Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you’re having the most wonderful day surrounded by your loved ones. There’s nothing I love more on Christmas than being cozy. This pompom hat and knit sweater is the coziest outfit combination. All I want to do is crawl up by a fireplace and enjoy some yummy homemade food.
This Christmas is a little different for us because we’re spending it away from our families in Los Angeles. We’re getting all the last minute preparation done before our big day, which is exactly one week away.
Hope this day fills you up with joy and laughter. Wishing you and yours, the most magical Christmas day!
I had so much fun exploring the streets of Vancouver earlier this month. Loved all the vintage neon signs that you can find on Granville Street and also around The Burrard hotel. I’m excited to share with you my stay at this boutique hotel in the coming weeks on a special travel blog. Vancouver is full of cool design gems and I would have loved to spend even more time discovering all of them. Can’t wait to be back again soon!
Spending time in Edmonton this past weekend has been amazing. I’m embarrassed to say that the last time I set foot in Edmonton was back in 1993. I still remember visiting the West Edmonton Mall and how cold it was in the winter time but I’m so grateful to have finally rediscovered this little gem in Alberta. Edmonton is a beautiful city located on the North Saskatchewan River. Though it may be the 5th largest city in Canada, the city is surrounded by a lot of nature and beautiful running trails all along the waterfront. The food scene here is really coming into its own and the vibe is surprisingly really cool. I didn’t expect to have such a pleasant time here but I really did. Check back soon for a travel post on the city!
I found this big chess game in Churchill Square, just beside the Art Gallery of Alberta (a stunning building in the downtown core). Churchill Square is a cute little spot where you can sit and people watch, play basketball, checkers, ping pong, etc. Couldn’t help play a little game of chess while I was there!
I was back in Winnipeg, MB over the weekend. During the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the Canadian prairies a handful of times. However, this was the first time I actually got a few days off while in the city. Though I was plagued by a cold (I blame the dramatic change in climate during the week and the snowfall in Winnipeg), I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go spend an afternoon with bisons.
FortWhyte Alive is a nature sanctuary located just a few minutes away from downtown Winnipeg. They have a farm, a bison heard, lakes, a handful of trails and all sorts of fun activities for the whole family.
Seeing the majestic bison in person is quite special, I had never seen one before. There were some cute babies in the heard that kept following their mother’s every move. It was really neat to get so close to these animals. It’s sad to think that man almost hunted them to extinction. I’m happy to see that people are now working to keep these beautiful animals alive.
Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians!! Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend!
Spent the past week in Northern Ontario traveling for the television show we’re filming across the Canada. On our off days, I’ve been trying to explore each city as much as I can.
This past weekend, I was in Thunder Bay. My last visit here dates back to 2006, while I was on tour across North America, tour managing two bands. I didn’t get much time to visit, so I wanted to make sure I hit up as many spots as I could this past weekend.
I loved rediscovering the downtown core, some of their newer restaurants and coffee shops. I particularly liked hanging out on Bay St. and Algoma St., it’s a sector that seems to be really developing. It has a lot of Finnish and Scandinavian shops but also a ton of cool places to eat and hang out. Calico Coffee Shop was my go-to hang out spot on Saturday and The Growing Season Juice Collective is without doubt my favorite healthy restaurant in the city. They make amazing vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as healthy cold-pressed juices.
I also really enjoyed visiting their comic shop, the Comic Zone, a place where you’ll find amazing vinyls, dvds, comic books, action figures, etc. So many gems in this shop! Nordcity was also really neat. I think the architecture and the look of the shop really goes well with Northern Ontario.
We also went for a run on Sunday and checked out the Terry Fox Monument, so make sure you check back soon for a full recap of Thunder Bay’s running routes for my #13Cities13Runs blog series, they are truly beautiful!
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?
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!
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! 😀
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!