Entertaining Guests

Since you’ve heard me drone on now for weeks about my upcoming trip to Maui, you may have wondered whether or not I’ll be posting from the sandy shores of Hana or Lahaina during my two week stay in paradise. The answer is a strong and unequivocal “NO”. This blog is my baby and all, but sometimes…mama just needs some alone time.

So while I’m gone, I am very fortunate to have some of the most beautiful and talented ladies in the blogosphere keeping you all entertained instead. I was so happy when Devon, Crystal, Sarah, Megan and Kate agreed to post – they all have the most enviable style and are incredibly sweet to boot, so if you haven’t become acquainted with them yet, you can get a head start now before their respective guest posts. Keep your eye out for them on this space from April 27 to May 7!

In other news…here are a few snapshots from my week. From Pender Island relaxation to Bailey being his usual weird self, my Instagram engine was kicked into full force, as per usual – I’m way too obsessed with it! My username is “tovogueorbust” – follow me if you want to see at least one beautiful puppy face, one sunset/seascape and one food porn shot per day. Those are my specialties.

My friend’s cabin (though, as I mentioned before, it’s more of a woodland spa resort or something).

Yeah…I know. Breathtakingly beautiful.

My favourite meals are usually the simplest. Here: toasted sourdough slices with avocado basil puree, parmesan shavings, tomato slices and cracked pepper. So. Good.

Bailey…not as stealth as he thinks he is.

Prepping for vacay! The first order of business = packing all beauty and fashion essentials. Bright, happy polishes from Nail Polish Canada ready to be packed.

One of our meals on Pender: wild rice risotto, spinach salad with basil vinaigrette and miso-maple-glazed salmon.

Spring!!! It may be hard to remember it now that it’s been raining steadily for the past little while, but we did have some beautiful sunshine for a bit there.

Bailey’s new pals at the dog park! They were all looking for a sunk tennis ball for like…25 minutes. Dogs have such beautifully simple minds.

Another beautiful sunny day. I love when the wind picks up how chaotically strewn the clouds become – I’ll seriously miss my runs on the Seawall when I’m in TO!

Speaking of Toronto, I have now officially signed my sublet contract and booked my flight!!! So unbelievably excited…a bit nervous too of course, but I feel really good about this new experience. As much as I love my West Coast summers, I’m excited to see what’s different about East Coast summers too. The first thing I’ll have to adjust to: calling cabins “cottages.” It just makes me giggle for some reason.

With that, I’m off! One of my bloggy besties Cee organized some going-away drinks tonight at Havana on Commercial St, so happy that I get to see some of my favourite girls before I go! Will undoubtedly have pics to post from the night for next week.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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  1. 4.20.12
    Leah said:

    These pictures are beautiful and I can only imagine how wonderful Maui will be! Have fun and enjoy your 'mama' time. 😉

  2. 4.20.12
    Shannon said:

    Can't wait to hear about your trip to Maui. We are leaving next week for 2 weeks in Hawaii as well, but we are going to O'ahu and Kauai. How nice that we both will get a fabulous Hawaiian vacation! 🙂


  3. 4.20.12

    what a views! they are amazing



  4. 4.20.12
    An To said:

    looks like you had such a lovely day! hope you have fun in Maui! it's so beautiful there!

  5. 4.20.12
    Marisa said:

    What a great round-up of bloggers! Can't wait to see what they'll be contributing to your blog while you're gone. Two weeks in Maui sounds perfect and so glad you found a place to live in TO! Have a great weekend celebrating lovely!


  6. 4.20.12

    looking forward to ti! I want your nail lacquers! happy fri! xO!

  7. 4.20.12
    Erin said:

    Have a great trip! Will miss your outfits but I'm excited to discover some new style bloggers in the process 🙂


  8. 4.20.12
    Joana said:

    So excited that you were able to have guest bloggers posting here, but also because you get to REALLY rest a little.

    Bailey's photos are so so cute. I really miss having a lil friend 🙁

    xo Joana

  9. 4.20.12

    Have a great time! So sweet that they are helping you. Your doggie is so cute. Congrats on the new chapter of your life.



  10. 4.20.12
    jamie said:

    omg, so jealous of your trip!! hope you have tons of fun girlie! take lots of photos 😉 have the time of your life!

    <3 james

  11. 4.20.12

    Toronto, how exciting! I love seeing your dog photos on Instagram. I am a sucker for big dogs! Bailey is adorable 🙂 Looking forward to seeing some of my favorite guest bloggers on your blog!!

  12. 4.21.12

    Ohh I love these guest bloggers, exxcited to see their posts. That food looks sooo delicious, and isn't it amazing how easily entertained dogs are?! So jealous

  13. 4.21.12
    Aney Mei said:

    I can't wait to see the guest posts. While they're doing that, I hope you enjoy your lovely vacation away!

  14. 4.21.12
    Well... said:

    Haha, sneaky Bailey is too cute 🙂
    And ooh, I'm actually excited to see these guest bloggers! Haha, way to round up these amazing people. It'll be good to take a break anyway. Hope you have a fun and relaxing time!

    Trendy Teal

  15. 4.21.12

    the instagram pictures are great!! would love to eat with that amazing landscape in front 😀 amazing!!!!


  16. 4.21.12

    Wishing you a beautiful time away & I look forward to your posts upon your return. Love the nailpolishes by the way, epecially the Essie one.
    Take care.
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  17. 4.21.12
    Cee said:

    You have such a star studded line-up for your time off, I'm kind almost not sure I'm going to miss you? Kidding! Ha ha, I'm hilarious, I know 😉 Seriously though, you have lined up a group of stars and I cannot wait to see what they come up it for your time in Maui.

    Also, kind of obsessed with watching your life via Instagram. Especially the food part. That avocado and tomato toast makes me drool literally every time I see the picture.

    Lots of love, pally. Can't wait for Tuesday!


  18. 4.21.12

    have fun! love your photos! all over your guest bloggers!

    xoxo, andie
    Fashionista's Pick


  19. 4.21.12
    Sandy Joe said:

    Your instagram is a constant reminder of why I want to move to the coast. BADLY.

    x The Pretty Secrets

  20. 4.21.12

    Great photos! And cute nail polish colours 🙂


  21. 4.21.12
    claude said:

    I totally understand that you want a blog free vacation, some real vacation without 'wasting' (you know I don't mean that blog writing is wasting time, but on holidays one has better things to do:))
    love your instapics, I'm gonna follow as soon as I find my ipod again haha

    xx claude

  22. 4.21.12
    Elisabeth said:

    Wow your vacation sounds wonderful, you've deserved it. I'm sure you think of us readers even though you're on vacation, it seems to be a common feature among bloggers, that we never stop blogging in our mind. But if you manage to keep us out, please remember to enjoy yourself! You're so kind for having guest bloggers taking care of your blog in the meantime! That shows true effort on your part.
    I love risotto and your photos are stunning!
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

    E from Helsinki

  23. 4.21.12
    monica said:

    omg your friends cabin is beautiful!!!!

  24. 4.22.12

    Nice pics !! Come to visit my page and follow me if you love it !

  25. 4.22.12
    LeeLee said:

    Beautiful photos.

  26. 4.22.12

    oh yes Momma, you take that break and live it up right!!! well done and i'm looking forward to taking in all the goodness your guests will be posting while you're away.

    ahhhhhh, more Pender Isle bliss. i mean there's no bad angle to be seen, especially when puppehs are in the pic. the meals, the blossoms and those stunning shorelines really have me itching for a boat ride somewhere soon too.

    i LOVED seeing you the other night, can't believe you're gonna be gone but that send off for you was definitely something i'll cherish till the next time we get a hang sesh. i will miss you dearly but i know this new move is gonna break ground for such an amazing life ahead for you!!!!! go to your destiny and live large. xo ♥

  27. 4.22.12

    my gosh, who in this world has such a pretty cabin? I'd call it a mansion or something, haha. That view is amazing! I wish I could stay there too 🙂 I'm happy to hear you had a great time there and I also hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂 x

  28. 4.22.12

    Enjoy your vacation! I've never been to Hawaii but I heard it's wonderful 🙂 I already follow you on Instagram!


  29. 4.22.12
    Sam said:

    The vacation sounds like its going to be a grand adventure! So exciting…and you're right sometimes you've gotta take a mini break from blogging. Beautiful pictures, the cabin looks like a dream!

  30. 4.23.12
    Kelly said:

    have a fun time away!


  31. 4.23.12
    Jo Bao said:

    Gorgeous cabin view, I am so jealous. It is amazingly beautiful. I hope you have a blast, I really want to get out of Vancouver right now and go somewhere nice and warm. Bailey is such an adorable dog <3 cuteeeeee.

    Jo Bao ♥

  32. 4.23.12

    I don't blame you— take time for yourself in Maui! In the meantime these are some great photos!

  33. 4.23.12
    Floortje said:

    I really love your blog dear!
    Keep posting!


  34. 4.23.12

    Don´t be nervous!!! have fun!!
    My favourite meals are usually the simplest too!!! but in my case i guess is beacuse i´m too lazy hahahaha.

    Sorry i didn´t answer you about the header.. i´ll send you an email as soon as i have a little bit of time 😉


  35. 4.25.12

    Nice !!

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