Surprise Presents, Late Lunches & Shopping

A little shopping and a late lunch - what a perfect way to kickstart our holidays! I'm going to make this post short and sweet, much like the summer we have experienced so far. I can't believe it's almost coming to an end!

Despite this sad reality, I am a very happy girl today. Roger came back from a business trip last night and surprised me with not one, but two special presents: a Pandora charm and a chocolate-dipped coconut cookie. The charm was sentimental and the cookie was gluten-free! I'ma keep him.

We spent the day trying on blue suits and workout gear. You'll notice that I'm wearing the same sundress that I wore in my last post. Oops! When I love something, I really do wear it out. I managed to scoop me up some turquoise shoes to match it from The Bay. They were only $37 so even though I may only get to wear them once before the summer is through, they are totally worth it.

Treating ourselves to lunch after shopping was just that--a treat! We are still so crazy full and it's almost bedtime. I'm excited to see what tomorrow has in store!

August 24 - Pandora

August 24 - Charms

August 24 - Colourful

August 24 - Dress

August 24 - Shopping

August 24 - Suit

August 24 - Lunchtime

August 24 - EarlyBird

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Anniversary Weekend 2.5

Happy Monday! This past weekend was a special one; Roger and I celebrated our two and a half year anniversary. Now I know that half years don't really count, but with Christmas and birthdays so far away it only makes sense to throw in something extra. I'm so glad we did!

Here's us on Friday night attending a birthday party for one of Roger's coworkers.

August 12th - Together

Our very first date--which also happened to be the first time we met--was at a busy diner downtown. After a night of dancing at the bar and carrying on with friends, we thought we'd recreate the magic once again... 2 and a bit years later. Back when we were young and silly, we ordered matching milkshakes--strawberry-banana for my potential new love interest, strawberry for me . The older, wiser, more experienced version of ourselves thought it best to follow tequila with water this time. Hence, when we stumbled into the diner on Friday night, no milkshakes were had. We instead enjoyed yummy mexican food and went home to a very happy dog.

On Saturday, as Roger was having boys' time at golf, I engaging in the art of speed-reading to finish my novel in time for Sunday's Book Club meeting. If you haven't read Gone Girl yet, you should! It's by Gillian Flynn and it's absolutely mind-blowing. Sympathetic at best, infuriating at worst... all around a great read. So Saturday was a bit of a down day. We topped off our evening with a movie and a dog walk.

August 12th - It Takes Two

On Sunday my friend Katelyn came to visit. We've both had a hankering (never used that word before, but it seemed fitting) to watch "It Takes Two" with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen--a 1995 classic. A girls' day would not be complete without baked goods or candy, so we paired up and winged a Cinnamon Bun Cake. It was SO good with vanilla pudding! There were zero complaints about it being entirely gluten-free!

August 12th - Cinnamon Cake

To wind down the weekend's festivities, I attended Book Club on Sunday evening. This month's meeting so happened to fall on the host's birthday (okay, it might have been planned). Kate had her house wonderfully decorated to suit the "Masquerade Ball" theme. We made masks, drank wine, and shared our mutual aggravation at the book's denouement and shocking conclusion.

August 12th - Balloons

Glue guns and everything! I was in craft heaven.

August 12th - Crafts

My mask:

August 12th - Mask

This photo is a little blurry, but Kate even made us little jello shooters for the occasion.

August 12th - Table

What a satisfying weekend! I summed up its perfection for Roger last night: "We celebrated our anniversary with a date on Friday. Then you went golfing with the boys on Saturday and I got to read my book. I went to Book Club on Sunday and you got to play video games. And by the time we reunited you baked me a chicken casserole and I brought you home some bubblegum cupcakes!" That's true love right there.

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One Red Wall: The Beginning of a New Living Room

The time has come to say goodbye to dog crates and cardboard box barriers, hand-me-down couches, blue drapes and pink carpets. We are finally renovating our living room and dining room! As you can see from the before picture (shown below), these rooms are in need of a serious makeover. First order of business: a fresh new paint job. We opted for 4 grey walls in the dining room and 3 additional grey walls + 1 bright red wall in the living room. Red is a recurring colour in our home; our objective is to have hints of it in every room, whether it be showcased through art, furniture, or accents. In order to create flow, we complemented the red wall in the living room with another red wall in the front entrance (not pictured). I love how things are coming together!

House - Living:Dining Before

The "before" walls made me sad.

August 5th - Pink Carpet

The "after" walls make me happy.

August 5th - Blinds

Messy messy. The only thing we'll miss about this chaos is the storage space it provides. Tundra might miss the carpet.

August 5th - Tundra

So far we have painted the walls, ripped up the baseboards, and installed new curtains. We plan to replace the outdated carpet with engineered hardwood by the end of the month. In anticipation for the big change, we splurged a little and pre-ordered a WONDERFUL sofa and accent chair (shown below). I figure our bums will deserve a seat after all the hard labour. Look at all those throw pillows!! 4-6 weeks and they will be mine!!

Our couch

Love this ensemble!

Chair

Once we get the floors down, our next step will be to arrange the new furniture and hang our paintings. Even though I would love nothing more than to continue this decorating roll, finances may dictate otherwise. Until further saving, I will simply dream.

I have always loved bookcases and I have envisioned having one in the living room from the moment we moved in. I fell in love with the set-up pictured below. There's a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about a bright room with stark white accents--so crisp, clean, and inviting--cuddling up with a good book is presumably essential. Even though this option is out of our price-point right now, I hope to one day experience a reading nook in my own home.

House - Bookcase

Keeping in line with my vision of stark white trim and shelving, I have expanded my wishlist to musings of a frost-coloured piano. Our piano currently boasts a rich brown hue (as is tradition) and I'm keen on giving it a more fresh and modern look. While searching the web for ideas and DIY tutorials on "how to paint a piano" I stumbled across a neat site selling Antique uprights. It got me thinking... I wonder how old our piano is and if its worth anything. I could not contain my excitement as we opened the lid. Patented in 1900??? My inner child was somersaulting as my Antique Roadshow dreams flirted with reality right in front of me. We could have a design dilemma on our hands: IF this piano is worth what we hope it is, do we sell it or turn it into a masterpiece?

If luck disappoints and the piano turns out worthless, I am painting it white like this one:

White Piano

So there you have it: What we've done, what we're planning to do, and what I really, really want to do. Stay posted for the big reveal in a couple of weeks!

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