• Jun 19

    LOVE IT OR LIST IT VANCOUVER: AMIE & MARK

    June 19, 2014 • 10:00 am

    There's NOTHING like living in the mountains!!! That's exactly where these homeowners called home, nestled among trees surrounding the whole house! We wanted to bring function, style, and a little taste of the outdoors with a modern touch! It's no surprise that Amie and Mark LOVED IT!!! 

    What do you think of this reveal? I want to hear it all!!!! BIG thanks to the Love It Or List It Vancouver design team, and Janis Nicolay for the photos! Find a full resource guide here.

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 18

    Bubblegum Pink

    June 18, 2014 • 10:00 am

    I don't know about you....but one of my ALL TIME favourite shades in ANYTHING is bubblegum pink!!!! The soft, elegant, pastel version of course!!! This colour is soooo easy to pair with denim, other pastels and neutrals! This coat is a very simple way to update your wardrobe to reflect summer on those chilly not-so-summer days!!

     

    Top (similar) | Sunnies (similar) | Necklace (similar) | Pink Coat via Zara (similar) | Jeans via Paige Denim | Watch via Michael Kors | Nail Polish via Nars | Heels via Chinese Laundry

     
     

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 17

    My Bachelorette Recap: Episode 5

    June 17, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Source: Wetpaint

    Oui … Oui… OUI!!!!!!  I WAS INSANELY JELLY of tonights location shoot!!! I mean… Spain and Hawaii and New Zealand (my seasons) were ok and all (hehhee) but the south of FRAAAANCE!!!! MON DIEU!!! 

     The first one-on-one date with Josh was  supppperrr cute. He is cute!  Their boat ride, picnic and dinner at the palace were soooo picturesque and perfect, right out of a fairy tale. BUT, I think she’s totally right….there’s clearly some questions that need to be asked and it’s hard to tell if they really click! Still VERY skeptical of his intentions and where there relationship is going…but looking forward to next week to see what this lie detector thing is all about!!! Any guesses??????

    I absolutely CAN’T stand Andrew, and I can’t believe he’s still there this week!!!! He’s the most immature out of the ENTIRE group and he’s completely oblivious to anything he says or does. The remaining guys clearly don’t get along with him….he’s proven that he’s arrogant, defensive, and doesn’t realize the impact of his actions! GROOOOOWWW UP!!!! And when Andi confronted him about how things were going among the guys, he made it pretty obvious that he didn’t want to be there, and the process meant NOTHING to him – and neither did Andi for that matter…. now having said that? There always has to be that ONE token guy … so i guess keeping him keeps our tickers thumping! 

    Seeing Marquel so upset broke my heart - he seems like such a sweet, real, genuine guy that takes this journey seriously. It was hard to watch him explain how he feels he’s viewed by everyone, and I’m very sad to see him go :(

    The group date was a DISASTER!!!! So much drama! I really didn’t like the fact that Nick decided NOT to participate or even TRY the miming thing…just live in the moment and be grateful that you are in the south of France! STAAAAHHHHP SULKING lol. Based on the way he acts when he doesn’t receive a rose, I think he seems pretty crazy…like he would be a crazy possessive type boyfriend that CONSTANTLY needs attention…but I guess we will soon find out!!!

    To be honest, Andi’s date with Brian was BORING and hard to watch. The movie setting was super cute and the idea of shopping for dinner at a French market and cooking together is MY KINDA date! But once they got to the kitchen….the vibes were weird and awkward and…I don’t even know how to put it into words! He didn’t TRY to make her feel comfortable or special….I think he was just super timid and embarrassed of his cooking skills, but he should have been honest and just made fun of himself instead!

    I can totally understand why Andi didn’t want to go through with a cocktail hour this week. I mean….there were parts of her dates this week  that were pretty awkward and disastrous, wouldn’t you say?!?! There was BOUND to be something that would happen during that cocktail hour that would get her upset. WAAYYYY TOO MUCH tension floating around to even give it a chance. I do agree with her choices of sending Patrick and Andrew home, but I honestly feel like Marquel had a lot more to show, a lot more to give, and I would have given him one more chance to see what he’s all about.

    What are your thoughts?!?! Do you think Andi has a good chance at falling for one of the remaining guys???? Let’s hear your predictions!

     

    Until next time…

    Xo

    Jilly

     

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  • Jun 16

    Retro Glam

    June 16, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Jeans via Paige Denim | Top via Zara (similar) |Necklace (similar) | Vintage Scarf via Dior (similar) | Sunglasses (similar) | Shoes via Nine West

     

     

    Sending BIIGGG love to Sandra Zovko for styling and Janis Nicolay for these wonderful photos!

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 15

    Happy Father's Day Dad!

    June 15, 2014 • 10:00 am

    We all think we have the BEST Dad … of course I would argue mine truly is the best - I can only hope for all of you, that your heart melts the same for your dad the way mine does for mine.  MY Dad, I swear is a total gift from above. Although he argues he isn’t perfect … the only flaws I see in him are the ones he passed down to me (so they are totally excusable)  A little impatient, a little OCD and a garlic a holic.  

    Other than that - Glen … is perfect. ANYONE who has met my Daddy, always has the sweetest things to say about him “he is just such a great guy” whenever someone approaches me to say they’ve worked with him or know him.  He is SO selfless, always helping everyone else, always taking on some sort of project that only benefits him because he loves to see everything perfect for everyone else. He is open minded, unjudgmental & laughs at all his own jokes.  
     
     
    Why do squirrels swim on their backs? To keep their nuts dry - a joke I’ve heard about 1000 times but the funny factor never wears off.  
     
    Being an only child… and a girl - I was a bit of everything growing up. A girly girl and a tom boy.  Everything from fishing, to quadding, camping to vehicle repair … if a boy could do it so could I - and that is where my friendship with my dad blossomed. Funny how the older you get - the more you love your parents. I look at mine and think… HOW did I get SO lucky. How did I win the jackpot of parents?  
     
    I suppose some people might look at me, what they know of me, what they see on tv or on social media and think ‘ahhh… everything must be perfect’  … well it hasn’t always been.  Just like most families - ours has endured hardship & adversity. Illnesses & tragedies. There was even a time where my parents were not together… but - somehow we made it - and our family has never been stronger. Its safe to say, my parents are my best friends. I tell them everything, I like to experience most of life with them. And for that - I feel SO incredibly blessed.
     
    I remember, when I first came off the Bachelorette … my mom and dad picked me up from the airport and i was EXHAUSTED with the attention, magazines and having to explain to everyone how real or un real the show was. Mom stopped at the bank on our way home to ‘show me off’ to the tellers.  I had an annoying childish meltdown and begged to just be taken home.  My dad, turned to me and said… Kid - I am so disappointed.  I’ve worked with my hands for years. I have buddies who have worked in the freezing cold or as a plumber for years… your JOB right NOW… is to make people happy.  So suck it up, put a smile on your face and be the down to earth Jilly everyone loves.  
     
    It almost made me cry harder - because i realized he was TOTALLY right.  How ungrateful I was being and I didn’t even notice.  This is just one of the things my dad has taught me - once in a while it takes someone who loves you SO much they want the rest of the world to see what they see - and my dad has always challenged me to be that person.  TO be a good person, an honest person, a well balanced person… just like him.
     
    Love you so so so so much Dad. I have learned more than you know from you and Mom - I got pretty lucky when the world gave me you as parents. Happy Father's Day Dad!!!!!!!
     
     
    Get the Look: My Top c/o Tommy Hilfiger | My Watch via Michael Kors | My Clutch c/o Tommy Hilfiger | My Sandals via Target | Dad's Top c/o Tommy Hifiger (similar) | Dad's Watch c/o Tommy Hilfiger 
     
     
    I would LOVE to hear how you feel about your Dad!!! Comment below to tell me why he is the best Dad in the world!!!!
     
    AAANNNDDD...we have the lucky winners for my Father's Day Giveway! Congratulations to the four of you, and thank you everyone for participating!!!!!!!
     
     
    2 Pairs of Lacoste Shoes (up to $250 value) - Heather Timm
     
     
    Scrub Captain Apparel for you AND your papa - ($140 value) - Celina Stefanucci
     
    xo
    Jilly 
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  • Jun 13

    Father's Day Food Friday: Low Country Grill

    June 13, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Well, I FINALLY was able to come home to Kelowna to see all the ones I LOOOVEEEE!! And with Father's Day coming up, my Papa definitely deserved a home cooked dinner from his favourite daugher!!!!! Best Father's Day recipe: LOW COUNTRY GRILL! It was sooo delicious, and all the flavours are amazing together.

    This might be the easiest yet the most impressive recipe you will EVER try. Its perfect for a low stress dinner for dad that also says, hey DAD, I’m pretty talented and obviously the best lol!!!!

    Marinade

    1/2 cup of salted butter
    1/4 cup of white wine
    2 crushed garlic cloves 
    1 heaping tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning 
    3 large sprigs of fresh thyme 


    Grill Ingredients (quantities can really be adjusted to taste… the outcome isn’t dependant on the quantities below so for example if you LOVE scallops add more or if you love sausage you can add more of that too!) 

    3 cups of fresh uncooked mussels (or clams or both!) 
    2 cups of diced uncooked chorizo sausage 
    3 ears of corn cut into 2-3 inch sections   (pre boil these until cooked but firm)
    2 cups of mini potatoes (pre boil these until cooked but firm)
    3 cups of large uncooked fresh prawns
    2 cups of fresh uncooked scallops 

    Directions

    Melt butter & garlic on medium until butter starts to slowly bubble (do not let it brown) Add wine, thyme and then add old bay seasoning.  Set aside.

    IN a LARGE sealable container, toss ALL of the grill ingredients and pour 3/4 of your marinade in.  Seal the container and toss it around a bit to ensure all liquid touches all the tasty seafood. Let sit for about 1-2 hours.   THE KEY to this recipe is a GRILL BASKET - i purchased 2 of them so that I could fit all of the ingredients on the grill at once.  (I got mine at Homesense/Homegoods but I have also seen these at Target, Canadian Tire & Walmart) 

    Set the BBQ to Medium/High - transfer recipe to grill baskets and grill&Toss until clams/mussles open up and corn & sausage starts to brown!

    Serve in an oversized serving dish, pour remaining butter mixture & SERVE! (we served ours with a little garlic toast!) 

     

    LOVE YOU DAD!!!!! HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!!

    xo

    Jilly