my favourite things of 2014

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just like oprah, except you don’t get to keep anything and no free cars. sorry, guys! but hey, at least you get to snoop through my favourite things of 2014 that have made my year so much better. from my fave snack, to the kicks you can’t rip off of my feet, to the tunes R loathes that i love.

boom chika pop is a costco staple and isn’t organic, but is gmo free which is a must – lightly salted, and more on the healthier side than alternatives, i snack on this almost nightly || these converse kicks have been on my feet non-stop. they pair with everything from jeans, to skirts, to leggings and when paired with almost anything, instantly give a downtown vibe | me, like every other girl (and most of my friends) are obsessed with t. swift’s latest album (listen to ‘style’ and remember being young and stupid). i don’t even try to fight it || the 1975′s album was one of my faves of the year || my celine nano was a splurge, and well worth it – i use this crossbody bag almost daily | this target bar cart was so worth the cross border trip to pick it up. it adds serious style to our living room and i finally have somewhere to display my ample paper straw collection (ha) || i didn’t even know a completely natural mascara existed, and double didn’t know it would be my fave! || another costco find, i love the texture this sheepskin gives to our space (and my instgram photos) || perfect for the market, barefoot contessa ina garten has the same one! love using this as a tote. it’s so substantial.

time for soup weather

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i stopped buying canned soups years ago when i found out how much sodium they contained. since then, i haven’t eaten soups because they seem to be to be a bit of a hassle to make… could be just me but the payoff never matches the work for me! i was recently at a friends’ and met the owner of kitskitchen soups – i was an instant fan after tasting her soups (and being infected by her passion for her artisan expression!). i love to support local businesses, and even better when their product is amazing (and it’s a female entrepreneur run company!).

fresh, locally sourced ingredients, dairy free and straight up healthy and organic i’m a huge fan. love the idea of gifting the monthly soup subscription and if you’re in vancouver, you must check them out! a big bowl of the tomato + red pepper flanked by some crispy bread is calling my name…

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day of holiday shopping on robson street

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christmas shopping holds so many wonderful memories. the mere mention, and i’m feeling all cozy and nostalgic. that said, the experience of christmas shopping as an adult can be a pretty stressful one, but it doesn’t have to be – it can actually be enjoyable once you know how! as part of my partnership with robson street and their #sparklewithrobson holiday campaign, christie and i are  showcasing how easy and fun it really can be when you make a day of it with your girlfriends.

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christie and i had the most amazing day strolling around robson street enjoying their festive services. we warmed up at the DIY hot chocolate station outside of milestones where you can enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows, and grab a treat to go, we filled out our christmas wishlist at the north pole express mailbox at urban pasture (in the hopes of winning it!) and grabbed a candy cane from the mailbox, too. we then wrapped up all of our gifts at their gift wrapping station located inside of CB2 (the station is DIY during the week, and by donation on the weekend). holiday shopping on robson street put us into the holiday spirit this year!

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of course, what’s a day out with your girlfriend without capping the afternoon off with a glass of wine and a bite to eat? luckily, vancouver’s mild weather meant we could enjoy the buzz of the street and sit on the heated patio at cactus club.

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the experience was so much fun, and it’s magical to stroll the open air shopping district popping in and out of our fave shops buying gifts for our lists.

merry christmas and happy shopping!

all photos by taya photography | my hair and makeup was by the talented suzanna chun beauty

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peppermint pretzel snaps

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i dreamt these up one day when i was looking for something quick and simple for a holiday party. i often come up with new recipes simply by strolling the aisles at the grocery store, and something will spark my imagination. in this case, it was costco, and i was in a rush. three ingredients, and these crispy, salty, and sweet “cookies” will be yours! they were a huge hit.

these throw together cookies are the perfect holiday treat. they are delicious and are the easiest recipe ever… i feel guilty even calling this a recipe!

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PEPPERMINT PRETZEL SNAPS

40 pretzels or pretzel wafers
1 cup good quality chocolate melting wafers, half dark and half milk
6 candy canes, crushed

melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between sessions. allow to cool slightly for 3 minutes so chocolate adheres to pretzel more easily

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unwrap, and crush cady canes in a ziploc bag

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dip one half of pretzel into chocolate, let excess drip off, and lay in candy canes, sprinkling with the candy

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lay to dry on a baking sheet covered with foil wrap or parchment paper

leave to set in the fridge for 30 minutes, and done!