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GIRL TIME WITH MY PALM BAES

Shawn and I are back in BC for the summer – and I couldn’t be more excited! I didn’t realize how much I missed watching those sunsets, biking the seawall and being minutes away from my girlfriends. But, I am back in the city that captured my heart (and this time, there are no torrential downpours).

Like I said, it’s been a while since I’ve seen my Palm Baes and we needed a serious catch up (I have to add, I’m not a fan of the word “bae”, but I am a fun of puns and Palm Bay). Anyways, with a little help from this beverage brand, our day date was set…sometimes I cheat on my glass of rosé with a punchy Palm Bay. Don’t judge me.

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It was a perfect day. For those of you who’ve never been to Vancouver, let me tell you, summertime here is golden. It may rain 10 months out of the year, but once summer hits, you remember why it’s all worth it.

With the sun shinin’, everyone was in an extra good mood. My ladies came over and we huddled over a table laughing, catching up and sipping on some Palm Bays. It’s just what we needed to beat the heat – something refreshing and tropical – and the Pomegranate Hibiscus flavour did the trick. Okay, fine. The cookies and ice cream were also up there.

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I played bartender and mixed cocktails for the girls (with a side of cotton candy, ‘cause I’m that good). We turned up the music, danced around the living room and just goofed off. By the end of it, I felt like I had done a 2-hour abs workout. Seriously. I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard.

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That #PalmBayLife is good for the soul.

Love,

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This post was sponsored by Palm Bay but all opinions are my own.

SWEET SUMMER JAMS

Every summer has a song, but this year’s has ten! I always create a little playlist and have the tunes going at the beach, at a bbq, or even during a night-in with Shawn (and Doodle). Music makes things better.

So, roll down your windows and crank up those tunes. Here’s what I’ve been listenin’ to…

 
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BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA

Last week, Shawn and I flew out to Vancouver for a few days. If you’ve ever been, you’ll know that when it rains there – it pours. But, regardless, it still felt so good to be back in the city that captured my heart. We celebrated my birthday with friends and watched my best friend walk down the aisle. We had way too much fun dancing at the reception – if you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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We don’t have a permanent house in Vancouver, but the OPUS Hotel made us feel right at home. I mean, we stepped into our room and there was a bottle of red wine just begging to be opened! I was right in my element. These people do not miss a beat.

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As if the wine weren’t enough, they also sent up a couple glasses of champagne. So, here I was – in Vancouver and nicely buzzed in my first hour.

I can’t say enough about the staff. They were all so friendly and even left little candy treats for us in the room. Seriously, Shawn and I felt so spoiled! We were either sippin’ on vino or running around the city on a sugar high (thanks OPUS). Oh, and I need to mention that housekeeping also came to my rescue. I had my bridesmaid dress hemmed by a sweet lady in Edmonton who works for Blu’s in Southgate Centre. She did such a great job, but I’m pretty petite, and after trying on the dress again – it was still a bit long. That was no issue for housekeeping. They had it hemmed and ready to go in a matter of a couple hours! Phew.

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Photo Credit: OPUS Hotel

Our trip to Vancouver was too short – and we need make our way back again soon. I miss it more than ever today.

So, with that – I’ll leave you with a few reasons why Canada is one of the GREATEST countries in the world. I may be in Paris right now, but you can bet that I’m making a Caesar and toastin’ to my homeland. It may not taste as good as Leo’s, but, it’s still pretty darn good to me. Find him at OPUS Bar and tell him I sent ya!

20 THINGS THAT MAKE CANADA GREAT

1. It’s underrated. If you’ve never been – you’ll never fully understand its beauty.
2. The people are the friendliest you’ll ever come across.
3. Ketchup chips are everything.
4. Our beer is 5% – ha!
5. Prairie summers, bright yellow mustard fields, rolling hills, endless skies, prairie lakes and long, late sunsets.
6. Places have a small town vibe.
7. Canadians stand up for each other – and for what they believe.
8. You don’t hear anyone saying, “let’s make Canada great again!” – It’s consistent; it’s always great.
9. The snow! I love it – seasons give people balance and make you feel grounded.
10. We feel safe – gun control is important.
11. There are endless options for road trips.
12. Vancouver is home to many, but you never get used to its beauty. It feels like you’re permanently on vacation! The mountains and beaches. Enough said.
13. Caesars – yum!
14. Gay marriages. Everyone is treated as an equal.
15. Justin Bieber #SorryNotSorry.
16. Tim Hortons – the ice caps AND the mini donuts.
17. Poutine (okay, I’m getting hungry).
18. Newfoundland icebergs in the middle of June.
19. Lake Louis (featured on Sean Lowe’s season). BEAUTIFUL.
20. Canada is the land of diversity and opportunity.

Happy Canada Day, guys! I’ll be back before you know it.

Love,

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MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER

Growing up in the tiny town of Leduc, Alberta meant turning to my imagination. For about 7 months, I’d hide indoors because I just couldn’t face the cold. Once summer came around, everyone would travel to explore other cities. My family’s summer vacations always led us to beautiful BC, where we’d hang out at the beach, go boating and master the hiking trails. We’d do all of the things that were impossible to do back home. To me, Vancouver felt like the perfect getaway – I couldn’t believe people got to live there! When I turned 19, I got the opportunity to move to this city and didn’t think twice. It seemed too good to be true!!

There’s so much to do in this beautiful city. If you EVER get the chance to visit, check out some of these top things to do. They still get me every time:

1. Grouse Grind. If you are an active person, challenge yourself to the Grouse Grind. I REPEAT, ONLY IF YOU ARE A SERIOUSLY ACTIVE PERSON. They call it the “grind” for a reason.

It’s a 2.9 km trail up Grouse Mountain – Mother Nature’s stair master. It usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half to fully make it up this mountain. But, let me tell you, it’s worth it. You get a SERIOUS butt workout and then once you get to the top you get THE most gorgeous views of the city. There’s also a restaurant there where you can reward yourself with nachos and a nice, cold beer. Walking around the mountain, you’ll find Grizzly bears (in a confined area), a bird show (ew, not for me) and other cool sights. During the winter, you can take the tram, which is SO much easier than the hike! You can spend the day skating on the frozen pond, skiing, snowboarding and enjoying some of the restaurants. It’s definitely one of my favourite things to do in Vancouver (especially, the après-ski part).

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2. Granville Island. Definitely a must see! You can drive down or take a quick water taxi from downtown – which, I recommend because you get to be on the water.
There are a lot of great restaurants for serious foodies (The Sandbar is my fav), Check out the shops, boutiques and live entertainment. There’s a brewery and a farmer’s market with fresh foods (including seafood – which I just love!). It’s a fun place to visit as a family, as a couple or even solo!! When I close my eyes, I can just SMELL Granville Island – there’s nothing I don’t love about this place.

3. Fly over Canada. This is a new one for me! I recently went and felt like I was in Disneyland!! It’s a 10-minute interactive ride where you buckle up and “take off” on a virtual flight through Canada. I don’t think anyone realizes how stunning Canada really is. I know I have a good amount of American followers who might think like Shawn – that it’s all igloos and frozen tundra. But, take this ride and you will want to travel the whole country. It’s incredibly inspiring, fun and entertaining.

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4. The Vancouver Aquarium. Anytime my friends or family visit, I take them to the aquarium. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s always a good idea. What I love most about this place is that it’s non-profit. They protect animals in the wild and care about conservation. Ultimately, they use what they learn to help sea life in the wilderness. I’m also a lover of animals so this place is just right up my alley. I feel like a little kid when I’m there. You’ll see everything from whales, jellyfish and sea otters to sloths and frogs.

5. Kitsilano Beach. This one is my go-to spot in the summer. The Kits area is a 15- minute walk from downtown over the Burrard Bridge – you go from a downtown vibe to literally, the most relaxed place in Vancouver. Everyone is so laid back and in beach-mode. There are concession stands, an outdoor pool overlooking the beach, a seawall (another one of my favs), people dancing in drum circles and lifeguards (so you can paddle board with no fear!). It’s Vancouver’s Venice Beach with mountain views and AMAZING sunsets. I have a thing for grabbing a blanket, a bottle of wine, and Shawn (of course) – just in time to catch the sunset. Before I met him, this was my all-time favourite thing to do with girlfriends.

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The west coast lifestyle is so alive here. People slow down and enjoy life a little more – there’s just no rush to get from point A to point B. Over the last couple of years, my life has become a bit busier and I DO need to keep myself on time and on schedule! I rely on my CLUSE watch – it keeps me from getting on people’s bad side. It’s a simple piece – elegant and minimalistic. Fits right in with Vancouver’s vibes!

Shawn and I are heading back to Vancouver this summer. Hopefully, I’ll run into some of you at one of my favourite spots!!

Love,

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OLD SCHOOL LOVE

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Last weekend, Shawn and I did the unthinkable. We put away our iPhones and went retro – no phones, no TV, no SNAPCHAT!

Let me tell you, it felt great. Instead, we whipped out an adult colouring book (it’s a thing, people!) and just spent the evening hanging out. It was so refreshing to unplug and go back to a simpler time – if only for a night. We loved every minute and this time, Shawn stayed inside the lines…

Love,

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THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’

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Excited to share my Nashville look today! I had heard this city was amazing… guess everyone was right. I fit in just fine here with my FRYE boots from Shoes.com. Now just gotta find myself a good cowboy hat…

Love,

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Shop my boot look here: shoes.com

For you Canadians… shop my boot look here: shoeme.ca 

Check out this fun Q & A we did to find out everything from how we start our morning, to our adventures from Vancouver to Nashville!

Frame Game

I’ve made quite the spectacle of myself with my latest fashion obsession (wait for it…). I’m talking about my fave staple piece, glasses (boom!), and recently I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my followers about where I get all of them. I didn’t realize until I went through my Instagram lately… and I tend to be obsessed with frames. Nerdy is in, kids, and if that’s wrong then I don’t wanna be right!

When it comes to choosing frames, I take three factors into account: the shape, the colour and the texture. This seems pretty straight forward, but since as a piece they tend to be the focal point of your look (seems fair since they’re literally in the middle of your face), it’s important to know which frames work for your face shape, and which colours complement your complexion and eye colour.

I’m a big fan of the wayfarer shape, but I’ve been known to dabble with more round shapes (channelling my inner Penny Lane) or even cat-eye shaped frames. When it comes to colours, I love a marbled tortoise look, but I’m not afraid of a solid black or even coloured frame.

The options are endless, and the world is your four-eyed oyster. Try some out for yourself– with school starting again, you’ll fit the part and look bad-a** doing it.

With that said, eye’ll leave you with a little joke:

What do you call a one-eyed dinosaur?

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Photo Credit | Booje Media

Glasses | Eye Buy Direct

Black Sweater Dress | Aritzia

Black Booties | Ted Baker

White Dress | Threadsence

Date Night

One thing I definitely don’t take for granted these days is date night. For what seemed like FOREVER, Shawn and I couldn’t be seen together in public, and even something as simple as grabbing a coffee was an ordeal. Now that we’re free to be seen as a couple, we get really excited over the little things, and honestly, these days just grabbing a nice meal with a good glass of wine is the ideal date for me.

But that’s not to say I don’t like to spice it up a little. It’s safe to say I’m not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to date night activities, so here’s a list of ideas for your next night out:

  • Line Dancing
  • Skydiving
  • Improv night
  • Drive-In Movies
  • Whiskey (aka candy in a cup) paired with a nice meal and a glass of wine
  • Board Game Night – a little tip regarding this one: write truth or dares on your Jenga cubes and this can quickly become a fun night 😉
  • Crash a Wedding or Private Event – one of my fave’s
  • Karaoke
  • Seawall Bike Crawl – safer when you’re patio hopping!

Can’t say I’ve done ‘em all, but I definitely plan to. Looking forward to many more date nights with Shawn…for like…ever.

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Photo Credit | Booje Media

Skirt & Shirt | Privilege Clothing

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My Unreserved Moments

I had a blast with my first Instatakeover with @UnreservedWine last week. It was all about capturing and showcasing my #UnreservedMoments, and we all know I get a kick out of those. I’ve said it once (okay, maybe more than once), and I’ll say it again– the most important thing to always remember is to be true to yourself– no matter what anyone says about you. Love that I got to share the moments that make me ME, and I love sharing my REAL side.

If you want to share your #UnreservedMoments, use the hashtag when you post to instagram.

Check out mine below!

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How I Set The Mood

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Lately it’s been crucial for me to have a daily routine that involves some serious down-time. As much fun as we’ve been having, sometimes Shawn and I just need a little ‘us’ time to decompress, chill-out and enjoy each other’s company. This time in our lives is so special, and quality time throughout our schedules has become our favourite ritual.

We make sure that every day when we get home, we light some candles, throw on the ‘ol tunes, have a pillow fight and really relax. I’m obsessed with candles, like, really obsessed, but recently I’ve become aware of how many toxic chemicals they are made with. If you think about it, you’re breathing that air in and causing harm to your body when you’re supposed to be doing something therapeutic! Not cool.

During our time in Vancouver, I’ve been trying to explore local companies to share with you guys (not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m pretty proud to be Canadian) and do blog features on what I really love. I was excited to come across this candle company called Vancouver Candle Co.  They’re a local duo who hand-make all of their candles right here in Vancity. Each scent is natural and designed to smell like the neighbourhood that inspired it…brilliant! Since I love myself a good beach smell, I have to say my favourite scent is Kitsilano!

Best part about these products is that they are 100% clean burning, so you don’t have to worry about breathing in harmful toxins OR about the environment. WIN-WIN, I’d say. Nicely done boys!

On top of the fact that these are local, smell delish, are non-toxic, and last FOREVER the packaging is sharp and makes for a nice little touch to your home, or the perfect gift.

Hope you guys like them… we sure do.

P.S. If you use the promo code MadeInVancouver at check-out, you’ll get 15% off your entire order!

Love,

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Photo Credit | Booje Media