Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kale & Chic Pea Salad

January means most people try to go back to eating a more balanced diet It can get difficult to find new recipes, that are quick, easy, healthy and tasty. The following salad takes 15 minutes to make and has very few ingredients. I dare you to try it. 

One bunch Kale (washed and chopped)
1/2 fresh lemon
1.5 cups cooked chic peas
1 cup cooked lentils 
1 tbsb Spicy mustard or mustard of your choice 
Salt and Pepper to taste 
Take your kale, wash, pat dry and chop.
Line baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with pam/or other cooking spray.
Lay kale flat on a cookie sheet.
Add salt and pepper to taste and squeeze fresh lemon over. 
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
Kale will be crispy around the edges but may also look slightly wilted if you havent removed all the water.
Lentils and Chic Peas:
You can use canned chic peas and lentils to save time, but I soaked the night before and boiled on the stove top prior to making the the Salad.
  1. While the kale is baking, Take your cooked lentils and chic peas and combine in a pot. 
  2. Add 1 tbsp of spicy mustard of your choice. I used Provençal. warm the chic peas and lentil over low to medium heat and stir in the  mustard until the lentils and chic peas are coated. 3-5 minutes.
You'll even have time to wash the cutting board and put away dishes while the kale is still baking.
Et Voila! 

Do you have easy Kale recipes that you use for lunches and dinners? 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Make Up Forever: Black Liner Review

There are are a few must have staples in my makeup bag. I absolutely cannot live without concealer, chap stick, mascara and eyeliner. I wear it every day.  I was more than thrilled to have received a sample of Make Up For Ever’s Ink Liner to try.
The Ink Liner is super light and to my surprise, extremely easy to use. Over the years I have usually relied on a pencil for eyeliner, but this definitely gave me more of a polished and bold look.
What's nice about the brush is that you can go from ultra-fine to graphically bold, and everything in between.  It creates an intense, super-matte and quick drying line. and it stayed on all day. the only weird thing was the initial feeling/sensation of something wet on your eye drying.
Applied the liner for day use. stayed on and did not budge after 12 hours - yup this is post work day!
While the rest of my makeup looked blah by end of day (this is at 10 PM), the liner held on strong after full day at work and even at the gym. I would highly recommend trying the Ink Liner if you're looking to try something new. It is now availabe at Sephora for $27.
What do you think? would you try it?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stripes & Solids Take 2

Every once in a while, I have an inspiration block (i.e. when "winter is coming"). The last few months have been no exception. I've been on permanent defrost since mid-October. Though I have some great holiday inspired outfits, I needed to "feel" warm again. Enter fall throwback. I took these pictures back in October and finally felt a calling to post them, I mean how cute is that elephant necklace?
What inspires you when the weather wont cooperate?
What I am Wearing
Blouse: Dynamite (now ships to the U.S.)
Jeggings: Dynamite
Necklace: Gifted
Purse: Coach
Shoes: Tory Burch Wedges

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Little Black Dress

Say hello to my favourite closet staple. This little black dress. You may remember seeing it here, back 2012. Honestly, it never fails. Whether it is to brighten my mood after a ho-hum week, a mediocre dinner at the new spot in town, a failed attempt at making a new dish, this LBD is better than a pint of Ben and Jerry's. And that says a lot.

What I am Wearing: 
Dress: United Color of Benetton
Jewellery: Necklace and Earrings - New York City Street Bazaar
Shoes: Tory Burch

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tweed Trend

Tweed has come a long way from the days of the English countryside, to the catwalk.  Most fashion houses at one point or another have featured tweed in their collections. This year is no different.  Dolce & Gabbana's "Tweed is Chic" Fall/Winter 2014 collection is absolutely stunning.  Feminine silhouettes with modern touches.
And while I can only covet D&G from afar, the tweed trend has made its way into to affordable consumerism...yes. there. I said it.
What I am Wearing:
Dress: H&M
Blazer: H&M
Shoes: Tory Burch
Necklace: Gifted - from Turkey
Earrings: Gifted - from Turkey 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara Review

I have been on the hunt for the perfect mascara for a long time. A VERY long time. I’ve tried everything from DIORSHOW Blackout, to Benefit, to Clinique, to Sephora, to MAC. I’ve even tried out the drugstore brands like Rimmel, Revlon, and Cover Girl. Every time, there has been something that I have been disappointed with when in comes to a staple in my makeup routine – too clumpy, too flaky, does not provide volume, does not lengthen…I was skeptical when I received Lancome’s new Mascara to try and review.It is available to purchase at Sephora for $35.00 CAD

Lancôme ’s new Grandiose Mascara includes a very interesting and intuitive brush which they have termed the “Swan Neck™ Wand” It’s claim to fame - exceptional length, lift, and volume to all lashes. The curve of the wand mixes the mascara with each twist open, allowing for formula that stays fresh longer. I have to say, I am quite impressed with the brush, super easy to apply!
Rather than create an extremely dramatic look, I applied only one coat of the mascara, something that I would do for everyday use in the office.
Before application of Grandiose Mascara
I have to say I am quite impressed with the amount of coverage the Mascara provided. 
PROS: It did make my lashes look thicker, longer and fuller. I also noticed that it did not create any clumps. 
CONS: While Lancôme Grandiose Mascara boasts no flaking, 12 hours later, it was definitely visible, though significantly better than some of the higher end brands that i have tried (namely DiorShow).
After application of Grandiose Mascara
Overall, I would give this a 4.5 out of 5 and would definitely repurchase.

Have you tried Lancôme Grandiose Mascara?


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