I'm really on that kinda mellow music vibe, and CHVRCHES fits perfectly with that mood. It has a deep beat with a dreamy lyrics on top. It's nice so listen and enjoy!
I started dancing when I was 4 years old and have been dancing ever since. It has always been a hugely important part of my life, more important to me than school, friends, and probably my health. Like every passion, dance has become one with my being. It has always been there through whatever has thrown at me.
When I was 17 I went out for my most ambitious vocational exam, my RAD Advanced 1, and as luck would have it I did not pass. This was a staggering blow to me and it happened when the rest of my life seemed to be spiraling out of control. It really felt like I had lost ballet, which was devastating. And just when I thought I was done with dancing, University happened and it presented me with tons of new opportunities.
I found out this past fall that RAD was changing it's old vocational syllabus, and I can't really explain what happened to me when I found that out, but I knew I had to try my exam again. I hadn't dance ballet properly in about a year and a half (which is like a life time for ballerinas), and with my 20th birthday approaching I knew I had to do this exam.
So I found a studio in Kingston, 5678 Dance, who took me on for a few months, kicked my butt and got me back in ballet mode. After my few lovely months there, I returned to my hometown studio, KBS Dance LTD, where I continued training for a few more months.
And this whole story leads me to here, today, July 22nd, the day of my exam. This time around I am going for my Advanced Foundation and I couldn't be happier with my progress and the support I have been given by everyone around me.
I owe everyone who helped, supported and loved me throughout this process a HUGE thank you: to 5678 thank you for rehabilitating me and getting my dancer legs back on; to Sue thank you for the coaching, support and continual friendship, you continue to inspire and push me everyday; to my friends thank you for understanding my cleanse from drinking and for always supporting me on my crazy journey; to my family thank you for for financing, loving, accepting and pushing me on this wild quest of mine, you all are rockstars; and to kale, thank you for nourishing me all these months, you are truly a prima ballerina.
As I approach the hour of my exam I remember to breathe, to relax, to prepare and to preform. Thank you to everyone who has gotten me to where I am.
When I came home with my new mom jeans from Zara my dad took one look at them and said "you paid money for ripped jeans!?" K dad, it's a thing.. Anyway, boyfriend jeans are way rad and I've always wanted to try them and rock them, but they never worked. The drop crotch just doesn't work with my body type. The solution? Mom jeans! Loose legs, relaxed fit, super comfy with the same casual look as boyfriend jeans. I paired them with a pretty chill white top for the complete casual look. Check it!
My top and pants are Zara, shoes Keds, necklace Topshop, belt vintage YSL.
I think this is fun and relaxed, and super ideal for rainy days. Hope you enjoy!
Honestly, this has been a stressful week for me. I'm gearing up for a ballet exam (long story) that is on Tuesday July 22 (aaahhhhhhh), I'm also packing madly for my super last minute trip to Vancouver to visit the lovely boyfriend. There's just more to do in a day than there are hours! But, here is what I shared over Insta this week!
Anyway, this is my week! Looks, noms and quality time at the lake!
A couple days ago I found this DIY on Into the Gloss (original post: http://intothegloss.com/2014/07/homemade-coconut-popsicles/) for homemade popsicles. As I've mentioned before I have stopped eating dairy, and honestly since I have stopped I feel great and so much more healthy (dairy made my throat feel heavy and it made my head hurt). The downside? Wow it sucks not having ice cream on a hot day in summer! Since no one else in my family has joined me on my dairy cleanse I'm pretty much surrounded by dairy treats. So when I found this popsicles diy I ran (drove) to the grocery store, picked up the ingredients and made them. SO YUMMY!
The original recipe calls for 2 cups of coconut milk, 4 fresh figs thinly sliced, half a vanilla bean (you scrap out the vanilla on the inside of the bean), half a cup of honey and salt. What I did instead was used Almond Breeze almond and coconut milk (2 cups), instead of honey I used a half cup of agave, and I couldn't find fresh figs so I used dry ones (downside to that is that they are kinda chewy but whatever). It's pretty sweet when all assembled but satisfying. Anyway, mix all but the figs together in a bowl that can easily pour into popsicle makers, push the figs against the sides of the popsicle container thing, then pour the mixture in and freeze! THEN EAT once frozen.
Realistically if you can find fresh figs they would probably be better, or even fig jam might be nice if mixed into the rest of the mixture.
SO INCREDIBLY YUMMY. Like wow. NOM CITY. I totally recommend for those who like knowing what's in their sweets and stuff. I totally recommend in general. So try them and let me know how they are!
My mom loves working out in the garden. Every summer it's her pride and joy: cultivating, planting, pruning, planning, everything goes into consideration. It's a beautiful sanctuary, I love spending as much time out there as I can (when the mosquitoes allow it..).
My shirt, shorts and hat are from Aritzia, my purse is vintage and my shoes are vintage Capezio.
My backyard is my happy place, just hand me a glass of water and some SPF 65 and we're ready to roll!
Ms Mr is very cool, I really enjoy their sound and their EP Hurricane, so give it a listen and enjoy!
My friend Amy and I eat together, it's like our thing. We get dressed up and we find somewhere fun to go, and usually that involves food. Actually it always involves food. We eat a lot..
ANYWAY we are in search of the best brunch spot in Ottawa so we can get our Sunday Funday thang on.
Our first brunch stop was Fraser Cafe (http://frasercafe.ca/) and it was SO YUMMY.
I had the sunnyside eggs and swapped my potatoes for fruit. It was very good, well priced, lovely staff and the decor was very cool. Definitely give it a try Ottawa peeps!
Summer and outdoor music festivals pretty much go hand in hand so here are my quick and easy tips on how to festival.
What to wear
You will want pay attention to the weather obviously, focusing on how the temperature drops at sunset or whether there's a chance of rain or not.
** If it's getting cold tie a flannel or a cashmere cardigan around your waist
** If it's going to rain bring a small, foldable plastic poncho or lightweight water proof jacket
For carrying your stuff, find out what the rules are for your festival: what can you not bring ie water bottles, SLR camera, food, find out the rules and that will help you figure out your bag. Personally I recommend a small satchel or a wristlet.
Other than that, stay cool, wear clothes that you're okay getting a little dirty and wear shoes you're okay getting a little muddy.
Go with people you enjoy! This is crucial, go with people who will dance with you and who will want to see the same people as you! I went with my cousin and we had so much fun dancing and singing to our favourite songs, honestly the people you go with make a huge difference.
Yes, we are too cool.
Bring cash. There will be ATMs but do you really want that $3+ service fee? Like.... No not really. You will want to eat or drink water, or you know snap a shot or a beer, cash will be way easier to work with than plastic.
Noms are so necessary.
Last tip, look into the smaller bands playing and also research the ones you knew about before. Festivals are great opportunities for both bands and music lovers to get exposure. Example, I knew a few tunes by the Paper Kites so when I heard they were playing I was very keen on getting to know more of their stuff, result: I am a huge fan now and I was super impressed by their live performance. I also saw Blondie and Young the Giant at RBC's Bluesfest, and honestly seeing bands perform outside, they always look like they're having as much fun as the people in the audience.
Bluesfest was totally fun, and hopefully I get the chance to go to more festivals this summer (fingies crossed), until then!
To be honest it's been a pretty slow Instagram week for me! But I managed to find three pictures to share!
Et c'est tout! That's all friends! Hope everyone is settling down for a nice, quiet evening!