Keep On Walking

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It was such a beautiful weekend filled with friends, good food, and time well spent outdoors. Whatever little bit of warmth mother nature will give us, we shall receive with open arms. Because of my surgery, lack of sun and a never ending bitter chill in the air, I’ve been finding it hard to motivate myself to do anything other than sit on my couch with one of my many antique tea pots and episode after episode of Friday Night Lights (insert Nashville, New Girl, Girls, The Mindy Project). This is not natural for me…it’s not the sort of thing that keeps me happy (although those shows are amazing!!!) So it doesn’t hurt that one of my best friends (well two) is (are) the brains behind The Vacant North and can remind me that while winter can feel like the enemy, and the wind can deter us from leaving our nests (which is sometimes totally reasonable! i don’t want frostbite), if weather permits, hiking and exploring can be just as invigorating and fulfilling with snow on the ground (and ice water in your boots).

When I first got my Samantha Pleet Blixen Boots I told myself I would never wear them in the snow, and I would keep them in impeccable condition. But the snow came, and day after day I’d lace them onto my feet because there was no other boot I really wanted to wear. And after some time I realized I would rather have them come along on adventures with me. Why not let them live?!  Afterall, I feel Samantha Pleet always depicts strong, beautiful, adventurous women in her clothing and shoe designs, so it makes sense that outdoors and in nature is where they are mean’t to be.

*photos of me taken by Meaghan

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Coat: in the shop!!
Skirt: vintage via Common Sort
Beret: vintage
Scarf: thrifted via Salvation Army
Socks: H&M
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine
Gloves: gift from Meaghan

Succulent City

DSC_1023 Happy Monday morning friends! I have recovered from my tonsil illness, and am feeling quite healthy. I had an appointment with a specialist and will be getting these babies removed, although a date has not been set yet. Surgery feels a little frightening, but I don’t think I can continue getting tonsillitis several times a year. It is worth whatever little risk is involved with surgery if it will ensure I no longer get this sick.

I was starting to feel truly cooped up over the past week, so Meaghan and I decided to head to Allan Gardens Conservatory on Saturday to see living greenery (since all greenery is dead in the natural world of Toronto right now) and snap some shots for my blog, and The Vacant North. Winter can feel endless and truly uninspiring sometimes, so this was a much needed excursion, and girly time.

I wore one of my favourite dresses given to me by my pal Danielle, and then added this rust skirt (which is in the shop!!!) over top. Getting dressed in this cold weather has started to feel like a chore, and I find myself going back to the same outfit over and over, but sometimes if you have the time (and a boyfriend you can pester about what to wear) an outfit you never even considered just pops out at you and you are left pleasantly surprised.

I hope you all have a safe, warm and lovely Monday!

*photos by Meaghan

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Dress: vintage
Skirt: thrifted vintage via Larkspur
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine

The Vacant North & Larkspur: Toronto City Guide

Toronto1Happy Monday morning all! So this is a little different…no outfit post for today, unfortunately. Time got away from me this weekend, and I was unable to snap some shots, so we will be doing things a little backwards this week. I’ll have an outfit to share nearing the end of the week. But for now, I’d like to share a little collaboration I did with my friends at The Vacant North. They so kindly asked me to make a list of some noteworthy spots in this here Toronto, to bring all you lovely people a Toronto City Guide (also, thanks for the very kind super sweet bio. love you ladies!). As I was making up my list of all my favourite spots, it became quite apparent I’m truly a west end girl, at least when it comes to shopping and eating. I’m biased, but whatever. Supporting local is important to me. Go on over and take a look at the lovely, new feature. These ladies are so wonderful. And follow them on instagram @thevacantnorth if you want to see pretty things, pretty often.

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The Vacant North

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I’m so excited to be sharing The Vacant North with you today. It’s dear to my heart because it’s a project started by two people who have been a big part of Larkspur – Meaghan Kelly (yes, my old partner) and Kira Cronin (Larkspur Vintage look books). Kira left us not so long ago to marry her love, and start a new chapter of her life in Chicago. The Vacant North was partially created as a way for Kira and Meaghan to stay connected through creative means, but it blossomed into a larger project.

The Vacant North is a (mostly) photo project that focuses on exploration and travel, while encouraging others to do the same. Described by them as “the desire to move past the city limits and into the greater unknown”, forgetting your map (or iphone) and allowing the road to be your navigator. With photography by both ladies and words by Meaghan, they share moments sometimes lost in a world so driven to move forward, reminding us to stop and take a breath.

Not only will they be sharing a selection of photo series as they continue their journeys, but they have a corresponding blog featuring their favorite brands, art history, and a few other gems in the works. I’m also really excited that they recently opened their own shop selling exclusive Vacant North products, where Kira can put her awesome design skills to work and share them with the wonderful people of this world.

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