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24 Hours in Seattle

I am a huge fan of quick weekend trips! We are super lucky in Vancouver to have so many great destinations only a few hours away. I travelled to Seattle back in December and knew I needed to come back with a few girlfriends. With a sunny weekend ahead of us we loaded up the car, curated a playlist and drove 229 km across the border for a fun weekend in Seattle! Keep reading to hear where we stayed, where we ate (and drank) and shopped!


Where to stay

When planning this trip we searched a dozen Seattle hotels before landing on the Motif. We wanted to stay somewhere central, close to both Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill. When we arrived at the Motif hotel we were greeted, instantly offered a welcome glass of wine (they earned brownie points for that one) and some great recommendations for where we should go for dinner. For a 4 star hotel, we were very impressed with the level of service and the spacious room! The lobby decor was quite modern and this extended into the rooms as well. There was a Bluetooth speaker which we definitely used to pump us up for a night out. I would highly recommend the Motif hotel for a girls night in Seattle!


Where to Eat

There are SO many great restaurant options in Seattle. We basically spent 24 hours eating, drinking and visiting as many fun spots as we could. For fun Seattle restaurants and bars here are my top places:

Pike Place
Cutters Crabhouse - Right beside Pike Place Market, Cutters has a fantastic view of the water and of the Great Wheel. We went to Cutters for brunch and were not disappointed by their massive Bloody Mary's and menu. They make their Bloody Mary mix from scratch and it almost tasted like a Caesar. I had the Cutter's Benedict with crab and it was rich and so delicious! If their dinner is anything like their brunch, I'm sure it would be fantastic!

Indi - Have you ever had an egg cream coffee? It's a fizzy coffee drink and I've never had anything like it! This little cafe is at the bottom of Pike Place market and is in the same area as a brewery and a biscuit shop. They have the most amazing chocolate-based drinks and even make a rose chocolate body lotion, which I am kicking myself for not buying!

Capitol Hill
Rumba - We found Rumba when looking for happy hour spots in Capitol Hill. Little did we know how much of a treat it would be. The fun teal decor and Carribean vibes are surprisingly sophisticated along with their cocktails. The drinks are strong rum-based & fantastic happy hour!

Foreign National - While walking up the street a doorman poked his head out the door and said "are you looking for Foreign National?" We don't know how he knew, but we were quickly brought to a table in this cozy little speakeasy. We were shocked by the long list of interesting cocktails. Emily had one with a sprig of dill in it and it was SO tasty. Make sure you check out the bathroom for dreamy pink and vintage vibes!

Optimism Brewing - A fun brewery with picnic tables, giant UNO and no tipping! They had quite the selection of beers at this dog-friendly brewery. The Partly Sunny and B.E. Juicy were delicious, but I love me a good IPA! They have different food trucks in their courtyard every day as well.

Ballard
The Matador - The last time I was in Seattle we went to the Matador for late night happy hour. They have great inexpensive tacos and guac! Who can say no to that!

What to do

From the gum wall, shopping to the underground tour, we could have spent a week exploring the city! I'm a big fan of walkable cities and we didn't take a single cab or Uber the whole trip. We walked up into Capitol Hill the first day and popped our head into a few different shops between cocktails.

Here are some fun things to do in Seattle:
- Grab a coffee from the original Starbucks
- Pop into Piroshky Piroshky for some delicious Russian baked goods
- Walk through Post Alley and grab a bite to eat
- Buy flowers from Pike Place Market
- Walk through the different shops in the market
- Head up to the urban garden on the roof at Pike Place to take in the views
- Grab some cheese from Beecher's
- If you're in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month, all museums have free admission!

We had a blast in Seattle! What are some of your favourite spots in the city? leave them in the comments!





*This post was in no way sponsored and all opinions are my own.

TRAVEL GUIDE: Downtown Los Angeles


If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I just got back from a fun-filled adventure in Los Angeles. This trip my Husband and I stuck to the downtown arts district. Downtown Los Angeles is going through a resurgence and there are some really amazing shops, restaurants and things to do in the area!

We managed to avoid a lot of the popular tourist destinations on this trip and had a great time exploring. We did spend a Saturday at Universal Studios, which was a fantastic experience. The main attraction of the trip was to go see Glen Hansard (he wrote the musical Once) at the Disney concert hall and to go watch the Vancouver Canucks play the LA Kings.

Follow along as I take you to some of my favourite things to do and see in Los Angeles as well as some tips for taking advantage of Universal Studios as an adult!


Where to Stay

We usually like to stay at Airbnb's when we travel to new cities, but we decided to go with a hotel for this trip. We chose the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We have both visited the Ace Hotel in Portland to grab a coffee from Stumptown and have always wanted to experience a stay in one of their hotels. Hotels.com had a great deal and were so excited for our stay!

The Ace Hotel Los Angeles has only been open since 2014 and was previously the Maverick film studios building. Each room has random quotes from the film industry throughout the years and our room even had an acoustic guitar and sheet paper!

The rooftop pool and bar "Upstairs" is the main attraction of the hotel. It has fabulous views of downtown and they also have a happy hour!


Where to Eat

Eating is my favourite thing to do on vacation, so I have quite a few great restaurant recommendations!

Breakfast / Brunch

Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market is perfect for breakfast or lunch. It is fun to walk around and check out all the vendors. Filled with everything from sushi to tacos and candy to cheese, there's plenty of variety. We tried Horse Theif for lunch for some delicious southern food and Eggslut for breakfast. I was super excited to try Eggslut as I only heard awesome reviews. Their bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is so simple, but the best breakfast sandwich I've ever tasted!



Blu Jam
Blu Jam is located in the Spring Arcade Building, which is also a cool building. The building has some great cafes, restaurants and gelato shops! Blu Jam is a fantastic spot that sources only organic and local ingredients. There was plenty of options on the menu and the coffee was flowing!


Dinner

Best Girl
Best Girl is at the base of the Ace Hotel. We decided to grab dinner after arriving at the hotel and we were not disappointed! The had a great selection of local beers and the spicy pork ragu was phenomenal. The decor is also really cute with boho interiors and random illustrations of celebrities on the walls. I even purchased a Tshirt before we left!

Patina
We went to Patina before the concert. It is french fine dining located in the Disney Concert hall. We shared a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir from Stevenson Barrie. It was so good I took a picture of the label and have started searching for it back in Vancouver. Patina offers a three or five-course menu with plenty of options to choose from. They even have a selection of freshly baked bread that they brought over to us between courses. We told them we were celebrating our anniversary and they brought out a tray of extra sweets with a handwritten note from the chef as well. Patina was a great experience!

We also ate at Shake Shack for burgers and shakes! Shake Shack is a must-do since we don't have it up in Vancouver!

Cocktails

There are plenty of great spots for cocktails in downtown LA. We spent our evenings at the concert and hockey game, but we did hit up a few great spots for cocktails!

Freehand is a chill lobby bar with lots of greenery! They also have free wifi and great small bites. We didn't have time to check out the rooftop since it was raining, but it's supposed to be lots of fun!

Upstairs located on the roof of the Ace Hotel. It has great views with firepits and amazing handcrafted cocktails.


What to Do

The Last Bookstore
We stumbled upon this bookstore and we were shocked at how cool it was! Cam has a soft spot for reading so he was in heaven. They have a massive selection of rare books and sell artwork & records as well. The upstairs section is like a maze with a tunnel of books and sections organized by colour. I highly recommend spending a few hours in here!


ROW DTLA
We found this spot on our last day. It's an outdoor mall of unique shops and food trucks. It was still pretty new with quite a few empty storefronts, but after speaking to one of the shop owners they mentioned that there are new tenants moving in all the time. It's an artsy warehouse district with pedestrian-only traffic. There are quite a few Instagram worthy spots in the area as well.



Universal Studios

We landed in LA on a Friday and decided last minute to purchase tickets to Universal Studios. It was supposed to be cold and rainy on a Saturday and we figured we would avoid the crowds, which we definitely did! Here are a few tips for visiting Universal Studios.

1. Buy your tickets online beforehand to save a few bucks!
2. You can bring your own snacks and water into the park. We picked up coffee and breakfast before grabbing an Uber and heading over. They let us bring in our coffees and said we were welcome to bring in snacks. I highly recommend this as food is highly overpriced in the park.
3. Head to Hogsmead for the Harry Potter rides between 8 and 9am. These open before the rest of the park and the lines are shortest in the morning.
4. Grab beverages before waiting in line for the rides. Almost all the restaurants serve beer so you can have a little fun while waiting in line.
5. Try butterbeer! It was SO delicious!



If you've ever been to LA share your favourite spots in the comments for our next visit!

*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own


My Favourite Functional Accessories

I am fairly selective and when it comes to the accessories I choose to wear. You will never find me wearing a chunky necklace with massive earings and a flashy clutch. Mostly because that's not my style, but also because if it doesn't serve a purpose I likely won't be caught wearing it. I believe that accessories can be minimalistic, yet still make a statement.

I have decided to round up some of my favourite cute and functional accessories to share with you!


WATCHES

First up are watches! I love a watch that makes a subtle statement and adds to an outfit. When I was younger I remember a few of my friends had Daniel Wellington watches and I admired how cute yet clasy they were. Fast foward to this last year and I was gifted the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Ashfield watch. I love how dainty and versitile it is and that I can easily tell time without pulling out my phone!

Use code GLASSOFSTYLE for 15% off a Daniel Wellington watch of your own

One of my other watches that I wear on the daily is my Apple watch. My husband gifted me an Apple Watch for Christmas (thanks babe) and I am still discovering the amazing features. It helps me track my workouts and so much more! I discovered Case Station recently and was able to customize a fashionable watch strap for my Apple watch! Check them out!

Here are some of my favourite watches:



BAGS

I carry my computer with me everywhere so I need something a bit bigger than a tote for my day to day. I like a bag that is big enough to hold all of the essentials: water bottle, camera, computer and lipgloss. I think purses can be a huge asset to any outfit and help us to carry all of the necessities. The bag I have been using recently is the Portovino wine purse, which also has an insulated pouch to insert a bag of wine... I've been carrying this everyday (sans wine) and it is a fantastic bag and gift! See below for more of my top bag choices:




GLASSES / SUNGLASSES

I have been wearing glasses for the last five years. My day job is for online eyewear provider Clearly.ca and Coastal.com managing influencer relationships. I have acquired a plethora of glasses which totally helps up my eyewear game. Glasses are still an under appreciated accesory and can make or break your look. I think glasses and sunglasses are the ultimate functional fashion accessory as they serve two different purposes: for protection and for style. As an eyewear expert, I've included some of my favourite affordable glasses frames:


PHONE CASES


Our phones have become a part of our outfits as we have our faces glued to them for majority of our waking hours. A phone case is essential in not only protecting our most coveted accessory, but also for style. I usually have 2 iPhone cases in rotation at any given time.





What are your favourite accessories that serve a functional purpose? I would love to hear what you can't live without in the comments!

*Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. I was gifted some of the items on this list, but all opinions are my own.

Holiday Shoe Style with ECCO


So far this season I've talked about a few holiday outfits that I adore, get ready because today it's all about the shoes! I'm a sucker for comfort and will definitely not sacrifice comfort for style. Thankfully ECCO has created some beautifully designed shoes that I can't get enough of! We have paired up with them to share some easy to style looks to wear over the holidays.


The first pair above is the ECCO Shape 75 Block Slip On's. I'm obsessed with this low cut style that resembles a bootie, but is actually a slip-on heel. Pointed toe shoes can be tough for me to pull off and I find they usually make my feet look too long or squish my toes, but these are flattering and super comfortable! ECCO's shoes are Danish designed and made from premium leather, which screams quality. They are perfect for everyday wear and also to dress up with a pair of jeans and a cozy sweater.

Scroll down to see my second look!

Outfit Details
Sweater (sold out) | Pants | Shoes | Glasses





This second look was perfect while shopping on Granville Island over the weekend. I enjoy a low heel to wear every day as I'm pretty tall, so these are great to wear to work or while walking around the shops. I dressed up the ECCO Shape 45 pointy block shoes by wearing them with a mini skirt a cream jacket, a pop of red and my favourite toque! This look is perfect for Christmas festivities and your feet will be snug, not sore.



Outfit details:



In collaboration with ECCO. The points articulated above are personal opinions, and are not those of ECCO.

Trend Alert: Star Print


While shopping, my eyes scan the racks (or web pages) and usually land on clothing that is neutral and monochromatic. I tend to gravitate to fairly simple prints and if I do pick a pattern it needs to be easy to pair with the rest of my wardrobe. Insert the star print. It's an effortless trend that is not too bright or too bold (if done right).

I fell in love with this celestial dress as I was perusing one of my favourite online stores, Boohoo. The galaxy-inspired print adds a bit of fun without being too extra. The fit is extremely flattering with a false wrap surplice and loose bell sleeves. It pairs extremely well with a pair of black booties and a cropped jean jacket. With holiday parties arriving quickly it also comes in red!

Keep scrolling to see how I wore this star dress and see more of my favourite star pieces!






Here are some of my favourite star printed items!





Photography by Bolandia

Day to Night Holiday Outfit

Day to Night Holiday Outfit

My all-time favourite holiday is Christmas. Not just because of the warm drinks, cozy nights with family or the classic holiday movies, but because I get to pull out some of my fancier winter clothes. Velvet, sequins and faux-fur - I can't WAIT to whip these items out of my closet!

It is also the busiest time of the year for me. Between working, shopping for gifts and attending holiday parties, I often find I need to dress for work and evening activities. I wanted to share a stylish holiday look that transitions well from day to night. This outfit doubles as the perfect 2 in 1.

Current obsession = crushed velvet. I picked this fun T-shirt and paired it with a black mini skirt from Dynamite (my love for Dynamite has grown since they launched their rewards program). With opaque tights, this look can be worn to work and then you're hit up a happy hour or a dinner party! This T-shirt can also be worn with dark denim and a cute pair of heels for a more conservative office look, with the crushed velvet adding a bit of holiday sparkle.

Scroll to the bottom to shop this post and to see a fun Life Lapse video that we created during this photoshoot!







Photos and Life Lapse by Bolandia


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Brands that Give Back

Giving back has always been important to Chanel and I. We were raised to offer help to those in need by donating a portion of our earnings or time. It's obvious that we like to shop, and if you can shop while helping people that's even better! We've found a few ethical brands that we really believe in and we're excited to share why!

We have a bit of a unique story and if you’ve been following us a while you may have heard it before but if not, here it is for those of you who are new around here.

We grew up in the beautiful Okanagan, close to the lake, with the belief that somewhere in the deep, unexplored depths lurks the Ogopogo, a mythical lake monster. With a little nudge from our parents, Chanel and I had the bright idea to capitalize on the tourism that doubles the population of our small hometown in the busy summer months. Over many laughs and dinnertime conversations, Ogopogo Poop was born. We packaged and labelled thousands of watermelon jelly beans over the following 7 years and successfully sold our product in more than 35 stores from as far as Osoyoos to Kelowna.

Simply selling our product wasn’t enough for us. From the very start we decided to donate twenty-five percent of our proceeds to various charities. It wasn’t enough for us to blindly write cheques to charities we didn’t know or trust, so we saved our every penny to go to these places and donate not only our money but our time and labour as well.

When I was 11 years old I was standing on top of a garbage dump in the sweltering heat of Puerto Vallarta overlooking the ocean littered with cruise ships, trying to hold my breath from the stench, while trying to comprehend the fact that this is where people live. Not only do they live in these conditions, the garbage is all that they have. It’s their livelihood and their home. It’s safe to say that this moment drastically changed the way that I viewed the world. From then on, we continued selling our product while raising funds and supplies for The Children of the Dump and even revisited them a few years later.

Although the business hasn’t been around for years now, we try our best to keep the social awareness/activism alive in our everyday actions and choices. One of the things we believe to be important is conscious consumerism. Our everyday purchases and decisions add up and can have a drastic impact on the world, which is why we try to shop local and support brands who are doing good things. (Chanel touched on this a little bit in her Poppy Barley post)

Here are a couple brands that I’ve found recently that uphold these values.


Tribe of Lambs
When travelling India, my friend Bobbi discovered that India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world. 2.1 million people are living with the virus and approximately 170,000 of these are under the age of 15. Bobbi and her business partner Phil decided to create Tribe of Lambs in order to do something about this!

They spend part of their year in India working with artisans and developing strong relationships to create quality and ethically made jewelry. Their artisans know that their products are directly helping children in their community and are paid fairly to do it. Tribe of Lambs donates 100% of their proceeds to Indian non-government organizations, homes and orphanages who work solely for the care and education of children who are either infected or affected by the HIV virus. Not only are their products trendy and fashionable but they are making a big difference on a global scale.










Milk Jar
I came across Milk Jar when I was browsing in some small local shops. Upon smelling their captivating scents I was instantly drawn in but when I found out what they stood for, I  was hooked.

They are 100% soy candles with a natural wood wick, free of paraffin wax, palm wax and dyes. They don't come with a useless lid that will just end up in the garbage. Not only do they smell great, but they also donate $1 from each purchase to a local charity here in Calgary AND $1 from every returned jar to a featured charity.

I love my bergamot and blood orange!







Give Guatemala
Give Guatemala works closely with local designers and artisans to provide them fair wages and sales of their products. Not only do they enable a sustainable and comfortable life for their workers but they also donate a portion of their wages to local charities.

Pictured here are the Worry Doll Coasters. Traditionally you are to whisper your worries to the dolls, place them under your pillow and sleep your worries away. Each coaster is made with 12 worry dolls, plexiglass and repurposed wood so you can now drink your worries away.







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I hope you feel inspired to think twice about the brands you support and where you're spending your money. Now, more than ever, we need to promote love and unity! Who knew you could do that with your buying power.

Xo,

Emily

The Ultimate Okanagan Road Trip


We both grew up in the Okanagan (Summerland to be more specific) and we try to visit as much as we possibly can. With both of us living in different provinces, trips home are always extra special. Each time we make the road trip to Summerland it seems like there are always new wineries popping up or new things to try. We've decided to put together a list of our favourite things to do in the Okanagan and along the way.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES IN THE OKANAGAN

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1. Wine Tour


If you've been following us for a while, you know that wine is sort of our thing. We have had the opportunity to get to know quite a few of the great Okanagan wineries and each offers a unique experience. Our goal for every visit home is to try a new winery. We have a list of favourites for each area which we'll need to cover in a completely different post, but a few of our must-tries are Dirty Laundry (fun & saucy atmosphere), Joie (delicious rose), Church and State (beautiful tasting room and views) and Covert Farms (lots of fun activities for the whole family).

2. Farmers Market


We love to shop. That also includes farmer's markets! They are a great way to check out local artisanal products and fresh food. Emily has also fallen in love with baking and using local ingredients helps to make the final product even more delicious. If you haven't seen her amazing strawberry rhubarb pie recipe, check it out here. The Penticton farmer's market is one of our favourites. It's every Saturday morning until the end of October.

3. Beach or Boat Day


We are lake girls at heart and love a good beach day. If you can get on a boat to explore the Okanagan lake, the views are even better! There's something about near the water that is so relaxing. Our favourite beaches are all on the south end of the Okanagan lake and include Powell beach, Skaha beach and Okanagan beach.

4. Kangaroo Farm


If you're an animal lover check out the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Lake Country. The farm is a family non-commercial farm and offers a loving home for different kangaroo species, sugar gliders, goats, pigs and even a capybara. It's a pretty fun petting zoo experience and you can even snuggle with the baby joey's if you're lucky!

5. Othello Tunnels


The last time I visited the Hope Othello tunnels was back in elementary school. On my most recent trip back to Vancouver we decided to make the stopover and take in the sights. The tunnels and bridges were once old train passageways and are an easy walk. There are beautiful rivers that roar under the bridges and the water is crystal blue. If you're coming from Vancouver I highly recommend making the extra stop!

Additional Tips


  • If you're looking to visit wineries during your trip, a great time to go is in the Spring or the Fall. This way you avoid the busy tourist season!
  • If you're looking for accommodations I would highly suggest the Summerland Waterfront Resort. It's quiet and right on the water. A few other places to stay that we recommend are: The many great Airbnb's and the abundance of campgrounds.
  • There are many great ski resorts to see during the winter! Big White, Apex and Silver Star are some awesome spots!


Have you visited the Okanagan valley before? Let us know what your favourite activity is in the Okanagan in the comments below!