Becoming a BC Girl

I think I can officially call myself a BC girl. I’ve been in British Columbia for just over 8 months now and have without a doubt come to embrace the province’s beauty and lifestyle. It was a hard adaptation period at first when we moved but since the month of May (I credit the epic summer we just had!), I’ve felt more and more at home here in British Columbia. Being on the west coast has changed me in many ways and I seem to not be the only one who thinks so. During recent family visits, they were quick to point out how much of an outdoor and adventure enthusiast I had become. I’ve always had a love for nature and spending time outside prior to moving to BC but living here has only made my passion and excitement for it increase 10x more!

Here are the five reasons why I think I’ve become a BC girl:

1) Rain – I’ve come to appreciate the rain. After a couple of months of non-stop sun, the rain has allowed me to hunker down and actually work on a lot of projects that I was postponing due to the fact that I wanted to be outdoors every single minute of every day. It’s also a really nice feeling to go for a run or a hike in the rain because the hot shower or post-activity tea and warm socks are just that much more appreciated. There’s also something kind of romantic and very moody that I now like about rainy days. That said, talk to me again in a few months… I may have changed my mind!!

2) Yoga – Yes it’s totally a cliché but I now practice yoga and am so glad that I do. It has helped me tremendously not only heal from injuries but also prevent future injuries as well as helped me with some of my anxiety. Like I’ve mentioned in some recent posts, it’s all about finding the right yoga that works for you.

3) Hiking – I’ve always been into adventuring but had never really hiked much until I moved to BC. I remember thinking about a 5 or 7k hike made me nervous. Recently, I did two back to back 16-18k hikes and felt pretty incredible afterwards. I’ve still got a long ways to go but with so many mountains around, I’m itching to summit and explore as many places as possible.

4) Personal Style – It has definitely evolved since moving out west. I’ve definitely embraced outdoor and activewear a lot more since moving to BC, especially since I’ve been spending so much time in the wilderness. I’ve been loving rain boots, warm socks and cozy sweaters. But! My rocker and minimalist black and white look remains, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to lose that no matter how hard I try!

5) Relaxed Vibes – Living in Toronto for 10 years, it was always go, go go! But I realized not too long after moving to BC, that it doesn’t have to be business and stress all the time. People take more time to get back to your emails or are slower at getting some things done and I finally get why. It’s important to sometimes take a step back or take more time with things so I’ve definitely embraced those more relaxed vibes since moving out to BC. Even the thought of being right downtown in a big city like Toronto non-stop, now gives me anxiety. Who knew?!

Oh yea! Added bonus since moving out here, having the opportunity to collaborate with so many new and incredibly talented individuals like Britney Gill. I’ve always crushed hard on her photography, so am thrilled we could collaborate on some photos for this post. Check her out here.

Photos by: Britney Gill Photography.

My Fall Essentials

With the cool weather slowly creeping in, I wanted to share today some of my fall essentials that will keep me cozy and warm either while out adventuring or while relaxing at home.

1) Native Apollo Rain Shoe – Being a Vancouverite, I know that I will be spending lots of time outdoors regardless of impending rain fall, so having a good pair of rain boots is KEY! I love the Native Shoes boots because they’re so incredibly light and comfortable, they’re easy to slip on and look super sleek. The perfect shoe to keep your feet dry.

2) Stance Hike Socks – Whether for hiking or to keep your feet warm while lounging at home, the Stance hike socks are the perfect blend of merino wool, polyester, cotton and nylon fibers that help keep your feet cool while also pulling moisture away faster. They also come in a cool variety of patterns!

3) Escents Squalane Enriching Body Oil – With colder weather comes dry skin, so I’ve been using this great new all-natural oil from Escents that contains Olive Squalane, Rose Hip Seed Oil and Carrot Seed Oil. It penetrates deep to hydrate without clogging pores and also reducing dark spots, improves skin tone, treats fine lines and wrinkles, just to name a few.

4) Saje Aromagem 2.0 Gold Diffuser – This diffuser is has become my go-to relaxation technique. The Saje diffuser is super easy to use and can mist for up to 4.5 hours. It is quiet and super energy efficient and can also be used as a humidifier. You can diffuse all of your favourite Saje 100% natural essential oils with it!

5) Brunette The Label Crew Sweater – Cozy sweaters are an absolute must for me in the fall. I recently discovered this awesome Vancouver brand called Brunette The Label. They’ve got super cute tees and oversized sweaters that have really simple writing on them. I am definitely fond of their new special “Redhead” collection!

6) Botanica Turmeric Golden Mylk – This is my absolute go-to fall drink. This organic Botanica ayurvedic beverage is comforting and also contains anti-inflammatory properties. The mylk is made from turmeric, coconut, ashwagandha and black pepper. There are no fillers or artificial ingredients. It mixes great with warm coconut or even almond milk!

What are your fall must-haves?

adidas Teams Up with Parley to Create Shoes with Recycled Ocean Plastic

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adidas by Stella McCartney White Parley Ultra Boost X shoe

I felt compelled to write about the new collection that adidas just launched this week as it is a step towards trying to find solutions to eliminate all the plastic waste that is slowly engulfing our oceans.

Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental issues the earth is currently facing. If you haven’t already, make sure you watch the documentary called A Plastic Ocean, as this is incredibly eye-opening. Most of us don’t realize the impact that our plastic use (especially single plastic use – straws, food containers, plastic water bottles, etc.) is having on the planet (including myself up until I watched the doc!). So when big global brands like adidas, partner up with Parley (an organization where creators, thinkers and leaders, come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction), it gives me hope that we can find solutions to recycle this plastic pollution and turn it into something good.

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Made with Parley Ocean Plastic™, adidas launched new editions of their signature UltraBOOST, UltraBOOST X and UltraBOOST Uncaged. Parley uses marine plastic debris and turns it into a shoe. By implementing the Parley A.I.R Strategy – which consists in avoiding virgin plastic, intercepting plastic waste, and redesigning new alternatives; they are making a difference one step at a time.

Each shoe reuses on average 11 plastic bottles, that are used to create laces, heel webbing, heel lining, and sock liner covers, which are made from recycled PET material.

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Also, as part of their commitment to create a global movement, adidas is calling on its global community to join the adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans digital event – hosted by Runtastic, and taking place around World Oceans Day 2017 (June 5-11). Runners are invited to show their commitment to the cause by joining the run – from the city streets, to the beach, or wherever they happen to be during that week.

I hope more global brands will follow adidas‘ initiatives and find ways to use up-cycled marine plastic and transform it into products we can use. I think we all have a responsibility whether we like it or not to preserve our oceans and the planet, if we want to keep enjoying it!

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For more information on the adidas x Parley collection, go here.

LA Theater District

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The architecture in downtown LA is absolutely gorgeous! The Theater District is my favorite area of town because it is filled with tons of gems from the golden age of Hollywood.

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These past couple of years, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time discovering some of the beautiful architecture left from that time, imagining what it was probably like in the early to mid 20th century. I can only imagine big Hollywood premiers or elegant soirées and plays being held in some of these stunning theaters.

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If you are to venture down to the Theater District, some of my favorite buildings to check out are the Palace Theater, Orpheum Theater, Cameo Theater and Roxie Theater, which are located on Broadway. They are just as pretty inside as they are outside. I think the fact that they are a little run down gives them even more charm. I’m happy to see that a lot of them are still being used today for different reasons.

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A must-see if you’re in the area!

Photos by: Laci Havens

What I’m wearing: Elizabeth Stone Jewelry Moon Gazer statement necklace (get it here), Elizabeth Stone Jewelry Moon Gazer Stacking Ring (get it here), The Debut Medium Watches (get it here), Bench dress.

Do Everything, Regret Nothing

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Because life is short, I’m always trying to make the most out of any situation or time I have in a one place or with people that I love. Since we have no idea what tomorrow will bring, I’m all about making the most of the present moment and enjoying every minute of it.

I have been crushing hard on Medium Watches for quite some time now. The reason why I love this Canadian brand so much is not only because they make amazing designs in Canada but also because they also allow you to customize and make your own unique watch.

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Their latest design for women called, The Debut is the perfect combination of style and functionality. You can customize your strap and also etch the caseback of the watch with a life motto or an inspiring quote. Getting back to the theme of making the most of your time, I decided to etch the saying “Do Everything, Regret Nothing“.

I picked the classic gold and black combo with the woven mesh stainless steel strap. The watch is my daily go-to because it goes with just about anything. A little detail that I like on the watch is the “16” indicator has been highlighted to mark the year of the watch.

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For the past three years, I have decided to stop holding back and say yes to opportunities that come my way, always keeping an open mind and also making the most of any situation that may arise.

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This quote has been a huge motivator for me when I have doubted myself or questioned doing certain things. This quote is also my background on Facebook and has been at the forefront of my thoughts on a daily basis.

What motto would you engrave on your watch? #Whatsyourmedium

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For more information on Medium Watches or to customize your own, go here.

Moving Forward

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Ever felt stuck in a rut or stuck on a path that you didn’t want to be on? Prior to leaving my full-time television gig at the end of the summer, I really felt stuck in a situation and world that I no longer wanted to be in. Moving forward in life is something that isn’t easy to do but is necessary in order to find happiness and fulfillment. I’ve learned over time that when situations become unbearable, it’s better to break free and move forward and that goes not only for your professional life but also for your personal life (health, wellness, etc.).

Moving forward in my career isn’t the only obstacle I’ve had to overcome this year. My recent back injury totally made me feel stuck and powerless especially as months went on and I was seeing no improvement. I felt like I wasn’t getting better or getting myself out of this situation. I thought on several occasions that I was on a path of healing and change only to be stopped dead in my tracks and have to start over.

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2016 has taught me that moving forward isn’t easy but super necessary both personally and professionally. So I wanted to share with you today some of the things I’ve learned from this experience.

My 5 tips for moving forward: 

1) Figure out what’s stopping you from moving forward and making that change in your life. Take time to reassess your goals and aspirations and use that as a motivator to help yourself to get “unstuck”.

2) Stop listening to everyone else. When I went to leave my steady job, everyone was questioning why, trying to scare me by telling me I wouldn’t get another steady paycheck, that there were no jobs on the market at the moment, etc. Same went with my injury, I was told healing could take forever, that I may never run again, etc. The key to moving forward was blocking out all the noise around me.

3) Spread positivity. Surrounding myself with positive thoughts and people helped me focus on the goal at hand and helped me conquer my fears of moving forward. I made sure to celebrate little progress I made with my injury and focus on the pros of leaving my full-time job.

4) It won’t be easy. Whether it was having to cut down on spending after leaving my job or dealing with not being active, both were incredibly hard things to deal with or adjust to. There will be days where you will doubt yourself or days where you question your decision, but it’s important to persevere throughout the process.

5) The end result will be worth it. Once you realize that you control your destiny, that taking risks always pay off and that if you focus on what makes you happy and overcome the speed bumps along the way, you will be successful in your transition! You will be able to get yourself out of that situation that you no longer want to be in. Though I’m not by any means making a killing as a freelancer, I’m a lot happier, calmer and fulfilled than I was prior to leaving my job. Also, finally being able to be active again has motivated me beyond belief. I’ve never been so excited to pursue a sport in my entire life. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish now that I have moved forward!

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Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

What I’m wearing: Hyba Printed Winter Legging (get it here), Hyba Long Sleeve Boot Camp Tee (get it here), Hyba Mixed Media Vest (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

What Motivates You?

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What motivates you to get out there, day after day, week after week, month and month and year after year? What motivates you to do what you love, to keep going during hardships and never give up on your dreams or goals? What motivates you to keep your head held high when everything around you seems to be bringing it down?

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For me, it’s my passion for life, my desire to be better, my want to surpass myself and my inner voice that just won’t quit. For the first time in a long time, I’ve been faced with a health issue that just won’t go away. I have always said in my life that all that really mattered to me at the end of the day, was my health. Because without my health, I can’t really accomplish much. You can have all the motivation and passion in the world, but if your body doesn’t follow, there’s sometimes not much you can do. My health has always been a huge motivator for me. Growing up, living with my mom who unfortunately faced numerous serious health issues, I always told myself that if I had my health that I would be invincible.

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Since I started running and training last year, I’ve had clean medical chart. No injuries, nothing to worry about, the coast was clear. I felt invincible but also reminded myself on a daily basis to be grateful knowing all that could change in an instant. And change it did, this summer. I went from working out twice a day to being told to stop everything, as I mentioned in my post earlier this week.

Instead of being down, and losing motivation to get better and to get back out there, this injury has motivated me EVEN MORE than ever to pursue my dreams and do all the things I love. It’s when you can’t do them that you realize just how much you love certain things, how important they are to you and just how positively they affect your life. Running and being active has done so much for me in the past year and a half, I can’t even begin to explain.

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Thinking of running again, motivates me every day during my injury to do all the things I can to get better. I’m dreaming of all the races that I can sign up for in 2017, all the places I want to run in, what I would wear, etc. This injury has made me so grateful for the fact that I can run and I know will give me even more purpose when I am finally able to run again.

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Until then, I’m practicing patience, mindfulness and keeping my head high, staying positive because I know that it’s only a matter of time before I wake up again and can finally lace up those shoes and go out there for a run. That will be one of the best days of my life, hands down!

Photos & hair by: Cabello by Carolina

What I’m wearing: Hyba Contrasting Legging (get it here), Hyba Performance Printed Tank (get it here), Hyba Striped Performance Tee (get it here).

This post was written in collaboration with Hyba but all opinions are my own.

Hello Fall!

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Making the most of the time I have in Toronto before I leave for my next travel and life adventure. I’ve only got one month left so I intend on doing all of my favorite things in the city before I leave for a little while.

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Just a few days ago I was walking around in flip flops and shorts and in the last couple of days, fall showed up. I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet (didn’t it just fly by this year?) but I’m happy to be able to dress in some of my favorite warmer clothes again.

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Having a good pair of jeans is key for fall so you’ll be seeing me living in my new GUESS jeans all throughout the season. They’re perfect to run errands around the neighbourhood before I start packing for the big adventure.

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: GUESS Shape-Up Seamless Jeggings (get them here).

Salvation Mountain

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I have seen a lot of photos of Salvation Mountain but didn’t know very much about this place until I went for a visit two weeks ago while in the Palm Springs area. It was a little bit of a journey to find the monument but it was well worth the trouble.

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Immediately when I got to the area I was bewildered by the beautiful bright colors of the place. Luckily, as we were walking around, the resident “Salvation Mountain Man”, a very nice man who lives right beside the beautiful artwork gave us tons of information about the monument itself.

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This visionary artwork was created from straw and gallons of lead-free paint by local resident Leonard Knight, who passed away in 2014. The murals and painted hill depicts Christian sayings and Bible verses and though I am not a religious person, I couldn’t help but be taken aback by the positive vibes that the area radiated. This section below especially rang true to me… Love IS Universal!

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Since the death of Leonard Knight, the “Salvation Mountain Man” has gotten the help of the local Slab City community and anyone who is willing to lend a hand and donations to keep the monument freshly painted and in good condition. Several times a year he even organizes special painting events and invites people to come out and lend a hand in exchange for a beautiful sunset, great conversations and good times. You can check him out on Instagram here.

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Reef Rover HI LX (get them here), Jesus Gets The Girl Aqua Dip Dye Unisex Beach Punk T-Shirt (get it here).

Salton Sea

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I LOVE exploring! After hearing so much about this place I finally headed to the Salton Sea last week for a little bit of exploring.

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We decided to drive around the entire body of water, stopping at different locations whenever we felt like it. The desolation is real at the Salton Sea. What used to be a resort area in the 50s is now almost completely abandoned. The smell of decay and strong salty stench is present everywhere you walk around. There are also an innumerable amount of dead fish and birds on the waterfront due to the water’s salinity.

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While we were driving around we saw a film crew shooting. The area is a renown location for movie, music video and television shoots.

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Over the years, many plans have been proposed to help rehabilitate the Salton Sea but not much progress has been made. It’s a truly beautiful place with so much potential, it’s sad to see that nothing is really being done to save this body of water. With its amazing desert location, I totally understand why it was a vacation spot 60+ years ago. A must-visit for sure!

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Photos by: @Offner

What I’m wearing: Reef Rover HI LX (get them here), TOMS Adeline White Black Sunglasses (get them here).