Dress Up

I’m always looking for fun new ways to add a pop of colour to my outfits, so when I came across Crown and Leaf on Instagram, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on some adorable pink and purple bracelets. Handwoven in intricate patterns with gold accents, these are not the friendship bracelets of my pre-teen years, but they still hold the same sweet sentiment, which I love.

Stephanie was kind enough to send me a selection of colours and styles to mix and match, so when I visited Vancouver I gave a few of the more neutral pieces to my best friend Sarah. Since we’ve been friends since we were eight years old, I figured we were long overdue for some pretty friendship bracelets right?

We played around with stacking and layering for a bit until we were both satisfied, and then naturally we had to head over to Granville Island for a few quick bff photos to show off our new sparkle. It’s totally possible when you see photos of us hanging out 30 years from now, these bracelets will still be hanging around our wrists!


Dress Up

Though the weather hasn’t been the best and I find myself busier with work than ever, this summer has been pretty wonderful so far. I’ve had the chance to work on a ton of fun creative projects, celebrated my blog’s first birthday, and coordinated an incredible party shoot with Bicyclette. Perhaps the biggest event so far though was Sarah’s visit.

Sarah and I have been best friends since we were eight years old, and though our closeness has come and gone, I don’t think any time has been quite as rough as this past year. Last summer Sarah decided to go to grad school in Vancouver, where we’re both from, and at the end of August she left her life here behind, including me. It was so hard to see her go, and even harder to have such an incredible year of success and excitement without really being able to share it with her. We kept in touch nonstop, sending one another cards and packages, but it just wasn’t the same. I felt like part of myself was missing.

Sarah’s visit these past two weeks was so bittersweet that it’s hard to even sum it up. We did all sorts of amazing things she wanted to do, and went a handful of places that I had promised to show her. It certainly wasn’t perfect, and if I’m being totally honest things did feel a little bit different at times, but when push comes to shove we had an amazing two weeks filled with beauty and adventure.

One of my favourite days with Sarah was when we headed to Toronto Island to shoot photos with Brianne for a Take me Out post. We spent the morning frolicking around the island taking pictures, and in the afternoon we lazed around on the beach until we were so hungry that we had to leave. It was a beautiful day filled with hundreds of tiny beautiful moments; here are some of my favourites!







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Photos by Brianne Burnell

I'll Follow You Anywhere

Living in Toronto makes it almost too easy to constantly take mini trips down to New York City, the miniature universe where even the grime glitters with excitement. I’ve visited quite a few times over the past five years, but my most recent trip was perhaps the most special. My best friend Sarah and I drove down to take a bite of the big apple (and all the tasty food within it) as a farewell weekend before she moved across the country to finish her schooling in Vancouver. It was a truly unforgettable four days of delicious food, gorgeous sights and a LOT of spending. Here’s a little (ish) snippet of our adventures and a mini directory containing some of our favourite places (scroll all the way to the bottom.)

Freeman’s Alley
Five Leaves
The Butcher’s Daughter
Momofuku Milk Bar
Dunwell Donuts
Bellocq Tea Atelier
Dean and Deluca

In God We Trust
Acne Studios Soho
Opening Ceremony
Brooklyn Fox Lingerie

Visit the Highline Park
Walk over the Williamsburg bridge (it’s pink!)
Drink and dance at Le Bain Rooftop bar
Picnic in Central Park
Wander through the treasure chest that is Bergdorf Goodman

What are some of your favourite New York Spots?