Fashion { Pink Weekend }

The universe answered (temporarily) my call for a personal style photographer and sent my sister for a few days. We were able to get a few outfit pictures, which is really great for me because she’s one of the only people that can make me feel comfortable and make me laugh in any situation. It’s so important to have a few friends that you are so comfortable around that you can truly be yourself, even when you are vulnerable (I’m extremely shy in front of the camera…).

The weekend was low-key, catching up and spending time with the family, so I didn’t get too dressed up. I love pairing a sweater with jeans, and then making sure to accessorize.

What’s your idea of a comfortable weekend outfit? What are some of the important parts to a friendship?

[Photo Credit | Saba Sabati]

{ Jeans Gap || Top Winners || Necklace Primark || Booties Nine West || Purse DKNY || Watch Michael Kors }

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Mani-Monday { Black Sand }

I’ve gathered quite the collection of nail polishes. In fact, it feels like there aren’t enough days in a week to enjoy all of them, since I keep a mani for 4-6 days, and then wait a few days to give a break to my nails. But because there are still so many colors and appliqués that I haven’t tried yet, I’ve been creating manicures around the ones that I want to try.

In the custom-made Birchbox that I received for my birthday, there was a set of three small OPI polishes from the Mariah Carey collection with a sandy effect. As you might have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a black & white kick lately, so I paired simple white nails, with a few nails with the black sand, called ‘Emotions’. Although I loved how the effect looked (it looks like asphalt on your nail), it did take me a few tries to get it right. I wouldn’t recommend using a base color under it, but simply a base coat (I put white under it and it took AGES to dry…drove me nuts).

What do you think of this effect? Have you ever tried it? Do you like it?

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[ Photo credit Saba Sabati ]

Recipe { Bite-Sized Raspberry Pies }

It’s become somewhat of a tradition that every time my boyfriend returns from a trip, I stock up his fridge with food. Since he travels quite a bit, I love finding new ways to make his homecoming special. After a long and tiring trip, what better way to be greeted with a home-cooked meal and some treats!

I wanted to prepare these for Valentine’s day because raspberry pie is one of his favorite desserts, but he was leaving the next day so I didn’t want to have leftovers because I would inevitably end up eating it all by myself. So I thought this would be the perfect homecoming treat, amongst the other things that I prepared for him!

I got the recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers, Joy the Baker. If you love to cook and enjoy following blogs, I highly recommend her blog – she is incredibly funny and her recipes are really fun!

For the recipe, I cheated a little bit and used pre-made dough (in my defense, I was quite tight on time). Putting together each individual pie took quite a bit of time, but it was well-worth the result!

{ Instagram Fashion Diary 2 }

Clearly I haven’t been consistent enough with taking ‘outfit of the day’ pictures for my Instagram. But, here are the few pictures that I found lately, a few outfits from being out and about, mostly for running errands or going out to a cozy date night.

The reality is that I live in a really cold city, and looking stylish while making sure that I’m wearing enough layers to keep me warm is quite challenging. Most days, I have to wear my Timberland winter boots with my huge (but incredibly warm) Northface jacket. So maybe that’s why I don’t have enough ootd pictures and I should aim to take them before I put the many layers of clothes on?

How about you? How do you try to stay stylish but warm (if you live in a cold city)? And if you live in a warm city, well, good for you.. I’m jealous.

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{ A go-to outfit when I have to spend the day at a coffee shop getting work done, and then go to the gym }

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{ I’ve worn these pants so much since I got them! }

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{ Date night outfit with my favourite sweater & my special Christmas gift, the Michael Kors studded large Selma }

Mani-Monday { Nude is Back with Black }

This manicure is officially my favorite. I had done something similar for my birthday, but this time, I also used ‘Glints of Linda’ by OPI, which is the perfect nude color for me, and I’m obsessed! I LOVE how this turned out, especially that the black tips make my nail look so much longer than they actually are!

I really love doing my nails. Not only do I enjoy taking time for myself to paint my nails, it also brings out a creative side of me. It’s like painting little pieces of art (yes, I am losing the term ‘art’ very loosely here) – I look at the different colors, tools and accents that I have and imagine in my mind what I want to create. It also just enhances how I feel in the morning when I put an outfit together, because the little touches matter.

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Beauty { Ipsy Glam Bag | February 2014 }

I received my Ipsy Glam Bag!! I was very excited when I opened my mailbox and saw the flashy pink envelope in there. The theme for this month was “The Look of Love”, just in time for Valentine’s day! This is the second Ipsy bag that I received and I’m still really happy with what I got. If you have any questions about the products, let me know! The details of the products are captioned under each picture if you scroll through them.

Are you subscribed to any beauty services like Ipsy? Or if you are subscribed to Ipsy, what did you receive this month in your glam bag?

Mani-Monday { Reflective }

I haven’t been able to stop staring at my nails. No, but seriously, the changing colors of this polish are so fun to see under different lights, I just can’t stop staring. A really fun and surprisingly quite subtle polish, that I wouldn’t recommend if you get easily distracted like I do (yes, I just paused and stared at my nails for a few seconds).

Life also has changing ‘colors’ – there’s always a different angle from which you can look at a situation. A more positive perspective can lead to finding a solution, or just being at peace with whatever is meant to happen! A good reminder for myself right now. 

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Fashion { Lessons from NYFW Spring 2014 }

Even though fashion shows are obviously a really fun part of fashion week, what I like even more is to look at street style to get fashion inspiration for guidelines to live by. Ultimately, it’s what’s being worn on the street that’s true fashion, because even if something passes on a runway, street style and what people choose to wear on a day-to-day basis determine the course of a fashion trend.

Last year, I talked about ‘The real NYFW‘, where the images captured by fashion bloggers offer different perspective of fashion week, and give readers an alternative glimpse of what goes on.

This year, I give you a few lessons that can be learned from the street style during NYFW. These are simply guidelines that we should all remember every morning when we are deciding on our outfit for the day.

{ There are no rules } 

Style & fashion are forms of expression, to show the world who you are. Unless you are harming someone else, there are no rules and you can wear whatever the heck you like that makes you feel at your best.

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{ Aimee from Song of Style pairing white leather pants with a BCBG dress. Photo via Teen Vogue. }

{ Confidence is the best outfit }

Whatever you are wearing will look much better when you wear it with confidence. Someone standing tall, shoulders back and with a confident strut will inevitably draw the attention of curious eyes, so what better way to flaunt your outfit by wearing it with gusto?

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{ Jacey Duprie from Damsel in Dior wearing any outfit with confidence }

{ Step out of your comfort zone & experiment }

…because, well, why not? That’s half the fun of fashion: trying new outfits, patterns, styles, seeing what you like or don’t like, and putting together outfits that give you a boost of confidence.

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{ Alexandra from Lovely Pepa wearing a tutu, a t-shirt and a leather jacket! One of my favourite looks! }

{ Be bold }

Fashion is a form of expression of your individuality, your style, and even your mood, so why not go bold and make a statement with a piece of jewelry, an amazing bag, a bold lip color, or a unique piece of clothing? If you follow Rule #1, then this is easy-peasy.

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{ Camila from Super Vaidosa wearing an edgy black & white ensemble with a bold lip }

{ Have fun }

Whatever age, shape or size you might be, fashion should be fun. Most of our days are spent in the outfits that we choose in the morning, so why not wear something that puts a smile on your face, that makes you feel confident, that makes you feel like you can tackle anything? They call it a ‘power suit’ for a reason! I am not saying that fashion is the key to happiness. No. Rather, fashion is a perk of life, and can even be compared to wearing art, and since there is no such thing as too much beauty, why not enjoy it and have fun with it?

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{ Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook wearing a feminine & rocker ensemble }

{ The little touches matter }

An outfit is pulled with the finishing touches. Without them would be the same thing as not putting tape or a ribbon when you wrap a gift – it’s that last touch that will differentiate one from the other. These can be as simple as doing your nails, putting on makeup (even if it’s basic, a little can go a long way in accentuating your features), fixing your hair, and putting on a few accessories. Never undermine the details of an outfit because this is the part that can take an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary outfit. These little touches contribute to your unique style & individuality.

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{ Annabelle from Viva Luxury always thinking of the very last detail, including accessories & nails }

What do you think of these lessons? Which one could you work on? Can you think of any other ones?

Fashion { Peter Pilotto X Target }

The alarm rang way too early for a Sunday morning. I was tempted to stay cocooned in my warm bed, knowing that crisp winter cold was waiting for me outside. But then I remembered the colorful patterns and styles I had seen in the lookbook for the Peter Pilotto collection for Target, and I sprung (sort of) out of bed.

This was my first time going to a designer collaboration launch at Target, and it was surprisingly calm and tame. I was expecting a lot more running/grabbing/pulling hair. There were only about 20 of us waiting before opening hours, while a few started running the minute the doors opened. Luckily, I was able to snatch up 6 pieces to try on, and ended up getting 3. I was so excited about my purchase that I went straight home to style them for outfits that I can’t wait to wear.

The piece that I really wanted from the lookbook was the sweatshirt, and I am crazy about it. It’s so comfy and the pattern is just amazing. The shirt dress was a last minute grab, and I’m so glad I picked it up because it’s going to be a really versatile piece that I could even pull off at work. And the crop top. Oh the crop top. I have been searching for a unique crop top in a LONG time, and this one has the right fit, the right stretch in the fabric, and the right details with the slits on the top. I am so excited about it, but a bit nervous to show some skin.

Which one is your favorite piece? How would you style them? Were you able to get your hands on a few items from the collection? If so, which ones?

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Recipe { Loving Pancakes }

I wanted to call these ‘Loving’ pancakes because your whole body, from your taste buds to your tummy, will love it: it’s delicious but also healthy!

I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a while, and can finally share the perfect combination of ingredients. There are few tweaks that you can make and I will include them in the ingredient list.

I usually make these on a weekday, but are also perfect for a lazy Saturday morning for the person you love (make sure to double the recipe!).

Ingredients {for one person – yields about 5-6 small pancakes}

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup coconut flour (I’ve also used ground flaxseed but didn’t like the taste as much)
  • A dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of almond milk (or any milk that you have on hand)

Optional additions {add to taste}

  • Almond slivers
  • Dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

Steps {prep time: 5 minutes | total cook time: 15-20 minutes}

  1. In a medium bowl, mash the banana, making sure that you get rid of as many clumps as possible.
  2. Add 2 eggs, vanilla, almond milk & coconut flour, and mix until smooth.
  3. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat, and add a bit of oil (just enough to thinly coat the bottom of the pan).
  4. Pour about 2 tbsps of the mixture onto the heated pan [I usually cook 3 pancakes at a time]. The batter is quite thick so I spread the batter with a spoon to create an oval/roundish shape.
  5. Cook for 5-7 minutes, making sure that it’s not over-cooking. [This is the tricky part: if the pancakes don’t cook enough, you won’t be able to flip them and they’ll just fall apart.] Test the consistency of the pancake by slowly lifting one side with a spatula.
  6. Flip over and let the other side cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! I love hazelnut butter & berries on these pancakes. A real treat that you will love and not feel guilty about!

If you try this recipe, share the picture on social media and use the hashtag #seppyslovepancake so that I can see how they turned out! You can find me on Twitter (@peppy3), Instagram (@seppysmtl), and GooglePlus (@seppysmontreal). 

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