Take 5

Got back from vacation and now I’m just enjoying the slowing down of summer. Soaking in sunshine, listening to tunes, and planning for the fall is what’s been occupying my days of late. Note: This Take 5 is a little late posting – I wrote it up a while ago so some of this stuff is kinda old but whatever😛

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1. Lindsey Stirling released her new album Brave Enough!!! My favourites are “Lost Girls” and “First Light” if you’re wondering🙂

2. Decided that Instagram is my favourite form of social media – been loving #californiadisco from the dream team Tess, Amanda, Sharee & Alex.

3. Ok that should have taken up the rest of Take 5 right there but let’s continue shall we?

4. This is tempting. 

5. Finally become obsessed with Carly Rae Jepsen. You know, gotta support my fellow Canadian artists.

Leavenworth, WA // An Instagram Story

I have been loving Instagram’s new Story feature and have been using it every time I’m doing something interesting to document.🙂

Earlier this week I went on an overnight getaway with my family to Leavenworth, a charming Bavarian-themed town in the middle of Washington. I snapped some photos on my Olympus PEN but mostly documented the trip using Instagram Stories. It was so easy to snap or film, throw on a filter, save, and post so my friends could share in my experiences. Since an Instagram story only sticks around for 24 hours, I’m posting the photos from my story here!

And since my free WordPress plan doesn’t support video (seriously CANNOT wait to switch to Squarespace when I launch my new blog!) I complied all my footage into a Vimeo video to embed into the post here.🙂

This was not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own!

What do you think of Instagram Stories?

One Week Escape to the Shuswap

Last week I went away for a week’s vacation with my family and friends. It was so nice to get away for complete r&r after a hectic summer. I didn’t take too many photos but here are a few from our adventures in the Shuswap area.


One thing I love to do when I visit a new town is check out the thrift stores! Of course with every thrift store venture comes a game of dress up. This time it was a wedding.

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With hot days come Starbucks runs. A BIG Starbucks run!





And you can’t visit Salmon Arm without paying a visit to the Shuswap Pie Company. I have three words for you. Best. Pie. Ever. I tried the Raspberry Rhubarb and it was a slice of heaven.





With sugary drinks and wonder-filled pie comes the need to work it off! So I hiked up Sunnybrae Cliffs and though it was definitely a climb, the view was breathtaking. You could see the Shuswap, beaches, and little winding roads. Beautiful.

Have you ever been to the Shuswap?

Shoes, shoes and more shoes!

Things you should consider before you purchase your next pair of shoes.


I used to never get the hype about shoes. Why were women stereotyped for being obsessed with shoes?! But now I totally get it. As of right now there are 186 pins on my Pinterest board dedicated to shoes and it’s growing. But shoes are important! They not only look stylish but also protect your feet.

It’s very easy to get carried away with shoes. I know my shoe collection has grown significantly and pretty soon they won’t all fit on my shoe rack. (In fact it’s at maximum capacity already.) So this fall, I want to downsize and be more mindful when making my next shoe purchase. Here’s how.


Put your health before style.

Too many times have I bought shoes just because they looked cute. And I had to pay the consequences. I now have to deal with a fallen arch because I didn’t think about supporting it. And if not dealt with a fallen arch can turn into a series of problems for the feet, knees, hips, etc. Now whenever I buy shoes, I make sure they have proper arch support (Birkenstocks are amazing for this!) or can fit an insole inside it.

Don’t follow trends.

Shoes, along with many other things, can be faddy. They’re here one day and gone the next. Instead of following trends, I like to buy shoes that fit my style and not the style of society. This results in less $$$ spent keeping up with what’s in fashion and less shoes being wasted.

Consider investing. 

Yes shoes can be expensive. But a lot of times it’s worth it. For example, my Birks had a bigger price tag but it was worth it in the long run since they saved my fallen arch. I’ve also had this one pair of boots for years and years and I love them! So instead of buying your next pair of shoes on an impulse because they’re cheap – think long term. What’s gonna last you? Usually it ends up being a better bang for the buck.

Do you have any other tips for being mindful when buying shoes?

What to pack for a week by the beach

After all the chaos of summer I’m so excited to escape to the beach for a week! But of course before one can embark on a vacation something has to be tackled first…packing.


While some people enjoy the process of packing, I don’t. But I’m slowly changing. As I’ve been learning to pack more mindfully and minimally it’s become a fun challenge that I’m slowly getting better at. But of course as with everything – practice makes perfect.

Maybe you’re like me. You hate the thought of packing but you know it must be done. And then when it comes time, you end up basically taking your whole wardrobe with you. Well I’m here to help. I’ll show you what I’m bringing for a week by the beach and maybe it’ll inspire your packing list too.

PACKED: 5 tops (3 tanks, 1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve), 3 bottoms (1 shorts, 1 crops, 1 jeans), 1 pullover (not pictured), 1 dress, 2 swim suits, 3 shoes (1 closed toe, 1 sandals, 1 flip flops), 1 hat, 2 sunnies (mouse over to find out where everything is from!)

TIP: You don’t have to pack so many clothes to create a new outfit for each day. Try packing along clothes that you can mix and match to create several different outfits.

What would you pack for a week by the beach?