8.11.2016

Tickled Pink



When your outfit matches a wall, you simply must pose for a photo in front of it. Although the location for this photo shoot wasn’t exactly planned, I think it worked out rather perfectly. Anything pink always makes me feel girly, and when you add in a lot of ruffles, it just makes it that much sweeter. A pair of white scalloped shorts adds to the flirty theme and has quickly become one of my summer staples. Overall, I guess you could say that I was tickled pink :)



Top: French Connection (similar-ish here) | Shorts: Club Monaco (on sale) | Shoes: Zara (similar here)

Photographed by: Dine and Fash


8.08.2016

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies




Regular chocolate chip cookies can be a bit of a bore to me. I like mine to have more than just chocolate, an added punch that takes it to another level. One of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city has to be from Maman Toronto and I love it so much that I was inspired to create my own version. Thick and crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside -- this chocolate chip cookie is everything you want it to be and more. Loaded with lots of melted dark chocolate and a crunchy blend of macadamia nuts and walnuts, I can’t help but sigh with each scrumptious bite. Now this is a chocolate chip cookie I can get excited about.






Thick & Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies with Macadamia & Walnuts

Slightly modified from this recipe here.

Serves: 12 giant cookies

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold, unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
  1. On a large baking sheet, place parchment paper on and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until it comes together in one lump, about 1 minute.
  4.  Add the coconut sugar and beat for another 1-2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved into the butter.
  5. Lower the speed to medium-low and mix in the eggs and vanilla until the batter is lumpy. Gradually add in the flour mixture, beating until a little flour remains.
  6. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 even pieces. Shape the dough into a ball, but do not roll it. Place them on the baking sheet, placing each about 2 inches apart. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but up to 12 hours before baking.
  8. Preheat over to 375F. Bake cookies for 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Cool on a wire rack, then proceed to stuff your face immediately.


6.15.2016

Falling Off-The-Shoulder




One of the biggest trends I’m obsessed with this season has to be anything off-the-shoulder. I remember wearing this trend as an teen back in the 90s (God, I feel old) and I am so glad it’s made a comeback. Showing off any body part is always appealing, but there’s something about bare shoulder that’s super feminine yet subtly sexy. This crisp top also keeps it playful with big, frilly sleeves. But not too big that I feel like I can flap my arms and fly away. Paired with some distressed jeans and mint pumps, this off-the-shoulder look is the perfect spring-to-summer essential. 




Top: Zara | Jeans: Rag & Bone | Shoes: Nine West (similar here)| Bag: from Hong Kong

Photography by Aminaz Karim (@loveoverlenses).

5.23.2016

Whiteout




You will probably never see me wearing an all black outfit, but all white? Adore. As soon as I put on these high-waisted, high slit pants from Meche the Label, I fell instantly in love and knew I just had to have them. Crisp, sleek and elegant, these pants make me feel a little superhero-ish, that I can conquer anything and kick ass as long as I’m wearing them. I paired my showstopper pants with a lace crop top and a textured coat to add a bit of texture and dimension, while a pair of simple nude sandals completes the fresh, minimalistic look. Now all I need is a white cape and perhaps some invisibility powers, and I’m ready to rule the world.




Top: H&M (similar here) | Pants: Meche the Label | Coat: Zara | Shoes: Zara (similar here)

Photography by Aminaz Karim (@loveoverlenses).


5.16.2016

Cooking with Chef's Plate



As much as I love trying out new recipes, scouring the Internet or leafing through dozens of cookbooks to find that perfect recipe you’re in the mood for can be a bit of a hassle. Eating out adds up, and sometimes you just don’t feel like greasy takeout (as much as I love it at times). Enter Chef’s Plate to the rescue -- a meal kit delivery service based in downtown Toronto. They deliver nutritious and affordable meals straight to your door with all the pre-portioned ingredients, and a recipe card on how to make your dish. You choose what meal plan you’d like, and what dishes you want and that’s it! They deliver all across Ontario and shipping is free. It really couldn’t be any simpler than that.

I got the opportunity to try out their service and these delicious butter chicken tacos one night. I love how everything comes pre-portioned so you don’t need to measure anything. Just throw everything together and voila! A delicious and affordable meal that’s ready in 30 minutes or less (and devoured in 5 minutes or less).

When you sign up at Chef’s Plate and use my referral hashtag #littleblackpearls at checkout, you get 50% off your first order for 3 meals! Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t pass up a good deal (it’s probably the Asian in me).


Check out www.chefsplate.com to get started.