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As you might already know, I recently spent a few days in Seattle. Matt lived in Seattle for a few years, so I was really excited when he suggested I join him on a business trip. Naturally, I documented some of the highlights of my trip on Instagram Stories and have been sharing some photos on my feed. It was my first time in Seattle, so there was a lot I wanted to see and do. This post is essentially my “travel diary” and a weekend city guide to Seattle – plus a bunch of photos.
How To Get Around Seattle:
From my experience, it’s quite easy to get around in Seattle. When I landed, Matt met me at the airport and we took an Uber back to our hotel. I was so happy that he came to meet me, because I was tired, hungry and didn’t feel like attempting to navigate on my own. At the airport, they have a dedicated section of the parking garage for ride share programs, so I definitely could have figured it out.
I spent the first couple of days exploring the city on my own while Matt was at work. I used Uber’s ‘Express Pool,’ which worked out very well. It’s the most cost-effective option they offer, and honestly, it wasn’t too much pricier than public transit. Once I got to an initial destination, I was able to walk from there. That being said, I heard public transit it pretty simple and reliable in Seattle, but I didn’t need to try it.
Lime Bike –
Seattle is one of the several cities that offers a Bike Share service, called LimeBike. It was awesome! You download an app and once you’ve set up your account, you have access to any of their bikes. My favourite part is that you can drop your bike off just about anywhere. The only issue? The city is very hilly. I definitely didn’t realize that until I started riding, so it turned into an intense workout. Thankfully, I had a bottle of water with me, because I was sweating like a crazy person!!
Rent a Car –
Matt and I planned to go for a hike at Mount Rainier National Park (more on that later), so we needed to rent a car. We used the car a little bit in the city too, which came in handy. Just keep in mind, there’s a lot of one-way streets, so use (and trust) your GPS.
Where I Ate:
Eating my way through a city is something I value most about travel. Overall, I was very impressed with the food scene in Seattle. I didn’t realize it was such a foodie city! I thoroughly enjoyed the meals I had, but obviously, I hardly scratched the surface. Here’s where I ate:
Lunch at Pike Place Market –
Oh man, did I ever love the food at the Pike Place Market!! There were lots of vendors I wanted to try, so I probably spent an hour just walking back and forth before I made a decision. I ended up getting the daily fish special from the Market Grill and added a side of grilled garlic bread. The fish was so fresh, and came served with coleslaw and an incredible rosemary mayo that paired perfectly. The people working there were friendly and passionate about what they do. Also, they offer you a free cup of water when you order, which I thought was a nice touch! For dessert, I ordered 1 mini donut from the Daily Donut Company because I walked by and overheard someone telling a friend they were the best. Yes, they were fabulous and yes, I should have gotten more than one.
This honestly might have been the BEST garlic bread I’ve ever had in my life!!!
Cactus Restaurant –
Cactus Restaurant is a small Mexican chain, local to Seattle. The atmosphere was bustling and the food was delicious. They also give you free chips and salsa, which won me over right away. My meal ended up being a little bit spicy, so if you’re worried about that, just double check before you order anything unfamiliar.
Harry’s Fine Foods –
After my crazy bike ride, I was really eager to find a filling, delicious lunch. I was in the Capital Hill neighbourhood, so I googled where to eat. There were a lot of popular restaurants in that area, but I decided to try Harry’s Fine Foods. I’m so glad I did, because it was one of my favourite meals of the trip! The atmosphere was amazing and the food was even better. I ordered the corn pancakes, which came with eggs, fruit and collared greens. SO GOOD!! They also give you real maple syrup, so you know they’re legit. As far as seating was concerned, I sat on the patio, which was protected by a ceiling of glass (probably since it rains so much).
Serious Pie –
I don’t have a “nice” photo of this, because we were starving and just ate the food (#badblogger). That said, if you’re looking for a great pizza joint in Seattle, I recommend you check out Serious Pie. Their pizzas are fresh, thin and crispy – just how I like. Oh, and don’t forget to order some local craft beer to wash it down with!
Casco Antiguo –
On Saturday morning, we did the Underground Tour of Seattle, so we ate lunch at Casco Antiguo because it was around the corner. The food certainly wasn’t as good as it was at Cactus…but we cleared our plates!
Nuna Ramen –
I didn’t take a single photo of this meal, but I have a photo from just before we ate. We were in the Fremont area and one of the main attractions there is the Fremont Troll. No word of a lie, we drove by, I snapped one photo…and then we grabbed dinner at Nuna Ramen. The food wasn’t mind-blowing either, but it was fresh and cheap. That being said, I think I’m a harsh critic, because Toronto has a ton of exceptional ramen…
Chandler’s Crab House –
We wanted to go for one “fancier” dinner while we were in Seattle and ending up at Chandler’s Crab House, near our hotel. It was a really delicious meal, with a beautiful view of the lake…but unfortunately, about a week after we visited, the location shut down! The property was sold because the area is being redeveloped, but I heard they will be re-locating within the next couple of months. Chandler’s is owned by a high-end restaurant group, Schwartz Bros, so there’s no doubt in my mind that their other establishments are excellent, too.
This photo was shot in the dark, on my iPhone, so it doesn’t do this meal justice. Trust me – it was delicious!
What To Do and See In Seattle:
Keep in mind, this is just my weekend city guide to Seattle, so there are plenty of other sites and attractions you can check out. Personally, I’m not really into museums, art galleries or doing too many tours on a single trip. If you are, I’m sure there’s plenty more you’ll want to see and do as well!
Pike Place Market –
When you think about where to visit on a trip to Seattle, the Pike Place Market is probably the most obvious. The market is home to the original Starbucks, the gum wall and countless flower stands. You’ll also find lots of great food and fish vendors, who can package fresh seafood for travel. Whatever you do, make sure to go to the Pike Place Market when you’re hungry. There are so many cool sights, smells and things to taste.
I’ll be honest with you. The Starbucks wasn’t overly noteworthy, or even that exciting…but it’s just something you need to do when you’re there. I waited in line to get in, and then paid a small fortune for an “exclusive” drink. I hated myself for paying like, $10 for a flat white…but ehh, when in Rome!
The gum wall was a bit underwhelming too, since it had been cleaned a couple days before my visit. Still, it was cool to find it and add my own piece of gum to the collection.
Conveniently located just a few blocks from the market is some pretty incredible shopping. I was only able to window shop, but I still enjoyed myself. Within a couple of blocks, you can shop at Madewell, Target, Saks off Fifth, Nordstrom Rack, Anthropologie, Gap, Urban Outfitters and Zara – just to name a few. Seattle is also home to the flagship Nordstrom (it originated there), so you’ll want to check that out, too.
Explore the Local Parks –
On my second morning in Seattle, I wanted to explore an area that was less “crazy” than the market, so I took an Uber to the Seattle Japanese Garden. It’s a beautiful park, especially with the leaves changing for fall. You do have to pay to get in, but what made the trip worthwhile was also going to the Washington Park Arboretum across the street. This park was much larger and the plants and trees were a lot more diverse than at the Japanese garden. I really enjoyed walking through some of the paths, and taking in that fresh west coast air.
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend like I did. For the second year in a row, I participated in the Annual Terry Fox Run with Matt’s family. While the main purpose of the run is to raise money for cancer research, the run itself is also a lot of fun. I was hoping all of my “training” at OrangeTheory would pay off this year – and I think it did. I completed 3 laps around the course, which was a total distance of ~9.5km. Granted, I took a short break between laps 2 and 3, but considering we did the first 6+km in about 32 minutes, it was necessary! Normally, I struggle with Endurance workouts, so running long distances without a break is especially challenging.
Despite September being halfway over, it’s been extremely warm the last few days. Even if I wanted to, it’s simply too hot to start wearing heavy sweaters and other fall pieces. Instead, I’m still wearing summer(ish) clothing…at least, for now.
In today’s post, I’m wearing a simple, casual late summer outfit, with pieces that can easily transition into fall. It won’t be long until I pack the shorts away for the season, but I can replicate the outfit with a pair of longer pants. (PS: If you’re looking to snag these shorts and keep them for next year, they’re on super sale!) Instead of a short sleeve t-shirt, I’ll wear something that’s super cozy…like this one!
I can’t believe that it’s already September! Where did the summer go? As much as I love the fall season, the end of summer always makes me feel a little bit sad. It’s never easy to say goodbye to those long days, warm nights, weekly softball games, eating outdoors, and fresh local produce. Despite that, I am excited about the new season and the overall feeling of a fresh start that September brings. I’m certainly hoping to have the opportunity for a fresh start this month!
As you probably know, I unexpectedly lost my job back in May. At the time, I was upset and frustrated, but I figured it wouldn’t take me too long to find something else. Well – here we are 4 months later and I’m still trying to find another job.This job-hunting process has really thrown me off my game and has taken its toll on me. If you’ve been through it, you know how mentally exhausting it can be. To try and deal with that, I’ve been taking the time off to re-charge and focus on self-care.
Naturally, I haven’t been doing a ton of shopping for clothes and accessories these days. Without a day job to go to, I really don’t “need” anything…and even if I did, I can’t justify the purchases right now. With that being said, you know that I LOVE shopping, so I’ve been finding other ways to embrace that type of joy. Instead, I’ve been shopping for other things; beauty and skincare products, fitness classes, workout gear and food to cook with. To me, these types of purchases fall under the umbrella of self-care, so I’m able to budget accordingly.
Earlier in the week, I received an especially upsetting rejection from a prospective job. As a result, I was craving a day that was devoted to giving myself a day of self-care. Luckily, I was invited to check out the new Shoppers Drug Mart at Yonge and Dundas Square in Downtown Toronto. The perfect way to treat myself, don’t you think?
A Shoppers Drug Mart, Designed with the Urban Shopper in Mind
Before heading down to the new Shoppers Drug Mart at Yonge and Dundas, I was told that its design was inspired by the needs of the ‘urban shopper.’ This Shoppers Drug Mart location is spread across 3 floors, so they literally have everything you could possibly need (or want). They boast an expanded grab and go section, enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE, and full service pharmacy; truly a one-stop retail space, which was designed to make the lives of customers easier. They carry a lot of the items that you’d traditionally have to go to a supermarket for, including deli meats and cheeses.
Since I was on the hunt for items that fell under that “self-care umbrella,” I chose to focus primarily on beauty (and snacks).
The BeautyBOUTIQUE Experience (And what I bought)
If you’re wondering, the enhanced BeautyBOUTIQUE is amaaaaaaazing!!! They carry dozens of brands, at all price points. They also have a friendly and knowledgable Beauty Expert team, who are happy to help if you have any questions. All of the products were well-organized, beautifully merchandised and fully-stocked – including the testers. (It drives me nuts when testers are missing!!!)
On this trip, I re-stocked a few of my ‘holy grail’ products, like the Benefit Bad Gal BANG Mascara, NYX Lip Lingerie Gloss, and my favourite Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes. I also snagged a few new (to me) items that I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. Here’s a few of the new items I picked up:
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I’ve tried quite a few makeup setting sprays before and have never really found they’ve done anything to ‘wow’ me. However, I recently gave the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray a try when I saw an in-store tester. I honestly couldn’t believe how good my makeup still looked at the end of that day! I’d applied my makeup early that morning, so it was on my face for like, 15 hours. It was a hot, humid day, so there’s no way it was a coincidence that my makeup still looked good before I washed it off that night. That obviously meant, I was sold.
Smashbox Ablaze Face Palette
I was also very excited to pick up the Smashbox Ablaze Face Palette. It’s part of the Ablaze collection, which is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart. This palette comes with 2 highlighters, 2 bronzers and 2 blushes – all in beautiful, warm tones. The reason this palette was on my radar was because I’ve seen it all over Instagram and everyone has been raving about it. All of the shades looked just as beautiful in person and it will be perfect for the summer to fall transition.
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
You all know that I’m a big fan of Benefit’s brow products, but I’m always open to trying something new. Quite a few of my favourite YouTubers have shared their love for the Essence Last and Brow Gel. For the whopping price of $4, I picked up a tube for myself. And you know what? It’s great!! I don’t think I’d use it on my lashes, but I really like how it sets my brows in place.
Nude By Nature Sheer Glow Colour Balm
I’ve seen Nude By Nature products quite a few times at Shopper Drug Mart, but I’ve never tried any of their products for myself. The packaging has always appealed to me, but I’ve been a bit skeptical about the line. I decided to try one of their Sheer Glow Colour Balm lipsticks as a “gateway” product. It’s a beautiful formula and I love the colour I chose, so I’m excited to try some of their other products.
If you’re in the area, be sure to check out the new Shoppers Drug Mart at Yonge and Dundas. You won’t be disappointed!
Thank you to Shoppers Drug Mart for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
As you probably saw on my Instagram, last night, Matt and I went out for a really nice dinner at The Commoner Restaurant. They just opened their Dundas West doors a couple of weeks ago and it’s already hopping. They were so kind as to invite me in to check out the space and try the food, so I happily accepted. I brought my camera along, because I anticipated that the food would be photogenic. As I expected, the food was beautiful and delicious.
The Commoner Restaurant specializes in uniquely Canadian cuisine and incorporates fresh, local ingredients. Their “claim to fame” is their 40-day dry aged steak, that they sear at 1800 degrees. Unfortunately for me, they’ve done so well with the steak, that they were completely sold out. I was pretty bummed out, but they had sourced steak from a local butcher, so I tried that. It was still delicious, as were the fixings, but I think I’ll have to go back another time to try the real deal.
We started the evening off with a couple of signature cocktails and a round of appetizers. As for entrées, we both wanted to try the steak, so we decided to get the trout as well, so we could share everything. I feel like we are the most boring people ever and so often end up ordering the same thing at restaurants!
RAINBOW TROUT Tomato Concasse. Capers. Kalamata Olives. Rice Pilaf. Green Bean Almondine. // ONTARIO NEW YORK 12 oz Volcano Salt . Chimichurri. Duck Fat Fries. Street Corn.
Duck Fat Fries with sea salt and truffle oil
SMOKEY STREET CORN- Smokey Butter. Feta. Cilantro.
APPLE PIE – in house baked apple pie, topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh apples (and the lighting was almost gone by dessert….but it was too delicious not to include!!)
All and all, we had a wonderful time at the Commoner Restaurant. The hospitality and service was fantastic, as was the food. The drinks and atmosphere was too! I will say, you can tell they still have a few little kinks to work out, since the staff is all so new. Moving forward, I also hope they order enough of the dry-aged steaks, since that’s their signature entrée.
Thank you again to the Commoner for inviting me and for the wonderful hospitality. We will be back!
Full disclosure – this was a hosted experience, but there was no requirement to post or share a positive review. We just enjoyed and had fun with the photography, so I wanted to share.
The weather over the last week or so has been absolute perfection! It’s been sunny, warm and the outdoors has been calling my name. There’s so many different ways to enjoy the summer weather. You can simply lounge around in the backyard, go hiking on one of the trails outside of the city, or enjoy one of the many patios downtown. Over the last couple of weekends, I can happily say that I’ve done all of these things!
This weekend, I spent the majority of my time outside in the backyard, but last weekend I was out and about. Last Sunday, Matt and I decided that we wanted to go for an afternoon hike. We were willing to leave the city, but we didn’t want to drive 3+ hours north. Thanks to his research skills (I suck at that stuff) we ended up at the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. The Mono Cliffs are located on the Bruce Trail and the park has a ton of hiking trails to explore. The terrain was quite varied, which made for a really fun afternoon. It took us about an hour and a bit to get up there, but there was a lot of ground to cover, so it was worth the trek.
While it’s always fun to escape the city, it’s also nice to stay local.
I will always tell you that one of my favourite parts about living in Toronto (well, technically just outside of Toronto) is the food. There’s no shortage of amazing restaurants and cafés to enjoy. On this particular day, we were craving sandwiches…and I, of course, wanted a good one. One of my favourite sandwiches everrrr is the Chicken Club, from Black Camel – and Matt told me he had never been! Whhhhhaaaattt!!! We ended up picking up a couple of sandwiches and eating them outside at a small park across the street. And of course, as I type this, I’m re-living the fabulousness that was that sandwich. Beautifully roasted chicken, flavourful pesto mayo, crispy pancetta and slow-roasted tomatoes. It’s perfection in a bun! Yum! Sadly, I didn’t take any photos of the sandwich, because I was too busy stuffing my face. I guess this is why I’m not a food blogger?
After lunch, we went for a walk through a posh mid-town neighbourhood and towards the coffee shop, Boxcar Social. Aside from having excellent coffee, they have a killer patio. Unfortunately, it was too sunny (and crowded) to shoot any photos out there, but the interior worked just as well.
What I’m Wearing
I kept my outfit pretty simple; just a striped button down shirt and jeans. I bought the shirt at Zara last year, but there’s so many comparable options this year. I’ll link a few below! The jeans are a semi-recent purchase and I love them! They’re by a new-to-me brand, Just Black Denim and they’re not only flattering, but super comfortable too. I also love that the length works on my petite frame. Considering the quality of the jeans and the fact that they’re made in LA, the price point is very reasonable. I bought mine at Sense of Independence and they’re still available online here.
I can tell you honestly, as cute as my outfit might seem, I had major regrets about my shoes. The shoes are Keds from a Kate Spade collaboration. They look great and feel comfortable at first, but after doing a bit of walking, my feet were a disaster! I have very, very sensitive feet, so I should have stuck to regular running shoes and socks. I didn’t want to complain too much, because I always bug Matt about the importance of good shoes…and yet I’m the one who always has problems with blisters! Go figure.
It’s been over a year since I last shared a video on Instagram or YouTube, so… I thought it was time to give it another go!
If you saw my recent post on Instagram stories, you’d already know this, but last week, I lost my job. As a result, I’ve found myself with some extra time (and creativity) on my hands. I don’t intend to go back to blogging full-time, but I’m fortunate that I have this platform. Without it, I honestly think I would have lost my mind already. Applying for jobs is not fun – and everyone needs a mental break from that during the day!
The other morning when I was about to get ready, inspiration hit to try and shoot a GRWM makeup application video, so I ran with it. It definitely ain’t fancy, but hopefully it’s entertaining in some way. Every time I attempt to create video content, I’m reminded that it is NOT easy! It’s certainly a lot easier to edit a series of still photographs than it is to edit a video. I also don’t have the fancy equipment or a proper working set up, since I haven’t focused much on video. It wasn’t ideal, but I shot this video on my phone, which I placed on a tripod on the ledge of my window. That’s why the lighting is out of whack…and why you can see floating dust particles, LOL.
Easy Spring Makeup Application - YouTube
Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil – This beautiful oil combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion. It makes my skin instantly feel bright and fresh, especially when I’m tired.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – …Because I love bronzer and always use more than any real makeup artist would recommend. This one has a gorgeous, natural-looking finish.
Lise Watier 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette – This eyeshadow is highly pigmented and has a rich, creamy powder texture. I received these as a PR-sample, and while these aren’t my “typical” go-to colours, I really like the formula. I’m not a fan of the applicators it comes with, so I recommend using a separate shadow brush.
Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen – I don’t usually use pencil liner on my top lid, but I do love using it on the bottom. It glides on beautifully and because it’s waterproof, is also long-lasting.
Lise Watier V Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara – This volumizing mascara is formulated with volcanic water, rich in minerals – calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and silica. Its formula helps to revitalize and protect lashes from external aggressors. Believe it or not, I’ve never used Lise Watier mascaras until recently, but I like this one! It gives my lashes a lot of volume and doesn’t get clumpy or flakey.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow – This is one of the first brow products I’ve ever used! It’s a brow-volumizing tinted gel, with tiny micro-fibers that works to create natural-looking fullness and definition. Read more about it here.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Maison Simons. All opinions are 100% mine.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for spring than I am this year. Freezing rain and snowstorms in Mid-April are not normal, but considering the snowy weather started in November (you know, almost 7 months ago), it feels like the never-ending winter!
The good thing is, the forecast shows that warmer temperatures are on their way. I’m so excited to embrace all of the warm weather things, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. To all of my winter coats and heavy sweaters: “I love you, but I don’t want to see you for a while!”
Instead, I want to wear all of my cute spring and summer pieces that are literally (and figuratively) collecting dust in the closet. I also have some new pieces that I’ve been itching to wear, but haven’t been able to just yet.
Now more than ever, I think it’s important to acknowledge that the climate and the environment are changing. We need to make a conscious effort to preserve our ecosystems and protect the species that live within. After all, it’s not just humans who are struggling with ice storms in April!
Today, I’m teaming up with Simons, who’s involved in an important environmental cause: combatting the decline in the honeybee population.
If you’re not familiar with Simons, they’ve been a Canadian fashion destination since 1840. Aside from their dedication to fashion, the company has always put a strong focus on their environmental policy. They believe that small actions have the power to make a big difference – and so do I.
Simons is currently working in collaboration with Alvéole, a Canadian company that promotes beekeeping in urban environments. Their mission is to increase the local production of honey, to improve pollination in cities, and to make people aware of the importance of bees in the urban ecosystem.
The decline in the honeybee population is alarming because bees play a major role in the production of fruit, vegetables and nuts. In fact, approximately 1/3 of the food we eat relies on their pollination!
Contrary to popular belief, honeybees rarely sting humans. They’re not interested in us because honeybees are vegan! It’s actually wasps that sting, so I’m not sure why the bees have that reputation. You can learn more here.
To help bring awareness and support to Alvéole’s great endeavours, the team of designers at Simons created the unique ‘Twik’ collection. They used prints and colours that echo the world of the honeybee. With each item sold, $8.00 will be invested into the project. You’ll also notice the tags are made out of a special type of paper, which contains seeds for flowers that produce nectar and pollen. By planting the tag, you’ll also be helping to grow fruits and vegetables!
I’m embracing the spring (and warm weather to come) by wearing this adorable dress from the Bee the Change Collection. Naturally, the floral print is perfect for spring and if you look closely, you can see little bees in the print! I paired the dress with one of my favourite pastel pink jackets (because again, spring) and wore the outfit to a bridal shower over the weekend. The high neckline on the dress makes it perfect for the office, too.
Shop the Bee The Change Collection here and let’s help bring back the bees. Bonus: the pieces are all super cute and perfect to wear when spring finally decides to show up!