Wish List

Cut-it-Out by Yelena Konovalova is a line of cotton jersey dresses, tunics, hoodies and tanks that are covered with intricate, detailed prints. The Russian-born designer uses influences from Russian folklore and creates each pattern through a process of cutting and folding paper-a process very similar to making paper snowflakes as a child. Their new spring/summer collection uses their signature patterns but offers new combinations of rainbow foil prints on liquid rayon fabrics and new bright colour palettes. This colourful oversized caridgan is my favourite piece from this collection and is going straight on my wish list -love it, want it, sold!!


Mexican Feast Part 1: Sangria

I love food from all parts of the world, but one of my absolute favourite types of food is Mexican! Below is the first of four recipes that I will be posting from my boyfriend’s family’s secret recipe stash. They are all super delish and easy to make! The first recipe is sangria which is a yummy fruity drink that is normally a summer time staple but who says we can’t have some fun on these cold winter days?!

Makes: 6 litres

2 bottles of red wine
1 can frozen lemonade
1 can frozen orange juice
1 cup of brandy
2 bottles of ginger ale
1 lemon thinly sliced into rounds
1 orange thinly sliced into rounds
1 tray of ginger ale ice-cubes

  1. Pour wine, lemonade, orange juice, brandy, 1 bottle of ginger ale into large canister and stir well.
  2. Add fruit and then refrigerate until ready to serve (the longer the sangria sits the more the flavours will blend therefore the yummier it will taste).
  3. Just before serving add the 2nd bottle of ginger ale and the ginger ale ice-cubes. Stir well.

Serve and enjoy!!!

*If you would like a smaller amount of sangria you can just halve the recipe to make about 3 litres.

Preloved Sample and Warehouse Sale

For those of you who haven’t heard of Preloved, you’re definitely missing out! Preloved is a line that creates one of a kind clothing from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Check out their upcoming sale for deals on last fall’s merchandise and spring 2009 samples.

January 26, 4pm – 7pm

January 27 & 28, 12pm – 7pm
24 Ryerson Ave. (Queens St. W. & Bathurst St.)
416-703-1936

Happy Shopping!!

Mmmmmm Macaroons

You will soon realize that I have a huge sweet tooth and love baking. One of my favourite things to bake are coconut macaroons and I have a super easy recipe that I use which is absolutely delicious and low in fat!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 32 cookies
1 (7-ounce) package of shredded sweetened coconut
½ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon coconut extract
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat the oven to 325 ̊F. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
2. Combine the shredded coconut, condensed milk, flour, coconut extract, and vanilla in a box; mix well.
3. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites and salt in a large bowl until stiff peak forms (about 3-4 minutes). With a large rubber spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the beaten whites into the coconut mixture just until blended. Repeat 2 more times.
4. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto the baking sheet, 1 inch apart, making 32 cookies. Bake until lightly golden (20-22 minutes). Cool on the baking sheet until the cookies are firm enough to remove from the baking sheet, about 20 minutes. Transfer the cookies with a spatula to racks to cool completely.

*Please note to NEVER double this recipe. I once doubled it thinking more is always more with dessert, but in this case it just equals disaster!

Mangia mangia-enjoy!!

Trend Alert: Wrap Yourself

Rachel Bilson with a mustard yellow knit scarf.

Our version from Banana Republic for $130 (100% cashmere).

Rachel with a grey and purple tone patch pashmina.

Our version from Top Shop for €15 (ladderweave with wide stripe).

Rachel in a purple print silk scarf layered over her piped blazer (another spring trend)!

Our version by Uzbek for $34.99 (hand painted and hand woven 100% silk)

With -30 degree temperatures here in Canada, we need to find ways to look cute but still stay warm. Scarves are a great way to kick your look up a notch while maintaining some warmth on these crazy cold winter days. Scarves are also a big trend for spring’09. Look for silk and light weight cotton scarves in bright colours that can take you into the warmer months. We here at Eat.Live.Shop adore Rachel Bilson’s great style so you may see her around here more often than not. Above she shows you a few different ways to wear scarves for any temperature. We’ve also given you some inexpensive options so you can get the same look too!