Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rifle Paper Co. X Garance Dore

My stationary obsession is no secret... or my love of all things Parisienne. I mean, I've been to France 3 times just in the last 2 years! When I saw this new collaboration from Rifle Paper Co. featuring the renowned French Blogger, Illustrator and Photographer, Garance Dore, I honestly believed life couldn't be more perfect.
Now my only problem is to decide which of these creations to beg for on my Christmas wish list this year! 
Below are my top favourites...
Favourites from the Rife Paper Co. X Garance Dore stationary collaboration 2014
UN | OMG notecard set of 8 $18 DEUX | Beaute Flip Calendar 2015 $16 TROIS | Leopard Notebook Set $15

Have you had the chance to peruse this new collection? What are you must-have pieces?

With Love, Rachel

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gluten & Dairy Free Pancake Recipe

Gluten & Dairy Free Brunch-Worthy Pancake Recipe (Your non-gluten free friends will never know the difference!)

Since October 20th my husband and I embarked on a major eating/lifestyle change. After a lot of research we decided to start eating and exercising for our specific blood types.
It's amazing how your blood type plays into what should go into your body. But it totally makes sense. Don't believe me? Check out the scientific research.

Even though mine and my husband's blood types are different, according to Dr. D'Adamo, neither of our blood types support the chemical functions for breaking down, processing and utilizing gluten of any kind. Gluten is two types of proteins found in wheat responsible for the elasticity in dough. Some people's bodies simply cannot digest this compound. When you change recipes to non-wheat based flours you have to make up for the lack of elasticity found in Gluten. This can be done by mixing different types of non-wheat flours together and adding xantham gum and cornstarch. THIS is the best gluten free flour mix I'v discovered so far.

After we got over the gluten free hurdle we had to address the dairy free requirements of our new diet! Apparently my blood type was never meant to have diary unless it's a very rare, small portion of goat's milk or cheese. Since I refuse to make two separate meals, three times a day, my husband is on a 90% dairy free diet as well. His blood type can only have goat's milk and cheese as well as occasional mozzarella so it really wasn't too big of a sacrifice anyway.  For example, when we make gluten free pizza (crust) I put mozzarella on his half and he's happy ^_^

Since we only just converted to this new lifestyle I still remember what all my wheat based goodies taste like! I was absolutely NOT willing to compromise taste and texture when creating an alternative pancake recipe! Here's what I came up with (partially adapted from THIS recipe):

Gluten & Dairy Free Brunch-Worthy Pancake Recipe (Your non-gluten free friends will never know the difference!)

1 cup Gluten free flour mix
3/4 cups almond flour
2 Tbsp. Organic raw sugar or Truvia/Stevia
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional) 
generous 1/4 tsp salt
2 cups rice or almond milk
1 Tbsp. organic vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. ground ginger

In a large bowl mix together the flours, sugar, ginger, baking powder and salt.  
Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the milk, vanilla and lemon juice.

Place griddle over medium/medium high heat to preheat. 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Gently stir until everything is combined. After about 10 stirs, if the batter feels too heavy, add additional milk or water to desired consistency. Be careful not to over mix.

Spread a small amount of oil (I used walnut oil -- hence the blackened effect on the edges of the pancakes pictured) onto the griddle and then spoon batter onto the griddle for pancakes. Use 1/4 cup for standard sized pancakes. The batter is meant to be pretty thick so you may have to use a spoon to spread it evenly onto the griddle.

Cook pancakes on first side until the edges begin to look dry, then flip. Cook for another minute or two or until cooked through, then remove to a plate.

Top with desired fruit, nuts, honey or organic maple syrup and Enjoy!

Gluten & Dairy Free Brunch-Worthy Pancake Recipe (Your non-gluten free friends will never know the difference!)

I am really excited to continue sharing this new lifestyle journey with you and including all my recipe concoctions! My ultimate goal is to make a 100% gluten and dairy free Thanksgiving dinner next month that is every bit as satisfying as traditional Holiday meals.

Do you have any favourite gluten and dairy free resources or recipes? Leave me your comments and links below so I can check them out!

With Love, Rachel

Friday, October 24, 2014

GIFT GUIDE :: Edgy Fashionista

I know it's not even Halloween yet, but this week as I checked off a few more items from my Holiday shopping list, I realized others might be shopping earlier this year too! So with that in mind I am publishing my first of weekly 'Gift Guides' for the different personalities on your shopping list!

Today's gift guide is for the edgy, yet girly-girl, fashion conscience individual on your list. She loves the classics but equally loves forging her own style. She's different yet familiar in all the right ways.
The best thing about this gift guide? Everything is $50 and under!

After Midnight Sleep Mask via the Sleepy Cottage $14, Lady Face slippers via Helen Hill $50, Caviar Stud Pearl earrings via Fl(h)air Accessories $15, Powder Blue Bow tie duster via One-Two-Two $49, Rock Stud vegan leather handbag via ILB $31

With Love, Rachel

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My F/W14 Musts List

Every year the fashion magazines and runways tell us what's 'in' for the seasons ahead. Every year I disagree. I honestly never know what sort of mood I'll be in 6 months from now (who does?!). So this is my 'at the moment' mood board comprising of all the things in my wardrobe rotation since September till whenever I darn well feel like changing my mind.

Rachel's F/W14 Wardrobe Musts

{All images via THIS Pinterest board}

1. Quilted leathers (flats + bags)
2. Faux leather panel leggings (comfier than real leather to me)
3. Real and faux brown, gray and black fur vests
4. Studded accent nails remind me of scales or lizard skin

leggings, blouses and cocktail dresses (especially if they're matte sequins)

1. Lips (such as NYX 'Transylvania')
2. Nails (such as OPI 'Skating on Thin Iceland' )
3. In patterns (such as tartans and plaids)
4. Sweaters (thin or chunky knits)

I've also been loving monochromatic looks from head to toe in gray or black

Lately tartan has been getting on my nerves with the slave like following to blanket scarves. I found some awesome new ways to wear tartan by raiding the men's section at my favourite thrift stores! Specifically pants and blazers.

What's your mood been like this season? Does it fall in line with the current trends or do you completely plow your own fashion path? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!

With Love, Rachel