Stripes: The New Neutral

How about I just rename this blog “Stripes”—seriously I just realized how often I wear them. Some people can’t live without good wine, chocolate or amazing meals,  but me? I prefer stripes and shoes. Whatever we all have our vices.

Jacket: Zara (bought in Panama), Shirt: Anthropologie, Cardigan: Gap, Cropped Pants: Gap, Shoes: J.Crew, Necklace: Antique Chinese Turquoise at Rubaiyat, Lucite Ring: Alexis Bittar at Rubaiyat

Psssst Happy Spring!

That’s Amore: Healthy Whole Wheat Pizza

Cooking is not one of the things I enjoy however I do think eating healthy is hugely important so I’m always on the lookout for simple, healthy and fast meals.

My demand for these simple and fast recipes is that they actually taste good so once I find one that meets my “I’m-not-a-chef-but-it-looks-like-I-am” requirements it usually becomes a staple in my (very small) repertoire.

A few years ago I discovered a recipe for whole-wheat pizza dough and was blown away by how easy it was to make. From start to finish it takes about 25 minutes (including time to rise) before it is ready to hit the oven. It is a thinner crust which makes for a mean Margarita pizza.


What you need:

To make 12 ounces dough:

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2-2/3 cup hot water, (120-130°F)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

To make 1 pound dough:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package quick-rising yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot water, (120-130°F)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Method:
1) Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. Then combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if it’s too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Keep this up until the dough forms a ball, and then knead (in mixer) for 1 minute.

2) Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling. (See how easy is that?)

3) Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack; preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting. Roll and top the pizza with whatever you choose and bake the pizza for 10 to 14 minutes until the base is golden and crisp. (Make sure to move the dough to the pizza stone before you top it otherwise transferring it to the stone can be a disaster!)

As mentioned I am not a chef however one thing I absolutely love in my kitchen is our pizza stone. You definitely don’t need a super expensive one, the $20 variety works wonders and you can use it for heating up loads of other things (we use ours to heat up naan for curry!).

Buon appetito!

 Recipe is from Eating Well.

Lazy Weekend Wear

So, if you happen to follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already met this little character. She’s a terrier mix, who’s super cute, way too smart and goes by the name Lulo (which means “little orange”—a fave fruit discovered while we were in Colombia).

Pants: JCrew, Shirt: Anthropologie, Jacket: Gap circa 2000, Hoodie: Joe Fresh, Flats: JCrew, Necklace: Paper plane by Broken English from Walrus,  Clutch: Plum, Nails: Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos

I wish I’d bought these pants in every colour. I bought them on sale at JCrew last summer and they are the perfect pant for oh say, walking the dog on a lazy Saturday.

Living it up at Coachella

So Coachella 2012 weekend two was amazing. Seriously why have I not gone before? With big blue skies, soaring temperatures (40 degrees!), good friends and a lineup of stellar music, there was no way this weekend could have been any better.

Here are some pics from the weekend:

We were lucky enough to stay with a friend’s parents’ place. Who knew it would look like a page right out of architectural digest? (Yeah I happened to coordinate with the accents, what can I say?)

Day one was amazing. We took in The Sheepdogs, Other Lives, Gary Clark Jr., Mazzy Star and finished off the evening with The Black Keys.

As mentioned it was scorching hot so day two involved tracking down some bandannas, to make these guys look badass of course.

It also involved an insane amount of good music starting out with Dragonette (where their computer kept overheating),  Childish Gambino (Troy from Community raps for those who didn’t know), Noel Gallagher, Feist, dancing to David Guetta and chilling at Bon Iver.

Radiohead closed the evening with mind-blowing performance even if Thom flubbed a couple lines and giggled.

So Day three was the one I had been waiting for. After catching the the last song by the folk-duo First Aid Kit (definitely worth listening to) and dancing to Santigold (a less aggressive version of MIA) next up was Gotye. Even though I am sure most people in the crowd only knew “Somebody that I Used to Know”,  he still managed to get everyone up dancing and singing. We zipped over to catch Girl Talk who drew a massive crowd with his easy-to-dance-to mashups.

Then it was time for the woman I had been waiting for: Florence and the Machine. Dressed in a black leotard with gauzy wings and as kooky as ever, Flo put on a wicked show. Best part about it was I could actually see the stage. A really tall guy was nice enough to switch spots (seriously, who does that?!).  If you haven’t seen her and you have a chance to you should (pssst, she’s coming to Vancouver).


Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and yes, hologram Tupac closed Coachella. We were all  surprised (or maybe a bit embarrassed) to realize we actually know way more of his songs that we thought—who knew we were such gangstas.


So, see you at Coachella next year?

Coachella 2012: Beauty Bag Prep

Since I’m attempting to pack light, I figure I need to downsize my make-up bag to the essentials.

Here are my beauty must-haves (pared down of course) for Coachella:

1) Sunscreen
After spending my first very rainy winter in Vancouver I am probably the pastiest I’ve ever been (I know, so hot) which means good sunscreen is a must. A long-time fan of GM Collin products I’ll be applying and reapplying their Créme Solaire Mineral Sun Cream SPF 25 to my face and slathering the rest of me in Ombrelle.

2) Waterproof Mascara
Racoon eyes. ‘Nuff said. I’ll be taking along Maybelline’s XXL Extensions waterproof mascara.

3) Lip Balm
On a recent trip to Sephora I was introduced to fresh Sugar lip balm. It’s light, smooth and doesn’t get all gooey when you reapply. Bonus points for SPF 15.

4) Neutral Palette
Oh Bobbi, you always know what a girl needs. This shimmer brick comes with five neutral shades from a rosy pink to a dusky taupe and does triple-duty as a blush, eyeshadow palette and highlighter. It’s like a make-up Swiss Army knife.

5) After Care
I’m looking forwards to loads of sun and dry desert air but I suspect my skin isn’t which is why I’ll be sure to give my skin a little TLC every evening with my don’t-leave-home-without-it eye cream by GM Collins.

Travel Tip: Make flying easy on yourself by packing all your makeup in a clear bag instead of having to deal with taking everything out and transferring it to an airport Ziploc. I love the Joe Fresh clear makeup pouch (pictured). Pretty sure you can pick one of these up at your neighbourhood Superstore.