I used to be so, so against brown & black together. “They clash, they’re too similar, it just doesn’t work,” I used to say. Then I was inspired by a Calvin Klein bag I spotted in Hudson’s Bay recently – I liked it so much that I immediately Instagrammed it – so I decided to explore brown & black a bit more. Safe to say, I’m a fan now… it’s a pairing that definitely works.
I absolutely love this colour combo for fall & winter party attire. The pairing of black and blush is classic looking, especially with a pair of timeless pumps and statement jewelry. I want every single one of those items above… and goodness knows, there would certainly be lots of places to wear them all with the holidays coming up! (There are already Christmas ads on TV – no joke.)
I love fall clothing for its richness – there are always deep hues of indigo and crimson on the racks and, of course, lots of basic black. This season there’s also so much happening with patterns and embellishments on clothing too, which leads to lots of fun and fabulous choices for holiday parties… the office… you name it! I love all the pieces I picked above – but especially that dress from Mango (picture it with black tights and heeled boots) and those darling flats from Coach. Also need to get my hands on that Club Monaco necklace – it’s the perfect way to glam up a little black dress.
What fall fashions are you loving right now?
Ever since I tried a homemade ice pop at a flea market a few weeks back, I’ve been mildly obsessed with making something similar at home. I finally found popsicle moulds at a local store and I’ve been experimenting with ingredients ever since. I had orange juice and frozen mango at home already, so I figured I’d give those ingredients a shot first and try to make paletas – a type of Latin American ice pop generally made with fresh fruit. I also added in some honey for a bit of extra sweetness without any added sugar. Making these was insanely simple, and they’re a pretty guilt-free treat… oh, and did I mention they’re delicious, too?
Ingredients (for 6 paletas):
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup chopped mango
- 2 tbsp. honey
- Mix together orange juice, mango, and honey in a blender.
- Pour into moulds and add popsicle sticks.
- Put in the freezer for a minimum of 4-6 hours.
- Once frozen, remove the paletas from their moulds by running the moulds under hot water (or placing in a cup of hot water, alternatively). They should slide out easily with a bit of a jiggle!
I hesitate to call this a “recipe” because it’s so darn EASY to make. But trust me, the simplicity of this strawberry mango smoothie makes it a better alternative to complicated store-bought ones which generally have extra sugar and other ingredients. It’s also delicious, and my favourite smoothie to make at home.
Ready for it? I only use three ingredients: Frozen mango, frozen strawberries, and orange juice. That’s it! Generally a ratio of half fruit to juice blends the easiest, I’ve noticed.
Oh, and if you’re wary of frozen fruit in case it has fewer health benefits – don’t fret. Just buy fruit that’s frozen without any extra syrups so you’re getting all the nutritional value of the fresh kind (and sometimes more, since fresh fruit can lose nutrients during transport, whereas frozen fruits are, pardon the pun, frozen in time!)