triple ribbon bow

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ribbon, ribbon, ribbon

My dad went to an all-boys boarding school growing up right before moving to America in his early adolescence. He has retained some qualities that of a perfectionist, and luckily for me, I have those qualities too {sarcasm intended}. He likes his trousers ironed a certain way with a pleat right down the middle, his newspaper always looks neat and perfect after reading and not a hot mess of pages and frustration. One thing I remember fondly of when I was younger was his ability to make ordinary wrapped gifts look extraordinary. Bit of a bizarre quirk for a man I guess? But his ability to create bows from ribbon and draw vine-like flowers with a red ball point was beyond me.

This bow was one of the few types he had up his sleeve and often included it on very special presents. You will need: 3 lengths of ribbons, I would just eyeball them depending on the size of your gift. They can be different colors too if you would like but make sure they’re complimenting colors. Also, a pair of scissors. Finally, all {or most} of your fingers. Now it looks complicated, but it actually isn’t too bad and it’s well worth the fuss, trust me!
 

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starting off

Take the longest piece of ribbon and just about 4-inches down, create a twist {fig. 1}. Pinch the twist with your thumb and index finger, go 4-inches down again and tuck that twist into your thumb and index finger too. You should create a loop at this point {fig. 2}. Go 4-inches down the ribbon again and twist, but this time loop it from the opposite direction of the first loop you created {fig. 3}. It should look like a bit like a normal bow with a loop at each end.
 

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continuing on…

Continue to go down the ribbon creating twists, tucking into your pinched thumb and index finger, and looping in alternating directions. Just make sure you have at least 4-inches of free-ribbon available at the ends. Also, be sure to keep your thumb and index finger pinched the entire time! By the way, this beautiful scented alphabet candle from Next makes the perfect gift for a girlfriend for Valentine’s day!
 

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finishing touch

Once you’re done “pinching-and-looping,” wrap one end of the ribbon around the center, twice and tie a knot with the two loose ends. Do this slowly, so your pinch doesn’t loosen and your ribbon doesn’t unravel.
 

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the second ribbon

The second ribbon should be a long one too. Enough to wrap around your gift 2.5 times. Start by placing the gift box facing down in the middle of the ribbon. Cross the ends of the ribbon, twist so the ribbons cover the alternating sides of the box. Turn the gift over and tie a standard double knot. You should have some end bits left of the ribbon.
 

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to top it off

Place the bow in the middle of the box where the double-knot is. Take the end bits of the ribbon from the second ribbon on the box and tie a knot around the center of the bow. It will come together as you do this. Arrange the loops and make sure they’re not folded on the edges and trim the ends so they’re about the same length as the loops from the bow. Et voila!
 

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ice wine valentine spritzer

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it sparkles for you…

I always saw sparkling wine as a drink you have for very special of occasions. One where there are
happy tears, excitement, joy, bliss and… cake. Always cake. But when I got to the UK, the country that
consumes heaps of prosecco a year, I quickly realized that every moment is worth celebrating. I almost
felt the romanticism behind the sparkles were lost. To me, each sparkle is an opportunity to
celebrate and spread a bit of love and happiness.

So it only seemed natural, we put together a little concoction with some sparkle for Valentine’s day.
To celebrate friendships and our loved ones. A unique twist on things, some ice wine straight from Canada
adds a touch of sweetness and the rosé supplies the bubbles and pretty hues.

It’s a gorgeous one too, isn’t it?
 

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galentine’s day with aspinal of london

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from a very special secret valentine

Every year, with a boyfriend or not, I have a ball celebrating Valentine’s day. To me, it’s a day where you
can show your loved ones {including your friends and family} how much you care for and cherish them. In
college, I would go over and beyond and put on a bright red lippy and go around giving out chocolate and
kisses on everyone’s cheek. Probably not the most hygienic way to celebrate, but it was fun nonetheless.

When Aspinal of London reached out to me to see if I wanted to participate in a secret Valentine with fellow
bloggers, I couldn’t resist. Luckily for me, I got Lucia from Style Confessional who has an incredible
sense of style: smart, minimalistic and very London. For Lucia, the large essential flat pouch in burgundy saffiano
was the perfect combination of romance and London-edge. I just used the gift finder to sift through my price range and
eliminate pieces that I knew wouldn’t make the fit.
 

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and from my secret valentine

Though I don’t know who my valentine is, but it seems like they know me quite well. I was eyeing the
silk scarf as it’s super chic and perfect for the coming spring season. Along with the silk scarf, I received
a cute pink keychain that exudes everything from c&é and Valentine’s day! So whoever you are, thank you
so very much. You’ve got me to a tee!
 

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the simplest way to tie a silk scarf

One simple way to tie a silk scarf for a t-shirt, button-down or just a dress is to fold the scarf in a
triangle. Wrap around your neck bringing the end corners together to the front. Tie a simply knot and adjust!
 

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valentine’s day with maître choux

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the sweetest start to valentine’s day month

One thing I haven’t mentioned much of on this blog is my obsession with éclairs. I mean, obviously there
was a degree of obsessing with the love-filled French pastries as my blog was partially named after
it. So I thought I would treat myself. The start of Valentine’s day month {and you may or may not know,
but it’s one of my favorite Hallmark holidays}.

Naturally, I made my way to Maître Choux for their delectable and gorgeous treats. One just lightly
laced of pistachio, the other a true vanilla, one that looked like pure gold, and of course a pink one
filled with raspberry…

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visit Maître Choux

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15 Harrington Road
London, SW7 3ES
 

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greeted with hot chocolate

As we entered, we immediately were greeted with a hot chocolate and a warm chouquette in hand.
Three Michelin-star chef, Joakin Pratt does a beautiful job curating delectable pieces of art.

I then perused the very pretty streets of South Kensington and it boggled my mind to think about how I
hadn’t been back to West London since I lived out there almost 7-months ago. Goes to show that you can
really get stuck in your world and routine, so it was nice to escape.

what I wore

blouse ANN TAYLOR skirt H&M jacket ZARA scarf ASOS boots NEXT purse COACH
gloves LONDON FOG nails CHANTAL C/O ZOYA lips MACKENZIE C/O ZOYA jewelry C/O J.LAUREN
 

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my morning routine

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If you were in high school, college or graduate school with me you probably remember me being
the late sleeper and the ridiculously early riser. Still to this day, my early mornings are my most
productive hours and the day goes on its descend from there. I’m always inspired by other people’s routines
as it helps me adapt mine and make it efficient and enjoyable. And to top it off, I was inspired by Cupcakes
& Cashmere’s morning routine that she shared not too long ago, so I thought I would go off of that. I would
love to hear about your experience in the comments too!

I wake up…

Typically naturally around 5:30am, but toss around in bed until 6am. Only on days when I have a lot
on my plate, do I get up directly after my eyes open. Regardless, I always set my alarm for 5:45am.

I typically feel…

Since removing all caffeine from my diet {more on that next month} I feel very refreshed and
well-slept. I don’t have the groggy feeling right before having coffee. I look forward to making
a pot of fresh mint tea.

First thing I do when I wake up…

Unfortunately, I look at my phone. Having a start-up that deals with international trade and regulation
means I may have a few missed calls or emails I need to tend to as soon as possible. If I
don’t have very much that needs tending to right away, then I will open up my New York Times app and
read the headlines of the day.

The next thing I do…

I make a pot of fresh mint tea, brush my teeth, do a few yoga stretches to get my blood flowing.
I love to incorporate Yoga with Adriene’s Gentle Morning Yoga routine if time permits.
 

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My favorite part of my routine…

Watching the sunrise and seeing London at its quiet moments. After living in big, bustling cities of
America, it’s quite bizarre for me to see that people casually saunter to their workplace. So I prefer
to sit on or stand near my window ledge and watch the sunrise and enjoy the rare bits of a quiet London street.

shower scenario

I started a new fitness routine, the Kayla Itsine Bikini Body Guides, have you heard of them? It’s
a really tough, exhilarating, yet short workout. Being quite active and athletic in the past, it’s
something I enjoy, but definitely need to take a proper shower afterwards and get ready for the day.

my beauty routine

It’s quite simple. I go for a tinted moisturizer unless I have a shoot or major meeting that day.
Add a little blush and swipe some mascara on my lashes. Sometimes I work from home, in which case I
usually just moisturize and call it at that.
 

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for breakfast, I usually eat…

I’m a crazy person and have two breakfasts. Before my workout, I had a small bowl of porridge or muesli.
Just enough to get me through a 45 minute workout. After I shower and as I’m getting ready, I
usually make a single egg and steam some vegetables and have half an avocado or a tablespoon of yoghurt.

the hardest part of my routine is…

I don’t really get too much time to just relax. I’m usually on-the-go first thing in the morning and
just have a few seconds to breathe when I take my first sips of my tea. My assistant will call me
and go over my daily schedule and tasks as I’m going over strategy reports and checking deadlines.
It can get hectic and I hate that first thing in the morning.

the last thing I do before I head out the door is…

I put on my shoes, spray a little perfume, check my lipstick, put on my headphones and find a song to
listen to on the way to a meeting or wherever I’m off to. If I do have meetings, I’m out the
door no later than 9am.
 

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lips PAISLEY C/O ZOYA nails NANA C/O ZOYA shirt GAP coverup ANN TAYLOR tanktop H&M bedding MARKS & SPENCER faux fur throw ZARA HOME headphones URBANEARS earrings KATE SPADE NEW YORK glasses C/O SCARLETT OF SOHO