Laura’s Fall Wishlist

Even though I prefer Summer, when Fall rolls around and I see all the new Fall fashion, I can’t help but get excited.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Here are my top picks for Fall…
(Click here to see Natasha’s Fall Wishlist)

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1. Classic Tall Ugg Boots in Black – $195
Even though Ugg boots aren’t considered ‘fashionable’, and always top ‘most-hated’ fashion trends for women by men, I still love them. They are so comfy and easy to wear.

2. Fit & Flare Knit Dress by Le Chateau – $99
The perfect little black dress – Every girl needs one.. or 3.

3. Hamilton MK Logo Satchel by MICHAEL Michael Kors – $298
Never can have too many purses. Gotta have it!

4. SINCLAIR Steve Madden Boots in Cognac – $229
Love Steve Madden Boots!

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5. Rose Felt Pillow from Chapters – $34

6. Comforter Bubble Bar by Lush – $10
I love absolutely everything at Lush, but this Bubble Bar has always been my favorite.

7. Cardamom Bowl by Crate & Barrel – $85
Did I mention that I have a bowl obsession? This bowl is so purty.

8. Greenwich Grove Tea Set by Kate Spade New York – $59
Did I mention that I also have a teapot obsession?!

What’s on your Fall Wishlist?! Comment & let us know. :)
Laura Xo.

Natasha’s Fall Wishlist

It’s no secret that I love Fall & all the goodness which it brings.
I especially love all the Fall fashion.. rich deep colours, sweaters, gorgeous coats, tights & booties galore!
Here are some of the items I’ve been pining over…

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1. Talula Lambeth Dress from ARITZIA – $60
I adore this dress. It’s so simple, yet looks very flattering & I love the dress paired with the black tights. I want to start wearing more dresses during the Fall & Winter months, and I think that this is the perfect dress to help that transition. It looks comfortable & doesn’t really need any accessories which is always important to me when it comes to clothes. I’m definitely a ‘comfort’ over ‘fashion’ kinda girl. If I’m not comfortable, I’m not wearing it.

2. JONS Ankleboots from ALDO – $100
I’ve never actually owned a pair of ankleboots, but I think these are so cute & versatile.

3. Speed Tight by LULULEMON – $98
I am an avid runner & Vancouverite, so it was really only a matter of time before I mentioned Lululemon! I love, love, LOVE Lululemon. Every product that I have ever bought from Lulu has been excellent quality and lasted for years. I’m a big fan of & swear by the Wunder Under Crops. I’ve been wearing the same pair for the past 2 1/2 years on almost every single run that I go on, & they have been washed many times and yet, they’re still in excellent condition. It’s crazy!

I’ve loved Lululemon since I was 8 years old & received my first-ever lulu outfit for dance class from my Uncle. (At the time, lululemon wasn’t very popular and this was before the whole ‘Scuba Hoodie’ craze). Only my dance teachers at the studio knew about lulu, than gradually over the years, every dancer was sportin’ lulu.

I still have some retro Lululemon bags that are in mint condition from years ago – I’ll have to post them eventually! If you’re looking for crops or pants for running, I definitely recommend Lululemon. They are pricey, but worth it in the long run.

4. Gil Cross-Body Bag in Ivy by MATT AND NAT – $88
I’m a big fan of cross-body purses. I can’t stand handbags and having to carry them around on my arm all day. Cross-body’s are so much comfier, and I think they look really cute & casual. I love this Matt & Nat bag. Not only is it gorgeous, it’s also vegan!

About Matt & Nat: (copied from Chapters.ca)
Canadian Matt & Nat leads the way in cruelty-free fashion with their 100% vegan bags and accessories. Their Gil cross-body bag with adjustable straps has two interior zippered compartments, one zippered pocket at the front and an interior slip pocket with logo-embossed cork tag. Polished silver-toned hardware completes the look. 100% recycled nylon lining.

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  Now for the Kitchen & Home portion…
(I swear I didn’t plan the ‘orange’ theme! I’m just drawn to orange) 😉

5. LE CREUSET Tea For One Teapot in Flame – $40
I’ve been drooling over Le Creuset cookware for awhile now. My dream kitchen would have plenty Le Creuset cookware! Great quality & just gorgeous appliances.

6. LE CREUSET Tea Bag Holder in Flame – $10
Cute little tea bag holder to go with the teapot. Love the Flame colour.

7. SILPAT Baking Sheet
I know, I know! I’ve read about how great they are, and every baker must get one. I’m dying to try it out. Is it really worth all the hype? 

8. MARTHA STEWART’s Baking Handbook – $33
I love books and have been wanting to grow my collection of cookbooks. This one came out quite a few years ago but seems to be a classic. I’ve only read good things about it.

What Fall Fashion trends & decor are you guys loving? What’s on your Wishlist?!
Comment below & let us know! 

XO Natasha

Light Pumpkin Spice Cake Bars

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Guess who’s back? Back again.
Pumpkin’s back. Tell a friend.
(Yes, I just used Eminem’s song lyrics & put the word pumpkin in it 😉 )

I just couldn’t stay away from baking with pumpkin for very long… After contemplating for a good 20 minutes on what to bake today, I decided to bake some Light Pumpkin Spice Cake Bars!

I wanted to make something a little healthier than I normally bake and thought bars are always easy, but tasty!

To skinny-tize these Pumpkin Bars, I used a half cup all-purpose flour, and a half cup of whole wheat flour. The whole wheat adds nutrients & goodness, and the all-purpose gives the bars a nice light texture. Whereas when we just use whole wheat flour in recipes, the baked goods tend to be pretty heavy & thick.
I think the combo of the two flours make it the perfect consistency.
We also reduce the amount of butter & eggs in this recipe which makes the bars healthier.

These pumpkin bars are super moist, and have a cake-like consistency.
Although these bars are delicious on their own, feel free to add some walnuts, white, milk or dark chocolate chips, or even some whipped cream to the top! NUM!

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Ingredients:
(makes 9 bars)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of allspice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch – 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup milk (plain, fat-free, soy, or almond)
1/4 cup butter (melted in the microwave)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients until evenly combined. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar & pumpkin until combined. Add in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract and stir until just combined. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients & mix until evenly combined. Do not over mix.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool completely, than cut into 9 squares.

Notes: Bars stay fresh for up to one week stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Happy Baking!
Natasha xo

Peanut Butter Smartie Cookies

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I’m usually not a big fan of peanut butter cookies, but these cookies are definitely an exception.

Instead of being hard & crumbly like traditional peanut butter cookies – these cookies are thick, chewy, fluffy & so perfectly peanut-buttery that you won’t want go back to your old recipe. This recipe is also super easy & quick!

If you’re a peanut butter lover, give these bad boys a try!

I used Halloween-coloured Smarties because I just couldn’t resist when I saw all the Halloween candies that are now in stores! (Did I mention, I LOVE Fall? 😉 ) Use whichever chocolates you like (regular smarties, mini M&M’s).

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Peanut Butter Smartie Cookies Ingredients + Directions:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I used organic peanut butter)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 1 & 1/2 cups Smarties

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter & sugars together on medium speed until light & fluffy. Slowly mix in the peanut butter, the egg, than the vanilla. Slowly mix in the baking soda, flour & salt until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the Smarties. Cover, and chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten out the cookies a bit using the back of a spoon/cup since they won’t spread very much while baking. Bake cookies for only 9-10 minutes. They will look slightly uncooked, but will firm up once they cool. Leave cookies on cookie sheets to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Enjoy! 

Natasha xo