I have a love / hate relationship with packing and cannot simply wing it at the very last minute. I take time to carefully plan out my itinerary for my trip and then decide what outfits would be best suited for the occasion. I figured that I would share how I go about packing now that I've returned from vacation — so without further ado, get ready for your next summer getaway with these packing tips and tricks!
It has only been a week, but I already wish that I was back in Montreal lounging around inside of Hotel William Gray with my best friend. To say that this is a beautiful hotel is simply an understatement. The charming boutique hotel opened its doors in the heart of Old Montreal last summer and has been a little hidden gem yet to be discovered. I love that they support local and have both a lifestyle clothing boutique and café situated inside.
Quite possibly the most beautiful cafe situated in a historic building in Old Montreal. The place is welcoming with big plant-filled cement steps and cute wooden doors. It was very bright and spacious when we stepped inside— there was a kind of old charm to the place with all sorts of decor, but I loved the large windows and decorative ceiling.
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this chic patisserie. As soon as I walked in, it felt as if I had stepped into Paris. The café had French moulding and a colourful mural along one side of the walls and exposed brick on the other. I felt right at home with the nature sunlight gleaming through the windows and ghost chairs strewn throughout the restaurant.
Even though we were only in Montreal for 3 short days, it was enough for me to fall in love with this city all over again. I’ve visited a handful of times, but each visit fell into the winter season. It was beautiful in the winter time, but experiencing Montreal in the summer was definitely something else.
After an experience of a lifetime, Iceland is definitely a place that I will revisit in the future, in a different season. We spent a total of 6 days in the country and it was unbelievable to witness all of the scenic waterfalls, mountains and natural wonders. I never thought that I would say this, but I have a new appreciation for nature and greenery. I haven’t visited enough places in the world to say that this is the most beautiful place, but granted it’s probably one of them. It’s hard to explain the beauty because it’s a place that you’d have to see with your very own eyes. I tried to absorb as much as I could before I left each destination because it wasn’t something that the camera could capture and replicate. I have a terrible fear of heights, but Iceland makes you do crazy things, such as climb on top of a plane and step onto the edge of a mountain cliff. There’s a time and place for anything and Iceland was the place for everything.
I’m blushing from cheek to cheek after a memorable trip of a lifetime in Iceland. We shot these photos by Gullfoss after noticing the empty road by the entrance and exit. What's most beautiful about the country is that there is so much bare land and road, making it picturesque at every corner.
Finally sharing the rest of these photos from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. The architecture of the building was so strikingly stunning and unique that I'm glad I wore this Chloe-inspired lace dress and Ella cuff for the shoot. When we arrived, I knew that I wanted these photos to exude a kind of whimsical elegance. Our surroundings were so grand and the panels of part stainless steel, part mirrored reflective surface made the place look futuristic – as if it was from another universe. I'm sure that the interior is just as beautiful as the outside.
I felt like I was on top of the world as we stood at the top of the Griffith Observatory in LA again this year. It's such a stunning building and the view was spectacular because it looks out at the entire city. You can even catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.
Happy Monday! Wishing that I was back in LA where there's ample sunshine and palm trees at every corner. While summer is just on its way out in Toronto, here's another set of photos by the pool to remind me of the warmer days. This Triangl bikini is my current favourite — I love the fun, bright colours and mesh fabric. I'm looking forward to wearing it again next month in... Jamaica!
We started off our vacation in LA with an abundance of sunshine and scorching weather. We stayed in a beautiful apartment in DTLA which had an outdoor pool and sweet amenities, perfect for shoots. The water was so clear and clean, especially since they don’t have many bugs over there. I can’t say I took a dip in the water because I can’t swim, but I did jump in a few times to keep cool!
The roadtrip to Montreal this past weekend was just what the doctor ordered. We listened to the Serial podcast on our way there and back, which kept our minds off work and made the 5-hour long ride much more bearable. We traveled there with a very short itinerary which sometimes is an amazing thing for someone who has Type A personality and desire to make plans down to the minute. What we did have in our itinerary were Bota Bota, Old Montreal and their infamous poutine.
As we begin to put away our sundresses and crop tops, I can't help but reflect on the amazing trip Terrance and I enjoyed just a few weeks back. Above are a few photos we captured in Beverly Hills. Upon first glance, it may seem like a street filled with high-end fashion boutique stores, but Rodeo Drive is absolutely beautiful and even more so when you see the lavish shopping district in person. I definitely had a "Pretty Woman" moment while we strolled down Rodeo Drive, but for the first time, I was more intrigued by the architecture than the shopping.
Ever since I watched No Strings Attached, I've been dreaming of visiting the Urban Light installation outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The installation consists of 202 restored cast-iron street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s, which at one point lit up the streets of Southern California. The historic lamp posts are beautiful during the day because you can very clearly see the patterns and designs that are etched into each one. I'm sure that it is even more magical at night, but we sadly didn't have enough time to go back.
While it's drizzling outside, I'm sitting here wrapped in my throw scrolling through these cloudless photos from yesterday's ferry ride over to Centre Island. My talented vlogger friend/co-worker With Wendy and I decided to take advantage of our summer hours and took the $7 ferry over to Centre Island for an afternoon of photo and video shooting. Although we were only on the Island for a few short hours, it seemed as if we escaped the city and landed on a tropical resort sans palm trees. It was definitely a treat to be in a more peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Although I've travelled to New York City about a handful of times (some people will say that this is more than enough), there is always something new to see in this city. This time around, my trip down to NYC was to celebrate my five year anniversary with Terrance and to simply get away from the everyday. We had the opportunity to explore Central Park, the shopping districts and ethnic parts of the city, such as Koreatown, Chinatown and Little Italy. Even though the streets were often crowded, especially around Times Square, there was something so calming about walking around in the lit up city in the middle of the night.
From the moment we stepped onto the charming cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, I knew that I was in love. This place was so much more than what I had imagined. After spending the first half of the day at the romantic Bota Bota spa, with a view that overlooked all of Old Montreal, we made way to the famed Rue Saint-Paul. We instantly fell in love with the beautiful historic architecture and little exquisite boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It was the perfect weekend spent with Terrance. We left behind our worries and enjoyed each other’s company in a city that was close, but far enough from home.
This is the city that I've longed to explore and while we were there, there simply wasn't enough time to maneuver through this entire city that is just so large and full of life. On our second day, we traveled by subway for a light picnic over at Central Park, followed by a very brief cab ride over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It almost felt like we lived an episode of Gossip Girl, except we missed having lunch on the steps with Blair Waldorf. Although construction was a slight interference, it didn't hinder us from appreciating the beautiful and grand steps leading up to entrance way of the museum. While all the locals and tourists were crowding around the front, we found ourselves at a picture-perfect empty corner which others seem to have overlooked.
Amidst the sky-high buildings, crowded cobblestone streets, and loud traffic horns, I found myself falling in love with a city so similar to Toronto, but yet so different. The 4-day adventure in NYC was short-lived, but it was one of the best moments I’ve ever lived and experienced. Our first stop was to the famous Chelsea Market, which is a collection of cafés and artisan shops in a Victorian-esque location nearby the Meatpacking District. If you are a lover of outdoor picnics, this market will have everything you need. Closer to the evening, we made our way over to the Grand Central Terminal - which is akin to our Toronto Union Station but on a much larger scale and beautiful beyond words - for an easy end to our first night and dinner at the Oyster Bar.
The countdown has ended and by the morning sunrise, I will be on a plane flying over to a place that I've always dreamed of exploring. I have been to New York a handful of times, but I've never had the opportunity to visit anything beyond the shopping outlets and harbour. This time around, I will be able to overindulge in the sweet & savouring offerings, and open my eyes to the quaint neighbourhoods, congested day-to-night traffic, and beautiful view from the Top of the Rock.
This past weekend was nothing short of amazing. I am blessed to have some great friends who kindly volunteer themselves to plan trips from start to finish and this weekend was no exception. We spent our time 2-hours away at a beautiful cottage on Stoney Lake doing what we do best: indulge in sweet and savoury foods, get golden by the picturesque lake, and have what seemed like countless rounds of Somersby. It was my first cottage experience and let’s just say I have fallen in love.
There’s something about this city that just sparks and it’s not just the yellow lights that light up after dark. Although our exploration time around the sleepless city was limited, the perfect weather, the day-to-night parties and the to-die-for food (The Boiling Crab!!) made this trip exceptionally memorable. As we made our way from one hotel to the next, none of them failed to surprise us with their own individual themes unique to the hotel. The highlight of the trip would have to be the three-night Electric Daisy Carnival. While it wasn’t the most glamorous party in the city, it certainly was the most welcoming, amusing and full of life.
After being away on vacation in Punta Cana, I’m finally back with a light tan! This year, instead of just going away on our own, Terrance and I joined 14 others to soak up some sun over in Dominican Republic. We stayed at Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort Casino/Spa for one week and enjoyed beautiful, sunny blue skies every day. With the company of great friends, we spent most of the trip either lounging by the pool, on excursions, playing foosball, or at the casino/disco. Above are just some photos from our first and last day by the beachside with the girls. Enjoy!
Of all the summers, this summer has proven to be one of the best. Terrance and I spent the remnants of our summer vacation over in Cayo Coco, Cuba soaking up the sun, taking short strolls along the seashore, and drifting under the ocean with our snorkels. Above are a few photos from our second day at our beautiful resort - The view of the clear blue ocean was simply breathtaking. I’m still laughing at our attempt at the “Crazy, Stupid, Love” dirty dancing scene in the last photo.