1:30 | February 5, 2015

LUSH FACE MASK

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Today I wanted to share my favourite Lush face mask. This mask is seriously the best! I have been using it for years now, and love how it makes my skin look and feel. The mask itself is meant to reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Hence I use it about twice a week, almost every week! And it is au-natural. So so into it.

This face mask is called Ayesha, and it costs about $7. It always is nice to treat yourself to a little at-home spa experience. I find I rarely make enough time for myself, and having this as part of my beauty routine forces me to take 15 minutes and just enjoy the relaxing face mask. 🙂

What do you guys do for your at-home spa treatment?

 

x,

 

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1:00 | February 3, 2015

BITTERED SLING BISTRO

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Would you look at this food?! Last week I attended the Bittered Sling Bistro Pop-Up Dinner, hosted at Cibo Trattoria in Vancouver. This was the first revival of the Bittered Sling Bistro in a few years, and was it ever amazing. It was hosted by the Bittered Sling co-owners, Lauren Mote and Jonathan Chovancek. Jonathan also happens to be the Executive Chef at Cafe Medina (which we all know is next to godly.) In case you missed it, check out my review of Cafe Medina here.

This event was all about perfectly pairing a beautiful three-course dinner with equally beautiful drinks. The result? MAGIC. Seriously, every single bite, sip, and attempt-to-not-inhale-my-food-at-the-speed-of-lightening was better than the last. I am a huge bitters fan as is, and really appreciated the unique drinks that were presented at the Bittered Sling Bistro. Not to mention the food… Why did it have to end?! And when can I go back?! (Already experiencing withdrawal symptoms, clearly.)

Overall, such a fun night and I totally recommend you get your hands on some tickets for the next event!

 

x,

 

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10:47 | February 1, 2015

SUPER BOWL SNACKS: PART 2

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Here we are, the day of the big game. You have friends coming over last minute and you need to prep some snacks!! (Because, what is the point of football if there are no snacks…. Seriously haha.) My genius idea when making this post was to finally (because I have been wanted to share this recipe forever with you guys) share my homemade guacamole recipe. I go to the store, all stoked and stuff, and reach to pick up an avocado. They are ROCK HARD. These babies wouldn’t have been ripe for years at best. Think hockey puck status.

Being the overly-busy and efficiency-obsessed person I am, I went straight for my “guacamole for cheaters” recipe. Hahah yes, I am blogging about how you can trick your friends into thinking that you are the best guacamole maker ever.

Why would you need to know this? LIFE SKILLS (duh.) For example today, you are in the same awkward position as I am with these stupid hard avocados. Or, you are just short on time and want to make a delicious and impressive appy super quick.

So, how do I make this “homemade Guacamole” for cheaters? Here’s the skinny:

  • Buy store bought guacamole. (Just do it, this will be good I swear!)
  • Purple onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Start by chopping up your purple onion and tomato into small little chunks. Put them into a bowl (rocket science.) Squeeze as much lime as you like on top of your onion and tomato. I like to use pretty much a whole lime, because I am a full-on lime addict. Now, chop your cilantro up super fine and add that in the bowl too. This is the total cheater part… add in the pre-made guacamole!!! Mix together and you are doneeee.

I made this for my boyfriend and his eyes were glazed-over with wonder at how great of a cook I am. (Hopefully he isn’t reading this…. If you are I am sorry I lied, it was for science.)

Anyways that’s it! This hack is soooo essential for anyone who is super busy, needs a last minute appy to make, or has the curse of hard avocados that have no hope of ripening anytime in 2015.

Hope you guys love this! Have fun making my cheater guac, and lets hope for a great game today!! I know I will be fully enjoying my food and drinks, and maybe will occasionally glance at the game. 😛

 

x,

 

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1:00 | January 29, 2015

BEAUTY SLEEP

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When I was putting this post together, I seriously debated taking some “sleeping” photos of myself. Then I thought about it, and basically every single photo you see of someone “sleeping” on the internet (if they look half decent while doing it) is a lie. They are fully awake and probably have a room full of people telling them which is a more flattering “sleeping” position. ANYWAYS, I decided to spare you guys the pain of fake sleeping photos of myself and share these old modeling pics instead. (I look totally natural, I’m aware.)

Okay back to the point of this post. BEAUTY SLEEP. You need it, I need it, we all need it. Quality and quantity of sleep have a direct effect on your physical and mental state of being. Nobody likes a cranky-pants, so don’t be that person. And, studies have shown that getting between 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night is a highly powerful beauty treatment! What?? You heard me. Get pretty by sleeping. (Sign. Me. Up.)

Here’s the skinny on beauty sleep:

  • Smoother skin. While you sleep, your skin cells regenerate and muscles that cause wrinkles will relax. This will promote that beautiful wrinkle-free look. 
  • A lack of sleep increases inflammatory cells in the body and leads to an increase in the breakdown of collagen. Collagen is one of the primary structural building blocks of your skin, and the more collagen you have the better your skin looks! Learn more here
  • Not enough sleep actually accelerates the aging process. Don’t give you skin cells enough time to repair? Each day of sleep deprivation will cause your skin cells to slowly break down (and this effect accumulates over time.) Bad. News. Bears.
  • Too little sleep contributes to weight gain. I always notice that when I am tired I eat more (and make poorer food choices) because I think I need the extra energy because my body is so exhausted from the lack of sleep.
  • If you don’t get enough sleep your blood vessels dilate, which causes dark circles under your eyes to form.
  • Too much sleep also has negative health effects! Anything over 9 hours can be just as detrimental to your skin as not enough sleep. Oversleeping increases skin cell breakdown.

As you can see there are so many reasons that you should set aside enough time to sleep at night! I am a huge baby when it comes to sleeping, and will literally be the grumpiest person ever if I am short on sleep for a night. Let me tell you… not pleasant for anyone involved haha. So let’s set aside those 7 – 9 hours a night, and sleep ourselves pretty! 

 

x,

 

Robyn-Signature

1:00 | January 28, 2015

SUPER BOWL SNACKS: PART 1

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While I was having my mini-vacay this weekend, I started to think about some real hard-hitting stuff. Like… What am I going to eat during the Super Bowl on Sunday?! Life changing, I know.

Either way, I was getting all excited about what food I could prepare for friends to snack on while watching the big game. I am admittedly not a big fan of football, but I am a big fan of looking cute in a jersey. Yes, I am that girl.

So here is what I came up with. I thought I would show you two of my “appetizer hacks” in my new Super Bowl Snack series. These appies seem really impressive to guests but are stupid easy to make. Let’s be real here. Nobody has time to spend hours prepping food that will be inhaled in less than a minute. AND, we need to maximize our time allotted for putting together cute outfits to watch the game in. Priorities, people.

Today I will show you one Part 1 of my Super Bowl Snack series, and I will post Part 2 on Sunday morning. (You will see why when I post!)

If you cant already tell from the photos, these are little Caprese Salad Poppers! They are low in calories and look/taste freaking amazing. All you do is buy the mini-bocconcini cheese, grape tomatos, and fresh basil. Go ahead and pop those bad boys on toothpicks like I did in the photos above.

In a little bowl mix together extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pinch of salt. This will be your dip for the Caprese Salad Poppers! These are so fresh and healthy, and chances are they will be a nice refresher between the sips of beer that will undoubtedly be happening.

Hope you are just as excited about these little treats as I am!! Have a great rest of your week, and make sure you stay tuned for Super Bowl Snacks: Part 2 on Sunday morning <3

 

x,

 

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