Monday, October 26, 2020

Pumpkin Cookies

It's officially pumpkin season!!!! I tried these healthy pumpkin recipes for the first time last year and they were such a hit! This year, I made them again for us and they did not last long. I tried to frost them but that was a bit of a fail. Next time I'll need to figure out how to keep the frosting a bit thicker.

Original recipe here: Ambitious Kitchen

Monday, October 19, 2020

Café Flor

My friend introduced me to the most gorgeous plant shop called Raul in our neighbourhood which also happens to have a coffee shop connected to it! We stopped Raul's by so she could pick up some fall decor and flower arrangements. I immediately fell in love with all of their furniture, decor, plants and of course their dog Lucas! 

Once we finished browsing the gorgeous collection and admiring the plants, we stopped by Café Flor for a snack. We ordered some hot chocolate, a hazelnut cappuccino and a ham and cheese croissant to enjoy outside! I loved everything about this place - the chic interior decor, the gorgeous floors, and the gallery wall.  The outdoor seating was also so cozy and we really enjoyed soaking up the sun! 

Cafe Flor serves coffee and pastries and also has a wine selection for happy hour! You can reserve their space for private events! More info here.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Thanksgiving Nails

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! This week's nails are simple but festive! I love mixing dark colours with gold accents and decided to go for a dotted look.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Olive & Rosemary Foccacia

While this quarantine has been hard, I'm trying to find ways to make the best of it!! Like many others, I've been testing out new recipes since I just love eating! One of my favourites so far has been this olive and rosemary focaccia! It's a crowd pleaser and so easy to make!!!

The original recipe can be found here: Rhubarbarians

Monday, September 28, 2020

My Nail Polish Rack

Has anyone else been watching The Home Edit? I'm obsessed and want to re-organize my whole life! Instead, I'm starting small by colour coding my books and decluttering!

I wanted to share my home-made nail polish rack which I've been using for almost 10 years now! My cousin and I followed a YouTube video and made this from foam board and a glue gun - I couldn't be happier with the result! 

It's moved with me between 3 different apartments, two provinces, and one country and it's still going strong! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Gatsby Inspired Nails

I love how this week's nail design turned out! The metallic coat is OPI's Cozu-melted in the Sun. I'd love to re-create this design for New Years Eve. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Doma: Carmela's

I'm loving our newest coffee delivery from Trade. This week we receive Carmela's by a roaster named Doma Coffee based in Post Falls, Idaho. 

Carmela's has aromas of brown sugar and almond, dark chocolate flavours and aftertaste of caramel. It's mild and smooth with a hint of sweetness. It's delicious any time of the day and I'm definitely giving this one a thumbs up! 

Fun Fact: Coffee is not the only thing cooking at DOMA. This roaster throws epic pizza parties with its wood-fired oven!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fall Nails

Fall is almost here and I could not be more excited to pull out all of my cozy sweaters and my dark red nail polishes of course! 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Joe Coffee Company: The Amesterdam

Our latest coffee from my Trade subscription is the Amsterdam blend by Joe Coffee Company! 

This is a rich, sweet, smooth and comforting cup of coffee. It has a little bit of a sweet note which reminds me a bit of chocolaty fudge or toffee. The Amsterdam blend has note of dark chocolate, walnut and molasses.

It's a simple brew that is very consistent and exactly what I'm looking for in the mornings! 

Fun Fact: Joe had an impressive two finalists in the United States Coffee Championships in 2018 with David Castillo coming in fourth in the barista competition and Andrew Oberholzen getting sixth in the roaster category.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Quills Coffee: Inkwell House Blend

Hi Everyone - we've hit another jackpot with our latest Trade Coffee order! We received the Inkwell House Blend by Quills Coffee, a roaster located in Louisville, KY. This blend has notes of cherry, vanilla and milk chocolate and it's another 'traditional' coffee if you will. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to add it into the queue again.

Fun Fact: Quills comes from the shared last name of co-owners and brothers Nathan and Gabe Quillo. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Revelator: Petunias

Revelator Coffee Company is based in Birmingham, Alabama. The Petunias blend has to be one of my favourites so far! It has notes of cherry and chocolate and it's perfectly balanced with a little bit of cream. I will definitely need to add this one to my queue again! 

Fun Fact: Revelator created a program for baristas entering the competition circuit that sponsored five new talents in its first year.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Galaxy and Black Nails

I'm such a fan of dark nails year round. I had some fun adding some black tips to this holographic base coat by OPI!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Augie's Coffee: House Blend

Our latest and greatest Trade order is from Augie's Coffee in Redlands California. It's a family owned roastery by father-son duo Andy and Austin Amento and has been operational since 2009.

This is an excellent brew and is perfectly balanced with a bit of cream. It's medium bodied with traditional base hints of sweet vanilla and ripe fruit. It's another perfectly "classic" coffee in my opinion and I look forward to waking up in the morning to brew this!!

Fun Fact: in 2016, co-owner Austin Amento won the US Cup Tasters Championship and barista Blair Smith placed fourth at the US Brewers Cup.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Summer Stripes

I love a nice bright pink for summertime! 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Black and Gold Tips

I love black nails but sometimes it's fun to just add a simple black accent! I loved this black and gold inspiration photo I found online on Pinterest and tried to recreate it myself!

My version is a little harder to see, but I'm still happy with how it turned out! 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Red Rooster: Waxwing

Our latests Trade Coffee delivery was Waxwing by Red Rooster Coffee.

Rose approached her then fiancé, Hayen about supplying coffee for her Floyd, Virginia cafe. The two began roasting from a small space in the back of her mother's bookstore. This is a family run company with strong principles of sustainability and gender equality since 2010. They have onsite childcare available for all 32 of its (majority female) employees.

The Waxwing blend is a medium dark blend with a traditional base and hints of earthiness and berry fruit. I liked it but didn't love it. Something was missing here and I just couldn't put my finger on it. Either way, we drank it all up and played with the proportions each time we brewed a pot!

Fun Fact: This roaster has its own licensed onsite childcare for employees, called Yellow Hen.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Klatch Coffee: Old World Vienna Blend

I'm so excited to write about this coffee! This has been my favourite selection so far!! Klatch is located in Racho Cucamonga, California and was established in 1993. The roastmaster and green buyer, Mike Perry, has a chemical engineering degree so real science goes into this teams award-winning coffee! 

This coffee is such a classic in my opinion. It's rich, robust and full bodied with hints of spice balanced with dark chocolate and brown sugar. I love everything about this one and am so temped to add it to my queue again sometime soon!! I absolutely love that Trade Coffee lets you see what is scheduled for your next delivery, and then it allows you to adjust.  Can't wait to get this blend again in the future! 

Fun Fact: The word Klatch means a social gathering, especially for coffee and conversation.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Irving Farm: Guadalupe

This week's Trade Coffee delivery was the Guadalupe blend by Irving Farm in New York! The roaster opened in 1996 in  Hudson Valley by David Elwell and Steve Leven and has been a pioneer in paving the way with industry-leading grower relationships and clean practices designed to use less fuel.

The Guadalupe is sweet and smooth. It's a beautifully balanced coffee with medium body and has a traditional base with hints of citrus and milk chocolate.

Fun Fact: Irving Farm is named after this roaster's original Manhattan café on Irving Place.

Monday, May 4, 2020

PT's Coffee: Flatlander Signature Blend

Our first Trade order arrived! Firstly, I was so impressed with the packaging and the nice box it came in! Trade also gives clear instructions on how to dispose of the packaging ie what's recyclable, what's compostable etc. I also loved that it came with a description of the coffee and why they picked it for us (based on our profile!).

We received the Flatlander Signature Blend by PT's Coffee, a Kansas roastery. The coffee has a traditional base with notes hints of caramel and nuts with a hint of chocolate in the finish. It's a medium body and takes well to cream. I liked the nutty finish but there was a bit of a sweet aftertaste which didn't make it my favourite!

Fun Fact: This roaster's co-founder helped found the United States Barista Competition in 1999.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

OPI's Nail Envy

Since we've been in quarantine for the past little while, I decided to try out OPI's Nail Envy and give my nails and toe nails a rest for a little while! I can't wait to see the results and hope that my nails will growth in both length and strength! 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Trade Coffee

Hi Friends! Hope you're staying healthy and keeping well during this quarantine. I've missed exploring coffee shops in my neighbourhood, but my friend recently referred me to Trade Coffee Co which is a subscription service!

Trade partners with roasters across the US to deliver their coffee straight to your home! We've signed up to try a new blent every two weeks so I'll keep you posted on our favourites!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Silver and Blue Pastel

A fun pastel and metallic combo using chevron nail stickers! 

Monday, April 6, 2020

White & Gold

I never thought about painting my nails a pure white, but I love the white and gold combo here!