The C List – Halloween Edition

31 Oct

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Good Morning and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

Whether you have plans tonight or are simply looking forward to staying in, binge eating chocolate and Netflix’s Halloween selection – it’s Halloween and anything can happen!

Last night, I observed my time honoured tradition –  Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pumpkin Carving. My apartment officially feels like Halloween now.

10644932_10100489269353039_6332338090425669399_nToday, I’m looking forward to working from my favorite local coffee shop before heading off to hand treats out to the little goblins & ghouls and taking in some Halloween festivities. If you’re itching to find out what this year’s costume is – make sure to check out Instagram on Saturday night ahead of this year’s big party!

And now – here is this week’s Ghoulish C List! 

1. The Cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show – Then and Now (via Buzzfeed) Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my absolute favorite movies of all-time and is a Halloween must. So cool to see what the stars look like now!

2. Halloween Cat on Roomba! (via Buzzfeed) If you know me, you know I love nothing more than a cat on a roomba vacuum. This takes it to the next level, just in time for Halloween.

3. Ever wonder where the kids from horror movies go to daycare? Wonder no more. (via Buzzfeed) This was honestly the highlight of my day yesterday when I saw it. “Samara get out of the TV! TV time is over!”

4. Shameless Self-Promotion: Guacamole Brains or Hungover Jack’o’Lantern (via crystalrichard.com) Need a last minute festive dish to bring to a Halloween party this weekend? Look no further. These two are easy and always a hit!

Now – go on and have an ah-mazingly spooky, awesome, Halloween.

Eat all the candy and chocolate. Watch some great classic horror movies.

Have ALL the fun.

x C x

Halloween Favorites

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With only two days until one of my very favorite days of the year, I realized it was about time I posted something festive on the blog.

Yes, Friday is All Hallow’s Eve (or Halloween to the rest of America) and it’s quite simply one of my favorite holidays.

Don’t even TRY to argue it’s not a holiday – there’s candy and decorations and Halloween cards and AISLES AND AISLES OF STUFF TO BUY AT TARGET. 

I digress.

One of my favorite parts about Halloween is getting to dress up in costumes, attend only the funnest Halloween parties, and pretend to be someone else for a night! And of course – do the Time Warp.

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This year’s costume is quite possibly one of my favorite ones yet – did you catch my sneak peek?

Every year when making my newest costume, I can’t help but look back and smile remembering some of my favorite costumes from previous years. In the spirit of Halloween (and in case you need a little last minute inspiration!) here are my five favorite Halloween costumes over the past few years!

1. Tippi Hendren in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

thebirds_2012 Like what you see? Learn how I did it here!

2. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

audreyhepburn2013 Inspiration behind this post here

3. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

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4. A Ghostbuster!!! 

72587_641180762399_3534646_n I was female Venkman – for the record – because Bill Murray wins life

5. Pan-Am Stewardess 

panam_2011 Bonus points if you can convince a male friend to go as your pilot 

What are YOU dressing up as this Halloween? Tell me all about it in the comments below or link me to your Instagram so I can Like Like Like it this weekend!

And check back for a ghoulish C List on Friday!

x C x

Pssst: Mockingjay tickets went on sale today – did you get yours? 

The C List

24 Oct

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderOH HAI IT’S FRIDAY!

Yes. I’m a little excited.

Why?

Because it’s Friday and I have a very exciting weekend of fun times planned, complete with top secret Halloween costume prep and a 5K race on Sunday, because why not?

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I also have some amazing links to share with you on this exciting Friday – including a new recipe I can’t stop craving and making.

So without further excited babbling, here is this week’s The C List.

1. New Mockingjay TV spot (via Hypable)  I don’t know how they keep getting better, but they keep getting better. #Peeta

2. Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream (via Life’s Ambrosia) I made this recipe last weekend after seeing one of my California friends enjoying delicious shrimp tacos on Insta. Shrimp tacos (and West Coast fish tacos) are probably one of my favorite things in the world. This recipe did not disappoint. It was so good – I made it again the following night.

3. NEW Starbucks Holiday Drinks (via Huffington Post) Move over Caramel Brûlée latte – the Chestnut Praline Latte is about to drop and my guess is that it will be utterly divine.

4. Ikea’s The Shining Inspired Halloween Commercial (via YouTube) Nailed it.

5. Brad Pitt on Between Two Ferns (via Funny or Die) I mean, I love every episode of Between Two Ferns but this one is just golden for so many reasons.

I hope you have an equally exciting weekend! And if you’re headed to any early Halloween parties – enjoy! 

x C x

What? Apple Pies Aren’t On Your Bucket List?

20 Oct

If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m not a pie person.

Ok, so I do eat some pies but I’m very selective about the pies I eat and by selective, I mean if they’re not key lime pie or coconut cream, I will usually pass on dessert.

And then if it’s key lime pie dipped in chocolate, I get a really crazy look in my eyes and I’m pretty much in heaven.

543929_10100154081961259_664455681_n chocolate dipped key lime pie folks, it’s not a myth but it is legendary

In all my thirty years, having not been a pie eater, the idea of baking pies wasn’t high on my list. But a girl can only read so many lifestyle blogs and see talented bloggers posting photos of their perfectly presented apple pies before she cracks under the pressure and screams: So help me God I will learn how to bake an apple pie and it will be magnificent. 

Which is exactly what I did.

After years of talking about it. Years of saying “it’s on my bucket list to learn how to bake a perfect apple pie” and years of people looking at me like I’m crazy – who has pie baking on their bucket list? 

I’m here to say I did it and a week later, I’m still hearing good things from family and friends.

Here are a few lessons I learned along the way AND the amazing recipe for you to replicate if you so desire!

IMG_2874Lesson #1: Fresh apples from the market make the best pies #logic

IMG_2878Lesson #2:  It’s very important to snapchat the pie making experience

IMG_2879 Lesson #3: Chilling your butter and grating it with a box grater is GENIUS.

photo 1 Lesson #4: Combine Granny Smith + MacIntosh Apples. Just trust me on this.

photo 2 Lesson #5: Not matter how much patch work you do with your crust: it will taste great in the end.

Proof:

IMG_2887Want to make your own apple pies from scratch but wondering where to start?

I pulled my recipe from my favorite blogger – Cupcakes and Cashmere – but it can also be found here.

So next time you need to impress someone with your pie baking skills, give this recipe a try and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

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The C List

17 Oct

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderVery rarely does the C List publish after 5:00pm on a Friday, but there’s a first for everything.

After a particularly crazy, stupid, busy four-day week at the office (thank you Thanksgiving), when the opportunity to indulge in some Pinot Noir and great conversations on Thursday night presented itself – the choice was simple. Wine and great conversations.

But, dedicated as ever, after a productive day working remotely, here I am bringing you my favorite links from this week for all of you to enjoy before taking in the opening night viewing of The Best of Me. Which, if I might add, was featured on the very first C List.

Time – how she flies!

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I mean, this movie just has ANGST written all over it. So naturally I’m going to love it. And cry a river. Or two.

Friends joining me have been warned.

So while I’m off flailing, crying and cursing Nicholas Sparks – here is this week’s C List:

1. The Newest Dear Kitten ( via the Animal Rescue Site ) I could watch these videos ALL day long. So have fun with this.

2. 43 Reasons Studying Abroad In Paris Destroys You For Life ( via Buzzfeed ) Don’t let this title fool you. It really should be called, 43 Reasons 24 Hours or More in Paris Destroys You For Life because 95% of it is now applicable to me.

3. For my Sweet Filthy Boy fans ( via iTunes ) I’m pretty sure I pimp out this series (or authors Christina & Lo ) bi-weekly on here but they’re just my favorite and their books are so perfect. If you loved Sweet Filthy Boy and want to hear the morning after in Vegas from Ansel’s POV read by a sexy French man you must download this audio book. I’ve downloaded and will be listening and swooning to it over the weekend!

4. The Newest Mockingjay Trailer ( via Mashable ) This may be the most hauntingly perfect trailer yet. Tickets go on sale October 29th – will you be snagging tickets early?

And that’s it from me.

Wishing you an awesome weekend.

x C x

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 Oct

Have you ever noticed that as you get older, the number of things you’re thankful for at Thanksgiving grows and grows?

As kids, it’s pretty cut and dry: you’re thankful for a day or two off school and a really big meal (with pies and desserts abound.)

In high school, you’re thankful for home coming weekend, the home coming game and the dance in the school gym. And the fact that you’ll probably sneak in a beer or two that you hope mom and dad will never find out about. And then you’re super thankful when they don’t.

In university, you’re thankful to go home to your hometown for the weekend, see all of your friends from high school that didn’t go to the same university and attend the parties that will surely follow. A very lucky few are thankful they weren’t hit by the Freshman 15.

It’s not until you’re out of school and noticing that first grey hair in your late twenties and early thirties that it really hits you - Holy shit, I have a lot to be thankful for….

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This year, my 30th year, I’ve truly realized how insanely grateful I am for the life in front of me.

It has been nothing short of an amazing year, better than I could have ever imagined, but these past few months alone have truly been the cherry on top for which I couldn’t be more thankful for if I tried. Trust me, when I wasn’t fighting off tears of happiness in Paris, I was thanking my lucky stars for all they’ve done this year.

From my incredible family and my amazing, talented, and inspiring friends – to getting to proudly say I work for Onboardly every day, a company I love with all my heart. I am blessed and today and every day – I make sure to remind myself of this.

Because if there’s one thing that becomes painfully obvious the older we get, it’s that life’s short.

Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don’t let anyone hold you back.

Book that vacation you never thought you would.

Take that shameless selfie.

Eat dessert.

Make every second count.

And never stop being thankful.

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So this Thanksgiving, here are 5 little things that are so small but bring so much joy, that I’m grateful for this time of year.

1. Brisk Nights

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The cool air and that Autumn smell. I’ve been absolutely loving running every evening and crunching fallen leaves on the ground as I go. Fall nights are a gift: appreciate them.

2. Festive Fun with Friends

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Last night, friends and I hit up the local Corn Maze and Zombie Wars. As always, we had so much fun. If you’re on the East Coast and love a good October night out, gather some friends and make sure to visit the Green Pig Country Market’s Zombie Wars. It’s a freaky good time. And we kind of saved the world from next zombie apocalypse. No big deal.

3. Pumpkins

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One can never have enough pumpkins and that’s all I have to say about that.

4.  Salted Caramel Anything

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Spoiler Alert: I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice latte but give me a salted caramel anything this time of year and I’m a girl in love.

5. Fall Drives

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Sure you could book a trip out of the East Coast this time of year. Or you could go for a drive and see the endless beauty of nature within your own province or seaboard.  Just get in your car and drive.

I’d love to hear your five things in the comments below.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. It’s turkey time!

x C x

ps: In case you were wondering, my home made apple pies turned out fantastic. Thanks for all the tips & tweets!

The C List – Thanksgiving Edition

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Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderYOU GUYS!

It’s Friday! And not only that – it’s Thanksgiving Weekend!!!

Thanksgiving Weekend has always been one of my favorite weekends of the year. Friends and family are home, there’s an abundance of food, pumpkins, and wine. And let’s not forget – a giant feast! Or in this year’s case – two giant feasts!

This year, I’m particularly excited because I’m attempting to bake homemade apple pies on Saturday. And yes – I’m even making the pie crust. Which will either be an amazing experience or a horrible one. Either way – it’ll likely be documented on Twitter, so follow along if you’re bored on Saturday and want some good entertainment.

With so much excitement to look forward to this weekend, a girl must really get her day started with a coffee shop latte and her to do list BUT first – The C List

1. The Best Halloween Movies Streaming Right Now (via Refinery29) October is one of my favorite months of the year and while the pretty leaves and pumpkins everywhere plays a big part, Halloween is just simply my favorite. Check out this list of must-watch Halloween movies – you’ve got 20 days to squeeze them all in!

Bonus: Check out the two classics I picked up last night!

2. 30 Gorgeous Travel Locations: Most-Pinned Places on Earth (via Mashable) I’ve been to 7 out of 30 and was so excited to see the Blue Lagoon included on the list!

3. Ed Sheeran’s New Video: “Thinking Out Loud” (via Youtube) While I love his music, never before has Ed Sheeran made me swoon. This music video of him spinning a girl around a dance floor and playing her like a guitar? Yeah, that did it. Prepare to listen to this on repeat. All weekend.

4. Sweet Filthy Boy Outtake (via milq) If you’re a fan of the book, this perfectly sweet outtake is a must.

Another bonus: If you haven’t read Sweet Filthy Boy, read why you need to now. 

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Wishing my fellow Canadians an amazing Thanksgiving Weekend with family and friends. And to my American friends – wish you were all here for turkey too!

x C x

ps: Got a great apple pie recipe, trick or tip? Leave a note in the comment below and wish me good luck! 

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