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 Hat | Jacket | Shirt | Denim | Booties (similar) | Sunnies

Quick post today as I’m up north skiing for the weekend!

Be sure to catch it on Snapchat (username: lexniko).

Have a fabulous weekend lovelies and thank you for stopping by, xx!

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Adidas PureBOOST X

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Photo via Anna Bediones

I had a chance to finally test out Adidas’ new PureBOOST X runners and I am actually blown away. I’ve had so many issues with my feet since my 15k that finding a good shoe is a constant trial and error. I took these bad boys for a spin on the treadmill last night and they were so amazing!

I was nervous because the top of the runner is mesh material and I was scared that I wasn’t going to get the support I needed. But the petite, adaptive silhouette of PureBOOST X wraps the foot in style and rests it on a full length bed of thousands of energy infused BOOST foam capsules. The BOOST midsole provides energy in every step that made my interval training enjoyable for the first time in a long time.

I’m eager to test them on an outdoor run to see how they hold up on concrete but for a treadmill shoe I have to say I am completely sold!

Let me know if you test out a pair and what you think! And be sure to follow Adidas Canada on Twitter and Instagram for more updates.

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#MeatlessMonday

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Two posts for you lovelies today (keep scrolling for today’s OOTD post) because I’m excited to introduce my friend, Erin, who will be joining me on the blog from time to time! This year I’m determined to make a shift in my diet as last year with all the traveling I was doing, I felt incredibly low energy, gained weight and my skin reflected all the horrible habits I had undertaken. Erin will be blogging about her healthy lifestyle habits and without further adieu, I’m passing it over to her! Enjoy :).

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It was April 2014 and my best friend from back home (Victoria, BC) was in Toronto to visit me. I announced to her that I had become vegan upon her arrival, and that it might change our dining plans. A little sauvignon blanc later, and she had coerced me to have “my last meal” at least. I took her to Sotto Sotto and the Tiramisu was the ending to many years as a vegetarian. I have been 100% plant-based since that day, and I feel amazing. Both fitness and cooking have become a passion of mine that I share on social media in hopes to encourage others to eat more plants. I am also currently in the Registered Holistic Nutrition program at CSNN.

Whether you are wishing to try #meatlessmonday, incorporate more plant-based meals in to your diet, or transition fully to a vegan diet, it can be intimidating initially. Luckily, there are so many resources available. Some of my favourite books are: Whole Foods to Thrive and Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier, The China Study by T. Colin Campbell,  and Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by Gene Stone.

My favourite cookbooks are Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon, Thrive Energy Cookbook by Brendan Brazier, Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by Thug Kitchen, PlantPure Nation Cookbook by Kim Campbell. Some documentaries that I have found inspiring are Vegucated, Forks over Knives, Hungry for Change, and Cowspiracy.

I created the Instagram @theveganvirgin because I would call myself a “vegan virgin” to friends because every day it seemed I was trying a vegan alternative or substitution for the first time! I loved the creativity in the recipes and the flavour influences from around the world. Now, I am coming up on my 2 year vegan birthday and I still maintain the instagram handle because I offer assistance to other “vegan virgins” who are new to eating plant-based meals.

Fitness is a huge part of my life and below I share “What I Eat in A Day” which I feel supports my workouts and recovery. Also stay tuned for my most popular recipe, Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos.  

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Upon waking I drink a cup of warm lemon water. This is an excellent habit to get into as it is great for your organs and can aid in digestion. I then pop my O’doughs Gluten Free Flax bread in the toaster and begin to prep my avocado toast. I like this particular brand as they are quite small slices, so you can have 1 slice as a snack or 2 as a meal. I also have this with either an almond milk or matcha latte.

 Avocado Toast

2 slices of bread

1/2 avocado pitted

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

pinch of Pink Himalayan salt

Mash or slice avocado and place remaining ingredients on top and enjoy!

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I love using Vega Sport Protein powder and I alternate between the chocolate and vanilla. This particular recipe is using the vanilla. Majority of days I will have just completed my run or workout, and I consume this immediately after to aid in muscle recovery.

Berry Vanilla Maca Protein Bowl

1 scoop of Vega Vanilla Protein

1 cup frozen strawberries

1.5 cups almond milk

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp flax seeds

1 tsp maca

1 tbsp raw almond butter

1/2 tbsp maple syrup

Blend all your ingredients together. Top as you like but I used raw shredded coconut, muesli, and blueberries on mine. You can add sliced banana, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, goji berries, granola, etc.

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For this kale caesar I used my favourite store bought dressing that is the Sea-zar serenity by RawFoodz. It is a raw dressing that has great ingredients in it like apple cidar vinegar, dulse, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and nutritional yeast. I also add It’s Not Bacon by Everyday Superfoods in the Canadian Maple flavour. The “bacon” is made from coconut and gets it flavour from tamari and maple syrup. Both of these items can be found in Toronto at Metro and Whole Foods.

Kale Caesar

2 cups of kale

2 tbsp of dressing

2 radishes sliced

1/2 cup of chickpeas

1 tbsp of Its Not Bacon

1/4 cup of spouts

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. For crispy chickpeas lightly coat in olive oil and squeeze lemon on them. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp garlic powder and a pinch of sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, rotating pan every 5 minutes. Cook longer if you wish them crispier.

Mid day snack is often a green juice, or Vega Sport Protein bar. My favourite is the chocolate peanut butter!

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Red Pepper stuffed with Spicy Quinoa

1 tsp of olive oil or use vegetable broth to saute quinoa and vegetables

1 red pepper

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1/4 cup of diced onion

1/2 cup of sliced tomato

1 garlic clove

1 diced jalapeno

1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/2 tsp of chilli powder

1.5 tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce

1/4 cup black olives

1/2 cup of black beans

1 tsp of fresh lime juice

pinch of pink Himalayan salt

*salsa and cilantro to garnish (optional)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the top of your pepper and slice in half. Cut out the seeds and veins. I prefer to not use oil and I place face up on the baking sheet. Bake the pepper for 25 minutes flipping every 5 minutes. While the pepper is cooking you will prepare the quinoa stuffing, and return in to the pepper for another 5 minutes.

For the quinoa stuffing heat a pan over medium high heat. Sauté the onion and garlic first in either a little oil or vegetable broth until translucent. Next add your tomatoes, quinoa, spices, and hot sauce and lower heat to medium. Cook together a few minutes and then add the remaining ingredients. Remove and use a spoon to stuff your pepper. Return to oven for the remaining 5 minutes. Top with salsa and cilantro if you like. Salt to taste.

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Overalls

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Happy Monday everybody! Today I’m featuring these overalls which I am OBSESSED with. You know those items you sometimes forget about and then rediscover in your closet and it’s amazing? That’s what happened with these overalls and I’m so glad I’ve refreshed them in my style cycle.

I’m going to be on the hunt for more overalls, I am totally feeling denim as of late and I am eager to add even more fresh denim details into my wardrobe. I’ve rounded up the overalls I’m currently craving below so check it out and let me know which ones you like! I also picked a fun flared pair this weekend that I am SO pumped to style for a shoot.

PS – Janine and I took these photos on the coldest day so forgive my freezing and red face. The things we do to get the shot!

Hope you all had a fab weekend and are excited for February! Please feel free to email me or comment with questions for coffee talk below, xx!

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Thrifting with Value Village Richmond Hill

IMG_2495I had the best time last week heading up to my favorite Value Village in Richmond Hill. I’ve been thrifting at this Value Village since I was a teenager and I remember afternoons after school scouring the racks for fun finds and unique pieces.

I am a huge fan of finding vintage suede and leather pieces at Value Village and the selection in Richmond Hill is worth the drive from the city. There is something so nostalgic about finding pieces in the place that I’ve been thrifting at ever since I can remember. The Value Village in Richmond Hill has just done a complete redesign and had the grand reopening last week.

Though I couldn’t attend, I was happy to head up in its’ first week reopened and it was rammed full of people looking for everything from handbags, snow gear and interesting home decor. I could’ve stayed in there for hours but unfortunately my Saturday didn’t allow for it. I did snag this amazing suede and faux fur lined jacket and this beautiful silk scarf.

Thrifting is actually such a thrill when you discover amazing items and to be able to do so in a beautiful new space is also kind of exciting!

I can’t wait for you guys to go check it out and let me know what you find. If anyone wants to plan an afternoon road trip then you let me know, xx!

 

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Coffee Talk

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Today I’m rounding up another edition of Coffee Talk! Thank you all for your questions and these are very specific so I’ll dive right in and please keep commenting or sending me notes via Snapchat and Instagram on all your questions. Here we go!

What skin protector do I use for winter running?

I use a cross terrain skin protector from Kiehl’s. It says it’s for men but I think it is just fine to use on my skin and I’ve stopped feeling like my skin is getting wind burnt in the winter. I also love this reflective running jacket (fits true to size) and this headwarmer for the colder mornings.

How did I design my Nike iDs?

Nike iD is finally available in Canada! While it’s been available for my US friends for a while, we are so happy it is here. You can read all about how to design your own here and please feel free to tag me in what you’ve styled! Cannot WAIT!

Where is my grey beanie from?

Ahhh so many of you have asked me about this on Snapchat and Instagram. I love that you love this simple knit beanie as much as I do. It’s super affordable and from Forever21 (and it comes in cream too). I’m going to do a round up of my favorite beanies for you since you’ve all had such awesome feedback. Thank you so much!

What is my lipstick combo from Snapchat (username: lexniko)?

Yay! Another item that you guys truly loved, thank you! I seriously love Snapchat and how much you all interact so please keep it coming, I love answering all your questions. My lipstick I’ve been sporting is a Mac Cosmetics combo of Touch and Stone.

Where is your pink jacket from Instagram?

I’ve had this jacket since the spring and I loved transitioning it for winter with cozy knits. I’ll feature the full look on the blog soon but for now you can get the jacket here and it is also available in a number of colors so make sure you check out the link. This beauty also fits true to size and I am wearing a size Small. It’s sold out for now in the pink in Sm but not to worry, I think it’s a staple in their collection so I’m sure they’ll restock soon!

Quick & easy coffee talk today :). Thank you all for your questions, please keep them coming.

Have an amazing Friday and a wonderful weekend.

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IDS Toronto 2016

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetI had such a wonderful time at the IDS Toronto show this past Sunday. Thanks to National Bank of Canada, I was able to head out for an afternoon of design inspiration and insight. I was also lucky enough to get a 15-minute consult with an interior designer that really helped me think up some quick & fresh ideas for my small space!

The show was really something special this year. There is so much that is going on in the design world and the technology is actually getting ridiculous. I cannot wait to be able to design a home but in the meantime I’ll make do with the great tips for my condo and I’ll be on the lookout for the winner of the $10k design consultation or home reno.

Make sure to follow National Bank on Twitter and Instagram!

 

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Discovery Day Spa

IMG_2050As someone who grew up north of the wall (aka in the suburbs of the city of Toronto), I admittedly was ready to fly the coop as soon as humanly possible. In my heart I was born to be a city girl: that can’t sit still, walks too fast, always on the go kind of gal. To put it lightly, the simple life was not the one for me.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t absolutely cherish going home and any opportunity to do so, combined with the invite to relax and recharge sounds blissful to me. And my friends at Discovery Day Spa knew just what to do to bring me back home and I am so thrilled to share my experience with you.

I headed just a quick drive out of the city to Markham where I was greeted by the kindest staff, offered soothing tea c/o David’s Tea and was walked through my afternoon of pampering. Discovery offered a Relaxation Massage that was a Swedish deep tissue massage combined with aromatherapy. I seriously have never had a better massage in my life right down to the masseuse completing my treatment with a full back crack. It was the greatest feeling in the world haha! I’ve been working out a lot and this was such a welcomed treatment I am so thankful for the deep tissue tune up.

We finished the afternoon in the beautiful pedicure room which was light & airy, the perfect environment to reap the benefits of my massage while getting my toes touched up and polished.

I cannot express how kind and knowledgable the staff was, this made it worth the drive out of my conventional downtown core and I cannot wait to head back there again. And I know my parents are thankful that I have another ‘excuse’ to go north because they know I’m ultra zen and happy to pop by for a more convenient visit.

 

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I wanna be like Kanye

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When I first came across these boots on the Le Chateau site, I immediately started singing, “I wanna be like Kanye” by The Chainsmokers. They reminded me so much the Yeezy Season 1 Boots and I was so happy to find a budget-friendly version of these fresh kicks.

I have noticed that my style has transitioned to be more relaxed especially during the winter months, and so I love that these boots are functional for the weather but also so on trend. I’ve been sporting them daily and have to note that not only are they easy on the eyes and affordable but they keep my feet so warm because of the fuzzy lining.

You’ve also been asking a lot about this jacket (which is on sale and I’ve tagged a similar one here) and beanie via Instagram and so I’ll work on rounding up a few similar ones and my beanie faves for you very soon!

Happy Monday, let’s have a great week xx.

 

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Athleisure Wear with Hyba

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Athleisure Wear is one of my favorite trends as of late. I know, I know what you’re thinking…”of course it is Lex, it’s everyone’s fave cause you get to wear sweatpants and it’s chic!” While that’s true, I have always felt more comfortable with relaxed style.  You will rarely see me in anything tight and if I am it’s not for long. So the option to maintain my love of comfy t-shirts and kicks and combine them to create a kick-a$s look is a welcomed opportunity in my book.

And when the ladies of Hyba Activewear asked me to style a few items, I was quick to say yes because I love how trendy their activewear pieces are and how they can easily transition from gym to on-the-go. These sweats are super comfy (Size Small, true to size) and I paired it with a simple graphic tee, tucked in to make it fancy(!) and my leather jacket (Size Small, true to size). To add a little flash, I rediscovered these old Nike kicks which sparkle like diamonds. I love how they paired with my Dior So Real sunnies and a wool grey cap. All in all the whole look is a personal fave of mine and I hope to create more looks around the athleisure wear trends.

What do you think?

Are there any trends that you adore?

I’d love to know! Leave a comment or comment on Twitter or Instagram.

 

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