Matching with the Cherry Blossoms

Summer is finally here! It felt like the drippy weather was never going to end! I am so happy to be getting outside, feeling that warm summer breeze and just embracing the season. It certainly is one of my favourite times of the year.

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

 

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

Matching with the Cherry Blossoms - Pearls and Polkadots

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Jacket: H&M / Shirt: Garage / Scarf: Thrifted / Pants: Urban Planet / Shoes: c/o Skechers

It is time to put your winter boots away and pull out the outdoor kicks! I love shoes, but I have never been one to wear sneakers as my every day. I love my flip flops and pretty much live in them throughout the summer. However, I recently have been getting a lot more active and sneakers are becoming my number one choice.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Skechers (here and here). I recently received this amazing pair of “Flex Appeal” Skechers running shoes. They are pretty much what I live in now. They have air cooled memory foam technology in the soles which make them light, airy and completely comfortable. Also, they are PINK (that’s my kind of shoe). I love how great they make my feet feel, and how stylish they are all at the same time.

I recently trekked down to High Park to do some city sight seeing. Early May is the peak time to view the cherry blossoms bloom, and there was no way I was going to miss out on something so beautiful! I don’t live right in Toronto, so it was definitely a hike to get there, but I made it and I definitely didn’t mind matching with the blossoms.

For this look, I didn’t want to look super sporty. I also wanted pink to be the POP of my look, so I paired the shoes with some more casual and muted pieces (i.e. denim jacket, black jeans, etc.). The eye-catching pink scarf pulls the look together because of the POP of pink in the shoes (side note: it was way too hot for a scarf…oh well). I really love how this look was so simple to style and throw together!

Skechers is my go-to for in style, casual and cute shoes. As a bonus (and I really mean bonus, because women do not emphasize this certain factor in most shoe scenarios), they are SO COMFORTABLE. I cannot say that enough!

Keep it cute and casual with Skechers this season!

9 Spring Shoes for your Inner Fashionista

By the time spring comes along, I am desperate to pull anything other than winter boots on. I dust off my heels, pull out the cute sneaks and completely rethink footwear. I don’t consider myself shoe crazy, but I do love a good pair of shoes. Especially when shoes are floral, pastel or trendy.

I was cleaning out my closet the other day, and really thought to myself…it’s time to update my shoe collection. So I did what any fashion blogger would do, I went onto Nordstrom and made a wish list. The shoes are unbelievably cute this season, and honestly, I wish I could get all of these. I wanted to share the list with you and tell you a little bit about why they made it onto this running list of things I must have.

Rose pink or pink pastel is probably my favourite colour right now. I love how springy this colour is and the best part, is that it transitions perfectly for summer as well. It’s never a bad thing when a colour works for multiple seasons!

What screams spring more than floral patterns? Spring flowers are all the rage at this time of year, and since we aren’t able to spot the flowers IRL, we might as well sport the blooms on our clothes, right? I definitely think so! At the same time, having that pattern pop in an overall ensemble upgrades your look from dreary to dreamy!!

Yellow has never been my favourite colour. However, recently, I have been really trying to incorporate it into my wardrobe one way or another. These mustard or canary yellow give your outfit the pop of colour it needs! Plus, it’s such a bright colour for the seasons to come!

I have yet to try the see through fad that seems to be spreading like wildfire. I am seeing it everywhere – especially in Hollywood. Now, it is definitely an out there trend, but whenever you change over your wardrobe for a new season, it doubles as the time to be adventurous! I am itching to try it out myself!

Denim has always been my thing. I fully embrace denim-on-denim (happily, I might add). I have yet to embrace denim footwear. Similar to the see through trend, it may seem a little out there. The shoes I linked above give me 90s vibes, and honestly, anything 90s is eh-okay with me!

Well, there are are the springy trends that are surfacing this May! Hopefully you opened your eyes to some trendier options, or maybe it gave you the inspiration to click through and add one of these beauties to your closet to style! Getting in touch with your inner fashionista is always easy when there are so many pretty options!

Happy Shopping!

Simple Tacos

I am probably the blandest person you will ever meet when it comes to food. I can’t handle anything spicy (seriously, black pepper sets my mouth on fire) and I definitely am not adventurous. However, as I move through my twenties, I have learned to give things a try and keep my mind open when it comes to food.

I have expanded my horizons to so many different tastes these past few years, and I am really getting into food. I have never been one to truly enjoy eating. However, there are a few meals that I crave almost weekly and have truly perfected the way I prepare it for myself, friends and family.

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

I am not a food blogger, but in honor of ‘Cinco de Mayo!’, I thought I would share my simple and quick way that I prepare tacos – nothing unique or original, just my plain ol’ way of doing things. Also, who doesn’t love tacos…right?

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

I grew up in a pretty normal household. However, when it came to spices, my family really didn’t season anything. We always would brown meat, cut up some tomatoes and lettuce, grate cheese and throw it all in a wrap. No spices. No seasoning. Nothing. You can imagine my surprise when I went off to university, had a taco night with my roommates and discovered that taco seasoning was a thing and kind of, you know, necessary for tacos.

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

This is one of my favourite meals to make. I make it at least twice a month – if not more. Now, it is not the most flavorful recipe…but it is just to my liking (spiciness-wise) and it certainly hits the spot.

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

Simple Tacos - Pearls and Polkadots

Simple Tacos

Not only is this recipe incredibly simple, but it is the most basic taco recipe you will ever use. Perfect for a quick, easy and fun dinner (seriously, no work needed). 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Cinco de Mayo, Mexican, Taco Tuesday, Tacos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Taco Meat

  • 3 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning

Toppings

  • 1 tomato
  • 2-3 leaf romaine lettuce
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 pkg. soft tortillas warmed

Instructions

Taco Meat

  1. Prepare the ground beef in a large fry pan, browning it as usual. Cook all the way through, and let simmer for 1-2 minutes. 

  2. Mix together the taco seasoning and water in a separate bowl. Combine completely. 

  3. Once the meat is browned thoroughly, pour the taco seasoning and water mixture into the fry pan. Coat the browned beef in the taco seasoning and water mixture and let sit. 

  4. Keep warm until ready to serve. 

Toppings

  1. Dice the tomato, strip the lettuce and grate the cheese. 

Recipe Notes

This recipe is simple and easy - makes for a quick preparation for a fun, Mexican night!

I hope I inspired you to make tacos, and maybe try spicing my recipe up a little (considering there are none in this one)! Let me know in the comments below how you prepare your favourite taco meal!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Ultra Violet Picks of 2018

Happy May everyone! It feels like I blinked and spring arrived. Just kidding, it has actually been the longest winter ever. The warm weather has finally arrived! Which means, the little shopper in me has come our of hibernation! I am constantly looking for new trends, fun deals and great new pieces to add to my closet.

If you haven’t heard the news, Pantone named ‘Ultra Violet’ as their colour of the year! Purple is taking it’s stance, and boy are we ever seeing it in fashion lately. I am always a fan of purple. Not everyone is a fan of this vibrant colour! Well, take a look at these pieces I found – it will be hard to resist purple after you see these ultra cute pieces…

Tops

These tops I have chosen are a mix between casual and professional. I carefully selected different shades of violet from pastel to concentrated. These are definitely my ‘top’ picks for the season when it comes to Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’. From Banana Republic to Garage, there is something in this lookbook for everyone…

Dresses

It’s time to put away the sweaters and stock your closet full of those cute springy dresses. I selected these few pieces to really carry that violet vibe all through the season! Each of these dresses add fun, sophistication and trendy fashion into your closet.

 

Jackets

Jackets aren’t necessarily the first thing we think of when the weather starts to warm up. However, when the sun goes down, it can get chilly. What says “spring night out” better than this fun lilac moto jacket? It is as pastel as they come, but definitely a trendy piece worth adding to your closet this season!

 

Shoes and Accessories

If you are new to trying colours like this one, and you don’t want to go bold right out of the gate…these are the items for you. Adding pops of colour to your outfit is always a good idea, but especially when you are trying a new colour you aren’t used to. These pops of violet is perfect for the colour newcomer!

 

Caught the spring shopping bug yet? Don’t worry, I caught it a long time ago. At least the side effects are cute clothes and great style, right? Stay tuned for more fun shop-able posts!

Happy styling!

Dockside Stripes

Good news, everyone! The sun has finally come out of hiding and we are getting the warm spring weather we deserve! There is nothing I love more than a good day spent outside, and this week brings the start of my outside days.

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Top: c/o Pink Blush / Jeans: Ralph Lauren / Shoes: Converse

There is nothing better than taking a stroll down the dock, gazing over the water and beautiful trees. We took a stroll in downtown Lakefield by the marina and oh did we ever get summer vibes. Now, spring is definitely a beautiful season, but hanging my feet over the dock, splashing the water with the tips of my toes and feeling the wind through my hair? Definitely swooping me up into a summer dream.

Believe it or not, only two short weeks ago, this entire city was covered in snow. Yup, you read that right. We had an ice storm – trees were down, roads were blocked, and it was definitely a hot cocoa + Netflix kind of weekend. Now look where we are – back to normal spring things.

The tragic return of Canadian winter gave me a good scare. But now the snow is gone and spring outfits are at the forefront of my closet (thank goodness!!). I am all about patterns right now – especially stripes. I think I own more striped things than a girl needs!! Yellow is never my go to colour. However, what better time to try this pastel shade than the beginning of the sunny season?

This is such a simple look to recreate, and a comfy one at that! I love the detail in the sleeves and how the warm colour just makes me feel like sunshine. Plus, it is so soft! You can get this piece and many other amazing pieces just like it online at PinkBlush.

I have so many ideas for the warmer months! I can’t wait until the warm weather is here for good – warm weather without rain that is.

Cheers!

**Although this post was sponsored by PinkBlush,  my review, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.