Vanilla Coconut Lime Smoothie

Coconut vanilla lime smoothie

Coconut and lime are two of the most fun and refreshing flavours (in my opinion). While lime has always had a place in my heart, it’s only recently that I developed an affinity to coconut that can only be described as an intense obsession. No joke, I’m all about the coconut in everything – my food, my drinks, my body wash… it might be getting a little out of hand…

Back to why we’re here! I’ve discovered one of the most refreshing smoothies in the world! It’s green (thank you spinach), it has a ton of protein (shout out to the Greek yogurt) and it has the most refreshing and tropical flavours (what up coconut!). I happen to think that it’s the most perfect summer smoothie. Green drink + amazingly delicious flavours = good times!

Coconut vanilla lime smoothie

Coconut vanilla lime smoothie

Coconut vanilla lime smoothie

Vanilla Coconut Lime Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp raw honey
1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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1. Start by adding the almond milk and the spinach in a blender and give it a whirl. I found that the best way to get the least amount of spinach bits is to blend them together before adding all the ingredients. It makes for a much smoother smoothie.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

3. Serve immediately topped with a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut.

Bon appétit!

Summer Reading List

Summer reading list

Summer is all about taking it easy. For me, the perfect summer day involves fresh fruit, a deliciously refreshing glass on homemade lemonade and the perfect read. While I typically read throughout the year, there’s something about summer that makes me devour book after book. With this in mind, I wanted to share with you a few of the books I picked up recently. One I’ve already read and loved, two I’m still relishing and the last is just calling my name.

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
I toyed with the idea of reading this book long before I decided to pick it up, but I am so happy that I did. The story follows Cecilia Fitzpatrick, a successful business woman and devoted wife and mother. One day, she discovers a letter written by her husband years before that reveals a deep and dark secret, one that will change her life and the lives of those around her. It’s beautifully written and a definite page-turner.

Clean Green Eats by Candice Kumai
I’ve been a fan of Candice Kumai since discovering her blog Stiletto Chef years back. Since then, she has published three cookbooks all focusing on eating clean foods that benefit your body and give it the vitamins and nutrients it needs to be its most beautiful, inside and out. Her latest book, Clean Green Eats may be my favourite. The layout is clean and simple, the photographs are colourful and inspirational, and the recipes are healthy, clean and so delicious. I’ve already indulged in the chocolate avocado brownies, the kale mushroom lasagna and the chocolate banana smoothie – all were amazing!

What To Eat by Marion Nestle
Whether you are a carnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan, I think the most important thing is to be educated when it comes to what you are eating and where it comes from. With all the labels and claims on foods, it’s become more and more difficult to choose what foods we should be eating. This book takes a look at the food industry and walks us through each section of a typical grocery store, explaining issues, cutting through foodie jargon and complicated nutrition labels, and debunking the misleading health claims made by big food companies. An interesting read for anyone who wants to make better food choices and is inspired to eat more nutritiously.

 Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
Another book about secrets (you know you love them!), this book follows Georgia Ford, a girl who grew up on her family’s vineyard in Sonoma where she learned some pretty important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. Then there’s the secret her fiancé has been keeping… I have yet to sink my teeth into this one, but I can’t wait to get into it.

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What are your book recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!

Chic Snake Spot D’Orsay Flats

 Madewell D'Orsay Flats Snake Spot

Is there anything as stylish as a simple pair of D’Orsay flats? I had been looking for a pair of D’Osay flats for the longest time. But being the picky girl that I am, there was always something not quite right with every pair that I cam across… until now! These chic flats are from Madewell. They are white textured leather with the tiniest black dots that give it that little something extra that I love so much. Simple enough to pair with anything, yet different enough to add an interesting element to my outfits. Seeing as a large part of my closet is filled with neutrals, these flats pair perfectly with everything without having to resort to the matchy-matchiness with my handbags. All in all, the perfect D’Orsay flat!

Madewell D'Orsay Flats Snake Spot

Madewell D'Orsay Flats Snake Spot

Madewell D’Orsay flats are now on sale (you lucky gals!).

OPI Nail Envy : The Secret to Stronger Healthier Nails

OPI Nail Envy Strength in Color nail polishes

I’m a girly girl. And when you’re a girly girl, you spend a lot of time primping and pampering yourself. I especially love to do my nails. Sure I like to treat myself to the occasional mani, but there’s something therapeutic to me about doing my own nails. Almost like I’m so mindful about what I’m doing at the time that there are no other thoughts clouding my mind. It’s really wonderful! Lately I’ve been straying from my usual red, instead opting for lighter shades of nude. There’s just something about summer and nude nails that really screams “effortless”. And if your nail polish can also strengthen your nails in the process, then I say, “hell yeah!”

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OPI has added to its collection of Nail Envy Nail Strengtheners with Strength in Color, which includes three of its most popular shades, Samoan Sands, Hawaiian Orchid and Bubble Bath. Plus, it’s added Pink to Envy, a sheer light pink shades that gives your nails a clean look with just a touch of colour. The formula is infused with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium to transform weak, brittle nails into stronger, harder nails. All while giving your nails a beautifully polishes (effortless) look.

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OPI Nail Envy Swatch Samoan Sand

{OPI Nail Envy in Samoan Sand – a beautiful creamy beige nude}

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OPI Nail Envy Swatch Hawaiian Orchid

{OPI Nail Envy in Hawaiian Orchid – a tropical pink with hints of light purple}

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OPI Nail Envy Swatch Bubble Bath

{OPI Nail Envy in Bubble Bath – a sweet pretty pink}

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OPI Nail Envy Swatch Pink to Envy

{OPI Nail Envy in Pink to Envy – an extremely sheer light pink}

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I’m seriously in love with the shades (and no one knows that my nails are getting stronger, mouhahahaha!). The formulas are pretty sheer, but two coats of each did the trick for me. I’m used to bold colour, and so these are a refreshing change.

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OPI Nail Envy Strength in Color collection is available for $22.50 CND where OPI products are sold.

Cupcakes & Cashmere Collection : Your Guide to Effortless Chic

Cupcakes and Cashmere Collection

Cupcakes and Cashmere is one of my favourite blogs. In fact, when I first got into blogging, it was one of the lifestyle blogs that I read most. Her style is feminine and simple, her DIYs are both fun and easy, her home is one to envy and I’ve consulted her entertaining tips more times than I care to admit. But how could I not, she’s wonderful! It was only a matter of time until the blogger/wife/mother/author expanded her skills to include designer to her resume. The Cupcakes and Cashmere Collection includes stylish basics that reflect Emily’s effortless, feminine style. And its prices are pretty reasonable, you’ll have no problem adding a touch (or two) of C&C to your life. Although I would love to have the entire collection, here are a few of my favourite pieces that I have my eye on at the moment.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Collection

{El Rey Floral Print Romper + Claremont Twill Coat }

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Cupcakes and Cashmere Collection

{Santa Ana Pleated Skirt}

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Cupcakes and Cashmere Collection

{Sequoia Sweater}

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Cupcakes and Cashmere Collection

{Marin Lace Dress}

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The Cupcakes & Cashmere Collection is available at Shopbop.

Happy shopping!