casual in banana republic

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 | 1 comments

tee: banana republic (sold out online but in stores!) // shirt tank: banana republic // pants: club monaco // coat: zara // shoes: aldo // watch: c/o daniel wellington // bracelet: tiffany & co

I don't know about you guys but I'm absolutely loving Banana Republic's casual collection right now! I've always been a BR fan but it was always a go to for office wear and not so much casual wear. Lately, I've been so impressed with all the bold colours (I have my eye on this red jacket) and t shirts like the one I'm wearing above. I paired the tee with a mesh/leather like shirt which gave it a new life. I was asked several times when I wore this if it was one piece and got a lot of surprise reactions when I said it was actually two pieces. Dual use is SO key when you're trying to save! Oh yes, I'm trying this new thing called "saving" because I'm a grown up (I'm 27 this month! AHHHH) and need to save for our upcoming trips this summer! Anyone in their later 20's still feel like they're 19? I sure do!
The good ol days...

Some of my favourites at Banana right now... there's a promo going on too! 

grid pattern blazer

Monday, 2 March 2015 | 3 comments

blazer: topshop (recent) // tee: h&m // jeans: gap // sneakers: gap // necklace: tiffany & co // watch: marc by marc jacobs 

I contemplated not posting these photos because I was kinda having an off day. You know those days where you feel super chubs and just plain gross? This day was one of them. I hate to say I have those kind of days but I'm normal and it happens! I think it has a lot to do with the fact that as a style blogger whether you like it or not you're judged in one way or another. It's kinda the curse to showcasing your life on the Internet. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging and showing my outfits to all of you but sometimes I have off days. I also have to stop comparing myself to others, it's a horrible habit. I will always have a butt (Latina genes) I will always be short (I'm 5'5) and the list can go on. You have to embrace what you have and rock it! With that being said, I still posted these!

I got some reassurance that they weren't bad photos from my wonderful and oh so patient boyfriend so here they are! He always makes me feel like I'm the prettiest girl in the world and I love him so much for it. I still feel kinda iffy about them but oh well. In a more positive light, I love this blazer I got from Topshop! I've always loved a good pattern and this blazer was just the perfect length! 

Please tell me you guys have days where you contemplate not posting photos? I have far too many of those days! How do you overcome them? I'd love to know!

the easiest and best cake ever

Friday, 27 February 2015 | 0 comments

I love any excuse to bake and this is by far one of my favourite recipes. 
This cake is so deliciously rich and looks fancy but so easy to make which is great in my books. I'm having some friends over later tonight for dinner and decided it was about time I made this again.

I use this recipe by Martha Stewart (of course), It's perfect and relatively inexpensive too... it's like a big fudge brownie!

Chocolate Flourless Cake 
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter (plus more for spring form pan)
  • 8 ounces of bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate (I used semi sweet) 
  • 6 large eggs separated 
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar 
  • icing sugar for dusting 
  • whipped cream or fruit to serve
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees with the rack in the center. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

Place butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk in egg yolks.

In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar, and continue beating until glossy stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; then gently fold in remaining egg whites.

Pour batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and is set in the center, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack; remove sides of pan. Serve at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.