Big Sur

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Tank, Shirt, Hat, and Necklace, Free People // Jeans, Topshop // Boots, Steve Madden

This past weekend I took a little adventure down to Big Sur and Carmel for the day – the best decision I’ve made in weeks. Not only did I spot Gerard Butler in a restaurant, but I spotted two whales playing near the beach and got to enjoy some amazing weather! (Last time I ventured down to Big Sur, it was cloudy the entire weekend). Needless to say, the day was amazing, and it reminded me that I need to get out and go on more adventures like this one.

As for what I’m wearing, I’m of course decked out in Free People – I got this shirt for my mom for Mother’s Day and according to her, she “hasn’t gotten a real chance to wear it!” It’s true, I’ve stolen it enough to make me debate buying myself one. Here’s another take on the Free People look for my FP series – this one’s a little more tomboyish, with subdued tones and a laid back vibe.

What are you guys getting up to this summer? Any adventure ideas for me?

xx

Photo Diary: Golden City

Last week I experienced the joy of returning home to SF for my reading week. I relaxed, rejuvenated, and recovered from the anxiety that is midterm season.

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Spending seven hours at the YYZ Airport inevitably leads to photo-ops.

In the most cliche of terms, you truly don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. The grass is always greener on the other side. Etc., etc.

But the reality is, these phrases are overused for a reason.

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 More of my lovely feet, for your pleasure.

Returning home was like experiencing the glory of the Bay Area for the first time all over again. I felt that electricity and spirit of adventure rising up inside of me again, urging me to embark on long scenic drives and stroll the colorful city sidewalks with a rediscovered pride. I experienced the kind of energy you can only get in San Francisco.

I romanticized the hell out of that city.

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 Stinson Beach – in other words, your typical highway 1 beach town.

And you know what?

I cannot regret not romanticizing it while I had the chance to every single day.

Because honestly, how dreamy can something you see every day possibly be? Sometimes it truly does take leaving a place to realize the things that you miss so much. The minute aspects of life that you grew accustomed to begin to manifest themselves in your memory as large, evidently significant details of your daily endeavors in that place.

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Jane on Fillmore, a definite must for any visitor to the area.

Leaving San Francisco for University has improved my appreciation for it immensely. I miss it every day, and for every day I miss it I have a different reason to.

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Outdoor dining at its finest, curiously found at a local bookstore.

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Prius in the background – found in any contemporary photograph of SF.

Being back in Montreal has solidified these sentiments. Not to say that I don’t adore this French city I’m so lucky to call a second home – I’m sure I will appreciate it when I am home for the summer as much as I appreciate the Bay Area now.

But as finals roll around and my first year of University closes in on me, I’ll have a California sunset to guide me home, and it will have never been so radiant.

Still Warm in Cali

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Top, Asos / Skirt, Brandy Melville / Shoes, Chinese Laundry / Bag, Steve Madden

As a final tribute to summer, I decided to make a couple last warm weather posts before the weather starts to chill down here in California. (I’m sorry East-Coasters, but warm weather outfits are what you’ll be seeing this week!) I wrote a post about these flats last month, and my opinion of them hasn’t changed one bit. I am somebody who’s never even considered a closed toe shoe with a maxi skirt, but these shoes seem to work with everything. The slit in the skirt also adds an interesting aspect to the look, and perhaps that is the only reason these shoes worked. Regardless, this is a combination I will most definitely return to next summer. xx