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November 20, 2015

Flowing Fall Bohemian

Flowing Fall Bohemian
November 20, 2015
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This dress screams "fall". 

The print, the draping... everything. 

Plus, it only cost 19.99$ at H&M! 

I had to run out and take a few photos to share, just because of the beauty of this dress.

Boots: Coach
Dress : H&M



November 19, 2015

Seventies Faux Fur and Changing Leaves

Seventies Faux Fur and Changing Leaves
November 19, 2015
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I love iconic pieces from decades past, for me this jacket from Le Chateau was a "must have" for this fall season. 

The faux fur, the smell of suede... I was in love. It made me feel very 70's chic especially when paired with my thigh high suede boots from Park Lane (via ASOS).

I also played around with my new cape from DSW -- the price reminds me of Burberry and I mean I work there so I get a wicked discount on classic pieces like this so now it hangs in my jacket/coat closet in my beauty room.

These are a couple of my favourite outfits (so far!) from the fall fashion season. 


The multicoloured skirt is from MinkPink and I actually purchased it from a retailer in AUSTRALIA so I could get it before everyone else! It speaks to the 70's trends/vibes that are going around this season. 

What is your favourite piece this fall season? 







October 8, 2015

Breakfast at Hillary's | Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Muffins

Breakfast at Hillary's | Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Muffins
October 8, 2015
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One of my favourite recipes is for French Toast Muffins. 

They are topped with cinnamon and sugar right when they are taken from the oven. They're a heavenly treat! Seeing as it's October, and because of the fact I purchased 6 cans of Pumpkin last week, I decided to incorporate pumpkin in my muffin recipe for a nice, festive treat. 



They turned out fantastically well! They disappeared within 2 days of baking them.

Since I am gluten-free, I substitute flour for rice flour! Check out the recipe below and let me know if you make them! 

Ingredients:
for the muffins


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée
  • for the topping
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted



Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger). Mix and set aside.

In a second mixing bowl, add the butter (room temperature), brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on high for 2 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until just incorporated.

Line your pan with baking cups, and fill about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes if you are using a cupcake pan, or 30 minutes for standard muffin size. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes.
For the topping, mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in one bowl. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a second bowl. Brush the top of each muffin with butter, then dip it in the sugar mix.





Makes 12 standard sized muffins or 18 cupcake size muffins.
July 9, 2015

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie
July 9, 2015
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I adore this 50's vibe bathing suit. It's extremely flattering and is a throwback to Marilyn Monroe's signature style. The gingham print was a MUST and I purchased this suit from ModCloth. It's by a bathing suit designer by the name of Esther Williams. It was suggested to size up TWO SIZES. Boy, I'm glad I did! I think that my large busted sisters would have to size up three sizes to make this suit fit comfortably. I'm usually a size 6, 36B bust and purchased the size 10 for that stellar fit. 

I went to the local beach with my two brothers and sister for a beach day, sand in between our toes and ice cream in our bellies. It was a fantastic day! 

Outfit details: 
Bathing suit : Modcloth/Esther Williams
Hat : Dollar Store
Sunglasses : Quay Australia Kitti Sunnies in Red
Striped Shirt : Joe Fresh (tie the bottom hem in a knot for beach to street!)









July 2, 2015

Bohemian Goddess

Bohemian Goddess
July 2, 2015
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Summer to me is an automatic nod to bohemian style. 

I went to American Eagle Outfitters in my local mall, saw this olive green maxi and crochet bralette and had to purchase them. I mean, it would practically be a crime not to! Right?!

The necklace I wore with the outfit is a handmade outfit that I received as a gift from a dear friend on my 18th birthday many moons ago. It complimented my outfit perfectly. 

I wore my tried and true Aldo gold gladiator sandals (which I also have in black!) to finish the bohemian goddess look. 




That's the flower I picked for all of you lovely readers!
xo

Hillary Gail Stewart
April 30, 2015

Speedsport 2015 | Scuffed Boots Photography

Speedsport 2015 | Scuffed Boots Photography
April 30, 2015
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After many months of lusting after Scuffed Boots Photography photoshoots, I finally had enough courage and confidence to book an appointment to model for a photoshoot at the Moncton Speedsport 2015 Car Show. 

Jill (the photographer) is an absolute darling! She's very kind and supportive, and gave inspiring words when she knew I was nervous at the beginning of the shoot. Her hair & make-up girls were a dream team (you should see my hair in the photos below!). It's been a very long time since I participated in a professional photoshoot. 

I love how the photos turned out. I am known as a smiler and a girl full of infectious laughter, the best photos had a smile! I love how she captured my happiness. The costume's Jill provided were so perfect for the shoot! I paired them with a pair of thrifted heels from a local thrift shop and it made the shoot even more perfect if that's even possible! 

If you guys ever want a photoshoot done I would highly suggest going to see Jill at Scuffed Boots Photography. She makes you feel comfortable and is extremely friendly. I know that she does wedding photography, boudoir shoots and so much more! She's local to Moncton, NB and is plain ole fabulous!

Check out her work :
Website

Here are my two favorite photos from the shoot below, I plan on getting 3 more too!


 Hillary Gail Stewart


March 5, 2015

How "The O.C." Shaped My Style

How "The O.C." Shaped My Style
March 5, 2015
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Watching The O.C. for the first time was a revelation. I didn't watch The OC right away from Season 1 though. I started watching The OC when it was in Season 3, and watched it from the beginning. About 7 times. I remember sitting in my first apartment on my lavender silk comforter in my bedroom. I fell in love with the characters and the drama. Not to mention to fashion! It was a trifecta! Summer Roberts was always my favorite. Watching her style evolve over time encouraged my own personal style to evolve, and to try new and exciting things. 

Unfortunately, I was lacking in funds to purchase all of the things I wanted to create my style, so I frequently visited the local thrift stores to score for finds. I remember there was a "stuff a garbage bag for 5$" sale down the road from my apartment. I purchased the most beautiful floral vintage dresses and lacy tops. I was full flown bohemian, just how I liked it. I had a short pixie hair cut, and rocked that free people look with ease. 

I didn’t know any girl who wasn’t envious of the wardrobes in The OC. I would cut magazines with photos from the style of the show and make mood boards. The style was my main interest in the show. The pools of fashion that Summer Roberts and Marissa Cooper had access to was essentially the same as the rest of us—polo shirts, silk camisoles, jeans, cropped cardigans, flip flops, floral dresses, jean skirts—there was always a unique twist or finishing touch to the outfit to make it quirky and one of a kind. There were ribbons as belts, tank tops and tee shirts under strapless dresses, bikini tops under sheer T-shirts (classic OC beachy style), disheveled hair with formal dresses, bandanas tied around purse straps, layered necklaces over graphic T-shirts, slip dresses as tank tops, and so on and so forth.

These characters experimented. They shook things up in a way that was cool rather than crazy and over the top. It gave me the sense that I could do the same—and, did I ever! I distinctly remember rocking a vintage flowly skirt and a tee with a cardigan just because Summer did. Seth and Summer were the best dressed couple on TV (now trumped by Blair and Chuck of course), and Seth looked so cute and punk inspired with his band, and comic book graphic tees. 

This was the real start to my independence and style. Where I could wear what I wanted, when I wanted and be confident in doing so. 

What inspired you as a teen? Did you watch The OC?
















January 24, 2015

DIY | Brown Sugar Scrub

DIY | Brown Sugar Scrub
January 24, 2015
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I absolutely LOVE Fresh's Brown Sugar Scrub - of course it's pricey. I think it retails for about 45$ at Sephora. I wanted to achieve the same results without breaking the bank, so I made my own scrub! 

What's so wonderful about this DIY scrub you ask? Well, it's nice knowing exactly what products you're using on your face. No preservatives or ingredients you can't spell or pronounce. 

Basically I used products I already had at my disposal.

I used: coconut oil, brown sugar, jojoba oil and evening primrose oil. I used more coconut oil than the other oils and once it was mixed and put into a reusable glass container I had a shower so I could test out this little concoction! 

It was GREAT! The scrub left my skin feeling baby soft and moisturized. 

You guys should totally try to make your own scrub and let me know hoeing goes! Next homemade project : DIY Black Tea Face Mask

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