coveting | the minimalist home by meg

Happy Friday friends! The morning started out looking a little gloomy and rain had been teeming on the roof all night long. The sun has since come out and I am looking forward to the weekend. Since I love the idea of living with less and have invested in larger pieces that stow away the things that I would rather not see, it is rare that I purchase too many accessories these days. The reality is though, that beautiful, simple accessories warm up your home and tell a story. 

This week while perusing the minimalist home, I fell in love with a few of their pieces that i wanted to share with you. If you are looking for thoughtful, streamlined special items, this store has exactly what you are looking for. 

Enjoy the sunshine and rest this weekend. We will be playing in the garden and bringing some life back to our home. 

Beautycounter by meg

Ladies, let me preface this post with the fact that it is NOT sponsored. I am in no way shape or form being endorsed for speaking on behalf of Beautycounter. I am 100% genuinely sharing with you something I believe in whole heartedly. 

A girl who has been undeniably obsessed with skincare for as long as I can remember. I have spent enough money to likely buy a small home on products. I wasn't born with that peaches and cream, poreless skin (how i wish) so maintaining that healthy glow means very regular visits to my dermatologist and the best skincare possible. 

Over the years, I have found certain products to be luxurious and a true ritual. Some have certainly worked better than others but I had not yet found THE product that gave me that flawless look. 

Recently, what became increasingly concerning to me was the very bold and poignant discussions about the nasty and quite frankly horrific ingredients that are in many of our beloved products. I sat back, realized that these products that I love so much were not only costing me a fortune but actually not working. It wasn't even about wanting a change, I NEEDED a change. 

I had transitioned all of our food to primarily organic years ago. I did the same for our cleaning products but wasn't thinking about the priority that I should be putting on my skincare. The time was now to get educated, to explore, try and be vulnerable to the fact that it may not work but then, it DID! 

It worked so well, that I immediately became a consultant and haven't thought twice about it. This in and of itself was pretty profound. I was NEVER the girl that participated in Direct Marketing. You could not get me to go to one of those at home parties (you still can't by the way) but that was the difference. Beautycounter is chic, its simple, its modern, it's supported by great brands and more importantly- it works and it's non toxic!

My favourites are the face and body oils. They feel like silk, so hydrating on your skin. I swear by the Nourishing line as it provides the perfect amount of hydration to my skin and has NEVER caused my skin to break out. As a mama, the baby line was a no brainer. Put good stuff on your most prized possessions, your children! 

You can hop on over to my site here and explore the products, feel free to purchase or shoot me an email (mdrncmpr@gmail.com ) if you want to learn more about Beautycounter. 

eileen fisher, toronto store launch by meg

I had the tremendous pleasure of collaborating with EILEEN FISHER Inc. on the launch of their store at Sherway Gardens. If you are following along on Instagram, you would have noticed me singing praises about this iconic brand and it's ability to marry simplicity, sophistication and comfort in to the most beautifully curated modern, fashion line. 

A brand that often adorned my mothers closet growing up, I knew the pieces were timeless but even more appealing was the obvious transitional items that look beautiful no matter your age. The shoes were a whole other ball game of chic. To put it simply, there was not a pair I didn't want in my closet. Obviously stylish but take it from someone who wore the sand coloured clogs shown below for more than 4 hrs without sitting down once, they are undeniably comfortable. 

The store design is a strong reflection of the brand with crisp white walls, ash toned hardwood and pops of teak and rattan. There are messages of inspiration written by Eileen herself about the beauty in fashion. Eileen's voice is clear throughout the brands message and they hold a very strong emphasis on sustainability and organic fabrics. The brand has an aggressive plan to be 100% sustainable by 2020. This right here was just another layer of icing on the already beautiful cake. I felt genuinely fortunate to work with a brand that brought such cohesion in our aesthetic, values and lifestyle. Never too fussy, always relaxed in the most beautiful way. Be sure to follow them along here and pop in to the store, I promise you will not leave empty handed. 

montauk calling by meg

Warm weather is ever so slowly starting to show is glowing face around these parts recently and it has me longing for beach days and open windows. My desperation for brighter days clearly has me inspired by the beauty that is this Montauk beach house via Design Milk by Space Exploration An open and airy space that lends itself so well to sandy toes and sun kissed skin. I imagine days of frolicking on the beach, champagne and seafood dinners and deep sleeps in fresh white linens. You can almost smell that salty air right?! Incorporating bright whites, linen and natural rugs and of course ash floors are a great way to bring that modern beach feel to your home. The surf boards obviously being the perfect accessory and art like pop of colour. 

A dish for mama by meg

Becoming a mom felt natural to me. I had my first babe at the ripe age of 26 just a year after getting married. I didn't have a moment of hesitation. That maternal adoration came at a young age. I loved being with children, was completely obsessed with babies and used to take milk bags and wrap them in blankets pretending they were real squishy little beings. Odd but true! I will be sharing a little more about motherhood on Friday but wanted to provide this oh so easy dish via running with tweezers for all of you hosting a Mother's Day dinner or fete this weekend. I love it because it's simple, fresh and requires almost no time to make. The recipe is below and it will most certainly be making an appearance at our table this weekend. 

Put a large salted pot of water on to boil. While you’re waiting, top 1 pound of fresh green beans. Cook the beans for 4 minutes, then drain and wash with cold water to stop them from overcooking.

In a large salad bowl, mash together 1 chopped garlic clove, some kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir in 1 tsp dijon mustard and 1 Tbs red wine vinegar, then whisk in 1/4 cup good olive oil. Add the cooked green beans, and toss well. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Serve the beans on a platter with 6-8 ounces of feta sliced into 1/8″–1/4″ slices. Sprinkle it all with a handful of chopped fresh chives, then drizzle with a bit more leftover dressing.