Salad recipe from yesterday’s post!

6 Sep

Sorry guys!

Here it goes 🙂

Ingredients:

1 lb assorted beets such as red, yellow and striped

Mixed greens such as baby spinach, arugula and field mix

1 cup walnut halves

1 cup unripened goat cheese (such as Tournevent)

Vinaigrette:

1/2 cup chopped shallots

1 1/2 cups port wine

2 tsps of sugar

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 1/4 cups olive oil

 

To roast the beets:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Wrap beets in aluminum foil, shiny side facing in, and place in shallow baking tray. Roast for 40-90 minutes or until pierced easily with a knife.

 

Source: “Montreal Cooks: Recipes from Montreal’s Finest Restaurants”

According to Pam: Salad

5 Sep

I know, weird title, but truth be told, I do eat a lot of salads. Personally, I believe that they are the perfect lunch or dinner and if topped with the right ingredients, can be a healthy AND satisfying meal!

As I flipped through the pages of my mom’s “Montreal Cooks” cookbook, I came across a recipe (for salad of course) that really caught my eye (and got me super hungry.) The “Roasted beet, walnut and goat cheese salad” served at Taverne sur le Square (1 Westmount Square) looked so delicious-and with the richer ingredients the flavours work perfectly with the cooler weather! I really wanted to try it-so I’ve decided to make it for dinner tonight. 

Since I’m having dinner alone tonight- I’m blogging as I munch away, and I must say, this salad IS AWESOME.

I’ll write the recipe down below- hopefully you like it as much as I do.

Now that dinner is almost over-I have to go prepare my books for the coming week. School has started again people, back to reality.

Oh and Happy Labour Day!

Pam x

Men Favor Brunettes and Curves?

2 Sep

Last night was just one of those nights when I COULD NOT fall asleep. What’s a girl to do at 5 am? Look aimlessly through twitter 😉 One of my fave bloggers Julie (www.pbfingers.com) tweeted about a  recent UK study (which I’ll link down below) which was aimed at discovering which physical features men found most attractive in women.

To my surprise (I thought guys loved skinny blondes) approximately 60 percent of the 2,000 men polled said they preferred women with darker hair (33.1 percent chose brown hair and 28.6 selected black hair). Blonde hair received 29.5 percent of the votes.

The study also surveyed men about the size of women they prefer. According to the Huffington Post’s conversion from UK sizes to US sizes, “38.8 percent of men actually favor a pretty average girl — about a size 8 or 10. Only ten percent of British males find a size 2 or size 4 woman most attractive.”

So, there you go gals, indulge in that extra piece of chocolate, eat some pizza.

Now if only we could all look like Sofia Vergara (sigh)

I hope this article boosted your self-esteem ladies, it sure helped mine 😉

Felicity.

_ Pam x

UK study: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/study-men-prefer-brunettes_n_936813.html

SO TRUE.

2 Sep

According to Pam: Montreal Fashion Week

31 Aug

Hello, me again 🙂 I know I posted on Monday, and technically Wednesday is Fray’s day, but with his big move to the city he is “internet-less” for the next week!! So, I’ll be filling in today, blogging about an event that I am SUPER PUMPED about: Montreal Fashion Week. It’s true, just like New York and Paris, MTL has a fashion week of its own, and it’s happening the week of September 5th with most events taking place at Bonsecours Market. The shows are in collaboration with ELLE Quebec and the event itself is said to be ONE OF THE MOST GLAMOUROUS EVENTS in MTL. Tickets are still on sale for select designers (DUY, Dimitri Chris, Travis Taddeo) online at http://montrealfashionweek.ca/ and are going for $27,50 plus taxes!

PB&J (Pam, Ballard (which is Fray’s last name) and Jess- how cute is that?) looked at the shows: but we just could not find an event that fit in with our busy work and school schedules 😦

But, fear not my friends, are we really ones to miss out on such a FABULOUS event? On September 8th between 4pm and 12 am, we are going to be roaming St-Paul street, which will be closed off to vehicular traffic, for the annual “Soirée des Galleries!!

The tour of art galleries will unfold in the streets of Old Montréal to showcase the creative talent that thrives here at home! At the heart of this unique evening, an urban crowd for whom creativity is definitely in fashion!  To make your way around, simply follow the red carpets that will line the streets of Old Montreal along the trendiest route in town.  The participating galleries are listed on the Montreal Fashion Week website that I have listed above, make sure to check them out!

 

Ok, I have an appointment in 20 minutes (think I’ll make it?)

Off in a hury!

– Pam x

According to Jess: The Extension of Something Old into Something New

30 Aug

We’ve already established my obsession with food, but I’m about to shed light on my other passion: SHOES. That’s right people: I am a shoe-aholic. When it comes to heels, the higher the better, the flatter the never. One of my favourite shoe designers is ex-model (and still gorgeous) Brian Atwood. His beautiful creations have graced the feet of many members of Hollywood Royalty – including Rachel Bilson, Olivia Palermo, and Emma Stone (and probably all of their friends).

I am proud to announce that the long-time designer has just dipped his own feet into the middle market by designing a lower priced line entitled B by Brian Atwood. The shoes of the new line, priced approximately $275-$995, feature the Brian Atwood charm that the fans love, such as rich hues, eccentric textures, and of course sky-rocketing height!

Another Brian Atwood mega-fan is celebrity-stylist-turned-reality TV star-turned-fashion-designer AKA my idol Rachel Zoe. After successfully providing the Rachel Zoe luxe, boho-chic aura to the public with her clothing line for QVC, Zoe has decided to create a more haute line sold at high-end department stores across North America including Holt Renfrew, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The new, highly coveted (at least by me!) clothing line features classic staples with a significant Rachel Zoe-feel. Boasting wide-leg trousers exactly like those Zoe is frequently spotted in, tailored jackets (again, her own-closet inspiration), retro dresses made of sequins and ruffles, and one ridiculously gorgeous, rich, camel-toned cape that I NEED TO OWN.

All in all, real-life-best-buds Brian Atwood and Rachel Zoe have used their previous successes to debut their new collections, and in both cases, they did good work! Be sure to check out these new additions to the fabulous fashion world before the cold weather kicks in. After all, what’s the purpose of autumn if not to wear wool trousers, deep colours, and suede booties?!

Until next time,

Jess

According to Pam: Native Prints

29 Aug

School is starting, the weather is getting cooler and my nail polish color is getting progressively darker as the weeks pass. This can only mean one thing: Fall is here. Although I’m super bummed that summer is over-I am excited to see all my friends again (and read an actual book-I somehow made myself think that the July issue of Glamour was an intellectual and insightful read.)

Which Fall 2011 trend am loving right now? Native American Prints. It started in the spring and summer with Tory Burch’s bright printed skirts, and now we’re getting the prints in slightly more subtle, rich autumn colors. If prints are not really your thing- rich, deep colors such as different shades of orange, brown and purple are also appearing on the runways-completing the crazier patterns that designers like Sass&Bide and Free People are creating.

I saw these prints and colors when I spent a few days in Paris this summer and fell in love. I’m planning on hitting up TNT, Holts and Influence U in an attempt to find some crucial pieces-as well as Mango, Zara and Forever 21 for staples that will complete my outfit.

Accessories are a big one too! Think shaded fringe shell necklaces, colorful beads and tons of feathers. I saw a really cute pair of feather earrings at Editorial (1455 Stanley) that I absolutely fell in love with!

I’ve always wanted to try a more “Boho-chic” look, this trend is exactly what I needed to give me that added push.

Off shopping,

Pam xx