My Fall Essentials

With the cool weather slowly creeping in, I wanted to share today some of my fall essentials that will keep me cozy and warm either while out adventuring or while relaxing at home.

1) Native Apollo Rain Shoe – Being a Vancouverite, I know that I will be spending lots of time outdoors regardless of impending rain fall, so having a good pair of rain boots is KEY! I love the Native Shoes boots because they’re so incredibly light and comfortable, they’re easy to slip on and look super sleek. The perfect shoe to keep your feet dry.

2) Stance Hike Socks – Whether for hiking or to keep your feet warm while lounging at home, the Stance hike socks are the perfect blend of merino wool, polyester, cotton and nylon fibers that help keep your feet cool while also pulling moisture away faster. They also come in a cool variety of patterns!

3) Escents Squalane Enriching Body Oil – With colder weather comes dry skin, so I’ve been using this great new all-natural oil from Escents that contains Olive Squalane, Rose Hip Seed Oil and Carrot Seed Oil. It penetrates deep to hydrate without clogging pores and also reducing dark spots, improves skin tone, treats fine lines and wrinkles, just to name a few.

4) Saje Aromagem 2.0 Gold Diffuser – This diffuser is has become my go-to relaxation technique. The Saje diffuser is super easy to use and can mist for up to 4.5 hours. It is quiet and super energy efficient and can also be used as a humidifier. You can diffuse all of your favourite Saje 100% natural essential oils with it!

5) Brunette The Label Crew Sweater – Cozy sweaters are an absolute must for me in the fall. I recently discovered this awesome Vancouver brand called Brunette The Label. They’ve got super cute tees and oversized sweaters that have really simple writing on them. I am definitely fond of their new special “Redhead” collection!

6) Botanica Turmeric Golden Mylk – This is my absolute go-to fall drink. This organic Botanica ayurvedic beverage is comforting and also contains anti-inflammatory properties. The mylk is made from turmeric, coconut, ashwagandha and black pepper. There are no fillers or artificial ingredients. It mixes great with warm coconut or even almond milk!

What are your fall must-haves?

Hello Fall!

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Making the most of the time I have in Toronto before I leave for my next travel and life adventure. I’ve only got one month left so I intend on doing all of my favorite things in the city before I leave for a little while.

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Just a few days ago I was walking around in flip flops and shorts and in the last couple of days, fall showed up. I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet (didn’t it just fly by this year?) but I’m happy to be able to dress in some of my favorite warmer clothes again.

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Having a good pair of jeans is key for fall so you’ll be seeing me living in my new GUESS jeans all throughout the season. They’re perfect to run errands around the neighbourhood before I start packing for the big adventure.

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: GUESS Shape-Up Seamless Jeggings (get them here).

Fall Workout

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Photo credit: Nathalia Allen

Fall officially starts tomorrow. As it starts getting colder outside, it becomes increasingly hard to find motivation to stay active and work out. Luckily, one of the best trainers in Canada – Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, shares with us her favorite fall workout and tips on how to stay active.

What are your fall fitness recommendations?

I’m constantly setting new goals to stay motivated throughout the year and find that it’s the best way to kick off a new season. With the time changing and the sun setting earlier in the Fall, it can feel as if it is later in the day than it is and can make people more tired than usual. Getting into a routine of working out early will guarantee you aren’t missing workouts and you’re starting your day off with a sweat session. Try taking a morning NTC class or use the N+TC app to keep yourself motivated by creating your own 4-week program and finish your workouts anywhere at any time.

What is your favorite N+TC workout to make the transition from summer to fall?

When making the transition from Summer to Fall, I love to turn the heat up with high intensity training. Nike Master Trainer, Utah Lee created a killer “Cardio Hustle” workout on the N+TC app. Utah’s 30 minute  high intensity moves incorporate speed-based drills for an all-over body burn. With quick body rotations, power moves and stability work, you create lean muscle, improve reaction speed and build cardio. It’s one of my favourite N+TC workouts and I always finish feeling the burn!

What keeps you motivated to work out as the temperature drops?

When the weather changes, I love to update my wardrobe and this applies to my fitness pieces as well. One of the best ways for me to stay motivated is ensuring I have all the pieces needed for the results I want. Adding new pieces that are designed to keep you warm even in the coldest weather takes the excuses out of season. One of my favourite winter pieces this year is the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Women’s Training Vest. It’s designed for cold weather training to keep you warm without overheating. The Nike Sphere raised nodes provide warmth and comfort and the lightweight, breathable fabric allows you to have full range of motion for full body workouts. It has a durable, water-repellent finish to help with staying dry. Go out and brave the winter in style with its asymmetrical zipper and overall sleek design.

 

Smells Like Fall

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Fall is a special season for me. It’s a season that brings back so many memories, as early as childhood. Though I’ve always been a summer girl, fall has always had a unique place in my heart for several reasons.

As a kid, fall meant going back-to-school shopping with my mom. I loved getting a brand new wardrobe filled with comfy sweaters, coats, pants and a pair of brand new boots every year. My mom would always take us to the States to get the latest and greatest styles.

Fall reminds me of the many trips I made to Stowe, Vermont growing up to see the leaves change colors. We would always stay at this cute bed & breakfast that smelled like hot apple cider. The smell from that place has stayed with me to this day!

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Speaking of apples, each year as a kid we would go pick apples as a family on a farm and my mom would make amazing apple crisp and apple sauce that would disappear in a flash! That reminds me… I should definitely get that recipe from my mom one day. It’s so incredibly yummy!

As a kid, I would also love collecting different colored leaves and putting them into scrapbooks year after year.

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Another fall tradition growing up was partaking in my village’s annual Halloween costume contest. I was lucky to grow up with a grandma that knew how to sew. She would always make me the coolest costumes (can you believe it, I was Marie-Antoinette one year!) that allowed me to take home the first prize every year except one. And boy was I sad when I didn’t win that year…

As I’ve grown older, some of these traditions have faded away but have been replaced with new ones. One thing’s for sure, the smell of fall always brings back so many memories. Therefore, getting a Glade Wax Melt warmer for my home insures that the smells of fall not only surround me when I’m outdoors but also in my home. It makes my home feel really nice and “homey”. What’s neat about this cool-looking electric tabletop warming pottery dish is that it allows you to choose from so many different fragrances. The fragrances come in pressed wax cubes and the warmer is easy to clean, making it simple to go from one scent to another, depending on your mood or day. My favorite scent is without a doubt “Apple Cinnamon”, it reminds me so much of my childhood.

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 What do you love most about fall?  

 

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Beanie’s Back #DailyOutfit

Snow may not have hit Toronto yet but it’s definitely beanie weather again. I found this super cute knit beanie at H&M the other night and thought it’d be the perfect addition to my growing beanie collection. I used to think I looked silly with a beanie on but it’s definitely grown on me! Do you like beanies? Do you think it’s just a fad?

Speaking of H&M, how exciting is the new Isabel Marant x H&M collection that will be out on November 14th? Everyone’s been talking about it for the last couple of weeks. I saw tons of photos from the official launch in Paris last week and a bunch from the H&M collection preview last night in Toronto. Here are some of my fav looks from their ad campaign… These looks will be flying off the shelves in no time, mark my words!

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H&M black knit beanie (similar one here)

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Anine Bing boyfriend jeans (get them here)

Zara scoop neck white tee 

Modern Vice Camo Jetts (get them here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Verameat Sharktopus necklace (get it here)

Stella & Dot gold renegade cluster bracelet (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Lionette Joplin bracelet (similar one here)

This Week’s Pottage

A new week means a new pottage… at least that’s what it’s meant since we’ve been getting our Fresh City Farms baskets. This week’s pottage is my best one yet (that’s a good thing I guess since I’ve only ever made two 😛 Improvement is good!).

For this week’s pottage I used cabbage, green onions, cauliflower and beets. I never really measure anything when making pottage, I just eyeball it.

I let all the veggies boil in water for 20mins or so. I also added a cube of organic vegetable broth to add a bit of flavor as well as salt and pepper.

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Once everything has boiled, I blend everything up using my hand mixer. I also add a bit of almond milk, dijon mustard and my secret ingredient: maple syrup! Yup! Plus it’s from my family’s sugar shack, so there’s nothing better 🙂 I find that the maple syrup cuts the bitterness and the milk and dijon make the pottage more of a velvety texture.

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Et voilà! Bon appétit!

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Fall Pumpkin

Last week, two small pumpkins came in our Fresh City Farms bag and just like the concord grapes, I had never cooked anything with pumpkins before. Growing up, I saw my mom make pumpkin pie but had never really been interested in making anything with pumpkin because it always looked so complicated.

After looking at a few different recipes (thank god for Martha Stewart sometimes!), I got inspired to make my own pumpkin dishes.

The first recipe I made was a pumpkin, roasted garlic, beemster cheese, concord grape, tomato, avocado and cantaloupe salad. It really took no time to make. The only kind of preparation it took, was cutting up the pumpkin in small cubes and placing them on a cookie sheet. I drizzled a bit of cumin, maple syrup, olive oil and salt and pepper on them. I also added a few fresh garlic cloves on the cookie sheet to bake with the pumpkin. I cooked the pumpkin in the oven for 40mins at 350F, I kept adding water throughout so that the pumpkin didn’t dry up. When it got nice and mushy, I took it out of the oven and peeled off the skin.

For the dressing, I just mixed freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and dijon mustard. Contrary to what I was expecting, the pumpkin tasted really soft and sweet. It was delish!

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For the second pumpkin recipe, I made a pumpkin and tofu stir-fry with the left over pumpkin I cooked for the salad. I pan fried cubes of tofu, added pineapple pieces, garlic, pumpkin cubes as well as sweet and sour sauce. I cooked everything in the pan until nicely roasted and then placed it on a bed of fresh kale. I was also surprised by how amazing it tasted!

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With the leftover seeds I had from the pumpkin, I put them on a cookie sheet, drizzled a bit of olive oil on them and spices and baked them in the oven at 350F for 15-20mins. They were the perfect lunch snack for the next day!!

There you have it! Some quick and easy pumpkin recipes. What have you made with pumpkin this fall?

 

Asian Squash Recipe

The other night Offner came home with what he thought was pumpkin but turns out it was Asian Squash. I had never made anything with Asian squash or squash in general so I took it upon myself to find a way to make it.

I looked up a few recipes but ended up mixing a bunch of them together to create my own. Surprisingly, it turned out great!

Here’s what I did:

I pre-heated the oven at 350 degrees.

I cut up the squash in small 2 inch slices and put them on a baking sheet. I lightly drizzled 0live oil over them, added a bunch of different spices (salt, pepper, basil, oregano, thym) and also drizzle a bit of natural maple syrup (I put maple syrup in pretty much everything I make ;)) on top.

I then baked the squash for roughly 40mins, basically until they were soft.

Another super healthy snack idea or good vegetable to accompany any meal.

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Plaid & Black #DailyOutfit

Happy Friday everyone! So stoked on finally being home for the weekend! What are your plans for the weekend? Everyone’s talking about the Breaking Bad finale, I’m looking forward to the Homeland season 3 premier. Also thinking of hitting up a movie theatre this weekend, it’s been a while since I’ve gone to see a new release. Thinking of Don Jon or maybe Prisoners, have you seen either?

I think I officially have an obsession with plaid! Last weekend while in NYC, I bought another plaid item for my fall wardrobe. I saw this super cute plaid bomber jacket at Zara. I always find different items when I travel to the US or Europe Zara. Since I knew they probably didn’t have it back home, I had to get it! It’s perfect for layering under my leather jacket. I mixed that with my red fabric wedge boots from Zara that I got in the spring. I like adding pops of color with the basic black.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Zara red plaid bomber jacket (similar one here)

Uranium White Stripes tee (from the upcoming Fall 2013 collection)

American Apparel snakeskin leggings (similar ones here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Zara fabric wedge ankle boots (get them here)

Bold Mix #DailyOutfit

So excited to be going back to NYC in two days! AH!!

While I’m in NY this weekend, my friends at Uranium in Montreal will be doing their annual Fall Sample Sale. They’ve got lot’s of great clothes, jewellery and accessories! Make sure you stop by if you’re in the area to get 50% off as well as a bunch of goodies!

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Playing it bold for today’s look. Mixing my beetlejuice BlackMilk leggings with a plaid shirt! So stoked on my brand new Verameat “Sharktopus” necklace!

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Black Milk Clothing Beetle Juice leggings (get them here)

Zara gold stud plaid shirt (similar one here)

Zara scoop neck white tee 

Verameat Sharktopus necklace (get it here)

Lionette Joplin bracelet (similar one here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)