Love is in the air!

dsc_0353Looking for ideas to celebrate LOVE? Apart from ensuring that you surround yourself with people you love, food, wine, and chocolate are some of the best options for celebrating Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Table decor is easy to do… especially after a trip to the dollar store! Lots of red and white, candles, garland, etc.

As Charles M. Schulz once said,”Love is all your need. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” If you’re looking for a great chocolate dessert, check out my previous blog post with a recipe for the “Chocolate Decadence Cake” Always a hit with any crowd.DSC_0013Looking for great beverages to serve at a Valentine’s Party? Here are a few fun suggestions.



The new Bailey’s Strawberries and Cream is so tasty, simply served over ice. Check out their website for more ideas.   Another great choice is “Say Yes” pinot gris by Dirty Laundry vineyard. Also perfect for the month of love is Secret Affair also by Dirty Laundry Vineyard.

Try out the Empress 1908 Gin… depending on your mix, it produces various colours for the perfect Valentine’s Day drink!

Hope your Valentine’s Day is LOVE-ly!IMG_0170


SHINE Fashion Tea

IMG_8566 (1)The first ever SHINE Fashion Tea took place this past weekend at the beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. After months of planning, our committee was thrilled to see this event come together.  Thanks to corporate sponsors, tickets sales and a successful silent auction, we were able to raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital.


Todd Talbot (of Love It or List It fame) and his wife Rebecca were our M.C.’s for the afternoon and were utterly charming.


Afternoon tea at the Empress is always a delightful experience!

Music provided by the talented Craig Henderson Trio
Fashion provided by Karl Lagerfeld, Michaels Kors, Connally McDougall & Alex S. Yu
These ladies took on the best hat challenge!

We were proud to be part of this fundraiser for B.C. Children’s Hospital who do such great work for sick kids. If you missed the event this year, stayed tuned for next year!

Keeping Christmas all the year

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

In Dickens’ Christmas Carol, I love Scrooge’s transformation and his commitment to keep Christmas “all the year.” We would all do well to remember that as we pack up the Christmas decorations (usually with a touch of sadness) and store them away for another year. I would like to believe that each of us will try to keep the essence of Christmas in our heart throughout the year.

Yes, Christmas has come and gone, but I am happy to share a few of my favourite memories from December’s festivities. As Washington Irving once said, “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” It is the season of parties, of baking, of feasting, of gift giving, and enjoying the company of good friends.

I love setting up my Christmas table laden with sweets!

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