Archive for November, 2010

designer crush – abigail borg

November 30, 2010

Abigail Borg is a surface/pattern designer and illustrator based out of Worcestershire, England. I came across miss Abigail via DESIGNSPONGE (one of my all time favourite blogs!) and instantly fell in love with her work.

Such gorgeous colours and beautiful florals! – she is pretty much a modern day William Morris.


to see more from Abigail Borg, click HERE



xo denj


stylish blogger

November 29, 2010

eep! awards!

The lovely miss Leah of little red purse gave me a stylish blogger award! – thanks girl!

this award is kind of like a blogger love/chain letter – Which means I have to do the following

1. thank the wonderful blogger who gave me the award (check!)
2. share seven facts about myself
3. choose seven bloggers I love, give them their very own stylish blogger award, and let them know that they’ve been chosen.

seven facts:

1. I listen to Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber at work…. tween pop stars help me concentrate.
2.  I KNOWWWW uggs are ugly. But Canadian winters make the fashion-faux-pas SOOO worth it.
3. My favourite animal is a bunny-rabbit. When I was younger I was obsessed….like really obsessed  I even decorated my room around this obsession when I was 10- we’re talking wallpaper, bedspread, the works.
4. I live in the suburbs (I like to say I’m trapped in the suburbs),  but I’m a true city girl. I can’t wait to move back downtown!
5. I have 2 amazing sisters, who both currently live in the USA. I miss them everyday!
6. I love coffee AND tea – and I drink both everyday.
7. I never leave the house without eating breakfast – you know what they say! – breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

seven bloggers that I like to stalk:
(it is so hard to just choose just 7 – there are so many good ones out there!  – so I choose a mix of new finds and some old faves)

1. lateafternoon
2. sftrend
3. thedaybook
4. postcards from
5. of moments in moonlight
6. freesia blog
7. coco and vera

if you haven’t come across these gems already – check them out!

ox denj

in the kitchen with Kari!

November 28, 2010

Kari is the baker in the family; she’s always making yummy things, trying out fun new recipes, and making giant messes in the kitchen. Whenever we have special family dinners, Kari is automatically requested to make dessert and never fails to deliver something mouth-watering and delicious (aside from a few hilarious disasters of course!) Between Kari’s baking and my mom’s cooking, they’ve pretty much got all the bases covered, and my skills in the kitchen seriously pale in comparison. This weekend was American Thanksgiving, and since my sisters were both away for Canadian Thanksgiving,  we had our family dinner this weekend instead. We requested one of our all time faves – Tiramisu! The recipe is from “The Best of the Best, and More”. Every time Kari tries a new recipe she marks it off. This recipe has a check mark, five stars, AND the page is covered in ingredients from frequent use –  that’s how deliciously amazing it is.



4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup of sugar
2  – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup strong coffee
1/4 cup kahlua or rum
8 oz. package lady fingers or vanilla wafers
2  – 1 oz. squares semi-sweet chocolate, finely grated.

Beat egg yolks in a medium-sized bowl, then add the sugar gradually until it is well mixed. Add  the cream cheese and mix thoroughly. In a deep bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form then fold into cheese mixture. Next, spread 1/4th of the cheese mixture into a large glass serving bowl. In a third bowl, combine the coffee and kahlua or rum(this time we used rum), dip lady fingers or vanilla wafers (we used the vanilla wafers!) into the mixture  and cover the cheese layer. Next sprinkle a light layer of grated chocolate. Repeat 2 times, ending with a cheese layer of cheese and chocolate. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. serves 8-10.



xo denj

outfit du jour: all ruffled up!

November 25, 2010

dress: River Island (uk), belt: Aritzia, shoes Jeffrey Campbell, tights: Hue.
*photography by rsimmen

I’ve never met a ruffle that I didn’t like. Seriously.

I got this dress a few years ago when I was studying in England and I’d totally forgotten about it until I was shopping through my closet last week. I realized I have a  major affinity for tiered ruffled items, the count right now is 3 dresses, a sweater, and a blouse…. it’s getting slightly out of control.

denj lookbook!

November 23, 2010


Woot! It’s here! Presenting the DENJ lookbook!

Find these scarves in my etsy shop – and more coming very soon!



Photography by NICOLEDEEPHOTOGRAPHY check out her BLOG too!

diy – kari’s cardi + my blouse

November 23, 2010

a few little do-it-yourself-ers:

1. I busted a major hole in the elbow of my little sister’s cardigan months ago. It’s much too cute to toss, so I’ve been meaning (but majorly procrastinating!) to repair it for ages. I finally got around to it and I’m so excited about the result! Kari be excited! – your sweater is ready for you when you return from uni!

2. I love this top from Anthropologie, but I was getting sick of the  dusty rose colour. It always looked dirty – even straight out of the washing machine. Luckily it’s silk, which makes it super easy to dye – I decided on a deep royal blue. Now it feels like a brand new!

cardigan: Zara, top: Anthropologie, black pants: Ag Jeggings, shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

*photography by rsimmen

ox denj

outfit du jour: grey sunday

November 22, 2010

top: h&m, black pants: AG jeggings, shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, bracelet/belt: Aritzia
*photography by rsimmen


xo denj

lanvin loves H&M – window display

November 20, 2010

Such cute windows at H&M for the Lanvin sale!

can’t wait to see you!

November 20, 2010

lanvin for H&M

November 17, 2010

Bahh, if only I didn’t have a real adult/grown-up/responsible-person  job and I could go camp outside of H&M right now (which I’ve never done but always dreamed of – I would feel like such a real fashion enthusiast/obsessee/ista. all that.) In the mean time I shall drool  over photos. So shall you:

Images via


xo denj

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