Friday, August 15, 2014

Intentional Gratefulness v. 4

It's hard to believe we're almost at mid-August already; it's truly amazing how quickly the summer is passing, although I suppose it feels that way every year. It has been a lovely month so far here on the Island (with the exception of today's rainy weather) and there is so much to be thankful for, that I wanted to share with you all.

So far in August I'm grateful for...

A cuddly sweet niece and nephew who constantly make me giggle and laugh with their hilarious quips and antics.

An afternoon spent at Thunder Cove swimming, jumping, wading and floating in waves which were crashing with whitecaps, and beautiful and amazingly, surprisingly, warm. 

My friend Lindsey, writer of an extremely touching, encouraging message that lifted my heart.

A visit from my best friend and her family!

The fact that I somehow managed to bike 42 kilometres (for the first time ever, might I add!) and survived!

And last but certainly not least - having a full day to spend with one of my oldest and dearest friends who almost always gets mistaken for my sister, since we're both redheads - of course! We visited the art gallery and there were all sorts of interesting pieces on display. One of our favourites was a little tent set up with a gritty faux-snow floor and two little painted tree stumps for seats. Inside, a video was playing, about a girl with a papier mâché cake and a troupe of bears singing about losing their teeth - I know it sounds super weird but it was strangely entertaining. Outside this little tent was a line of felt boots, from giant ones down to teeny little ones. I couldn't resist the temptation to try on a pair, and you can see my delight in the photos Pam snapped of my antics.  Afterwards we window-shopped in cute Charlottetown boutiques, had a yummy lunch at a favourite local pub, travelled the countryside stopping into a toy factory, an adorable but abandoned little house, and the sweetest shop set up in what was once an old one-room schoolhouse, finally stopping for locally-made ice cream. Wonderful.

What  have you been thankful for this recently? 
Please feel free to share in the comments (or via twitter or facebook) - I'd love to hear!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pretty New Birds

As you may or may not already know, I'm a major fan of homegrown fashion label Birds of North America, designed by Hayley Gibson (ahem... my interview with her on Stylelist Canada). She recently announced the launch of her Fall line-up, coming to her online boutique in September = excitement. I think what I often love most about BoNA pieces is their timeless quality - both dresses and separates are ones I know I would come back to time and time again. I've shared a few of my favourite picks above, but you can check out the full collection here.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Music Monday: Not in that Way

You know when you find a song that strikes such a chord, when you feel like the singer is telling the story of your life? That's how I felt about this song by UK artist Sam Smith. Seriously good, and seriously true, for this girl.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beach Day

On the very first full day back on PEI I headed to the beach and swam happily in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. After having been swimming in the glacial Thunersee several times while away, the seawater felt like a veritable bathtub in comparison. There are few things I love more than splashing in the salt water, floating on the waves looking up at the sun and the sky, and relaxing afterwards on the warm sand. Perfection.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Berne Botanical Garden

I can't believe my trip to Switzerland has come and gone. I can count those two weeks as among the happiest of my life and I am still so full of joy at having been able to spend time with some of the people I love most in the world. Much exploring of old haunts and discovery of new ones happened, in spite of pretty persistent rain. On one such rainy afternoon I spent a little while exploring the damp yet beautiful botanical garden in Berne, and the silver lining behind each raincloud being that the plants seemed more lush and beautiful than I expected, and I kept company with a plethora of garden snails, who were out enjoying the weather as well.

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