12.28.2013

Christmas Treat


Jacket: Forever 21/ Top: Forever 21/ Pants: Sirens/ Shoes: Army and Navy
 Tis the season to wear red. I have not always been the biggest fan of the color red, because while I like it, I can never find the right shade of red.

11.22.2013

Tiger Boss

Blazer: Forever 21/ Tank: Flea market in Thailand/ Shorts: Garage Clothing/ Purse: Street Vendor in New York/ Shoes: Aldo
 I have noticed that I tend to like black and white animals, white tigers being one of my favorite animals.

11.05.2013

DIY: Fascinators


This summer I attended my first horse race, at The Annual Deighton Cup. For this fun, and fancy day at the races, I decided I was going to make my own fascinator.

9.16.2013

Monday's Quote

I took this picture while I was in the Bahamas, during a relaxing day at the beach.

Hope you all had a great weekend!
xo Andrea

8.20.2013

August Goal: Deighton Cup in Vancouver


In the beginning of this year, my New Years resolution was to try one new thing every month. So when I heard that the Deighton Cup was coming in August, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go to a horse race track for the first time.

During the morning of the event I rushed around to get my fascinator ready (which I made an hour before I left) and figure out the perfect outfit for the day.

7.12.2013

Dressing up for under $100

Jacket: Forever 21; Top: Charlotte Russe, Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Army & Navy Store, Purse: From India
Finding the perfect outfit can be hard for a night out on the town. Then when you finally put all the pieces together, you start to get nervous thinking about how you are going to pay off that big Visa bill, for looking so fly (aka looking fabulous).

7.11.2013

Book: One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner



The feeling of losing someone is at times the hardest to explain. You feel angry, fear, sadness, guilt, and a million other emotions all in one day. As the one year anniversary of losing my best friend Rahul approaches, I am reminded of these emotions.

6.17.2013

Back in Action

I took this picture in an airport in Miami. I loved how all these little pictures make the bigger picture of the world. It reminded me of how all the different people and cultures make up the colourfulness of the world we live in.
It's been awhile since my last blog post, and I can definitely say I missed it.

4.22.2013

Monday's Quote

 Beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico
Monday's Quote:

"It's not being the best. It's about being better than you were yesterday."- Unknown


Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

4.19.2013

Vancity Cool


Toque: Forever 21; Shirt: Thrifted; Necklace: Forever 21; Sweater: Target; Jacket: Forever 21; Leggings: Garage; Shoes: Spring
Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you all had a great week. I am finally getting over my sickness, that I have had for the past two weeks, so yay! While doing some window shopping, I came across these shoes and instantly liked them.

4.16.2013

Decor: Sunrooms



With spring in the air, flowers in bloom, and the sun coming out a bit more, I started thinking about stylish sunrooms.

4.15.2013

Monday's Quote

Warm water and a beautiful view in St Thomas, Virgin Islands
Monday's Quote:

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."-Maya Angelou

Thanks for reading and have a great week!
xo Andrea

4.05.2013

Grey Skies

Top: Forever 21; Vest: Forever 21; Scarf: Forever 21; Jeans: Garage; Boots: Aldo
 As the grey skies have returned to Vancouver, I decided to dress in different shades of grey to match the current weather.

4.02.2013

Snake Charmer

Snake Charmer

2013 is the year of the Snake, according to the Chinese calendar. This explains why the snake skin print has been seen in clothing and accessories, on a lot of the major runways this season.

3.25.2013

Monday's Quote

Overlooking the city of Santiago, Chile
Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend, and are recharged for the week ahead. I feel like I finally got a little bit of sleep this weekend, which was refreshing, as this month has been so crazy. Who knew March Madness was a legitimate thing? The lack of sleep I have had because of other commitments is the reason there haven't been as many blog posts lately. But that will all change this week as I am excited to shared some new post's with you, including some DIY projects I have been working on. So thanks for continuing to stop by Uskar Vor!

Monday's Quote:

"The more you love your decisions, the less you need other's to love them."-Unknown

Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

3.18.2013

Monday's Quote

A beautiful waterfall I saw, while I was in Nassau, Bahamas.
Monday's Quote:

"Promote what you love, instead of bashing what you hate."-Unknown

Happy Spring Break Week and have a great Monday!
xo Andrea

3.12.2013

Decor: Wall Art

Using patterned clipboards to frame artwork. Best part about this is you can easily change the picture. 
Lately I have been looking at my blank walls, and feeling the need to put up some artwork.

3.11.2013

Monday's Quote

As soon as I see palm trees, I know I am on vacation. This picture was taken at Miami South Beach.


Monday's Quote:

"Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures." -Lovelle Drachman

Happy Monday!
Thanks for reading
xo Andrea

3.05.2013

Birthday Girl

Dress: Chile, Purse: Thrift Store in New York, Shoes: De Blossom Collection
It was my birthday last week, and I must say it was one of my favourite birthdays. Turning a year older can be great, but also tough. As you get older you start thinking about all those important future questions, like career, family, and where you want to see yourself in the next few years. While it is exciting to think about all those things, it can also be scary and a little overwhelming. So this year I made a goal to go and check one thing off my bucket list, or to just go and try something new. That way it takes the pressure off always thinking about your future, and makes you focus on living in the moment, while having some more fun in your life. 

That being said, I spent my birthday shooting a few guns at the gun range for the first time with my best friend. Not that I am a gun enthusiast, but if you have never been to the gun range, I would definitely give it a try. It was a blast, and I can't wait to go and to an outdoor range, and try shooting some different guns. After that adrenaline rush, I wore this dress (which I got in Chile and showcased in this post) and spent the rest of the evening having an amazing dinner with some close girlfriends. If every birthday in my future is filled with love, close friends, family and a fun dancing party on the weekend, I think I will be just fine turning older.







Pictures by my lovely friend Kaoverii
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
xo Andrea

3.04.2013

Monday's Quote


I took this picture while I was chilling on the beach in Miami.

Monday's Quote:

"Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because it's stormy now doesn't mean you aren't headed for sunshine."-Unknown

Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.28.2013

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches




It's my birthday today *insert happy dance*, so I thought I would do a post about one of my favourite desserts, the amazing ice cream sandwich. I love eating ice cream sandwiches, because it has just the right balance of chocolate, without being too sweet. The best part is that these homemade chocolate cookies are so soft and chewy, that if you didn't want to add ice cream, you could just eat them on their own. 

Homemade Ice-cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of butter
  • ¾ white sugar
  • ¾ brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ⅔ of cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp of salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients, making sure that the cocoa isn’t lumpy and is well mixed in.
  2. In your mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until it’s wonderfully light-colored and fluffy. Then add in your eggs, one at time, beating them in completely and toss in the vanilla as well.
  3. When the vanilla has been mixed in, slowly add in the dry mixture little by little, until it has all been added and mixed in.
  4. Drop by large rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten the cookies slightly to make sure we get wide enough cookies for ice cream sandwiches!
  5. Bake in the 350 degree oven that you have preheated, of course, for 9-10 minutes. Remember that the key to wonderful cookies is just underbaking them by a minute or so and this is especially important with these cookies as the cocoa can dry things out.
  6. Leave them for a minute or two on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a baking rack and cool completely.
  7. These are a soft, chewy cocoa cookie that are perfect for this purpose. Take one, spread the ice cream of your choice on the bottom then find a mate and sandwich them together.


{pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.27.2013

Book: Living Me to We

Image source from here

Sorry for my lack of posts lately, after I got the flu I feel like I have been playing catch up with my life. Sometimes when everything seems overwhelming, it's great to just zone out for a little while and catch up on a good book. Or I mean you can go down the productive route, buckle down and get things done (honestly though books are more fun haha). 

I have known about the Kielburger brothers for quite awhile, and have always loved the positive impact they are continuously making in the world. Just attend one We Day celebration, and you will be inspired by the positive energy surrounding you. Sometimes when you leave such a life changing event you wonder to yourself, how can I, one person make a real difference? This book is great for showing us how to make small changes in our everyday lives. It gives you tips from the time you wake up, until the time you go to bed, that collectively if we all did will make a huge impact on the world. It also shares inspirational stories from famous Canadians, who are taking small steps to create a big impact. I believe that if we followed even half the ideas in this book, we would make this world a better place, while living happier lives.

Here are some cool tips:

1. Keep drinking water cold in the fridge, rather than running the faucet until it's cold. This saves a lot of wasted water.
2. Buy sustainable, ethical clothing as it is often better made, lasts longer and saves you money.
3. Repair or reuse old clothing, instead of buying new items. For example turn an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping bag to carry your groceries. Find out how to over here.
4. Knowledge is power. If you have a book sitting on your shelf, share it with a friend and let those pages open up again.
5. To save energy, buy a power bar with an on-off switch to kill the power on multiple appliances with one switch.
6. Recycle your old cell phone. Did you know that less than 5% of cell phones are recycled?
7. At work, ask your boss to switch to recycled paper at work. Also think before you print, and if you are printing use both sides of the paper.
8. When driving, avoid aggressive driving as this consumes way more fuel than necessary.
9. Instead of buying harsh cleaners for your home, use home made cleaners such as a mix of white vinegar and water.
10. Participate in random acts of kindness, such as helping someone with a heavy load of groceries if you're going the same way.


Thanks for reading!
Have a great day, and I hope you are wearing your pink shirt today, as it supports Anti-Bullying!
xo Andrea



2.21.2013

San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago Chile


I didn't get to spend a lot of time in Santiago, Chile but the one day that I did get to see the city was amazing. One of the spots that I went to was San Cristóbal Hill, which is the second highest point in Santiago. The day that we went up started out cloudy, but by the time we got up to the top, the skies cleared up, and we got some beautiful views of the city. Since this is a tourist spot, I expected it to be loud, but experienced quite the opposite. At the top where the Virgin Mary statue stood, I saw people absorbing in the views, and reflecting on their own thoughts. It was a great way to end my day in Santiago, overlooking the city in such a peaceful place.







{pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea 

2.18.2013

Monday's Quote

I took this picture while in Chile. Lazy dog's remind me of lazy Monday's.
Monday's Quote:

"Enjoy ever single moment. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the inspiring, the not-so-glamorous moments. And thank God through it all." Megan Matt

Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.15.2013

Leopard Chic

Scarf: H$M, Jacket: Costa Blanca, Leggings: Garage, Shoes: Zellers, Purse: Night Market
When I was younger, I hated wearing scarves. I think it was because I always found them so constricting, and the more my mom told me I had to wear one, the more I refused. Then came the turning point, when one day I finally saw the functionality of keeping warm in a scarf. On a trip back from India two years ago, I came back with a whole suitcase full of different coloured scarves. I am sure if security had opened up my suitcase, they would have asked if I was running a scarf business. I think it was the lack of me not wearing scarves as a child, that made me go a little crazy in buying so many (especially at a cheap price), and also earned me the nickname "scarf lady" by my friends.




Pictures by my lovely friend Kaoverii
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
xo Andrea

2.13.2013

Strawberry Shortcake



Happy Valentines Day! In the spirt of this special day, I decided to make a dessert that was sweet, delicious, and utilized the lovely red strawberry. I really enjoyed making this dessert because it was quick to prepare, fast to bake, and easy to assemble. You know what that means, since it is easy to make, you can eat it even faster. I would love to hear what your favourite dessert to make, eat or get for Valentines Day.

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

For the Fruit Layer and Topping 
  • Strawberries 
  • 6 tbsp Sugar 
  • Whipped Cream
For the Shortcakes 
  • 2 cups  All Purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface 
  • 5 tbsp Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 8 tbsp cold unsalted Butter 
  • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp Whole Milk 
  • 1 large Egg white, lightly beaten  
Method:
  1. Slice the strawberries. Put the strawberries into a bowl and add sugar. Stir to combine and let it sit for 30 minutes
  2. Heat the oven to 425 F.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, 3 tbsp of sugar, baking power and salt
  4. Add butter into the flour mixture and break into little pieces until it resembles a course meal
  5. In a separate bowl mix the beaten egg and milk
  6. Pour the milk and egg mixture into the flour
  7. Combine the mixture and lightly knead the dough until it comes together
  8. Flatten the dough and cut out the dough
  9. Place the cut out hearts on a baking tray. Then brush the tops with the beaten egg white and sprinkle remaining sugar
  10. Bake until the shortcakes are golden brown, for about 12-15 minutes 
  11. Let the shortcakes cool for 10 minutes and cut in half. Add the whipped cream and strawberries on the cake bottom and cap it with the cake top.
Please excuse my different shaped hearts, they were all hand cut.


{Pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

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