On Finding The Right Tools For The Job

October 20, 2016

Dark and moody Artful Desperado

artful desperado

(oh hey that’s me!)

Hi all! How are you doing? Sippin’ the last bits of that pumpkin spice latte? Or if you are like me and don’t like them at all, sippin’ on an old fashioned..cuz you know, cozy cocktails in fall and winter are the way go to. Today I wanted to talk to you about choosing the right tools for the job, that is, styling and photography. In my previous posts I chatted about resetting my creative process and exploring other art forms as a way to gather new ideas – heck – I even went to Copenhagen to learn how to cook Nordic food!

In this post I’ll give you a quick glimpse into my go-to’s when it comes to equipment – it’s not a full list or I’ll have to break down in several posts, but it’ll give you an idea of what I use on the daily.

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Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

October 6, 2016

apple caramel bread pudding

apple caramel bread pudding

apple caramel bread pudding

apple caramel bread pudding

YO! Yo stop, stop whatever you’re doing. I made a dessert that’s so freaking good you’ll probably ditch that pumpkin spice stuff for a while (ohhhh shit, yah I did go there). Ok so basically I’ve been craving caramel apples for a while and I’ve seen them around but to be honest they are always such a disappointment; the apple is mealy or soft, which drives me nuts, or the caramel has no taste. I’m sure they taste amazing homemade, but do I want to go through the trouble of drizzling apples with caramel? Nah, HOWEVER, I’ll go through the trouble of baking haha.

apple caramel bread pudding

This recipe combines the awesomeness of caramel apples with the coziness of a bread pudding. My oh my; think crunchy top drizzled with caramel, with layers of gooey pudding, apples, and spices (not pumpkin spice!). Hell yah!

You can find the whole recipe with the fellas of West Elm. Cheers to stuffing-your-face-until-it-hurts season!

Copenhagen Food Festival

September 28, 2016

Copenhagen Food Festival

Copenhagen Food Festival

Copenhagen Food Festival

Hey guys! I’m so so soo excited to share with you today all of my wonderful foodie discoveries at the Copenhagen Food Festival, which is part of my reinvention project with the HP Spectre.

Ok first of all, Copenhagen, I mean this city is just slap-me- in-the- face-am- I-dreaming fabulous, for reals; the design, the architecture, the fashion, and of course, the food!! No wonder why NOMA is there. It seems Danes live and breathe good design in all aspects of life (can you tell I fell in love with the city?).


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September 23, 2016

Roasted Squash Conchiglie with Chipotle, Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts

Roasted Squash Conchiglie with Chipotle, Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts

This is oneeee tasty recipe, fellas! It’s smoky, spicy, creamy (without dairy though) and delicious. Also, it uses everyone’s fall favourite: squash! (hence, the creaminess). I made this recipe because I felt a bit over grilling stuff, and well, in fact, it’s over fellas, that’s it, put your bbq and let it grow moss until next year – time to embrace cozy dishes and comforting food, like this one!

I also wanted to add a bit of a Thanksgiving-y vibe to it with some brussels sprouts, but sans the horrible boiling which makes them taste like little farts. For this recipe I shredded them super thin and I charred them for a bit in a pan (part of the whole smokiness of this dish).

I posted the whole recipe along with a wine pairing over at La Crema wines blog. As I mention on their site, you can customize this recipe and add other yummy things like cheese or cream – for us dairy allergic kweens, we’ll just stick to the original :)


In partnership with La Crema Wines. All views my own.

Pear S’Mores Crumble

September 16, 2016

Pear S'Mores Crumble

Pear S'Mores Crumble

Pear S'Mores Crumble

YAS KWEEN YAS! Summer is not over yet! So just hold on to your turtle neck sweater for juuust a bit longer and continue to wear your booty shorts, ok maybe, just maybe, you can wear booty shorts AND a turtle neck, but don’t get crazy on the fall shit, mmkay?

This recipe I made for my folks over at West Elm is giving me life right now. It combines our favourite summer treat: s’mores! With the best of early fall fruit: pear! The result is one amazing ooey gooey chocolatey fruity sassy treat, and no, I am not describing my grindr profile.

For reals though, the layer of marshmallows on the top gets all toasty in the oven, but when it cools down a bit it get a bit crunchy on the outside. It’s a bit sexual to be honestly, so just be careful who you eat it with or it could turn into one of those “first thing I know we are just eating a crumble, next thing BAM! We are making pancakes the morning after”, know what I’m sayin?

Ok go get the full scoop and recipe on Front & Main and make it this weekend for your pals!

Pear S'Mores Crumble

Reinventing My Obsession

September 9, 2016


Before we get started, you should play Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, cuz this shit’s gonna be sexy.

Ok so, hi yo! How’s it going? Hope you are all enjoying the last days of summer – or if you live in Vancouver; the last days of not-summer-at-all (we got crap weather this year, womp womp).

Today I wanted to share with you a super cool project I’ve been working on for the last few weeks (months actually!). I already kinda told you how I basically had a bit of a creative crisis where my idea maker went on strike and nothing new or cool was coming out of it, other than demanding bitchy requests like “EAT PIZZA NOW”. One of the things I wanted to do to change bad vibe trip was to work with clients that were as passionate for the products as I am for photography and styling, and well, when opportunity knocks at your door you better answer!

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Eat & Snap with us in New York City!

September 7, 2016

Eat & Snap NYC Workshop

Come eat and snap with us in New York Citayyyy. The Atelier Workshop (which is made out of the galactic duo Joann Pai of Slice of Pai, myself, and some cool friends!) are putting together a workshop in New York on October 1st and 2nd where we’ll eat, photograph, and explore the best spots in town workshop while learning some camera, lighting, and composition skills.

What does it take to craft a great photograph? What kind of settings should I use when traveling? What about for indoor photos? (You know for when you find that amazingly cute cafe that’s picture perfect), all of that and more will be taught during class.

Joining us this time is our lovely friend, New Yorker, and Natural Foods Chef Jodi Moreno from What’s Cooking Good Looking – she’ll be sharing with us some fantastic culinary highlights (including her favourite spots in town). We’ll even meet some of her friends at their studios where we can practice some portraits.

So, wanna come eat, have a cocktail or two (or some gourmet juice?), learn about photography, and finally figure out how to document your travels through your camera like a pro? Then SIGN UP HERE! . Spaces are limited and there are a few days left of early bird discount so go for it yo.

Hope to see you all there!!