Mint To Be

posted on: March 23, 2015

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The Details // Photos by Alexandra
Mint Jacket, SheInside
Blouse, Main & 8th
Distressed Denim, Mavi
White Pumps, Zumel & Co. / similar
Sunglasses, Le Chateau / similar
Clutch, Loft / similar
Necklace, Kate + Olivia

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Have you guys seen the travel show Departures?  It was recently added to Netflix Canada and Adam was pleasantly surprised when he saw me watching it. "I used to LOVE this show!" he exclaimed.  We've now viewed the first two seasons together and finish each episode with the intense desire to travel the world.  What I love about Departures, is that it's unlike any other travel show I've seen.  You really connect with Canadian travellers Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach, and cameraman Andre Dupuis like you're part of their crew.  Andre's cinematography honestly makes me want to shoot even more videos, especially of our travel adventures.  His commitment to get the exact shots he needs is so inspiring, it's no wonder he's won multiple awards for his work on Departures.

Like I do with all shows I love, I had to conduct some light research to see what these guys are up to now.  I ended up finding that Justin lives in Vancouver AND has mutual friends.  I was explaining this to my best friend and her husband on the way to dinner on Friday, as they're my strongest connection to him.  We arrive to dinner and who's sitting right beside our table, but our mutual connection!  So of course it is explained that we were JUST talking about the show, how I'm a fan etc. and she reveals that he's actually heading to the restaurant later that night.  So, here with photo evidence and all, I got to MEET Justin!  It was such a cool experience getting to talk to one of the stars of this show that ultimately feels like an old friend.  Thanks for taking the time to let me fangirl, Justin!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that more seasons of Departures will be in the works soon.  The rest of you, go watch it right NOW!


2015 STRONG: Core Workout

posted on: March 12, 2015


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My core is definitely my biggest 'problem area'.  I say that only because when I gain weight, it always goes straight to my stomach.  I think they say that it's a direct result of stress, but knowing that only stresses me out more.  The only solution is to continue on with this awesome #2015STRONG program to strengthen my core are (and possibly take up yoga and/or meditation to chill out).  Meray from My Reward Fitness took Alexandra from To Vogue Or Bust and I through a really great core workout that I know you can all easily do at home, the gym, or even outdoors at any level.  The video is below and to my newsletter subscribers, I'll get you that email PDF soon.  Hope you all enjoy this routine - I like to think of it as though we're all one sit up closer to abs ;) Enjoy!

Seaside

posted on: March 10, 2015

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The Details // Photos by Alexandra
Scuba T-Shirt Dress, Gap
Trench Coat, Gap
Scarf, Topshop
Bag / Shoes / Earrings / Sunglasses, Le Chateau
Bracelet, J.Crew

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As the fog rolled into Vancouver, I made a run for it and flew to Toronto today.  Thought writing a post would be no problem, but on these travel days, I'm left with a headache and very little to say.  The plane ride itself really wasn't bad, I just end up so exhausted after air travel.  This particular jaunt, the guy behind me was so tall that his knees were practically touching my elbows, and he basically knocked my seat around for our entire trip.  I did feel for him though, imagine being so tall that you don't fit in regular seats?  Buuut, he also wore sunglasses the whole time, even at night.  So many questions.  Then, the guy beside me was adorable, but must have literally come to the airport straight from camping because of his entire outfit (ohhh, trust me) but mostly because he reeked of campfire and trees.  Some real characters on that plane today. Always an adventure I tell ya!  Off to bed now and getting a new 2015 workout to you for tomorrow - stay tuned!

2015 STRONG: Upper Body Workout

posted on: March 6, 2015

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The words 'strapless wedding dress' have been repeating over and over again in my head lately.  I need to get my act together and tone my arms and get rid of that flabby bit at the armpit (wth is that garbage?!).  Meray of My Reward Fitness worked with Alexandra of To Vogue Or Bust and I last week to bring you a great upper body workout!  These six moves will help tone up and bring definition to your arms, as well as your back and shoulders.  I admittedly couldn't move my arms after we filmed this workout, but I also have the upper body strength of a spaghetti noodle. Mmm...spaghetti.  Seriously though, I have done this routine on 'arms' day at the gym twice since our session with Meray and can definitely feel the difference.  Can't wait to get stronger!

I really think you'll LOVE this one.  It's great for all fitness levels and can be done at home, at the gym, or even outdoors.  Be sure to watch the video below and sign up for the #2015STRONG Newsletter for a printable PDF of this workout that you can bring to the gym with you (I open the pdf on my phone or iPad at the gym to stay paperless).  Enjoy and happy Friday xo



 

Wedding Planning: Reality & Progress

posted on: March 5, 2015

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As of next week, we are exactly 5 months away from THE big day - finally!  Jeez, we've been engaged for a year and a half and I kind of feel like we've been planning this wedding for a lifetime.  I mean, the last time I updated you on our wedding planning was December 2013!  I'm pretty sure that in a small way, once August rolls around we'll be thinking let's get this event over with already!

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I've been trying for a few months to write this post and articulate my feelings about wedding planning.  I think that ultimately, I have a love/hate relationship with it (let's go ahead and cross wedding planner of the list of future careers).  There are really tough decisions to make and I'm not exactly the most decisive person around.  Plenty of times, I've felt completely overwhelmed and just avoided answering pertinent questions, because I just.can't.deal.  Our guest list still haunts us.  As warm and inclusive people, we would LOVE to invite everyone we have ever met.  Here in reality though, we've had to make some difficult calls.  People warned us of this, but I really don't think that you can grasp this concept until you're staring at a spreadsheet, arguing about whether or not Uncle Bob can bring a date and who gets bumped if he does.

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It's not all stress though.  We honestly have some of the BEST vendors on board with us and they have helped make this a fairly positive experience.  I think (just decided this right now because I'm kind of only thinking about the wedding lately) I'm going to do a fun series on the blog leading up to August.  Can't wait to introduce you to some of these amazing vendors and to share the rest of this planning experience with you.  Especially since we're on fun things like decor, wedding party attire, and honeymoon planning right now!

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Our wedding planning advice for the moment is to stay united as a team and fight for your vision.  There will be compromises that must be made with people at times, but it's so important to make sure the day remains a reflection of you two!  xo

Photography by the talented Shari + Mike

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