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10 Beautiful Weekend Trips From Vancouver

July 19, 2017

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Pack your bags, we’re going to beautiful BC and beyond!

Vancouver is an absolutely stunning city that boasts it all: a bustling metropolis, impressive mountain ranges, Pacific coastline, and lush forests.  So, it should come as no surprise, that the surrounding areas are just as Instagram-worthy!  I adore a weekend trip, as a chance to get out of the city and explore. Below,  I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favourite nearby places to escape to, but truly, there could be at least a dozen more notable locations.  There’s just so much to see!

Be sure to read on to find out where we love to travel to for a weekend getaway:

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Style

What The Flock

July 17, 2017

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You know I love a good flamingo pun!

It’s taking all of my self control not to begin this post with the riveting fact that my legs are covered in mosquito bites.  But, despite my best efforts, this is still the opening sentence and I can’t stop scratching my legs, like a crazed itchy lunatic.  I know that bitten legs are a sign of a great summer weekend, but man, is it also incredibly annoying and unattractive.

We crossed the border to a friend’s family cabin in Point Roberts on Saturday, which was such a great way to spend the weekend.  I managed to read an entire book, get some sun, and most importantly, watch the doggos run around off leash on the beach.  I love how extra special our mini getaways feel with Reggie in our lives.  Seeing him have a good time makes everything 10 times more fun!  Point Roberts was an interesting place.  I’d never been before, and I had no idea that it was SO close by and basically should just be a part of Canada.  Wish we’d had time to explore a bit more, but we had to get back to run some errands and go to the Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty concert.  I have to say, the Counting Crows were a massive disappointment.  They played a rather obscure setlist and when they did play the hits, Adam Duritz would play some artsy version that you couldn’t even sing along to.  My cousin’s wife fell asleep during their set!  I mean, it was truly not great.  His voice still sounds amazing, I just think that if you’re playing a nostalgia tour, you should stick to the way the song originally sounds as much as possible.  We’re there for a sing a long!  Anyway, Matchbox Twenty rocked it and their sound was also incredible.  Still glad we went, my cousins are such a blast to hang out with.

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Style

Floral Loft Dress

July 7, 2017

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I find it so fascinating how much styles and trend interpretation changes based on location.  Here in Vancouver, I’m always pulled towards a relaxed, casual style and, at the moment, a very neutral palette.  Which, has the benefit of comfort and simplicity, but I have to admit, gets repetitive.  While we were in Chicago, I mentioned to my sister in law that I was almost shocked by all the bright colour that everyone was wearing!  It was so fun and refreshing, and I left the midwest determined to ease some other hues back into my wardrobe.

So, the day we were leaving for the cottage, I raced to the mall looking for pieces that are easy to wear, but that have some colour and pattern.  I ended up finding a couple great frocks on sale at LOFT, including this dress.  I especially love how this piece will easily translate into the fall as well, it’s always a bonus when something can be worn cross-seasons!

What about you?  What is the fashion scene like where you live?

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Travel

Travel Diary | Reykjavik, Iceland

July 4, 2017

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Have you ever dreamt of going to the airport without a ticket and just choosing the next departing flight on the board?  It’s a bucket-list worthy travel adventure that I was somehow lucky enough to experience last week.  Let’s start from the beginning.

Air Canada Rouge reached out with a really cool idea.  They’d send me on a trip somewhere for just 24 hours, but there was a catch.  They weren’t going to tell me where I was going until JUST before takeoff and I would use their in-flight Rouge Wi-fi to do research and figure out my itinerary while en route. My organized, planning self was initially hesitant at the notion of having zero control over, well, everything. This kind of opportunity isn’t one you can really ponder, though.  It requires an enthusiastic “yes,” and an “I’ll deal with it when the time comes,” kind of mentality.

While I was in Chicago, the team let me know that I’d be leaving for my mystery adventure the day after returning to Vancouver, and so began this wild ride.  The email revealing my destination came through just a couple of hours before I was set to leave my house and I was absolutely blown away.  You can see my reaction in the video below, but as you can imagine, I was in a bit of shock about the location they chose: Reykjavik, Iceland.

This was, hands down, the most amazing travel adventure I’ve ever been on.  I grew up inspired by shows like Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation, The Layover, as well as Canadian gem Departures.  I’m so happy that I managed to VLOG my journey to Iceland, because this felt, in a small way, like my own little travel show for the day.  Watch it all below!

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