4:57 | December 14, 2014

SKI DAY

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When it comes to sports, there are not many that I would say I am necessarily really good at. Skiing? That’s my jam. Back in the day, when I was just a young & delicate flower, I was faced with one of life’s many difficult decisions (first world problems.) Should I focus all my efforts on ski racing? Or, diversify my athletic portfolio and learn to do some other things. Naturally, I chose to focus all my attention on skiing. Because how could I not… it’s so awesome! Just to START bragging about how awesome this sport is… think about the travelling, dangerous high speeds, thrill of the competition, and the views. Ohhhh those gorg mountain views. Skiing is something you can do for your entire life, and it is such a great way to stay fit.

Anyways, the point of this post is to talk about maintaining your fitness by doing the things that you love. The gym is great for staying fit year round, but sometimes it can be nice to skip the gym and get yourself outside to do something that you love! 

This can literally be anything. Do you like walking? Get outside and walk! Do you like bike riding? Brush the dust off your bike and take it for a spin! It makes exercise so much more fun if you are just doing something you love. For me that is skiing, and oh sweet baby jesus do I love it. The best part? I am getting in a killer workout and not even thinking about it! 

So… tell me! What are your favourite ways to get active outside the gym?!

 

x,

 

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12:00 | December 11, 2014

SB GUIDE: THE HOLIDAY PARTY EDITION

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Today I wanted to share my favourite tips on how to not overindulge at holiday dinner parties. The holiday season is such a wonderful time of year, because it provides us with the opportunity to spend lots of time with family and friends. I love it! Usually this quality time spent together is based around food — GOOD food. Because, tis’ the season! Every year even the healthiest of people completely abandon their regular healthy-eating routine and end up spending extra hours in the gym in January to make up for the excessive overindulgence. I don’t want you to have to do that! So, everyone, let’s remember the world balance this holiday season and keep ourselves in check… CHECK YO SELF! (Had to, sorry lol)

Appies will be the death of you during this holiday season. (<— seemed like an appropriate opening sentence.) Seriously they will! Think about it. At holiday parties, there are appies GALORE. You are so excited that all your favourite foods are in mini bite size form (because duh, everything is cuter when it is mini…) They look so innocent, cute and little. So you will casually have one bite, another, another, another, and ANOTHER. Because these seemingly innocent small bites are so delicious.

Nowww comes dinner. This is the moment when you usually realize how obscenely full you are. And it never makes any sense because everything you ate was so small! But, it adds ups my friends. Seriously. The applies will kill you. Having tons of mindless little snacks before a meal is totally unnecessary and will stop you from enjoying the best part of a dinner… the actual meal!

Here’s my philosophy. Skip the appies, and eat the damn cake. YES! Eat dessert! Having one reasonably portioned piece of dessert will be way less detrimental than an uninhibited amount of appetizers before dinner.

A few more tips on how to not completely lose it at a holiday dinner:

  • Don’t go to the event starving! Have a healthy snack right before you go to dinner. Like this Peanut Butter Apple snack.
  • Keep a glass of wine in your hand all night! That’s right everyone, wine in your hand, ALL. NIGHT. LONG. (lol) It will keep your hands busy and stop you from reaching for those tempting appies.
  • Treat yourself, but only to your most favourite things. There is no point having a dessert if you don’t even like it. Don’t eat something just because it is there; eat it because you genuinely love it!
  • If an event is “appies only” (no dinner portion,) same goes as above! Pick your absolute FAVE appies, and just eat those. Don’t try one of everything, because chances are you don’t even like half the food anyways haha. 
  • Focus on your friends and family! After all that is why you are there. Make sure you are paying more attention to your conversations than your food. 

Keeping yourself Skinny Belle during the holiday season will allow you feel great while still enjoying all the best things about the holidays. The above tips are just my favourite ways to make sure I can enjoy all my favourite treats, without overindulging. After all, everything in moderation! You should be enjoying the holidays and all the fab things that come along with them, but not at the expense of your health. 

 

x,

 

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11:43 | December 10, 2014

BLUE

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Helloooo everybody! Would you LOOK at this beautiful coat?! I am obsessed with it right now (well, not literally obsessed but you get the picture lol.) It is made by SOIA & KYO and oh boy did they ever do good. It fits like a freaking glove! And there is still room to add more layers underneath, which is a total necessity when things get chilly here in Vancouver. Love love love it. 

Today was an all-leather kind of day. I went the whole 9 yards and paired my leather pants with leather boots. My life is CRAZY, I’m aware, thank you. 😉 The pants are from a local Vancouver store I love called Aritzia, and my gorg ankle boots are by Michael Kors.

Check out another one of my favourite winter coats here. Have a great Wednesday!

 

x,

 

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12:20 | December 9, 2014

STRAWBERRY SCONES

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Do these look delicious or what?! Well, they are SO delicious. And I love them. And I want to be in a committed relationship with them. (Are we still talking about scones?? Haha) Buttt these scones are definitely a once-and-a-while treat yoself kind of thing.

I am admittedly not a huge baker, mostly because if I bake I just end up eating everything I bake. Usually I tell myself I am making the goodies to share with all my friends, and it’s the BIGGEST lie ever haha. (Friends, if you are wondering why you have never received any baked goods from me… this right here would be why lol.)

But anyways, I do like baking every once and a while! There are things you can do and ingredients you can sub-out to make your treat a little healthier. This recipe was originally sourced from a blog called Roti N’ Rice. The original recipe had a lottt of butter in it so I made a more Skinny Belle version below.

What’s In it:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees farenheight. Now, combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in your coconut oil, and mix with a fork so that the flour is a chunky mixture and the oil is evenly spread. Gently mix in those strawberries! Combine milk and sour cream in a small bowl until smooth, and then pour into the large bowl and gently combine. Use your hands to shape the dough into balls that are just a bit smaller than the size of your first, and place out on a greased baking sheet (<– use coconut oil for this!) Bake for 15 mins! Voila!

Now when you pull these warm, delicious, bundles of joy out of the oven, you too will probably want to be in a committed relationship with them. Haha! But be good, everyone. Just have one (ok maybe two ;)) then wrap up the scones and share the love with all your besties. It is the holidays after all!

Enjoy the treat, you deserve it! <3

 

x,

 

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5:55 | December 7, 2014

MAROON KIMONO

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Today I wore head-to-toe Urban Outfitters. Why? Black Friday made me do it. I swear! I definitely have some sort of problem, because when there are sales, I convince myself that by spending a bunch of money I am somehow actually “saving my money.” I know it’s a trap, I know I’m not ACTUALLY saving money… but I cave every time. Give this girl a good sale and I will be on it like a fruit fly on fruit. I kid you not. I can’t stop myself! Haha oh well… If impulsively buying pretty new clothes for a low price is my only vice, I’ll take it! I’d say that still sounds like winning to me. 😉

Anyways, back to this gorg outfit. I am in loveee with this outfit because I feel like it’s totally a classic “Robyn” look! Anything that is long and flowy is right up my alley. I always feel so elegant and glam when I wear outfits like this, which is probably why this is one of my go-to looks.

Check out these other outfits here, here, and here which have a similar feel!

Hope you all had a great weekend! 🙂

 

x,

 

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