Vans for J. Crew

Vans for J. Crew classic slip-ons

This summer I’ve been obsessed with getting my hands on a clean pairs of classic slip-on Vans. Although they were hard to find (I snagged the last pair at the store), once I got my hands on them I was hooked. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for other fun patterns of the same shoe and was super excited when I found the Vans for J. Crew classic slip-ons in this cute green heart pattern.

Vans for J. Crew classic slip-ons

I love this pattern so much that I didn’t even notice that I bought a swimsuit this summer with the exact same pattern.

I’m so excited to wear these with denim cut-offs and tank, or maybe white shorts for a casual clean look.

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Crunchy Kale Salad

Crunchy Kale Salad

One of the things I love to do most in the kitchen, is re-create dishes that I’ve had while eating out, and adding my own twist to it. This crunchy kale salad is the perfect example. The original recipe didn’t have as many fruits in it, but when it comes to building a monster salad, the more the merrier. This salad gives you a healthy dose of vitamins, sweetness, healthy fats and protein that is perfect for lunch or as a side to a summer dish.

Crunchy kale salad

Crunchy Kale Salad
Serves 4

1 bunch of kale, chopped
1/2 cabbage (red cabbage also gives a beautiful contrast to the green kale), thinly sliced
1 Gala apple, chopped
2-3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 avocado, cubed
1/4 cup almonds, lightly toasted and chopped
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper, to taste

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In a large bowl, start by massaging the kale for a few minutes to soften it up. I usually love the crunchiness of kale, but for this salad, I prefer to leave the crunchy to the other ingredients.

Next, combine the kale with the cabbage, apple, celery, blueberries and avocado. Toss to combine.

Top with chopped, toasted almonds. Set aside to make the dressing.

In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and combine well.

Let the salad sit for about 30 minutes to allow the flavours to marinate.

Bon appétit!

Note: If you prefer olive oil dressings, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of EVOO to the dressing.

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

Stylish Spaces – Office Edition

It’s no secret that I love a clean and well-organized space. There’s just something about it that makes me feel like energy is flowing in a positive direction. When it comes to office spaces, it also makes me that much more productive. Chic furniture and stylish accessories is all it takes to create a functional space that mixes business with pleasure. And now for some visual inspiration.

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A simple colour palette creates a clean, open space.

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Gold accessories and cheeky notepads add a touch of sophistication without being too serious.

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A fur throw for a cozy touch.

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Fresh flowers and fashionable art define your style and add life (and a fresh fragrance) to your space.

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An inspiration board is always a good idea to keep creativity flowing.

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Whether it’s from a chandelier or large windows, lots of light is a must.

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Don’t be afraid to add a bold print to your walls. You can always add balance to the pattern with a simple photograph.

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Chanel is always a stylish touch.

[Photo credit via Pinterest]

Caramelized onion brie quiche

Caramelized onion brie quicheOne of the many wonderful things about summer is the many wonderful dishes that find their way to the table. Farm fresh ingredients combined to create effortless dishes that easily satisfy, like this caramelized onion brie quiche.

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This dish is a creative update on the classic quiche. The sweetness of caramelized onion blend with the creaminess of melted brie, punctuated by the pepperiness of the arugula to deliver pure deliciousness. Add a green salad with a light dressing for the perfect satisfying lunch or chic brunch.

Caramelized onion brie quiche

 Caramelized Onion Brie Quiche

Serves 6 to 8

1 frozen pie crust (or feel free to make your own)
1 tbsp butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups arugula
1 cup cubed brie cheese
1 cup 18% cream
3 large eggs
Freshly ground pepper

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Preheat oven to 400°. If using a frozen pie crust, set it on a baking sheet and prepare it according to package directions. Once baked, remove from oven and lower the oven to 350°.

In a cast iron pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and a pinch of sea salt. Stir frequently and cook until onions are golden brown and tender. Add arugula and combine until wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in brie.

In a bowl, whisk eggs and cream with salt and pepper. Add onion mixture to pie crust and distribute evenly. Next, slowly add the egg and cream mixture evenly over the onion mixture. Pop in the oven for 30-35 minutes,until mixture is set.

Cut into slices and serve with a light green salad!

Bon appétit!

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

 

Ladylike for Fall with Clarins

We are smack dab in the middle of summer but all around me hints of fall are slowly popping up. While in some cases it’s a sad reminder that summer will soon be over (boooo!), in others it means the new makeup collection are coming! Introducing my picks from the Clarins Autumn 2014 Makeup Collection.

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

The collection is chic, natural, feminine… ladylike. There is no shimmer or sparkle. This fall, it’s all about sophisticated matte shades of nude, beige, taupe and auburn. While the entire collection is gorgeous, I chose to focus on two eyeshadow shades, a unique eyeliner and a eyeshadow primer (’cause you can never have enough eye shadow primer). Just take a look at these velvety shades!

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

Ombre Matte are a unique cream-powder texture that look like they have a slight shimmer in the packaging, but are completely matte once applied. The formula is super soft and glides on to lids evenly like a cream. Once applied, it leaves a matte wash of colour that holds all day without creasing. They also blend effortlessly to create a beautiful, natural look that looks polished and sophisticated.

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

The secret  of the formula is bamboo powder, which keeps the formula matte and lasts all day. On a regular day, my eyeshadow would crease mid-day, but this shadow stayed perfectly matte and in place all day, even without using an eye shadow primer. Ombre Matte comes in 5 beautiful shadesPictured above is Ombre Matte in Taupe, and below is Ombre Matte in Nude.

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

The limited edition 3-dot liner is one of my favourite items from the collection. First introduced in black, the popular liner is now available in brown. This unique liner features Clarins’s Be Long Lash Complex to encourage lash growth. If you love the use the tightlining technique to line your eyes, this eye liner is for you. The tip is shaped into 3 tiny spikes to easily slip between your lashes and accentuate your lash line to create that lush lash look. Bonus: it doesn’t smudge!

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base is one of the best eye shadow primers I’ve ever used. Not only is it great at keeping my eye shadow in place ALL DAY, but it’s a product that works double duty. Used alone, it will illuminate and smooth lids for a bright, fresh look. Used under eye shadow, it will create the perfect canvas for your shadow and make it stay in place all day.

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

Clarins Ladylike 2014 Fall Makeup Col

 The Clarins Ladylike Fall 2014 Makeup Collection is available in stores and on Clarins.ca August 1st. I strongly recommend you take a moment to check out the entire collection. It’s absolutely beautiful!

Although these products were provided for a review, all opinions expressed in this post are my own and completely honest.

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Dainty and Delicate

Gold jewlerySometimes all you need are a few pieces of simple jewelry to add your personality to your style. These are a few of my recent additions/acquisitions that I am currently so in love with. Delicate and dainty, they add the perfect touch to my style.

From left to right: Michael Kors Matchstick Line Bracelet in Rose Gold, Jennifer Zeuner Horizontal Bar Necklace with Diamond (silver version here), Elizabeth and James Windrose Ring.

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Strawberry Jam

Is there anything more delicious than jam? Ok, probably. But still, jam is so delicious! I have a particular preference for strawberry jam, but the amount of sugar found in most store-bought brands is such a turnoff. I’ve been searching for a sugar-free version for what feels like forever. With no such luck, I decided to experiment and create my own. The results are delectable!

Raw strawberry jam

It’s strawberry season right now, the perfect time to pick up fresh, sweet strawberries and make this super simple recipes. Although you could use frozen strawberries that have been thawed, I strongly recommend to use fresh strawberries. There’s nothing like fresh ingredients to bring out the best flavours. The great thing is that this recipes requires only a few ingredients (most of which you probably already have on hand), and no more than 5 minutes to prepare.

Raw strawberry jam

Raw strawberry jam

Raw Strawberry Jam
Makes 1 cup

1 cup of fresh strawberries
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp chia seeds
Squeeze of half a lemon
Maple syrup to taste (or agave syrup if you prefer)

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Wash strawberries and throw them in a small food processor or blender. Give them a whirl until you reach the desired consistency.

Next, add the water, chia seeds, lemon juice and maple syrup to taste. My strawberries were so sweet that I only had to add about a teaspoon or two.

Transfer to a jar, seal it up and set in the fridge for a few hours to give the chia seed time to set.

Enjoy on toast or on top of your Greek yogurt.

Bon appétit!

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

Shades of summer

One of the things I love most about summer is all the colours that emerge. Bright, joyful hues pop up in everything from what we wear to what we drink. When it comes to makeup, I’m a very simple girl. I like to play around with different shades and shadows, but I love to play up my features in a natural way… except when it comes to my lips.

Shades of summer

I love the impact of a bright lip. Since the beginning of the summer, I’ve found myself reaching for one of the same five lip shades (truth is, you can most likely find all of them in my purse on any given day).

NARS Lip gloss in Sixties FanNARS Lip gloss in Sixties Fan swatch

NARS Lip Gloss in Sixties Fan
Don’t let the dark colour fool you. This gloss is a beautiful shade of pomegranate. It goes on sheer to give you a bright pout that’s perfect for day or night. And if you aren’t familiar with NARS lip glosses, you have no idea what you are missing. These glosses are amazing (and my ultimate faves). They are moisturizing (but non sticky) with gorgeous shine and pleasant, light scent. I can’t recommend these glosses enough.

NARS Lip Gloss in OrgasmNARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm
One of the most popular blushes on the planet has now become a gloss. NARS Orgasm Lip Gloss is a peachy pink gloss with a hint of shimmer. It’s the perfect shade to complete that bronzy glow look that we love so much for summer.

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MAC Lipstick in Impassioned
This is one of the brightest shades that I own, and one of the most beautiful. It’s a neon pink-red with a hint of coral. It’s a cream texture which gives it an opaque finish that glides on evenly and feels moisturizing. I love this shade so much. It just adds so much life to even the simplest outfits.

REVLON ColorBurst Lipstick in FushiaREVLON ColorBurst Lipstick in Fushia

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Fushia
For days when I’m feeling more… pink, I reach for this vibrant fushia shade. Words can’t describe how gorgeous this shade is. The formula is rich and moisturizing and lasts for so long. No joke, I’ve only had to reapply twice during the day, usually after meals.

Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige LipstickClarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick

Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick
This lipstick is a newbie in my collection. I’ve never been drawn to orange shades before, but there was something about this one that I just fell in love with. It’s a vibrant orange with a tinge of gold shimmer. It’s long-wearing, but extremely moisturizing. In fact, it leaves a slight gloss finish (which I love). It also has a slight scent that’s not overpowering, but rather quite pleasant!

What’s your favourite summer lip shade?

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

BIG NEWS!

I am so happy to announce that I am now a regular contributor for Kitchen Daily Canada!

Kitchen Daily Canada

Kitchen Daily Canada features delicious culinary inspirations as well as expert tips and useful tools to make your meals that much more delectable. Much of the content comes from Canadian bloggers (such as myself), but also from an amazing menu of star chefs, including Cat Cora, Wolfgang Puck, Jessica Seinfeld and Curtis Stone (talk about being in great company)!

Kitchen Daily Canada

Kitchen Daily Canada

I am so excited to be part of this amazing team. I invite all of you to peruse Kitchen Daily Canada and discover a new favourite recipe, get inspired by unique dish and learn a trick or two to impress at your next get together. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of my favourite posts.

I’m dying to try this Homemade Maple Cinnamon Granola

20 healthy foods that are actually unhealthy (some of these surprised me!)

11 grilling secrets from Curtis Stone

The perfect summer lunch, a refreshing cucumber melon salad

A unique twist on your usual pesto, garlic scapes pesto

Learn the secrets to making the perfect cocktail

Discover 10 perfect pairings for cheese you’ll love

Looking forward to trying these vanilla strawberry pancakes this weekend

10 perfect recipes from Curtis Stone

Enjoy!

Meet My New Favourite Mascara

I never understood why people spent so much money on mascara. Although I believe in investing in your skin care and understand the difference when it comes to the quality of makeup, when it comes to mascara I always relied on my favourite drugstore brand to do the trick… until now!

Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

Introducing Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara. Before I get into the nitty gritty, can we just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful packaging? It’s stunning. So sleek and simple, but so elegant. Can you tell that I’m a sucker for packaging? Ok, now let’s get down to business.

What is it?
A double-volumizing and lengthening mascara that delivers intense colour and 12-hour non-stop waterproof hold. Just what you need for summer. The formula protects lashes against moisture (think humidity and water), while protecting your lashes from the harsh effects of seawater, pool water and the sun.

Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara Brush

The brush is fairly simple in shape and size. But don’t let it fool you. It grabs each and every lash to evenly distribute the product with ZERO clumps. With other mascaras, once I’ve pulled the brush from the tube, I’ve had to wipe off the excess product before applying to avoid the dreaded spider lashes. But not with this mascara. The formula is evenly applied, defining each and every lash perfectly. The result is not only longer, more voluminous lashes, it’s longer, more voluminous lashes that still look natural no matter how many coats I apply.

Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara Brush Close-up

The verdict
I am absolutely in love with this product! It has become my FAVOURITE mascara. The colour is super intense and it just makes my eyes sparkle. I’ve had issues with other mascaras smudging under my eyes throughout the day, casting that less-than-flattering shadow under my eyes (think about the girl in the bad lighting in Seinfeld), but not with this one. It stays perfectly in place (seriously, I’ve worn it swimming) and comes clean off with waterproof makeup remover. Like what you’re reading? Then seriously get this mascara and get ready to fall in love!

The Truly Waterproof Mascara by Clarins is available in two shades, Intense Black and Curaçao, and is offered at the suggested retail price of $27 CAD.

Disclaimer: Although this product was provided to me for review by the brand, the opinions expressed are solely my own.

[All images are my own and not to be used without permission]