Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

Thanks to one of the most brilliant marketing campaigns by Starbucks, Pumpkin spice lattes are synonymous with fall.  But the standard Starbucks version is lacking one thing… pumpkin!  This year, as reports went out of the #PSL ingredients list, the internet was horrified that their beloved pumpkin lattes were merely a chemical concoction of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavours.  Luckily, this homemade one-mug version is super easy to make and has no mysterious chemicals or artificial flavours!

Easy one-mug Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY Recipe. #PSL

Easy homemade Pumpkin spice latte
(serves 1)

1 tbsp canned pumpkin
1 tbsp cane sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
pinch of ginger
1 cup brewed coffee
1/2 cup milk of choice

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large mug.  Place mixture in microwave and heat for 15 second intervals until mixture begins to caramelize.
2. Pour brewed coffee into mug (I used my Keurig with a Starbucks dark roast pod) and stir to dissolve pumpkin mixture.
3. Warm milk (either with a milk frother, in the microwave or on the stove) and pour into mug.
4. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dressed up leather

Ever since Nova (my lovely Samoyed pup) tore a giant hole through my leather jacket, I have been on a hunt for a new one.  After much, much searching I finally found the perfect biker jacket!  I love the asymmetrical zipper and the amazing quilted detail on the shoulders.  I feel like a leather jacket is truly a fall staple… you can dress it up or down!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To build a home… White walls

I've lived in 16 different houses in my life but outside of my current office, none of those homes have had white walls. Now, it's not because I don't like white… I really do love its simplicity and the way it reflects light in a room! But I also love the look of crisp white furniture and I especially love the look of white curtains and the way soft light passes through them. Because of that, I've always been hesitant to paint my walls white, thinking that with all my white curtains and furniture it would just be too much!

But I think I am ready for a change, and after carefully examining hundreds of shades of white in my CIL paint deck I think I have picked the most perfect white for the main living space in my home!  Are you ready for it?  I've decided to paint with "Touch of Grey"- CIL 30BB 72/003.  I love that this white colour has a subtle hint of grey and I think it will look fantastic when contrasted with bright white accents.  I also plan on using "White Mountain"- CIL 50BB 83/020, the lighter tint of that same colour, on several accent walls.

Here is a few of the amazing spaces that convinced me to paint the walls of my new home white!

Also, I wanted to remind you that there is still time to meet me for your own personal paint consultation! Tomorrow (Thursday, September 18th) is my final day for in store visits, and I will be heading to Home Depot Polo Park location! Catch me there anytime between 6-8pm!

Ps. If you don't live in Winnipeg, there may be a chance you can still get a free paint consultation near you! A few other friendly bloggers and designers across Canada will continue to offer paint consults until October 16th so make sure you check out the full schedule on the CIL website!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mini floral crown diy

Last week I shared an outfit post where I wore a unique diy mini floral crown.  I promised I would share how I made it, so here is a quick and fun tutorial for you all to try!

1. Get your supplies! You will need some wire (I used some inexpensive aluminium wire I picked up at a local hardware store), floral tape and a variety of flowers and foliage. Make sure to grab a mix of small, medium and large flowers as well as some greenery

2. Measure the crown of your head and cut a piece of wire 1" bigger than the measured circumference. Twist the ends of the wires together or fold into loops to later attach ribbon as a closure.

3. Optionally, you can secure short pieces of wire to the stems of smaller flowers with floral tape. This will give them a bit more stability.

4. Starting in the centre with the biggest flower, begin stretching floral tape around each bloom onto the wire. Continue adding smaller flowers and greens until the crown is as full as you would like. Keep trying the crown on as you go and reposition flowers as needed.

5. Tie a piece of ribbon through the loops you created earlier.  Your crown is now ready to wear, or you can save it for another day by spraying it with a bit of water and placing it in a plastic bag, storing it in your refrigerator.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to wear joggers!

High waisted jogger pants are both stylish and super comfy. You just need to make sure to pair them with the right top & accessories, or else you may risk looking like you are wearing pyjamas!  It took me a lot of trial & error (basically trying on every shirt in my closet to see what worked) but I have figured out a few tips and tricks on how to wear the trend!

How to wear jogging pant.

Here's three types of shirts that work well with jogger pants:

1. A button up blouse.  Classic & simple, the button up blouse gives your outfit a polished look.
2. A slim, embellished tee.  Pretty much anything goes here as long as you pick a fitted tee in a complimentary colour.  If you choose at patterned tee, make sure to pick one with a pattern of a different scale than the pattern in your pants.  (I also loved wearing my pants with a simple striped tee!)
3. A silk tank.  Paring the joggers with a silk tank is my favourite combination.  The simplicity of the top balanced the business of the bottoms, while the shirt's fabric kept the look elegant.

I thought I would also share my tips on how NOT to wear them.  Don't make these jogger pant mistakes:

Mistake 1: Wearing them with flats! Joggers definitely need to be worn with high heels! Not only do taller shoes balance the width of the pant but it also keeps them from looking too casual.
Mistake 2: Pairing them with a loose top! You don't need your top to be skin tight, but make sure your top has some shape, otherwise you venture again into pyjama territory.  Also, make sure you tuck your shirt in (or at least the front of it) to define your waistline!
Mistake 3: Wearing an oversized pair! You need to make sure you find a pair of joggers that fits properly. You will want them to be loose through the hips while skimming the rest of your curves.

Ps. I purchased my leopard print jogger pants at Smart Set, but sadly this pair is no longer available.  You can purchase a similar pair from Necessary Clothing ($18) or, I also love this fun print from Urban Outfitters ($49)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peach & Cherry Galette

Today I'm sharing a delicious and super simple galette recipe!  I love how versatile this sweet pie is, and how fresh fruit really is the star ingredient.  Best of all, you can throw pretty much any fruit you have on hand into the filling, so it is a great way to use up fruit that is past its prime.  Another favourite combination of mine is filling it with blueberries and sliced plums.  What is your favourite kind of pie?

Peach & Cherry Galette
(serves 6)

3 C flour
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
3/4 C coconut oil
1 egg plus water to make 1 cup
1 tbsp Vinegar
2 tsp salt
3 peaches
1 cup pitted & halved cherries
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 tbsp corn starch

1. Combine first 6 ingredients using a pastry blender.
2. Divide mixture into 6 portions.  Shape into balls, then tightly wrap 5 of the 6 portions in plastic wrap, freezing for another use.
3. Roll out remaining portion as thin as possible onto parchment paper.
4. Mix remaining 4 ingredients and pile into centre of pie crust.  Fold edges over to keep filling inside.
5. Bake in 375 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Nutrition: (per serving)
195 Cal, 5.2g Fat, 3.1g Fibre, 18.8g Sugar, 3.5g Protein

Thursday, August 28, 2014

To build a home: Master Bedroom Inspiration

Now that we have the floor plan ready for our new house, I'm excited to start designing the interior! I really want a fresh updated look for our new house, but because we don't have a huge budget, we will probably be keeping most of the same furniture.  Most of our updates will come from artwork, accessories and of course some fresh new paint colours!

I've been dreaming about the new colour palette for our home, and for the main areas I want to keep the colours bright and airy.  But one place I'm not afraid to use a little colour is the bedroom.  I love the look of a bedroom that's a little bit more dark & moody, especially when paired with crisp white curtains & linens.  Lately I have been inspired by a rich colour palette of navy mixed with glamorous gold and coral.  Here's a few of my inspiration pics!

{Source: 1, 2, 3, 4}

I also have some exciting news for my Winnipeg friends & followers! Starting this Thursday, I'm partnering with CIL Paints to help YOU pick the most perfect paint colours for your home.  I'll be available this Thursday from 6-8 at Home Depot on 845 Leila for personal consultations. Of course, if you can't make it today, you can also meet me in store on any of the dates below!

August 28th, 6-8pm: Home Depot Winnipeg North (845 Leila)
September 4th, 6-8pm: Home Depot St. Vital (1999 Bishop Grandin)
September 11th, 6-8pm: Home Depot Crossroads (1590 Regent)
September 18th, 6-8pm: Home Depot Polo Park (727 Empress)

Can't wait to see you there! :)