Sunday, June 28, 2015

cottage weekend

A couple friends and I had a lovely weekend at my cottage in Northern Ontario. When we arrived late Friday night, we caught a stunning sunset! It was a peaceful evening so we were able soak in all of the beautiful surroundings.

There is something pretty awesome about making breakfast at the cottage. Maybe it's because it is the start of a day spent entirely with your friends, or maybe you know that the sun is coming up and you know it will be filled with sunshine? Whatever the reason, it's my favourite and I think the gang agrees. 

xo sara

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

quick trip home to toronto

Isn't my mum super cute?! She owns, in my opinion, the best home decor store around. If you haven't already been to Jacaranda Tree & Co, be sure to pop in and say hello when you're in Toronto strolling along Mount Pleasant Road. This is a picture of her in front of her shop!

Outfit Details
Sunglass, Vintage Vuarnet Sunglasses
Purse, J.CREW
Watch, Daniel Wellington

We went out for dinner to Boland's Open Kitchen which is a couple doors down from Jacaranda Tree.  One of the wonderful things about Mount Pleasant Village is that all of the shops and restaurants care to get to know you and treat you like a friend. Chris Boland is the owner and head chef at Boland's and he always makes a point of coming over to our table, sitting down with us and catching up on our lives. He rocks and if you're in the neighbourhood and looking for a nice home cooked style meal and great company, head on over to Boland's. 

xo sara

Sunday, June 21, 2015

san francisco in june

Twice a year my company goes to San Rafael, California for an annual general meeting for one of the brands we represent. I stayed a couple extra days in San Francisco at the Hostelling International Hostel and toured around town with a friend of mine for the weekend. This is the second time I've stayed at this hostel and absolutely loved it. The entire place is really clean, has really cool decor and is filled with people from all over the world. Plus - it's a lot less expensive than staying in a hotel!

My friend and I went to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market by the docks in the morning which was incredible! This is where the cities best known chefs come to get their food for the day. There were so  many stands of fresh gigantic flowers, big baskets of vibrant fruits, delicious veggies and artisan and prepared foods. 

M U I R    W O O D S

After we had breakfast, we rented a car and drove to Muir Woods National Monument just outside of the city. While my friend and I were walking around the woods, we couldn't help but notice that it looked like there was a fire at the base of many trees yet there was no all over forest fire. How can this be? "Fires over the centuries can hollow out a redwood, burning out a case in the trunk of a living tree. Though the fire caves on some of the redwoods look fresh, the last forest fire that occurred in Muir Woods was about 160 years ago" - says Muir Woods National Monument website.

There is no cell phone service in the woods so be sure to plan ahead if you plan on meeting up with someone there or having someone pick you up at the end of your visit.

Did you know that Coastal Redwoods only exist along a narrow
500 mile coastal strip in northern California and southern Oregon?

Outfit Details
Sunglasses, Free People
White Button Down Top, JOE FRESH
Watch, Daniel Wellington c/o Jacaranda Tree & Co.
Purse, hibou from Little Burgundy
Sandals, Vionic Shoes

L O M B A R D    S T R E E T

Since it was such a spectacular day and the flowers were in full bloom, we went to see Lombard Street which is the most crooked street in the United States. We parked the car and walked up and down the windy round. There are a handful of gorgeous Victorian mansions that have beautiful flowers pouring from window boxes as well as vines climbing up the front of the homes and lovely little gardens that curve with the windy road.

G O L D E N     G A T E     B R I D G E

I've been to San Francisco a couple times now and every time I try and get a close up picture at the Golden Gate Bridge, it's always cloudy! One time I took a cab from my hostel (where there was a beautiful clear sky) all the way to the bridge ($$$ later) and it was too foggy! Devastated. This time I was walking along the water with some friends and was able to snap a shot. Side note - I had no idea how windy and chilly it would be in San Fran in June!

xo sara

p.s. if you missed my last post in January about my trip to San Francisco, check it out here!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

capilano suspension bridge

It's been such an awesome week having two of my best girlfriends visiting me in Vancouver! For our last touristy adventure, we visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge is 140 meters long and 70 metres above the river. There were lots of trails in the forest on the other side of the bridge as well as a tree top treking course which was fun to run gently walk across. 

Outfit Details
Belt, J.CREW
Jeans, ZARA
Sandals, Vionic Shoes

xo sara

Monday, June 15, 2015

richmond night market

What do you do on a beautiful sunny Friday evening in Vancouver? You go to the Richmond Night Market! The whole gang piled into my car and off we went to Richmond to try out some delicious food and see if any touristy trinkets caught our eye.

Outfit Details
Sunglasses, Free People
White Button Down Top, JOE FRESH
Short, ONE Teaspoon
Sandals, Vionic Shoes

The place was packed solid of people with lines at nearly every single food stand!

Guess who bought a selfie stick? 

xo sara

Saturday, June 13, 2015

killer rainbow in vancouver

My snapchat story used to pretty much only consist of sunsets because I never thought I would see one more beautiful than the one I saw that night. Turns out, there is an even more beautiful sunset every night! I don't know how or why but there are the most stunning sunsets on the West Coast. 

We've had a pretty dry summer which has been amazing but a little rain didn't hurt anyone. With a little rain comes a rainbow and did we ever get to see a big and beautiful one!

xo sara

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

cactus club in vancouver

I finally made it to the much talked about Cactus Club! This West Coast favourite chain is a great spot to go to if you want decent sized portions, delicious food and modern decor. 

Susie and I had a lovely evening here - we ordered The Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps which had a sweet and spicy szechuan glaze, peanuts, wontons, Korean chilly sauce and spicy yogurt. Since we are on the West Coast, we had to order fish! We also had the Civiche which has lois lake steelhead, sustainably harvested prawns, red onions, thai basil, mint, cilantro and nuor cham. I'm usually very hesitant to order civiche at a restaurant because it's usually $16 with a couple of items in a tiny bowl. I have to say that the portion size of the civiche at Cactus Club was really fair!

To my Toronto friends -> did you hear that there will be a Cactus Club opening in your hood soon?!

xo sara

Sunday, June 7, 2015

lunch with a seal + otter

Our friend Annie told Susie and I that if you visit the Fisherman's Warf in Victoria, you can feed the seals. What does that mean? Exactly what you think! Susie and I might have raised an eyebrow at the idea because how can you feed a wild animal from a dock? Turns out you can and it’s super easy! All you do is buy a platter of dead fish from a fish joint on the dock for $4 then hang over the dock and dangle the fish! I have to admit, I watched a couple of kids do this before I gave it a try.

When I was up for feeding the seals, they were apparently full so a couple otters came by for a snack. He climbed right up the dock which was super cool!

After feeding our ocean friends, we wanted to get some food of our own. Susie was super eager to try out Red Fish Blue Fish right on the water in Victoria. We waited about an hour to order our food - this place is a hot spot in town!

xo sara

Saturday, June 6, 2015

the butchart gardens

While Susie was visiting me for the week in Vancouver, we only had one weekend together so we wanted to make the most out of it. Since neither one of us had ever been to Victoria, we thought we would make the trip! We woke up at the crack of dawn to catch the 7am ferry to Vancouver Island and we made it just in time as were the last car to board! 

On the way to Victoria, we stopped by The Butchart Gardens which were unbelievable. There were paths upon paths of the most luscious flowers we had ever seen. 

Outfit Details
Sunglasses, Free People
Shorts, One Teaspoon 
Purse, hibou from Little Burgundy
Sandals, Vionic Shoes

There is a really pretty part of the garden that has a colourful Ferris wheel!

xo sara