Pumpkin Spice Granola

September 28, 2016

Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips

I am addicted to granola. Constantly eating it, trying out new recipes, and never getting bored of putting it on everything from yogurt, smoothies, to just straight- up shoving handfuls in my mouth. My go-to recipe is the granola clusters from the Oh She Glows Cookbook, but with the arrival of fall I wanted to make something festive and full of pumpkin flavour! You all know I looooove Buddha Brands Co.-- their coconut water is so pure and delish, and the coconut chips are so amazing (remember these recipes). They are launching a limited edition flavour for fall-- yes, Pumpkin Spice Coconut Chips with Turmeric! I have become slightly obsessed. They are so crunchy, so light, so packed with flavour, and so healthy! And turmeric is so, so good for you! It has great anti-inflammatory properties, and it regulates your cholesterol. I decided to take a basic granola recipe and add these in with some other fall spices to make the ultimate pumpkin spice granola for fall. It didn't last long in my house! If you saw me make it on snapchat (username: gabpacifico), you would have noticed half the pan gone as I was explaining the recipe! This recipe is a great, healthy snack and so festive. Pair it with a homemade pumpkin pie latte, or chai tea latte for a delicious snack!

The ingredient list may seem long, but feel free to substitute with what you have on hand! No rules here!

Ingredients:
makes: 1 baking tray of granola

2 cups whole grain oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried goji berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon nutmeg
1/4 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dates (soak the dates for 20 mins in 3/4 cup water, SAVE WATER!)
5 tablespoons date water
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons maca powder (great for females)
1 package Hungry Buddha Pumpkin Spice Coconut Chips c/o

Directions:
1. Mix together oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmet and sea salt in large bowl
2. Blend (use food processor, Magic Bullet, etc.) maple syrup, drained dates, date water, coconut oil, maca powder until a smooth texture forms
3. Add wet date mixture to dry oat mixture and stir to combine
4. Add Pumpkin Spice Coconut Chips to bowl and stir to combine
5. Place on parchment paper lined baked sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 27-30 minutes (longer if want a crunchier granola)

Want more pumpkin?!
What To Do With Leftover Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Cookies & Pumpkin Pie Latte
Fall Themed Brunch


Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips
Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips

Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips

Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips
Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips
Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips
Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips Healthy Pumpkin Spice granola with Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips

Zaful Purple Floral

September 26, 2016

Fall floral fashion- Zaful Ruffled Collar Floral Print Dress, Sophie Hulme "Albion" East/West, Tote in Charcoal Grey, Zara High Heel Booties, Celine Caty Sunglasses

I am such a sucker for subdued fall florals! They can be such a dramatic change-up from summer's bright and cheerful counterparts. When I saw this dress by Zafulit immediately caught my eye. It's light and airy but I knew the mauve colour pallet would be perfect to pair with black booties and a moody lip for early fall days. I really wasn't anticipating how see-thru it is (hence my awkward posing), but that's what you get with fast fashion finds! It's definitely going to be a necessity to find a nude slip if I plan to wear it throughout the season!

In other news I am welcoming a new addition to my closet-- this Sophie Hulme tote bag. I caved. And I'm loving it! I first spotted Sophie Hulme on LA/Texas based blogger Devon Rachel, and ever since then I fell in love with the structured design, the gold-plated brass hardware, and just how totally under the radar Sophie Hulme has been in general. I love that I don't see anyone else with this bag and the charcoal grey colour is very different than anything I would ever splurge on. Sometimes you just need to go for it! The material is soft saddle leather and just feels like buttery goodness at the touch. You're going to be seeing a lot of her lately! Since she pairs exquisitely with this Zaful dress I was so excited to take her out on her first stroll, even if it was just a casual afternoon date.  

What are your thoughts on splurges? Do you go for the wild colours, or stick to blacks and neutrals?

What I'm Wearing
Zara High Heel Booties (similar)

Fall floral fashion- Zaful Ruffled Collar Floral Print Dress, Sophie Hulme "Albion" East/West, Tote in Charcoal Grey, Zara High Heel Booties, Celine Caty Sunglasses

Fall floral fashion- Zaful Ruffled Collar Floral Print Dress, Sophie Hulme "Albion" East/West, Tote in Charcoal Grey, Zara High Heel Booties, Celine Caty SunglassesFall floral fashion- Zaful Ruffled Collar Floral Print Dress, Sophie Hulme "Albion" East/West, Tote in Charcoal Grey, Zara High Heel Booties, Celine Caty Sunglasses


Fall floral fashion- Zaful Ruffled Collar Floral Print Dress, Sophie Hulme "Albion" East/West, Tote in Charcoal Grey, Zara High Heel Booties, Celine Caty Sunglasses

Fall floral fashion- Zaful Ruffled Collar Floral Print Dress, Sophie Hulme "Albion" East/West, Tote in Charcoal Grey, Zara High Heel Booties, Celine Caty Sunglasses



DIY Natural Lavender Body Scrub

September 21, 2016


Homemade DIY Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation

I have become obsessed with trying out all-natural body/beauty body and all things skincare lately. I mean the skin is the largest organ right? Why would we want to taint it with chemicals, parabens and freakish oils and fake junk?  Gross. No thanks. With the changing season, it's no secret the skin gets dry. I mean it's trying to adjust to the heat, the cold, and the wind, the sun, and then the lack of sun. Body scrubs become my best friend during this time of year! Vanilla, coffee, grapefruit, I'm all for them! But did you know how easy it is to make a scrub at home? We're talking 5 minutes easy. And with ingredients I already had on hand. Now that's something! This all-natural, lavender sugar scrub I whipped up with my Thursday Plantation essential oil, can be made with 3 ingredients-- coconut oil, sugar, lavender essential oil. I added in tea tree oil for extra disinfectant properties, and dried lavender for mainly cosmetic reasons (I like the way it looks and the added scent).

Lavender oil has pure, calming therapeutic properties and it is amazing for relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. I love to use it before bed in the bath to really make sure I'll get a fantastic night's sleep. You can also use lavender oil to clean make-up brushes, or just add a few drops to the bath for ultra calm sensations.

I also added just a few drops of tea tree oil for it's antiseptic purposes. Most people known tea tree oil as an acne fighter, but it's also known to reduce redness, inflammation and pain. And it removes bacteria. The best of both worlds, right? The scrub is insanely moisturizing because of the coconut oil and will leave your skin so soft. I urge you to try this one out. It couldn't be simpler, and it makes the perfect little gifts... hello, the holidays are vastly approaching! Store it in a glass jar, add a pretty ribbon and you had your bestie gifts done! Way better than spending $20 on a store bought body scrub!

Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon 100% pure lavender essential oil; around 25 drops  (c/o Thursday Plantation)
1/2 cup coconut oil (hardened state)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (add more if you want it more texturized)
Dried Lavender
*optional: a few drops of tea tree oil

Directions:
Makes 1 small jar
1. Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir until combined
2. Store in airtight glass container or jar at room temperature

How easy was that?! Enjoy! And let me know what else you use lavender oil for.

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation
Homemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation

Homemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation


Homemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation
Homemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday PlantationHomemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation



Homemade Lavender Body Scrub- 3 ingredients, all natural coconut oil scrub with Thursday Plantation

Navy and Mustard

September 19, 2016

Fall Style- 70's Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and mustard is a colour combination I did not think I could gravitate to... like ever. Navy on it's own, yes. Mustard on it's own, never. And the two together... well the thought never even crossed my mind! Leave it to Le Château to get my out of my comfort zone on this one. I popped into the store to check out their Fall collection and ended up leaving with a new found appreciation for this Fall colour pairing. I mean, clearly-- the top, skirt, bag and shoes are all from there! Sometimes it takes one piece to spark a whole outfit. When I saw the navy cross-body bag I knew it was coming home with me. It's different than anything I own, and the colour is striking. So often I gravitate towards black bags but knew I wanted something different to pair with the resurgence of denim for fall. I was so excited to get home and find the outfit complemented this fall cardigan perfectly! How 70's, right? The mustard, the kitten heels, the denim pencil skirt... kinda feel like I walked off the set of The Birds (by Alfred Hitchcock, not the furry animal cartoon!). Or That 70's Show! Just call me Donna. 

Are there any colour pairings you are excited to try out this fall? What do you think of my mustard/navy combo!?

What I'm Wearing
Miu Miu Sunglasses
My Miaou vintage necklace

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy and Mustard 70's Fall style-Jersey Mock Neck Top, Stretch Denim Pencil Skirt, Navy Crossbody Satchel, Suede Cognac Pointy Toe Pump  Le Chateau, Miu Miu Sunglasses, Target Tribal Stripe Boyfriend Cardigan


Thank you to Le Château for sponsoring this post. 

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookies

September 15, 2016

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookies - gluten free, vegan, no sugar added!


A chewy, dense, naturally sweetened, oaty cookie that qualifies as a breakfast food? Yes, that's right! Cookies are one of my favourite things to make, and obviously eat. If you didn't already know, I am obsessed with Angela Liddon's (Oh She Glows) recipes. I may creep her majorly on Snapchat and just know we could be instant besties, cooking and baking up a storm in the kitchen! When she posted a link to her Banana Bread Muffin Tops I got excited because I had never come across that recipe on her site (and I have made a lot of her recipes)! It's probably because the recipe is from 2014, but when something is good, it's good and deserved to be pulled up from the archives. These cookies are vegan, gluten free (as long as you use certified gluten free oats), and have no added sugar! I love the hints of cinnamon, and the blended date/banana batter is probably one of the most amazing concoctions I have ever tasted! Tasted like smooth, creamy, caramel sauce-- I was eating that shiz by the spoonful!

When I was skimming the recipe I  decided I could alter these cookies by adding nuts and seeds to really make them a breakfast power cookie, and boy am I happy I did so! They are sooo good, and perfect for a breaky on the go (slathered with a spoonful of almond butter, of course). I decided to sub out the chocolate chips for this batch, but you can add them in here, along with any other nuts or seeds you fancy. If you have any leftovers (doubtful), you can pop them in the freezer and take them out as needed.

Let me know if you try out my adapted version of Angela's Banana Bread Muffin Top! I promise you'll be hooked on this healthy, simply sweet breakfast cookie!

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookies - gluten free, vegan, no sugar added!


Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows Banana Bread Muffin Tops 

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookie
A chewy, dense, "throw into blender" cookie that is naturally sweetened, vegan, gluten free. Takes all of 10 minutes to throw together and acts as the perfect breakfast on the go!

Base Cookie Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas (peeled)
1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates *soak dates in water for 30 minutes if too firm
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Additions:
Feel free to add as you wish, a few tablespoons of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, dried goji berries, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.

Directions:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place peeled bananas, pitted dates, coconut oil, vanilla into food processor and blend until smooth
3. Add cinnamon, baking powder & salt to date mixture in blender and blend for another few seconds
4. Add oats to blender and pulse for 5 seconds
5. Stir in nuts and seeds (I added 1 tablespoons each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts and dried goji berries)
6. Spoon a heaping spoonful of dough onto parchment lined baking sheet (leave as mound, do not flatten)
7. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate pan and bake for another 7-11 minutes (just until lightly golden on bottom)

Enjoy!

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookies - gluten free, vegan, no sugar added!

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookies - gluten free, vegan, no sugar added!

Banana Date Oat Breakfast Cookies - gluten free, vegan, no sugar added!


The Modern Loafer

September 12, 2016

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

It started as a backless, furry shoe, designed by Gucci, and has since turned into a Fall fashion craze! Classic, backless, metallic, with buckle detailing and even heeled styles...you cannot deny that Fall '16 has been subject to the modern loafer revival, and I am in no way complaining! The loafer is such a masculine diversion from the dainty lace-ups and ballerina style ribbon tie-ups we've been seeing. These Geox loafers are called "Lover" and for good reason. Could they have hit the nail on the head any more perfectly? I love that Geox provides real, everyday comfort combined with luxurious, fashionable style. These burgundy beauties are made with the smoothest leather, they have a breathable and waterproof patent sole which is perfect for the dewy, hazy Fall days ahead, and I love that the pointed toe adds a touch of femininity. 

This outfit may seem simple, but it's full of fun detailing. The straps on the back of the shirt, the pop of pattern with the leopard belt, and the added Fedora really elevate the simplistic nature of the basic jean/shirt combo. It's casual and androgynous, and I'm loving it. What is your take on the loafer? My thoughts are clearly all for it! Jeans, skirts, dresses... all hail the loafer! 


What I'm Wearing

Target Fedora 
Forever 21 Strappy Back Top (similar)
Target belt
c/o GEOX Lover Loafer
Joe Fresh bag

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top

Fall Loafer - GEOX Lover Shoe, AE denim, Target fedore, Forever 21 green strappy back top



NYC Eats

September 09, 2016

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe
Bluestone Lane Collective Café
New York City has some of the most amazing dining options in the word. Every time I go I am constantly scoping out new places to check out and I'm always sure to make a list of all the places I want to get too. Do I ever make it to all of them? Heck no! But I keep adding and saving for the next trip! You've seen my Parisian bakery highlights and my tour of The Feast of San Gennaro where I indulged in French delicacies and classic Italian festival fare, This trip we hit up some sweet cafes, amazing brunch spots and great coffee shops, so I knew I had to share! From lemon ricotta pancakes to acai bowls, check out below for some spots to add to your list. 

NoMo Soho
NoMo Kitchen. This is the second time I've stayed at the NoMo Hotel. While the hotel kind of lacks some amenities (like free coffee in the AM), the restaurant sure is impressive. The lemon ricotta pancakes and baked and are some of the best I've ever tried. Their homemade granola is pretty delicious, too! If you're looking for a ritzy brunch, or late night cocktail, look no further. The restaurant is a stunning place and the glass roof makes for excellent lighting and ambiance!

NOMO KITCHEN SOHO
NOMO Kitchen
Ruby's
Ruby's. Such a charming little Australian spot on Mott Street. I swear Brandon responded to every place we went to with "another Australian place!". But they know good food! The sweet chili sweet potatoes fries packed some serious heat and were the group's favourite. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals (pesto pasta, quinoa bowl, shrimp avocado salad) after a morning of travel. Don't forget a cappuccino or the watermelon-mint juice. It's so refreshing.

Ruby's
Cha Cha Matcha
Cha Cha Matcha
Cha Cha Matcha. Okay, blogger confession: I spotted this place on Instagram and just had to go. Some of my family was staying at the Sohotel on Broome Street so it made dragging the group to this perfectly pink, palm printed palace very easy! I was literally giddy with excitement upon entering.The decor is everything-- white walls, palm print pillow, pink tables and palm trees hanging out in the back! The matcha lemonade, which has hints of mint, was so refreshing on this extremely hot morning! It's also great that they serve coffee for the non-matcha lovers. Brandon loved his flat white. We had planned to get back for some matcha soft serve (well, I did), but time got the best of us. Next time!

Cha Cha Matcha
Cha Cha Matcha
Tacombi. Tacos, margs, sangria? Yes, yes, yes! I can't forget about the pineapple-ginger juice. Ugh, I want more! We hit up the Greenwich location on Bleeker Street, and Brandon and I were saying how we truly felt like we were in Mexico. With the big open windows, the kitchen out front and centre and the amazing hot sauces, this is one Mexican joint to visit. Scarfed down our tacos too fast for a photo-- opps! It's casual and perfect for lunch. 

Tacombi NYC
Tacombi
Tacombi NYC
Tacombi
Dimes NYC
Dimes
Dimes. A breakfast/lunch joint in China Town. We both needed something refreshing so went with the acai bowls. Mine was obviously topped with carob nibs, almond butter, and banana and I thought mine was the better of the two. They make an excellent cup of coffee, and since this place is around a 10 minute walk from SoHo I found it is probably overlooked by tourists! All the locals were sitting at the counter chatting with the barista, which is always a good sign. Would definitely recommend checking out the lunch options!

Two Hands NYC

Two Hands. Another Australian cafe on Mott Street, and probably my favourite. The acai bowl was the best I have ever had, and I mean it! You also can't go wrong with the chia pudding. Both are topped with fresh fruit and gluten-free granola, which was crunchy perfection. I would be happy ordering anything off the menu, it's that delicious! It's a small space and if you have to wait it's worth it. The service is quick and you'll be seated in no time!

Happy Bones NYC

Happy Bones. Another amazing cup of coffee in SoHo (just down the street from Cha Cha Matcha). Small space, but makes a mean flat white! Take one to go. 


By Chloe- cookies & kale ice cream

By Chloe. I know this place has been made famous by bloggers like Aimee Song, but it's so worth making a pit stop in the West Village for a bite! It may be vegan but you'll never know. Some of my favourites are the green hummus, any of the salads, the air-popped sweet potato fries with beet ketchup, and the cookies and kale ice cream... OH MY WORD. It's divine. Think vanilla/sweet cream ice cream with chunks of soft cookie. I still need to get back for the guac burger. Oh, and be sure to get a cookie to go! Chef Chloe is opening a location in SoHo, and a shop just for sweets beside the Bleeker location. Who's coming with?!


Need a dinner recco? Try out Emporio on Mott Steet for amazing Italian, Lombardi's or John's for pizza, HU Kitchen for healthy eats, Eataly for anything and everything, and The Butcher's Daughter for another healthy lunch. 

More questions? Comment below!


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