30 December 2011

oatmeal cranberry cookies

You're about to witness a rare sight: Chelle in the kitchen! I will be the first to admit that I'm not the most domestic person, but I'm slowly learning how to cook meals and bake desserts. Personally, I have taken a liking to baking, probably due to my sweet tooth. Each year around Christmas I attempt to make these delicious oatmeal cranberry cookies (with a secret ingredient of white chocolate chips!). They turned out the best ever this year, and they're a huge hit in my family! Crisp and golden on the outside, yet soft and delicious on the inside, these babies are worth the extra calories as a perfect after-dinner treat. Give them a try, you won't regret it! You can find the recipe I use here at food.com

Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

A few of my own tricks: Use a pinch of extra cinnamon, add in an extra egg yolk, and soak the dried cranberries in hot water for 10 mins and strain before folding them into your dough. Mm, delicious!

29 December 2011

wind, rain & fire red

Coat, Banana Republic [Similar] | Blouse, H&M | Purse, Aldo
Jeans, J Brand | Booties, Nine West | Necklace, H&M

I definitely paid the price of living in Vancouver yesterday! It was a rainy, windy, miserable day. And, being the blogger that I am, what did I do? I decided to venture out, umbrella in hand, and snap a few shots in the pouring rain. I will admit... It was kind of fun! Despite my hair being ruined, my heels being soaked, and my photographer boyfriend grumbling about the broken umbrella I gave him (what a baby!), I couldn't stop laughing. I think it's so great when this blog pushes me to do crazy things that I would otherwise refuse. And did I mention how much I love this coat? It is safe to say that the red wool brightened the gloominess of my day. And it's perfect for the holiday season! Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!

Photography by Andrew Cho

27 December 2011

let your heart be light

Merry Christmas everyone! 

Wishing you all so much joy and happiness throughout the holiday season. I was so blessed this year, as I am every year – there are so many generous hearts in my life, it amazes me that I get to call them my family and friends. Between turkey dinners, Christmas parties, coffee dates with friends, last minute shopping trips, and listening to Michael Bublé's album on repeat, I found any excuse I could to wear my red wool coat, slip on my red patent heels, and apply a glossy coat of MAC 'Russian Red' lipstick. And who can forget holiday traditions? Making a gingerbread house, drinking rum and eggnog, watching Love Actually, the Stanley Park train, opening new pajama's on Christmas Eve, a mandarin orange in the foot of my stocking, leaving milk and cookies out for Santa... It is safe to say that this has been the best Christmas, ever. Happy holidays to you and yours!

My family's huge, beautiful ornament-filled tree

Gorgeous Danier gloves c/o Andrew & a faux fur Aldo clutch

My new baby - Canon dSLR EOS Rebel T3i

All wrapped up, red and sparkly

Homemade cards for my loved ones this year

22 December 2011

welcome to my insta-life

I thought I'd share with you all what I've been up to these past weeks! I know, I know, I've been MIA. I haven't had a lot of time to take outfit photos because of school and the craziness of the holiday season, but I have snapped quick pictures on my iPhone4 and posted them on one of my favourite apps, Instagram. From early mornings, late nights, holiday parties, Redbull Thre3Style, cozy outfits, shopping trips, endless amounts of Starbucks, putting up the tree, and a weirdly amazing puppet show by Ronnie Burkett, I've been a busy, busy bee. I'll promise you though, more of my personal style will be coming up shortly! Have a wonderful Thursday everyone! Ps. Only 3 more sleeps!

20 December 2011

tis the season to DIY

With my finals all finished and my friends home for the holidays, I've finally found some time to relax. And does it ever feel good to just breathe. Well, sort of! Isn't it true that life never stops? I've been going to Christmas parties, out with friends, last minute shopping trips... But it's been so great to give my brain a rest from school for a while. And I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season to the fullest! Since I'm a student and jobless at the moment, I've been cutting costs wherever possible. The perfect way to do Christmas-on-a-budget is with holiday DIY's! These are five of my favourites. So simple, so easy, and inexpensive! How can you go wrong? Get out there and be crafty! And let me know of any of your favourite DIY projects, too!

1. Cards & Envelopes, Sweet Tidings
2. Shiny Gift Wrapping, Hey Look on 100 Layer Cake
3. Gold Ornament Garland, Apartment Therapy
4. Holiday Gift Tags, Love Obsess Inspire
5. Pinecone Ornaments, Hey Look

01 December 2011

let the rain fall down

I live in Raincouver, and it rains. A lot. Luckily, this gives me the chance to purchase numerous trench coats, umbrellas, and rain boots, and they're all justified by our rain-filled culture. On my wish list this Christmas are the 'graphite' Hunter boots, but for now I've been sporting a cute plaid pair to splash through the puddles. Rubber boots are especially great for when your University is on a mountain, like mine is (why they thought this was a brilliant idea, I will never understand)! Speaking of school... It's that wonderful time of year again. 6am study sessions, 15-page papers, no time to socialize, sleep, or eat. Or breathe. Two more weeks and I'm free! Good luck to all the students out there!

Jacket, 2xpose | Dress, H&M | Scarf, Barefoot Contessa
Umbrella and gray socks, Zara | Boots, Sterling

 Photography by Andrew Cho