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Vancouver Visits | Menchie’s West Broadway

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I was absolutely beaming when I was given the opportunity to check out the Kits location of Menchie’s and create my summer dream froyo mix. Maybe it’s the white girl in me but I absolutely love frozen yogurt. I’ve always been an ice cream fiend so the fact that this offers a slightly healthier option wins me over. I’m also still one of those big kids who mixes everything together when they get a slurpee so self-serve frozen yogurt bars where I get to throw everything together is a dream come true for me.

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I have to say that I absolutely love anything over the bridge. It’s one of the areas of the Lower Mainland that I haven’t ventured to much but the time I spend at Kits last summer made my love it. I’m also trying to use my Tuesday break in between classes in venture out that way a little more so hopefully I’ll know my way around soon enough. This location is on West Broadway just off of Trafalgar, in the middle of everything (also shoutout to Pure Nail Bar which is beside them because that’s where I almost always go to get my toes done). It has plenty of seating inside as well as an adorable little patio outside if you want to enjoy the sunshine. They change them up but offer a variety of sorbets and frozen yogurts (I believe either 10 or 12 options daily) which range from sweet treats like Oreo, cake batter, and peanut butter to something more tangy with plain tart yogurt, raspberry, and other fruity sorbets. They also order a ton of toppings. Seriously… Look at all of them. I feel like this is more toppings than I’ve seen at any other self-serve yogurt bar and I appreciate all the little ones like walnuts, graham crumbs, and roasted almonds. Also I appreciate all the candy which I will definitely be hitting up next time I go in. Then obviously there’s fruit and sauces as well but I need to be in a very specific mood for that so I stuck to the plain toppings today. Now onto my yogurt creation!

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I usually go for fruity flavours but I couldn’t pass up trying their newest flavour Oreo so I want for a classic summer staple instead and recreated the classic s’more in froyo. For my base yogurt I used cake batter and Oreo (seriously guys Oreo is so good) and I topped it off with graham cracker crumbs, white mini chocolate chips, loooooots of sprinkles, and a little baby waffle cone for some crunch. I must say it was absolutely delicious and I’m very excited to be hitting Menchie’s up now only in Vancouver but also in the Okanagan when I go home.

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Finally I wanted to show off what I wore because this is one of my favourite go to outfits for the summer. I mentioned in my last post that I love menswear and this combo is so comfy and so cute I can’t handle it. This is just a large men’s muscle tank from American Apparel (where else am I right?) and a discontinued oversized black chiffon from AA tied around my waist. I also used this monochromatic outfit as an excuse to rock my neon coral Rebecca Minkoff crossbody and threw on some super old Steve Madden strappy sandals and a chunk gold chain necklace (which you totes can’t see in this photo but I promised it looked great okay).

So there you have it kids, be prepared to see some posts throughout the summer of my Menchie’s adventures because you best believe I’ll have the strongest froyo game around. Also a huge thank you to Menchie’s Canada for hooking us bloggers up for the summer! If you hit up a Menchie’s this summer make sure to #MenchiesMyWay showing off your creation and to tag them on Instagram!

-lauren

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Loving Lately | July 13, 2015

Sorry I’ve been around not as often guys, my life has been a little insane (but I have been uploading regularly on my YouTube channels so be sure to follow me there). Tonight I wanted to drop by and share some of the things I’ve been into lately. Some are old, some are new, and some are just kind of ridiculous. Enjoy!

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Young and Hungry

I’m a Netflix junkie and this show was one I definitely binge watched. I watched season one a while back but realized that season two was just put up on Netflix and lost my mind. It’s one of those super cheesy romantic comedy series but there’s just something about it that I love. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Emily Osment, Ashley Tisdale, and Jesse McCartney all in the same show as well that tugs on my 90’s Family Channel heart strings. Also I’ve developed the biggest little girl crush on Jonathan Sadowski (seriously why have I not seen him before now?!)… Don’t judge me, just go watch it. You can check out the trailer HERE!

Fredrick

I’ve always been a huge animal lover so it makes me ridiculously sad that I’m stuck in a pet free building and having my dog live over four hours away from me. Clearly the answer to solving this was to buy myself a pet fish. It’s that fine line between it not really being a pet but still feeling like I have a new bff that I need to care for. So meet Fredrick, my new double tail Betta Fish. I think he’s pretty cool. Even though I get mad anxiety when I leave him at home all day when I go to work #newmomthings am I right ladies? PS getting a photo of him is impossible so I promise I’ll have a super cute one up soon.

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Bikini Shopping

This blows my mind because there are very few things I hate more than having to wear a bikini but goddammit I do love shopping for them. I decided to be crazy and hit up the VS semi-annual sale a few weeks ago and picked up two new bikinis, as well as I finally revealed a ton of super on sale bikini tops I picked up from American Apparel back when they had their 90% off sale earlier in the year. Now I just need to keep hitting the gym to be confident to rock these guy by the time I hit California in October.

Nails Inc X Victoria Beckham

Posh Spice and nail polish is a combo that just can’t go wrong. I was hesitant to drop this big of a bill on a single bottle of polish but I’m a sucker for packaging and the luxe box and weighted cap made me cave. I’ll have a full review on this guy coming up later this week but spoiler alert: it lasted almost an entire week without chipping and I will 100% be purchasing the new version as well.

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Menswear

I’m not quite sure if it’s my attempt to be trendy or me just trying to pull of wearing pyjamas every day to work but I’ve been loving rocking men’s styles lately. Today I was super cute and comfy for work in this men’s tank in a size large as a dress with a oversized chiffon, not in this photo obviously, tied around my waist and sneakers (seriously one of my new favourite outfits). Yesterday I wore this loose button up with shiny leggings and a cropped bustier underneath for more feminine twist on men’s pieces.

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Easy Blueberry Cheesecake

On the complete opposite season as my last post on Christmas in August, today I wanted to share with you a fantastic dessert recipe to finish off this insanely hot summer. While going through old cook books I found this recipe, pages covered in blueberries I may add, and remembered how simple it was and how much I loved making it when I was younger. I also really like this one because it’s super easy to make the night before after the sun has gone down and it’s not too hot to use the oven and eat the next day (it’s one of those recipes that just gets better the longer it stays in the fridge). Pretty much this dessert is a blueberry cheesecake in a different pan, but way less finicky and way easier to make. I guess I should just get ont o the recipe now…

What you’ll need:

– 2-3 cups of Digestive cookies (crushed)

– 1/2 cup of butter (or margarine) melted

– 1/2 cup of sugar (for crust)

– 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

– 8oz package of cream cheese

– 2 eggs

–  1/2 cup of sugar (for filling)

– 1 tsp vanilla

– 2-3 cups of frozen blueberries

– 1/2 cup of water

– 1/2 cup of sugar (for blueberry mixture)

-1/2 cup of cold water (to go with the cornstarch)

– 4 tsp of cornstarch

P1020281The crust is a super simple crumb crust. Simply take the crushed up cookies, mix it with your sugar, then add in the melted butter. Mix it all up, and press it into the bottom of a pan (I’ve used several different dimensions of a rectangular pans they’ve all worked out fine as long as they’re not too tiny), and then stick it in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes until it starts to brown a bit on the top.

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To make the cheesecake filling mix together the softened cream cheese, 2 eggs, and the sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer. Beat it until it is mostly smooth, I don’t mind a few lumps even though it’s supposed to be perfectly smooth, then pour it on top of the crust and leave it in the same temperature oven for 20 minutes. I personally find that it may need a bit more that 20 just to cook through perfectly because this is the last time it’ll be in the oven at all.

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For the blueberry mix grab a big saucepan, I find a wok works the best if you have one, and add the frozen blueberries, water, and sugar in (also lemon juice if you want a little extra something) and bring it to a boil. While that’s happening mix together the cold water and cornstarch in a smaller bowl. Once it’s come to a boil add the cornstarch mixture and keep stirring until it’s thickened up. Don’t do this too early of else it’ll be finished before your cheesecake is cooked and although it’s usually okay just sitting on a low heat it may thicken a bit more than you’d want. You also want the cheesecake to have cooled down a little bit when you pour the blueberry mixture on so it doesn’t rip through the top layer and make it not so pretty. Finally when pouring it on pour slowly this is another way to keep it from ripping the cheesecake and keeping the layers nice.P1020287 P1020288

That’s it! It was that easy! Now all you have to do is let it cool to room temperature on the counter then cover it in saran wrap and pop it in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).

-Lauren

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Summer Staples: Nail Polish

If you’ve been here for a while you’d know that I’m a nail polish junkie, so I thought it’s only fair that I give you guys a few suggestions for fabulous summer polishes. Whether you’re a pastel, neon, and dramatic nail polish girl I’ll try to supply you with a little bit of everything with these favourites.FlipFlopFantasySwatch

I’m going to start it off with everyone’s favourite neon, “Flip Flop Fantasy” by China Glaze. This polish is a neon coral and dries to a matte-ish finish, so a top coat is necessary for a nice finish, that is opaque in 2 coats. If you’re looking for a summer colour that’ll give you the illusion of a tan this will become your go to. (Photographed with “Teenage Dream” by OPI’s Katy Perry collection on top.

FijiSwatchIf you’re looking for something a little more subtle pink a perfect substitute is “Fiji” by Essie. I find Fiji to be the perfect pastel pink polish. I used to be a sucker for Ballet Slipper but ever since Fiji walked into my life I find it way too sheer. Opaque in 2 coats, possibly 1 if you’re risky like that, it gives you that tan look without the shock of a neon.

MintCandyAppleSwatchWhile we’re on the topic of Essie cult favourites it’s only fair that I bring up “Mint Candy Apple”. Although it is a bit more of a spring than a typical summer shade, it’s still a polish that I find myself reaching for when I don’t know what else to wear (besides Fiji, I always pick Fiji first). It’s once again an opaque pastel polish with a beautiful cream finish. I have mint greens from several different brands and I have to say this one is miles ahead of any other dupes.

NaughtyNauticalSwatchI’ve realized that not every girl is a into pretty pastels so this polish is a deeper more mermaid inspired colour, “Naughty Nautical” by Essie. Originally it was featured in a summer collection last year but to my knowledge it’s now permanent polish (but you can still find discounted last year bottles at Winners so check for it there!). This shimmery blue-green beach day out on the boat. Like all the previous Essie colours it’s fantastic quality and a perfect match for your bikini and beach tote. (The photo makes it look a lot greener than it comes off in persona which is more of a teal)

 

*All photo have Julep Freedom as a top coat and with flash

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