Thursday, 30 July 2015

Summer Mode

 Oh, the cabin... My very favorite place in the world. We've been spending a lot of time there this summer and I couldn't be happier about it. That place makes me so instantly relaxed and refreshed, I can't really describe it. I'm sure everyone has their place like this -- where they feel truly happy and at peace. Well this is mine and I wish I could stay in this summer mode forever!

On this particular weekend, we really seemed to luck out nature-wise. We always see a ton of birds, bugs and squirrels, but this time a gigantic elk (who we think might have been pregnant) decided to come and check out our property while she took her time munching on the plants and berries. She seemed to not have a care in the world (or for us) as she trampled through the thick bush as if it wasn't even there. I've been going to this cabin my entire life and have never seen one of these beautiful creatures there. It was absolutely magical and the fact that she hung around for such a long time was incredible. Then, on the ferry ride home, we saw a group of killer wales playing next to the boat. It was just as we were pulling into the harbor and we were taking photos of the beautiful sunset, when the orcas decided to photo bomb us for the next 10 minutes or so. The perfect end to the perfect weekend.

I was wearing:

Aritzia Hat

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xoxox

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Beautiful Naramata

 These photos make me instantly so happy the moment I look at them. This was our last day in the Okanagan with the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa and we spent it driving around the Naramta Bench and having lunch at the lovely Hillside Winery. It's not very often that I can convince Ollie to get in a photo with me but I think he knew this was a memory that we wanted to capture. Most of these photos were taken at a little winery that we spotted as we were driving back towards Summerland and the second we saw that view we knew we needed to pull over and capture the beauty. The winery was so quiet without another person in sight and we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The sound of nature around us was the only interruption in the pure silence and it was such a magical moment. There were thousands of little grasshoppers around and they would all jump out of the way whenever you got that bit too close. So, of course, we started running all around the vineyards and watching them jump like crazy to get out of the way. Sometimes we can't help but act like kids again.

I was wearing:

Nordstrom Dress

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xoxox

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Day of Wine Tasting

 The Okanagan has a lot going for it, but I think my very favorite part is visiting the wine region. This time we went to the Naramata Valley, which was only a quick drive away from our resort (the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa) and it was even more beautiful than we could have imagined. After returning from Tuscany, I was craving another holiday to experience that sort of atmosphere and it really is amazing that we have this so close to Vancouver. It feels like a whole other world, like being transported right back to Italy. I think my favorite part about this region is that you get the view of the beautiful green vines against the backdrop of the Okanagan Lake. This is something unique that I have not personally seen anyplace else and it gives it a beauty all of its own. We sometimes forget that it's so close and accessible to us, but hopefully this will be a reminder to visit more often.

And perhaps on par with the views is the wine tasting! There are so many wineries along the drive that you could spend the whole day visiting them and not even make it down the one road. A few of them have patios where you can have a meal as well, so Ollie and I took advantage to have a glass of rose while eating flatbread pizza and enjoying the view. It truly was the perfect day.

I was wearing:

Aritzia Dress

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xoxox

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Resort Life

 Is there anything better than being on holiday at a beautiful resort in one of the most stunning places you've seen? Like I said in this post, the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa does such a great job at incorporating the natural beauty that surrounds it. The first thing Ollie and I like to do whenever we get to a new place is explore the local area. We followed a trail that went along the water for about a kilometer and saw some of the beautiful lakefront along the way. It was a super windy day, but the air is so warm and comfortable in the Okanagan that it didn't bother us one bit (other than taking photos with my hair blowing everywhere!). I don't think it's all that common to have the weather that we did, but the summer storm was rolling in that night, so this was the beginning of it. Luckily the rain held out for most of the day so we were able to enjoy the outdoors. It did start sprinkling at one point so we took the opportunity to laze around in our room before heading into the wine country for some lunch. We didn't mind it one bit because it was nice to be able to actually enjoy the amazing accomodation. We don't usually get to take advantage of the room too much whenever we are on holiday, but this was like having our own little apartment right on the lake. How could we resist pretending that we lived there?

One great thing about the overcast sky was that I could wear my new pants that were made for resort living. I saw them in Zara before we left on this holiday and I knew they were meant to be. They were blowing around like crazy in the wind and I love that feeling of freedom that loose clothes give. If you're ever in need of relaxed clothes, it's definitely on holiday! (or everyday in my case). I thought this relaxed look went perfectly with my new Jack French London Satchel that I haven't stopped wearing since. The leather is so incredibly soft and it fits all the essentials perfectly. I really can't say enough amazing things about it. It's currently out of stock, but I'll try to keep my eye on it and let you know when they get it back in.

I hope you're having an amazing day and are enjoying this beautiful summer! xoxo

I was wearing:

Zara Pants

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xoxox

Friday, 17 July 2015

Summer Storms

 It's hard to beat a good summer storm and that's just what we got on our second night at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa. After a day of wine tasting and exploring the area, we came back to our room to share a bottle of wine on our patio overlooking the lake before getting ready for a dinner out at the restaurant next door. The clouds had been looking quite ominous the entire day without any rain in sight, but the second that we stepped out to take a couple of shots at dusk, the rain started to come down. We got these shots in super quick then ran for cover before we got drenched in the downpour. There's something about the smell of rain after a hot day that always brings back such great memories of childhood. I swear it's the same for everyone -- there's just something about it. Ollie says that it reminds him of summer in Sydney -- especially once it starts to storm with thunder and lightning. We got a bit of a show that night, but we were mostly in the comfort of the cozy restaurant and focusing on the amazing food and company.

I was wearing:

Aritzia Dress

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xoxox

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Summertime in Summerland

As I'm sure you can tell by now, summertime is my absolute favorite time of year. Being outdoors all day and night, going for swims in the lake, taking walks along the waterfront, and enjoying a glass of wine on a patio with a beautiful view... I honestly can't think of anything better. And so, with my love for all things summer, what better place to visit for a romantic getaway with my man than the land of summer itself? Summerland! For those of you not from BC, you may never have heard of this place, but it truly does exist. It's just a 4 hour drive away from Vancouver (when Ollie's driving) so it makes for the perfect weekend escape. It's right in the Okanagan amongst the beautiful wine region and it truly doesn't get much more beautiful than this. Ollie and I were invited to stay at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa for 2 nights and so we headed up on Friday night to take advantage of this stunning resort.

The first thing that we did once we woke up was explore the area surrounding the hotel. There's a huge long dock right out front, where you can rent boats from, and a path that goes along the lake for about a kilometer or so from the resort. There's a natural marsh along the path and apparently you can see beavers there sometimes -- of course, we weren't that lucky but we did get to see a turtle and lots of beautiful birds so I didn't feel too let down. I love when a resort incorporates the surrounding nature within its design and uses the beauty rather than compete with it. This place definitely does that and although it is luxurious accommodation, I felt like we were still getting that natural lake getaway that I love so much.

We seemed to have chosen the one weekend that had not-so-great weather, but luckily we were there primarily for the wine so it didn't really phase us. Also, the wind and rain seem to have cleared up all of the smoke from the forest fires we've been having so I really can't complain. On the morning that we took these shots, the sun came out for a little while and man was it hot! I've missed that Okanagan sun and it was nice to get a small peek at it. We were heading out to do some wine tasting right after this and to be honest, I was glad that it clouded over once again. We would have had to cancel our plans and spend the day in the lake instead! For the day I decided to go casual chic with a pair of high-waisted leather shorts and a silk crop top, paired with simple leather sandals and a statement necklace. I wanted to stay cool and comfortable while maintaining a resort-chic vibe. Keeping it simple is usually the easiest way to remain classy on a hot day and simply adding a statement necklace and beautiful bag are all you need to finish the look!

I've got a bunch more photos to show you from the weekend, so make sure to check back on Friday! xoxo
I was wearing:

Aritzia Top
Zara Shorts

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xoxox

Monday, 13 July 2015

Vegas Baby

 Happy Monday!! I hope you had an amazing weekend! Ollie and I spent it on a mini-getaway in Kelowna to do some wine tasting and get some R&R. It was quite the contrast to the weekend from these photos, which were spent in crazy Las Vegas with my friend Jessica and Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren for the Avicii Concert. We had such a blast and I feel like I've had my Vegas fix for a long time to come.

We stayed at the beautiful Encore Hotel and were truly spoiled. We were set up in the tower suites with room service breakfast each morning, VIP access to the Encore Beach Party on Saturday, VIP access to the Avicii concert that same night and plenty of time to ourselves to roam around the town. It was an insane 45 Degrees Celsius while we were there, which meant we were in the pool at most times. These photos were taken on our last day there and as you can see -- yup, still in my bikini! We had come directly from the pool to take a couple of photos and then I'm pretty sure we went straight back to it. I was trying to will myself not to sweat too much while we were shooting these, but it was a lost cause. My body is not meant for 45 degree weather!

Because it was so scorching hot, I only wore the most minimal of clothing the entire time. I would have been happiest just walking around in my bikini, but you know, not always possible. So when I actually had to put clothes on, this was the next best thing. Both the top and shorts are nice and light and airy and have minimal contact with my skin -- exactly what I needed. Jessica actually seemed to be quite at home in the heat (which made me a little jealous) but not me -- I'm just fine with my mid-20s thank you very much.

I hope you have an amazing Monday! xoxo

I was wearing:

Aritzia Top
Mango Bikini
J.Crew Bag

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox