Monday, May 16, 2016

Island Getaway

As the long weekend is fast approaching, I can hardly keep still knowing that it will be spent at our new cottage on Bowen Island. This past weekend was the moving weekend - literally loaded up the U-Haul to the brim with mattresses, bad frames, tables, chairs - you name it. As tiring and sore as it was hauling each item down (and up) the stairs, I could finally feel it all coming together. 

Some people may think I'm crazy that I will be spending the majority of the long weekend unpacking and setting up the new cottage - but to me, that is pure heaven. I love transforming blank canvases into something incredible. Being able to add a piece of furniture, or just the perfect pillow to a room can make a real difference.  

Bowen is never going to replace our cabin on Shawnigan Lake. However, it will be a close little getaway where I will bring my girlfriends for the weekend, or just go solo to get away from the craziness of the city. As soon as I hop on that ferry and leave the mainland, my body all of a sudden relaxes and knows that a few days of rest is waiting ahead.

Here's a few inspo pics of the transformation process & what I hope the new cabin will look like...


 // organized shelves //

// modern bed frames //

// communal eating area // 

// comfortable seating with industrial wooden accents //

images via Pinterest


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Merry & Bright

I still can't get over the fact that Christmas is less than two weeks away. Of course, I have still yet to purchase any of my Christmas presents, nor have sent out any Christmas cards. I always think that I will have ample time to get things done, but in reality (I should really have learnt this by now), Christmas always comes way faster than expected. Note to self: start early. 

Besides the hustle and bustle and lack of sleep, Christmas time is always a favorite time of the year for me. Even though I'm 26 years old and live on my own, I still treasure this time of year to spend with family and follow our holiday traditions. Here are a few things that I will be doing over the holiday season, and what I look forward to each Christmas:

1. Spending time with family & friends
2. Mom's holiday baking 
3. Opening presents in our PJ's
4. Mom's homemade cinnamon buns on Chirstmas morning
5. Picking out our real Christmas tree
6. Christmas lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge
7. Drinks at The Wedgewood Hotel
8. Gingerbread houses at The Hyatt
9. Crantinis! 
10. Finding that perfect gift 

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lake Time

I wait all year for this moment...a couple of days before I head to the lake with my family. Shawnigan Lake has been my summer home since I was born. My mom's dad bought the cabin when she was just 12 years old. It has stayed in the family ever since and I cannot thank my grandparents enough for making the best business decision ever. 

Over the next 10 days, I plan to go for long runs followed by a refreshing swim in the lake, coffee and a pastry at Oma's bakery, some waterskiing, and curling up in front of the fire with a good book. Let's just hope these next few days don't fly by...

images via Pinterest 


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Luxe Living

This post definitely matches the title of my blog. I have been actively searching for a place to live for the past two months and have been unsuccessful. Prices in Vancouver are astronomical, and finding a place that is in a good location, is clean, has a good landlord, etc is very difficult to come across. 

For the past three weeks, I thought I had found the place of my dreams. It was a laneway house located 1.5 blocks from where I currently live. It was brand spanking new and so so so beautiful. I even managed to get the owners to come down in price, but I waited too long to decide, and someone else snatched it up. I was heartbroken. I had started picturing myself living there, thinking about what pieces of furniture I may purchase...until POOF it was gone before my eyes. 

I agree, I have very champagne taste. I have always liked nice things. Especially when it comes to finding a place to live, I feel as though I can't really lower my expectations. Living in a hole and paying $1500 per month in rent just aint going to cut it. So, I am continuing this painful search and just hope *fingers crossed* that something beautiful pops up - or maybe the person who took the laneway might just back out ;) 

Here's a little inspiration of what I envision my place looking like: 

Eames chairs // Simple area rugs // Greys & whites // Cashmere throws // Black & white photos

Functional coffee tables // Tall windows // Industrial & Modern pieces

images via Pinterest 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

California Dreamin'

We've been pretty lucky this past month with the weather we've been getting. Compared to the rest of the country, we have certainly lucked out. That being said, it has been easy to start dreaming about summer and what trends to follow when it comes to fashion. I have always been a firm believer in casual & comfy clothes when summer rolls around. I am all about them denim cut offs and loose, boho tops. So naturally, I have been planning some summer trips while work and school are filling up my time and allowing me to day dream about sunny skies and palm trees.  

Here are a few looks I am coveting for S/S 2015:

 // Creamy white blouses with just enough shearness to them //

// Loose comfy tees & white Birks //

Here is a blouse I have on my wish list as well as these denim cutoffs.

images via Pinterest 


Monday, January 19, 2015

Spring '15 Wishlist

With the weather slowly creeping up the thermometer, it's hard not to dream about the coming months. Don't get me wrong, winter is one of my favorite seasons. I love transitioning from fall to bundling up for the winter season. Celebrating Christmas with family and friends and jetting off somewhere warm if you are so lucky are all things I love about the winter months. BUT who doesn't get tired of the long, dark days and cold air that makes your skin crack? Let's just say I'm ready for a change. Below, I have listed a handful of items I am coveting for this coming spring season. 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


With Christmas only less than 3 weeks away, the need to bundle up and find that perfect party dress is an essential. Vancouver however, seems to be a little late to the game. With temps reaching +14 here today, the Christmas season doesn't feel like it's even approaching. Therefore, finding the right (and appropriate) garments are needed during these weird weather days. Here are a few winter looks I came across and instantly fell in love with...

Treating knits as tees // Beautiful neutral sweaters with cropped denim 
Need to find myself some fur // Preppy school girl look 
\\ Gorgeous pastel colors layered to perfection //

images via Patterson Maker