December 26th, 2015

Retro 1950s Christmas Party Outfit

Retro 1950s Christmas Party Outfit | Sara du Jour

*Gasp!* An outfit post! I know, it’s been a minute. But every time I do a poll asking which of my blog post types is your favourite, outfit posts seem to come out on top, so I’m doing my best to oblige. Anyway, I recently hosted a Christmas cocktail party at my apartment for some friends from the office, and since I was going all Stepford-y with the food and drinks I prepared (stay tuned for that post), I figured I’d do the same with my outfit of the evening. Continue Reading →

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December 24th, 2015

Cocktail Hour: Spiced Rum Apple Toddy

Spiced Rum Hot Apple Toddy Recipe | Sara du Jour

Few cocktails taste so much like Christmas than a spiced rum apple toddy. There are many different takes on hot toddy recipes, but this one’s my personal favourite. I served these up at my recent Christmas party (post to come!) and they were a big hit. They’re simple to whip up, delicious, warm, festive, and surprisingly potent. Continue Reading →

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December 22nd, 2015

Dark Chocolate Christmas Bark Recipe

Healthy Dark Chocolate Christmas Bark Recipe | Sara du Jour

If you, like me, love indulging in delicious holiday treats all through the month, but are still trying to eat kind of healthy, I’ve got just the recipe for you. There’s nothing more swoon-worthy or festive than dark chocolate Christmas bark, and since this one’s made with 79% dark chocolate and loaded with healthy nuts and dried fruit, it gets to stay off the “naughty” list.

As a bonus, as with all my recipes, it’s super easy to make. Believe me, if it requires actual culinary skills, it ain’t happenin’ in my kitchen. Continue Reading →

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December 19th, 2015

Bar Cart Essentials { Home Bar Haul }

Bar Cart Essentials |Sara du Jour

Bar carts seem to be popping up everywhere lately, and if you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’ve had my eye on them for quite a while now. I managed to get my own bar cart ready just in time for holiday entertaining. This project was truly a labour of love, from picking out each item, to planning the design of the cart, and finally, actually building the DIY bar cart itself. I am pleased to say that I now have a bar cart in my apartment, and I can’t wait to share all the details with you.
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December 17th, 2015

24 Things I Learned by 24

24 Things I Learned by 24 | Sara du Jour
For the past two years, I’ve made a series of these posts: 22 Things I Learned by 22 and 23 Things I Learned by 23. I enjoy looking back at these posts and being able to see how my point of view has changed with time, or hasn’t. Today is my birthday, and I turn 24. I thought it was only fitting to reflect on my year, and share some things I know to be true based on my life experiences so far. And what a year it’s been! As always, I’d love it if you added your own bits of wisdom in the comments.

Without any further ado: here are 24 things I learned by 24. Continue Reading →

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December 14th, 2015

Cocktail Hour: Dillon’s Rose Gin + Tonic

Dillon's Rose Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe | Sara du Jour
I’m strictly a gin drinker, and my go-to cocktail for any occasion is the gin and tonic. While the basic G+T never goes out of style, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to dress it up a little, and give the classic cocktail a modern update. Enter my Dillon’s Rose Gin and Tonic recipe – a delicious, slightly sweet concoction created to delight all of your senses. Continue Reading →

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December 13th, 2015

Bath & Body Works Holiday Candle Haul

Bath and Body Works Holiday Candle Haul | Sara du Jour

Fall and winter are my favourite seasons for scented candles. I love filling my home with delicious scents that remind me of the holiday season, and this year was no exception. Here’s what I got from Bath and Body Works’ holiday collection of candles. Continue Reading →

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December 10th, 2015

DIY White + Gold Bar Cart (IKEA Hack)

DIY White + Gold Bar Cart (IKEA Hack) | Sara du Jour
Pictured above: Bar Sign | Shelf | Ice Bucket | Gold Tray | Flowers

Bar carts have become very trendy lately, and I’ve been wanting one of my own for quite some time. Though I’m not much of a drinker, I love entertaining and think bar carts make a wonderful piece of home decor, too. Unfortunately, all the bar carts I’d been lusting over were waaaaaay outside my budget. The least expensive one was over a hundred dollars, the most expensive one, close to two thousand. I was just about to give up on my dream of having my own bar cart, until I stumbled upon this lovely DIY tutorial from Sugar & Cloth. Continue Reading →

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December 7th, 2015

House of Lashes Haul + Review

House of Lashes Haul | Sara du Jour
I’d heard about House of Lashes from the lovely Alexandra on Youtube, and they looked so stunning on her I had to give them a try for myself. After browsing the many options on their site, I ended up choosing three different eyelash styles to try. But before I go into those, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful packaging these come in! (Who doesn’t love great packaging?) Continue Reading →

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December 4th, 2015

DIY Gold Dipped Glass Bottles (IKEA Hack)

DIY Gold Dipped Glass Bottles | Sara du Jour
Want to get that Anthropologie look on an IKEA budget? I have just the thing. With just a little clever DIY-ing and about ten minutes, you can make basic glass bottles or vases look super luxe with this gold-dipped effect. Continue Reading →

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December 1st, 2015

Bioderma Skin Care Review

Bioderma Skin Care Review | Sara du Jour

The kind folks at Bioderma Canada were lovely enough to send me a little care package full of goodies to try. I had heard so many great things about Bioderma skin care products, so was eager to find out how they’d work for me and my skin. When the big package arrived in the mail, I thought Christmas had come early! Continue Reading →

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November 28th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Fashionista

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Fashionista | Sara du Jour

It’s not too late to do all your holiday shopping online! You can scoop up great Black Friday deals and still have everything delivered in time for Christmas. Here’s my final holiday gift guide for the year – designed to thrill the fashionista you know. Put the stars in her eyes with one of these dazzling holiday gift ideas, from shoes, to bags, jewelry, and more.

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November 26th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Homebody

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Homebody | Sara du Jour

I am a self-professed homebody. There are few things I like better than sleeping in and enjoying a lovely day at home, cozied up in pajamas with a cup of tea and Netflix. Or maybe taking a nice, relaxing bath with spa products and a scented candle burning. Admit it, all of that sounds ideal. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for a homebody, or simply want to pick up a few nice goodies for yourself this December, here’s a holiday gift guide with all my favourite picks to unwind and pamper. Continue Reading →

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November 24th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Gentleman

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Gentleman | Sara du Jour

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the boys! Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for a boyfriend, a best friend, your dad, or that suave uncle you have, this holiday gift guide should be sure to satisfy all the modern gentlemen in your life. Make him feel like 007 himself with one of these oh-so-masculine gifts. Continue Reading →

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November 22nd, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Beauty Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Beauty Lover | Sara du Jour

As a beauty lover myself, this holiday gift guide was a lot of fun to put together. I tried to not just include actual makeup products, but also beauty tools and other goodies to pamper the beauty lover in your life with. Personally, I’d be thrilled to unwrap any of these at Christmas! Continue Reading →

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