Monday, April 25, 2016

8 Spots to Get a Healthy Meal in Toronto

Uncle Tetsu's Cheesecake, Glory Hole Donuts, Sweet Jesus - these are just a few of many tempting treats Toronto has to offer. It may seem unbelievable at times, but there are just as many healthy options out there as there are unhealthy ones. As much as I'm always looking for the latest dessert fad, I get equally excited when I discover a new food that is healthy, as well as delicious. Most of these spots are vegan/vegetarian friendly, but there are a few clean options for meat lovers included on the list. The best part is that several of these establishments offer delivery through Foodora, meaning healthy options are now just as accessible as ordering a pizza. The following are my go-to spots when I need a healthy meal on the go.

1. The Grow-Op
222 Ossington Avenue,
Try: The Peanut Butter Acai Bowl - the peanut butter crunch will trick you into thinking you're eating a dessert instead of breakfast.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Chick Lit 2016

When I read, I pick up everything from extensive biographies to the latest Nicholas Sparks novel. No matter how much I try to stick to 'Heather's Picks' at Indigo, a part of me will always need some girly chick lit on my reading repertoire. I could give you a list of today's bestsellers by the most accomplished writers, but for today's post, let's leave the heavy reads with our winter weight and keep it light for spring. I know I'm not the only one who wants to indulge in literary junk food every other read, so therefore I've decided to share some of my favourite chick lit I've read over the last few months.

I Had a Nice Time (and other lies) by The Betches

The first book on this list is also my latest and most anticipated spring read. A must-have for fans of the website, Betches Love This. Since I got it fresh off the shelf today, I would obviously be lying if I said I'd read it cover to cover. However, there are some books you know you will love before you even pick them up, and for me this is one of them. If the successor to Nice is Just a Place in France is half as entertaining, then we are in for a treat. The ideal book to bring with you while you get your tan on in this bright, sunny weather.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Lately I've been loving the recipes from Kristin Cavallari's new book, Balancing in Heels. I've been so into them that I decided to download her app to get more healthy meal ideas - and boy am I ever glad I did! A few days ago I decided to try making the Buffalo Cauliflower recipe she posted, and it was even more delicious than I had anticipated. I changed a couple things from Kristin's recipe, but I'm sure big of our versions produced similar results. This recipe is a perfect healthy option for all of those BBQs that are about to come around this spring and summer.
(These guys were devoured in under 24 hours, and unfortunately this is the only picture I had of them)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Brow Products for Beginners

When I was in middle school, I had my eyebrows waxed for the first time by a lady named Anastasia in Beverly Hills. Little did I know that she would become the go-to brow expert ten years later. At the time I had my brows groomed by Anastasia, a lot of her products still weren't available in Canada. Nowadays, we are lucky enough to have all of her tools and tricks of the trade at our fingertips, be it via Sephora or online tutorials.

A perfect brow can make a world or a difference. When brows are groomed and filled in they will help frame your face and enhance features that are already there. I've used almost all of Anastasia's products for long enough to know that hers are the best in the business. There are dupes out there, and similar products by other brands, but when it comes to brows, Anastasia is my ride or die girl. The following is a guide to help introduduce you to her products, and pick the ones best suited to your brows.

Unless specified, all of the following products are available at Sephora (


Monday, April 4, 2016

Green Banana Muffins

Normally when I post a recipe, it is something I've come up with on my own or adapted from a recipe I've come across online. I like to play around in the kitchen, but every so often I come across a delicious recipe that I feel needs no altering whatsoever. I discovered these muffins while browsing through Kristen Cavallari's new book, Balancing in Heels, in Indigo. Almost immediately, I ran home to try it out and was even more pleased with the result than I had anticipated. As someone who needs to make sure I get enough iron and green veggies, this recipe is perfect. It may not be a substitute for a salad, but these muffins will give you a kick of green, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth.

The first time I made these, I followed the recipe exactly as written. The second time I used a mix of kale and spinach for the greens, and a mix of honey and maple syrup instead of just the maple syrup. This is a recipe that you can feel free to play around with.
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