Good Morning Friends!!! :) I had a bit of a stressful day yesterday with a very sick little man, but prior to all the chaos breaking loose (and subsequently, my amazing Mom coming to my rescue) I did get a chance to enjoy the beauty of the city I live in. Winter in Calgary is normally pretty tame, but we have had an unusual amount of the ‘light and fluffy stuff’ this year, and it really does look spectacular.
So here is my weekend challenge for you all. Try to find a half-hour this weekend and see if you can really enjoy the beauty in your city, your neighborhood, or even your home. I think we are often too busy to just stop and notice the things around us that are truly spectacular. These photos were taken on my walk to lunch yesterday. The one of Dear John and I was taken a bit ago, but really captures the essence of winter. :)
Seriously…..what is it about elbow patches that are so comforting but oddly enough, so chic???? I bought a sweater last winter in a pumpkin-spice colour that has saddle colour elbow patches. It’s one of my favourite winter pieces and whenever I wear it I find odd reasons to point at things with my elbows in order to show off my sweater’s patchy fabulousness. :)
You will note below that I am showcasing the gorgeous Mel from Saskify Your Cravings. She is not only one of the most talented people I know, but she is funny as all get out and one of the best moms I know. Inspired by the Madewell thermal sweater (#7 below), Mel managed to replicate the same look for 10% of the cost. That girl never ceases to amaze…….
Another Polyvore creation to showcase the look I wore to work on Wednesday. Again, not all of these pieces are identical to the ones that I wore, but again the look is virtually identical. I wore the grey long sleeve over the dress which created a punch of vibrant colour in an otherwise relatively neutral outfit. The booties are the exact ones I own. They just arrived last week and I love love love them!!! So cute and so comfortable. I will definitely be wearing these bad boys all winter. Half way to the weekend friends. xoxoxo.
With Christmas seemingly right around the corner, it feels appropriate to start decorating the house for the upcoming festivities. Nugget and I celebrate both Christmas and Hannukah, so here are a few items that I think will help to add to the ‘merry and brightness’ of our holiday season. I also want to pay special tribute to my beautiful friend Cindy at Raven Style, who put together the most gorgeous Holiday centerpiece. She has also recently posted a ‘how to create a festive potted urn’ which is nothing short of stunning as well. Enjoy friends! xoxoxo
This week I’ve been a busy bee! I managed to get two types of cookies in the freezer in preparation for Christmas. The first was a classic shortbread from the Joy of Cooking and the second was a recipe from a friend (recipe below). My Christmas baking tupperware is getting full-up friends….and I am too. ;)
Chocolate Shortbread with White Chocolate Drizzle
1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup white chocolate (chopped)
Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg & cloves) in a mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter to the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles crumbs. Kneed the dough into a ball and using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough until 1/2 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter of your choice (I used a Christmas tree) cut the dough into cookie shapes and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. While the cookies are baking, heat the white chocolate in a double-boiler until the chocolate is completely melted and easily runs off of a spoon. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool. Drizzle with white chocolate and allow the chocolate to set before storing or stacking.
My boyfriend is from Toronto. I am a Calgarian. So when Toronto and Calgary played each other in the Grey Cup (Canada’s Super Bowl) it was a natural rivalry that required serious snacks and even more serious bets. I decided to make the BEST 8 Layer Mexican Dip and Roast Beef Rolls (recipes below). As for that bet….we agreed that the loser would mash their face into the remainder of the dip. Because I’m cocky like that, I took the bet without hesitation. The Stamps lost…..I ended up experiencing the magic of an 8 layer Mexican dip facial. :)
The BEST 8 Layer Mexican Dip
2 cups of refried beans
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of cream cheese (softened)
1 package of taco seasoning
2 cups of guacamole
3 cups of lettuce (shredded)
3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes (diced)
1/4 cup diced green onion
1/4 cup sliced black olives
In a bowl, mix together sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning. Set aside. In a casserole dish, add refried beans, then cream cheese/sour cream/taco seasoning mix. Next add guacamole, followed by lettuce, then cheese and top the dip with tomatoes, green onion and olives. Serve with nacho chips. I love the ‘hint of lime’ chips. Next day leftovers (assuming there are any) can be put in tortilla shells and served as a burrito.
Roast Beef Rolls
Package of white tortillas (8 tortillas)
1 cup of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of dijon mustard
1/2 cup of diced dill pickles
500 g of shaved roast beef (falling apart)
In a mixing bowl, combine mustard, cream cheese, mayonnaise and pickles. Spread 1/4 cup of mix on a single tortilla and add roast beef in a layer over the spread. Roll the tortillas and then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one (1) hour. When you are ready to serve, slice the tortillas into bit size pieces….similar to sushi rolls.
Vintage style and/or graphic tees are not the first thing that pop into most minds when it comes to work wear but when paired with a blazer and a cute pair of heels, I would argue it’s the perfect way to bring a little fun into the work place. This is the outfit I put together to wear to work on Monday morning. I hope it makes you smile too! :)
I was a little slow this morning after Friday night’s festivities, but despite feeling less than fresh, I figured why not put together something comfy and cute to take on the rest of the day. Here’s the look I came up with. I wore the leopard belt high over top of my cardigan. Nothing like adding a little sunshine to a snowy day with a splash of color. :) Stay warm friends.
It was my boyfriend’s 30th birthday this past Friday, and I figured that if ever there was an occasion to dress up, this was it! Not all of these pieces are identical to the ones I wore, but the look in its entirety is almost identical.