Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake

*note this blog post has been sponsored by BCBlueberries - which means we receive a monetary payment for this post, but the opinions expressed are our own

It's summer time and that means that my favourite berry is in season - blueberries.  Growing up in the lower mainland - Vancouver , British Columbia, blueberries elicit particular memories. Long before I knew how healthy blueberries are for you, I fell in love with blueberries when I was a little child. My grandparents would bring back blueberries after a long day of working on the blue berry farms here in the lower mainland. 

As an adult I was excited to learn that consuming as much blueberries as I do (I end up snacking on them like a bowl of chips, or throw them into any recipe that I think would benefit from some blueberries) that they are great for your health! They are full of antioxidants, low in calories and high in vitamin C, A and E. And they are great for your brain and skin!

Thus I have come to be grateful for living in a province where blueberries grow in abundance and summers as a child always included a trip or two to a local BC Blueberries Farm where you can pick your own blueberries. It's a great fun activity you can do with your children in the summer, if you do live in BC definitely check out the BC blueberries local u-pick farm. It is also a great way to support our community and local farmers.  Buying local has become a priority for me over the last few years, not only are you building a sense of community and connection but you are also supporting your local family farms economically. 

In the summer we have blueberries almost everyday, whether in smoothies, on our waffles as blueberry compote or just a bowl full of blueberries to munch on while working or watching tv. We also freeze up a few batches for us to utilize in the winter!

As you can imagine, we have a treasure chest full of blueberry recipes, but I wanted to share a simple and healthy recipe that you can try out and incorporate! 

We have been making this Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cake for quite a while in my family. It is something that can be made quickly and with sweet and healthy BC blueberries in our fridge it's a matter of mixing a few ingredients and voila - you have a healthy breakfast, or snack with your cup of tea. This cake lasts barely a day in our household - give it a try and let us know what you think!


8 servings)

1 1/3 cups (325ml) all purpose flour
3/4 cups (180ml) quick-cooking oats
1/3 cups (75ml) sugar
2 teaspoons (10ml) baking powder
3/4 cup (175ml) milk
1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
1 egg

  1. Preheat over to 400F
  2. Grease an 8-inch round baking pan, set aside
  3. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt
  4. In a 1 cup-measure, stir milk, oil and egg
  5. pour all at once into flour mixture
  6. Stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy)
  7. fold in blueberries
  8. spoon batter into prepared pan
  9. bake until cake is golden - about 20-25 mins
  10. cool on rack for about 10mins
  11. serve warm!

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Monday, 25 July 2016

My favourite fashion/makeup/jewellery trends this summer

floral bomber jacket c/o sheinstyle - it's on sale right now!!

I don't know about other parts of the world, but here in Vancouver the weather is most certainly unpredictable. This is why as a true Vancouverite I always carry an umbrella, even on the hottest of days. So it's always been a no brainer living here and so close to water that the evenings get chillier. That always meant that if you planned to be out the whole day that you would need to carry a light jacket with you. And if you are up to date on your recent fashion trends then you'll know that bomber jackets are the new popular outerwear item. I had been on the hunt for one for a while and finally came across this fun version with a great floral print as I find that I wear too much black, even in the summer months and wanted that to change!

Another thing I did for the summer was buy myself a trendy pair of sunglasses. I find that when it's hot I almost never want to wear makeup so sunglasses are good way to hide my dark circles and bags (yes Ive been blessed with both--double whammy!). But wearing a trendy pair of sunglasses can also up your outfit in terms of making it more fashionable. I found these glasses at an ABC store in Hawaii. Now, if you have ever been to or are from Hawaii then you would know that these ABC stores are everywhere in Waikiki and they are full of everything from food, produce, towels, accessories, souvenirs etc. Its a one-stop shop full of tourists and for tourists. Believe me it had everything you could possibly think of. So I was quite happy with the fact that I had found a pair closely resembling something I had searched Forever 21, H&M and Topshop for for months!

I have found a new found confidence and its translated in all sorts of fun co-ords. Now, I know I haven't featured any in any of my outfit posts this summer, but Im sure they'll make their way soon enough. I love those crop top-short or crop-top skirt co-ords and even though a good co-ord that is reasonably priced and actually have both the top and the bottom fit you properly are hard to find I have splurged on 3. They're fun, they're put together, they're so summer.

I have forgotten about shirts that go past my belly button...seriously I am in love with crop tops. fitted, loose, long-sleeve, t-shirt, printed, basic or halter. I want to catch them all, like pokemon. I wear them with skirts, tailored trousers, slouchy trousers, high-waisted pants...basically everything. It's a good trend, I like it, I hope it stays for a while.

As a kid born in the late 80's I remember the choker trend so well. Their reoccurrence in the fashion scene isn't a surprise to me, I just wish I had kept some of my chokers from back in the day. But any which way this is one jewellery trend I have gotten behind. Layering necklaces has never been more fun.

I have thin lips. This means that at first I was apprehensive about the dark lips trend that started a few years back (thanks Kylie). But I can say that with a lot of experimentation I have realized it's all about finding the right dark shade that works for you. My personal favourite? Tulle by Colourpop!

Another thing from childhood thats made a mean return are those platforms. I LOVE PLATFORMS! It's not because they make me taller (I'm already basically 5'9") but I just love them in a purely design sense. They're things of beauty and add a whole other dimension to your outfit...on the other hand Im still not too sure about the slip-on sandals with socks trend....maybe it's because I grew up playing a lot of sports and around a lot of athletes so I cant make myself think of this as anything but athletic wear and very far from high-fashion...but who knows!

Bomber jacket: c/o Sheinstyle
Dress: Forever 21- similar - on sale!
Shoes: Zara - similar

Monday, 4 July 2016

Style file: Zara Peerzada

Style File is a series on footnotes and finds where we feature a person who we believe has impeccable style.  

STYLE FILE: Zara Peerzada

Right now, models are the hot topic in fashion with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid really carving their place in pop culture as fashionistas and "it-girls." Similarly, Pakistan's Zara Peerzada is beautiful, young, fashionable and smart. She is seen everywhere from editorials to the ramp to advertisements but it's her personal style that has always drawn me towards her. Effortless, chic and imaginative, she pushes the boundaries of fashion do's and dont's in Pakistan...not to mention her Instagram is fantastic! Everything from her perfectly full and arched eyebrows to her signature red lips is perfection!

Zara's style

Zara's accessorizing


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Handmade Finds - June

This month's Handmade finds is full of a range of products! From prints to jewelry to wall hangings! Enjoy and make sure to check out the shops of these very talented artisans!

1. Yasmin Creates

Yasmin Creates is an original photographic art print store which launched in March 2016. Through my work I aim to bring colour and happiness to your lives. I'm inspired by many things when it comes to creating my work. For example, I began as a fashion photographer but now I aim to combine my love for photography and painting through my original photographic art prints which will be available to purchase over the coming months. Not only this, but I love to create handmade bracelets too! One thing that will be constant throughout my work is the use of colour. What better way to brighten up your day? I like to say that there is something for everyone at Yasmin Creates.

This print is from the Detail series and is very soft and feminine. I have used pastel colours because these are the colours I am very much drawn to. My shooting style is very cropped so that you can mainly see the accessories the model is wearing. In this print the model is wearing various jewellery, some of which has been handmade by myself. These handmade bracelets are also available to purchase in my shop which means you can own a limited quantity of the jewellery that has been featured in my original fashion photography prints.

I hope you enjoy browsing my Etsy store, should you want to find out more and see more of my work you can head over to my website which will be updated more regularly.

2. Angean Lifestyle 

Angean Lifestyle is an extension of the lifestyle blog, Angean, by Tess Ciarloni.  Several of the prints that are shared on the blog are made available for purchase in the Etsy shop. The prints are a mix of watercolour and gouache images painted on high quality water colour or marker paper.  Each painting is hand drawn and then painted taking anywhere from a couple to several hours to complete a painting. The paintings are split into several different collections which include perfume bottles, shoes, agate slices and crystals. Each piece is designed to be hung in it's collection, but can also stand alone, or be mixed with other pieces. Tess uses painting as a means to relax and express her creativity while creating beautiful pieces for her home, as well as others! 

Originally painted with gouache and acrylic. Great print to include in a gallery wall, entry way or bedroom. This print is part of a series of geometric crystal prints that look great alone or grouped together. Prints are drawn in pencil first and then hand painted using different shades of gouache.

3. Me, you & jack

Me, you & jack is a small creative business based in Melbourne, Australia.  It has evolved from a passion for art, craft and design into an online store with a range of art prints, fibre art pieces, stationary and wall stickers.  Every print is hand painted and reproduced into a high quality digital print and fibre art pieces are all original and hand knotted with much care and precision.

One of a kind Modern Macramé Wall Hanging which has been hand knotted with care over many hours.
This wall hanging has a beautiful lacey look with many layers creating depth and texture.
Made from 100% Cotton string and mounted onto wooden dowel.

Measures approximately 62cm wide (end to end dowel) x 49cm long.

4. Emmy Trinh Jewelry

The Emmy Trinh Jewelry  collection is designed for women who desire simplicity and modern elegance, viewing jewelry as an essential part of their wardrobe, like a favorite pair of sunglasses. In contrast to the current world of fast-fashion, ETJ appeals to women who prefer quality over quantity. These pieces highlight classic elements through contemporary design. Our goal is to create versatile jewelry that integrate with your wardrobe, transcend trends, and effortlessly elevate you look.

The Lovisa Moon in Taurus is the ideal necklace to complete your look. So versatile, you can wear it to the beach or the office. Hand carved in wax, cast, and hand finished for a matte, understated luxe glow. Bronze pendant on a Gold-Filled chain. Also available in a choker length or in Sterling Silver. Handmade in Vancouver (with love)


We want to thank all the shops that participated in this blog post and partnered with us.  It was great getting to know and work with some very talented artisans! 
 If you have an Etsy shop or a Handmade items shop and would like to be featured in a blog post similar to this please email us for more information! 
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