Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carrot, Lentil + Raisin Salad

It's Easter this weekend and I was wondering what type of vegan, gluten-free dish I could make for Sunday dinner that I hadn't made before and luckily I came across this carrot, lentil and raisin salad on Deliciously Ella last week which sounded, well, delicious ; ). I decided to test it out a couple of days ago first before I shared it with family. It was super-easy to make and quite tasty so if you're looking for a healthy and hearty salad to serve for Easter I highly recommend this one. Below is the recipe. (All measurements are for the raw ingredients.)

You will need:
 - 3/4 of a cup of quinoa
 - 3 carrots
 - 1/2 a cup of lentils
 - 1/2 a cup of raisins
 - 1/2 a cup of pine nuts
 - 1 large butternut squash (I used a yam because there was no squash at the grocery store)

For the dressing:
 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
 - 2 tablespoons of tahini (I bought this from Planet Organic)
 - 1 teaspoon of tamari (I also bought this from Planet Organic)
 - 1 lime
 - salt 

- Start by pre-heating the oven to 190 C, then peel and cut the yam into bite-sized chunks. Place them on a baking tray with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper (you can also add rosemary if you like.) Bake for 30 minutes until soft
- Cook the quinoa in 1.5 cups of water for approximately 15 minutes and at the same time cook the lentils. You can add a bit of apple cider vinaigrette if you want, while they start to cook, to add some flavor
- Once the quinoa and lentils are cooking, place the raisins in a cup of warm water and let them soak, this will make them juicier
- Peel and grate the carrots using the fattest holes on a cheese grater
- Finally, make the dressing by mixing the olive oil, tahini, tamari, lime and salt with a fork until smooth
- Place all the ingredients into a large salad bowl, mix with the dressing and enjoy!

Happy Easter! I hope you all have a great long weekend!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Prints with French Connection

tank - French Connection (in store), jacket - French Connection (in store), 
trousers - French Connection, heels - c/o Zara, clutch - Top Shop Canada, 
ring - Material Girl from The Bay, bracelet - H & M

Printed pants are a must for Spring and I am totally and utterly in love with these Argon Rose Peg Leg Trousers from French Connection which are so light and comfortable! I chose to wear them with a must-have basic black polyester tank and a cute semi-sheer bolero with applique detail to finish off the outfit. French Connection has a ton of prints to choose from from their Spring 2014 line, below are some of my other favorites but I have to say it was hard to choose just a few ; )

              Marilyn Printed Dungarees                Belle Garden Pencil Skirt              Open Palette Crepe Top

 Stay tuned for more posts highlighting other spring trends with FCUK : )

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life, Lately

I'm sorry my blog posts have been sporadic, it's been a busy past few weeks for me but I am back on track now ; ). I didn't have time to take any outfit photos this week so I thought I'd fill you all in on what I've been up to lately instead! Clockwise starting from top left: After about 6 years, I finally got new glasses, Sandy and I and Janis and Vickie at the Every Woman Festival a few weeks ago, watching the F/W 2014 LUXX Ready to Wear show at Western Canada Fashion Week (so good!) and with my date Anton (and his cute chelsea boots, on the right) in the audience.

A few weeks ago I appeared on Global Edmonton's Morning Show with Lorraine Mansbridge talking about kids' and teens' spring fashions at West Edmonton Mall, which was a lot of fun. I styled the outfits using clothing from The Children's Place, Simons and Below the Belt. And funny story: when I was around 8 years old I modeled on Lorraine's show she had at the time called 'Good, Good Morning' and we were reunited again many, many years later for this fashion segment. ; )

And this past Tuesday I got to work on the television series 'Blackstone', playing a nurse (again lol.) I had auditioned many times for this show (it's in its 4th season) and was happy to finally book a principal role! I had a couple of fun scenes with one of the main characters who was a hoot to work with. The episode will air this fall : ).

I hope you're all having a great week! Happy almost-Friday!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Favorite Celeb Wedding Dresses

Kate Moss, Princess Grace, Megan Fox

Kate Middleton, Kelly Clarkson, Anne Hathaway

Ivanka Trump, Portia de Rossi, Lauren Parsekian (married to Aaron Paul from 'Breaking Bad', b*tch!)

Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth

I totally forgot to publish this post! I created it back when I was perusing the web, looking for wedding gown inspiration and thought I'd share it here on the blog. As you can tell, I am a HUGE fan of lace ; ). But I also love clean lines - simple yet elegant dresses like what Megan Fox and Kate Bosworth chose to wear on their special day. I am very excited, my wedding gown has arrived, I just have to make an appointment to try it on! I can't believe I'll be walking down the aisle in it in less than 6 months! Which dress is your favorite? Hope you're all having a great week!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Four Years

While I was downloading these photos and creating this post, I thought to myself, "I think my four year blog anniversary is coming up soon" and so I went back into my archives to check and sure enough my very first post was dated March 21st, 2010! I had missed it. Oh well, I'm only a few days late! I can't believe it's been four years already! What a ride it's been. Since starting MALM, I've met so many amazing people through the blogging world and have developed life-long friendships. I am so thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way and to the people (you know who you are) that encouraged me to start my styling business. And I am so very grateful to you guys, my readers, who take time out of your busy lives to click to my website and look at my photos and actually read my posts, leave comments, etc., it really means a lot to me, so THANK YOU. This is beginning to sound like a boastful Oscar speech so I'll wrap things up now before they cut to commercial break ; ) Here's to another four years!

jacket - Maison Scotch c/o Shopbop, blouse - c/o French Connection
pants - J Brand, boots - Spring, clutch - H & M, hat - LOST

Thursday, March 20, 2014

End of Season

Today I was going to write about how I love end-of-season sales as well as the demise of my least favorite season - WINTER - and how it's the first day of Spring today (YAYYYYY!!!) but it's snowing right now so half of my plan is shot. Oh well. But yes, I scored this Rachel Rachel Roy moto jacket and these pair of jeans for over 40% off at The Bay a few weeks ago. Gotta love sales, right?! I'm trying not to purchase a whole lot of clothing this year (because of the wedding $$$) so when I do I want to get the most bang for my buck - and BANG! - I know I'll get a ton of wear out of both of these pieces so it was totally worth it ; ).

moto jacket and jeans - Rachel Rachel Roy, top - c/o Zara, scarf - Jacob,
purse - Rebecca Minkoff, boots - Steve Madden, necklace - Top Shop, ring - H & M

Monday, March 17, 2014

P L E N + Y Styling Collaboration

I am very excited to be 1 of 13 Canadian bloggers participating in PLEN+Y's 13 for 31 styling collaboration for Spring 2014 where 13 different looks from PLEN+TY's  in-house brands will be posted in an editorial photo campaign for 31 days this month. I was sent five cute pieces and was asked to choose a minimum of two of these items to create an outfit with. I chose to wear this gorgeous Monk & Lou Melanie Pullover Sweater in Spice and Big Blue Jessica Black Jeggings, both of which will be key staples in my wardrobe this season. And yes, it's almost SPRING! The snow is melting gloriously and I don't have to wear a winter jacket anymore which feels so good. Fingers crossed. It could snow next week, after all I do live in Alberta but I'm trying to be optimistic. I hope you all had a great weekend : ).

sweater - Monk & Lou c/o PLEN+Y, jeggings - Big Blue c/o PLEN+Y
leather jacket - June, from Nordstrom Rack, booties - via The Ordinary People
bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha, scarf - C'est Moi from Bamboo Ballroom

* shop your favorite P L E N + Y basics and get 20% off with this promo code: MARIE20

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: Quilts Etc. Home Republic Bedding

Confession: I've had the same bedding since 2007 when I moved into my condo. When I moved in with D. a few years ago I brought it with me. The sheets, bedspread and pillows were all pastel-colored (think light greens and yellows and girly pinks) so obviously D. loved it. HA! When Quilts Etc. sent me a duvet cover and two pillow shams from their new Home Republic Collage Collection to review, I thought, "Perfect timing!" It was definitely time for a change!

The duvet slip is a "Vintage, European composition of botanicals, typography, memorabilia and French stripes", printed on 250 Thread Count cotton sateen. It is extremely soft, and when I woke up in the middle of the night the first night I slept underneath it, I remember thinking, "This is lovely!" Even the fiance mentioned how comfortable it was the next morning.

The cute pillow shams matched perfectly with the decorative pillows I got from Home Sense. And as you can see, the duvet cover reverses into a horizontal grey-blue stripe which I thought was really cool : ). Both the duvet and pillow covers have convenient zipper entries, too, so you don't have to fuss with any buttons. I adore my new bedding! And I adore my sleep so THANK YOU Quilts Etc. for making my slumber that much sweeter ; ).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

My Favorite Drugstore Mascara

Revlon Photoready 3D Volume mascara is my new-found love. Definitely the best drugstore mascara I've tried. It lengthened my itty-bitty, short lashes, gave them volume and stayed on all day. And this mascara is really build-able - you can see in the photos below the more coats I applied, the more dramatic my lashes looked.

Without mascara

With one coat

With two coats
It can get a bit clumpy after three coats (like any mascara would!) so I if I apply more than two, I have to comb through my lashes so they don't stick together.

The best 9 bucks I ever spent! What is your favorite mascara? Let me know in the comment section below!