My friend Emma (who was visiting from Calgary last weekend) and I watched Capitol Pride in Ottawa last Sunday. It was my first time going to a Pride Parade (surprisingly, actually!) but I loved it! I had so much fun. It was so empowering to see all the love that was around. People were uniting in both small and big groups. Happiness and music filled the air. Smiles were everywhere. Feet and arms were moving, embracing everyone. I'm so not used to seeing people unite in such a way (I can name on one hand the other time's I've experienced something similar: the Olympics, the Stanley Cup, natural disasters (?????), so seeing this ... wow, it just made me realize how amazing and important it is when groups of different people unite. In my opinion, it needs to happen more!
August 31, 2012
August 29, 2012
Hello friends! Today's post is a guest post by Cee from Coco and Vera. Cee is is just one of the lovely people I've met through blogging, and I'm thrilled that I did! She's a lovely woman - friendly, kind, down-to-earth and, best of all, incredibly chic!
August 27, 2012
[ dress c/o Oasap // American Apparel sheer top // Nanushka belt // Aldo shoes (old) // Vintage Coach purse // Chloe Ammi sunglasses // O My Heart! bracelet ]
August 24, 2012
I recently bought a few new Estée Lauder make-up products. It's been since Christmas since I invested in some new make-up, and it felt so nice to treat myself (and I received the lipstick for free!). That being said, I also wondered if buying make-up is a treat for other women? I've known various women who don't enjoy purchasing and playing with make-up the same way I do, or who don't wear make-up at all. I can see why, to be honest--like fashion, it involves participating in consumerism and femininity--two things which, I imagine, a lot of women don't identify with. On top of that, a lot of it is also loaded with chemicals and toxins (one reason why a lot of the make-up I buy is all-natural). Do you use make-up, and if so why or why not? Do you think using make-up can be trivial and pointless or do you enjoy applying it, buying it, and collecting it--or both? Sometimes I feel torn, so I'd love to hear what others think. Happy Friday! xo Caroline
August 22, 2012
[ Mac & Jac dress via Winners // J. Cew belt // Guess heels // Vintage Koret clutch // Vintage earrings ]
What gal doesn't get all dressed up and prance around their neighbourhood? I know I do! I'm sure many of you bloggers know what I'm talking about (and your photographers!). Well, this is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago with my friend, who shot these photos of me in one of my favourite dresses. I love its ombre-inspired and almost-geometric pattern, the perfect fit, and of course the sky blue colour. I kept it basic with a skinny belt and nude shoes. Have a lovely day friends! xo Caroline
August 20, 2012
It's Monday morning! And I'm sitting in a coffee shop right now, trying to work on my thesis, but of course people watching and blogging are stopping me. Here's a few snapshots of a pair of palazzo-type pants that my mom and I made together last week following this A Pair and A Spare tutorial. Even though they are easy to make, I suggest only trying it if you have at least minimal sewing experience (or want to learn the basics of sewing on a sewing machine first). I did not. My lovely mother ended up doing most of the sewing-related stuff. Good thing because I just don't have the patience to learn (at this point in my life at least ... maybe one day). But I made tea. Fair, right? Have a great day lovelies! xo Caroline
August 17, 2012
[ Aerie shorts // Twik blouse // Geox flats // Matt & Nat purse // Vintage necklace // Michael Kors sunglasses ]
A couple weekends ago my friend and I headed to a nearby town called Perth (as you know, visiting local small towns, like this one, has somehow become a regular hobby of mine). Here are just a few snapshots of our afternoon there. I hope to do be doing more wandering this weekend, actually. The same friend and I are heading down to the market for an afternoon of shopping and eating, and maybe a few drinks afterwards? We'll see! Happy weekend to you - may it be filled with whatever makes you happy! xo Caroline
August 15, 2012
August 13, 2012
View of the town.
View of Goat Tower.
On our way up to Goat Tower.
Street where our hotel was located.
In the main square.
A wine shop where we sampled a variety of local wines.
The square again.
Goat Tower up close.
In Mikulov's castle.
Starting off a full-day bike ride we did (that's Mikulov in the background!).
I got tired, and quickly!!
In a town called Lednice.
Now in a town called Valtice.
What a view, eh!!
On Holy Hill.
The chapel on Holy Hill.
Happy Monday! Mikulov was such a great way to end our trip. Only an hour and a half via train from Bratislava, it was easy to get to (unless you count changing trains and dying of heat on the second one?). We spent most of our time here drinking wine and enjoying the absolutely beautiful landscapes. The town itself was quaint and really just so charming. It was nice to get out of the big cities we'd visited and into a more relaxing, slow-paced environment. It was also so very romantic! We spent one evening in the centre of town drinking wine outdoors, watching an outdoor concert, and walking up to Goat Tower. The night finished off with fire works outside the hotel! The following night, however, was a nightmare because I was having horrible leg spasms after a a full day of biking. Never have I had to push myself so hard! xo Caroline