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Colour Me Happy

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 Necklace- Gifted, Denim Shirt- Joe Fresh, Pants-Jacob, Shoes- Kate and Me, Bag- Coach

Spring is here, and despite rainy days, I think a nice pop of colour is certainly warranted!

A very dear family friend was visiting us from Singapore last week, so it was a mad rush of condensed site-seeing. It’s too bad it was raining most of the time, but then again, it’s called “Raincouver” for a reason. At least the soggy weather didn’t dampen our spirits!

Have a good weekend everyone ❤

 

Hunger Pangs


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In my opinion, one of life’s greatest pleasures is to eat, and eating is certainly my specialty!

Pictured from top to bottom: Tacos from La Taqueria, Chicken with Fried Egg Bahn Mi from The Union, Salmon Benedict from Seasons in the Park (my go-to meal every Sunday), Homemade Sandwiches, RCMP Ramen from G-Men Ramen, and last but not least, my “world famous” Omelet with Honey Multigrain Bread.

Thanks for reading!

 

A Day Trip: Seattle Photo Diary

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A day trip to anywhere is always a nice way to break a monotonous, or stressful routine. For one day, you are on “vacation” and you can leave all of your troubles at home.

It was the perfect sunny day, which is rare on the West coast, so we finally got to enjoy a day out and about in the city. From scoping out the view from the perfect roof-top, to chowing down on chowder in Post Alley Way, we played our role as tourists very, very well.

Enjoy!

White-Out: Winter Wonderland in Vancouver

ImageImageImageImageImageHere in Vancouver, snow is a rare sight, especially towards the end of February. It was very unexpected given the amount of continuous snowfall we received over a three day span; it felt surreal. Needless to say, whether you loved it or hated it, it was still a very beautiful sight to see!

I took these pictures from work because I absolutely could not resist.  I hope you enjoy them!

Thanks for reading xoxo

High-Tea Shenanigans on Valentine’s Day


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What better way is there to kick start your Valentine’s Day other than High-Tea? And, how adorable is Adorabelle? They got all of the little details down to a ‘T’.

I enjoyed my experience here, especially considering it was my first time doing this sort of thing. It was certainly tons of fun celebrating the over-commercialized “holiday” with my friend Tiffany over a cup of fine hand-picked tea and delicious sugary nibbles. I was afraid that the small bite sizes would never leave me full satiated; however, I was very surprised when I left with a little pink “to-go” box!

I would have to say, my absolute favourites were the scones (which were served with preserve, lemon custurd, and sweetened cream), as well as the chicken sandwich, the asiago cheese cracker, and the bacon and chives cupcake. Yes, bacon and chives! It was too bad it was so tiny, I could have eaten so much more of that.

The rest of my day was spent wandering around and poking our noses into every nook and cranny of the historical town of Steveston, shopping for flowers, and rushing home to deliver said flowers to my mum before heading over to Perry’s for a fantastic home-cooked dinner. All in all, I tremendously enjoyed my Valentine’s Day this year!

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

P.S. If you are interested in finding out more information about Adorabelle, you can visit their website at http://www.adorabelletearoom.com

Twisted Fork: Dine Out

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It was that time of year again– Dine Out! My inner foodie was craving so desperately for a tasty treat, and I found myself scrolling through the impressive list of restaurants to see what they had to offer for the annual food festival. Most of all menus were great, but for some reason, the menu that Twisted Fork had to offer had me intrigued.

I had never been there before, and I was looking for something new to try out, so I dragged Perry along with me. We chose a Thursday night to drop by, which was a great decision because Dine Out can get pretty crazy (I know, because I work for a restaurant, haha). I thoroughly enjoyed the setting. It was cozy and romantic, which is always lovely when you want to spend some time with someone special.

As always, deciding what to eat was a challenge. I believe I am one of those annoying, indecisive people that everyone loves to hate. However, I finally settled for the Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Tart as my starter, the Herb and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast as my entree, and finally (the most difficult decision, I would say) the Caramel Mousse as my dessert.

Needless to say, I enjoyed my meal overall! The Onion Tart was something very different, and VERY delicious (I’m starting to crave some right now…). I have to say, I was slightly disappointed with the chicken. While it was cooked superbly, the stuffing was barely noticeable, and to be honest, I forgot that it was supposed to be stuffed chicken altogether. However, it was still rather delicious, so they get points for that. Lastly, the Caramel Mousse was pretty damn good. They served it with maple ice-cream, and fresh raspberries, which I really enjoyed because of the tart and sweet combo.

The Verdict?

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Twisted Fork, and I certainly would like to try it out once more!

Thanks for reading everyone xoxo

G-Men Ramen

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Ramen is probably one of my favourite foods to eat, hands-down. I never pass up the opportunity to grab a bowl of this delicious goodness. So, one night, when Perry and I were especially craving Ramen even more so than usual, we decided to check out this place called G-Men Ramen in Richmond since we did not feel up to making a long trek out to Vancouver that particular evening. 

At first, we were skeptical, but you can really tell a place is good based on their line up. I think a general rule of thumb I usually follow is this: Line Up= Good, no Line Up= Bad. So, safe to say, I already had some good expectations for my culinary experience, and boy, I was not disappointed.

What was on the menu:

Red Chili Miso Pepper/ RCMP Ramen
Beef Tataki
Takoyaki

The Verdict?

The beef tataki was refreshing, the takoyaki was delicious, and the RCMP ramen was a flavour explosion in my mouth. I just have to say, they did not skimp on the spiciness, but at the same this it was a good balance of spice and flavour. Usually, when something claims to be spicy, it is often a let down, but we were decently surprised to have a bold, spicy component to our dish. All in all, my belly was very full and very happy. 

The only problem now is that when I go back, I can never bring myself to try any of the other Ramen on the menu, haha. That RCMP ramen really knocked my socks off. I would definitely recommend checking out G-Men Ramen if you’re looking for an inexpensive, but delicious morsel. 

Thanks for reading as always, and stay hungry!

Carpe Diem: Conquering the Chief

I’ve always enjoyed hiking, but I haven’t tackled any mountainous terrain in years. That all came to an end this past Monday when my friend Milena and I decided to challenge ourselves with the Chief, which stands mightily in Squamish. When I woke up that morning, my laziness kicked in, and I almost decided to roll back into bed and curl myself up under my blanket- turned- fortress. However, my guilt kicked in, and I realized that maybe it was the perfect opportunity to seize the day, given that we were blessed with good weather. So, I quickly hopped out of bed, got dressed, and ran out the door. Half an hour later, we were on our way out of the city, and headed towards the secluded town.

We honestly had no idea what to expect. The hike took us by surprise. It started off easily enough, but the mixture of wooden and rocky stairs were taxing, and made me realize just how badly I needed to get back into shape. I was exhausted 20 minutes into it (shame shame). My heart was racing, and I could hear it beating loudly in my head. I thought I was going to pass out at any given point, but my sheer determination (or maybe stubbornness) kept me going. It was such a thrill! It was a long awaited adventure. The terrain was not too treacherous initially, but later on it became somewhat of a challenge. We had to climb 2 steal ladders that were securely bolted down, and later on we had to haul ourselves over boulders with the aid of chains bolted down on the rocks. It was really interesting and exhilarating, and I sort of felt like I was in a video game. As we pushed ahead, we finally neared the peak after maybe 2 hours. I couldn’t believe the view that was sprawled out in front of us. It was worth every ounce of energy we expended on our climb. These pictures don’t even do it any justice, it’s just merely a glimpse of the beauty that we witnessed.

It was exciting being right on top, but I have to admit that most of my excitement was swallowed up by my fear of being stuck up there. Going back down was the real challenge because the potential of falling is so much higher. After an hour, we finally neared the bottom– fatigued and aching all over. But despite being tired and hungry, the satisfaction of conquering my fears was overwhelming. I think I am pretty much hooked now, and I’m hoping this summer will be filled with many more hiking expeditions. There may not have been any material prize to be won, but the feeling of being on top of the world was the real reward.

Springy

Siren’s Jacket, Vero Moda Top, Free People Jeans, Steve Madden Bag, Bata Shoes

It’s so easy to be consumed and confused by the beautiful spring days we have in Vancouver. It almost makes me believe that I can be daring enough to walk out of the house without the bother of a jacket, but sadly, no, summer is not here just yet. In any case, for once I got to enjoy the sunny weather. My mum and I needed to make a quick trip to North Van the other day. It was the first time I’d ever taken the seabus, and it was altogether very exciting. I honestly felt like a tourist in my own city– which is nice in a way because you get to look at things from a renewed perspective, thereby allowing you to appreciate all of the things you take for granted. It was a perfect day to catch a 12 minute seabus ride across the water, and yet, when I looked around I realized how much of a noob I really was. I think I was possibly the only one who was tremendously excited to be on such a venture, while other seasoned seabus commuters were not phased by it at all. I hesitated to take the second picture because I felt silly, until I mentally reminded myself that I would never see any of my fellow commuters again. So, I plucked up the courage, quickly snapped the photo, and ran back to my seat. Success!

Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided to wear my new ombre jeans which I felt reflected the day perfectly. I recently bought them from the Bay for a decent price, and I couldn’t wait to run around town in them. They are definitely my new favourite pair to wear, especially since they add that very necessary pop of colour that my wardrobe so desperately needs. I always have major issues with my jeans because I find that they all stretch out way too much and don’t hold their shape well enough as the day goes by (they just end up making me feel like I look sloppy and badly put together). However, I couldn’t be happier with these because they looked great till the moment I took them off. I sound so high maintenance, but I’m sure many can relate!

On that note, I’ll end it here. Thank you once again for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful spring season!

xoxo

A Peace of Fashion with Peace and Love Int

Hey guys!

I’ve been so incredibly under the radar these past few months, and life has been to blame. I was recently away on a trip to India to visit my friends and family, and ever since I got back, it has been hectic. In any case, I wanted to take the time to talk about Peace and Love Int. which is a non-profit I’ve been volunteering for the past six months or so. We’ve been all working together to organize a charity fundraiser and what better way is there to get people involved other than a fashion show? (Okay, I’m sure there are other ways, but this is just so much fun!)

It is an amazing organization, and I’m so blessed to have had the chance to be a part of it. Every cent of the proceeds will go towards impoverished youth in Cape Town, South Africa. So, in other words, Peace & Love does not walk away with any portion of the money being donated. To learn more, you can always check out their website here

So, if you’re feeling charitable, and you love fashion, I’d suggest you come out to our event next Saturday. More the merrier!

To buy tickets, you can get them here