Get CreativeParty Time

It’s been a long time since Paige and I have gathered the time and energy to put on another #getsocialworkshop, and in all honesty we were a bit nervous this time around. We were working with a new space, a lot of new sponsors, and both of us have shifted our focus so vastly over the past couple of years we didn’t really know what to expect.

But for the third time, we were so pleasantly surprised with how it all came together.

The workshop this time around was packed, despite having expanded to a larger space, and everyone came from totally different backgrounds, which made the range of information we had to discuss so much more dynamic. Over incredible pink waffle breakfast sandwiches from Burger Pawty, fresh blooms by Wild North Flowers, and hot tea from Teapigs, attendees spread out around the space, snapping photos on coloured backdrops with glittery fun props. I think it’s safe to say that even when time was up, no one was really ready to go back to reality and head home!

Paige and I feel so incredibly lucky to have the chance to take part in such an inspiring and creative community, and it’s days like this past Sunday that really remind us why we do what we do. Thanks so much to everyone who joined us!

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When it comes to Christmas, size really doesn’t matter. I say the less space you have, the more you should decorate. More is more!

We’re lucky to have a fairly roomy apartment compared to most here in Toronto, but we’re definitely lacking when it comes to outdoor space. We use our little patio as much as possible, planting veggies in the summer and leafy greens in the fall. So we thought: why not do up the space for the holidays too? After all, people with houses shouldn’t get to have all the fun!

Determined to light up our patio so bright that it could be spotted from blocks away, we headed to Walmart and loaded up on all the lights our hearts desired. The holiday décor section was actually so sparkly it was almost blinding, and there was no shortage of magical laser projectors and flashing LED string lights.

We decided on rainbow string lights (how fun are they?!) to complement our pre-existing white bulb string lights, and a northern lights-inspired lightbulb that shoots incredible purple, green and blue patterns all over the space you point it at. We topped it all off with this laser projector, which is basically an entrancing light show that covers up to 3000 square feet! It’s the perfect way to light up your neighbourhood, no matter how big or small your home.

What do you think? Too over the top, or just the right amount of #merryandbright?

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Want more #merryandbright? Check out Walmart’s holiday lighting contest here and vote for your favourite house! Each vote means $1 gets donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, up to 25,000 – how’s that for holiday magic?

This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the #MerryandBright program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com

Get Creative

The holiday season can get kind of hectic, and DIY projects are a great way to put aside time to simply slow down and take a deep breath. We’ll be sharing all sorts of fun recipes and projects leading up to Christmas, but we decided to kick off this busy time with something extra calming. We all need a bit more calm in this wild world, right?

For this week’s installment of the #pastelcraftclub we teamed up with Julie from Province Apothecary. I had the pleasure of attending an outdoor essential oil blending workshop with Julie this past summer, and I was so enchanted by the magic of her knowledge that I immediately know we needed to share some of it here. Paige quickly agreed, a long-time fan of Province Apothecary as well, and here we are.

Part natural medicine, part olfactory, and in my opinion a little bit like witchcraft, the power of blending pure essential oils is pretty amazing, and we’re thrilled to have Julie here today sharing one of her secret formulas – Keep Calm!

Scroll down for Julie’s DIY

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As an aromatherapist I love reaching for essential oils to help calm my body and mind during times of stress. My favourite way to apply them is in a therapeutic roll on.

By using essential oils in your daily life you can help diminish stress, relieve depression, ease physical pain, promote alternateness, heal skin issues like acne and much more. The properties of essential oils, when used properly, can promote general well-being and self-connection. Essential oils are so easy to use and can be incorporated into your daily routine: they can be used in a bath, during a massage, or in your daily skincare regime. The beautiful thing about essential oils is that they work on a subtle level- sometimes one drop is enough.

Terms to know:
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.

Aromatherapy: The therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and absorbs essential oils easily.

| ESSENTIAL OILS FOR calming the body + mind |

BERGAMOT naturally relaxes and uplifts. It’s invigorating scent invites joy and laughter in one’s space, working as a natural antidepressant. It relieves tension to unfold a natural harmony.

CEDAR WOOD naturally strengthens + clarifies. Its light, woodsy scent has a calming and soothing effect on the mind and is of great help in conditions associated with anxiety. It also acts a general tonic, easing conditions of a respiratory nature.
CLARY SAGE naturally calming to the nervous system. An effective sleep aid. Great for reducing anxiety/asthma, reduces muscle tension, PMS. Aphrodisiac.

FRANKINCENSE naturally settles and composes. Its scent eases worry and rejuvenates the mind. Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, calming/relaxing, anti-fungal/antibacterial/antiseptic, decongests open airway. Relieves tension (in all systems), stress, anxiety. Has been used for meditation..

ROMAN CHAMOMILE naturally calms. It’s a powerfully peaceful oil, bring inner harmony and reducing irritability, anxiety and worry.


LAVENDER calms nervousness and relieves depression. Its antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic properties make it nature’s #1 First Aid oil. Use lavender oil to naturally relieve dryness, cracked skin, eczema, and wounds. It stimulates the growth of healthy new cells, making it effective in healing the skin and reducing scars.

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| EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED |
•1 ml vials or beakers to blend your scent
• Essential oils of choice
• Coffee beans to help with olfactory fatigue
• Roll on container (10 ml roll on), 10 ml base oil + beaker
• Labels for blending and for finished product

| BLENDING YOUR SCENT |
BLEND DILUTIONS 10 ml : 1% – 2 drops, 3%- 6 drops, 5% – 10 drops, 10% – 20 drops

1. Choose the essential oils and % of blend you would like to make, 1-5 oils is best for therapeutic roll ons

2.. Add one drop of each oil to the 1 ml vial or beaker and smell your blend after each drop, record the # of drops and slowly add more of the oils you would like more of.

3. Shake or stir your blend. Smell your blend and add more oils or keep as it is. Count out the number of drops your have used. This will be your final recipe.

4.. Once you have discussed your final blend with Julie, slowly count out the final number of drops into your 10 ml vial. Add your carrier oil of choice to the eos, put the cap on and shake.

ALWAYS: Document every single drop. Add drops one at a time and check scent. When formulating is complete, add EO blend to carrier base. Store your blend in a bottle out of the light. Label your formula clearly with the date.

DIRECTIONS: Apply oil to your wrists, temples, and back of neck (into your hairline) and let the essential oils absorb into the skin. For immediate results, place scent directly under your nose and breath deeply. Can be used as many times as needed throughout the day.

Dear DiaryGet Creative

We’re always busy dreaming up projects here at the Pastel Palace, but we wouldn’t be able to pull it off without a few very special essentials. Sorry to disappoint, but sadly even we don’t operate simply on fairy dust and magic around here!

Without further ado, here’s a list of our studio must-haves. At face value they might seem a little, well, unexciting, but each item is totally necessary for creating all kinds of pastel masterpieces!

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1. Backgrounds:

We use anything from painted wood panels and slabs of marble, to wrapping paper and poster board to create the ideal backdrop for our shoots. These backgrounds let us transform the studio and add perfect touches of pastel to every flatlay. If you can’t track down the exact shade you’re craving, simply pick up some paint samples at your local hardware store and paint a board your custom shade.

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2. iPhone with #FidoRoam plan:

Because we’re often on the go, we need to make sure that it’s still business as usual when we’re taking off to exciting destinations. After all, what’s Instagram without spur of the moment snaps? We’re super lucky to have incredibly flexible phone plans with Fido, and thanks to #FidoRoam, we’re able to have the same coverage on our iPhones no matter where we are!

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3. Washi Tape:

Washi tape is truly a stylist’s secret weapon. We use it to hang print, steady backdrops, stop a lipstick from rolling out of the frame… you name it. It’s super handy, plus it comes in SO many cute colours and patterns (currently crushing on the swan print). We can honestly never get enough here at HQ!

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4. Fast & reliable WIFI:

#RAOPxFido is truly a partnership that we would not be able to live without! We’re always on the web; whether we’re updating the blog, planning adventures or sending emails, so fast and reliable wifi is super important. Fido not only hooked us up with an amazing plan, but also with a crazy cute custom modem featuring our photos!

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5. Fun props!

Over the years we’ve collected so many treasures and goodies, and they all come together in the studio, one way or another. From diamond prisms to disco balls to piñatas, they’re the perfect finishing touch on any photoshoot.

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This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com 

Get Creative

As you’re all already aware I am useless when it comes to crafting, so Johanna took the lead on this amazing DIY plant hanger project! Here are her thoughts:

We dreamed up the idea for this DIY while spending many sunny mornings at Kitten and the Bear. They have the most beautiful chandelier hanging in their window and its many prisms cause rainbows to shoot across the tea room in every direction daily. As professional pastel hunters and magic makers this is the kind of everyday magic that we live for (we even track the rainbows we find from prisms with the tag #rainbowsinthewild!)

With a simple Amazon search we realized purchasing chandelier prisms is both super easy and affordable, so obviously we ordered a whole bunch and started brainstorming what we could use them for. On a trip to Mokuba, one of our favourite craft supply stores, we found the prettiest pastel cotton rope in every colour of the rainbow, and the rest is history!

Follow the steps below to infuse you’re own plant hanger with a little bit of prism magic.

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What you’ll need //

8 metres of two different coloured cotton rope (we used pink and gold)
Scissors
Sewing Needles
Sewing Thread
A plant pot

Instructions //

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1. Take each length of 8 metre rope and cut it in half – you should end up with 4 strands, gather these strands and fold in half in the middle – now you should have a handful of 8 strands, 4 of each colour. Tie a knot 3 inches down from your fold and cut the fold open.

This knot acts as the bottom or base of your plant hanger, the bottom of the pot will rest ontop of it.

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2. Now take your 8 strands and group them into two’s, one pink – one gold. You should have 4 “arms”

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3. About 3 inches from your base knot tie 4 separate knots, each knot is made up of one gold and one pink strand

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4. Now use your plant pot to gauge where you should tie your next set of knots. Grab one pink from one arm and one fold from it’s neighbouring arm and tie them together the same way you did in step 3. Go around and do this to all the arms.

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You should end up with something that looks like this:

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5. Once your pot securely fits inside the hanger you can move on – the bigger the pot the more knots you’ll need, the smaller the pot the closer together the knots will have to be.

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6. The next step requires a new type of knot you may remember from making friendship bracelets, a Chinese Staircase knot.

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7. Choose one of the colours (we used gold) and tie 10 Chinese Staircase style knots up the arms, continue on all 4 arms.

8. Gather all 4 arms and about 2 feet up from your Staircase knots, tie together in one big knot.

9. Now your ready to create the hanging loop! Divide the remaining rope coming from the large knot in two. Take the longest piece from each grouping (ours will be pink since we used the gold to make the staircase) and tie 6 Chinese Staircase knots on each side.

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10. To finish it off use your longest piece of rope that remains to make a Wrapped Knot, pull very tightly and trim off excess!

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Now you’ve made your very own Pastel Plant Hanger! We turned ours into a Prismatic rainbow maker by sewing in spare chandelier prisms!

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A special thanks to our friends at Mokuba for the pretty pastel rope.
You can shop chandelier prisms on Amazon!