The SHANNON KELLY Burger

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Harvey’s ILU! Thank you for making my burger a reality.

Do you have your own way of making a burger? Better copyright that. #myburgerisbetter

Happy Friday everyone 🙂

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I’m bringing lazy back…

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YA!

Ok, maybe not lazy per se… but definitely bringing back unbusy. For some odd reason we started glorifying busy. Everyone is busy these days and I’m so guilty of this I should be imprisoned for 25-life with parole at 10 (with the bestest behaviour).


Chloe is NOT impressed.

Either should we. Why are we so concerned with being busy? I have thought about this a lot lately. Far too many friends tell me I should slow down, that I’m the busiest person they know. I used to take that as a compliment.

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Now I just wonder what on earth I am doing. Do I like being busy? Sure?! Do I love when I come home and my condo looks like someone hulk smashed around it tossing laundry and filling up my PVR? Nope, not particularly. Do I love crashing on a Friday night because I’ve been to hell and back all week trying to make every grand opening, birthday celebration, class, girls dinner, date (hahaha), or appointment? Hells no. I remember when going out for dinner was a treat, not a necessity because I didn’t schedule time for grocery shopping.

So, I’m bringing lazy back.

Consider this one of my New Year’s resolutions. I am keeping my Kate Spade agenda clear. I am actually hibernating like a little bear this winter. Like a cuddly little teddy bear who is so anti-social she doesn’t want to see you – like, ever ever ever. This may sound a little extreme, and I can appreciate that sentiment, but c’est la vie. I’m a Libra and tend to balance out my life by going from one extreme to the next only to arrive at a middle ground.

Why go from glorifying busy to glorifying hibernating? Well, there will be a few exceptions:

  • school
  • the gym
  • Jay Z and JT concerts
  • a couple charity events

That’s where I will be, feel free to come and play.

Instead of feeling FOMO, why not trying just missing out. No fear, just do it. No one needs to know you’re at home every night, sitting on your couch, marathoning Millionaire Matchmaker, because I hate to break it to you – no one cares anyway. Instagram won’t miss you, Facebook events won’t have their feelings hurt when you decline their invitation, and your friends will get over it.

2014…

large…see ya in the Spring!

Holiday Luxe List

Luxe List

Gift giving is stressful and shopping for a luxurious lady isn’t always easy! But hopefully I can help. These are a few of my favourite (or most coveted) things. I wouldn’t mind any of these under my tree on Christmas morning – *hint hint*

1. Under $25 – Butter London in Union Jack Black

Nothing says luxurious nail lacquer quite like Butter London. Their 3 Free non-toxic polishes come in a variety of colours but I have my eye on this one. A glossy jet black that looks like patent leather? My claws can’t wait. Retails $17

2. Under $35 – Chanel Retractable Lip Brush

Lip brushes are a little luxe, but if your lady wears a lot of lippy, this is a perfect stocking stuffer. Plus, it’s Chanel, and with a cap, it’s ideal for traveling. Retails $35

3. Under $50 – Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creme de Corps

Kiehl’s is my absolute favourite skincare line. I swear by their products, and this one is a cult classic for a reason. Limited Edition for the holidays, 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from the sales will support the Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC). Body butter and giving back during the holidays? Win, win. Retails $45

4. Under $100 – Molton Brown Golden Solstice Three Wick Candle

When I was traveling in Scotland we stayed in a beautiful flat through airbnb which introduced me to Molton Brown products. Addicted, I visited the store in London only to fall in love with their fragrances. A fiend for candles, this tops my indulgence list. Retails $74

5. Under $200 – Le Creuset Square Skillet

Le Creuset is purchased when you know how to maneuver around a kitchen. If your lovely lady spends time whipping up recipes, may I recommend a skillet in Caribbean blue? Plus it promotes healthy eating, a check mark for 2014 goals. Retails $168

6. Under $300 – Clarisonic Plus Limited Edition Glossy Red

Why gift one facial when you can gift a facial every day? Clarisonic Plus is perfect for a woman who loves to take care of her skin and pamper herself at home. The Clarisonic Plus also works at a body buffer, and in glossy red, it’ll be a welcome addition under the tree! Retails $259

7. Under $500 – KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

If you’re going to bake all year round you need the equipment. KitchenAid’s Artisan Stand Mixer comes in an array of colours and will bring delight to a kitchen counter. Plus, if it’s on sale there’s a little left over in the budget for all of the additional attachments! You’ll also get baked goods, lots of them. Retails $499

8. Under $1,000 – Sydney Evan Rose-Gold and Diamond ‘Love’ Ring

There isn’t a better way to show her a little love than with rose-gold and diamonds. Sydney Evan jewels are worn by some of my favourite starlets like Lea Michele and Mila Kunis. A little twinkle in her eye and on her finger, happy holidays indeed! Retails $860

Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping xoxo

DIY: Christmas Cookie Gift

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Christmas DIY

Tis the season for Holiday Soirées! I always love to take a gift from the heart when attending any party, especially during the holidays. While a bottle of bubbly is alway appreciated, I tend to get a bit of the baking itch in December. For UNDER $3, using supplies from the dollar store, you can wrap up your favourite batch of Christmas cookies and treat someone to a little “sugar, spice and all things nice”.

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What You’ll Need

  • A festive cookie tin from the dollar store
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon
  • Your favourite cookies! Here is my recipe for Thumbprint Cookies which I baked for my class this week 🙂

What To Do

Bake your favourite cookies! Flip over the tissue paper so that pretty side (if it is printed) is facedown. Take the lid of the cookie tin off and flip the entire tin over. Trace the tin with a pencil on the tissue paper. Cut inside the circle so that the tissue paper circle is a bit smaller than the tracing. Place inside.

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Add a layer of cookies and repeat the steps adding a layer of tissue paper and a layer of cookies.

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Close the lid and wrap with ribbon!

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They are ready to be delivered with a big smile! Happy baking 🙂

 

Recipe: Merry Mimosa’s

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! May I recommend playing this while enjoying this recipe?

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Hi Christmas tree 🙂

This weekend I trimmed the tree, decked the halls, and well really I had a packed weekend while nursing a cold. But isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

My friend Rebecca came over to help me and it was her first time ever trimming a tree! She’s Jewish, and was enamoured by all the materials and sparkles! I loved showing her some of my traditions. Plus, she made me an ornament! Hello DIY. She used a clear ornament, blue ribbon, white feathers and of course she monogrammed it with a silver sharpie. Soooo me. Here are a few photos…

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I also switched up the writing on my kitchen chalkboard to a little saying from the Grinch…

IMG_8466I think we could all use that reminder this time of year.

Rebecca and I both love Mimosa’s so I thought it would be a perfect time for my signature Fresita cocktail!

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Just three simple ingredients that I guarantee you already have on hand for a festive party 🙂

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Merry Mimosa

What You’ll Need

What To Do

Combine all 3 ingredients (3 parts of each) in a champagne flute! The holidays are hectic enough, this is simple!

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