Capri c’est fini!

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You may or may not have heard of the 1965 French hit song “Capri c’est fini” by Hervé Villard… Before going to Capri, @Offner kept singing it to me over and over again. It seemed like the song you absolutely had to know if you were going to visit this beautiful island in the south of Italy. I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding in Capri at the beginning of June (hands down the most beautiful & romantic wedding I’ve ever been to, woah!) and here are some of the things I learned while I was there…

1) If you’re going to Capri, you want to take the Hydrofoil. What is the Hydrofoil you ask? It’s the quickest ferry boat you can take to get to the island from Napoli. They have three different types of ferries, ranging in cost from 12 Euros to 19 Euros for the Hydrofoil, for a 1-way ticket. The extra 7 Euros reduces the time of your trip by almost half. It’ll take you 45-50mins to get there on this high-speed boat. Plus on the way, you get to enjoy a beautiful view of Pompei that you’ll get to see from up close!

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2) Capri vs. Anacapri. The island is divided into two major “villages” if you can call them that. Capri and Anacapri. You have a lot of locals and tourists staying in both of these areas. Anacapri allows you to be more on the west side, see the sunset and be closer to the beach whereas Capri allows you to overlook a lot of the island. Both areas have shops, mini hotels and good restaurants to eat at. We opted to rent an airbnb villa in Capri, yes… a villa! It was dirt cheap and belonged to an elderly couple that was so kind as to rent us their entire place that came with an outdoor wood oven, huge patio, beautiful gardens, etc. It was way cheaper than any of the little hotels on the island and definitely made you feel like you were a local. Both places will require you to walk a lot, there’s lot’s of walking up and down but with such pretty views everywhere on the island, fun shops and beautiful flowers & trees, your walks will be thoroughly enjoyable (just don’t wear heels!)

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3) You’re going to want to rent a boat. Forget all the guided boat tours around the island that end up costing you an arm and a leg, instead round up a few people (max 10) and rent a boat for 100 Euros located just at the bottom of the Funicular. Renting a boat is without a doubt the best thing we did while we were there. Not only did it come equipped with towels and water bottles, it also had a sunshade and allowed us to be completely independent for an entire afternoon. We got to go explore caves, swim, sunbathe, relax, eat and just enjoy the beautiful sights. You can drive around the island in about 2 hours.

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4) Capri cabs are better than any other cabs in the world. Here’s why – they’re all convertibles with sunshades, they fit up to six passengers and some of them even come equipped with a flatscreen, a disco ball and strobe light for nighttime dance parties in the cab… This is for real!

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5) Bring your bathing suit. Yea it’s an obvious one but you HAVE to swim in the Mediterranean sea while you’re in Capri. There are so many different beaches. A lot of them are rocky, so watch out for urchins or little jelly fish here and there, but the water is SUPER clear and so refreshing. It tends to get really hot in Capri and it’s honestly the best way to relax. Plus, lot’s of incredible restaurants that serve fresh seafood and homemade dishes are located right on the waterfront!

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6) Before you go, watching the sunset from Faro is a must. The last night we were in Capri, we were invited to join friends at an amazing beachside bar right beside the lighthouse. You can either just have a drink at the bar or go down a few steps and enjoy delicious traditional cuisine outdoors at Lido Del Faro. They serve delicious homemade pasta dishes, seafood, have a wonderful selection of wines and a super laid-back atmosphere.

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Capri, c’est en effet fini!

American Eagle #DailyOutfit

This weekend I watched an amazing documentary on Netflix (between some House of Cards episodes!!) called “Spinning Plates“, which profiles three different restaurants in the US that are each so unique and different but who all get struck by tragedy. The doc reveals how meaningful food can be and how powerful it can be to bring people together. The documentary film has won several awards already and I can see why. A truly touching story, worth watching!

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Really excited to be going back to LA tomorrow! I can’t believe it’s already been several months since my last trip. It’s crazy how time flies! My upcoming trip can be summarized by the following words: Friends x Surfing x Food x Tattoos x Fashion. Wearing my American Eagle sweater from Topshop to celebrate today. Getting ready to go!!

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 Nasty Gal Shoe Cult Diverge Combat Boot (get it here)

Biko Zenha Spear Necklace (get it here)

Topshop American Eagle sweater 

Topshop black moto baxter jeans (get them here)

Springsioux Lady Muerte ring (get it here)

Rebel & Fuss chief ring

A Little Lux

Spent a fun evening at Spin last night, Toronto’s hip ping pong club with the Fresita Canada (Chilian sparkling wine with fresh strawberries?! Yum!) crew for their A Little Lux girls night. I was lucky to be joined by two of my best gals for the eve. To recap the evening in three words: Ping Pong x Wine x Girlfriends!

HAILO graciously shuttled everyone to and from the event. Though I had downloaded the app a while ago and heard lot’s about HAILO, it was my first time actually using their cab service. Honestly, I was so impressed by the system! Not only did my cab to and from the event come pick me up within 1 minute, it’s also hassle-free! Since everything automatically passes through your credit card, there’s no printing out receipts, faulty interact machines, angry cab drivers, change, any of that stuff. A receipt from your trip gets emailed right to you within minutes of your trip. Really impressed with this system!

I was really excited to be back at Spin. I shot one of my shows there last year and have also had the opportunity to visit some of their other locations such as their first club in NYC as well as their club at the Standard Hotel in downtown LA.

Fresita welcomed my girlfriends and I with a bunch of yummy snacks (hello cheese!) and drinks. We got a bit of time to warm up before the night’s event.

During the night,  they were holding a ping pong round the table tournament. I had participated in it before in NYC but had never gotten really far. Playing ping pong always brings me back to my childhood. As a kid, I played ping pong after family dinners almost every weekend at my grandma’s house. She had bought a new ping pong table in her basement for our enjoyment. Though my ping pong skills are less than acceptable, playing is always a good time!

I got a bit of practice time in at the beginning of the evening but I don’t think I’ll be taking up a career in ping pong any time soon! I was terrible at the round the table. That said, with great tunes, a little wine and some of my best gals, it was hard not to have a great time!

Thanks to everyone for having us! I’ll be back soon!!

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Happy New Year!!

What an amazing year 2013 has been!! So grateful for all of this past year’s adventures, travels and opportunities! I’m grateful for my health and all the wonderful people that surround me.

I’m also grateful for all of you who took time out of your day to read my blog. When I started my online journal, I never thought it’d become such an important part of my life. Thank you to all of you who’ve made the journey so far, so enjoyable!

I wish you a very happy 2014 filled with health, love, travels and all of life’s little pleasures!! Here’s to a wonderful new year!!!

Love,
Mel xo

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Purple & Grey #DailyOutfit

Best tweet read this morning: “Wow, I love Mondays. Said no one ever.” This couldn’t be truer! Mondays are always so hard, no matter where you work! I think the cold weather is also making me want to hibernate even more.

I’m staying motivated knowing that I have an amazing trip coming up in just over a month. In December, I get to go back to France for over two and a half weeks. I’ve always loved going to France and seeing my family but now my trips are even more special since I have a French boyfriend. On this upcoming trip, we’ll be going to Paris, Bretagne, Lyon and Les 2 Alpes. Can’t wait to celebrate the holidays over there! So exciting!! I will be blogging about our trip while we’re there and upon my return. Stay tuned!

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I also can’t wait to go shopping in Paris again. Any new shop recommendations? Looking forward to adding unique Parisian pieces to closet again this year. The long sleeve shirt I’m wearing today, is one I got on the Champs Élysées last year. I love the faux leather shoulder pads!

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Zara long sleeve shoulder pad shirt

Biko Jewellery Kyma Neckkace (get it here)

Forever 21 accordeon pleated purple skirt (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

Black & Blue #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent my Saturday in Wasaga Beach with friends. Though not a fan of Wasaga’s jersey shore type vibe, it’s always fun to spend a day with your toes in the sand and swimming in a beautiful lake. The waves were so big this weekend, it almost felt like I was swimming in the ocean… almost! I also did two of my favorite things yesterday: had a yummy brunch at The Federal and did a BBQ with friends! Grateful for such a fantastic weekend!

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For today’s outfit, I’m wearing a cute little dress I found last summer in Vermont. I love the silky feel to it and it’s fun print. Today’s arm candy is a mix of black and gold.

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Blue and black print dress 

Forever 21 black bejeweled bib necklace (similar one here)

Rebel & Fuss black and gold skull wrap bracelet (similar one here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelets (get them here)

Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)

30 days and counting…

In exactly a month from today, I’ll be back in LA.  Since I first visited LA in 2005, the California coast has quickly become my second home. There are many reasons why I love California but I think the main ones are: the people, the surf, the lifestyle, the nature (their big trees, colorful flowers, gardens, mountains, the ocean, the dessert) and the culture.

I usually try to go to California at least a few times a year to surf on my board (My lovely friend Maggie has been keeping it for me these past couple of months, I miss it tremendously!), to hang out with my friends (I can’t wait to see you ladies!!!), to eat great food (Bulan Thai, Flore, Cafe Gratitude, Urth Caffe), to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway (freedom!!), to hang in my favorite little towns (Encinitas, Venice, San Clemente, La Jolla, Santa Monica, etc) and to go shopping (Melrose Blvd, 3rd Street promenade, Main Ave.).

Contrary to what some people may believe, Californians are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Some of my favorite people on this planet are from LA and its’ surrounding areas. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming and laid back there.

All this to say, I couldn’t be more happy to be going back next month… And if you’ve never been to California before, it’s definitely worth the trip. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this place!

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