Camo Jacket & Distressed Denim

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Jacket: Justice (I’m wearing a 16/18) | T-shirt: J.Crew | Denim: Old Navy (size down, I bought a six but should have gone with the four)   | Booties: Sam Edelman | Purse: Juicy Couture (less expensive option available at Urban Outfitters) | Sunglasses: Prada

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Have you ever had a piece of clothing that you are really excited about wearing, then when you walk in it your significant other looks at you like your crazy and comes out with some sassy comment about your choice? This jacket was that piece for me. Usually Josh is pretty good about encouraging me to try out new outfit ideas, and will give me really good constructive and thought out feedback on pieces when we are shopping. That didn’t happen this time. I spotted this jacket in the window of Justice, a juniors store, last week while I was out running errands on my own. I was stoked to find it because I have been keeping an eye out for a camo jacket and I thought this one was so dang cute! I popped into the store to find that they only had one left, and thankfully it fit.

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I came out wearing this last week and Josh just looked up at me from the couch and asked if this was part of my Halloween costume, how rude!? Anyhow, I love it and that’s what matters. My favourite thing about it is the embroidery, especially the heart detail ,which I matched to this comfy pink t-shirt from J.Crew for a more feminine look. If you are in need of good quality t-shirts, J.Crew has the best ones. They are a bit more expensive, but the material and fit are so much nicer than the other less expensive t-shirts I’ve owned. Despite the teasing I know I will endure from Josh, you can be sure I will be wearing this jacket a lot this fall. What’s the piece that your S.O. just doesn’t get?

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Picnic in the Park

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Dress: Anthropologie  (sold out, very similar options here and here | Plates: Anthropologie | Bowl: Anthropologie | Sunglasses: Prada | Sandals: J. Crew Factory | Cheese board: Indigo| Towel: Kate Spade | Picnic basket: my moms (thanks momma!)

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One of my favourite places to visit during the summer is Gairloch Gardens in Oakville. When you initially enter Gairloch Gardens, from the parking lot, it seems fairly unassuming, but as you get closer to the lake and catch a view of the flower gardens, gallery, and lake, you realize why this is such a popular spot.

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A couple weeks ago, we packed up a basket, grabbed a blanket, and headed to the gardens for a picnic lunch before heading downtown for the Oakville Jazz Festival. One of the many reasons I love the gardens so much is that you can often find bridal parties taking photos there on the weekends. On this particular day, there were two sets of bridal parties taking photos, one of which asked if they could use our picnic set up.

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For our picnic we did’t want to bring anything too heavy, since it was a very hot and sunny day, so we packed some cheese, meat, and crackers, along with fresh fruits and fresh cupcakes from Hillary’s, from the Milton Farmers Market. It was so nice to sit, relax, and enjoy the view from the shade. We also squeezed in a bit of people watching and cheering on the bridal parties!

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I threw on this fun floral printed dress from Anthropologie, which I also wore to my Bridesmaid Brunch. I picked this dress because from the moment I saw it, I  couldn’t get the image of an elegant garden party out of my head. I love finding pieces like this dress, pieces that bring out inspiration, or a new creative idea. Though this picnic wasn’t quite the elegant garden party that the Oakville Gallery is hosting next month, I still loved wearing this and twirling around in the gardens all afternoon.

After our picnic, we packed up and toured around the gardens, and outside of the gallery. I have been here a number of times, and I am always blown away by the beauty of the gardens and landscaping, it’s such a great place to spend a couple hours and enjoy a picnic, or sitting down by the water.

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Striped Maxi Dress

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Maxi dresses have been my jam lately! There has been a major heatwave in Toronto this past week which led to me reaching for light and breezy outfits every day this week. One of my favourite outfits from this week is this striped maxi dress that I found at The Bay. My best friend wore this dress to my rehearsal dinner, where myself and the rest of the bridesmaids were swooning over it all night. When I spotted this dress on sale I had to snag one for myself! I love how effortless and comfortable maxi dresses are – one piece and you’re good to go. Every Saturday morning I wake up and throw on a dress before heading out for a walk with Odin, or going to the Farmers Market.

If you’re in the market for a dress, or three, this is the time to buy since there are a ton of great dresses on sale at The Bay, ASOS, Nordstom and more. I know it may seem like a bad time to be buying summer dresses, but this is when you can discover the best deals. Plus, you can easily transition a maxi dress into fall, and get more wear out of it, by swapping your sandals for booties (under $100 & on my fall wishlist *insert heart eyes emoji*!) and throwing on a cozy pull over (under $40) or denim jacket (under $52).  

Dress: Design Lab Lord & Taylor (on sale for under $30!) | Sandals: Nine West       Sunglasses: Prada | Purse: Purse: Juicy Couture (similar, less expensive, vegan leather option available at Urban Outfitters) | Necklace: J.Crew

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Our Day at Turtle Bay

When we decided to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon I began researching the best places to go on each of the islands we were visiting – Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui. I first came across Turtle Bay when checking out the Hawaii’s Hottest Hotels for Honeymooners feature in Brides Magazine. I was a bit torn between staying on the North Shore of Oahu or staying in Waikiki so we could be sure we would have enough time to go to Pearl Harbor, but I couldn’t get Turtle Bay out of my head! This place has everything you could ask for, five miles of beach front, surfing, a spa, horse back riding, and so much more! Also, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Lost, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and most recently Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates were all filmed at Turtle Bay. As we walked around the resort I kept pointing out spots I knew from Forgetting Sarah Marshall that I remembered.

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We arrived at Turtle Bay around 11:00 pm on July 3rd after the hour drive from the Honolulu airport. If you are going to stay at Turtle Bay definitely rent a vehicle for the drive. We looked into getting a shuttle and it was going to cost close to $400 one way – yes really!! We were starving when we arrived at the hotel and thankfully they have a late night menu available for room service. I had the roast beef sandwich, it was great. We slept so well in the comfy king beds, and with the time difference we were up at 5:30 am to watch the sunrise. We started our day with in-room Kona coffee, which was delicious, then headed down to the Kula Grille for their buffet breakfast. Josh and I are rarely able to find a place for breakfast that we can agree on; his idea of breakfast is eggs, bacon, bacon, and some more bacon, where as my idea of breakfast is fruit, Chia seeds or Hemp Hearts, yogurt, and a bit of bacon. The Kula Grille had a huge buffet that satisfied both of our breakfast food desires, and some of the best waffles I have ever eaten!

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After breakfast we toured around the miles of beaches, checked out the stables, and walking trails, taking in all the beautiful scenery and watching the surfing competition taking place that morning.

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Turtle Bay hosts a huge party for the Fourth of July each year, featuring a food truck festival, local musicians, and artisans. The celebrations started in the afternoon so we relaxed by the pool and enjoyed some cocktails – I had the lava flow, get it – until the party started. The food truck festival was awesome, as was the fireworks show that night! There is a big expanse of property between the villas and The Stables, which is where the festival was set up. After stuffing ourselves with fish tacos and beef brisket sandwiches, we headed back to the pool to watch the fireworks show. The resort closes off the pool to guests since it has the best view of the show. We had so much fun celebrating the fourth with everyone and watching the light show. Since we were up to watch the sunrise, we fell asleep shortly after the fireworks show ended.

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The next morning we were up again to watch the sunrise. We picked up breakfast at the Lobby Lounge, an Acai bowl for me, an egg & cheese bagel for Josh, then headed down to the beach to walk in the water to enjoy the view before we had to check out. When we first woke up it was raining on and off, which lead to the most beautiful rainbow cresting the length of the resort.

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Although our time at Turtle Bay was short, we really loved the time we had there – except I didn’t see any turtles! There was a very cute and very lazy Monk Seal there though, I guess I’ll take it. If you’re considering staying on Oahu and want a spot that isn’t as busy as Waikiki, I would definitely recommend Turtle Bay and the North Shore – take me back now!?

 

Boozy pops

  • When I was younger, one of my favourite things to make in the summer was fresh fruit popsicles. Now that I’m older, I like to amp them up a bit and make boozy pops to enjoy with my girlfriends on hot summer nights. This recipe can be enjoyed on its on as a popsicle, or added to your glass of Rosé Moscato, or some bubbly!

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Recipe:

Directions:

  • Finely chop the peach & raspberries, measure out 1/3 cup of each and place it in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add 1 cup Rosé Moscato of your choice and ½ cup San Pellegrino to the bowl, refrigerate for an hour
  • Steep two teaspoons of the Midsummer Night’s Dream tea in 1 cup of 96 degree water for ten minutes.
  • Remove the tea leaves/teabag and let the tea cool
  • Once cool, add the tea to the combined fruit, wine and sparkling water
  • Pour the mixture into Popsicle molds and freeze for about 3-4 hours. Once your boozy pops are completely frozen they are ready to enjoy. Either serve them on their own, or put one in a wine glass and pour champagne, sparkling wine, or more Rosé Moscato on top for a trendy summer treat!

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Makes about 12 small popsicles