She’s back

I don’t know where to begin this post, but I think an apology will suffice. I truly am sorry that I have been missing in action for 117 days. I keep getting asked when I am going to write again and I have been given different ideas for new posts, but for some reason I could not bring myself to complete something. I have written this blog post several times now and I finally feel ready to put it out in the internet world. 

So now to actually begin, I am forewarning you that this is going to be a long blog and it may seem confusing (probably because I have literally spent a whole summer without writing anything). 

May 2019: Coming home from Barbados was hard

I found a new lifestyle there that will always be a part of me now. If you have heard of the term “Culture Shock” well let me tell you about “Reverse Culture Shock”. I experienced this when I came home from France and in some ways it put my life on hold because I couldn’t get used to the fact that I had to live in Canada again. I knew it was going to be different coming home from Barbados and that I would have to cope again with this shock again. Though the shock is currently minor (getting used to not going to the beach everyday, being cold all the time, etc.) I know that it is going to hit me the hardest when I go back to school in Toronto. Going from an island lifestyle to a big city is a very big change. This year I sadly have to take several classes at the main campus of York University. 52,000 students. It is going to be like going to a new school all over again, except this time a school that is roughly 17x bigger than the size of the town of Wheatley. 

When I got home, I had a little less than two weeks before I was on the move again. This time to remote Northern Ontario (if you have ever been, then you understand that culture shock can happen within a single province). 

June 2019:  A new (very authoritative job) 

Last summer I made the decision to return to Ontario Parks for a job that had a two year contract. I ended up getting offered a Park Warden position at another provincial park which was a hard decision considering how much I loved my old job but I decided to take it. In June, I spent most of the month in North Bay, Ontario where I trained to become a park warden along with 25 other students. And it was the highlight of my summer. (If any of you guys are reading this you have a special place in my heart #wotn). I had the chance to meet people from all across Ontario and we became good friends, some of whom I still talk to. Then we had to leave  each other and go to our respective parks. Just throwing it out there that I hate saying goodbye and this year has been filled with a lot of the word. 

July and August 2019: Living an unconnected life

So that leads up to now. I have been working away to pay off school and hopefully pay off a few more trips. Fingers crossed that I will have a few weeks off at Christmas to pop over to another country. 

I have exactly one week left here before I come home and I cannot tell you how excited I am. Excited to be back in my own bed (even if it is only for a week), to see everyone again and to have some me time before school starts. It is going to be a crazy busy week with a lot to do but I know it’s going to be a great last week of summer. 

Love always, 

My Summer Favorites

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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  1. 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!
  2. Hawaiian Tropic – This is my favorite brand of sunscreen and suntanning products because it smells great and doesn’t leave your skin super greasy!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!

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Summer Thrifting

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.

Love,

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