I truly don't think anything makes me happier than a beautiful summer's day spent outside near the water. I feel like I'm finally taking advantage of the beautiful days and am so excited for the end of this week when Ollie is finished work and we can start our adventure together! I've been finished work for over a week now and had the most amazing girls' weekend on the island to kick it off. I've been a little MIA from the blog for the past little bit, but it's for a good reason and for the next year, I will have plenty of time to focus a lot more energy on this baby. Once this week is over, Ollie and I will both be unemployed, homeless, and setting off on a new journey together. I can't wait to tell you guys more and to bring you along! xoxo
If there's one thing I've had my eye on for a while, it's a pair of black & white Nikes. I'm not sure what I was waiting for so long for, but I've finally found my perfect pairs and its these guys. They slip on and hug your feet like socks, they're light as air and the mesh keeps your feet nice and cool in the summer. Also, how cute are they? I'm in love.
How is it seriously August already? I feel like summer has only just begun! This weekend was only the second time that I've actually worn a bikini this entire summer and for me, that's ridiculous. I'm usually out in the sun from day one, soaking it up and getting as much lake time in as possible. Well, I haven't even been to the lake once yet and I truly don't think it's even been warm enough to swim. I've got a girls' weekend planned there in a couple of weeks and fingers crossed it will be a beautiful one! I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait to catch up with everyone. Ollie and I have a big adventure planned in September so we won't get the chance to see anyone for quite a while after this month. More on that later, but we've got some big plans in the works. I really can't wait to share them with you!
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.
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'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!
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!