2017 | Footnotes and Finds

Thursday, 12 October 2017

geox nebula - perfect for comfort and style!

Considering our feet have to take so much, they are often neglected.  I do not compromise when it comes to my feet.  The one thing that I invest in is shoes.  I will cheap out on clothes, but when it comes to my feet, I research and am willing to spend a good amount of money.

Over the years, I have had my lot of feet pain.  I have had a few injuries, back pain, and not wearing the right shoes exacerbated that pain. So a day out walking around, exploring the city, or shopping and more importantly doing immense amount of walking while traveling, was torture!

About 10 years ago I decided that I couldn't let my pain get in the way of enjoying my everyday life. So from then on, I have taken serious interest in what shoes I wear. And let me tell you, it's life changing! as in I can walk around all day and still have no pain. It means me walking the streets of Rome or the seawall in Vancouver, and actually enjoying it!


geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes with denim jacket and baseball hat

shoes are care of GEOX



Geox is a brand that I had heard of here and there and knew that COMFORT was synonymous with the brand.

But let me tell you partnering up with Geox was eye opening - as in, what was life before the NEBULA by Geox? I don't know where I have been living!

I was in need of new trainers, my old ones were done. My struggle was that I wanted my trainers to be both stylish and comfortable.
geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes

I was so glad to have discovered the NEBULA by Geox and I cannot describe this shoe better than they do themselves:

"Resulting from the fusion of a modern design with maximum comfort, Nebula represents the peak of GEOX technology.

Designed for travelling the world, perfect for any season, they naturally adapt to every movement of the foot. This is the perfect shoe for those who love to travel with style and personality, without compromising on comfort. Wearing them is like walking on a cloud."


geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes


here is the thing, yes the NEBULA shoes by GEOX are stylish, and go great with my mostly casual look, but the thing that sold me was how passionate they are about the technology that goes into the shoe to make it Comfortable, Breathable, and Adaptable to different Feet.

When you wear the shoes the efficacy of the technology becomes evident - no exaggeration here but it feels like you are walking on a cloud. The shoe itself is so lightweight.  and the best part about the ones I have - the top of the shoe is water resistant and the sole is waterproof - which makes it perfect for the rainy Vancouver weather!

geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes

 I am amazed by the technology of this shoe,  the net breathing system and  the inner breathing system allows for 360 breathability along with temperature regulation, but what  blows me away is the comfort! I have worn them out on a day of running errands and long walks, and my feet love them! In fact I have worn them out for an outing with  friends, well because they go so well with my casual look - like this denim jacket and baseball cap!

geox nebula womens comfortable and casual shoes with denim jacket and baseball hat

shoes are care of GEOX

 honestly, if you are looking for comfort and style, hands down GEOX takes the win! I cannot tell you how many friends and family members I have recommended this pair of shoes to!



*note: We teamed up with Geox for this blog post.  We received these pair of shoes care of Geox. .  We were not paid for this blog post and all opinions expressed are our own. This post does contain some affiliate links. We thank you for supporting footnotes and finds by supporting the brands we affiliate with or partner with. 
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My lovely day in kew gardens








In all of my time being a resident and visitor of London, I have never been to Kew gardens. So because it was one of my good friends Sonum's favourite places and because I love flowers, trees and gardens we blocked off a whole day for it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. In fact, we found ourselves comfortably lost in the gardens with something awe-inspiring at every wrong turn and off the track path we chose.

My favourite part in particular was the good half an hour we spent trying to climb a tree ( perhaps illegally...not really sure about the rules on this...oops..?) and miserably failed at. Climbing a tree used to be so much easier as a kid but I swear I'm more fit now, so I don't know how that works? We also spent a long time trying to make our way to the tree top section of the gardens but kept getting sidetracked by something else and before we knew it the park was closing...so I guess I've left that for next time!

My friend Sonum also painted me a floral painting that I asked her to make of my personality and it is definitely spot on. We ended the day in Shoreditch eating at Dishoom--a must try Indian restaurant. I had heard a lot about this place and the amazing food that they serve up and when we actually got around to having it I'm not going to lie it lived up to the hype and the design concept is also excellent.

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Topshop | similar | similar
Backpack: Fjålraven





Checkout Sonum's work here

**Some pictures taken by Sonum





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Sunday, 3 September 2017

My day trip to oxford was like nothing had changed (except my stress levels)










The last time I was in Oxford, I was writing the hardest final exam of my life, wearing silly harry potter clothes called subfusc, graduating with a Masters in a ceremony conducted in basically all latin, and emotionally saying goodbye to some of the best friends I have made and some of the best times I have had, all associated with the lovely buildings and natural surroundings of this beautiful city campus that has been around since the 1100s.

This time around, my friend (and old Oxford flatmate, O the many nights of despair have we shared) Nila and I, went back for a day trip and visited our friend from my program Richard. I thought that in my memory I had embellished just how beautiful and wonderful Oxford actually is but I was wrong and it was so much better than I remember it...with just as many tourists! I think the reason for this was that this time I was there and I wasn't stressed, underslept, overworked, exhausted and anxious--you know, all the things that go along with trying to survive an intense Masters program. It was a little bitter sweet though, as it was weird to be a visitor in a place you once called home. And while the Alumni card gives your perks and still gets you into your old college and other places and gems other people can't go, it was sad walking past my old home and not being able to go in.

All in all it was a great day which started at the Pitt Rivers, moved onto our old college Lincoln, Christ Church meadows and ended with a must have penne arrabiata from Gino's (a family run pasta place tucked away from the touristy area that we ate at far too many times that the family knew us all very well).

Top: H&M | similar | similar
Dress: Forever 21 | similar
Shoes: Topshop | similar | similar | similar
Backpack: Fjålraven




**Some of these pictures are taken by Nila and Richard


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The first few days in London

As many of you know I am actually a Classical Archaeology/ Art History PhD student starting this fall and a part of that life choice comes the fun and hands-on part of the job which include field-schools, excavations and internships. This summer I decided to join a Conservation field School in Stobi, Macedonia working on conserving mosaics and wall paintings from the Roman-Christian times. On my way to Macedonia, I stopped over in London to visit some friends I had made from my time there, as well as from Oxford, as a student. The best part of having friends living and working in London is that they keep me well informed about the new and exciting places that pop-up in this ever metropolitan city. London is a city that never ceases to surprise or give--believe me this blog post does no justice to my experience of London this time around. I also made an effort to put my phone away and enjoy myself--this means that I didn't pack my fancy camera (or any camera of a sort which is huge for me!).

Day 1: 
The day arrived in London it was bloody hot...like...I got my best tan of my whole trip on this first day. As soon as I arrived in Heathrow I changed into a pair of shorts and a light-airy top and messaged my friend Sonum and we decided to meet at Acton town from where we went straight to Comptoir Libanais in South Kensington. Sonum is one of my oldest and dearest friends that I lived with when I went to Central Saint Martins almost 10 years ago. [Yes, I was lugging my suitcase around the whole time] The food was absolutely delicious and the outdoor on the street seated area of the restaurant is one of my favourite features of this part of London. We sat, we ate and we chatted for hours and then decided to grab an ice cream from Venchi Cioccolata. Afterwards my friends swapped me out and I was handed over to Nila, with whom I stayed with for the duration of my trip. 









Top: H&M | similar | similar | similar
Shorts: Topshop | similar
Sunglasses: Topshop | similar
lipstick: Diva by MAC



Day 2:


Day 2 was a slower day where I slept in, had a home cooked breakfast made my Nila and then went shopping on Kensington high street. I did manage to spot the guy that plays Prince Robert in the Royals, so my token celebrity spotting box was ticked! After exhausting ourselves by shopping Nila and I stopped over at Candella for high tea. It is one of the most adorable tea houses that I have ever been to!

We went home and relaxed for a bit after which we unknowingly entered into one of best nights of my life thus far on this earth--spent in Brixton. We first went to Neverland, a roof-style type popup with streetfood eats and byob type stuff. They had transformed the space into an eating area that opened up into a sandy beach with beach huts overlooking the Thames. After the yummiest haloumi make-shift burger (they had run out of the veggie options so the chef made something special up for us) we decided to hop on a bus to Brixton to dance under a church. Yup...you read that right...under a church--called Gremio de Brixton. We then moved on from there and we decided to follow the music which ended up being the best decision we made because it led to a street dance party enlivened by a street busker whose name escapes me. After he performed his last song, the crowd dispersed and we decided to once again follow the music. We were so thankful we did because we turned the corner to an even bigger drum & base/reggae street party. We left Brixton that night completely in disbelief of the wonderful and unexpected night we had had, one for the books--the stuff of legends. 











Jacket: Zara | similar | similar
Top: Brandi Melville | similar | similar
Jeans: H&M
Lipstick: Vixen by Huda



Day 3: 

It was a little rain-y on the third day so we cancelled our plans for Richmond park and decided to spend the day in Soho. We went to My Place Cafe where we ate a delicious sandwich that I paired with Camomile tea. Nila & I then met our friend Henry from Oxford and proceeded to Sketch, where we had tea. Sketch is definitely worth the visit but it is expensive, so consider yourself warned!






Duster coat: H&M | similar   | similar | similar
Top: Forever 21 | similar
Trousers: H&M | similar




Be sure to follow along on the blog for the rest of my London, Maceodonia and Greece trip

**some of these pictures were taken by Nila, Sonum and Henry


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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Our favourite Pixi by Petra Products now available in Canada!

Pixi by Petra is a godsend beauty company. I have always had sensitive skin and always look for beauty products that are soft and gentle on the skin and use natural ingredients. After using Pixi products since their launch in Canada earlier this year on a consistent basis, I have found considerable change in my skin and wanted to share some of my favourite Pixi products:

pixi by petra products now available in canada


1. Glow Tonic:


I am always looking for products that leave my skin naturally glowing with that dewy finish and the glow-tonic does just that. It also deeply cleanses pores and sweeps away excess oil and impurities, evening out your skin tone. Its no wonder why this product is a best seller!



2. Nourishing Sleep Mask and Peel & Polish


While the Peel & Polish leaves your skin exfoliated with its enzyme peel and soft the Nourishing Sleep Mask leaves your face glowing and rejuvenated. I usually leave the sleep mask on overnight and wake up with a nice shine and happy and hydrated skin--since we know that your skin requires a lot of moisture overnight this is the product to quench that thirst!


pixi by petra products now available in canada

3. Rose Oil Blend and 24k Eye Elixir


The rose Oil Blend is my absolute favourite product--I swear by it. Never have I used an oil that has left my skin feeling so restored and renewed. The 24k eye elixir is perfect to use under my concealer to reduce the puffiness around my eyes.



4. Endless Silky Eye Pen, Large Lash Mascara and Sheer Cheek Gel


The sheer cheek gel is a perfect stainer that works in great combo with the other products that make your skin glow to give your skin that dew-y finish and it feels light on the skin. The Large lash mascara is perfect for creating a full lash line and to compliment the endless silky eye pen which is a really rich black and doesn't move once you've put it on (believe me this is a problem I have because of my oily eyelids).



*note this blog post is not sponsored by pixi by petra. however, we did receive these pixi by beauty products c/o pixi by petra. there are some affiliate links in this post. and all opinions expressed are our own*
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

easy to bake sour cream blueberry cake







Growing up Indian there would always be a network of communication between my mom and my aunts and so on and so forth where one of the many topics of interest included recipes and cooking. One of the recipes that my aunt came up with and became famous for was this blueberry cake. My aunt, was our favourite for a number of reasons but she always took the cake (pun intended) due to her amazing baking abilities and the amount of baked goods she would prepare when we would stay over and send home with us. I have many fond moments associated with this blueberry cake. The day that my uncle got married, the day my youngest cousin was born, the day I was leaving to move across the pond to begin my Masters at Oxford and many others, are all associated with this cake. But there are other, more intimate memories associated with this cake that aren't necessarily large life markers but give me a sense of home and family of all of us being together.

My aunt is always trying to find ways to incorporate health into the food that she makes and bakes. So she is always excited to serve up this cake as blueberries are full of antioxidants, low in calories, and high in vitamins C, A and E, and dietary fibre. And after my father had his major heart surgery, blueberries have become a staple summer fruit in our parent's home as well. Not to mention, blueberries remind me of my grandparents who picked berried when they first immigrated to Canada and used to bring buckets of blueberries back home for the extended family to split.

So, that is why I take pride in visiting a local u-pick farm or buying BC blueberries at my local grocery store. Blueberries are always easy to work with as in you can make a pancake sauce, jam, oatmeal cake, scones, muffins or even this cake out of them--or--if you're anything like me, you love to munch on blueberries throughout the day as a healthy alternative to *ahem* chips *ahem* If you want more blueberry inspiration, checkout the BC Blueberry Instagram.

This easy to bake sour cream blueberry cake is the perfect quick dessert or a side for your cup of tea. give it a try!

Ingredients:


Crust
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg


Filling
3 cups BC Blueberries
1 egg
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla 


Instructions
1. Mix all the crust ingredients together and press the ingredients into a springform pan
2. In a separate container mix all the filling ingredients and then pour evenly on top of crust in          
    springform pan
3. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour at 350F (take out when brown)
4. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and refrigerate when you're not eating

You also have the chance to win a BC Blueberry Council gift basket valued at $250 by entering the contest here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


** we have teamed up with BC Blueberry and South Asian Bloggers network for this post**
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale 2017 - Bags & Shoes

This Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends on Aug 6 2017! So you still have time to save big time and if you don't have time to go through the entire sale yourself - no worries, we have you covered! Check out our previous post on our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Women's fashion picks and Home Decor Picks.

Here we have curated some of our favourite bags and shoes on sale!

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: BAGS


NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: SHOES

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Friday, 21 July 2017

nordstrom anniversary sale is here! JULY 21 - AUG 6!

it's here! the much anticipated shopping event - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! From July 21 - Aug 6th! We have scoured through the sale items and find you some awesome deals! Keep checking back on the blog - we will be updating sold out items, but we will also bring you more blog posts with other categories!

NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: HOME



NORDSTROM Anniversary Sale: WOMEN'S FASHION

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

5 Ways I Like to Relax




Over the last few years I have taken a conscious decision to listen to my body and take out time to self care.  We all have different ways to relax, for some it's going for a run, other's like watching some Netflix. Here are some of my ways to relax:




1. Bath



taking a nice long bath is a great way to unwind. I have tried to incorporate more and more baths into my self care routine, I went from never having time to take a bath to working it in at least a couple times a month.  I love the toxin free bath bombs from Rocky Mountain . They are filled with organic ingredients, essential oils and natural extracts! and my All Time favourite bath product is this Lavender Bubble Bath - it is amazing! On my super tired days, this is a perfect way for me to end my day, sinking into a bubble bath of toxin free lavender with an amazing calming effect after which I feel my body less tense and ready for a nice sleep.




2. read


Ever since I can remember reading has been my favourite pass time. I love delving into the world of novels and escaping into the stories of the characters.  It is the best way to give my brain a break from the overthinking and worrying it does on a normal basis and just relax!

this is not even a quarter of my book collection:





3. draw


I usually have a small sketchbook with ink pens with me in my bag or purse. I find that whenever i am feeling really overwhelmed or over stimulated drawing makes me feel so calm.  My brain is able to focus right into the drawing.



I find the stippling technique to be really calming:


4. sit by the water


I am so lucky to live in Vancouver, we have beautiful beaches and are right on the WestCoast, with the Pacific Ocean right there, I enjoy just sitting by the water, listening to the ocean or even just watching it. One of my favourite things to do is to drive to Iona Beach and watch the sunset in silence, it is such a beautiful sight!

Iona beach:



5. massage 


and lastly, there is nothing more relaxing for your body then a nice massage. Again this is something I have recently started to actually invest in and take time for.  We don't realize how much our body has to go through and how a massage once in a while can do wonders.


What are some ways you like to relax?



*note: this blog post is not sponsored by rocky mountain soap but we are their brand ambassador and all the opinions expressed are our own.  We first fell in love with their products and then partnered up with them - enjoy & check out all the other amazing Rocky Mountain Products we love

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Friday, 26 May 2017

nordstrom - half yearly sale is here!

It's here! It's that time of the year - the NORDSTROM Half Yearly Sale! Lucky for you, we have curated some of our favourite pieces that are on sale right now - and are amazing deals!

It's the perfect time to shop for your summer wardrobe or your summer vacay! 


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Monday, 15 May 2017

the stories of 5 inspiring women in my life

here is a stories of 5 inspiring women in my life:


stories of strong women in my life

My paternal grandmother:



A woman so strong that at her time it was unheard of, but she attended school until grade 5. A woman so strong that she had to quickly become the head of the house, in a very patriarchal society of Punjab, India,  at a young age when her father was in prison. 


A woman so strong that she raised 6 children whilst running the household, taking care of the livestock, working in the fields, keeping her home running in times of debt, cooking from scratch - grinding her own lentils to make flour, waking up early to to milk the buffalos so her youngest son could sell the milk in town, a woman so strong that when in debt she still made sure her eldest son would do his PhD - first one in his village to do so.

 A woman so strong that when she  emigrated to Canada, in her old age, she worked on the farms here in British Columbia, in not so great conditions and earning not very much. 

A woman so strong that when her eldest son (my father), at the age of 39, suffered multiple strokes and brain hemorrhage that left him paralyzed for life she stood strong, supported my mother and took care of myself and my 3 sisters so we could make it through and we did. 

A woman so strong that she almost lost her second son to alcoholism and her third son to hepatitis C but she rained strong through out it all, both of them survived and lived healthy lives.


 A woman so strong that she raised such strong woman (my sisters and I) whilst running a household, and being the strong foundation that our family leaned on. Nothing could break her. Until it did. and it broke us all. and she is missed every single day.

My Mother:


 A woman so strong that at the age of 15 she emigrated from India to Canada, a new place, where she didn't know anyone except her brother and everything so new to her. 

A woman so strong that she not only worked crazy hours at her brother's restaurant as a waitress, she went to hair dressing school and soon, after only have studied till grade 10 in India, was able to get her grade 12 in Canada, 

A woman so strong she supported my paternal grandparents and my father's siblings when they came to Canada whilst my father went to school. 

 A woman so strong that when she could have given up and could have felt beat, rose at a very young age of 32, with 3 children, her husband,  lay in the hospital in a coma for 3 months, with almost no chance of survival, but she believed and she was his biggest support, my father went from a coma, to learning to walk again, talk again, eat again, drive again and it would not have been possible without my strong mother. 

a mother so strong she financially supported the entire household, raised 4 daughters (in a very patriarchal punjabi community in the diaspora that doesn't want daughters but wants sons), went from a waitress to a bank manager for 25 years & then opened her own mortgage company. 

 A mother so strong that she supported all her children through higher education. 


my 3 sisters:



 they are women so strong that each one of them inspire me in different ways. the four of us would be nothing without the strong women: my grandmother and mother in our life. We each have chosen the harder path, we have survived and stuck it together, we have seen strong women in our life make it through and seen my father being so supportive of us to become strong women and our grandfather always pushing us to achieve more and not care a single bit that we were girls and not boys.  In fact he spoiled us girls compared to the boys haha. 

the strength that each one of my sisters exude is what keeps me going, their resilience, their ability to shine and hold their own, their strength to live a life full of adventure when there are so many naysayers.  Their wisdom, their love and friendship. 

these 3 women are so strong, that all that we have been through, we know we are in it together, and we have each other and that is why we can get through anything. 
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Monday, 1 May 2017

15 things I take on a plane

There is no secret that I have been travelling around the world since a young child and have an itch to go on my next trip once I'm home. But it's also no secret that I also have particular anxieties when it comes to Travelling - especially flying on planes! Therefore when I travel, especially on long flights I need particular things with me to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I have a system in place when it comes to flying, so I thought to share all the must have things with me when I board a plane!

pin this to save this list for when you are travelling: 

15 things I take onto a Plane




I don't know about you, but i am always FREEZING on a plane! I always, always, always dress up in layers when travelling on planes. And being comfortable is my priority.  Therefore I'm usually in sweats (with a change of shorts if I am landing in a hot location), sweat shirt, nice loose tshirt, scarf, jacket etc.  

more blanket scarves: here , here, and here

2.  Socks


Continuing with my "I'm FREEZING on the plane" theme - I always carry an extra pair of thick, warm and fuzzy socks. It is a must for me!

more socks: here

3.  gum + gravol


I always keep a pack of gum with me especially while travelling or on a plane. I get motion sickness and my ears pop so gum really helps with that. Gravol is another must - as I mentioned before, I get motion sickness on the plane so I make sure I have gravol with me

4. easy personal bag


as I have emphasized before, I really need to be as comfortable as possible whilst travelling. Therefore my side bag or personal bag needs to be comfortable for me.  I prefer a small backpack for this.  In everyday life, I just happen to be a backpack person - it's just easy to carry around.

more backpacks: here , here, and here

5.  book or kindle


I am a avid reader. So I always need a good book with me. I always carried an actual physical book with me, but lately I have used my Kindle instead. 

6.  earphones


I need to escape with some music or a good podcast. Or I will use a movie to help me fall asleep during the flight. 

7.  notebook / mini sketchbook


I always carry a little notebook with me, to jot thoughts down but also keep important information i might have to write, such as address of where I will be staying. I also have a tiny sketchbook I like to carry with me.  

8.  passport holder


I am always paranoid I'm going to lose my passport, so having my passport in a separate holder makes it stick out and I always know where it is.

more passport holders: here, here and here

9.  lotion


have to keep hydrated on long flights! 


10.  pens


I take tons of pens with me. Not just for my sketchbook but I always make sure I have a couple to fill in forms etc.

11.  ipad


long flights, long delays, lots of waiting around in the boarding area means I need my kindle or Ipad to keep me distracted and entertained

12. snacks and my own food


okay, it's no secret that I HATE airplane food. Therefore I always buy bunch of snacks at the boarding gate for the flight. I usually will have a proper meal before getting on the plane.  



I need to stay hydrated on the plane, so I make sure I purchase bottled water at the boarding gate as well

14.  neck pillow


As I have mentioned before, I try to be asleep for the entire flight - so I definitely take along a comfortable neck pillow.

15. aisle seat 


okay so this isn't something I bring along with me, but I always try to book an aisle seat. I feel less claustrophobic in the aisle seat. I also can stretch my legs easily and since I like to get up a lot, either to use the washroom, or for a little walk, this is much easier when in the aisle seat. 
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls



okay I have a confession to make, up until 2 years ago I had had only 2 cupcakes in my life. Cupcakes were really not my thing, nor were regular cakes actually. I'm more of a cookies person. But recently, I have come to like cupcakes here and there and really like some cakes - this is definitely a new development!


chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

Do you remember this recipe that we posted on our blog way back when, well it was actually a recipe for cupcakes!

So there you have it, 1 recipe - and you can make a chocolate cake or chocolate cupcakes! When baked to perfection - the cake is sponge like - the perfect texture, and the perfect moistness.  These cupcakes were gone in a day!

chocolate cupcakes with pink icing and pearls

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever 

the recipe
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