Fall Fashion Inspiration

Fall is soon arriving, and more importantly, school is starting. I’ve had such a delay this summer (time wise) that I can’t even believe it’s already almost september. To kick start the new season, here are some ideas for the coming few months.

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All these images are from Pinterest. You can find these and more on my pinterest here.

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A Weekend in Cobourg

I spent this past weekend in Cobourg, Ontario for my uncle’s wedding. We drove four hours early saturday morning to arrive at ten, at my uncle’s house. The ceremony was a quaint, civil wedding composed of only close family, and right on the water. Afterwards, we headed to a farm in Cobourg for the reception. It was a fairly casual wedding, with a potluck dinner for all the over 100 guests, but it was still beautiful and so much fun! My two cousins from Vancouver came out, and we all stayed in a hotel right in the heart of Cobourg. Sunday, we explored the town a bit before brunch with the newly-weds, and headed back to Montreal.

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This was the view from the farm.

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The tables, which seated all the guests comfortably.

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These lovely bouquets were made by one of my Uncle’s friends. I loved the flower they made of old book pages and attached to the vase.

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This is one of my cousins and I. The one to the left of me is Kayla, almost 13. To the right is Jasmine, and she’s 10 years old.

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The lovely sunset.

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This was the band that played. They were fantastic! The crowd was going crazy, dancing all night.

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We walked to the beach on sunday, and the sights were just beautiful.

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Here are some pictures of the town, where we walked along and

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I just love this photo of my cousins and I. It’s rare that I get to spend this much time with them, so I always cherish every moment of it.

xoxo, Ali

The Best of: Chicago 2013

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This past week, I took a trip to Chicago with my family. It was truly an unforgettable trip, and let me tell you, this city is wonderful. I had such a great time, and it was devastating to leave the city! No worries, I will eventually recover!

The Highlights

Upon our arrival to the hotel, we stumbled on this local chain called Wow Bao, where they serve hot asian buns. We were all starving after having been on the run all morning, in the plane and on the metro, so this seemed like the perfect place to take a load off and try something new. Boy, am I glad we came here.

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Basically, it’s dough with fillings of meat, spices and whatever you want. They even have a chocolate one! We tried the teriyaki chicken, the spicy kung pao, the thai curry chicken and the bbq pork. They were amazing, and I definitely recommend this if you are in the area. There are five or so located around the downtown Chicago area.

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We took a River Architecture tour, which was brought to us by the Chicago Architecture foundation. The city has so much architectural history, and it’s all so fascinating. I think I took about 300 photos in the 90 minute tour alone!

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I even discovered my favorite building in Chicago, the Wrigley Building.

We spent the afternoon in Wicker Park/Bucktown. I really enjoyed this area. I would say it’s the more artsy neighborhood of Chicago, which is so different from the downtown area.

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That same night, we ate at Lou Malnati’s pizzeria. This was my first time every trying the deep dish pizza, and I can tell you I’ve joined the dark side. I’m never going back to regular pizza!

I chose The “Lou”, which was topped with spinach, mushrooms tomatoes, and cheese. Yum!!!

And of course we had to try their Chocolate Chip Pizza for dessert! once again, yum! (I forgot to get a picture of this one, I was too caught up in eating it! Sorry!)

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Another Chicago-only restaurant chain we tried was called Potbelly’s.

Don’t judge a restaurant by it’s name, because the food here was amazing, and it didn’t leave you feeling like it’s name! I had a delicious breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa!

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Lincoln Park was also beautiful. We went to the zoo, and actually was able to see a skyline of the city, which was amazing!

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The best meal (in my opinion) that we had on the whole trip was when we went to DMK burger bar for lunch. I had found this place thanks to my dad’s favorite show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Of course, since we were going to the US, we had to hit at least one along the way!

We shared the sweet potato fries, which are basically my obsession, and then each got a burger. I had the #1, which was a grass- fed beef burger topped with aged cheddar, smoked bacon, balsamic red onions and barbecue sauce. It was all so delicious!

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The train/subway system here was also really cool. It was so convenient, and the ‘L’ system literally took you everywhere in Chicago, especially all the areas we wanted to cover. We were even able to take it to and from the airport.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is really beautiful, but I did learn that if you are going to recreate a modern day version in front of the original, people are going to stare…

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For our last dinner on the trip, we went to the local hotspot ‘The Purple Pig’. It’s basically all share plates, and they had the most amazing fried deviled eggs and eggplant parmesan balls.

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On our last day, we took a stroll inThe Loop, the downtown area of Chicago right where our hotel was located, and happened to find an exhibit called ‘The Happy Show’.  Created by Stefan Sagmeister, this exhibit focused on the art of happiness, how to achieve it, and the life lessons you learn along the way. On top of it all, the music was also amazing which added to the overall ambiance of this exhibit.

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I enjoyed this trip so much! It reminds me a bit of New York City as well, of course there are many differences! I can’t wait to one day visit it again!

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xoxo, Ali

Free People August Catalog

Free people is one of my absolute favorite brands, their clothes are just precious. You don’t know how many times I have walked into The Bay, speed-walked passed all the beauty specialists, and once I turn the corner, ran straight to the Free People boutique. I think I have a problem… Especially since I can’t really afford much of their clothes (cue for more sales!). Anyways, here is a sample of their August catalog, please enjoy, and don’t drool over the pieces as much as I do!

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Osheaga 2013

So this past weekend, I had the privilege of going to Osheaga, a Montreal Music Festival. This is a huge deal here in Montreal, and after having gone to it for the fifth time, I can say that it is officially a huge event. I still remember back to when it was only a two day event, and there were only about one fifth of the amount of people there were this weekend. It was amazing, and not even just because of the music!

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The Venue

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The Music

Some of the highlights of the night;

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The Head and the Heart

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Hyphen Hyphen

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Ben Howard

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Daughter! This was such an amazing moment, to see my idol live. I was in such shock when she started singing. The last song she performed, Youth, made me want to cry! And she was such a beautiful person. So humble, and so real. It was breathtaking.

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Daughter (again)

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Beach House

Some of the other highlights were Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding, Alt-J, The Cure, Phoenix, but the best by far, and its too bad I didn’t get a picture, was Capital Cities. They were fantastic and so much fun to watch!

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That’s me!

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All the rave was for our new food trucks, and so we tried a grilled cheese from Le Cheese Truck. I must say, best grilled cheese I have ever had in my life (sorry Mom!).

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My shoes 🙂

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My ‘ink’. Didn’t realize until after it was done, but the first A is actually and upside down V. Très hipster.

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H&M was a big part of Osheaga, and they had a huge kiosk with really awesome ideas, and one of them was printing instagram photos from the people at Osheaga. It was so cool!

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These were the ones I had made 🙂

#Osheaga2013 Such a great weekend!