Girls Weekend

It’s been a long winter and pretty stressful for me lately, being an adult is difficult. So when one of my very best friends Megan invited myself and Coleen (writer of Lipstick and L’Attitude) up for a visit we jumped at the chance. Megan lives in Peterborough, about a 2 hour drive from Toronto, so Coleen and I packed her car full (well, I packed her car full – I’m a serial over packer) and started our journey!

We had plans to eat at the yummiest restaurants and drink some delicious wine – and did we ever. I was so tired on the Friday night that I just couldn’t bring out my camera. But on Saturday we got down to business, starting off with breakfast and orange juice, we got ready for a day of shopping, eating, more shopping, and wine.

We grabbed lunch at the famous Hot Belly Mama’s on George Street, and it was not disappointing! The food is Cajun style with New Orleans inspired dishes, so many options. We all got something a little different and it was great. I went with the brisket sandwich, I already want to drive the 2 hours back up there and get it again.

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Pictures just don’t do this food justice. It was seriously good, highly recommend Hot Belly Mama’s if you’re in the Peterborough area! The atmosphere in there is great too, really comfortable and friendly – and awesome service! 

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After making some plans to meet up with our friend John, who joined us for lunch, Megan, Coleen and I went shopping (of course). I’ve been on the search for a “grown-up” cloth black jacket lately and I found one for, get this, $22! It was in a crazy sale and I can’t be happier with it. I’ll show it off soon – promise!

We topped of a great day by cooking Mexican food, drinking wine, and of course using Lush fresh face masks – what else?

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Sadly our weekend had to come to an end, Coleen and I packed her car with our bags and recent purchases and headed home. Being the Canadians we are, we stopped at Tim Horton’s for some coffee and Timbits and hit the road.  The drive was a bit crazy but we got home safe and sound.

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I love weekends like this, relaxing, catching up with friends, and shopping. I can’t wait to plan the next weekend! Not to mention cuddling Mily, Megan’s Greyhound, I’m already missing this little girl, how could you not love this face? IMG_1288

xx.

West Coast Wedding

Vancouver has to be one of my favourite cities in the world. Being as my sister moved there just under two years ago, I have the pleasure of going to visit whenever I want! I had always been an East Coast lover, I could never understand the pull of the West Coast – that was until I visited it for myself. How could you not love a city surrounded mountains and water, not to mention all the delicious food.

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Pups on a hike an hour after I got off my flight

This past summer, my West Coast sister got married! It was the first wedding in the family – pretty exciting stuff. I spent a few weeks with her and the rest of my family in Vancouver getting ready and then promptly resting. Who knew one day could be so exhausting.

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summertime drinks on a patio in Gastown

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Vancouver by night

My wake-up call every morning

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The view from the deck

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Photo shoot before the wedding, typical of my family

The day was amazing, my sister’s attention to detail and eye for design really allowed for the wedding to be unforgettable. What a beautiful day it was and in the perfect location. They chose a venue with so much charm and character, Hart House in Burnaby, BC. Seeing Hart House for the first time is like living in the past, you’ll fall in love immediately. (I highly recommend a visit there for brunch, amazing eggs benny)

The wedding was in early August, a great time of the year in Vancouver, the day started out a little dreary but it turned out to be lovely weather. The whole day was a blur, as I was one of the bridesmaids along with my other sister and my now brother-in-law’s sister, I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos. The only ones I could sneak were some candid iPhone shots.

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The bride and her daughter

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My two sisters

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Mother of the bride

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Bride and Ring bearer

The groomsmen and pups

The groomsmen and pups

I can’t properly do Hart House justice with words, you’ll just have to see it for yourself one day. Here’s the bride and groom with Hart House in the background.

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Image via Taliah Leigh Photography

The photographer that my sister and her husband picked is a natural light photographer. I really enjoy her work, she’s super fun and has some great ideas. Check out Taliah Leigh’s website and portfolio. She took some amazing photos of the ceremony and reception at Hart House, you can check them out here.

But of course, the vacation had to come to an end, and this had been a long one – a cap to a two month trip through California and British Columbia. After getting some last minute shopping and eating done, I was off, back to Toronto, back to reality. It’s always sad to leave a place you love, but even more so when you have to leave your fur nephew and niece.

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Imagine leaving this behind

Goodbye for now Vancouver, I’ll be back soon….

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Hiking the Escarpment

I love the fall, as I’ve said before the colours are mesmerizing. I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment along the famous Bruce Trail – the outdoors are all around me. It’s a great sight throughout the year, from the buds in the spring, to the fresh green of summer, and the changing of the leaves all throughout the fall. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

For me, I visit any time that I feel the need to get out. Last Friday, I convinced my dad to take a hike with me and my family’s dog, Monty. Monty is an English Springer Spaniel, we adopted him from a rescue about 4 years ago, he’s 9 now and has as much energy as a puppy does, perfect for hiking.

I wanted to share some beautiful shots that I snapped during our 2 and a half hour hike along the Escarpment Trail and Bruce Trail. Enjoy!

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Over looking West Hamilton and McMaster University

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Best friends

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On our journey back to the car, we stopped at a bakery that I’ve been going to since I was little. We had a spot of lunch and a cookie, we were famished and I forgot to grab some shots of the delicious food so no photos of the food – sorry!

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We also passed by a family friend’s vineyard who happened to be out picking some grapes to sell at the side of the road later in the day.

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The farmhouse

Being an animal person, I had to stop and give a pet to this beautiful horse at the side of the road. She trotted right up to me, not shy at all!

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It was a great day to hike, I can’t wait to do it again soon…