Not So Scary Candy Apples

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My dear friend Kendra, of Kendra Bester Design, and I share a love of being in the kitchen. We try to coordinate a day every few months where we can whip up a few treats (remember our lemon drop party?). It's always fun to come with ideas and then spend the day creating in the kitchen while catching up on what's going on in our lives.

Trend To Try for fall Leopard


Leopard is a perennial fall favourite. From large patterned outerwear to small touches in your accessories. Leopard is everywhere right now so let's see how we can incorporate this classic print into our everyday wardrobes! 

Foliage Forest Floor

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After an unusual start to fall it looks like it's finally here! The nights are cool, there's frost in the mornings and the leaves are all starting to change. Of course there is a slight downside to all of this, we have to put our vintage car into storage very soon. We are making the most of it and last weekend we drove out to Oxford county and did a little leaf peeping. 

Homemade Apple Fritters

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Now that the days are growing shorter and cooler, I am finding myself returning to my kitchen to bake up treats to satisfy my family's sweet tooth. One of our favourite treats, that was inspired by the region we live in, is apple fritters.

For Whom The Bell Sleeve Tolls

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Ah, bell sleeves. You couldn't turn around this summer without seeing them on cute printed shirt or dresses. Some where so big that I'm sure if a swift breeze blew they would inflate and carry their occupant away! Headed into fall I found the perfect size for everyday at my favourite Canadian women's retailer, Reitman's

Skyfall Scottish Highlands

Searching for Skyfall in Glen Etive

After two (yes count 'em, two) trips to Scotland, I have finally made it to the famed filming location for James Bond's Skyfall. This was pretty important to me and my husband as it is one of our most favourite movies! You know the kind, if you see it on tv even if it's halfway through, you still watch it to the end. 

Searching For The Great Pumpkin

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The countdown to Halloween is on and nowhere was it more felt then at our local pumpkin patches this past weekend. It's probably our last weekend with our vintage 1970 Mercury Montego so we made the most of it by visiting not one, but two pumpkin patches on Saturday! You might be wondering why two different pumpkin patches...it's because I am searching for The Great Pumpkin!

Marching in Merchant City

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Once we knew we were headed to Glasgow the search started for just the right area to stay in. I am so lucky that I have quite a bit of family in the area so I was able to run ideas past them. AMH and I found a flat right in Merchant City that had incredible reviews on Airbnb. Our family said that the area would be perfect for us, and they were right!

Stirling, Scotland

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On our trip to Glasgow we knew the best thing to do was stay right in the city so we could walk to everything but we also wanted to do some adventuring. We picked three days to do that, rented a car and headed out. One of those places was a day trip to Stirling to visit the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, which I last visited when I was 12 or 13 years old! 

Fall In Kirkcudbright

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On a grey and rainy day, we decided to head south of Glasgow to the coastal town of Kirkcudbright. This small town (population is less than 4000) is anything but. The town boasts some of the most amazing views of the Isle of Man, a castle, colourful homes, public art everywhere and some amazing shopping. 

Bean On A Scottish Safari

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It's been less than 48 hours since I returned from Scotland and while I am so happy to be home with my boys, my dogs and my bed (I missed ya you comfy beauty!) I am already missing this beautiful country. I have a mild case of jet lag which is actually working to my advantage right now. When you work full time and have a never ending list of to-do's, it can be hard to find time to blog. Well, I'm finding the time now since I am up at 4am (9am in Scotland) so let me take you along on my Scottish Safari!

October Reading List

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After a short hiatus the #CTLReadingList is back! Each month I select five titles that are a mix of old and new. Sometimes there is a theme and other times the selections are totally random. This month, we fall somewhere in between with two books perfect for scares in October, one hotly anticipated tale of WTF happened, and a classic all the way from 1966.

You might be thinking "Hey Rox-Anne, you're cheating us here. There's only four books!" Well aren't you observant. I am actually planning a scary Halloween themed reading list for later in the month! I'll be scouring my local library for just the right creepy tales to get you in the Halloween spirit. Also, I am leaving (on a jet plane...) for Scotland and I only plan on bringing two of these with me on the plane. So that gives me the other two to read at home and when I'm done, it will be time for the spooky books!

The Names of Dead Girls - Eric Rickstad "In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free."

I won't even share more from the jacket as I don't want to spoil anything! This is one of two books I will be bringing as reading material on my vacation. I picked it up for 40% off at Walmart after hearing some great reviews from friends at work (you can also pick it up here). I love a good mystery and I am really hoping this one lives up to the hype...and doesn't give me too many nightmares in the process.

Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann I know this is a pop culture classic book but I actually don't know anything about it! I found it second hand so I am giving it a shot.

"The novel tells the story of three young women who become fast friends in the turbulent post-war worlds of Broadway and Hollywood"

According to Wikipedia, the story is loosely based on Judy Garland (who I adore), Carole Landis, Dean Martin and Ethel Merman. I'm actually pretty excited to see why this book as remained relevant so long (order The 50th Anniversary Edition)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving I had to slip in a little spooky Halloween book and this one, by my all time favourite author, is just what you need to get into the spirit! Irving wrote many short stories (The Wife is my favourite!) but he is most know for creating the characters Icabod Crane and The Headless Horseman. I have a few copies of this book, mostly different collections of Irving's short stories (I believe that The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon is the most well known) if you need a copy, it will be easy to find. I spot them in antique stores, Goodwill, even at yard sales! Chapters Indigo does a great job of making classic books affordably priced to attract young readers. You can pick up a copy for a mere $4.50.

We all know the story, Icabod lives in the small hamlet of Sleepy Hollow and falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel. On a night ride, he encounters the Headless Horseman and is never heard from again. It was a local fable that was recounted to Irving. He embellished and added his signature use of incredibly descriptive words (one of the reasons I love him so much!) and a classic tale was born!

What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton What happened indeed. There isn't much I can say about this book as everyone knows the story. Clinton lost what should have been a slam dunk and I am interested to hear her take on that. I try to stay impartial and non-political because this is a blog about fashion and such but let's face it, you all know #imwithher. This is how I have always thought of politicians and parties. I listen to what they have to say and then watch how they conduct themselves and if they live the words they speak or if they just use them as sound bites. My kids asked me why I would read this book, when there is just so much of this information out there in the media. I told them that I have never followed anyone blindly and I believe in Hillary because I have grown up watching her live the things she preaches. I'd like to read her take on this most unbelievable event. And if you don't agree with me don't worry. It's not my country and I can't vote. On sale for $23.33

Leave some of the titles you've been loving lately in the comments below!

5 Netflix Titles to Stream This Weekend

As busy as I am running a blog/business while holding down a full time job and raising teenagers with my husband, I always seem to find time to watch tv and movies! I think it has a lot to do with growing up in the 80's and 90's when film really hit it's stride. Whatever the reason, I am always on the look out for new titles to watch and I am more than happy to share what I am loving! Today, I give you the 5 Netflix titles to stream this weekend. Enjoy!

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White Gold


"Set in a showroom in Essex in the mid-80s, charismatic salesman Vincent Swan leads his unscrupulous sales team. Smart, handsome and confident, Vincent will happily break the rules if it guarantees a sale."

With a name like White Gold I thought the show was going to be about 80's nose candy but they are actually salesman peddling new plastic windows. Hence, white gold. The show is fantastic, especially for fans of GG who would watch Chuck Bass read the phonebook. Chuck, I mean Ed Westwick, is fantabulous. There is no other word. The show is smart, retro and hilarious as Ed's character Vincent talks into the screen often. There are only six episodes in season 1 but fear not, season 2 is already in the works. 

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This Is Us


"Jack and his wife -- who is very pregnant with triplets -- have just moved into their new home in Pittsburgh. Successful and handsome television actor Kevin is growing increasingly bored with his bachelor lifestyle. Randall -- who was abandoned at a fire station by his father as an infant -- is a stylish New York-based businessman working to raise two daughters with his wife, Beth. These people are among a group, several of whom share a birthday, of seemingly random individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways."

I am only a few episodes in but I am hooked. I've actually stopped watching, just waiting for AMH to catch up as I think this is not just some "girly" show but a great drama/comedy for everyone. Plus, parts of it take place in the 70's and my hubby is obsessed with all things 70's (which explains why we have a vintage 1970 Mercury Montego). The show is worthy of the hype, do yourself a favour and don't google anything before watching. The second season is on tv now and there were some spoilers floating around (thankfully I've dodged them all). Best to get caught up so that we know what everyone is talking about around the water cooler, or coffee line.

F is For Family


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"Set in the 1970s, this animated raunchy comedy is inspired by the life of stand-up comic Bill Burr, who is a co-creator and executive producer of the series. Burr also voices the character of Frank Murphy, a short-tempered veteran who lives in the suburbs with his wife, Sue (Laura Dern) and their three children. Frank, who works at an airport, has a penchant for shouting and profanity-filled rants. The series celebrates all things 1970s, including the lifestyle, the music, and all sorts of other nostalgic details."
If you love adult style animation (The Simpson's, American Dad, Family Guy) then you will love F is For Family. My husband and I (we've kept this one away from the kids) have watched both Season 1 and 2 so many times, we are actually quoting it to each other (which is a terribly geeky thing that we've done since we were teenagers). The family dynamic is hilarious and set in the 70's, during so much economic downturn, it's a little glimpse into how live was then. I love the mom character, who goes out into the workforce to make something of herself, a little old fashion girl power! The dad is voiced by comedian Bill Burr so you know it's funny and the supporting characters are just as hilarious! The next door neighbour Vic, their teenager son Kevin, even the star of the tv show, within the tv show, Colt Lugar with his catch phrase "Sometimes a man's gotta go, what a man does". So many laugh out loud moments in this sweet family, yet slightly raunchy, comedy. Don't judge me.

The Client List


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"The series follows Riley Parks who begins work in a day spa in a local town after her husband abandons her and their children, leaving her in financial debt. She quickly realizes that the spa gives much more than massages, but works with the parlor's owner in order to keep food on the table. While helping to run the business, she struggles to discreetly balance two lives – a single mother who must provide for her family and a strong businesswoman working in a unique and frowned-upon business."

If you're a big Ghost Whisperer fan (which I am, remember this old post?) it might take you a minute to see Jennifer Love Hewitt as anything other than sweet loveable Melinda. JLH takes the character of Riley and really gets your sympathy right away. I mean, I went into this show being judgemental (I'll totally admit it) but by the end of season 2 even I was thinking, well, if you have to do it you might as well get paid! Lots of drama, friendship, family and romance. It's well acted by all and I'm sorry to say that they only got 2 seasons to tell the story (you can read all about why season 3 was a no-go here).

Friends From College


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"Years after becoming friends at Harvard, Ethan, Lisa, Sam, Nick, Max and Marianne are heading into a new era -- their 40s. This series, directed and executive produced by Nicholas Stoller, delves into interwoven and complicated relationships, including former romantic entanglements and comedic explorations of old bonds. As everyone tries to manage their lives as adults, they also experience nostalgia."

If I could sum up this series in a word, it would be "messy". And isn't that what life is? Well, if your life resembles the shambles of these people, reach out and get help! Ha! There are only 8 episodes of the show, making it a quick watch on a rainy day with nothing else to do. I recommend watching while drinking hard liquor, some of the moments in this show just require a stiff drink! It's funny and cringeworthy and makes you appreciate how normal your friends from college really are.


And now for some sad news out of Netflix. Disney is removing all of their titles with the provider to start their own streaming service. It's not happening until the end of 2019 so you still have lots of time to re-watch Tangled and Star Wars!

Oh! And have I mentioned how much I love Stranger Things? Oh, I have? Well, that's because it is a totally tubular 80's throwback highly influenced by some of the greatest movies of our generation! The second season is back on October 27th and yes, everyone at work already knows not to expect much out of me as I'll be watching at 12:01am when it's released.

Do you have any Netflix recommendations for me?

Celebrating Valmont at Langdon Hall

Celebrating Valmont at Langdon Hall

About a year ago I started to notice some fine wines on my forehead. It didn't cause me too much alarm, I had just turned 36 and figured this is all part of the aging process. Fast forward a few months and those lines went from fine to thick and started to worry me. How could I have aged so quickly in such a sort period of time? Whatever the reasons, this lead me on a crusade to protect my skin from further damage, which is why when Valmont Cosmetics and Langdon Hall invited me to come and celebrate their recent collaboration, I jumped at the chance!

L.L.Bean Boots Buying Guide

L.L.Bean Boots Buying Guide


You've heard me preach about reusing and rewearing your clothing and paying attention to cost-per-wear, well here's a pair of boots that I wear in all four seasons (you can imagine that my cost-per-wear is almost in the pennies at this point!), the famous L.L.Bean Boots. While I do enjoy wearing them splashing in puddles in the spring and hiking in the summer with the dogs, L.L.Bean Boots are most commonly associated with fall...which also means this is when the demand for these iconic shoes goes through the roof! 

Quick & Healthy Breakfast Options

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There is just something about fall that makes life feel a little more hectic than usual in the mornings. The lazy days of summer are over, the kids are back to school and at work, it's the last few months before the end of the year rush. I found myself stuck in a breakfast rut and craving some very quick, easy and healthy breakfast options.

The Best Fall Items at Old Navy


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If it's been a while since you've checked out the fashions at Old Navy, get thyself there this fall! I stopped in last week when I received an email alert that their frost free vests were on sale for $15 (it's a one day only sale, make sure they have your email address!) and I left with a few cute items that I can wear to work and I plan on packing for my trip to Scotland.