The Beach

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Matt’s parents have gone on a trip for a little while, which means Matt (and sometimes me!) has a beautiful home to runaway to whenever he likes. I’m not sure what it is about his parents home, but I instantly fell in love with it during my first visit.

It’s pretty far east in Toronto, located in the beaches, which makes you feel like you have left the city, and are staying in a sweet little cottage, only maybe not so little. It has a vibe that can only make you feel relaxed and happy (smiles!!!).  It is an oasis, and one I always look forward to visiting. You can follow the sun all day, from the porch, to the balcony, to the backyard. It makes waking up in the morning not such a chore, but something to be desired. Gus also really loves it – lots of window ledge perching and peeking and sun bathing. Our very own solar baby Gus.

Their home is also a short walk to the beach and an amazing fenced in dog park, so wee Gus can roam as he pleases. We took a stroll through the ravine yesterday afternoon, and we plan to go there again on my day off this week and take some woodsy barefooted photos. Needless to say, it is much easier on the eyes than my strange neighborhood of Galaxy Donuts and halfway houses…sorry, Parkdale, I do actually love you and don’t plan to leave you.

Oh! And just a reminder about the Montreal Pop-up we are participating in! Any of you MTL’ers or Ottawanians (who don’t mind taking a drive), come visit us and a bunch of other cool people!

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thrifted skirt in our shop; H&M blouse; thrifted belt, cardigan and bag; UO socks; vintage shoes; Nixon watch; gifted crystal necklace

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Dust Bowl Dance

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With no snow on the ground, it means a lot more time spent at the park with Gus, and less time watching him lose the ability to use his wee legs and tip over like he has been paralysed.  Since his surgery, it’s really been difficult getting him back into the swing of things. He was a dog who absolutely loved off-leash parks and playing with other pups. But after his surgery (and once the snow was gone), he just seemed so timid. He’d stick by my legs and was not the Blitzing Bichon that we all know and love. Thankfully, with Matt having some time off work, he’s been a great papa and brings him to the park almost daily. I got to see him live in action this weekend just sprinting around the park, and I couldn’t have been more pleased.

Despite the cold on Saturday we spent some time letting Gus do his thing, and letting me be silly for the camera. It was probably the worst day to be wearing a hat (wind!!!), but well, we know how I feel about hats as of late. The wind will not thwart my efforts to be a hatted dame.

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Wearing:
coat, shoes, gloves vintage
scarf, bag thrifted
socks Target
hat UO

Pretend Outfits

The weather is…warm?! Rainy, but relatively warm, and this got my brain dreaming up outfits that were jacket-less and sweater-less and ignorant of the reality that is my wallet.  I go through phases of obsessing over certain types of clothing (sleepwear!!!), and right now I’m obsessing over items to go on me noggin (no, not you beret, goodbye, I don’t want to see you again for a long time!). Having long hair makes wearing things on your head fun! When I had short hair, everything felt overwhelming on my skull, but no more!

70s

1. Free People vintage printed kaftan dress…2. 1940’s velvet bow headband…3. vintage pendant…4. J. Crew farmer’s market tote…5. Madewell buckle sandal

strolling

1. Rachel Antonoff mccormick blouse…2. vintage rose hair comb…3. Karen Walker sunglasses…4. Madewell transport tote…5. Orla Kiely skirt…6. Mod Cloth wedges

fancy hat

1. Samantha Pleet artisan tunic…2. vintage straw hat…3. Karen Walker sunglasses…4. Madewell hole punch sandals

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Listen to the wind blow

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I think this may have been the first weekend in a long time that I did not have to set my alarm. I still did though. Sleeping in was a much welcomed event at the Gus & Alex Everglades Residence.

Olivia was in town this weekend, so Meg and I spent some time with her, eating Pho (surprise, surprise), having drinks and never making it out to bars because we were too chatty. In between fun with Olivia and Meaghan’s new love for yoga, we found some time to thrift for the shop. We are both pretty excited about our finds! There are a few things that may need to be pried from my hands. This floral dress I’m wearing being one of them. Expect to see it in the shop in the next coming weeks.

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Outfit details…

Meaghan
Dress: Old Navy
Jacket: Old navy
Scarf: thrifted
Tote: Stay Home Club
Sunglasses: Kensington Market
Shoes: Bass

Alex
Dress: thrifted
Cardigan: thrifted
Tights: H&M
Clogs: vintage
Necklace: gift from Matt
Watch: Nixon, gift from Kristen

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Gustave

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It was quite a busy weekend. I had my dance show Saturday evening, which went splendidly, and I am pretty sad that it is over now. The whole show felt like it flew by, and when it was finished, I couldn’t really believe it. I feel so lucky and privileged to have been a part of it. I am forever inspired by the talented people around me, and by the dancers who move in a way that makes my heart flutter.

Yesterday Matt and I woke up early, got some brunch and then took Gus for a walk at Old Mill. I say walk, but what I really mean is carry, as Gus isn’t much of a walker. We also learned that he does not take too kindly to the camera. As soon as the camera was in front of Matt’s face, Gus was growling and barking as if Matt had transformed into a menacing monster that may attack at any given moment. The normal things that would upset a dog do not bother Gus – vacuums, bigger dogs, thunder (well, hes deaf, to be fair). But things like piled garbage bags, pillows, his own toys, and now apparently cameras, do.

This evening I plan to have dinner with Meaghan and catch up. I had been so busy with dance for the last month I don’t feel like I have seen any humans outside of the Pandora cast and Matt.

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Outfit details…

Jumper: H&M and altered
Blouse & tie: some boutique in MTL, I forget
Coat: thrifted H&M
Belt: thrifted
Tights: Target
Gloves: gift from Meaghan
Boots: Topshop
Bag: vintage

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