I Don’t Have a Champagne Butt and I’m PROUD of It

This may or may not come as a surprise to you, but I’m going to tell you my exact size and weight.

Height: 5’3″ / 163cm
Weight: 118lbs / 53.5kg
Approximate measurements (in): 34-29-32

If you’re not sure what all that data means, it just about means that I’m about a size 2 and somewhat curvy (Yay, moderately-sized boobs and genetics!) but nobody would ever say that I’m voluptuous or that I’m “sexy like Kim Kardashian.”

Thank God for that!

I’m getting a pretty nice atheletic build with decent muscle definition and lean muscle mass from parkour and running every week, so I’ve probably reduced my body fat down to like 20% or something in that range.

But, I’ve realized that my body’s genetics built me this way. It’s easy for me to slim down because I have a pretty high metabolism, and I tend to eat whole foods rather than packaged or frozen meals.

I definitely care about how I look because it’s the first thing that I communicate to the world. But, it’s way more important how I feel about my body and how I feel being inside my body!

Yes, I’m short. Yeah, I’m pretty skinny, sure. Yeah, I’m also getting pretty muscular and I have broad shoulders for a woman. Not to mention that my knees turn inwards a little bit, so that’s kind of awkward… And what’s up with my limp hair?!

Ah, well. That’s my body and my body’s part of who I am!

I don’t want to look like a supermodel. I don’t want boobs like Christina Hendricks or legs like Beyonce or a butt like Jennifer Lopez.

I just wanna look like me. That’s not too hard to ask, is it?

I’m proud of my body and I treat it well to make the best of its abilities, no matter what everyone else says it should be.

And you know what? So should you. Be proud of your body because it’s yours!

xoxo,

B.elle

Roasted Lemon Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale

Need a dinner idea? Here’s what I made for the company lunch last Friday!

Roasted Chicken Leg LunchDoesn’t it look amazing? That leg’s sitting on a bed of sauteed kale and roasted potatoes that were in the same pan as the chicken so everything was so delicious and moist.

I even made it all in just over an hour! Most of the cook time was really just the chicken and potatoes sitting in the oven, so it’s really just 15 minutes of prep!

Roasted Chicken Legs and Potatoes

Makes: 4 servings
Takes: 1h 10m

Ingredients

3 large, bone-in, skin-on chicken quartered legs
650g red potatoes, chopped into large cubes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
200g onions, sliced
Salt
Sage (or whatever herb you like)
Olive oil

1. Boil potatoes for about 7 minutes. Drain when almost cooked and toss with salt and olive oil.

2. Season chicken with salt and sage. Sear on both sides in oiled pan on HIGH heat for colour, takes about 3-4 minutes each side.

3. Remove chicken from pan. Saute onions and garlic in oils in pan until fragrant. Layer potatoes and chicken over onions and bake uncovered at 380F for 50 minutes.

4. Broil 5 minutes for colour and serve.

Sauteed Garlicky Kale

Makes: 4 servings
Takes: 10 minutes

1 bushel kale, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Olive oil
Salt

1. Boil water and soak chopped kale for about 1 minute, drain.

2. Saute garlic with olive oil in hot pan, then add kale. Season and serve.

It’s easiest to start the kale when you have about 15 minutes left on the chicken legs since you can chop up the kale and get the water boiling right before turning the stove on broil to get that lovely golden colour on the skin!

Now, I just have to figure out an efficient, easy way to make a chicken gravy at the same time…

xoxo,

B.elle

Topbox – November 2014

Okay, so I totally used the LouLou box without remembering to post on it. But, that means it was a really good box!

I can’t believe it’s already November of 2014… It’s already cold and it feels like we JUST got over that snowstorm that encased the city in ice!

Luckily, there’s a new Topbox to cheer me up!

I really do like getting the regular boxes. Even though they’re not always complete hits, I love getting a surprise in the mail!

It also looks like I’ve temporarily misplaced my proper camera, so I’ve been using my phone lately… Hopefully, I find it soon!

What is it?

Topbox is a Canadian monthly beauty box subscription that features 4 deluxe samples for $12 per month, shipped right to your door via Canada Post. Some months even include full sized products! Keep in mind that they do have a waitlist of about 2-3 months from initial sign-up before you start your subscription!

Eyeko’s Black Magic Mascara ($10.75 for 0.13 fl oz) – $24 for 0.29 fl oz

I don’t think this is the waterproof version, but I really like how it’s in a squeezy tube instead of the traditional hard plastic tube. It’s going to be so easy to use up all the mascara instead of having to dig around for everything!

I have thin, short eyelashes so I hope this mascara will give me some curl and definition without giving me spider lashes…

Eslor’s HPT System

There were four different sachets in this deluxe sample from Eslor: Soothing Refiner & Cleanser, Chlorophyll Lifting Mask, Firming Collagen Day Cream, and Botanical Peeling Gel.

In combination, they’re supposed to hydrate, protect and treat your skin to overall better skin health. The full sized versions are $38USD or over, so it’s unfortunately not likely for me to be buying them in any case. It’ll be fun to try, though!

UniqOne’s All in One Hair Treatment ($1.20 for 9mL) – $19.95 for 150mL

It’s a leave-in hair spray of sorts that helps increase shine and softness without weighing your hair down.

I think I’ll probably end up trying this at least once. I’m not a big hair product user since my hair’s fairly limp and I’m also really lazy, but I’m curious to see if it’ll actually keep my hair up.

Benefit Cosmetics’ Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer ($2.94 for 9g) – $38 for 15.5g

Yay, Benefit! I do love this brand. Their samples’ packaging is just as amazing as their full sized counterparts!

Luckily, the Stay Flawless primer doesn’t leave any sort of residue on your skin and it really does blend flawlessly into your complexion. I was a bit worried since it looks rather light in the tube, but a quick swatch told me that it blends perfectly under foundation!

Verdict: 3.25/5 – Although I really like the Eyeko Mascara and the Benefit Stay Flawless primer, the Eslor skin system and the hair treatment just aren’t for me.

xoxo,

B.elle

Thompson Diner

It’s actually surprisingly hard to find a 24-hour diner in Toronto. Mind you, I’m not exactly on the active lookout for one, but it’s always something convenient to know in a city where anything can happen.

Fran’s is usually the first one that comes to a Torontonian’s mind when someone asks for a 24-hour diner and, if you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I paid them a visit a while ago for some really delicious meatloaf!

But, I’ve noticed another 24-hour spot in downtown called the Thompson Diner, located at 550 Wellington Street West.

Thompson Diner

An Upscale Diner, as they say

I was leaving the Monsieur’s place one day after he had left for a climbing trip and figured that I’d try to get some brunch before meeting up with Chris for an afternoon run. I had to get something delicious and filling to sustain me!

Thompson Diner

I sat down around 11:30am on a Sunday, so they were luckily serving both breakfast and brunch menus.

I ordered their Breakfast Eggs Benedict with Home Fries and I was not disappointed!

Thompson Diner Eggs Benedict

 

It was a little expensive for some Eggs Benedict ($12), but they definitely serve some high-quality food here. The eggs were perfectly poached and the yolks rolled out so delicately and silky smooth. The home fries were crisp, well seasoned and extremely soft and absolutely mouth-watering.

I’m not too sure when’s the next time I’ll go back, but I’m looking forward to getting some of that poutine…

PS – It definitely wasn’t the smartest pre-workout breakfast…

xoxo,

B.elle

Rules For Cleaning Out Your Wardrobe

This is going to be a pictureless post since I really didn’t want to be reminded of how cluttered and inefficient my closet was.

The church my parents attend launched a donation drive for the less fortunate (is that the right term these days…?) and they were asking for the usual: reusable items in good condition, especially new or lightly worn clothes.

Usually, I end up picking out a few separate items… A couple tshirts here, a pair of old shorts or capris, a random dress shirt I find, etc. All in all, I usually take up less than 1/5 of a garbage bag around donation time.

This time, I managed to take up TWO WHOLE FREAKIN’ GARBAGE BAGS.

AND I still think that my closet doesn’t have enough breathing room! But, at least I do have some space for impulse clothes purchases now without any buyer’s remorse. Plus, it’s going towards a good cause, you know?

Anyway, how did I manage to part with about half of my entire wardrobe? I simply followed these rules:

  • If it’s see through and it’s not supposed to be see through, TOSS IT!
  • If it’s got worn-out holes in it in places it shouldn’t have any holes, TOSS IT!
  • If it doesn’t fit, DONATE IT!
  • If you have several garments of the same type and colour, DONATE IT! (Seriously, the vast majority of people won’t notice if you’re wearing navy blue or dark imperial blue.)

But, the biggest rule I found myself following was this…

If you can’t remember wearing it in the last 2 years, DONATE IT!

If you haven’t touched it in a couple years, it obviously means that you don’t care much to wear it and it’s taking up valuable real estate in your closet for something that you’ll like more in about a week. (Like that sweater you saw at Anthropologie the other day!)

Don’t forget: Clothes, fashion and style help communicate to the world your personality, but they should never be a substitute for who you are.

Donate your clothes to those who might truly need it to stay warm this winter. Not sure where to drop off your old clothes? Here’s a handy list for those of you in Canada!

xoxo,

B.elle