November 2015 Archive

Grey Dress & Plaid Tights

By now, you probably know that plaid is HOT HOT HOT for the fall and winter! Jazz up any dress or sweater with super cute plaid tights! 

Turtleneck Dress with Plaid Tights | Haute & Healthy Living

I am absolutely, positively IN LOVE with plaid right now.

Plaid scarves, plaid shirts, plaid table runners, plaid napkins….and oh… plaid tights!

Turtleneck Dress with Plaid Tights | Haute & Healthy Living

I’ve always thought that if you’re wearing something a little more plain on the upper half, you definitely gotta jazz up the lower half!!

And jazz-it-up is exactly what I did with this outfit.

I’ve always loved this grey turtleneck dress. It’s cozy and warm, but still classy and professional looking.

Turtleneck Dress with Plaid Tights | Haute & Healthy Living

When I first bought it, I used to just wear it with plain black tights. But it always seemed like something was well……missing.

Then I was out browsing one day, and I happened to come across these plaid tights at Winners.

It was love at first sight.

Whenever I’m about to buy something, I always go through this whole thought process of imagining what it would look good with in my closet. If I can come up with at least two items of clothing that I could wear it with, then usually I’ll make the purchase. If I can’t, then I put it back.

That’s my strategy for preventing myself from buying things that will just sit in my closet forever and ever without me wearing them.

So I knew that these plaid tights were a must-have, and that they would look PERFECT with some of my plain fall and winter black and grey dresses.

Turtleneck Dress with Plaid Tights | Haute & Healthy Living

It’s turned out to be one of my favourite outfits yet this year! And these plaid tights are seriously the best accessory EVER.

What’s your favourite way to wear plaid?

Elysia, XOXO
Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries

These little raspberries are not only super cute, but they’re also healthy and easy to prepare! A great festive appetizer or snack for the holidays! 

 Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries | Haute & Healthy Living

This past week, I really started getting in Christmas mode.

This weekend, Matt and I went to the Santa Claus parade, which I wouldn’t consider to be the most spectacular event of all times, but it always gives that nice community feel….you know? When you see the whole town lining the streets and and the stores are still open with people bustling around doing some early Christmas shopping. It just gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Plus, when you hear all of your favourite Christmas songs and see Santa at the end of the parade, you just can’t help but get excited about Christmas!

I know. I know. I sound just like a little kid, right?

But I get SO excited for all of the planning and preparations that go along with the season.

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries | Haute & Healthy Living

Yesterday, to add to our festive weekend, we also did some serious Christmas decoration shopping….one of my favourite things to do! This is the first year that we’ll have our own tree to decorate. It’s a pretty big deal when you get your own tree!

You get to choose a colour scheme, figure out where to put all of the decorations, choose to go more rustic or blingy (I went blingy of course ;)

Lots to think about! More to come on this in a few weeks when I post the Christmas living room makeover!!!

Now I was also getting in Christmas mode at work last week making these adorable chocolate stuffed raspberries. Talk about a cute and festive appetizer! And they’re SO easy to make.

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries | Haute & Healthy Living

Honestly, I think it’s pretty much the most brilliant idea ever. I wish I had thought of it myself.

Not only are they cute, but healthy too! Raspberries are packed full of antioxidants AND they contain the most fibre out of all the berries. Cool, right?

And if you use the dark chocolate chips (preferably more than 50% cocoa)…there’s even MORE antioxidants!

I like to call this my little powerhouse appetizer.

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries | Haute & Healthy Living

I love how the colour of the berries adds a nice festive touch for the holidays

Or you can even serve it as a little snack to have throughout the week, especially if you’re craving something a little more indulgent.

MUCH more waist-friendly….IF you don’t eat too many.

My favourite way to serve these raspberries up are in little mini paper cupcake wrappers. They look like such a cute, yet classy appetizer.

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries | Haute & Healthy Living

What’s better than a gorgeous and healthy appetizer that only takes a few minutes to whip up?!

Not much!

And I swear, as much as it might seem like a lot of work, it really takes no time at all to pop a few chocolate chips into the raspberries.

ORRRR better yet…..just get the kids to do it :)

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries


  • Raspberries
  • Dark chocolate chips


  1. Stuff a chocolate chip into the hole of the raspberry. Continue until you have made your desired number of chocolate stuffed raspberries.
  2. Place in a bowl or in little mini cupcake wrappers. Enjoy!

Nutrients per serving (for 5 stuffed raspberries):

Calories: 22 • Fat: 1 g • Carbohydrates: 3 g • Fibre: 1 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 0 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Dark Chocolate Stuffed Raspberries | Haute & Healthy Living Elysia, XOXO
Red & Green Vegetable Saute

This vegetable side dish is filled with green beans, red peppers, parmesan cheese and sliced almonds. It adds a pop of colour and flavour to any feast! Perfect for the holidays… or anytime! Vegetarian and gluten-free.

Red & Green Vegetable Saute | Haute & Healthy Living

I remember a few years ago when we had the whole family over for Christmas, my mom started freaking out because she didn’t know what to do for vegetables.

She was so frazzled trying to get the turkey ready and keep everything else warm at the same time that she COMPLETELY forgot about the vegetables.

Now don’t get me wrong.

Normally we have a great turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing….but the vegetables?

Usually just plain ol’ limp and lifeless green beans.


The vegetables happen to be one of my favourite parts of the meal, so I knew that we seriously needed to spruce up the beans.

That’s where the inspiration for these Green Beans with Red Peppers, Almonds & Parmesan came from.

Red & Green Vegetable Saute | Haute & Healthy Living

Aren’t they festive?

I love how they look so Christmas-y with the red and green! And the parmesan cheese almost looks like snow!

Plus, this veggie dish has a nice flavour and crunch with the addition of the parmesan cheese and almonds.

Red & Green Vegetable Saute | Haute & Healthy Living

It pairs perfectly with the rest of the holiday feast, and adds a pop of Christmas of Christmas colours to the plate!

Green beans are also full of silicon, which is great for gorgeous hair! Who doesn’t want pretty hair for Christmas?!

I do!!

Red & Green Vegetable Saute | Haute & Healthy Living

Plus the vitamin C in the red peppers can help build up a healthy immune system to ward off cold and flu!

After all, no one wants to be sick over Christmas!

I’ve been there before….it’s NO FUN.

I can’t wait to add this side of veggies during the holidays for a fresh pop of colour and flavour!

Red & Green Vegetable Saute

Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cut green beans in half crosswise. In large pot of boiling water, cook beans for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain well.
  2. In large nonstick frying pan, cook almonds over medium heat until golden and fragrant, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Transfer to small dish.
  3. Add oil to pan; heat over medium-high heat. Cook onions until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in red peppers, greenbeans and salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until peppers are tender-crisp and beans are hot, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in almonds. Transfer to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 6 • Calories: 119 • Fat: 8 g • Carbohydrates: 9 g • Fibre: 4 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 3 g • Sodium: 63 mg • Cholesterol: 2 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Sparkly Pinecones + Giveaway

These DIY silver sparkly pinecones are a gorgeous, yet simple decoration for the holidays! Place them in a pretty bowl or on a tray, and watch them glitter! 

DIY Sparkly Pinecones | Haute & Healthy Living

I am a huge fan of anything that glitters.

When I walk into a store and there are a bunch of sparkly things, I can’t help but head in that direction to take a closer look.

Sparkles make me go a little crazy.

So of course, I had my eye on all of these glittery pinecones that I was seeing all over the stores.

DIY Sparkly Pinecones | Haute & Healthy Living

Now I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I have a little brother who’s 12 years younger than me. Yeah…BIG age gap.

He recently got a part-time job, but before that, he was DESPERATE to make money.

I felt kinda sorry for the kid and I needed some assistance with some tedious tasks from time to time….

SO I used to pay him to do little things like updating my workout playlist, and scan receipts for my work expenses. All that fun stuff.

My mom used him in a similar way to do little time consuming tasks around the yard.

Like picking up pinecones.

DIY Sparkly Pinecones | Haute & Healthy Living

He would get paid a bit of money to pick up pinecones off of the yard and collect them in a bucket.

So one day, I happened to go into the garage and I saw this big bucket of pinecones just sitting there.

So I asked my mom what she was going with them. “Throw them out”, she said.

What?!! Those pretty little gems?

I wasn’t going to let that happen.

I had some silver and sparkly spray paint leftover from my DIY Glam Pumpkins that I made for fall, so I decided to put it to good use and glam up my pinecones too!

DIY Sparkly Pinecones | Haute & Healthy Living

For the first ones, I just kept them au natural and dipped the edges in some Martha Stewart’s glitter glue. And next, I just rolled the pinecones in some of Martha Stewart’s white gold glitter.

Good ol’ Martha.

DIY Sparkly Pinecones | Haute & Healthy Living

I spray painted the other half of pinecones with silver spray paint. Once it was dry, once again, I rolled the edges of the pinecones in the glitter glue. And once again, rolled them in the glitter. If I missed any spots, I just picked up some of the glitter and sprinkled it onto the exposed glue. I strongly recommend that you do this activity over a big bowl or tray on some newspaper. It’s a little messy.

Next, I sprayed them with a clear varnish to ensure that the sparkles didn’t go flying everywhere.

Not that I mind a little glitter…

DIY Sparkly Pinecones | Haute & Healthy Living

So here’s what you need to make these sparkly pinecones!

Required Supplies:

  • Pinecones
  • Martha Stewart’s Glitter Glue
  • Martha Stewart’s White Gold Glitter
  • Silver spray paint
  • Clear spray varnish

Now, speaking of sparkly pinecones and fun holiday cheer, want to know the coolest thing ever??!!

Starting today, you have a chance to win a $650 Amazon gift card!!!!

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I know, RIGHT??!!

Think about how many glittery things you could buy on Amazon with $650!!!

I’ve partnered up with 25 amazing bloggers to offer this giveaway to you…right in time for the holidays!

The giveaway ends on November 25th, so you gotta hurry if you’d like to be entered to win!

Here is a list of all of those other lovely bloggers participating in the giveaway, in case you want to check them out as well!

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Arousing Appetites

Beer Girl Cooks

Seduction Meals

OMG Food

Lou Lou Biscuit

Platings & Pairings

The Merchant Baker

Eat Within Your Means

Kitchen of Eatin



Lemon Sugar

Cooking with Janica

Salt Sole


My California Roots 

Bessie Bakes

The Gingham Apron 

A Season on the Mountain 

I Knead to Eat

Majorly Delicious

My Tea Cake

Frugal Nutrition

Jeannie’s Tried and True Recipes

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Good luck and keep sparkling!!! ;)

Elysia, XOXO