Hey everyone! The sun is shining and because today is going to feel like 95F I thought I would share some of my summer favorites with you!
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- Chacos – Last year I bought my first pair of Chaco sandals and I fell in love immediately. Not only are they super cute but they provide custom support for every type of foot, including high arch support for feet like mine! I have started spreading the word about these sandals because they will keep your feet happy all year long! You can buy sandals like mine here!
- Hawaiian Tropic – This is my favorite brand of sunscreen and suntanning products because it smells great and doesn’t leave your skin super greasy!
- Yeti 30oz Rambler Tumbler – Ivy and Declan became obsessed with Yeti’s in the past year, so I took the plunge and bought one for myself! This is not your typical cup, which explains the hefty price tag. This tumbler keeps my ice cubes without melting so my drinks are never watered down, perfect for my pink lemonade! To see more colors or to buy yourself a tumbler click here!
- Hair ties – I always have some extra hair ties with me in the summer especially because we have a jeep! I made these ribbon hair ties out of some headbands!
- High waisted bikini bottoms – High waisted bikini have started making their comeback and this year the trend will continue. I picked up these bottoms while shopping in Toronto at the Gap!
- Sunnies – Because I just got contacts I can finally buy nonprescription sunglasses! Big and bold are in this year so keep an eye out for some cute specs you can add to your accessory closet! I picked up these sunnies at my local winners!
- Floppy Hat – This floppy hat is not only super cute but it was only $5 at Target! Hats are not only the perfect way to cover up beach hair, but they are a good sun protector!
- A good summer book – I have read The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han every summer since I started high school. I recommend this to every girl who needs a quick and fun read for the beach! Click here to pick up a copy!
So there you have it, the things you won’t see me without this summer! I hope you’re all enjoying the weather as much as I am and wishing you a fabulous week!
The other day, my Mom came home and told me she bought some patio furniture at a garage sale. I just gave a “oh” nod and walked away, mainly because I thought it was going to be old ugly junk. The next morning when I woke up and went outside, I saw the coolest, vintage patio furniture sitting in our driveway. I couldn’t believe my Mom had only paid $35 bucks and walked away with some pretty sweet additions for our porch.
I love summer and I love patio season even more. I love waking up and sitting on the porch drinking my tea, or watching the sunset in the evening. Something old does not mean it is junk. This summer I challenge you to embrace other peoples old things and turn them into your “new”. Thrifting is so easy, plus its almost always cheap, and who knows you could find your next “it” piece. I encourage you to stop at a yard sale or your local thrift store and I can almost guarantee you’ll have fun and maybe some laughs!
I fell in love with vintage clothing when I was in grade 8 and it brings me joy to find old and rare pieces that I can make mine. The best part is, the chances of you seeing someone in the exact same vintage piece on the same day you’re wearing it is extremely rare. Find joy in finding the unique pieces that represent who you are, because hardly ever do people talk about the jeans you bought at Abercrombie.
I have some pretty amazing friends that do amazing things on a daily basis. I’ve been friends with some of these girls since I was five and some I met on my first day of university. Almost all of my girlfriends are older than me, so once they left for university and other adventures we made a pact to get together at least once a year, even if it is only for a few hours. This summer more than a few of my girlfriends are going on adventures of a lifetime; some are off visiting new countries and others are working around the globe. My beautiful girlfriends have agreed to share their experiences with you and I could not be more excited to be able to feature this segment on my blog which I will be calling The Traveling Girls! Once a week starting in June, I will be featuring one of my friends adventures on the blog! I am beyond grateful to have met each and one of these beautiful women and the fact that I get to live vicariously through them is even more special.
I hope that each and every one of their words inspires you as they inspire me on a daily basis.
In my house summer starts when our jobs begin. Well summer has officially commenced in our house even if it is cold/rainy outside. For the past few weeks I have been working part time at the Golf Course because the weather has not been cooperating and rain = no golf. We are hoping that in a few days everything dries up and stays dry for the rest of the summer! Today Ivy and Dad left for up north a 15 hour drive into northern Ontario. Ivy is going to be the Park Warden at Fushimi Lake Provincial Park and the whole family is super proud of her!
These past few weeks have been super stressful, between working and trying to figure out what I am going to do about school. I will hopefully be able to book my flights soon for Barbados and then I will have my official departure date! Even though York is still on strike, I am still allowed to go on exchange which is a major blessing. I spent this past weekend by myself as Mom, Dad, Ivy and Elle went to visit Trent University’s open house. While they were in Peterborough, I was watching the house and dogs. On Saturday, I went into Windsor to see Gramma and Grampa and we went out for fish and chips. The rest of my weekend was spent cleaning, watching Netflix and eating way too much popcorn and ice cream.
I’m sorry that I haven’t written much lately but as you can see nothing very exciting has been happening! Hopefully some good news will come soon and believe me you’ll be the first to know!
I hope you all have an amazing week… only three days until Friday and a long weekend!
Today is day 63 of the York University Strike and let me tell you it isn’t fun. And I’m mad for obvious reasons. The other day I decided to write a letter to the editor of the Windsor Star about the strike and yesterday they published it. You can click on the link to read it on their website or keep scrolling and read it below!
Reader Letter: Strike at York University costing students
Two years ago I was an excited Grade 12 student who had just accepted an offer to my dream school: Glendon College – York University. Little did I know that my dream school would soon become my worst nightmare.
At the beginning of March 2018, I was counting down the days until I was officially finished my second year of school, but on March 5 everything came to a halt when CUPE 3903 — the union representing teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants — went on strike.
Though some classes continued, mine were cancelled and I returned home with high hopes that a deal would be made within a few days. It is now two months later and there is no end in sight. Though York University claims to have the interest of their 50,000 students at heart, many of us have been left in the dark.
Only a few weeks ago, I was accepted for an exchange through York International to the University of West Indies – Cave Hill campus in Barbados. Though York University is now offering a tuition credit, which allows students to drop out of their current classes and retake them by the end of winter semester 2019 without repaying tuition, this is not an option for me or any other future exchange students. If I decide to drop my courses now, I will not be compensated in my fourth year, meaning I will have to pay full tuition again in order to finish classes that I already started.
I work extremely hard during the summer months to pay for my schooling in Toronto and frankly I am worried that I made a poor investment in my education. Not only will it cost me thousands of more dollars but thousands of more hours than I bargained for.
Libbey Jean Dresser, Wheatley