17 January 2014

heart and soul

It's Friday (finally!) and I'm driving up to the Okanagan to visit my family before I leave for the east coast again. I'm really looking forward to a weekend of good food, red wine, and curling up with a new book to read. One of my resolutions is to take the time (which really is the biggest challenge of all) to immerse myself in a book and get lost in the pages for a while. Sometimes it helps to disconnect from social media, blogs, and the buzz of television. Hopefully it'll be good for the heart & soul :) Happy weekend friends! xo

{ Outfit Details }
Sweater, Old Navy (similar)
Wool coat, Banana Republic (similar)
Jeggings, Hue
'Selma' Studded Clutch, Michael Kors

Photos by the lovely Laura from Bundled Blog  Check her out!

16 January 2014

sweet and spicy roasted chickpeas

I'm going to come right out and say it: I have a mild obsession with hummus (as much as this Buzzfeed article). I eat it with veggies, rice crackers, on a sandwich, anything. So when I heard about roasted chickpeas, I had to try. These are seriously delicious and highly addictive, all rolled into one gluten free, vegan snack. Can't say I didn't warn you.

I tried this recipe two ways  I roasted some already tossed in spices, and some plain (adding the mix after). Personally, I prefer to season beforehand. The spicy ones I would eat alone like popcorn and the sweet ones I would add to a salad or a quinoa dish. Eat them as soon as they are out of the oven or let them cool to room temp. I doubt they will last you the day! I promise you will fall in love. Happy Thursday! xo

Recipe inspired by Wholly Kao and Sweet Dreaming

1-2 cans Organic BPA-free Garbanzo Beans/Chickpeas

Spicy mix:
1 tbsp. Avocado oil
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Sweet mix:
1 tbsp. Agave nectar
1 tsp. Cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2) Rinse off chickpeas to get rid of the starch. Lay on paper towel and dry thoroughly. Throw away any shells (I rubbed mine gently with paper towel to loosen the shells)
2) Coat chickpeas with seasoning and spread onto cookie sheet with parchment paper.
4) Bake for 30 minutes (I tossed mine around to flip them a bit at 15 minutes). Enjoy!

09 January 2014

jq vancouver necklace giveaway

Outfit Details
Double Pendant Necklace // JQ Vancouver
Two-tone knit sweater // Muse Social Fashion House
'Harper' satchel // BCBGMaxazria

My first post of 2014 and I'm starting the year off with a gorgeous giveaway! I have become a fan and friend of the lovely ladies at Muse Social Fashion House, and one happens to make incredible jewellery. We've partnered up to give one lucky reader a silver double pendant necklace (just like the one I'm wearing!) Once only a gold girl, I've become a fan of mixing both silver and gold together in my everyday outfits. I love that this necklace is so unique and beautiful, handmade by the amazing Chelsey Andrews, the vision behind JQ Vancouver. You can read her story here and find her designs online & at Muse Social Fashion House. Good luck and happy Thursday! xo 

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