Monthly Archives: July 2016

When only BBQ will do

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Summer is in full swing and the temperature is heating up. No one wants to turn on the stove!  Plus everything just tastes better cooked on the grill. If you’re lucky enough to have a BBQ, then we have some great suggestions for you.

If it’s just you and BAE, you will likely be able to fit the main and your side veggies all on at the same time. No need to dirty any more dishes or turn on the stove. Just make sure you put the food on in the order of how long it takes to cook. Things that take longer should go on first. In general it’s best to cook the veggies around the edge and the meat in the centre.

Take advantage of any extra space on the grill and cook up more than you will need so you have leftovers for lunch the next day. Just don’t leave food on the grill unattended if possible. Food can go from juicy to charcoal pretty fast! You also want to be there in case of any flare ups.

It really is important to have the right gear when BBQing. Using a meat thermometer takes all the guess work out of when to take your food of the grill. Eventually you might not need it but why risk it? Remember that meat will continue to cook once you pull it off so know what temperature you’re aiming for and take the meat off 10 degrees or so before you reach that.  It’s also important to have an accurate thermometer for the grill. If yours doesn’t come with one, or it’s not accurate, they can be purchased separately.

Remember to let your meat rest once you take it off. This allows the juices to be redistributed. Tent the meat with tinfoil and let rest for 10-20 minutes.  We know it’s hard to wait to bite into that delicious looking steak but trust us – resting your meat before you cut into makes a huge different in taste and texture. Use this time to set the table and toss the salad!

Barbecuing isn’t just for meat-eaters. Veggies are awesome grilled. So is tofu. Check out this awesome guide to the best grilled tofu ever:


And remember all those roses we told you about here? They really are awesome with BBQ. Go on! Try it and let us know which one you liked the best and your favourite pairings. And we want to see pictures! Tag us in your IG and Facebook posts.

What to wear to your engagement shoot

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couple in the surf

Engagement shoots are a great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera and to get to know your photographer.  It’s also a great opportunity for your photographer to get to know you, your style and what you want from your pictures.

We think the best pictures are ones where you look happy, comfortable and most like yourselves. We know there’s a lot riding on these pics so here are our top tips to looking your best in your engagement photos.

Do the ‘do

If you are planning on getting your hair and make-up done for your wedding this can be a great chance to coordinate a trial with those people. Even if you aren’t getting your make up done and don’t usually wear make-up a little light foundation and mascara go a long way in ensuring you look great on camera.

engagement shoot picture of a couple in front of cherry blossoms
Engagement shoot photo of a couple in a field

The adage is true – just be yourself!

Formal pictures can be beautiful, if that’s your style.  Just be yourself – together. Agree with your partner before the shoot what kind of style and look you are going for and then pick outfits that are on that same page.

Black and white photo of a couple

Pop of colour

Black may be slimming but it’s not that forgiving on film. Every speck of dust will show up. And white should be saved for the big day. Bold, complimentary colours really show up well. If you prefer neutrals, think about a pop of colour using an accessory or shoes. Play off your setting – in a green field an orange or red dress or shirt will really pop.

Keep it simple

Solid colours and simple jewellery let you and your honey shine brightest in the pictures. Avoid busy patterns and big logos – unless they’re sponsoring your wedding!

Comfort is king

The better you feel in your clothes the more comfortable you will be in front of the camera and that shines through in pictures. Again, consider the setting of your shoot. On the beach? Sandals instead of stilettos. Do you want action shots? No miniskirts. You get the drift!

A change is as good as a rest

Bring a few choices. If you’re undecided between casual and formal or bright and neutral – bring both. We can shoot you in both choices or give our advice on the outfits and what might look best in pictures.

couple in front of the Toronto skyline

We know weddings and the lead up can be stressful. Use your engagement shoot as time to pamper yourself and spend some fun time with your BAE. And we’ll be there to capture it all on film.

Let us know what you like to see in engagement shots. Tag @5ive15ifteen  in anything that inspires you.

A modern take on bridal party gifts

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Three bridesmaids

It takes a village to pull off the perfect wedding day and some of those doing the most pulling are your bridal party. These girls have been there with you, and for you, through it all. They’ve laughed and cried with you. They’ve talked you into that one last shot and off the ledge when required. These are the people who make it possible for you to go the bathroom in that beautiful, enormous dress!

We know you love your squad and your thank-you gift should reflect that. Monogrammed robes might be the traditional gift but we think it’s time to start some new traditions so here are our top 5 tips for choosing wedding party thank-you gifts.

Bride and her maids in matching robes

Damsel in dis dress

You want your girls to look great on the big day but those bridesmaids’ dresses don’t grow on trees. Consider contributing to the cost of the dress if it’s not possible to buy it for them outright.

The wedding party
Bridesmaids helping bride get dressed

To each their own

Consider each ‘maid. Is this really a one gift fits all occasion? Think about doing something unique and in-line with everyone’s different personalities.  It’s also a good idea to make sure the gift is reusable and timeless. It’s ok if it’s something for the wedding day but make sure it’s something the girls would want to wear or use again sometime.

Small gift box
Blue gift boxes

Initial thoughts

If you do want to go the monogrammed route we think PJs, beach towels or jewellery are a nice modern take on the theme. Personalized stationary is also something nice to have that people don’t often buy for themselves.

Personalised hangers
Three bridesmaids

After party

After so many festivities how many times have you heard someone say they need a cleanse? Well, why not get it for them? A three day juice cleanse delivered to each bridesmaid’s front door will get everyone back on track.

Moet Champagne toast

Feet on fleek

After all that running around getting everything ready and then the dancing all night – I bet those tootsies could use some love. I don’t know any girl who doesn’t like a pedicure or some sort of spa treatment. Get each girl a gift certificate for a spa near to them.

Bridesmaids getting ready

It’s important to not only be the most beautiful bride, but also the coolest! You’ve planned everything down to the smallest detail. Let your bridesmaids know that they’re an important detail too.

Let us know what you got your girls. We’d love to hear from you!

Also, don’t forget to tag us in all your IG and Facebook posts @5ive15ifteen

Drink Pink

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One of our favourite things about this time of year (and there are so many to choose from) is the amazing variety of rosé wines available. And what is not to like about pink wine?

There are some misconceptions about rosé and we are here to clear those up and to point you in the direction of a few that we love. But really, the only way to find your favourites is to try, try again. So get busy and start pouring.

So what exactly is rosé?  Rosés are a style of wines made from lots of different types of grapes and from almost every wine producing region around the world.  They are usually made from a blend of a few different types of grapes – part of what makes them so easy drinking – a little too easy sometimes. Take our word for it.

A wine bucket and glasses full of rose wine

So what makes it pink? No…mixing red and white wine doesn’t’ make rosé! Dark skinned grapes are used and the wine is left in contact with the skins just long enough to make the wine pink. The longer the wine is left in contact with the grape skins, the darker pink the wine will be – the many shades of rosé.

Now you know what makes it pink you might wonder what kind of food does rosé go with? We might be slightly biases, but we think it goes with almost everything. It really is one of the most versatile wines. It’s great with BBQ, picnics, seafood, spicy food, on the patio, in the backyard or even on a white table cloth. Rosé can really hold its own anywhere. But don’t just take our word for it. Get out there and try it.

Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Rosés are meant to be enjoyed! Look for one with the current vintage (this summer it will be wines with 2015 vintage). Don’t store or cellar them. Chill and quaff.
  • We prefer our rosés dry and think you will too. Just because the wine is pink doesn’t mean it should taste like bubble-gum. If you’re feeling a bit lost just ask for one that is dry with nice acidity.
  • Speaking of dry – a good rule of thumb to remember is European rosés (France, Italy, Spain, etc) will often be drier than New World (California, South America, etc) rosés.
  • Serve it chilled. Rosés are like whites in that they are both best served around 45 degrees F or 7 degrees C.

Here are some that we really enjoy. Let us know which one is your favourite and don’t forget to tag us @5ive15ifteen on all your pics of pink drinks!

Castillo de Almansa Rosado
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Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Rosato
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Wildass Rosé
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Ogier Cotes du Ventoux Rosé
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Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé
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