Best way to combat winter’s bitter cold? Find the beauty in it.
We recently launched our Atlantic capsule collection at Blank & Blue, which includes three color-ways of our cable cuff, a graphic T-shirt, sweatshirt and this white hoodie that I’m wearing here!
I’ve always been a fan of winter white, so for this look, I paired my white hoodie with a white toque/beanie and my favorite jacket of the season, which has a white shearling lining. To capture the essence of the Atlantic Ocean, I headed to the water to shoot this look in a more rugged environment than the downtown streets. Even though this isn’t actually on the coast of the Atlantic, I think it still gets the vibe across. What do you think?
And how are you surviving these winter months? Let me know in the comments below!
Last week, I headed to the West Coast for an alpine adventure with Lincoln, to get acquainted with their 2018 Navigator. I was joined by a few fellow bloggers and media from across Canada, meeting altogether in Vancouver to embark on the road trip up to Whistler. Hot off the plane, we hopped into the fleet of Lincoln Navigators and headed up the Sea To Sky highway.
Keep scrolling to check out what we got up to and discover the Navigator with me!
The 2018 Navigator has all the technological bells and whistles, plus the added luxury features like seat and steering wheel heating, leather interior and full panoramic moonroof. Electronic seating controls are located conveniently on the door for both driver and front passenger. Every part of the seat can be adjusted to offer you the most comfort possible for your drive. Not to mention there is even a massage function in the seats, designed to promote blood flow and keep you feeling good and alert on long drives.
We made a pit stop along the way to Whistler at the Sea To Sky Gondola. We were super lucky to just make the cutoff as the last rides up and down from the lookout. Riding the gondola up the side of the mountain, we got to take in some pretty spectacular views and when we got to the top, we stepped out into the most magical scene. A first taste of the mountain snow. It was like being inside a snow globe!
Continuing our drive, rain turned to snow and in no time, we had reached Whistler. We checked in at the Four Seasons Whistler, refreshed and regrouped for dinner at the resort.
The next morning, it was time for a peek of the peak! A helicopter tour of the mountains. Personally, this was the part of the trip I was most looking forward to. I had been up in a helicopter with Blackcomb Helicopters before, but it was during the summer, so I was really excited to see the mountains all covered in snow. Now being able to compare both experiences, I have to say that the mountains are even more breathtaking in the winter. The views were absolutely incredible!!
Our helicopter tour ended at Big Sky Golf Course, right in front of the clubhouse and in perfect time for lunch. Sidebar: I can now say that I’ve helicoptered to lunch! I mean, does it get any better than that?
After lunch, we headed to Scandinave Spa for an afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation. I enjoyed a massage, as well as a few circuits of the hot/cold hydrotherapy. If you’ve never been to a Scandinave Spa, I highly recommend it. This was my second time at the Whistler location and I’ve left feeling fantastic both times.
In the evening, we dined at Bearfoot Bistro, one of Whistler’s must-try restaurants. The menu features a number of local seafood and wild game options, as well as the best of the best available from around the globe. It’s quite the experience as well, complete with champagne sabering in their underground wine cellar, and vodka tasting in the Ketel One Ice Room.
On our third and last day, we had a slow morning, taking breakfast at the hotel. My wonderful assistant Vyvian setup and captured this amazing breakfast spread on her room’s balcony. Isn’t it just magical?
We encountered a heavy snowfall on the drive back down the Sea To Sky highway, but it was nothing the Navigator couldn’t handle with ease. With a number of different drive modes available, like “Slippery Conditions” and “Deep Conditions”, The vehicle had us prepared for whatever Mother Nature threw down.
It was certainly another wonderful trip for the books. A big Thank You to the Lincoln team for putting together this luxurious adventure! I think the Navigator will have to be my go-to alpine vehicle from now on!
Hope you guys enjoyed reading through the post and hope to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
For those of you who didn’t know, I recently launched a brand, called BLANK & BLUE. It had been a long time coming and we finally launched online a few months back. It has been a whole new world of experiences and challenges, but my team and I have been loving every moment of it. One of my favorite pieces from the current collection is the PARADISE Hoodie. When I designed it, I wanted to create something bold and graphic, mixing text and photography. The Bird of Paradise is my favorite flower and this image featured on this hoodie came from a photo I took of a flower in Hawaii a couple years ago.
If you haven’t yet, check out the full collection at blankandblue.com! Hope you love it :)
We’ve been so lucky to have been experiencing warmer than average temperatures this fall. Personally, I feel like it’s made getting dressed so much more interesting and also allowed for experimenting with new looks and fresh additions to my wardrobe. One new piece I wanted to add to my wardrobe this season was a shearling-lined denim jacket. This one from Mavi Jeans fit my criteria perfectly. Its medium wash pairs easily with everything and the shearling lining is super soft and also quite warm! Not to mention this jacket features a stretch denim that offers a really comfortable ease of movement too. With shearling being such a hot trend for men this season, this jacket is definitely one to consider for the guys on your holiday gift list.
For this look, I paired my new found shearling-lined denim jacket with Mavi‘s James Skinny jeans for a classic, double denim look. This look is simple, but gives off a fusion of both workwear and streetwear vibes. I love the cut of these jeans- skinny and fitted, but not overly tight. They’re a great match for fall/winter boots, while also offering a versatile, perennial wash with just enough distressing. I’ve already worn them with a number of different outfits and they go with everything!
It’s taken a really long time for me to finish this one, but I’m so excited to finally share my Spain and Portugal travel vlog with you! This trip happened back in August with Justine and my family. We did a cruise from Bilbao, Spain around the coast, ending in Barcelona. Hope you enjoy the video. It’s a long one!
Oh man, oh man, I have been so terrible at keeping my blog updated. It’s been a crazy month, but I’ve rounded up a few of my looks that were posted on Instagram this past month, just in case you missed any! Plus, I’ve added in a few shots that haven’t been published anywhere else yet. As usual, I’ve linked to where you can get each of the pieces I’m wearing, or at least something similar for some of the items that aren’t current season. Scroll through my outfits below and let me know which one is your favorite!
If you clicked in to read this post, chances are you love to travel and hopefully, you take an interest in my travels that I share online too! Over the past few years, the travel section of my blog has taken me all over the globe. I’ve had the opportunity to experience many incredible destinations, hotels and airlines, but I’ve also had my share of travel “bloops”, ie. disappointments, frustrations and blunders. So this post is all about the best travel hacks that I’ve learned along the way to help you get the most out of your future travels and don’t make the same mistakes that I have. Especially, as we approach the holiday season, travel is about to get a lot more chaotic.
1. Book your trip in advance, on the right day of the week. We’ve all heard the rumors of which day of the week is best to book a trip- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, don’t book on Fridays etc… Well, now there’s a better way to find out and get the best price for your booking, with KAYAK‘s Price Forecast tool. When you search for a flight, KAYAK will show you the likelihood of your preferred flight’s price increasing within the next 7 days, so you can decide whether to book right then or later. If planning in advance, you can also sign up for custom Price Alerts, which will let you know immediately via email or text, if the flight or hotel you want decreases in price.
2. Combine one-way flights to create your own return. Most of the time, buying a return ticket to and from your destination is the most cost-effective flight booking. However, every now and then it’s more affordable to book two one-way tickets. However, making such a discovery can take hours of searching online and comparing. This is where KAYAK’s Hacker Fares come in. When you search for flights to and from a destination on KAYAK, you’ll see “Hacker Fare” clearly identified under the price, which combines two one-way flights alongside the round trip ticket options. Another great way to find yourself flying business class to your next destination!
3. Avoid traveling on weekends. While the best day to book your trip can vary, it’s definitely best to avoid actual travel on weekends, when possible. There’s a huge difference in airport travel between say, a Wednesday morning and a Saturday. Sunday night at the airport? Forget it. I’ve been through airports on all days of the week and all times of day and this seems to be the trend across the board. I’ve been told that it’s because most long haul flights happen on the weekends, not to mention the influx of weekend getaway travelers as well. So if you do have a choice, try booking for a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon.
4. Check your flight status. Have you ever gotten to the airport hours before your flight, only to realize that your flight is delayed and you then had to spend an entire day (or more!) at the airport waiting? It sucks, I know. I can’t stress how important it is to check your flight status, especially if your flight has even been cancelled! It happened to me once, and I wasn’t even notified by the airline. During the holidays, flight delays and cancellations should almost be expected, with winter weather conditions and higher than average number of travelers. KAYAK has come up with a solution, implementing their own Flight Tracker tool that will notify you of any delays/cancellations, as well as any terminal or gate changes. Equally great for those on the other end, waiting to pick you up at your destination!
5. Dress appropriately. And by that I don’t mean dress up, but rather wear the right clothes that will get you from your origin to destination comfortably and in style. Firstly, a shoe that you can slip off and on is essential. It’ll make getting through security more efficient, as well as getting up and down once you’re on the plane. Layering is also key. I always wear a T-shirt as a base and layer up from there. That way I’m prepared for whatever temperature the airport and airplane throw at me and I’m also prepared for the weather (which i in my destination. A hoodie and a mid-weight jacket are my usual go-to’s for layering. In terms of your travel look, I definitely recommend dressing how you would any other day, just with the tips I mentioned in mind. You’ll look and feel good and when you get to where you’re going, even though you just got off a plane, you won’t look like you did.
6. Send gifts in advance. This one is mostly for those traveling abroad for the holidays. However, if you’re staying in town and want to do this for convenience, go right ahead too! My family is all in Vancouver, so I’ve been going back west every year since I moved to the east coast. My tip for gift giving is: do it in advance and do it online. Shopping online has made gift giving so much easier and during the holidays, most retailers include an option to have your purchases gift wrapped as well. Do that and have your gifts sent directly to their destination, saving you the hassle of having to bring them with you in your suitcases.
Just when we thought summer was coming to an end, things have taken a turn, with a welcomed heat wave that hasn’t shown signs of ending anytime soon. Mornings are cooler, but by the afternoon, it feels like it’s still July! Cue all the memes referencing the regret that comes with leaving the house in a sweater, only to find yourself roasting by 2pm. Getting dressed in the morning is definitely tricky in this transitional season. You think it’s supposed to be fall, but then you feel like it’s still summer. When in doubt, I always go for neutral earth tones. They can go either way and they make layering, mixing and matching super easy. Scoop tees have become my go-to base layer and I recently discovered PacSun’s All Day Scallop T-shirts, which are the perfect fit and length. I’m also really picky, preferring to wear 100% cotton tees and these ones from PacSun fit the bill. They also come in 3-packs of essential color ways, making it easy to stock up.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Champion has made a huge comeback over the past couple months. The classic Champion hoodie is a must-have for fall. I love the dense weight of this particular style, as well as its well-washed finish.
The Adidas NMD is still going strong and I was pretty excited to get my hands on the R1 Primeknit Japan White style, which you’ll definitely be seeing in many more of my outfits to come.
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Photos by Vyvian To
*This post was sponsored by PacSun. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s been a minute since I’ve been down to New York for fashion week. I skipped a couple seasons, but last week I was back in town for the Spring 2018 shows.
Fashion Week always gives me a “back-to-school” feel, bringing together the fashion industry after summer, and right at the beginning of September too. It kicks off the fall season – arguably the best season for dressing and style.
This season, I took on the week through the lens of the Dyson Supersonic. Since it’s debut just over a year ago, the Dyson Supersonic has revolutionized the way hair is dried and styled. It’s a whole new tool that looks nothing like what you’d expect from a hair dryer, with increased performance as well. And yes, it really does dry your hair in half the time, keeping your hair healthier and smoother with a soft luster.
In the short time that it has been around, the Dyson Supersonic has already become an essential part of the fashion world, both on and off the runway.
I’ve become quite familiar with the Supersonic, using it daily in my routine. Fashion Week was no exception. If anything, it was even more important to make sure my hair was on point for the shows!
Backstage, the Dyson Supersonic can be seen in the hands of all of the leading hairstylists. At the Brock Collection show, Supersonics were used by the whole hair team to create the show’s hair look, lead by stylist, James Pecis. The look was a loosely curled and pinned back style, with a few wispy hairs for a perfectly undone, effortless look. The style was a perfect compliment to the classical, feminine aesthetic of the collection, which featured floral prints, ruffles and lace. Fabrics were light and airy, billowing as the models walked.
Check it out below, as well as the gorgeous runway, which was covered in fresh flowers!
After the Brock Collection show, I headed over to Union Square with my friend and fellow blogger, Jill Lansky to check out the Dyson Supersonic Lab pop-up. The Lab is open to the public and welcoming passers-by the opportunity to test out the Supersonic first hand and get a complimentary hair touch up or blowout.
We sat down for some touch ups ourselves, to keep our hair looking fashion-week fresh all day long!
For the second half of the day, I switched things up with a bolder look in all white and a pop of orange (by way of this Kuwalla bomber jacket). Here are a couple of shots in SoHo, before we headed out for a night in Brooklyn at Refinery’s 29 Rooms party.
Until next time…
Special Thanks to the Dyson team for their incredible hospitality during the trip and to my friend, Jill Lansky for helping me capture my fashion week looks!
*This post was sponsored by Dyson. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The days are getting shorter and the air is cooling down. Which sadly means that summer is starting to come to an end and we’re moving into the transitional time between seasons. Dressing for transitional weather (low 20’s C/70’s F) can be tricky, because it’s not quite hot, but it’s also not cold. Somewhere fluctuating in between. Light layers are the way to go right now, like this military shirt jacket I recently picked up from Abercrombie & Fitch. It’s the perfect weight for this time of year. A great, easy layering piece that’s versatile with a variety of looks. Here, I paired it with a tie-dye tee. And by the way, tie-dye is coming back strong right now. The key though, is to go for more subtle, limited color combinations, like this T-shirt, which features just one peach tone on white.
I’ve always thought that Abercrombie makes the best distressed jeans and that statement still stands today. My recent Abercrombie haul also included these super slim, light wash jeans, as well as a pair of black distressed jeans in the same fit. A few days of wear and they’ve already become my favorite jeans of the moment. The fit is skinny, but not overly tight and the denim is soft and comfortable, but also keep its structure and shape (very important!).
More shots of my look below, while strolling along the marina. I’ve also linked some of my other new picks from Abercrombie in the gallery right below, like the black super slim jeans I mentioned earlier! If you haven’t already, give Abercrombie jeans a try and let me know your thoughts!