June has been going by at such a fast pace and I'm afraid that summer is going to pass us by before we get the chance to soak it in. Sometimes I feel like I really live in the moment and experience life to its fullest, but unfortunately I don't think this has been the case lately. Ollie and I have some big travel plans coming up in September and it almost feels like our lives are in limbo waiting for this time to come. We need to save up as much as we can for the next couple of months so we've been avoiding anything that costs money and as a result, I think we've been avoiding the things that don't cost money as well. At a time when I usually feel my most inspired, I've been feeling quite the opposite. This weekend, though, was very different. We got outside, did some exercise, soaked in the sun, tried new restaurants, saw a movie, and had some good quality time together without our phones or computers. I feel like the Vitamin D is quickly reviving me and the appreciation for the moment is returning. There's something about getting outside on a warm day and walking down by the water, hand-in-hand with my man, that always puts a smile on my face. This was a good weekend and hopefully the start of an amazing summer. I really hope yours was beautiful too! xoxo
Summer is actually here!! And we had an absolutely beautiful first day of it. We both had to work -- which was a bit of a bummer -- but we can already feel that summer motivation and both got a really great workout in this afternoon. I always find it hard to keep my motivation up when it's raining and cold so I get a bit panicked once bikini weather hits. This year had been no different, so I'll be working out extra hard for the next few weeks to make up for it. Silly me :(
I just realized that I made that sound all negative, but I actually really like working out and getting healthy and finding any excuse possible to be outdoors. I've been avoiding the sun ever since having my Halo laser treatment (which I'll tell you more about soon) and I can't wait to get out there and soak it up. No more hibernating for me!
Happy Friday!! I hope you guys have had an amazing week. I feel like this one went super quick for me and that I haven't really gotten much done at all. I realized this morning how far behind I am on my emails and so I've been trying to sort that out for the last couple of hours. I swear that I am the slowest email writer in the entire wold -- not only am I a bit of a slow typer, but it takes me sooo long to compose even the simplest email. I always worry that I sound too demanding or harsh or silly or uncaring. I find it really hard to get the right balance and always try to imaging how it's going to read on the other end. It's nothing like writing this blog -- sure, sometimes I have no clue what to write about, but I usually just sit in from of the keyboard for a couple of seconds and then barf out whatever comes to mind. That's how I've always done it and it keeps my blog as something that I enjoy doing. I think if I worried too much about being ultra professional or having a specific tone to my writing, that it would feel more like a chore or a real job. In this way, I feel like I'm keeping more of a short diary that I can look back on to remember what I was doing and wearing on that day and I hope that you guys enjoy it as well.
I always get a lot more motivation for this space once summer hits and I know the reason is that I really love summer clothes so much more. I love being outdoors and at the beach and not being covered in a million uncomfortable layers of clothes. I think most girls love autumn the best, but I'm definitely a warm weather gal. I also feel that sweaters and jeans just honestly don't look that great on me and I always dread looking over the photos afterwards because it makes me self-conscious. But summer clothes -- they're my jam. I love them and I think they love me too. That's why we get along so well!
I was wearing:
Tobi Two Piece Set (more sets here)
*Note: the top is very see-through and has an open back so difficult to wear a bra.
Fits small. I'm wearing a size medium. (I'm 5'9" for reference)
I feel like this summer is going to be the year of maxi dresses for me. I've already picked up a couple of new ones and I think I'm hooked now. There's something so easy a carefree about them and I feel as though it's the easiest way to transition from a day at the beach to dinner out -- especially when they are in a beautiful print like this one that I'm wearing. I'm really loving this bandana style of print lately and I've just realized that 3 of my 5 new items are in this print.... not to mention the actual bandana I bought today. Geez. Maybe it's going to be the year of the bandana for me instead!
We took these shots on Friday, when Ollie and I took the day off to enjoy a relaxing day after his birthday. It was so nice to go down to the beach and have the place to ourselves rather than our usual busy weekend or after work shoot days. This ended up being one of my favorite shoots that we've done in a long time and it was so nice to not be in a rush or feeling uncomfortable because there are constantly people walking past and staring because they're wondering what the heck we're doing. The photo shoots have definitely gotten easier over the years, but I would be lying if I said that those stares don't phase me. I think you can also tell from the final result of the images -- I look so much more at ease and relaxed because I really am. I'm always going to look back on these shots with a smile. This was a very good day.
Happy weekend! Ollie and I have been enjoying a bit of a long weekend and I can't tell you how nice it's been to have no plans and nowhere to be for 3 whole days. It was Ollie's birthday on Thursday, so we thought we would take the next few days off to relax and enjoy an extended birthday weekend. I usually work from home on Fridays as it is but it was completely different to have the day off together. I didn't actually get much work done but I can't say that I mind!
These photos are from last weekend when it was the most gorgeous day we've had so far this year. We took the bikes out and went to stock up on fruit at Granville island. We've just started making our own kombucha from home and wanted to try all the different flavor combinations that we could think of. I also had fresh lychees for the first time and I think they are now my 3rd fave fruit -- after mangoes and strawberries. So good! They were terrible in the kombucha, but that's ok -- I'll just eat them alone. We piled all the fruit in my bike basket and headed back home to make a huge mess in the kitchen from all our concoctions. I think I might actually do a video on how to make kombucha soon. I was really scared to try it for myself, but a friend offered to send over a scoby and it turns out that it's sooo easy! And now I have an endless supply of the delicious drink. I am one very happy girl!
I realize that some people are way over the 70s trend but for some reason I just can't get enough. I guess I haven't had my fill yet! And so, I'm going to keep wearing it and enjoying it until I can't stand it anymore. Hope you don't mind :)
This is the final look that I wore during my May long weekend in Victoria (watch the video here) and it's easily my favorite. I've had this top for over a year now and it will forever remind me of our beautiful holiday in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. I love when an item does this. Some people say that scents bring back the best memories, but for me it's clothes. I can remember exactly when I wore them and how I felt at the time -- especially if it's a good memory. I guess I now have 3 amazing memories from this top!
I've just uploaded a new lookbook video from our long weekend in Victoria! This is what I actually wore each day of the long weekend -- super relaxed and casual as is required for a weekend getaway. I hope you like it! xoxo