Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween

You know what? Pumpkins have it bad.  Call me crazy but how would you like to be brought into this world only to be taken from your cozy little spot in the dirt with all your little pumpkin friends and family and brought into a strange home to be gutted and carved and placed on some doorstep with a burning fire inside of you?  Then watch as some crazy, scary characters stomp around you all night collecting handfuls of gross , processed, icky candy.  And finally, thrown in the trash with a surgically enhanced face and and *sigh* entirely hollow to just rot away.  Now you get me? 
This year, I decided to treat my pumpkins with some dignity and respect.  My pumpkins got dressed up and glammed up and displayed on a cart full of champs and booze and beside charming coffee table books, a delicious candle and pretty fall floral. I dressed my pumpkins in gold glitter and paint.    
My glitzy pumpkins where on display throughout the house; on the table, bar cart, coffee table, and windowsills and everyone got to see them in all their glory.  
The best part is, my pumpkins will not go in the trash.  They will be baked into delicious, soft cookies to savour and enjoy.  
Sadly we never have any kids visit our house on halloween because the houses are spaced too far apart.  So, our halloween will consist of some popcorn, pumpkin beer and season 5 of Sons of Anarchy while cuddling up with our little bumble bee. 

Happy Halloween!  








White mini pumpkins, gold spray paint, modge podge and gold glitter is all you need to glam up some basic pumpkins.  


























                                              This little bumble bee needs a serious haircut







Love, 
Em xox




Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Garbage Vegan Banana Bread

Umm garbage? By garbage I mean the leftover pulp from juicing.  You know, the fibrous and nutrient dense stuff that gets kicked out the other end and normally thrown in the garbage after you've just juiced all your fruits and veggies. Well that garbage was a pot of gold in this banana bread recipe.  I am not a practicing vegan and I don't pretend to be one, however, this bread is pretty damn good.  The original recipe was adapted from an awesome book that I came across while studying to become a yoga instructor.  Enlightened Eating by Caroline Dupont is a wonderfully written book that shares how to nourish the mind and body with the food we eat.  I have made quite a few of her recipes and they have always turned out beautifully. I definitely recommend this book even if you are not following any specific diet or yoga practice.  Realistically, wherever you are in your life, there is always room for nourishing, feel-good food no matter how you classify it. 
I've done quite a few juice cleanses in my time, and I always aim incorporate at least one juice or smoothie on a daily basis while I'm not cleansing.  This juice I made on sunday is one of my absolute favorites and usually takes me right to the end of the week on one batch.  
First things first, you need the pulp before you can bake.  

Juice recipe 
- 1 large bundle of kale
- 1 box of spinach
- 3 oranges (peeled)
- 1 whole pineapple (sliced and peeled)   

Juice all the ingredients up and keep the left over pulp. Refrigerate the juice and stir before serving 

Banana Bread recipe 
-1/2 cup milk (almond, soy, or whatever you have)
-6 tbsp coconut oil
-6 tbsp maple syrup
-about 5 brown bananas
-2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat if you don't have/want spelt flour)
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 tbsp flax or chia seeds
-1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 
-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
-3/4 cup dark chocolate bits (so totally NOT optional)
-1 1/2- 2 cups of pulp

Preheat oven to 350F
Oil your baking dish
Put the milk, oil, maple syrup, bananas, and pulp in a blender and blend until smooth.  You will have a lot of kale and spinach in the pulp mix, so dig around for some orange and pineapple pulp as well.  
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Add blended mixture to dry ingredients without over mixing.
Add nuts, seeds and chocolate. 
Pour into baking dish and bake for roughly 30-35 min or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Yes, you're bread will be green but get over it, the taste is masked by the bananas. And frankly, the fibre and nutrients that are baked into it are completely worth the Shrek-like appearance.  
If you're like my husband and completely tuned off by the green-ness of this bread, either add cocoa powder to mask it, or make your juice without kale and spinach.  Instead try carrots, cucumber, or celery. 

Serve warm with natural peanut butter or just devour it on it's own.  

Enjoy!









Love,
Em xox 







Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Spiked Caramel Apple Cider

Oh my apples, have I got a drink for you.  In keeping with my apple themed recipes, I offer you the most perfect cozy, fall drink.  A few months ago, I picked up Smirnoff's kissed caramel flavoured vodka.  Why? because I love caramel.  Well, it sat on my bar cart for months because I couldn't think of what to mix it with.  Fast forward to this past weekend - caramel...apples...jackpot!!  
I went back to the apple orchard and got a container of apple cider to make what ended up being one of my new favourite warm your belly drinks.  

Here's what you need:

- Caramel flavoured vodka 
- Fresh natural Apple cider
- Cloves
- cinnamon 
- nutmeg
- apple


Here's what to do:

In a small sauce pan heat apple cider on low.  Add the cloves and cinnamon stick with a dash of ground nutmeg.  Chop up a few slices of apple into small pieces and add to the mixture.  Cover and let simmer for a good 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and add your desired amount of vodka..no judgement here :)

If you're serving for guests, rim the mugs with sugar.  I don't need or want the extra sugar so I just serve it up in a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.  

You'll notice my mug is missing the marinated apples.  They actually never made it out of the pot, I ate them before I could photograph the end result.  Hey, I said no judgement, ok? 

If you would like a more classic twist on this, add a splash of bourbon along with the caramel vodka. 

Enjoy! 
                   







Love, 
Em xox

Friday, 18 October 2013

Crazy for Cobalt

Anyone else as crazy about this gorgeous shade of blue as I am? I'm on a hunt for everything cobalt and my next piece will be this coat.  I just love a nice pop of colour against a neutral.  
Quinn and I were headed out to meet some of our dearest friends for dinner so I pulled out these gorgeous vintage earrings that I actually wore on my wedding day (see here) I think they were just the icing on the cake with this outfit! I threw on these black coated jeans with a light flowy blouse and paired it with my favourite edgy, yet feminine rock studs (Thank you Valentino for making the best shoes on the planet!) These shoes are hands down the best shoes I've ever owned.  My husband says I say that about every pair, but I'm serious about these ones.  So versatile and so comfortable with a perfect heel.  I want them in every colour! I wonder if they come in cobalt...










Blouse - Babaton via Aritzia 
Pants - Zara (old)
Shoes - Valentino 
Bag - YSL 
Necklace and bracelet - Tiffany & co. 
earrings - Vintage 

Love, 
Em xox 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Roasted apple and butternut squash soup

Since I now have a boatload of apples, I've been racking my brain with what to do with them.  I decided to create a series of all things apples.  After all, October is national apple month!
I started with a favorite of mine, Butternut squash soup but with a twist.  Add roasted apples to the mix and you have yourself a top notch, sweet and savoury soup.  The best part about this soup, other than the fact that it's smooth, creamy, healthy and delicious, is that you're home will smell like fall!  The essence of freshly picked apples with cinnamon and nutmeg will linger in the air...Mmm..
This recipe is super easy too, and you can buy pre-cut squash if you don't want to tackle the slicing, dicing, pitting and peeling of the squash.















Recipe:

- 1 Butternut squash
- 3 apples + 1 thin slice (I used a variety of kinds)
- 2 tsp EVOO
- 1/2 an onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cups vegetable broth + more water depending on desired thickness
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon 
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you don't want any spiciness) 
- salt 
- pepper
- 1 tbsp greek yogurt 

Preheat oven to 350 C
Slice squash in half lengthwise and the apples into roughly 6 pieces.  Place on a roasting pan and roast for 30 min. 
In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and add half of the chopped onion and garlic.  Sauté until onions are clear, roughly 10 min.  
Remove squash and apples.  Peel the squash by slicing the skin off (it will be hot but I find the skin easier to remove this way)
Add vegetable broth, squash and apples to saucepan.
 Add all the spices and let boil for 10 minutes or until the squash is tender. 
If you do not have a handheld blender, get one! you can transfer the mixture with a ladle into a blender and blend in batches.  Once blended and smooth, simmer the soup back in the saucepan with a lid for 10 more minutes.
Serve and garnish with a dollop of greek yogurt and an apple slice. 

Enjoy!

Love, 
Em xox 


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Braided details


We had yet another beautiful day so Quinn, Lexie (my puppy) and I went out apple picking at the nearby orchard.  I picked so many apples, I'll probably be making apple-everything for the next little while so prepare for some apple recipes soon.
My favourite braided boots that I picked up while in Paris inspired some little side braids in my hair.  I love sweet little details so the braiding on the back of these boots had me sold from the get go.  The fact that the leather is like butter and they are the perfect shaft hight was just an added bonus! 




























 Sweater - Covet // sold out but similar style here
 Shirt- H&M
 Boots- Chloe // sadly, no longer available
 Bag - Michael Kors  

Love, 
Em xox

Friday, 11 October 2013


Stylish Literature 


The weather here in Toronto has been so fabulous and I am finding myself trying to soak it all up and enjoy it while it lasts.  I spent my afternoon nestled into the sofa on our terrace enjoying the warm sunshine with a good book.  I picked up this sweet little book called, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel.  I mean, the title had me sold, but it's really quite a cute read with each chapter as a sort of life lesson according to Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life.  One of my all time favourite movies is Coco Avant Chanel (in french - duh!)  This book, like the movie, is great in that you get a close look into Chanel's life as a woman, not just the icon she became all with a side of practical wisdom. 




























Blouse - Equipment 
Jeans - 34 Heritage
Belt - Michael Kors 
Necklace & bracelet- Stella & Dot (unfortunately discontinued)


Love,
Em xox