Tuesday, October 16, 2012

27 Dresses

Good Tuesday afternoon everyone! As I have said many times over the past few weeks, I apologize for our lack of blogging and promise to try and maintain a more consistent posting schedule. I was away for the week of Canadian Thanksgiving with E visiting my Mom and Dad down in Jersey. I know her friends and our family are thinking of her and wondering how she is doing so, to let you know, she is doing well and staying positive. We all miss her here and can't wait for her to be home. The reason I have been so behind on blogging is that I used to do it either first thing in the morning, or late in the afternoon when things had quieted down... but these days, things at the office never quiet down. Well, I have a lull this afternoon so I decided it would be a good time to update everyone on the life of Life of Three.

To begin, T's baby bump is growing! Slowly, but surely... we can finally see a bit of a bump when she's wearing a tight shirt or close fitting sweater. Friends tell us she will 'pop' at about twenty weeks... and we're almost there. She's got to be one of the cutest pregnant girls I know!

My sisters and I are so excited to be Aunties and we don't hide it very well because B says the baby already has more clothes than he does! 

A gift from Auntie K

Babies are very exciting news, but so are weddings! This Sunday was a cold, rainy day so I did what any lazy 25 year old would do... I stayed in, did laundry and watched movies. While flipping through the channels, I noticed that one of my favorite movies was on: 27 Dresses. As we allllll know... I happen to love weddings and anything that has to do with weddings so (as I've mentioned here, here and here), needless to say, I watched it from start to finish and loved every minute. It also got me all reved up for my sister K's wedding; for the venues, the cake and... the dresses... oh the dresses. I have no idea what K has in mind for colour scheme, or time of year even, mainly because we have to hold off on planning until Mama H is home, but that doesn't mean we can't browse :) and boy, have I browsed...

Despite the fact that I prefer longer dresses for Bridesmaids (as you will notice from my choices), this Aidan Mattox Light Mink Cowl Back Sequin Tulle Party Dress is so so so pretty. I love the sparkle because it isn't over done and, though the colour would look better with a tan... it would suit any hair colour. 

Ok, so I may love this Badgley Mischka Buttercup Silk Chiffon Embellished Gown because I could never wear it with my hair colour but hey... they always say you want what you can't have no? Either way, I think this dress is absolutely darling. 

Now my love for this dress MAY have something to do with the fact that navy is my all-time favourite colour, but it could also be because this Badgley Mischka Navy Tiered Silk Chiffon Beaded Side Strapless Gown is simply gorgeous. Unfortunately, it's sold out online... I wonder why?!? 

Again, I'm not in love with short dresses for a the bridesmaids, but maybe it's because it's navy that I really like this Badgley Mischka Navy Shirred and Beaded Jersey Strapless Cocktail dress.. but it could also be the detail. 

Now, I know this isn't necessary a dress that would be my first pick off the rack... but... something about it struck me as being very pretty... and I think it would look lovely next to a crisp white wedding dress. So, this Kay Unger Brown Sugar Silk Jersey Criss Cross Dress is still in my top faves. 
This dress, which happens to be in one of K's favourite colors, is tied with the long navy Badgley Mischka in my books. I love how this blue is the perfect shade and how the little sparkle draws the eye in without being too much. My second vote is definitely going towards this Badgley Mischka Violet Silk Chiffon Embellished Sleeveless Gown

Though it's fun to look and give my opinion... it's just that to me; fun. And I will wear whatever dress my big sis picks out for me... even if it's an awful seafoam coloured off the shoulder mess... because that's what sisters do :) I can't wait for all the wedding planning to start, especially since it will be a time of happiness when our whole family will be together again. But, until then, we keep our mom and dad in our thoughts and hearts and we can't wait to share in all the excitement once they are home. Until next time. 

With Love,

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall into you

Good Sunday Morning All!!!

(Don't worry, I am in a better mood than I was in last post & come with pleasant thoughts!)

Although I do adore the summer season, there is something comforting & cozy about the fall. Yes, the air is cooler, it's often damp and we regularly feel threats of snow but it gives way to cozy sweaters, beautifully colored leaves and delicious soups!!!

When I woke up this morning and looked outside, my first thought was ewww... grey and rainy :(

The view out of my front window this morning

You don't have to look too much closer to see how easily the grey, rainy day can be ignored and the beauty of fall can take over. Plus, it's not like I have to go outside today... so I set myself up quite nicely inside.

For me, a cozy sweater, the afghan knit by my grandmother & a nice bowl of soup is the cure for a grey day, so this morning, I decided to go for a butternut squash and pear soup (See recipe at the bottom of this post- it's worth it!!!)

I used a butternut squash from our local market, (specifically from my favorite farmers from Les Jardins Carya) and pears. Oh ya, and all the herbs were taken from my little indoor garden (p.s. if anyone has tips on how to keep an indoor herb garden alive, I'd love to hear from you!!!)

So now that the soup is simmering on the stovetop and our house is filled with pleasant fall-like smells, I can sit and relax with my cup of tea and a good book... that is until the boys (DB & friend from out of town) awake... might not be so peaceful then :)

Until then, I will enjoy a new book, How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Kusek Lewis (I'll let you know!) and a steaming cup of tea in my new mug from mommy-to-be-sister-T!
YESSSSSSSSS Lazy Sundays!!!

My cozy zone - cut flowers from our fall garden & my new cup from Anthropologie - now open in Montreal!!


*Butternut Squash & Pear Soup*
     2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, chopped
  • 1 large butternut squash, chopped
  • 1  pear
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper



    1. Heat the butter in a soup pot. Add onion, celery, carrot and leek and sauté until they begin to caramelize. Add the squash, pear, stock, bay leaves and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Simmer until squash and pear are tender. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender until smooth and then return to pot to reheat.


    Saturday, October 6, 2012

    Just Saying (NOT a Thanksgiving post...)

    Hello all!!!

    It has been a while a while since I have made an appearance (not feeling super inspired recently... moving into my first house (YAY!!!) has left me VERY tired...) And unfortunately, I have returned... grumpy & looking to vent! ha ha ha Sorry!!!

    My topic on this fine Saturday afternoon- POP-INS

    As my little sister has made you all aware, DB (my new fiance- whom I love very much for various reasons) and I have recently moved into out new home. It is beautiful, , comfy, cozy and overall absolutely perfect for us. What is NOT perfect for me however... is the in-law pop-ins!!!

    Before I go on, please allow me to explain- I LOVE my future-in-laws (I really do!) however, yesterday was  our 1-month anniversary with our house and I think I'd need two hands to count the number of times they've "been in the area" and stopped in!!! TWO HANDS!!!

    Now friends, don't misunderstand... I LOVE having you pop-in... cause you are friends and not my in-laws!!! You are forgiving of whatever state I am in/what I am doing/how my house looks. Not to mention, you are capable of reading between the lines- when I answer the door half-naked, with wet hair, 2 items on the stove, one in the oven, and the fire alarm going off (NOT an exaggeration!!!) you a) let yourself in and take it upon yourselves to make yourself at home or b) realize this just isn't a good time but you certainly don't wait for me to entertain you!!!!

    PLEASE! Someone tell me if I'm being unreasonable?!?!?!

    I didn't think so...

    Honestly- how should one handle this situation without hurting the in-laws feelings or making them feel unwelcome??? (Which I suppose they are ha ha ha on a pop-in basis at least! Bdon't want to make them FEEL that way...)