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Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentine's day flowers

Valentine’s Day has a special twist this year in my home. It is the first time that we made valentines for my son’s daycare classroom.

Since Zack is still too young to enjoy yet mass producing cards, we ordered classroom Valentine’s cards last month from Tiny Prints. We selected the Truckloads of Fun because Zack is really into transportation vehicles these days. We used his official daycare picture, in his uniform, for the photo. The picture was taken last October. When I look at him now, I can’t believe how much he transformed from a baby face to a little boy face. Continue Reading

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Get These If You Plan to Propose on Valentine’s Day

my phone is off for you

Valentine’s Day is one night where many guys decide to pop the question. If this is what you have in mind, guys, here are three uncommon things — besides your caring attention, true love and good look — that will set the right mood.

First of all, tell her that she has your undivided attention with this handkerchief. And you mean it since wrapping your phone inside this hanky blocks any calls and texts. Continue Reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

happy valentine's day cupcakes

happy valentine's day cupcakes

In this day where we remind the ones we love about how much they are important for us, I want to tell each of you how much I appreciate the support that you gave me over the years. And I want to thank all the fabulous home design / lifestyle / party and wedding blogs that inspire me on a daily basis. Happy Valentine!

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+ photo: the Valentine’s Day cupcakes that I bought at Les Glaceurs this afternoon.

 

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Easy Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

valentine's breakfast eggs hearts

Scrambling to come up with a Valentine’s dinner plan? Both Kim and I agree that staying in is the way to go, but if you really want to surprise your loved ones, create a special start to their day by putting a little love into the most important meal of the day.

Although Tuesday mornings don’t usually afford a lot of time for a leisurely meal, these quick Valentine’s day fixes will send them off with a smile without having to set your alarm for 5 a.m. wake-up-call.

Bacon and Eggs
A match made in heaven if ever we’ve tasted one, this classic breakfast combo gets a couple of creative tweaks to make it V-Day appropriate.

paper mama valentine's breakfast bacon heart

  • The Paper Mama cleverly twists strips of bacon into the shape du jour

valentine's breakfast eggs hearts

  • A heart-shaped cookie cutter turns easy-to-make egg-in-the-nest into something to remember (we love the cute ketchup hearts too!)
  • If hardboiled eggs are your family’s preference, try this heart-shaped version – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make. (Tuck this idea away for Easter brunch.)

Hot Drinks for Valentine’s Day
For those who prefer a liquid breakfast, these creative ideas put a Valentine’s spin on their favourite warm-me-up drink – whether coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

valentine's tea wrapper printable creature comforts

adore magazine valentine's tea printable

  • Make their tea simply sublime with free printable teabag wrappers from Creature Comforts or Australia’s Adore Magazine. If a mid-afternoon cuppa is your love’s thing, stash one in their work bag or notebook for a surprise.
valentine's day drinks hot chocolate printable
  • What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than a steaming cup of hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows? All if takes is a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter (or a warm knife and a steady hand) to make these.
  • If they’re taking their bevvie to go, wrap their travel mug (or ask for an extra cup when you stop at your favourite café today) in this adorable printable sleeve from Eat Drink Chic.

Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? How will you celebrate this year?

SOURCING:
+ Bacon Hearts How-To from The Paper Mama
+ Heart-Shaped Egg-in-the-Nest How-To from Cute Food For Kids
+ Heart-Shaped Hard Boiled Egg How-To from Anna The Red
+ Free Printable Valentine’s Tea Bag Wrapper from Adore Magazine
+ Free Printable Valentine’s Tea Bag Wrapper from Creature Comforts
+ Heart-Shaped Marshmallow How-To from MarthaStewart.com
+ Free Printable Je T’aime Coffee Cup Wrappers from Eat Drink Chic

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eValentine cards from West Elm

west elm valentine's day ecards

west elm valentine's day ecards

West Elm partnered with their favorite New York city small design shops, sites and green organizations to this Valentine’s Day initiative. They told us they have a crush on Etsy, Brooklyn Flea, Book By Its Cover, Grow NYC, La Colombe and Brooklyn Brew Shop. Each card is a wordplay that is representative of its associated brand. I love them all.

  • You are sew cute
  • Love you to pieces
  • we’re on the same page
  • You’re my pick
  • You give me buzz
  • with you, it’s always happy hour

So. tell me which one would you prefer to receive from your partner? I wish to see “with you, it’s always happy hour” on my inbox.

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+ Send your eValentine from West Elm

 

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Pink and Orange Little Monkey Valentine Party Theme

little monkey cupcakes

little monkey cupcakes

I’m glad that the New York photographer now based in California Djamilla Rosa Cochran told me about the fabulous “Let’s Monkey Around” sock puppet party that she photographed. You might have seen it featured on the blog of Amy Atlas. Let’s discuss why you should consider a pink and orange color scheme for your Valentine’s Day party.

monkey pop cakes

It is OK to refrain your use of red on Valentine’s Day. Here, the typical red is used sparsely or as a support while the orange and pink steal the show. The result is fresh, bold and playful, just like my Jonathan Alder’s Chevron Pink Toilet Roll Cover for Cottonelle. By the way, I was glad when I saw it inside the swag bag that I received at the Canadian Design Bloggers meetup. The cute toilet roll cover now cheers up my powder room.

monkey sock puppet dessert table for valentine's day

Going back to the party colors, I like the childish elements that would be cute even for grown ups. Tell me who can resist to the charm of monkey sock puppets?

This party is a team effort from California-based vendors. Marjenah of Candy Bar Couture created the dessert table. Jazzy Cupcakes modernly decorated the cupcakes while Cake Pop-in did the cake pops. If you do it yourself, do not be afraid to work with several vendors for a party. Communicating well the colors is key to get a cohesive dessert table. To make sure that everyone is on the same track, rely on colors from paint fans or the Pantone colors to communicate your color choices.

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+ photos by Djamilla Rosa Cochran of The Rose Weddings

 

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

What to Do on Valentine’s Day: Take a clue from this scene

mister T by French designer antoine lesur

mister T by French designer antoine lesur

When I started dating my husband, we used to go to a nice restaurant at Valentine’s Day. Then, one year I suggested that we had a romantic dinner at home. It has been our tradition ever since.  Maybe, we will establish a new tradition this year since we are new parents.We did not discuss it yet. But I know is that I would like to start my day where my husband and I chat around a coffee with a warm French croissant and jam. Since our baby wakes up at 11 AM, we would have the time to do it.

When I saw this picture, I was immediately inspired by the set up that reminds me our trip to Japan. I came empty-handed trying to find a store where I could buy Mister T by French designer Antoine Lesur. I simply learned that Mister T is edited by Oxyofor Made in Design. On the bright side, Mister T is an occasional furniture composed of a basket, a tray and two cushions. Therefore, it should easy to recreate the concept at home with cushions that are comfy to sit on, a low table and a tray. We could even sit side by side to be closer to each other.

If you prefer to wait later in the day to start celebrating Valentine’s Day, you can always use the same idea to sip a cocktail.

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Mister T designed by Antoine Lesur

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Outdoor Valentine’s Day Decoration: Ice Hearts from Poppytalk

poppytalk diy winter valentine's day heart

poppytalk diy winter valentine's day heart

We may not think of decorating our outdoor spaces for Valentine’s Day, but this uncomplicated idea by Poppytalk contributor Margie Oomen of Resurrection Fern has us reconsidering our options.

The combination of colorful natural elements frozen in heart-shaped ice is a beautiful contrast to what can be a rather gray month overall.

poppytalk diy winter outdoor decoration heart

Make a few to hang in spots where they’re sure to surprise and delight. We love them strung along a clothesline (shown above), but they’d look just as lovely as a winter wreath alternative on your front door or on barren tree branches in your backyard or neighbourhood park.

It’s a quick, simple project kids will love too. Check out Poppytalk for full instructions.

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+ Hearts of Ice DIY on Poppytalk

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Bubble Valentine Printable from Armelle

armelle valentine bubbles printable diy

armelle valentine bubbles printable diy

If your little ones have had their fill of frosty outdoor fun, here’s a fun Valentine’s Day project to keep them busy for an hour or two, and get them excited for the next holiday in the calendar.

armelle valentine printable bubbles bag diy

Caroline of Armelle: The Blog wanted to create a candy-free Valentine her son could give his classmates. She paired small, inexpensive containers of bubbles – usually found in the wedding section of craft stores – with a free printable card and coordinating stickers for a fresh and fun alternative to standard Valentines.

Get the full DIY and free printables on her blog.

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+ Free Bubble Valentine Printable via Armelle: The Blog
+ Wedding Bubble Bottles, $4.95 USD, Amazon.com

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Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Breakfast in Bed in a Sexy Bedroom

A menu for breakfast in bed for Valentine's Day

A menu for breakfast in bed for Valentine's Day

I conclude our Style Collective’s Valentine’s Day gift round-up with items to prepare a romantic Valentine’s breakfast and to decorate your bedroom.

1. My Pick

I suggest a breakfast in bed. “Your guy will earn points if he brings you breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day. To make it easy for him, he could get the heart-shaped egg rings and serve your eggs with a warm French croissant and your favorite berry jam. He can make you a tasty cup of coffee, serve you a chilled glass of Veuve, and then finish the meal with a heart-shaped whoopie pie.”

Heart-shaped eggs fry rings, $15 USD at Williams-Sonoma; Bodum Chambord Coffee Press, $34.99 CAD at Amazon.ca; Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose, $77.40 at LCBO; SVALKA Champagne glass, $6.99 CAD for 6 at Ikea; Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Mix, $8.95 USD at Crate and Barrel.

2. Ceri from Sweet Potato Chronicles

pancake recipes for valentine's day gifts

“For those who are new to our site: we’re all about healthy family food. Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll find pancakes. Every kind you can imagine and more in the works. You could say we’re a little obsessed. So if our sweethearts wanted to spoil us this Valentine’s day they could whip up a batch of these Pumpkin Gingerbread pancake and make them in these sweet molds. Oh, and let us sleep in.”

Valentine Heart Pancake Mold on sale $2.50 USD at Crate & Barrel

3. Allie from Gifted

let's make up pillow_ for valentine's day gifts

“A little something for your special someone (or current makeout partner). This Valentine’s Day, if you’re feeling a little shy, let the pillow do the talking.”

She is right, before you go back to bed, you could engage in activities inspired by the Let’s Make Out pillow by Alexandra Ferguson available for $89 USD at her Etsy shop.

4. Coco from Coco&Lowe

Pretty Sweet Boutique lollipop treats

As a bonus, Coco also suggested what are “The most delicious way to anyone’s heart has to be through their tummy, so why not indulge them with customized cake or cookie pops? Made lovingly by PrettySweet Boutique [in Toronto], these delish pops come in any color combo and can be made to say anything you like to your love, bestie, co-worker or even to yourself!”

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Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Smelling Good and Looking Pretty for Valentine’s

scented candles and perfumes for valentine's day gifts

scented candles and perfumes for valentine's day gifts

Now that you groomed yourself, you can think about looking pretty and smelling wonderful to seduce the love of in your life. Here are 5 gift ideas from some of the fashionable Style Collective girls. I let them describe their gift suggestions.

1. Anya from I’m the It Girl

“Roses are predictable but Roseros are certainly not. French luxury perfumiers Diptyque pay homage to the ‘opposites attract’ love between Beauty and the Beast with a duo of candles, and with help from famed French illustrators Kuntzel+Deygas. One is Rose, a romantic garden rose, and the other, Eros, its spicier counterpart. Together they create a perfect harmony, hence the name Roseros.”

Because your home must also smell right to set a romantic mood.

2. Anita from I Want I Got

“The DaLish Cosmetics and Jessica Jensen collaboration is the perfect makeup duo. Choose from five limited-edition kits, [each] including a selection of DaLish Cosmetics and a pink embossed ostrich-leather cosmetic bag. Look for my favorite lipstick color, Ruby Red, in the Berry Delight kit.”

Be My Valentine Kit $48 at DaLish Cosmetics and at Jessica Jensen.

3. Michelle from BEAUTY EDITOR

Smell like a boy (in a good way), whether or not there’s actually one in your life this V-Day. Designed by actress Kate Walsh, this new fragrance captures the scent of a guy, on a girl.”

The Boyfriend Kit is sold exclusively at Sephora for $95 USD

jewelry for valentine's day gifts

4. Coco from Coco&Lowe

“Lowe and I have fallen for this beautiful yet simple gold Mini Hamsa Curb Chain Bracelet by Jennifer Zeuner. Not only is gorgeous, the Hamsa (or Khamsa) is supposed to ward off the evil eye – SCORE! Positivity 1, Negativity 0! Happy Valentines Day.” $190 at charmandchain.com.

5. Afiya from The Style House

“The only thing more delightful than a little love note is something sparkly.” Afiya selected a necklace by Lanvin.