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Pack with me

24 Sep

WHAT: Girls (mostly) trip

WHERE: Vegas baby!

WHEN: Sometime in the near Future

Hello and welcome to ‘Packing with me.” I will soon be taking a trip to Las Vegas and I thought I would share a few of my must-haves.

Clockwise from bottom

Flip-flops- These cute nude tones jelly ones with bows let your feet stay comfy while looking super cute.

Crossbody– This recent acquisition (as if I needed another crossbody) is by Ann Kline, a great contemporary designer. I love the structured box shape, the (faux) alligator skin finish and (faux) antique gold hardware. This will work great for all my exciting handsfree activities!

Hair Moisturizer– Do NOT leave home without your go-to hair product. This Coconut infused Whole Blends by Garnier keeps my thick, curly, unruly tresses in order. Of course, to avoid checked baggage I will be placing some of it in a travel appropriate (less than 3 fl Oz/ 100mL) bottle.

Way-Cool shades- That’s what I’ve decided to call these trendy sunglasses. The cat eye frame and super reflective finish have been popular recently and who doesn’t want to look trendy when on vacay. This is not my regular pair of sunnies, these are a much cheaper pair so just in case things get “way-crazy” and they are destroyed/lost I’ll still have my regular pair.

Bright red Lipstick– I chose this slightly cool toned brilliant red by Loreal “Frieda’s Red “. Red is my personal favourite lip colour so of course I want to have a nice turned up red on my lips while I’m turning things up in Vegas. If red isn’t your thing go for a nice bright pink/orange/coral. 

Sunscreen– Whatever your age, ethnicity, skin type etc, do not step outside without loading up on sunscreen. UV rays don’t discriminate. This is actually a daily moisturiser by Ceruve and contains hydrating cerumide but also contains SPF 30.

Fragrance– I am a huge believer in minis, whether you buy them or make your own by transferring products into smaller containers. My mother gave me this little sampler set of Atilier fragrances for my birthday and I think they are perfect for this trip. With scents ranging from blood orange to white musk, there is no occasion where I won’t find something just right.

Blazer– You really can’t go wrong with a blazer,  particularly this oversized fit black one from H+M. A nice blazer can keep you warm on your flight, dress up a nightime outfit and add dimension to daytime dress. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ONE!

Statement Necklace- Or statement earrings, or statement arm cuff. Point is, a jewellery piece (or two or three) that can really pop and elevate your looks.

Thank you for letting me share some of my travel essentials. Hopefully you see some inspiration for your next trip and have an awesome day!

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BLT SLIDERS

28 Aug

Open face BLT slider

Hello

Today I bring you a recipe concocted by my sister and named by me: Open faced, BLT sliders.:) My sister made them for an event and she said she got her inspiration the same place we all do…Pinterest.

Ode to the BLT

The BLT: Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato is a quintessential sandwich combo. No breakfast cafe or bar worth it’s salt doesn’t have this item or some modern variation of it on their menu. Something about bacon and tomato works beautifully together. The lettuce adds a fresh crunch and the bread a good solid background to the real flavours: the bacon’s salty, juicy fatty fatness and the tartness from the tomato.

This is another one of those appetizers that are so easy to make it almost seems wrong. My sister also made some open faced cucumber sandwiches and I will share that recipe as well.

BLT Open face sliders

WHAT YOU NEED

1) White sandwich loaf (you can easily use whole-wheat or multi grain)

2) Tomatoes- you will need 1 slice per slider so the number you need depends on the amount you plan to make.

3) Bacon – She only used a small piece (about 1/3 the length of a full strip) on each so again it depends on the number you plan to make.

4) Lettuce

5) Circular cookie cutter

6) Toothpicks or appetizer forks 
WHAT TO DO

1) Cut circles out of your bread slices and lettuce.

2) Slice tomato into medium thickness slices -you want it thick enough to be substantial but not so thick it overpowers the entire thing. 

3) Fry off your bacon and cut the slices into 1/3

Sidenote– I actually do NOT like bacon! :0! I can envision people coming after me with pitchforks for uttering those words. That being said as a self proclaimed foodie I can fully appreciate the value of bacon to many recipes, I will gladly eat bacon and maple flavored cupcake/ice cream. So there!

4) Assemble your slider: bread, lettuce, tomato then bacon.

5) Place toothpick or fork into the centre and serve!

Finished and ready to serve
Open faced Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches are things I imagine eating at fancy teaparties. My mother used to rave on and on about them when I was younger even though she never actually made them for me…

I digress

Anyhow, my sister cleverly assembled these refreshing little appetizers to go along with the BLT sliders.

Open face cucumber sandwich
WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Loaf of bread

2) Cucumber- 1 slice per sandwich

3) Chive cream cheese dip

3) Lettuce

4) Parsley flakes

5) Circular cookie cutter 

6) Toothpicks or appetizer forks 
WHAT TO DO 

1) Cut the bread slices and lettuce into circles.

2) Remove the skin from the cucumber and slide a fork along the entire cucumber creating ridges.

3) Slice the cucumber 

4) Spread a bit of the chive dip over the bread.

5) Layer the lettuce and cucumber.

6) Add a small dollop of the chive dip on top and sprinkle on some parsley flakes.

7) Add the toothpicks or forks, plate and serve.

Plated sandwiches 
You’ll notice that the ingredients for both of these appetizers are very similar meaning you can create multiple items with the same raw materials  (a money saver) 

Both recipes are straight forward, use simple affordable ingredients and create positively moreishly delectable treats.

BLT and cucumber appetizers 

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

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