Outfits

Mixing High and Low in Gastown

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I think one of my favorite cards to play when it comes to dressing up is mixing together dressy items with casual ones. Mixing high and low pieces is super simple and I think this is the best way to boost a day-to-day casual look and giving it a twist, but also tone down a way too glamorous outfit, but still being able to wear it during the day.

I find myself doing this naturally now, and it has become a big part of my style. Although it’s easier to get the look in the summertime, especially by wearing minis with flats or sneakers, or sexy tops with boyfriend jeans, you can easily mix high and low during colder months.

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The easiest to achieve this is by playing with tops vs bottoms and having them collide in terms of “dress code”. Another great way is to mix different textures that collide ie. silky fabrics with chunky knits. Here are some quick ways for mixing “high & low” pieces in your outfits.

  • pair dressy tops with casual bottoms
  • wear a dressier skirt, or a dress with flats, low ankle boots or biker boots
  • pair a dress with a chunky knit or bomber jacket
  • pair a casual top or a sweatshirt with dressy bottoms or heels
  • wear a leather jacket over an evening dress
  • wear leather pants with flats or sneakers and a chunky knit

Outfit Details:

Sweatshirt All Saints // Slip Dress Stradivarius  // Boots Schutz // Bag Coach

What are your tips for pairing high and low? We’d love to hear from you!


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Suede Dress – Spring Feeling

I really don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I’m kind of done with winter.  I can’t wait for the temperatures to rise up again so that I can get more active, enjoy the sunny days and of course drop the winter coats and the heavy layers. I couldn’t help but take advantage of a sudden warm weekend we had in late January to wear my suede dress again, but this time without stockings! Bare legs during winter felt great and to top off the spring feeling I got to wear a cute burgundy Coach bag we just received from their Pre-Spring collection!

It’s no secret that Liza and I are both very much into suede ( as seen here, here and here)! I particularly feel that suede is such a great fabric, textured but minimal, that can easily transition from one season to the other. I can’t wait to repeat this suede dress + burgundy bag combo, but next time without the leather jacket and with some cute lace up sandals! I won’t complain though … I’ll wait patiently until that time comes, I’m pretty happy with bare legs in January 😉 It seems like my Winter Blues are finally getting over, right?

Here is the full outfit!

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Aritzia Suede Dress (similar here, here & here), Zara Leather Jacket (similar) –  Coach Dinky Bag  – Suede Boots.

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Canada Travel Guides

Top 5 Things To Do in Whistler if You Don’t Ski

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Whistler is one of our favorite places for day trips and weekend getaways. Driving in the Sea-to-Sky Highway is amazing and already worth the ride up there, specially in the winter when the mountains are snow capped and even more beautiful. While the city is popular for being one of the world’s top ski resorts there are plenty of activities for those that are not interested in sliding down the mountains. The list could go on and on, but since we’ve been there quite a few times we felt confident enough to come up with  the Top 5 Things To Do in Whistler if you don’t ski.

 Peak to Peak Gondola

This is a must do! Even if you are not going to ski, just going up the mountain is amazing! The view is breathtaking from the moment you step into the Gondola at the village. Once you are up there you can have a coffee, watch the skiers and snowboarders and hop on the Peak to Peak to cross to the other side. It’s an amazing experience where you enjoy a 360 view on board of this world record scenic ride.

Go on a Snowmobile Adventure

If hitting the slopes is not an option but  you are still looking for some adrenaline, snowmobile might be your best choice. I absolutely loved riding on back-country trails that were accessible only by these little vehicles, it’s such an awesome energy to be surrounded by a Winter Wonderland with lots of snow and panoramic views. What I also loved about this experience is that you can choose what kind of tour you like and you can also ride in pairs! If you don’t feel like driving, just sit at the back and enjoy the ride.

Snowshoeing on Lost Lake

A short walk from the Village is Lost Lake. What in the summer is a pretty sandy beach lake becomes the perfect terrain for snowshoeing trails. This is an activity that almost anyone can join, there are several trails with different lengths and levels making it perfect for any group.  I never though walking in the snow would be so fun, there are so many options that it never gets boring! Just a heads up, before starting you need a trail pass that can be purchased at the Lost Lake PassivHaus, snowshoe rentals are also available there. On your way back you can stop for a coffee and warm up at their cute little hub.

Explore the Whistler Village

Just being at the Village and feeling the mountain vibe is already amazing. The city is always full of people in the Winter and also full of fun things to do such as ice skating, concerts in the Olympic Plaza and festivals – our favorite one is the Whistler Film Festival in December. In any case just walking there is awesome, we love browsing through the shops, hoping from a cafe to the other and having a drink at the base of the mountain while watching skiers/snowboarders  finish their rides at the end of the day (around 4pm!).

Scandinave Spa

If you follow our list and do all these things we are recommending, you’ll definitely need a day to relax! We suggest paying a visit to the Scandinave Spa. Enjoy a hydrotherapy treatment and get revitalized after soaking on hot/cold baths and chilling in the sauna and solariums.

We hope you like these tips and enjoy this place as much as we do!

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  View of Peak to Peak Gondola | Snowshoeing on top of Lost Lake

Outfits

Urban Bohemian

I love bohemian looks, but I find that they’re a little bit harder to pull off during winter months. As most bohemian pieces are thinner, flowy pieces, I think you need to be more creative when mixing them together with chunkier winter looks in order to be able to show them off.

I sometimes look at Pinterest for outfit inspiration and although the looks seem perfect, I find that they are harder to pull off when there are -5 degres C outside! So most of the times, in order to make these outfits work during winter, I usually end up mixing my bohemian pieces with cozy cardigan knits, adding a hat or wrapping myself in a cozy blanket scarf. All of these items are great as cover-ups and adding that extra warm layer, but at the same time they won’t cover up your entire look.

I am wearing:  Hat, Sweater, Top, Choker necklace, Boots

Outfits

Beating Winter Blues

Every year I feel a bit down on the early days of January. After the excitement of Christmas and New Year have passed, I really don’t feel like doing anything other than watch Netflix in my pyjamas. Winter blues really are a thing and if we don’t pay attention our mood can get seriously affected by the lack of daylight, shorter days and cold weather. Here are 4 easy steps for Beating Winter Blues:

1. Get out of the house: make excuses to go outside even if don’t really need to. Explore a new neighbourhood, go out for coffee, shop at the farmers markets instead of you regular grocery store. When you go out, make an event of it, dress up nicely it will make you feel good about yourself.

2. Force yourself to be social :  get in touch with your friends (social media doesn’t count) they always cheer you up! Invite that old co-worker for coffee, visit the relatives you didn’t meet over Christmas, grab a meal with your besties. Chances are your friends are also feeling a bit blue, so you are doing you both a favour.

3. Stay Active: endorphin is always welcomed! Even if you don’t have a workout routine go out for a walk, specially when it’s sunny. Taking a break over you lunch for a stroll outside will be great not only for your mood but also for your productivity.

4. Explore Winter Activities: find a new winter hobby and look forward to it! Plan a ski/snoboward trip, explore snow shoeing trails or get a group and go ice-skating.

My favourite way to beat the winter blues is to put on a nice winter outfit and go out to discover new cafes and stores. Here is what I wore for a coffee date with Liza!

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Club Monaco Coat (similar) , Turtleneck (similar)  and Cashmere Sweater –  Zara Jeans (similar) and Bag (similar) –
Steve Madden Boots (similar) , Urban Outfitters Hat.

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Europe Travel Guides

7 Lovely Spots to Eat and Drink in Brasov, Romania

I’ve been meaning to write this for so long, but with our crazy schedule – both Carolina and I work full time and we never get the chance to write on the blog that often! (New Year Resolutions) This holiday season, I was super happy I got to visit Brasov – my hometown in Romania, in the heart of Transylvania. Although I lived half of my life in Bucharest, Romania’s capital, Brasov will always be my home and I am happy to share some of the loveliest places to enjoy while Brasov, from a local’s point of view.

So here they are:

The loveliest 7 spots to eat and drink in Brasov, Romania.

1. Cozy dining and drinks at Bistro Ma Cocotte – A lovely, bohemian restaurant and terrace (in the summer), Bistro Ma Cocotte is always a favorite. They have the best decor and the food has a rich vegetarian and vegan selection. Natural juices and raw desserts are also delicious. They also have wifi and parking, so it’s convenient to reach by car, and it’s such a great place to relax and get some work done too.

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2. Scandinavian experience at Hof Cafe  – One of the newest coffee shops in Brasov, Hof is located literally in the middle of the city, in Sfatului Square. The place also hosts weekend parties with local DJs and tapas nights. There is a great coffee and juice selection. Also, their crepes are delicious, and this is also a good place to work from, in case you want to bring your laptop along.

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3.  Wine and Dine at Trattorian Artisan Food – I’ve just discovered this place and simply fell in love with it. The restaurant is pretty big, so you have high chances of finding a spot, the decor is spectacular, and the food is really tasty! It’s also located in the heart of the old city in Enescu Square, so it’s great to drop by after a walk around the city center.

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4. Cozy Italian at Dei Frati – Right next to Trattorian, Dei Frati has the best seafood mushroom risotto I’ve ever tasted! The place is pretty small, but the ambiance is cozy and it’s a really great choice to warm up after a walk around the city center. They also have a small patio in the summertime which is perfect for late night drinks and dinner.

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5. Fine Dining at Trattoria Pocol Another new addition to the Brasov restaurant scene, Trattoria Pocol is a great place if you want to indulge in a fancy dinner experience. Their menu is focused on Italian and seafood and the ambiance is cozy but elegant. Trattoria Pocol is also located in the city center area and it’s very close to Sforii Street, one of the narrowest street in Europe and the Black Church, the gem of the city.

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6. Drinks and friends at L’etage – A lovely little bar with live music and book decor. This is a great spot to meet friends, grab a bite or enjoy the local artists performing jazzy music.

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7. Wine experience at Terroirs – The only specialized wine bar in the city, Terroirs features hundreds of wines by the glass or bottle, tasting menus and a great ambiance. If you’re a wine lover, this is the place to be.

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More to follow 🙂