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Boozy Little Black Book: the Raspberry Rose Ginnie

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Vanessa Kunderman
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The Raspberry Rose Ginnie calls on some exquisite floral water, which adds some really complex flavours to the gin and muddled raspberries in this recipe. I’ve included my rosewater recipe below in case you don’t have any rosewater handy – I know I didn’t! I also used dry gin for the ginnie, but you can really use whatever you have on your bevvie cart. If you want to sweeten this bevvie on top of the raspberry and rose flavours, feel…

Boozy Little Black Book: Caramel Appletini

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Vanessa Kunderman
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I hope you’re ready to ramp up your beverage making skills with some juicing equipment. The Caramel Appletini requires a juicer to get the fresh apple taste. I don’t suggest making this drink with a concentrated apple juice substitute because you’ll lose the fresh crisp flavour. The Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka is a nice warm counter to the apple’s bite, and keeps this drink on the sweeter side instead of the bitter one. And finally, for your caramel drizzle, make…

Boozy Little Black Book: Coco Mojito

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Vanessa Kunderman
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This is my absolute favourite drink. When you’ve had one of those busy work weeks and the blood in your veins seems to sing TGIF, the coco mojito is the perfect quencher to help you leave work at work. But I’ll warn you right now – you can drink a lot of these. And with two shots per bevvie, you might be in bed by 8PM. This drink is chocolatey and coconutty, but like any mojito, it’s the mint that…

Boozy Little Black Book: Pumpkin Shandy

9 Sep, 2014  |  by FGFSadmin
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Contributor Vanessa Kunderman is back with her weekly tips on making your own alcoholic bevvies. In her third piece she’ll teach you how to make a seasonal drink that’ll keep you warm all fall long.  I’m one of the many people who fall victim to needing everything to be pumpkin flavoured as soon as fall begins. To celebrate the first week of autumn I poured myself a pumpkin shandy… and lit pumpkin spice candles, made pumpkin soup and wore a pumpkin-hued scarf…

Boozy Little Black Book: Cherry Noir Collins

9 Sep, 2014  |  by Guest Post
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Contributor Vanessa Kunderman is back with her weekly tips on making your own alcoholic bevvies. Here’s her second installment, this time on a fruity little ombre drink.  I admit it, this recipe calls for those gloriously plump black cherries, but a good old-fashioned red maraschino will do the job. After all, the cherries will be drunk, and they won’t know if they’re black or red. Ms. Collins is bright on the palate, but she totally revolves around the creamy rich taste of…

Boozy Little Black Book: The Amaretto Fresh

9 Sep, 2014  |  by Guest Post
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This post comes to us from new contributor Vanessa Kunderman. She’s a design and writing freelancer, with a financial column targeted at Millenials, and her latest fantasy and sci-fi novel will be out this fall. This is the first installment in her Boozy Little Black Book, a series of delicious and easy drink recipes.  There is nothing more satisfying than drinking cute bevvies on the patio. And with summer making a beeline for fall, it’s time to test as many new…

Lookin’ Good Girl — Dear Kate, A Love Letter to Your Butt

6 Jun, 2014  |  by Jodie Layne
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As a fat babe, it’s hard to find underwear that are functional, cute, and comfortable. Either they don’t reach “over the fold” and dig in where we’d rather they skim over, or they’re made up of tacky synthetic lace, only increasing your thigh sweat and the dreaded chub rub chaffing. Finding Dear Kate just about a year ago is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for myself below the waist. It’s funny that wearing a little secret underneath…

Sauza Tequila Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

5 May, 2014  |  by Jodie Layne
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What do you think of when you think of tequila? Hangovers are probably pretty near the top of the list, along with the shots and margaritas that likely preceded them. Tequila gets a bad rap — mainly due to chain restaurants and crappy bars mixing it with questionable neon bar mixes, artificially-flavoured syrups, and cheesy umbrellas. You inevitably wake up the next morning and blame it on the tequila. Well, my dears, we’re totally blowing it. It’s high time we…

Fit & Fat — Plus Size Spring Gear Guide

5 May, 2014  |  by Jodie Layne
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When people tell fat folks to join a gym or try to “encourage” us by telling us all about the amazing spin class that they take and “totally lost 30lbs”. Or swear, “it’s not even like working out, you wouldn’t even notice,” they’re assuming fat people couldn’t possibly already know this. We definitely couldn’t already be working out because then we wouldn’t be fat, duh. They might not realize that many of us already regularly work out or participate in some…

Fit & Fat: #AdditionElleMoves

4 Apr, 2014  |  by Jodie Layne
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To hear it, it sounds like a typical Sunday morning scene: women chatter as they mill about, waiting for their yoga class to start. They stand by their mats stretched out in rows, dressed in stylish activewear as the teacher welcomes students. When everyone has arrived, she summons the group to their mats and invites them to practice. However,   this particular class – and the 27 others happening simultaneously accross Canada – was a little different. The class consisted solely of…

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