Jennifer Pistor

 

I am so excited for our annual double date night to Diner en Blanc.  This will be our 4th year attending.  Each year we get smarter about what to pack, what to wear, and what to pass on, so I thought I’d share some of our 4th year wisdom with you all.

Pack:

Pretty Linens can make your table scape so much more lovely then a boring white tablecloth.  Think lace, eyelet, or even layering a couple cloths to create a unique look.

Flowers for your table are a must.  This is the one area where colour is permitted.  We tend to not go too bold with the colour.  Soft pastels look gorgeous popped against all the white.

Lighting is always pretty on a table. Diner en Blanc is fire free, so start hunting for those little LED candles.  Bring a few light weight items for your candles to twinkle in.  Decorative birdcages, lanterns, or whatever other creative items you can think of.  Just remember you have to pack and carry it so don’t get too crazy.

Your table leader will make sure you get checklists of all the things you need to bring, but here are a few musts I bring every year.

sparklers

garbage bags

ziplock bags (for left overs)

dishcloth/ tea towel / paper towel (for spills and clean up)

things on wheels (so much easier to pull something with wheels rather than carrying everything)

lighter (for the sparklers…the little bit of permitted fire)

camera (it’s a spectacular event and you’ll want to capture every beautiful moment)

Wear: 

Wear head to toe white.  I know this sounds like a given, but I am always amazed by the girl who shows up in a gold dress.  Really? This happens every year.  Sure everyone may give her a look, but it totally takes away from what the event is all about.  Just wear some beautiful pure white and make it your own.  There are other ways to stand out in the crowd.

Add embellishments.  There is no need to keep your look boring.  I’m not so much into the over the top “costumes” people show up in, as it’s just not my style.  It gives us all something fun to look at though.  For tamer fun ideas…why not wear some jewelry in your hair?  Try topping off your glam boho look with a floral crown?  Add a dramatic caplet to your simple frock?  Just be sure to plan your outfit ahead of time. I am usually running around at the last minute trying to find something to wear.  I am happy to say my new dress for this year is hanging in my closet already.  I ordered it online so now I just need to work on the details.  For guys, embellishments can be a bit trickier.  They can still have fun though with cuff links, a bow tie, hat, and of course, the perfect pair of shades.

Pass: 

Ladies, hard pass on wearing your heels to the event.  You will be lugging stuff to the soiree, so keep your footwear cute but comfy.  A pair of white sandals are the perfect thing to make your life a whole lot easier.  If you can’t live without your heels, change into them once you are set up.  Just remember that, as the location is a secret, there’s no way of knowing ahead of time if you will be on grass, sand, or some other kind of dangerous surface for heels.  You’ll also be happy to have a pair of flats in your bag for the end of the night.

Don’t make overly complicated food.  We made this mistake our first year.  We spent the whole day cooking and prepping our dinner.  It was delicious but we were exhausted by the time we got there.  We have stuck to a more picnic style menu since.  We love charcuterie plates, salads, breads, olives, fruit, and of course a dessert.  I also totally recommend a thermos of cappuccino to cap off the evening.

Ladies, you really don’t need a purse.  I find it’s just one more thing to carry.  I often throw a tiny clutch in one of my bags with a lipgloss, some cash (cab fare for afterward), and my cell. It will be all that you need.

Lastly, make sure you take it all in.  Once your table is all set up, take a walk around and see all that the event and the venue has to offer.  There are sure to be some surprises around every corner.  Snap those pics!  Wishing all of you going this year a Happy Diner en Blanc!  Don’t forget to head on over to Alicia Fashionista for more fab info on Everything you need to know about Diner en Blanc!
Photos by: Alicia Winnett, Kerry Lawrence Photography, and my own.

 

I have been busy testing out some new beauty product and want to share some of my favourite Summer products.  The best part is that they are all drugstore brands so  they are affordable too!  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these products the next time you are browsing the beauty department.

1) Makeup Revolution Blush Palette: This is a new brand to Canada!  Originally from London, they believe that quality products can still be affordable.  This palette has a more bronzy/metalicy look to it.  Perfect for sun kissed skin.

2) Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturizer: This big bottle of coconut deliciousness is sitting on my bathroom counter.  It makes my skin feel amazing and smells divine.

3) Nyx Ombre Blush: This fashion inspired blush adds a radiant flush of colour to my cheeks. It goes on silky and blends beautifully.

4) E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer:  I don’t like to cover my face with loads of makeup in the Summer months.  I have actually replaced my foundation with this awesome face primer.  It makes my skin look smooth and soft.  It evens out my skin tone and is the perfect base for my bronzing blushes.

5) Jergens Natural Glow self tanner:  I have been using Jergens for years and years for my gradual self tanning needs.  Their newest formula contains black tea to help enhance your colour without streaks and that weird sunless tanner smell.

6) Ogx Weightless Oil + Lifting Tonic:  It’s easy for your summer locks to look dry and limp.  This gravity defying tonic can be applied to either wet or dry hair and will boost and hydrate your hair.  This fresh formula with moisturize, volumize, and breathe life into your hair.  This one you’ll want to throw into your beach bag for a quick hair refresh.

Look for all these products at the London Drugs beauty department.
(Pretty floral cosmetic bag from Ted Baker)

 

Over the weekend I did a huge closet purge and organization.  I kept all my favourite pieces.  The ones I wear over and over again and truly love to wear.  My 20′s were all about having fun with my style.  I chose fashion over function and shoes were a big part of this. It still amazes me that I used to wear heels to work everyday, and I was on my feet all day. I can barely last a couple hours now.

Now in my mid-30′s, I’m all about the comfort.  Comfortable doesn’t have be ugly or outdated though.  I find I now buy brands that are timeless, versatile, and feel like butter on my feet.  Miz Mooz seems to be one of fave Summer shoe go-to’s.  When I was cleaning out my closet, overtime I picked up a pair of my Miz Mooz I’d say “Oh, I love these ones.” The top pair you have seen a few times on the blog this season.  They are the best everyday shoe.  The second pair I got last year (they have them back again this year) and are a great all season flat.  These were my updated solution to the ballet flat.  The bottom pair I also bought last year and have been great for weddings, events, or a dinner out with the hubs.

I am feeling excited about living with less, wearing the items I have more, and truly loving what’s in my closet.  Don’t ever feel like you “should” buy something just because it’s a trend.  Instead think about your lifestyle and what you like.  These items will last  you more than just a single season.  This is good news for the environment and for your bank account.

This post was not sponsored.  All opinions are my own…as always. 

 

Packing Checklist

Summer Pack List

Packing is always such a chore.  I love going away, but sometimes loathe the packing process.  Having been away last week, with another trip around the corner next week, packing is on my mind.  I thought I would share my packing recipe to help with the ease of prepping for a summer getaway.

1) Think about what you will be doing on your trip.  And be realistic.  Do you need a cocktail dress and heels for a family vacay by the beach?  Probably not.  Break down your activities and plan outfits around that.

2) Don’t pack too many shoes.  I am always guilty of this.  I packed 3 pairs of shoes for our last trip and ended up only wearing my metallic  flip flops the whole time.

3) I don’t know about you, but when I’m on vacay I want to be comfortable.  Don’t pack those jeans that are too tight or a dress that rides up.  Pack your favourite go-to items with comfort in mind. And don’t forget about loungewear.  It’s nice to have cozy stuff to hang out in at your accommodations.

The Checklist:

  • a pair of jeans
  • a pair of jean shorts
  • 3-5 tanks/tops (depending on how long you are away)
  • hoodie
  • casual LBD
  • cardigan
  • swimsuit
  • beach coverup
  • beach towel (my faves are the Sunday Dry Goods Turkish towels)
  • sunnies
  • flipflops
  • a multi-purpose bag (can take shopping or to the beach)
  • a couple of simple accessories (hoop earrings, bracelet, etc.)
  • loungewear/jammies and slippers
  • sleep mask (you never know how bright your accommodations may be)
  • hair ties
  • ball cap (because who want to do their hair on vacation?)
  • toiletries / suntan lotion / hair brush / dry shampoo / shampoo & conditioner / blowdryer (if they don’t provide one) / flat iron / undies / bras

 

 

Sometimes after a a long day the only option is to slip into something comfortable and  go out for dinner.  I had an awesome day last Saturday working a market for my shop West + Wind but it was a looooong day.  My day started at 5am and involved a lot of hauling and lugging of boxes, etc.  When friends texted me to ask if we wanted to join them for a family dinner out, I was in.  This dress has been a cozy go-to for a few years now.  Plenty is the best for fab basics like this.  This top is a new one from Du North.  I’m in love with the colour.  It’s so soft it’s like pulling on a lightweight sweatshirt.

These earring though!  If you are looking for truly gorgeous handmade jewelry (more like wearable art),  then you must check out Vancouver designer Negar Khatami.  I have had the pleasure of styling her pieces for photoshoots before and also own one of her necklaces.  Her studio is lovely and the designer herself is the most amazing and inspiring woman. I love when I get to wear items made by such talented people.

I hope you all have an amazing long weekend.  I am so excited to pack up and head to the lake on Friday.  Yes, there will be loads of comfy things being packed.

 

Details: top c/o Du North, dress: c/o Plenty, earrings: c/o Katami Designs, shoes Miz Mooz c/o Shoes on Fourth, clutch Rudsak

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