Casual Sunday Style

SundayStyleJoeFreshWhat Natasha Wore:
Grey Knit Tank / Joe Fresh
Boyfriend Jean Crops / Joe Fresh
Crossbody Handbag / Mossimo Supply Co (similar)
Metallic Gladiator Sandals / Joe Fresh
Nails / Mint Candy Apple by Essie

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SundayStyle4Port Moody is one of our favourite places to visit during the Summer months. Shopping at the market in NewPort Village and strolling around Rocky Point Park with an ice cream cone in hand are definite musts. If you are ever in Port Moody, be sure to check out Rocky Point Ice Cream. Hands down, the best ice cream you can find in the lower mainland. We stop by every time we’re in town to try out the latest flavours. (Their cookie dough ice cream (pictured above) is our favourite and is to die for!)

Style talk: I’m a total jeans and tee kind of girl. While I enjoy wearing dresses and getting dolled up every now and then, my day-to-day style has always been very casual and simple. This outfit was perfect for a Sunday stroll out and about in Port Moody and was also really affordable. It’s mostly made up of pieces from Joe Fresh (who might I add, have been killing it lately). We can’t seem to leave Superstore without coming home with something new from Joe Fresh! Anyone else’s Joe Fresh addiction out of control? 

Hope everyone is having a very stylish & fun long weekend! xo

Gotta Hear This: Face To A Name by Windmills

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(Caution: seriously catchy tunes ahead.)
I first heard this song about a month ago on Indie Shuffle and literally haven’t stopped listening to it since.

Windmills (Cory Myraas) is a one-man band/loop artist based out of Kelowna, BC. 
His music is a genre-bending mix of experimental pop/ambient-indie layered with killer vocals and dreamy, mysterious undertones.

Windmills has released 2 records since beginning in 2011 – ‘Keep Moving’ (released in 2012) and a 5 track EP titled, ‘Tilting’ (2013). Face To A Name is his latest single and is the first of 2 new songs that Windmills will be releasing this Summer!

Myraas’ clever lyrics really stand out and to me, his songwriting is very much reminiscent of one of my all-time favourite artists’, the great Jeff Buckley. Both have that rare, unique ability of writing incredibly poetic lyrics.

Face To A Name is a super catchy pop song that I guarantee will be on repeat all Summer long. Head on over to Windmills’ Official Site to listen and download the full tracks.

Listen to ‘Face To A Name:

Check out one of my other favourite tracks by Windmills titled, ‘The Great Divide‘:

‘And she thinks she knows me, but she hasn’t got a clue. 
Cause the lies I told her, are the same that I told you.’  – The Great Divide by Windmills.

Windmills OnlineSoundcloudOfficial SiteYoutube, Twitter, Facebook.

Natasha xo.

Concert Review: Max Frost at The Commodore – June 25, 2014.

photo (9)On Wednesday night we had the pleasure of seeing bands Holy Child, Max Frost & Fitz and the Tantrums sold-out show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. While I really enjoyed Holy Child and Fitz and the Tantrums’ performances, I am writing this post solely on Max Frost. When I hear an artist with as much talent as he has, I feel it is my legit duty to help spread the word. I can’t help but tell everyone about these melodic gems of songs that should be gracing their ears! 😉 Honestly though.. his music is amazing and more people should be listening to his tunes. 

I’ve been a big fan of his music for awhile now and actually wrote a post about his hit song ‘White Lies’ a year ago, (which you can read here).

Opening and getting a crowd pumped up and ready for such a high-energy band such as Fitz and the Tantrums (who are known for their incredible live performances) is no easy task. However, 21-year-old Max Frost did just that and made it look effortless. He has that rare blend of natural charisma, confidence and showmanship that can’t be taught and oozes soul within every song.

His songs sound like an eclectic mix of a wide range of different genres combined. Hip hop, funk, pop, rock, alt, & r&b – all wrapped up in one. To me, the main sound and underlying genre in his music is good ole’ soul. Frost’s music will simply make you feel. (his music may also give you an uncontrollable urge to sway and dance. don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Max’s set list included a number of catchy songs off his 2013 EP release ‘Low High Low’ and also included some new unreleased songs that will be on his upcoming debut album. Highlights of the show include Max’s groovy cover of Rick James’ classic 1981 hit ‘Give It To Me Baby‘ which got the whole crowd moving, and Frost’s incomparable guitar skills. Multiple times throughout the show Frost would have two guitars slung around his neck, playing the top guitar without missing a note. A super impressive performance from a young singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.

Max Frost is currently on tour in the US until July 30th with Fitz and the Tantrums. If you get the chance to see him live, do it! He’s an insanely talented artist that’s bound to become a worldwide star very soon.

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huge thank you to Max Frost for hooking us up with tickets and being so kind. And thank you to Daniel Cavazos for the photos. It was so great meeting you both!

Check out one of my favourite songs by Max titled, ‘Glow Long‘:

Max Frost Online: Twitter, Facebook, Official Site, YoutubeInstagram.

Natasha xo.

Vanilla Shortbread Tea Cookies

IMG_5202ggbbbbbWho said Shortbread Cookies are only for Christmas time? We disagree! They are a great year-round treat and make the perfect accompaniment to a nice hot cup of tea. This recipe is extremely easy to make and requires very little ingredients (only 4 to be exact!). They’re the perfect cookies to whip up in a snap for guests or when you’re craving a lil’ something sweet.

Vanilla Shortbread Tea Cookies
Classic Shortbread Cookies. Delicious & easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 1 cup icing sugar
  3. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  5. Optional: 1/2 cup granulated sugar for the top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter & icing sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of bowl as needed.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to approx. 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut out about 24 cookies. Transfer cutouts to prepared baking sheets and place 1/2 inch apart.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden around the edges.
  6. Optional: After removing cookies from the oven, you can sprinkle the cookies with granulated sugar while they are still warm to make them look extra pretty!
Rose & Lea http://roseandlea.com/
IMG_5214g6yHappy Baking!
Natasha xo.