Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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Thanksgiving isn’t always easy if you’re vegetarian or vegan – in fact it can be a bit of a sad Holiday if everyone else at the table is feasting on turkey and gravy while your tummy grumbles! As a team of veggie ladies here at RAOP we’ve suffered many a hungry Thanksgiving, so we wanted to come up with an epic feast that literally anyone/everyone can enjoy this year!

We called upon master vegan recipe maker Amanda of Blueberrymoon to help us dream up the ultimate vegan Thanksgiving meal with only one condition: it has to be pastel! She truly outdid herself, making the recipe not only vegan AND pastel, but also gluten-free, soy-free and bean-free! These simple recipes can be added to your family’s traditional spread, or can stand as their own meal instead of the typical turkey set up. Start with Purple Cauliflower Soup, move on to Roasted Rainbow Veggies, and finish off with Layered Matcha Raspberry Tarts, or start with dessert and work your way back!

Styling tips – we set our scene with crystals, candles, and gleaming gold + iridescent CB2 goodies! You can shop some of our favourites here

Special thanks to Zipcar for providing a Thanksgiving vehicle to help us hunt down all of the rainbow food we needed!

Scroll down for all 3 recipes!

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Purple Cauliflower Soup //

What You’ll Need //

1 head purple caultiflower
½ an onion
2 large garlic cloves
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
¼ cup cashews
1 ¼ tsp salt (less if using veg broth)
Enough water or vegetables broth to cover veggies in your pot

How To Prepare //

Chop all your veggies and add to a large pot along with your spices and cashews. Use enough water or vegetable broth to cover everything.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat
Simmer for about 25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender enough.
Use a blender, food processor or hand emulsifier to puree soup.

This is a very simple soup recipe to feel free to get creative with spices and herbs!

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Roasted Rainbow Veggies //

What You’ll Need //

1 large head purple cauliflower
1 watermelon radish
1-2 purple sweet potato
10 mini pink potatoes
½ head of broccoli
4 heirloom carrots
½ an onion
2 garlic cloves
olive oil
smoked paprika
salt
pepper
chili powder
cumin
fresh rosemary

How To Prepare //

Chop veggies and brush with a generous coat of olive oil using your basting brush.

Season with the spice selection we used, or use your favorite go-tos!
Roast at 400°F for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Check and flip half way through.

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Layered Matcha Raspberry Tarts //

What You’ll Need //

Crust

10 dates
½ cup almonds
½ cup oats
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil

Filling

2 cups soaked cashews
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup full fat coconut milk
¼ cup melted and cooled coconut oil
1 tbsp matcha
1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed

How To Prepare //

Starting with the crust, add everything into your food processor until it becomes a meal consistency.

Line a muffin tray with two ¾ inch strips of parchment paper that are crossed and are long enough to grab for easy tart removal. Alternatively you can use individual parchment muffin cups.

Pack about 2 spoonfuls of the meal into each cup and pack down firmly to form your crust.

Set aside and start on your filling by rinsing the soaked cashews well.

Add everything into the blender except for the matcha powder and raspberries. (Vitamix or similar preferred to create a creamy filling)
Once pureed remove half of the filling into a bowl.
Add you matcha powder to the blender and blend until chunks are gone.

Use this portion of the filling to create layer one of your tart! Once you’ve evenly distributed the filling, bang against the counter to remove air bubbles and but in the freezer.

Rinse out your blender and add in the other half of the filling plus the raspberries! Blend until pureed.

Use this at he top layer, repeating the previous steps.
Put in freezer and let set for a few hours.

We recommend leaving these in the freezer until about 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat them!

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Dress Up

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We love any excuse to get outside and get dressed up, so when Lancôme invited us to a rose-filled luncheon to celebrate their newest beauty releases, we couldn’t resist RSVP’ing “Yes please!”

I’d just recieved a perfectly peach dress from Revolve in the mail (the Gigi Wrap Dress to be exact) so my outfit was a no-brainer. Paired with my new Cara Mules by Raye in a deeper shade of peach and my go-to Mansur bucket bag in ballet slipper pink, my main goal was to look like a rose in bloom.

What do you guys think? Too much pink, or yes-way-rosé?

Scroll down to shop the post

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Dear Diary

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Working for yourself is awesome – you can wear what you like (which often means PJ’s), make your own hours, and take leisurely lunch breaks in the park. That said, being your own boss also comes with downfalls: it can be super lonely, if something goes wrong it’s all on you, and perhaps most importantly, it’s really hard to separate work and real life.

Our team works out of my tiny condo, and with the state of the Toronto housing market a bigger office space has always seemed super out of reach for us. We make it work, but with so many distractions around we often lose a lot of productivity, or simply get cabin fever from being cooped up (especially when it gets cold outside).

Luckily, Toronto just got an epic new shared workspace for women just like us: it’s called Make Lemonade.

Only a few blocks from my apartment, and above one of our favourite restaurants in the city (s/o to Kiin!), Make Lemonade is an office-space dream. Filled with natural light and adorable details, membership includes printing and unlimited tea and coffee (yes, that’s right, as much caffeine as you like!) With morning yoga and lots of fun members-only workshops on the way, think of Make Lemonade as a new kind of office, supercharged with creative energy and magic-making.

We’re kicking off our membership October 1st, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates about our experience! We can’t wait to dream, plan and create within a community of so many talented girl-bosses!

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Ban.do Sweet Talk Pen Set
Bando, I Am Very Busy Agenda
Ban.do Back Me Up-Mobile Charger
Watercolour Sticky Notes
Rainbow Keyboard Cover
Ban.do Peekaboo Folio + Sticker Set
Ban.do Sticker Book

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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Whenever something magical and pastel starts circulating around the internet, we take it as a personal mission to test the trend. Scrolling through Pinterest a few weeks back I came across a post headline that read “Unicorn Noodles Are the Biggest New Food Trend”.

It was my solemn duty to investigate this new claim.

Apparently there’s a totally natural way to dye glass noodles pink, AND you can make them change colour! Various blogs all over the internet claim by cooking the noodles in purple cabbage they’re turn a vibrant shade of turquoise, and when citrus like lime is added to the mix the noodles change to shades of purple and pink. It seemed almost too good to be true, so we got to work testing this theory on our next staff lunch break.

Turns out, the rumours were TRUE! We made the prettiest rainbow fresh rolls with no added food colouring, just natural enchanted veggie magic! Scroll down to find out how we did it.

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What you’ll need //

1 package vermicelli or glass noodles
1 package Rice paper
Half a head of purple cabbage (roughly chopped)
Blue Majik Capsules

Avocado
Mango
Cucumber
Purple carrot
Green onion
Lime

Sweet Chilli Thai sauce for dipping

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Instructions //

Begin by making the magic blue noodles, in a pot over high heat boil a handful of purple cabbage with 2-3 cups of water. Stir and boil for 5-10 minutes, the longer you boil the cabbage the darker blue the water and final result. Take the pot off the heat and strain out the boiled cabbage with a spoon. Add the noodles, stirring occasionally to ensure all the noodles are covered with liquid. Cover and wait 2-3 minutes. If you want to add a little extra colour to your noodles, we used a capsule of Blue Majik opened and stirred it into the strained noodles!

You’ll find that adding an acid, like lime will start to change the blue to pink!

Set the noodles aside, and cut up veggies. Grate, or slice thin vertical pieces of each item and line them up ready for assembly. Fill a large bowl with hot water, not boiling. Slowly place one sheet of rice paper in the bowl at a time until it softens. Carefully shake excess water off and drape over a plate. Place a small handful of noodles and veggies along the middle of the plate and fold both the bottom and top inward. Now roll it up from the sides, the rice paper is very sticky so it will help to shape the roll.

Once you’re done rolling, cut each one in half and serve with a dip! Add a little extra lime juice if you’d like.

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Oh so Pretty

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As much as we hate to admit it, the Summer is coming to an end and although we generally side with warmer, sunny weather, we can’t help but feel excited about some of the 2017 Fall trends. We’ll be sharing a report featuring all of our favourites in the coming weeks, but for now we’re going to focus in on one: metallics!

All things shiny are taking over with the seasonal shift, both in fashion and beauty, and you won’t hear any complaints from us here at RAOP. We are already eating up Dries Van Noten’s oversized oil slick jackets, Chanel’s glittery boots paired with glittery tights and of course Nina Richi’s full length metallic flamingo pink outfits.

Luckily this elegant and expensive looking trend doesn’t have to break the bank this fall. We put together an affordable metallic look with the help of Walmart’s fully loaded beauty section. Everything we used is on-trend, fairly-priced, good quality and most importantly, cruelty-free too! Here’s what we used to channel our favourite FW17 trend:

Hard Candy Metal Eyes Chrome Eye Shadow Kit ($8.98)

ELF Highlighting Dewy Drops ($5.97)

ELF Blending Sponge ($5.97)

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes ($9.97)

Hard Candy Clump Free Volumizing Mascara in Electric Blue ($6.98)

Hard Candy Baked Illuminating Duo ($8.98)

From eyes to cheeks and everything in between – Walmart has what you need at great prices to stay on top of the metallic trend this season!

Shop these fall beauty must-haves and more from Walmart in store and online here!

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This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Beauty Box program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.