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Happy July! I feel so cliché for saying this, but I cannot believe that we're already halfway through July. This summer has been incredible so far, and has been passing by quickly due to a couple of trips to Miami and NYC. Now that I'm back in Toronto for the next month, and other then a quick trip to Prince Edward County next week, I'm excited to be able to re-focus and enjoy everything that the city has to offer.

My style this summer has been very casual, with longer hemlines and flowing fabrics. I don't know if it's just because I'm getting older and more comfortable in my own skin, but I feel as though I've finally hit my groove, style-wise. I'm excited to be able to share more summer style with you, both on the blog and on my Youtube channel. In the meantime, check out what I've been wearing lately with some outfit details.

Blazer - Dex c/o Hudson's Bay, Shorts - Dex c/o Hudson's Bay
Shoes - Expression c/o Hudson's Bay

Dress - Forever 21 (sold out, but this is the EXACT one from Morning Lavender)



Jumpsuit: Design Lab c/o Hudson's Bay
(sold out online, but you may still be able to find it in-stores)

Glasses - Sunday Somewhere c/o Hudson's Bay

What do you guys think? Are there any outfits that have been speaking to you this sumner? Any summer trends that you have been loving? Let me know!
xo Joëlle
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Right on the heels of my trip to Miami, Brian and I were lucky enough to find a free weekend to jet off to New York and enjoy each other's company. I absolutely love NYC, and the location especially holds a special place in our relationship - it was our first trip together as a couple, and I'll never forget how exciting seeing New York City for the first time together was.

Years later, and countless trips to the Big Apple under our belts, the itinerary is very different. Gone are the days of frantically running around the city from attraction to attraction just to say that we've done it. The recent pace is much more relaxed, and as such this post will serve as more of a travel diary then a travel guide. Add a record-breaking heatwave into the mix, and we barely ventured outside of lower Manhattan - it was hot. All things considered, it was a great trip and we took it at a snail's pace -nice and relaxing.

Here are a few of the highlights from the trip. It's a different type of post - very casual, much like the mood of the weekend. Check out my last New York City recap post for more of an itinerary - to be honest, we did almost everything exactly the same this time around! Creatures of habit for sure.


Pietro Nolita is always one of my first stops. Great restaurant and so much PINK!

The Sézane store is Soho was everything that I wanted it to be, and then some.

This is a corner is Sézane that spoke to my little pink heart.

Even though I was technically on vacation, the pink hunting never stops. This was spotted at Ladurée Soho

The only way to beat the heat at Ladurée

It was so hot - smiling through the sweat.

Mansur Gavriel in Soho

Brunch at The Butcher's Daughter in Soho.
I happily hopped onto the garbage cans at this floral facade at Yumi Kim.
That should tell you everything you need to know about me.


Give me all of the bubble tea from Boba Guys - a huge win, especially since they have non-dairy alternatives
(for those of us who love bubble tea, you know how hard this is to find!)


What do you guys think? Do you love New York City as much as I do? What are your favourite things to do in The Big Apple? Let me know!
xo Joëlle
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Summer is finally here, and I couldn't be happier. Is it just me, or does everything just seem lighter in the summer - more sunshine, lighter attitudes - even my summer essentials seem to lighten up. Gone are the heavy accessories and toiletries of winter. Here's a few of my summer essentials, and why I reach for them as soon as the weather warms up.

• A straw hat - I know, I know - a straw hat seems so cliché as a summer essential, but hear me out; cliché or not, a straw hat just makes life easier in the warmer weather. Not only does it shield your face and neck from sun exposure (which is incredibly important,) but it also works overtime when used to hide frizzy, summer-humidity hair. If you haven't already, get yourself a nice straw hat for the summer.

• My Schick f.a.b. razor. You guys have heard me rave about this magical razor that allows you to shave both front and back without even having to lift the razor from your leg. It's incredible - but it becomes essential in the summertime. I'm almost always in dresses, so I find that I'm shaving more than usual in the summer. I also want to get in-and-out of the shower quick, so I really appreciate the time that the Schick f.a.b. razor saves me. Smooth legs and a quicker shower routine? Definitely a summer essential.

• Small purses. I find that during the hot months, the last thing I want to do is schlep a huge, heavy bag around. I definitely tend to reach more for my mini, cross-body bags in the summer, making them essential. My back thanks me.

• Oversized sunglasses. I love the look of big, oversized sunglasses in the summertime but this season I'm going with a bit of a different look - translucent lenses. I think that translucent lenses are a great way to update a yearly summer essential and make it more now.

• A small camera. I love carrying around my vlogging camera (a Canon G7x Mark ii) with me in the summer, and find that I'm much more likely to whip it out to capture video clips of my day in the warm weather. This I can't explain, but it's true - check out my Youtube Channel, I've been posting there like crazy! If you're also looking to get into video content, I would definitely suggest picking up a small camera to add to your kit.

• A tinted lip balm. The last thing that I want in the summer is to be overly aware of my makeup. While I usually favour a more matte lip, I just don't find that formula comfortable to wear in the summer. Changing up my makeup routine to include a tinted lip balm is definitely essential for me.







What do you guys think? What are your summer essentials? Do you also seem to lighten up when the warm weather hits? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was sponsored by Schick Canada. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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'I need a getaway' I kept on saying, over and over again just days after getting back to Toronto from Ireland. There's always something about going to Europe that gives me an unshakeable wanderlust, and this time I decided to act on it. Flash forward a few weeks later, when Isabelle, Sabrina, Didier, Andrew and I found ourselves flying to Miami on a last-minute flight in the middle of June.

We were all craving a getaway, and Miami was a destination that we all wanted to check out. If you had been following our trip on Instagram, you'll know that we had an amazing time - Miami is a ton of fun! Here's a quick breakdown of our mid-week Miami getaway, and my photo diary of the experience.

The Weather 
Truth be told, we booked our trip so quickly that we all failed to look into the weather. Miami in June is hot and humid, and it's also the start of their rainy season. I was definitely more than a little anxious when the weather forecast leading up to our trip predicted thunderstorms every single day.

Luckily we soon found out that June rain in Miami is fast and furious, with only short windows of rain and clears right up when its done. Thankfully for us, we were usually indoors when the rain happened, and were able to enjoy majority sunny days and warm nights for our trip. Although the weather was extremely hot and made walking around difficult, we were lucky enough to stay at a hotel with an incredible pool that offered the perfect relief from the Miami heat.



Where We Stayed - The Plymouth
Right in South Beach, close to all of the action but in a quieter area, we stayed at The Plymouth Hotel. Take a look at the pool to see why I was originally drawn to this property - so much pink! Aesthetics aside, the pool at The Plymouth is open 24 hour which is a huge game-changer. We found ourselves in the pool every night, and it was incredible not to have to worry about closing hours.

The Plymouth is a boutique hotel, so it offers a more chill energy; a welcome change from the see-and-be-seen South Beach vibes. The rooms are clean, bright and spacious. The bathrooms are modern. The in-suite espresso machine is a nice perk. The location, great - just three minutes away from the beach. All in all, we had a great stay at The Plymouth and I would definitely book again for my next trip to Miami.






What We Did
There's a ton of stuff to do in Miami and while it felt like we were running around the city trying to do it all, we barely scratched the surface. While most of our trip was a blur of Uber rides, ice cream, tacos and lots (and lots) of photo-taking, here are a few highlights that I would definitely recommend to anyone planning a trip to Miami.

  • If you're planning on visiting the Wynwood Walls, definitely stop by 1-800-LUCKY for delicious Taiyaki that's perfect to cool down in the heat. Taiyaki is a Japanese fish-shaped cake that's filled with red bean. At 1-800-LUCKY, you can get yours topped with vanilla, matcha or black sesame soft serve ice cream and the end result is so good! This was my very first time trying Taiyaki and I'm officially hooked.

  • We spent some time exploring the new Miami Design District and, while I had to tap out early due to the sun wiping me out, it was a beautiful area - very modern with gorgeous architecture and luxury shopping. 

  • One of my oldest friends, Chris, now lives in Miami and he suggested we check all check out The River Seafood Oyster Bar for dinner. Oh Em Gee. This place is so delicious - both for food and cocktails. 

  • After dinner, Chris took us to a newly-opened bar and restaurant in Miami called Casa Florida. The vibe at Casa Florida is super chill, and our group spent most of our time in their indoor lounge, which is a converted 1965 GM bus. The cocktails were amazing and after having more than a few to myself, my memories of the night become a little hazy - just a jumble of drinks, laughs with good friends and a late-night group swim in our hotel's pool. The perfect Miami night!

  • Although I loved the hotel that we chose for Miami, one of my favourite things to do while checking out other cities is to visit different hotels - enter the 1Hotel Miami. Although we weren't able to check out their famous rooftop, we did enjoy a beautiful breakfast at their restaurant Habitat and enjoyed delicious coffee, fresh squeezed juice and Huevo Rancheros. 


















Before we knew it, our three-night stay in Miami had come to and end and we were off to the airport to catch our flight back to Toronto. If you're thinking of heading to Miami during the summer, I say do it - the weather is hot, and there will be a bit of rain, but there's plenty to see and do that keeps you cool. Three nights was definitely the perfect amount of time, and my soul feels satisfied from this Miami getaway - that is, until the wanderlust hits again.

What do you guys think? Have you ever been to Miami? What are some of your favourite things to do in the city? Let me know!
xo Joëlle
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Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, we know that summer is just on the horizon and with that comes picnics in the park. One of my favourite summer activities is eating outdoors, and there's nothing better then a picnic with friends to kick off the warm season. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of grabbing some of my closest friends, packing some delicious food and heading to Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto for a fun afternoon picnic. The theme: summer - and of course, Boursin.

You guys know how much I love Boursin cheese from my post during the holidays season where I talked about crafting a cheese board. The creamy texture and delicious flavours are always a crowd pleaser, and when you're planning a lunch for multiple people, you want to make sure Boursin is included.

Boursin cheese produced locally and made from 100% Canadian milk.  The texture is smooth and creamy, while still remaining crumbly and extremely spreadable. Boursin cheese comes in  variety of different flavours to satisfy any palette; for this particular picnic, I decided to go with Bouquet of Basil and ChiveGarlic and Fine Herbs and Shallot and Chive. I felt that all three flavours perfectly complimented the mix of savoury and sweet ingredients that I chose to include in my picnic.

While a picnic in the park is a simple and great way to spend time with friends, here are a few tips that I use to take a basic picnic and elevate it into a more chic experience:

  • If you're hosting the picnic, a cheese tray is a great option for the menu. Not only are there a variety of flavours and textures for all of the invited guests, but it also brings a more casual and relaxed vibe to the whole affair. My cheese plate featuring Boursin cheese was enjoyed by all of my guests, and we had a great time just leisurely munching over great conversation. No need to feel pressured to eat all at once, or to keep any of the ingredients warm.

  • Opt to bring your own plates, cutlery and picnic blankets from home rather than using anything disposable. Not only will this small decision elevate your guest's experience, but it's also much better for the environment. Once everything is done, all of your materials can be easily gathered up back in your picnic basket, and washed at home - ready to be used again for your next chic picnic! 

  • Consider visiting one of the great summer farmer's markets for ingredients. Not only will you find the best produce, but farmer's market produce tends to come with less packaging it's also better for the environment to shop local. 








Before you know it, hours has flown by and we had all finished every last bite of the chic picnic and Boursin cheese. If you're looking to get into the spirit of summer, I would highly suggest throwing your own chic picnic as well - just don't forget the Boursin!

What do you guys think? Is having a chic picnic in the park with friends on your summer bucket list? What do you do to elevate your picnics? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in partnership with Boursin. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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When I first found out that I would be visiting Ireland with Air Transat, I was so happy! Ireland is a country that I had always wanted to visit, and I was so grateful to be able to finally check it off my bucket list with one of my favourite airlines. While I was excited to get started on my Irish adventure, the packing process had me stumped. Ireland is known to have a fairly rainy and cool climate, with periods of warm sunshine - all within the day! I also knew that we were going to have a fairly busy itinerary and, seeing as how I would be traveling with a group of bloggers, there would be photos taken all along the way. 

After a lot of thought, and a lot of second guessing myself, I finally had a packed suitcase and was ready to take on Ireland! You guys know that I had the best time from my recap post, but did I make the best choices when deciding what to pack? Here's a breakdown of what I ultimately decided on to bring with me to Ireland, what I wished I would have packed and the outfits that I wore.



What I packed:
Bottoms:


  • 2 pleated maxi skirts (both pink)
  • 1 pair of loose mom jeans
  • 2 mini skirts (one pink, one yellow)
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 2 pairs of culottes (one pink and one striped)
  • 1 pair of black tights to wear under dresses and skirts
Tops:

  • 2 sweaters (one white, one pink)
  • 1 loose button-up top
  • 1 yellow polka dot mini dress 
  • 1 pink sweater dress
  • 1 floral midi dress
  • 1 long black maxi dress
Shoes/Jackets/Accessories 

  • 1 pink rain jacket shell
  • 1 giant wool blanket scarf
  • 1 pair of tall Hunter rain boots
  • 1 pair of white running shoes
  • 1 pair of white loafers
  • 1 umbrella
  • 1 wide-brimmed hat
  • 1 pink beret
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 mini crossbody bag
The Verdict:

While we were visiting Ireland, the weather was quite good with minimal rain (it only rained for two days total.) For that reason, I actually didn't end up using my rain gear as much as I thought. I still think that it's wise to bring rain gear with you to Ireland though; nothing is worse than being ill-prepared in the rain.

I really should have brought a pair of low, black leather boots. If you guys have checked out my other European 'what i packed' posts, you'll know that I always pack a pair of low black booties. For some reason this trip I decided against them - I actually had them packed in my suitcase, second guessed myself and took them out! Huge mistake. Lesson learned; when traveling to any European city, a pair of low black boots are an absolute must. Next time I'll trust my gut and my first instinct.

I also should have brought a few more dressier options for outfits. Although the vibe in Ireland and Northern Ireland is fairly casual, there are a ton of upscale meals and dinning experiences to try out - and lucky for us, we did! I found that I wore my long black maxi dress for most of our meals at nice restaurants, and it would have been nice to have a bit more variety.

In terms of the items I actually brought, I'm overall fairly satisfied. The maxi skirt/sweater combo was a huge win for me, since it kept me warm and comfortable. I maybe could have done with only packing one of the mini skirts, since I had planned to wear them with the high rain boots and it didn't end up raining all that much.














What do you guys think? Did I miss anything that would have made the trip more comfortable? What do you like to pack when visiting a European destination in the Spring? Let me know!
xo Joëlle
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Everyone has that one thing that they wish that they could do, if only they had the courage. For me it has to do with travel; you guys know that I absolutely love traveling and exploring destinations, but what you might not know is that I've never actually traveled on my own. Never! Sure I've flown alone, but always to meet up with friends or Brian and continue the trip together. It's always been a goal of mine to take an entire trip on my own, but I've always found excuses not to - that is, until now.

I've been dared by Schick f.a.b. to do something exciting - and I couldn't think of anything more exciting and exhilarating than finally getting the courage to book and take a trip on my own. Much like getting out of my comfort zone with the Schick f.a.b. razor which shaves effortlessly in both directions, I’m excited to do the same with my upcoming travels!



In the past whenever I've done something new and out of my comfort zone, it's been scary at the time but has always ended up being so fulfilling. I can think specifically of when I decided to make the move from Ottawa to Toronto in my twenties. I was so scared to leave my apartment, my friends and basically everything that I knew back in Ottawa in favour of a new life in Toronto. It was tough at first; I only had a small handful of friends, couldn't navigate my way around the city and had a hard time getting used to the fast pace of Toronto. Eventually things got easier, and I started to view Toronto as home rather than a city that I was a newcomer to. Looking back now, those hard months made me such a stronger person and taught me a lot about myself. I'm grateful that I took a chance, challenged myself and stepped out of my comfort zone; the results have been even better than I could have ever imagined.



Knowing all of this, I'm so excited to get started and booking my solo-trip. It will be scary at first, but I just know that the memories that I end up creating will be 100% worth it in the end.



What do you guys think? Have you ever challenged yourself to try something that's totally out of your comfort zone? What were the results? I would love to know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in partnership with Schick Canada. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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A few weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure to embark on an incredible adventure through Ireland with Air Transat. I had never been to Ireland before, but had always wanted to visit. When the opportunity came up to explore what the country had to offer with one of my favourite airlines, Air Transat, you know I didn't even have to think twice before responding with an enthusiastic yes!

Seeing as though I don't have any family ties to Ireland, either through my own family or that of Brian, I honestly didn't start my trip with a whole lot of knowledge on the country. It's situations like these where I'm grateful for Air Transat's travel offerings; not only do they provide direct flights from major Canadian airports, but they have itineraries available that include hotel accommodations, travel arrangements between landmarks and even meals. For someone who wanted to see as much of a new country as I possibly could, I was so excited to be able to take advantage of a pre-planned itinerary to see what adventures Ireland had to offer - and what an adventure it was. I feel as though I left a piece of my heart in Ireland and remain humbled by the beauty, grace and culture that the country has to offer. Here's a peek into our Irish adventure, our seven-day itinerary and some notable memories along the way.

The Flight - Air Transat Club ClassAlthough I wouldn't say that I'm a nervous flyer, there are some aspects of the whole flying process that do spike my anxieties; namely, waiting in lines and being comfortable on the plane. Lucky for me, flying Club Class with Air Transat alleviates all of those anxieties for me, and guarantees me a beautiful flight. You guys may remember from my previous post about flying Club Class with Air Transat that the experience holds a special place in my heart; Brian and I actually flew Club Class to London for the first leg of our honeymoon almost five years ago! Needless to say, the whole experience holds a special place in my heart. Here's a few of my favourite features of flying Club Class:


  • Express Check-in. You guys - I absolutely hate lines. The fact that Air Transat Club Class passengers have their own express line for checking in, and luggage drop-off is incredible. 
  • Priority Boarding, which might be my favourite perk of flying Club Class. I absolutely love how you're able to bypass the commotion of boarding the plane by being one of the first to be boarded and seated. It makes sure that I'm seated comfortably on the plane in no time, with a sparkling bevy in-hand, of course.
  • That brings me to my next favourite perk of flying Club Class; the assortment of food and drinks! You guys know me well enough by now to know how important a well-stocked bar and delicious eats are to my happiness. Thankfully for me, Club Class offers both with in-flight wine, beer and spirits (including my personal favourite, Bailey's on the rocks) and a menu created by chef Daniel Vézina. For this particular trip I enjoyed the square crepes with goat cheese and smoked salmon for breakfast on the flight from Toronto to Dublin, and the pulled beef shepherd’s pie on our return flight home. Delicious.
  • The level of comfort when flying Club Class with Air Transat is a treat, and really helps to set the tone for your trip. Spacious seats, friendly in-flight service and my favourite: a comfort kit that includes a sleeping mask, inflatable neck pillow, ear plugs and much more. I used everything in the comfort kit during our red-eye flight from Toronto to Dublin and actually managed to sleep for a few hours - a luxury I am rarely able to achieve on airplanes!  
I always treasure the times that I'm able to fly Club Class with Air Transat, and recommend the experience for anyone who has anxieties related to air travel, is taking a celebratory trip and wants to make the experience memorable from start to finish, or just wants a little luxury in their lives. Our whole group arrived in Dublin refreshed, well-slept and excited to explore Ireland.


Day One - Belfast
We arrived in Dublin bright and early and were all feeling well-rested and excited for the week to come. After picking up our luggage (a breeze since flying Club Class with Air Transat gives your luggage priority and ensures it's one of the first to arrive on the carrousel) we hopped into our coach and were on our way to Belfast in Northern Ireland.

  • While I had anticipated taking a nap on the drive from Dublin to Belfast, I was so taken by the beauty of Ireland that I stayed awake and just stared out the window the entire two hour drive. You guys, they call Ireland the Emerald Isle for a reason - it's absolutely beautiful! 

  • We had an incredible walking tour of the Belfast city centre from our hilarious and knowledgable guide Dee Morgan. Belfast is Northern Ireland's capital, but still feels so walkable and friendly. It seemed like everyone knows everyone else, and you rarely caught anyone without a smile on their face.

  • We stopped for lunch at Curated Kitchen, a beautiful little eatery in the heart of Belfast that has a changing menu of dishes found from their open library of cookbooks. The food was delicious, and I was so moved by the owner's commitment to building a community through his dishes. I would highly recommend paying a visit should you find yourself in Belfast.

  • At night, we had the pleasure of taking part in the Belfast Bites Tour; an intimate walking tour of all of the best places to eat in Belfast. This tour was a real treat for our group of foodies, and I really felt as though it was the perfect way to orient ourselves to Belfast and get a real taste of the emerging food scene. My favourite stop from the entire tour was Muriel's Café Bar, where we sampled delicious gin cocktails. This tour was one of the highlights of the trip for me.

  • After a long and incredible first day in Northern Ireland, we all crashed at the Bullit Hotel. This hotel is modern, has incredible energy and is very centrally located in the heart of Belfast. One feature of this hotel that I absolutely loved is that they provide you with a brown bag to hang on your door before you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning it's filled with a delicious breakfast. Between the brown bags and the on-site café, it was always a good morning for me.







Day Two - Belfast

After spending a relaxing morning in bed with my brown-bag breakfast from Bullit Hotel, I quickly got ready to meet the group in the lobby and begin our day. I felt as though I had learned so much about Belfast from the day prior and was eager to dive into the history of Northern Ireland.

  • We visited the Ulster Museum, which taught me a lot about the history of the conflict in Northern Ireland. We were also lucky enough to see the Game of Thrones tapestry exhibit that was on display. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan, so this was definitely a highlight for me. The Ulster Museum is located in the Botanic Gardens, which is absolutely stunning to see. 

  • Next was Titanic Belfast, which was a treat for me. As most girls who came of age in the 90s, the Titanic movie was my religion. The museum was a definite highlight; it did an incredible job to giving you a very in-depth look at the story of Titanic. I also really found the recreations of the accommodations on the boat itself, from first class all the way to third class so interesting. Such a well-done museum, I would go again in a heartbeat. The restaurant is also a treat; visually it's gorgeous and the food is incredible. All around, an amazing way to spend an afternoon in Northern Ireland!

  • Later that afternoon we had a super-informative Street Art Walking Tour. I had no idea that Belfast was so renowned for its street art, and is actually a destination for many artists to display their talents. We learned that the street art scene in Belfast is a community made up and lead by local artists, who are conscious to include women and works that have social and political messaging to them. As an amateur to the street art world, I left the tour feeling completely educated, not only to the art itself but also to the social and political issues going on in Northern Ireland, both past and present.

  • For dinner, we all enjoyed a meal at Babel, the rooftop restaurant at Bullitt Hotel. The view from the rooftop is incredible and the food even better. It was the perfect way to end our last evening in Belfast. 










Day 3 - Northern Ireland Countryside
As much as I enjoyed exploring Belfast, I was extremely excited to hit the road and experience the countryside of Northern Ireland. After my last bagged breakfast from the Bullitt Hotel, we checked out, hopped on to the coach and were off to explore!
  • Before we left Belfast for the countryside, we made a stop at the St. George's Market, the only Victorian covered market in Belfast. This market is the perfect place to pick up a morning coffee, pastries, fresh produce and local crafts. I myself got a delicious, strong coffee and sampled some local pastries.

  • We then made our way through Northern Ireland's countryside to visit the famous Dark Hedges, the most photographed spot in the area. You guys, if you're a Game of Thrones fan like I am then this is an absolute must. Towering, twisting tree branches line the road and, while you're not able to drive down it, it makes for an impressive walk. 

  • We then made our way to the coast to visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland's famous bridge that joins the mainland to the island of Carrick-a-Rede. The whole scene is incredible beautiful, with colours so vibrant that I swear it wasn't real. The rope bridge itself is quite the experience - it's very slim and sits 30 meters above the rocks and as you cross you hear the sea crashing against them below. Definitely not for the faint of heart - don't look down! My adrenaline was pumping all day from the experience!
  • After grabbing a quick lunch at The French Rooms, we were back on the coast and off to visit Giant's Causeway. Giant's Causeway is another one of those need-to-see-in-person natural phenomenons - over 40,000 interlocking columns on the water that line the shore. This breathtaking sight is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, although if you believe the Irish mythology it was built by a giant. By the time we arrived the sun had begun to gently set, and our entire group just found a seat on one of the many columns and quietly took in the serenity of the whole scene - it really was beautiful. This stop and this moment was easily one of my favourites of the trip.

  • We then made our way to Ballygally Castle, where we would be staying for the night. A beautiful 19th century castle, legend has it that it's been haunted for over 400 years by the ghost of Lady Isabella, a former resident. While the hotel has since been renovated beautifully, they have honoured their famous ghost by keeping her room in the tower completely intact and labelling it the 'ghost room.' Guess who's room was in that same tower? Me. While the folklore and my own superstitions definitely made for a spooky night, I'm happy to report that I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Lady Isabella that evening. Maybe next time, haha!










Day 4 - Galway
With a night in a beautiful, haunted castle under my belt it was time for our group to leave Northern Ireland and make our way to Ireland. 

  • We made our way from the castle, back to Belfast and then on-route to Dublin. Once we arrived in Dublin, we met our tour operator Darren from Vagabond Tours who would be showing us through Ireland.  We then made our way on-coach to Galway.

  • Once we arrived in Galway, we checked into The House Hotel. You guys know me well enough to know that my favourite colour is pink, so the decor at The House Hotel was completely up my alley - so much pink!

  • Our group enjoyed dinner at Ard Bia at Nimmos, a restaurant that served traditional Irish fare with influences from around the world. The meal was incredible; easily one of my..
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I am so happy to say that the weather has warmed up, the sun is shining and it's been absolutely beautiful in Toronto! It's incredible how much weather can affect our moods. Myself I'm happier, more productive and just a generally better person to be around when the sun comes out. I also love shopping for summer clothes; I like wearing lighter colours and a lot of pink (surprise, surprise) so it makes it a lot easier to shop in the summer months.

Check out what I've been wearing lately, and where you can purchase the pieces for yourself.

Dress - Sandro via Hudson's Bay (shop in online), shoes & bag - Gucci

Shirt - c/o Evernew, Pants - c/o Evernew
Bodysuit - Forever 21, Jeans - Citizens of Humanity via Hudson's Bay


Jumpsuit - c/o Evernew 


Dress - Zara

Dress - Highline Collective via Hudson's Bay

What do you guys think? Have you been feeling better now that the weather has warmed up? What's your summer style? Let me know!
xo Joëlle
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I always had the mentality that we didn't need to invest in our bedroom furniture because we hadn't found our 'forever' space yet. While Brian and I had collected timeless furniture that have traveled with us through all of our moves to different apartment and condos, we never payed any mind to our bedroom - heck, we were still sleeping on a bed that Brian had from his University days! After years of neglecting our bedroom, and closing the door when we had guests over, I finally decided that enough was enough. I truly wanted a comfortable sleeping space and a bedroom that made me feel proud, rather than embarrassed.

Enter Structube. I had always admired their clean and modern furniture designs since I was turned onto them a couple of years ago. To be perfectly honest, I always thought that they were out of my price range; imagine my surprise when I found out that their designs and pieces are incredibly affordable! For real! My entire bedroom overhaul was achieved for less than $2000 worth of furniture and accessories. That includes taxes and delivery! Yes, Structube does deliver, which is a huge benefit when you live in a big city. Every time I step foot into my beautiful new bedroom, I can't believe it.

Without further ado, here is our gorgeous new bedroom that has been completely overhauled with furniture and accessories from Structube. While I still have work to do with wall art and little décor details, it a huge improvement from what was our 'before.' Stay turned for a video soon on the complete before and after.


To me, the VERSAILLES bed is a total game-changer. I went with the colour linen, and the light colour has completely opened up the space. The frame sits fairy high, which is amazing since I have the room to store clothing and shoes under the bed. There also is no need for a boxspring with The Versailles bed which I really appreciate. I truly feel like royalty being able to go to sleep in this bed every night.


I also picked out two new VILLA side tables. I love how there are two drawers, which means that I have ample storage space - a necessity when you live downtown Toronto. I decorated the table with this beautiful, marble ELENA table lamp, a cute SRILA pink candle and, of course, my collection of crystals for good energy.


I also wanted to start fresh with new bed linens, This beautiful honeycombed MINKY duvet cover adds just the right amount of texture, and I love how it's accented with a POLAR faux-fur white throw.


I also chose to lighten up our bedroom's aesthetic by replacing our old, dark dresser with a lighter, more modern chest of drawers. This SNOWER chest has six separate drawers, which makes it easy to share the space with Brian. I also love how the lighter colour really opens up the room.


It's amazing how changing a room can totally transform the energy in your space. I'm so happy with our new bedroom thanks to Structube and can't believe that it took us so long to do a room makeover - we really should have done it sooner!

What do you guys think? Have you ever put off investing in a space because you rent? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you to Structube for providing us with these beautiful pieces. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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