13 Cities, 13 Runs – Halifax


Destination #2 of this running series is Halifax, NS. I had only been to Halifax once prior to going on this trip but got really familiar with the city very rapidly. While I was in town, I saw a whole lot of people going for runs, which was really nice to see.

If you’re a runner in Halifax, there is no shortage of running routes for you to discover.


If you like hills and looking to run downtown, The Citadel will be just what you need. A lot of local runners hit up this spot for hill sprints, interval running or just an incline run. I ran at The Citadel when I was in town in June and let me tell you, it was quite challenging.


If you prefer scenic water views and don’t mind running in crowded areas, the Harbourwalk right on the waterfront will be your running destination. The 3.8km boardwalk stretches from Pier 21 to Casino Nova Scotia. On your run, you will see a mix of shops, restaurants, museums and historic boats.




There are also a handful of parks in and around downtown Halifax where you can run.


On this particular trip, I spent a lot of time in Dartmouth, so opted to also explore the running trails in that area as well. Port Wallace and the entire region around Lake Charles and Lake Micmac, has tons of great running trails in the woods, on the sand and by the water. Many locals go walk their dogs on these trails but they’re pretty unoccupied. What I particularly liked about these trails is that they varied in difficulty and incline. I rarely get to run in the woods, so this was a nice treat. The trails are easy to access and you can find parking in different areas including Shubie Park. Another added bonus, in the summer, you can even go for a swim at the Swimming Beach on Lake Charles to cool off after your run.






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5 Things to do in Palm Springs


Palm Springs is a desert city located 2hrs away from Los Angeles. You’ve probably heard of this place thanks to Coachella. It used to be and still is a vacation destination for Hollywood stars and is renown for midcentury-modern architecture. It’s a great place for food, architecture and fitness.


1) Stay at The Saguaro Palm Springs – This technicolor heaven is the coolest looking boutique hotel in all of Palm Springs. After having been following them on social media for a while, I knew this would be my destination of choice when I finally visited Palm Springs.

The hotel is decorated to perfection. I loved their colorful southwestern lounge in the lobby, filled with cactuses, a ping pong table and cool hand-crafted Mexican furniture. The rooms match the colorful exterior of the building, that was designed by renown architects, Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat. Each room has a balcony and features plush organic bedding and unique Mexican decorations. I love that each room also had a collection of design and architecture reference books.

The boutique hotel offers complimentary yoga as well as cruiser bikes, which we took to explore the city of Palm Springs. El Jefe, one of the hotel’s restaurants offers a great selection of Mexican inspired poolside snacks or breakfast options. The menu is overseen by Iron Chef winner Jose Garces.

Their olympic-sized pool surrounded by lush gardens is the perfect spot for relaxation. Free wifi and parking are also a little added bonus!













2) Eat at Cheeky’s – This is THE brunch hotspot in Palm Springs. Their brunch menu changes every week and features fresh, local and organic ingredients. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of classic brunch options as well as southern and Mexican inspired dishes. If you’re looking to get a table, don’t be surprised if you have to wait up to 2hrs in the scorching heat. That said, the food is worth the wait. I highly recommend the homemade biscuit and the chile verde burrito (if the items are available!).






3) Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum – Located a few minutes drive from downtown Palm Springs, the Air Museum is a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon. The museum is run by volunteers, who are retired pilots, war veterans and military members. They will gladly share their wealth of knowledge, experience and stories with anyone willing to listen to them. The museum is divided into different sections, all representing different periods of history, wars and continents. It’s the only air museum in the US that allows you to enter the planes themselves and get a full tour of the aircrafts. Visiting the museum was such a great learning experience. Admission is $16 US per person.





4) Eat at Tinto – This is one of Chef Jose Garces‘ latest culinary ventures. Tinto is a Basque inspired tapas bar and restaurant. The atmosphere of the restaurant is sophisticated, the food is delicious and the prices are fair. Garces offers a unique selection of tapas, with a very special twist. Every dish featured its own unique flavours, textures and ingredients. Sharing a bunch of different menu items is the best way to go.




5) Go see dinosaurs – Named the world’s biggest dinosaurs, this roadside attraction is located only a few minutes away from Palm Springs. If you’re a fan of the T-rex or the Apatosaurus, you may want to stop along the way to or from Palm Springs. You can access the two biggest dinosaurs for free from the parking lot or opt for the full self-guided tour of the dinosaur garden for $9 US per person.


Ottawa Hood


I love exploring new hoods, especially when traveling. This past weekend, I spent some time in Ottawa. It was the first time I spent time off in this city since I was a kid. I’m usually always running around working, so it was nice to actually get time to explore the different hoods.

I always thought that Ottawa lacked character and was a little boring yet this weekend, I happily discovered that the food and culture is slowly developing in the city. There are some great new restaurants and coffee shops around Bank, Nepean and Elgin St, like North and Navy, The Ministry of Coffee, etc. There definitely seems to be a movement towards good local food, kind of like Toronto. It made me happy to see.

Excited to see the city grow and I look forward to explore even more next time I’m in town!








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13 Cities, 13 Runs – Fredericton


I’m happy to introduce a brand new series on my blog this fall called 13 Cities, 13 Runs. Since I’m currently on a road trip across Canada, I figured this would be the perfect occasion to share with you some of my favorite running trails that I’ve discovered as I travel through the country from East to West.


This week, I’m sharing with you the running trails that I discovered while I was in Fredericton, New Brunswick just a few days ago. To my utmost surprise, Fredericton has TONS of running trails. The city is all about running, cycling and walking.




The city offers more than 80 kms of multi-purpose trails all around the city. You’ll find trails on the waterfront by Saint John River, close the lighthouse, on the old train bridge that connects the north and south sides of the city, in parks and in the woods.





While I was in town, I decided to run along the river and did the Old Train Bridge Trail (0.6km), Northside Trail (10km) and the Lincoln Trail (8.8km). I loved the mix of urban setting, the scenic views on the waterfront and the woodland. The paved trail made it easy to run on. Also, I noticed that cars really respect runners, pedestrians and cyclists in Fredericton. The few spots where I had to cross the road to continue onto the trail, cars immediately stopped at the sight of me running.


It was an incredibly enjoyable run. Their running trail diversity made me love the city so much more. There’s really no better way to explore a city you’ve never been in than via their multi-purpose paths.

The city of Fredericton lists all of their amazing trails on their website. You can check them all out here. One thing’s for sure, if you’re planning a trip to Fredericton, there is no shortage of options for running around the city!


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5 Things to do in Page, AZ


Page, Arizona is a small town located near Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. It’s near the Utah border and is a 2 hour drive north of Flagstaff. This small town of less than 10 000 population has a lot to offer in terms of activities and nature. It’s the perfect spot to include on a road trip across the Southern US, a perfect destination to spend 24 to 48hrs.


1) Tour Antelope Canyon – This slot canyon is located just a few miles east of Page. It’s located on Navajo land and is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to in my entire life. To visit Antelope Canyon, you absolutely must take a Navajo guided tour that will cost you $40 per person. You can also opt to do a photography-specific tour, that is a little pricier but that operates at the best moments during the day to photograph the canyon. Don’t be surprised if you’re surrounded by a ton of people during your visit. The only downside of this place is its popularity. My trick to get photos without anyone in it, either go ahead or behind the group. It’ll be your best shot to snap pics along the way. The guides are funny and point out all the best spots and particularities in the canyon.






2) Hike to Horseshoe Bend – If you’re dreaming of visiting another spot like the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend is the dream location! Located just a 10 minute drive from downtown Page, this horseshoe shaped meander of the Colorado River is breathtaking. It’s a short hike 2km hike from the parking lot along the highway to get to and from Horseshoe Bend. The shape and the structure of these rock walls are what make it so stunning. A friendly note, make sure you don’t go to close to the edge of the cliff, there is absolutely nothing protecting you from the 1000 foot drop. It made my knees shake when I got close to the edge. The greatest part of it all, the access to Horseshoe Bend is free but don’t forget to bring some water with you for the hike!



3) Swim in Lake Powell – While in Page, you may want to spend time cooling off on Lake Powell, a reservoir located on the Colorado River. The National Park borders both Arizona and Utah and is a top destination for camping, fishing and boathouses. I spent a few hours relaxing on their beach that is accessible via the campground. It costs $20 per car to access the Glen Canyon National Park however, the pass is valid for up to 7 days. The views around the park are truly spectacular!


4) Eat at Big John’s Texas Barbeque – If you’re looking for an authentic southern experience, you must make time for a meal at Big John’s. If you’re a fan of BBQ, meat, southern food, music and good atmosphere, this is the spot. All of their meats are smoked and roasted on a big outdoor rotisserie. The restaurant is located on the lot of an old gas station, making the setting even more unique. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be treated to a live band who will play classic rock and country jams.





5) Drive through Navajo Nation – Page is surrounded by Navajo land. It was founded in 1957 in an exchange with Navajo Nation during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. The rest of the area that surrounds Page all belongs to the Navajo people. The land surrounding the city is absolutely beautiful and so precious. If you have the time, I highly recommend exploring the nearby villages to and from Page.



Dress for Fall


Fall is here and I’ve found the perfect dress for the season. A dress that will keep me warm while still looking stylish. Not a big fan of tights so I will keep rocking the bare legs for a little while longer, hopefully I can keep doing so as I cross the country from east to west for the next seven weeks. Hopefully we won’t be running into snow along the way… Fingers crossed! This dress will be perfect for staying in and cozying up on colder days but also for dressing it up with a pair of boots or even heels! Plus, the best part, it has a hood! It has now become my indispensable dress for the fall!

Will you keep rocking dresses this season?




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Photos by @Offner

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Fall Workout


Photo credit: Nathalia Allen

Fall officially starts tomorrow. As it starts getting colder outside, it becomes increasingly hard to find motivation to stay active and work out. Luckily, one of the best trainers in Canada – Nike Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, shares with us her favorite fall workout and tips on how to stay active.

What are your fall fitness recommendations?

I’m constantly setting new goals to stay motivated throughout the year and find that it’s the best way to kick off a new season. With the time changing and the sun setting earlier in the Fall, it can feel as if it is later in the day than it is and can make people more tired than usual. Getting into a routine of working out early will guarantee you aren’t missing workouts and you’re starting your day off with a sweat session. Try taking a morning NTC class or use the N+TC app to keep yourself motivated by creating your own 4-week program and finish your workouts anywhere at any time.

What is your favorite N+TC workout to make the transition from summer to fall?

When making the transition from Summer to Fall, I love to turn the heat up with high intensity training. Nike Master Trainer, Utah Lee created a killer “Cardio Hustle” workout on the N+TC app. Utah’s 30 minute  high intensity moves incorporate speed-based drills for an all-over body burn. With quick body rotations, power moves and stability work, you create lean muscle, improve reaction speed and build cardio. It’s one of my favourite N+TC workouts and I always finish feeling the burn!

What keeps you motivated to work out as the temperature drops?

When the weather changes, I love to update my wardrobe and this applies to my fitness pieces as well. One of the best ways for me to stay motivated is ensuring I have all the pieces needed for the results I want. Adding new pieces that are designed to keep you warm even in the coldest weather takes the excuses out of season. One of my favourite winter pieces this year is the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Women’s Training Vest. It’s designed for cold weather training to keep you warm without overheating. The Nike Sphere raised nodes provide warmth and comfort and the lightweight, breathable fabric allows you to have full range of motion for full body workouts. It has a durable, water-repellent finish to help with staying dry. Go out and brave the winter in style with its asymmetrical zipper and overall sleek design.


Transitioning into Fall

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It’s that time of year again… The inevitable is just around the corner. Only a few more days before the official start of fall. It’s been weird having to take my pants back out of my closet, I can wholeheartedly say that I wish I could live somewhere where I could were shorts and dresses all year round (Hello California!!). Though fall is a great time to be fashionable, I would rather not have to resort to pants and warm sweaters. That said, my latest Anine Bing purchase is sure to keep me warm throughout the coming months, it’s super comfy and cozy. What are you doing to transition into fall? What is on your fall style wish list?

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Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing Chunky Cardigan in Beige (get it here)

Anine Bing double zipper jeans

Zara studded boots

Monument Valley

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Having the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places on this planet, is pretty surreal.

Before our US road trip last month, I had heard of Monument Valley but didn’t realize what kind of impact visiting such a place would have on me. I can’t really put into words what visiting the Tribal Park did for me, all I can say is that it had a profound impact on my soul.

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Offner had been to Monument Valley before but I insisted we make it a part of our road trip anyways. And boy am I happy we did!

The drive to the park was stunning. We made it a point to take smaller roads like the local Indian Route 15, which gave us a glimpse of the pristine local scenery.

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It’s a $20 admission fee for a car of up to 4 people to get into the park. You can either drive through the park yourself at your leisure, take as many photos as you want and make as many stops as your heart desires. Another option is taking one of their many readily available guided tours throughout the park.

For those planning on staying a night or longer, you can opt to camp in either a premium cabin that is located at the entrance of the park or opt for roughing it at the campground located further in the park. You can also stay at the Goulding Lodge, which has the dreamiest sunset views.

We opted for the do-it-yourself, drive your own car option, the most fitting for what we wanted to do. The 17 mile drive around all the monuments takes about 1-2 hrs depending on how long you stop to take photos. Around many monuments, you’ll find Navajos that set up tents and sell their handmade jewelry. If you talk to them for a bit, they may even tell you about the history of the place, the significance of Monument Valley, their art, etc. I was lucky to meet the kindest man who sold me two bracelets. I learned so much about him, his family and his tribe just by spending a few minutes talking to him. That was definitely a highlight of my trip.

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Offner also decided to take a little ride on one of the horses they have available for trekking at Monument Valley.

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Impossible to pick a favorite monument. They are all unique and have their own significance and particularities.

The beauty, vastness and epicness of Monument Valley can’t really be captured on camera so a visit is thus necessary!

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Day by Day


It’s been great to be back in Toronto this week. So lovely catching up with friends and people I haven’t seen in a while while also trying to get back to my fitness routine as much as possible. I’m also trying to do all of my favorite things in the city like eat at my favorite restaurants, get some of my favorite juices, etc., all because this stay home will be short-lived. Being home has also felt strange, strange knowing that I’m here for only a week. It barely gives me enough time to unpack and do all the things I have to do before heading back out for another two-month stretch. After the two-month trip, I’m only home for a few days before going away to get married, so life has been hectic to say the least but also incredibly exciting. Being away this summer has really put so many things into perspective and has made me realize a lot of things about myself and the future, things that I’ll be able to share with you all when the time is right. For now, I’m taking it day by day, and make the most of this amazing journey that I’m on!







Photos by @Offner

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