summer chickpea salad

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Happy Tuesday loves! As some of you may know, I am an absolute sucker for creative & fresh salads :) This summer I have been having the most fun coming up with new creations and trying out different tastes. Because my day is usually stacked with the classic work, work, work, work, work… I love just throwing a salad together for lunch because it’s quick and easy. One of my favorites has been this summer chickpea salad, which I am excited to share with you all today. Mediterranean cuisine is for sure one of my top favorites, so this tasty salad definitely makes the cut! The best thing about this one is there is so much room for variation and different flavors, depending on the mood of the day :p Hope you enjoy <3

// what you’ll need:
+ 1/2 avocado
+ a wedge of lemon
+ grape tomatos
+ 1-2 hardboiled eggs
+ mixed greens
+ alfalfa sprouts
+ 1/4 can chickpeas
+ cheese
+ balsamic glaze

// what you do:
+ grill chickpeas in olive oil
+ add mixed greens in salad bowl
+ layer alfalfa sprouts, grape tomatoes and avocado
+ top with chickpeas
+ add a squeeze of lemon
+ salt & pepper to taste
+ top with sliced egg & cheese
+ drizzle with balsamic glaze

taste of calgary

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Hello my loves! We had the most fun at Taste of Calgary this weekend :) My husband went on one of our “explore the city” dates to check out all the local restaurants featured this year. There were tons of people all enjoying the Taste of Calgary, with a reggae band playing on stage and so many incredible eats! We couldn’t have asked for a better day, and since it was our date night I definitely did not pass up the opportunity to get all dolled up. My mini Kate Spade goes with me to almost every event – perfect size and goes with everything! After exploring all the tastes we went for a stroll in the park, which is always beautiful. These satrapy heels made a fun addition to feel a little snazzy.. but if you’re planning on a long walk along the river, definitely take sandals instead :P Have a wonderful day my loves, and enjoy the tastes <3

. // purse here . // shoes similar here . // shorts here . // top from anthropologie

juice & reboot

Fitness, Recipes

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Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share the one day juice cleanse I did thanks to Cru Juice, a local cold-pressed juicery right here in Calgary. Those of you following along on Snapchat will know that after all the holiday eats and treats I thought it was time to kick it into gear and start off a clean eating month with a juice cleanse. I absolutely love Cru Juice for this! Their juices have the most fun names, and are so delicious. For the one day cleanse you get to pick 6 juices; 2 green, 1 fruit, 1 root, 1 nut, & 1 lemonade. The juices come with fun labels so you know exactly which order to drink them in :) Now as for the experience itself, after the first 3 I did feel a bit shaky and low on energy. However, I have to say these juices kept me full after drinking each one. But the best of all is that my blood sugar started to stabilize itself, for the first time in forever! So for those of you looking for that restart and reboot to end the summer off strong, definitely check them out <3

. // cru juice here . // wooden cheese board here

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black & beige

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Good morning babes! We are back from our trip and can definitely say, I absolutely loved the downtown Vancouver vibes. Plus, the views by the ocean were priceless. Our days were filled with roof top patios, harbor walks, and finding all the best hidden restaurants // #foodie :) Now who doesn’t love a night out on the city in a little black dress? During all of our travelling, one of the best parts was getting dolled up and exploring the city with the bests. I love pairing a simple yet chic black dress with a pair of eye catching heels. These beige Aldo pretties are the perfect contrast to the dark color of the LBD. More than anything I love the little details, like adding a splash of accessory with a little bit of pearl to class it up. So keep finding those quirky contrasts in life my loves, and don’t forget to stop and appreciate the little things <3

.// Aldo shoes similar here .// Guess purse here .//

strawberries & mint

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Hello my loves! We are travelling the west coast and I am so enjoying all the fresh food and the chic restaurants around downtown. It is beautiful and green here in Vancouver, and I just cannot get enough of being out by the harbour, going for a run in the mornings, and visiting every little coffee shop we can find.

Today I’m excited to share with you this delicious strawberry choc mint smoothie. This smoothie is definitely a go-to for me when I am looking for a boost of energy and has some incredible flavors to boot

 
. It’s great as a breakfast or even a post-workout snack. Smoothies are totally my favorite pick me ups, especially when I am running late or having a busy day of errands. They are quick to make, and delicious to taste :)

// what you need:
+ 3-4 fresh strawberries
+ mint leaves
+ 1/2 frozen banana
+ 1 teaspoon chia seeds
+ 1 teaspoon flax seeds
+ 1/2 cup oats
+ 1 teaspoon coconut
+ a few squares of dark chocolate
+ handful of ice
+ 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk

// blend all ingredients together in a blender, and enjoy! <3

lash love

Beauty

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Hello lovelies! Today on the blog we are talking lashes. For a while now I have been thinking about getting eyelash extensions done, and whether or not it would be worth it. Finally, I made the leap and went for the full on extensions. I chose the Mink Silk Lashes. And I love them! The girls at Lola Lash Bar are incredible, with such a relaxing atmosphere. Everything is pink and gold, and just the way a girl wants to feel every day. I totally and completely believe in self-care and making yourself feel incredibly loved and beautiful! Organize your business and life in such a way that you can leverage your time to take care of yourself and do the things that make you feel pretty :) So remember, don’t forget yourself in the journey of life! Get out there, find what makes you feel beautiful, and don’t compromise. You deserve the treat! Xo

Eyelash Extensions Aftercare:
– don’t get lashes wet for 24 hours
– don’t use oil-based products
– don’t pick, pull, or rub lashes
– don’t use waterproof mascara
– don’t use mechanical eyelash curler

+ do brush your extensions daily
+ do be cautious of extensions while sleeping
+ do minimize visits to hot yoga, sauna, steam room, etc.
+ do use coating sealer for longevity
+ do schedule a fill appointment in 2-4 weeks

. // Lola Lash Bar here . // Lola online shop here .//

summer reds

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Hello loves! I’m so excited to share this summer red outfit with you all today. It is such a lovely little flowy top, perfectly paired with these white jeans. I love this color of pop for the summer along with the pink creme cup MAC lip, and the sun hat is a definite must! As some of you may know, I just can’t get enough of these black ankle tie ballet flats. I have been throwing them on with jeans, dresses, and even my leather leggings. They’ve worked well with everything so far. Tip: remember to spray them with a shoe protector that you can find at any of the popular shoe stores. This is especially important for those pointy tips that seems to get bumped quite a bit. This was definitely such a beautiful day at sunset exploring the Ramsay Ruins, one of the city’s best kept secrets. The sandstone walls make the perfect backdrop for a summer’s evening out in the city. Enjoy loves / will chat again soon <3

. // shoes here . // top here . // purse here . // watch here

eggs & arugula

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Morning lovelies! Today on the blog I am sharing one of my favorite breakfasts, eggs & arugula. I am an absolute sucker for poached eggs, and try out new methods whenever I can. For this recipe I used my Nordic Ware microwave egg poacher (link below). This is perfect for me, especially when I am having a busy morning and need to make some quick poached eggs on the run, which I know my husband will also enjoy. Together with this I add a whole grain English muffin with avocado, arugula (which some of you may know as “rocket”), and a squeeze of lemon as always! Season with pink Himalayan sea salt & pepper to taste. As a refreshing drink I paired this delicious breakfast with some blackberry infused water, just to finish it all off. I hope you enjoy, and do let me know if you try this for yourself <3 Xo

// what you need:
+ eggs & poacher
+ 1/2 avocado
+ 1/2 whole grain English muffin
+ fresh arugula (rocket) & kale mix
+ slice of lemon
+ pink himalayan sea salt & pepper to taste
+ blackberries

. // egg poacher here . // place matt here . // lemon squeezer here . // Kate Spade polka dot straws here

mac & me

Beauty

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Good morning babes! Today I wanted to give you a little bit of an inside look into my daily makeup favorites. Recently I did a big overhaul of my everyday makeup routine, and went for an intensive MAC selection. I was lucky enough to have my dear friend and makeup artist, Tanya there to help doll me up and pick the right products for my skin. I have been loving every minute of my MAC routine, and couldn’t be more pleased with how it all turned out. The products work really well together, and have been nourishing and protective on my skin. // For my every day makeup I love doing a very natural look with neutrals and light pinks. I often pair this light pink lip with a darker liner just to pop the look. The skinfinish setting powder is to die for, and creates the most rounded off, soft look for an overall neutral yet polished touch. And remember, brushes are key to getting the correct blends, so be sure to choose the right ones!

Here are a few of my absolute favorites of the bunch: . // mac brushes 129, 159, and 221 . // mac cremesheen creme cup lipstick . // mac studio sculpt spf 15 foundation . // mac dame satin powder blush . // mac medium plus mineralize skinfinish

. // mirror here . // robe here

scarves & steve

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Hello my loves! Today I can’t wait to splurge and talk all about some of my absolutely favorite things; scarves and shoes :) So I know you might be wondering, who this “steve” is // well it’s Madden of course! There is nothing better on my feet than an incredible genuine leather pair of Steve Maddens. These open-toed camels have travelled across the Atlantic Ocean with me, all the way to the beautiful canals of St. Francis Bay, South Africa. I danced through the night with them at my Sister’s wedding… which was just magical! I am such a sucker for weddings, and treasure those precious memories.

The scarf brings another story, and is a beautiful cashmere all the way from Israel. I love finishing off an outfit with the perfect accessories, like my Michael Kors purse that goes absolutely everywhere with me. These accents make all the difference in the world and completely rounds off the look. Don’t forget to pop on that lipstick and keep your head high every day. Confidence is priceless // go get it girl! Xo

. // shoes here . // purse here . // watch here

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