Sunnies & A Giveaway!

It's finally feeling like the spring is on its way. Today for the first time, I did not have to bundle up and wear my gloves, or cover my ears. I think the sunshine and blue skies are finally here to stay. Which means its time to pull out the sunnies and get ready to take on those bright and beautiful mornings.

I of course went shopping online and found two styles that I am coveting the following two styles from Smartbuyglasses I'm really drawn to the Persol Sunglasses shape, and their Aviator Sunglasses.

I could really use your help in choosing a style. Which ones do you prefer? 

And that's not all! I've paired up with Amber at My Three Bittles.With an absolutely amazing Giveaway. 
This was a go big or go home giveaway and consists of:
$100 Target gift card.
$75 Amazon gift card.
$50 Forever 21 gift card.
$25 Starbucks gift card.
$25 Paypal cash.

There are so many ways to enter just follow the instructions below! The winner will be announced on April 1st! so stay tuned!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Solids & Stripes

Its a few days shy of spring and I was looking forward to retiring some of the darker colours in favour of pastels, lace and mint. Instead, I woke to a rude awakening: snow! And..10 CM of it... I had just tucked away my winter boots, in favour of the more flimsy variety but sadly they had to be pulled out again…that and my winter gear in all its Michelin tire splendour… – not that I am bitter or anything.

What I am Wearing:
Jeans: H&M
Top: Zara
Heels: DKNYC (My fave go to!)
Jewellery: Necklace, Ring and Bangle: COACH

Pear and Pecorino Pasta with Avocado "Cream" Pesto

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I have a weakness for pasta. I don't eat it very often but when I do, I feel guilty from the rich laden cream sauces I am drawn to.I was super excited that at a dinner party I hosted, my guests were open to trying something new, tasty and raw too! This recipe is perfect for those of you hosting a green St. Paddy's Day themed dinner without too many of the calories consumed by other green tinged things (i.e beer)!

Pre-dinner snacks (olive tempanade with veggies)

We made a creamy Avocado sauce for our delicious Pear and Pecorino (Italian Cheese) Ravioli.
What you will need:
1-2 Medium Avocados 
1 bunch fresh Basil
1/2 tsp of Garlic
Fresh Lemon Juice to Taste
Salt and Pepper
Put it all in a blender until smooth and Voila! Your creamy, avocado pesto is ready for cooked pasta.By the way, I got this amazing pasta from Costco.
Creamy Avocado Pesto Plated on Pasta (also Our "Garlic Bread Cheese was Lactose Friendly - we used Daiya cheese - made from Coconut)
add a few fresh slices of pear to finish off your plating!
Are you willing to try new things?

Cozy Knits for Cold Days

I have been on the hunt for a great cozy sweater to keep me warm on those blisteringly cold days. The one that looks effortless, fits like a glove, but wont break the bank. I found this gem at Garage clothing. On the days I did not feel like getting dressed up (which can be many in the dreary bleak cold), I lived in this sweater. I loved it so much that I bought it in a deep charcoal grey. 

Have you bought the same item more than once if you’ve loved the fit?

What I am Wearing:
Sweater: Garage
Jeggings: Garage
Beanie: Gifted  
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Belated Anniversary

Honestly…I am not even sure how it happened…but A Fine Balance’s anniversary came and went over a month ago. I blame it on the lack of sunshine, taking pictures in -20C weather, and a boatload of craziness. AFB is officially 2 years old. And while it is still going through some growing pains, I’d have to say its coming along just fine. Thanks for all your support : ) looking forward to a crazy and fun 2013.

What I am Wearing:
Jacket: Canada Goose
Scarf: Christmas Gift
Boots:  Sorrel (so sad they were "permanently borrowed" from a stranger at the gym...
Leg Warmers: H&M
Top: Dress from Banana Republic (Factory)
Skirt: BB Dakota (Friend of a friends)
Pearls: Aldo
Gloves: Coach
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