Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to pick the perfect Blanket Scarf!

The blanket scarf is easily the coziest trend of this year and I love that wearing a blanket outside of your house has now become socially acceptable!  But what makes a blanket scarf different than a regular scarf?  First and foremost, it is it's oversized scale that sets it apart, but, you will also usually find blanket scarfs made out of similar soft fleecy knit fabrics and featuring a plaid pattern.

Now you do have to be a bit careful when buying a blanket scarf, because not all of them are created equal.  Depending on the shape of the scarf, very different looks can be created. There are actually three main shapes you can find when purchasing a blanket scarf (and all three are best worn differently)!

1. The square. The best way to wear a square blanket scarf is to fold it diagonally so the opposite corners are touching (so it makes a big triangle). Then you can wrap the ends around your neck and tuck them under in the front. (Cortney from Cort in Session does a great tutorial showing this style!)

2. The shawl. This style is less versatile, but makes a fantastic statement piece!  The "shawl-style" blanket scarf essentially is a large square, but it features a slit down the centre so you can wear the scarf over your shoulders.  The blanket scarf I wore for the Grey Cup is a textbook example of this style!

3. The rectangle.  The rectangular blanket scarf is the most versatile shape.  It is less bulky than the square when worn around your neck and can be wrapped, tied, draped or belted (like I'm wearing below).  Just make sure your rectangular blanket scarf isn't too skinny, or you will lose the lovely (and cozy) blanket scarf effect!

Ps. I purchased my blanket scarf from Charming Charlie but sadly they are currently out of stock!  Luckily, I found identical scarfs at quite a few online shops (Heart&Home, Muizee and Aerie to name a few!)

Your guide to finding a blanket scarf!  Inspiration from Canadian fashion blogger Jennifer Ashley.
Your guide to finding a blanket scarf!  Inspiration from Canadian fashion blogger Jennifer Ashley.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

5 winter coats you need to survive a Canadian winter!

Living in the prairies, cold winters are a part of life.  It is not uncommon to see temperatures drop below -40, but here in Winnipeg, life goes on.  Sure we may complain a little, but chilly weather doesn't stop us from getting where we need to go!  At this time of year, wearing a warm coat is essential, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style for warmth.  Here are my picks for the 5 must have styles that will keep you cozy & fashionable this year!

The menswear inspired coat - one of five winter coats you need to keep warm and stylish in 2015.



The Cape Coat - One of 5 winter coats you need to keep warm and stylish in 2015.



The puffer jacket - one of five winter coats you need to keep warm and stylish in 2015.




The fur coat - one of five winter coats you need to keep warm and stylish in 2015.



The toggle coat - one five winter coats you need to keep warm and stylish in 2015.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The BEST Whole Wheat Pancakes

I fully believe in the importance of breakfast, and there is nothing I love more than warm carbohydrates first thing in the morning… muffins, pancakes, fresh bread… I love it all! But as much as I love breakfast food, it is really important for me to make my first meal of the day a healthy one that includes whole grains.

It took me a long time to find a recipe for whole wheat pancakes that don't taste like cardboard, but this recipe is genuinely delicious!  I love that it uses whole wheat flour and rolled oats, because combining the two grains give baked goods an amazing light texture.

Recipe for the best whole grain pancakes (topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream).



Whole Wheat Pancakes
(serves 2)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup quick outs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp natural cane sugar
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Mix first 7 dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add in remaining wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
3. Pour batter 1/4 cup at a time into a greased frying pan over medium heat, creating individual pancakes.
4. Wait until bubbles appear in the center of each pancake, then flip pancakes over, continuing to cook until golden.
5. Serve hot topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, or let cool on a rack and refrigerate (or freeze) for another day.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#MyGreyCup

So, I have a confession… I have been wearing this shawl every day since it arrived in the mail.  It has been so cold here in Winnipeg, and this shawl is so incredibly soft and warm.  At home, I've been wearing it over yoga pants with a cozy tee, but I've found it make the perfect topper for dressier outfits too!

In case you are curious about the embroidered "GC" initials, it actually stands for "Grey Cup".  This shawl is a part of a collaboration between the CFL (Canadian Football League) and eLUXE (A brand which I love for their blogger design collaborations!).  Normally, I'm not one to go crazy over sports paraphernalia, and as much as I love the bombers, (go blue!) I can't see myself ever purchasing a jersey.  Luckily, this collection is perfect for us stylish girls!  This shawl in particular is super classy, and I love the on trend, rich burgundy colour!  I whole heartedly recommend snatching up one of these shawls while they are still available!

Burgundy Grey Cup shawl by CFL x eLUXE with embellished sweater and gold skirt.

Burgundy Grey Cup shawl by CFL x eLUXE with embellished sweater and gold skirt.

Burgundy Grey Cup shawl by CFL x eLUXE with embellished sweater and gold skirt.

Burgundy Grey Cup shawl by CFL x eLUXE with embellished sweater and gold skirt.

Burgundy Grey Cup shawl by CFL x eLUXE with embellished sweater and gold skirt.





Kate Shawl - c/o CFL x eLUXE.  Embellished sweater - Smart Set. (get the same look with Tracey Reese or Forever 21).  Heels - Spring Shoes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Local Loves: Behind Closed Doors

Hey everyone! So I'm super excited for tomorrows outfit post (just finishing editing the pics right now!) but in the meantime, I thought I would share a few photos from the "Behind Closed Doors" shopping event I went to last week! I ended up shopping with my friend Melanie, which was so much fun, especially since the last time we went shopping together was probably while we were in high school!

The mall was absolutely packed out for the event! In fact, so much so that we could not find a parking spot anywhere and ended up parking in a restaurant parking lot across the street out of desperation!  Luckily we were able to warm up inside with some free David's Tea samples as well as some Rocky Mountain Chocolate samples.  (And if you know me, tea & chocolate is all I really need!)  Anyways, here are a few photos from our shopping adventure!

Quilted leather at Aldo
I actually used to work at this store before it was bought out!

Smart Set style 
I want all of these prints!
Stunning holiday dress from BCBG!
My steals from the event! Necklace + Bracelet + Tank = $30 total!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To build a home… Kitchen Inspiration

If you haven't heard, my husband and I are building a new home! It's so exciting to look out my window and see each step of the process (they are working on framing the walls this week… yay!). I've already shared our inspiration for the exterior, our bedroom and some of the colours we will be going with, but today I thought I would share some of my inspiration for our new kitchen!

Our current kitchen is very glamorous with dark cabinets and lighting draped with crystals. But for our new kitchen, I'm dreaming of something bright and cheery. I want to step away from adding too much glitz and stick with a softer, layered feel. I'm loving the juxtaposition of natural textures like marble and aged wood paired with crisp white cupboards and industrial fixtures.









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