Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Thursday, August 28, 2014
Filed under: Inspiration
Being aware of how lucky we are for what we have is what makes me appreciate every second of life, stay positive in every circumstance, and ultimately make the best of what we have with the most grateful heart. I recently lost an aunt, in a very unexpected way, and even though it's not what triggered me to realize that we have to enjoy life to the fullest, it probably is what made me share these words with you. I've always been incredibly aware of the blessings I've received and even though my life is not perfect, it's a happy one, and that's what matters to me :)
This is what I feel is living life to the fullest:
. Being grateful of what we have, where we are and who we are. Yes, always comparing ourselves to those in less fortunate circumstances and being grateful for our position.
. Appreciating every second of life, and not forgetting that it's the greatest gift.
. Being kind to others without expecting anything in return, and not forgetting that we all feel and struggle, so lending a hand when we can is the nice thing to do.
. Understanding that being positive is key to living a happy life.
. Being flexible, and allowing ourselves to bend our "rules". It's ok to take it easy sometimes, and some situations require that we are flexible in order to be appreciated.
. Celebrating small moments, big moments, silly moments, they all deserve it.
. Not sweating it unless it's for a good workout ;)
. Not taking ourselves too seriously.
. Being spontaneous, and seeking experiences.
. Enjoying the small things: a nice morning walk, getting caught in the rain, the smell of flowers, a good meal, a nice gesture...
. Not waiting for the "right" moment to make something happen, because let's face it, it most likely won't arrive. It's about making the moment, and not regretting it.
. Saying I love you, often, to all those who matter to us. Letting them know that we care about them and that they are important to us.
Lastly, asking yourself: "If I knew I'd die tomorrow or I would never get the chance to do something again, would I do it?" If the answer is yes, then just do it.
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Filed under: Food
Definitely a healthier version of cake pops, these frozen chocolate banana bites or pops are delicious, simple, and easily customizable :) I've made them twice and they are so satisfying, that a single piece is quite enough to calm down any sweet cravings ;)
What you need:
. Semi-sweet or dark chocolate (I prefer dark chocolate)
. Almond butter (I recently bought this coconut/almond butter at Whole Foods and love it!)
. Garnishes such as unsweetened shredded coconut, hazelnut shavings, almonds...
What to do:
. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
. Place the bananas in the freezer for approx. one hour.
. Melt the chocolate in a pot at low heat and stir constantly until completely melted. If too thick, some coconut oil will thin out the chocolate.
. Insert pop sticks and dip each slice in the melted chocolate, if too thick, then make sure to fully coat them.
. Freeze until firm (about 2 hours) and that's it!!
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Filed under: Great finds
Even though today is the hottest Summer day we've had so far, I'm already starting to think about Fall fashions. Not that I'm in the mood for fall (at least not yet), but I'm always checking out the latest arrivals, and while doing so I found some great pieces that would be perfect for Fall. Zara always does it pretty well in the shoes department, and I find that these ankle booties are perfect for those occasions where you have to dress up a little. The price is not bad and the heel height seems just about right ;)
Also crushing over those flat booties, those heels, and probably the coolest sneakers I've come across so far, can you tell I love shoes? Oh and I should mention, Jenny introduced me to The Forest Feast book and I was blown away by the graphics, seriously, it's worth checking it out :)
1. J.Crew Collection Nightgarden floral jacket / 2. Rag & Bone Mini Pilot Bag / 3. Kate Spade Polka dot Luggage Bag / 4. Ban.do Blah Blah Blah iPhone Case / 5. Kate Spade Tokyo Wide Brim Fedora / 6. Zara Ankle Boots / 7. L.A.M.B. Tomas Ankle Pumps / 8. Kate Spade Ball Point Pen / 9. J.Crew Silk cut-out tee / 10. Furbish Linen Pineapple Framed Art / 11. Furbish Linen Watermelon Framed Art / 12. Zara Biker Jacket / 13. Tory Burch Barnette Pump / 14. Nike Women's Epic Run Crop Leggings / 15. 3.1 Phillip Lim Trance Low Top Sneakers / 16. Kate Spade Perfect Pair Shoe Bag / 17. The Forest Feast / 18. Pour La Victoire Keon Flat Booties / 19. J.Crew Zip Pocket Mini
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Monday, August 25, 2014
Filed under: My life
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! I can't believe this is the last week of August!!! Summer stay longer please! This is my little guy's last week at Preschool, and he starts school next week, so I'm in some sort of panic attack, when did he grow up so fast?!!! Time is flying.
Wishing you a great week and leaving you with some snaps from last week :)
Loeffler Randall Beatriz Oxfords, obsessed!
Pizza date to celebrate my little boy's Daycare graduation (!!!) :)
All black on Saturday: Loeffler Randall Oxfords / 7 FAM Skinny Jeans (similar) / Rebecca Taylor Top (similar, similar)
Beach Essentials: Kaanas Flats / Ray-Ban Aviators / J.Crew Denim Shorts / Free People Scalloped top and bottom / California Naturel Sunscreen / Aritzia top (almost identical) / Loeffler Randall Marmy Scallop Sandals / Triangl Ruby Capricorn Bikini Set / Soludos
Cool Installation at the Distillery District
Avocado toast with buffalo mozzarella, so good :)
Best way to end the weekend after a good run by the lake: a little pampering ;)
Love Fresh Hand lotion / Fresh Soy Cleanser / Fresh Black Tea Age delay eye concentrate / Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil / Voluspa Candle in Creme de Peche / BelloPop Matches / Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream / Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum / Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil / Clarisonic Mia / Essie in Ballet Slippers
All white on Sunday: Madewell Universal Tee / Ray-Ban Aviators / Anthropologie Hat / Marais USA Slippers (old) / J.Crew Eyelet Skort
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Friday, August 22, 2014
Filed under: Weekend
Macarons making in the process. Pretty but unsuccessful!
Here are some links in case you'd like to check them out ;)
. Don't know if something is still fresh? This app tells you when to toss it out!
. 9 ways to become more creative...in 10 minutes
. The Man Repeller's office, a must see!
. Raise your hand (or leave a comment) if you use your phone as an alarm? Why we should stop doing so.
. Instagram and how we eat
. This avocado/grapefruit salad looks and sounds amazing!
. Daily recommendation of fruits and veggies, in pretty photos ;)
Today I'm getting back at Amna and Sundeep who asked if I could share more about blazers and the options currently available online. I think that whether you work in a corporate environment or not, blazers are definitely a closet must-have. They are incredibly versatile and work with absolutely everything: shorts, jeans, pencil skirts, pants, dresses, you name it. Day, night, casual, dressy, they instantly give you a sophisticated and polished look.
If you ask me if this is something you should splurge on I'd say it depends. Even though it's a closet staple, ask yourself how much would you wear it and how much are you willing to spend on it. While I believe that every woman should own a great fitting black blazer, your lifestyle and budget is ultimately what's going to determine how much you should spend on it. Although good quality, fit and exquisite attention to detail go a long way, if it's going to sit in your closet and not on your shoulders, where's the point on splurging?
I personally am a fan of collarless blazers with a modern twist like leather lapels or tuxedo cuts. For affordable yet good pieces I like the ones from Topshop, but if you're looking for the whole great looks, high quality and amazing fit package I highly recommend Two Penny Blue. I also hear tons of great stuff from Helmut Lang and Theory in case you want to check them out too ;)
CLASSIC: J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer / Merona Blazer / Old navy Classic Blazer / Vince Camuto One-button blazer / Theory Blazer / Smythe Duchess Blazer
MODERN: Topshop Slim Blazer / Old Navy Collarless Blazer / Two Penny Blue Sutton Blazer / Helmut Lang Smoking Tux Blazer
WHITE: Topshop Slim Curve Blazer / Mango Satin Collar Crepe Blazer / Topshop Blazer / Stella McCartney Blazer / Chloe Blazer
COLORED: Two Penny Blue Cambridge Blazer / Joseph Blazer / Two Penny Blue Cambridge Blazer / River Island Open Front Blazer / Two Penny Blue Cambridge Blazer
PATTERNED: Zara Straight Cut Blazer / Mossimo Ponte Blazer / J.Crew Puff-sleeve blazer in triangle dot / J.Crew Collection Silk Blazer / Calvin Klein Leopard Print Blazer
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I feel incredibly honoured to be featured on The Glitter Guide as part of their Style at Home column, and beyond grateful and blessed for all the support, sweet comments, tweets, re-tweets, favorited tweets, and likes I received yesterday. Thank you so much for the kind words, it means a lot to me and I'm forever grateful :)
It was a really fun experience (let's not count the very few hours of sleep I had the
All photos by Annawithlove Photography
In my entryway: DIY spots wall / Bench from Target / Cushion from Aurelia / Runner from West Elm / DIY Jeweled Sandals / Mirror from Black Rooster Decor
Powder room gallery wall: Triangles / Dragonfly / Peony / Books / Abstract / Zebra / Ballons over NYC / Feathers / Pink Peonies / Louvre / Ranunculus
Magazines and peonies ;)
Prints by Koshi (inverted V) and hand painted (those in V form)
Wearing Madewell chambray shirt (sold out, similar) / BaubleBar Necklace / Forever 21 Crochet Pencil Skirt (sold out, similar)
Pink Ranunculus Photo
"Hacked" Ikea bedside table / West Elm Lamp / Izola Jasmine Candle / Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish / Target Vase
Posted by Gaby [The Vault Files] on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Filed under: My life
I took yesterday off as I really needed the time to deal with some personal issues, so I apologize for the silence. I'll probably share about it tomorrow or later this week, and will try to make it into something positive because I believe that in every situation (good and bad) there's room for learning, staying positive, and inspiring each other. So I will do my best :)
In the meantime, here are some recent snaps I hope you enjoy.
Kaanas Lhasa Cabo Flats, obsessed!
I love how these clay jewelry dishes turned out, will share the link to the tutorial as soon it goes up on Hello Natural ;)
In love with the design of this perfume bottle, isn't it cool? Smells amazing too ;)
(DKNY MYNY in case you're wondering ;) )
The best macaron I've had so far: Coconut and Passion Fruit from Colette.
Peachy Mini Carnations
When you don't want to throw away a bottle because you really like the label ;)
Current desk essentials and stationary finds: Kate Spade Agenda / Graphic Image Personalized Jotter and Pen / Garance Dore Studio Social Stationary / Poppin Notebook / Garance Dore Sudio Desk Pad / Garance Dore Studio Merci Cards