Teddy Bear Picnic

I failed to mention on here (but I did on instagram) that my little Gus has been sick all week. He ended up staying at the vet overnight yesterday because it had been 3 days since he had eaten (and this is a little guy who LOVES food), on top of vomiting and nasty, nasty diarrhea. Up until this morning I was quite concerned and we weren’t entirely sure what was going on…maybe he has pancreatitis, maybe he has a foreign body…it could be any number of things, really. But FINALLY he ate this morning, which was met with a huge sigh of relief from both Ryan and I. After losing Gertie last year, I’m always worried about Gus and his well being. This little guy has been with me for just over 4 years and needless to say, I’m quite attached to the little cloud ❤ So let’s hope he continues to get better and is back to his usual silly self.

These photos are from our last day in Barrie and feel quite fitting for today – just Ryan and I, and our happy little teddy bear.
(see my outfit details here)

Photo Diary: Barrie, Ontario

Last Saturday afternoon Ryan and I headed to Barrie to spend the long weekend at his dad’s place. While Barrie may not be the most exciting place in the world, their neighbourhood has a definite cottage vibe to it, making it the perfect escape from the city that is within reasonable distance from Toronto. These photos are from Sunday, which was our only full day there, and the only day we really got up to anything exciting outside of the house/neighbourhood. In the afternoon Ryan drove us around Oro-Medonte, showing me the house his dad used to live in, and the quaint lake side town it is in, which honestly, would be an idyllic place to live. After that we hung out at a small beach for a bit while we waited for Greg (Ryan’s dad) to meet us so we could take a ride on his boat. It had been ages since I had been on a boat so it was really nice, although, a bit cold. It was Gus’ first time on a boat however, so I think when the wind was whipping him in his little face he was a bit confused. He is such an easy going dog though, and he pretty much never gets freaked out byt anything, so he was the perfect little passenger. All in all, it was a weekend with just the right amount of fun and relaxation, and I came back to Toronto in good spirits, although a bit stressed because I neglected checking my emails or really doing anything on the internet, which always means a pile up when you come back to it. But c’est la vie, it’s okay to give yourself a break once in awhile and just ride on a boat.

How was your long weekend? I’d love to hear what you got up to.

Skirt: vintage
Crop top c/o Samantha Pleet
Shoes: Sylvie and Shimmy
Sunglasses: Public Butter

Shirt: Levi’s
Pants cut into shorts: Levi’s
Hat: Brixton
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Belle Vie / 10

DSC_3095DSC_3200DSC_3105DSC_3197DSC_3088DSC_3098DSC_3154DSC_3103DSC_3204DSC_3207DSC_3151DSC_31471. Sipping coffee in the sun room at Ryan’s dad’s home. This is our favorite room to start the day when visiting.
2. Beach feet.
3. Blue skies and yellow umbrellas.
4. We spent a lot of time at the beach this past weekend, which is ironic since I’m a ginger who burns within 5 minutes of direct sunlight on the ol’ pale skin.
5. Beans, Ebony…she has a lot of names, and none of them really describe what a wonderful dog she is.
6. Playing his acoustic guitar again. It’s funny, I only seem to photograph him when he plays his acoustic, but he really loves his black and tan Les Paul the most, and plays it way more often.
7. They have burned all the trees in the “Tree Preservation Area”.
8. Tullah, oh wee Tullah. I swear to you, small fluffy dogs love me, they just know, at heart, I am one of them.
9. Just some pretties chillin at the beach.
10. Moody beach bum.
11.The tiniest pine cone. There was another picture we took with these wee pine cones, but it was out of focus, which is such a shame, it would have been a great pic.
12. He is always highly entertaining to take pictures of. I sometimes think he is more comfortable in front of the camera than I am.

Swedish Summer

DSC_3128Sometimes it’s necessary for me to get out of the city. I do love Toronto (like really really do) but my mind and body often crave the slowness, fresh air, and silence that north of the city has to offer. Luckily for me, Ryan’s family lives in Barrie, in a beautiful home with ample outdoor space and a very short walk to the waterfront and forest. Ryan and I made the most of our weekend by doing pretty well nothing, which felt perfect. And I was excited to get this Family Affairs, Swedish Summer dress in the mail from Nina about a week or two before. It was the perfect dress for this particular day – lightweight, summery and fun. It’s one of those dresses that doesn’t really need styling – the print is so awesome and the cut is so cute, it’s a piece that can stand on it’s own, in my opinion. I like over the top and complicated sometimes, but I also really like simplicity, as long as I stay true to my silly, quirky nature.

I hope you all had a very lovely weekend. Mine isn’t over just yet, but I’ll keep this short and sweet because I have many new items to photograph for the shop (!!!), cleaning (ugh!) and  grocery shopping to do. So, bye for now!











DSC_3179Dress: Family Affairs
Shoes: G.H. Bass & Co

Belle Vie / 05

DSC_2441DSC_2439DSC_2411DSC_2422DSC_2551DSC_2418DSC_2552DSC_24091. I got this coat from my best friend Kristen a few years back. I’ve held onto it for a long time while never really wearing it because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I’m kind of obsessed with it these days, and that is a perfect example of why I am a clothing hoarder.
2. Just the sun giving us a little peek through the trees. Hey sun!
3. Ryan and I love Grand Electric, although we tend to get takeout over eating at the restaurant – the wait time for a table at this place can be absurd. However, we got lucky the other day, arriving just before dinner. I ordered 4 crispy cauliflower tacos and one GE Sour. Always the same. I’m nothing if not consistent.
4. The beautiful waterfront in Barrie.
5. A lone log stranded at “Garbage Beach”.
6. Ryan says every picture I take and post of him he is wearing basically the same outfit. I told him this is okay, he is like Karl Lagerfeld.
7. Kayaks and canoes, which I’m sure will get some use if this weather continues.
8. I remember the first time I made him smile and laugh before we knew eachother or shared words. I don’t remember the funny thing I said, but that smile has stayed with me. Sometimes I like to think about that time and how out of a group of my friends, his laugh, the single person I didn’t know, was the only one that stood out to me.