It’s officially fall. And I’ve officially fallen for a new brand of shoes – Vionic.
They aren’t a new brand…but new to me with their structured, yet styling, comfort. I can’t wait for cooler weather to strut them out.
I bought these ankle boots in the heat of summer so they’ve only seen the inside of my house as I break them in. I usually don’t wear any amount of heel…but these actually feel like flats.
And the black runner-style shoe has a great future for travel. Dressing up jeans , capris or yoga travel pants,
These are my Friday Favourites.
My daughter-in-law received the book Dear Girl as a gift for their new daughter Lila. She read it as I held Lila the other day. I have since ordered several copies, a few to give away and one to keep for my basket of books! It is a wonderful message for girls about being powerful, strong and accepting yourself. If you have any special girls in your life, give them a copy of the book…and maybe keep one for yourself, too.
Dear Girl, Keep that arm raised! You have smart things to say!
Dear Girl, Sometimes you may feel like being pink and sparkly. Sometimes you may feel pretty much the opposite.
You may have heard of the author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She wrote an incredible piece for the Modern Love column in the NYTimes entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband. It was published on March 3, 2017, just 10 days before she died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming.
I don’t usually keep ice cream in the house. I think the deep seeded memories of plowing through a tub of Haagen-Dazs made me realize that it never stops at one small scoop.
But I buckled recently and am sooo glad I did. I was having friends for dinner and thinking of something cool and simple for dessert…and there it was.
A beautiful cube of locally crafted ice cream with packaging as delicious as the salted caramel flavour waiting inside. It didn’t last long enough for a photo. And the melted remnants of my little slab of sweet and salty goodness just didn’t make for good photography.
Check. This. Out. (or something like it in your town). Four All ice cream is my Friday favourite!
These are so quick and easy, each slipper is the equivalent of one episode of whatever you are bingeing on with Netflix! They are a custom order for a friend of mine. Her adult children were nostalgic for the slippers their grandmother used to make for them. We went to our local yarn store and selected colours for each of her daughters. And then I knit them. It took a week and I binged on Fauda, a drama about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — the more intense the drama, the faster I knit!Then I had some fun arranging the slippers for a photo shoot!Creativity comes in many forms!
Almost all of our old family photos are in the form of slides. Since few people have a way to view slides anymore, I asked my mom to select some so I could have them saved on a flash drive.
The photos were ready today and I have been lost in nostalgia all afternoon. I can’t stop sending photos to my siblings!
Find a local photo shop that can convert slides, photos and old VCR footage to flash drives and save those old memories. And then share them with your family and crack up! You never know what you might find…like this beauty of HAR and CJR!
Whenever I spend time in airports, waiting in line, watching people…I often notice what others are wearing for their travels. Seems I can always find outfits that I think, wow, why didn’t I think of that.
I want something comfortable, warm and in layers to handle the changing temperatures on the plane and wherever I’m headed. And I finally found the best travel pants from Athleta.
Of course they are basic black. I can dress them up with a sweater and a scarf…or just a t-shirt. I think I could even use them in a pinch in my new kayak…dry them off and wear them out to dinner.
I love them! We arrived in the Azores, I opened my suitcase to three neatly packed cubes, and then some other stuff squished around them. I really liked how it helped me think about what to bring and get organized before we left.
When I was packing my things to go home, I wasn’t as motivated to neatly fold my shirts into their cube so I shoved things in. Plus on the return trip I usually wrap the small pottery bowls I invariably buy in my soft t-shirts.
At the last minute, I tucked the Aeropress coffee maker between two packing cubes in my suitcase. Smart idea! The house we rented only had a large espresso pot. With two decaf and four high-test coffee drinkers in the house, the aeropress allowed everyone to make their own fresh cup, at the strength they liked, whenever they liked. If you don’t own one, pick one up, it even comes with a travel case!
And in case you are curious, the Azores were amazing…hiking, fresh fish, inexpensive good wine and incredible scenery! I’ll have more information and photos on my travel blog shortly.
We are off again! We seem to enjoy traveling together because we keep doing it.
There’s our bi-annual wellness week at Rancho la Puerta and hiking in Cinque Terre,
fondue in Switzerland and cafes in Venice,
lobster rolls in Martha’s Vineyard and Prince Edward Island. And lots of laughs, cocktails and various styles of glasses and hair along the way. We are heading to Nevis for a week and will be off the grid but we will let you know the highlights in an upcoming blog. And we are talking about where to next…the Shetland Islands and Norway keep appearing on our radar screen…we’ll let you know!
HAR & CJR
I stumbled on a travel blog called Traveling with MJ and her Jan 1st post was a travel reading challenge. It caught my eye since many of us tend to read more when we are on vacation and I usually try to read a book that takes place in a country that I’m visiting. The initial list has 24 different ideas, if you do the math that’s 2 books per month. Don’t let that scare you, feel free to make yours the 2018/19 travel reading list! Here’s the list. It’s a creative idea and our friday favourite.
THE 2018 BASIC TRAVEL READING LIST
- A book that takes place in the country of your origin
- A book that takes place in a destination you’d like to visit
- A book with a type of food in the title
- A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always dreamed of living
- A book that takes place in your hometown
- A book that is set in a period of history in which you are interested
- A book recommended by a friend
- A book that you read years ago and want to re-read
- A book with an animal in the title
- A book with a type of plant in the title
- A book set in the future
- A book set in your favorite country or region
- A book that is an adventure story
- A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name
- A book by an author who is not of the same gender as you
- A book with a silly title
- A book that’s perfect for reading over lunch
- A book from a genre you don’t typically read
- A book with a purple cover
- A book published in 2018
- A book that is also a movie
- A guidebook
- A book that is written by or is about a famous person
- A book that inspires you to make a change
Let us know if you take the challenge, I expect ACC (Alison) to be the first one done!