Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Room

My whole life, I was the worst at keeping my bedroom clean. Lately, I've been really particular about keeping it tidy. Now, my room is like my sanctuary: I light my apple-strudel scented candle, toss on a record, and relax.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Jac5: Man's (New) Best Friend

 On a private note, if there is one thing that instantly turns me off in men, it is this: bad underwear. Boxers, boxer-briefs, and even some pairs of briefs are totally fine, but tighty-whities are enough to make me cringe. I mean, most women make an effort to wear nice bras+panties, and even spend a fortune on fancy lingerie.. so I don't think it's that uncalled for to want to see a guy put in a little effort as well. For any male readers (or female readers, looking for stocking stuffers and Christmas presents !) who are interested in having their underwear be up to the same style standards as their clothing, be sure to check out Jac5. Having recently just opened their first retail concept store in fashion capital Hong Kong, Jac5 is well on their way to making a huge impact in the underwear market by combining style, quality, and comfort in all of their designs. There are three collections, so that you can choose the perfect pair for your lifestyle:  "Loyal" is stylish, casual, comfortable everyday underwear. "Supersmart" is designed for those days when you need to suit up and look professional, even under your clothes. "Barking Mad" is my favourite (I think I'm going to buy my boyfriend, Brad, a pair for Xmas), being the fashion collection. It features colourful, stylish and quirky undergarments. Be sure to check out Jac5's online shop HERE because best of all: IT'S FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ! Happy shopping. x

(All images courtesy of Jac5)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Name is Driftwood

(mesh top-Urban Outfitters / skirt-H&M / scarf-American Apparel / flats-H&M)

I changed the header of the blog. I like this one much more than the old one !
Lately I have been so busy with school, and trying to get money off of a man who hit my car (long story..). Since I have been so busy, I haven't been home a lot, and my cat Nelson was so excited that I came home early so he decided to sneak into almost all of my pictures. He likes the spotlight, I guess.  Unfortunately, the weather here in St. Catharines is not matching my mood at all. I feel like we should be ankle-deep in snow, and that I should be cozied up in front of the fire, reading a book. However, it has just been rain, warm-ish temperatures and sun. Maybe one day the seasons will live up to my expectations.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silent Sky: Swimwear

(All photos courtesy of Silent Sky)

While I'm bundling and preparing for the fast-approaching winter, Australians are getting all set for the arrival of summer (lucky!). So, with swimwear being a worry on our Aussi-readers' minds (and anyone who wants to get a head start on Spring Break shopping!) I strongly recommend checking out Silent Sky's new "Sunset to Dawn" S/S 2011-2012 collection. These swim suits cover all decades of retro themes, from the high-waisted bikinis of the 1950s to the psychedelic prints of the 70s. Above, are a few of my favourite pieces.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This is a wonderful and easy recipe for pumpkin-swirl cheesecake ! Perfect for Autumn. I got the recipe from here. x

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed gingersnap cookies, pecans, and butter. Press into the bottom, and about 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake crust 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, blending well after each. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture. Blend 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the remaining mixture.
  3. Spread the pumpkin flavored batter into the crust, and drop the plain batter by spoonfuls onto the top. Swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect.
  4. Bake 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until filling is set. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Allow to cool before removing pan rim. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.