December 1, 2016 · Personal

♥ Custom Dog ornaments ♥
n our family we find a new ornament every year to represent the year so that when we decorate the tree we are reminded of the memories from years past. I love trying to find personal Christmas ornaments so I was thrilled when I found the Etsy shop Stanley & Stewart who creates custom vintage style chenille ornaments using portraits of your dogs or cats. I immediately ordered them of our dogs and for a couple of friends. They cracked me up!

What I loved about Stanley & Stewart is that after you send your photo she sends along these photos below to show you the finished ornaments before she mails them off. That way I could order them for friends and have them mailed directly to them because I knew what they looked like. Her customer service was incredible and the finished ornaments are even more hilarious and charming in person. There is just something hysterical about seeing your own dog's face.

November 22, 2016 · Personal

♥ BLAKE Canmore now open! ♥
oday I had the rare treat to photograph the food at BLAKE in the early afternoon while light was streaming through the windows. Blake's food is not only delicious but beautifully presented. I love his creative spin on comfort food. There is something for everyone.
My must have bites are anything from the Bao down menu seen below. Starting from the left is the bao-ger, the middle is the terimayo pork belly, and the right is the fiery chicken. Each one is only $6 and you can pick how many you want and any combination of the choices.
Popcorn Shrimp
Wicked Pickles made in house.
Tumeric Egg Bread with pistachio hummus.
Crack Fries
Coal Miners Steak
The Kid's Bento Box has to be the best kid's menu out there with simple foods that kids want to eat with an adorable presentation. The kid's menu is a colouring page where kids get to colour in their food choices.
The mechanics burger with salt + pepper chips
Kake by Darci
Matcha Cheesecake
Cereal Killer featuring Fiasco & BLAKE co-lab gelato, fruit loops, lucky charms, a waffle cone and milk to pour.

November 21, 2016 · Vendors

♥ Flagship BLAKE restaurant in Canmore now open! ♥
have been lovingly referring to BLAKE flagship restaurant as "My Favourite restaurant!" long before even setting foot in the doors. I was lucky to experience BLAKE for the first time this week-end and I can confirm that it is indeed instantly my favourite restaurant. You've likely heard me talk about how much I loved the tacos at BLAKE's PD3 bus this summer, that was just a tiny preview of the possibilities of the flagship restaurant. BLAKE is unlike any restaurant in the mountains and it is loved already. I don't dare show you the food yet because part of the experience of BLAKE is delighting in the unexpected presentation of the food. It's simple & not fussy but well considered presentation. The food is flavourful comfort food with a creative twist. The menu is designed to be made up of trying several things and sharing. When you order something it is brought out in the order that it is finished and it's the perfect set up for ordering a couple of things and then ordering more after your first selections have been devoured. There is something for everyone. Perfect for a romantic date night, family night out and everyday casual nights out. You will feel equally comfortable getting dressed up for a special night out or showing up in hiking pants after a great day in the mountains. BLAKE is also one of the more affordable restaurants in the mountains with amazing bites starting at $6. Make sure you arrive hungry though because you'll want to try everything.

There are thoughtful and creative local collaborations that shine and add to the uniqueness of the restaurant like breads from Le fournil, oils from Evoolution ,new weekly featured cake by Kake, airplants & florals by Canmore's Willow Flower Co., a whimsical and delicious collaboration with Fiasco, and even specially commissioned soap & foaming wash from Rocky Mountain Soap Co..

It has long been a personal pet peeve of mine that eating out in a tourist town means that servers will always ask where you are from and what adventure you are going on today which is thankfully not the case at BLAKE. The service is attentive and friendly but you don't leave feeling like you spent your entire meal chatting with your server instead of with the loved ones you came out with. You also feel like you are a local not a tourist. You expect to give a new restaurant a grace period during opening while everyone finds their way but we were there minutes after the door opened and it instantly felt like home with a great staff, amazing atmosphere and the best meals I've ever had the joy to experience.

I haven't even spoken about the space itself and it is perhaps the most impressive story to share. BLAKE was formerly Midway Automotive which at the time of purchase was really run down. To be able to transform an auto repair shop into what you see today is a bit mind blowing. I suggest that you google Midway Automotive Canmore before heading to BLAKE so you can fully appreciate it's transformation. What makes it even more inspiring is that BLAKE is a family run project between Father & Son and family pitched in along every step like pouring those amazing moonlike floors. I think that's why the space feels like home because every detail was handcrafted by family working countless hours.

I saw friends out and we all had different favourite must have items on the menu according to our widely varied tastes but a few items that seemed to be a common thread among us all were the aptly named crack fries as a table staple, anything and everything on the Bao menu, the Chicken n' Waffle cone, and dessert is simply a must every time.

BLAKE is now open for dinner at 5pm everyday this week with lunch service expected to start this week-end opening at 11:30am. It is well worth the drive from Calgary just for a meal here.
Although it looks nothing like it's former auto repair shop there are thoughtful references to it's former life like the gorgeous garage door windows that offer amazing views from every table.
The entrance offers a stunning view of the kitchen hard at work.
The moon like floors were poured by family & friends.
One of my favourite features of the space is the carefully considered spacing of the tables and the height of the ceiling all of which allow you to feel like you have privacy and personal space from other diners without feeling cramped like many mountain restaurants. It feels comfortable immediately.
Every detail has been carefully considered like the black cutlery that feels good in your hands. Another hidden detail is the thermal paint on the table which reveals patterns like a mood ring when anything hot like a cup of tea is placed on the table.
The menus also serve as colouring pages with pencil crayons on every table. Friends used the menu to check off items they tried this round and to circle those they wanted to try on the next visit.
I love the bathrooms at BLAKE! Ha ha! Just go check them out. There is even specially commissioned made in Canmore Rocky Mountain Soap Company foaming wash.

November 5, 2016 · Personal

♥ Lake Louise ♥

November 3, 2016 · Weddings

♥ Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Wedding Venue ♥
he Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located just mere steps from the shoreline of the stunning iconic Lake Louise. Weddings at Chateau Lake Louise offer grand views without having to travel for them. I love that there are lots of amazing experiences for your guests to enjoy during your destination wedding making it a memorable trip for your loved ones.

Perhaps the most known room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the Victoria Ballroom. It recently underwent a renovation that I wanted to share with you here. I LOVE the clean warm white walls with the dark dramatic wood that frames the views perfectly. It makes the space feel grander.
This is the recent renovation of the Victoria Ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise completed this fall 2016.
Here is a before & after photo of the Victoria Ballroom.
One of my favourite features of the Victoria Ballroom at the Chateau is the stunning views from the giant framed windows.
A dramatic outdoor option at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the Lakeview Terrace with the lake and Victoria Glacier as your backdrop.
I love the private Victoria Terrace at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for it's beautiful views and private access.
There are also smaller rooms available for intimate weddings and elopements like the Lefroy room.
Did you know that the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is pet friendly? We loved our stay with our dogs Leroy and Mabel. They even offer a concierge service for your dogs if you want to go out skiing or canoeing and have someone walk and care for your dogs while you are out.
Lake Louise is famous for it's ice castle in the winter and the ice festival but did you know you can also have custom ice pieces made just for your wedding day?
I LOVE the horse drawn sleigh rides in winter! It's the perfect activity for guests too. You can invite guests for a sleigh ride around the lake that ends at a blue frozen waterfall.
In the winter the boathouse becomes the ski school where you can learn to cross country ski or take a guided snowshoe hike.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is perfect for a winter wonderland destination wedding.
Bring your ice skates or rent them at the Chateau. Every year the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise builds an ice skate big enough to skate around. It's great for photo opportunities. They set up benches, music and hot chocolate around the holidays making it an amazing experience.
Imagine playing hockey here. They zamboni several hockey rinks in winter.
Rolled maple syrup.
When the lake freezes it opens up possibilities for cross country skiiing and snowshoeing.
Followup your ice skate by sitting by the fire and enjoying hot chocolate or making s'mores.
This couple travelled from Australia for their destination winter wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. They held a morning ceremony and then invited all of their guests for a sleigh ride around Lake Louise followed by an intimate lunch in the Lefroy room. What an amazing experience for guests.
The Chateau now offers your own private guided canoe rental perfect for your wedding photos. You get exclusive access to their historic voyageur canoe and a guide to paddle you to help your photographer get the perfect shot. It's the only way to get photos of you in a canoe without having to wear a life jacket because you are with a guide. This experience must be booked in advance with your Chateau Wedding Planner.
The stunning Tom Wilson Suite offers incredible views of the lake.
One of my favourite wedding rehearsal dinners was when guests checked into the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise they were told to bundle up and meet outside where horse drawn sleighs were waiting to take them for a snowy romantic ride through the trees to this converted barn where a hearty beef dinner awaited them and afterwards they took line dancing lessons. It was an incredible Alberta welcome for their destination wedding.
Line dancing lessons for everyone at the rehearsal dinner.
A horse drawn sleigh ride for guests as their arrival to the rehearsal dinner.
An outdoor ice bar welcome for guests.
The time that LFW Weddings made it snow for this couple's first dance.

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