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It’s Friday! Yay! Now that we have that out of the way I want to tell you a little story. When I was growing up my parents had a rule that each of their kids (my brother and I) had to play a sport a season but the sport was up to us. I tried more than a dozen sports before finally settling on swimming at age 13. Right before I made the switch I played in a father/daughter golf tournament with my Dad and we took home the top prize which included a trophy over three feet tall. Being someone who likes to win at nearly everything I decided to quit while I was ahead and did not pick up a golf club for more than 10 years after that victory.
Fast forward a gooodddd amount of time and now I have been to the driving range a few times over the past few years but golf is certainly not my sport and to be honest I prefer to take outfit photos on the golf course (look at all that beautifully manicured green), than swing a club. This baby blue BB Dakota dress is in one of my favorite cuts, fit and flare, is a favorite piece for Summer. Even though with lace I usually keep the accessories minimal I decided to spruce it up here! These pretty mirrored sunnies have been a favorite since I bought them earlier this year (also seen here) and I continued the pink theme in my necklace while keeping the bag and heels neutral. See the shoppable details below:
Sunglasses | Glamour Pink Sunglasses from House of W
What do you think of this look ?
I promised before I leave for my next trip I would wrap up all of my previous travel posts so here we go! At the end of April / the beginning of May I spent one full day in Vancouver on my way back from a business trip and fit a lot in from mid-day Saturday to mid-day Sunday and wanted to give you all a run down! Here is how I spent 24 Hours in Vancouver:
I stayed in the heart of the city at the Four seasons Hotel Vancouver which was wonderfully centrally located to all of the local attractions. Prior to arriving I had mapped out everything I had wanted to do and started with one of the places I was most excited about Granville Island. I walked the 20 minutes from the hotel to catch the Aquabus at Horbny Street Dock and traveled the three minutes across False Creek to Granville Island. This adorable island has so much going on, even in the rain, but my favorite was the Public Market filled to the brim with beautiful shops and stalls selling everything from fresh flowers and berries to local products and crafts.
After a working up quite an appetite exploring I headed to Edible Canada at the Market for lunch at the recommendation of a friend. She told me that the avocado toast was not to be missed – avocado toast with poached eggs, hothouse tomatoes, roasted garlic, mushrooms, hollandaise, grilled sourdough, and a five spice balsamic reduction. SO delicious and the mojito wasn’t bad either – who says you can’t drink at lunch on vacation?
After a delicious lunch and a bit more exploring of Granville Island I got back on the Aquabus but in a different direction, taking back to Yaletown and exploring that area including a few tourists stops to pick up team gifts (read: maple candy). I kept walking even though it was drizzling to the Gastown district as I really wanted to see the famed Gatstown Steam Clock which was quite neat! By then it was late afternoon and I was seriously considering heading out of the city to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park but the combination of the rain and and my exhaustion won out so opted for a nap instead.
After my nap I was quite refreshed and decided to walked to Chinatown, through the Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate. I wanted to have dinner at Phnom Penh, a hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant praised by Anthony Bourdain and Julia Child, but with a two hour wait for one I decided to skip and go to another highly rated spot, Bao Bei. Not a bad Plan-B when your backup is rated #21 of 2,951 of the restaurants in Vancouver and every dish I had was incredible, especially the crispy pork belly, shown below, which was served with radish, cucumbers, pickled ginger, mint, crispy potatoes, and a Vietnamese cilantro root dressing –yum!
After that I went to Mosquito, a dessert bar and champagne lounge, for after dinner treat which was incredible. I ordered something very decant and chocolate and while I really should have written it down to recount it for you all here you will just have to believe me it was gorgeous and take a look at their seasonal menu which has sense changed to get an idea of the sweet treats!
Up early on Sunday morning, coffee at Tim Hortons, because, when in Canada and then I put my research to the test renting the local Vancouver version of New York’s Citi Bike called Mobi. I rented one and biked around all of Stanley park including the Harbourfront Seawall which that early in the morning was still shaded so it was quite cold but very beautiful. instead of returning the bike where i got in I decided to go on a bigger loop passed English Bay beach, down to Canada Place, and then back to the hotel – a good 15 mile ride by my estimates!
I managed to squeeze a lot in and if I go back I will certainly make a point to try actually get into Phnom Penh as well as a few places I missed including Rodney’s Oyster House in Yaletown, the Reflections Rooftop bar at the top of hotel Georgia, and a placed called Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream” and their insta-worthy ice cream tacos!
I am a bit worried that I will only be spending 26 hours in Helsinki when I visit in two weeks but going over how much I was able to pack into a small period of time without feeling too rushed is making me feel much better about it!
Have you ever been to Vancouver?
It has been a minute since I have done a beauty round up and after a reason trip to Sephora I realized how much I miss them! (Also proof that I have been too much of MannyMua’s Snapchat that I started a sentence like that but I don’t hate it). I own a few makeup palettes but more often than not I find myself reaching for the same few shades and hitting the pan on my favorite colors while not making a dent in the others. I am not sure if it is because I usually stick to the same look with the same hues or because I do not have the right palette but they don’t quite work for me.
However, I must be in the minority as every time I log on to social media I see a new palette announcement and there are so many pretty makeup palettes out this Summer! According to friends, bloggers, and some of my favorite YouTubers I have rounded up Summer’s best makeup palettes palettes right now. But to be honest, I decided to skip over a few that had very dark shades as we are entering the hottest part of the year. Take a look at six of the best:
Most of these are eyeshadow palettes as I think that is where there the most room to play around with shades, colors, light, and texture but a few are face shades! I would love to know if you think if I missed any in my recap of Summer’s best makeup palettes!
Do you have a favorite makeup palette?