I’ve been in the throes of our bedroom makeover as we approach the big reveal day. As most room refreshes go, things had to get really chaotic before they could get better, which was tough. Our entire bedroom was in our living/dining room, and for a hot minute, we had double of all our bedroom furniture. Once we sold everything (to really great homes, loved how delightful everyone who bought stuff was) and were able to switch things around, everything is really coming together and it already feels like an entire new space.
When the dust settled and we cleared out living room clutter, my beautiful Lochside bike was calling my name (I love it so much that I don’t trust storing it in our building’s bike room, so it lives in our apartment rn lol). I’m so sad that I didn’t feature this beauty sooner, so please stick around while I give these guys some major love.
Lochside Cycles is a local company, started by two brothers based out of Victoria. They just love cycling and wanted to get more people out there on bikes! They’d always tinkered around with customizing their own wheels, and ended up creating what is now Lochside Cycles, names after the local bike trail they grew up riding. They saw room in the local market for minimal, stylish, yet functional bikes, and they’ve really created such a gorgeous collection. With attainability in mind, they also somehow keep the prices reasonable so that occasional riders, like myself, still find their offerings accessible.
What I ended up with was the Uptown Bike. It’s a 5-Speed with internal gears for easy shifting, and quite perfect for my city cruising. I was really great in July for going out for short rides to help build up my biking skills, but I really let that go this past month while I was in project mode. I am dedicating September to more rides! The final goal is to be able to cycle to the office in Gastown, and to nearby errands. I even bought a front basket with this goal in mind. I can’t wait to be a confident badass biker out there in those Vancouver bike lanes!
Heck yes we took a group photo at every single stop on the tour ?
Did you know that Langley has its own little wine country? Just a 45(ish) minute car ride from Vancouver. And you guys, it’s REALLY good!
We had the idea to do a self guided Fraser Valley wine tour at one of our cousin hangouts. We locked in a date and a plan (we’d take 2 cars and have 2 designated drivers), as well as loose itinerary. I’m sure the beautiful weather, delicious wine, and great company had a lot to do with it, but it was, hands down, one of my favourite days last summer.
If you are looking for an activity that takes you just out of the city, below is more info about the 3 wineries and 1 cidery we visited! If you are wanting to do a full day trip, I recommend heading to Fort Langley in the morning, getting brunch, exploring the cute little shops, walking the riverfront, and then setting out on a wine tour!
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:
I don’t know if I’ve really explained this, but since I spend so much time in this city, I want to pass on more Vancouver guides and recommendations. Whether you’re visiting or live just down the street, the beauty of a city is that there’s always something new to discover! I created the hashtag #604Guide (that I see a couple of random other people have used once or twice…maybe I’m onto something?) because I thought the hashtag would be a cool way to collect ideas on Insta and then I’d create more comprehensive guides and lists here on the blog!
What I wanted to share today was a list I’ve been working on that includes some of my favourite spots around town to kick back, relax, and get beautified! Self care is so important and no matter what your budget or availability, you can definitely squeeze in a pampering session every once in a while! From massages, facials, makeup, nails, and brows, you’ll have to read on to find out where you should treat yo self in Vancouver.