trip back to Vancouver from Calgary. I’ll admit, that was the real treat for me! I’ve been a few times and the Canadian Rockies still continue to amaze me! Everyone should make the drive at least once..! We stopped at Lake Louise for a short hike and treated ourselves to tea + biscuits with our little friends..

+ Deutschland wins the cup. Sunday was a gooooood day!

Oh ya! And lastly, National Geographic will be featuring a photo of mine in their Spring 2015 “Abroad at Home” book! happy dance x 34884636489.

More soon!!







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