November 28, 2012

The End of Procrastination






























I hate to admit it, but I am a really, really good procrastinator, especially when it comes to something that I dread doing. Like going to the dentist, making a gyno appointment, or renegotiating my TV/Internet/wireless contract. I absolutely hate making these types of phone calls and appointments, because no matter how good they go, there is always at least one awkward moment involved. So you can understand how I have been putting off calling my TV/Internet/wireless provider in order to renegotiate my contract. I left this until practically the last minute; my contract was two years in length so I have known for a long time that I would have to make the phone call, but I put it off , and put it off, and then I put it off more, always with some great excuse as to why I couldn't possibly make the phone call right then.

Today I finally stopped making excuses and I called my service provider. I had three things to discuss, and though I ended up being on the phone for nearly an hour, I was able to have all three issues addressed and I was able to renegotiate my services. Awesome, right? Even better though, is that the way I was able to renegotiate means that I am no longer bound by a contract, so I won't have to call back to renegotiate ever! Obviously if I need to make changes to any of my services I will have to make the dreaded telephone call, but I don't have a deadline for expiration hanging over my head anymore.

The best part of this whole thing though is the relief that I feel having finally made this phone call. I no longer have it hanging over my head, and I can stop worrying about it. Honestly, as with all things procrastinated upon, I made this into something much worse than it was. I am not saying that the process was easy; I did have to haggle a bit and I did waste a lot of my time being on hold, but it wasn't as bad as I had built it up to be in my head. The moral of the story is: Stop procrastinating! {we all know I still will, but the thought is here haha}. What kinds of things do you procrastinate on?

Photo Credit: VisualizeUs

November 27, 2012

PomWonderful: How to Open a Pomegranate


























Recently pomegranates were on sale at the grocery store, so I grabbed a few. I got them home and they sat on my counter for a couple days, as I realized that I had no clue how to open them. Though my mom had done it a bunch of times when I was growing up, I had never really watched close enough to have any idea how you do it. I knew that based on the way a pomegranate is constructed, I couldn't just chop it in half and go from there. But how I would crack this delicious fruit open was way beyond me.

So I consulted the ever-helpful internet, and within seconds I found directions for opening a pomegranate on the PomWonderful website. Though it is an involved process, it is actually more simple than I figured it would be. Here is how you do it:

1. CUT: With a sharp knife, cut off the top and bottom of the pomegranate, just below the crown.

2. SCORE: Once the ends have been removed, approximately 4-6 sections of white membrane will be visible. Using the knife, score the skin along each section of membrane.

3. OPEN: Carefully pull each of the sections of the pomegranate apart, using the scored lines you just made. Break the pomegranate into a bowl of water, as this will ease in the separation of the seeds from the membrane {and reduce the amount of juice that squirts out}.

4. LOOSEN: Using your hands, gently loosen the seeds from the membrane. Allow the seeds to drop into the bottom of the bowl; the membrane will float.

5. SCOOP: Once all of the seeds have been separated from the membrane, use a spoon to scoop out all of the membrane that is floating on the top of the bowl.

6. STRAIN: Pour the remaining contents of the bowl {water and seeds} through a strainer to catch any remaining little bits of membrane. Allow the seeds to dry and enjoy.

Opening a pomegranate is certainly no easy task, but let me tell you, there was something kind of relaxing about it, in a strange kind of way. I guess perhaps it was the fact that I could easily do it while I was watching TV, and knowing that I was also doing something productive while watching TV is always a good thing. Also, knowing that my efforts would result in me having something delicious and healthy to snack on at work the next day was also a good feeling.

The next step in my pomegranate journey will be to find delicious recipes that incorporate these little seeds {which are officially called 'arils', FYI}. If you have any recipes or any ideas on how to incorporate these little bits into something already delicious, I would appreciate the feedback!

Photo Credit: Re-See

November 25, 2012

Pin of the Week: The Essence of Childhood

























































I saw this picture while surfing around a number of blogs and sites and I had to pin it. I love this picture. It is so cute and so inspirational at the same time. This picture, to me, is truly worth a thousand words.

I pinned this picture on to my Photo Inspiration board, because I would love to take pictures like this one day. This picture captures so many wonderful things; it captures the perfect light, it captures the intent of the little girl, and it captures the innocence of childhood. It is simply an amazing picture.

This picture struck a chord with me, and I absolutely adore it. I hope you enjoy it too!

Photo Credit: Chloe Rose Boutique // Photo Inspiration

November 24, 2012

The First Snowfall


























Today I woke up to my husband asking me to get up and move my car, as I was blocking his car in our driveway. I grumbled and groaned and buried myself further down into the blankets, until he said: "Also, just so you know, your car is covered in snow". Instantly I was out of bed, filled with excitement and wonder, as I needed to see this to believe it. Though I always complain about being cold and hating winter, I love snow.

There is nothing more pretty in nature; snow in big, undisturbed piles is so serene, and there is something so calm about going for a walk in the snow. I simply love when snow coats the trees, and sticks to each individual branch in a sparkly dusting of white. And I adore each individual snowflake - there is something so wondrous to me about how each individual snow flake is different than the other - as each are simply their own piece of beauty.

So I was delighted to see that my husband was not over-exaggerating, and that there was indeed about a centimeter of snow on my car, his car, the ground, and the rooftops across the street. Over night without warning out whole world had been softly blanketed. How beautiful!

Photo Credit: WeHeartIt // Absolutely Not Martha

November 21, 2012

Orange Banana Strawberry Smoothie
























































One morning last week I had to wake up extremely early for work. By extremely I mean approximately two full hours earlier than I normally do; my feet hit the floor before the clock chimed 5am. It was painful. So I am sure you can understand the fact that when I stumbled around getting ready, I wasn't completely conscious. And so when I went to make my normal breakfast, it didn't quite work out as planned.

I let the dog out and bumbled my way around the kitchen, getting out all the kitchen tools I would need to make my morning smoothie. Imagine my absolute disappointment when I opened the fridge to discover that I had forgotten to buy unsweetened vanilla yogurt, and I was completely out. But no problem, I regularly take individually-package yogurt cups to work, and these would be a suitable substitute.

The only problem with using this yogurt, however, is that none of the flavours were really appropriate to mix with peanut butter, which is a normal staple in my smoothie. I decided that strawberry would likely be the least offensive, so I went with that. I broke up my banana, and at the last second I decided to use vanilla protein powder in place of the peanut butter. I reached into the fridge for my almond milk...

And then I discovered that I had also forgotten to buy this as well. I was standing there like a complete fool wondering what to do next, as all my ingredients were good to go, except they now had nothing to bind them together and make them smooth. Which is kind of important when you are trying to make a smoothie. I was contemplating adding water to my smoothie {doubt this would have gone well} when I noticed that we had some orange juice in the fridge. I figured it was worth a shot, so I dumped this in and blended.

I am so pleased to say that my concoction was one of the most delicious smoothies I have ever had. Born from a semi-random and mostly coincidental blend of ingredients, is something that tastes heavenly. In case you want to see what all the fuss is about, here is the recipe:

Orange Banana Strawberry Smoothie

2 standard size yogurt cups, strawberry flavour
1 large banana, chunked
3 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cup no pulp orange juice

Place ingredients into blender, in order indicated above {this makes less mess}. Blend until all chunks of banana are gone, and consistency of mixture is smooth. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Indulgy

Behind the Scenes

















Enough said.

Photo Credit: Chloe Rose Boutique

November 20, 2012

The Big Bang Theory























About a year ago, I was ready for a change with my hair, and so I took the plunge and had bangs cut. I was pretty apprehensive, as the last time I had bangs I think I was about five years old, but I was so bored with my hairstyle that I figured any risk would be worth it. Thankfully, my risk paid off, as I absolutely loved my bangs the second the scissors cleared my face and the last shred of hair hit the floor. They were perfect, and they suited my age, meaning that they didn't channel my five year old self.

But I am getting restless again. Earlier this year I discussed the possibility of chopping off my very long hair in favour of a cropped bob, as I was once again getting bored with my hair. I am very happy to say that I gave that thought some serious consideration, and chose not to go with it. Though it probably would have looked ok, I have a renewed appreciation for my long hair as we transition into winter and I can use it for warmth. But I still have that restless feeling knocking around in the back of my head.

So I think my bangs are getting the axe. Not literally of course, as they regularly get trimmed every three weeks, and I still find them to be a pain. But in a more figurative sense, it's time for these bangs to go. Or so I think. This is part of my problem too - I think I want to do something with my hair, and then I second guess it. Sometimes this is for the best, like when I was thinking of chopping off all my hair back in August, but sometimes this gets in the way of progress more than anything else.

My bangs have truly got to go, and I need to stop second-guessing myself. They have been annoying my for a long time, as they have a lot of downsides associated with them. The obvious pro is that that look super cute and trendy right now, but the cons are slightly less obvious: First of all, as a wearer of glasses bangs are simply an inconvenience, as they constantly fight with the top of rim of my glasses for dominance of my lower eyebrow area. Secondly, given that my hair is not naturally straight, it takes a lot of work in the mornings to get my bangs to straighten and then remain straight throughout the day. Thirdly, have you ever tried to work out while sporting bangs? If you don't clip them back {which requires more bobby pins than Goodie sells in a single package}, you end up with sweat-soaked hair clinging to your forehead, dripping sweat directly into your eyes. Not only is this incredible unattractive, but it renders you temporarily blind. The worst part though, is that bangs grow out so damn fast. Bangs require constant upkeep, and unless you are skilled enough or are trained to cut them yourself, you will have to attend the salon on a very frequent basis. My bangs currently demand a trim approximately every three weeks; I guess this could be worse, but I consider it to be fairly taxing for something that annoys me on a near-daily basis.

The problem now though, becomes what to do with these bangs. If I choose to grow them out {which is currently the path I think I am on} then I will have to deal with the awkward phase whereby my bangs hang limply in my eyes, continuing the ever-present battle with my glasses. And then once they have rendered me no better than a sheepdog, I will have to figure out several different ways to pin/clip/gel/braid them off my forehead and out of my eyes, while still remaining trendy and current. This is no easy task.

My other option is the definition of insanity: Just keep doing what I'm doing and hope that something changes. Either I will learn to love them {doubtful, it's been more than a year already}, or they will just magically stop being annoying in all of the reasons that I described above. I don't have much faith in either option. So right now I am hesitantly opting for the grow-out; if you have any suggestions for making this transition as least painful as possible, I would love to hear them!

Photo Credit: Getty Images

November 19, 2012

Keep Warm and Snuggle Up
























The first wisps of snow have yet to land on the ground, but I am already freezing cold and clinging to hot drinks. I am sooooo cold, all the time, and I am thus dreading the start of what is rumored to be a bad winter. I spent most of my day today viciously shivering and making it quite clear to everyone at the office that I am so over cute blouses and three-quarter length cardigans. They are just not cutting it anymore. I am so cold!

I am so cold in fact, that I tomorrow I will be taking advantage of my ability to work from home. What a luxurious plan I have in mind: Lu Lu Lemon yoga pants, a gigantic hooded sweatshirt that zips up to my chin, and the thickest pair of slippers that money can buy. I am not risking another day of tapping my icicle-like fingers against my keyboard - nope, tomorrow I will be keeping warm by snuggling up at home!

Photo Credit: Favim

November 18, 2012

Pin of the Week: Cottage Life















































This weekend my husband and I were invited to a family friend's getaway home in Collingwood, ON. I can't even explain how amazing the property and the home are; they are simply beyond words. The ability to relax and enjoy ourselves was also beyond words, as it was nice to have a break from the city and breathe the fresh air, talk a walk through the woods, and to relax in front of the fire once darkness set in. It was also great to see the stars well-lit against a truly black sky.

I have always wanted a cottage, and this overnight away simply cemented the idea. The home was only about an hour and a half away from home, and thus the drive was reasonable, given that we only stayed one night. As my husband and I both work full-time jobs in the city, we were never sure whether it would be worthwhile to have a cottage, as we assumed that it would be too taxing to drive up there each weekend; as we commute every week day, getting into the car on the weekend is not something we would relish. But the drive was just long enough that you were well out of the city, but not so long that you were exhausted from the drive before you even arrived.

The picture above is not a photograph of the beautiful home that I stayed at last night, but it is similar in that both this photo and the home are simply luxurious, and both prominently feature wonderful, warm fireplaces. There is nothing as calming and relaxing than sitting in front of a gently roaring fire on a cold evening, knowing that you are cozy and warm. Doing just that reaffirmed my love of the cottage, and all the creature comforts that come along with. One day...

Photo Credit: Houzz // Cottage

November 13, 2012

Movember





































I am not normally a fan of mustaches. They are prickly and stubbly, and they often make the wearer the butt of many "teen-stache" {and other off-colour} jokes. Though I prefer a clean-shaven face to any other kind, the fact remains that I support Movember and all of the ubiquitous examples of unkempt and unattractive mustaches that it entails, as the whole mess is for a great cause.

In case you are unaware, Movember is a month-long mustache growing phenomenon. Men typically register their mustaches with an affiliated organization and gather pledges to either grow a mustache, or style their pre-existing mustache into a socially unacceptable style for the duration of the month. If you reside in Canada and would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, check out the Movember Canada website to make a donation or register your mustache to raise funds. And if you happen to be in Toronto next weekend, consider attending MoStock 2012: I personally know a few of the members of the band {Orbital Groove} that will be playing this event, and I can say with certainty that it will be epic!

For those of you male readers who are considering participation in this wonderfully hideous tradition but are concerned about lack of facial hair, looking silly, being itchy (which I hear is a common complaint), or any/all of the above, never fear! For those with apprehensions about participating in Movemeber - or growing a mustache in general - there is help: Check out The Mustache Grower's Guide. Happy hair growing!

Photo Credit: This & That

November 12, 2012

Grilled Portobello Mushroom & Roasted Red Pepper Wrap


























Last night my husband and I were not really in the mood for dinner, as we had eaten a huge lunch prepared by my husband's Italian grandparents. Needless to say, lunch was delicious and we over-indulged, thus neither of us wanted to eat much when dinner time rolled around.

Despite my previous claims that I don't like cooking, I was actually in the mood to make something. I pinned this recipe a little while ago onto my 'lunch and dinner' board, as I thought it sounded delicious, and it certainly was. I would recommend this wrap to anyone, as it is healthy and delicious. This wrap is easily characterized as one of the best wraps that I have ever eaten, as the flavour is just amazing!


Grilled Portobello Mushroom & Roasted Red Pepper Wrap

Yield: 2 wraps

1 large red pepper
1 large portobello mushroom
1/2 sweet white onion
Olive oil {to taste}
Balsamic vinegar {to taste}
1 tsp powdered garlic
2 whole wheat soft tortilla wraps
2 slices of plain goat cheese

1. Pre-heat a George Foreman or Gordon Ramsay grill to medium heat.

2. Cut the red pepper, portobello mushroom, and onion into thick strips. Once the grill is up to temperature, place the vegetables on the grill and close the lid. Grill for five minutes.

3. Once five minutes has elapsed, open to grill lid and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the vegetables, to taste. Sprinkle the powdered garlic over the vegetables. Close grill lid and continue to grill vegetables for another six minutes.

4. While vegetables are grilling, plate two whole wheat wraps and place a thick slice of goat cheese on each of the wraps. As the cheese warms, spread it out slightly with a knife so that when the wrap is made it will be  fairly evenly distributed.

5. Once the vegetables are finished on the grill, divide the amount in half and place onto the wraps. Fold the wraps and place on the grill, fold side down, so that they do not open when grilling. Close the lid on the grill and grill the wraps for 3-5 mins each, to the desired crunchiness. Once grilling is complete, enjoy!


You can check out the original recipe here if you wish, as I have made a few changes to suit my own tastes. If you don't like goat cheese, another type of spreadable cheese {cream cheese perhaps?} may be a suitable substitute.

Photo Credit: BS In The Kitchen

November 11, 2012

Pin of the Week: Morning Yoga Sequence



















































































Lately I have been feeling pretty unhealthy. The fact that I have been eating poorly (thanks to Halloween leftovers at the office) has contributed to this feeling, but I have just had this incredible urge to get active. I gave up my gym membership about six months ago, as to be totally honest, I wasn't going often enough to make my membership fee worth it. And if I am going to be totally honest, I haven't really missed it until now.

When I was going to the gym, one of the things I really enjoyed doing was going to the yoga classes held three times a week. Not only would these classes provide me with structure and accountability - meaning that I would feel guilty if I didn't go, as people would notice if I didn't attend class - I found them to be a very good way to relieve stress.

So while cruising around Pintrest I came across this simple yoga routine for mornings. I gave it a try yesterday morning and this morning, and loved it! The only unfortunate thing about this sequence is the fact that there are no accompanying instructions, and no one to guide you through the motions as there would be in a class. So I kind of made it up as I went along - there really wasn't much of the graceful transition between poses as yoga normally involves, but I made it work. And I found most of these positions to be great for stretching out various muscle groups, so I tried to hold them for a minimum of 30 seconds each. I intend to eventually build up so that I am able to hold each pose longer, but some of them (#7!) are pretty difficult to hold for any extended period of time.

Though I am not sure how frequently I will be able to do this on weekday mornings, as I am always sleeping in until the last possible second and thus barely have time to do everything I need to do as it currently is, I think this sequence would be a great way to quickly stretch and release some stress before the days even starts.

Photo Credit: Tales From the Yoga Mat // Mind Body Green

Lest We Forget // Je Me Souviens
































In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scare heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae
Veterans Affairs Canada

Photo Credit: This & That

November 10, 2012

Cleaning Out My Closet




























Recently I have been going through my closet in at attempt to get rid of the clutter made by the clothing I no longer wear on a regular basis. There are some pieces that I am having some trouble parting with, but for the most part I am pretty happy with the amount of clothing that I have been able to purge. I have been donating my clothing to various charities, as most of it is still good and wearable. Typically I donate to the Diabetes Foundation, as they do home pick-up and thus the donation process is made very easy, but there are so many great charities that need clothing donations. I have complied a list of some of the biggest Toronto-based clothing drives in case you have any old clothing laying around and need to clean our our closet:

Covenant House
Covenant House is one of the largest charities dedicated specifically to helping homeless youth obtain security, safety, and help. They take many different types of donations, including clothing. Donated clothing is given directly to the youth for free, and is not re-sold to other organizations. As the House has limited storage capabilities and only caters to a specific client population, they ask to be notified of all donations prior to receiving them, to ensure they are capable of accepting them.

Diabetes Foundation
The Diabetes Foundation supports those living with diabetes through research and advocacy. In 1985 the Foundation started Clothesline, which is a donation-based program that accepts donations of gently used clothing and smaller household items, with the intent of selling these items to fund raise for diabetes-related causes. Not only can clothing donations be made by placing them into Foundation drop boxes, but they can also be made by arranging for home pick-up.

Goodwill
Goodwill takes new and gently used clothing and re-sells it to community partners that will then sell it to vulnerable populations and those with limited financial resources at a reduced price, therefore making clothing more accessible to all. You can donate used clothing by visiting your local donation center.

Red Door Shelter
The Red Door Shelter is a non-profit organization that helps families, women, and refugees to successfully escape violence, and they also provide assistance to families that have been evicted from their homes and would otherwise be living on the street. In-kind donations of both new and used clothing are accepted, and provided to the clients of the Red Door Shelter. Though based on limited storage space, the Shelter requests that calls are made in advance to ensure that donations can be accepted. Donations can be made by dropping goods off at the Shelter during donation times.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is the largest non-government organization for social assistance in Canada. They accept donations of most household goods, inducing gently used clothing. Donations can be made either through the drop boxes located throughout the GTA, or by taking clothing to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores. There is also a pick-up service for large donations, but this service is mostly reserved for furniture donations.

YWCA
The YWCA supports women and girls who are fleeing violence or attempting to get out of impoverished situations by offering them housing options, employment and training programs, and advocacy. The YWCA looks for in-kind donations for clothing and bedding for women and girls. Donations can be made by contacting the YWCA to set up a donation; due to limited storage space the YWCA is only able to accept in-kind donations at certain times.

Photo Credit: Spikes and Studs

November 7, 2012

The One Year Mark



























Today marks one year since I assumed my current position at work. At the risk of sounding corny, one year of work at my absolute dream job. One full year!

I am so fortunate to have landed this job - it is certainly not an easy process. Though I don't want to specify my actual position (I have to keep some things to myself!), trust me to understand that it took a lot of patience and perseverance to get to where I am today.

My attempt to get this job started in approximately 2006, when I was in university and I finally nailed down my career aspiration. From there, I couldn't do much until I obtained my Bachelor's degree, as it is an "essential qualification" of my position to possess at least this level of education. So I completed all four years, and I participated in a field placement program to obtain my Honours Bachelor, which afforded me good experience working on the front lines of my chosen field. Thank goodness I did this, as my experiences in working with my client population was essential when I eventually applied for my current position.

My job is one in which the applicants must "compete" against all of the other applicants - and being successful in this competition does not mean that you are awarded a position, but rather your name goes into a pool of qualified applicants. When I graduated from university in 2009 there were no open competitions for my job, so I continued on with school and I started working towards my MA.

Thankfully, while I was working on my MA a national competition for my position opened, and I was able to apply. I can't discuss the specifics of the competition process, but believe you me that it was not an easy go. But I persevered, and approximately eight or nine months after my initial application I was informed that I had successfully completed the competition and that my name was going to be placed into a pool of qualified applicants. And so my name remained for another six months. Six months of waiting for the phone to ring, wondering if I had chosen the wrong career, debating whether I should give up and throw all of my energy into something else.

I am not sure that I am conveying here how badly I wanted this job. I ate, slept, and dreamed this job. I spent six years in university (Hon.BSocSc and MA) to get a solid education in order to do this job, and I spent countless hours volunteering with the client population in the hopes that this would increase my chances of landing a position. Whenever anyone asked me what I was doing with my life, what I was doing at that time didn't matter, the important thing in my mind was what I would be doing when I got this job. I was obsessed; I wanted this job so bad that I could taste it. I knew that I would not be happy until I got this position, and every other job that I even considered was never good enough.

And then one day the phone rang.

When I answered it was someone that I knew from volunteering and doing some casual work at my desired organization, and she was calling to offer me my current position. At the time, she was only able to offer me a short-term contract {which has since been extended}, but I jumped at the chance! I was able to hold it together long enough to accept her offer and write down where I needed to report to first thing on Monday morning, but as soon as I hung up the phone I burst into tears. I was sooooo happy - I had never ever cried from happiness before, but let me tell you, if there was ever an occasion this was it.

Today one of my co-workers asked me how well I am enjoying my job, and if I think I would want to stick it out for the next 30+ years. Again, I don't think I was able to accurately convey how much I enjoy my job when I told her that I love my job and I couldn't picture doing anything else, ever. I am so happy and blessed to be part of a small section of the population who genuinely enjoys their job. I can honestly say that I do what I love, and I love what I do!

Photo Credit: Simple Little Joys

November 4, 2012

Pin of the Week: Winter Wear

























































It snowed for the first time this past week, but thankfully it didn't stay on the ground. I woke up on Friday morning and was so disappointed to see that my car - which I had stupidly forgotten to put into the garage - was covered in a very thin layer of soft flakes. I was even more disappointed when I turned my car on and flicked the windshield wipers to remove the flakes, only to have a horrendous scraping noise result, as the flakes had apparently glued themselves to my windshield. Obviously I was not impressed.

Part of my disappointment stemmed from the fact that I am just not ready for snow yet. I know that other parts of the country have had snow for weeks, as some of my Calgary friends have been giving me regular updates, but I didn't think that us Ontarians would be facing snow for at least another 6 weeks. And with any luck it would even be longer than that! I guess I should have been more prepared, as the weatherman keeps warning that we are in for a harsh winter, but I will admit that I am partially in denial... If there's no snow then it won't snow! So I am still trying to believe that the weatherman is wrong (which does happen a lot) and that despite what he says we will have a mild winter with minimal snow.

But obviously the fact that we already have snow and it's barely November means that I can't ignore the fact that a harsh winter is on the way. So my next best line of defence again the onslaught of snow that we are soon to receive is to get some cute winter wear. I figure that if I can be warm and look good it might remove the insult of the injury that is snow. I will admit that I have already given this some thought, as I actually pinned the above pin a few months back, just in case.

So now that the weather calls for mitts and a good hat, I am on the hunt for a good, durable matching set that looks good and doesn't make me look stupid. Which may be difficult to find, as I am NOT a hat person. But nonetheless I have accepted the fact that I need one, and I am trying to console myself by thinking that perhaps a hat may keep my hair from going frizzy when it comes into contact with the snow. The first place that I am going to search for the above-mentioned is at RW&CO, as my ever-frugal self has a gift certificate for the store. Someone else has told me that Joe Fresh also had good, chic hats and mitts last winter, so I will give them a check as well. Also, Smart Set is typically a reliable source for accessories, so they might have what I am looking for... I'll keep you updated with what I find.

Photo Credit: Make Fashion Easier

November 2, 2012

Almond Orange Smoothie Recipe



























I was recently reading an older issue of Best Health Magazine when I stumbled across a delicious-sounding recipe for an Almond Orange Smoothie. I haven't had a chance to try out this recipe yet because I don't regularly stock limes and lemons, but I wanted to post it here now before I forgot about it:


Almond Orange Smoothie

1 cup vanilla-flavoured almond milk
1/2 cup orange juice
The juice from one lemon
The juice from one lime
1 tbsp honey
A handful of ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a blender. Mix until all ingredients are blended and the ice cubes have become small chunks. The consistency should be similar to that of a slushie. Enjoy!


This smoothie appears to be super simple, though I must admit that I am a little disappointed that it doesn't contain any actual fruit. But regardless it seems like it would be very refreshing and would be a great drink post-workout or on a hot summer day. I'll write an update to let you know my thoughts once I have actually been able to make this recipe. In the meantime, if any of you give it a try, I would love to know what you think!

Photo Credit: Green Plate Rule

November 1, 2012

Hauntingly Beautiful




































Perhaps I was a little too quick to write-off Halloween yesterday. Though I stand by my statement that to refer to it is as a holiday is a very loose use of that term, it does have some redeemable qualities that may make the frivolous festivities a little less absurd. For instance, while searching for images to adorn the top of yesterday's post, I came across the amazingly gorgeous photos that are displayed above. These images are from the May 2012 edition of Ever Magazine, and they are simply breathtaking. The haunting beauty captured in the makeup and the photography makes me want to emulate this look. I want to be a gorgeous skeleton too! As I will never be a model or a movie star, the only way that I would be able to rock this look would be at a Halloween party. Maybe Halloween isn't so bad after all...

Photo Credit: Behance // Ever Magazine
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