Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Black & White

 There's something so unbelievably classy about black & whit images. I've never really played around with them before, so when my friend Jessica (Jessica Smith Photography) asked me if I was game to try it out, I was more than happy to oblige. She had envisioned a "film noir" style shoot, so I decided to wear a trench and heels for that "is she wearing anything underneath?" look that is sexy without being too overt. This is how I personally picture film noir and I love the way the images turned out. It's a bit different to my usual style, so I hope you like it!


I was wearing:

H&M Trench
Zara Heels

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Monday, 25 May 2015

Recharge

I hope you had an amazing weekend! Mine was so nice an chilled with just the right amount of exercise and relaxing mixed together. It felt like a healthy recharge and exactly what I needed to prepare for the busy week ahead. Yesterday, Ollie and I went to North Vancouver to take these photos in a spot that I had been to for a shoot in the winter. It was nice to return on a warm spring day and enjoy the beautiful view without shivering to death. It's quite the magical little spot too, with no-one else around other than a family and their dalmatian that came to pick berries along the river's edge. After we were finished shooting, we laid this blanket down on a big rock and listened to the river flow by without a care in the world. There's nothing more soothing than the sound of water -- I could sit and listen to it for hours. It's my dream to one day have a home right at the edge of the water so that I can sleep every night to this sound. I swear I would never be stressed again.

This blanket has already proven to be so versatile -- going from a shawl thrown over my shoulders, to a blanket for us to sit by the river and later to take in the sunset at the beach. On the walk home, I threw it back over my shoulders to keep the chill off and I'm realizing it will come in so handy this summer for all the evenings spent down at kits beach. It's light and warm and oh-so-perfect. I can't wait for it to get more use next weekend with the girls.

I was wearing:

American Apparel Dress

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Summer White

 I hope you're having an amazing week! Mine has been a bit up and down so I'm very glad the week is almost over. Yesterday, especially, was a bit of a downer so rather than do my usual wallowing in self-pitty and drinking a glass or two of wine, I've decided to go and sweat it out at yoga and clear my mind rather than cloud it. I've been practicing pretty regularly for the past while and I can really notice a change in my mood and energy levels. Now I just have to wean myself off coffee again and I'll be all set for summer! I don't know about you, but at this time of the year I always feel myself reset in my health priorities. I think for most people it happens at the new year, but I'm always still in overindulgence mode at that point.  Now that the weather is warming up, all I want to do is be active and outdoors as much as possible. I truly think I would thrive in a warmer climate because I really feel myself come alive once the sun is out. I can't get enough!

Another thing that I love about summer is the cute sundresses that I will be wearing non-stop from this point forward! They are always the easiest thing to throw on and nothing is cuter than a white flowy dress. This one is another find from Zara and I think it was only $25. Zara, you are doing well this season!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Day on Bowen

 Happy Tuesday! It's always so hard to gt back to it after a long weekend and today is definitely no different. Ollie and I were trying to decide what to do for the 3 days, but couldn't make up our minds so in the end we stuck around Vancouver and did some of our favorite things! On Sunday, we went to Bowen Island where neither of us had been before and decided to make of day of exploring this cute little island. We've both been wanting to check it out ever since we started dating, but for some reason never made the short ferry ride over there. I can see why people like it so much with its adorable little shops & cafes and some absolutely beautiful, untouched coastlines. We drove over, which is not at all necessary, but we were happy that we did because we could go and check out the beaches on the opposite side of the island. The tide was down so low that starfish and mussels were exposed all along the rocks and the starfish were actually purple! I had never seen a purple starfish before -- not something I would have expected on the west coast of Canada. We usually get more of the natural earth tones over here so it was pretty cool! I wore my new maxi dress that I found for $20 at Zara and I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite for the summer. I always seem to live in long comfy dresses once the weather warms up.

I hope you are having an amazing start to your week! xoxo

I was wearing:

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Jacket
Zara Dress
Sasha Eillenna Necklaces (here and here)

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Friday, 15 May 2015

Beautiful Capri

Our last day on the Amalfi Coast was spent exploring Capri and it couldn't have been a better end to our journey. I actually hadn't expected to visit Capri during this trip but was secretly hoping that we would get the chance. It turned out to be everything that I had expected and I can see why it has such a great reputation for beauty. This was also the only place along the Amalfi Coast that had proper shopping, with designer stores lined up along the narrow streets. The other towns all had cute little tourist shops, but Capri has the goods -- and all of them. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling very well at all on this day (hence the sweater and boyfriend jeans on a beautiful sunny day) so I didn't take advantage of the shops. I actually look back on this day with a bit of regret because I could have been in my absolute heaven if I was in the mood for it. But I suppose that the non-stop traveling had taken its toll on my body and it was time to take it easy and rest. We still went for a stroll around the island, checked out the blue grotto (total rip-off), took the tram to the upper village and ate some delicious gelato. We then shared a bottle of wine while we took in the view of the beautiful island and Mediterranean beyond. It was a wonderful relaxing day and I would so love to come back one day to experience it fully. Perhaps next time we can actually stay on the island!

I hope you have an amazing weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Turquoise Waters

 Isn't there something about turquoise water that makes you want to jump right in? The water in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast was so clear that you could see the schools of teeny little fish from up on a cliff. I've never seen anything quite like it and I can see why this place is such a popular tourist destination once summer hits. We may not have had swimming weather, but it was the absolute perfect temperature for wandering around and exploring the area. It was also so magical to see the beaches without all the sunbathers crammed into it -- I think we really lucked out on our timing because there really wasn't another soul in sight. The only problem was that it was a bit too cold to go in the water and we were all wanting to so bad! It's hard to see such beautiful crystal clear water and not go in. I really hope to come back to the Mediterranean Sea one day in the summer -- jumping in has gone straight to the top of my bucket list!

We didn't have much of anything planned for this day as our group split up to have a morning of relaxation, so we decided to check out the area that we were staying in. The view from our window was of an old watch tower from the 11th century and we had been wanting to check it out since we arrived. It turned out to be an artist's studio, where he and his apprentice were making molds of these busts with crazy sea foam hair that we had been seeing all over town. It was the last thing that we had expected to find in this fort, but it was so incredibly perfect. How much better could it get than that?  Living out your dream in an old medieval fort with nothing but the sound of the waves and endless views of the ocean. I could definitely get on board with that.

In the evening, we met back up with the rest of the family for a special birthday celebration. We had plenty of amazing Italian food during our stay, but this was above and beyond. If you visit the Amalfi coast, you must check out La Strada. The views alone were enough to bring me back, but the food and the service were unmatched. That was definitely one special night.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Stepping Back in Time in Naples

 One of the sights that I was looking most forward to seeing in Italy was the ruins of Herculaneum. I have always been in such awe of Pompeii and the idea that an entire city was frozen in time from over two thousand years ago. There are Roman ruins all over Italy, but nothing quite like this. You can actually see the entire layout of the city and imagine the way the people lived. You can walk on the ancient streets and wander into the homes of the prestigious residents from that time. Then, right around the corner, you can visit the pubs and bakeries that they would have visited themselves as they went about their lives. I couldn't believe the level of preservation that the volcano gave the homes and shops -- it's so much better to see the real thing than something recreated by people centuries later. It looks like there is still quite a lot to uncover, but what they have already found is enough to get the imagination stirring.

The ruins are right in the middle of Naples, which was perfect because one of my missions while in Italy was to visit the true home of the pizza. We asked a few locals for advice on where to get the best authentic pizza Napoli and were pointed to a little hole in the wall restaurant that we probably wouldn't have looked at twice under any other circumstance. We were so glad that they suggested it because holy crap was that the best pizza I've ever had. I got the simple pizza margherita and it was maybe the tastiest thing I've ever eaten. I haven't been able to eat pizza since I've been home and I blame it on this experience. Nothing will ever live up to it, I'm afraid. So craving pizza now...