Hello friends! Fall is in full swing and I’m pretty much the happiest person ever. Summer is great and all but let’s be real, everything about fall is just… better! The days are the perfect amount of chilly, it’s harvest time for apples and wine (need I say more?) and it’s an expectation to layer, layer and layer every article of clothing possible. Welcome to the best season of the year!
Fall is also a perfect time to start fresh. The trees and the leaves shed themselves to prepare for a new beginning, so why can’t we? I like to check in with my goals and set a new focus for the next half of the year. My most recent goal for fall? Simplifying my blog posts so I can feel more confident writing shorter, simpler posts for y’all to enjoy! Let’s start with 5 of my favourite pieces for your fall wardrobe.
Although I love fashion, my style always comes down to comfort and practicality. In other words, you won’t see me rocking a knee high boot with laces and a heel this fall. Show me some leather booties though and we’re talking! Of course, plaid and a good pair of jeans are fall staples. Not to mention, fall is the perfect season for an oversized, versatile tote bag. And that colour? YES PLEASE! Lastly, we all love our layers during fall so pairing this outfit with a lighter jacket was the best way to finish off this look. Light jackets may be an investment, but totally worth it in the chilly mornings and warmer afternoons. Happy shopping!
At some point in our lives we experience the adventure of moving. Whether its across the globe for a job or even to a new neighbourhood within the city, people move from place to place all the time. Personally, I love moving and find it quite exciting! I love having new surroundings and starting “fresh” in an environment that’s unfamiliar yet so inviting at the same time. Regardless if you LOVE moving or despise everything about it, moving can be a real shock to the system (especially if it’s a far one). It can take us out of our comfort zones, away from our circle of familiarity, and challenge our definition of “home”.
Having moved to a new city only a month ago, I’ve made a quick list of the top 3 things I’ve learned thus far in my experience. Although calling Kelowna home hasn’t been a walk in the park, these 3 tips have helped me in times of uncertainty while finding my new definition of home.
1. take your time
This is probably one of the most frustrating parts about getting used to a new place. Learning all the streets, routes, one-ways, quickest way to work, where to get the best pancakes, what daycare to take your kids to and so on… Like how much better would it be if you could get a manual with all this stuff? Well until that happens, take your sweet time while getting to know this new place called home and you’ll eventually get there. In your spare time, go out and explore and make notes of what you see. Is this city family oriented? Are there inviting public spaces or sketchy places you want to avoid? What are the people like? In time you’ll be able to naturally flow from one day to the next without even thinking about it.
LAKE VIEWS AT CITY PARK
2. find likeminded people
Depending on what your definition of likeminded is, it can mean a lot of things. Likeminded in personality, interests, style, etc. If you don’t know a soul in your area and you’re an avid cross-fitter, try checking out the CrossFit gyms around town and you’re bound to find a group of people you can connect with. If you’re into coffee shop vibes and chilling out with a latte, scout out all of the coffee shops in the area and again, you’re bound to find one that fits with your personality. It doesn’t hurt to make friends with a barista either, just saying. Lastly, I recommend finding organizations that do day-trips to fun places (like wineries in the summer or mountains/ski hills in the winter) and go on a trip that interests you. Yes, by yourself. I’ve done this on a few different occasions and every time I’ve met a ton of new people and made friends I never would have met otherwise.
SUNSET AT HOTEL ELDORADO
3. be yourself
I saved the most important one for last. This one is huge, people. Moving to a new place can mess with your head, for lack of a better term. What I mean by this is that in all the excitement of your new home and starting fresh, there is always pressure, to some degree, to fit in. Fitting in isn’t the problem, it’s conforming to the standards and expectations of your surroundings that can be harmful and may go unnoticed. No matter where you move to or find yourself, never stop being the unique, weird and quirky person that you are. You have a unique set of personality traits that should never be hidden away or suppressed. Always always always be yourself, my dear friend. “It’s much easier to love yourself when you are being yourself.” (Dan Coppersmith)
Have you moved to a new city recently? What was your experience like? Do you have any tips for adjusting to a new home? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below!
Oh Spring! That time of year when the world awakens from the cold, dreary winter and everything becomes alive again. I always feel so rejuvenated when spring finally arrives that I can hardly wait to get out there and enjoy it. Along with excitement for this new season, welcoming spring also means transitioning out of winter hibernation-mode. Part of this transition involves making changes that reset your body, mind, and your surroundings to help you embrace spring in the most refreshing ways possible. Here are 3 fun and easy ways to reset for spring:
1. nourish your body
I think we can all agree that healthy eating is probably the most challenging in the winter months (at least for me, it is). In order to give your body a spring detox, transition your diet to allow for more seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of the go-to comfort food of winter. One of the best places to take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce is your local farmer’s market. Green smoothies all the way!
Another way to rejuvenate your body for spring is to get outside! Depending on where you live, Spring might be pretty wet, but is otherwise boasting with sunshine and warmer temperatures. My favorite way to enjoy the spring sunshine is to grab a coffee and take a walk along the lake. If you’re a real go-getter, you can go for a hike with a buddy or take your workout routine outside. Even if it is raining, what a perfect excuse to wear some super cute (and practical) wellies!
2. free your mind
This one is a big one for me personally. One of my favorite mind-clearing activities for spring is cleaning my car from top to bottom. I don’t know about you but my car always needs a little TLC after winter. Spending a few hours outside cleaning, vacuuming, buffing, and sometimes even scrubbing car to make it sparkle and shine again is not only rewarding, it also clears your head AND gives you a little fresh air. Total win.
Another great way to ease the mind into all that is spring is to create a spring to-do list or bucket-list. This is the perfect way to organize your thoughts and reminders for the upcoming season. Maybe you plan to visit family for Easter, take your car in for a service, or finally check out that cute coffee shop that just popped up in town. Last week Alex and I drove 30 minutes to check out a new coffee shop and have a #DonutFriday date together. It was somewhere we hadn’t been before which was the perfect way to switch up a date routine. FYI, mine was the powdered donut with nutella-mousse filling. It’s the little things that count.
3. de-clutter your surroundings
Two words: SPRING CLEANING!
Call me weird but ever since I was a kid I loved when it was ‘spring-cleaning’ time. Spring-cleaning is one of the most effective ways to reset for spring, which is why I saved the best for last. I’m going to make a bullet list here because there’s just too much to say:
Clean out that closet! Put all your winter clothes into plastic Rubbermaid containers (like this one) and get rid of any clothes you haven’t worn in the last year.
Make a pile of everything you’re parting with and donate it to your local Salvation Army or other charitable organization
Now go through the rest of your house and PURGE! You don’t need to keep that broken shoe rack. That extra Brita water jug isn’t doing anything by collecting dust. Anything that is either broken, taking up space, or could be donated to someone else needs to go.
Make those cleaning supplies WORK! Dust off the blinds, sweep the porch, Windex ALL the windows, and clean until your house smells better than a Lysol commercial. Okay don’t go too crazy but you get my point. They don’t call it spring-cleaning for nothing, folks.
Now that you’ve inhaled more cleaning chemicals than usual, it’s time to bring back some Spring feng shui into your home! What better way to welcome the new season into your home than with fresh flowers? Flowers have got to be one of my most favourite ways to spruce up any room in the house and not to mention they smell delightful. I spotted these beauties at the grocery store and it took every fibre of my being to not buy the entire lot.
There you have it! I would LOVE to hear if you have any of your own traditions or things that you like to do to embrace the spring season. Let me know in the comments! xo