November 20, 2014
Coat: ALL SAINTS
Top: The Fifth (similar here)
Beanie: COS (similar here)
The Canadian girl in me knows when it’s time to invest in a good coat. I had my eye on this Miya design from All Saints for quite some time now as I patiently waited for a drop in temperature to justify my purchase. I love mixing in a variety of coats throughout the season but I will always have that one go-to that’s first choice in my wardrobe – this will definitely be it. The only good thing about this cold weather over the past week or so is the fact that beanies and big coats are acceptable for every occasion.
November 19, 2014
Photography by: The Styleograph
Jacket: SECOND FEMALE
Sweater: GASPARRE CASHMERE
Boots: ZARA (similar here)
It’s been a busy week on my end, which I tend to always love. I had a couple of shoots at the beginning of the week, one being a video that was a fun change of pace, and I’ll also be taking part in a fun editorial shoot tomorrow. I really love this part of the job because it gets you away from the usual day to day blogging tasks and keeps things interesting, a little unpredictable, and you always get to meet the most amazing, hardworking people.
Keeping busy is a positive trait of mine but it also can be a fault. I was watching the Joan Rivers documentary the other night and she said that a blank page on her day planner scares the hell out of her. I found myself in complete agreement. A blank page in a day planner is scary, especially when you are working for yourself. That blank page can represent so many fears; the fear that no one is longer interested, that you aren’t exceeding expectations, or that you aren’t working hard enough.
Blogging for yourself is just like owning your own business, and as much as that blank page motivates me, I’m trying to realize to also take it day by day and enjoy each project in its moment instead of thinking about what’s next. Blogging is an incredibly exposed job, which means you are constantly being confronted with the success stories of others (hourly, to be honest). But instead of comparing, I’m now admiring, appreciating and learning from them. Since I always get a lot of emails about blogging and what advice I would give, I really think a lot of new bloggers out there to can find value in this quote:
“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”
November 18, 2014
Scones are my absolute favourite thing to indulge in with a good cup of coffee. However, I’m very aware of all the bad things that go into them, so I’m often on the hunt for a healthy version. I’ve made a few variations here and there, but to be honest, nothing will ever compare to a delicious high-fat, flaky scone.
That doesn’t mean we can’t come close, and these I would say are pretty on point. I tried out Green Kitchen Travels’ apple oat scone recipe this time around but changed them up a bit, adding some flax, cinnamon and a little bit of apple glaze. The glaze was more for my guests, who might not be as thrilled about a drier scone as I am. I, on the other hand, could happily eat these with just a small amount of homemade jam. These are best enjoyed right out of the oven, making them the perfect recipe to whip up on a cold gloomy morning when nothing else is on the schedule.
Apple Oat Scones (altered slightly from Green Kitchen Travels)
1 cup gluten-free oat flour (make your own by grinding about 2 1/4 cups-gluten free oats)
1 cup ground flax seed
1 1/4 buckwheat flour or flour of your choice
1 tbsp arrow root or corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. cold pressed coconut oil at room temperature
3 tbsp. almond butter
1 cup plain soy yogurt
2 large apples, coarsely grated with the peel on, squeeze out excess juice (save the juice for the glaze)
1/4 cup powder sugar
1 tsp. fresh apple juice that you squeezed out
a dash of cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degree F (230 C) and place a baking sheet inside. With a whisk, mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the coconut oil into small cubes and add to the flour mixture along with the almond butter. Rub in with the fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the soy yogurt and apples and mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Don’t over mix; it can be slightly crumbly. Form the dough into a ball and place on a well-floured surface.
Flatten out the ball to be about 10 inches round and 1 inch thick. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or a glass, cut out as many scones as you can, reshaping and cutting the trimmings as necessary. Cover the hot baking sheet with parchment paper and place scones on it. Bake for 15-16 minutes until crusty on the outside and slightly moist on the inside. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cool on a wired rack.
As they cool, make the glaze. Whisk powdered sugar, cinnamon and apple juice together until smooth. Add more apple juice if glaze is too thick.
Once the scones have slightly cooled, drizzle glaze all over. Enjoy with a homemade marmalade!
November 17, 2014
Photography by: Le 21eme
Culottes: Carin Wester
X Ring: Elizabeth & James
Boots: ZARA (similar here)
Some clothes you try on and immediately know that you’re going to wear them over and over again; they instantly become a basic wardrobe staple. Then there are the “special clothes,” the ones that you know you might only wear a quarter amount of the time but you still need to have them. These culottes can be categorized into the latter category for this season.
Even though I don’t pull them out every week, the times I do are memorable; I feel confident, bold and chic. You will remember where you wore those grey Carin Wester culottes; you won’t remember the basic jean and tee combo. One of the things I love most about fashion is clothing that creates style memories, something to keep in your sartorial archive. These kind of showstopper pieces are great in my closet, which is exactly why I chose them for my the part two of my shoot with EDITED and streetstyle photographer Adam Katz. They are the perfect pants for jumping along these wide cobblestone streets. Love them or hate them, they sure make a nice conversation piece.
November 14, 2014
Coat: SOAKED IN LUXURY
Sweater: SECOND FEMALE
I’m so excited to finally share these photos with you from the shoot I did with EDITED and one of my favourite photographers, Adam Katz, back in October. If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve been consistently wearing pieces from EDITED lately. It’s such a well curated shop and carries some of my favourite labels like Carin Wester, Elizabeth & James and Selected Femme.
That’s why I was thrilled to team up with them and six other admirable bloggers for their “Blogger Issue,” which showcases our favourite winter looks. Although I’m not one for too much colour, something about this pink coat stole my heart; it isn’t too much for me when paired with black and grey. I couldn’t help but finish the look off my staple item for every season: a timeless black hat.