Friday, April 18, 2014

malbec of the week: terra andina

raspberries! that's the first flavour i tasted when i took a swig of this awesome argentine malbec. YUM!!

terra andina rich malbec 2012
for more info click here

Thursday, April 17, 2014

what's in my bathroom: DIY beauty elixir

i love this DIY beauty elixir. i tinkered with a couple of versions (different quantities of essential oils, how much witch hazel to add blah blah), until i came up with this lovely concoction. this elixir is perfect for spraying on your face to set makeup and give a dewy finish, or to spritz throughout the day for a refreshing pick-me-up (it's the peppermint that does it!) whenever someone comes into my office, they remark on how beautiful it smells.
happy face, happy nose, happy me! and now, happy you, too!

parisgirl's DIY beauty elixir

what you need
30 drops of organic sweet orange essential oil
15 drops organic rosemary essential oil
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil
1 tsp. organic witch hazel
1/8 tsp. organic vegan glycerine (you can substitute regular if you want)
1 medium sized brown or blue glass spray bottle (like the one above)
distilled water

how to do it
 put glycerine and witch hazel in bottle. add  essential oils. fill bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. put spray mechanism in place. leave for a day or two in a dark place for scents to mingle. shake before using. spray away!


Monday, April 14, 2014

i like beer too...

one of the benefits of living within a block of a bar is finding random beer glasses on my front lawn when the snow melts! this hefty glass (once washed and sterilized) is perfect for a transitional beer like Mill St.'s vanilla porter. salut!

Friday, April 11, 2014

what's in my bathroom: gumdrop

lovely pale-ish pink that leaves a hint of colour but doesn't make me look like i met damon salvatore on the way home...

revlon colorburst lip color in 060 gumdrop

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

recipe: organic vegan quickie roasted veggie tartines

tartines are pretty simple creations - butter and fruit confitures spread on fresh (or toasted) baguettes, and served open-faced. i made a savoury version, whilst in the midst of packing away all my winter scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters and boots (it's spring - i refuse to wear winter any more...) and just before GoT showed up to entertain me!

i used chopped tomatoes, onions, shallots and garlic, sliced mushrooms, small pieces of fresh spring asparagus and some oil-cured black olives, but you could use any combination of veggies that you desire (artichoke hearts and spinach for instance). mix the veggies with some extra virgin olive oil, 3-4 T of fresh thyme leaves, some freshly ground pepper, and for a truly unique taste, a pinch of this:

maldon smoked sea salt!

roast veggies in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. slice a baguette crosswise into 4-inch pieces, then lengthwise for each piece. toast baguette under the broiler, until lightish brown. remove and add slices of vegan cheese (i used daiya jalapeno havarti), or real cheese (brie, camembert or aged cheddar). broil until the cheese is bubbling. remove and heap the veggies on each portion of bread. to push the up button, serve with a glass or two of malbec.
it's just that simple... 

maldon smoked sea salt flakes: for more info click here