TGIF and happy long weekend friends. It's nice to be able to say that to both sides of the border as we gear up for labor day, what seems like the end of summer and fall. September is actually easily my favorite time of year; days still get warm and the nights are crisp. I know it's getting to be that time when I want to wear everything with ankle boots, chunky things, and black. Apparently I  have invovled all of those things here while still managing not to sweat my face off. SCORE. I am deeply in love with this Coco Rocha for Baublebar necklace (they have a limited quantity on Eluxe right now). It might be as heavy as it looks but as the song goes: I don't care, I LOVE IT. Stay safe and have fun this weekend!


WEEKEND WEAR: Paris & Plaid

Happy Sunday Funday everyone! After close to a month off from the blog world I am feeling refreshed. Sometimes intentionally or unintentionally we need to take a step back from all things digital and just be present with our family and friends. I enjoyed watching moments come and go and not feel any pressure to document them with anything other than my memory; it is comforting that those are tucked away ready to spur me on or pick me up when the sun isn't shining in the months to come (literally or figuratively). What did you do this summer that made your heart sing a song that only you could hear?
I find it only fitting to slide back into blogging then with a casual outfit that has been my go to lately with warm days and increasingly cooler evenings. I have lived in these "fake-n-stocks" as my friend named them for the past month and this silky plaid shirt conveniently goes with everything and will well into fall. And who doesn't love a great, graphic tee? Fellow Canadian and fellow Stephanie of SS Print Shop released the cutest collection for Eluxe a few weeks ago and I had a hard time deciding. I love seeing women with an entrepreneurial spirit take off and soar.

| graphic tee - SS for Eluxe | shirt - Wilfred Free by Aritzia | shorts - Whyred | sandals - Winners | hat - Urban Outfitters | bag - Rebecca Minkoff via Eluxe |watch - Coach | necklace - Tiffany's |


WEEKEND WEAR: Short Stripes

As I received my order from the Aritzia sale (bless them and their sales), I realized that all but one of seven items were striped in nature. Apparently I like stripes. It's my favorite print. The people packing up my stuff probably thought I was a captain of my own ship. I may as well build a ship based on my closet. OH well. This dress is the comfiest, and right now it's busy being adorable on it's own with white accents, but come fall I think it will be great with a leather jacket and ankle boots or even over my leather leggings! Sail your ship into fun this weekend friends; enjoy!

| dress - Talula by Aritzia | bag - Rebecca Minkoff via Eluxe | sandals - Michael Michael Kors | bracelets - Stella & Dot, Joe Fresh | hat - from Mexico (similar below) | 


WEEKEND WEAR: Winery Wandering

First of all, this post is titled with the most thoughtful alliteration (the English geek in me always leaks into my blogging) so we are already doing well for the weekend haha. It is has been hot here for the last week to the tune of an average of 35 degrees. Pretty decent for Canada when most people think we don't have heat problems which always effects what you are going to wear whether you like it or not!
My personal summer mandate is to adventure, and also to be open to adventures in your own "backyard" when you can't go away for an extended time. I spend a great deal of time at wineries with my family, not always to drink their wares, but they boast the most stunning properties in the region that are open to the public at no charge. Perfect for a view that takes your breath away and a quiet moment to yourself.
Last weekend my mom and I stopped by Quail's Gate Winery to shoot some photos and my friend who works as a tour coordinator there had whipped up some truffle parm and garlic popcorn to sell in the shop by the bag. We took a bag (or two) to go and wandered about the grounds catching up together. I have embraced the culinary/wine culture in this region with all of me and I love learning about what we have to offer. What sights do you love close to your home? Have a wonderful weekend!

| blouse - TopShop Canada | necklace - Stella & Dot | watch - Michael Kors | shorts - Club Monaco | bag - Rebecca Minkoff via Eluxe | sandals - Michael Kors | 


Picnic Pretty

One of the hallmarks of Summer for me is eating al fresco. It just feels right to eat what's fresh and eat it outside. It feels even better when you manage to create your picnic using products from your local market or general store. I am on a little holiday right now and tomorrow is Canada day (and we will be having a picnic or 3) so I shot a little picnic post last weekend with my parents.

It doesn't take a lot to make your picnic pretty so when I pack up I enjoy the process of imagining that I am setting my table, only outdoors. If prep is required I do it at home in the kitchen and then pack it up, but I tend to stick to foods that can be placed out on a board or in a bowl as is like berries, cheese, cold veggies and a baguette or crackers. I also like to use half frozen bottles of water for ice in the picnic basket; by the time you get to your destination you can eat the cold food and drink the cold water!

Lastly, I  make sure that I pack dinner ware that's appropriate for the destination; here we were at a rock beach so I kept everything paper and plastic (bring a bag to recycle and clean up)! My whole family loves extending the amazing summer days by having our meals outside, so make pretty picnics a frequent part of your summer experience this year!

| dress - Wilfred by Aritzia | sandals - Marc Fisher | beach ball, towel - Target | goblets, picnic bag, straws, basket liners, napkins - Oh Joy for Target | plates - IKEA | board, knife - Home Sense |