Epic Kale, Beet + Crispy Garbanzo Bean Caesar

March 27, 2015

Style Bee - Kale Caesar Recipe

I know the kale train left the station years ago but I’m still on it! It continues to be my favourite green to use because it’s applicable to so many recipes and, quite frankly, it keeps the longest in the fridge. I’ve tried lots of different kale caesar recipes and this one (adapted slightly from this version) is by far my favourite. It’s hearty enough to be a main course and always satisfies my cravings for something relatively healthy but savoury at the same time. It was a huge hit at a recent little get together we had and I knew it was time to spread the word!

At first glance it might seem like a lengthy process but the steps are so easy and results are SO good. It’s one of those recipes you can pull together while simultaneously tidying up the living room, doing the laundry and checking Instagram (I know, my life is a whirlwind of excitement!). Every element of this salad makes it special. The caesar dressing is light, creamy and just garlicky and cheesy enough. The crispy garbanzo beans are addictive, I have to exercise extreme willpower or they won’t even make it into the salad. The roasted beets add a bit of extra substance, sweetness and colour to the show and fresh kale, albeit bitter and aggressive on it’s own, turns into the perfect crunchy conduit for the other flavours in this dish. You have GOT to try it my friends!

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Start by assembling your ingredients: 
For the Dressing:
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of water to thin if necessary
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Garbanzo Beans:
  • 1 15oz can garbanzo beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
For the Beets:
  • 3 medium sized beets
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper (optional)
For the Salad:
  • 1 head kale (lacianto or curly works best)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Caesar dressing
  • crispy garbanzo beans
  • roasted beets

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Step 1 – Roast Beets

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Prep your beets by cutting off greens and majority of the roots, rinse well and pat dry.
  3. Put the beets on a large piece of tinfoil and drizzle with olive oil. Fold over the tinfoil and crimp ends closed to make a little beet pouch. This will help them heat evenly and stay moist.
  4. Put the pouch on a baking sheet and place in oven for about 35 – 40 minutes (smaller beets will need less time). You’ll know they’re done when you can easily pierce them with a fork.
  5. Once ready, remove from oven and allow to cool until you can handle them easily.
  6. Time to peel them. I usually use a piece of paper towel and find the skins come off very easily.

If this is your first time roasting beets check out this great step-by-step tutorial.

Step 2 – Crisp Garbanzo Beans

  1. Adjust oven to 375ºF degrees.
  2. Rinse and drain the garbanzo beans; lay them on a double layer of paper towels and dry them as much as you can. Slightly rub each garbanzo bean between your fingers to remove the thin layer.
  3. Line the dried garbanzo beans on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Roast the garbanzo beans for 35-40 minutes until brown and crispy.

Step 3 – Make Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients except oil, salt and pepper in the base of a blender or food processor.
  2. With the motor running, slowly add the oil in a thin stream into the blender or food processor.
  3. When the dressing is thoroughly mixed, test for desired thickness. If you want it a little thinner, add the water a teaspoon at a time.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5 – Assemble Salad

  1. Clean the kale and remove the leaves from the thick inner stalk.
  2. Chop the kale and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Dress with desired amount of Caesar dressing (I used about 1/2-2/3 of this batch).
  4. Toss in the crispy garbanzo beans.
  5. Plate salad and top with beets and a dusting of parmesan cheese.

Step 6 – Taste, swoon, devour! 

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Did you know? Dressed kale holds up really well overnight in the fridge. If you know you’re going to be short on time for lunch the next day save some crispy beans, roasted beets and dressed kale in separate containers and when you’re ready toss together for an easy-as-can-be midday treat!

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Lint + Honey – Crosses Tea Towel c/o – Be sure to use the code ‘STYLEBEE’ for 15% off your order!

Save the Bees! In support of a cause close my own heart, Lint + Honey will be donating $1 from the proceeds of all ‘Bee’ related goods in her shop (like this great print and these awesome pillows) to a Save the Bees fund.

Look 11 – Spring Dreams

March 25, 2015

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We all secretly acknowledge a dream or a goal to ourselves once in a while. Something that in reality is far fetched but regardless we hope it will come true. Almost two years ago now, when I had just started sinking my teeth into Style Bee, I could only hope my future would hold the opportunity to work with some of my favourite Canadian designers. I knew I had a long way to go before that might happen but the thought was always in the back of my mind, and continues to be.

Recently some of that wishful thinking became a reality when I had the chance to collaborate with Opelle, one of my favourite Toronto bag designers. After I gave myself a good pinch to be sure it was all real, I couldn’t wait to get started! If you follow me on Instagram you may already know I paid a visit to the stunning Opelle showroom. It is seriously bag heaven! There are so many gorgeous, buttery leather gems, many in fresh pastels and rich black textures but this delicious little caramel one spoke to me. I could just eat it! Not to mention that it’s the perfect size and colour for my spring palette.

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A great bag should bring with it a sense of invigoration that makes you feel as though you suddenly have 1000 more wardrobe options and this one does just that. Right now I’m a bit obsessed with mixing black, white, neutrals and denim together as it makes for a simple, fresh and chic look. Throw a little tortoise and bit of gold in the mix and you’re ready for spring. I’ll be pairing this caramel fella with just about everything but specifically black trousers and loafers for work and with summery skirts, cropped tees and sandals when the temps go up! Ah, summer, another far off dream of mine.

I’ve been a big fan of Opelle for years (see an early post here) and was excited to share the brand on the blog once again. The Opelle philosophy aligns so well with the ‘Fewer, Better’ concept I’m trying to achieve here and through my Closet Mission. Designer and founder, Amy Malcolm, always finds a perfect balance between elegance, simplicity and functionality. Each bag is designed and hand-made in small batches in her Toronto studio using individually selected hides that have been tanned using low-impact processes. Of course a great place to start is with the most incredible leather but strategic interior pockets, double leather handles, wide zippers, removable cross body straps and solid brass hardware are a few extra details that make this bag beyond special. If you’ve been on the lookout for a new bag that will look amazing and last for ages, without breaking the bank, definitely take a peek at the full Opelle collection.

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I suppose the true moral of this post is that if you’ve got a seemingly far off dream in your head, don’t stop working towards it. Sooner or later you might just be able to reach out and grab it! Happy humpday friends! 

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Mini Vanda Bag c/o Opelle // Oversized White Shirt Madewell (xs) || Denim Mother (similar here and here) || Leather Jacket Madewell (similar) (small) || Sunnies Warby Parker || Slip-Ons Vans (TTS) || Rings Laite Atelier

Size reference: I am 5”7′, 120 lbs


Please note this post was sponsored by Opelle but all opinions are 100% my own. 

Living Room Reveal

March 23, 2015

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Well hellloooo there! Sorry for my slightly longer than normal absence. I’d love to be able to stick to a proper posting schedule but the days just aren’t always long enough. Rather than adding filler content I’m trying to only publish posts I really feel good about. This weekend was the first time our living room has felt complete and after resisting for so long I just had to share a few shots with you.

In case you’re new to Style Bee, about a year and a half ago my partner Dave and I bought a quaint little 1890’s house that had a ton of character and needed a TON of work. We decided to tackle it head on and complete all the work ourselves, starting with a full ‘gut-job’ on the second floor and a more superficial face-lift on the living room. Today I’m sharing a few photos of our allllmost completely finished living room. There are still a few finishing touches needed (and a new tv eventually!) but we love the space and it’s been a sort of sanctuary for us as we’ve endured the renos throughout the rest of the house.

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I think a lot of people have romantic notions about renovations, at least I know I did. Shows like Love It Or List It and The Property Brothers barely even scratch the surface of what it’s like to redo an old house and they certainly make it seem faster and easier than it ever is. But we’ve been living and learning about the process and trying not to lose our cool (entirely).

Dave is much better equipped to deal with the renovators lifestyle, ie: living in a constant state of disarray with an ever-present layer of fine dust on everything. Me, not so much. After a few months of living in a construction site I started to go crazy. Be forewarned that a renovation will take it’s toll on your bank account, mental stability and relationship! Luckily it didn’t push any of them past the point of no return, phew! People kept saying, “It will be so worth it when it’s done.” and while that sentence annoys me to no end, it’s totally true.

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Another (slightly annoying) tidbit we kept hearing was, “You can’t rush it.” and despite all our efforts we discovered this was also very true. Creating a space that feels complete and authentic to you and your family is not something you can do in one go. At least as far as I can tell anyway. You need to spend time in a room, make note of what you’re missing, what functional elements are needed and add to it slowly but deliberately.

It was the first time I’d ever really had cart blanche in a space to design, layout and style it however I wanted. This was both exciting and daunting at the same time. Some things like the furniture and large wall map came together easily but the carpet, artwork and other details have taken a long time to settle.

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Our house project has made me much more aware of how I live and what I need to enjoy and feel content at home or in a specific room. I’ve learned that while I’m not a fan of dressing with colour I like having pops of it in my interior surroundings. Things like needing to put my feet up when I watch a show, having a spot to put my keys when I come in the door or that mid-century modern style is my jam are all little insights that make me feel more at ease and at home.

We’ve also learned that if we can make something exactly how we want it’s worth the extra time and effort. Buying something that’s not exactly what you need will never fully satisfy. So with that in mind we’re building a custom, concrete and walnut coffee table but for now these tree stumps are place holders and I kind of love the unexpected and understated vibe they add to the room. We’re also finishing up a small floating shelf to sit under the mirror so our sunglasses and car keys have a proper home.

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The living room was the least labour and time intensive room we’ve worked on so far but the project still included:

  • Stripping many, MANY layers of old paint off the original 120 year-old trim
  • Sanding the trim
  • Repairing wall cracks (which involved drywall and taping)
  • Rerouting electrical
  • Adding pot lights
  • Fixing bad floor board patchwork
  • Painting the walls, ceiling and trim
  • Furnishing

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The whole process has been eye-opening, soul crushing, creatively invigorating, threshold testing, team building, pain staking and entirely life changing. I’ve seen how amazingly talented and hard working Dave is and I’ve had the chance to test my limits and learn to trust my design instincts more than ever. The renovation has been extremely hard but extremely rewarding at the same time. Some days I come home and a wave of appreciation hits me. I feel so incredibly fortunate to call this little work in progress home!

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So that’s room #1 for you! Stay tuned for the next room reveal, the bedroom, complete with before shots and floor plans! 

Have you done any renovating? If so, how did you manage to get through it?


Sources: Yellow Chair || Couch || Butterfly Chair || Rug || Cross Blanket || Geo Print Pillows || Curtains || Art Print || Map and Mirror (vintage) || Stumps (similar)

 

Look 10 – Spring Stripes

March 17, 2015

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It FINALLY feels like spring outside. The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and you can actually see green! It’s truly an amazing transformation and this year I’m appreciating it more than ever. Spring weather also means spring style which is by far my favourite part about the new season.

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This year my spring fever seems to have manifested itself in a search for stripes and despite them being everywhere, the right ones are surprisingly hard to find. Most are too thin, some too thick, many are the wrong colour and don’t get me started on printed vs woven stripes! I’ll admit I’ve been a bit of a Goldilocks and needless to say I’ve kept the mailman busy with returns but I finally came across a striped tee that’s juuuust right. This one by Community is a great length, has a loose fit, is black + white and made of 100% cotton that’s a good weight but still drapes well (told you my criteria was specific!). Right now I’m wearing it with a pair of wide-leg denim but I might give it a try with overalls or even a pencil skirt and blazer. When the summer hits I’ll be tossing it on with cutoffs and Birks for sure. *Sigh* After 6 months of long sleeves it sure feels good to roll them up!

So tell me, what’s at the top of your spring wardrobe list? Are you as picky as I am about any specific items?

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Trench J.Crew (size 2) (Also love this one and this one) || T-shirt Community (similar from Madewell) (size s) || Wide-leg denim old (similar and similar) || Boots Madewell (similar) || Tote Cuyana

Size reference: I am 5”7′, 120 lbs

Best Dip Ever

March 16, 2015

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I’ll admit occasionally I have a tendency to exaggerate things but in this instance I’m even being modest when I say this is the BEST DIP EVER. Salty, sweet, cheesy, tangy, spicy, crunchy and fresh are all critical words to use when describing this compendium of flavour. Last weekend we celebrated my fella Dave’s birthday and I decided to make this dip and sure enough, before I even had time to survey the party, it was gone. Not just sort of gone, bowl licked clean gone. Though I’d like to, I can’t take credit for this genius since it’s from my favourite cookbook The Kinfolk Table. If you buy only one cook book this year be sure to make it that one.

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Second only to the flavour, my favourite part about this recipe is how easy it is to make.

Start by assembling your ingredients (makes approx. 2 cups):

  • 1 lb (455 g) sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1 cup (140 g) drained Peppadew peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) chopped garlic dill pickles, plus pickle juice to taste
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) mayonnaise (keep it handy as needed)
  •  1/2 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped (my addition, not pictured)
  • freshly ground salt and pepper
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Crackers for serving (I love Mary’s)

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Combine cheese, peppers, pickles, shallot, scallion, sour cream, mayonnaise, salt and pepper (a few pinches to start) in a medium bowl and mix with a fork until well combined adding more mayonnaise, 1 tbsp at a time, as needed. The mixture should be thick but easily spreadable. Season with a bit more salt and pepper, a generous amount of Tabasco and a splash of pickle juice. Taste and adjust to your liking. Refrigerate in an air tight container (up to 1 week). Bring to room temp prior to serving and accompany with crackers or crostini. It’s a great app for any occasion, just don’t be surprised if you look away for a second and then find it gone!

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Le Creuset mini cocette | West Elm copper measuring cups (similar) | Lint and Honey – Pickle Tea Towel  – Be sure to use the code ‘STYLEBEE’ for 15% off your order!

Save the Bees! In support of a cause close my own heart, Lint + Honey will be donating $1 from the proceeds of all ‘Bee’ related goods in her shop (like this great print and these awesome pillows) to a Save the Bees fund.

Look 09 – Taking Time

March 13, 2015

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I’ve had trouble staying focused lately. Whether it’s my job, the blog, new ideas or just doing the dishes, I can’t seem to give any of it my undivided attention. I get frustrated with my lack of efficiency, progress and ingenuity but that only proves to further stunt my day. I’ve even been having a reoccurring dream where I’m trying to run forward but I can only walk. I mean, seriously? Come on! But deep down I know it stems from wanting to share my aspirations, my vision and my goals despite the fact that they’re just not ready. The pesky thing about dreams it that they refuse to be rushed into reality. It was about this time last year when I stumbled on the quote, “Good things take time.” and it seems I’m still in need of this reminder.

While this sentiment is true for me it’s also the case for this incredible scarf by Block Shop. It’s pattern is created from hand carved blocks, hand mixed natural dyes and is hand printed by textile artisans in Bagru, India. That’s a long process to bring a single scarf to life but the result is a work of art (read more about it here). Block Shop founders, Hopie and Lily Stockman had a vision that they’re seeing through step by step and reading about it was just the inspiration boost I needed this week. This scarf had been on my wishlist all year and I haven’t stopped wearing it since it arrived. If you need a little inspiration definitely check out the gorgeous collection and read about how the Block Shop mission is about much more than pretty patterns.

Bottom line is that good things really do take time but we’re capable of anything we put our minds to. Plus we made it to another Friday and that’s a major accomplishment in itself! Have a good one friends!

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Block Shop Scarf (s/o similar here) || Elizabeth Suzann Top (OS) || Madewell Denim (26) || Elizabeth Suzann Coat (black s/o avail in Moss and Camel) (Regular) || Everlane Loafers (size 7 TTS) || Another Feather Necklace || Laite Bangles + Rings || Opelle bag

Size reference: I am 5”7′, 120 lbs

2.4 – FABRIC

March 11, 2015

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FABRIC

Ah, it sure feels good to be digging back into the closet mission. It’s fun to change things up on the blog here and there but with spring around the corner it’s prime time to push ahead and get our closets in ship shape! Next up in the series we’re talking fabric and texture.

A piece of clothing may have the perfect fit and be just the right colour but if it doesn’t actually feel good it’s a waste of money and closet space. This is one of those basic truths I had to learn the hard way and still need to remind myself of every so often. Too many times I’ve been tempted by a ‘cheaper’ or ‘faster’ option, whether it’s a sweater substitute or a similar pair of shoes, only to be left feeling as though I’m wearing cling wrap or that within a few wears or washes the thing has lost any resemblance to it’s former self. All of which scenarios are less than awesome.

Now that’s not to say something that costs less will necessarily be made with a low quality material. Cotton is inexpensive and it’s my favourite! But if you’ve been reading Style Bee much this year you’ll know that I keep pushing the idea that the better you know yourself and what you like, the better your style and shopping choices will be. This most certainly applies to fabric choices too.

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LEAN CLOSETS + TEXTURE

I know I already said this about print and pattern but it just so happens that texture is a great way to add interest and options to your wardrobe too. It becomes increasingly more useful as your colour palette narrows as well. I love combining different fabrics to make a monochrome look more interesting (like this one) or mixing slightly different tones to keep things fresh (like this one). But it’s important to choose the right fabrics for your lifestyle and activities. Personally I gravitate to natural fibres like cotton, linen, silk and various wools like cashmere and merino for everyday wear. Nothing beats leather for shoes and accessories either. These materials feel great, breath well and stand up to a lot of use, which is critical if you’re looking to buy fewer pieces and live with a leaner closet.

This article by textile guru Rebecca Atwood provides an excellent breakdown of quality fabrics made of natural fibres and outlines what to look for and how to care for them. While there are general rules of thumb and recommended fabrics to invest in, it really comes down to what feels right for you!

You may already know what you like but if not you can easily figure out your ideal texture palette by asking a few simple questions such as:

1. Take a look at your closet and/or dresser. What fabrics do you see repeating themselves most?

I said: My closet has a lot of cotton (jackets, denim, t-shirts, button-downs etc.), silk is common for my more formal shirts and dresses, lots of merino wool in my sweater collection, linen for my favourite summer wears (loose tees, blazers, jackets) and some rayon, tencel, polyester and acrylic blends are in there too. For the most part my winter coats are wool for warmth and durability.

2. What fabrics have you worn lately and felt great in? 

I said: Silk, merino wool, rayon and cotton.

3. How prepared are you to dry clean clothes? If you’re not then you might need to avoid some more sensitive materials like silk, cashmere and various types of wool. Always check the care instructions before buying something.

I said: I am prepared to dry clean my investment pieces and find they last WAY longer when I care for them correctly. My dry cleaner is local, reasonable and very quick so that helps a lot.

4. Are you prepared to invest in higher quality fabrics? If not, then you’ll need to be prepared to replace or repair certain items more often. In my experience synthetics tend to lose their shape faster, the seams on cheaper garments start to break after a wear or two and faux leather shoes start deteriorating after a season if not sooner. But that’s just my personal experience!

I said: I’m definitely a supporter of the invest now, wear forever approach but it’s not always easy to stick to and it can be hard to justify spending more on one thing when you could be buying two of something else. I just try to remember that I still love and wear many of the investment pieces I’ve bought even as long as 7 years ago. I’ve had designer jeans for several years and they’ve aged beautifully. Even the better quality cotton t-shirts I’ve washed 1000 times are still hole free and looking good. Of course, in the end, it all comes down to budget.

5. List the top 5 materials you’d like your closet to be comprised of. Keep these in mind whenever you buy something new and if it’s not made from a preferred fabric think carefully before you seal the deal.

I said: Cotton, silk, linen, wool (includes cashmere, merino, mohair and alpaca) and leather.

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FABRIC + ENVIRONMENT

I’d be remiss not to acknowledge that the fashion industry’s impact on the environment is under heavy scrutiny. While I don’t mean to kill our happy fabric and texture buzz, the stats are tough to ignore. The textile industry is the #2 polluter of water in the world. Most of the chemicals and dyes used to bleach and colour our clothes are pouring into the oceans, not to mention all the unused material heading to it’s forever home, a landfill. While I’m certainly no saint in this department and definitely no expert on sustainable or eco-friendly practices I’ve begun to take a more keen interest in this topic. So here are a few simple ways to lighten your fashion footprint:

1. Buy Less. This one is pretty simple and, well, totally free. Less consumption just means less waste. It’s sort of the mandate behind our whole closet mission here too so that’s convenient!

2. Shop Vintage. It’s fun, affordable and bottom line, they really don’t make things like they used to.

3. Shop Local. This way you get to support a small business, an awesome maker pursuing their passion and wear a unique piece of hand crafted goodness. These features often come with a higher price tag but if you’re buying less already then you might just have room in the budget. (I’m working on a great list of North American makers I’ve shopped from and love. Stay tuned!)

4. Shop Savvy. Look for fabrics made of the following fibres:

  • Organic Cotton and linen (extra points for vegetable died options or naturally grown colours).
  • Silk is surprisingly eco-friendly and there are more vegan options available now too.
  • Bamboo (while not totally innocent it is easy to grow without pesticides).
  • Lyocell (aka Tencel) is probably the best option as it’s both biodegradable and recyclable, plus it’s production requires less energy and water than more conventional fabrics and no bleach! Oh yeah, it feels awesome too.
  • Hemp is a common fabric associated with sustainability however it’s a good rule of thumb to aim for organic options as it’s production can be poorly regulated (read: heavy pesticides and chemical use).
  • Cashmere is indeed an investment but it’s long lasting and we all know nothing feels quite like it.
  • Alpaca is one of my new favourite fabrics for it’s warmth and softness. Not to mention the cute hypoallergenic creatures that produce it for us!

Read more about these and other eco-friendly fabrics here and as you may know I’m an avid reader of the blog Into Mind and found these three posts very insightful: Eco-Conscious Consumer Basics, Ethical Fashion + Minimalism, Eco-Conscious Shopping.

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So there we have the Closet Mission post on Fabric! When I first started drafting this segment I wasn’t sure where it was headed but I’m glad I had an opportunity to talk about making choices that feel good for both our closet and our conscience. So many fashion blogs glaze right over these issues (this one included) but I think it’s an interesting and important discussion to have.

Questions: What are your favourite fabrics to wear? Do you know any fashion blogs talking about sustainability and eco-conscious shopping? Let me know if you have a moment in the comments. 

Faith’s Beauty + Skincare Staples

March 9, 2015

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I’m excited to welcome the lovely and super savvy Faith Pierce to the blog today! Faith writes the blog That’s Just Fabulous, an incredible source for beauty, fashion and lifestyle inspiration. Faith is my guru for skincare and makeup tips so I asked her to share her top 10 go-to products with us here on the blog. This chicka knows what she’s talking about and for a product to meet her high standards it’s got to be pretty damn good! So without further adieu I’ll let Faith take the floor.

 

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Hello Style Bee readers! My name is Faith, and I’m the blogger behind That’s Just Fabulous. Lee has graciously allowed me to take over her beautiful blog for the day to share my top ten skincare/beauty products with you all and I am so excited! First up is the skincare/hair section followed by my “can’t live without it” makeup picks.

 

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SKINCARE/HAIR

 

The Remover [Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover]: As you will see later on in the post I am a big fan of a bold eye. Tattoo-like liquid eyeliner? Count me in. Waterproof mascara that holds a mega curl? Top of my list. With all of that said I needed a remover that really got in there and took all of that off at the end of the day – and wouldn’t have me tugging and pulling at my eyes. Another big factor for me, was that I didn’t want something super oil based (since those can break me out). Clarin’s remover completely fits the bill. It’s gentle, effective, and melts off my makeup at the end of the day. Get it here >

 

The Moisturizer [REN Evercalm Day Cream]: I seriously don’t think my little paragraph here will do my love for REN skincare justice. I actually just added on two more REN products to my skincare routine as replacements for products that were only working so-so. REN is a Swedish line of skincare that is completely clean – no nasty chemicals, no fragrances, just the good stuff. The Swedes are known for their sleek and clean interiors, and they transfer that same mentality to their skincare regime. Even though this moisturizer says Day Cream, I use it both morning and night. It is hydrating, dries down well, and is gentle on my dry skin. Move over French Pharmacies – the Swedish are in town. Get it here >

 

The Balm [Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream]: Like I mentioned above my skin is dry. Especially my lips. It doesn’t help that my mode of transportation around the city is walking, so in brutal winters like this one my skin takes a serious beating. In comes this holy grail product. From healing chapped lips, to styling your brows, to soothing sunburn; the Eight Hour Cream literally does it all. The formula is thick, but is something that is still comfortable to sleep in. Get it here >

 

The Dry Shampoo [Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder]: I bought this on a “feeling spendy” whim and never looked back. For the longest time I was all about snagging a drugstore brand dry shampoo in an aerosol can, but I would blow through it in a few short weeks. Once I got my hands on the Prêt-à-Powder I was converted and I’m never going back. I’ve had this stuff for months and it’s still going strong (and trust me I use the heck out of this little bottle). Not only does it take care of hair in need of a wash, it also volumizes. I often add this to my first day hair to give it an extra oomph and grit. Get it here >

 

The Fragrance [Jo Malone ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’]: I absolutely adore clean fragrances that aren’t super girly and sweet, so ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’ is the dream fragrance for me. It is reminiscent of the northern English coastline – cool seasides with misty salt filled air. Get it here >

 

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MAKEUP/BEAUTY

 

The Mascara [Maybelline Full N’ Soft]: For me this is one of those mascaras that every time I stray from it I’m so disappointed and I come crawling right back. It holds curl like nothing else I own, can be applied soft and fluttery or built up for major drama. It also has some insane staying power. It’s also not a very prominent mascara in the Maybelline line which is such a shame. I was introduced to it by a friend of mine and I’m about to be on my third tube of it…I love it that much. Get it here >

 

The Concealer [NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer]: Full coverage, creamy formula, non-cakey, and flawless finish. Need I say more?? It’s hands down my favourite product for concealing under eye circles and it blends like a dream. Get it here >
Budget friendly option: Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer. Get it here >

 

The Liner [Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen]: Holy grail status right here. Now I know that this product is ridiculously expensive. Like as you’re reading this you’re probably thinking I’ve lost my mind. Here me out though…If like me you, feel lost without your liner (true story this bad boy didn’t fit in my TSA approved bag…and I just about had a meltdown the other weekend) this buy is for you. The Tom Ford pen is dual ended, each tip is made up of precise hairs (like a calligraphy pen), and the inky black formula is tattoo like. This pen also lasts forever. I would blow through my drugstore options in a few weeks and I’ve had this pen for going on five months now. It gives me by far the sharpest and cleanest cat eye, lash define, etc. Get it here >
Budget friendly option: Maybelline ‘Line Stiletto’ Liquid Liner. Get it here >

 

The Cream Shadow [By Terry Ombré Blackstar ‘Bronzed Moon’]: I’ve never had more compliments on an eyeshadow look than with this product. Also, the ease of this product and it’s formula make up for the price tag. I can get a smokey, dramatic eye in seconds using this stick. (Smudge it all over and blend it out with a brush). It makes mornings where I’m running behind so much easier. It also doubles as a thicker/smudgy liner and a crease shade to add drama. The formula is so easy to work with, lasts all day, and doesn’t crease. The color selection is also stunning. Get it here >
Budget friendly option: Maybelline Color Tattoo ‘Bad to the Bronze’. Get it here >

 

The Brow Master [Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’]: When I first started filling my brows in I used powder + a brush. This was okay, but wasn’t really the best method for me. I already have a decent amount of brow and was really looking for something that could go in and precisely fill gaps and keep things look natural. The Brow Wiz has a tiny, waxy nib on one end and a great spoolie on the other. The waxy formula stays in place better for me than powder and I can build them up or just lightly fill them in. This is another product I’m on my third of. Get it here >
 

If you’ve made it through this post I truly commend you – it’s a long one! Let me know in the comments if you use any of these products yourself and what your favourites are.

 

- Faith Pierce

If you’re up for a little spring inspo hop on over to That’s Just Fabulous to read my guest post and see my top spring style picks and how I’m wearing them!

Delicious Green Smoothie

March 4, 2015

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Waaaay back in the early days of Style Bee I posted recipes here and there and I’ve been eager to share some of my more recent favourites. So when the opportunity arose to collaborate with the lovely, local, home goods shop Lint + Honey I knew it was meant to be. Andrea, founder and Chief Lint Collector, and I immediately hit it off over talk of our furry pups and love of simple, purposeful design and products.

I go through waves of enthusiasm towards cooking. I’ll be on a roll for a bit then all of a sudden I can’t muster the strength to lift a frying pan and I’m content to eat take out for the foreseeable future. But really all it takes is a few fresh goodies, edible or not, for me to feel inspired in the kitchen again. Cue the super fun and totally functional Chefette series of tea towels, aprons and prints from Lint + Honey. Shown here is the mini hearts tea towel, not so coincidentally in context with my most loved healthy recipe of late.

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GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

I cannot and will not, by any means, claim to be a health nut. While most people save the mac and cheese stash for empty fridge day, it’s the the first thing I reach for. Butter croissants are my dream breakfast and when there’s no dessert to be found after dinner I feel nothing short of miserable. I just want to make sure you know this recipe is from a place of deliciousness, not health. Okay?

Truth is though, this green smoothie is SUPER tasty! The fact it’s good for you is purely a bonus. I discovered it while I was on a bit of a health kick, albeit short lived, and loved the refreshing and energy packed jolt it gave my morning routine. So now, when I’ve gotten my act together enough to grocery shop, it’s my go-to breakfast treat.

To Make (serves 2):

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen mango (use at least one frozen fruit otherwise your smoothie wont be cold enough)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • heaping 1/2 cup of blueberries (save a few to top the drink with)
  • blender

Start by gathering all your ingredients. Blend the spinach and water together in the blender until smooth. Then add the frozen mango and pineapple chunks and blend until smooth. Lastly, add the banana and blueberries and you guessed it, blend until smooth. Add a touch of water if needed. Pour into two large cups, top with a few blues and guzzle down the goodness!

To make this a touch heartier I add some greek yogurt or 1/2 an avocado sometimes too.

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How great is this Lint + Honey apron? It’s cute enough to wear right out the door! Not to mention being a total life saver too. There’s nothing like being dressed and ready for the day when the blender goes rogue and spews green juice all over your shirt. I’ve worn aprons before but the adjustable neck strap, deep front pockets, adorable print and 100% cotton fabric put this one in it’s own league.

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L+H Mini Hearts Tea Towel | L+H Scales Apron | Be sure to use the code ‘STYLEBEE’ for 15% off your order!

Save the Bees! In support of a cause close my own heart, Andrea will be donating $1 from the proceeds of all ‘Bee’ related goods in her shop (like this great print and these awesome pillows) to a Save the Bees fund.


Please note this post was sponsored by Lint + Honey but all opinions are 100% my own. 

Stay tuned for next week’s recipe, a total show stopper of a cheese dip!

February Vibes

March 3, 2015

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Monthly vibes shall live! After some of your lovely comments and encouragement on the January Vibes post I decided to continue these monthly recaps. After all, it’s a great way to keep a record of what’s happened each month. So thanks so much for piping up!

It’s no secret that February was insanely cold but it has been bright and sunny. Luckily my studio has two big windows that let lots of sunshine in so I could kind of trick myself into feeling better about the -30 degree temps outside. My rubber pant and lots of fresh tulips definitely helped too.

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I was hunkered down at my desk a lot last month. Focusing on a product launch with work, new business ideas and lots of projects for the blog (including a fun new recipe series launching tomorrow!). Caffeine and tasty snacks are keeping me alive right now!

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You might have already caught a glimpse of my recent hair chop via instagram or facebook. It was a significant change after over 20 years of long hair but it feels great and almost as if I was always meant to have a shorter ‘do. I’m loving how polished, chic and Parisienne it makes me feel. The only problem is that my desperation to visit Paris is stronger than ever!

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Of course I can’t resist infusing my monthly post with some cuddly shots of Dobby. He’s just such a great little buddy and at the top of my favourite things in life list. He’s got some serious ‘tude and reserves the right not to trust inanimate objects that spontaneously move, for example the vacuum or when the air vent blows a curtain. These are deemed extremely dangerous incidents by him. His little quirks make him all the more hilarious and unique.

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I’ve missed putting together my weekly flatlays lately but I’ve been loving my white denim skinnies from Madewell and you already know how much I love the new Gap resolution denim (see my review here). Dave bought us a gorgeous set of Speck and Stone mugs for Valentine’s day and they have completely transformed my mornings. A beautiful coffee mug is an absolute must-have as far as I’m concerned now.

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So that’s a decent summary of my February. We’ve been working on the house a lot too and I will FINALLY be able to share our finished bedroom this month (I mean it this time!). March is going to be awesome! I kicked things off with a fabulous giveaway and next week I’ve got an amazing guest blogger lined up along with lots of other Closet Mission plans and great spring inspiration. I’m also planning to overhaul the ‘Shop’ page and make it extra easy to shop my favourite mainstay pieces. Stay tuned and have a good one! xo

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