A couple of months ago, Kyle and I had the privilege of joining a talented group of Regina professionals in a painting party experience at Arthouse–and what an experience it was! Although I had done a little painting back in university, I was a nervous on what to expect at the painting party. Owner and very talented artist, of Arthouse, Brianne Urzada, was completely wonderful at explaining each step in the painting process. She showed us a variety of techniques to help us achieve texture and depth. It was so much fun with each step watching the painting come together. And what made the process that much sweeter were the tasty treats, drinks and company which accompanied the process. Be sure to check out Arthouse for your next birthday party, staff function or just a fun girls night out!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, finding an outfit perfect for your celebrations is coming down to the wire. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and this year I chose to play up the romance factor with my look. Together with the lovely Samantha of La Beauté by Samantha, we created a look which is sure to be the perfect touch of romance to your Valentine’s Day festivities.
When I combine thoughts of both romance and fashion, I automatically think of lace! My obvious go-to colour for the occasion would be pink (or even red) but that doesn’t mean you have to be limited. A black, white or even grey lace dress could totally play the part perfectly as well.
But the entire look of romance would not be complete without a little dazzle via hair and makeup. I opted for my usual curls to create a lot of texture and volume. For my makeup, Samantha helped me complete the entire look with the perfect touch of romance. Here’s what she had to say about the look:
I wanted to create a soft romantic look for Sarah, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Using the Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette, I created a soft smokey eye to make Sarah’s beautiful eyes pop! I started off with the Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the eyelid to make the shadow pop and to ensure a lengthly wear. I used the shades Chic and Classic all over the lid to create a base and moved to cool plum shade in Fierce to deepen up the look and create more definition in the crease. To finish off the shadows, I added a touch of Glam, a shimmering champagne. No shadow was used on the bottom lash line to keep things on the light side. Mascara was added to the bottom lashes to finish off the eye look. For Sarah’s lips, I went with the Smashbox Be Lengendary Lipstick in Audition. Its cream formula was the perfect touch to finish off the look!
Be sure to check out Samantha’s Instagram page hereto see more of her beautiful work or shop her selection of beauty products including beauty blenders and beauty blender bling rings.
I’m all about supporting other creatives! That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Abigail Ballanger! We convocated from Ryerson together last year. Her creative skills are something I’ve always admired so when we started talking about collaborating, I was excited to hear she wanted to share some of her creative juices with you over here on Sare City! Now enough of my chit chat, here a few words from Abigail about a sweet floral infused cocktail, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
One aspect of Valentine’s Day has always remained constant for me year after year, whether I am in a relationship or single. I’m sure you’re thinking, it’s an obvious, chocolate. Not for this girl, the one constant for me is flowers.
During the cooler months, it may feel like the only way of incorporating flowers into our daily routines is the obvious, a bouquet. It may be the simplest way of telling someone you care, but rather why not change it up. The perfect way of incorporating those floral delights is in a floral infused cocktail (with or without alcohol). One of my favourite floral flavours is rose water. Not only can you cook with it but you can include it in a ton of different beverages. Be wary though, rose water can be STRONG, you only need a little.
This Valentine’s Day, why not show your loved one or your gal pals the perfect bouquet of flowers that they can not only smell but drink too. The following recipe is easy, results in a beautiful drink and is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift!
1 tablespoons rose water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2-2 ounces vodka (omit to make a mocktail!)
2 tablespoon honey, or to taste (I used agave to make it vegan)
2 tablespoons blood orange or pomegranate juice, for color
sparkling rose to taste (or sparkling water for a mocktail)
fresh flowers and lemon for garnish
Combine the rose water, fresh lemon juice, vodka, honey and blood orange or pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into a glass. Pour in the sparkling rose. Garnish with flowers and lemon. ENJOY!