Highs And Lows

November 27, 2015

{My $50 Black Friday score from Ever New in the Eaton Centre.}

Every once in a while I find myself with an out-of-nowhere on set of stressed induced anxiety in which I find it extremely hard to function regularly. This week was one of those weeks…you know the ones where you have a million things to do but can’t seem to muster the strength to just get up and go? It’s hard admitting to myself and to you because I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to finding a balance between work, blog, home and a social life, but every once in a while the ball just drops and I become a bit of a hermit. Thankfully Jamie was so supportive of me this week, even surprising me with one of the cheeriest and biggest bouquets of flowers I’ve ever seen, and offering to watch Home Alone with me in bed. It’s times like that when I realize that the support of those around me are what the holiday season and every day should be about, I only hope that I can return the favour. On that note I wish you all a great weekend, I’ve also decided to also round-up some great Black Friday sales for you below…just incase you want to skip out of the craziness of the malls today. See you Monday!

J Crew: 30-%-40% off of EVERYTHING including styles that never go on sale with code HOLIDAY

Old Navy: 50% off of EVERYTHING with no code needed

Banana Republic: 50% off of sweaters and 40% off of EVERYTHING ELSE with code BRFRIDAY

Madewell: 25% of your ENTIRE PURCHASE with code CALMDOWN

Club Monaco: Spend to save up to 35% off of ENTIRE PURCHASE with code THANKFUL

Ann Taylor: 40% off of EVERYTHING with code FRIDAY40

Anthropologie: 25% off of EVERYTHING with code SHOPTOIT
{Joy to the world + a single peony.}
{Table setting at the Elizabeth Arden Dinner.}
{The cutest cafe menu on a paper roll at the Brika pop-up shop.}
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{Bulb tree at the One Of A Kind Show}


November 26, 2015

Back in September I wore this exact sweater apple picking with tan pants and loafers, though originally I had purchased it with intentions to wear it with the boots that I’m wearing here. I quickly realized once I pulled the outfit together that it was a couple of inches too short for my liking, so I wrote the sweater “dress” off as a pants only pairing. Gentle Fawn recently sent me over their classic Voyage dress and I knew immediately that it would be the perfect layering piece to peek out from my lacking-in-length sweater. I like the addition of the slight plaid overhang and have found a new appreciation for the sweater that I had once thought of as trivial. 
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What I’m Wearing: Plaid Dress; c/o Gentle Fawn (here) // Sweater; Oak & Fort (similar) // Boots; Michael Kors (very similar) // Bag; c/o Brave Leather (here)

2 Holiday Recipes With Tyrrells

November 25, 2015

The holidays are all about indulging in all of the food without an ounce of guilt, and I can think of nothing I love more about the holidays than doing just that while surrounded with those I love. Of course the classic holiday foods like turkey dinner and spiked eggnog come to mind when I think of Christmas eats, but this year with the help of Tyrrells Crisps I came up with two recipes inspired by their new Sweet Potato with Smoked Chili and Beetroot, Parsnip and Carrot Chips. One is a platter, sort of my take on a cheese plate. I used holiday inspired ingredients such as pomegranate and rosemary along with the smoked chili chips to add some seasonal flare to the dish. The second is a beet risotto wherein the colour alone screams holiday to me. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I did making (and eating) them!
Holiday Recipe:
Tyrrell’s Sweet Potato Smoked chili Platter with Herbed Ricotta, Pomegranate and Honey

1 bag of Tyrrell’s Sweet Potato and Smoked Chili Chips
1-cup ricotta cheese
½ tbsp. fresh rosemary
½ tbsp. fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
½ tbsp. fresh parsley
Juice of ¼ of a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle of olive oil
1 pomegranate, seeded
1-2 tbsp. honey

For the Herbed Ricotta:
1.Mix together ricotta, rosemary, thyme, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2.Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and top with thyme, a drizzle of olive oil and a Tyrrell’s Sweet Potato with Smoked Chili Chip.

For the Platter:
1.Place Tyrrell’s Sweet Potato with Smoked Chili Chips on a serving platter and sprinkle with fresh thyme.
2.Place bowl with dip on the platter as well as a small bowl of pomegranate and honey.
3.Construct the chips with dip, pomegranate and a drizzle of honey.

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Holiday Recipe:
Tyrrell’s Beet Risotto

2 cups Arborio rice
7 cups chicken stock
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup white onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
3-4 medium/large beets, roasted and pureed
1-cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Handful of Tyrrell’s beetroot, parsnip and potato chip with sea salt
Salt and pepper to taste

For the beets:
1.Heat oven to 425
2.Wash beets thoroughly, drizzle with some olive oil and wrap in a layer of tin foil.
3.Put beets on a baking pan and roast until tender (about an 1 ½ hours)
4.Remove beets from oven unwrap tin foil and allow to cool completely.
5.Remove the beet skin and puree beets until smooth.

For the Risotto:
1.In a pot bring chicken stock to a boil. Once boiled turn down to low to it keep warm.
2.In a large bottom pot heat olive oil. Add garlic and onions until fully cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
3.Add rice, mix, and add white wine.
4.Once the wine has been soaked up by the rice add a latel full of chicken stock to the rice. Repeat the process, adding one latel of chicken stock every time the rice soaks the other up.
5.When about half of the chicken stock is soaked up add the beet puree and allow it to become soaked up by the rice
6.Continue to add the chicken stock until the rice is fully cooked.
7.Once the rice is cooked remove it from the stove and mix in the Parmesan cheese.
8.Top with crumbled Tyrrell’s beetroot, parsnip and potato chips with sea salt and a few sprigs of rosemary for garnish.

Thanks to Tyrrells for partnering on this post, all opinions are my own.

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