Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY Spice Jars.

 
 
Being Indian, and having parents who cook amazing Indian food daily, means there are a million different spices they cook with. This also means that we have a ton of boxed spices, jars, and packages, of inconsistent sizes cluttering up our kitchen cabinets. And if there is one thing I am particular about, it's organization. Inconsistency is a no-no for me! Which is why I felt it was time to get these spices in order.
 
They best way to keep kitchen cabinets clean looking is to get a whole lot of mason jars that are the same size and shape, and label them clearly with what the spice is. I labeled mine with chalkboard paint. Here's how you acheive this super cute and creative look.
 
What you'll need:
  • Mason Jars
  • Stencils/ or Old Magazines
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Chalk/ or White Marker
 

 
 
Boxes of mason jars can be found at any home store. I bought mine at Walmart. A box of 12 for $7.99 seemed like the best price.
 

 
 
You can either buy stencils or make your own. I wanted a particular oval shape on mine. I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could've found stencils, but I went with making my own. I used the back of an old magazine to make these. Take your time and make a few of these so that if they get worn out during the process, you have extra on hand.
 


 
 
Place the stencil over the area you want painted. Hold it down tight so that you don't leave any spaces for the paint to drip into. Chalkboard paint is pretty thick so it shouldn't drip. Paint one thick coat over the stencil and leave to dry. It takes about 10-15 mins to fully dry. You may need a second coat on some jars.
 



 
 
Don't worry about perfect lines. The paint comes off easily with a little water, so any mistakes can be easily fixed up. As you can see, they are already looking adorable!
 


 
 
 
Lastly, labelling! If you know your jars will change over time, you may want to use chalk to label them. However, for permanent labelling, I recommend white marker. These can be purchased at any art store. (Curry's, Michael's, etc.) And even if you do need to change your labelling over time, you can paint right over the white marker as well.  
 
 
The jars you see above are only 8 of 29! Yes, we Indian people have a lot of spices! I wasn't kidding!
 
 
Happy Crafting! 
 
 
Special thanks to Victoria for helping craft these jars with me!
 


 
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Outfit of the Day: The Wide Leg Pant.












Pants Zara  |  Blouse Winners  |  Trench Coat H&M  |  Shoes Aldo  |  Bracelets Aldo Accessories  |  Green Stone Rings Portugal



I'm bringing the 70s back with this outfit of the day! Absolutely in love with these wide leg trousers. It can be extremely hard to find a good pair, however I came across these gorgeous pinstriped ones from Zara, and couldn't walk away without them. When wearing such a pant, I like to go with an overall neutral look. I paired a simple coral blouse with these pants, and threw my favourite trench coat over the entire look. I adore a good trench coat for Spring, and this one just goes with everything. 


Of course, I added a ton of accessories to this outfit. I was going for a more 'dressed up' look. If you are dressing down, cut out the over-accessorizing and go with a simple necklace.


For more on my outfits follow me on Instagram @kimberleymarquisblog. 


Photography: Ravelle Arianne



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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chapters X Mother's Day.


Mother's Day is fast approaching, and you don't want to be one of those last minute 'pick-up-flowers-at-the-grocery-store' people. You want your gift to be thoughtful. One of my favourite places for go-to gifts is Chapters. They seems to always have exactly what I'm looking for. 

I put together some adorable things that every mom will love!



If your mom is an accessories collector, (like my mom) she will love these gorgeous accessory plates. Keep them on your dresser, or even by the sink to throw your rings in there before washing the dishes. 



Absolutely in love with this spring-like tote






These body lotions and shower gels smell amazing!




These gorgeous picture frames are perfect for anyone, not just moms! They come in gold, silver, and black, and make for a perfect home decor item.



The candles selection at Chapters is unreal! I spent way too much time smelling every candle here and I have to say this Persimmon & Tropical Mango was one of my favourites.



Cute little boxes that have all kinds of quotes on them. These can be used for anything really!



More candles!



Most moms don't need cookbooks, but it's always nice to try new and different recipes. So why not get a cookbook thats got some interesting and unique dishes in there that she's never tried making before? 



This cup is more for the dads, but I put it in here anyways! 



Couldn't be more obsessed with the throw pillows and blankets here! Love the colour palette. We are seeing this mint colour everywhere these days. Looks like it's going to be a hot colour for Spring/Summer!



You can't go wrong with a tea set for mom! How about this adorable floral tea cup to go with the tea set? Super cute!



Last but not least, this adorable planner! If I was a mom, this would be the gift! For all those OCD, organized moms, this is for them. I mean, who wouldn't want to already start planning for 2016?!




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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Outfit Of the Day: Black Lace.








Top H&M  |  Skirt H&M  |  Bracelet H&M  |  Shoes Aldo  |  Sunnies Marc Jacobs 


This was a super fun, and challenging shoot! I had to literally search for the inner 'model' in me. But, I felt that this particular outfit needed a special shoot. I couldn't be more obsessed with this outfit from H&M. This outfit was perfect for an awards show night that was held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The look is very evening-glam, which is what the event was all about.


Photography: Ravelle Arianne




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Monday, April 13, 2015

Restaurant Review: Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza.


Nestled in the heart of Streetsville, Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza is a little slice of heaven everyone needs to experience! Not only are they known for their delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, but they have a variety of Italian-inspired dishes that will keep you coming back for more!

For the first time ever I visited the beautiful restaurant on a sunny afternoon, and fell quite in love with the entire decor of the place, and obviously their pizza as well! They have a menu full of mouth-watering thin crust pizzas for all tastebuds, the best cannolis I've had to date, and of course the finest red wine. 




They have an open concept kitchen which is beautifully decorated. You can see your pizza cooking right in front of your eyes! 




I loved the metal pots that just hung on the walls. Super creative, and an overall cozy feeling.


One of my favourite toppings on pizza is argula. I never used to be a big fan of it until recently. Once you've had it on pizza drizzled with olive oil and sliced parmesan cheese, it will change your world!



This delicious pizza you see above is the Vegetables Alla Griglia, with thinly sliced eggplant, caramelized onion, roasted red bell peppers, grilled zucchini, smoked provolone cheese, topped with shaved parmesan cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. I mean does anything sound better than this right now?!



Watching the amazing work the cooks do here at Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza!




Putting the final touches on the exquisite pizzas!


They also have an amazing menu full of other great dishes. Like the above, Speidini Di Polpo, which is grilled octopus with fresh tomato, garlic, parsley, and olive oil. 



Or the Calamari Fritti, which is fried calamari with parsley, sea salt, and olive oil.



And if you are a big meat-eater, be sure to try the Misto di Salumi, which is a platter of assorted cured meats, such as smoked ham, capocollo, spicy calabrese soppressata, mortadella di Bologna, accompanied with all sorts of amazing cheeses, olives, and crostinis. 



Last but not least, an Italian meal is never complete without desert and espresso! Their to-die-for Cannoli Siciliani is filled with fresh ricotta de bufala, chocolate hazelnut Nutella, and crushed hazelnuts. Mmmm!




Without a doubt, Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza is one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to. And I have had my fair share of Italian restaurants! If you have been or do go, please share your experience with me in the comments, or on Twitter @marquiskim, or Instagram @kimberleymarquisblog. 


Note: Goodfellas is also opening another location in the Fall of this year at 1 Old Mill Drive in Bloor West Village. Do follow them on instagram @Goodfellas_Corp 


A special thanks to the staff at Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza for the amazing service and for hosting us. 


Photography: Ravelle Arianne


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