Monday, 6 July 2015

Smoke

 I woke up yesterday to what looked like a dream world outside of our cabin. I was so groggy and with eyes half open, I walked out into the forest to wake myself up. I had to double check the time on my watch and blink my eyes forcefully to make sure that I was actually awake. Everything was covered in what looked like an orange photo filter and the forest was absolutely silent. It was 9am and this lake is usually overrun by the sound of wildlife everywhere by this time. The mosquitoes were out with a vengeance because it looked as though it was dusk. I'm sure they were as confused as I was. After I snapped out of my trance, I quickly realized there must be forest fires in the area. They weren't so close that we were in any danger, but it turns out that there were some about an hour's drive away. The mountains surrounding the lake kept the smoke from bothering us, but it sure made for a bizarre day. We went swimming in the eerily still lake and floated amongst all the ashes the were sprinkled across the surface. It was actually quite beautiful.

Since we don't have any internet coverage in the area, we had to wait for my parents to arrive to hear the news of what was going on. We have felt so lucky with the beautiful weather we've been having, but everything comes at a cost. We drove to the ferry in Nanaimo and the smoke was so thick in the air that we couldn't stand to have the windows down. Once we arrived in Vancouver, we found the same thing here. The fires are all across the West Coast it seems -- not just on the island. Today, I'm spending the day indoors to avoid the smoke. I feel like I've inhaled enough of it yesterday, so I have decided to keep my windows closed and sweat it out inside.

I hope that wherever you are, you are safe on this strange Monday. xoxo

I was wearing:

H&M Overalls
Aritzia Hat

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Friday, 3 July 2015

Escape

 I've always known that I love exploring new places and suffer from a constant case of wanderlust, but I had never realized how something so small as finding a new beach so close to home would help to feed these cravings. On Canada Day, we decided to go on a mini road trip to escape the crowds at our local beach and were so glad that we did. We had the entire beach to ourselves and the ocean was clean so we were actually able to swim in the water. This might sound like a strange thing to say, but the beaches in Vancouver are so polluted by all of the tankers in the water that I have never actually set foot in the water there. The beaches themselves are quite beautiful, but unfortunately we don't seem to take care of our oceans quite enough here. Luckily, we can drive a short distance to get away from the pollution and enjoy our beautiful country the way we were meant to. I think we will be visiting this secret beach quite a bit this summer.

This weekend, we will be escaping the city again and I can't wait for some serious R&R. I hope you have an amazing weekend! xoxo

I was wearing:

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Dress
Birkenstock Sandals
Saint Laurent Sunglasses

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Summer Heat

This summer has me feeling like the world is a pretty amazing place. I will take secluded beaches, hot hot sun and days off with my man anytime. 

I was wearing:

Aritzia Top
UNIF Shorts
Saint Laurent Sunglasses
Sasha Eillenna and JQ Jewelry

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Dinner Date

 A summer dinner date is one of my favorite things to dress for. You can wear a beautiful dress and not have to worry about covering it up with a coat, and this in my books is a fashion success. Jackets and coats can definitely be fun layering pieces, but when you are forced to wear one everyday, it can get a little hard to mix it up enough that you don't get sick of reusing the ones you've already got. And so now, we can actually show off the adorable little dresses that we've been wearing all year! I have already worn this dress back in the winter (here) and it ended up being one of my favorites of the year so far. I love an item that can transition over into the summer without feeling out of place.

I'm headed to Las Vegas for the weekend with my girlfriend Jessica and Ralph Lauren to watch the Avicii concert and I'm so excited. Jessica is an amazing photographer and such a great friend so I'm really looking forward to a few days of girl time, cocktails by the pool and lots of photoshoots. Make sure to follow along on my instagram to see what we get up to! xoxo

I was wearing:

Zara Sandals

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rompin' in the Sun

 Good morning on this beautiful Tuesday! I hope you've had an amazing start to your summer -- I still can't believe how lucky we've been here. On the 21st, Ollie and I decided to take full advantage of the day and be outside for the entire thing. Sunshine does something to really lift the spirit and even after a super full day, I was still so energized that it was almost impossible to sleep. I think it's these short nights, but wow is it tough to get into bed. I just want to stay up and get as much out of the day as possible! Unfortunately, my work has been falling behind a bit and so today is an indoor day to catch up on everything. I must admit that I really really want to get outside, but I'm being a good girl and being productive today.

These photos were taken on Sunday, which was Father's Day, Summer Solstice, National Aboriginal Day, and International Day of Yoga! So many good things in one day -- you can't help but have a good one. I woke up with an amazing yoga class, then had a coffee and breakfast with Ollie before taking a bike ride around the seawall. We ended the day by taking a big blanket down to the beach to get cozy and watch the sunset on the longest day of the year. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Hopefully it's a sign of amazing things to come this summer. xoxo

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer Lovin

I can't believe how amazing this summer has already been and it isn't even officially summer yet. Can you believe it? Everyone in Vancouver is scratching their heads at the amazing weather we've been having and trust me -- we realize how lucky we are right now. We've actually got a little bout of rain at the moment and I'm pretty sure every single person in the city is giving it a pass because we've had a pretty great run so far. We can't get too greedy after-all! Sunday is the official start to summer, as well as Father's Day and International Yoga Day, so basically it is the best day ever! So many good things at once. Not sure what we'll be doing yet, but I'm determined that it will be something outside and taking in as much of the longest day of the year as possible. Hopefully we'll have some sunshine to top it off!

The photos above are from some of my favorite memories of the summer so far. There has been a lot of time outside -- at the beach, bike rides around the seawall and taking in the sunsets (which are always my favorite). I don't know what it is about this summer but I feel that I am finally learning to live in the moment and appreciate every second of it so much more than I ever have before. I have always been a person that feels a bit unsettled and not quite happy with my life when it is standing still. I've always needed a new adventure, a new destination, or some sort of life change to keep my spirits up. It's not that I'm an unhappy person by any means, but I guess I just felt like there must be something more for me. I'm certain this sounds terrible, but I'm also certain this is not uncommon with many people (I'm pretty sure it's why many of us start blogs in the first place!). I haven't had any recent life changing moment or reality check, but I think that I might just be finding peace with myself and where I am in life. And it feels pretty darn good. 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Double Denim

Lately, I've been finding that my looks need to be as effortless as possible otherwise I'm just not quite comfortable in my own skin. It must be the warmer temperatures creating the need for lighter layers and free flowing materials that has me feeling this way. If I can get away with one item outfits, I am the most content, but sometimes we need a little more warmth or coverage when the temperature drop in the evening. This look is my option for remaining as comfortable and fuss free as possible after the sun has dropped lower in the sky. Put on some birks and it's perfect for running to the shops, or put on heels like I did here and you're good for a dinner out!

I was wearing:

Zara Heels

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox