Alright friends — if you’re following me on Instagram then you know most of my adventures in the kitchen usually begin without a plan, but rather a desperate need to use up the last of the contents in my fridge before they spoil or before I’m leaving on a trip somewhere.
Well, it was this need that yielded this month’s easy peasy recipe that i’m fondly calling Yo’Berries! Get it –> yogurt covered berries… Yo’Berries. I’m hilarious 😉
My main mission for 2015 is a simple one: Getting and Staying Happy. In order to achieve this lofty goal I applied a START-STOP-CONTINUE approach. And so I’ve decided to START cooking more – using recipes I’ve never tried before and sharing my culinary mis/adventures on the blog once a month.
With summer finally here…here’s an easy, creamy, icy, sweet treat that isn’t bad for you 🙂
– 1 (6oz) Container of fresh blueberries
– 1 (6oz) container non-fat vanilla yogurt. NOTE: Greek yogurt could totally work too.
What do you think of this recipe? Do you think you’d give it a try yourself? How would you improve or change it for the better? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below.
Want other PPMeow recipes? You can visit my Instagram page and look for the hashtag #PPMeowCooks for more adventures in my kitchen.
I’ve created a sub-menu on my homepage under REVIEWS on the homepage for you – my readers – to find them easily…and hopefully try a few yourself. 🙂
What about sandals? Are there rules on summer footwear for a flowy maxi at the office?
Well, earlier this week I did it. I took an easy-peasy, light n’ airy, double-side-slit maxi dress to the office for a business casual look.
I’m a rebel. Living’ on the edge. It’s true. 😛
I recently had to return an online item I ordered from Forever21…and exchanged it in-store for this bold abstract printed maxi dress.
The fab braided, strappy back design is really what sold me. Being petite (short), maxi anything is always a challenge for moi. I haven’t been wearing heels very much this year. And there’s just something oh-so-cool and sophisticated about wearing a flowy long dress with a pair of flat sandals.
I recently bought myself some aqua thong’d Birkenstocks that have quickly become my go-to-shoe for the summer — showing off my orange polished pedicured feet 🙂
Another nice effect to this dress is the 21cm long side-slits! Totally ready for summer beach strolls and weekend brunch.
Buuuuuuut, is it office appropriate? Things that make you go hmmmm…..
I dunno if you’re like me, but when I buy something new, I like wearing it out immediately! So it was gonna happen!
Blazers cover up a number of clothing sins and boosts the level of professionalism and sophistication to nearly any outfit. This blush pink open Dorothy Perkins blazer has come in handy to do just that for me in both Fall and Spring. It’s a bit warm for Summer wear (due to lining), but it did the trick.
I tried balancing out the length of the dress’ slits with covered up arms – the 3/4 sleeves cuz its summer. Alternatively, I could also put a button down shirt over a maxi dress and belt it for a different office-appropriate effect.
On its own, NO! This dress is not office appropriate.
Maxis are tricky ones! This one had a nice modest neckline, not too tight. But look at those high slits for a leg peep-show and the boho pattern. Maybe it was TOO beachy, too light, and read more like a nightgown …. but I wore it with confidence and took it to the office anyways! 😛
I even got to catch some Vitamin D at lunchtime “networking” with a coworker WITHOUT the blazer. Oh yeah!!!
Summer in the city! Gotta keep that wardrobe versatile to go easily from 9a-5p and beyond 😉
Ladies, sound off — are maxi dresses or maxi skirts ever appropriate for the office, or have I committed a terrible fashion faux pas?
Oh, and if they’re ok…. which are the proper shoes to wear with them? Assuming that my aqua Birks were deemed inappropriate for the office too … told ya, I’m a rebel. 😛
Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below!
Suzy Shier is a Canadian retailer of women’s fashion with over 140 stores across the country.
When I was a teen, I remember shopping there as an in-betweenie size 15, I would be able to find a rare gem at a price I could afford on my minimum wage salary at the time. But, in my adult years I haven’t stepped a foot into one of their stores until the recent news: Suzy Shier was launching a plus size line! 😀
HAZZA! It’s about freakin’ time, right!?
There happens to be a Suzy Shier close to my office in downtown Toronto … so, I stopped by at lunch to peruse their offerings. I’ve got to say, the prints and patterns I was seeing were lovely, bright and fresh. Perfect for summer!! Thrilled, I began looking for my sizes – plus sizes.
Only to discover that there were none to be found. 😦
A shopgirl informed me that only a select few locations carry the larger sizes, and that the downtown core wasn’t one of them. She did, however, let me know that some of the more ‘popular’ styles I see on the floor for regular sizes will be made in the plus sizes!
Feeling less inconvenienced by this news … I returned to my desk to launch their website to see what lovely fashions could be mine and where I needed to get them from.
As you can see from these two images => offerings for regular sizes vs. plus sizes aren’t nearly as “fun” for summer.
Nonetheless, I thought I should visit a location and see the plus size options up close and personally, as often you never really get a good feel for an item until you’ve actually tried it on yourself.
Using the handy-dandy store locator I discovered this: of the 140 stores – 3 are located in Toronto (First Canadian Place, Gerrard Square and Duffrin Mall) – and of those only 1 carries the plus size line. Grrrrr… Lucky for me, The Duffrin Mall is in my hood so getting to there isn’t a big deal.
Suzy Shier @ The Duffrin Mall
At first glance to the very back corner of the store seems dedicated to the plus size options – that looks colourful and plentiful. And as you can see … the prices are just right!
But upon closer inspection, the pieces available on the floor didn’t really grab my attention – most were not my taste and most did not quite fit my body right. And I found that I needed to try on all three sizes (1x, 2x and 3x) as the sizing really changed from one item to the next.
My top two coveted items I had hoped to find in store from their website were the following:
Ok, before we get into all the pieces I tried on — let’s talk about the change-room situation at this location. Yikes!
They are pretty narrow, with one sad hook. Which ultimately forces you to make a decision: do you hang up your beloved purse and the clothes you are wearing OR the clothes you’d like to try on currently on hangers?
Oh! And to top it all off: no mirrors inside the wee room. Which means you must step out of the room, and strategically position its door while making sure it doesn’t lock you out of the room that now houses all your stuff, all in an effort to see your reflection on a mirror that hangs on THE BACK of your change-rooms door. #brutal
And what’s a girl to do in those moments when the outfit-tried-on is a complete disaster and you’d prefer not sharing the embarrassing moment with others by stepping outside of that room for a glance at that mirror? I can only imaging the number of unpurchased items simply because ladies wanted to avoid stepping out of the change-rooms in questionably fitting try-ons.
I had the added obstacle of having to compete with a rack of returns that cluttered up the narrow hallway between change-rooms in order to catch a glimpse of my reflection as I emerged from my change-room. Le sigh…
Here’s what caught my attention enough to want to try on:
This navy scuba dress with beige lace wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t making me excited about it either… Meh! I dunno…
l did find the dress I was spotted online. It was on the sale rack (woot! woot!) but sadly it had a few pulled threads and only sizes 1x and 2x remained.
I would have liked to try on the 3x to see if it fit me a bit better – I’m not a fan of the boob-mashing-situation going on below.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed – especially because the shopgirl assured me that the plus sizes would be the same prints and styles shown in their regular line.
Which was not the case at all. And then to find out that the only Toronto location had cramped quarters for trying on items AND that they didn’t have all the sizes and styles as their website displayed for the plus line. Le sigh… 😦
What I Bought!
On my way out, I did find a size 2x in the faux wrap aztec printed dress. But the thought of having to go back into those cramped change-rooms AGAIN…. ew. No Thanks.
I guesstimated that I’d be safer to purchase this item a size smaller, and if worst case scenario… I’d simply return it if it didn’t fit right once I got it home. Right? Right!
BIG FYI #1:Suzy Shier has a strict Exchange Only policy (14-days). Absolutely zero Returns for cash back. **insert eye-roll emoji here**
BIG FYI #2: If you are hoping to do an exchange, know that you can ONLY exchange plus sized items to Suzy Shier stores with plus size options.
Yup. So, before you decide to spend your cold hard cash on a piece from this retailer, make sure you REALLY want it and that you like the way it fits, cuz there is no turning back once you fork out the $$. And with the sizing being so different from one piece to the next, ordering online without trying anything on IS NOT A WISE CHOICE here, don’t ya think?
Lucky for me, the 2x I purchased without trying on, fit like a dream! Even the exposed long zip down the back even lays flat from the top of neck to tail of hip! Very exciting news for my curvy self.
The neckline was still a bit big…or rather more revealing than I’d like. Thank goodness for safety pins for a quick fix 😉
Have any of you shopped Suzy Shier+ yet? Have you had much luck with fit, selection and style available to you? What are your thoughts on the pieces I tried on? Did I make the right choice?
Let me know in the comments section below.
I wore this number out this past weekend for BuzzontheBridge, part of 100in1Day event in Toronto –>
What a perfect sunny Saturday to be dancing Lindy Hop on the Wallace Bridge, followed by soaking up the rays with mimosas and Caesars on a patio! 🙂
Last year, I had the good fortune to have met Miss Tierra Sedgemore, the delightful woman behind the brand Size Sexy – click here to for that story 🙂
Early this May, Tierra hosted a fantastic evening of entertainment and curvy fashion entitled: Get Your Sexy On at The Uptown Lofts in Toronto.
These events are always a great opportunity to catchup with the lovelies of the plus-sized communities in the city. As well as seeing all the gorgeous fashion-forward creations of independent designers up close and personally.
Owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson, a husband and wife team, invite you into their mom n’ pop style establishment for an experience that is nostalgic as it is charming.
Team Bean and Baker decided to move the Grand Opening to early June, when the massive demand during their soft opening week SOLD OUT of their entire supply of ice cream without making it through an entire business day. 🙂
Clearly, a good sign of things to come … Torontonians know what they want. And they want what Bean and Baker Malt Shop’s got!
I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive blogger sneak-peek event last week, along with friend and fellow blogger Liz, from The Vintage Inn.
So here’s the inside scoop on what you can expect from this lovely little gem-of-a-spot in a great neighbourhood of Toronto.
The 16-seat establishment is charming and decorated in a retro 1950’s style. Customers can sit inside or grab-and-go.
Also, there are rumours that a few picnic benches may pop-up over the summer too. 😉
It features an open-concept kitchen and Soda Jerks behind the counter complete with a bowtie and a smile, as they provide good, honest food and drinks with top-notch quality ingredients.
Being a blogger definitely has its perks 😉
We were offered a sampling of all the amazing treats which included savouries like Wisey’s mini mince beef & cheese pies, veggie savoury pie and the veggie quiche.
Then came sweets! ❤
There was the warm cherry pie pocket, dark chocolate eclair, and the old school PB&J pie.
And last, but certainly not least, the Hello Dolly Square – O.M.G. so good!
The menu also features premium coffee, ice cream, floats and milkshakes.
Ice Cream Sundaes made anyway you like and with any kind of Ed’s Ice Cream.
It was this evening that I discovered the Burnt Marshmallow flavour. And let me tell ya folks, it is life changing! I have no idea how I’ve gotten through 30+ years of living without knowledge of this ice cream flavour …
Viva la Burnt Marshmallow! Mmmmmmmmm!
Is it just me, or is anybody wondering what the heck ‘malt’ actually is?
The term malt comes from the malted milk that made the shops famous. Brothers James and William Horlick invented malted milk in the 1880s. The concoction is a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk that is dried to a powder form. It was originally invented for use with infants and invalids to be an easy source of nutrition, something akin to powdered baby formulaor milk. The taste found popularity in soda shops, and even greater popularity when mixed with ice cream.
Here they are – Malt Shakes made with whatever ice cream your little heart desires! These were in mini form for the blogger event – yours will come in the traditional size 😉
One of the coolest things about Bean and Baker is their handmade sodas made by authentic Soda Jerks, with flavours ranging from Root ‘n Cola, Gramp’s Ginger, Real Orange, and Hibiscus.
Ever wonder what those long swirly spoons were for? Watch the video below and wonder no more friends 🙂
Thank you to everyone at Bean and Baker for making this event so delicious and so much fun!
If you’d like to read the Bean and Baker Malt Shop official news release and The Vintage Inn’s review, click here.
“10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2015” This retro malt shop is slated to open this spring at 326 Harbord St., the address formerly occupied by the Bickford Flexitarian (and before that Linuxcaffe). The shop to be stocked with old school soda fountains, ice cream, baked goods and confections. – Blogto.com
What a cool, fun addition to the TO vintage landscape!!! You got to get to there!!! 😀
Bean and Baker Malt Shop is located at: 326 Harbord St, in Toronto
Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am 7 pm, Monday Closed.