24.4.15

C Eats: The Daily Snack


I am someone who is always on the go. Whether it be a school or work term at uni, I'm constantly dashing between places or keeping busy even when at home, sneaking in workouts several times a week. It is so important for me to carry around a bottle of water and a bag full of healthy snacks, always including this mix I'm about to share.

I love nuts as they're super healthy and a great way to get good fats into my system. They are also small enough pieces that I'm not consuming them too fast as I tend to fill myself up too quickly by eating fast. My favourite mix to carry around includes almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate chips, and occasionally cashews. Here's the breakdown of what's good about it:

ALMONDS: I take precisely 23 almonds to make a serving each day. Each serving contains 162 calories and 6 grams of protein. In addition it contains zinc, magnesium and vitamins E and B-2, and is healthy for the heart. I choose raw almonds as I like the taste of them best but my roommate likes to roast them for a toasty flavour.

WALNUTS: One serving is about 12-14 walnut halves and contains 190 calories. It is packed with polyphenol antioxidants, 4 grams of protein, and plenty of good fats like omega-3. Walnuts are great for a healthy brain and heart.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS: I eat about 1/8 cup each day which contains about 100 calories. It contains plenty of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Again, it contains healthy fats that are good for the heart. Sometimes I even sprinkle a little into my salads too.

CASHEWS: A serving is about 17 cashews and contains 170 calories. It is great for the heart and bones as it contains good fats and magnesium. Sometime I take a little less than a serving of cashews as I'm not a huge fan of them but I do toss some in most days. 

The dark chocolate chips are just for extra taste. I just take a small handful of them as they're just a nice semi-sweet treat. This is a 600+ calorie snack but it's so full of good fats and nutrients that keep me going. I totally recommend this blend over something like popcorn which I use to snack on quite often. If you're no allergic, you seriously need to try adding nuts to your daily diet.

Do you have a staple daily snack?

22.4.15

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow Now


TRUELANE // Chelsea Lane, owner of Zipped Blog
I absolutely adore Chelsea's style and every single day I look forward to seeing what effortlessly gorgeous and chic outfit she's wearing for the day. I can always see myself wearing the same things she wears which is what I look for in a fashion Instagrammer/blogger. 

OATXMEAL // Crystal
Big shout-out to my roomie who inspires the girls in our apartment to eat healthy, fresh, and clean. Sometimes we wait a little too long for her to snap some pictures of the food for Instagram but it's okay because she always treats us to delicious treats. 

I love Leah Alexandra's designs and own quite a few of her pieces myself. Her jewelry is subtle and reasonably priced for the quality. I've been looking forward to her spring collection that has been rolling out in stores and online over the past month. So many gorgeous pieces! 

STEVEBOOKER + LOSTFOUNDKEEP // Steve Booker + Alexia Evans
London-based couple Steve and Alexia seriously make me want to travel the world and see all the amazing things there are to see in the world. My favourite photos and videos so far on Steve's main YouTube and Vlog channel have been the ones of them exploring Canada. Perhaps biased, I know, but I never appreciated the beauty of Canada so much until then. 


20.4.15

Anastasia Gave Me Brand New Brows


My brows and I always had an odd relationship. They were always just there, sitting thick and sometimes unruly where they should be on my face. Aside from the weekly tweezing, I showed them no additional love, until I experienced the magic of the Anastasia Brow Bar at Nordstrom.

In early March I got my brows waxed for the first time and I kid you not, that was the moment I looked at brows in a whole new way. It's not that I didn't know that these babies had potential to be so much better but I just never trusted anyone to show me what "better" could be. I believe the girl used the "high brow" stencil on me and within 10 minutes I had perfectly waxed and trimmed brows that still had its original fullness, just a more defined shape.

Now that I knew what these brows could be like, I decided to pick up some products to keep them looking sharp. The girl recommended the Anastasia Duo Brow Powder in Chocolate for my red-toned brown hair. The powder taken on something like the Real Techniques Angled Brow Brush is an easy way for me to gently fill in my brows within a matter of just a couple minutes. 

With a promotion going on at the time, I received the Anastasia Brow Gel for free. I use it to set my brows in place and create a barrier for the powder to prevent it from fading throughout the day. I like that it doesn't leave my brows crispy or too obviously set with a gel. 

I never realized what a difference brows make until I got mine done and now I'm hooked. I'm due for another waxing appointment soon and I can't wait as the tweezing I do in between bi-monthly visits just don't give quite the same effect.

What do you do to maintain your brows?