a day at the races

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A couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed an afternoon at the Hastings Racecourse for my dear friend’s birthday.  We made a day of it with a couple of us girls getting our hair done at Blo Blowdry Bar, and getting dressed up and ready at my place.  Fascinators and all.

It was my first time watching horse races and I was a bit unsure of how it all works, so I decided to get a beer and make a bet.  The minimum bet to be exact, $2.00.  I decided to bet based on the horse’s name, at first.  Then we noticed that before the next race the horses went on parade, so then I decided to bet based on the horse’s looks.  I know, so superficial.  Anyway, my methods didn’t really pay off, until the last race of the day when A decided to finally pitch in on the bet with me, and give his (not so) expertise advice, and we won! I think in the end I was down $3.00, but who’s counting? No one, that’s who.

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pinsperation: bedroom

We’ve now been in our new apartment for a few months and finally it feels like home.  We’ve gotten used to all of our kitchen things being found in different cupboards, figured out what time of day the sun shines the brightest through the big window in the living room, and noticed what areas of our original hardwood floors creak the loudest.  All that being said, I still feel like there are one or two spots that are still missing that something in order to feel completely settled.

When we finally found this apartment, A and I both said ‘this is going to be our grown-up apartment!’.  This meaning, everything having a proper place, purging crap we don’t actually need, and taking a little bit more time to decipher our decor choices.  I remember telling a friend that A had said, “we’re going to make this an instagramable apartment” and she was super impressed (read: floored!!) with his commitment to our (let’s be honest, read:my) new project/apartment.  I believe the word keeper came out of her mouth.

I’ve been spending some (read: tons) of time on Pinterest looking for ideas and inspiration, and I think one of the spots I’m looking to complete is our bedroom, particularly the wall space above our bed.  A few ideas I’ve liked involved including a natural aspect with driftwood and macrame or weaving, hanging framed art or photos, either one larger piece or more of a gallery wall feel, hanging a tapestry with an interesting print, or utilizing shelves to group together a mix of memorabilia and framed photos. I’ve compiled a few of my favourite pieces of pinsperation.  I’d love to hear what you think, or if you have any suggestions too!

I’ll share a tour of our apartment some day, but for now, I’ll continue to be inspired.

I’ve linked back to each photos original home, click ‘photo via’ to view more beautiful spaces and decor from some talented and inspiring bloggers. Come hang out with me on Pinterest if you want to be visually overwhelmed, ha!

Portland Travel Diary

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We were just recently in Portland, Oregon for a little four-day holiday and it was just wonderful.  We brought Kea with us, and had great weather.  If I had to sum up this trip in one sentence, I would say ‘I ate Portland’.

We spent our days wandering around, eating, and people watching.  We even went to a Portland Trailblazers game (NBA, for those that don’t know….hey, I won’t judge, I didn’t know either). The game was certainly a highlight of the trip, the fans in Portland are super into the game and it makes for a really fun atmosphere.

I thought I’d break down our itinerary a little bit because everywhere we ate, shopped, and stayed was just the best.  So, if/when you go to Portland you need to reenact our exact holiday and you’ll see what I mean.

Stay: The Ace Hotel – this hotel was totally my jam.  They gave us the warmest welcome, absolutely loooooved Kea, and were just so helpful with everything.  The hotel itself has Stumptown Coffee attached to one end (can we say Chai Lattes everyday? yes? oh good…try multiple times a day actually) and Clyde’s Common on the other (a restaurant we had on our list, but actually failed to make it to), so the vibe in the shared lobby space is just so cool.  Not to mention, the style and decor in there is so on point, and just hipster enough that even A liked it.  Reasonably priced too.

Eat: just eat everywhere.  It’s all good, no matter where you go.  Because we had Kea with us our choices were a bit narrowed, but still very manageable.  Some of my favourites to mention were Sizzle Pie, for great pizza slices for on the go, Kenny & Zuke’s Deli for sandwiches and fresh bread, Storm Breaker Brewing for beer (obvs) and have the Juicy Lucy Burger, one reason Red Onion & Bacon Jam, Grassa for homemade pasta, and Tasty n Alder for the best brunch.

Shop: walk Mississippi Ave and just go in all the shops. I had it recommended to me by a friend and it’s an area we had never been to and I just loved the shops.  Animal Traffic was cool, tons of super soft vintage t’s, Pistils Nursery was full of terrariums, garden decor and plants, and Manifesto Shoes had well, shoes! Also, I couldn’t resist the City Target and the Nordstrom.  And of course Powell’s Books, a Portland landmark, you can literally get lost in there.

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12 things you didn’t know about me

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Since we’re getting to know each other here on this wee blog, I thought I’d share some fun random and in some cases pointless facts about myself.  Should be fun! Enjoy!

  1. My birthday is Christmas day (December 25th), and I LOVE it! Just don’t hoodwink me out of an extra present…. (you know who you are)
  2. I’m really tall.  I try to deny it, and usually answer that I’m 5’11 3/4, but real talk here, I’m pretty much 6 feet tall.
  3. I’m the only person in my immediate family that goes by my original first name.  Both my parents go/went by their middle names, and both my sisters go by different versions of their first names.
  4. I blush ridiculously easily.  Whether it’s the smallest compliment or being put on the spot, or when I get nervous or angry, my face, neck and chest gets all blotchy and red.  Also usually with my first alcoholic beverage, and sometimes when eating a good meal.
  5. (another Christmas related fact) I still kinda believe in Santa Claus.  I know there isn’t an actual man who rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer around the world in one night (or is there??!!), but I believe in a magic spirit that surrounds the holiday and I love the warm feeling it brings to us and our loved ones.
  6. My Dad passed away from cancer about three and a half years ago.  I still forget sometimes and go to phone him.
  7. I think my dogs feet smell like Smartfood….like the snack.
  8. I grew up going to dance lessons.  I danced for 12 years, all different types, both recreational and competitively.  I wonder if I can still do it?….Nope.
  9. I am head over heels in love with A.  Seven and a half years in and it just keeps getting better.
  10. I went to fashion school. I have a Fashion Arts Diploma from Humber College in Toronto.
  11. Don’t touch my belly button. I will freak out on you, slapping may occur.
  12. Don’t touch your own belly button either.

What’s Old is New Again

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Doesn’t it feel good when everything is new again?  New blog, new apartment, new inspirations, new season, spring!!

Although, there are just as many good feelings when things are the same, and old, and reliable.  Like reliable boyfriends, the same job, and old inspirations.

Life is funny that way.

I had a blog a couple of years ago, and had it going for the purpose of keeping up with family after moving across the country, then after a little while I started to try things to ‘find a niche’ in the blogosphere, but it wasn’t quite working.  My personal style was being shown on the blog too, but I was in the middle of a major life transition (moving across the country and starting over). And for the most part, I look back and think, ‘what was I thinking?!’ most of the time (and not just about my outfit choices!). That being said, I don’t regret any of it.  It was all a learning experience.  After my blogging hiatus,about two years or so, I finally feel like I’ve found my true self, both in real life and online life.  Even in times of doubt, I find I’m easily reminded as to what makes me happy and am able to get back on track.

So, why am I starting a new blog you may ask?  Well, I’ve always loved blogs; reading them and getting to know the person behind them, but most of all becoming inspired by them.  It’s what made me want to start one in the first place so many moons ago.  Now, I want to share with those I know, and those I’m yet to know, what inspires me, what I see in the world through my own perspective.  This blog may be new, but my love of blogging/blogs is the same old thang….yeah, I said thang.

What’s old is new again.

Life is funny that way.

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