snowstorm comfort food.

after the third major snow fall in calgary (yes, and it’s only Nov 18) happened this weekend, i boycotted my boots and down jacket and opted for movies and tea and afternoon naps.

movies of choice:

the september issue and the eye has to travel

oh yes, it was a fashion documentary marathon saturday while i wore my sweatpants and wrapped myself in an ikea blanket. i’m a crime.

all i wanted to do was order pizza, but some stupid smart little part of me decided homemade and healthy comfort food was a much better choice.

my cold saturday warmed right up with the help of sweet potato stew. it’s primarily sweet with the flavours of peanut butter and sweet potato, but this stew packs a little cayenne heat.

hearty enough to convince any carnivore they aren’t eating a vegan stew, you can cook it now and freeze it so you’re prepared for your next snowstorm.

i’m so cold – someone move me to south.

sweet potato stew

sweet potato stew
serves six

5 cups sweet potato, peeled and chopped in 1 inch pieces
2 cups white mushroom, halved
1 1/2 cups pineapple, chopped
3/4 cup dried green lentils
2 tsp coconut oil
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ginger, grated
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups vegetable broth
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, tightly packed
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 tbsp lime juice

DSC_1086originally a slow cooker recipe, i altered it a bit for the stove top.

  • place sweet potato, mushrooms, pineapple and lentils in greased slow cooker/pot.
  • heat coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. add onion and cook for five minutes stirring often until softened. add tomato paste, curry powder, ginger, cayenne and garlic. stir until fragrant, about one minute.
  • add one cup of broth and stir until boiling. carefully transfer to slow cooker/pot. add remaining two cups of broth.
  • in slow cooker – cook, covered, on low for 6 to 7 hours or high for 3 to 3.5 hours.
  • in pot – cook, covered, over medium heat for 1.5-2 hours. stirring occasionally.
  • when the sweet potato softens and mixture reaches a stew-like consistency, it is done. stir in peanut butter and fresh spinach, allowing the heat of the stew to wilt the spinach.

serve hot on it’s own, over brown rice, or a bed of fresh spinach for extra greens. left overs can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

have you had your first snowfall yet? what are your favourite cold weather comfort foods?

magic mountains.

on any sunny weekend, the first thought that crosses my mind is “mountains!”

about a month ago we headed to Banff to get our scenery on. it really is a spectacular place where i live. this is only 45 minutes away.


dress: target | flats: aldo | mala: tiny devotions | bag: nella bella

a day in the mountains also calls for many provisions: bottles of water, larabars, sunglasses, sunscreen, cardigan, camera, phone…the list continues. many provision calls for a large purse to store the loot. my Nella Bella Filix Nu Mars in taupe is the perfect solution.


large but insanely fashionable, this bag is my everyday purse. lots of room, lots of pockets, lots of compliments. it’s also made from vegan material, and comes with a dust bag that doubles as a reusable shopper – perfect for groceries.


the Filix is part of the Nella Bella summer 2013 collection. find the full line here. so pretty. i love you, purses!

wednesday they are having a one-day sample sale. if you’re in Toronto, you’re not going to want to miss this. up to 80% off retail prices (which are already very reasonable).

check it out:



what is your favourite sunny weekend activity? which is your favourite nella bella bag?

I’m on the nice list.

My favourite everyday purse has a gaping hole in the lining. I discovered it when I went searching for my lipstick – it’s now mamboing in the abyss alongside loose change.

Thanks goodness I’ve been a good girl this year. This gorgeous purse from Nella Bella was delivered as a little early Christmas gift.



That’s me rockin’ my new Caspia Nu Moon in Navy last night. Isn’t she pretty? Besides being a visually appealing brand, Nella Bella is also a Canadian company that uses only vegan materials and is super reasonably priced.

Have you also been a good little girl or boy? Behold the complete Nella Bella Nice List.

Nella Bella Nice List

Chic Shoppers
For the chic and sleek, these two styles are selling out fast!

The Boston Nella Bella’s Best Nylon Nu Seller – $88

The Cardinal Almost sold out! Only three colours available – $99

For Him
Nella Bella for him

Stockholm NM Man Reduced price – $88

Cedar Unisex, new for fall – $150

City Travellers
For the fashionable, city girl

The Essex Cute and practical, special online price – $49

Caspia from the Holiday Collection – $79

Hong Kong Nu Vintage Blue – $125

Urban Colourful
Add some colour to the holiday season with these gorgeous selections

The Avalon oversized clutch with removable handle – $100

Lily Ultra adorable top handle with removable strap – $110

Timeless Classic 

The London: Nella Bella’s all time best seller, a timeless piece that can be used up to eight different ways. This is a gift that allows for versatility and functionality with fashionable qualities  $125

Last day to order to ensure your Nella Bella bag will arrive on time for Christmas is Wednesday, December 19. If you’re worried, just call the office and set up next-day delivery. They are gems like that, and they’ll do it for you.

The Caspia is a perfect size for around town, but it also fits my DSLR. I think I know what purse I’m packing for my trip down south!

Which one would you pick for Santa to bring you?