Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 25, 2014

I am here sitting on the Berber mahogany carpet of our living room, gazing past the glass doors of our balcony every so often, watching the beautiful sun set at now 6:04 pm. 
Spring is on its way and I am every bit of excited for this season. Though winter can at times be majestic in scenery (like once or twice a month for four), it has brought a seasonal affective disorder (which is a tad normal for people every once in a while) unto me at times and was also quite long, bitter, and dark. 
The sun has been rising earlier each day from 9 am two months ago to now 7:31 am. The sun has also been setting later each day from 3:50 pm two months ago to now the time half a dozen. The skies has also been clearing the past days and weeks, the sky became bluer and low, sad gray clouds have disappeared. I heard that better, positive (pun intended) days are drawing closer and unlike a month ago wherein the climate was from a nice positive 1 to negative 20 the next day, it will become consistently positive.
I have no idea right now if this wonderful weather will turn bipolar on us the next couple of days before Spring officially starts but I am stoked to pass these coming days to reach the finally consistent positive weather.
The thought of wearing shorts, dresses and skirts without layered thights underneath, actually wearing open flat shoes and sandals sounds more appealing to me more than ever. Ditching the thick winter coats, warm (sometimes fuzzy) boots, thick socks, knitted scarves (no matter how much I love them), woolly gloves, and ugly sweaters are not at all sentimental for me since winter is always just around the corner (8 months is not too long but momentarily, I hope it comes longer than the usual). So if you are feeling the same way as I do right now, virtual high five to you! We are now to wait not too long, just be patient and it will be utopia once again.

Have a great night or if you are in the opposite end of the world, magandang umaga!

FRCSSHW
xx

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

[Lifestyle Post] My life through Instagram- January

So I'm back to doing collage of my photos from Instagram after many months of laying it low (Lost my Photoshop and I felt lost without it. I couldn't use other editing software as I got too attached to my Photoshop. But I'm so glad I have it back!). I divided the collages in two to make it less of an eye-sore. Yes, it's divided into "Miscellaneous", and of course "selfies". So here is a quick run-through of my January.



(Topmost left- bottom right) Starting to lubricate my mind by reading related facts about my Social; LBB Moleskine, Higgins& Burke blueberry tea | From my perspective on my favorite seat, in my favorite Starbucks branch- Emerald Hills | Snowy night | Key Lime Pie in Foods class | Lemon Chicken by Moi | Twisted Yogurt any time of the year



(Topmost left- topmost right) My Just Dance 2014 rage | Posted the OOTD in this post | B&W |
(bottom left- bottom right found in this post)  BCBG Max Azria- in white | BCBG Max Azria- in black | At Churchill Square, Downtown Edmonton

For the next couple of weeks or months, I might be a bit busy due to my classes and its workload but I will still make sure that I can at least stay active here and do not go on a long hiatus again as I always do. Wish me luck and cheers for the rest of the year! 

Follow me in Instagram: @laarniamartin

FRCSSHW
xx

Thursday, January 23, 2014

[Style Post] A trip to Downtown

The sole reason why I went to Edmonton with my friend, Mark is to get our phones replaced at Southgate centre but apparently we have to book an appointment for that next week so we decided to just explore the world of Edmonton. From the South side, we decided to go back Downtown where we had our transfer earlier. I always wanted to roam around the streets and try new shops in Downtown, plus the weather was really nice to do so. We headed to Churchill square to take some photos and chill for a bit in that -9 weather. When we felt our tummies grumble, we entered City Centre (I always thought City Centre was the Churchill square whenever I hear it. Now, I got it) but eventually we found a place to eat an hour after being in the mall because... I just have to try on gowns from different shops for graduation banquet. Gown shopping never felt this thrilling :)
On to my Outfit of the day:


 Coat- Steve Madden | Over sized sweater- H&M | Black High Waist Jeans- American Eagle Outfitters |
Crossbody bag- Garage | Leather boots- Lower East Side

Tourist much :))




Thank you so much Mark for being my PA that day! Haha, just kidding but you were such a big help. Oh and no, I wouldn't wear something like this for grad banquet, I just thought this one is a pretty party dress ;)

And some gowns that I like, all from BCBG Max Azria (First 2 from Southgate and last one from City Centre):

Spontaneous trips are simply the best. Being in Edmonton always makes my adrenaline rush, I find it so exciting being there, because living in the Suburbs where the places you can hang out are limited and not to mention, Sherwood park is so quiet, definitely Edmonton is different. But don't get me wrong, I love living in Sherwood park because at the end of the day, I just want the hustle and bustle gone and peace beats everything.

FRCSSHW
xx


Monday, January 20, 2014

[Lifestyle Post] Lemon Chicken kind of afternoon

The sun brightly shines outside and the sky is cloudless. This kind of weather always calls out the best of me; like every inspiration, enthusiasm, and giddiness pours out and I just want to make the most out of my mood so when I got home, I decided to cook something that describes this kind of weather.
Usually, cooking always just passes by my mind but never had the "time" and mood to do so but today was an exception, I was hungry (since I just finished my diploma exam. Yay!) yet I don't want to grab another microwaveable packet stored in a lonely corner with some other ready-made meals, plus I am taking the healthy route now. Wink!




Ta-da! I decided to make Lemon Chicken. The recipe I used is from LEAF (Living Eating and Fashion), and I must tell you that this is a pretty good recipe. It did not demand too much ingredients and it took me approximately 7-10 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook. I know I said I was hungry, but every minute was worth waiting for this precious food (Biased aside).  I paired the lemon chicken with Quinoa and a nice bowl of sunshine coming through the windows ;)
Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day!

LEMON CHICKEN from LEAF:
You'll need:
- 4 Chicken breasts, boneless & skin on
- 1/4 cup + generous drizzle, Olive oil
- 9 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 lemons
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced

Instructions:
1. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil and minced garlic over medium-low heat for 1 min
2. Off heat, add dry white wine, lemon zest, juice of 1/2 lemon, dried oregano, kosher salt, thyme
3. Stir well & pour into baking dish
4. Add chicken breasts, skin side up & drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper
5. Add 1 lemon, cut into wedges
6. Bake for 30-40 mins at 400, until skin is lightly browned
7. Cover with foil & let sit for 10 mins
8. ENJOY!

FRCSSHW
xx

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bipolar weather, babe

Due to (...popular demand. Lol, just kidding) a special request from some really close friends, I will be posting one blog post at least once a week starting now! Having heard that some people visits my blog makes my heart melt so I will be doing my very best to update this once in a while and I will be attempting to exert more effort in blogging than I usually do. So for now, my only resource is one outfit photo. I'll do better next time, I promise since my semester break is fast approaching :)

White top- vintage | Blue lace camisole- Aeropostale | Bag- Accessorize | Jeggings- Uniqlo | Boots- Dexflex | Gold "happiness" bracelet- Forever 21 

The weather has been crazy the past week, by crazy I mean crazy nice. January is suppose to be the coldest month for winter season as to what I've heard but so far it was nothing but Spring-kind-of-weather. I'm not complaining at all! All the winter blues that drove me crazy last month has gone away and I'm all smiles. I want this weather to last until actual Spring but I know it would be also bad since this is a clear proof of Global Warming. Anyway, Alberta weather can be quite deceiving so we'll never know what next week's weather brings. Oh and this is the reason for my blog title. Hope you all have a great weekend, cheers!

FRCSSHW
xx

Friday, January 3, 2014

Never too early for Spring

It ain't Spring yet in less than 76 days but I longed for the season already. I have never experienced Spring before but I'm certain that it would be much like what I've always imagined it would be now that I have experienced the long, cold nights of winter. Not that I'm not "living" in the present but it certainly is nice to look forward to nicer and warmer days with green grass peaking underneath my feet again and the days are longer. So just to make things more exciting for me, I created this wonderful set inspired by my great affection for Teal, Turquoise, Aqua, and basically almost all shades of green and blue.



Allude Mint pullover | Wildfox psychedelic daisy green shorts |  Fossil crosshatch iPhone 5 case |
Asos flower filigree cuff bracelet | Forever 21 Festive teal polish | Pier 1 Imports Grandoise wall clock |
BCBGeneration love zip clutch | Vans lo pro canvas sneakers | Alexandra Ferguson There were rules pillow|
Owl candles | Bungalow 5 Chiffany blue round nests boxes

I can totally see myself wearing these even though some might think that wearing clothes and accessories all in the same shades of blue/green are in some way violating fashion rules. Anyhow, it is when we feel good in our clothes that makes us feel superior so in addition, let loose your hair and flip it!

PS. How is everyone's first 3 days of 2014? So far, I'm doing really good and I have accomplished goals already.

FRCSSHW
xx

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas is Family

'Tis the most beautiful time of the year,
 the season when everyone seems to be a lot more happy and less grouchy, 
the holidays of all holidays for all. 
CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE 


'Tis the season when Christmas shopping is kind of a chore but also gives great fulfillment at the end, 
When finding a parking space feels like jackpot,
 When wrapping presents feels like a full time job, 
When you open your wallet and butterflies comes out after a trip to the mall, 
When setting up the Christmas decorations are tiring,
When you need to get ready for a party every night,
When you wake up early during the day of Christmas Eve and you start preparing the food, When you need to make sure the house is spic-and-span all the time.

But definitely these are all worth it because...
'Tis the season we get to make people smile wide,
When hours of shopping and wrapping presents pays off,
When being broke means nothing when you know you made just made someone's day,
When after decorating, the house looks and feels priceless,
When socializing this season is just the bomb,
When the food is shared with family and friends.

With all these ruckus, let us not forget the true meaning we are celebrating this season-
Jesus Christ was born 
So let us all settle the disputes we have in our hearts, be peaceful, and unwind with the lovely people surrounding us.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!








(C) Laarni Martin

FRCSSHW
xx