Friday, 18 May 2012

A Midsummer's Day

A Midsummer's Day

1. Kokin Linen Hat: £245  
2. Vero Moda sweater: €44
3. Mango Long Skirt: £30
4.  Rebecca Minkoff straw tote bag:
5. Victoria Beckham metal shades:$559 
6. Coral Cluster Statement Necklace: $29
7. Kate Spade bangle: $128; J Crew bangle jewelry: $30
8. Dorothy Perkins high heels: $89 
9.  Lauren Conrad white pearl earrings: $7.70
10.  Miso ring: £8 

Summertime is officially here in Vancouver (although I'm sure that there are probably a few more rainy days ahead of us still)! Over the last few days of skin-soakingly lovely sunshine, I've had the opportunity to bring out all of my summer clothes and to get my tan on. I had a new found fondness for bright maxi skirts and corals, especially in this lovely red-orange color. Also, I have an obsession with hats: the larger and more flamboyant, the better! As I would not drop this much money on any one outfit unless I making some decent bucks, I instead find it relatively easy to find affordable alternatives to these brands in local malls. As a student, I try not to get stuck on brands and instead look for pieces that make me and my wallet look good. As one of my awesome fashion-savvy guy acquaintances told me a week ago, if you buy super expensive brands "of course, you're going to be fashionable"; however, the real challenge is being able to pick out affordable and interesting pieces on a limited budget. So until I can wallow in designer brands when I'm older and working in a legit job, I will content myself with my awesome shopping finds from H&M, Zara, Forever21, The Bay, and other similar stores.

Hope you enjoy the summer weather while it lasts and get some good (but smart) shopping in for the best season of the year!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Baked Apple Frittata Cups

One of my summer break to-dos was to try out new recipes, which included desserts more unusual than the typical cupcake or cookie choices. So when I saw a recipe for baked apple frittata cups in the 24 Hours newspaper, I knew I had to try it! Even though I found the recipe in mid-February, it took me all the way until May to finally do it!
So anyways, here is how I did it (recipe copied from 24 Hours):

  • 1 tbsp. (15ml) butter (to grease muffin pan)
  • 24 small wonton wrappers
  • 4 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 medium apple, cored & diced (Empire, Gala, Ida Red, Crispin, or Cortland)
  • 2 tsp. (10ml) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) wholegrain granola blend 
  • 1/4 cup (50ml) walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup of raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar (recommended by me)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease muffin pan with butter. Insert two wonton wrappers into each muffin cup and overlap them to form a flower-shaped cup.
  2. Bake these flower cups for 3-4 minutes until their edges are lightly golden, then remove from the oven and cool in pan. 
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs and then add in the brown sugar and the pinch of salt. Then in a larger bowl, mix the cinnamon and diced apple together. Then put in 1 tbsp. of the apple mixture into each cup. Then top it with 2 tsp. of the egg mixture. Top this with 2 tsp. of granola, followed by 1 tsp. of walnuts. Then I recommend that you put on one more tsp. of egg mixture over the cup to glaze over the top.
  4. Return pan to over and bake for 10 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch. Cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.  
  5. I also chose to top my frittata cups off with sliced strawberries and bananas. Be creative!

I had lots of fun making these treats, hope you can maybe find the time to make them yourself!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Macaron Date at Soirette

Forever21 maxi dress | H&M shirt | Material Girl necklace, ring, & bracelet

Yesterday I finally got a date with my very busy AK for our belated trip to Soirette to try out their macarons and tea. Even though it was the usual schizo Vancouver weather, I refused to let the rain get me down. So, in total defiance of the gloom, I wore my new Forever21 maxi dress that I had just bought from my latest states shopping trip in Seattle. Since it was too cold to show off the interesting design on the dress' back, I had to cover up with a blue work shirt. However, to make up for the lack of summery skin-showing, I played up my outfit with chunky accessories. These included my newest additions of a Material Girl necklace, studded bracelet, and ring.
Also, instead of wearing my new wedge sandals, I had to settle for the more practical choice of my comfortable Rockport boots. I still can't believe that I didn't get mud splatters on my dress after walking around all over downtown Vancouver!

Anyways, Soirette turned out to be amazing! The choices of macarons (I tried Lavender, White Truffle, & Caramel; they were all unbelievably amazing) were better than any other place I'd been to before (including Thierry) and I had some Jade Oolong tea to sip too! Also, catching up with my AK was so nice!

Me looking like a fool
Amazing macarons | Jade Oolong tea
I love walking in the rain wearing a maxi dress... Not!
Hope you had some fun times in the rain too! I'm saving the mysterious design at the back of this dress for next time when I get to wear it in its full glory on a hot sunny day!