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Embrace Change



I don't know about you, but this year upon the turning of spring to summer I found myself craving change. I've been feeling a little static in Vancouver. 











While it's an incredibly beautiful city, I found myself in a position where I seemed to be just existing, not really loving my career and unsure of where my passions lie. 

My time abroad allowed for a shift in perspective for me. It turned the unforeseen future and the unknown, what otherwise would've been scary things for the old Emily, into an exciting opportunity for learning and growth. 











Approaching this new season with this outlook and a desire for something new and exciting, I have decided to move to Calgary. A city that will allow me to explore my passions, try new things, get out of my comfort zone and also be closer to my boyfriend. Don't worry Chanel and I will continue to post as a sister duo but you might see more posts of us individually. A Glass of Style will remain a platform for us to share things we love and keep you updated on the latest trends and travel tips. 








In this post you will read about some of the things that I learned in my three years in Vancouver along with some style shots of Chanel and I. 









Growing up in a small town I never felt fully comfortable wearing what I wanted without people questioning my style choices. Being in a new city with a blank slate I was finally able to come into myself and my own style.








I realized I'm all about what's new and different, pushing boundaries and broadening my horizons. 










It takes all kinds- There's so many different people in this world. Everyone has the ability to teach you something as long as you let them. Human interaction feeds the soul. Don't be afraid and talk to strangers. 








Be authentically you- don't let others dull your shine. Be who you are and wear what you want, no matter what people say or do. 








Don't be afraid of letting go and moving forward. People will come and go in your life and that's okay. As you change and grow relationships and friendships will do the same. 








Make time for the peope who matter to you. I wouldn't be half the person I am today without all of the amazing friends I've made here. 








I'm so thankful for everything Vancouver has given me. Its been an incredible 3 years full of growth and transformation, learning and exploration. Given everything that's happened in the last 3 years, I can't wait to see what the next few have in store for Chanel and I.




Shop our looks below :) 





Emily's Outfit Details:
Overalls - Urban Outfitters Vintage Guess
Sweater - Brandy Melville
Shoes - Adidas Originals Superstars
Sunglasses - Joseph Marc Procedure Silver 
Jean Jacket - Vintage Levis hand painted by @kdboiart 

Chanel's Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit - Urban Outfitters
Sandals - Old Navy 
Sunglasses - Joseph Marc Procedure Silver 
Jacket: H&M



Photography by Samantha Sayer 


Eat, See, Do - Maui


Maui


Maui is a gorgeous island with fantastic beaches and clear blue water. This was my first trip to Hawaii so I was especially excited to take in the views and activities in Maui. While planning my vacation I had a difficult time finding recommendations of what to do in the area. Upon arriving I quickly realized there were so many things to see and do, just from looking around. 

Here are my tips for what to eat, see and do in Maui!



Eat

I was super excited to try a few different dishes in Maui. For most of our meals we cooked in our apartment, but I had a list of recommended things that people said were an absolute "must try." Dole whip, authentic Hawaiian poke and Ululani's shave ice were a few things I wasn't leaving without getting my hands on. 

You can find poke in almost ever supermarket and it is so fresh and delicious! We got ours from Foodland in Kihei and they have an array of different flavours including California roll, which was full of avocado and fresh ahi tuna.


Ululani's shave ice is the best on the island for a reason. They have an array of different flavour combinations and a few different locations on the island. The ice is so soft it's unlike any shave ice that I had as a child. What made it even tastier is adding ice cream and toppings (mochi is my favourite) which I highly recommend!


See

My favourite thing to do on vacation is to sit on the beach, listen to the waves and people watch. With all of the stretches of beaches, it is super easy to pick a spot and take in the views. My favourite beach was Kamaole I as it wasn't very windy which made the ocean calmer for swimming. There was also a few sea turtles that frequented the waters off the beach! 

In addition to being a beach bum, I would recommend renting a car to check out the surrounding towns. We spent an afternoon shopping Front street in Lahaina and even picked up a fresh coconut to drink from a fruit stand!


Do

If you have ever wanted to hike into a volcano, Haleakala is a must do. While the volcano is dormant the view is beautiful and beyond anything I've ever seen. Most people head up to watch the sunrise or the sunset, which can be hit or miss depending on the weather. The road up the mountain is super windy, so beware if you are susceptible to motion sickness. It's 10,000 feet above sea level so be prepared for a bit of an elevation change, my ears definitely popped on the drive down!




My fear of sharks kept me from snorkelling, but I managed to paddleboard and met a huge sea turtle. There are plenty of snorkelling tours and paddleboard rental companies on the island.


My absolute favourite part of this trip was watching the sunset with a drink in hand.


Have you visited Maui before? Share your favourite things to eat, see or do in the comments below!

-Chanel

What's in My Bag - Travel Edition


I am one of those weird people that enjoy the excitement of airports and find people watching to be fascinating. When I travel I always overpack and usually end up bringing something for every season, you know just in case... My overpacking consists of being prepared for anything, which also includes what I put in my purse for on the plane. I definitely inherited this from my Mom, who always carries the most unexpected things in her purse.

I have started to narrow down what to bring with me on the plane early for this trip. I always end up travelling with a few things, some are essential and some are just my personal preference. I have included some of my absolute favourite things that can make a long flight a little more bearable!


A big bag 

You need something to hold all of your goodies and the right bag will make a huge difference. With all of the lineups and waiting around at the airport, my bag must be comfortable. It also needs to be big enough for a refillable water bottle and all the other stuff I lug with me. I have been using this purse I purchased at Nordstrom about a year ago and it has been the perfect size for everyday use and for travelling.

Water bottle

I'm not joking when I say I'm obsessed with my Swell water bottle. It is so well insulated that it keeps things cold (or hot) for HOURS. I'm always shocked when I take a drink out of it to realize my water is still cold. They also come in really cute patterns, I have a white one and a gold one.


Headphones & portable charger

I just came across this Adrienne Vittadini Studio Charging Wristlet Wallet at Winners and it is the perfect travel wallet. Not only does it have slots for your cards, but it also has a portable charger built right in! I'm excited to give it a spin on my flight. Don't forget to bring your headphones for in-flight entertainment or to listen to tunes!

Reading material

Normally I grab a trashy magazine for my flights, but I have really enjoyed getting lost in a good book lately. I enjoy starting a book on the plane and then it becomes what I read on the beach as well.  I have yet to read anything by Mary Kay Andrews, but I recently picked up The Weekenders: A Novel and can't wait to open it!


Saje Pocket Pharmacy

I'm a huge believer in natural products. I offer up my Peppermint Halo to anyone that says they have a headache (I swear it's magic). I carry the Saje Pocket Pharmacy with me everywhere and the Stress Release comes particularly in handy when travelling becomes stressful.


Some of my other items you'll find in my bag are:

Chewing gum
Granola bars
Sunglasses
Eye drops
Hand lotion
Eyemask
Chapstick


Don't forget to add all your favourite music to offline mode and more importantly your passport! 

What do you like to bring with you when you travel? 
Tell us in the comments below!


Read Emily's Eat, See, Do travel series here:



HOW TO WEAR: Round Sunglasses


If you have felt the urge to purchase a pair of round metal sunglasses this year, I totally feel you. John Lennon style eyeglasses have made a serious comeback. They look super cool, but it can be difficult to find the right pair. It took me a while to find the right style of round sunglasses that weren't too small or way too big. My day job is for an online eyewear retailer, Clearly.ca. I have become a styling expert when it comes to selecting the right frame based on your face shape.

I'm here to point you in the right direction for what round styles to look for and to provide extra tips when shopping for eyewear!


Know your face shape

Just because something looks good on someone else, doesn't mean it will work for your face shape. Do your research to see what style of round eyeglasses you prefer, but make sure to pay attention to angles. If you have quite a round face shape round eyeglasses will only accentuate round features. As you can see below I have a square face shape (left) and Emily (right) has an oval face shape.




Look for your size

Round frames come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure to look at the sizing on the inside of the arm, the lens width is a good indicator of just how big they will be. For example, I typically like my glasses a bit on the large size and go for a lens width of 50 to 55mm.



It's all in the details

Look for different variations in shape. Some glasses may seem round, but have a bit more of a pointed teardrop shape at the bottom of the lens. This is great for long oval face shapes. Also look where the arm connects on the side of the frame - does it connect halfway down the frame or at the top? This will make the frame sit higher or drop lower on your cheekbones. 

Some additional tips

Do your glasses often slide down your nose? Look for styles that have nose pads! They can be adjusted to sit higher or lower on your nose and silicon nose pads offer a bit of extra traction.

Don't pay attention to brands - look for shapes that will work for you.

Look at the lenses. UV protection should be the first thing you look for in a lens. I am also loving mirrored lenses in sunglasses frames. They are great for hiding tired looking eyes.

Prescription sunglasses are also a life saver! It's great to give your eyes a rest from contact lenses and having your prescription in your sunglasses are a game changer.


Chanel is wearing:
Vintage jean jacket 
H&M ripped jeans (self-ripped)
Bag - Nordstrom

Emily is wearing:
Calvin Klein Crop Tee - Simons (sold out)
Vintage Levi's jacket


What sunglass shape do you lean towards? Let us know what sunglass styles you prefer in the comments below!


xo Chanel

Eat, See, Do - Bali

Bali

Bali is a big island in Indonesia that's recently gained a lot of attention as a vacation hot spot! If I could've stayed there forever I would've. Unfortunately for me, I only spent a limited amount of time in the small surfers town of Canggu. It was the sweetest little town full of locals and tourists alike buzzing around barefoot with their surfboards strapped to their scooters and their hair down blowing in the wind. 


Eat

There was sooooo much good food in Bali. I found it kind of hard to find authentic Balinese food in Canggu, as it's a pretty touristy town, but I did have some really good nasi goreng. On each street there's a spattering of healthy cafes serving fresh, healthy and holistic food. Below are some of the best dishes I had. 


















A quinoa, halloumi veggie bowl at The Shady Shack


























You must have a smoothie bowl at Gypsy Bali. Not only is the food amazing, but it's the cutest little restaurant!

















See 

There are a tonne of temples in and around Canggu. While it was interesting to see the contrast in styles from Thailand and Vietnam, this is not my first choice of what to see in Bali. Instead, I would check out the Monkey Forest! I took an uber about 40 minutes north east to Ubud to see the Monkeys.



Don't be fooled by their cute faces, they will steal your sunglasses, snacks, cameras or anything else right from your hands.


It was a beautiful park filled with walking paths, bridges, old growth trees and of course monkeys!! I would advise using caution when strolling through the park as the monkeys are known to grab bags, sunglasses, hair and food. I had a bag of chips ripped right out of my hands - even after I had left the park!

Do 

If you're in Canggu you must spend some time on their world class waves!  I stayed at Ayok's Stay and Surf which was in the perfect location and a beautiful guest house! Luckily for me, Ayok is also a surf instructor. I took a lesson from him and was a pro in no time!





I wish I had more time to explore more of this beautiful island. There's so much more to do and see! Overall my time in Bali was relaxing, enriching and the perfect way to end my two months abroad.

Thanks for reading my travel series! Come back in about a month to read about Chanel's time in Hawaii :)

xo
Emily

Eat, See, Do - Vietnam



Vietnam 


Vietnam is a beautiful country filled with kindhearted, helpful people who never miss an opportunity to smile and say hello. After having read reviews online about people falling for scams and being ripped off, I was a little sceptical and cautious entering this country. How wrong was I! 

Keep reading to find out some of my favourite experiences in Vietnam! 

Eat

There was so much good food in Vietnam that it's hard to narrow it down to write about just a few! The pho and the spring rolls were so fresh and unlike anything I've ever had here in Vancouver!

Bun Bo Nam Bo vermicelli noodles with beef and bean sprouts 













Egg Coffee

Egg coffee is a delicacy in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam. It's  rich and creamy and actually really filling!! Traditionally it's prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Vietnam's famous, strong robusta coffee.  























Bubble Tea

There's a bubble tea shop on every corner in Saigon, southern Vietnam. I probably drank my body weight in bubble tea for only $.70 each!! You have to try the classic milk tea.














See

Ha Long Bay, in North Eastern Vietnam was recently declared one of the new wonders of the world. It's known for its blue waters and thousands of limestone islands covered in jungles!  
















It was so gorgeous, I've never seen anything like it! 

I took an organized tour through the region in which we kayaked through the thousands of islands and spent a night on a private island. We may or may not have gone skinny dipping...












Do

I went on so many adventures in Vietnam and could go on for days about all of the cool places to visit. While in Hoi An, central Vietnam, I visited the ruins of My Son. They were built in 4th to 13th centuries CE while the country was predominately Hindu.


















We spent an afternoon wandering through this beautiful park and marvelling the damage done to the ruins during the Vietnam war. 

They are currently in the process of collecting the original bricks to refurbish the structures.
























Despite being surrounded by such a morbid history, it was also really beautiful. There were thousands of butterflies fluttering through the sky and the lush forest was breathtaking.   


















Vietnam is definitely one of my favourite places I've ever visited. It was so full of culture and optimism even despite the very recent war. To see a country who has come together to rebuild itself after going through so much was inspiring. 

I spent most of my time in the north and I would highly recommend spending a good amount of time in Vietnam and going out of your way to explore the road less travelled because you never know what you might find. 

Leave a comment and share some of your experiences in Vietnam!! 

xo
Emily 
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Eat, See, Do - Thailand


I recently spent two months venturing through South East Asia. I travelled through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Bali. I saw some amazing places, met some wonderful people and learned so much along the way.

Over the next 3 weeks, I will be sharing my recommendations in a new travel series of what to eat, see and do in South East Asia, starting with where my trip began. Here are some of my favourite things I saw and did in Thailand!


Thailand


I only spent a brief amount of time in Thailand but from what I experienced, it definitely lives up to its reputation of the land of smiles. I spent most of my time in the country's second largest city, Chiang Mai. It gives off a small town feel with all of the fun of a big city. Here are some things I would highly recommend checking out! 

Eat

There are so many amazing food markets in Chiang Mai! One of my favourite dishes to eat was khao soi, a curried noodle dish with your choice of protein. 
















Thai Coffees

 I couldn't start my day without a Thai milk tea or a Thai coffee. A black tea or coffee mixed with sweetened condensed and evaporated milk. I still have cravings from time to time!! 















See

In Thailand, there's literally a temple and a 7/11 on almost every street corner. Which is very convenient! Strangely enough, both buildings were designs intricate and uniquely beautiful. Here are a few of my faves:


Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan

Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan











Wat Pha Dat Waterfall

We rented scooters and drove from Old City, Chiang Mai to Wat Pha Dat Waterfall. This was my favourite temple I visited. It was so serene and we had the place all to ourselves since it's off the beaten track. 

Make sure you grab a Thai coffee from the family who run the stand at the temple! 












Wat Pha Dat Waterfall



Wat Pha Dat Waterfall

Do

One of the most rewarding experiences of my trip was visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary. With many sanctuaries to choose from, I wanted to ensure I was visiting a camp in which the elephants are treated with love and respect. I asked my hostel for a recommendation and they suggested Elephant Family Sanctuary, a camp where the elephants are not allowed to be ridden.  







Elephants

Being surrounded by these majestic creatures was such a surreal experience. They're so big and friendly! It was so humbling to see the dedication and care that goes into keeping these animals healthy and happy.



Thanks for reading about my time in Thailand! Leave your recommendations if you have any in the comments section, I would love to hear about your Thai experiences!

xo
Emily