I think everyone by now knows Haim is awesome. I love their girl power attitude and I really love that they're sisters, it totally makes me want to start a band with mine (too bad we don't play practical instruments since she plays the flute and I played the trombone years ago, I don't think they pair well?). This is a cute music video that kinda gives me closure. It's about the girls breaking up with their boyfriends and the boyfriends are shown being sad and miserable, which like ladies we go through every time! It's nice to see, even if this is fictitious, that boys feel pain in break ups too. Enjoy, it's a super fun jam!
The past couple days here in Vancouver have been crazy exciting, chocked full to the brim with adventures unique to this coastal city. So far, here is what I recommend you go do (and by recommend I really mean just go do it!)
Richmond's Night Market
Full of food, random finds, and pretty interesting people, the night markets are definitely a must see.
The Grouse Grind
When Geoff first told me about the grind I thought it would be fun. Reality? It's really hard. You literally run up a mountain (and by run I mean lunge up). But sweat and speed aside, it's beautiful. You can go as slow or as fast as you want up the mountain, and once you're at the top there are plenty of cool things to see (ie grizzly bear sanctuary). Also, there's no way down unless you get to the top since running back down the mountain is prohibited meaning you get to take a relaxing gondola ride down the mountain face. Definitely recommend if you're adventurous and physically ambitious!
Located all over the downtown area either in street carts or at their home base restaurant, Japadog is a really unique take on the classic hotdog-street meat. If you're feeling adventurous (even though who needs to be adventurous to eat a delicious hotdog?!) track them down and enjoy!
La Casa Gelato
This place has a staggering 218 different flavours with everything from dairy free sorbettos to chocolate cookie dough all the way to wasabi flavoured gelato. So good! Track them down and enjoy!
These are my little goodies that I have found so far in my travels and I am passing them along to you! Let me know if there's anywhere else in Vancouver I should see!
As you know (or don't know, I dunno) this has been a wild week for me from my exam to flying out to BC. Here's what I shared on the internet!
And that's that!
After my dance exam Tuesday July 22 (which went AMAZINGLY thank you) I jumped on a plane and headed to Vancouver to visit my boyfriend who I hadn't seen in months. Yesterday was my first full day hanging out and touring and such, so here are my super yummy eats and such!
First I met up with a life long friend of mine who recently moved out there to be a nanny, so I spent a few hours with her and the little girl she is taking care of. What a sweet baby that girl is! Didn't cry once! What?! Babies don't all cry? My mind has been blown. Anyway, My friend Megan took me to this really cool coffee shop called coffee bar and it was so good!
Geoffrey came and met us at Coast for dinner and it was so good! To totally try something outside my comfort zone I got a blind meal. By that I mean I ordered the chef selection of sashimi and sushi just to try west coast fishies. I may never go back to central Canada fish again.
I had to take pictures of our dessert too because it was to die for. We had the banana coconut cake and raspberry lemon mousse cake (with a close up of the sugar art!). Best first dinner ever!
Today Geoff and I are headed to Whistler so I'll post about all the fun things there soon!
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!