August 21, 2014
Sometimes you just need a little time away to clear your head, dive in to the ocean, eat great food, and have absolutely nothing on the schedule. My guy and I are off to Lisbon, Portugal for a week today! It’s our first time there and we can’t wait to experience the Portuguese culture. I’m excited to feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to tackle September when we return.
Of course I will be instagramming every day – follow our travels: @notyourstandard
image via: tumblr
August 20, 2014
Dress: The Fifth
Jacket: Zara (love this one here)
Shoes: Rachel Zoe (these are similar, mine are not online yet!)
Bag: Zara (need this one)
Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James
Watch: Larsson & Jennings
Photography by: The Styleograph
It’s been quite a busy week trying to settle upcoming projects and organizing the amazing shoots we have planned for Lisbon, mixed in with those errands that you always seem to have right before a holiday. Since the week was a little chaotic I decided it was time for a little ‘treat yourself day’ — I find it funny how we have to validate those days, but it’s what makes them special. There’s nothing better than realizing all the hard work you do deserves a reward, which is why I’m a big believer in such designated days! It should happen at least once a month; those are the rules I play by. For me it’s that specific purchase where you buy an investment piece for your wardrobe, spending that little bit extra because you know this is something you will wear in and out and feel happy basically every time you put it on. This time around it was a shoe day, and these Rachel Zoe flats were exactly what I was looking for this Fall.
August 19, 2014
If you travel and like to eat, these granola bars are going to be your new best friend. These healthy treats have become my life saviour when travelling around lately because I absolutely hate (and I don’t use that word very often) all airplane and most airport food. I can’t get on board (literally) with anything that comes hot out of a cardboard box, which is why I always bring my own food when travelling. Especially when I fly home to Canada, I seriously prep a dinner and lots of snacks because the last thing I want to feel on a 10-hour journey home is bloated, swollen or hungry. A hungry person who lands is never a pleasant person to pick up from the airport — I have my family in mind here. These granola bars are packed with protein from the almond butter and walnuts, sweetened with honey, and with an added bit of a tartness from the golden berries. Oh, and they’re gluten-free. A new essential in your carry-on.
Almond Coconut Granola Bars (gluten-free)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
1/4 cup gluten free oats (if you can’t find gluten free, use regular or omit all together and use 1/4 cup more of nuts)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. honey
1/4 golden berries
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a 6×6 inch pan with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients together. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and flatten with another piece of parchment paper to evenly distribute.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before slicing.
Adapted from Love & Lemons
August 18, 2014
The weather has cooled down quite a bit over the past week and the smell of fall is in the air at night. I’ve always been a big fan of fall weather and fashion, so autumn being around the corner doesn’t disturb me at all. However, I would love to hang on to those summer evenings for just a bit longer; they’re my absolute favourite. Before the summer ends, I thought I would do a recap of some of my favourite outfits I wore this season. It’s always fun to put these kind of posts together — I love being reminded of each outfit, what day it was, and that exact moment when we shot the post. It’s been a great summer, and it’s not over yet…
Shop some of my favourite summer pieces:
August 15, 2014
I’m welcoming a new series dedicated to salads on the blog today! I’m a big salad fan, but I’m definitely not into the boring kind. I need different textures, a flavourful dressing, and lots of fresh produce. One of the many perks about working from home is the fact that I’ve been playing around with lots of different recipes. This is one of my favourite new salads I came up with the other day; I love the lightness of the tilapia paired with the lemon tahini vinaigrette, a perfect acidic and nutty match. Since everyone is always asking about my salads on instagram, this will now be part of a new series on the blog where I will introduce all my creations every so often with you!
Tilapia Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette (serves 1/ double everything for 2 servings)
Lettuce of your choice, a lighter one works best.
1 tilapia fillet
1 spring onion
5 – 6 cherry tomatoes
handful of walnuts
handful of golden berries
6 – 7 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette
1 tsp. tahini
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat over to 375 degrees F. On a baking pour a little olive oil to light coat. Rinse fish and pat dry, place tilapia on baking pan and season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, chopped basil and a drizzle olive oil. Bake for 8 – 12 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Wash and clean lettuce. Chop all ingredients and set aside.
For vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
Omitting the fish and walnuts, mix your salad together with vinaigrette. Flake apart room temperature fish into chunks and place on your salad. Sprinkle with walnuts. Enjoy!