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Behind the Scenes with Truvelle

A creative who is passionate about all things fashion? I can get behind that. A creative who is passionate about all things fashion and has a hedgehog as a pet? I do believe we need to be BFF’s. And fast. Truvelle, the up and coming Vancouver based bridal designer, is making waves in the wedding world and for good reason! The girl is oh so talented. And today we’re teaming up with Rose Dykstra for a behind the scenes peek.

From Rose Dykstra… Truvelle is an up-and-coming bridal designer based out of a live/work studio in Gastown, a historic downtown neighborhood in Vancouver. The building she resides in is unique in that it is a live/work concept, so there are many small business owners who live and create within it.

Truvelle has been gaining popularity over the past year, with a number of international bridal boutiques now carrying Gabby’s collections along with many styled and wedding features online and in print. I’ve asked Gabby to write a little bit more about herself below!

On herself:
I’m Gaby, the girl behind Vancouver based bridal line “Truvelle”.

On her style:
My style is ever changing and my home will follow suit, but right now I’m crazy for negative space and functional elements. Interiors with good bones and natural light are key.

On what she loves most about her home:
My home is also my workplace, so I’m so happy that I’ve managed to create a space that serves each purpose with grace and balance. My work is a huge part of my identity, so having a live/work has both simplified my life and given me comfort in my surroundings.

On what she had to overcome:
I had moved into this space following a two month stint in Europe, and of course I needed to check out that expensive Parisian bakery and take classes at one of the top fashion schools in the world. Needless to say, I was on a very tight budget and faced with over 1000 square feet of possibilities. In hindsight, my thin wallet worked to my advantage. I was forced to start with necessities and creatively stretch my dollar for all that it was worth. Decorating was a slow process, but it gave me time to be thoughtful with every element added. Good things really do take time.

Simply Rose Photography: Rose Dykstra | Truvelle: Gabby Bayona

Nutella Banana Bread

I’ve been making this nutella banana bread for years now (in fact, I originally posted it on my own blog way back when in 2011, though the photos have since been updated). It’s become somewhat of a staple around here, and for good reason. The stuff is ridiculous! As in, I try to only make it occasionally as I’ve been known to devour the whole thing in one sitting (I judge myself – but one taste and I know you’ll understand).

Nutella Banana BreadClassic banana bread gets a delicious makeover
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Serves 8Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 heaping cup Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8" x 4" loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda & salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter with mixer at medium speed until blended. Add eggs, beating well after each egg.
  4. Add banana, milk and vanilla and blend.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture (I did it in three parts), mixing in between until incorporated (but don't overmix!)
  6. Warm nutella in oven or microwave until softened. Add 1 cup of the banana bread mixture and stir until combined.
  7. Alternate spooning banana bread mixture and nutella batter into the loaf pan.
  8. Using a knife, swirl together the two mixtures.
  9. Bake for 1 hour - it should be a tiny bit undercooked as it will continue to cook in the pan.
  10. Let cool for 15 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.

Photography: Lark & Linen | Recipe: Lark & Linen

Glitter & Gold Little Girls’ Birthday Party

Are you ready for your heart to melt into a pile of mush? Because that’s exactly what’s about to happen the moment you set sights on these photos. And if a collection of the cutest little girls in all the land celebrating a very sweet glittery birthday isn’t enough to slay you, perhaps the teeny puppy alongside them will do the trick. With photos from Gayle Driver and event design by AmeliaMarie Design, get ready for the cutest ride of your life.

From Gayle Driver … To celebrate her daughter’s second birthday, Amelia of Amelia Marie Design, hosted an outdoor “Glitter & Gold” birthday party. Amelia designed the event to reflect the birthday girl’s bright and vibrant personality!

A handmade children’s tent offered a fun space for the little ladies to play with jewelry and an adorable 7 week old Chihuahua, part Jack Russell puppy named “Summer!”

Nearby, the party table featured a stunning pink and gold cake, bottles of punch. and personalized place settings for each guest. This glittery gold party took place under a lush weeping willow tree, beside a pond at an old Mill, in Bridgewater, Virginia.

Cake: Passion Flower Cakes | Calligrapher: Diamond Designs | Designer & Stylist: AmeliaMarie Design | Hair Accessories : Crafted In Grace | Party Supplies: Lola Loves A Party | Photographer : Gayle Driver Photography