PLAYING TOURIST: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

 

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Travelling and exploring new destinations is one of the most exciting and most positive aspects of my life that I can share with my husband. There’s something so cultivating about being in a different city, or part of the world, learning something new, and just in general, being able to feel that thrill of the adventure.

We try to travel as much as possible without jeopardizing our careers and finances – luckily, now there are many great travel sites which you can use to find better deals for your travels; including flights, hotel accommodations, etc.

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Back in November, we found one of these great deals, and decided it was a good time to go on a mini road trip, to visit two places I have been wanting to visit for some time now: New Orleans, Louisiana, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Since the total drive time would be 18 hours, we decided we would conquer the trip in two days; the first day, we would drive 13 hours to Birmingham, Alabama, and the second, we would drive the rest of the way down to New Orleans. Our 13 hour drive consisted of a snow storm for the first 4 hours, and then of a rainstorm for the next 5 hours. Although the drive wasn’t the easiest, nothing could ruin our moods, because we were on vacation!

 

Birmingham, Alabama

We chose this as our stop randomly, just by looking at the map and determining the best “halfway stop”; needless to say we weren’t expecting too much. To our surprise, it Birmingham is a cute little city; the part we were in anyways, and we enjoyed our few hours there; especially the Whole Foods store (which I am a huge fan of).

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New Orleans, Louisiana

We arrived in New Orleans around 3pm and right away we were in love. Everything seemed so European and practically film like; the alleyways and streets literally looked like they were out of a movie! We spent the next few days touring the city, experiencing local cuisine, and just enjoying what the local vibes had to offer. The weather, unfortunately wasn’t too great, as we were in our winter jackets the entire time, but, seeing as it was December and a wet-cold front had just passed through the area, we weren’t really expecting to be wearing summer clothes anyways.

 

 

Next Up: Part Two of this Trip; Nashville, Tennessee!

 

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S P R I N G UNIFORM // MY STYLE

Since here in Canada we have four beautiful seasons, there’s always a certain excitement when a new one begins! Previously, I’ve talked about my style transition, which I like to refer to as my uniform, from summer to fall (which is my favorite, because I love boots and sweaters). This time, I’ll be sharing with you my winter to spring transition.

Since I have become more conscious of my true style, I’ve learned to shop more specifically and have been able to find products that can be worn transitionally and throughout more than one season. This is actually a lifesaving trick; the whole less=more theory makes choosing outfits so much easier + you wear what you LOVE all of the time! I found that when I had so many choices, I was really still just trying to find “my style” and putting different items together – although  I enjoyed my outfits, there’s a certain feeling that wasn’t quite there; that feeling that you actually LOVE what you’re wearing!

So, with Spring being just around the corner, I’ve started getting super excited to be able to pull out my lighter clothing, footwear, and accessories. So far, I’m thinking that I’ve got it all figured out and this Spring, it will be all about these following items.

White Sneakers:  White Sneakers have been a staple item for many years now, only in the last few years has their style evolved into a theme that some categorize as “unique” and some “ugly”. Personally, I started and stopped at the Alexander McQueen Oversized Sneakers, as I think that’s as far as my personal style can manage. That’s not to say that all of those Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton trainers haven’t caught my eye…

Denim Forever: Denim needs no introduction; it never has and never will. Denim is the most common and staple, and literally can be worn almost always, with anything! I’ll be sticking to my classic black and lightly washed natural blue jeans (frayed and ripped) this season.

Oversized Cozy Sweaters: I think that I actually LIVE in sweaters and cozy knitwear for 9 months of the year. I love the oversized ones the most!

Trenchcoats + Light Puffer Jackets: Since the weather still likes to surprise us this season, it’s good to have a light puffer jacket or trenchcoat on hand. I like to transition my fall jackets into spring, especially my new Michael Kors navy blue one that I got this past year!

Generally, springtime is a good time to bring out/back the pretty pastel colours, and just in general it’s a good time to bring colour back into our wardrobes. Although I prefer these grey tones, whites, blacks, and denims, I do have a theory to wearing colour in my outfits. But, more on that in a later post!

Happy Monday!

 

WATCHING W A T C H E S // MINIMALISTIC + SIMPLE

 

 

Following the minimalistic trend I started discussing earlier in the week; it’s time to focus on one of the main “minimalistic items” I love: W A T C H E S.

First off… Let’s talk about the Daniel Wellington and Cluse watches… They are everywhere – so what’s the deal?

I’ve been doing some research, and really am not finding too much about either brand that could give me a better understanding about why these watches have become such a big deal. Basically, I want to say it comes down to two things: the overall simplicity of the watches + the social media publicity and popularity each has received; therefore making it that much more popular.

There are varying opinions on these watches; such as that they are only popular because of the social media outreach they have, the watches are comparable to those non-designer one for half the price, etc.

I won’t say I have an opinion either way yet, because I’d like to have an even closer look at them and compare them a bit more, but I will say that I LOVE how they look, and I think the style is exactly what we are all looking for now – simple and chic.

Of course, there are many other brands who offer this type of watch style that you can consider, if you aren’t sure of the Daniel Wellington or the Cluse, but still want that simplistic and mature style.

 

 

From top left: Marc Jacobs // Kapton and Son // Olivia Burton // Olivia Burton // Paul Hewitt