Friday, 29 July 2016

Paint-In

 I had heard about the Moss St Paint-In for a couple of years but never had the chance to check it out. This year, it just so happened to fall on the same weekend that we were in town with Ollie's mom (who is an amazing artist herself) so of course we had to make a day of it. I seriously had no idea how huge this thing was. I think it took us about 5 hours to walk the entire thing and so if you plan on going next year, wear your walking shoes! It really was great though -- seeing all the local artists showing off their unique pieces of work and having the city celebrate their creativity is such an incredible thing. I think I heard someone say that there were 30,000 people there, so not a bad turn-out at all. There's also something about the vibe of the city that made the entire event so calm and relaxing. Just another reason that I love the island so much.

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Sanctuary

I've been to Victoria about a million times and somehow I always end up going right past the beautiful Beacon Hill Park without a second thought. When Ollie's mom was in town, my parents took us through the park on our way downtown and all these memories came flooding back from being a kid running through the park and begging to feed the ducks. It truly is a magical place and now that I've rediscovered it, I feel like it will be our new favorite sanctuary to visit in the city. It's funny how you can completely forget about a place that held such a special place in your heart as a kid. I have one very vivid memory of begging my parents to go feed the ducks on a super cold day in the middle of winter. They were trying to convince me that it was too cold for any ducks to be there, but I wouldn't listen. I kept insisting until they finally brought my brothers and I there only to find the pond completely frozen over. We didn't end up feeding any ducks that day, but we did have a ton of fun sliding all over that ice as if it was a skating rink. 

I was wearing:

Witchery Dress
Jack French London Bag
BP Sandals
Rayban Sunglasses

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Roadtripping

 I'm sure you know by now how much I love a good roadtrip and this summer I was so thrilled to be able to do it in style. I was lucky enough to team up with Ford Canada in order to test out their new Ford Edge and take it on the road. Ollie and I took his mom over to the island to do a bit of sightseeing and to show off the beautiful west coast of Canada. Ever time we go to the island I get a renewed love for its beauty. I find it so incredibly peaceful and it completely blows my mind that amazing sights like these are totally free from tourists. So long as you stay away from the Inner Harbour of Victoria, you can pretty much have the place to yourself. You could never have this luxury in Vancouver unless it was the middle of winter and most likely raining. It's times like these that make me realize how much of a small town girl I really am. Give me an empty beach and a quiet view any day over the hustle and bustle of city life. That's what makes me happy.

I had actually sold my car at the beginning of summer so I was a little worried that a roadtrip might not be on the books this time around. You can imagine how thrilled I was when Ford got a hold of me and you should have seen my face when I picked this gorgeous car up. I've never been a huge car person, but after having this beauty for a week, I can see why someone would splurge to kit it out (do people even say that anymore?) and get all the comforts. There's voice activated everything, a huge sunroof, crazy comfortable seats and ample trunk space to fit bikes and the lot. I felt like I could drive this thing for hours and be as happy as ever -- and this is huge coming from a person that doesn't even really like to drive. So thank you to Ford Canada for making my summer extra fun!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Wanderer

Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal
Another epic summer weekend has come to an end and has left me feeling that holiday high that I can never get enough of. We took Ollie's mom over to the island to show her a bit of our second home and spent 4 of the most beautiful days there. Luckily, my parents took the reins to show her all the sights because I'm pretty sure that if it was up to me -- we would have spent the days sitting on the beach and staring out to the ocean, or wandering through fields like this one to enjoy the feeling of the sun on the skin. I must admit though -- it was quite fun to be a tourist in that city once again. Totally exhausting, but very much worth it.

 I'm pretty sure that I have now discovered the perfect off-the-shoulder dress. Like I mentioned in my last post -- I don't understand how people avoid having them ride up every two seconds, but this is the exact answer. I was a little apprehensive about this dress when I ordered it, but was so thrilled the second I put it on. I feel like a completely different person and not in a bad way -- more like a fun way. This is the second item I ordered from Dezzal (yes, they were both OTS styles) and I can happily recommend this site to anyone looking for some beautiful, unique pieces that are very well-made. I hadn't personally heard of this site in the past, but I would suggest putting them on your radar. You won't be disappointed!
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal
Vancouver Fashion Blogger, Alison Hutchinson of Styling My Life, wearing an off-the-shoulder dress from Dezzal

I was wearing:


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Off-Shoulder Love

 I have the biggest love/hate relationship with off the shoulder tops and it truly drives me crazy. I always love them so much on other people and then when I put them on, I feel like a linebacker. This time though, I took a chance and ordered a couple of items from Dezzal and I think I've finally found it! The trick is to have a piece that flows away from the body in a more rigid material. This way, the shoulders don't appear to be the largest part of the body and it is way more flattering. I'm so happy that I can finally wear this trend! Now, if I could only figure out how to stop it from riding up every time I move my arms...

I was wearing:

Topshop Skirt
Rebecca Minkoff Sandals
Urban Outfitters Sunglasses

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Touristing

 Being a tourist in your own city really is so much fun. At the moment, we have Ollie's mom visiting from Australia and it gives us an excuse to get out and check out whatever is happening in the city. We had the Khatsahlano street festival on Saturday-- which is always our fave because it's just up the street from our place -- and on Sunday we went for a walk on the seawall over to Granville Island. We lucked out with the weather because it looked like it could rain at any moment (keeping the huge crowds away) but in actuality it was absolutely gorgeous. The last time we went to Khatsalano it was like 35 degrees Celsius and so busy that you could barely walk a block in 30 minutes. This year, it felt a lot more chill and I loved it. I hope the vendors didn't mind the smaller crowds -- they definitely put in a long day with that one!

These shots are a few random ones that I took throughout the weekend (some from my instagram @stylingmylife). I've also been posting a lot more consistently to my snapchat (@stylingmylife) so don't forget to follow along over the as well! We're heading on a little road trip to the island soon so I can't wait to show you what we get up to over there.

I hope you have an amazing week! xoxo

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Run Away

 I know I told you before that I'm completely obsessed with bandana prints at the moment and here is another classic example. There's something about this boho inspired print that makes me want to run away to a deserted island and live off fresh fruit and coconuts for the next year of my life. Actually, I think it's the other way around -- the fact that I want to run away to a tropical beach for the next year is steering my outfit choices to feel as if it was happening. And who knows -- maybe it will!

We took these shots over the long weekend -- which was a beautiful makeup free/carefree one. It was an amazing welcome to summer and such a great stress-reliever. We were meant to get a ton of things done before Ollie's mom comes to visit at the end of the week, but of course we did none of it. That's what the week is for, right? Well, we may regret it as we are rushing at the very last moment, but it seemed like the right call at the time and I think it probably was.

I hope you have an amazing week! xoxo

I was wearing:

Sun & Shadow Dress
BP Sandals
Triwa Watch
J.Crew Bag

Thanks so much for watching!
xoxox