FASHION, STYLE

Sweater Season & Tips on how to find the right one for you!

November 7, 2017

Sweater season is upon us, well at least here and for most of the country.  I used to dislike winter, the cold weather, the lack of sunshine and especially the sea of black, red and grey color options in some of the stores….so to compensate I’ve tried to find ways to keep adding fun, colorful sweaters in my wardrobe, even during the winter months.

So move over black and grey sweaters, here are my top tips & picks on where you may find some great selection of colorful and classic sweaters to wear this winter.

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FOOD, HEALTH

Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

October 30, 2017
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When it comes to desserts most of us can’t say no, especially when it comes to a warm home baked cookie!  I have never been shy to ask for more and to admit that I love having a dessert after any meal…even sometimes for breakfast, haha!  However, with that being said, in order to be able to eat deserts more often, I always try to use healthier and more nutritions ingredients.

We all know someone that is either vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, lactose intolerant, or on another diet.

Everyone wants to have a healthier life or due to health reasons has a restricted diet. For me eating a lot of vegan desserts is one way of having the best of both worlds…desserts and being healthy! Continue Reading…

FASHION, FOOD, MOTHERHOOD, TODDLER

Fall Fun at the Pumpkin Patch!

October 25, 2017

MY OUTFIT: Nutmeg Kenneth Cole NY wool blend coat, Simons mustard shirt (old) similar here and here, GAP maternity bi-stretch pants, KAMIK rainboots (old), other available styles

 SASHA’S OUTFIT: Guess denim jacket (old), LP Apparel sweater jacket, LP Apparel printed mountain shirt, Noppies sweatpants (old), BOGS rainboots, LP Apparel infinity scarf and beanie

 

Fall has so many wonderful activities!  The activity that usually comes to mind with Halloween being just around the corner is going to a pumpkin farm.  I actually never really thought of going until my cousin strongly recommended , le centre de l’interprétation de la courge, near Montreal.

I usually go overboard with incorporating some type of pumpkin ingredient in my cooking and baking during the months of September and October.  It brings a happy feeling as the weather is getting colder.

So I happily decided that this year I would buy some pumpkins and squashes at a local farm.2017, fall fashion, mom style, casual style, pumpkin patch, family activity, orange, quebec, squash, toddler style, local farm2017, fall fashion, mom style, casual style, pumpkin patch, family activity, orange, quebec, squash, toddler style2017, fall fashion, mom style, casual style, pumpkin patch, family activity, orange, quebec, squash, toddler style2017, fall fashion, mom style, casual style, pumpkin patch, family activity, orange, quebec, squash, toddler style2017, fall fashion, mom style, casual style, pumpkin patch, family activity, orange, quebec, squash, toddler style

Of course Sasha wanted a ride in the wheelbarrow…needless to say, I got my daily exercise pushing him into the field.

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It was such a beautiful day and I was thoroughly impressed by the different types of pumpkins.  Can you tell?  hehehe!…

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Happy Fall!

Color your style, color your food, color your life!

Christiane xxx

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FOOD, TODDLER, TRAVEL

Traveling to Tunisia: Tozeur, the Mountain Oasis & Chebika

October 23, 2017
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One of the things that Kais was very adament in showing me was the South of Tunisia, more specifically a part of their desert.  My only part was “yes” or “no” when he would ask me: “would you like to visit this or this?”  However, I kept having this feeling that maybe it would not be a great idea going knowing that I was pregnant.  After all, 38-40 degrees weather, honestly, this girl from the northern part of Canada was not great in handling very hot destinations….especially pregnant.  However, in the end I gave in to my curiosity and we drove 6 hours South of Sousse to the city of Tozeur.

What is interesting about Tunisia is you have different landscapes, while the North is colder and the East Coast borders the Sea, the South is where the desert lies.

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FOOD, STYLE, TRAVEL

Traveling to Tunisia: Monastir

October 16, 2017
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Before meeting my partner Kais, whom is originally from Tunisia, I had never heard, let alone showed any interest in visiting this country.  Let’s be honest, it isn’t the most advertised country.  So for the next few blog posts, I wanted to let you discover through my photos more of this beautiful country.

Let me just start by saying that if you do not know anyone in Tunisia that can be your tour guide through the city or if you do not speak the language which is arabic (a tunisian dialect), then I would definitely recommend exploring this country with organized tours.  Thankfully, I had Kais who had family and friends giving us recommendations and renting a car made it incredibly easier for us to visit on our own.

Tunisia has little gems located throughout the country for tourist to discover it’s beauty.

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FOOD, MOTHERHOOD

Being Grateful & Surprise Announcement!

October 9, 2017

Happy Thankgiving weekend!

If you have been following me on Instagram (@christiane.begin) then you know that I visited Tunisia recently with my little family.  As my partner is originally from there, we visited his relatives as well as some tourist spots.  I am currently prepping those posts and selecting from the many pictures we took so stay tuned!

Being Grateful

Thanksgiving has always been an important weekend in my family.  We had our extended family and some close friends on Sundays to celebrate and eat A LOT of homemade food.  We celebrated the end of the farming season in my town (I grew up on a farm) while being together enjoying 5 course meals my mom usually prepared which was one of my favorite part of getting together.  Mmmmm!  Now that I have been living at the other end of the country, I don’t get to share these special moments with my family.  On the other hand, I have my little family that is growing and I try to incorporate those traditions into my cooking and my baking.  I enjoy the Fall feeling and coziness it brings with warmer clothing and hot beverages.  Don’t you just LOVE the Fall flavors such as pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, cranberry sauce….?!

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FASHION, STYLE

6 Easy Items to Wear this Fall

September 4, 2017

One way or another we are all thinking about Fall at this time.  While I am currently on vacation visiting family in Edmonton, Alberta, most of us are getting ready to go back to work, school or to slowly transition into our Fall wardrobe with temperature getting a little cooler.

I happily have been looking at the upcoming season for trends, ads and basically the Fall forecast in all things fashion.  I usually prefer to keep my Fall items in darker tones, warmer shades and styles that can be easily worn with multiple outfits and that won’t go out of style.

Today I am sharing 6 simple items that I am excited to wear this Fall !

1. Sleeve Details

Spring and Summer had an array of tops and dresses with decorative sleeves, volume, bows, pleats, ties and so on…  This Fall won’t be any different.  While our arms will be more covered, you will see an open-shoulder, longer sleeves with grommets, laces, bows or ties at the wrist.

Click on the following to see examples of fun Fall styles: here, here, herehere, here, here, here

2. Plaid

Plaid has always remained on the Fall trend only updating the colours on the pattern.  This year it will continue and is clearly amazing worn as pants, a blazer or a blouse but I am really excited for my plaid runners which I am planning on wearing daily, sold here, which are a perfect mix of comfort and style with jeans, pants, corduroy skirts and Fall dresses.

STYLE TIP: The easiest way to update your look for fall is by adding a plaid scarf to a simple t-shirt or worn over a jacket (jean, leather or wool).  It looks stylish and effortless!

Here are other style options in plaid : dress, shirt, shirtdress, blazer, scarf, scarf

3. Bows

Bows, bows, bows, they aren’t just for little girls anymore.  Sweaters will be important for this trend, bows on wrist and shoulders as well as centre-back details.  You can keep everything simple and classic if you wish since the bow is small enough.  Velvet bows in hairties is very important as well as neckties for tops.  Last winter I bought a pink velvet belt and wore it as a necktie (view photo here), I will definitely wear it again this winter.

STYLE TIP: Apart for bows as hair ties, the other easiest option is to wear a top that has a neck tie, similar to this  or this to update your look for Fall.

Here are some style options: shoes, top, sweater, tweed blazerleather gloves, hair ties, hair tie, loving this hair tie

4. Red shoes

These might be the most expensive item on my list but any red shoes or boots will do the trick.  Red is a big ticket item this Fall for shoes and while it is a trend, it is a color that remains a classic.  I bought these red flats this Summer and will definitely wear them this Fall.

Here are other red shoes to wear this Fall: basic flats, short rain boots, perfect height heels, loving these patent flats!red snakeskin, short boots, classic short boots, sneakers, over-the-knee boots, short wedge heels boot.

5. Black with dark blue, indigo blue or navy pairing

An easy pairing for Fall is to wear dark blue or bright indigo with black. While some people might say that navy doesn’t go with black…..let me tell you that, that IS NOT THE CASE.  They are both dark colors which will give you a slimmer appearance of a long and lean body…And who doesn’t want that?!

HERE ARE IDEAS OF HOW YOU CAN WEAR THESE 2 COLORS THIS FALL

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6. Headbands

This hair accessory has been on runways for Fall.  Honestly, ever since this Spring and also getting bangs, this has been my go-to hair item for a quick and easy hairstyle.  I found that the longer the hair, the wider you can go with headbands.  For you chin length or shorter hairstyles, it is better to wear the thin bands.  I am looking forward to buying some Fall ones in caramel colours, forest green and burgundy.  This will give you a simple and chic hairstyle!

Here are some styles to wear for Fall: floral,  bedazzled, metal florals, plaid, leather, velvet brocade,

 

I hope this post has inspired you for Fall!

Let me know in the comments box below which item you would like to try.

 

Color your style, color your food, color your life!

Christiane xxx

 

FOOD, HEALTH

Orange Delight Smoothie

August 21, 2017
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This recipe will surprise you!

When I think of smoothies, I think of fruits and nutrients plain and simple.  So when I happened to receive an e-newsletter from “The Food Babe” stating that smoothies should contain less fruits and more vegetables or other food that contains less sugar.  Yes, I was a little disappointed but also intrigued. Continue Reading…

FASHION, STYLE

Trying something different: A twist on the classic stripe shirt

August 7, 2017
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OUTFIT: Zara Shirt (other fun blouses here, here, here and here), Anthropologie Pants (old), Bussola shoes (old)

I did something that I never do …

I wore a classic button down stripe shirt. Okay, that might not seem impressive or different as stripe shirts are basically known as a must-have in everyone’s closet….well not for me!

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