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My 5 Fall Key Items

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Fall is just my favorite season when it comes to dressing up.  I love specially early in the season when the trees are changing colors, the crispy weather starts rolling in but the sun is still shining in the sky. Not only it is beautiful outside, but everyone also starts dressing nicer on the streets. It’s the perfect time of the year to wear cozy sweaters and stylish accessories before it starts getting cold for real and we need a coat to cover it all! When it comes to me, one of the things I like most is how easy it is to pull off an effortlessly chic look.

Even if I don’t have a lot of time to dress up (which is most of the time) I know I can rely on 5 fall key items to  look polish. Keep scrolling to find out what I am talking about and shop my current favorites!

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Cozy Sweater

I’m living in cozy sweaters these days! Most of them are neutral colors (as  everything else I own, LOL! )  but I like to vary on shapes and styles, such as cut-outs, oversized, cable knitted and turtlenecks. Whenever possible, I  like to invest in cashmere pieces like the one I’m wearing here or a good quality wool blend. I swear the investment is worth it as  your sweater will last more and more seasons to come! Important tip: always hand wash/ use delicate cycle and lay flat to dry, it will help maintain the shape.

 

Wool Hat

If you are following us for a while you probably know we love a good hat ( check here, here & here). I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t wear one too. Hats are chic, fit any occasion and outfit, are perfect for cold/rainy weather and bad hair days! Investing on a good classic hat is key, but you feel like being trendy, we are also loving baker boy hats this fall!

 

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Booties

Boots are also a season essential. I know by Spring I won’t be standing them anymore, bot for now I’m so thrilled to wear my boots again! On my day-to-day I usually stick to ankle booties as they are practical and comfy, but I also love over the knee boots  or my recent favorite, the sock boots.

 

Black Jeans

The good pair of jeans comes handy this season, I don’t know about you, but I’m always wearing jeans during these colder months. I find that wearing black jeans are also a good variation of regular denim. Lately I’ve been wearing lots of straight cuts and mom jeans, but skinny jeans are always no brainers!

 

 

Accessories

In my opinion the final touch for a polish look is to accessorize it. I’m usually quite minimal on my outfits and accessories, but I recognized how a belt, watch, jewelry, scarf or even sunglasses  can improve the final result.

 

What do you think of my 5 fall key items? Let me know what are your go-to pieces for the season in the comments below!

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XO, Carol

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Fall Colors and Prints

Fall is here and although we had an amazing summer we always welcome October with bittersweet feelings! Yes, we are excited for fall colors with leaves turning bright, welcoming pumpkin season, rich farmer markets, cozy scarves and ankle boots, but we’re also a bit sad that “winter is coming”.

This year however, we promised we’ll take every day with a smile and although Vancouver is pretty rainy, it’s still an amazing city to enjoy fall in, so we’ve decided to make the most of the fall season by indulging in lots of cinamon-flavored drinks, cozy coffee dates and more time for personal projects! (Vancouver Fall guide – coming soon!)

In the meantime, I’ll put my last summer outfit here, just to end summer properly with one of my favorite pieces, a printed skirt in fall colors. 🙂

XO, Liza

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Tofino – A Complete Travel Guide

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I’ve been delaying this post for almost 2 months and although the timing might not be the best, I feel like I have an obligation to share on the blog my tips for one of my favorite places in BC, the breathtaking Tofino . My first time visiting there was in March 2013 and even with the cold/rainy weather I fell in love with the place! Going back in the Summer had been on my bucket list ever since , so you can only imagine how thrilled I got when we decided, out of the blue, to take a few days off in July to enjoy this little paradise.

Getting there

The city is located on the west side of Vancouver Island, at the tip of the Pacific Rim National Park. The trip can be a bit long, but in my opinion getting there is part of the fun! It starts with a 1:40hr ferry ride from Vancouver to Nanaimo followed by a 3 hours-drive to get to the other shore. The route is so scenic that you hardly feel time passing as you drive through a forest of Ancient Trees (Cathedral Grove), alongside lakes and mountains. When planning your itinerary, allow some time for stops along the way and remember that  reserving the ferry is highly recommended.  Make sure to check out Ucluelet as well, Tofino’s neighbor city!

 Ucluelet – “Lighthouse Loop” at the beginning of the Wild Pacific Trail

Things to do

When you arrive in Tofino, you instantly feel mesmerized by its endless its beauty. It’s so wild and at the same time so welcoming and charming. Although you can cross the city in 20 minutes, this little town offers lots of activities, regardless of the weather. This is why I recommend staying there at least 4 days or else you’ll leave with a bitter sweet feeling. Anytime of the year is amazing in Tofino, but I’ve got to say Summer has a special West Coast beach-vibe that can’t be beat. Here are my favorites things to do there:

Explore the beaches: I mean all of them, seriously! Every beach has something special.  I’m an ocean lover so I can spend hours just walking by it, but Tofino has such an extensive shore that you can also ride bikes, plays sports or just sit and relax to watch the waves and light a bonfire at sunset. Chesterman Beach is my all time favorite in case you are wondering.

Surf: Tofino is a yearlong surfing spot (the best one in Canada) and once you are there the surfing vibe just gets into you, so of course I had to try it. I was told the best waves are in the winter months, but good luck facing that weather! My experience “trying to surf” in the Summer was really fun, but even with full wet suit I couldn’t feel my toes after one hour in the water  (I’m Brazilian, sorry!). Temperature aside, I loved it 🙂

Boat tours: there are other fun and warmer/dryer options to enjoy the water such as kayaking, fishing or whale watching. I heard this last one is an amazing experience!

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Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetSunset & bonfire, a Tofino must do!

Hiking: there are so many trails within Pacific Rim that I recommend stopping at Tourism Tofino for more details. I’m particularly a beach-bum, so we  explored mostly short hikes along the shore such as Sunset Point at Cox Bay and the Tonquin Beach Trail.

Explore downtown Tofino: Believe it or not, Tofino is not only about nature. The little city center is so charming , the perfect spot for a stroll after the beach, to grab some food and check out local shops.

Storm Watching: So this is actually a thing in Tofino and it’s awesome!  You can enjoy the wilderness of the winter months wrapped around a blanked by the fire, or get your waterproof gear on and go enjoy mother nature. I find it such a romantic getaway!

 

Where to eat/drink

For such a little town, Tofino is full of amazing places to eat. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Wolf in the Fog: Famous for the best sea food and locally sourced ingredients.
  • Sobo: Short for sophisticated bohemian, I can’t find a better description for this award-winning  restaurant.
  • Tacofino: The original taco truck that all Vancouverites love. It gets even better with an island vibe! (expect some line up)
  • Shelter: The menu is pretty diverse so everyone leaves happy. I had the best pre-surfing meal there, a delish veggie bowl!
  • Big Daddy’s Fish Fry : The good old fish and chips or anything else you can imagine deep fried!
  • The Pointe Restaurant: Definition of “dining with a view”. Must go place located at the Wickaninnish Inn. (Reservation recommended)
  • Tofino Brewery Co. : local brewery with tasty beers and hip atmosphere, definitely a must go!

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tofino-guide-breweryTofino Brewery – Try some and take a few bottles home!

 

Where to stay

There are lots of options for accommodation from beachfront lodges to hidden rental houses, cute little hotels and campsites. Even with such diversity, the city can get pretty booked during high season making it a a bit hard to plan a last minute trip to Tofino, so planning ahead is the key.

I’ve stayed at an amazing beach front suite in Pacific Sands Resort and at the cutest loft in Cobble Wood Guesthouse & Bird Sanctuary House & Suites. I highly recommend both, but if you have a chance to stay in front of the beach you won’t regret it!

Other nice lodges are  Long Beach Lodge Resort , Crystal Cove Beach Resort & Middle Beach Lodge.

 

tofino-guide-where-to-stayEntrance of our loft at Coblewood, we had a little patio with the prettiest garden!

What to Pack

I was a bit naive when I packed for my last trip and had to wear the same leggings+ sweatshirt combo every night for 4 days ( lousy fashion blogger!) Even in July it can get pretty chilly when it’s not sunny and in the evenings a bonfire will not be enough to keep you warm.

Summer in Tofino tends to be pretty sunny and dry , but we are in BC and rain is always expected! Regardless of the season I recommend packing a rain jacket (light or heavy depending on the month), cozy sweater/sweatshirts, waterproof shoes (did I mention the water is cold?) and some essential accessories such as backpack, hat/toque, water bottle and a beach blanket  .

 

 

Well,  if you made all the way here you are ready to visit Tofino! Book your getaway and let us know how it went in the comments below 🙂

Also, don’t forget to check out our Travel Guides page for more tips!

Love, Liza and Carolina.

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Summer Stripes

Stripe Top Summer Outfits

I think there’s nothing more versatile for me than the classic dark and white stripe top. Initially such a French wardrobe staple, the Breton top has evolved into a must have wardrobe item that I am basically obsessed with!

No matter the season, I find that I am always looking for striped tops to add to my collection or to replace existing, more worn items. I have to admit, I have quite a collection by now, and I really recommend having a couple of stripe options if you want to include more versatile items to your wardrobe. You’ll be wearing them a lot!

My must have striped tops are:

– A long sleeves black and white or navy and white top. Great for work, weekends, boat rides or to pack for vacations

– The stripe sweatshirt top. One of the newest additions, I find this a great item to match with more casual looks, or to overlay over thin dresses. I have an oversized one and I love rolling its sleeves when I wear it!

– Open back top. Perfect summer tank top. Love the drop back on this one.

– Classic crew neck Tee. Such a classic, love wearing it with high-waisted denim like Carolina is wearing here.

 

 

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Summer Bucket List

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While browsing Instagram last week I landed on a post called Summer Bucket List and being the crazy-planner/ list-freak that I am, I loved the idea! Back in Spring I had already done a little mental list of things I wanted to do this season, but I thought that blogging about them would be a great way of sharing my thoughts with you and also holding myself accountable to complete these goals. It’s mid Summer and I have already checked off a couple of  items from my Summer Bucket List, but if I complete them all I will be really pleased with myself, so here you go:

Stay out of  the house as much as possible
We have e enough rainy/cloudy days to stay at home, and Summer calls for outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, swimming at a beach/lake… Even lying on the grass reading a book already counts, Netflix can wait till fall 🙂

Read at least one book per month:
Still in in line with the previous one, I love reading in the sun and I find it a great way to unwind and get some quiet time among the busy summer plans. Status update: I’m already on my second book, so only one more to go!

Getaway to Tofino
This is also something I have already accomplished and I’m so happy! ( Tofino guide to be shared soon) I had a real feel of the Canadian West-Coast Summer experience in Tofino, it included long hours staring at the ocean, beach fires and even surfing. I absolutely loved it and strongly recommend.

Camping ( or Glamping if you like)
You probably noticed I really enjoy the outdoors and camping is a big part of it! I already went once in May, but I definitely need to go a couple of times more time during Summer. I get thrilled with whole camping atmosphere:  waking up with the sun, being surrounded by trees, evening barbecues, campfires and of course, s’mores!

Wear more dresses
Enough with the nature and back to the blogger side of things…  is there a better clothing for Summer than a  pretty dress? I honestly don’t wear too many dresses and I find it a shame! Maybe it’s because I love to play with outfits and dresses offer less variety, but they are also so effortless and feminine. Earlier this season I made a commitment to invest on a few summer dresses that included different colors and shapes. I think both Liza and I get too fixed on the basic grey-beige-B&W wardrobe that we forget how good it is to vary the pallet and mix prints. Keep scrolling to see my new favorite Summer Dress!

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What do you think of my Summer Bucket List? I’d love to hear about your plans too, so let me know in the comments below 🙂

XO, Carol

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Okanagan and Naramata Guide – What to Do, Eat and Drink

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We’ve been planning an Okanagan and Naramata guide for a few summers now! Both Carolina and myself wanted to come here a few times to capture the best places and wineries, as well as the best things to do in the area. We will be continually updating this guide to include new findings, so keep and eye on it!

Okanagan is such a beautiful place and as you start seeing the lakes (both Okanagan and Osoyoos) you realize that nature has done a phenomenal job at making this place absolutely breath-taking!

Getting There

The Okanagan region is located approximately 400 km away from Vancouver, in British Columbia very close to Kelowna. You can get here by taking the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and following the signs for Meritt and Kelowna. That will get you there in about 4 hours. Although the road cuts through mountains and valleys, it’s not a difficult drive and the views are really nice. If you find yourself in a sunny day you can also choose to take the scenic route which is a bit longer, 4.5h-5h and goes through the gorgeous Manning Park. I have been on both routes and both are equally good at getting you there. If I were to choose though I would always choose the scenic drive. 🙂

Where to stay in Okanagan

We’ve rented and stayed in various places so far. From Oliver in Osoyoos area, to Fintry (North of Kelowna), Peachland (South-East of Kelowna) and Naramata Bench (close to Penticton). We recommend checking out VRBO first and then Airbnb (use this link to save $50 CAD on your booking!) when renting a place here. We also recommend booking in advance as the best properties tend to sell out fast especially on long weekends. Views are everything when you come to Okanagan and Naramata, so go for a place that has lake views and a BBQ! The extra money will be so worth it!

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Things to do

Visit wineries and go wine-tasting!

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Probably the best and most relaxing thing to do in Okanagan is to visit wineries and do wine tastings! Okanagan is famous for having so many vineyards so close to each other, making it the perfect place to do wine tours! Although there are actual wine tour companies offering different packages and driving you around, we recommend going by yourself and choosing a few wineries to visit each day. There are 3 major areas which have the most wineries: Naramata Bench, Kelowna area, and some around the Osoyoos lake.

Best Wineries to Visit in Okanagan And Osoyoos

Some of our favorite wineries in Naramata Bench and Okanagan Lake:

Therapy Vineyards – Some of our favorite wines all therapy and psychology themed. We love the Freudian Sip, and they also have accommodation at the winery!
Joie Farm – Amazing wines and best place to enjoy a pizza and picnic in their orchard (more info below at where to eat!)

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Red Rooster – A new favorite. All the wines we tasted at the tastings were extremely good and couldn’t leave without getting a few bottles. The winery is very picturesque too, we’ll be back for sure.
Tightrope  – Always good, we’ve been drinking this wine ever since we moved to Vancouver and can’t get enough.
Serendipity – Cool winery I just discovered, they will be opening a restaurant soon and we can’t wait to check it out.
La Frenz – Great views and good wines, worth a visit.

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Elephant Island  – Fruit wines, nothing like you’ve ever tasted! Check out the blackcurrant wine and the fortified wines. I always stack up on them!


Lake Breeze – Another new favorite. We loved the charm and the wine at this boutique winery! They have a restaurant and an amazing view over the lake.

Some of our favorite wineries in and around Kelowna

Mission Hill. This is one winery you have to visit! Although their wine tasting and tours are always so busy, they have amazing views, a great estate to visit, a restaurant and a shop. Great modern art on the grounds too!

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Quails Gate. Their wine tour is pretty good and it also includes tasting and a quick lesson on how to taste wine! Tours end at 3pm each day, book in advance!

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Summerhill. An eclectic winery, great weeding venue and they also have a restaurant with an awesome view overlooking the winery!

Dirty Laundry. A fun winery to visit! They always have fun events at the winery so make sure you check out their website before you go.

Some of our favorite wineries in Osoyoos

Burrowing Owl. Amazing winery with accommodation. Enjoy great views and wine tasting and they also have a swimming pool and 2 restaurants available.

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Black Hills. Boutique fancy winery. Loved the tasting and they also have a restaurant for dinner and tapas.

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Blasted Church. We always get their wines in Vancouver and it was great to finally discover the winery! We loved it! They also have a pizza on site through a professional wood fired oven food truck!

Other fun things to do in Okanagan!

Rent a boat. We usually rent a boat for 4 or 6 people from Penticton. It’s not too expensive and it comes with water toys too. www.pentictonboatrentals.com

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Rent a SUP or Kayak. Stand up paddle boards are really are so much fun. There are several places to get them and it’s a great group activity. www.sunnsup.com

Go for a bike trek adventure in Myra Canyon. There are a lot of bike trails around the Okanagan hills. We absolutely loved Biking through Myra Canyon. It’s a gorgeous trail that follows mountain railtracks with spectacular views! You can rent bikes right at the bottom of the trail. Pack some snack and plenty of water and sunscreen as the trip gets long if you decide to do the entire route. But not to worry, the ride has low-medium difficulty. I was able to bike the entire thing and I am by far a biker! www.myracanyon.com/park

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Naramata Falls. Gorgeous short hike in the park to the falls. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the falls and you can also climb up closer to the falls. Wear good hiking shoes!

Kalamalka Lake: Perfect for hiking and swimming! This lake is spectacular as it turns turquoise during summertime.

The Fintry Estate. Great hike and park between Finrty and Vernon. They also have camping grounds, a beach and a trail up to a sort of waterfall. We’ve spent about 2 hours and it was good to walk off some of the wine tasting! 🙂 www.fintry.ca

Where to eat

Joie Farm. This is the best foodie experience in Naramata in my opinion. I love it here and come back every time I visit Okanagan! They have fire roasted pizzas and gourmet sandwiches, as well as icecream sandwiches. Eating on the grass in their patio is gold! Get one of their wines to make this a really memorable experience! www.joiefarm.com

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Grapeleaf Cafe – in Naramata village, great place for lunch or brunch.

Ambrosia – at the Naramata Heritage inn, great for dinner and live music. naramatainn.com/ambrosia-restaurant-lounge

Lake Breeze – classy lunch or brunch in the winery. We recommend putting your name down for a patio table and enjoying a wine tasting in the meantime. lakebreeze.ca

Vanilla Pod – We loved the dinner at Poplar Grove winery. Make a reservation as it’s quite popular. thevanillapod.ca

Misconduct Kitchen. Also in winery, go for delicious tapas, lunch or dinner. misconductwineco.com

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Hillside Bistro. Another winery Bistro, they offer brunch and dinner menus. www.hillsideestate.com

Legends Distillery. If you need a break from wine, head to Legends Distillery, they have great cocktails, tasty tapas and you can go for either brunch or dinner. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset. www.legenddistilling.com

More food in Kelowna

Raudz Regional Table. Haven’t been here yet, but heard only the best things about Raudz especially about their farm to table approach and local ingredients. Will definitely go next time! www.raudz.com

Ricardo’s: hidden little restaurant in north Kelowna with great italian food! ricardos.ca

Micro Kelowna is part of the Raudz concept. Great drinks and food and garden patio. Definitely worth a visit! www.microkelowna.com

Salted Brick. One of my favorite places to eat in Kelowna. Tapas style restaurant great for lunch or dinner. www.saltedbrick.com
We hope you enjoy Naramata as much as we do when we go there! Let us know what are some of your favorite places in Okanagan! Leave us a comment so we can check it out and add to the list.

Love, Liza and Carolina.

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