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Bon Weekend, Plus Couture Cocktails


Bon weekend, mon ami's!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.  We will be going to my parent's lake house for a few days to relax and play on the lake.

Couture Cocktails

This cocktail is perfect for the weekend here. It will be a scorching 100 degrees today.  I suppose I can't complain too much since the weather has been lovely, especially in the evenings.

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas

Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas


2 ounces grand marnier
2 ounces orange juice
1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce coconut water
1 ounce canned light coconut milk
1 ounce simple syrup
unsweetened shredded + toasted coconut for glass rims
orange + lime slices for serving


To rim glasses, fill a plate with coconut. Rub honey or left over frosting on the rim - anything sticky that the coconut will stick too - then place on the plate to coat with coconut. Fill glass with ice.
Combine all grand marnier, orange juice, tequila, lime juice, coconut water, coconut milk and simple syrup in a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and garnish with wedges of orange and limes.
yield: makes 1 cocktail
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!  I hope it's beautiful where you are...
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This Week's Musings...



 Sur Mer, France

This week flew by in the wink of an eye.  I love the ease of summer ~ mornings with warm sunlight filtering through the windows and lingering cups of coffee, the smell of fragrant flowers in the garden, afternoon pastries, late evenings on the patio while watching the kids catching and releasing fireflies and enjoying a cocktail or glass of champagne..., mostly moving at a slow pace and soaking in each of life's moment.

Payard (Paris-ish)


Paris | by KT Merry



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Charming French Blue Doors


Blue Door, Paris Photography, Turquoise, Pastel, French Home Decor, Paris Print, Baroque, Architecture, Ornate - First Impressions on Etsy, $35.00

I love the blue doors of France and currently dreaming of one of my own.  My front door has gone through a few colours and is currently red.  In need of new paint, I'm deciding which shade of blue will work with the current colour scheme of brick and brown or if I should switch to a different shade of red.

Paris -  Blue Doors

Taken by my sister Cheryl in the Marais district of Paris, for me. (I was almost in the photo!)

Paris Photography- French Decor- Home Decor- Wall Art-   "No. 69" cerulean blue- rustic home decor- paris chic- 8x10 on Etsy, $30.00

Paris Photograph  Navy Blue Door Parisian Travel Fine by ParisPlus

Not a door but I love the colour of the shutters, especially with the pink flowers.  Gorgeous.

Old Grimaud, Provence, France



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Beautiful Inspiration: Black Walls and Gold Accents


I love the elegance of black and charcoal walls and gold will forever be a favourite.  I'm particularly smitten with white accent pieces next them ~ a trio in heaven.

Marie Flanigan Interiors: Alabaster Lamps: White and Light

black n gold

side table | photo rikki snyder

An entire room could be too much so an accent wall in this bedroom is perfect.

tamara magel design | photo rikki snyder

I really love this charcoal matte wall.

My love affair with matte black walls knows no bounds. Old canvas salvaged from the market in Arezzo, aged gold, horned skull.

What are your thoughts on black/charcoal walls?



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My Best Beauty Secrets, Plus 1 More


Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.  

After a recent conversation with girlfriends discussing our best beauty secrets, I, as each of them know, swear by a healthy diet.  Mine mostly consists of veggies, little fish, a green smoothie (I've said it before, it gives me tons of energy), plus at least 60oz of water each day.  Honestly, I don't feel well when I eat unhealthy.  It's not to say that I don't enjoy eating out with my family at one of our favourite restaurants and we all know that I like a cocktail on the weekend.  I'm not willing to give those up nor do I feel that I need to.  Being miserable is not what being healthy is about and that would make me miserable.  I also travel with my Vitamix (yes, I miss it that much).  I've also rediscovered how much I love riding my bike.  I haven't brought it out of the garage for awhile and now I want to ride every day, different trails and greenways throughout the city.  I can't believe how much energy I have and wonder why I took me so long to get back in to a routine.

I stumbled upon this article about Elle Macpherson and she reveals her beauty "tips and tricks."  Tips yes, tricks no.  I don't believe there is anything tricky about it.  Can you believe she is 50 years old?  Amazing.

PHOTO: Elle Macpherson tweeted this photo with this caption: "Super greens... After super swim", July 15, 2014.

Awhile ago, perusing Pinterest I found recipes I wanted to make from the blog, Oh, She Glows.  They looked incredible and tasted as delicious.  Since then, I have found so many more.  I seriously can't get enough nor I have I found any to be less that wonderful.  

Below are my top five recipes:

Many people I know have switched to a gluten-free diet and I try to find great recipes to make when they visit, and to share with them and you.  Although I am not on a gluten-free diet, I don't eat meat and it can be difficult to find entrée's the pickiest carnivore's will approve.

This is a definitely a treat.  I love surprising my kids with special breakfasts like this one and you can easily swap the fruit.  I love raspberries, cherries, and blueberries. 

Easy Vegan and Gluten Free Pancakes (Strawberry Shortcake w/ Whipped Cream) // Oh She Glows

I can't keep my hands out of the cookie jar... and finding myself happily riding a few extra miles to earn these.

Irresistible Chewy Trail Mix Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) Recipe by Oh She Glows | Maypurr

This reminds me of a salad I get from Whole Foods.  It's perfect for lunch or after a long bike ride or barre class.

My kids love this and so do I.  After all, who does't love chocolate?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ‘Blizzard’

Another recipe that reminds me of one I pick up at Whole Foods.  This is really good by itself or topped on crackers and hummus.  Hummus is one of my favourite afternoon or late night snacks.

Detox Tabbouleh by Oh She Glows Can't wait to try this ~ it's better than it sounds...especially mixed with hummus on delish crackers as per creator...

A wonderful list of the benefits of fruits and vegetables

For beautiful skin natural remedies

Do you have any beauty tips to share?



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