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MY JANUARY WISHLIST

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I have adored the idea of keeping a nice and organized capsule wardrobe for 4 seasons and refraining from shopping until each season ends, however, failed to put it into action for months. And I’m afraid I won’t be able to do so sooner or later.

As always, I was scrolling through my wishlist items and decided it was time to share my current top items of the list. Freezing winter cold doesn’t stop me wanting these flowy, lacy, silky, sheer, and swingy stuffs♡ Ahhh I’m so looking forward to the upcoming sale!

1. Ecote(On Sale) 2. Kimchi Blue 3. Ecote 4. Sea

5. Mason by Michelle Mason 6. 6397 7. EDUN 8. Ganni

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PURPLE SWEET POTATO CHIPS

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If I have to choose just one food that I would eat for the rest of my life, I would say sweet potatoes without hesitation. I love baked yellow sweet potatoes because they are flavorful, sweet, creamy on the inside, crisp and chewy on the outside.

Purple sweet potatoes, however, are relatively too bland and not as flavorful though they are more antioxidants-dense(according to the “the darker the color, the more antioxidants it contains” rule). I try not to play favorites, yet purple ones are always left un-touched.

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So I came up with their better usage, which is purple sweet potato chips! It’s really easy to make, except you need to cut them into tens of very thin slices before putting them in the oven. Bake them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until they become a bit twisty and crispy. Make sure not to overbake them as they get bitter. Cool them completely so they won’t become soggy.

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Eat them as they are or sprinkle salt to your liking. Enjoy♡

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VEGAN OAT BANANA SCONE

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I had purchased 3 bags of rolled oats and oat bran on a whim a while ago and forgotten about them until this morning. I woke up thinking those oats needed to be used somehow so I wouldn’t feel guilty of stocking on them for no reason. Naturally oat scones crossed my mind because oatmeal is not fun and who doesn’t love hearty scones?

Oats are obviously more nutrient-dense than just plain whole wheat flour, so why not use them in my favorite midday snack, scones? Also I like to use ripe bananas in place of any kind of sweetner(honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup, etc) and non-dairy milk as they are incredibly sweet and creamy, packed with micronutrients and fibers, and low in calories. Therefore Oat Banana Scones!

Vegan Oat Banana Scones

Makes 8 medium scones

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup oat bran

1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour

3/4 cup mashed bananas(fully ripe)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice

1/2 cup chopped raw pecans

1/3 cup solid coconut oil

And you know the drill! Preheat oven to 415 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then pour in all the wet ingredients, mix them well, form the mixture into a half inch deep disk on a flat surface and divide it into 8 equal pieces and separate them. (Catching a breath) Place them on a parchment paper and in the oven. Bake until golden brown for about 15 minutes. Make sure to cool on a cooling rack not on the parchment paper as the bottom of scones gets soggy when cooled on parchment paper.

There you have the best vegan scones that are nutty, crumbly, crunchy(on the outside), fluffy and sort of chewy(on the inside)!!

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URBAN SKETCHING

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One of my 2016 resolutions is starting my own art journals as they are a great way to record my memories and to look back on them later on. Not to mention that they are just so beautiful to look at.

Among the various techniques and styles used for art journaling, I feel most drawn to what’s called ‘urban sketching’. Urban sketching looks simple enough to make me feel confident enough to mimic, yet successfully captures important features and mood of each scene quite effectively without being too overwhelming, even for a beginner like me who has little to no experience with drawing or painting except in art classes during school days.

Today I decided to give it a shot and copy two example sketches from “Freehand Drawing & Discovery” by James Richards, as copying is a great way to get started and learn the basics as a beginner. Creativity? I’ll start introducing it to my work once I feel warmed up to urban sketching fully.

The final product of today? Not too bad for a first try, I guess!

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MY FAVORITE GLITTER DRESSES & CLUTCHES FOR PARTIES

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I was inspired to create this post by THIS. As exciting as now-trending glitter nail polish, glitter on everything from clutches to dresses is wonderful and most Christmas party appropriate. Despite chilling December air, our hearts warm everyday towards Christmas and New Years, getting ready for upcoming family gatherings and Continue reading

BEST WINTER ACTIVEWEAR

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cute activewear to stay fit during cold weather

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WINTER PENCIL SKIRTS

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We can’t give up wearing a skirt even in this winter cold because we still want to show our feminine curves or a bit of flesh under a thick coat. I love to pair a simple knit/leather pencil skirt with an over-sized,

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