Travel Style

Up, up, and away today! I’m heading off to Europe for my first time. I am SO excited to finally see this side of the world.

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Dress Dreams

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Floral Print Dress | Hot Pink Slides | Aviators

I have been eyeing pieces from Goodnight Macaroon for quite some time now, they have the dreamiest lace and floral dresses you can find! I had my eye on a dress just like this one for many months now  – really, I’ve been dreaming of owning it since March. I finally snagged it when I found a more affordable version of it through Goodnight Macaroon, I’m so glad I did! I am OBSESSED with this printed maxi dress. It is so comfortable, airy, and packed so well! Floral Print Dress-18

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Boho Vibes

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Floral Embroidered Dress | Hot Pink Slides | Bauble Earrings | Mirror Sunglasses

During our trip from BC to Alberta we made a pit stop at Hotel Zed in Kelowna for a night of rest before another big day of travel. I had my eye on this hotel for a while because of it’s fun walls and decor, along with it’s great price! It’s right across the road from the beach and around the corner from lots of great restaurants

We woke up bright an early Wednesday morning for a quick breakfast before hitting the road to Lake Louise. I wore this light and airy embroidered dress, it was perfect for the long drive and for when we arrived at Lake Louise. I always love crisp whites for summer with added bright details and this dress is the perefect fit! Leading up to our trip I kept looking at photos there and seeing everyone in sweaters, so I packed a few, but it was actually really warm and sunny when we arrived!

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In the Gardens

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Floral Faux Wrap Dress | Microsuede Mules | Aviators | Lipstain | Purse

If you have been following me on Instagram you would know I have been on a west coast adventure for the past week. Sadly, it will be coming to an end today :(, but our time out west has been amazing and we have so enjoyed every moment (well, aside from the traffic on the way to Lake Louise & Moraine – more on that later).

One of the places I was really looking forward to visiting during our time on Vancouver Island was The Butchart Gardens. I has been looking up places to visit in the area so we would have some ideas when we arrived at my friend’s house, the gardens was top of my list. It was so stunning with almost everything in full bloom. We had a great time touring around and learning about the many different types of flowers – I need to brush up on my knowledge! One of the things we were most impressed with was how dog friendly they were. We were staying with my old colleague from Dog Guides so we brought her dog with us, it was amazing to see how welcoming and accommodating the staff were with her pup.

After touring most of the gardens we ended up in the rose gardens, my favourite. As you can see if was pretty bright, and busy, that day but we did our best to capture some of the gardens for you to enjoy.

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When I knew we would be going to the gardens I picked out this dress because it was just the perfect fit for this background! I was really comfortable throughout the day, even with that hot sun beating down! It’s the perfect dress for a summer garden party or for dinner out with a jean jacket on top!

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Packing Tips & Tricks

I’ve landed in Vancouver and am settling in with my family here 🙂 This trip involves a lot of traveling between homes and hotels so I decided to really pair down and go with just a carry on, a big departure from my normal luggage. In trying to limit my luggage, I learned some good packing tips that I thought I would share with you. I hope you find some good tips and tricks in here :).

P.S. sorry for the low quality photos/photoshop, I ran out of time this week and did this on the fly.

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Plan Ahead

Before I start packing I like to map out what we will be doing during our time away, will we be going to fancy restaurants where I will need a nicer dress and heels? will we be swimming, hiking, or doing other activities that require different attire? Once I have a general idea of what we will be doing on the trip I start to map out what I will need.

Make a List

Since I was young I have been a lover of list making, especially when it comes to travel. I think this obsession started when I was doing competitive dance and traveling many weekends of the year. I would always keep a full list of every piece and go through to check off and ensure I have everything I need. One of the main benefits of a list it ensuring that you don’t over pack. I find it SO easy to feel like I need to bring options for everything and as soon as I start looking at pieces in my closet I find myself wanting to bring each of them with me. Having a realistic list of what I will actually need throughout my travels keeps me from bringing everything but the kitchen sink.

Roll, don’t fold

This. is. key! I don’t know how I every got through traveling without knowing this trick! Rolling your clothes not only compresses them further giving you more space, but it also helps avoid wrinkles. On that note, if you have clothes that wrinkle easily you can try a couple different tricks: 1) have your clothes professionally cleaned prior to travel, keep the clothing folded with the tissue your cleaner uses for wrinkle free items upon arrival 2) Steam! If you can’t fit a steamer in your bag, no problem! Another handy trick I learned from my dance days is that you can easily steam clothes while you shower. Simply hang the pieces in the bathroom on non-metal hangers and have a hot shower, the steam in the room will help release the wrinkles. If this isn’t working well for you, toss a towel along the bottom of the door – also, ensure that you don’t have the fan on in the bathroom.

Limit shoes

I am half writing this as a reminder to myself. You’re shoes don’t need their own bag, Emelia! (insert monkey covering eyes emoji). I have often brought way too many shoes with me while traveling just to have them left in my luggage taking up space. Now, I have learned to pick a few neutral pairs of shoes such as one simple sneaker, a pair of classic flats, and some nude or black heeled sandals or wedges. If you stick to neutrals and simple styles you shoes will stretch a lot further and you will save a lot of space.

Colour coordinate

An easy way to stretch your travel wardrobe is to colour coordinate your outfits. As you can see in my above picture I chose to stick with pale pinks, blues, and greys, along with one black sweater that will pair well with the outfit I picked for the plane or be easily thrown on over a t-shirt and jeans. I picked these pieces specifically because they can easily pair together and create multiple outfits to take me through multiple situations.

Don’t waste space

Don’t waste the valuable space inside your shoes – rolling up your socks and underwear to put in your shoes will maintain their shape and save space too!

Use travel sized toiletries

An easy way to cut down on weight and space (and allow you to just bring a carry on) is to use travel sized toiletries. You can easily pick up these travel sized items at Walmart, Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, or another local pharmacy. When away for a week I know I am only going to wash my hair twice so I just bring enough shampoo and conditioner for those two times, plus a mini bottle of dry shampoo. For mini makeup you can find great little kits at the Cosmetics Company or you can go get sample containers from Sephora to take with you.

I hope you guys find this helpful, and I am praying that I am able to get through the week with what I have. I am sure it will be fine, but it’s a weird departure for me to be traveling with so little!

Lavender Love

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White Lace Dress (similar, all lace option) | Sandals (similar & available in more sizes)| Aviators | Glassware

One of my favourite places to go during the summer is the Terre Bleu Lavender Farm. It’s such a beautiful and relaxing place to visit! We went last year right before the end of the season when some of the lavender had already been harvested, and it was rather busy. This year, we went on a Friday right at the peak of the season and it was such a great experience.

When you first arrive at Terre Bleu you go through their shop full of lots of goodies. There are a number of products available for sale, all of which looked great, my favourites being the lavender bath bomb and lemonade. You would think that lavender lemonade, ice cream, or ice cream sandwiches might be a little strange but they are SO good!

Though I can no longer have dairy (tear) I can still enjoy a good lemonade, one of my favourite summer drinks. The week we went to the lavender farm I happened to go to a restaurant that has an adult version of this lemonade, it’s so dang delicious and pretty simple to make.

Recipe:

  • 2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 tsp. Dried Lavender
  • 1 tbsp. Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • Garnish with lemon slices and more lavender if you please 🙂

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Toronto Christmas Market

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One of the things we look forward to every Christmas Season is the Toronto Christmas Market. We love the Distillery District any time of the year, but there is something so magical about the Christmas Market. I just love strolling around and taking everything in.

This year we went on a day that was forecast to be a big snowstorm so there were smaller crowds and we found we didn’t have to wait for anything. One of the stops we make every year is the patio at El Catrin for some mulled wine. I love that you can cozy up around one of the fires and keep warm while enjoying your drink outside.

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Christmas Tree Farm

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Sweater: Mendocino (similar & availbale online) | Denim: Anthropologie (so comfortable!) | Coat: Forever 21 | Denim: Rag & Bone (on sale) | OTK Boots: Circus by Sam Edelman | Plaid Blanket Scarf: Aldo | Lipstick: MAC in Dubonette

By now you have likely noticed that I am all about Christmas. I love this time of year and all of the planning that goes into it. One of the things I always look forward to each year is putting up our tree. At my parents house we would always have two trees, one fake one for my mom to decorate, because she’s allergic, and one real one for us kids to decorate will all the ornaments we made and collected throughout the years. When Josh and I moved in together I insisted we have at least one tree in our place, I tried for two but was quickly shot down because we really don’t have the space.

Last year we headed up to Wintersinger’s, based on the recommendation from a friend, and it did not disappoint. It was so dang cute and the people who run it are the sweetest! We went on a Monday when it was nice and quiet and had so much fun letting our old dog Morris run around and check out all the trees. The tree we bought was a little pricey, but it was beautiful, barely shed, and lasted for a good 6-7 weeks. This year we ended up buying a fake pencil tree for our living room, but I just couldn’t skip out on a trip to the tree farm to pick  up some greenery for our place. We took a quick drive up to Clembrook Christmas Tree Farm with Odin and picked up a wreath for our bedroom – it’s all about compromise. I just love having that fresh Balsam or Fraser fir scent in our home this time of year.

P.S. only 12 days until Christmas!!

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Cozy Fall Outfit

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Sweater: Aritzia | Blanket Scarf: Aldo | Faux Leather Leggings: Dynamite | Booties: Expression | Cross-body purse: Kate Spade (on major sale!) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend!! We had another busy few days hopping between family homes all across Southern Ontario. We are lucky enough to have almost all of our immediate and extended family within the province and, for those who are out in British Columbia, we are grateful for Skype. On Sunday we headed up to my aunt and uncles place in Grey Bruce County, for an amazing vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner and a nice stroll through the countryside. It’s often colder where they are so I bundled up in this cozy knit sweater and faux leather leggings. I love finding comfortable pieces that are still stylish, and these leggings are just the ticket. I have worn them so much that I have started wearing them out, and will need to pick up a new pair soon. Considering they were less than $50 and I have had them for four years, I would say they are definitely worth the purchase.

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