Purposeful Calm

With the summer here in Vancouver feeling more like a winter in California, I’ve recently been finding myself in the pursuit of calm rather than excitement. That said, I’ve also been struggling to find the right balance between sereneness and boredom.

I can happily now tell you that I have found the solution to my dilemma in the awe-inspiring nature of BC.

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Because this is a fashion blog: Zara Tank / Minkpink Cardigan / Topshop Jeans / Vans / Pendleton Neckscarf

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It’s no surprise – BC is famous for its enchanting temperate rainforests and chilled waters. Through getting better acquainted in my new environment, I have found the perfect marriage of adventurous and tranquil experiences.

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Porteau Cove is one such destination where I find myself feeling not only unbelievably calm, but also that I’ve achieved something for the day. I’ve never been one for relaxing – I am one of those embarrassingly annoying people who has to always be doing something otherwise I turn into an anxious pile of mush – but that doesn’t mean I don’t need some rejuvenation every once in a while.

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Of course, music is crucial for mood-setting. So here’s what I listen to when I’m attempting to achieve a purposeful sense of calm:

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Denim denim denim

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Citizens of Humanity Jeans / Aritzia Top / Brandy Melville Chambray / Vans

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These jeans spoke to me on an emotional level, and despite their seeming lack of versatility, I had to have them. But, to my pleasant surprise, I have actually been able to style them a variety of ways! This has to be one of my favorites.

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As you know, I’ve been a fan of denim on denim for a while now. I even published a post on how to make it your own! I love this short sleeved chambray shirt because it gives me the ability to do my beloved Canadian tuxedo look in the heat of the summer without melting into a big puddle of blue.

I also have to admit, all the blue denim I’ve been wearing these days really goes well with the environment here in Vancouver. Everything is either blue or green here – a refreshing look from my usual greys and browns in Montreal or my golds in California!

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6 States, 6 Days: Part IV

I’m realizing that maybe having ten parts to a blog series but be a little excessive – so here I’ve combined a photo diary and outfit post from our next destination: Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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Jackson Hole exceeded my expectations by almost 2000%. While I imagined it would be beautiful, I couldn’t have prepared for what I experienced while adventuring through the mountains.

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I was not expecting four moose sightings, wide open expanses of fields filled with grazing animals, or mountain peaks painted different shades of purple and blue.

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I completely underestimated Jackson Hole – which says a lot, because I did expect it to be a life changing destination.  Processed with VSCO with kk2 preset Processed with VSCO with kk2 preset

6 States, 6 Days: Part III

Another look from Sun Valley featuring Madewell denim.

In all honesty, this post is really just about the jeans. I’ve discussed these boots to death, and you’ve seen this incredible bomber before. And the background? It’s our very very cute Airbnb – The Lodge in Sun Valley – but clearly the pictures are not about that either.

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Madewell Jeans, Topshop Bomber, Free People Boots, Zara Necktie

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It’s rare to come across a pair of jeans that manage to make you feel like so many different people at once, all the while making you feel 150% you. 

To name a few of the personas I can take on while donning these jeans: western cowboy, 70’s groupie, Americana enthusiast.

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But here, I’ve chosen to dress up as the me persona – a questionable mix of urban street and west-coast-retro casual.

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