Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Friday, March 7, 2014
Filed under: Weekend
Any plans for the weekend? Between a busy week and some fun night events with my blogging friends, I didn't sleep that much, so I'm really hoping I can get some decent 8 hours of sleep this weekend! Wishing you all a great weekend and hoping you enjoy these links ;)
. Project Holly by Peppermint Bliss: People, go and check out this whole house tour. It is insanely good!
. How to pick the freshest market flowers: As a flower lover (aren't we all?!) I really liked all these tips!
. Are you surprised about this infographic? Interesting.
. Travoltify yourself! I seriously don't know what happened to this guy at the Oscars, but I just couldn't help it and had to found out how Travolta would call me ;) And after you do that, check out how he would call the rest of the actors at the Oscars (hilarious)
. Obsessed with this skirt after seeing it on Sarah from Smitten Studio.
. Also obsessed with these pumps, it's a shame that they are a web exclusive, would love to try them on!
. 10 bad skin habits to kick!
. Life Lessons from Jenna Lyons.
Well, it looks like (hopefully) the weather is about to get nicer here, so I'm finally in the mood for a Spring essentials list ;) I honestly can't wait for some warm weather, it's been a really cold winter! Stay tuned for Part II which I will share next week!
CITRUS PRINTS: Loeffler Randall Tasmin Classic Pump / Kate Spade Via Limoni Bella Wristlet / Loeffler Randall Emma d'Orsay Flat / Lizzie Fortunato Safari Clutch / Kate Spade Lemon Straw Fedora
GRAPHIC TEES: CHRLDR Tres Bien T-Shirt / J.Crew Linen These are the Days Tee / Old Navy Graphic Tee / La Notte Marcello Tee / rxmance® 225 let's live tee
STATEMENT EARRINGS: J.Crew Deco Arrowhead Earrings / Anthropologie Crystalwork Drops / J.Crew Golden Crystal Earrings / Bauble Bar Gaia Drops / Bauble Bar Pink lady Tortoise Drops / Bauble Bar Isabella Drops
PASTEL HUES: Topshop Bubble Jacquard midi Skirt / Topshop Koala Espadrille / J.Crew Pleated cotton-blend poplin skirt / Kate Spade Cedar Street Monday Bag / Zara Round neck Coat / Gap leather flap clutch / Zara leather flat sandal
SLIP-ON SHOES: Steve Madden Eccentric / Steve Madden Eccentric in leopard / Joie Kidmore Slip on Sneakers / Vince Blair Slip On Sneakers / Joie Kidmore in blush
A couple more options for these trends:
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Filed under: Thoughts
I've got some words for today. A particular word that has been on my mind a lot lately. A word that gives me back some confidence when I feel lost and when I start loosing the faith. A word that motivates me, that drives my efforts, that gets me closer to the person I want to be and the life I want to live.
Believe. Because a positive life can only be lived when you choose to believe.
Everything we do in life starts with a dream. We dream about who we want to be, what we want to be, where we want to be....a spark or seed that, as cheesy as it sounds, ignites action, starts a fire. The fire is the sum of our efforts, the challenges and obstacles. How we decide to face them is determined by our drive, and our drive is the result of believing. The stronger we believe in something, the more drive we'll have to achieve a particular goal or dream. Believing will give us strength, hope, and courage. When we don't believe, we get lost. We have to believe that we're able to do something to actually do it. We have to believe that we can be someone, to actually be that person. And lastly, we have to believe that good things can come our way in order to receive them. When we feel stuck or lost, we need to remind ourselves to believe. Because when we believe, we regain that trust, ambition, and courage necessary to keep moving forward. And just as the saying says, where there's a will, there's a way. The way can be easy or it can be difficult, but the more we believe that it is possible, the higher the chances that we'll find the way around it. Don't let the obstacles stop you. Face them and keep trying. And no matter how crazy your dreams may seem or sound, let the drive of wanting them push you to achieve them. Believing is achieving.
Not believing is limiting ourselves. And while there are things that we can't control, there are no excuses in finding out the outcome. Aren't dreams worth chasing? Even if we don't achieve them, I can guarantee that the journey will make us stronger, braver, and that the experience will be far more interesting than if we just didn't do anything about it. Don't wonder. Get your answers. And if a dream wasn't supposed to come true, knowing that we gave it a shot, our best shot, will leave us feeling better. Don't spend your life wondering what could have happened. Make that dream happen!
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Filed under: Great finds
I just stumbled upon these wire script signs and had to share, aren't they cool? I can picture them in a bedroom, in a kitchen nook, in an entry way.... pretty much anywhere ;)
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a good weekend! Did you watch the Oscars? Even though I haven't watched one single movie yet, I couldn't miss it given that Ellen was hosting it (gotta love Ellen right?!). Besides loving the fashion (so many pretty dresses), acceptance speeches by Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and Matthew McConaughey really moved me. Great, smart, heartfelt words right there.
This past week was a cold one, and today is freezing, so I've been dreaming about warmer days and ditching the parka and boots for some sandals and lightweight pieces ;) Here's a list of things that have caught my eye lately, now if we can get Spring on board?! :)
1. Talula Larkhall Blouse / 2. Seafolly Songbird Bikini / 3. Zara Asymmetric Two-toned pleated skirt / 4. Kushcush by Kerry Cushman Kiki One Piece / 5. Loeffler Randall Marmy Scalloped Sandals / 6. Wilfred Melodique Romper / 7. Club Monaco Erika Two-tone flat / 8. Old Navy Sueded D'Orsay Flats / 9. J.Crew Linen These are the days Tee / 10. J.Crew Hat, sweater, skirt, heels / 11. Madewell walker mini in waxed cotton / 12. Ray-Ban Original Aviator / 13. Wilfred Vignette Dress / 14. Kate Spade Wedding Bells Wristlet / 15. Splendid Congo Flat Sandals / 16. Zara Pleated print skirt / 17. We The Free Angel Sleeve Tee / 18. Madewell The serge oxford in silver
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Friday, February 28, 2014
Filed under: Weekend
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Here are some links I wanted to share before signing off until Monday, hope you enjoy them!
PS: Don't forget to enter the giveaway if you haven't done so yet! Good luck everyone ;)
> Looking forward to this series, if you're a blogger, take note! ;)
> I'm currently into printed tights (like these and these), so I think that this collaboration is very cool.
> These are definitely making their way to my Spring-Summer must-haves! Hard to choose favorites, but loving these and these!
> Well, we don't have to go the Oscars to appreciate some beauty tips right?! ;)
> This spread from Vogue is just beautiful!
> Creativity around potholes, brilliant! (photo by Davide Luciano)
> Blown away by this powder room by my girl Amber! I must get my hands on that wallpaper!!!
> Rag & Bone makes beautiful handbags too, how pretty is that blush one?
> Kind of sad that this (genius) guy is retiring. Btw, if you haven't watched one of his films, you must! They are the most beautiful movies I've seen, completely magical.
> 25 simple habits for a healthy life ;)
> I'm always mesmerized by nature, and here's a cool snowflake time-lapse.
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Filed under: Food
There's nothing like finding the perfect healthy (or somewhat healthy) version of that sweet thing you like, right? And when it tastes just as good as the non healthy one, I'd say it's a win win. A perfect win win :)
I found this recipe on Half Baked Harvest, and decided to give it a go with some minor changes (less sugar, swapped the flour, less chocolate). The result is insanely good, and from now on, definitely my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe ;) Did I tell you that you don't need a mixer to make these? Yeap, they are super easy too, just throw it all in a bowl, mix with a wooden spoon and you're set!
WHAT YOU NEED:
. 2 1/2 cups of oats
. 2 cups quinoa flour
. 1/3 cup white sugar
. 1/2 cup brown sugar
. 1 teaspoon baking soda
. 1 teaspoon salt
. 1 cup coconut oil
. 2 eggs
. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
. 1 cup dark chocolate chips
WHAT TO DO
. Preheat oven at 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
. Using a fork, whisk the eggs in a bowl.
. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl (reserve the chocolate chips for last) and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the chocolate chips and using a spoon form balls of your desired size (I went for bite size but you can make them as big as you want)
. Bake for 12 minutes
. Let cool (but not too much!) and enjoy!
PS: don't forget to sprinkle with some fleur de sel ;)
If you had a chance to spend an afternoon playing dress up and getting your hair and makeup professionally done at one of your favorite shops in Toronto, with one of your blogging besties, wouldn't you? Yeap, kind of a no brainer right?
I was so incredibly flattered when eLuxe approached me to be part of their Spring Lookbook along 9 other bloggers...I still feel so grateful for the opportunity! Minus the awkward posing (never done this before) and the "now what do I do?" question (which I repeatedly asked), it was such a fun out-of-the-ordinary afternoon! Here are some behind the scenes shots I took, hope you enjoy them! And don't forget to take a look at the whole Spring Lookbook, all the ladies look pretty fab!
Goody bags :)
Let's do this! (more like how do I do this?!)
Wearing a Song of Style for eLuxe Do Epic Chic Tee (I was surprised at how incredibly soft it was), Tibi Denim Basket Weave Skirt, Rebecca Minkoff quilted bag, and J.Crew Strappy Mirror metallic pumps
One of the shots considered for the lookbook but not the winner (see it here) :)