Weekend Reads

Friday, July 15, 2016

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I'm all kinds of excited for Friday and the weekend! The past few weeks have been kicking my butt again (health wise) and I'm desperately needing to rest + slow my schedule. Dealing with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) means even a shower and making breakfast can sap me of my energy most days, and now, sadly, it's causing my psoriasis to flare up. Oh man, I'm trying not to feel overwhelmed, but there's no denying I'm mostly overwhelmed. So I'm giving myself permission to take baby steps, not overload my plate and simplify.

And speaking of simplifying... I uploaded a new template from BlogMilk (excuse us, while we work out the kinks) and love it. It's so inline with all I'm craving at the moment, and happy for the bigger images too. With that, happiest weekend friends, and enjoy the links below! xo

Friday, isn't Friday without a few cat pictures

Loved reading Liz's 9 Step Summer Beauty Routine

This maxi would be perfect for a vintage themed wedding

Praying these shoes go on sale

This statement necklace would be perfect with a grey slouchy tee, skinnies and killer heels

So much yes to this seasons updated BR tote bag

Can't get enough stripes this summer

One King Lane has the cutest pet accessories

Tieka's lighthouse post is the epitome of everything summer

Loving Cee's "Seattle Travel Guide" + it's one of my favourite places to visit

Reading "Everybody Rise" on my Kindle. Have you read it?

These no bake protein bars sound so incredibly yummy
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Easy Tunics And Skinny Jeans

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I'm obsessed with effortless tunics and skinny jeans for summer -- especially when paired with tousled hair and strappy sandals. Mine's from SheIn and currently on sale for a steal of a price! It would also pair beautifully with white distressed jeans, or could be worn as a mini-dress for a night out (for reference I'm 5'9"). I also have my eye on a few more tunics for this summer & fall, love this one and this one, oooh and this one!

What's your favourite summer uniform?!

Outfit details: Tunic c/o SheIn, AEO Jeans (similar + on sale here), Coach Bag, Watch c/o Daniel Wellington, Aldo Shoes (similar)
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Happy Summer, Friends!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hello, feels so good to be back, I've missed you guys!! A few things to note, I've added a "read more" feature to all blog posts and categories now automatically archive in a magazine style layout. Check it out here -- it's worth the peek! ;) Lastly, in addition to my usual style posts you can also expect to see a few new categories pop up later this month... like home decor, beauty and clean living recipes. Yay!

And if you're on the hunt for the perfect striped shirt? This drop sleeve is to die for, as is this linen one, or this one and this one! Mine is a recent purchase from J.Crew and so far I've paired it with my denim shorts, silk midi and here with my jeans. Other than that, this past weekend was perf, we celebrated Canada Day, sipped rosé on our deck and took in all the summer vibes! xo

Outfit Details: J.Crew Factory Printed Tee (in floral print here), AEO Jeans (similar + on sale here, H&M Sunglasses, Banana Republic Tote (this seasons here), Aldo Pumps (similar)
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Quickie, Quick, OOTD

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hello, friends! The countdown to regular outfit photos is on, my photographer (aka. hubby extraordinaire) will be returning to the G&C team in just under a week-ish and I can't wait. Martin is currently finishing up his Masters, graduating in less than a month, and I can't wait to be back at it! But in the meantime, I wanted to share my current/fave OOTD... when it comes to uniforms? I love to stick with basics and then switch things out. So far... I've worn this look with my denim shorts & strappy sandals, a slouchy cardigan, and most recently swapped my jeans for a light grey pencil skirt. Done & done!

Outfit Details:

Banana Republic Blazer
CK Collection Cami
Skinny Jeans (similar)
Coach Bag
Watch c/o Daniel Wellington
Flats (similar + on sale)

I'm curious, what's your favourite uniform as of late?! xo
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Our Coastal Inspired Living Room

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Oh yay, excited to finally be sharing a few peeks into our new home! Martin & I have lived here for a year, and while we definitley have more to do (like wallpapering the second bathroom & painting our master) it's most certainly feeling like home sweet home! Originally, I was certain I wanted to keep everything white. However, in the end it felt too sterile, and so, we've slowly started adding colour & pattern over the last few months. We absolutely love it! It adds warmth, energy and the most perfect coastal vibe!

When it comes to adding colour to your home? My best advice is to keep your furnishings neutral, and inject colour & pattern into your accessories. That way, you're never overly committed, plus you can swap out your pillow covers during the different seasons. My favourite! Currently, our two main accent colours are blue and a touch of red. You can see the blue in our pillows, gallery wall (which also has a hint of red), area rug and tray. I even bought the prettiest blue bowls to carry the colour into our dining room. Hands up, if you're a fellow home geek! xo
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Clayburn Village

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Several weeks ago, Martin & I met up with my mom and explored Clayburn Village, BC's first working town. In a word? Love, so much love! It's such an adorable and charming spot + I'm excited to visit again this summer. My parents bought a home not far from there and I'm thrilled it's just a hop, skip, jump for us! Also you may have read in my last post that life is a little nuts right now, but later this summer, Martin & I are taking two months off and I can't wait to go on countless trips and share them with you!

First up, is the The Village Store which was built in 1912 and sold everything from groceries to life insurance. It also served an important function as a neighbourly gathering spot! Today, it's been lovingly restored and continues to serve the community as a store, tea room, confectionery and deli. Then it was off to Clayburn School which was built in 1907-1908. The school features banked windows for abundant natural light and the surroundings couldn't be more idyllic. Originally it was built as a one-room schoolhouse, however soon after it was enlarged and in 1925 a basement was added, along with plumbed washrooms. The last year of classes was 1983. Then in 1991 it was purchased by the Clayburn Village Society and now features artifacts & photos, and acts as an informal museum.

I also fell head-over-heels for Clayburn church. Interestingly, the church differs from other brick structures in the Village both in its traditional style of architecture and construction. The walls of the building are formed by two independently stretcher laid walls with a four-inch space between, typically this type of construction was most common in Britain. In 1978, Clayburn Church was restored by the MSA Heritage Society and is now a protected provincial heritage site. Thanks for reading! xo
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