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!
Well… after a lengthy day, 2 days of traveling, we finally made it to Europe. The 9 hours of jet lag definitely has me feeling a little funky but I knew that going to the ocean today would be the best thing to get me feeling energized again.
No surfing for today, just enjoying the lovely waves, the sun and the beautiful Côte Basque scenery. Some days, it’s nice to be a beach bum, I rarely get the chance to just lay by the beach so I’m making the most of it!
Excited to be heading to the #ProAnglet surf competition later this week. Got any recommendations for the Côte Basque? Send them my way!
Spending time in the southwest has reintroduced me to the Cowboy Culture. I hadn’t been to Arizona in a couple of years so it’s been great spending in this wonderful state this past week. So many beautiful things to see, which I’ll be sharing with you in some upcoming travel posts. The one thing I’m particularly fond of is the fashion down here. I love a classic cowboy hat, I think it adds character to any kind of outfit. Because I live in Toronto, I rarely get to find nice hats so I couldn’t resist when I saw this particular one in Tombstone the other day. I also found this beautiful Chevrolet truck in Holbrook. I’ve always been a fan of vintages cars, so I couldn’t help snapping a few shots with it. Excited to bring home this authentic Justin cowboy hat back home with me!
I love being able to discover new gems in Toronto even after having lived here for six years. Last week, Offner and I spent a few hours at the Humber Bay Park in the west end. I’ve run in the area before but had never been as far west in the park. To my surprise, the park is stunning; there’s a nice beach area, picnic tables, a beautiful view of Toronto, etc. It’s the perfect place for a picnic or to read a book. If you’re in need of a relaxing spot and want to get away from all the craziness that you usually find in other parks downtown ie. Trinity Bellwoods, this is a great option that is easily accessible via the Martin Goodman Trail. I brought my new SanukYoga Slinged Up sandals with me for the trip, perfect for the relaxed waterfront vibes! 😀
In case you didn’t follow my motorcycle adventures this weekend, I’m happy to report that I passed my M2 license! 😀 I couldn’t be more thrilled! It was a hot and sweaty weekend for motorcycle lessons but it was incredibly amazing to spend the entire weekend outdoors finally realizing one of my lifelong dreams of riding a motorcycle!
Since the weekend, all I’ve been thinking about are motorcycles. I think it’s kind of like surfing or even traveling, once you do it, you’ve totally caught the bug. I can honestly say, I’ve caught the motorcycle bug. We’re looking at potentially renting a motorcycle during our travels this summer, so I hope there will be more riding in the near future!! Can’t wait to explore the world on two wheels!!
Hope you all had a lovely Canada Day! I spent some time reflecting yesterday on how lucky I am to be living in a country where you can be whatever and whomever you want to be. Though no country is perfect, I’m definitely grateful to live somewhere where as a women you can achieve anything you put your mind to. If you believe it, you can achieve it in Canada. I never want to take that for granted.
Speaking of Canada and this beautiful country, I recently found out that I’ll be spending the entire fall touring across the country in a bus. I haven’t done a cross-Canadian tour or a Canadian road-trip since 2006, so I’m beyond thrilled that I’ll get the opportunity to do so again in the fall. Fall is also such a beautiful time to go across the country, so much to see and discover! I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you via this blog. Definitely stay tuned!
I don’t usually set myself seasonal goals but I’ve decided that I was going to do so for the summer.
My goal this summer: be close to the water, as often as possible.
The one thing I want to do most in the summer is be outdoors. I don’t have the luxury of living somewhere where it’s nice 365 days a year, so when it finally gets warm and sunny out, all I want to do is be outdoors and preferably somewhere by the ocean or close to a body of water. It’s impossible for me to be focused and concentrate indoors when it’s so nice out!
Because Toronto is located right on Lake Ontario, I try to go for runs on the Martin Goodman Trail several times a week and bike close to the waterfront. Any time I can go swimming in a lake, wakeboard or SUP, you’ll find me on the water. I’m also very excited to be spending a full month in California this summer, so that I can fill up on Vitamin D and get my fair share of ocean time. Can’t wait to just walk to the beach in my favorite Sanuk flip flops (pictured below!), wearing my bathing suit, carrying a picnic and a surfboard. I can’t wait to smell the salt air, feel the ocean breeze, watch the waves and then go for a surf or swim!
I love summer for many reasons and one of the things I love most is being outdoors and being active. There’s so much to do around in Toronto in the summertime. Whether it’d be going for a bike ride, playing basketball, swimming, running, doing yoga, SUP, kayaking, etc., there’s so many ways you can be active.
I recently had to chance to go on a little Bench shopping spree to get some new activewear pieces for the summer. I found the lightest and comfiest waterproof jacket as well as super light leggings and a rad colorful bra. All three items are perfect for this summer’s outdoor activities!
What are some of your favorite things to do outdoors in the summer? #24HourLife #LoveMyHood
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start summer planning! After having spent the spring primarily at home, I’m excited for all the travels that are coming my way this summer. For the first time since I was a teenager, I will actually get one full month of vacation, I can hardly believe it! I couldn’t be more excited to be spending this time in my favorite place on the planet, you guessed it: California!
This upcoming trip will be a fun one since we’ll be incorporating a mini road trip along the way, spending time in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada. We’ve already started planning for it and I can’t hardly wait! We’ll also be spending time in my favorite little beach town – Encinitas as well as Los Angeles and also going out to Palm Springs for the first time ever. If you have any travel recommendations, or must-see things while we’re there, please send them my way. I’ll be publishing a special series of blogs during and after the trip, so lot’s of travel tips coming your way this summer!
Today’s outfit, couldn’t be more representative of the California state of mind. This is the perfect post-surf and biking outfit. Boyfriend jeans, a California tee and a pair of brand new Sanuks. I love these new ones called “The Boardwalk“, they’re the perfect summer colour! Comfort and class, all wrapped into one!
True story: When I was a child, I met an astronaut from Apollo 14. His name is Edgar Mitchell (look him up, his story is badass!). My mom was organizing a tourism event in Montreal and she got to go pick up the delegates at the airport. Knowing how much of a space nerd I was and that I wanted to be an astronaut (yes, I went through a phase as a child where I wanted to be an astronaut, didn’t we all?), she let me skip school for a day so that I could go greet Edgar Mitchell at the airport and drive him to his hotel. I remember asking him as many questions as I could on the ride to the hotel. I asked him about the Apollo 14 mission, UFOs (which he says he’s seen a bunch in his lifetime!), going on the moon (he became the 6th person to ever walk on the moon!), life as an astronaut, etc. I remember being so captivated by the stories he shared with me. When he left, he signed a piece of paper for me and gave me an Apollo 14 pin. I can honestly say it was one of the highlights of my childhood. I had met an astronaut! The summer after, I enrolled in space camp and spent the following year being even more obsessed with everything space-related. Though, my desire to be an astronaut lessened as I became a teenager, to this day I remain fascinated by the skies and the Apollo missions!