SEPTEMBER: A LOOK BACK

Another month has come to an end, but with much excitement. Why, you ask? IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL! This is by far my favourite time of the year. As much as I enjoyed the summer, I’m ready for the cooler weather and all the wonderful things it brings – the leaves changing colours, fall fairs, and Halloween.

This month brought with it the return of my favourite Starbucks drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, some much needed time for some apartment décor projects, and one last summer inspired style shoot. Here’s to spooky October and another memorable month for all of you lovely Peaches, too!

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DIY: MASON JAR COCKTAILS

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With Christmas less than two weeks away, the holiday rush is officially in full swing! If you’re like me, your gift-giving list is a mix of family members, friends, co-workers, and Secret Santa’s; a group of wonderful people all with varying tastes. So, when I stumbled across this mason jar gift idea on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect for my entire list! The cocktail combinations are endless, making it an easy gift to personalize for everyone.

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To get started, I wrote a fun message on each mason jar using a chalkboard marker. *If you can’t find a mason jar with writable space, you can add gift tag with a fun saying of your own, or the recipient’s name.

Next, cut a piece of twine approximately 24″ long. Wrap and double knot the twine around the rim of the mason jar. Place a straw up against the knot that you’ve tied, and secure it in place by using an additional double knot.

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Choose your bottle of liquor and place it up against the straw. Using the same twine, tie a double knot around the neck of the bottle, under the cap (this will keep the bottle from sliding off).

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Choose your soft drink and drop it (gently) down into the mason jar.

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All the recipients have to do is add some ice and enjoy, and you can relax knowing that your Christmas gift list has been taken care of!

Which cocktail combination would you make? Let me know in the comments below!

Shop this post: Mason Jars – Dollarama | Twine – Dollarama | Santa Straws – Party City | Mini Liquor Bottles – LCBO | Chalkboard Marker – Michaels | Soft Drinks – Metro

*Please drink responsibly. Only consume alcohol if you meet the legal age requirements in your country.

THE WONDERS OF WASHI TAPE

After living in my apartment for about 3 weeks now, I finally hung some art on my wall (sound the trumpets!). But don’t get too excited. It was my go-to Eiffel Tower poster that automatically gets placed on the largest wall, and I only hung it because they are doing regular pest control treatments in our building and it had to be off of the floor. Glamourous, I know.

But if you live or have ever lived in apartment, you’ll understand how big of a pain it can be to decorate walls. The thick concrete requires you to have the strength of a mythical Norse God to simply hammer in one nail. So I rely on my go-to pieces as easy, effortless ways to spruce up the joint. There is only one problem – each new apartment I move into ends up looking just like the last. In hopes of remedying this, I’ve done some serious Pinterest hunting to find some fresh ideas. Enter: washi tape! It seems as though this magical tape can make anything look beautiful, so I’ll be off to the craft store this weekend to stock up. Not sure what colours I’ll be choosing just yet, but here are some of my favourite ideas that mayyy make their way into my apartment.

Washi Tape Wall Decals via Everything Emily
I feel it doesn’t get any easier than what you see above. ‘Nuff said.

Washi Tape Picture Frames via Design Sponge
I love this idea for a feature or themed image wall that you can change out with every season. Go from a Halloween to Christmas wall in minutes, with little to no fuss.

Washi Tape Door Delight via HGTV
Doors always seem to be forgotten when it comes to decorating your space, but they really are just an extension of your wall. Experimenting with your door is a great way to determine what colour combinations you like before committing to the time and effort of decorating a larger space. Bonus points for the Led Zeppelin poster!

Washi Wall via Ann Kelle
Feeling brave and adventurous? Why not washi an entire wall?! Wait, did I just say ‘washi an entire wall’? It seems easy enough, but I imagine that if I tried this as my first project, it may end up looking like it was completed at the hands of a drunk person. Perhaps starting on a smaller portion of wall in, let’s say, my bathroom would be a wise choice.

Washi Tape Furniture Revamp via Brit + Co
I threw this idea into the mix, even though it’s not a wall treatment. With most of my mix-and-match furniture on a “need to repaint” list, I can swap the paint brush for washi tape and coordinate my pieces with ease.

Which idea would you try? For more washi tape ideas for your small (or large) space, check out my Apartment Living board on Pinterest.