Crunchy Apple Crumble with Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

Crispy apple crumble, a healthy take on that classic recipe with 75% less sugar. Get the recipe here!

I LOVE apple season! I would say that it’s the thing I look forward to most in the fall. Each year, my mom and I set off to an orchard with the goal of picking the biggest apples we can find. Needless to say that this year was a very big success! We each came home with a 20-lb bag of Red Cort apples. And so, the baking begins!

Crispy apple crumble, a healthy take on that classic recipe with 75% less sugar. Get the recipe here!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I try to make each recipe healthier, whether it’s cutting down on sugar (or replacing it completely), avoiding butter or adding more fruits and veggies. But let’s face it, some recipes just need the sweet taste of brown sugar. So I was excited to hear that Truvia had come out with their new Brown Sugar Blend that has 75% fewer calories than regular brown sugar. Sweetness and fewer calories? Count me in!

Crispy apple crumble, a healthy take on that classic recipe with 75% less sugar. Get the recipe here!

Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

So what is Truvia Brown Sugar Blend? It’s actually made with real brown sugar combined with with Truvia Natural Sweetener, giving it the texture and moistness of brown sugar perfect for baking. Also it’s much sweeter than regular brown sugar so you only need to use half as much. For example, if your recipe calls for 1 cup of brown sugar, Truvia recommends you use 1/2 cup of Truvia Brown Sugar Blend. This may not seem like a big difference, but it means cutting the calories from 830 (regular brown sugar) to 210 (Truvia Brown Sugar Blend).

Apples, the perfect snack.

Crispy apple crumble, a healthy take on that classic recipe with 75% less sugar. Get the recipe here!

With a big bag of freshly picked apples sitting in my kitchen, I decided to experiment with this new brown sugar blend. I tried a recipe for crispy apple crumble that my mom made the other week, making a few changes to the recipe to see if Truvia Brown Sugar Blend was really it was all cracked up to be. It was! Apples baked with brown sugar and pecans are the perfect flavours to welcome a cold fall day. I used Truvia Brown Sugar Blend in the apple mixture and the crunchy topping and the results were absolutely delicious.

Crispy apple crumble, a healthy take on that classic recipe with 75% less sugar. Get the recipe here!

Crispy Apple Crumble
Serves 6

6 big apples, peeled, cored and chopped into cubes
2 tbsp Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
2 tbsp cornstarch
Juice from 1 lemon

1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
1/4 cup Earth Balance, melted (you can also use regular butter)
1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the filling. Divide the mixture into 6 large ramekins (about 1 cup of mixture each).

3. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping. Divide the mixture between the 6 ramekins.

4. Pop in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

5. Serve warm topped with ice cream or heavy cream.

Bon appétit!

5 Timeless Etiquette Rules To Act Like A Lady

5 etiquette tips for the modern girl

Coco Chanel said it best when she said, “A woman should be two things – classy and fabulous.” While she was most likely talking about style choices, it’s undeniable that even a woman wearing the chicest outfit can lose her classy (and fabulous) status with bad manners. While proper etiquette may seem old fashioned, I think that it reflects self-respect, respect for others and general fabulousness. In a time when proper manners seem to be going extinct, here are 5 etiquette rules to adopt that will make you stand out for all the right reasons.


Don’t be a potty mouth – Yes, there are times when nothing will quite do the job like a good swear word, but if swearing is a regular thing for you, you may want to be little more mindful about it. Truth is, not everyone appreciates it like you do and most people probably find it offending. Swearing is not polite or lady-like in most situations, so make it a point to break this bad habit.

Be reliable and keep your promises – Be the person that people can trust. When you give your word to someone, mean it. You’ll feel good about it and others will to knowing that they can trust you.

Make a great first impression – You only have one chance to make a first impression, so do what you can to make it a good one. A good handshake, a beautiful smile and a positive attitude are all things that will put you in others’s good graces. Lead with a bad impression and you may spend a lifetime trying to change it.

Disconnect at the right times – There’s nothing worse than going out for dinner with a friend who can’t keep her hands off her phone. Sure there are exceptions to this rule, but unless it’s a life or death situation, turn your ringer off and keep your phone in your bag. Your friend will appreciate the attention, after all, that’s why you made plans with her, right? If you are expecting a call, just let your friend know the situation.

Dress appropriately – Ok, so you just got a new crop top that you are dying to wear. But maybe your job interview isn’t the best time to show it off. Take the time to plan your outfits ahead of time to make sure that you are always appropriately dressed for the situation. Not sure what the dress code is? Then overdress. I think that you can never be too dressed up. Once you have your perfect outfit, take an extra few minutes to iron or steam your clothes. There’s nothing worse than a stylish outfit ruined by wrinkles.


What are your best etiquette tips for being a lady?

The Beauty of Sheet Masks

The beauty of sheet masks. Check out a few of my picks here.
Saturday morning is my favourite time of the week. I wake up, have a little cuddle time with my beau, then head out for a workout. When I return home, that’s when things get really special! I take a long shower, then typically change into my coziest PJs, get my breakfast ready and dedicate some time for some much deserved pampering. Lately, I’ve been kind of obsessed with sheet masks. While I’ve been using these masks for quite a while now, I’ve recently found a few that I’ve fallen in love with. Now, sheet masks are a luxurious part of my weekly skin care routine, giving my skin a much needed boost of hydration and a beautiful glow each and every time I use them. Another reason I love sheet masks is because they are much less messy than the formulas you find in tubes or jars, which makes them perfect for travelling. Just peel the back off the mask, place the sheet mask on your face and let it sir for 15-20 minutes. Once the time is up, simple toss the sheet and work any excess product into your skin. Voilà!

The sheet mask trend is certainly catching on, so if you’re not sure where to dive in, here are a few of my current favourites to get you started.

Florapy Beauty sheet masks, flower therapy facial sheet masks that combine flower essences and aromatherapy to turn Me-time into a spa moment.

Florapy Beauty Arnica + Rose Sheet Mask, your skin is going to love this! Read the full review here.
Flora•py Beauty is my most recent discovery, but also my favourite at the moment. These masks are like nothing I’ve ever tried. Each mask is made from 100% coconut fibre and soaked in healing flowers and essential oils to soothe and hydrate skin. Unlike the typical cloth-like sheet masks most of us are use to, these are more of a soft gel-like texture that hold up to 5x their weight in water (hello hydration!). My favourite is the Arnica Rose Strength + Energy Mask. The arnica awakens and revives skin, gets rid of any puffiness and helps to clean pores, while the rose gives the mask its rich hydration power. As soon as I teared open the packaging, I fell in love with the amazing scent reminiscent of a soothing spa. It gave my skin the most pleasant refreshing feeling on my skin and left my skin feeling super soft and hydrated.  I can’t wait to try the other formulas!

My new obsession, sheet masks. These masks by Sephora hydrate and revitalize tired skin in minutes.
Sephora has also made its mark in the sheet mask world with their own collection of face masks and eye masks. I’ve tried both and love them both. Unlike the previous masks, these are soft natural fibre masks. Two of my favourites from the collection are the Lotus Mask, which is formulated to moisturize and sooth skin, and the Rose Mask, which is ultra moisturizing and brightening. Both give my skin an incredible boost of moisture and help to revitalize my face when I’m looking a little tired.

Sheet masks are having a moment in the beauty world and with good reason. Discover a few of my favourites here.
These two masks I discovered in a recent shopping trip in Boston (the things you discover in a foreign Sephora)! Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Mask is a cotton sheet mask that contains allantoin and witch hazel for long-lasting moisture, which is just the thing I need during the cold winter months. As soon as you apply the mask, you feel an immediate cooling sensation that is just so pleasant. It’s safe to use no matter what your skin type and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

I also love Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask, perfect for when your skin is looking a little dry and dull. The mask is made from 100% natural fibres to help your skin absorb the ingredients. This particular mask is formulated with hyaluronic acid and peptides to renew skin, aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate and Chinese licorice and vitamin B to detoxify skin.

Florapy Beauty Arnica + Rose Sheet Mask, your skin is going to love this! Read the full review here.
Even though these masks make you look like you’re the sister of Micheal Myers (here I am wearing the Flora•py Beauty mask), they are well worth the money for the immediate results they give.

Have you tried sheet masks before? Let me know what your favourites are in the comments below!



Triple Apple Amond Muffins

Triple Apple Almond Muffins - Otherwise known as the best way to use up all those apples |

There’s nothing I love more about fall than the food. Apples and pumpkins seem to fit in almost any recipe, making it instantly cold-weather appropriate and cozy. When life gives me a bunch of apples, I usually make apple sauce and crumble, but this year I was determined to make something different. Then I stumbled on this Triple Apple Almond Muffin by Green Kitchen Stories, I knew this was the one. Apples are baked into the batter with an apple sauce centre and topped with (you guessed it), more apple. It’s an apple lover’s dream! I also encourage you to check out the Green Kitchen Stories site for more yummy recipes. All the recipes are vegetarian and healthy. I stumbled upon their YouTube channel a while ago and have been loving them ever since.

Triple Apple Almond Muffins - Otherwise known as the best way to use up all those apples |

Triple Apple Almond Muffins - Otherwise known as the best way to use up all those apples |

The beauty of these muffins is that they are sweetened with dates and apple sauce. You can make your own apple sauce, but the unsweetened jarred version works just fine too. Both give these muffins the right amount of sweetness without being too cakey, which makes them perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. I personally like spreading a little ricotta cheese sweetened with agave and cinnamon for an extra treat. Green Kitchen Stories also suggests that if you want your muffins sweeter, you can reduce the amount of apple sauce and replace the reduced amount with maple syrup.

Triple Apple Almond Muffins - Otherwise known as the best way to use up all those apples |

Triple Apple Almond Muffins - Otherwise known as the best way to use up all those apples |

Triple Apple Almond Muffins
Adapted from Green Kitchen Stories
Makes 12 muffins

Dry ingredients
1 cup almond flour
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 buckwheat flour
2 tbsp arrowroot
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt


Wet ingredients
2/3 0% plain Greek yogurt
1/3 olive oil
10 medjool dates, pitted
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce, divided

3 apples


1. Preheat oven at 400° and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

2. Add all the dry ingredients in a food processor and mix on high speed until the ingredients are well combined and the oats have turned into a coarse flour. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and set aside.

3. Add all the wet ingredients to the food processor along with 1/3 cup of the apple sauce. Mix on low, then high speed until combined. Add the mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

4. Grate two apple using a large grater, then add to the muffin batter.

5. Divide the batter in the muffin tin only filling each cup halfway up. Then add a teaspoon of apple sauce to each muffin and top each muffin with the remaining batter.

6. Slice the remaining apple thinly, brush each slice with olive oil and top each muffin with a slice of apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

7. Bake for 18-20 minutes. When done, allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack.

Bon appétit!

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Satin Kiss Lipsticks Review

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Satin Kiss Lipsticks

Olivia Palermo has certainly taught us a thing or two when it comes to impeccable style. With her collaborations with designers and brands, it was just a matter of time until she branched out into makeup. We first saw a glimpse into OP’s beauty routine with the launch of her Ciaté London nail polish collection. Now she is introducing us to her fall/winter makeup collection in collaboration with Ciaté London. Although the entire collection is fabulous, the line of Satin Kiss Lipsticks deserve their very own post.

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Satin Kiss Lipsticks

Olivia Palermo is known for having effortlessly chic makeup, opting for a neutral smokey eye, a subtle pop of colour on the cheeks and nude lip, and her collection is a beautiful reflection of her coveted style. The line includes four lipsticks of neutrals and nude, and one red. Cashmere is a natural nude, Truffle is a pinky nude, Praline is more of a deep nutty nude with a hint of mauve, and Velveteen is a classic red shade.

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Satin Kiss Lipsticks Swatches

{From left to right: Truffle, Cashmere, Praline, Velveteen}

First of all, we can’t talk about what’s inside without first addressing what’s on the outside. The gold tube is so glam with the small black Ciaté London bow on top and “Olivia Palermo” written across the bottom. The lipstick itself also has the bow embossed on one side and OP on the other. A very nice touch!

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Truffle Satin Kiss Lipsticks

{Truffle – a beautiful nude with pink undertones}

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Cashmere Satin Kiss Lipsticks

{Cashmere – a natural nude perfect for pairing with a smokey }


Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Praline Satin Kiss Lipsticks

{Praline – a deep nude with a hint of mauve}


Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Velveteen Satin Kiss Lipsticks

{Velveteen – a beautiful classic red that literally looks like velvet on your lips}


The formula is amazing. Super creamy and thick, it glides on easily and leaves a satin finish on the lips. Although when I first applied it I was expecting it to be a little drying, but it is actually quite comfortable and moisturizing. Plus the colour lasts a good few hours before you have to reapply (unless you eat, of course). Since they are formulated with hyaluronic acid, they do give your lips a little extra oomph! also, for all you gals with sensitive skin, these are all fragrance-free, and not in the “there is a fragrance-free fragrance in my lipstick.” It actually doesn’t smell like anything!

Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo Satin Kiss Lipsticks

Although I love all of these shades, I have to say that my favourites are Praline and Velveteen. It’s not often that I fall in love with everything about a lipstick, but these are truly perfect. What else would you expect from OP!

The Ciaté London x Olivia Palermo is available at Sephora.

Disclaimer: Although these products were sent to me to review, all opinions expressed are 100% and completely my own.