Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lace Dress

Dress: Target, boots: Botkier, cardigan: Kersh, bag: Candies, necklace: ? (old), earrings: AG 925.

On Saturday night I headed out to my friend's wedding social. If you've never heard of a social before, don't worry, because apparently it is an event that is unique to Manitoba. I wore this little lace dress with opaque tights and a cardigan because it was -30 degrees celcius this weekend. I added a sparkly necklace, a studded bag and flat riding boots to complete the look.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dreaming of Spring

While the temperatures dropped again this week, I decided that I've officially had enough of winter. I was out this weekend browsing for home decor items and I noticed that most stores had a large selection of spring pieces out. I picked up this pretty flowered wreath and decided to hang it up yesterday despite it still being February. Spring won't arrive here for a few more weeks, but I can dream, right?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lemon, Poppy seed and Almond Muffins

Yesterday was a holiday in my neck of the woods so I spent the day relaxing, cleaning my house and practicing yoga. I also whipped up a batch of lemon, poppy seed and almond muffins. The recipe I used comes from the Bon Appetit cookbook, as seen below. The store I went to this weekend didn't have almond extract so I substituted lemon extract and the muffins turned out to be amazing! I love how the almonds add a little more 'crunch' to the traditional lemon-poppy seed recipe.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Homemade Pizza

Here are some photos of the two pizzas I made last night.

Pizza #1
This is my spin on the classic margherita. I use pesto instead of tomato sauce and add sliced dates and caramelized onions to the traditional tomato, basil and bocconcini cheese.

Pizza #2
This pizza was more of a classic- I covered it in tomato sauce, pepperoni, salami, ham, mushrooms, orange and yellow peppers, onions and mozzarella.

What's your favourite kind of pizza? I love to try new recipes so I'd love to hear yours!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Best Pizza Dough Ever (in my opinion)

One of my favourite things to do is to make pizza from scratch with friends and family. I really enjoy the experience of making the pizza as much as I do eating it. Tonight I'm having a few friends over for pizza, so last night I whipped up a batch of dough in my breadmaker. Over the years I've tried numerous recipes, and I thought I would share with you my own personal recipe that I've perfected through trial and error.

Chas' Pizza Dough
41/2 cups flour
11/3 tsp. salt
1 tsp. instant yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
13/4 water (ice cold)
2 tbsp. honey
rosemary (or any other dried herb you want to add)

Some recipes tell you to add these ingredients in a specific order but truthfully I just throw everything in the breadmaker in the order it's listed, put it on the dough setting, and let it do it's thing. It turns out perfectly every time, and I've even used three different breadmakers.

After the cycle on the breadmaker is finished, I let the dough rise in the machine for a while longer, then take it out and form it into two balls which I place on a large cookie sheet, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate overnight. I take the dough out of the fridge about 2 hours before I want to start working with it so it gets to room temperature. Once I am ready to start cooking I dust cornmeal onto my pizza pans to keep the dough from sticking. I then roll the dough around in my hands with a bit of flour to remove any air bubbles and press it out onto the pizza pans. This recipe makes two large retangular cookie sheet sized pizzas with relatively thin crust.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the pizzas and share the recipes for the types I made!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yet Another Skirt

Tee: Alternative Apparel, skirt: Forever 21, tights: Urban Outfitters, booties: Madden girl, bag: Coach, pendant: homemade.

It would be an understatement to say that I've been practically living in skirts this winter. The skirts that I'm too shy to wear in the summer for fear of the wind causing an accidental wardrobe malfunction have now become my go to pieces to wear with tights this winter. I dressed this little F21 number down with a basic tee and minimal jewellery on this particular occasion. It was perfect for meeting the girls for a couple of drinks earlier this week.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Florals in the Winter

Tank: Forever 21, skirt: Forever 21, blazer: Urban Outfitters, tights: Urban Outfitters, booties: Urban outfitters, riding boots: Frye, necklace: ? (old).

I just realized that I'm wearing a lot of pieces from Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters in this post. I guess this makes sense since they are two of my favourite stores. I picked up this cute floral skirt last week to wear out for drinks on my birthday. I couldn't decide which boots to wear, so I've posted photos of both pairs. I always thought the rule was the shorter the skirt, the taller your boots should be, but I decided to break the rules and went with the booties. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hall Bench

For quite some time now I had been looking for a bench to put under the big window in my kitchen. This area previously only housed my pets' food dishes and was a sight for sore eyes. Yesterday I came across a bench at Costco that was the perfect colour, size and price for the space I wanted to fill. I picked up some coloured pillows to brighten up the room and to make the bench look inviting. Next up: decorating the kitchen walls.

Before: open space and pet feeding area.

Patch tests out the new bench.

After: green and blue pillows bring some colour into the space.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Casual Saturday

Hoodie: Alternative Apparel, skirt: Heritage 1981, tights: Hue, boots: Arizona, belt: Charlotte Russe, tee: LaMade, necklace: homemade.

This Saturday I decided to wear this suede skirt in a super casual way. I threw on a white t-shirt, my most comfortable hoodie, tights and biker boots to complete the look. I like the contrast between the suede skirt and the casualness of the hoodie.

I spent the weekend practicing yoga, cleaning my house, relaxing and spending time with family. How did you spend your weekend?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

One Year Wiser?

Tee: Alternative Apparel, sequin jacket: Matty M, jeans: J Brand, flats: Kimchi Blue, fedora: Target, necklace: homemade.

Today I'm celebrating my 26th birthday. My birthday last year was rough because I had a hard time realizing that I'm no longer in my early 20's and that I'm supposed to be older and wiser now. When I think back to my teen years and early 20's I used to think that I 'would have it all figured out' by the time I was 25, but now I realize that no one really ever 'figures it all out'. This year I've decided not to worry about getting older, but to try and enjoy life one day at a time.

Do you look forward to your birthday each year or do you dread it? If you dread it, at what age did you start to feel this way?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Little White Tee

Skirt: Charlotte Russe, tights: DIY, tee: Alternative Apparel, necklace: Forever 21, booties: Madden Girl.

This weekend I had a chance to take my new sequin skirt out for a spin. When I put it on I realized that a black sequin skirt can make quite a statement on its own, so I decided to dress it down with a plain white t-shirt. I threw on some diy tights that I made back in the fall and some black booties to complete the look. I grabbed a boho fringe bag and a cute pink necklace to inject a little fun into the outfit.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mid-calf-length skirts

I have to admit I have yet to jump on the longer skirts trend. I have a couple of maxi dresses that I wear in the summer, but I just haven't taken the plunge with the calf-length trend. I love the fact that these skirts are high-waisted and a-line shaped, but I worry that I may look like I'm chanelling Laura Ingalls Wilder if I give it a try. I thought it might be one of those trends that comes and goes within a season, but according to the latest issue of In Style, the calf-length trend will be going strong into spring. Below are a few of the longer skirts I've been eyeing over at Topshop. So I leave you with a question- have you tried the calf-length skirt? If so, how did you style it, and what shoes did you pair it with?

Premium Blue Pleated Midi Skirt, $100.

Standout Pleat Calf Skirt, $92.

Polka Dot Calf Skirt, $60.

Calf-length leather skirt, $250.