Homemade Acai Bowl

When we were in Maui over New Year’s, we had the most epic acai bowl (really, I had an acai bowl almost everyday). Since I got back, I’ve been searching high and low for Vancouver’s best, and I think I found it at Glory Juice Co. Even still, I’ve been wanting to make it at home and it took me a couple tries, but I think I’ve finally done it!!

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I bought a pack of four acai pops, some other healthy ingredients, and I was off to the races!

This definitely isn’t low calorie, but it’s filled with TONS of healthy ingredients, not to mention the benefits of acai.

Acai Bowl
Serves 1

2 packets of frozen acai
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla or unsweetened)
1 banana, sliced
1 handful of granola (this one is my fave because it is gluten free, sugar free and vegan AKA healthy)
small handful of cacao nibs (filled with antioxidants)
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp of peanut butter

1) Blend frozen acai and almond milk until smooth.
2) Add to bowl and top with other ingredients.

Where is your favourite place to get an acai bowl? What are your favourite acai bowl ingredients?

Blue Galentine’s Party

I’m definitely a romantic, there is no denying that. Beyond romance with my fiancé (we’re cooking homemade pasta and meat sauce on Sunday and I can’t wait), I think celebrating your friendships is uber important. It’s so much fun to dress up and drink some girly cocktails and eat candy!!

I’m super excited to share some behind the scenes pics from our feature with Rue Magazine this month. PS. the February issue is unreal – I can’t wait to read the whole thing with a glass of wine tonight!

Keep reading below for a fun little Valentine’s cocktail that I made which is so easy to recreate this weekend!

DSC_7944I knew that I wanted to make a cocktail that was romantic and easy. Elderflower liqueur immediately came to mind but then when I found this tiny bottle I knew it would be perfect! It reminded me of the love potion that Romeo and Juliet drank that decided their tragic fate. Luckily, this party ended on a totally different note (a lot more fun – ha!)

Love Potion Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail

1 oz. gin
1 oz. elderflower liqueur
3 oz. prosecco

Add gin and elderflower liqueur to coupe and top with Prosecco.

Photography: Tracey Ayton Photography
Lauren Armstrong‘s Dining and Living Room designed by Gillian Segal Design
PARTYSKIRTS worn by Sophie Collins, Gillian Segal, Lauren Armstrong, Mariel Armstrong
Food & Drink: Me!
Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman
Flowers: Botany & Co. (our wedding florist!!)
Candy: Karameller (Vancouverites, if you haven’t gone, you must!)

I hope you have an amazing week leading up to Valentine’s day!

Here’s last year’s Valentine’s post. 

Easy Zucchini Egg Scramble

One of my favourite easy and healthy breakfasts is any veggie, a little onion, scrambled eggs and hot sauce. My favourite veggie to throw into this combo is zucchini. It’s a crunchy-in-parts, soft-in-others texture, and tastes incredible mixed with eggs and topped with hot sauce. (PS have you seen Beyoncé’s new music video?? #igothotsauceinmybagswag – instant classic)

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I made a little video on Snapchat (@sophiecaldwellc) so I thought I would share it here so you can make it too. It’s dead easy and almost embarrassing to write a recipe for, but I swear it’s delicious and can totally change your breakfast game! I spend 25% of my time when I’m home making cooking videos on Snapchat, so if you don’t want to see that do not follow me! Ha!

Easy Zucchini Scramble
Serves 1 because Peter had chocolate chip muffins (life is unfair). You can easily scale up for a big group.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small zucchini, sliced thinly
1/6 white onion, sliced thinly
pinch of salt and pepper
2 eggs
Cholula hot sauce to taste (my favourite hot sauce for eggs and fish tacos)
Maldon sea salt to taste (the best salt in the entire world and will change your life trust me)

1) Heat pan over medium heat with olive oil.
2) When hot, add veggies.
3) Add pinch of salt and pepper. Cook veggies until soft.
4) Add eggs directly in pan, scrambling as they heat up.
5) As soon as they’re scrambled, turn the pan off.
6) Top with hot sauce and Maldon.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Wedding Inspiration

I can’t believe we’ll be getting married this year! I have been collecting inspiring images for longer than I’d care to admit on the internet, but I thought I would share some sneak peaks of pictures that are inspiring me for our big day this September. If you’ve planned a wedding before, I’d love to hear your planning process!

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This cake was one of the first pictures I ever pinned when I started dreaming up the big day. I love the simplicity of the frosting and the addition of roses. While we aren’t adding roses to our cake, we are adding a little something that represents us🙂

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I am really drawn to black and white pictures like the one above when I think about how I want our day to be captured. I don’t the original source or photographer of this image, but I love how natural it feels!

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I love love love the mix of mercury glass and pale pink. In fact, the main colour palette of our wedding is metallics and pale pink. So pretty! (Pic)


I am absolutely obsessed with eucalyptus leaves and plan on incorporating them throughout almost every part of the wedding. They smell amazing and are so beautiful and unique. I love how they were used in this Austin wedding.


This photo is super small, but I have to include it because I pinned it years ago and ever since then knew that I wanted all my gals to wear different dresses. I love seeing each woman’s unique style and think it’s so fun how it all looks together. This is harder than it seems but I think it’ll be worth it!

It’s all a work in progress but I’m having a blast!

Austin Top 10

When I had the chance to go to Austin for work, I scooped it up immediately. I had been wanting to go to Texas (and Austin particularly) for quite some time, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Taylor Kitsch stills lives there after shooting my favourite show in the entire world, Friday Night Lights. Impossible celebrity sightings aside, this trip was one for the books. I absolutely LOVED Austin and am finding any excuse to go back. I did a ton of research before I went (Camille Styles’ restaurant guide was a lifesaver) and I think I did a great job of packing everything into the four days I was there.

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Every morning, I would walk down from the JW Marriott (great location, pretty corporate but still lots of fun people there) and head to Jo’s Coffee for one of the best lattes I’ve ever had. I paired it with their yogurt and fruit because I try to keep it light when I’m travelling and know I’ll be indulging for dinner.

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Another amazing spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner is Elizabeth St. Café. They have incredible croissants (some of the best I’ve ever had) and apparently amazing Vietnamese food. I was just on my way to dinner so I ONLY (note the sarcasm) had a chocolate croissant. I sat on the patio and people watched and had so much fun. Such a cute spot.

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One of the coolest parts of Austin is that they repurpose old buildings and make them fresh and new again. Launderette used to be an old Laundromat and is now an incredible restaurant with tons of veggie dishes and one of the best desserts I’ve ever had, the birthday cake ice cream sandwich (local Austinites: run, don’t walk). My other favourite dish was the Burrata. I drank a nice Côtes du Rhône to go with my meal (mainly veggies).

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The star of the trip (if I can only pick one) had to be Uchi. If you told me I was going to go to Texas and eat mostly seafood, I would tell you to give your head a shake. What about tex mex? Steak? Not in this restaurant. Uchi was by far the best Japanese food I’ve ever had. What was even more fun was sitting at the bar alone, watching the sushi chefs make my food, and talking to them about all of the exotic ingredients. It’s amazing what can happen if you go out of your comfort zone and sit alone at a busy bar in a restaurant. To my right was a Vietnam war vet who then went on to a career in banking and is now retired. I never would have found that out if I was on a date at a table.

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As much as I loved Uchi, nothing was quite as amazing as Josephine House. Perched on a little corner in the middle of a gorgeous residential neighbourhood, this spot oozed charm and elegance. I mean, just look at the interior decor! It’s a farmhouse lovers’ dream!! I was so happy when I found one of my favourite Oregonian wineries, Soter, had their rosé on the menu. If it wasn’t a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is! Put this at the top of your list.

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If you are obsessed with food and want to spend a morning among the highest quality, most delicious and well-merchandised food, go to Whole Foods Austin. As I mentioned on my Snapchat (sophiecaldwellc), this is the mecca of Whole Foods. The office is upstairs, it takes up a whole city block, and is absolutely stunning. I bought tons of snacks for the way home and only wished I could take home some of these beautiful roses (these were only a portion of what greeted you upon entering).


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love to try new workouts (especially spin). Luckily for me, my cousin’s step sister Carly is an amazing spin instructor at RIDE. It was harder than Soul Cycle, but equally as fun. I got an incredible workout and I wish I could take her class everyday!! She even played Justin Bieber for me. Again, reasons I need to go back to Austin.


I may have been the only person that didn’t know this, but Austin is the capital of Texas. I was only 15 minutes walking distance from the State Capitol, so the first thing I did when I landed was put on my running shoes and go outside to go for a quick run and see it as dusk. I couldn’t have run inside faster (it was 0 degrees) to get my coat and actually walk. It was absolutely freezing but so worth it. Such a beautiful building with so much history.

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You didn’t think I would write a whole blog post about Austin without talking about some Mexican food did you? I was so lucky that La Condesa was just down the street from my hotel. I had the most delicious, tropical inspired margarita filled with fresh pineapple juice in addition to lime juice, and rimmed with cactus-lemongrass salt. I need to recreate it! For dinner I had hamachi ceviche with habanero truffle oil (whattttt). Such a unique combination of flavours that I never could have imagined. Then I had the cochinitas tacos and Mexican street corn (my first time!) I rolled myself back to the hotel and went to bed.

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I can’t talk about Austin without mentioning my new found love for Outdoor Voices. Guys, this workout stuff is amazing. The founder, Ty Haney, started the line a couple of years ago with the intent that “Doing Things” just becomes a part of your day to day life. It’s for active people that aren’t defined by being active (kind of refreshing, isn’t it?) I bought these leggings and this crop top and have since worn both a total of about 20 times since. If you’re there, make sure to check out the store, because in true Austin style, it’s set up in a cute little house surrounded by fun shops and amazing restaurants.


My Skincare Routine

From a young age I was always taught to take care of my skin. Way back then (I think I started around age 12) I used Éminence which I absolutely loved. You grow up and your so does your skin, so it’s always good to change it up. That’s what I started doing in my twenties, but I had a really bad reaction to a face cream and was so nervous to try anything new. Since then, I’ve stuck to products with natural ingredients. I was so excited when NUDE Skincare sent me a few goodies. I would never post about something just because it was sent to me, but I’m not lying when I say this stuff has changed my skin for the better. I look forward to washing my face every morning and evening, and my skin is so smooth and happy.

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From left to right, this is my skincare routine. On the left is the Detox Gentle Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash which I use three times a week when I wash my hair (yes, I only wash my hair three times a week MAX). It is an exfoliator but it turns into such a nice paste when you add a little water, and it makes your skin so smooth (especially during these dry winter months). Second from the left is my day and night Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly. When I first used this, I actually missed the sudsy, foamy texture of my old face wash, but I’m now a total convert. It cleans without stripping your face of essential oils. On the far right was my saving grace when I was spending the day in the sun in Maui. No joke, this rescue oil has changed my life. It is packed with backuchiol which is “nature’s answer to retinol” – if that doesn’t convince you I don’t know what will. Lastly, I’ve been using that Dermalogica eye serum for a few years because it’s super hydrating and completely eliminates the fine lines below my eyes.


I took this photo at midnight after flying home for 6 hours and using all of my products for a couple of weeks. My skin is way more nourished and hydrated than it every has been and in result I’ve been wearing way less makeup everyday.

I hope you find this helpful! I would also love to know which skincare products you love!

PS I almost deleted that selfie above out of sheer embarrassment but I figured it would be best to show you the results so you know how I really feel about this skincare line!