When it comes to my daily dose of caffeine, I make the switch from hot to cold as soon as the weather turns warm. Now this year June may be referred to “Juneuary”, but on the odd sunny day I like a cold drink in the morning (preferrably one that provides energy of course!).
I thought I would test out my own at home cold brew as it seemed pretty straight forward. Now my sweet tooth always has me craving just that; a good sweetener. I personally almost never eat dairy, as I am an almond milk gal with my coffee, so I went on the hunt to find a good milk/sweetener combo that is dairy free. Of course Pinterest never fails in this department; you can always find the exact type of recipe you are looking for there. I made this vegan condensed milk with coconut milk and ground vanilla beans, and simply just replaced the coconut sugar with maple syrup (as that is what I had on hand). Mix the cold brew with ice, condensed milk and a splash of almond milk, and watch out. This one is TASTY.
Cold Brew with Vegan Condensed Milk
2/3 cup coffee beans, ground
3 cups room temperature water
1 can full fat organic coconut milk
1/3 cup maple syrup (or coconut sugar, honey)
1 tsp ground vanilla beans
Place ground beans in french press. Add water and stir mixture. Place lid on top, without pushing press down. Store in fridge for 12 hours.
In a saucepan, heat coconut milk and maple syrup on medium high. Whisk together as the mixture forms bubbles, and begins to thicken. Continue to whisk often for approx. 40 minutes, until condensed milk reduces to about 1 cup. Add ground vanilla beans and stir. Remove from heat. The milk can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Mix cold brew with condensed milk and ice. Add a splash of almond milk for an extra milky flavour!
Based on my style diaries, you’ve probably figured out by now I am passionate about a good blazer. I have a handful in my closet; all of which I wear on a continual basis. I don’t like storing them away through Summer either. If I can find a reason to wear one, I will.
There is something trés chic in my opinion about the blazer/shorts combination. Style mavens like Sincerely Jules or Damsel in Dior sport it so effortlessly all of the time. Now I may not have the bronzed gams to go with them, but I certainly feel as though a young Mama can pull this look off too, without comprimising practicality. Most of us are wearing denim shorts throughout the summer already, so why not elevate the look just slightly?!
I started off by testing this combo out with my classic pointy toe flats. I loved the match, however it didn’t seem realistic to me, nor true to my own style (which I cannot stress enough, is SO incredibly important). So, I reached for my booties. These shoes are like a security blanket for me as I feel they go with just about everything. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; These booties were made for walkin, and that’s what they’re gonna do! (a LOT).
As a personal shopper, I have the opportunity to explore several brands, and learn about their fit. It’s my job to educate my clients on what to look for, and what is most flattering for their body type. Through this process, I am exposed to so many designers; those that best suit athletic types, full figured women, or those who have gone through changes in their body after having kids.
There are very few stores that offer something for everyone. Let’s use this group of ladies for example. Codi from Creative Wife Joyful Worker, a mother of two expecting her third child and is 34 weeks pregnant. Haley, mother of one and owner of Beluga Baby Wraps who stands tall at 5′ 10″ and wears a size 10, and myself, mother of two measuring 5′ 6″ and wearing on average a size 2. Three different body types, and three different women all hoping to find the same qualities in their clothing: classic, timeless, quality pieces that fit our bodies and stand the test of time.
That’s where Nicole Bridger steps in. A mother herself, Nicole has a clear understanding of what women are looking for when it comes to fit. When she launched our eco-fashion line in 2008, this is what she had in mind. Buying fewer, better pieces that are properly constructed with the best quality materials (ethical at that) allow for those key pieces to grow with us over time, and throughout the many changes with our bodies. Nicole’s classic modern designs drape beautifully, igniting that confidence in every woman who steps into her clothing.
It was such an experience to see our group model Nicole’s latest Spring/Summer collection. We swooned over every piece; discussing the many ways to wear each one of them. The soft materials are comfortable on the body, without comprimising a clean, tailored look.
A BIG thank you to Nicole Bridger, and Erin Fraser photography for capturing these looks!
For the last year, I have been making the same delicious glory bowl for our family almost every week. I featured the recipe on the blog here. I am always on the hunt for new salad recipes, or hearty variations of the sort. This new recipe caught my eye on Pinterest, as it is filled with brightly coloured veggies, and one of my new favourite salad add-ons: roasted chickpeas. It is filling, and full of flavour!
I’m not going to lie, I took the easy route and purchased a thai peanut dressing instead of making the one in the original recipe. It is super easy to make yourself, I was just short on time, and ingredients. I also made cajun chickpea poppers instead, by substituting the garlic powder for chili powder (I like the added kick!). If you’re vegan, leave out the tuna and add more chickpeas for extra protein!
Thai Tuna Power Bowl
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup spiralized zucchini
1 carrot, spiralized
1/4 cup chopped red cabbage
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup roasted chickpeas
1 can solid albacore tuna
juice of lime
chopped cilantro (for garnish)
thai peanut dressing (store bought or homemade version here)
Place cooked quinoa in bowl. Add zucchini, carrot, cabbage, red onion and tuna. Sprinkle chickpeas. Top with cilantro garnish, and juice of a lime. Drizzle thai peanut dressing. Enjoy!
This week I received the unfortunate news that my camera lens is beyond repair (insert 100 crying emojis). Such poor timing! But do these things in life EVER happen at a good time? No. There’s never a good time.
Moving on to fashion, this Gentle Fawn romper is like glorified pajamas. Can that be a style category on it’s own?? The material is incredibly soft, it’s a different take on stripes (always a bonus), and I enjoy having some coverage on my arms if I’m going to show that much leg.. just saying. Oh, and did I mention pockets??
I remember Gentle Fawn from my teenage years, and much like my own personal style, theirs has evolved ten fold. I love every single piece in their latest collection. It’s the perfect blend of bohemian summer meets minimalist. If you are not one to inject colour into your wardrobe even through the summer months, playing around with flowing silhouettes and subdued patterns is the answer. You can view their latest collection here, or find this romper and other GF pieces locally at shop hunnis 😉
I have discovered some GREAT beauty products as of late, so I decided it was time to compile a list of favourites; with a few products for fair skin types looking to fake it this summer 😉 I would say fake it ’til you make it, but I’m not making it with this light skin at any point.. lol.
Here are my top 5 products that are worth taking home (in my opinion ;-))
If you have any current favourites that you just can’t go without, please comment below. I love learning about new products!! xo
I apologize for the poor quality photos in tonight’s post. My usual lens seems to have stopped working, so we had to make do with what we had.
A denim skirt is one of those articles of clothing that reminds me of growing up. I recall a few styles in my closet throughout my adolescence; varying in length, silhouette and colour. Fast forward to today; I love the idea of the denim skirt, but have found them restrictive while caring for two little ones. You need ample amounts of stretch to bend, and move quickly. This is why I am always preaching about functionality. Don’t let your clothes dictate what you can and cannot do (aka fashion victim). You don’t want to have to be constantly adjusting your clothes while wearing them.
I have been casually on the hunt (not my typical obsessive behaviour when I’m after something) since beginning of Spring, but found most styles to be the button down, mini A-frame shape that countless other bloggers are pairing with their lace up sandals and espadrilles. Cute, but not for me.
This one checks off all the boxes as an approved “mom” skirt. High waisted, pockets, SUPER stretchy, and with a frayed bottom to add a hint of distress. It can replace jeans in the summer, and also be dressed up with heels and a blazer. SOLD. Now that I have finally found the one, I expect to be wearing it no less than once a week! (but most likely more ;-))
If you’re loving this style, you can snag this skirt up right now for 30% off!
On a separate note, I am SOOOOOO pumped to be speaking at Nicole Bridger in Gastown this coming Thursday, June 9th from 7-9pm, hosted by my friend Codi Lynn. We will be diving into making those fewer, better choices, and showcasing Nicole’s latest collection. If you are not familiar with Nicole’s designs already, they are local, eco-friendly and ethically made from sustainable materials. I would love to see some familiar faces there, and also new ones too! RSVP to email@example.com if you would like to attend!
When it comes to personal shopping, the essential items to cross off the list vary from client to client. Some ladies are building a professional wardrobe, some are making adjustments to accommodate their new life at home with their littles, and some are finding a way to dress for both. Whatever it may be, I have my top 5 items that I recommend to almost every client, that can be used for any lifestyle.
What are they, you ask?? Well, today I am spilling the beans..
Mojitos have always been one of my favourite cocktails when the warm weather is out. They are so light and refreshing, but often times can be overly sweet from the added sugar.
When we host dinner with friends on the weekends, we love to get creative and make up a signature cocktail. This past weekend, I wanted to put a spin on the classic mojito, and create a healthier alternative. Using a low sugar coconut water to add a tropical flavour adds the perfect blend of flavours, with little calories.
(Healthy) Coconut Mojito
1 oz vodka
4 mint leaves, chopped (and one for garnish)
1 slice of lime
splash of tonic
Squeeze lime in cocktail glass. Add vodka and mint leaves, and muddle. Add coconut water, ice, and desired amount of soda (for fizziness). Add a splash of tonic for added sweetness (or omit if you prefer less sweet). Enjoy!
Last week we escaped to Bear Mountain Resort on the Island for the long weekend. It was so lovely to get away with the boys and our extended family, and unplug for a few days.
Without fail, and at least one day out of every trip (but usually more), I reach for my go-to combination: button-down and denim. It’s easy, comfortable and is suitable for most any daytime activity. I have been living in these mother jeans; they are so soft, and are relaxing in the exact places I was hoping they would. As I was working on this post and breaking down the look, I realized that my jeans are the only new item. Every other piece (with the exception of these Quay sunnies from Christmas) I have had for almost two years. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that even after several wears, I am still not sick of wearing them. I have my favourites that go with me on every trip, and these are a few of them.
If you are in the market for new denim, there are only a few sizes left of these! And they are on sale for $109 US!!