September 12th, 2014

The Paris Pop-Up

Posted by Pam

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I have always wanted to go to Paris…it’s been on my bucket list since I fell in love with the French language in high school.  Sadly, everything that I learned back then is pretty much gone, but my desire to visit the City of Love has never left!  During the summer through a few serendipitous events and Instagram comments Laurel, Taya of Partners & Hawes  and I planned a trip to Paris with a pop-up shop to follow!  I am soooo excited..in fact, I find myself clapping in delight quite often these days.  We leave in just 6 sleeps!!!  You will be able to follow our travels on Instagram at @sugarplumpam @sugarplumlaurel and @Partners_Hawes

And we will be bringing back a taste of Paris for The Paris Pop-Up at HighStreet.  Our preview party on Thursday, October 23 is going to be a very special night…you will have first access to many one of a kind finds from Paris and local artisans. Dress in black, enjoy champagne and savor some Parisian treats.

Laurel and I love to throw a party and we would love to host you and your friends…or bring your hubby for date night! You can click here for tickets or purchase them at HighStreet guest services.

See you at the pop-up….Paris is always a good idea!

 

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September 11th, 2014

Smashed Pea Bruschetta

Posted by Laurel

i am all over smashed peas right now…i love both the color and the flavor…and for those of you who wrinkle your nose at the thought of enjoying peas? It’s time to discard the childhood memories of the overcooked, lifeless varieties and give them a try in one of the new updated and flavorful recipes we’re seeing. There’s a reason why smashed peas are finding themselves in the limelight.

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I took my cue from this delicious recipe from Le Partie Sugar and adapted it ever so slightly. The result was an appetizer that my hubby said brought out his gluttonous side. I’ll take that as a compliment!

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Making smashed peas is incredibly easy. It’s tough to find fresh ones, so i use frozen ones. Thaw them and add to boiling water. Cook for approx 3 minutes and then drain. Immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. I then put them (along with some of the reserved water from cooking the peas) into my magic bullet and coarsely blend them. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect…i like for some to be completely pureed and others to still have their shape! Season with salt and pepper.

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Slice baguette and brush with olive oil before toasting in the oven.

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Throw pesto ingredients into a food processor: mint, pistachios, garlic and salt. Pulse and then add lime juice and olive oil in a steady stream while still processing. Be prepared for your kitchen to fill with the awesome scent of this pesto… The pesto is definitely the piece de resistance!

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Assemble by topping toasted baguette with the smashed peas, crumbled goat cheese and a generous dollop of the pesto. Garnish with torn mint leaves and coarse salt.

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Tell me…let’s talk appetizers…do you have a favorite one that you make? I’d love to keep expanding my appy collection!

 

Smashed Pea Bruschetta
 
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Ingredients
  • Fresh mint
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup pistachios
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • goat cheese
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 baguette
Instructions
  1. Smashed Peas:
  2. Heat 3 cups of water to boiling
  3. Add the peas and boil for approx 3 minutes
  4. Take off of heat, drain and then immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process
  5. Mash the peas in your magic bullet (with some of the reserved water) or with a potato masher.
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Mint Pistachio Pesto:
  8. Add a generous handful of fresh mint leaves, shelled pistachios, garlic cloves and salt to food processor.
  9. Process until coarsely ground.
  10. Add lime juice and oilve oil while processing until your desired consistency.
  11. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  12. Slice baguette and brush with olive oil.
  13. Toast the baguette in the oven for approx 3-5 minutes.
  14. Assembly:
  15. Top toasted baguette with smashed peas.
  16. Crumble goat cheese ontop of the smashed peas.
  17. Add a dollop of the mint pesto
  18. Garnish with sea salt and torn mint leaves.

 

 

 

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September 10th, 2014

Taking Dresses from Summer to Fall

Posted by Pam

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I love wearing dresses in the summer! It’s such an easy way to dress…throw one on with flip flops and you’re pretty much good to go….or heeled sandals for dressier.   I was thinking about how to transition those summer dresses for fall.

 

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Just a few small additions to summer dresses can stretch their wearability into cooler months.  Add a layer with a jean jacket or a long oversize cardi and add ankle booties and you’ve gone from summer to fall.

 

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A fall must have in my books is a pair of tan ankle booties.  They are amazing for elongating the leg….you may just want wear them year round!  Go for a bit of a heel….it gives them a bit of sass and looks so polished, and you can wear them all day!  They look great with dresses, skirts and leggings…super versatile.

 

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Outfit Deets

Dress:  Anthropolgie

Heeled Sandal:  Louise et Cie

Hat:  Similar here

Sunglass:  Ray-Ban

Denim Jacket:  J. Crew Factory

Booties:  Rag & Bone similar herehere, here and here

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September 9th, 2014

Easy Style

Posted by Laurel

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It’s weird to hear myself say that i sometimes look to Lexi’s easy sense of style for inspiration….i mean, she’s my kid (and there are many occasions where i find myself coaxing her to ditch the volleyball shirts and step it up!)  But one thing i love about her is that she doesn’t get too caught up in trying to look perfect or dress the way she thinks others would expect her to dress. That’s something that i know i could learn from…

And this is one outfit that i think i could take some cues from :

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Being too “matched” or coordinated isn’t the goal but rather adding different layers of colours that all work together gives an easy and comfortable look. One that can be worn by teenagers and women alike!

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 Menswear and tones of it are everywhere this fall…and i like to see just a touch of it, like with these oxfords.

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Lexi is a fan of these jeans..Old Navy’s Rockstars…these ones especially are incredibly soft which makes them one of her go-tos.

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Outfit Details:

Denim: Old Navy Rockstar (available in a number of different washes and most are on sale now!)

Striped Knit:  H&M

Over shirt: American Eagle

Shoes: from Italy (similar here)

Necklace: American Eagle, old (similar here or here)

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September 8th, 2014

Sweet Start ~ A Different Approach to Exercise

Posted by Pam

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Fall is a good time to get back into routine after letting my guard down a little…ok, maybe a lot, during the summer! Hey, summer is about all hanging out with friends and enjoying good food…it’s how we socialize!  And in summer the exercise routine tends to go by the wayside.  I think it’s all good to have a break from the norm but now I’m looking at fall as time to “smarten up”… for the most part….yes, Paris will be a delicious detour!

A few ladies in my life have been talking about  The Body Book by Cameron Diaz.  I’m not a big reader and haven’t read the book…I’m thinking I should.  But what I’m hearing from them is the idea is fairly simple….keep moving!  We have become used to a very sedentary lifestyle here in North America.  We park as close to shops as possible, we take elevators, we shop online…we just don’t move around much!  So this fall I’m trying to make a more conscious effort to move more!! Yesterday we biked as a family to a cafe for coffee…an iced almond milk latte is a great incentive!  Instead of “killing time” while the kids are at hockey practice or pilates, I’ve started planning my errands so that I spend the hour walking, dropping off dry cleaning, picking up veggies, grabbing an Americano.  It takes a wee bit of thought to think about what I need to accomplish and what might be close by, but it’s a great way to get a few things done and get some exercise at the same time. I’ve also been walking the stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator whenever possible.  Cameron Diaz even talks about doing calf raises while she waits for her coffee at Starbucks.

I am starting back today at Vos Hockey for ladies’ workout!  I can’t imagine how sore I’m going to be, but it will be good to get back into an exercise routine….and I always enjoy the coffee and visit after.  Local sisters…if you are looking for a workout, come and join us!  I think the key to a healthy lifestyle is a combination of “structured” exercise and making the most of shall we call them “exercise opportunities”.

How are you trying to incorporate exercise into your day?  How do you keep moving?  I’d love more ideas!

 

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