Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Healthy Pint On-the-Go

Hi Guys! I wanted to share today this simple recipe you can leave ready from the night before. I reused this pint from Halo Top which I love because it has the perfect size for a quality breakfast or snack.
This is definitely one of my favorites meals is very fulfilling and easy to make. 

- Main Topping: Granola, cheerios or oatmeal
- Yogurt
- Chocolate Chips or Nibs
- Peanut Butter
- Shredded Coconut
- Chopped Strawberries
- Half Banana

How to Make it:
The main thing for preparing this pint is to create layers, to make it easier to eat.
First, I added the Granola then Strawberries & Bananas, peanut butter and then the first layer of yogurt.

*You will repeat this process 2 or 3 times until you reach the top.

Finally, you can decore as you prefer, in this case, I added bananas, strawberries, non-sugar caramel sauce, dark chocolate nibs and sugar-free marshmallows.

That's all! Easy, healthy & on-the-go.

Thanks for reading! x. Laura

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Seattle Travel Diary + Things to do this Spring

I was impressed of  in Seattle's natural beauty. Honestly I was amazed of how incredible it is to visit this city during Spring. To start, every corner is surrounded by the beauty of  the cherry blossom trees. If you are planning to visit, Washington University must be a place you check on your list. When we arrived, the place was full of people and parking was hard, even though it was totally worth it. I would describe that place as magic, to be honest pictures are nothing compared of how beautiful it is to actually being there.

Moving on to restaurants, another great thing about Seattle, on this trip we decided to try all different kind of places. Starting with The Cheesecake Factory. one of my favorite american restaurants, all the plates are always delicious and their servings sizes are insane!
For Brunch, I recommend The Biscuit Bitch, this restaurant was a random discovery, but a good one. Their plates are basically a mix between eggs, biscuits, bacon and some of them come with mapple. Was our first time there, we waited probably like 30 mins until we got our food, is basically to take and go kind of restaurant.
For Lunch, there's a great korean restaurant called Revel, we ordered different entries like chick pea pancakes, dumplings and the main dish was ramen. Soo good!

Walking around, bar hoping and going to turistic destinations like the space needle are great plans to make in here. There's no better therapy than the combination of eating, shopping and traveling at the same time.

Thanks all for reading! 
If you have any other recommendations please let me know on the comments.
x. Laura 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Season

Happy spring everyone! I actually got to admit that I was waiting for this season for a long time. The reason? Simple.. sunny days, the most perfect weather and all the gorgeous blooms are finally back!

As a big enthusiast of this season, These are the 5 main ways that will make us enjoy spring to the fullest.

1. No more winter coats = More wardrobe options! Now, that winter is over all the layers are off too. I love being able of wearing skirts, dresses, shorts and also the idea of going out in sandals, light shirts, and Blazers it simply makes me so happy!

2. The flowers! Decoring our home is always better in this season, I love buying colorful tulips and peonies in every kind of pink. The environment of coming home never felt better plus strolling around the city is the most beautiful thing with all the cherry blossoms popping out.

3. More & more flower events to assist. A beautiful tradition for every year is attending to tulips and cherry blossom festivals, this plan is amazing to go with friends, family and more even for a date!

4. More strolls and plans around the city. There is no doubt that during winter we prefer staying at home and watch Netflix non-stop, but with spring the amazing weather makes us so happy to go out rather than staying and wasting a day of sun.

5. Outdoor eating is the best! Being able to go to the beach, sitting there reading a book and bringing take-out food is one the most ideal plans to do this season. Plus they also start opening all the balconies of all the restaurants around, I mean like every shade of sun we see it's very appreciated.

Wish you all a great start to the season!
xx. Laura


Monday, March 5, 2018

How to Look Stylish in a Rain Coat

Happy Monday everyone! These last few days of winter has been definitely full of rain here in Vancouver. Sometimes we don't even want to think what we are going to wear, but just to layer as much we can.
Believe it or not, I'm wearing three layers underneath this coat. Starting with a camisole, a cashmere turtleneck, and a sweater. I hate freezing whenever I'm walking, I always try to be enough covered starting with my ears, hands and toes. 

My point in here, is we need to be creative with what we have inside our wardrobe and pull it out. This look is super casual, cozy and perfect for this season. Finally, I put on my leather leggings and a raincoat from VIPshop, this coat is a must-have as it is water resistant plus the navy color is one of my absolute faves!

Wish you all a great week!
x. Laura

Sunday, February 25, 2018

An Afternoon in Dowtown Vancouver

These winter days have been definitely my favorite, those who live in Vancouver may know that having sun in here is almost a miracle! during this kind of days and specially in this season I love walking around the city with my friends and definitely grabbing coffee and pastries. The good thing being in Downtown is getting to know all the amazing coffee shops and bakeries nearby, I certainly don't have one favorite place to go because I enjoy meeting always new places and tasting new things, Yaletown and Gastown are great locations for plans like these.
Lastly, we went to the new Prada pop up store at Holt Renfrew, if you are in Vancouver you definitely must go and check this out. This is such a fun plan to do with those friends who love fashion!

Thanks for reading.
x. Laura


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Baking Madeleines for Valentine's Day

These are the cutest madeleines made from home, I bought the pan from the grocery store. This is such a great recipe, fun to cook and incredibly easy! 

These little cakes are perfect for hosting a brunch, as an entry, dessert or as snack, they are simply 
so g o o d !

What I simply did, was:
 I took -1/4 cup of regular flour
- 1 spoon of Caramel extract
- 1 large egg 
- 1 spoon of Coconut Oil
- Honey or Stevia ( Spoon size is optional )
- 1 little spoon of Baking Powder

I put the eggs, coconut oil, caramel extract and honey on one side and the flour mixed with the baking powder on the other, then I combined both until getting a thick mixture. The rest is just to add the blend to the pan and let it inside the oven for 25 minutes until they are ready! 
This was my breakfast on Sunday and I loved it

Wish you all a great Valentine's Day!
x. Laura

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Colombia and It's Magical Cities

Has anybody wished before to have a pause button whenever you are vacationing? This is exactly how I feel right now, every place in Colombia I'm sure is magical, from the first moment you visit you will keep coming, that's how it is.
Every city has its own glow. As I'm from the coast, all the cities around are very close going by car, you can easily rent a car and meet 3 different cities in less than a week. 
Barranquilla is amazing for its history, restaurants, and people and Cartagena is my favorite weekend getaway, always sunny and beautiful this place is always a paradise whenever I come to visit.

Buying a cold coconut and strolling around is something mandatory, as also discovering new and different restaurants, getting to museums, the nightlife is great too. From am to pm you will always find something new to do, I recommend the trip to the islands, they are breathtaking! if you are planning to come, please make sure to book one day at Islas del Rosario or Baru.

The best decision from escaping the cold is always coming here, waking up in this kind of warm is all I can ask for.

Wishing you all a great day!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cartagena And It's Colors

After a full day being at different airports and catching connections, I finally arrived to Colombia. This time of the year is my favorite of all, I get to see my family, friends, and also I get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and weather that my country has. Not because I'm Colombian I'm saying this, but I have never seen so much diversity, colors and happy people in any country ever, being here is such a paradise and I try to enjoy every minute of it.

Of all the cities I have been in the past, Cartagena still and is my favorite one. I feel blessed every time I get a stroll inside La Ciudad Amuralla and capture pictures that will always remain with me, is funny because my parents don't understand sometimes why I'm always with my camera capturing all the streets, doors & balconies around, the truth is that being a blogger is not easy at all as people use to think. 

Even though I love traveling with them because we are all so funny, making pranks between each other, I truly enjoyed every little detail starting from the quality time with them, the amazing food and unique restaurants, doing exercise at the beach, walking around and of course tanning.

Thanks for reading!
xx. Laura


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Get your Wardrobe Ready for Spring

Spring is the prettiest season of all, who else agreed with that? Speaking of which as you may know this is also the month for major sales! This is why today I wanted to share with you guys this great website that currently has thousands of options at incredible prices. Rosegal, For me it's great to share those websites where I can find a tons of options for every season, this is why I organized this wishlist, picking versatile pieces where you can perfectly wear even for winter and also for spring.
Here are my faves:

1. A Khaki Woolen Coat
I love this coat mostly because of the color and the ways it can be paired. It's a classic color that can fit perfectly into winter and spring. 

2. The Cool Wide Leg Suspender Pants
These versatile trousers I considered them as perfect for anytime during the day, the wide leg gives them this cool trendy look with the straps on the top. 

3. All in Pastels
This might not be a winter top as it's sleeveless, but I did fell in love with every single detail of this shirt. Is super feminine, delicate and totally the right color for spring.

4. Sleeves to Die For!
Whenever I found something black & white together I can't ever resist from buying it, this sweater proved that again. The sleeves are incredible! I just imagine of matching it with a coat and showcasing the sleeves out of the coat which will give a unique touch to the entire look.

5. The Must-Have Jumpsuit
Black is a color that will always be on point, I love wearing jumpsuits during the night because they are very elegant, stylish, and comfortable. What I usually do when it's cold outside is to wear a puffy coat and a good pair of gloves.

Hope this is useful for you!
x. Laura

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