Saturday, 28 November 2015

All is Bright in YEG

Twas the night of November 21st,
Where Stephanie and Sarah decided to explore the streets of 124th. 
Lined with strung lights, holiday decor, and friendship in hand,
The walk was splendid and we anticipated warmly for that night's plans.

Festivities were bright, and fire pits were all around,
People lit smiles with candles, glow sticks, hot chocolate, and melodic sounds.
The event was "bright" with a lighting ceremony that became our favourite part -
Glowing trees, buildings, and a firework show - a surprising work of art!

A great event for families, for young and old,
Ice hockey to play, ice sculptures to see, and sleigh ride stories to be told.
Dressed-up characters of all sorts mischievous and entertaining in their holiday looks!
Many photos were taken, and #allisbright hit the Instagram books.

Food trucks were out, and the lines were never gone,
The Beverage Garden was a perfect addition all the night long.
Embracing the local businesses and shopping left and right
We browsed for holiday ideas and found plenty of gems in sight!

Twas was our first time taking part, but definitely won't be our last-
Our stomachs were filled at Nosh, and we had a joyous blast.
We highly recommend All is Bright to your list next year,
It's definitely going to kick off the holiday cheer!

xo Meraki Connexion

For more information, visit All is Bright's website.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: 5 Things

All images from google images & pinterest

What five things am I loving at the moment?

1. I gotta admit...I have a thing for over sized knit cardigans.
2. Slouchy knit beanies or toques
3. Chunky knit circle scarves

4. Cream blush- especially with the dry weather here, a cream blush won't dry out your skin as much as a powered blush!

5. Creamy Stick concealers
PS : Stay warm everyone!!!! 

xo Carmen

Friday, 20 November 2015

Holiday Shopping Tips

As December draws closer many of us are looking to spread holiday cheer by finding the perfect gift for our friends and family. While for many gift shopping can be overwhelming and seen as a chore, for a few of us this is a vital part of the holidays. Therefore, we have compiled a few tips to make your holidays more merry!

Plan Your Shopping

  • Make a List - Know who you are buying for.
  • Have a Budget - No one enjoys the shock of opening your credit card statement in January. *This also helps us indecisive shoppers when it comes to narrowing down your choices.* 

Give Yourself Time 

  • Start Early - Nothing can be worse than fighting the last minute shopping crowds or finding out your perfect gift has sold out. 
  • Set aside a full day or weekend - Finish it all off in one go so you can enjoy the rest of your holidays with friends and family.


  • Know Your Facts - Find out if what your looking for is really fitting for who you intend to give it to. (No one wants something that will just collect dust!) 
  • Compare Brands & Read Reviews - This is handy for those big ticket items or the latest and greatest to know if they really live up to expectations and aren't just a trend.
  • Ordering Online - Purchasing items online can save you time and sometime money too! Know the return policy.

Don't Buy Just Because 

  • Its Better Because It's Cheaper - Avoid purchases just because they are on sale. Not many retailers allow for you to exchange or return sale items. Plus, let's face it. There's a reason it's on sale.
  • Do They Really Want It? - All gifts should have some thought put into them. Stop contributing to others' junk accumulation. 
  • Can it be Returned? - Someone's going to change their mind right? 

Have a Plan B

  • Gift Cards - These can be your savior. Some one is bound to be forgotten, or a last minute gift exchange may pop up. It's not a bad idea to have a quick back up gift idea in mind! 

Whether you find holiday shopping excruciatingly painful or a highlight of the season, don't forget gifts are not the most important part of the holidays! Take a breather, enjoy a hot beverage and relax, everyone will have a jolly good time no matter what.

All photos found on Tumblr.

xo Meraki Connexion

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: 5 Things

Top Right Counter Clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

What five things am I loving at the moment?

1. Obviously this list cannot go without One Direction's newest album Made in the A.M.

2. Tarte Palettes

3. Lush Shampoo Bars

4. Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand

5. Cat Eared Beanies

Bonus: I do listen to more than just boybands; If you're feeling adventurous listen to my Spotify playlist compiled of everything I'm jamming to at the moment.

xo Steph

Friday, 13 November 2015


As you may know by the amount of facial hair displayed by the male population it is Movember. Sephora has teamed up with the Movember Foundation to allow us gals to get in on raising awareness on men's health. All of the proceeds from purchases of the Mauvember Luminous Creme Lipstick go towards the foundation.

Bite Beauty develops lip products made with natural ingredients without compromising the quality. It has been said that a ridiculous amount of lipstick is consumed by women in her lifetime. Let's be real, it's a little disturbing knowing that you are eating chemicals and non-natural ingredients just from your lipstick. This makes Bite Beauty products stand out from numerous other lipstick brands. As an extra bonus, all of their products are hand crafted in Toronto!

Although Bite Beauty brand is one of my most coveted Sephora beauty brands, this my first official purchase. I'm all for the purple lipstick trend, but not quite brave enough to rock that yet. This mauve shade is the perfect starting point for an everyday lip colour. The creamy consistency allows for a smooth application and leaves your lips feeling moisturized. By purchasing this lipstick I also received a sample size of the Agave Lip Mask. This leave-on lip mask works to heal and moisturize lips - great for Edmonton's dry winters. I've heard nothing but raving reviews of this lip mask and can't wait to give it a go!

Not only is this a great quality product but it feels awesome that your supporting the Movember Foundation. Unfortunately this looks to be sold out online already, so you better get into a Sephora location quick!

Happy Movember from us Meraki Ladies!
XO Steph

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: 5 Things

Images from top right counterclockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

What five things am I loving at the moment?

1. Home Decor: I've been dreaming up of ways to rearrange and organize my bedroom besides changing it up to reflect my present style.

2. Brunch: Poached eggs, eggs benny, and all things breakfast seems to warm my heart as of late.

3.Evening Lights: Whether that be intentional strung lights or the glow in the sky.

4. Christmas Planning.

5. Suede.

xo Sarah

Friday, 6 November 2015

Autumn Wreath

With the leftover faux blooms, from Frida's floral crown, I decided to use the remaining flowers and create a wreath to decorate the front door. The burnt orange and stormy ocean blue was subdued enough to serve as an appropriate colour palette. The base was made with branches gathered from my backyard. Otherwise, you can go with a pre-made wreath.

Faux flowers with leaves
Florist's tape
Branch clippers
Wire cutter
Darning needle

  1. Shape the branches into a circular shape. It takes some patience to get the shape right, but you can achieve it by carefully bending the branches and wrapping wire around multiple strategic points.
  2. Once you have your base, it's time to add on the leaves. These leaves, in particular, were already threaded through the stem, so I cut the stems with the leaves still attached and wove them in the grooves of the wreath. If necessary, I used florist's tape (or wire) to secure the ends. Alternatively, you can use a hot glue gun and affix the leaves sans stem.
  3. Pop the flowers off the stem, and use a darning needle (or a thick needle) to poke a hole through the receptacle of the flower. Thread a piece of wire through, about 6 inches in length, and twist the wire to secure the flower in place. With the tail ends remaining, wrap that around the wreath. Attach more flowers/ decorative elements until the desired look is achieved.
  4. Hang it up, and admire your handiwork!

xo Ann

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: 5 Things

What five things am I loving at the moment?

1. The croons of Sara Bareilles to calm me down. Notably "Gravity" and "King of Anything". Oldies but goodies. Needless to say, I am rather excited for her new album, What's Inside: Songs from Waitress, to be released November 6!

2. Currently working through "Saijo Persimmon" by Voluspa. I adore bright, fruity scented candles!

3. Fringed loafers.

4. Oversized cardigans.

5. Almond cookies. My variations, to this recipe, include adding 1 egg to bind the ingredients together, adding 1/2 tsp each of baking powder and baking soda to the dry ingredients, bypassing the log-rolling and chilling process, and skipping the icing sugar bath. They still turned out fine.

xo Ann

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Meraki Monthly: November

It's a craft fair frenzy for November, which means it's a great way to start your holiday shopping. Here's a preview of our posts for the month and a list of events around the city.

Tuesday Thoughts: We continue this feature with each of us sharing 5 things we're loving at the moment.

DIY: How to make a wreath from branches found in your very own backyard.

Style Video Shoot: A fall/winter fashion post in motion.

Holiday Shopping Tips: Getting you ready for the gift-giving madness.

November 7: Bead Market
November 20 to 22: Indie Handmade
November 21: "All is Bright" on 124 Street
November 27 to 29: Royal Bison Art + Craft Fair

xo Meraki Connexion