Wednesday, November 25, 2020 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

My Honest Experience Trying Evive Smoothies

Good Morning Guys! Cooking healthy is part of my daily life and since a month ago or so, I had the chance to try all the smoothie flavours from Evive.

Evive is a Canadian and plant-based company that has redefined the term of frozen food with their healthy smoothies and lunch cubes. One of their main goals is to make people's life easier by making smoothies ready-to-go. Today, I wanted to give you guys an update on my thoughts now that I have tried all their 24 smoothie flavours and lunch cubes as well.

With this being said, Evive has made my life so much easier especially because I take my breakfasts to the office from Monday to Friday, I usually leave my breakfasts ready the night before and on the weekends I like to spoil myself with big breakfast bowls aside from my oat milk/almond cappuccino.

I'm a sweet tooth person and my favourite smoothies were the Cashew Mocha, followed by the Passion Mango and Asana smoothie. They are all high in protein, not that sweet (I like to add a little bit of honey or stevia) and then I build my bowl with the ingredients I have at home.

For their lunch options, I just got to say I love them. I have been making carbless pasta non-stop and my favourite flavour is the mac-squash. For this last one, I'm planning to make a video on what do I eat in a day, I will show guys how do I make this dish for lunch over Instagram reels.

Now, going back to the breakfast segment

I have a black Friday code that will give you 40% off your entire order: SPARKLEPIECE40

I'm leaving the link of their website here: EVIVE 

How do I make my smoothie bowls?

First, I add all the cubes from Evive into a jar/bowl, you need to make sure your smoothie has a good consistency, don't add too much water or milk if you want to build a bowl.

Once you have your base ready, think about the ingredients you want to put.

Ingredients that I like to use:

I like to bake my own bread at home. This time, I made a healthy pumpkin spice bread with coconut and almond flour.

Fruits: Sliced bananas, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, are some ideas. 

Personally, I like sliced bananas for my bowls.

Toppings:

In this bowl, I used shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, and nuts.

and VoilĂ .

Healthy smoothie bowls have been one of my favourite breakfasts for a long time since they are fulfilling, delicious, and healthy.

X. Laura

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Home Decor Items you can get from Amazon under $100.00

Hello guys! I wanted to come back to write blog posts again especially now that I started a home decor segment over Instagram and Pinterest. Since I moved to my new place and mostly since quarantine started I have been shopping lots for home decor items on Amazon. I feel is so convenient as they deliver everything right to your door.  I have found really nice home decor items that I wanted to share with you as I've purchased many of them and the best thing is that they are all under $100.00.

so here we go!

Gold measuring cups 

Gold Vinyl Placemats
























Gold Shower Curtain Hooks



Gold Taper Candle Holder Set



Metal Hanging Planter




Hope you guys like this new segment as I'm super obsessed with home decor
Thank you all for reading!
x. Laura
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Max Mara, Weekend Max Mara & Blubird New Outlet Store in Vancouver, B.C.

Hello guys! I can’t believe October’s almost here and Fall is just around the corner. 

I’m really looking forward to sweater weather.

When it comes to getting dressed, the fall is my favourite season of all to start layering up in the most fashionable way.


It’s funny; I remember 3 years ago, when I first moved to Vancouver, I was walking around Downtown and I discovered an exclusive Luxury Fashion store, Blubird.


As a Fashion Blogger, it’s an honour for me to introduce you guys to incredible local brands like this one, but it's even more exciting to announce that Max Mara, Weekend Max Mara & Blubird just opened a new Outlet Store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet so if you’re in Vancouver, I definitely encourage you to stop by. This outlet store gives you the chance to save on luxury fashion from around the globe!



Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit their outlet store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, for the first time.

This mall is located at Templeton Station Rd, Richmond and I was very surprised to see all the incredible sales they have inside the store.


I utterly fell in love with various pieces such as the AP Monaco accessories, Front sunglasses, Max Mara, and Yuzefi handbags to name just a few.



I got the chance to pick different outfits for a number of different occasions as well. This was a great experience as the associates from the brand’s regular retail stores helped assist me with styling and recommendations.



The entire all-white outfit as seen in the photos is by Max Mara. I have been a huge fan of this brand my entire life as it’s known worldwide for its elegance and impeccable tailoring.  Max Mara coats and ready-to-wear collections are coveted by fashionable women of all ages. 



Also, WEEKEND MAX MARA is a bit different, although they might sound very similar, it was founded in 1984 as a collection for outdoor adventures and leisurely days off. Weekend now produces a full collection of outerwear, suiting, separates, activewear, accessories, and more that are made to complement every day of a modern woman’s life. 


Last but not least, BLUBIRD. Every season, this brand presents a curated selection from the world’s most coveted contemporary collections including Herno, Veronica Beard, RED Valentino, Vince, Zimmermann, and more.


If you are wondering about the exact location, 126F-7899 Templeton Station Road. 

Outlet's phone number: 604-676-5460

McArthurGlen Designer Outlets Vancouver



I also bring really exciting news! You guys can use my code: SPARKLE25 to save $25 on your purchase of $250 or more!


Conditions are limit to 1 discount code use per customer,

The offer is valid from September 23-30, 2020,

Cannot be combined with any other offer/promotion.

Can only be used at the Max Mara, Weekend, and Blubird Outlet store

apply* 


Thanks for reading this post.

xx. Laura

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Quarantine Special: 5 Things We All Need to Buy from Amazon


I’ve never imagined myself going through a phase like this ever in my life. At this point, there’s nothing we can do towards this just to STAY HOME.

I decided to stop reading the news because I don’t have a shame to admit that I’m paranoid and with all the reasons.

This is why I wanted to quickly share 5 simple things we can do not to cure the problem, but to help ourselves of getting the virus.

I’ve been shopping a lot these days just the basic needs like groceries, medicines and lots of vitamins. 
This is all we NEED right now.

So here are 5 main things I’ve found and shop for myself in the last couple of days:

1. Plastic Gloves, whenever you go out for whatever reason... groceries, or anything please make sure to wear them.

2. Another essential these days is  Vitamin C, I found this helpful article that explains why we all should start taking it.

3. Complement Vitamin C with Echinacea, it is recognized as an immune-strengthening agent. Echinacea properties include benefits such as reduce inflammation, manage anxiety, fight the flu, etc.
I'm linking the Amazon page where you can find the one you prefer: Echinacea Capsules

4. Make the antibacterial your best friend. I know they have said this a million times, but always take one bottle with you the same way you take your phone everywhere. I'm linking a few options here: Antibacterials to get from Amazon

5. Wipe all your door locks, house keys and especially your phone with Alcohol Wipes.  

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 / Vancouver, BC, Canada

House Tour: Where to Buy Home Appliances & Decor


2019 was a year full of changes, I didn't expect a lot of things that happened, but I guess they are part of growing up.
Moving out to another apartment and starting everything from scratch was one of the biggest moves I did this year. I got to admit that I have been enjoying every second of it, playing the role of being an interior designer for my own place is something I've always dreamed about, but I'm not going to lie,  it has been very stressful too because I did all of this by myself in just one month.

I started planning everything from mid-October, 2019 and the first thing I did was finding the perfect apartment, I was very lucky because I literally found the apartment that I'm living now in the first day that I started my search, although, I didn't make my decision until I saw other options because I needed to be sure that this was the right place for me.

With that being said, I started a list of all the things I needed.
This list was chaotic at the beginning because I literally needed everything! 
I started prioritizing all the things that where a need and what other things could wait.

95% of the items I bought, I found them online.
I ordered many appliances through Umbra and it was so helpful because their items are very affordable, modern and useful.
I'm linking here some really good deals that I found:

I got the golden mirror that I'm actually using as a tray here: Prisma Mirror I honestly love it because it gives such an elegant touch to my living room.


If you guys know, there's a lot of rain in Vancouver so I also ordered a stylish Umbrella Stand, I have it aside from the main entrance and also a Shoe Dry Rack because I don't like to wear any shoes inside of the house.

For my Kitchen Appliances,
I'm so obsessed with the Sensor Pump, I find this so useful and my guests always talk about it.
I also find it very convenient having a Sink organizer for all the sponges and brushes.

Also, recycling is a topic here so I ordered these Trash Cans to recycle my paper and plastic containers.


I also changed my Kitchen Countertops with a marble contact paper, I actually saw this on Youtube so I decided to do it and it looks amazing, I ordered 4 of them.

Here are the links for some useful Amazon appliances I also got:

For my furniture,
I found the most gorgeous velvet dining chairs at Structube
Also, the gold lamp is from there as well.


For the couch, coffee table and even my bedroom headboard,  I got them from Wayfair, I know there are a lot of persons that are little sketchy buying things like these online but I've never had a problem with them, I always read the reviews and these are basically my guide before buying anything.

I honestly love how convenient is shopping here because first, they ship everything right to your house and it's free after $75.00.


For the Flatware,
I got the gold flatware set at CB2 and I'm also linking some other options at the end of this post.
For the cute gold, black and white plates I got them from a local store in Vancouver called The Latest Scoop

For the white rug and blanket, I got it from Home Sense.

Also, I got the most convenient and useful organizers from Ikea and Umbra as well.
I have them inside my closet and kitchen, they are honestly the best thing ever, I use them to keep my flatware, plates and other appliances organized.

For the bathroom, I got a Flipside Shower Caddy to organize all my shampoos and bath salts.

Finally, I'm linking here options that I've also found online that might work for your decor if you love everything gold as much as I do.
Hope this article turns useful.
x. Laura
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What to do in Whistler for a Day


The most magical place to go in Winter is definitely Whistler, I felt blessed for having the chance to go for this season, we got all the holiday vibes on fleek.
So if you are planning to visit for a day please keep reading!

As I live in Vancouver, Whistler is such a convenient location because is just 2 hours away from us, going for a day is totally normal.
They are different ways of getting there, but in case you don't have a car I recommend you book a round trip ticket with Epic Rides.

Once you get there and if you are new, please make sure to go to the customer service at the Whistler Village (the bus will leave you there) and make sure to ask for a map.

After that, they are tons of plans to do, personally, I love to go for breakfast because their local coffee shops are incredible.
Pure Bread and Moguls Coffee House are my two favorites, they have the most amazing pastries!

I have to admit that I love to walk around because everything feels so magical (just like the north pole) and also is such a good place to capture the beauty of winter wonderland (see the pictures down below) 

Last time we went, we signed up for an Ice Skating Session at the Whistler Olympic Plaza, it was very sunny and they were playing Christmas music so it was perfect! We spent two hours there so we decided to go for lunch after that.

They are so many restaurants in the area and if you are in the mood I personally recommend the ones that are close to the Whistler Blackcomb because they are always playing music out loud and the people are all happy around. 
The vibe is amazing.

Also, If you are 21(+) I suggest to visit the Ketel One Ice Room, it is actually the coldest bar in the world but it is totally worth to try it.

Finally, it is obvious that Whistler is the most famous for Skiing and Snowboarding and if you are planning to do it, I recommend to leave a day for doing it because you will want to take advantage of the time to spend in the mountain plus you will end up tired.


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