PINK

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Today I'm excited to be doing a collaboration with Bree from The Urban Umbrella and Sam from OTI Samantha. Samantha is doing a "colour series" on her blog and reached out to Bree and I to showcase some of our favourite pink outfits for this series. You all know I friggin love pink so this was an easy one for me! Pink is so often ignored in the colder months so I wanted to show off a winter/early spring coat that brings a pop of pink to your cold weather wardrobe. Hope you like it!


On Me:
Coat: Ever New. Similar: here and here
Heels: Express
Purse: Michael Kors

On Sam:
Top: Forever 21.
Skirt: Forever 21. 
Clutch: Far Far Away Bags

On Bree:
 
Skirt: Chic Wish
Blouse: H&M. Similar: here and here

Heels: Old. Similar: here and here 

Today I have a day out of court (the first day in over a week and a half) and I am actually happy about that! I have tons of office work and research to do so I am really excited to have a day at my desk, drinking coffee and getting my work done. I am so lucky to love what I do so much that this "work" barely feels like work at all. Hope you all have a great day ahead of you. 
 

Spring White & a "Shop the Blogger Closet Sale"






Dress: Ever New. Similar: here and here
Purse: Old. Similar: here and here
Heels: Express
Earrings:
Ever New. Similar: herehere and here
Lipstick: NARS Audacious in "Anita"

Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to show this dress I am in LOVE with that I wore to a brunch event 2 weeks ago. I am always drawn to the timeless, classic look of white dresses for spring and summer. Paired with neutral accessories (like the white earrings and nude pumps I'm wearing) the look stays polished and perfect for a brunch (... though if you are a total slob like I am please be careful; I had hollandaise sauce on this dress within minutes of sitting down haha)

Hope you all have exciting weekend plans! Im off to my friend Kristi's Bachlorette on Saturday and then have a super cool event on Sunday! What is this event you may ask? ... and does it relate to your completely weird and unclear post title?  Well indeed you genius readers you it does! Here goes:

On Sunday, March 29th from 11am – 3pm I’m participating in a super cool event called Shop The Blogger Closet with 10 of Vancouver’s well-known style bloggers. There will be a bake sale, photobooth, and popup shop featuring Vancouver Candle Company as well as the opportunity to network with some of Vancouver’s top fashion influencers! So, if you are in the Vancouver, Canada area this Sunday please head to the Facebook group for RSVP info and come on by! I would LOVE to meet you in person!! For a sneak peek at some of the items I will be selling see the below pics. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!












Travel Guide: Uganda


Good morning readers! As you may recall, last week I wrote about my experience in Tanzania. While I was living in Tanzania I also traveled to neighboring Uganda for a week, and that is what I wanted to talk about today.

I love Uganda. The people are incredibly friendly, and the adventures are endless! As you can probably tell from the above photo I am a bit of an "adventure" traveler. If it involves swimming with sharks, riding elephants, or exploring volcanoes count me in! So, when my friend Jon (whom I was visiting in Uganda) suggested we white water raft The Nile I jumped at the opportunity! 


Jon and I did a day trip to the southern city of Jinja in order to whit water raft the Nile. In addition to loving the rafting, I actually weirdly enjoyed traveling there. One thing I love about Uganda is the scenery - from extremely lush to very dry the views are always something to admire. Additionally, one of my FAVOURITE foods I ate in Uganda can only be acquired during bus travel ... Does that sound odd? Well, you need to travel Uganda by bus and try "bus stop" Chapati and then talk to me haha.

Essentially, when traveling the country by bus you end up going through bus stops that are filled with people reaching food and other trinkets up to the bus window to be purchased. Every time we travelled anywhere Jon and I got the Chapati, which is a doughy pancake like food that is incredibly delicious.  


*Ordering our bus stop Chapati*

While visiting Uganda I spent the majority of my time in the capital, Kampala. Kampala was quite a modern city with a variety of cool shops and restaurants. I loved being able to buy fabrics from local retailers at every turn. I bought so many fabrics which I brought back to Canada to display on their own, turn into pillows, and even turn into dresses. 


* A selection of the fabrics I brought home with me*

The final city I visited in Uganda (other than Kampala and Jinja) was Gulu. Visiting Gulu was something I had wanted to do for years. In 2008 I worked for the non-profit Invisible Children which was founded by three young guys after having witnessed the destruction in Gulu at the hands of Joseph Kony and his rebel army, the L.R.A. Invisible Children began as a grassroots organization that grew to produce a number of short documentary films, help build a number of schools in Gulu, provide scholarships for Gulu students and employ a number of women to handcraft goods for sale in the US and Canada. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the Invisible Children Gulu Office and getting to tour one of the high schools IC helped build.

While in Gulu Jon (who was also a law student) and I were tasked with attending the first day of a trial of a former L.R.A. commander. We were to observe and report as necessary. The trial was an experience I will never forget. 

 







As I'm sure you can tell my experience in Uganda was WAY too intense and busy to sum up in one blog post, but, I will leave you with a few remaining photos and thoughts on this amazing experience:

1) If in Uganda you must try: Nile Special Beer, Chapati & Mandazi (a donut-y treat)

2) You also must explore more than just Kampala - check out Jinja in the south and Gulu in the North

3) On Saturdays there is a farmer's market in Kampala that is definitely worth checking out. It has so many beautiful fabrics, dresses and paintings all made by locals


*The view from Jon's apartment in Kampala*

*the mode of transport around Kampala- Boda'ing*

*The BEST East African beer (Nile Special)... which we are using to take our daily malaria pills... that part is not recommended haha*

Wednesday Wants


Happy Wednesday everyone! How is everyone's week going?  I was so busy the last two weeks (working days in court, then night court, and then weekend bail court) so I took a "long weekend" and visited my sister in Northern British Columbia this past Saturday to Monday night.  It was so great to see everyone - except we all got sick! Needless to say, we were a house full of sickies, all cooped up watching movies and drinking tea. 

Being sick had me dreaming of summer when people aren't always getting colds so today's Wednesday Wants are full of summery things - from pineapples, to stripes to bright colours. Hope you enjoy them! Wish me luck on kicking this cold's butt ASAP!

My Mama - Classy and Chic in your 50s and 60s

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Turtleneck: Old. Similar: here and here 
Pants: LNA Similar: here
 Flats: Old. Similar: here, here and here
Purse: Michael Kors
Necklace: Aldo

How glam is my mom you guys!?! My mama came into town to visit me and I talked her into doing some photos for the blog! She was so hesitant but I persisted.. and let's be honest I can be darn pushy and insistent about things haha.

My mom is a huge style icon for me. She LOVES to tell her friends about how I steal her suits to wear to court haha. Growing up I remember thinking she always looked classy. Her outfits were always put together and she ALWAYS had pink lipstick on. Nowadays, She loves sheath dresses and classic jewelry like pearls.

I love this particular outfit for her. It's a perfect "day out" outfit - the comfy shoes and stretchy pants make walking everywhere a breeze, while the statement necklace and pop of pink make the outfit look polished and chic.

My mom is coming back into town this week for just 2 days, so I am excited to get to see her again (even if it's only for a quick mimosa brunch! haha)

Polette Eyewear: Glasses for us "screen addicts"


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A few months back a friend told me about an online eyewear retailer; Polette. I made a mental note to check out them out when I had time - just to see the pretty glasses - but I had no intention of buying anything as I haven't worn glasses since I got laser eye surgery in 2009!   I completely forgot about them for a while until one day I was complaining to a co-worker about how much I had been staring at my computer screen that day, and how my eyes hurt. It was then that she mentioned "E-Polette" - a non-prescription collection of eyewear designed by Polette that reduces blue light/glare in order to PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM COMPUTER SCREENS!

How cool is that?!?

I immediately went and checked out Polette and was so glad that I did!! The entire process of selecting my glasses was fun! As you can see below they have a really cool feature where you can add a photo of yourself (and then size it as directed) to see what the various frames would look like on your face.


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I decided to go with the "E-Brooklyn" glasses. I love em! They are a bit oversized which I feel a little "trying to be a hipster" while wearing... but I secretly really enjoy that. 

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Glasses: Polette c/o 
Wall Letter:
Chapters. Similar: here and here 
PJ Set:
H&M. Similar: here
Over-the-Knee Socks:
Forever 21 
 Coffee Mug: Chapters
Phone Case: Michael Kors

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I find myself wearing my E-Brooklyn's whenever I am stuck spending a day out of court (ugh)... which means sitting in front of a computer all day. I also wear them on lazy weekend mornings when I curl up in bed and catch up on tv shows (I am loving Vampire Diaries & Girls right now) and blogs.

Needless to say, I LOVE these glasses in particular, but also the entire concept of E-eyewear. I would highly recommend it to anyone who, like me, has wayyyy to much screen time in their day!

The one thing I have to tell you though that I did not love about Polette is that it is very slow shipping. ...We're talking molasses at Christmas time here. It was just over one month from when I ordered my glasses to when I received them. I still recommend these glasses (and will still totally be ordering another pay myself!) but I just wanted to point this out to all of you so you are aware.

Travel & Fashion - Tanzania



 * The sign in front of my office, wearing one of my custom made office dresses* 

A few years ago now, the summer after first year law school, I had the privilege of going to Tanzania for 3 months to work as an intern at a women's legal aid clinic. The experience was challenging, rewarding, at times terrifying, and a hell of a lot of fun.

I lived and worked in the capital, Dar es Salaam. I rented a small house with 2 other interns in a local neighbourhood (ie. not an expact community). I loved our house, it was bright and vibrant - filled with local artifacts. We also had a rooster that lived in the backyard (I named him George). George was my favourite because he was pretty much incompetent at his only job (being a rooster). He would - without fail - cock-a-doodle-do exactly 20 minutes after the sun rose every morning. As a total non-morning person I friggin loved him. George got me.


* My house *

I loved the work I got to do while in Tanzania, but more than that, I loved meeting and getting to know the phenomenal women I got to work with. From other lawyers, to social workers, to friends working in the peace corps, everyone was so passionate. It was uplifting to say the least.

Ok, I know you are all reading this for fashion too so let me get to that! The fashion in Tanzania was incredible. What many people don't know is that Tanzania is quite the mix of traditional East African culture and Indian culture. There is a large and vibrant Indian diaspora community in Tanzania. It creates, in my opinion, a culture and life that is really unique to Tanzania. By way of fashion, there are many Kangas and Katenges (traditional Tanzanian fabrics) with bold and bright patterns, but, there are also traditional indian garments such as Sari's.

I was lucky enough to live and work primarily in Dar, but I also spent a lot of time with friends in a nearby village called Bagamoyo. The town is home to an amazingly talented seamstress who made me a number of beautiful pieces of clothing. 


Living in Tanzania for as long as I did there was no doubt that I needed to get appropriate clothing for different local functions. Let me tell you, I did NOT have to be asked twice to "Go get traditional clothing made" haha. I jumped at the opportunity. Below are photos of me with my colleagues in a number of the dresses and outfits I had made.


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See what I mean about bright and bold colours?! To me, the whole country just exudes vibrance. Below are a few photos that my dear friend Hannah took that I think really illustrate this: 

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The other AMAZING part about Tanzania that I have to tell you about is the Safari that I took in Ngorongoro National Park just outside Arusha, Tanzania. An African Safari was something that was on my bucket list, and to be honest I am still in shock that I was able to cross it off my list. My safari was everything I ever could have imagined and more. My roomate/colleague Madison and I did a 4 day safari where we slept in tents RIGHT ON THE SERENGETI ... literally no fences, no nothing, just us plunked down in the middle of the wilderness. 

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*Madison and my tent- day one*

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*Going on safari in our 4X4. Madison and I met up with two American guys also wanting to do a safari, so we joined up with them and spent our days in this 4x4 watching the animals together* 

I couldn't believe how many animals we saw on safari, nor how close we were to them. In particular I had, shall we say, a "situation" with a zebra... but I'll tell you about that at the end. First, here are my favourite pictures from my safari:
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And last, I leave you with my zebra story (and a favourite Zebra picture). So, it's the middle of the night and I wake up and realize I have to pee. Not an "I can wait till morning pee, but a my-bladder-is-exploding type of pee". I realize that I am going to need to leave the tent in the middle of the night and walk to the nearby outhouse.

On go my boots, on goes my head lamp, unzip goes the tent door, and out I go. Now, being considerate, I decided not to turn my headlight on until I had walked a few steps away from the tent so as to not wake Madison. So, in complete darkness I step one step around the corner of our tent and *BAM* .... I was standing face to face with a ZEBRA. After a solid few seconds of both of us standing there staring at each other frozen, I turned and BOOKED IT the other direction {swearing and screaming like a crazy person, of course}. Thankfully, I made it safely to the outhouse and back to my tent (taking a very long route around Mr. Zebra) without any further incident. All I could think though is; seriously!?! Who the heck RUNS INTO A ZEBRA?!?! The things that happen to me :S, hahaha. 


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