Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life, Lately & A Giveaway Winner

I haven't done a "Life, Lately" post in a long time so I thought I'd let you guys know what I've been up to this summer which will explain the lack of blog posts lately ; ).
Left to right, clockwise, starting from the top left: D. and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary back in June and after we went to dinner to celebrate we went on a hike. It was during the summer solstice and it was still extremely light out at around 10 p.m. which is when D. took this photo of me.
- I went horseback riding with my friend Alanna (in the photo) at my brother and sister-in-law's place. It was so nice out that day! Gotta love those big, blue, Alberta summer skies!
- I have been eating this Mexican quinoa salad every single week lately! Recipe here.
- It was great catching up with my friends Janis and Caroline : ) How cute is Janis's bike?

- Received a fun package in the mail from Swimco!
- Bridal hair trial. My sister-in-law is very talented ; )
- Yummy eats at Noorish - that's a raw pizza and delicious quinoa salad.
- This is my BFF's little girl Violet who just turned one! Isn't she adorable?? Look at those cheeks!

- For my stagette my bridesmaids arranged a pole dancing lesson at Pole Junkies during the day, it was so much fun but really hard! You need a lot of upper-body strength. I was so sore the next day but it was worth it ; )
- Me with my beautiful bridesmaids Kristin and Jenessa that evening. "Burlesque" was the theme ; ). They threw a really fun stagette for me.
- For my bridal shower my Mom made these cute gluten-free cupcakes and arranged them so they looked like a wedding dress!
- And Kristin's mom made me a gluten-free and dairy-free cake which was delicious. I was eating desserts all night.

- This past weekend I hosted a "Meet the Blogger"/styling event at Le Chateau in West Edmonton Mall which was a lot of fun. Thank you to those of you who came out!
- Okay, I NEED those beige heels from Le Chateau!
- Lunch with my Mama at The Next Act. (I had the veggie burger, gluten-free bun.)
- The staff at Le Chateau who were wonderful to work with last weekend.

Speaking of Le Chateau, the winner of the $200.00 gift card is Eva Mitton-Urban. I will be contacting you shortly. Congratulations! And thank you to all of you who entered! 

*all photos via instagram. Follow me at @mariealamode if you feel so inclined ; )


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Enter to Win a $200 Gift Card to Le Chateau

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Le Chateau's newest collections this Saturday July 19th across Canada at participating stores, I am giving away a $200 gift card to one lucky reader! You can enter below. The winner will be announced at the beginning of next week! GOOD LUCK! Also, I will be at the West Edmonton Mall location from 1 to 4 p.m. that day so come say hi and get personally styled by moi! ; )

*Contest is open to Canadian residents only. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Wedding Guest Attire - My Picks

It's officially wedding season and I'm featured in The Edmonton Journal today along with some other lovely bloggers talking about wedding guest attire do's and don't's! You can check out the article by Sandy Joe Karpetz and see a photo of a dress I wore to my soon-to-be sister-in-law's wedding here. Above are some of my top dress picks, all from Shopbop. Which one is your favorite? Have a great weekend everyone! Tomorrow is my stagette/bachelorette party and I am so excited!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Swimco, one of Canada's premiere swimwear retailers, recently launched its nation-wide online store at Swimco.com just in time for summer! When asked if I would like to review my online experience I said OF COURSE and immediately browsed through their site and came across this cute, tribal-inspired bustier bikini top from MAAJI Swimwear. I had never ordered swimwear online before because I worried about correct sizing and fit, but Swimco's sizing chart guided me in the right direction. It was extremely easy to place my order and the package was at my doorstep in less than 3 days. And the top fit perfectly! I can't wait to wear it during my upcoming trip to California : ) I was very happy with Swimco's service and would definitely order from them again.

bikini top - MAAJI Swimwear c/o Swimco (sold out but similar styles here) necklace - Zara, sunglasses - H & M

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Olivia Palermo's Wedding "Dress"

This past weekend style star Olivia Palermo wed her longtime love Johannes Huebl in Bedford, New York wearing a three-piece Carolina Hererra ensemble and cobalt blue Manolo Blahnik heels (a la Carrie Bradshaw), her hair tied up in an unassuming ponytail. Her outfit was completely unique and unexpected - I mean, she wore shorts to her nuptials! - and I absolutely loved it! I thought it really suited her. The cashmere top reminded me of something a ballerina would wear, it looked very soft, classic, timeless, and elegant on her. What about you? Did you love what Olivia wore or would you have liked to see her in something more traditional? Sound off in the comment section below ; ).

Friday, June 27, 2014

Zesty Quinoa Salad

It's the Canada Day long weekend this weekend and I've got the perfect salad for a barbecue today! I obtained this recipe from All Recipes but I put a little twist on it. And by "twist" I mean I simply added an avocado ; ) It's so easy to make and tastes delicious. Oh and it's vegan AND gluten-free. I hope you like it!

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or more
  • 1 1/2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste 
  • 1 avocado

1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.

3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa, toss to coat. Stir in cilantro and avacado and season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Date Night

And my love for black continues! Even in the summer when most people like wearing bright-colored clothing, I still can't get enough of dark colors for some reason. I don't shy away from the pinks and yellows and greens, it's just that my favorite shades to wear tend to be dark. There's something so classic about black. I wore this out to dinner last Saturday to celebrate 8 years of coupledom with my fiance. I can't believe it's been that long! I am looking forward to finally being able to call him my HUSBAND in less than two and a half months!

blazer - Calvin Klein, top - Propaganda c/o Plenty, pants - J Brand, purse - Top Shop, heels - Zara
bracelet - Material Girl from The Bay, necklace + ring - H & M, sunglasses - Rayban c/o Smart Buy Glasses

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Links I Love: Wedding Planning Edition

Guys, I am getting married in less than 3 months (!!!) It's crunch time so I'm deep in planning mode. Most of the big stuff is taken care of like the ceremony and reception venues, flowers, photographers, etc. but my fiance and I are going away to get married and when we get back, two weeks after we come home, we're having a big party in our hometown to celebrate our "conscious coupling" (hee hee), which I thought would be less work but now it's like we're I'm planning TWO weddings and there's a lot more left to do. Oy vey! Luckily, I've come across some helpful websites to draw inspiration from and sites I can go to to purchase decorations, jewelry, party favors, etc. at competitive prices and I thought I would share my finds with my readers who may be engaged, are planning on getting married or who can use this post as a reference in the future.

For Inspiration:

Style Me Pretty - The Ultimate Wedding Blog. Just click it, you'll see ; ).
The Knot - Great ideas, from flowers to dresses to honeymoons and more. Oh, and if you're having a summer wedding outside, check out these 7 sunscreens that won't stain your gown.
Pinterest - This is pretty self-explanatory ; ) I have spent hours on here. Pinterest has basically planned our whole reception and ceremony ; ).

For Decorations:

Wedding Star - Shop themes including vintage, art deco, shabby chic, retro and wanderlust.
Save On Crafts - A DIY dream site! Discount wedding supplies and special event decorations.

For Jewelry:

Etsy - I bought my bridal jewelry and bridesmaid's jewelry from Etsy, they have a huge selection of beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets. Also, check them out for handmade decorations, too!

For Invitations:

I had my invitations made by Pinkpolka Designs. I was extremely happy with them and this company was so easy to work with and very accommodating. (And fun!)

I hope this has been helpful! If any of you want to share any wedding links you love, please leave them in the comment section below! Have a great weekend : )


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bright White

When dressing you really can't go wrong with pairing a white top with denim bottoms. There's something so classic about this combo and it looks good on every skin tone. I wore this ensemble to go out for dinner with my fiance and a couple of friends to an Ethiopian restaurant last weekend. I was very impressed with myself for not spilling anything on my bright white blouse ; ) Unfortunately I wasn't very impressed with the food (it hurt my stomach) but that's okay, we had great company!

blouse - Moon Apparel from The Bay, boyfriend jeans - Ksubi via Shopbop, 
purse - Rebecca Minkoff, bracelet - Material Girl from The Bay, heels - Nine West