Happy hump day! Apologies for not posting last week. Things have been super hectic with work. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m going to Mexico tomorrow and escaping this weather! I can’t wait to relax and take in the sunshine. Before I go, I thought I would give you an update on what’s new with my diet. I decided to cut meat and fish out of my diet completely about a month ago. While I love and care about animals, I’ve made this decision to see if it will help improve digestion issues I’ve been having. I wouldn’t say that my issues are completely fixed, but I have noticed improvements. And I haven’t missed meat and fish at all! We’ll see how long this lasts… but for now, I’m happy.
On this particular morning, I went to a 7:15am class at Barre3. Before class, I ate a banana with a bit of almond butter. I didn’t get a picture because I was in zombie-mode. On the way home from class, I grabbed a green juice. When I got home, I had a lemon poppy seed muffins (recipe here). I substituted one cup buckwheat flour for one cup almond flour since it’s what I had. Although the look a little funky, they tasted good! These muffins freeze well too.
For lunch, I ate a bowl of roasted red pepper soup (recipe here). I topped it with some quinoa and a bit of guacamole. I had some corn chips on the side for dipping. It was such a good combination! I highly recommend this and will be making this more often.
For a quick snack, I ate a couple handfuls of the Shasha organic cocoa and vanilla buckwheat snacks. These taste good, but I tend to go through the packages so quickly that it’s not really worth it for me.
For dinner I made crispy quinoa cakes (receipe here) and a simple kale salad. The quinoa cakes had good flavour (especially with a bit of hot sauce), but I did find them a little dry. For my salad, I chopped up tomatoes and cucumbers, and topped everything with a bit of homemade balsamic dressing.
Let me know if you have any tips for eating vegetarian. I’d love to hear your advice and recipe ideas. I hope you have a lovely week!
My least favourite month of the year has come and gone quickly, thankfully. There’s a few months between summer and I, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m going to choose to ignore the blustering snowstorm happening outside my window for now. I will say that this month has been pretty productive. I set a handful of specific goals for the year and have been sticking with them consistently. I finished the Barre3 challenge and have given up on meat (a topic I’ll get into at a later date). With a busy month, comes the need for effective and easy to use products. Here’s the beauty, skincare, and random things I’ve been loving…
This past month, I looked to a few makeup items that never failed to help me out in a pinch. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette was given to me as a Christmas gift and I’ve worn it everyday since. All three shades are incredibly pigmented, easy to blend, and adds luminosity to your skin without any intense shimmer. I find in the winter, when my skin is crazy pale, blush is essential to bring life back into the face. The brighter shades in the middle and far left are my preference for this time of year.
The Laura Mercier Mineral Powder has been one of my favourites for a long time, especially in the winter. This powder gives flawless, buildable coverage without making your skin look caky. There’s no visible shimmer in the powder, but it does make your skin look glowy and radiant. I love this when I’m in a rush because I don’t need to use any foundation and concealer underneath.
For my nails, I’ve been gravitating towards nudes and beiges. You don’t need to be super precise with these colours and they’re easy to take off (two major pluses in my books). My favourite shade this month has been Double Double by Moov Cosmetics. Moov Cosmetics is a Toronto-based nail polish company that stands by a 7-free philosophy among many other high standards (vegan, cruelty free, gmo-free, etc.). This shade goes on seamlessly without any streaks and the lasting power is pretty good. Even with one coat, your nails look great and put together.
My morning skincare routine has been pretty basic lately. A quick swipe of Bioderma cleansing water, a quarter-sized dollop of the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, and a healthy amount of Origins GinZing eye cream. I find that this combination really helps wake up my face and adds plenty of moisture back into the skin. The big savour has been the Simple moisturizer. I bought this stuff when I ran out of moisturizer as an intermediary product to use while I decide which higher end product to purchase. I just haven’t had too much luck with drugstore moisturizers until this product. The name of the product is exactly what it is. It’s a simple moisturizer without any scent or colour, it’s rich and somewhat thick for a day cream but it sinks in completely in a couple minutes with no greasy residue. I can see this becoming a staple in my skincare routine for awhile. I featured the Origins eye cream back in my October favourites and I’ve been using it consistently since then. This eye cream continues to impress me. It’s so brightening that I find I don’t always need an under eye concealer.
I finally got a new phone! I’m usually really quick to adopt to whatever the latest phone is out, but I’ve been holding onto to my iPhone 5 for awhile. For Christmas, I got the gold iPhone 6 and I really notice a difference in the quality of the screen and camera. I also have insanely long fingers. I find that the larger size is more comfortable to hold. Plus, I can still text with one hand! An associated favourite is my Rifle Paper Co clear iPhone cases. I have the floral lace one pictured above along with the clear rosa style. Both are really beautiful and are also durable without too much bulk.
Last but not least, my plant addiction still continues to grow. Pictured above are some of my latest purchases, all from West Elm. If you’re looking for a wide range of succulents and cool planters, go ahead and check out West Elm.
That’s all I have for today. What did you love in the month of January?