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simple black white and red outfit. H&m red knit, black and white skirt and white heels

It was actually the thought of this outfit that inspired me to buy this skirt. I love it when a new piece fits seamlessly into your wardrobe. Expanding your outfit choices rather than leaving you wondering what on earth your going to pair it with.

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As we headed out the door on the way to complete the mundane but necessary  task of grocery shopping I thought to myself ‘I should grab an umbrella’, I glanced outside and then decided I was sure we would be home before the weather closed in. The umbrella didn’t fit in my bag little bag anyway. So off we headed, taking the more scenic route so we could pause to snap these pictures. 
With most my grocery list ticked off we had one more stop to make as we headed home. As we walked from one store to the next Simon pointed out the darkest greyest cloud and exclaimed something along the lines of it being a small cloud. 
No more than 10 minutes later we stepped out of the final store… or more like cowered in the doorway of the store as we assessed our options. It was raining like someone had dumped a bucket of water upside down. If you have ever experienced a tropical storm, thats what it was like. A wall of water. Laden with heavy shopping bags and in heels, making the 6 minute dash home would most certainly have the same effect as jumping in a swimming pool. That “little” cloud wasn’t seeming so little right now.
So I made the call to take shelter in the nearest places, which to Simon’s delight was a pizza place. A slice of pizza each later we were discussing our options. The rain still relentlessly coming down thick and heavy. Simon agreed to sacrifice himself and run home to get the car. I was feeling just a tad bad about this, but no so bad that I would ruin a perfectly good hair day to go with him.  So I suggested that we wait just another minute… that magic minute. The cloud passed. Life continued on as if a swimming pool of water hadn’t jus been upturned on the west end, save for the few people who had clearly been caught in the downpour. 

Moral of the story: Its Vancouver, you should ALWAYS have an umbrella on hand!

simple black white and red outfit. H&m red knit, black and white skirt and white heels

lipstick: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
necklace: Bought in Thailand | shirt: H&M
sweater: H&M | skirt: H&M | shoes: Pegabo
bag: Kate Spade

Healthier Cadbury Creme Egg Recipes

Cadbury creme eggs What I would like to know is how can they charge so much for such a disgusting lump of sugar? The standard price in Canada for a creme egg is $1.49. Its not even real chocolate! Ok well it kind of is, but not made with milk, not creamy chocolate! If you have eaten a creme egg this year and are wondering why it just doesn’t taste as good as you remember (or doesn’t taste good at all to be more accurate), it is because it’s not the same. Instead of a shell of Cadbury dairy milk chocolate it is now made with a shell of cocoa mix chocolate aka not really chocolate. I am also fairly sure that the inside creme is much sweeter and less runny in the US manufactured eggs, but maybe that part is just my memory playing tricks on me.
This years creme eggs are so bad that they actually give me an instant headache, and I’m someone who loves my candy and chocolate. A disappointment thats for sure but the perfect push to no longer be tempted by the shelves brimming with easter candy. Time to make my own.cadbury creme egg tastes different... and it is!!!

There are plenty of Cadbury creme egg copy cat recipes, but I thought I would seek out some slightly healthier options to satisfy your easter Cadbury creme egg cravings. So I have pulled together some recipe options. I haven’t tried any of these yet myself but I plan to get around to it. Keep an eye on my instagram for updates on my quest for a delicious creme egg alternative.9 healthy and copycat cadbury creme egg recipes

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Black & White | Outfit of the Day

Outfit: black knit sweater, black and white skirt black stocking & black booties + big wavy hair

Have I mentioned that we always have to go somewhere on days off? This time I think it was more of an excuse to take the car out than anything else as we just put new wheels on it. So we turned our afternoon into an excursion to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery. The whole Capilano area has the most beautiful scenery but as per usual at the moment the weather was giving us a steady grey drizzle so scenic walks through the forest were crossed off the to do list. The up-side to that is that I could wear heels, so really I’m not complaining at all. The hatchery although all open air has covered walkways and I really quite enjoyed the architecture. What can I say, I have a soft spot for exposed concrete. 

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Outfit: black knit sweater, black and white skirt black stocking & black booties + big wavy hair at the north vancouver salmon hatcheryat the north vancouver salmon hatchery

lips: J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion
top: H&M | skirt: H&M | boots: style&Co
bag: Kate Spade

Rose Gin Fizz

rose gin fizz cocktail recpe
A couple of years ago Simon introduced me to what a good Gin & Tonic should taste like, since then I have fallen in love with this simple drink. It immediately makes me think of hot summer afternoons spent lazing around, and just enjoying the moment. Since I discovered my love for gin I have played with quite a few different drink. From complex cocktails to simple variations of the classic G&T. 

This time I bring you an elegant cocktail, that is fruity and floral but not too sweet. The perfect getting ready drink for a girls night out.

raspberry rose gin fizz cocktail recipe

Rose Gin Fizz
Lightly sweetened fruity floral cocktail.
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Raspberry Syrup
  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup sugar white sugar
  3. 1 cup raspberries
Cocktail
  1. 1 1/2 oz gin
  2. 3/4 oz liqueur framboise
  3. 1 oz raspberry syrup
  4. 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 3 drops rosewater
  6. 1 egg white
  7. 1 1/2 oz soda water or tonic
For the Raspberry Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan heat the water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand for about 5 minutes before adding the raspberries. The gives a lovely fresh flavour rather than the jammy flavour of more cooked berries.
  3. Puree the syrup either in a blender or with a hand blender.
  4. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and leave to cool completely.
For the Cocktail
  1. First add the egg white to the shaker and shake for about 10 seconds.
  2. Now add the remaining ingredients to the shaker except for the soda, top with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain the drink into a glass and top up with soda or tonic.
Notes
  1. Use leftover syrup to make a raspberry gin & tonic for those evening you can't quite be bothered with the extra steps.
  2. The syrup and a few drops rose water topped with soda make a great non alcoholic option.
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raspberry rose gin fizz cocktail recipe

 

Little Life Box March Review

Follow my blog with BloglovinLittle life box march 2015 review | Canadian subscription box
I don’t think I need to repeat myself about how excited I was to receive last months box. This month I eagerly awaited my second box. I was checking the mail everyday, and when it hadn’t arrived by the 17th I emailed the guys at little life box. I was so surprised to have a reply first thing in the morning (I had sent the email at midnight) letting me know where it was at. Turns out it had arrived that day. But I just wanted to say that their customer support is great.canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review

And just in case you don’t know what Little Life Box is, its a Canadian subscription box that ships monthly across the country. Inside you will find it filled to the brim with healthy lifestyle items, such as snacks, vitamins, skincare and more. It costs $19.95 + $3.95 shipping and you save a few extra dollars if you purchase a longer subscription.

You can find my February box review here

canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review

How about the tissue, and the matching postcard. Its always all in the details for me.

canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review
canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review

VIRAGE SANTÉ Lalma Detox Herbal Tea $1.75
I am a huge tea drinker of pretty much every variety, I love a cup in the afternoon. At first I wasn’t excited about this at all… I think it was something to do with how boring the packaging is and that it took me forever to work out what it was exactly, So a note to the company… work on your packaging! But now that I have had a better look, I’m looking forwards to trying these.

Herbamare Sodium-free $0.40
I actually got really excited when I saw this. I remember always having vegetable salt in the house as a kid, and I remember it being very tasty. I have no idea if this is the same brand but I really hope it is as delicious as it is in my mind.

canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review

Beanfields Nacho chips $1.25
I always used to dislike corn chips, but ever since Simon got me hooked on Doritos dipped in cottage cheese my mind has been changed. So I’m going to hold onto these until there is a tub of cottage cheese in the house to go with them.

CocoBacon $3.00
So last month I had this companies chocolate coconut chips and they were AMAZING. These ones however are savoury… and I haven’t yet decided how they sit with me. The spices and flavour is very intense. I think they will make a great topping for salads as on their own they have me reaching for a bottle of water pretty quick.

Made Good Chocolate chip granola bar $0.98
This will be going in my bag next time we head out for a hike. It looks so tasty.

canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review
Mrs Crimbles Choc Macaroons $1.49
The packaging is so cute and so is the macaroon inside, but let me make one strong suggestion… eat the macaroon with a cup of tea! It is so sweet that you need a nice cuppa to balance it out.canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review
Herbion Kids cough syrup $9.99
This annoyed me. They included a card that said ‘if you don’t have kids, why not gift this to someone who does’. Well I don’t have kids and I also don’t know anyone who does (not on this side of the world anyway). I feel like they shouldn’t include things that are specifically for children unless you have the option to tailor your box to a kids or no kids household.

A.Vogel Beauty Essentials $29.99
So excited to give these a try, I have my fingers crossed that these help with all that is promised and if they do then I will be buying more for sure. Also very impressed that this is a full sized product. I feel like vitamin samples are such a waste because you really need to be consistent with taking them.

Orange Naturals Adult Multi $19.99
Another full sized vitamin! Ok so this box may not of seemed as exciting as last months due to its lack of chocolate but it is packed with some serious value. I have started taking these right away. canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review
Abio Rose Bath Bomb $3.99
My favourite pick from this box.
I sunk into my hot bath after a long run, dropped in this little bath bomb and was instantly whisked away to somewhere that smelt amazing and felt luxurious. This little gem may be small but it filled my whole apartment with the most gorgeous rose scent. At the end of my (kind of long, ok over an hour long) bath my skin was silky smooth.
Just a warning though… alert everyone in your house that the tub IS VERY SLIPPERY. Luckily my other half is used to me turning the bath into some sort of slippery death trap and puts up with it… so long as I remind him not to slip.
And on a side note, dish soap works wonders for cleaning oils out of the bath when your bathroom cleaner just doesn’t cut it.canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review

Néolia Hydra-Agerelief Soap $2.99
At first I was offended because on the box it states ‘for mature skin’ and I was like ‘well great so they assume I am a middle aged woman with a house full of kids!’. But I got over that. And one can never have to much soap… Yep I’m hoarding it like its going out of fashion.

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Mac $0.33
I LOVE face masks so I was very pleased to see this. 

MAX/Effects Naturals 2in1 EYE and FACE Makeup Remover $0.25
I have actually been trying and comparing a few makeup removers this month so it will be fun to have another one to add to the comparisons.

canadian subscription box: little life box march 2015 review

When I first opened this box I was a little underwhelmed, but maybe that was just because I was hungry and there was a lesser amount of food this time, because on further inspection I’m actually pretty happy with this box. But there are a lot of things I can’t give instant feedback on such as all the vitamins. The only item I don’t like is the cough syrup and my favourite is the bath bomb.

This months box came in with a value of  $76.40 so I’m more than pleased with that. 

Vancouver Blossoms | Outfit of the Day

Vancouver spring blossoms outfit : white knits sweater, paisley print pants and sage green heelshello vancouver blossoms, type
Oh Vancouver, you are so pretty. Every season you go all out to put on the charm. And your spring display is probably the most impressive (although I think autumn might be my favourite). Blossoms of every shape and size all in the pretty pastel hues and bursting in to life on every street and park.

Vancouver spring blossoms outfit : white knits sweater, paisley print pants and sage green heels
Vancouver spring blossoms outfit : white knits sweater, paisley print pants and sage green heels
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rose hair braid updo

So this time instead of begging my boyfriend to take photos or awkwardly setting up a tripod and running back and forth I headed out for a little photo taking fun with my friend Caroline. She takes gorgeous photos, especially her wedding photography which looks just like it came out of a magazine. Go check out her work at www.carolinephotography.ca

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lips: Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush
sweater: Club Monaco | Belt: Vince Camuto
pants: Pink Tartan | shoes: Nine West | bag: Kate Spade

Side Swept Lacebraid Hair tutorial

 

If curls are involved you know its going to be a good hair day!
The hairstyle is simple but it feels special and it works for everything from laid back weekends to romantic dates. 

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1. Diagonally section of the top half of your hair and secure out of the way.

2. Section some hair from just behind the ear and braid it back diagonally, but only add hair from the top to create a lace braid.

3. Once you have braided the whole way across secure with a small elastic.

4. Pull the braid to loosen it up and make it larger, Work slowly and carefully to get the best results, adding hairspray if your hair is too slippery.

5. Curl the remaining hair however you like. I used my NuMe curling wand with the 1″ attachment and then pinned the curls until they have cooled. This helps the curls last all day.

6. Set your curls with hairspray. I used a medium hold so that the curls still had some flex and movement to them.

7. Pin the top half of your hair, adjusting it until it falls how you like.

8. Twist the remaining hair to the side and secure with a bobby bin. Finish with a mist of hair spray.

 

Spring Blossoms | Outfit of the Day

spring cherry blossom outfit: white club monaco sweater, white palazzo pants and white heels
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I know its not technically spring yet, but it does feel like winter has well and truly left us here in Vancouver. The change of seasons is one of my favourite things. I couldn’t live somewhere that was summer all the time, I would get so bored of it. Not to mention I prefer winter anyway. Spring is always a treat and Vancouver has so many blossoming trees that make it extra beautiful.

While the blue skies and sunshine may suggest warm weather, don’t be so easily mislead… its still pretty cold! Or at least colder than you expect it to be. But for some reason this doesn’t stop those crazy Canadians from taking of their shirts and wearing shorts as soon as the sun is out. I, on the other hand am going to keep wearing my knits until the summer hits.

spring cherry blossom outfit: white club monaco sweater, white palazzo pants and white heels
spring cherry blossom outfit: white club monaco sweater, white palazzo pants and white heels
spring cherry blossom outfit: white club monaco sweater, white palazzo pants and white heels

lips: Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush
sweater: Club Monaco | pants: Portmans
shoes: Nine West 

Lighthouse Park Hike

Lighthouse Park Hike, West Vancouver

It feels like spring is in the air now, perfect weather to be getting out and exploring beautiful British Columbia. This time we headed to Lighthouse Park

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Of course, it wouldn’t be one of our adventures if there wasn’t a little bit of silliness!  We had way too much fun jumping in silly poses and trying to capture that mid air moment. How do you like my levitating sprint?!

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Welcome Year of the Sheep/Goat

Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015

I find it odd that there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer to what animal this year belongs too. Some say sheep, some say goat and some say ram. So I think the most fitting animal would be the Goats we saw on a road trip through the rockies, which turned out to be sheep. Sheep that look suspiciously like goats… there problem solved.

Apart from my confusion about which animal I should be celebrating the parade was a great (and very long) success. Like seriously long… we left our spot and went for a wonder through the Chinese garden, then walked all over chinatown looking for food, ended up back at our original spot, then walked the entire parade route and it was still going.

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Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015
Vancouver, BC Chinese New Year Parade 2015