Sunday, 20 July 2014

Food for Thought

It's Sunday and it's raining. I'm not impressed, Mother Nature!!

I always feel ripped off when an entire weekend in the summer is overcast and rainy. It's like a wasted opportunity to get out and enjoy the (short) summer season.

Summer just goes by so quickly, and we really only have a handful of weekends to enjoy. With Back-To-School campaigns and fall clothing being launched earlier each year, it's not surprising that most people complain that summer doesn't last long enough.

I've always thought that the reason summer seems to fly is because most people enjoy the weather so much. I just assumed that winter seems to drag on forever, since it's so awful.  What doesn't make sense is that some people I know prefer fall to summer, and they still feel as though it goes by too quickly.

Do you think one of the reasons we feel like summer goes by too quickly is because we jam pack our schedules?

Think about it.

Do you already know what your plans are for the next few weekends? While I don't have my entire summer planned out this far in advance, I have activities planned all across the summer. Anything from races to cottage weekends, to concerts and festivals, there's a lot to do at this time of year and they're usually "events" that you know about in advance and look forward to.

Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

If this is true, it doesn't make me want to purposely avoid making plans during the summer months, but it's an interesting perspective.

Let's make the most of it, shall we?










Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy. All other photos were taken by me.

Outfit Details:

Tank - Alternative Apparel (Similar) // Maxi Skirt - Gap (Same) // Hat - Aldo (Same)
Sunglasses - Aldo (Same) // Shoes - Cole Haan (Similar) // Necklace - Crafts&Love (Same)
Bag - Stella & Dot (Same)

What do you think of this theory?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Atlantic Canada: Boyfriend Shorts 2 Ways

It was only a couple weeks ago that I had my summer getaway in Atlantic Canada, but somehow, it feels like so long ago! Why do the summer months go by so quickly?

At the end of last week, I shared some photos from the hike my friend and I took in New Brunswick. After that long day, we drove across the bridge to Prince Edward Island, where we spent the next few days. We stayed at a great B&B, where we experienced the wonderful Atlantic hospitality, and some of the best breakfasts.

Our days revolved around touring and food, as any good vacation does. Seriously, the food was out of this world! I expected the food to be good, but my expectations were greatly exceeded because I've never tasted lobster that fresh before. The fresh seafood alone is enough to get me back there in a heartbeat!

While I could continue to tell you about how amazing PEI is, I'm sure you're sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what I wore while touring the island. Don't worry, I won't keep you in the dark for too much longer. 

I got more dressed up in the evenings, but I kept things casual during the day, especially since it was so hot outside. Although I packed enough clothing to last me twice the length of my stay, I lived in my boyfriend shorts from the Gap. I didn't lie when I told you here that these are a staple in my summer wardrobe! By changing my top and how I accessorized, I created two distinct looks, so why not be a repeat offender in these shorts?


LOOK # 1







LOOK # 2





Scenery photos taken by me. Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy
OUTFIT 1 DETAILS:

Tank - Zara (Similar) // Shorts - Gap (Same)  // Shoes - Sam Edelman (Same)
Clutch - Gap (Similar) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)


OUTFIT 1 DETAILS:

Tee - Brandy Melville (Same) // Shorts - Gap (Same)  // Shoes - Cole Haan (Similar)
Bag - J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Necklace - Brandy Melville (Similar)

Which look do you prefer?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Atlantic Canada: Hiking in New Brunswick

What a week!! I was feeling a little bit "off" this past weekend, and sure enough, wound up sick with a summer cold. I'm finally starting to feel better, but it's never fun to be sick. The only good that came out of it was that I finally had some time to sort through my vacation photos!

I like to take a lot of photos when I travel, especially because I'm still having so much fun with my camera. It's great to look at the photos after the fact, but sorting through them can be really daunting. I'm going to share my absolute favourites (including what I wore) with you here and on my blog's Facebook page.

My friend and I flew into New Brunswick, so we spent our first day there. We decided to go hiking at the Bay of Fundy National Park. The only other time I've visited a National Park was back in the winter, when I visited the Grand Canyon. That was such a great experience, so I expected this one to be just as great.

Before hiking, we visited a small town to fuel up on lobster for lunch. It was incredibly fresh, and since we were in a fishing village, I'd like to think the lobster had been caught that morning. You can tell from the photo of the "aftermath," that we thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

The hike was challenging, but it was breathtaking. There was a lot of uphill climbing and the terrain was tough, but we pushed through, knowing that at the end of the trail, we'd see a gorgeous coastline. 

The coast didn't disappoint. It was pristine! We got there when the tide was almost at its low, so the rock and seaweed that were exposed looked like something from another planet. We spent some time climbing across the giant boulders and just took it all in. 

The hike back to the car was a bit tougher, since we were already pretty tired, but it was 100% worth it. I have a Fitbit tracker, and apparently, the hike was over 8 miles and the equivalent of climbing over 90 flights of stairs. Not too shabby!













Scenery photos taken by me. Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy
OUTFIT DETAILS:

Tank - Gap (Same) // Crop Pants - Lululemon (Same) // Running Shoes - Nike (Similar)
Trucker Hat - Promotional hat from an event (Similar)

Have you ever gone hiking in a National Park? Any recommendations?? 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Chic

It's officially summer vacation! Life is business as usual for this corporate girl, but I did go on a short and sweet trip out to Atlantic Canada over the long weekend. If you've never been to the East Coast, you need to make the trip. It was pretty incredible!

Though I'm from Canada, I really haven't travelled domestically very often, so when a friend of mine accepted a summer job in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to visit and make a trip out of it. As you can imagine, I have plenty of photos to sift through, and I'll be sharing some with you soon.

Oh, and if you were wondering where I've been,  my vacation is the reason behind for the my blogging hiatus. Oh, and now I'm home sick with a summer cold. Not to worry, I'm back, and working on some really exciting blog-related projects that I'll be sharing with you in the next little while!

In the meantime, I wanted to share an outfit I wore just before heading out east. The outfit features my denim shorts, since I live in these during the summer. I have a couple variations on this style from Gap, and they're basically perfect for everyday wear. I love that they're not too short, they come in great washes, they fit well, and aren't too sloppy to wear to work. 

Recently, I channelled my inner hippie and wore them with my tie dye tank and a wide hair band. In order to feel a bit more polished, I threw on my favourite white blazer and called that an outfit. Of course, the blazer was mostly for indoor wear, since local business love blasting the air conditioning when it's warm out. #firstworldproblems









Photos taken by my dad
OUTFIT DETAILS:

Blazer - H&M (Similar) // Tank - Target (Similar) // Shorts - Gap (Same)
Clutch - Gap (Similar) // Shoes - Sam Edelman via Hudson's Bay (Same
Headband - Aldo (Similar) // Necklaces - Stella & Dot (Same and Same)

What are your tips and tricks for keeping up the blog while on vacation? 


Monday, 23 June 2014

Summertime

It's here, it's finally here!!

Hands down, summer is my favourite season. I love everything about this time of year. The fashion is fun, the weather is perfect, and the produce is fresh and gorgeous! The season really does fly by, so it's important to take full advantage of summer while it's here.

For many of us with full time office jobs, this means we need to make the most out of evenings and weekends. I spent this past Friday night at an outdoor parking lot party. For those of you who are Lee Brice fans, you know why I couldn't get this song out of my head. It was literally, a parking lot party. My country-hating co-workers may have judged me a bit when I played the song for them that day, but haters gonna hate! 

I got up early the next morning and went down to the St. Lawrence Market. It's one of the largest farmer's markets in the world, and a big tourist attraction in Toronto. It was a really interesting experience to be in a market that large on a Saturday morning. It was a tough decision, but I decided to buy some raspberries, heirloom tomatoes and figs. I'd never seen raspberries that perfect before! While I was waiting my turn to pay, a chef from a local high end hotel was shopping at the same stand, and he was absolutely loving it. An exact quote from him was "this is why I wake up in the morning!" It was just really awesome to see his excitement for the fresh ingredients, but then again, I'm quite the foodie myself.

Since it was a gorgeous summer day, I felt like a dress was an appropriate outfit choice. I figured if I threw on my trusty denim vest, I'd have myself an outfit. It was the perfect way to transform a dress that would typically work better for the office or an evening function into something more "daytime-friendly."






Photos taken by my mom

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress - Rachel Roy via Hudson's Bay (Similar) // Vest - Gap (This year's version)
Bag - Gap (This year's version) // Shoes - Sam Edelman via Hudson's Bay (Same
Belt - American Eagle (Similar)// Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)

Have you ever been to a Farmer's Market? I feel like I need to go again soon!