I'll Follow You Anywhere

I have deemed 2016 my big year of travel, so when my boyfriend Josh went away for 10 days and left the car in my custody I knew I had to take advantage. Jo and I debated where to trek to- Bruce Peninsula? Hamilton? Prince Edward County? We were torn, but then we got to talking with Anabela at her baby shower a few weeks ago, and the answer became clear: Buffalo!

I’ve swooned over Anabela’s pastel views from Buffalo road trips time and time again, and both Jo and I have always been curious to make our way down there, but never really found the time. Armed with a massive list from Anabela (thanks again lovely!) we made a totally spontaneous decision and jumped in the car.

When we told the border guards we were crossing just to explore Buffalo for the day they seemed to suspect we were joking, but I honestly have NO idea why. Buffalo is full of green space, old charm, and treasure just waiting to be found. Bonus- it obviously also has American favourites like Target and Trader Joe’s, so you can get your fill of adorable housewares and coconut cashews too! Am I the only one who finds “American Shopping” way too fun?! (Sorry American readers, I’m a lame Canadian, I know.)

Scroll down for our list of favourite pastel spots!






RAOP Places in Buffalo //

Fowler’s Chocolates // By far our favourite find in Buffalo, Fowler’s is home to CHOCOLATE ORANGE COVERED SPONGE TOFFEE, the best thin mints I’ve ever tasted, and a signature chocolate bar called the “Truffalo Bar” which is as pretty as it is delicious. This company is *very* pink, and there are locations all over the city so it’s hard to miss!

Parkside Candy // A beautiful old-timey candy shop, the Main Street Parkside Candy is the perfect place to pick up classic sweets, or cozy up for an ice cream sundae.

Cherry Blossoms // We had a horrible blossom season in Toronto this year, but luckily we were able to catch the last few in bloom trees near the Buffalo History Museum. Located in a gorgeous spanning park, this is an enchanting spot to visit even if it isn’t Cherry Blossom season.

Target // Our hearts broke when Target closed in Canada, but thankfully there are a handful just over the border in Buffalo. We came home with flamingo print bedsheets, glittery pink iridescent party plates, and all sorts of other treasures! There’s also a Trader Joe’s nearby if you need your cookie butter fix…






Premier wine and spirits Close to Target and Trader Joe’s, this is a great spot to pick up local foodie finds, rare liqueurs, and all sorts of fancy kitchen supplies too. Warning- my Canadian Visa wouldn’t work here, so come prepared with cash in case! Also beware of alcohol duty at the border.

Lake Effect Diner // One million heart eyes for this place! The vintage baby pink and grey decor is in perfect condition, and the menu is filled with so many veg options (not to mention everything was crazy delicious.) We recommend creamsicle milkshakes and anything with the house smoked veggie bacon on top!

Other recommended spots that we didn’t have time to visit:
Botanical Gardens
Deep South Taco
The Lafayette Hotel
Public Espresso + Coffee

Did I miss anything?

Dress Up

Finally, after a winter of almost mythical lengths, Spring is actually truly, really here. I’ve been able to start working on my yard project and have planted a bunch of veggie seedlings (posts on that coming soon), and I’ve even been able to leave my house with bare legs once or twice. My favourite part of the season though? The blooming trees!

Just like everybody else in Toronto, I am totally and completely swooning over the gorgeous pink and white trees blossoming all over the city. As each tree transforms from a bunch of sad branches into a majestic cotton candy cloud, Toronto gets a little less dreary, and the air smells sweet and delightful. Of course not all flowering trees are created equal, and though I love all of them dearly, my heart belongs to the Cherry Blossoms.






When I get married, it will have to be in the springtime, because I want a bouquet bursting with peonies, baby roses, and a hint of Sakura cherry blossom flowers! Seriously, they are the prettiest little pink and white magical flowers possible, and it’s definitely on my life list to visit Japan when their Sakura trees bloom all around the country!

It’s strange, growing up in Vancouver, no one ever really pointed out the Sakura blossoms to me; there are so many in the city that they’re not treated with a lot of adoration. Here in Toronto though, there aren’t that many of these amazing trees, so when they bloom every year thousands of people flock to their branches for photos and picnics. The most popular spot for this phenomenon is the patch of trees in the High Park Gardens, a group of trees so popular that High Park releases flower forecasts to the eager blossom lovers.

Because it has been a particularily cold and long winter, the blossoms took longer than usual to mature and bloom, but a bought of warm weather last weekend sped the process along, and on Monday the flowers finally opened! There was a storm warning in effect for later that day, so I threw on my Jordan de Ruiter tulle skirt and sped over, desperate to see the flowers before the petals were destroyed by the rain!





Bobby Pins from Ban.do, Camera Strap by Sam and Kate Design, Necklace from Bauble Bar, Shirt from H&M, Tulle Skirt by Jordan de Ruiter, vintage shoes