Archive | February, 2015

Because it’s goat cheese

28 Feb

Happy Weekend Glamourites!

I realized I have been posting mainly fashion topics the past few weeks, probably because there has been lots happening in the fashion world, however I wanted to change it up. I found this recipe a week or so ago and have been dying to try it myself but haven’t had the time – hopefully this weekend! If you like goat cheese, and I know I will eat it on anything, then you will love this chicken dish. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and try something new in the kitchen or out of the kitchen!

xx Glamour Planner

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken with Balsamic Reduction {High Protein + Gluten Free}

Prep Time: 15 min   Cook Time: 15 min   Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 4 Oz Goat Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Balsamic Reduction:

  • 1/4 Cup Shallots, minced (about 4 small shallots)
  • 2/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 Cup Low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh basil, diced

Thank you Taylor for the recipe! You can check out the full instructions and more at her site Food Faith Fitness

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Oscars 2015 Red Carpet

23 Feb

Morning Glamourites,

Last night was the 87th Academy Awards where many actors and movies were recognized for their hard work and success. Some of the winners included, Birdman for Best Picture, Julianna Moore for Best Actress in Still Alice, Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor in The Theory of Everything, J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor in Whiplash and John Legend and Common won Best Original Song for “Glory” from Selma. Besides all the golden Oscar awards that were given out, there were countless stunning gowns on the red carpet, which is really what we what to know all about! There were many dresses in bold statement colours such as Rosamund Pike in a Givenchy red gown and Scarlett Johnansson in an emerald Versace dress. Both were popular colours of the evening but not THE trend of the night; this, however, was light shades, from pure white to bronze nude tones. I put together a collection of my picks from last night for you to browse and enjoy xx Glamour Planner

Gwyneth Paltrow in a pale pink Ralph & Russo fitted gown, obsessed with the rose shoulder!

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Lupita Nyong’o wearing a custom Calvin Klein with over 6000 pearls!

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Kerry Washington wearing Miu Miu with a sophisticated and elegant shape.

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Emma Stone wasn’t exactly in white but looked absolutely stunning in an Elie Saab chartreuse shade dress which could be the most talked about fashion piece last night.

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Reese Witherspoon in a custom Tom Ford dress – hugs her body perfectly!

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Oh J-Lo, always giving us something to talk about…and last night was no exception for her fashion choice. Her Elie Saab sparkly nude dress with a plunging neckline probably had more material then all the other dresses combined, it proved to be a challenge walking off stage but she pulled it off.

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Had to share a funny picture with you all from last night of tight embrace between Emma and Jennifer Aniston who was wearing Atelier Versace.

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NYFW

16 Feb

Hello Glamourites,

As many of you know New York Fashion Week is taking place right now with tons of designers showing off their new Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection. I am certainly not a professional critic but I wanted to share with you some of my favourite pieces so far! You can go watch specific fashion shows or watch live HERE

xx Glamour Planner

Herve Leger by Max Azria – the structure and use of lines creates these timeless pieces.

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Ese Azenabor –  Stunning gowns, I would wear them all!

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Marissa Webb – pairing items/textures with the unexpected made me curious about these outfits.

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Grammys // 2015

8 Feb

Hello Glamourites,

If you didn’t watch the 57th annual Grammy Awards tonight, (or want a recap) I have for you the best dressed, worst dressed, trending colours and makeup looks for you! There are many stars who attend this evening and it is hard to pick out a select few from all the gorgeous gowns and suits! Take note, I would have included many more if I wanted to make this post similar to a novel.

xx Glamour Planner

BEST

I am coming from a very non-basis corner as I am not one of the screaming T-swift fans, however I fell immediately in love with her dress choice tonight! Her teal gown designed by Elie Saab was both sophisticated, edgy and classic with the window front showing off her legs and Giuseppe Zanotti fuchsia heels. The matching Lorraine Schwartz earrings in an aqua shade made her blue eyes jump out!
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Katy ALWAYS puts her own twist into every look and this one is no different. I am happy that she didn’t go for the complete shock factor but still stood out with a semi-nude dress with glitter fringes, saying she “just wanted to shine bright like a diamond” jokingly to Ryan Seacrest. Adding to this she had statement chandelier earrings and her beautiful lavender hair.Grammys3

Ciara is typically not on my radar but tonight she most certainly was. She wore a one-shoulder ruffled gown by Alexandre Vauthier made with sheer black material creating a draping train.  Grammys

Chrissy Teigen looked stunning in a fitted Gucci gown with subtle cutouts from top to bottom. She a definition of a fashionista! Grammys7

MAKEUP

Trending makeup this year at the Grammys generally was very understated in natural style, which I appreciated and found much more beautiful than being caked in products.

Beyonce showcases this beauty look perfectly, as Queen B only would. She looked fresh, bright and truly like a natural goddess! She was dressed in a custom black Proenza Schouler gown. Grammys5

Gwen also followed this trend with a clean face, simple tinted lip gloss to allow her dramatic jumpsuit by Atelier Versace to be the focus.

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TRY AGAIN

Rihanna, I’m sorry, I respect your style but unfortunately this dress I cannot deal with. ri

Iggy you were on point with your Armani Privé dress in the popular blue tonight but the hair needs something different. This just reminds me of a birds nest. Grammys6

COLOURS

To finish up it’s Pharrell in Adidas who is following with the influencing colours of the night including black, blue shades and white. To mention a few in black gowns this year was, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Kelly Osbourne and many others.  Grammys8

Swing from the Chandelier

8 Feb

Hello Glamourites,

In regards to design I find that my own style is constantly changing, more accurately it’s probably forever evolving. I also think that this could be dependant on my mood, as to which colours or emotion I want to portray in a space. This can be hard if you’re constantly trying to change rooms in your home to match your current style. There are several ways you can do this without tearing apart the entire room or bringing walls down, it can range depending on your budget as well. One solution to this is updating your light fixtures, more specifically the chandelier. I believe chandeliers are a large statement piece in a room and are a great addition to any room no matter the style or size. Most people will associate chandeliers with the classic ballroom type with oversized crystals and a radius too obnoxious for any normal size room. However this is definitely not the only chandelier available anymore, there are thousands of designs and styles to fit everyones needs and character. Take a look at some of the inspiration pictures I found and perhaps you will soon be upgrading your dinning room lighting!

xx Glamour Planner

Something like this was probably what came to mind when you thought chandelier… I like this fixture in this space because it is mixing glamourous and rustic together with the worn wooden table. Because the table it very large and heavy it balances out and allows for a large light fixture above.  chandelier2

Here is a much more modern take on chandelier, it is eye catching with the use of scattered glass ovals playing with depth and height.

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This fixture has the typical structure of a stereotypical chandelier however it is simplified, only using the steams to create the shape and no extra hanging accessories.

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If you are looking for something extra unique this could be the solution for you. It can be a great DIY project as well, take wine bottles or mason jars and put the bulb inside the bottle then attach it to a board or a something to support the fixtures to the ceiling.

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When you have a space with high ceilings you can get away with any size of chandelier like this baroque inspired piece.

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Another simple DIY chandelier for over a four seat kitchen table or reading nook.

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An Apple a day…

4 Feb

Morning Glamourites!

Okay my title was slightly misleading…yes, I am giving you a recipe with apples in it but it may not be the healthiest of recipes. Guilty. Let’s be honest though, you need a delicious cinnamon bun recipe for the weekend to indulge in! I have been craving them lately and haven’t had any since Christmas break when my Mom made them for the family. I have always been a little nervous to make them by myself from scratch, but from watching my own Mom make them and reading some recipes, they really aren’t that bad. You just need time;  the waiting around to let the dough rise and then the cooking time can be a little annoying. This particular recipe caught my eye because it calls for apples, raisins and walnuts; not sure about the nuts but I love the idea of apple! Give it a try this coming weekend, with or without the nuts, or add your own new ingredient.

xx Glamour Planner

AppleCinnamonFor the Rolls

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 packet active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
scant 2 teaspoons salt

For the Filling

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup brown sugar, divided
ground cinnamon, to taste
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, diced, divided
1/2 cup golden raisins, divided
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, divided

For the Glaze

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons milk
splash vanilla extract

*For the full set of direction check out Ambrosia Baking site where I got the recipe! {Thank you}

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Roaring Outfits

1 Feb

Hi Glamourites,

As I have previously stated I am definitely not a diehard football fan, however I do tune into the Superbowl to watch the famous half time show. This year the main act was Katy Perry along with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Eliott! I decided to do a post on Katy’s clothing choices, especially considering how impressive it was that in the 12 and half minute performance she pulled off four different outfits! I have always enjoyed following Katy’s fashion statements, I don’t always love them but I always admire her boldness and risk for trying the unexpected.

Hope you all had a relaxing Sunday whether you watched the super bowl or watching the good wife 😉

xx Glamour Planner

The dramatic entrance for the performance was extremely strong.katy2Her outfit was a 2 piece gold, orange and red fiery inspiration with 3D flames off the shoulders. Completed with her classic high pony, strong eyes and red lips.

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Outfit #2: Between the dancing sharks, beach balls and palm trees Katy dressed in a beachball motif bustier set with the beachball bra and sparkly custom LaDuca boots with 12,600 Swarovski crystals which were wore through out the performance.

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Outfit #3: With her performance with Missy she wore a simple jersey style zip up with 49 on the front symbolizing the 49th SuperBowl and her name on the back…plus lots of embroidered diamonds.

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Outfit #4: My favourite by far (I wonder why…bling bling)! For the final song Fireworks Katy is lifted up wearing an eye catching glitter ball gown designed by Jeremy Scott. Between all her outfits there were over 22,000 crystals.

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