Little Life Box April

Little Life Box April ReviewThat happy box packed full of goodies brings a smile every month. April’s Little Life Box had an extra good helping of tasty treats including plenty of chocolate.

For those that don’t know…
Little Life Box is a Canadian health subscription box. For $19.95 a month you get over a dozen healthy snacks and lifestyle products delivered, and there is also a vegan option available.

Little Life Box April Review

Espresso Dark Chocolate bar by Camino $4.29
Mmmm Camino chocolate has become a new favourite since I got my first block in my little life box a few months back. This one is delicious but not my favourite flavour.

Masala Chai Tea Latte Mix by Tea India $0.67 x2
I got two of these but I had already used one before I snapped these pics. So tasty but I think one sachet could easily do 2 drinks as it was a little too strong and sweet.

Crio Beans Chocolate Covered Cocoa Beans $3.95
These are by far my favourite item in the box… sooooo tasty. Its odd, I can eat just a couple of these and feel so content, no more sweet cravings and not feelings of over indulging on sugary crap.

Little Life Box April Review

Bamboo Cosmetic Applicators by EcoTools $2.69
One of the less than exciting things in this box as I prefer to use a brush for my makeup application but I bet I’ll find a use for them anyway.

Biodegradable Laundry Detergent & Cleaner by Pure $0.40
I like these little samples, I haven’t tried them yet and the cleaner needs to be mixed with water (I don’t have a spare spray bottle at the moment) but I’m looking forwards to comparing them with my current eco friendly cleaners. 

Dark Chocolate Cake Mix by Gogo Quinoa $2.65
This should be novel… making a packet cake! I’m pretty excited! It says its vegan, but only if you add the vegan moist ingredients, which I don’t have on hand nor will I buy for the purpose of making this cake… so, lucky I’m not vegan! Follow me on instagram if you want to find out how this cake tired out as I’m sure I’ll let you all know on there when I bake it.

Balsamic & Cracked Pepper roasted chickpeas by Three Farmers $5.00
I can’t make up my mind about these… I think the flavour is a little too packed on and the crunch factor is a little too severe. But I like the idea of using them as a salad topper.

Little Life Box April Review

Wow Butter $0.10c x2
Yet another thing I’m looking forwards to trying… but I’m practicing some self restraint and trying not to eat everything at once.

Granola Bars by Grandma Emily’s $1.50 x2
Mmmmm granola bars, or musli bars as I tend to call them. These are chewy are crunchy at the same time and perfect to banish the hangry’s.

When I picked this box up at the post office the first thing I noticed was that its the lightest box I have received so far, and once opening it I also realized it was the least full… but my initial disappointment was banished by the amount of very tasty treats inside (maybe I was hungry at the time). But that leaves us at what the value of this box was…

The total value is $23.53
thats the lowest value I have received yet and considering the box costs $24.95 with shipping its disappointing to not even get your moneys worth. But last months box was valued at $76 so hopefully they are back on track next month.

DIY: Makeup Storage Box from a Sphora Gift Box

DIY: how to make a makeup storage box from a sephora gift box

If you have been following my blog for a while then you know that I live in a rather small apartment, which means I’m always looking for the next trick to maximize storage space. This small apartment situation means I don’t get the luxury of a vanity, and my bathroom draws are already full to the brim, so aside from one shelf in the bathroom cabinet (reserved for my most prized cosmetics) the rest of my makeup is left without a home. Thats when I decided I needed to create some sort of makeup storage box. Now all I had to do to get started was to find a box to use, and the rest is easy and fun.

Did you know when you order online at Sephora you can add a gift box for free?! I add one to almost every order as they are sturdy, useful and quite pretty (shh, don’t tell sephora!).

As for foam core (the stuff I make the dividers from), its cheapest at Dollarama ($2.50 a piece, I think) I’v seen it at smaller dollar stores for about $6 and at art stores it goes upwards of $7!

My cutting knife and glue gun are also from dollar stores, Yokoyaya to be exact (Daiso)… yeah dollar stores are pretty sweet! Places like Michaels are pretty much the biggest joke ever in my opinion… those prices… I laugh and then walk out again.

DIY: how to make a makeup storage box from a sephora gift box

1. First you need a box, something sturdy. I used the large gift box from Sephora (they are free with purchase).

2. Gather together your supplies. You will need a cutting mat, foam core board, glue gun, ruler and a cutting knife.

3. Now before you go cutting everything out you need to have a plan. Lay out your makeup and decide what should go where. Once you have a plan, measure and cut out your pieces and then glue together. For my first layer the 2 sections on the left have lower walls. The section on the right is higher and the dividers are on a slight diagonal.

4. Next I have an insert that fits over the lower left side. Don’t forget to add a little cutout so you can lift it without pulling on the glued walls.

5. My final (3rd) layer covers the whole area and has a hole in the middle so I can lift it out easily.

6. My first layer… small pallets, mac singles and then mac compacts.

7. Half layer that holds eyeliners and smash box pallet.

8. Final Layer that holds brushes and a few other bits.

Its very easy, you just need some patience to put it all together. I made this about 5 months ago and its still going strong. It gets kept in the storage room and I pull it out to do my makeup and then pack it all away again, nice and easy.

The total cost was about $2.80

What do you think? How do you store your makeup?

 

Lets Get Mod

60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings

Adding a little bit of 60’s mod influence to any outfit is always a good idea in my opinion. I just love it. This outfit is also perfectly layered up so that I can enjoy the spring sunshine but not freeze half to death at the same time (two pairs of stockings is my trick to toasty legs!).

60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings

there is no need to dress like everyone else. its much more fun to create your own look
60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings
60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings
60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings
60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings
60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings
60's mod vibes - Zara Printed mini skirt, h& black knit mustard yellow tights / stockings

shirt: H&M | knit: H&M | belt: Portmans
skirt: Zara | tights: topshop | shoes: asos 

photos by Caroline

The Perfect Tennis Outfit

what/where tennis outfit

Visor | Dress | Racket | Shoes

My tennis obsession started last summer when I fell in love with the idea of tennis inspired outfits, not to actually play tennis in, but you know… who doesn’t like to play dress-ups. You can find the outfit I put together here.

I can’t actually play tennis but I really want to learn, mainly just so I can have an excuse to wear cute tennis outfits like this one, but also because I’m sure its a great workout. Anyone want to teach me? 

I’ll admit that this dress is maybe a touch on the pricey side (ok way over the top) but there are plenty of normal priced options out there and when your day dreaming why bother dreaming “normal”, am I right?! As for the visor, its exactly what I have been looking for and I want to get my hands on it right away. I love everything from the Adidas by Stella McCartney range… every season is beautiful, functional and high quality.  Anyway thats enough from me… I’m off to continue putting together my dream workout outfits. If you want to follow along with my search for workout outfit inspiration you can follow this Pinterest board.

Leave the colour to the flowers

spring outfit: black peplum top and black and white  skirt with white shoes

This spring seems to of decided to be particularly cruel, or at least in regards to choosing what to wear… the sun will come out, it will look cheery, bright and warm outside. I pick my outfit accordingly only to step outside and discover it is freezing. The rest of the time it is dreary and grey looking with rain coming and going throughout the day but this greyer weather brings milder temperature. So sunshine and a million layers or an umbrella and a light coat…

spring outfit: black peplum top and black and white  skirt with white shoesspring outfit: black peplum top and black and white  skirt with white shoesspring outfit: black peplum top and black and white  skirt with white shoes
spring outfit: black peplum top and black and white  skirt with white shoesbraid and minimal watchspring outfit: black peplum top and black and white  skirt with white shoes

If you like my braid I made a tutorial for it here.
nail polish is Julep Sylvia | watch: a.b.art
top: CUE | skirt: H&M | shoes: Pegabo

Seeing Double Braid

hair tutorial - seeing double

1. Twist your hair to the side you want your braid on, adding bobby pins as necessary. This step is optional but I love how it looks and it adds a little something extra to the finished hairstyle.

2. Holding your twisted hair with one hand use your other hand to separate a small section of hair from about midway behind your ear. The bigger this section of hair is the bigger the braid sitting on top will be.

3. Clip the small section of hair up out of the way and secure the rest of the hair with a small elastic, its important to use one of the plastic ones as you will be cutting it later. Separate the hair in two and begin to fishtail braid bring the hair from the centre and wrapping around to the back.

4. Once you are about 1cm down the hair section out a small piece and clip it out of the way with the other small section. Don’t forget to still braid the piece of hair on the same side you removed the section. Continue braiding.

5. Once you have braided about 2cm more section out another small piece from the opposite side to last time. Once again clip out of your way and continue on. Repeat this until you reach the end. Removing a small section from alternation sides on regular intervals. You will find as you get past the halfway point of the braid you probably can’t clip them into the same clip anymore, at this point I either use another clip or use my mouth (its like a 3rd hand right?!). Secure with a small elastic at the end.

6. Very VERY carefully cut the elastic at the top of the hair. You might need to do a little adjusting at this point, you can always use an extra bobby pin or two to get things sitting just how you want them.

7. Now is your chance to stretch out your braid. Unclip the sections and let them hang loose. work your way up and down your braid pulling and stretching it out until you are happy with the shape and size.

8. Now its time to make the top braid. If your section of hair isn’t quite where you want the small braid to start (right in the middle of the fishtail) simply pull it through the fishtail braid to create a new starting spot. Now braid down the section until you reach the first section of loose hair, you want to divide this new section of hair into 3 and add it to the 3 strands you are currently braiding with. It’s important to divide the new section evenly and not just add it to one section to avoid the braid being pulled in a zig-zag manner.

9. Continue braiding until you reach the next loose section of hair. Once again divide the section evenly between your 3 strand and continue the braid. Repeat this each time you reach the next loose section. As you braid down it is important to keep your hands as close to the large fishtail braid as possible, this will give you a tighter and straighter end result.

10. Secure with an elastic and you’re done. You could also remove the elastic and merge the two braids together, braiding to the very end of the hair. 

I have been loving this braid lately, there are so many variations and once you get the hang of keeping the loose strands of hair out of your way it is a fairly quick and easy hairstyle. To change it up simply use different types of braids, like a fishtail on top of a 3 strand braid or a rope (twist) on top of a braid. 

Here are a few of my variations 

double braid hairstyle

I hope you love this braid as much as I do and if you give it a go I would love to see.

 

What / Where : Easter

what/where: Easter outfit
earrings | dress | bag | shoes

It has been a while since my last instalment in the what/where series, but its back and here to stay. And what better time than to get back into it that with easter inspired outfits. If you have a suggestion for my next what/where outfit then let me know.

A Touch of Art

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