How I wear flared jeans

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When I was six, flared jeans were my favourite thing in the world. I had an embroidered pair, super flares, light, medium and dark wash – you name it! So you can imagine my excitement when flared jeans recently came back into style along with other 70’s inspired trends.

With the right pieces, flared jeans can look incredibly chic, not to mention help your legs look miles long when paired with heels. I received this pair of flares by Guess (the Charlotte Flare Jean in Lace Blue Wash) and have been loving them! The true blue wash, classic guess pocket detail and gradual flare make these a versatile and easy to wear jean.

I styled them here with a basic knit tank and suede moto jacket for a simple yet put together look. The slightly cropped length of both these pieces help for maximum leg lengthening!

Jeans – Guess / Jacket – Zara / Knit Top – Wet Seal / Heeled Booties – BCBGeneration

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Wine Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Groupon – I think it’s a fun way to try new things, especially with a group of friends. So when I saw an offer a few weeks ago for a summer/fall wine tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I had to snap it up! Having lived just an hour outside Niagara all my life, I’ve never actually had a chance to visit a local winery and was excited to see what was in store.

Advertised as a 6-hour guided tour, including visits to four award-winning wineries in Niagara, the trip included transportation (basically a wine tour party bus) and complimentary samples at each winery. Our tour guide was extremely passionate about his job and I definitely picked up some fun facts throughout the day:

  • Match the weight of your food to the weight of your wine (e.g. a light salad would pair well with a lighter wine)
  • Roses are often planted near the edge of the vineyard to help the growers know when the vines are prone to insect attacks
  • As white wine ages, it’s colour will become darker, while red wine will become lighter in colour with age
  • After sampling all the wines, there’s no doubt about it – I’m a white wine kind of gal!

While I’m no connoisseur (and the day got fuzzier with each winery we visited), this tour helped introduce me to a lot of different kinds of wine I hadn’t previously tried. Here’s a list of the wineries we visited:

Marynissen Estates Winery

This was our first stop and was fairly quick. Each winery offered a white, a red, and an ice wine sampling. I learned early on that I’m never going to be a huge fan of red wine!

Caroline Cellars

This was my favourite stop on the tour, and also where our group stopped for lunch. A family owned winery with a cute café in their main building, they had a great menu to choose from. I ordered the cheese plate, which came with a yummy red wine jelly.

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Lailey Winery

Lailey was a smaller winery and also included a guided tour from one of their staff. This was definitely one of the “snootier” wineries – we spent a lot of our tasting sniffing, swirling and slurping our wine.

Diamond Estates Winery

This was our last stop and the largest winery we visited. It didn’t have the same charm as some of the other smaller wineries, but had a large selection of wines to choose from, including a red ice wine.

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If you live in the area and want to try your own wine tour, the company my friends and I used was Niagara Fun Tours. Whether you choose to do a tour or not, I totally recommend visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake if you have the chance – it’s beautiful!

Donut Pumpkin DIY

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I’ve never been one for the guts and gore of Halloween, but hand me a pair of sequinned cat ears and a pumpkin disguised as a donut and I’m a happy camper! One of my favourite parts of this time of year is being able to create cute crafts incorporating fall elements. I decided to recreate this donut pumpkin DIY by Studio DIY because it’s just so darn cute!

For this project you’ll need a few small pumpkins, which are fairly easy to find at the grocery store at this time of year. I tried to select ones that were donut-esque in shape (flat and chubby).

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Next you’ll need some acrylic paint a paint brushes in assorted sizes. I picked up everything in the photo below at the dollar store for under $15. Pick whatever colours your heart desires – I personally chose to stick with a pastel theme.

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Now it’s time to get painting! As a pumpkin painting virgin, I learned a few things:

  1. Acrylic paint is great for crafts, especially if you’re painting a weird surface (it sticks easily), but beware – it stains. Make sure to lay down newspaper in the area you’re painting on, wear clothes that you won’t mind staining, and keep paper towel on hand.
  2. It’ll take a few layers to get the paint completely opaque – be patient and give each layer time to dry. Doing multiple thin coats produces the best results.
  3. The beauty of acrylic paint is that if you make a mistake, you can paint over it! Don’t fret if your donut isn’t picture perfect – you have as many tries as you like.
  4. A small, flat-tipped brush is great for painting on sprinkles.
  5. This was a fun little DIY to do for Halloween, especially for a non horror-lover like myself. This would also be a super fun activity to do with kids, and it’s easy to put a personal spin on it!

Check out my finished donut pumpkins:

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They almost look good enough to eat – it’s a shame I’ll have to throw them out in a couple of weeks once the pumpkins go bad! For now, they’re the perfect fall decor addition.

Happy Halloween!