Grilled fruits?

One of my favorite experiements has been grilling fruits on the barbecue. Grilled fruits add depth to warm salads, main courses and obviously make amazing desserts. On a hot grill, the natural sugars in the fruit are released and caramelize to make delicious,sweet (and healthy) additions to a Summer or Fall meal.

Here are some amazing grilled fruit ideas that you can add to your arsenal of culinary surprises!

( click on the images for links to the recipes)

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Dressing 

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Grilled Apricot, Gorgonzola, and Candied Walnut Arugula Salad 

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Grilled Orange Shrimp Skewers 

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Grilled Pineapple Kabobs with Honey Yogurt Sauce 

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Grilled Strawberries and Marshmallow S’mores

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Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Bananas

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Grilled Peach Pizza

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Simple Grilled Cinnamon Apples Slices With Honey Drizzle

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Grilled Fruit Cobbler (can be made gluten-free)

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Grilled Grapefruit

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As some of you know, I’m not only vegetarian but lactose sensitive and unable to digest refined sugars or too many raw fruits and veggies. That makes cooking for me a little (a lot) tricky. However,since I’m an avid foodie and very passionate about cooking, Ive been able to experiment and discover new ideas that work around my dietary restrictions. Most of the recipes will probably have to be altered to fit my restrictions but it’s always great to discover new inspiration. Grilled fruits = WIN!

 

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Music medley.

My last exam was today. Yep. All done. I now have a whole summer to look forward to. I’m planning roadtrips, festivals, DIYs, late-night adventures, renovations, races and a whole bunch of interesting plans. Whoa whoa whoa! Hold up!  I told myself that these plans can wait, that I’ll have the whole summer to fufill my list and that my mind needs a break.  So instead of celebrating my final..final exam (can you say that?) I decided to stay at home and listen to some chill tunes while  getting my moms birthday supper ready. I’ll take a few days to get my mind back together and be in tip-top shape for Canada Day festivities.

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In order:

The General Specific ♪ Band of Horses

Fool’s Gold ♪ Frank Ocean

I’ll Try Anything Once ♪ The Strokes

Holes ♪ Passenger

Flashed Junk Mind ♪ Milky Chance

Enjoy!

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Rainy Day Please Stay

My usual self would be frustrated at the disappointing weather that is keeping me from tanning. However….lately I’ve been enjoying moments of downpour where I can study in peace or simply relax. With my two finals exams coming up, a rainy day is the perfect way to cuddle up with my notes and focus on what needs to be done.  On the bright side, yesterday was sunny and beautiful. I visited an art festival in a trendy neighborhood and was able to pick up so nice artwork. Today is also the perfect day to make a rainy playlist or do some DIYs.

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Enjoy your day whatever the weather and have a happy father’s day :)

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Surviving finals week

Here a quick mid-week post about some tips to help keep you sane and productive for finals week, enjoy!

1. Stay healthy

One of the hardest things to do when studying is controlling what you eat . Unhealthy choices with too much carbs will make you feel sleepy and although sugar helps boost our energy levels, refined sugars will cause a sugar crash, resulting in extreme fatigue, headaches and anxiety. So stay away from that tempting chocolate bar and fuel yourself with the right energy to keep your mind focused and your body healthy.

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2. Stay hydrated

Be sure to drink enough water to avoid headaches and dehydration. Water is also great for your skin and will keep you looking healthy. Coffee is delicious (and very very useful) but have a cup of tea once in a while to control your caffeine. I suggest keeping water in a bottle or travel mug and adding flavor if the taste of plain water isn’t appealing to you. (Lime, mint,blueberries and cucumber is my favorite combination).

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3. Exercise

If your like me, exercise helps put your mind at ease and allows you to go from a physical break to a mental break. Most people find themselves more focused after physical activity which is why getting out for a jog or simply doing some Blogilates is super helpful when under lots of stress.  Go to a yoga class, walk your dog, do some squats, whatever works!

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4. Change it up

Studying in your room can get pretty boring so I recommend switching up your study space. Find a calm park or a secluded coffee shop that isn’t too distracting. Explore your surroundings. If you’re lucky, you’ll find free Wifi.

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5. Organize

Organize your time and divide your studying into sections. Fight the urge to procrastinate and allow yourself the chance to end the year gracefully. Nobody wants to be busting out a dissertation 2 days before graduation (although I’ve seen people do it…tsssk)

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6. Take a break

I like to use a 5:1 ratio. This implies that with every 50 minutes of studying, I get 10 minutes of break. Switch up this ratio to what you’re comfortable with or how much your concentration can handle but I wouldn’t recommend trying to cram a year’s worth of lessons in a 2 hour period. Maybe try power napping? Do some laundry, clean your room, have a dance break, discover a new band…

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7. No distractions

Although parting from our beloved little gadgets is difficult, remember that being short on time means being ultra disciplined and productive with the time that you have. I recommend turning off or silencing your phone and avoiding using the computer unless necessary. You can also block tempting sites (I’m talking to you Pinterest) with different apps that way you won’t get lost in DIY’s and emerge 5 hours later with no work done. It’s sometimes helpful to let your friends and family know that you’re focusing on you studies so that they don’t try to distract you as much.When it comes to music, it depends on the situation. I like to have music on but at a very low volume so that’s really your decision depending on how well you can concentrate.

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8. Get some sleep

For students going through exams , sleep is like a foreign specie…Unless you’re super organized and got everything done weeks ago (Props to you *high five*). Getting some sleep is probably one of the most important steps to feeling awake and ready to perform during a test. It’s diffuclt, I know, but preparing everything the night before can give you some extra time in the morning and declining invitations to go out is often necessary if you feel your body needs rest. Listen to your body and take advantage of the time you have.

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9. Earplugs

Pretty self-explanatory. I find earplugs really helpful even when I’m at home. Silence is hard to find if you’re in public, so avoid getting too distracted and get yourself a pair of cheap but effective ear plugs.

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10.  On the day of the exam…

Wake up at the sound of your alarm (6 alarms if you like to be extra punctual like me), get dressed and have a healthy breakfast, review your notes before you head out the door. Once you’re out, try to relax by listening to some music on the way to class. Remember that the day of the exam is NOT the day to finish studying.Double checking with class-mates =YES, cramming what you didn’t study before =NO. Trust what you’ve done, be confident, step through the door and…. Nail it!

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11. What about after?

If you have other exams,it’s not the night to go out and celebrate. Cherish what you’ve accomplished and focus on the next one. If that was your final exam, congradulations! Some will go out and celebrate while others will go sleep it off for the next week, do something that makes you happy and reward your effort. Personnally, I will sleep for the rest of the day and make myself breakfast for supper. Mmmm

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Basically, finals week boils down to what will make YOU succeed. Put the odds in your favor by being responsible and helping your body. No matter what the outcome, you hard work will eventually pay off and all the stress and studying will have been worth it. Good luck xx

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Amazing Artist: Niky Roehreke

Currently based in New York, german/japanese artist Niki Roehreke has been producing amazing illustrations and artwork for many magazines such as Nylon, Flare, Jalouse and Dash. She uses a vast array of mediums and whether it’s her watercolour pieces or her collages, all her work is fascinating and stands out amongst the many other graphic designers.  Her designs are used by many up and coming fashion designers  and can also be found as album artwork or flyers for bands featured on music blogs like Hype Machine.

Although I would love to show you guys all of her fantastic work, this post would go on for miles and miles and I would be taking the term ”endless scrolling” too literally :P  Her are some of my favorites + a short video interview 

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Niky believes that the most beautiful, honest way of communiction is our hands…her fascination for this body part is reaccuring in many of her pieces.

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Niky is a truly spectacular artist . One of my favorite project of hers has been Refinery 29′s Periodic Table of Beauty Elements illustrated entirely by Niky which you can explore by clicking the link above.

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Hopefully you enjoy her work as much as I do. Let me know who your favorite graphic designers are!

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Music Hype-Summer Favorites

Songs taken directly from my June/Premature Summer playlist on iTunes. Looking forward to jamming to these while I run or just having some nice tunes for lounging around.

Born Ruffians-Permanent Hesitation

Daft Punk Feat Pharrell Williams- Get Lucky

p-s: Also check out his beautiful cover!

Dirty Projectors-The Socialites

The Dig- I Already Forgot Everything You Said

Klingande-Jubel (Original Mix)

The Lighthouse and the Whaler-Venice

Wavves-Sail to the Sun

Swim Deep-Honey

And finally, for the sake of the end of exams and of the school year…

Imagine Dragons- On Top of the World

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Good luck to everyone with finals or important events coming up! Be strong, Summer is only a few days away! :)

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Fresh faced x KIKO MIZUHARA

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Kiko Mizuhara and all her work. She is known for her youthful and vibrant personality as well as her film work in many japanese movies. I find that her Garconne attitude and quiet-polite side mesh together perfectly. For such a young model/actress/talented instagrammer, she is on the right path to a lasting career. Kiko is my fresh faced model of the month. I look forward to seeing more of her.

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