Hooked on you, For-EVOO

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to check out the grand opening of a local EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) store right in the heart of Sundance Square. This store particularly is held dear to my heart because  it was a retail design project I helped work on. There's nothing better than helping a local business and hearing how they got started and seeing their passion come through in their products and mission. 

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Now, like most people, I had no idea what to expect from a store that only sells oils and vinegar, but as soon as you walk through the doors you're taken a back by aisles of large polished stainless steel tanks. I have never seen so many options of balsamic vinegars, infused oils, handmade handsoaps and exotic seasonings. The owner Charles, has a wealth of knowledge regarding the EVOO industry and can teach you so many lessons in the care and process of selecting and making his organic/fresh oils. 

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Don't know where to start or what to try first? No problem. All of the store employees are super helpful and you have free reign to sample anything. Bear in mind it is olive oil, so I wouldn't gulp down a whole bunch. A couple swishes here and there, and my husband and I can totally appreciate the flavors and freshness of the ingredients. You can definitely taste the difference from the Virgin Oliver Oiler oils vs from a regular grocery store. When we were at the grand opening, there was even a calligraphy artist hand engraving complimentary bottles with your purchase. 

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The store brings to you a little bit of Old World Tuscany and the Mediterranean right here in Ft. Worth. The design of the store evokes the charm of old world with the crisp white carrera countertops and accents of hand painted Italian ceramic tiles. Although the footprint of the store is small, there's no denial of the large amount of care put into their customer service and quality of products. 

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My husband and I may have completely converted and are hooked on this store. If you're also looking for cute gifts for loved ones and your foodie friends, you'lol be sure to find something here. It will be well worth what you pay for. I even hear the owner has classes with hor'dorves and wine, sounds like a great time and am looking forward to it. So if you're ever in the DFW area and looking for that special ingredient to add to your repertoire of cooking staples or just want to taste what's in your local market, I highly recommend stopping by this boutique store!  

What I Packed for 11 Days in Canada

It's been over a year since I visited my in-laws, let alone a vacation. So, when we decided that we wanted to have a White Christmas, we thought we would make the most of it with our family and friends in Ottawa and Montreal. I had never been to Montreal and was looking forward to exploring a new city and bringing in the New Year with a bang. (More to come about this adventure in my next post under Travel). 

Of course with the excitement of traveling, comes the not-so-easy tasks of planning and packing. I am usually the one who has to have lists and go all out with planning what to wear right down to the day. This time I found a God-send of an app that totally made it easy to plan and most importantly, since I'm a visual person, see how my outfits looked put together. With the Stylebook app, there's so many helpful tools that made packing a breeze. You can snap pictures from your own closet or images from the web, categorize your garments and even plan your week of what to wear. So below is what I sorted out for the trip and my goal was to be as minimalistic as possible, since I tend to overpack.

What was important for me was making sure I packed with layers in mind, especially to face the great white north. All in all, I had 4 tops, 4 layering pieces, 3 pairs of pants, 2 coats, scarf, 3 pairs of shoes and travel bag.  Not pictured are thermal underwear and wool socks and gloves! 

What was important for me was making sure I packed with layers in mind, especially to face the great white north. All in all, I had 4 tops, 4 layering pieces, 3 pairs of pants, 2 coats, scarf, 3 pairs of shoes and travel bag.  Not pictured are thermal underwear and wool socks and gloves! 

And here you have it, with all my pieces I was able to plan 11 different outfits for the entire trip.

And here you have it, with all my pieces I was able to plan 11 different outfits for the entire trip.