All about Heels

It’s no secret that I love a good pair of heels.

There’s something elegant yet understated about slipping on a pair of high heels. Whether you’re looking to complete an evening look or pair them with jeans, heels are my go to accessory.

Here are a few of my personal favourites, including the pair I wore nearly a decade ago on our wedding day.

Nargess

 

ps. If guessed the silver d’orsay Manolos, you’re indeed correct!

 

 

 

 

 

Chef Steven Hodge from Temper Pastry

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This week’s spotlight is on chef Steven Hodge, the chocolatier and culinary mastermind behind Temper Pastry and Chocolates, a gourmet chocolate pastry shop tucked away in the picturesque village of Dundarave, West Vancouver.

An extremely driven and talented pastry chef, Chef Hodge’s constant drive for innovation and perfection has fuelled his success to date. Having worked and studied internationally for over a decade, Steven brings some of the finest and richest sweet creations to Vancouver.

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His journey began when he moved down to California to study a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He then developed his mastery in patisserie and chocolate at the California School of Culinary Arts, and went on to advance his craft all over the world. He’s studied at the famous Dominic’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, learnt from sugar art team Patrice Cordier and Dominique Jerry in Vancouver, and further bettered his practice across the pond in England. He spent three years working at Le Caprice, Royal Hospital Road and Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant, which just so happen to be some of the finest eateries in London.

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In 2008, Steven and his lovely wife Lara returned to their roots in Vancouver. It is then that Steven began working with renowned pastry chef Thomas Haas. There, Steven fine-tuned his exceptional culinary skills. Not long after, Steven was ready for his next endeavour – opening his own pastry shop.

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Temper Pastry was born in January 2014 and has thrived ever since. Offering handcrafted chocolates, melt-in-your-mouth desserts, a selection of gourmet sandwiches and roasted Stumptown coffee, Temper Pastry never fails to impress.  Their space is modern, simple and sleek, drawing focus to none other than their award-winning, European chocolates and exquisite French pastries.

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It doesn’t stop there either. Temper Pastry is also a huge advocate for supporting the community. Steven sources all of their delightful fresh meats and cheeses from the neighbouring Sebastian & Co Fine Meats Ltd. Temper Pastry was nominated for the Best Business Award by the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in April 2015, and also won accolades at the 2014 International Chocolate Awards (their chocolate enrobed, liquid caramel “Salty Balls” won a gold award, they’re a taste sensation).

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Steven brims with passion for his work. You can sense his dedication and love for his work within seconds of walking into Temper Pastry. Everyone who meets him feels this, and no doubt, he will soon be known as one of the best pastry chefs in the world.

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His commitment to what he creates is second to none. Temper Pastry’s delicious croissants actually go through a three-day process, including a 17-hour polish (pre-ferment) and 24-hour dough.

The philosophy at Temper Pastry is simple – Chef Steven Hodge wants every single guest to encounter an experience that leaves their taste buds longing for more. And boy, it does just that.

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Fun Fact:

  • Steven, and beautiful wife Lara, have an infant son, Levi, and a 3-year old daughter, Charlie (the scrumptious cinnamon bun called Charlie Bite is named after Hodges’ first-born).

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Chef Steven Says:

  • “The name ‘Temper’ is a play on words — chocolate is tempered and chefs are known to have bad tempers…”
  • After playing football at Whittier College in California, I took an ill-fated job as a discount broker. I quit the first day.”
  • “My mom is Yugoslavian, an amazing chef. I owe all this to her”
  • “When I worked in London, all the shops had old-school mosaic tile and white marble. This [Temper] is influenced by that but with a West Coast feel.”
  • “My motto is to do it all at once. You can sleep when you die.”
  • “Competition is a good thing. It draws people to an area.”
  • “I want to be one of the best in the world,” he says. “I want to be on the map and where people want to come when they visit Canada.”
  • The objective is for our croissants to be nice and soft inside with a honeycomb effect with a flaky exterior. When pulled apart, it should melt in the mouth.”

Current Favourite Venues

With the Summer fast approaching here are my (current) favourite venues perfect for entertaining on long warm nights.

Whether you’re looking to host an intimate soirée, product launch or a corporate event, be sure to take a look at these venues. From select heritage buildings to chic modern space, Vancouver has a variety of venues perfect for catering to your event needs. For more information including rates and availability, send us a quick note and we’ll help you plan the perfect event.

The Permanent

Reflections – Rosewood Hotel Georgia 

 

Halo Penthouse – Loden Hotel 

 

The Roof – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

 

The Terrace – Shangri La Hotel

 

Featured: Rustic Red + Green Seaside

Elegance, serenity, and luscious red florals were the vision behind our bridal inspiration shoot featured this week on Style Me Pretty, captured by Hong Photography.  We had so much fun creating this truly West Coast shoot which featured the tranquil Pacific Ocean as our grande backdrop.

Head on over to Style Me Pretty  to see the full blog post, and enjoy a few of the details below.

We used mother of pearl plates (Pier 1 Imports), lace linen featuring embroidered flowers, and napkins with scallop lace details (Eclat Decor) to create a dreamy tablescape that sparkled in the pink hues of the West Coast sunset.

We are grateful to the group of talented vendors who collaborated with us to bring this vision to life.

Photography: Hong Photography

Decor, furniture + linens: Eclat Decor

Flowers: Flower Factory

Bridal Gowns: Reem Acra + Kelly Faetanini from Blush Bridal

Tulle Skirt: Beautulleful

Jewels: Lugaro Jewels

Makeup: Denise Elliot

Hair: Mahyar Khoda

Model: Barbara Kottmeier

xo, Nargess

 

Creme de la Creme

The opulent bridal showcase Creme de la Creme produced by Countdown Events, took place this past Sunday at the Four Season’s hotel. Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, the theme for this year’s show “one and only” showcased elegance, lavish decor and bridal fashion.

We had a great afternoon sampling sweet treats while catching up with the (wedding) industry’s top vendors, including Eclat DecorHong PhotographySoirette Macaron, and Bisou Bridal to name a few!

Enjoy!

Nargess

Win a Free Makover!

FLEUR DE LIS EVENTS IS LAUNCHING

“A CONTEST WITHIN A CONTEST”

Participate and you could win a free makeover!

In March 2013, Narges Tabrizy Shokrani, founder of a Vancouver event planning company, Fleur de Lis Events, was invited to submit a styled photo shoot for a premier wedding publication, WedLuxe Magazine. As part of an editorial contest themed “Wander Lust”, the contest involved collaborating with other vendors, including florist, photographers, cake artists to name a few, in order to plan and design an elaborate piece for this luxurious magazine.

Nargess jumped at the opportunity, and while a great number of submissions were received, and the competition was stiff, Fleur de Lis Events is pleased to announce they won the opportunity to showcase their talent in the Summer issue of WedLuxe magazine, hitting stands this Monday, June 24th!! 

To celebrate the win, Fleur de Lis Events is putting on a 2-day contest, called “A Contest within a Contest” running over the course of this weekend!

CONTEST DETAILS: Contestants are to review the 5 hints below, and guess the theme/concept behind Fleur de Lis Events’ styled photo shoot and winning submission for WedLuxe Magazine. Email your answer to nargess@fleurdelisevents.ca. The winner will be selected and announced on the Fleur de Lis Events Blog (http://fleurdelisevents.ca/blog/) Monday June 24th, 2013. The prize is a 1-hour complete makeover by the very talented Chantal Walker, makeup artist who beautified our model for this very photo shoot. 

HINTS:

•    –       French

•    –       Antiques

•    –       Magnificent jewels

•    –       Dreamy

•    –       Fit for a Queen

Be sure to check out the latest issue of WedLuxe magazine, Wander Lust for our fabulous feature “Chateau de Chambord” hitting the stands Monday June 24th!

The win would not have been possible without the help of the following vendors: Lugaro Jewelers, Jasalyn Thorn Photography, Sunflower Florist, Papier by Judy, Blush Bridal, Holt Renfrew, Chintz & Company, The Cross Design, Burliosca Cakes, Cakes by Meg, and Panache Antiques. Be sure to check out the latest issue of WedLuxe magazine, Wander Lust for our fabulous feature “Chateau de Chambord” hitting the stands Monday June 24th!

For further inquiries, please contact: 

Naz Taylor 
Aaron Angels PR 
604-653-9404

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