Going Back to the Basics!

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(love this vintage photo of our school mascot w/ everyone and their school spirit)

Sorry everyone for my lack of posts…I’ve spent the past month or so working out some quirks in my site and it’s been an absolute headache (It’s safe to say, I could never be in computer science).

Since the school year has started, everyone’s continuing to get ready (in more ways than one) to start the year off on a high note. I always enjoy stocking up on new materials, clothes and other miscellaneous items. This year, choosing a bookbag was the struggle.  I kid you not when I say that it took me two months to finally decide on a new bookbag!! I finally decided on this one from Everlane and I’m IN LOVE.

My indecisiveness aside, here are a couple of items that I have been eye-ing for those back-to-school needs!! I find that it’s always great to replenish necessary items like t-shirts (my favourite is the Sunny Tee, which comes in all sorts of colours), jeans (the BEST jeans are from Topshop and are fairly affordable, for good jeans, that is), and neutral sweaters (I like this one and this one, particularly). It’s also always good to get a new pair of fall boots before heading back to school! I opted for a classic black bootie, but of course there are tons of boots to choose from!

I’m also ALL about Swell water bottles and their fun patterns. They are also perfect for keeping drinks cold or hot, obviously! Win win! Finally, on the topic of school materials, agendas are my absolute favourite to shop for! I really like this one, because of it’s size, and this one.

Hope your year has kicked off to a great start!!!

 

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Berry Flavoured Milk.

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(Photo by: Yossy Arefi |Recipe on: A Cup of Jo)

So recently I came across an interesting recipe (I guess one would call it this) as I was perusing Joanna’s blog.

BERRY FLAVOURED MILK.

Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to have a nice cold chocolate or strawberry milk? Man, those were the days..now it’s just a nice glass of wine or cold pint of beer. Summer has a way of making people nostalgic, so why don’t you add to that trip down memory lane by making a homemade glass of blueberry, strawberry, or raspberry flavoured milk?! Genius I tell you, genius…and I don’t even like milk. They are also such pretty pastel colours!

You can find the recipe down below – it is from Joanna Goddard’s blog, photos and recipe by Yossy Arefi. Let me know if you like it!


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries or blueberries
3 to 6 tbsp mild honey, agave or maple syrup
1 tbsp water
Splash of vanilla extract (optional)
Milk of choice

Combine your choice of strawberries or blueberries, 3 tablespoons sweetener and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the berries are soft and the juices have thickened, about 10-15 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and press on the solids to remove as much syrup as possible. Stir in the vanilla extract, and add more sweetener if desired. Cool completely then chill thoroughly.

Stir 1/4 cup fruit mixture with 1 cup milk and serve.


 

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How to Bring a Place Back Home With You

We all know that feeling after coming home from a trip abroad, where you begin to crave those tastes that you experienced while on vacation. Not to fret, chefs galore have created recipes for every taste, which aim to accomplish this travel envy. After having been in Asia for a few weeks, I will be wanting to re-create the soy and sesame tastes that I experienced while away. Here is a healthy, Asian-inspired kale salad recipe to satisfy all of those cravings, thanks to Cookie and Kate!

P.s. I like to keep my Kale whole, so that is definitely an option. Just follow the recipe as instructed, without the chopping portion. I recommend adding a protein like a marinated salmon filet or chicken breast on top, which will keep you full for longer!

Salad Portion:

  • 1 bunch kale (preferably lacinato/Tuscan/dinosaur kale but regular curly kale works, too)
  • fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped snow peas (slice off tough ends first)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and ribboned with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 heaping cup organic edamame (if using frozen edamame, defrost by tossing into a pot of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes)
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced into small chunks
  • 1 large shallot, finely sliced
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • handful Thai basil (or regular basil), chopped

Sesame Dressing:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled, minced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

(From Live Earth Farm)

Much love,

Lily

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Wanderlust – How to Prepare For a Trip Abroad

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As school comes to a close and summer begins, students around Canada (and the world) are jetting off to foreign lands. I have about a dozen friends who have asked me multiple times “what should I bring?” and “how should I pack for my trip to ___?” Lucky for me, I am too, jetting off to the other side of the world, and have begun to prepare for my trip abroad. Here are a few things that I’ve learned as a (somewhat) seasoned traveller.

1. Bring wardrobe staples.

It may sound obvious, but bringing a few versatile wardrobe staples that can be mixed and matched can help you to assemble an effortlessly chic outfit that looks like it took ages to put together (in reality, it probably took you a total of five minutes). Some wardrobe staples that one could bring, depending on the weather, include a white or black cotton t-shirt (Club Monaco’s basic tees are the comfiest and super light and airy), a chambray shirt (which I often use as a beach cover-up on vacations), a pair of medium-dark wash jeans (so they can be dressed up or down), a light Breton shirt and white tennis shoes (which are so versatile).

One of my new favourites that I will be bringing along with me to China, is this Club Monaco tank top — it’s somewhat pricey, but it’s super soft and if you’re a student, you can take advantage of Club Monaco’s 25% off deal if you show your student card!

Also on a side note, don’t forget to pack your PJs (somehow my mother and I always forget this essential travel piece).

2. Pack by “outfit” and not by “piece”.

When I was younger, I used to think that it was best to pack in a way where I brought all of pieces of my wardrobe that I loved most. Low and behold, this technique often led to me over-packing.

As I’ve gotten older and travelled more, I have realized that the most effective way to pack is by outfit, meaning that you plan your outfits ahead of time. Not only does this limit the articles of clothing that you bring (particularly tops, I find), it also helps you to narrow down your daytime and nighttime shoes (the pieces that end up sending your bag way over the desired weight limit). Try to think about the pieces that you wear often, rather than the pieces that are “perfect” for the trip but that you have actually never worn (don’t try to pretend you’ve never fallen into this trap, I know we all have).

3. Lay out your outfit, all of your necessary toiletries, chargers and travel documents the night before.

ALSO give yourself more time than you think you need to get ready. This will help you feel less overwhelmed the next day when you’re trying to round up all of the odds and ends that you needed the night before. It will also limit the things you could possibly leave behind in a frazzled haze.

4. Pack snacks.

I never go on a plane without a few snacks, even flights that are only a few hours. You end up spending way less money, and you can often clear your fridge and cabinets of those foods that you forgot about that may go stale or bad before you get back.

5. Bring an extra charger.

I carry all of my chargers in my carry-on because I am always needing a charge. Sometimes I get caught in a pinch and need to charge my phone on the go. That’s where my trusty portable charger comes in — it’s saved my life more times than I can count.

6. Bring an extra sweater, cardigan, or scarf in your carry-on.

I am someone who has poor circulation and is always cold, therefore I need to pack accordingly. I always keep an extra cardigan or pashmina in my carry-on bag, as planes often tend to be chilly, and there’s nothing worse than being cold and unable to get comfy.

7. Have a “carry-on kit”.

I know that a bunch of my girlfriends carry their makeup bags in their carry-ons when they fly. Personally, I hate having to go through my makeup bag ensuring that I’m not carrying anything sharp (but ok seriously, how could you possibly injure someone with a pair of tweezers). Instead, I take a little cosmetics bag and fill it with essentials (generally those which make me feel particularly pampered).

My essentials tend to consist of hand sanitizer (and sometimes wipes), all of my good jewelry (because you wouldn’t want to lose that in your checked bag), hand lotion, my favourite chapstick, a rollerball perfume, a hair tie and a couple of bobby pins, a few lipsticks (to help me feel extra pretty), concealer, Abreva (you don’t want to be stuck at an altitude of 39,000 ft. with a cold sore coming on and no Abreva) and FACE MIST (the Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe herbs and rosewater is my favourite).

I also don’t get on a flight, especially a long one, without some kind of eye mask (you will thank me, and yourself later when you’ve gotten sleep, despite your neighbour’s bright reading light).

8. Keep all of your travel documents in one place.

This will come in handy when you are rushing through the airport trying to make your flight. If you don’t get your boarding pass sent electronically, make sure you keep it with your passport (this will make it much easier when airport officials ask for your ID and boarding pass). For years I have used a Hudson’s Bay passport case, where I keep my passport and often fold my boarding pass into.

And with that, I hope you all are a little bit less stressed after reading this, as you prepare for you trip!

Much love,

Lily

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Currently Coveting – New Series!

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With the change of season, I have been inspired to start a new series. That way, you not only have something to look forward to, but you also know what to expect from the blog on a more regular basis! The “Currently Coveting” series will cover anything (fashion, lifestyle, food, etc. related) that I have been lusting after in the past weeks! Without further ado, here are some items that I have been eyeing this past month!

This off-the-shoulder dress will be perfect for the spring/summer!

These wedges are so pretty and feminine – I have a previous post on Soludos earlier on the blog.

I love this triangle box  and this catch-all dish for jewelry storage, as they’re functional yet aesthetically pleasing.

Absolutely love this scalloped one-piece for the summer! Although, definitely not financially friendly.

Been eyeing this book for ages now, it sounds awe-inspiring.

A casual, but flirty dress for those laid-back summer days!

This vinyl that transports you back in time, this one that has an eerie yet beautiful sound, and one that I could play for hours on end. Enough said.

This vinyl player – I need a new one in Kingston because unfortunately, mine is too large to transport!

While we’re on the topic of music, I have been OBSESSED with this song.

My chambray shirt  that has been oh so good to me for 6 years is finally starting to fall apart.

This pretty little wishbone necklace – I love both the sterling silver and the gold!

Keep an eye out for more from the Currently Coveting series!

Much love,

Lily

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