25 March 2014

gluten-free vegan waffles


Today is International Waffle Day and I decided to whip up the easiest, quickest, most delicious vegan gluten-free waffles in the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but at least in Vancouver. Seriously these waffles are amazing. Five ingredients, two minutes. Done and done. Yes, I'm not kidding!

The texture is crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and the oatmeal adds a bit of a crunch. They definitely have a different consistency than a batter that includes eggs, flour, and sugar. But, in all honesty, for a healthy, vegan, flourless waffle around 65 calories each, they are so, so good. Leftovers? Pop them in the toaster and they crisp up perfectly the next day. You're welcome! xo


Ingredients:
1 c. Oatmeal
1 c. Almond milk
1 tbsp. Almond butter
1 Banana
Cinnamon to taste

Throw everything into a bowl, and blend! Pour into your heated waffle iron. Makes about 5 waffles. I served mine with a drizzle of agave nectar topped with sliced bananas and blueberries.


24 March 2014

dash of leopard


I thought about it the other day, and I have had this leopard printed blouse for over five years. It's faded a bit, and has a small rip at the seam, but I still have kept it after all this time. It's just a simple H&M top, but it got me thinking about longevity. How many pieces in my closet have I kept for years? I love buying items on trend, but at the same time I've been more conscious about my purchasing habits and gravitating towards neutrals and classic pieces. Something that I'll still love in five years, or be happy to donate instead of just throw away. In the words of Vivienne Westwood, buy less and choose well. Have a lovely Monday everyone. xo

White jeans // Black Orchid Denim via Muse Fashion
Leopard blouse and trench // H&M
Heels and bag // BCBG
Lipstick 'Russian Red' // MAC
Thanks to Marissa for the photos!

21 March 2014

spring transition


After being housebound by a bad cold last week, I am 100% embracing the beauty of Spring right now. Vancouver, you have sure delivered. I love waking up to sunshine and wearing a light jacket during the day instead of my heavy outerwear. Sunnies on, sunroof open, music turned up. There is nothing better! It's also so nice to just layer a sweater (like this style from Lady Dutch) over a blouse for a relaxed-yet-put-together look. Perfect for a day of meetings or lunch with a girlfriend. I threw on my favourite red heels, a swipe of lipstick, and called it a day. Happy Spring everyone! xo

Chelle Morgan wearing BCBGMaxazria, Target, and Lady Dutch on Discovering Elegance
Chelle Morgan wearing BCBGMaxazria, Target, and Lady Dutch on Discovering Elegance
Sweater // Lady Dutch from Little White House & Co
Leather tights + clutch (similar in burgundy) // BCBGMaxazria
Red heels // Target
Sunnies // H&M
Chelle Morgan wearing BCBGMaxazria, Target, and Lady Dutch on Discovering Elegance
Chelle Morgan wearing BCBGMaxazria, Target, and Lady Dutch on Discovering Elegance
Chelle Morgan wearing BCBGMaxazria, Target, and Lady Dutch on Discovering Elegance
Photography by the lovely Laura from Bundled Blog!

14 March 2014

week at a glance


I am sitting here writing this blog post, wondering how in the world it is already Friday! Weeks go by like a blur lately and everything (I mean everything) is happening to me all. At. Once. Which, by all accounts, is completely okay. I feel like life never gives you more than you can handle. So here is my week at a glance (more like the past two weeks-ish, if we're being technical) and looking back at these photos makes me smile. Like visiting Wishlist Boutique and admiring this garland made by Confetti and Co. shown above. Simple moments are taken for granted too often. Have a lovely weekend everyone. xo

Quick lipstick application in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Delicious afternoon tea at Truffles Cafe in Van Dusen Gardens
Beautiful red roses from my sweetheart
One of my favourite rooibos tea blends from Davids Tea (and the perfect heart mug)
Surprising life update: I'm moving to Gastown! More on that later. xo

06 March 2014

la vie parisienne

Photo of Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang & Style by Rhianna Jones

Oh, how I dream of Paris. With the buzz of Paris Fashion Week and my own adoration for the City of Light, this beautiful city has been on my mind constantly. I visited about 7 years ago, and I have been on a mission to go back someday soon. Paris, in all it's hyped beauty, was exactly what I expected. Cobblestoned streets, drinking espresso in cafes, stopping for crepes after a day of shopping. And I was in awe of the French Woman, effortlessly fashionable and unassuming. She truly had that je ne sais quoi that we always hear about. How do they do it?!

Photo of Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang and Style by Rhianna Jones

When I go back to Paris again and enter la vie Parisienne, I'll be so happy to have this adorably chic phrase book that also acts as a guide to the stylish vibe of the city. After flipping through Parisienne French: Chic Phases, Slang & Style by the lovely Rhianna Jones, I realized right away I had found a hidden gem. Perfect for those of us who have a basic understanding of the French language but want to sound a little more sophisticated en français. This little book covers everything from how to tell your girlfriend about the most amazing pair of heels you just bought, to expressing your artistic views at the Musée d’Orsay, to chatting up that French hottie at the bar.

C'est parfait, non? Navigate the streets and social scene of Paris with Parisienne French, and even if you can't make it to the City of Light, it's always acceptable to dream.

Photo of Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang and Style by Rhianna Jones
Photo of Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang and Style by Rhianna Jones

Provided by Ulysses Press