how to pinterest fail hilariously but successfully in seven easy steps.

are you a pinner? i’ve been on pinterest for a while now. and like any good hipster, i’m going to complain how it’s now too saturated and used for marketing and i miss the simple days when it was just beautiful photos and not someone’s grainy iphone photo of some gnarly looking protein shake.

but of course i still use it.

every so often you can still find a stunning tutorial that looks simple enough to recreate, such as this gorgeous floral letter. i’ve been dreaming of making it for my home since saw it.

you know we’re honest over here on s&s, so here is my version of the tutorial in seven easy and truthful steps.

step one

check to see if you have any cardboard in your storage room. when you realize you don’t, go to the garbage room of your condo building and dumpster dive in the cardboard-only bin and find something that’s the right size.

flower letter DIY

step two

use a sharpie to draw out your letter on the cardboard. if you’re not good at freehand, use a ruler or a stencil. if you have neither, a wide book will do. i highly recommend the hardcover edition of “why men don’t get enough sex and women don’t get enough love”…and then soul search as to why you own that book, and where you even got it.

letters that have a straight edge will be the easiest to create. if your name starts with one of those curvy letters such as S, G, C, Q, i suggest you look at changing it.

flower letter DIY

step three

spend a small fortune at your local craft store on your favourite flowers. justify spending more on certain bouquets since you got the cardboard for free, and michael’s almost always has a 40% off coupon.

flower letter DIY

step four

begin with the largest flowers and arrange them on your cardboard letter. do not pay attention to the original tutorial that suggests a hot glue gun, and use whatever strong adhesive glue you have in your cabinet.

flower letter DIY

step five

get frustrated when the white liquid glue you are using will not hold down any of the fake flowers. give in, go to Walmart and buy a $2.47 mini hot glue gun and 30 mini glue sticks.

step six

return home, plug in hot glue gun, and realize why it was originally suggested. burn yourself a few times, re-glue the largest flowers, then work your way down in size and colour to fill in the gaps. i mixed my shades because i think it adds great texture, but you could easily ombre it, or do just one solid colour.

flower letter DIY

step seven

pour yourself a glass of wine to numb the pain while you try and pull the bits of dried hot glue from your fingers, leg, sock, carpet, wall, and everywhere else you managed to get it.

flower letter DIYand there you have it, my friends. fake flowers and parts of my finger skin glued to cardboard that i pulled out of the dumpster.

pinterest worthy, don’t you think? a great addition to my home office art wall. a success in so many words, with a very s&s twist to it.

have you ever tried a pinterest DIY? did you succeed?


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shoulder coats and sunshine.

the weather has been absolutely beautiful in calgary these last few weeks. the snow is melting, it’s sunny and above zero, and it feels like spring.

i know any day we can get a dumping of snow and -40 temperatures again, so i’m enjoying every second of it.


it’s also been a lot of fun in the fashion department. no need for eight boxy layers that are built for warmth and not for style. accessories are fashionable again and not just functional.


isn’t that’s why fashion exists? for the fun of it? i love to play with the trends of the season i enjoy the most and find unique ways of making them my own.


when i found this coat at forever 21 – holding on tight in my last year of my 20s, thank you – i knew it was the perfect addition to the outerwear wardrobe.

DSC_0960shoulder coats and more masculine, boxy cuts were all the rage on the Spring/Summer ’15 runways at fashion week.


i know what you’re thinking: boxy cuts, how flattering! that’s where the fun comes in. mixed with prints, great jewels and body-hugging under layers, you can create a very feminine look.


DSC_0935but lets be serious, when is a shoulder coat ever practical? they are great for sitting, walking slowly without the use of your arms, and posing for photos. the minute you try and get something out of your purse while in a rush down the street with a coffee in your hand, your shoulder coat will end up in a puddle.


thank goodness this coat also looks pretty swell with both arms securely in place.

coat: forever 21 | plaid: zara | pleather leggings: the bay | bracelet: express | geode necklace: coutu & kitsch | toque: oakley

photos by allison bridgman.

what style trends are you enjoying right now?


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someone else’s treasure.

last weekend i bought a food processor from a lady off of kijiji. she had cats and a beautifully decorated house. it was a very terrifying look into my future. needless to say i had to get out of there as quick as possible.

in my rush back to reality, i slipped and took a pretty nasty spill on the ice. one-in-the-morning in urgent care is how everyone wants to spend their saturday night, right? i’m happy to report my late-night x-rays showed there is nothing broken in my right ankle. some rest, ice, compression and elevation is in my future, but i’ll take that any day over a cast and crutches. we’ve done that already on s&s.

despite the pain, i was super excited to try out my new food processor – a gadget i’ve never owned before. i subscribed to that clean life, an online community of healthy, clean recipes and meal plans and a lot of the recipes – and those in some of my other favourite clean eating cookbooks – call for a food processor, so it was time to add it to the kitchen arsenal.

pasta is always my comfort food – besides bbq lays chips – so i searched for a healthy version on that clean life. enter the brown rice pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes.

DSC_1599spinach & basil pesto
serves four


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

combining spinach, basil, lemon juice, sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, tamari and garlic in a food processor. process until a smooth consistency is formed. toss with your favourite pasta.


i was able to put my new food processor to use with this delicious pesto, reprinted with permission by that clean life creator Abigail Keeso.

what’s your favourite comfort food? do you have a food processor?

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