welcome the weekend

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No matter what your plans are for the upcoming Canada Day long weekend (or any summertime long-weekend for that matter), the above are some of my favourite items to enjoy with a little sunshine, a little road trip, a little car camping, or a little backyard patio relaxation.  I never leave the house without my aviators, and the light seaside scarf is my new favourite summertime accessory.  A cute maxi dress is a great way to stay cool in the heat, but can also be dressed up for the evening if you’re in need of one outfit that can do it all.  I have the scarf, it’s from Target and the dress is quite a bit longer on me than this girl, from Macy’s. Cheers to three days off!

SunsetScarf ◊ Inferno ◊ Bag

If you’re not sure how to spend this west-coast long weekend, I have a few historic small town suggestions for you! They are great places to go to do some window shopping, to find unique antiques, have a delicious bite to eat, and enjoy a waterfront trail whether it be ocean or river. Small towns are my favourite places to visit because they are sure to be full of local flavour, historic architecture, and unique shopping. Happy Travels!

Fort Langley, BC
Steveston, BC
Fairhaven, WA
Anacortes, WA
Gibsons, BC

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an ombre easter

I have been waiting weeks to make Easter eggs!  The day I received the newest (egg covered) copy of Edible Vancouver turned out to be my decorating day as well!  There’s something so simply enjoyable about decorating eggs.  It’s just too bad I don’t like hard boiled eggs, or I would have made more.  Since I’ve moved away from my aunt, I haven’t had the chance to make any Pysanka eggs in awhile and those are by far my favourite.  I love making different designs and creations with the wax resist method and bold bright colours.  I will have to go home for Easter one year and get her to teach me all over again.  For now I’ll stick with the tried and true dip-dyeing method.  This year I tried to be a bit creative and create an ombre design.  After a couple trial and errors I finally figured out how best to tilt the jar to keep the egg in place while adding additional water to fade the secondary layers.  The red egg turned out great, and the yellow would have too if it wasn’t so light of a colour.  I recommend trying this method, especially if you have extra eggs to practice with… trust me you’ll need them.  Despite producing only one true ombre egg (the blue one is kinda funny lookin) I think they will look quite pretty on the table on Easter morning.  My first try, the green one, produced a kind of watercolour look that I actually kind of like. (I must remember not to use my favourite colour for my initial tester next time).IMG_0030 Continue reading