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I often turn to scrolling through Instagram when I’ve reached a hump during the day + need a little extra inspiration. One of my favourite accounts, Marianne Jacobsen is a photographer + stylist from Aarhus, Denmark. Everything from the colour, lighting and composition are always spot on.

Lucky for you Midwesterners, She’s headed to Chicago in June and has available bookings! If you’re interested in working with her, head over to her website for more info. I’m a tad bit jealous I won’t be around during her visit.

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hi ladies + gents! It’s been a while;) As a treat, I’ve got a tasty (+ super easy) recipe to share with you. James’ grandma came to Vancouver over the summer + brought me the loveliest British cookbook. I was eager to get back in the kitchen after skimming through the book. Kendra’s always keen on helping so we spent a Saturday afternoon baking, styling and eating these delectable treats.

I love entertaining guests, but sometimes it’s just too much work to put together an entire meal after a long week. Brunch cups are the perfect solution. They feel special and look like a lot of work, but are incredibly easy + will leave guests delightfully pleased without all the fuss.

The recipe called for rhubarb, but we opted for nectarines + peaches as they were in season.

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Sweet Brunch Cups

You’ll need:

3 ripe pears, nectarines + peaches – peeled, cored and thickly sliced
50 g caster sugar
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of honey
2.5 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
225 g chilled puff pastry
a little beaten egg
demerara sugar, for sprinkling
greek yogurt, to serve

Directions:

In a small saucepan, mix together the fruit, sugar, lemon juice, honey and ginger. Cook over a gentle heat until the fruit begins to soften.

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Cut out six rounds using the cup saucers as a template.

Preheat the oven to 200 C/ 400 F. Spoon the cool mixtures into the cups.

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Brush the top edge of the cups with beaten eggs and top with pastry rounds, then sprinkle with sugar. Make two holes on the top of each lid to allow steam to escape.

Place the cups in a large roasting tin and fill with enough hot water to come half way up the sides of the cups. Bake for 20–25 mins or until puffed + golden brown.

Serve with a bowl of greek yogurt. We enjoyed ours with tea. Yum!

xx

Angela

Last month Kendra + I hosted our second Sweet Happenings event. I will admit, it was put together very last minute as both of us were traveling this summer and confirming a date was rather tricky. But I’m happy we decided to just go for it:) This time around, we extended the invitation to our peers on social media and I think that’s where, for me, it felt much more exciting! We hadn’t met most of the people in person so this event gave everyone the opportunity to really get to know one another beyond the square frame of Instagram.

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We structured the afternoon around a simple, Parisian-inspired spread + conversation. We displayed two cards, each with a question we wanted everyone to ponder; “How does being a part of a creative community influence your daily life?” and “As creatives, do you feel a responsibility to contribute something bigger than yourself?” The second question really resonated with me as this past year I’ve felt more of an urge to create more meaningful work so I was anxious to hear how the others would answer.

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The beautiful centerpieces were designed by Rogue Florist, who kindly sponsored our event! Love Your Mornings provided our guests with a takeaway of healthy cookies + the most delicious coconut, cashew and mocha bars (they tasted like almond joys but better…yum!!!)

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The passion + talent that filled the garden was amazing. Listening to everyone talk about their current projects; different perspectives on living in Vancouver; the ups + downs of starting your own business; and of course, my favourite, social responsibility was the best part! I really do enjoy the discussion + new perspectives this event brings about.

We had such a brilliant time hosting that a part trois is in the works before the end of the year!!! Stay tuned for more info in the upcoming weeks!

thank you heaps + heaps to those who help make this possible!

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Photography by: Martin Mazaar
Florals by: Rogue Florist
Cookies + healthy treats: Love your Mornings
Styling +  Individual floral arrangements: Kendra Murphy for Kit + Forage
Art Direction + Styling + Menu : Angela Grayce Design

I had the pleasure of meeting a dear friend for dinner at Lafayette in NYC last month. I knew the food + ambiance would be right up my alley as Faris never disappoints. But YUM! Both the decor + food. We ooh’d + ahh’d over Eric Junker’s illustrations throughout the restaurant. And their branding – spot on. That french blue is definitely finding it’s way into my work as of lately;)  Have you been? What sort of places do you tend to find inspiration in? Great work, Oat!

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It’s taken me one year + a week to post this. I began writing this post a few days after leaving London. But couldn’t really think of the words to describe my experience. I wanted to share this life-changing time with all of you, but I first had to understand what all of it meant. Exactly one year and ten days ago, I crossed the London Marathon finish line. After two full days of absolutely no food or sleep, it seemed like a miracle to me.

The days leading up to my flight to London friends + family began to reach out with so much love + support. Their excitement for the race made me that much more anxious to get there. I felt as if I really was making them proud! I arrived in London with the worst case of butterflies. I was completely overwhelmed with the city, the busyness, the course set up at Buckingham Palace – My heart was racing faster than ever before. I was ecstatic. After months of hard training, cold winter runs, very early mornings, and years of hoping to be chosen for the London Marathon, there I stood. Ready to make my dream come true.

And then Bam. A big pile of crappy news stood right in front of me. The kind of news that makes you wish you could crawl into a cave forever. My heart ached. I was thousands of miles away from home and all I wanted was a hug. What was suppose to be the most exciting trip of my life then became the hardest. There I was in a completely new + exciting city numb without the slightest clue of how to continue on. I was terrified.

I remember taking the train to the starting line. My eyes were full of tears and I was convinced there was no way I’d ever to be able to finish the marathon under that condition. I contemplated turning back and hiding in my hotel room, but I knew I’d never forgive myself if I did such a thing. I didn’t want to let everyone down cheering me on over the last year. So I continued to the starting line with an empty stomach and heart hoping for the slightest bit of luck. Maybe someone would push me to the finish? Instead I ran into a group of people who kindly exchanged motivating words with me. I then looked at my phone and browsed through all of the messages my dear friends + family sent. I knew while they were thousands of miles away, they were still there rooting me on wanting only the best. As the race began, I decided to let go of that awful feeling of defeat and breathe in the love + inspiration filling the air that beautiful Sunday morning.

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A few miles in my stomach roared as it only consumed a measly 400-600 calories (in beer form) in 48 hrs and well, that’s definitely not an ideal scenario. I ignored the roars and looked to the sweet, little British children cheering and handing out jelly babies. Their kind, little faces warmed my heart a bit.

I was absolutely starving at mile 10. Where were the bananas along the course – I finally had an appetite!! At mile 15 I began to think about “hitting the wall” at mile 19. My mind was reminding me to take it easy while my legs insisted I push harder – I decided to listen to my legs. As soon as I hit mile 20, that was it. The last 6.2 miles were rough, but that’s where I picked up my speed. I realized that my body was on my side + finishing hard was how it was going to be. It helped that before the race, I planned on thinking of a certain person each mile of the last 6. That really helped. With all the doubt before the race, I knew thinking of the people that have rooted me on throughout the training would help push me to finish. I was completing this race not for just myself but also for an organization that dedicates their life to ensuring our beautiful earth + animals are protected for generations to come. That alone gave me the extra boost. How lucky I was to be a part of such a wonderful group.

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I can’t even begin to articulate how emotional of a run this was. I experienced everything from joy to complete heartbreak to pain so sharp I felt like quitting.

It was one of the hardest moments and yet most rewarding time of my life. If there are three things I learnt from this, they are:

+ Never underestimate the love your family, friends, and dear ones have for you. I truly believe that love for one another is what pushes us to achieve the impossible
+ Nothing can prepare you for the unexpected hard times. No matter how awful you feel, find comfort in knowing that feeling will eventually go away – the trick is to acknowledge it and not let it define who you are + just keep going.
+ Be good to yourself. There will always be people lining up to tell you that you’re not good enough, not strong enough, crazy for flying across the ocean to run a marathon. But all of that doesn’t matter. What matters is you show up, follow your heart, and always be kind to yourself.

After one year and one week, it feels good to push publish.

ps: Good luck to all running in London this Sunday!!!

xx

Angela

 

 

 

Happy Friday everyone!!! I wanted to share a very happy moment with all of you:) You may remember me briefly talking about National Geographic asking to publish a photo of mine in their “Abroad at Home” book – Well, it’s now available at your local bookstore!!

Growing up I remember my Nana + Bompa bringing piles of old National Geographic magazines to the house. I’d spend hours reading + completely in awe of the gorgeous photographs. If only I could traverse the Sahara Desert and indulge in the most satisfying croissants overlooking the Eiffel Tower. I’d then chop the magazine up and create what would be my dream life. So you can imagine how eager + excited I was to say yes when this publication reached out to me;)

This has definitely inspired me to share more around here  – I absolutely love finding, creating, and sharing the beauty I find in the everyday, so expect to see more from this gal in the upcoming months.

Ps: find the time to do what you love. I know it’s such an annoying cliché to constantly hear, but if you truly love doing something, do it! It’s so underrated. Find your passion, success will follow. Truly believe it.

With that, I’m out for the weekend! Only some spring cleaning + a photoshoot before I’m off to the East Coast next week!! Have the most wonderful weekend!!

xx

 

 

 

 

 

happy friday, everyone! i’m pushing myself out of a major funk this week and I figured sorting through + sharing a few of my favourite snippets over the last month would bring some positivity around:)

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+ working with and overseeing a great group of designers –  i feel incredibly lucky to work with people who push me to be my best self
+ reading (and completely agreeing) that as designers we’re responsible for the impact our work has on society
+ morning runs becoming routine again
+ eats with some of the best people. including a truly special guy;)

*not pictured: my sister purchasing her ticket to come visit !!! major plus!!

have a lovely weekend!

xx