Family by Arden Wray

tumblr_nhteobQsn21qjb0fho1_1280I mean it when I say I have been anticipating the release of this photo story for a long while. If memory serves me right, I got a sneak peak of the goodness over one year ago through instagram (I follow all these amazing women, plus the photographer Arden). There is something so special about Arden’s photography. It has such an honesty about it, which is a rare ability, but is my absolute favourite thing to find in a photographer. She truly captures the authentic beauty of every subject she photographs, which is for the most part, people. As much as I like photographs of landscapes and still lifes (if done right), portraits will always be my favourite. People are just so interesting, and she couldn’t have found a better group of women to make these scenes from an imagined-film come to life. If you’d like to see the whole thing (which you do, I know it), you can find it here.

Photography: Arden Wray
Styling: Emily Theobald
Models: Emily Theobald, Hannah Metz, Alley O’Shea, Emma Cooper, Samantha Pleet
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Niagara On The Lake

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Matt and I spent Thanksgiving at his grand parents home in Niagara on the Lake. Niagara played a central role in the War of 1812, so it goes without saying this town is rich with history. The main strip has many buildings that date back to the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, and although the buildings have been restored, they maintain their history with great pride.

Matt and I did a little walking around by the water, down to the fort, and back to the main strip before dinner. I had never been before, so Matt gave me a nice tour of all the local haunts he and his family frequent when they visit. We stuffed ourselves full of cookies and sweets right before dinner, so you can imagine my stomach was in an uncomfortable almost-barf mode after dinner. But you cannot complain when you are surrounded by family, new traditions and delicious meals.

During our walk to the fort, we happened upon an abandoned house, which is a bloggers gold mine(why is that?!). I decided I would share those photos separately, maybe even tomorrow, so keep an eye out.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends. I am away from mine this time around, which is a bit of a sore spot. My grandparents just sold their home, and this will be the last holiday my family will spend there. I feel I am missing out in a big way, but work always makes it difficult for me to make it back to Ottawa for every holiday. However, Matt’s family always welcomes me with open arms, which I am truly grateful for.

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Blouse: thrifted Joe Fresh
Skirt: vintage via Common Sort
Purse: vintage via Public Butter
Shoes: Seychelles
Socks: UO

Family Visits

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Happy Easter everyone! I’m just winding down from a four day weekend with my parents and Sister, who all came to visit me in Toronto. As always, it was wonderful to see them, and have sleepovers with Allie, eat ridiculous amounts of delicious food, and walk the dogs around Toronto. I’m sad to see them leave, but at least I know it’s Spring now (sort of) so I can look forward to more regular visits back and forth between Toronto and Montreal (the highway between the two is miserable to drive in Winter).

I hope you all had lovely Easter weekends with your friends and family, too!

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