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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For the Love of Sweeties Turns One!


I'm very excited to say I've been blogging for a whole year! Now, that may not actually sound like very much, but when it comes to hobbies and dedication for me I lose interest in things rather quickly. When I started this blog a year ago, I blissfully imagined feverishly writing and posting fun projects, and taking beautiful photos for years to come, but the realist in me gave myself 2 months. I defied myself! And that's a wonderful feeling. 
Here I am a year later, granted, I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm certainly enjoying it. I'm learnt lots,. I'm figuring out what I like to write about, what I like to post, how I like to photograph, how to photograph, and I'm starting to see how I'm curating my own style. Not to mention I'm finally juusst starting to meet some other bloggers online, It's fantastic, and I love it, and I'm so proud of myself.

Check out some of the posts down below from my first year of blogging!

My very first post ever: My favourite photo editing apps for android

My very first Simplest of Simple Post: The Breakfast Smoothie Breakdown


A little peek into my scrapbooking, just for fun


This is how I build a simple cheese plate



Super-healthy carrot falafel in a lettuce wrap to make it even healthier and yummier.


If you're somewhat new to blogging as well, (or maybe you're like me and you've created a dozen blogs over the years, only to abandon them after 2 weeks because you just weren't ready yet) let me know, we can grow old together! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Good Morning Monday | 11



This was Rifflandia Weekend! My favourite weekend of every summer. I can't think of a better way to close down the Summer season than with a four-day-long festival where you get to spend all day and all night with your friends listening to amazing music, at fantastic venues, eating the best food in Victoria! There's a reason why I've been six years running!
I saw some amazing bands I'd been looking forward to for a couple months now, Like Death Cab for Cutie, and the New Pornographers, but I also discovered some new favourites, the best part of Rifflandia! Not to mention the weather couldn't have been more perfect, a tough call for september.
I'm dead exhausted right now though so I will keep this short, and just say my weekend was one long blur of fantastic vibes that will keep me stoked until the leaves are crunching!

Check out the quick mix of my highlights this weekend, perhaps you'll find a new band too!

Rifflandia 2014 by Arielle Moore on Grooveshark


And just a few links, since I didn't spend much time online this week:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Making Chai Tea Lattes at Home


Now that the air is getting crisper, I'm starting to long a little more for the fall weather and everything that comes along with it. Especially the feeling of cupping your hands around a warm and rich morning or evening drink. Steamy things like hot chocolates, pumpkin spiced coffees, and chai tea lattes are the treats I've been craving lately. The kind of drinks that really warm your bones.
If you've never had a chai tea or chai tea latte before, it's a warming and slightly spicy blend of flavours like ginger, white pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, I could go on! If there's any drink that feels like a warm blanket, it's chai!

I stumbled upon Daksha's Chai Latte in the east indian cuisine section of my grocery store. I was actually looking for pepper. I found it, pepper I mean, in case you were wondering. I also picked up this little box full of sweet smelling latte mix. I'm hooked! Good gracious I carry it around in my purse, I love it so much! After a bit of online peeking, I also discovered they're a Canadian, even BC company, very cool!

Following the package directions, you can add it to hot water to have a tea, this really brings out the spicy notes of the ginger. Or it can be added to steamed milk to make it a sweet, slightly spiced, and creamy latte.

I find it funny that it doesn't actually have any tea in it at all, which does makes it caffeine free, bonus! And if you want you can easily pop a black tea bag in your mug.
It's a simple blend of all the cozy, comforting spices that you need when you wake up chilly. I make mine with hot water, and just a splash of almond milk. I prefer the stronger flavour that comes through that way. In these photos I made a latte with steamed milk, really just because it looks prettier!

Have you ever had a sweet and spicy chai tea before? What did you think?

After reading up on chai tea a little to write this post, I've been inspired to give making my own tea from scratch a go! A great kitchen adventure to look forward to! 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Good Morning Monday | Week 10



This week our apartment flooded. While we were off on a beautiful Saturday afternoon enjoying a fantastic game of mini golf and eating ice cream cones, our apartment was just being rained down on with toilet water.
It's not all that traumatic to tell the truth. A pipe or something burst in the ceiling above us. We came home to a very drippy situation from our hall, kitchen, and bathroom fixtures. Nothing was damaged except the lights and the carpet thank goodness! But we've been living with a very noisy industrial strength fan running 24 hours for the last 2 days to dry out the floor (only today to go!). Our pulled-up carpet is bouncing up and down making our hallway look like something out of a horror movie. And we aren't really supposed to use the lights as they've been flooded. Needless to say we haven't been spending a lot of our free time at home this weekend because of it.
So Sunday afternoon I went for a beautiful walk with my mom along the waterway, right into downtown. It really helped break up my study sesh. Thats right, schools back in!

What did you get up to this weekend? Was this your first week back as well?


Friday, September 5, 2014

Window Shopping: Rough and Tumbled Fall Boots

Now I know this isn't like everyone, but I like my combat and industrial-style boots to look better with a little age and grime. The muddier and more roughed up they get, the better. I want to look like I've worked hard in boots (even though I've actually done, and prefer to do, nothing). 
I think it has to do with footwear working a bit like a costume. You know what I mean, right? That's why super-high heels go on for nights out, But you slip on a pair of Keds for when you want to go for a cute, fun-loving but casual vibe. 
For me, boots can be kind of heroic. When I put on a good pair of rugged style boots I want to feel like Lara Croft. Now hear me out, Who hasn't wanted to be, or at least wanted to look like, or at least wanted to be as fit as Lara Croft? That's real-talk. I've shared an embarrassing and slightly weird secret with you. Lara Croft, a fictional archeologist/adventure-seeking video game character is my boot muse. Now let's look at some footwear.


Last Fall I did a very similar post on boots. In the end I didn't end of purchasing any of them. But not for lack of trying. I did however end up with a super cute pair of tan wedge-moccasin/hiking type booties from Target much like the ones from Toms in this set.

What are your thoughts on boots? Do you have a boot muse, or am I in this alone?
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