Believe it or not, the first iteration of this blog on Tumblr started in anticipation of our first trip to Japan, as a way to showcase my very first #OOTDs (linked a couple of those right HERE, HERE and HERE, as if I needed a more direct way to access the embarrassing photos of me out there). Asia had always been a place I wanted to visit as a child. Even if at the time I often found myself afraid of the unknown when traveling, none of those fears were ever correlated to the literal other side of the world. Because we were going to be traveling all around China and Japan I did try to pack smart tourist gear, but let’s not kid ourselves, I wasn’t going visit the world’s most avant garde capital of fashion in TOMS (though TOMS are great, really, no shade). It was 2012 and I was always in Zara and all about pastel tweed and denim, so funny enough not much has changed.
This time around, I just took my love of pastels to the next level, my literal roots. These photos were taken mere minutes after I dyed my locks myself in our hotel bathroom. BTW if anyone from the Peninsula Hotel reads this I’m really sorry about those pink towels, the box said it would come out. Though I didn’t fall in love my blush locks instantly (I was actually kinda nervous I was going to hate them the next day), I grew more and more fond of them with every passing fashion moment and hairstyle. I miss them to this day. Seriously considering going Lavender, what do you think? In any case, this was our first evening out in Tokyo since our last visit 6 years prior, and I cannot believe how much we missed out on then. More to come on that in the next posts, but for now here are some photos of me in a Sailor Moon shirt on our way to a crazy night out in Shinjuku.
Zara suit, Urban Outfitters “Sailor Moon” shirt, Louis-Vuitton “Bum Bag”, and Balenciaga “Derby” boots.
What can I say, I have the need, the need for speed! This past Grand Prix weekend we had the immense pleasure to be invited by Ferrari, to come visit their paddock and live the full Ferrari Challenge experience during the Montreal Grand Prix at Circuit Gille Villeneuve. The Ferrari Challenge was one that was immediately familiar to me, as growing up, my friend Olivia and I would run around this same paddock, as her father was one of the participating drivers. It’s an incredible race, I was so thrilled to be back around these insane vehicles and the race day tension and excitement. There’s nothing quite like it.
These Ferrari 488s are monster machines, going up to speeds of 200mph. You forget how mindbogglingly fast that is, until you feel your heart skip a beat from the sound and vibration they produce while rushing past you, inches away from pit lane. It’s an incredibly volatile race in the best sense of the word. With 45 drivers on the roster all aiming for top spot. Positions are constantly changing, and you never know what surprises might be in store. It’s truly a spectacular show!
We were lucky enough to live the full immersive challenge experience. Rolling out from the paddock with the cars, racing down the track in golf carts on our way to pit lane, oh ya, and did I mention we got to watch the races from pit lane?! Being a race car fanatic’s wife I knew this area to be sacred, and never thought I would ever have the honour of walking past the pits, let alone be one of the few to watch the race inches away of the starting line. You also never know who you might see down this stretch of road. Micheal Fassbender being one of the drivers, James Marsden casually visiting the pits, and let’s not mention the single tear that might have come down my husband’s cheek after shaking Niki Lauda’s hand.
It was truly a bucket list experience, and I was so grateful to be able to share it with Peter by my side. Watching him in this environment was probably similar to taking your kid to Disneyland for the first time…you know, if Disneyland was so exclusive that you couldn’t visit unless you were an actual Disney character. It was so surreal and we could not be more thankful to Patricia, and Tatiana from the Zoi team for facilitating, and Jeffrey from Ferrari for showing us the ropes and the incredible access that was granted to us during this unforgettable day. Truly one for the books.
Juniper & Blanc sunnies, Adidas bodysuit and track pants, Louis-Vuitton bum bag, and Superga platform sneakers.
New York, New York
So…we are going to Tokyo tomorrow and I COULD NOT be more excited. The trip was a last minute spur of the moment decision to celebrate our anniversary, which means I didn’t have time to be the OCD level of overly prepared I usually like to be. Today is our last day to get our shit together before a 15 hour flight, and I can’t quite grasp my mind around the fact that we are going back to a place I always dreamed of returning. Tokyo is one of my very favourite cities in the world. The fashion, the food, the people, the Disney World…everything in Tokyo is just a little bit better than any of the other big cities we’ve had the chance to visit.
On the agenda over there thus far: a 4 days stay at Tokyo Disney Resort (YAY!), a visit to the iconic Robot Restaurant (YAY!!), go and did I mention the cosplay Mario Kart experience that’s in the books (YAY!!!). There is almost a heightened sense of reality while you’re over there, from the people to the experiences everything is just more epic, kinder, cuter, more interesting…weirder even! So safe to say, I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight, because someone is a wittle excited. Also seriously considering dying my hair pink for the occasion. Thoughts? Anywhoo, this hasn’t been my most riveting piece, but I really should start packing! So, on a completely unrelated note, here is an #OOTD from our last trip to another very big and incredible city….
Calvin Klein beanie, Juniper & Blanc sunnies, Zara mesh bodysuit, Second Skin Overalls, Louis-Vuitton “Palm Springs” backpack and “Archlights” sneakers.
Little Havana, Miami
Isn’t just me that can’t get that song out of my head is it…? We have been back in our home town for almost a month now and have really enjoyed the little bit of winter we got left. That being said, seeing the snow melt while looking back at photos of our time in Miami is odly satisfying, as I can’t wait to be singing that Camila Cabello ear worm again soon in a more appropriate and less ironic climate.
There’s nothing quite like a Montreal summer. It’s like the city comes alive again, and it’s inhabitants never take a moment for granted, much like in G.O.T, they know winter is always coming, and for us it lasts 8 months out of the year. We might not get visits from White Walkers, but some of us just full out turn into the Night King by the time January comes around. It’s crazy how climate can take a toll on not only your physical state but your emotional wellbeing as well. As Canadians, we all know the cabin fever and pale skin blues that overwhelm us during the colder months, and I’ve always attributed it to the weather. Funnily enough, having skipped Winter this year to migrate to Miami actually had a similar effect. There’s nothing quite as depressing as spending so many hours indoors working on a screen while looking out at a beautiful sunny day you’re not taking advantage of.
That being said, why is the FOMO always so real no matter where you are. Here I am sitting in our Montreal home that I had been longing to return to for so long, and yet am dreaming of being back in the warm streets of Miami again…This introspective study on what it is a girl wants weather-wise is giving me all kind of Carrie Bradshaw feelings. “And I couldn’t help but ask myself, is the grass truly always greener on the other side…”or should I say the weather always sounds better wherever you’re not. What can I say…Half of my heart is in “little” Havana, ooh-na-na .
Urban Outfitters sunnies and dress, Zara hoop earrings, Louis-Vuitton rings and bag, and Vans “Authentic” sneakers.