Follow me in merry measure

The 25th of December is just four days away! I am almost done with all my work and can’t wait to have a week off to just bliss out with my hubby when he gets back from his trip with the boys. We are off to a spa this weekend for our anniversary and I can’t wait. If there is one thing I love to do, it’s pampering myself just as hard as I work and play.

The other day, a bit over whelmed with all the deadlines on my plate and trying to balance festivities, I decided to switch off for a while, play some music, pop a face mask on and on close my eyes for a while. I didn’t realise I was all out of my favourite GLAMGLOW, so improvised with some wheatgrass powder and almond milk.

Lately I have been seeing spirulina masks on my Instagram feed, inspired by Deliciously Ella’s homemade masks, I did a little research of my own research and found out wheatgrass is just as good. Get glowing for Christmas with this quick and easy green beauty!

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1tbsp wheatgrass powder
1tbsp almond milk

Mix them together into a paste, apply and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Winter Wonderland Haven

Winding down at the end of a day with a hot cup of tea and candle whilst listening to a Songza playlist is the most relaxing thing in the world. There is no better time for it, a flickering flame, the sun going down and the reflection of fairy lights brightening on your window.

Around Christmas though, my usual pot of peppermint just won’t do. Especially when there is a hint of mulled spice lingering in the cold air, smelt while walking through cities transformed into winter wonderlands by chestnuts roasting, snow falling, magical window displays and whiffs of steaming hot festive liquids escaping through open coffee shop doors.

One wants a spicy steep just as one wants to be lulled into it’s bliss afterwards. So then, nothing better than some cold-pressed apple juice warmed up with clove, allspice, cinnamon and star anise. If you are in the Toronto area, grab some from Greenhouse Juice Co. and create a haven for yourself with this warm brew.

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Serves One

1 cup cold-pressed apple juice
1 liquorice teabag
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 star anise
1 clove
1 allspice
1 stick cinnamon
A couple of thin apple wedges

Put all your ingredients in small sauce pan on a gentle heat.

Warm up the juice, until it gives off steam. Lower the heat and continue to let brew for a few minutes before serving in your favourite teacup.

The Sparkling Snowflake

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It doesn’t feel like a Monday, because I am currently tucked away in Beaver Creek Lane, eating a gluten free baguette with goat Brie cheese in bed and wondering if there are any fairies in the woods here. They are so picturesque and I have been binge-watching “Once Upon A Time” so why not let my imagination run wild?

A big component of glowing health and beauty is restoration, I see getting out in nature as a holistic and necessary part of that.

Speaking of running, that’s what the hubby and I have been doing lately, plenty of running around. He just wrapped up on the Gillers Prize, did anyone else notice how good it was this year? Full of heart and a real celebration of Canadian literature, I’ve gotten ahold of the books and can’t wait to start reading them. I was really proud of him and the CBC for their wonderful coverage of the literary event.

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I feel like I am finally settling into Toronto, with that has come a buzz of things which have kept me blissfully busy. This past weekend I went to Spark Sessions, Canada’s Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference.

I found it to be really informative, inspiring and very encouraging. It was a great experience made possible by the passionate organisers, sponsors, speakers and of course all the bloggers who were there. Vanessa Craft, the beauty director at Elle Canada, said we are all snowflakes, that metaphor for being unique really stayed with me.

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This little getaway was so needed and I feel grateful that we can do this. I grew up on the Isle of Man, nature was always in abundance there and while I love city life, coming out to stunning forests and being beside water is a welcome blessing. A big component of glowing health and beauty is restoration, I see getting out in nature as a holistic and necessary part of that. Perhaps it is the placebo effect, but my skin, body and spirit all feel refreshed and amazing after a little time out in the wilderness. I believe it helps one to keep sparkling like a snowflake.