Wildcraft Skincare & My New Favourite Foundation

March 20, 2016

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According to my horoscope–yes, I read my horoscope–I’m going through a bit of an existential crisis. I’m feeling disillusioned about my personal interests and education. And my views on well, everything are changing. It also says I’m struggling with how the world is perceiving me and I want to be viewed.

To be honest, this is dead on to how I’m feeling. All of it. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s definitely why this blog isn’t getting all the love it used to. Not because I don’t love it–I deeply cherish my little corner of the internet–but because I find my attention is being drawn to so many other things. I’ve been reading more, and exploring Toronto lots. I’ve spent a lot of time just thinking, what exactly do I want? Who do I want to be? 

These are not easy questions, but lately I find there’s this divide between the person I’ve always been (the hippy with hennaed hair and piercings, an enthusiast for the make-believe, a personal-growth junkie with a flare for self-destruction) and the person I’m growing into (???). It’s not an easy space to be in. I feel more serious these days, more reserved, more self-reflective. I’m more interested in listening to the world around me then engaging in it. I’m in the process of listening, I think, which makes it hard to create, and therefore, blog. I’m not really sure what 2016 will hold, but I do know there will be a lot of changes. A lot of simplifying and curating. A lot more breathing. 

Okay, back to your not-so-regularly scheduled program. 

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WILDCRAFT: My Ultimate Obsession

This year for Christmas, Allie picked me up a few Wildcraft skincare items from an arts fair she was at, because she heard the words “chamomile and honey” and instantly thought of moi. When I saw the Calm & Cleanse makeup remover, I was excited, because I just so happen to use honey to clean my face and a chamomile makeup remover to take off my mascara, so this was like two birds, one stone. 

She also picked me a Bergamot Rose Face Cream, to which I instantly hesitated. I hate moisturizers. They break out my face like none other. Especially natural moisturizers. “Not to worry!” exclaimed Allie, already prepared for my reaction. “This moisture is made specifically for dry, acne-prone skin!”

“Why–that’s me!” I said, ever-filled with glee. And we danced around the house, arms linked and drunk on laughter until the sun went down. (Okay, I’m embellishing. But the moisturizer is really made for acne-prone and dry skin). 

And let me tell you: this stuff is pure magic.  I love the cleanser, but I also knew I would. The ingredients are phenomenal, it feels soft on the face, takes off my makeup no problem, doesn’t irritate my skin. The cleanser is a gem, and better than any cleanser I’ve bought at a Sephora.  But it’s the moisturizer–this is what truly shines. Not only does it hydrate my super dry skin, and not only does it not break me out, but it also minimizes blemishes already on my face. As in, when I start to get a zit, instead of putting on a zit cream, I’ll just put this moisturizer on instead–and voila! All gone. Absolutely brilliant. 

I am trying to remember the last time I was so in love with a skincare routine that didn’t come out of my own pantry. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy. So if you’re looking for something for your dry, acne-prone skin, check out their website and fall in love. (Also free shipping over $30 in Canada). 

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I also want to talk about this Vapour Organic foundation–it’s a new discovery, brought to my attention by one of the lovely girls (and fellow holistic nutritionist) at the Detox Market here in Toronto. Again, I wasn’t expecting much of a natural foundation–I often find they cake too easily, wear too fast, don’t blend, are too oily,etc. But thankfully I tried this and oh baby, is it good. 

This is so light and it blends so beautifully. It gives a medium coverage, and it makes your skin look radiant. It also lasts fairly long (like it’s mostly still in tact after a day working over a hot oven) especially if you set it (I use 100% Pure pressed foundation). I have stopped wearing concealer and instead just dab this on my face to even out my complexion. It’s made of completely natural, beautifully nourishing ingredients so that your skin looks  better the longer you wear it. It’s pricey ($75), but a little goes a long way and there aren’t any fillers in this (not even water) so you get what you pay for!

I am just so in love with the Wildcraft + Vapour combo. Such a perfect fit. If you’ve tried other products in either lines, let me know your thoughts! 

Have a lovely day,

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PB & BANANA IRISH OATS

March 4, 2016

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Okay, I love oatmeal.

I think that’s because deep down, I’m just this little 80 year old woman at heart, who prefers to eat my food mushy, soft and usually in the form of some kind of sludge–I’m talking soups, smoothies, puddings, purees and porridges. Don’t ask me why I like all my food to feel pre-chewed, because it’s gross, but I love it. 

Same goes for oatmeal. The great thing about oatmeal is that it’s high in fibre, it offers protein, it is extremely versatile (you can make this savoury with an egg and cheese my friend) and it’s low on the glycemic index which is great for you and your blood sugar levels. 

So what is Irish oats? Oats that enjoy a good stout? Hmm, not quite. Irish oats, or steel cut oats as they’re known in my neck of the woods, are minimally processed toasted oat groats that have been cut up to be the size of sesame seeds. While they do take a chunk of time to cook (25-30 minutes) they offer a really nice nutty flavour and crunchy texture.

Now once upon a time, people thought that steel cut, being minimally processed, were the healthiest oats in all the land. But the truth is, as long as your sticking to just plain oats–like steel cut oats, scottish oats or old-fashioned rolled oats–and away from sugar-laden instant oatmeal packets, the nutrient profile remains basically the same! So if you dislike steel-cut oats, you can stick with old-fashion rolled oats–oat groats that have been steamed and put through rollers to create flakes, and being smaller take only about ten minutes to cook.  To make your oatmeal go further, I recommend adding extra protein–like milk/nut milk, nuts or nut butter, yogurt or an egg to help keep you fueled up. In fact, you can even add an egg into your oatmeal while it cooks–you can’t taste it but you’ll benefit from the added protein!

That being said, if you’ve never eaten steel-cut oats, I urge you to try them! They’re delicious, and super filling! Best of all, you can actually cook up larger batches to last you three or four days, and keep it in the fridge. Then just heat up a single portion every morning with a little bit of water and serve with almond milk and fresh fruit–a quick and easy breakfast in under 10 minutes! 

PB & BANANA IRISH OATS
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
4 Servings of Irish Oats
  1. 1 cup steel-cut oats
  2. 4 1/2 cups water
Toppings per serving
  1. 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  2. 1 banana, sliced and divided in half
  3. 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  4. 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  5. 1 teaspoon hemp seeds (optional)
  6. 1 tsp nuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Boil water and stir in steel-cut oats. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, stir in half of the banana slices and cook until bananas start to soften (I recommending adding the banana right before serving, so if you're making a large batch to save for the week, remove 3/4 of the oatmeal, and only stir the banana into one portion of the oatmeal)
  2. 2. Once cooked, transfer to a bowl. Add on almond milk, the other half of sliced banana, peanut butter, hemp seeds, drizzle of maple syrup and nuts. Enjoy!
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SAUSAGE EGGPLANT PARMESAN + My Non-Existent Life

February 29, 2016

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Both the weather and I are confused about what time it is–what season are we in? It is beautiful outside.

My days are filled to the brim with classes, school work, working at the restaurant, trying to have a life, trying to have a blog, and every once in a while, trying to do nothing at all. Free time is a hot commodity, and sadly, it is almost never in my possession these days. 

I used to think I wanted to be a student forever–that I could live out my days in a lecture hall taking notes and drinking coffee and life would be complete. I’ve since decided against this plan. I mean I’m all for the continuing education, and I’m always signed up for this class or that class. But my oh my, do I miss just turning it all off at night and having a cup of tea  glass of wine and feeling a bit like myself. (Fine, you caught me: three glasses of wine.)

On the plus side, I have been cooking like a madwoman–at school, at work, at home–and I feel like I’ve found a sense of peace in cooking. Less so in dish washing. (Seriously, when will my cat Poe start earning her keep?) I’ve even started day dreaming of all the futures I could have now that I can get in the kitchen and not start a fire (better yet, I even know how to put it out: with salt). I’m talking dreams of working in a Bed & Breakfast a la Lorelei Gilmore… Dreams of cooking in a family kitchen just like Ms. Patmore of Downton Abbey. Okay, okay, what I really need is a Netflix detox, but still, it’s nice to know I’m developing a rather useful skill (ie. feeding people to make them like me).

I’ve also been taking advantage of Toronto’s drunk (and warm) weather and exploring. I mean I haven’t gotten very far (have you seen Toronto?) but I think I’m slowly falling in love. My neighbourhood might as well be a small town, because everyone is so friendly and welcoming–from the optometrist to the small cookware store to the butcher–there’s always a friendly face unprepared for my self-entitled sense of humour.

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I made this recipe a few weeks ago, based on the recipe over at Baker By Nature , only I substituted it with pork sausage and omitted the wheat crumbs. It was delicious. 

I wish I had more time to be posting–but since we are finally in reading week, maybe I’ll whip up a few posts (or sleep? Or binge watch Buffy just to feel a sense of normalcy). So definitely check that recipe out–I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make! You could also swap out the sausage for chickpeas or lentils or sweet potato. The world is your oyster, my love. (But don’t put oysters in your eggplant.)

Now, off to bed with this sleepy head. I hope the wintery warm weather is keeping you all in good spirits! http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54493-343-DCAF4D475A74A7750F929790DB3205A4 (1) IMG_1213

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