Utility Stripes

Friday, April 17, 2015

What, bare legs? That can only mean one thing. Yes the temperature has indeed started to reflect the current season. Being greeted every morning this week with bright sunny skies has made me so happy. So much so that I don't even mind being woken up, before my alarm, by the sound of chirping birds; I guess they're just as excited as I am for spring. The other day it was so warm that I thought screw it and embraced bare legs. I picked up this striped dress from H&M last summer and decided to layer my army green utility jacket over top. Since the dress is a bit on the shorter side (it's actually a bit longer than it appears here. Honest, it's just a bit bunched up in these photos) I like have slightly longer layers on top, I think it's adds some nice levels to an outfit. Oh and much like any spring morning that morning chill can have you second guessing your entire outfit. And speaking of my entire outfit, details as well as additional photos can be found below. 

Trending | Bucket Bags

Monday, April 13, 2015

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I can't believe how long it's been since I've done a post like this. I swear my last trending post was last summer, but have no fear, they're back now. Today I want to share a Spring and Summer trend that I have become obsessed with, and that my friends is bucket bags. I know we are probably all familiar with the mythical Mansur Gavriel offering. I say mythical because it is down right magical if you can actually get your hands on one, they are always sold out and I hear there's a never ending waiting list. Now have no fear they aren't the only bucket bag in the game. A lot of other designers have issued their own version of the bag, like Rebecca Minkoff and Proenza Schouler  but today I wanted share a few more affordable finds

First up is the cobalt blue bag from Mango. I like that it has to handles, so when you don't want to wear it over your shoulder you can simply place it in the crock of your arm. I'm also really digging the colour. If your someone who wants to spice things up and stray away from neutral handbags. Next is the earth tone bag from Express. This bag is designed with two drawstring closure, one on either side, and has duel front zip pockets that would be great for keeping you phone or even your keys close at hand. Next I picked this gorgeous brown bag from Sole Society. This bag is not only equipped with an adjustable strap but it has a magnetic closure as well, which will help keep the contents of the bag nice a secure. Finally we have my favourite pick from Zara. Zara's handbags always seems to get it right, and this bag is no exception. This bag also features a magnetic closure, as well as drawstrings, and it also converts into a backpack. How cool is that.

So tell me, what are your opinions about this trend, do you love it, hate it, couldn't careless? Let me know in the comments below.      

How I Edit my Instagram Pics

Friday, April 10, 2015


Today I wanted to share a sneak peak into my iphone photo studio and share exactly how I edit my pics before I post them on the 'gram. I've come to really enjoy these type of posts. I know it's sort of cheesy but I honestly believe that a person's Instagram is a reflection of them. Instgram has become one of the most influential social media tools for a blogger. It not only helps get you and your content out there, but it also connects you to so many other bloggers that you might not have found otherwise; and to this day I continue to find new blogs to read. I also find it really interesting what apps people chose to use and whether or not they chose to use a theme, but more on that later.

I've provided a few of my most recent insta pics for reference during this post, though you can view my recent pics anytime by scrolling down to the bottom of my blog. I have a gadget installed to display them. Anyway, as you can probably tell, I like my photos to be as colourful and bright as possible. I like how striking it looks as you scroll through my feed. Now before we get ahead of ourselves, let me just say that I personally prefer to take all of my pictures using my camera app, I'm not sure if it's just me but I find that whenever I use the camera function in Insta it lags quite a bit, causing my images to come out blurry; so I like to avoid the function all together. In the camera app I also like to take all my pics on the square setting so that they already fit perfectly into Instagram and I can avoid any unnecessary cropping.  

Products I've Used Up: Empties #7

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Alright I'm back with another empties post. As winter slowly transitions into spring, I have been trying to sooth my dry winter skin, and as a result of that I've been using up a ton of moisturizing products. And just like my previous PIUU posts the majority of these products will come as no surprised as they are all from my skin care routine, which is something I rarely switch up. Let's get on with the empties.

St. Ives Replenishing Body Lotion, it isn't a xo.Janiecy.xo empties without a bottle of St. Ives body lotion. Consider I go through lotion like water, I myself am getting tired of seeing this product in my empties bag. But, what can I say it's just that good. I especially like the scent, this one on the cocoanut one are my faves.

St. Ives Hand Lotion, I believe I got this little hand lotion in my Christmas stocking this year though I'm not completely sure. Anyway, it's a hand lotion and I have hands that get ridiculously dry after a long shift at work.

Aveeno Clear Complexion Facial Moisturizer, I've been using and abusing this moisturizer for as long as I can remember now. It's hydrating but doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy and most importantly it is actually formulated to help fad the appearance of dark spots and acne scars which is always a plus for acne prone gal.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara, like I said in my last PIUU I am obsessed with this mascara, I've also purchased another one, so you can definitely expect to see more of them.

Origins Clear Improvements Face Mask, I am so sad to see the end of this mask. I absolutely adored it. I would see an improvement in my skin every single time I used it. The pores around my nose are half the size they once were and breakouts was zapped instantly. I see a repurchase in the very near future.

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, this is my all time favourite facial cleanser. Not only is it really gentle but it is amazing at cleaning out my pores; which is really important when you have oily acne prone skin.

Well those are all of my empties. Tell me what you've recently used up?  

Easter Nest Cookies

Monday, April 06, 2015

Happy Easter Monday everyone, I hope you all had a great long weekend. Today I wanted to share with you an Easter themed recipe. I made these delicious chocolate Easter nest cookies for dinner this year. There are a lot of variations of these cookies; so if you don't like chocolate feel free to stick some cadbury mini eggs on top of your favourite type of cookies. I chose chocolate because it something different for me. Now onto the recipe.

1 cup softened butter
  1 1/2 cups white sugar
  2 eggs   
  2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  2 cups all-purpose flour
  2/3 cup cocoa powder 
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 medium bag of Cadbury mini eggs

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350°F.

In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs together until it is light a fluffy. Set aside.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together, making sure it all evenly distributed.

Now slowy add the dry ingredients with the wet, making sure it is all mixed well.

Next drop small rounded teaspoon sized dough balls onto a parchment lined baking tray. Make sure they all have enough space, as the dough will spread as it cooks. Now press two or three mini eggs firmly into the dough, so that when it bakes the eggs will become nestled into the cookies.

Bake for 10 minutes, allow the cookies to cool for 3 minutes on the tray before moving to wire rack. Enjoy!

How good do these look, again there are a lot of variations of these cookies so don't be afraid to play around with them. Add extra chocolate chips if you'd like or even just toss the mini eggs straight into the dough. Cookies like these have no rules, which is why they're so much fun to make. Let me know if you try out this recipe and what other recipes would you like to see on xo.Janiecy.xo. I really want to introduce some more health conscience treats on here, so let me know if that would be something you'd be interested in.