The Fab Five

FAB FIVE

The holidays are around the corner and it’s inspiring me to discover new and creative ways to entertain guests. I’ve never really known “the rules” when it comes to arranging a good cheese plate, but have always loved the rustic and chaotic look of cheeses, fruit and crackers thrown together . This post about how to design the perfect cheese plate (honestlyyum.com) breaks it down and makes me feel like an expert.

You can never get enough good advice, especially when it comes to the legendary and always elegant, Diane von Furstenberg. I particularly enjoyed these 7 pieces of amazing career advice from Diane von Furstenberg (whowhatwear.com).

Living in a small space with my beau, our dog and our cat, Im always open to discovering new ways to maximize our space. I especially loved these 13 tips for decorating a small space (joannagoddard.blogspot.ca).

Always on the lookout for new and delicious recipes to treat myself and my friends, I was smitten with this Classic pumpkin pie with a pecan praline twist (smittenkitchen.com) from Smitten Kitchen.

I don’t watch the news. It’s always negative and I feel that it spread negativity among those who watch it. I figure that if something really significant is happening, I’ll find out about it in some way. I prefer to look for ways to be happy, like these 12 quotes that reveal the secret to happiness (worldofwanderlust.com).

For The Victory

Pour la victoire Zen Slingback Pumps

Say hello to my new shoes. I rarely buy heels this high, but I fell in love with them as soon as I laid eyes on them (the 30% off help a little, too). Part bootie, part slingback, these Pour La Victoire Zen Slingback Pumps are perfect for most seasons and go with just about everything. And how can you go wrong with black booties.

With the holidays around the corner, I’m excited to pair them with a sleek dress or even distressed grey jeans. Stay tuned to see how I style them!

Pour la victoire Zen Slingback Pumps

Pour la victoire Zen Slingback Pumps

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am obsessed with peanut butter. Seriously, if I could create a recipe that involved a jar of peanut butter and a spoon, with the only instructions being to dip the spoon in the jar, eat and repeat, and still be viewed as a credible foodie, I totally would. But for the sake of this post, I’ll offer you a recipe with a little more substance and a whole lot of satisfaction. Introducing homemade peanut butter cups. So much better than the store-bought version with less preservatives, additives and mystery ingredients. They aren’t healthy, low-fat or anything like that. Instead, they are decadent, delicious and one of the things that makes life so sweet. And who doesn’t need a little more sweetness in their life?

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups

Peanut Butter Crunchy Cups
Makes 20 mini cups

1 bag dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp Nature’s Balance*
3/4 cup natural smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup maple sugar
1 cup graham cracker crumbs

*Feel free to substitute unsalted butter. 

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1. Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners and set aside. I strongly suggest using parchment paper liners which will make it so much easier to take off later.

2. Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and heat in 45-second intervals, stirring between each interval until completely melted. You can also melt the chocolate in a double boiler, if you prefer.

3. Using a kitchen brush, paint the inside of each muffin liner with the chocolate, making sure to cover the sides in a thick coat of chocolate. When each liner has been coated, place in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes. Place the remaining chocolate aside and try to resist sneaking a taste, you’re going to need every last drop of the remaining chocolate.

4. In the meantime, prepare the peanut butter filling. In a small saucepan, melt the Nature’s Balance over medium heat. Add the peanut butter and stir to combine. Add the maple sugar and graham cracker crumbs and combine. It should look a little crumbly, but stick together when pressed between your fingers. Set the mixture aside for about 10 minutes to cool. If it’s too hot, the peanut butter mixture will melt the chilled chocolate shells.

5. Take the chocolate shells out of the fridge and divide the peanut butter mixture equally among the shells, pressing the mixture down with the back of a spoon to even it out and make it more compact. Next, reach for the melted chocolate. If it has hardened, microwave it for a few seconds to warm it up. This will make it much easier to spread over the peanut butter cups.

6. Spoon the melted chocolate over the peanut butter, making sure to reach the sides so that the chocolate seals the cups. Return the cups to the fridge for at least 20 minutes to completely harden. Serve chilled.

Bon appétit!

Cape Town

The fashion scene has been on point this fall. From head to toe knits and oversized garments, to extreme turtlenecks and sneakers with everything, I have been loving finding new ways to incorporate these cozy pieces into my cold-weather wardrobe. One trend that I could be happier to see come back year after year are capes.  They are the perfect piece to transition into the colder months and dress up a look so well. Want an easy way to recreate the look? Just drape you coat over your shoulders and voilà!

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[Photo inspiration via Pinterest]

Leaning Frames

One of the most impactful things that you can do in your home is to hang frames. Create a visual centrepiece that shows off your style and gives visitors a glimpse into your personality. I’ve always loved the look of a full wall of frames of different looks, shapes and sizes, but creating the right balance and overall layout has aways seemed very daunting. Lately, I’ve found myself attracted by frames set on the floor, randomly leaning on the wall. There’s something about the imperfect and chaotic way frames can be set up that looks so… well, perfect. The key is to strike the right balance between hanging frames and frames that have been left on the floor, as if temporarily. Take a look at some of the photos that have been inspiring me and let me know – leaning frames, yay or nay?

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 [Photo inspiration via Pinterest]