heading west

A few people have warned me that if I go west, I may not come back… probably because of my somewhat obsessive love of all things California.

I get it – mountains and oceans + great sport wear is very luring.

So my friends, the time has come… I am finally ready to find out for myself if the West Coast is the (second) best coast of Canada.

Mike and I are going to British Columbia in September for a wedding and the timing works out well to make it our ten-year anniversary adventure. And even better, thanks to the HIGH Canadian travel costs, it’s a lot cheaper to fly to Seattle so we’re adding an American city to the holiday. Let the planning and list making begin!

First up, what’s up in Seattle? I am looking for tips and suggestions for places to stay, coffee to drink, parks to run and neighbourhoods to explore. We will have 2 sleepless days in Seattle and I want to make the most of it. SeattleI have done a bit of research and have discovered the following:

A. Seattle likes purple. Me too! Go Huskies.

B. Seattle is green. It is the Emerald City. Seattle’s Emerald City nickname comes directly from this greenery. Emerald City also echoes Washington State’s nickname of The Evergreen State. (source).

CSeattleites shop local. Markets seem like a big deal. Pike Place was the third thing I thought of when I booked flights to Seattle (right after Starbucks and Meg and right before the Space Needle).

D. Seattle does seafood. Sure, I will have a taco but I’m from Atlantic Canada – this will not be a highlight.

E. Seattle blows. Did y’all know about their thing for glass?

FSeattle smells. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Death Cab For Cutie (kind of)… Music is big in Seattle. My hometown of Halifax is Seattle of the North so I get it.

G./O. Seattleites run. Although I do not own any of their gear, I want to. I love everything about Oiselle and am excited to go to their flagship store located in University Village. I will also be in the middle of marathon training during our trip so I need some good running routes out west.

H. Seattle already has a Meg. I like to research cities by watching movies filmed there. Sleepless in Seattle seems like an obvious choice.

I. Seattle is dreamy. I recently went down a deep dark Netflix hole and started Grey’s Anatomy S1E1… It totally holds up.

J./M. Seattle drinks. Coffee and beer. Oh my! 

K./N. Seattle is hip. I try to avoid the tacky and look for the designy souvenirs when travelling. Plus, our shot glass collection is bursting at the seams.

L. Seattle sews. Question… is the tour worth it? Seems like an iconic must-see when in Seattle. Yea or nay?

Please, please please let me know what you loved in Seattle.

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leap for joy

Who decided to add an extra day to February every four years. Why not August?

It is leap day and the more I think about it, the more it blows my mind. I.don’t.get.it. If you were born on February 29, 1980 – today you are NINE! That’s messed up.

I feel like I need to talk to a leaper and get their take on the situation.

Anyway, if today is your birthday. Have a happy one. You certainly deserve it! To celebrate leap day, lets send some love to the colour green, which I am loving these days:Green Leap

A. 3″ Chino Short / B. The Cambridge Satchel Company Mini Push Lock Crossbody Bag / C. Crystal Chandelier Necklace / D. Garmin 235 / E. Green Falbala Round Neck Puff Sleeve Chiffon Blouse / F. Warbler Olive Jacket / G. Skinny Skinny Sateen Jeans / H. Silk Composition Tank Top
I. Teardrop Bangle / J. Vans Slip-On SF / K. Lorelle Sunglasses / L. Wrap-Front Cami Dress in bowling green / M. Leather Laila Wedge / N. Leather Tassel Keychain / O. Chuck Taylor All Star Lovejoy / P. Cameron Dress in Swiss-Dot / Q. Sleeveless Shirt Dress / R. Womens Better Sweater 1/4 Zip Fleece / S. Summit ankle boot

And speaking of Green, Saoirse Ronan was rocking the green as my favourite for Best Dressed last night!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371as) Saoirse Ronan 88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371as)
Saoirse Ronan
88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America – 28 Feb 2016

Did you watch? I did. I wasn’t planning to but 1:00 am arrived and I realized I forgot to go to bed. I am dealing with an Oscar hangover and am disappointed with my poor score of 17/24 for predictions. I am shocked about Stallone, Gaga and the Shorts but loved when Jacob saw the droids. I still love Brooklyn and am happy for Leo… there, I said it – Like Ethan and Christian, he owns a piece of my heart.

Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film 'Romeo + Juliet', 1996. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film ‘Romeo + Juliet’, 1996. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Movie detox.

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green with envy

Whether you are full-on, half, quarter or just Irish in spirit… have a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day! Here are some fun greens found online:

Saint Paddys

A. FOTO Pendant Light / B. Discerning Palette Coffee Maker in Green Shoots – 3 Cup / C. Luck of the Irish iPhone Case / D. ‘The Ankle Skinny’ Jeans (Bright Jade) / E. Swatch Mint Leave Watch / F. Matt & Nat Jorja Green Bag / G. Florida Keys to My Heart Dress / H. Dr Martens Modern Classics 1460 8-Eye boot – Mint Green / I. 111 Navy Chair / J. Irish Wall Clock / K. Celtic Necklace / L. Kiss Me I’m Drunk Tee / M. Celtics Ball Cap / N. Converse Chuck Taylors

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down by the sea

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Next up for our I Thee Wed series is a cottage wedding next to the ocean. Surf, sun and beach offer a colour palette of blues and greens plus a pop of peach.

Here are the colours:

Colour copy

And here is an inspiration board:

BEACH

Voila! Wouldn’t this be a lovely day. xomeg

A. JUST MARRIED Beach Wedding Banner Garland with Starfish Kraft & Burlap / B. Shabby chic candle holders in distressed blue (set of 10) / C. Succulent bouquet / D. Tissue fringe tassel garland / E. All wrapped up pearls (short necklace with box) / F. Seaport pearl studs / G. Wedding windmills / H. Porcelain hurricanes – dotted / I. Starlight Surf Wedding Ring Band / J. Eva by Dana Bolton – ’50s, dropped waist, boat neck, cap sleeves, full skirt, buttons / K. Peach jam favours / L. Pebbled Glass Drink Dispenser / M. Carved wood starfish (set of 5) / N. Tying The Knot wedding stamp / O. Flower hair comb / P. Kate Spade Micah heels / Q. Surf boards / R. Scallop platter / S. Custom wedding cake topper – beach theme / T. Sparklers / U. Casco Bay Adirondack chair with seat cushion, stripe / V. Patent-leather and ostrich shoulder bag / W. Seashell garland

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Golden Vineyard is the first wedding from this series. City and Colour is the second wedding from this series.

Psst… If you have an idea for another wedding theme let me know!