Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Pop of Crop

Sometimes, I wish that I was a little bit more adventurous. I love trying new food and going to new places (sort of), but I'm just a girl who loves her routine.

This is something that I'm working on changing, but change is a gradual thing, isn't it? That said, the way that I'm trying to change this is by doing more, if that makes any sense. 

I have an example that I can't share yet (it's exciting, I promise!!), but another example that I can share is that I've signed up for a Graphic Design course at a local community college, starting this fall. It's one class, once a week, but this is an area that I've been interested in for a while, so I figured, why not? In addition to learning a ton of new skills, I'll also meet a bunch of new people. Nerve-racking for sure, but exciting.

Even though I'm not overly adventurous  I tend to be a lot more open when it comes to fashion. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know that I love trying out trends (like here and here). 

Most recently, I decided to get aboard the crop top train, even though I'm way too insecure to walk around, flaunting my midriff. I figured, there had to be a way to modify the crop top enough to feel comfortable to wear one in public.

I've been experimenting a little bit, and so far, my favourite way to wear crop tops is with a bit of layering. This way, you still reveal a bit of skin, but can feel covered up at the same time.

When paired with a skirt and my trusty cargo vest, I was set!

Outfit Details:

Crop Top - Brandy Melville (Similar) // Skirt - H&M (Similar) // Vest - Old Navy (Same)
Sunglasses - Aldo (Same) // Shoes - Wish Bone via Brown's (Similar) // Bag - Gap (Similar)
Necklace - Crafts&Love (Same)

Okay, I've got to know - what do you think of crop tops?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Food for Thought

It's Sunday and it's raining. I'm not impressed, Mother Nature!!

I always feel ripped off when an entire weekend in the summer is overcast and rainy. It's like a wasted opportunity to get out and enjoy the (short) summer season.

Summer just goes by so quickly, and we really only have a handful of weekends to enjoy. With Back-To-School campaigns and fall clothing being launched earlier each year, it's not surprising that most people complain that summer doesn't last long enough.

I've always thought that the reason summer seems to fly is because most people enjoy the weather so much. I just assumed that winter seems to drag on forever, since it's so awful.  What doesn't make sense is that some people I know prefer fall to summer, and they still feel as though it goes by too quickly.

Do you think one of the reasons we feel like summer goes by too quickly is because we jam pack our schedules?

Think about it.

Do you already know what your plans are for the next few weekends? While I don't have my entire summer planned out this far in advance, I have activities planned all across the summer. Anything from races to cottage weekends, to concerts and festivals, there's a lot to do at this time of year and they're usually "events" that you know about in advance and look forward to.

Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

If this is true, it doesn't make me want to purposely avoid making plans during the summer months, but it's an interesting perspective.

Let's make the most of it, shall we?

Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy. All other photos were taken by me.

Outfit Details:

Tank - Alternative Apparel (Similar) // Maxi Skirt - Gap (Same) // Hat - Aldo (Same)
Sunglasses - Aldo (Same) // Shoes - Cole Haan (Similar) // Necklace - Crafts&Love (Same)
Bag - Stella & Dot (Same)

What do you think of this theory?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Atlantic Canada: Boyfriend Shorts 2 Ways

It was only a couple weeks ago that I had my summer getaway in Atlantic Canada, but somehow, it feels like so long ago! Why do the summer months go by so quickly?

At the end of last week, I shared some photos from the hike my friend and I took in New Brunswick. After that long day, we drove across the bridge to Prince Edward Island, where we spent the next few days. We stayed at a great B&B, where we experienced the wonderful Atlantic hospitality, and some of the best breakfasts.

Our days revolved around touring and food, as any good vacation does. Seriously, the food was out of this world! I expected the food to be good, but my expectations were greatly exceeded because I've never tasted lobster that fresh before. The fresh seafood alone is enough to get me back there in a heartbeat!

While I could continue to tell you about how amazing PEI is, I'm sure you're sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what I wore while touring the island. Don't worry, I won't keep you in the dark for too much longer. 

I got more dressed up in the evenings, but I kept things casual during the day, especially since it was so hot outside. Although I packed enough clothing to last me twice the length of my stay, I lived in my boyfriend shorts from the Gap. I didn't lie when I told you here that these are a staple in my summer wardrobe! By changing my top and how I accessorized, I created two distinct looks, so why not be a repeat offender in these shorts?

LOOK # 1

LOOK # 2

Scenery photos taken by me. Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy

Tank - Zara (Similar) // Shorts - Gap (Same)  // Shoes - Sam Edelman (Same)
Clutch - Gap (Similar) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)


Tee - Brandy Melville (Same) // Shorts - Gap (Same)  // Shoes - Cole Haan (Similar)
Bag - J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Necklace - Brandy Melville (Similar)

Which look do you prefer?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Atlantic Canada: Hiking in New Brunswick

What a week!! I was feeling a little bit "off" this past weekend, and sure enough, wound up sick with a summer cold. I'm finally starting to feel better, but it's never fun to be sick. The only good that came out of it was that I finally had some time to sort through my vacation photos!

I like to take a lot of photos when I travel, especially because I'm still having so much fun with my camera. It's great to look at the photos after the fact, but sorting through them can be really daunting. I'm going to share my absolute favourites (including what I wore) with you here and on my blog's Facebook page.

My friend and I flew into New Brunswick, so we spent our first day there. We decided to go hiking at the Bay of Fundy National Park. The only other time I've visited a National Park was back in the winter, when I visited the Grand Canyon. That was such a great experience, so I expected this one to be just as great.

Before hiking, we visited a small town to fuel up on lobster for lunch. It was incredibly fresh, and since we were in a fishing village, I'd like to think the lobster had been caught that morning. You can tell from the photo of the "aftermath," that we thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

The hike was challenging, but it was breathtaking. There was a lot of uphill climbing and the terrain was tough, but we pushed through, knowing that at the end of the trail, we'd see a gorgeous coastline. 

The coast didn't disappoint. It was pristine! We got there when the tide was almost at its low, so the rock and seaweed that were exposed looked like something from another planet. We spent some time climbing across the giant boulders and just took it all in. 

The hike back to the car was a bit tougher, since we were already pretty tired, but it was 100% worth it. I have a Fitbit tracker, and apparently, the hike was over 8 miles and the equivalent of climbing over 90 flights of stairs. Not too shabby!

Scenery photos taken by me. Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy

Tank - Gap (Same) // Crop Pants - Lululemon (Same) // Running Shoes - Nike (Similar)
Trucker Hat - Promotional hat from an event (Similar)

Have you ever gone hiking in a National Park? Any recommendations?? 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Chic

It's officially summer vacation! Life is business as usual for this corporate girl, but I did go on a short and sweet trip out to Atlantic Canada over the long weekend. If you've never been to the East Coast, you need to make the trip. It was pretty incredible!

Though I'm from Canada, I really haven't travelled domestically very often, so when a friend of mine accepted a summer job in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to visit and make a trip out of it. As you can imagine, I have plenty of photos to sift through, and I'll be sharing some with you soon.

Oh, and if you were wondering where I've been,  my vacation is the reason behind for the my blogging hiatus. Oh, and now I'm home sick with a summer cold. Not to worry, I'm back, and working on some really exciting blog-related projects that I'll be sharing with you in the next little while!

In the meantime, I wanted to share an outfit I wore just before heading out east. The outfit features my denim shorts, since I live in these during the summer. I have a couple variations on this style from Gap, and they're basically perfect for everyday wear. I love that they're not too short, they come in great washes, they fit well, and aren't too sloppy to wear to work. 

Recently, I channelled my inner hippie and wore them with my tie dye tank and a wide hair band. In order to feel a bit more polished, I threw on my favourite white blazer and called that an outfit. Of course, the blazer was mostly for indoor wear, since local business love blasting the air conditioning when it's warm out. #firstworldproblems

Photos taken by my dad

Blazer - H&M (Similar) // Tank - Target (Similar) // Shorts - Gap (Same)
Clutch - Gap (Similar) // Shoes - Sam Edelman via Hudson's Bay (Same
Headband - Aldo (Similar) // Necklaces - Stella & Dot (Same and Same)

What are your tips and tricks for keeping up the blog while on vacation?