Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taco Time

The other day I had a craving for fish tacos, and wanted to make a relatively healthy version that didn't feature battered and fried fish. I had a hard time finding a recipe that would work for me; none of the 5 stores I visited had tomatillos for salsa verde, I wanted to grill the fish, and I wanted a tasty marinade for the fish. After spending too much time looking for a recipe that fit all of these requirements, I decided to use bits and pieces of a few recipes and add my own spin on the ingredients.

I used this salsa fresca recipe; but used two red tomatoes, one unriped green tomato and added a can of green chillies that I had kicking around. I used this marinade; but substituted olive oil for canola oil and added a bit of chopped garlic. I used cod but you could substitute it for tilapia, halibut, haddock or any other white fish you have at home. I baked the fish in the oven instead of grilling it because it happened to be raining that day and I'm a wimp, and garnished the tacos with avocado and green cabbage in addition to the salsa fresca.

Making these tacos was a fun experience for me because I learned that I don't need to follow a recipe 'to a tee' for it to work out. I have decided that I want to take more chances and experiment with cooking and baking in order to make the recipes I use 'my own'.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Back in Black

Tank: Michael Michael Kors, Skirt: Forever 21, Wedges: Steve Madden "Winka", Blazer: Silence and Noise at Urban Outfitters, Handbag: vintage (thrifted), Necklace: Urban Outfitters, Watch: Citizen.

I recently realized with the exception of this post, I have primarily been wearing outfits that are based on bright colours and/or prints. I don't know if this is just because it is summer or if I had just never realized that I have an aversion to muted tones and solid colours. Not that there is anything wrong with patterns or colours, but I decided to mix it up a bit and try to put together an outfit that revolves around (not so basic) black.

I had just received these wedges the morning I took these pictures, and I am completely in love with them. I ordered them from Hautelook during their Steve Madden sale a couple of weeks ago, and they satisfied my craving for these wedges at a considerably lower price tag.

On another note, I took these photos last week so I had an extra post ready for today. The reason is that I just had knee surgery at the end of last week and knew that I wouldn't be well enough to take outfit photos for at least a couple of days. My recovery is going really well and I think I will be able to put on something other than pyjamas and take some outfit photos in a day or two!

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Want it Now! Fall Jackets

With fall quickly approaching, I have spent the last few days browsing through pages and pages of fall jackets in different styles. The ones that seemed to be catching my eye were biker styles, not-so-basic boyfriend blazers, classic trenches in camel and khaki colors, military inspired jackets in olive tones, and unique cuts and styles in suede or faux suede. These were a few of that jackets that were calling my name this week at (mostly) affordable prices. Which jackets are you going to be rocking this fall?

Top Row:
Forever 21 Studded Leatherette Jacket, $47.80.
Topshop Leather Saddle Stitch Jacket, $310.
Topshop Fleece Collar Pu Biker Jacket, $110.

Second Row:
Topshop Swallow Print Boyfriend Blazer, $125.
Topshop Slouchy Blazer, $135.
Topshop Draped Tencil Biker Jacket, $145.

Third Row:
Forever 21 Studded Pyramid Jacket, $27.80.
Topshop Exposed Seam Trench Coat, $160.
Anthropologie Page-Turner Trench Coat, $268.

Bottom Row:
Topshop Suede Chiffon Peplum Jacket, $145.
Delia's Shauna Military Jacket, $69.50.
Anthropologie Convoy Coat, $238.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Double Lemon Bars

After purchasing a huge bag of lemons at the market this weekend, I made a large pitcher of lemonade and still had a few lemons to spare. I then went to my trusty Bon Appetit cookbook in search of an easy and tasty lemon dessert in order to make use of the remaining lemons. After bypassing a few options that looked too complicated, I stumbled upon this recipe for double lemon bars. It turned out to be fast, easy and really delicious. I took the bars over to a friend's dinner party and they were a huge hit! The recipe can be found online here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tie One On

Top: Gap (Old), Skirt: Homemade, Socks: Target, Oxfords: Kimchi Blue, Clutch: Vintage, Belt: Street Vendor in Thailand, Necklace: Homemade.

The moment I noticed this interesting fabric at my local fabric store I knew I just had to buy it. The name of the fabric "Aunt Grace Ties One On" is as unique as its design - little scotty dogs wearing bow ties interspersed with polka dots. I don't know who Aunt Grace is but I sure do love her cute fabric!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Crushed-Mint Lemonade

After a week of scorching temperatures, I had a craving for freshly squeezed lemonade. I stumbled upon this recipe, which helped me make use of the mint that was taking over my garden. The recipe was easy to follow and the mint put a refreshing spin on the classic taste of lemonade. It was the perfect drink to sip on the patio on a hot summer night!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tough as Nails

Leather (faux) jacket: People's Liberation, Top: People's Liberation, Skinny cargos: Blank Denim, Ballet flats: Coach, Clutch: Winners, Necklace: Target (0ld).

After the weeks and weeks on end of sweltering hot and humid weather, it turned cold and rainy for several days. I didn't mind at all because it gave me a chance to take this new biker jacket out for a spin. I ordered both this top and jacket from the People's Liberation sale on Hautelook recently and couldn't be happier with them. I couldn't believe my eyes when I was able to score this jacket for $40! If you haven't signed up on Hautelook yet, you definitely should. It's free to sign up and no invite is needed. Every time I wear these skinny cargos I fall in love with them even more. They are so soft and comfy - I never want to take them off!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I Want It Now: Fall Handbags

One of the items at the top of my fall wishlist is a new handbag in a neutral colour that is versatile enough to be paired with a variety of outfits. I've selected a few of the ones that caught my eye this week while I scoured dozens of websites in search of the perfect bag. I think my feelings for the Linea Pelle Dylan bag may be love, but the price point is a little higher than I would ideally like to spend right now.

What is your philosophy on handbags? Do you tend to invest in one quality bag and carry it often, or do you buy several bags at lower prices and rotate them?

1. Topshop Large Leather Pyramid Stud Bag, $90.
2. J.J. Winters Crossbody Strap Fringle Bag, $305.
3. Rebecca Minkoff Main Squeeze Foldover Bag, $395.
4. Forever 21 Versatile Chic Bag, $32.50.
5. Topshop Leather and Leopard Clutch, $100.
6. Topshop Washed Two Buckle Satchel, $70.
7. Deena and Ozzy Studded Pocket Small Bucket Bag, $98.
8. Warehouse Leather Double Pocket Front Across Body Bag, $64.03.
9. Forever 21 Buckled Leatherette Tote bag, $34.80.
10. Linea Pelle Dylan Tote, $435.
11. Forever 21 Escapade Leatherette Tote, $28.80.
12. Foley + Corinna Classic Disco City Clutch, $198.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blog Awards: Sweet Friends

Yesterday I had the honor of being tagged for a blog award by Jasmine at Fashion Obsessed. Thanks Jasmine!

The rules accompanying the award are as follows:
1. Post who gave you this award.
2. State ten things you like.
3. Give this award to 10 other bloggers and notify them with a comment.

So here it goes:
1. I was given this award by Jasmine at Fashion Obsessed.

2. Ten things I like:
  • Receiving a visit from UPS, Fedex, Canada Post, etc with a new package for me!
  • Animals - I have three cats and one dog!
  • Reading - There's nothing more relaxing then curling up with a cup of tea, a comfy blanket and a good book.
  • Blogging - Obvious right?
  • Yoga - So great for the mind and body.
  • Being active - whether it's playing competitive sports, jogging or just walking the dog, being active has been a part of my lifestyle since as far back as I can remember.
  • Music - I couldn't survive a day without it!
  • Baking - It's de-stressing for me and I get to eat the results!
  • Movies - One of my favourite low-key activities.
  • Shopping - Especially online!

3. Ten bloggers I would like to give this award to:

From a Dress to a Skirt

After cleaning and organizing my closet last week, I decided to turn this eyelet dress into a high-waisted skirt. It never did fit quite right in the ribcage, so instead of getting rid of it I figured I would try to make it into something wearable.

It was actually easier than I thought; the longest amount of time I spent on it was removing the seam along the bodice, which I did while watching tv one night. I then hemmed the skirt and sewed the seam back together and voila - it was ready to wear!

Skirt: Gap (was a dress), Tank: Target, Necklace: Topshop, Watch: Citizen, Belt: Winners, Shoes: Vintage (found in my grandma's basement).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cat Power

Dress: Peppermint, Boots: ?(Old), Clutch: Winners, Belt: Vintage (thrifted), Necklace: Gift, Cardigan: Joe Fresh.

I have had this dress since earlier in the season and realized I hadn't posted any photos of it yet. I was also dying to pair my motorcycle boots with a sundress so I figured these two pieces would go well together. Last night the air was quite crisp because it had just rained, which gave me a chance to dig this comfy, oversized cardigan out of the closet.

Which pieces are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

One of my favourite desserts has always been cheesecake. I love the rich, creamy cheese contrasted with the crispy graham wafer crust and the sweet berry or chocolate topping. I came across this low fat, low calorie version of chocolate chip cheesecake and decided to try it on Sunday. I used a graham wafer crust because my local store didn't have any chocolate cookie wafers. This recipe uses low fat options for all of the ingredients and according to the website, it cuts the grams of fat down from 500 (for an average slice of cheesecake) to 5.3!

I didn't have a round cheesecake pan so I used a square 9 x 9 pan and cut the cheesecake into 16 pieces. Using the nutritional information on the website and my own calculations I determined that each slice is only 175 calories! The cheesecake turned out to be really tasty despite being low fat and low calorie. I love being able to indulge in a dessert without feeling guilty!