Thursday, May 5, 2016

Food File: Breakfast Açai Bowl

Today I bring you a suuuuper easy recipe I adapted from It's All Easy that is not only delicious but totally customizable. Have you ever had an Açai Bowl before? I had tried it at one of my favorite smoothie spots here in the city and I always leave dreaming about my next one for days (ok maybe weeks!) So of course I had to try this on my own, and wow, it's soooo simple yet packed with so much flavour (not to mention the health benefits!) You can whip this up in minutes and it would be a great recipe to try for Mother's Day if you want to surprise her with breakfast in bed, just saying ;)

The recipe comes from page 2 for those of you with the book, but here's what I used instead:

For the smoothie:
. 1 scoop protein powder (I like the plant based kind, vanilla flavoured)
. 1 pack frozen Açai berries (you can find it at Whole Foods in the freezer isle)
. 5 large strawberries (if you want it to have a thicker consistency add a banana)
. 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
. 1 tablespoon chia seeds

. 1/4 banana 
. 1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes
. 1-2 strawberries
. 1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes
. 1 tablespoon qi'a cereal
. 3 tablespoon granola
. 1 tablespoon dried coconut (unsweetened)

Blend all smoothie ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth, pour the mixture into a bowl (yields 2), and garnish with the toppings or any you like. Easy peasy :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Decor & Interiors File: One Room Challenge Week 5

It's week 5 of the One Room Challenge and while I still have some tasks to finish I think I've made some serious progress, especially in the powder room. Wallpaper is up people!! And I did it myself!! Well, I had some help from Matthew's grandmother but it's up and I didn't have to pay someone to do it, woo hoo!! Definitely a challenge (and a mess!) but completely doable :) The tricky part is getting the paste consistency (it took us hours to get there) but once you're past that then it's all about measuring (lots of it) and getting really messy (paste comes down the wall and you have to be cleaning on the go). While it doesn't look absolutely perfect I'm 100% happy with it and I owe it to the pattern as I really didn't have to align the edges and the pattern itself hides imperfections ;)

So, here's a look at it and more bathroom progress, don't want to give much away as the wallpaper itself is the highlight of the transformation ;)

Changed the switch plates (got them at Home Depot for cheap), faucet (Ikea) and sconces (not pictured, from AllModern). Changed the cabinet pulls as well, but I need to fill up the holes of the old ones and paint it (easy peasy)

Then in the entry, I still have to sand, yeeeahh I've been dreading that task but now that my friend Daan is lending mis his sanding machine I'll be able to crush that in minutes. Then I'll apply one coat of paint, hang the frames and I'll be pretty much ready. Art is framed and I can't wait to put it all up, and the pendant is in place and it looks amazing :)

All art is from Minted and the frames are from Indigo.

Really happy with the pendant (from AllModern), just need to change the bulb for a brighter one.

So, tasks to get done in the next few days:
- Sand and paint
- Hang frames
- Fill up holes in the bathroom cabinet and paint it
- Get a hand towel solution (preferably a stand)

Don't forget to visit the rest of talented people participating, lots of design inspiration!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Shopping File: Easy Breezy Blues

Lightweight chambray, flat espadrilles, off-the-shoulder tops and lace-up details are definitely on my radar and dominating this round-up. Can you blame me? Summer will be here before we know it so you better stock up on the essentials! Here are some recent finds I'm serisouly digging:

1. Madewell Rio Cover-up Dress: Great dress to add to your wardrobe this Summer! Wear it with flats during the day, dress it up with espadrilles (like these) or heels (like these) for a night out!
2. Madalyn Print: How gorgeous?
3. Karen Walker Lana Cross Body Bag: The prettiest color and details!
4. Zara Top with Bows: Super cute top! Comes in white and a striped version too.
5. Zara Bikini Top and Bottom: Get Summer ready with this beautiful bikini that won't break the bank!
6. Zara Studio Poplin Dress with Knot: Beautiful dress perfect for weekends, picnics, and Summer get-togethers.
7. J.Crew Cotton Off-the-shoulder top: A great piece to get if you want to get on the off-the-shoulder trend as it will go with just about anything! Can't go wrong with a plain white option!
8. Tory Burch Mignon Braided Sandals: Cool flats!
9. Zara Floral Bandana: If you're jumping on the bandana trend Zara has some great ones!
10. Coach Soft Swagger Leather Satchel: Coach has been coming out with some great bags lately, love this one!
11. Cuyana Overnight Bag: The most perfect weekender, period.
12. Madewell Backyard Blanket: Picnic essential! Love that you can use it for the beach as well!
13. Chanel Powder Blush: Merritt says that this blush is amazing, and since she always looks flawless, I say it's worth checking out ;)
14. Super Santa Gel Sunglasses: Cool shades.
15. H&M Leather Espadrilles: If you're looking for leather espadrilles, H&M has some great options for less than $50, not bad!
16. H&M Crop Top: Wear it with high waisted skirts and culottes!
17. BaubleBar Whitely Choker: When you need to add just the right amount of oomph to your looks!
18. Banana Republic Off-the-Shoulder Top: This top is amazing, I just got it and I can't wait to wear it :)
19. Pinch Provisions Fitness Kit: Pinch Provisions makes the most amazing emergency pouches (I love to gift them) and this fitness kit is genius!! PS: they would make a great Mother's Day gift for your friends, so check out their whole collection, they have various themes including one for moms ;)
20. Herschel Supply Co. Dawson Backpack: For weekends?
21. Madewell Terrace Lace-up Shirt: Definitely falling for lace-up shirts, and of course Madewell has some great ones (love this one too!)
22. Soludos Suede Fringe Platform Smoking Slipper: Great fringe detail right? Nice twist.
23. Matt Bernson Heron Sandals: Classic sandals to wear
24. Vince Medium Shopping Bag: Beautiful color, especially if you are wearing head-to-toe denim and don't want to break it up ;)
25. Soludos Leather Plarform Smoking Slippers: Another pair of leather espadrilles that I love.
26. Maslin Beach Towel: Never seen such a fancy towel!
27. Madewell x Peanuts® Joe Cool Tee: Because who doesn't love Snoopy?? :)