I always feel the summer-is-over-get-me-a-scarf vibes as soon as September hits, despite the first official day of fall not being for another couple of weeks. Today I’m sharing some photos from the adventures my head, hands and heart have experienced this summer in Vancouver, Hawaii and New York if you’d like to see!
Outdoor movie night in Stanley Park
The view of the sunset from our teeny balcony
Relaxing in the Dub Tub on our rooftop
English Bay Sunsets
My first summer in Vancouver has felt like a permanent vacation. Our home is so perfect and honestly where I want to be 99% of the time. I didn’t know if I would fall in love with Vancouver, or how long it would take for it to feel like home, but I absolutely have and it absolutely does.
Ben and Marlee’s wedding day in Oahu.
This day was full of play.
Monkey in his element 😉
Watching the sunset in Oahu.
Our little beach on the North Shore.
Biking (minutes before getting drenched in a tropical storm).
My dad used to keep a shell in the basement of our childhood home that he told us we could hear the ocean from. He would also throw us Hawaiian luaus complete with leis, grass skirts, the fireplace crackling away and of course, Hawaiian pizza- so it’s no wonder I’ve been dying to go my entire life. Our beautiful friends got married on the North Shore of Oahu in July and Tim and I were lucky enough to witness it- and do a LOT of playing along the way. I think about Hawaii almost daily and cannot wait to go back and explore more of the islands.
Giving my girl some love.
On top of the Rockefeller Centre.
Admiring my favourite (and only) souvenir.
The view from floor 68.
Happy birthday, sweet sister!
I highly disagreed, but loved this sign.
The Statue of Liberty from the ferry.
My sister and I have dreamed about going to New York together since we were little kids, and we made that dream come true over the long weekend to celebrate her birthday. We ate way too many bagels and took in everything we possibly could in 48 hours including wine at a rooftop bar, the views on the top of the Rockefeller Center, the nonstop buzz of Times Square, Grand Central Station, Little Italy, a ferry ride under the Brooklyn Bridge and a visit with the Statue of Liberty (which I didn’t realize would be my highlight of the trip. So impactful!).
How are you spending the last 18 days of your summer?! xo
It’s -23 this this morning, but with the windchill it feels like -29, which feels like I have no idea why I’m out of bed. 😉 I was feeling particularly inspired to show you these three prints today because: if I’m going to cling to my sheets while I hit snooze every morning- it might as well be in the most beautiful sheets ever made, those teeny boobies and baby baguettes because they are killin’ me and the incognito model because I have a thing for faceless human art.
It’s FRIDAY! What are you plans for the weekend? I’m heading eastbound on a weekend road trip, finishing off the last episode of Serial that I’ve been neglecting and checking out an Illusionist show on Sunday night with Tim. Wishing you a happy, safe and extra warm weekend (163 days till summer!). xo
“There are moments I know I will long for even as I live them.” -Judith Katzir
Happy October! We are officially in the month of costume planning. I’ve got yellow body paint and a blue wig on my shopping list.. any guesses which costume I’m dreaming up?!
Top Left: Tim took me to the local pumpkin patch here in Saskatoon on Saturday and we had the best time picking out juuust the right pumpkins while drinking Baileys and coffee. He chose a very cute little orange one, while I went for this lumpy peach coloured one- isn’t it cool? Tim said it reminded him of THIS… hahaha 8O.
Top Right: If by nothing else, I hope your Hump Day is brightened by these Grumpy Cat nippies.
Bottom Left: As mentioned, I’m in Saskatoon visiting Tim. I took the bus here rather than driving, which allowed me to devote six solid hours to knitting. I nearly screamed with excitement when I finished my very first scarf! Up next: another scarf in forest green and a big grey reading blanket. “Knitting is a cool hobby,” I said earlier this week. I almost believe myself.
Bottom Right:Ban.do is on my Top Five Most Fun Places To Work list. One of their coworkers got engaged, so naturally they celebrated with donuts and googley eyes. If you need me, I’ll be obsessively forwarding over 36 copies of my resume.
Hoping my 22nd October is my greatest October, and yours too. xo!
“When your number-one priority is getting a boyfriend, you’re more inclined to see a beautiful girl and think, ‘Oh, she’s gonna get that hot guy I wish I was dating,'” she says. “But when you’re not boyfriend-shopping, you’re able to step back and see other girls who are killing it and think, ‘God, I want to be around her.'” – an excerpt from The Rolling Stones Taylor Swift cover story.
I really liked the whole vibe of that interview when I read it through snoozy eyes a few nights ago. I was waiting for Tim to come to bed while he ran around doing last minute activities after we used up all the productive hours of our evening to finish the Lord of The Rings trilogy (I’m obsessed). While I am not “boyfriend-shopping”, I am guilty of feeling threatened by the girls who are “killing it” as T-Swift says, whether that be in their schooling, career, looks or travels. I can recognize that some of my thoughts, feelings or traits have been dealt to me through life experiences and the actions of other people, but I also recognize that I am the only one who can widdle them down until they don’t exist anymore. Jealousy isn’t something that occupies much of my day to day life, but when it comes to my relationship, it oozes out of me so effortlessly. Since Fall has always felt like a time to start again and embrace inevitable change, I’m using this season to hold myself accountable to making my own change- pursuing happier, healthier thoughts. After all, how horrifically ironic would it be to push away the love of your life due to fear of losing him?
In other news, it’s been an eventful few weeks! Since my last post I’ve stood beside my sister as she became a wife, took a week long holiday of surfing, drinking, relaxing, and snacking to Kelowna, BC, and the following two weeks in Saskatoon, SK where Tim and I spent our weekdays trying not to distract each other and our weekends hanging with friends and exploring the nude beach. My creative wheels have been endlessly turning all the while and I’m excited for the line up of posts I have coming for you! Enjoy the last half of your weekend. xo!
PS: My new favourite quote, The Simpsons font and the Christmas card I’ll be giving everyone this year. Happy Saturday!
“With writing, we have second chances.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer Left: A year ago I created my first post on what I called “dakotabee.wordpress.com“. I had read that you should always have some meat on your blog bones before unleashing it into … Continue reading →
If you’re a thanksgiving- celebrating Canadian like myself, your Tuesday morning is probably a little jollier than the last (seriously.. I think I put on a few pie-related-pounds) What an amazing weekend. I feel like such a lucky person and am thankful for so much on a regular basis- but I so appreciate a holiday dedicated to those things. If you’re looking for some relaxing tunes to make your (short!)week flow a little smoother, I’ve been listening to this over and over and over and have yet to get tired of it.
Top Left: LOOK AT THIS GUY. I don’t typically swoon over dogs but this guy giving his most handsome smile is a definite exception. I’m dreaming of babysitting him and getting him dressed up in a party hat and bow tie to enhance his look:p I’m dying to get to the SPCA in the very very near future to pet some homeless hunnies.
Top Right: Sometimes the simplest statements smack me right in the brain the hardest. It’s almost impressive how long and extensively I can complain about things I can’t change (e.g. the distance between here and Saskatoon), and how many times I say I’m going to do things (e.g. drop out of school) when I realistically know I won’t. “Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.” I’m going to try my best to live by that and finish 2013 on the most positive note possible.
Bottom Left: Sunday morning we spent some time in the city, it was the most perfect fall day with the bluest sky and the orangest leaves. We went walking through a neighbourhood of houses over looking the river, crunching through the leaves, drinking coffee, dreaming and smooching. Having Tim home for the whole holiday weekend was total bliss, and exactly what my soul needed. I feel like I can’t quite describe how good the day felt.. and I’m more than content with that feeling.
Bottom Right: This picture makes me feel so inspired and gets me so giddy. I can’t wait to be packing, for visits, for vacations, for moving, for world travelling- there is just so so much adventure in the future and I feel like we sometimes too easily forget that. “Have no fear- these are no where near the best years of your life” I’ve always liked that Brad Paisely lyric (Especially in high school :p) but it is something to always keep in mind (although I’m almost certain SOME of these moments will remain in the best-days-of-my-life capsule).
Happy Tuesday, I am thankful for the eyeballs reading my
blog right now and any day in the past- thank you:)
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If the winter weeks pass anywhere near as quickly as the summer weeks have I will be a very happy girl. It’s FRIDAY again! This morning I’m listening to this, and loving reading this. Here are 4 things that have been … Continue reading →
I’m not one of those people who is consistently dying to travel. I really love being home, I like routines and being relaxed. But every once in a while I get the impulsive urge to book a trip and jet … Continue reading →