Fun-Filled February

The last day of February, already  …..  oh, it’s A Leap Year!

Let’s recap the fun-filled adventures that took place in the Life and Times of Moi this past month….

What I Did, What I Wore, and What I Cooked 🙂

Cabin Fever – Winter Edition

Over Valentine’s/Family Day long weekend, me and some lindyhopping friends made the long drive out to Algonquin Park to Wolf Den Lodge for a Winter Cabin Adventure!!!

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It was THE COLDEST WEEKEND of the year.  -38C degrees …so cold  your nose hairs froze and your glasses not just fogged over, but frosted over instantly!!!

In-between communal cooking, snowy hiking, colouring and games, dancing and singing.  There. Was. Drinking. 😮

Scotch vs. Bourbon vs. Rye?  Do you know the difference?  Neither did I.  Find out more here. **hiccup**

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I needed to get myself some proper waterproof winter boots and snow pants for the trip!

With end of season sales everywhere, finding boots wasn’t too difficult.  I bought these Sorrel’s online – had them delivered right to my door.

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Boots were easy to find…and on super sale with the winter season coming to an end. These grey-blue fur-trimmed Sorrel’s were $85

 

Finding plus size snow pants was a bit more of a challenge.  But those Facebook Groups for plus size sales & swaps helped me find these waterproof omni-heat bad boys from Columbia.

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Sadly, I didn’t end up taking too many photos this weekend – but did manage to capture these few…of winter-cottage outdoor glory!

Fashion in February

Bah! So I admit, I haven’t been very good about photographing my outfits and making them into blogposts for you.

But if you’re following my Instagram Channel – then you’ll be able to see my Outfits of the Day as they happen.

Here’s a few quick snaps of some of the looks I rocked over the month.

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Ok!!! This Cognac brown “Indiana Jones” vibe hat was a whopping $5 buy (Reitmans)!!! Paired with brown booties and a new cross-body hassle purse (The Shoe Company). Bird dress was custom for moi in Vietnam, grey leggings from Old Navy and the long white sweater, is also from Reitmans.

 

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OK! Remember when I was trying to get to University’s Alumni Day this past Fall? And how I never made it cuz there was a crazy, bonkers, blow-out sale at Tatyanna Boutique on WQW? Well…that’s where I picked up with ruffley, frilly frock for only $8!!! Yup!!! $8!!! You can’t even buy the material for that price!   I added a touch of turquoise with the skinny belt and drop earrings…to pull out the colours from the polka-dots.    I unveiled this outfit  at February’s Vintage Spectacular Dance at The Great Hall to see the GTA Swing Band for a night of dancing with LindyHop Revolution ❤
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OK!! I finally got myself some “Cold Shoulder” action when I found this dress at Forever 21+. Got me looking like a 90s Fly Girl from In Living Colour… for a night of ‘clubbing’. Turns out, I am NOT a clubbing-type-girl. Ew.

February Recipe: Spaghetti Squash

Ok!  I just recently discovered this vegetable… and it has quickly become a new favourite!!!  Spaghetti Squash might be the easiest thing to cook, and just one will yield a ton of food!

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THIS is a spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled, steamed, and/or microwaved.  It can be served with or without sauce, as a substitute for pasta.   And the seeds can be roasted, similar to pumpkin seeds.

Here’s how I cooked it….

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STEP 1: Cut the sucker in half. Scrap out all the seeds and guts…just like you would a pumpkin.
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STEP 2: Salt n’ Pepper to taste, and pop half of it into the microwave on High for 11-minutes. Then let it sit and cool for about 3-5-mins until you can handle it.
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STEP 3: Use a fork and scrape away!!! ….ooo look at those pretty strands. ❤

That’s basically it!  You can totally dig in and get to eating 🙂

But if you wanna get a bit fancier…. you can sauté some onions, garlic, parsley, chilli flakes, etc. in a bit of butter….

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STEP 4: Getting Fancy… sauté up some onions, garlic, chilli flakes in butter…and add some protein even (like shrimp, tuna, leftover anything)
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VOILA!!! Fancy sautéed Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

Waddya think of this recipe?  Think you’re gonna try it out yourself?  Super easy right! 🙂

I cooked up the other half of the spaghetti squash and served it up with some left over salmon from early that week (see image below) – just as delicious!

I’ve found this Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash “Lasagna” that I’m gonna try out next…stay tuned to my Instagram to see how that turns out!

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4 Fashion-Blogger Outfit Formulas to Try This Winter

It’s time for a good old fashioned guest blogpost 🙂

High Style Life is a website dedicated to life and all the little pleasures it brings. We believe that if you just think about the way you live your life and commit yourself to living it to the fullest, the style will come as a natural extension of your being. The kings and queens of style are usually just people who came close to keeping their lives in perfect balance.

Hope you enjoy the following post by Cristina Nika KaskEditor, HighStyleLife

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Anyone of us has, at some point, wanted to have the mind of a fashion blogger to find the secret formula that would solve “Nothing-to-wear” syndrome. Sure, you might think, that it is easy for them, because they have closets full of clothes, and they do not even have to try that hard to find something great. That is simply not true.

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The best amongst fashion bloggers can make at least 3 awe-inspiring outfits with the same essential clothing pieces. “How”, you might ask? It is easy, they are the Einstein of the fashion, and though we cannot steal their minds, we can use the formulas they have shared with us. Here are some of the must-tries for this winter.

Ladies: Knit + Coat + Oversized Scarf + Skinny Jeans + Boots + Floppy Hat

This is the perfect winter combination. It is warm, it is layered and it is the perfect modern variation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s kind of elegance. The trick with this winner outfit is to choose one color that will prevail throughout it. If you want to play it safe, that color should definitely be black, but you cannot go wrong with chocolate brown, too. Two more daring options are the amazing and popular with reason burgundy or even dark metallic blue.Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 12.06.22 PM

The hat, the boots and the scarf should be in the dominant color, while the other pieces can be combined accordingly –burgundy and black, for instance, pair up perfectly. If you want something a bit edgier, choose leather pants instead of skinny jeans. Finish up the combination with a pair of leather gloves and a leather bag.

For some PPMeow! looks incorporating some of these ideas click here and here and here.

Ladies: Knitted Sweaterdress + Warm Tights + Boots + Statement Accessory + Coat

The knit dress is quite an underrated piece, but it seems that it is about to get its five minutes of fame (and hopefully a lot more). A lady loves her dress, and why depriving her of the pleasure of wearing dresses during the winter? That is when winter dress comes on the scene. Chose a dress according to your preferences (turtleneck, midi dress, fitted cut, A-line, ribbed waistline, etc.) in some of the finest winter colors – grey, black, burgundy, blue, or with some patterns. Opt for solid color warm tights and boots (ankle or high). Your statement accessory can be anything from oversized earrings to large breastplate necklace. Top it all with a warm elegant coat.

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For some PPMeow! looks incorporating some of these ideas click here and here and here.

Gentlemen: Tweed Pants + Dress Shirt + Tweed Suit Blazer + Tweed Driving Cap + Boots

You have probably realized by now that we are crazy about tweed, and so should you. It is the season’s greatest hit for men’s apparel. Another major trend is grey in all of its shades, so if you can, include it in this outfit. To reach the ultimate refines, the shirt, the pants and the blazer should be custom made by reliable tailors, such as iTailor’ skilled professionals so that they would fit your body shape ideally. The tweed driving cap will give you the youthful and a bit dandy-feel. Opt for leather lace-up style boots.

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Gentlemen: Pants + Turtleneck + Paletot Coat + Boots

This is the perfectly casual and yet a bit dressy combination. Maybe you think that turtlenecks are so 70s, but do we have to remind you that none other than 007 wore it in this year’s spectacular Spectre, and guys, he hooked up with Monica Belluci? In that case, you have your answer when it comes to color too, black, of course (but you can experiment). Combine it with black slim-fit pants and an interesting long overcoat Paletot style (double breasted, fitted, knee-length) – it can be patterned (plaid) or colored (green). Choose elegant black lace-up ankle boots.Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 12.06.49 PM

Do not limit yourself strictly to these formulas. Use them as basics for your own experiments with style. Discover your inner fashion blogger and find yourself in the crowded world of fashion trends. In the end, fashion is all about self-expression, so be yourself and be stylish!

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