MINT & CHOPSTICKS

We sold our house! :) AKA, it's been unbelievably chaotic, a whirlwind of emotion, and an insane amount of stress. Which is basically an equation for my lack of blogging. I've been reading #GIRLBOSS and Sophia is the definition of #GIRLBOSS in every sense of the word. It's so inspiring. Time for me to become a bad ass. But like, in baby steps. I recently did a photo-shoot for a local clothing brand that's going to be coming out soon and seriously, it was one of my favourite shoots to date! Here are my favourite shots.

Photographer: Lauren Leggatt (that's me!)

Hair: Alexia Hazeldine

Makeup: Dan Swedberg

Wardrobe: Mint & Chopsticks

Accessories: Frakas

Just an amazing team to work with! :)

Posted on August 1, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.

The Best Veggie Sandwich You'll Ever Have

Well today I learned that I've been spelling "sandwich" the wrong way my entire life. Thanks spellcheck. I get it, I mean sandwich is already a weird word, if you really think about it.

Okay, on to the deliciousness.

Yes that's a word. Trust me, there's no red squiggly line underneath it.

So this is going to be the best veggie sandwich you'll ever have. My mom is a big veggie sandwich fanatic and she's pretty much perfected the art. When I was a kid I would loooovvveee to get veggie sandwiches because she made them so good. Yes, I was that kid. Thanks mom. So here's how she makes them!

*note* this can be a vegan sandwich if you switch out the mayonnaise with veganaise.

YOU MUST PUT AVOCADO IN IT TOO!

Happy Thursday everyone, hope you're all doing superbly well! :)

XO, Lauren

Posted on June 19, 2014 and filed under food.

5 Things Your Blog Needs

There really isn't a "secret" to being successful at blogging. Or if there is, someone sure hasn't shared it with me! We're all just kind of fumbling our ways through it learning, observing and experimenting as we go. Honestly, that's part of the fun of blogging, there's no wrong way to do it, it's your blog, you can do, say, post whatever you want! That being said, there are some definite tips and tricks that will help your blog move along. These are the five things I've found your blog must have. (Or at least I think so, I'm no blog police.)

1.  A  P I C T U R E   O F   Y O U

People need to see you, they need to make a connection with who you are and know that you're not a computer. It's almost like when they see your picture and start reading your blog they feel as though they're building a relationship with an actual humanand not just a website. First impressions matter and if you're viewer is met with a smile, they'll respond to your blog a whole lot better. It also goes without saying that having a few sentences about you is very important as well. If you aren't going to have a picture of yourself, you need some writing about yourself.

2.  A  C O N T A C T   P A G E 

I can't tell you how many times I've come across blogs that I've wanted to get in contact with but there is no contact information or page to be found. Even Dora the Explorer wouldn't be able to find it, because there simply isn't one. Having a contact page is vital to keeping the conversation going and it basically says that you want to hear from your readers and that you are open to opportunities. What if I was a huge company and had a huge opportunity that I wanted to share with you?! Don't miss out on things just because you didn't have a contact page.

3.  N I C E L Y   S I Z E D    P I C T U R E S

Please, please, please in name of all things blog related, don't have a post section that is 600px wide and images that are 200px wide. This is my absolute biggest pet peeve, and I'll admit, when I started blogging, I was guilty of this too. I think it's a new blogger thing. But I'm here to help! Picture are what makes your blog beautiful (among a whole bunch of other things) and it's so important to fill out the space that is designated for your main post area. If you aren't sure how resize your pictures, there are some great sites like Photobucket or PicResize that can easily help you resize your images. Keep it consistent, and keep it pretty friends.

4.  S O C I A L   M E D I A

I don't know if you know this but social media is kinda big around the blogging world. Okay, it's like HUGELY POPULAR around here. People want to connect with you on different platforms and in a way that allows them to get to know you better. This is great! It means that you have more opportunity to draw in more readers and get more traffic. So it's very important to have links to your social media sites somewhere on your blog.

5.  Y O U R   N A M E 

This seems like a no-brainer, but it's something I've come across every so often and it drives me up the freaking wall. This coincides a lot with having a picture of you on your sidebar, but if you don't have a name somewhere on your blog then it's almost counter productive. Blogging is so personal and relationship based thing that it doesn't allow readers to make a connection with you. I mean if you met someone in real life for the first (or second time for that matter) would you not tell them your name? Probably not. It doesn't even have to be your full name, heck, you can make up a name for all I care but just put a name down. Please!

If you guys have any questions, I'm always happy to hear them! :) I could talk about blogging for hours on end. XO Lauren

Posted on June 18, 2014 and filed under blogging.

How to Colour your Hair in Photoshop

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This is kind of a fun tutorial. It's one of those sort of skills that you probably don't really need, but like if you were on survivor and they asked you to colour someones hair in photoshop, you'd be totally ready. And in fact, you'd be so good at it that they might even vote you off because you're "just too skilled". Okay that has to be the weirdest analogy I think I've ever used.

None the less, I actually love doing this whenever I see totally rad pictures on pinterest of people with cool coloured hair I like to see just how I'd look if I ever got a burst of courage and decided to give myself some cotton candy hair.

So here's how ya do it.

S T E P  O N E: Open up your photo and create a new layer by hitting Shift+Cmmd+N, or by going layer, new layer.

S T E P  T W O: Set the layers blending mode to colour. The blending mode section will be just above your layer in a drop down menu.

S T E P  T H R E E: With your layer selected select the brush tool and then select your desired colour. You want to pick darker colours so that it looks more realistic.

S T E P  F O U R: Once you've successfully coloured in all of your hair, it still might be a bit bright. Go to the right, just above your layer and change the opacity, lowering it until you think it looks good! Then flatten your image by right clicking on your background image and clicking "flatten image".

It's pretty simple and super fun! There are also a lot of possibilities like creating some really funky pop art. I took this photo while on vacation and decided to do the same trick with different colours and layers and then adding some hand lettering to it!

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Hope everyone's having a lovely Friday! :)

Posted on May 30, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.

How to Make Rhubarb Italian Sodas

We have a ton of rhubarb. I definitely don't remember having this much around this time last year, so I'm trying to come up with new ways to use it. I recently went to our local Lavendar Farm (my fav place in the world!!) with a friend to catch up! I ordered an unbelievably delicious lavender italian soda and seriously, it was out of this world. They also make life changing lavender scones with lavender jelly. I wasn't kidding, this place is one of my all time favourite places to go. Anyways, I thought I could tackle trying to make my own italian soda and use up some of that rhubarb we have. They turned out pretty good, and they tasted really really yummy. Although, the half and half milk reacted kind of weird to the sparkling water. Which I guess was to be expected, but none the less, it was still really delicious and surprisingly refreshing! :)

I N G R E D I E N T S

• 1 cup water

• 1 cup Sugar

• 3 stalks of rhubarb

• Sparkling water

• Half & half milk

D I R E C T I O N S

1. Make the syrup by putting the water, sugar and cut up rhubarb in a pot over medium heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves and the rhubarb falls apart. Then strain to get just the liquid.

2. Put equal part of syrup and half and half milk into a glass.

3. Then add the desired amount of sparkling water to top it up. Add mint for garnish (optional)

Happy cooking! :)

xo, Lauren

Posted on May 23, 2014 and filed under food.