Carnival Colour Theory

Larkspur Vintage | Carnival Colour TheoryLarkspur Vintage | Carnival Colour TheoryI’ve been going to the CNE – or what I more fondly like to call The Ex – since I can remember. The Ex would make it’s way to Ottawa (where I grew up) every Summer and I have countless memories of going there with my family and friends, loving all the colourful rides and candy as a wee one. I continued going as a teenager, although my enjoyment for it was for very different reasons at that point…read: flirting and spending time with my crush(es) and trying to look cute. When I moved to Toronto it felt like The Ex came with me (not really, because it’s been here forever), and so I have been frequenting it as an adult almost every Summer since my move 8 years ago. I think it’s safe to say I know the CNE quite well at this point, and have memories upon memories of time spent there. I figured since I shot my latest outfit post at the CNE grounds, it only made sense that I would also share some of the ornate rides and visually appealing colour combinations seen throughout the park, which is one of the biggest reasons I am so drawn to the CNE as an adult…aside from riding the Polar Express and eating disgustingly delicious food.
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Outfit: Carnival Colours

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Carnival ColoursLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Carnival ColoursI was pretty darn excited to stumble across the CNE while it was being set up for the annual carnival/exhibition/fun starting Aug. 21st. I assumed you would not be allowed on the grounds during this time, but after noticing the gate wide open, families at the playground nearby and people just passing through to get from A to B, I quickly realized I could actually photograph there without trespassing and with little disturbance. I have photographed at the CNE before, but this was while it was already well underway, and every shot was filled with people in the background; carnivals are always so pretty to shoot at, but it’s hard to make it seem like no one is around (which is only really a problem if you are a fashion blogger). It felt so special to be able to wander and photograph in what felt like an abandoned carnival, getting to see the structures sitting humbly before they are flashing their bright lights, with people waiting in anticipation and the buzzing of delight (or fear) heard all around. I’m unsure when they will be closing the grounds to the public (without a pass), but I’m hoping I can pop by again sometime this week as I only wandered a small area of the park, and I’d love to see more of the park in all it’s quiet, colourful glory.
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Skirt: thrifted
Scarf: vintage
Pink & aqua rings c/o Pastel Dress Party
Shoes: H&M (old)

Cotton Candy Confections

DSC_4652So it seems we are going back in time a bit with this post. I realized I never got around to posting it, or rather I was planning on posting it before I left on my trip, but just didn’t have the time. These are from a couple weekends back when Meaghan and I went to the CNE to eat tastiness, ride some rides, and well, that’s pretty much it. This summer has really flown by. Meg and I hadn’t really done anything just the two of us in ages. It was a much, much needed date, and I loved every minute of it. I’m used to going to the CNE annually with Kristen and a bunch of pals, but Kristen didn’t make it down, and most of those pals don’t live in Toronto anymore, so it’s an inevitable end to that era.  But to be honest, as years go by, the CNE seems less and less appealing to me – the crowds, the money, the rides I have rode 100 times before – maybe I’m just getting old. I’ll probably continue to go as long as I live in Toronto, but I sort of like to make it an in and out type situation – hit up the rides I like, eat the food that will make me feel sick, and then run for my life.

I wore my most carnival themed attire though, so that was fun. This dress reminds me of cotton candy, with it’s bright blue, and the sweetest paisley in light pink, gold and white (although it’s hard to see the pink, but I assure you it is there). It only made sense that I would devour a shared bag of cotton candy with Meaghan and snap some silly photos of me. Oh man, there are some very hilarious outtakes of me shoving cotton candy in my mouth, it’s not easy to look cute while eating, at least not for me.

I hope your final day of the long weekend is a nice one. It’s a little gloomy here today, but sometimes I like that because it forces me to stay in and get some work done, or like, watch Netflix while I stroke Gus’s ears, cause they are fucking soft, guys.

*photos by Meaghan

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DSC_4655 Dress: H&M
Tote: Parkdale Flea
Socks: Target
Shoes: thrifted vintage

 

Belle Vie / 18

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I barely picked up my camera in the last few weeks – save for taking outfit pictures – I really had not much to work with when trying to put together a Belle Vie post today (and didn’t even bother last week). All these photos are from Sunday, when Meaghan and I headed to the CNE, mainly to eat delicious gross food, and ride some, well, rides. We found ourselves sitting on a swan for a long while, taking polaroids of eachother, eating cotton candy and discussing how we feel at ease with one another if ever we absolutely need to instagram something when we should really be interacting with eachother – she just gets me, you know. It was a lovely girly date and the Ferris Wheel provided a fantastic aerial view of the CNE. I love this girl, it will be weird not living in the same building as her, and being able to see her but simply stepping outside my apartment door.