It’s getting to our favourite time of year here in Canada, the much needed and highly anticipated break to give us all a little bit of a breather. While many are heading off on grad trip and far away places in Europe, my best friend and I are headed down south to Florida for a week and we couldn’t be more excited (we’ve been counting down for weeks now)! However, it’s a little bit of a different feel this time around as we realize that this break marks the half way mark of our LAST undergraduate semester ever. Crazy, right?!
Well, in preparation for the break I am providing you with some of the things that have been on my radar lately.
Obsessed with this “round fleck” style for a new pair of sunnies! Also loving this new updated version of Ray Ban’s clubmaster style sunnies!
Somehow I destroyed my runners and I’m now in the market for a new pair. Luckily I’m heading down to Florida so am hoping to score a pair down there, but recently I’ve been eyeing the Ultra Boosts! Still determining if I can switch my loyalty though.
This dress reminds me of something that Julie Delpy would wear in Before Sunrise!
I had the “gimme some lip” set from Sephora and LOVED it. They recently came out with a nude set that I’ve been dying to try!
I’ve always wanted a wishbone necklace and this dainty little silver one is adorable!
These sandals are super simple and adorable! I love this kind of style because it’s easy to dress up or down, and the blush is such a nice change of pace! I also adore these tassel sandals, although they are a bit pricey!
Lilly Pulitzer + S’well? Sign me up! You have to go scouting for these new S’well bottles, but here’s some more information here. The collection is so pretty and summery, it almost transports you forward a couple of months!
On a more winterized note, these winter boots are lovely! Super sleek looking but definitely functional; I find it so hard to score a fashionable pair of winter boots that doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing blocks on your feet. Also into these ones.
We all know that feeling after coming home from a trip abroad, where you begin to crave those tastes that you experienced while on vacation. Not to fret, chefs galore have created recipes for every taste, which aim to accomplish this travel envy. After having been in Asia for a few weeks, I will be wanting to re-create the soy and sesame tastes that I experienced while away. Here is a healthy, Asian-inspired kale salad recipe to satisfy all of those cravings, thanks to Cookie and Kate!
P.s. I like to keep my Kale whole, so that is definitely an option. Just follow the recipe as instructed, without the chopping portion. I recommend adding a protein like a marinated salmon filet or chicken breast on top, which will keep you full for longer!
1 bunch kale (preferably lacinato/Tuscan/dinosaur kale but regular curly kale works, too)
fine-grain sea salt
1 cup chopped snow peas (slice off tough ends first)
1 large carrot, peeled and ribboned with a vegetable peeler
1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 heaping cup organic edamame (if using frozen edamame, defrost by tossing into a pot of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes)
As school comes to a close and summer begins, students around Canada (and the world) are jetting off to foreign lands. I have about a dozen friends who have asked me multiple times “what should I bring?” and “how should I pack for my trip to ___?” Lucky for me, I am too, jetting off to the other side of the world, and have begun to prepare for my trip abroad. Here are a few things that I’ve learned as a (somewhat) seasoned traveller.
1. Bring wardrobe staples.
It may sound obvious, but bringing a few versatile wardrobe staples that can be mixed and matched can help you to assemble an effortlessly chic outfit that looks like it took ages to put together (in reality, it probably took you a total of five minutes). Some wardrobe staples that one could bring, depending on the weather, include a white or black cotton t-shirt (Club Monaco’s basic tees are the comfiest and super light and airy), a chambray shirt (which I often use as a beach cover-up on vacations), a pair of medium-dark wash jeans (so they can be dressed up or down), a light Breton shirt and white tennis shoes (which are so versatile).
One of my new favourites that I will be bringing along with me to China, is this Club Monaco tank top — it’s somewhat pricey, but it’s super soft and if you’re a student, you can take advantage of Club Monaco’s 25% off deal if you show your student card!
Also on a side note, don’t forget to pack your PJs (somehow my mother and I always forget this essential travel piece).
2. Pack by “outfit” and not by “piece”.
When I was younger, I used to think that it was best to pack in a way where I brought all of pieces of my wardrobe that I loved most. Low and behold, this technique often led to me over-packing.
As I’ve gotten older and travelled more, I have realized that the most effective way to pack is by outfit, meaning that you plan your outfits ahead of time. Not only does this limit the articles of clothing that you bring (particularly tops, I find), it also helps you to narrow down your daytime and nighttime shoes (the pieces that end up sending your bag way over the desired weight limit). Try to think about the pieces that you wear often, rather than the pieces that are “perfect” for the trip but that you have actually never worn (don’t try to pretend you’ve never fallen into this trap, I know we all have).
3. Layout your outfit, all of your necessary toiletries, chargers and travel documents the night before.
ALSO give yourself more time than you think you need to get ready. This will help you feel less overwhelmed the next day when you’re trying to round up all of the odds and ends that you needed the night before. It will also limit the things you could possibly leave behind in a frazzled haze.
4. Pack snacks.
I never go on a plane without a few snacks, even flights that are only a few hours. You end up spending way less money, and you can often clear your fridge and cabinets of those foods that you forgot about that may go stale or bad before you get back.
5. Bring an extra charger.
I carry all of my chargers in my carry-on because I am always needing a charge. Sometimes I get caught in a pinch and need to charge my phone on the go. That’s where my trusty portable charger comes in — it’s saved my life more times than I can count.
6. Bring an extra sweater, cardigan, or scarf in your carry-on.
I am someone who has poor circulation and is always cold, therefore I need to pack accordingly. I always keep an extra cardigan or pashmina in my carry-on bag, as planes often tend to be chilly, and there’s nothing worse than being cold and unable to get comfy.
7. Have a “carry-on kit”.
I know that a bunch of my girlfriends carry their makeup bags in their carry-ons when they fly. Personally, I hate having to go through my makeup bag ensuring that I’m not carrying anything sharp (but ok seriously, how could you possibly injure someone with a pair of tweezers). Instead, I take a little cosmetics bag and fill it with essentials (generally those which make me feel particularly pampered).
My essentials tend to consist of hand sanitizer (and sometimes wipes), all of my good jewelry (because you wouldn’t want to lose that in your checked bag), hand lotion, my favourite chapstick, a rollerball perfume, a hair tie and a couple of bobby pins, a few lipsticks (to help me feel extra pretty), concealer, Abreva (you don’t want to be stuck at an altitude of 39,000 ft. with a cold sore coming on and no Abreva) and FACE MIST (the Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe herbs and rosewater is my favourite).
I also don’t get on a flight, especially a long one, without some kind of eye mask (you will thank me, and yourself later when you’ve gotten sleep, despite your neighbour’s bright reading light).
8. Keep all of your travel documents in one place.
This will come in handy when you are rushing through the airport trying to make your flight. If you don’t get your boarding pass sent electronically, make sure you keep it with your passport (this will make it much easier when airport officials ask for your ID and boarding pass). For years I have used a Hudson’s Bay passport case, where I keep my passport and often fold my boarding pass into.
And with that, I hope you all are a little bit less stressed after reading this, as you prepare for you trip!
With the change of season, I have been inspired to start a new series. That way, you not only have something to look forward to, but you also know what to expect from the blog on a more regular basis! The “Currently Coveting” series will cover anything (fashion, lifestyle, food, etc. related) that I have been lusting after in the past weeks! Without further ado, here are some items that I have been eyeing this past month!
Okay, I get it. It’s my first post and the title is a little…lacking. But I promise, there is meaning behind it! This past weekend my family attended my cousin’s wedding located in Muskoka at the beautiful Port Cunnington Lodge. The location was absolutely PERFECT for a cottage wedding; it was chic, rustic, and full of life and history. The wedding looked like it was taken directly from Pinterest with a perfect balance of bohemian elegance. I kid you not, I wanted to photograph every little detail from the table settings to the foliage that adorned every inch of the venue. The lovely couple’s last name is Wedge (that is so exciting to officially say!), which is where the clever Instagram hashtag #wedged2015 came from. And so fittingly, this blog post is titled “Perfectly Wedged” for the main reason that J is now officially “wedged” in the middle of our very large extended family, something that I absolutely could not be happier about.
Recently though, I’ve been thinking about weddings and to my knowledge, I’ve only been to two in my whole life! How many weddings have you attended? Are you at that age where all your friends are getting married? Or, have you never been to one? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!