Friday, 31 July 2015

Fashio Friday- Cottage Nights

Today can not end quick enough!! After work, I am heading to the lake and getting down the hours until I am reunited with my cousins at the cottage!! Summer to me has always meant time at the cottage with cousins- so many happy memories!! As the years have passed, and we've all grown older and moved on with our lives, we are spending less and less time together at the cottage. I am so looking forward to this weekend!!

Time at the cottage is pretty simple: day spent on the beach, drinks on the deck, dinner in the cottage, and back down to the beach. Cottage nights are one of my favourite things in the world- family, sunsets, evening dip in the lake, and bonfires!!

Bathing suit// Tank top // Shorts // Sunglasses // Sweatshirt // Flip flops // Beach towel

If you haven't taken a sunset dip in one of the Great Lakes, you must add that to your Bucket List! This bathing suit is perfect for such an occasion! I love the colour- and fringe- of this Jessica Simpson bathing suit.
After (or before) a swim in the lake, this tank top and shorts are great for hanging out on the beach. How cute and perfect for the beach is this tank? Love the colour of these Tommy Hilfiger shorts.
Sunglasses and sunsets just go hand and hand. Watching the sun set over one a lake is one of the most beautiful views. Love these Ralph Lauren sunglasses!
At the cottage, usually around the bonfire, it gets a bit chilly. A sweatshirt is perfect to pullover a tank top. Plus I love the sweatshirt and shorts combo, especially if I get to rep my Alma Mater- Brock University!!

Flip flops are really the only acceptable footwear for the cottage. Havaians are hands down the most comfortable flip flops ever. 

Generally speaking, I love Hudson Bay stripes...they are so iconic to Canada and there are so many images around campfires, at cottages, with a Hudson's Bay stripped blanket. Pictured is a beach towel, which is great for your post swim or to snuggle under while toasting marshmallows! 

This weekend is also a long weekend in Canada. While it's great to have a long weekend, it also means that summer is quickly coming to an end- not many cottage nights- or days- left. Enjoy them while you can...I know I will!!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Book Club: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Book: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Author: Heather O`Neil
Amazon Summary
Finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize
From the author of the international bestselling, award-winning Lullabies for Little Criminals, a coming-of-age novel set on the seedy side of Montreal’s St. Laurent Boulevard.

Gorgeous twins Noushcka and Nicolas Tremblay live with their grandfather Loulou in a tiny, sordid apartment on St. Laurent Boulevard. They are hopelessly promiscuous, wildly funny and infectiously charming. They are also the only children of the legendary Québécois folksinger Étienne Tremblay, who was as famous for his brilliant lyrics about working-class life as he was for his philandering bon vivant lifestyle and his fall from grace. Known by the public since they were children as Little Noushcka and Little Nicolas, the two inseparable siblings have never been allowed to be ordinary. On the eve of their twentieth birthday, the twins’ self-destructive shenanigans catch up with them when Noushcka agrees to be beauty queen in the local St. Jean Baptiste Day parade. The media spotlight returns, and the attention of a relentless journalist exposes the cracks in the family’s relationships. Though Noushcka tries to leave her family behind, for better or worse, Noushcka is a Tremblay, and when tragedy strikes, home is the only place she wants to be.

With all the wit and poignancy that made Baby such a beloved character in Lullabies for Little Criminals, O’Neill writes of an unusual family and what binds them together and tears them apart. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is classic, unforgettable Heather O’Neill.
What I have to say: 
I had heard so many great things about this book, that I added it to my reading list last year. Back in February, I bought a copy of the boo. And, finally, two weekends ago, I had the chance to read it. This was another book that I devoured in less than 24 hours. I couldn't- and didn't want to- put this book down. I enjoyed following Noushcka on her journey, as she fell in love and attempts to leave her twin brother and start her own family. Noushcka was a relateable character...we have all struggled at one time or another to discover who we really are.

While the story was beautifully written, there were times that I wondered what a description or incident had to do with the plot. I don't necessarily enjoy didn't take away from the overall plot. On top of that, this pieces of the story were still well written.

Final verdict: I plan to re-read this to pick up on earlier plot points and see how they fit in to the overall plot. This book will not be for everyone, but I will encourage people to check it out. I have already lent my copy to my brother's girlfriend.  

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Hey, It's Ok

Airing My Dirty Laundry

That my apartment is a disaster. I have piles of stuff everywhere. I need to buckle down and get organized...just sort through everything, throw stuff away and put everything else back where it belongs.

To finally get pictures from the Pan Am Opening Ceremony on my computer!! I still need to go through and edit them before I can share them on the blog, but great first step in getting them on my computer!!

That I am super excited to be partnered with Lindsay from The Flynnigans for a beauty swap!!

To be looking forward to the long weekend. Party at the cottage with a lot of my cousins, including my B.C. cousins!!! 

That sometimes you just have to revert back to your old ways, no matter how bad of an idea it is.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Fashion Friday- Beach Attire

Happy Friday!! I can't believe how quickly this week went!!! Work was super busy and full of meetings. I'm getting the chance to be part of some really exciting projects- even though it's taking me away from my regular work. 

This has been a busy week and I haven't had a chance to go through- or share- any of my Pan Am Games pictures or experiences. I was hoping to have the chance to go to the Closing Ceremony this weekend, but it just wasn't in the cards. I'm thankful that I got to experience the Opening Ceremony...some people don't get to experience either, and I had the chance to experience both. 

If I'm not attending Pan Am, what am I doing this weekend? Going to the beach of course!! I thought I would do a little Fashion Friday based on beach attire.

Hat // Flip Flops // Towel // Sunglasses // Beach Cover Up // Beach Bag // Bathing Suit
A bathing suit is the foundation of great beach attire. There are so many great choices, but how cute is the Tommy Hilfiger one pictured above?!

Another key piece is a cover up, just something you can throw on quickly to run into a store or restaurant. I prefer cover ups with longer sleeves, just to provide some extra protection from the sun. This one is from Old Navy, which has tons of great options- some of their shirts in an XXL also make great cover ups.

Flip flops are the best AND the only appropriate beach footwear. I can live in my Havaianas, they are so comfortable.

I have a pair of Ralph Lauren sunglasses that I take with me everywhere- love them!! Plus they are red, my favourite colour.

Hat to provide some protection from the sun...and of course, I pick a hat that shows my love for my loves aka the New York Rangers!!

Beach bag is a must to store all of your beach essentials. This Lilly Pulitzer bag is on my wish list. I should have picked one up when I was in the Lilly store last week. 

Finally, a beach towel! This Hudson Bay, with the iconic stripes, is a classic and Canadian favourite. 

I'm looking forward to my beach weekend and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!