9.09.2016

Just Peachy



With summer gradually winding down (insert crying face emoji here), I’m making the most of these last few weeks of warm weather, patio hangs, and numerous ice cream trips. This peachy dress is my ode to summer with its soft, pastel palette. At first glance it may seem like a simple dress, but it’s the back details with bow accents on the straps that makes you go ooh. I may need to start walking backwards in this dress so everyone can see how pretty the back is.

If you’ve noticed that my lashes look more voluminous, it’s because I recently got lash extensions done for my best friend’s wedding a few weeks back. I have typical Asian lashes that are stick straight and absolutely refuse to stay curled. I swear its life mission is to piss me off. But thanks to Divine Lashes, I was able to have luscious lashes that stayed curled and were picture perfect for the wedding. Check them out if you’re ever thinking of getting lash extensions done!


Dress: Club Monaco | Shoes: Guess (similiar here) | Choker: Aldo


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).