Notting Hill 07.15.16

If you have ever followed a London Instagram account, I’m sure you’ve seen the charming neighbourhood of Notting Hill.  With an array of colourful, pastel homes lining the streets, the few blocks feels like it could be a little town in itself.  Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a million photos of the darling doors.  It’s official, if I move to London this is the neighbourhood I’m moving to!

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Would you live in Notting Hill?  

Xo

Lauren

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London 07.14.16

London!  I’ve dreamt of visiting England since I was little, so to actually be there was beyond belief.  I never tired of exploring the city and its fascinating history and culture.  There was truly something around every corner that was worth seeing.  And lucky us, we visited “gloomy and rainy London” during a heat spell!  The rain jacket that took up a quarter of my suitcase – its only use was as a pillow!

I was surprised at how much London reminded me of Vancouver – without the mountains and the ocean, of course!  Especially St. James’ Park, with runners, picnickers and lots of wildlife scurrying around.

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Minus the red telephone booths.  You don’t see those in Vancouver!  Silly me thought that they’d all just be for show now…  haha, turns out that they’re all still in use!

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And this just covers our first few hours in London!  We had tons more adventures over the next few weeks that I’ll be sharing as soon as I have the time.  Olympics and pre-university jitters have got a lot of my time occupied at the moment 🙂

Also, pardon the fact that I’m wearing a Lululemon sports bra as a crop top.  Haha, insomnia on a 10 hour journey can do crazy things to a girl 🙂

Wearing: Zara Skirt // Lululemon Sports Bra //  Nike Roshe One White Runners // Tiffany & Co Necklace

Xo

Lauren

Lunch: The Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella

I returned home this weekend, sad to have paused my adventures abroad, but excited to get back into the swing of things at home.  There’s just under a month until I’m off to university!

The last few days I’ve been overcome with jet lag, so the majority of my time has been spent watching the olympics – which have been awesome!  I’m still trying to organize my photos from the trip, but I promise that I’ll have them up soon!

Today, however, I’m sharing my amazing time at plant-based food blogger Ella Mills (Woodward) of Deliciously Ella and her husband, Matthew’s, deli.  The Mae Deli offers delicious and healthy food, in a cozy and homey environment.  The staff was unbelievably friendly and I’ll admit, I had a bit of a fan girl moment when I saw the shop!

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The most popular lunch option is the Mae Bowl – which gives you a generous portion of four dishes of your choice.

I chose the Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew with Brown Rice, the Mediterranean Tomato Salad, the Summer Slaw and the Squash and Summer Veg Quinoa.  I’ve made this stew so many times at home and it was incredible to try the authentic dish at the deli owned by the genius who created it!

We also got a peanut butter slice for dessert!  I love that they have so many tasty options that are all wheat, dairy and refined sugar free.

I 100% agree with their philosophy!
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I couldn’t resist picking up a Mae Deli bag as a keepsake!

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I still can’t believe I’ve been to The Mae Deli!  I adore Ella’s cookbooks and outlook on a healthy lifestyle and am so jealous of Londoners who can visit her deli on a weekly basis.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon!

Xo

Lauren

Nanaimo 2016

All graduated and done with exams, my pre-school friend and I were taken by our moms on a surprise getaway – surprise meaning we didn’t know where we were going until we got there.  The nameless destination made it a tad difficult to pack, even for one night!  The morning of, when we took the exit towards Tsawwassen, we figured it out; Nanaimo was the location where we’d be spending the next couple of days.  It was both wistful and exciting to be staying at the very resort that we had both frequented as children.

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Of course, before even getting there we had to hit up Coombs, the market famous for its goats on the roof!  They’d built a new building for the ice cream shop since I’d last visited.

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There was the most adorable little shop with these gorgeous flower crowns beside it.

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Nostalgia – when I tasted that bubble gum ice cream I used to devour as a kid.

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Again for old-times sake, chicken strips and fries at the little Coombs restaurant.

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I had lots of fun hanging out with my crab friends and frolicking – literally – at the beach.
  
  

Somehow climbing this was easier when we were little.


Wearing: Zara Shoulderless Top // American Eagle Shorts // Aldo Sunglasses // Aritzia Shirt // Lululemon Shorts // Lululemon Tank 

I had so much fun on the little getaway!  Sometimes a couple of days is all you need to recharge.  Now only eight days until the big trip!

Any ideas where I’m off to?

Xo

Lauren

Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2016

With classes finished and course selection completed for next year, I am finally finding the time to share these photos from our wonderful visit to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.  It’s only been two months 🙂

Being surrounded by the endless varieties of tulips was breathtaking.  Is there anything better than having a chromatic array of fresh flowers at your fingertips?

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Wearing: Steve Madden Booties (similar) // Zara Jeans (similar) // Plenty Top (similar) // Lululemon Free To Be Wild Sports Bra // Zara Coat (similar)

Reminiscing on all these floral fields has me anxious for the lavender fields I’ll be visiting in England in a month!

Xo

Lauren

Friday Favourites

Today was my last day of high school classes – ahhhh!  I’m so ready to move on to bigger, better things and was thrilled to hear the bell ring one last time.  Although I will admit that the day has kickstarted a few fluttery feelings in my gut.  I’m celebrating the end of exams and my high school life with a Dairy Queen sundae, Finding Dory and a few of my favourite favourites from the week.

Favourite Workout Video (PlyoJam Sexy Butt Workout):

 

Favourite Quotes: * Cue the thrilled/relieved/nostalgic/anxious tears *

%22And so the adventure begins%22%22It's the oldest story in the world...%22

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dream Destinations (26 days until I leave for these beautiful places – and a couple more!):

Notting Hill Door

Notting Hill, London, England

Nerja Spain

Nerja, Costa del Sol, Spain

Favourite Bite (Sunflower Seed, Kale and Cherry Salad with Savoury Granola by Half Baked Harvest):

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What’s inspired you this week?

Xo

Lauren

Oscars 2016

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  1. Daisy Ridley was a force to be reckoned with in this stunning midi gown by Chanel Haute Couture. The Star Wars gal’s dress took over 1000 hours and 20 people to create, but we can all agree that it was well worth it.
  2. Chrissy Teigen – as always – is blowing everyone away in this elegant Marchesa gown. And nothing beats that baby bump!
  3. Rachel McAdams defines simplistic beauty in this August Getty gown. The deep back and the slit add a show stopping touch.
  4. Jennifer Lawrence was captivating in this Dior Haute Couture gown. Her sleek bob won best hair for the evening.
  5. Naomi Watts’ Armani Privé gown glimmered and frankly she reminded me of a mermaid, which was pretty cool.
  6. Margot Robbie shone in this gold snakeskin texturized gown by Tom Ford.
  7. Saoirse Ronan embraced her Irish heritage in this emerald sequin Calvin Klein number.
  8. Cate Blanchett was regal in this Armani Privé gown. The robin’s egg blue highlighted her skin tone and the detail brought a unique look to the red carpet.
  9. Priyanka Chopra’s classy and feminine dress by Zuhair Murad was beautiful on the red carpet.
  10. Alicia Vikander was the belle of the ball in this classy strapless gown by Louis Vuitton. Congratulations on your win for best supporting actress, Alicia!
  11. Olivia Munn brought colour to the runway in this tangerine Stella McCartney one shoulder gown.
  12. Rooney Mara’s Givenchy Haute Couture dress had lace detailing that was accentuated by her deep lipstick.

Which red carpet look did you love most?

Xo

Lauren