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February 1, 2019

Catch Flights, Not Feelings

Catch Flights, Not Feelings
February 1, 2019
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I would much rather wander, and spend my life creating adventure in my daily life than settle down into a routine. Only boring people get bored, and I refuse to have a "normal" life. I want to be wild, unpredictable and wander the globe. I want to meet interesting people, make friends and fall in love with beautiful things. Basically be unapologetically fearless in the pursuit of chasing my dreams.  Challenging the status quo, if you will. The world is my oyster, and I should be diving for pearls.




I have never been afraid to eat alone, go to the movies alone, live alone, shop alone and travel alone. I actually cherish my alone time more than I'd like to admit. It makes me feel lionhearted in the fact that I have absolutely no issue buying an international flight and spending my time exploring a foreign place all by my lonesome. I'm always looking for love, but I don't find it in people often. If I find it in a person, it's because they make me feel encouraged to fulfill all my dreams and they fill me with joy. I've given up on finding love in a person, I don't think I have what people are looking for. I am desperate for a change of scenery, I am tired of having excuses fed to me and I am not going to waste my life waiting on a man to make time for me. If I'm not a priority now I never will be, but I know I will be a priority on my flights when I need peanuts or a lemon water. I do always manage to find love in places, and in beautiful things. Apple blossoms in Paris in the Spring, mango trees in the Philippines, the dry heat in Arizona and the hustle and bustle of New York City - they all invoke the feeling of love. I can fall in lust for an evening with a person, but say farewell in the morning. I know what I want in life, and have no qualms in taking a 15 hour flight alone to find it. It makes my soul explode, and my insides feel like stars are bursting when a new travel idea comes to fruition.



I'm going after what I want in life, because I don't want to look back on the time I had on our beautiful Earth and feel like I wasted it, or that I "should have" taken the leap and changed my life. I want to say "Yes! I climbed Taal volcano all the way to the top" and "I got bit by a brown recluse spider in the Philippines while eating mango in an outdoor cafe and took a weird pill from a doctor when I was paralyzed on the right side of my body".  I don't want to live a life full of regret, with the "I wish I saw the Grand Canyon". One day, I will have grandchildren or maybe I won't, but either way, I will be able to speak of adventure and interesting things I have done, instead of wishing I took that leap of faith.



I'm living for moments like waking up at 3AM with the intention of driving a rental jeep so I can hike to the top of a volcano to watch the sunrise above the clouds in Haleakala, planning how to surf for the first time in Lahaina. For days I planned to watch a movie or read a book, but decided last minute to go visit a pineapple plantation. I don't have the bandwidth to factor in someone else's feelings or plans into my life right now because all I want to do is LEAVE. I want to escape the ordinary. If I want to go, the ticket is already bought. No restrictions. No small print. Just me, and the world. I'm happiest alone, because I am falling in love with my own life.


The Colour Yellow

The Colour Yellow

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A question I love to ask people is "what is your favourite colour?"

I think you can tell a lot about a person by which colour they gravitate towards. Is it a warm colour or a cool colour? A specific shade? Personally, my favourite colour is yellow. 



I love how yellow is so bright, and cheerful. It can light up an entire room. It sets my soul on fire. If you think about it, the great giant yellow sun lights up the entire planet with warm sunshine that lets trees and flowers grow and animals prosper.



Vincent Van Gogh thought that by consuming yellow paint, it would create happiness inside him. I want to show you how beautiful the colour yellow is, in a way you may have forgotten to notice because they are commonplace things that we can advantage of looking at everyday.



We need more yellow. 

Sunflower Fields
Fall's Changing Leaves
Bananas
Lemons
Sunshine
Bumble Bees
Buttercup Flowers
Rubber Ducks
Chicks
School Buses
Rain Coats
Night Lights
Woodstock the Bird
My Vespa, Daphne


November 7, 2018

Road Trippin' - Cabot Trail

Road Trippin' - Cabot Trail
November 7, 2018
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I had the pleasure of travelling with my family to the Cabot Trail for nature inspired adventures this past month. It was the epitome of a Family Vacation, you could say that we could give the National Lampoon movies a run for their money (especially during our Pictionary game).











My family is quirky, and eccentric and I wouldn't want to have my life any other way. 

We piled into our respective vehicles (car + van) with our furry family members (the puppy dogs obviously), and ventured the *what seemed like 500 hours* drive along the Cabot Trail. 

We stayed at a cabin resort called "Zzzz Moose" which was a short 3 minute walk to the beach, where I collected way too many rocks. Why does a almost 29 year old woman need 7 giant rocks?

I fell a lot while we were going through the trails (mostly because I choose to wear Duckies vs. hiking shoes) and was constantly on the look out for a bear or coyote. 

It was quite windy/rainy while we were hiking the trails, so we were unable to make it to certain areas but we definitely had fun together - and I would suggest a family road trip on the Cabot Trail is a must for your next Road Trip. 
October 1, 2018

Happy October

Happy October
October 1, 2018
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I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Happy October! I thought October 1st would be the perfect opportunity to share my Autumn bucket list for 2018. Some of the adventures have already been done, but I am very excited for all things FALL! 

* Decorate For Fall 
* Go to a Pumpkin Patch
* Bake Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies
* Visit an Apple Orchard 
* Carve Jack O' Lanterns
*Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
* Bake Pumpkin Bread
* Make my Halloween costume 
* Dress up the family dog as a lion and I will be a lion tamer
* Paint Pumpkins 
* Take a scenic drive to "peep" some colourful leaves
* Go hiking at the Cabot Trail 
* Make Apple Cider
* Watch a Scary Movie
* Have a Fall Picnic
* Navigate a Corn Maze
* Fill candy dishes with Candy Corn and Halloween Kisses

I am so excited for this season. October is my favourite month of the year (a close second is December of course). I have so many ideas for content that I can't wait to share with you! I post daily on Instagram and on my stories too. Make sure to follow along on my colourful adventures. 






September 27, 2018

Autumnal Outdoor Decor

Autumnal Outdoor Decor
September 27, 2018
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A flawless entrance to an Autumn filled home. 

I was so thrilled to find this perfect welcome mat for our front door. It was the last one available at Michaels a few weeks ago, and I knew it had to be mine. I was able to purchase a million pumpkins and gourds/squash at a farm while I was in Prince Edward Island earlier in September, along with the most gorgeous coloured mums. 

I brought out my vintage yellow chair, wooden Autumn signage and potted our multi-coloured mums in steel buckets for an extra farmhouse inspired look. I am still in awe at how great our front porch looks. I always give a little smile whenever I see it.

I spend some time last weekend painting some pumpkins, just for fun. I also enjoy carving pumpkins, but will wait to do that so they don't go bad before Halloween. 

This outdoor Autumnal decor is just making my heart sing, so naturally I had to share with all of you. 



Have you decorated for Fall? What's your favourite decoration? 

Fashionably yours, 
Hillary 

Apple Picking in New Brunswick

Apple Picking in New Brunswick

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I have so much love for all things Autumn. My Fall bucket list is a mile long (at least). Each and every weekend I try to tackle an item or two on my list so I can feel all the fall vibes.  

Everything about Fall makes me so happy! The colours, the smells... It's always such a happy time and brings me such joy. 



Apple Picking is always top of my list of fun things to do in the fall. We have an incredible apple orchard only 30 minutes from our house called Verger Belliveau and we go every year, it's kind of a tradition of ours! 

We piled in our car, drove the quick country drive and picked 10 pounds of apples (an entire peck!). I couldn't contain my excitement about making apple sauce, apple pie and apple cider. Of course, I bought a gallon of apple cider while we were there and I like to heat it up on the stovetop and add a little cinnamon for a really delicious treat. 







September 26, 2018

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses
September 26, 2018
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There's something about a spooky (but true) story that I just adore.

My Nanny always tells me about how the Beaconsville House in Charlottetown, PEI is haunted. Each and everytime we drive by, she mentions it.

The house was built well over 100 years ago, and definitely looks spooky.

Being so close to Halloween, I thought it was the perfect backdrop for some outfit photos. If you look closely - can you see a ghost in the window?



September 23, 2018

Hillary's Halloween Spooktacular

Hillary's Halloween Spooktacular
September 23, 2018
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Yes it's September. But I am ahead of the curve, and have been excited for Halloween since last Halloween. 

I want to host a Hillary's Halloween Spooktactular this year. AKA the best Halloween party you will ever attend. 

Of course, to find the best and spookiest invitations I did the following:

1. Made my own using Stampin' Up! stamps
2. Stalked Paperless Post for the best invites

I like Paperless Post quite literally because everyone is on their phone these days, and 100% connected all the time. Paperless Post invites go right into the email and are always super cute (I mean terrifying). I decided to do both. One paper invite for the fridge, and one into the email. 

I have included my MOST FAVOURITE Paperless Post Halloween invites and cards below. 

Which one is your favourite? I quite enjoy the Kate Spade option (of course). 

Forever singing Monster Mash.





September 14, 2018

#ILoveEnvy

#ILoveEnvy
September 14, 2018
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Last night I attended a special VIP shopping party at the new store, Envy, at the Champlain Mall! 

We had tasty candy, Levi's Wedgie jeans galore as well as the sweetest goodie bags. My favourite part being the clothing, the dress up in the changing room and the photo booth. 

SO excited to have a store locally that I can purchase Canadian brands like Brunette the Label and Matt and Nat.

The changing rooms are like a dream come true, with the most beautiful chandelier's and wall paper. It's really a dreamy experience to shop at Envy and I highly suggest checking it out THIS weekend! So many fun things going on, the Brunette the Label founder will be in store on Saturday from 11AM-2PM, Sephora giveaway, candy bar, photo booth and so much more. 

Don't miss out! This weekend (14th-16th!) at the Champlain Mall in Dieppe, NB!






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