Travel

Blue Mountain

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This past weekend, my friend and I decided to take advantage of the above seasonal weather and take a little trip to Blue Mountain. About a two hour drive away from home, the Blue Mountain region offers natural landscapes, a beach, ski slopes and many more scenic views and activities to do.

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We actually stayed at a newly renovated Airbnb in the town of Thornbury, which was a less than fifteen minute drive away from the village in Blue Mountain. Arriving just before noon, we each grabbed a London fog and treats from Thornbury Cafe Bakery. I got a gluten- free vanilla cupcake, while Brittany opted for a sticky bun to keep us energized for the day. We sat inside the coffee shop and people watched while enjoying our goodies, and noticed how tight- knit everyone in the community was. They were very welcoming, and we even had a few people chat us up as well.

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Working off the treats, we walked through the single street known as the "downtown" of Thornbury and checked out some clothing and souvenir shops. Our next stop after that was The Collingwood Brewery. Here we got a tour of the brewery, a bit of a background on how beer is made, and samples of the available brews that day. Sarah was our "tour guide" and "bartender" all in one and she was an absolute gem. In the end both Brittany and I decided on the Pale Ale, and loved it so much, we both ended up taking home six packs and cute souvenir glasses.

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Since the weather was amazing, we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed our beers until hunger decided to come creeping. Sarah recommended we visit North Winds Brewhouse & Eatery near the Blue Mountain village, so off we went. After finishing up our lunch, we checked into our Airbnb and took a nap.

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Post nap, we decided that caffeine was highly needed in order to make it through the night, so we grabbed a cappuccino and latte from The Mill Cafe. The ambience was very romantic, having candles burning in every corner of the room and cozy tables surrounding a fireplace. We opted for the bar area, which had a chic marble counter top in an equally cozy corner of the room. The coffee did exactly what needed to be done... aka woke us up, so we got all dolled up and grabbed dinner and hung around the village for the rest of the night.

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The next morning we headed down to the village and grabbed some breakfast and more lattes (you can never have enough lattes) from Royal Majesty Espresso Bar Bakery. Let's be real... it was the name that totally got our attention, but we were in for a pleasant surprise when we ordered their breakfast sandwiches. They also offer an array of baked goods, including some jumbo donuts with crazy designs. We didn't get anything sweet this time, but if I'm ever back in Blue, you bet I'm trying one of those donuts.

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When in Miami... Part Two

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Little Havana in Miami.

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Fast & Furious bridge.

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Posing with a Miami cop.

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Shakira's house though...

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Made it to Nikki Beach!!

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Christmas dinner with the family.

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Polaroid pictures with my Instax Wide 300 Fujifilm.

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The Royal Palm Hotel grounds.

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Downtown Miami. See ya later!!


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The Royal Palm Hotel pool and bar area.

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bathing suit: Victoria's Secret | sunnies: Winners

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Lunch at Tequila Chicas.

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Posing with a shopping cart full of coconuts on the boardwalk.

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top: H&M | bottoms: Garage | shoes: Converse

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We stayed at the Royal Palm. Highly recommended to anyone traveling to Miami!!

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Paul's Cafe on Lincoln Road.

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South Beachin' in black bikinis.

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Random quotes around the Royal Palm Hotel.

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romper (on me): Fairweather | romper (on Katarina): Winners

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Nespresso Boutique Bar on Lincoln Road.

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A section of the Royal Palm Hotel lobby.

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Dinner at Havana 1957 on Espanola Way with these people.

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The second part of "When in Miami..." is coming up.

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Versace Versace Versace

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Coffee collage

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I've brought out (my favourite) sandals again, and this time around I've coordinated them with a matching brown Aibi watch. I said this before, but like a broken record I shall repeat myself... these sandals add all the wow factor needed to even the most simple of outfits. I paired them with a black lace raglan tee and loose fitting striped Brandy shorts that were perfect for our early morning walk on Christmas Eve.

Walking along Ocean Drive, we grabbed breakfast and lattes at my favourite cafe to visit when I'm in Miami. The News Cafe. I love the ambience of the place, and the food is so delicious. And it just so happened to be Gianni Versace's favourite place to wine and dine. He actually ate breakfast there mere moments before the fatal shooting in front of his home that took his life. His mansion is a few blocks down from the cafe, and is now run as a restaurant and hotel.

top: French Connection | shorts: Brandy Melville | shoes: Just Fab | sunnies: Armani Exchange | watch: Aibi (here)

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Gladiators

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I've always loved the look of gladiator sandals with summer outfits, but never got around to actually owning a pair... until now!! I combined these bad boys with most of my looks during my stay in Miami, and surprisingly did not have to deal with any weird tan lines. They are definitely a statement piece on their own, and can be worn with just about anything. I love how they make simple clothes like a jean and t-shirt combo, or tank top and skirt look instantly luxe.

I know it's the middle of winter and we're currently experiencing the negatives, and even the thought of a sliver of skin outdoors is terrifying. But hey, summer is right around the corner, and it's never too early (or late) for some warmer weather inspo. 😉

top: RW&CO (here) | skirt: Costa Blanca | sandals: Just Fab (similar) | cuff: Forever 21

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Wildest Dreams

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This look is something straight out of a T Swift music video. The intricate lace detailing on the dress, the asymmetrical hem dancing around every time you take a step and of course the red lips are dead giveaways. Mix in these stone steps and dark palm trees, and we've got a production.

I wore this dress for our Christmas Eve dinner in South Beach, Miami. My family actually celebrates Christmas on the evening of the 24th, so it's a big deal to be dressed to the nines. I bought this RW&CO dress early November and already wore it once to a formal gala, but decided to be a repeat offender and wear it again (of course I had to!). The fit of the dress is so flattering, and I'm a huge fan of how it shows off the shoes you're wearing.

dress: RW&CO | shoes: Sam Edelman | clutch: RW&CO

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The Front Porch Cafe

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As most of you have probably seen on Instagram, I went away to Miami over the Christmas holidays. It was the first Christmas my family has ever celebrated sans colder weather and traditional holiday activities, and I'm not so sure how I felt about it. Don't get me wrong, the weather in Miami was absolutely amazing and the whole vibe of the trip was phenomenal, but it just didn't feel like Christmas at all. Something about those lights and decorations, the chilly air and warm fireplaces, mixed in with hot drinks and yummy treats bring together the whole ambience of the holidays. However, I was with my family and surrounded by the people I love having an absolute blast, and in the end that's all that really matters.

These photos were from one of our nights out. We stayed at the Royal Palm in South Beach, and the night life on Ocean Drive was poppin'. This particular night we wined and dined at The Front Porch Cafe which is adjacent to the Penguin hotel, where these photos were taken (also don't mind my big, frizzy hair... I blame the Miami heat 😉 ). Along with a huge Coco Chanel backdrop, the lobby of the hotel which is located behind the restaurant, had a spacious bar and life size chess set surrounded by cool couches and plants. Very modern seventies.

I have plenty of more looks and photos from my trip which I will be posting in upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned! xo

top: Forever 21 | bottoms: Roxy | shoes: Franco Sarto | watch: Aibi Watches (here)

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Vancity Part Two

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Part two of my trip to Vancouver!! Here's a link to part one if you wanna catch up 🙂 :

http://thevbchic.com/index.php/2015/09/23/vancity-part-one/

Continuing with day four of the trip. Getting on the Hop On / Hop Off early in the day, we had the chance to go around Vancouver and learn a ton about the city's history. I especially loved Stanley Park and the overall vibe of the city. We ended up in Granville Island for lunch and ice cream.

Every year, Vancouver hosts the Honda Celebration of Light. It's a spectacular fireworks competition, in which countries around the world showcase their displays in tune to music. Yummy food, fun activities and fireworks on the beach? Sounds like my kind of fun. The day we were downtown happened to be the day Brazil was competing with their lights. I highly recommend going to watch them if you're ever there around competition time.

Day five was Whistler Day! Whistler has been on my bucket list for quite some time. The drive through the British Columbia Highway 99, also known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway was absolutely stunning. Imagine being surrounded by huge mountains with snow peaks and never-ending greenery.

On the way up to Whistler we also made a little pit stop and visited Shannon Falls. Another scenic adventure, Shannon Falls is a provincial park in the middle of the woodlands, and has tons of cool paths and water falls to see.

Day Six was our last full day, so we decided to visit Victoria. Taking a ferry to the island, we again went on a Hop On / Hop Off and explored the entire island. It's so beautiful! I could definitely see myself retiring someplace like this.

Day Seven... Home sweet home!

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The Trench

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Just recently getting my hands on these long lost photos, I must say this is one of my favourite outfits I've ever shot. Trench coats instantly add a sophisticated, "pulled- together" feel to any look. I'm so excited for the cooler weather to come, so I can start wearing them regularly with my outfits.

These photos were shot all over down town Montreal. I'm a big fan of that city... from the fashion, culture and the daily commotion going on, it really has something unique about it that no other city can mimic. And Terrie did an incredible job capturing the feel of this outfit.

coat: Zara | top: RW&CO | bottoms: Stradivarius | shoes: Steve Madden | sunnies: Steve Madden

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Photos by Terrie Quilatan


Vancity Part One

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 I visited Vancouver at the end of July (I know I'm a little delayed) and wanted to share some photos and adventures with you guys from my week there!

On the first day there we got in pretty late, so we just hung out and caught up with the family. I haven't seen my aunt / uncle and cousins in quite some time, so it was really nice to be able to kick it with them.

On the second day we spent the whole day exploring North Vancouver and Grouse Mountain. The views were absolutely breathtaking, never have I seen so much greenery before. And can we take in how cute these two little munchkins are?!

Third day in town we visited Downtown Vancouver. I fell in love with Gastown. That is all.

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All White in St. Maarten

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You can never go wrong with an all white look against sun-kissed skin. Your tan immediately pops and you look effortlessly holiday ready. These photos were taken on the balcony in our room a couple weeks back in St. Maarten. I absolutely fell in love with that island. Everyone is so care free and happy, a drastic change from the always on the go, technology reliant world of Toronto. I'm not hating on the hometown, but sometimes it's nice to get away and take a breather or two. Except with my camera... that's one thing I'll never need a break from. 😉

top: Abercrombie & Fitch | bottoms: Zara | sunnies: Forever 21

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Mural Fest Montreal

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Back in June, I visited Montreal for a week and while there, I had the chance to check out the annual Public Art Festival aka Mural Fest. It was the perfect backdrop for taking photos.

Surrounded amongst the colourful murals and vibrant pieces of art called for an all black palette and cool street style vibe. I added in a red lip and white converse shoes to pop against the dark outfit and to match the vibe of the city and it's residents.

jacket: Orsay | top: Terranova | bottoms: Seven Jeans | shoes: Converse | sunnies: Aldo

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Photos by Terrie Quilatan


Struttin' in Vintage

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A few weeks ago when I went to Montreal, I was rocking the bangs. Since then, they've grown out and are at that awkward length where they fall right into my eye. I've been wanting to try bangs for over a year now, and I finally had the guts to do it. I think it's safe to say this style was a one hit wonder.

I met up with photographer Terrie (Ian), of IQ Photography in the early hours of the morning. It was so cool being able to walk through a sleeping city with the morning sun just beginning to shine, devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of city life.

This is the first look of three shot that day. I'm wearing a jean jacket from Bluenotes over top of a vintage slip dress circa the late 1960's. The shoes I'm wearing are Ivanka Trump straight from the bestie's closet (thank you!) and my sunnies are from Aldo.

jacket: Bluenotes | dress: Vintage | shoes: Ivanka Trump | sunnies: Aldo

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Photos by Terrie Quilatan


Badlands Dirt

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A little "apocalypse" inspired conceptual photo shoot I did for Arnold's portfolio.

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Niagara Falls

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Spontaneous weekend getaways are always the best. With the sun up and shining, and perfect weather upon us, staying the night in Niagara Falls seemed like a great idea. We stayed at the Embassy Suites at Clifton Hill, even though we live only an hour away, and we got into full on tourist mode. We visited haunted houses, played glow- in- the dark mini golf, lazer tag and got lost in a maze of mystic mirrors. One of my good friend's family owns a souvenir shop, Niagara Lemons, so of course we stopped by to see all the cute knick knacks they sell! We ended off the day wining and dining at a few restaurants around town and rode the Sky Wheel.

I started the morning off with an oversized Wildfox sweater and unbrushed hair. The mist rising from the Falls in the early hours was so serene while sipping on the first coffee of the day. When it was actually time to go explore, I opted for brushing my hair (ha...ha...) and throwing on the brightest piece of clothing I own. I paired it with a denim button down and light grey pants. Knowing I was going to be walking for a good portion of the day, I finished my look off with white converse shoes and mirrored lenses.

blazer: Marshalls | top: H&M | bottoms: RW&CO | shoes: Converse | sunnies: Steve Madden

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