Friday, August 29, 2014

have a great long weekend

We went to the CNE last night and totally chowed down on carnival treats. It was so fun walking around, looking at all the fun games and rides. We even saw Hanson live - remember this song?

What do you have planned for the long weekend? We're going to a Blue Jays game tomorrow with friends and we're heading here for a date night tonight. I'm so excited for the extra long weekend to finally be upon us. I'm looking forward to going on some bike rides and hopefully dropping in at some new cafes. 

Even though labour day somewhat marks the end of summer, I hope you all enjoy some sunshine this weekend. xx

Thursday, August 28, 2014

i'm not wishing the summer away

... but this is a really cute fall sweater. 

poolside gossip

When we were in Palm Dessert this past March, I saw this print in a gallery window. I hadn't thought much of it again until I saw it in this home tour. I remember standing on the sidewalk finding myself really loving the photo, trying to take in all the details. It's called Poolside Gossip and I don't know whether it's the ladies all dolled up for poolside cocktails, or the lush backyard setting but it feels like you're peeking in on a party you weren't invited to. I know I could handle lounging in that empty lawn chair. Learn more about the photographer Slim Aarons here

Friday, August 22, 2014

happy weekend xx

It's been a little tough getting back into the swing of things this week at work after such a great vacation - I really wish we could take more of them! We have my cousin's wedding tonight and plans with family for the rest of the weekend, hoping to enjoy and relax. Whatever you have planned, have a great weekend. Here are a few links from around the web...

Every single one of these gazpacho recipes sound amazing

Remember these tips next time you're eating out with friends at a restaurant

I'm saving my pennies for a road bike and saved this advice for when I get to buying one

I'd love this sweater for fall

uh... Yum!

Wouldn't this loose bun be beautiful for a date night?

As a girl who always has her nails painted, I loved these pointers

A great cocktail to finish off the summer

I would love waking up in any of these dreamy white bedrooms

Thursday, August 21, 2014

iphone photos

{ stanley park }

It's been fun re-living our vacation with photos this week. It was a wonderful trip and I'm already counting down the days until we return at Christmas. Here are a few final photos that I took on my iphone if you care to see...

{ (nervously) waiting for my first float plane }

{ fresh caught - a 'keeper' }

{ the largest and sweetest sugar cookie }

{ tubs of blackberries picked on the neighbors driveway }

{ fairen - a real good snuggler }

{ first time enjoying pho }

{ homemade smoked salmon }

{ we floated for 90 minutes in these chambers }

{ more than 1,000 lbs of salt is in each tank }

{ homemade pasta }

{ badminton in heels }

{ the most decadent dinner at salt tasting room }

{ patio b52's }

{ saturday night stroll in gastown }

{ complimentary upgrade to business class for the flight home }

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

granville island

After a great dinner (here) in Vancouver the night before we got up and spent our final vacation hours on Sunday at Granville Island. I had never been before but loved exploring in the little shops, walking around the markets and enjoying a drink overlooking the ocean. I hope return visits to the island become a regular event on trips back to BC. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

west coast wilderness lodge

On our second night away, D's mom surprised us all with dinner at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge. And the coolest part - we got to take a float plane to get there! We sat on a private patio overlooking the ocean, sipping on wine and enjoying a delicious four course dinner. It was one of those experiences where you're consciously trying to soak it in the entire time. Here are some photos if you'd like to see...