You had me at Saint John!

After our little trip to Fredericton…we drove and headed to Saint John (New Brunswick). I’ve always wanted to go there but never actually made it until today with my favorite person in the world; my husband. Saint John was just beyond words. Describing it and writing about is just not enough, you have to see it! It’s gorgeous. The weather was a little bit colder for us and it was a little windy but it was worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We ended up sleeping there in a little Motel…I stopped there to go to the loo but my husband was touched by the owner’s kind gesture of letting me in one of the rooms to use her washroom that he decided we should sleep there. Total win and no regrets! Hillcrest Motel is literally 1 minute drive from downtown Saint John. We didn’t struggle to find anything and the sleep was super comfortable…to use it was just a wonderful place to sleep in and the view was phenomenal. For the price, we were pretty content.

Our first stop there was the Irving Nature Park and it was beyond words…just acres and acres of beautiful land and colorful trees…600 to be exact and this park had the most beautiful view of the shore and we had a chance to snap picture of the trees and the water since the water levels were lower the time we arrived. The sand was magical…the ripple marks were like a mesmerizing painted canvas and I couldn’t help but snap photos of that too!

We then headed off to the Reversing Falls and that’s where my husband just went bananas! He couldn’t believe the view and was laughing his head off in admiration (of course) and awe. I swear, it’s like watching a baby take his first steps or something…it’s super freaking adorable and super touching ❤

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So basically…there are 3 different types of tides and a series of rapids that meet to create the reversing effect. The waters go through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy and so the “falls” are created. It’s quite fascinating actually and a little bit scary…when you seriously think about it and wonder how the hell you would ever get out of there if you’d ever fall! After walking around a bit and going up the bridge and over…we decided to head on over to our next little stop before the sun set. We had enough time to drive over to see a little bit of that sunset over at Fort Howe National Historic Site. I know there wasn’t much to do but enjoy the view…but this exactly what we did. The view of Saint John was magical and the harbour was super impressive…especially with the massive boats and all the yachts. It’s definitely a view to remember.

The fort was built in 1777 by the British to protect Saint John from American raids. There was a little block house but unfortunately it was closed…so we couldn’t get inside. Nonetheless, we got to touch and see a little bit of history.

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We got a little hungry after walking around the city and decided to finish off our days in a little bit of a walk around downtown Saint John. The houses were so colorful, little and just overall cute. It made me want to live there! Just so I can own a pink house (haha!).

Walking around the port was very romantic and cold..but we finished off our night on a high note and we made plans to come back to Saint John because it has a little special place in our hearts.

Next stop…Fredericton

…..our second stop in our little honeymoon was Fredericton! The capital of New Brunswick. We were thrilled to have finally crossed the little border from Quebec to NB and we could’t wait to discover what’s out there. Fredericton was a new for both him and I. We slept in Fredericton and so we took more time to walk around and although I don’t have many pictures to show its beauty…we still had loads of fun. It wasn’t the highlight of our trip but we for sure are super grateful to have discovered it!

We went on a little bit of a hike in Odell Park, it was sunny and perfect. The air smelled like fall…you know that yummy leaves scent…ugh, I can’t get over it! There were loads of people hiking as well…so it wasn’t too Blair Witch-y. It’s obviously a huge park and so we wouldn’t have had the time to walk around it all, but we got it out of our system. It was a little weird for hubs at first, because he kept hearing the animal’s voices/sounds and so he kept asking what everything was..so cute! We then got a chance to see the Fredericton Botanic Garden. This garden was founded and created by the wonderful people of Fredericton as a community project and 50 years later it’s still going strong and it’s always open!

We then hopped in the car to get to downtown Fredericton the sightsee around the city and go see the lighthouse. Hubs was obviously excited because he saw the justice/court house (he’s a lawyer ps) and couldn’t help but take photos of everything related to his job around our trip.

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The lighthouse was super cute…the city was clean and the weather was amazing and so we enjoyed everything we saw. Canada is super filled with history and we both learned a lot during our visit to Fredericton. We can totes see how Canadians are very proud of their heritage.

We were on a schedule to get to Saint John and had spent too much time walking around town and checking out the mall a little…so we decided to hop to our last stop in Fredericton and get to our last stop there; the Mactaquac Dam. I know that there were loads of mixed reviews on Tripadvisor but I was super glad we took the time and detoured to see it. The sight is pretty scary and amazing all at once. I mean there’s only the dam that you can see but it was totes worth it. We got to sit for a little and enjoyed the view…then we headed to our next destination.

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I think Fredericton is beautiful and has nice spots to visit but…I mean you can skip it. I am glad we took the time to put it on our list nonetheless…it made the trip super exciting, because we got to compared cities and decide which one we loved most and which one we’d visit again.

So…thank you Fredericton for having us and for being nice to us!!!

 

A little visit to Quebec City

To start our tour of Atlantic Canada, we decided to hit up Quebec City first…one of the oldest cities in Canada, it’s 409 years old and it is filled with history. How can my husband come to Canada and not see Quebec. So, to start off our honeymoon, we passed a good 5ish hours strolling around the city and exploring the views.

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We started off our little Quebec journey at the Château Frontenac. This hotel was a former castle housing the British governors. It’s seriously massive and pictures don’t do it justice. It have 600 rooms and 18 floors! Can you believe it?!!! Annddd it’s an old building dating from 1893. So much history!

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We then walked along the boardwalk and enjoyed the view. The day we arrived, there were loads of tourists from all over the world. It was such an amazing sight to see…everyone was excited and curious to discover new things.

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After taking in the beautiful view of the Saint Lawrence River, we went about the old city and the views are magnificent…the building have been obviously maintained and reworked for the past years but the main design and division of the old city are both visible. Hubs fell in love with the history of the country and sitting on those little bench in the old city, you can almost feel its history and relive the past. It’s so fascinating to see how the city is modern but still maintains its heritage. Quebec city was founded by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain and you can definitely see the settlement regions everywhere. We unfortunately didn’t have too much time to see the Citadelle (fort and official military installation)….but we totes took the time to visit the Montmorency Falls and this is exactly what I wanted my husband to see..nature’s true beauty and force.

It got a little colder and gloomier getting to the falls but that didn’t stop us from walking around the park and going to the suspended bridge to see the falls up close….

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PS: I was super happy to catch this rainbow…look at how florescent it looks in the dark!

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Hubs was beyond touched and flabbergasted…he couldn’t have possibly imagine ever seeing something this magnificent in person. He always saw these things in picture and I guess he thought that he would never have the chance to see the “outside” world…past the borders of Palestine. But we he did finally arrive to this place, I could see how overwhelming it was for him and how touched he was to discover nature’s beauty. I was very proud at the moment to have take the time to show him these falls.

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I wish I could give a chance to every human out there to see what we see here everyday in Canada. Freedom is something I truly believe in and I wish that there weren’t boundaries for some people…because without freedom, there is no possibility of change.

And like the great Khalil Gibran said: “Life without freedom is like a body without a soul”. And it is so true..without it, you feel paralyzed. Seeing my husband’s eyes while discovering life is a truly touching experience because it taught me that I shouldn’t take anything I have for granted.

That green angora sweater <3

I have had this 80s agora  mix sweater for ages…I never had the guts to wear it because, well, it’s green. I just don’t really know it this color suits me all that much. Green, yellow and purple are colors I never usually gravitates towards because I feel like they make my complexion even darker than it already is. But today, I put my big girl pants on and got some courage to wear it. It’s so freaking soft too!!!

Hubs and I were walking around town and just went for a small stroll into the woods before we hung out with family. The weather was beautiful and it was good enough for me to just get away with wearing a  sweater without a jacket. October has been a good month so far and we’ve been super lucky. Hubs has enjoyed every moment he got here so far because it wasn’t too too cold (as it usually is in October).

So here’s how my outfit turned out…I guess you can say I kept it pretty simple because the green was a little overwhelming for me.

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Vintage (80s) Rino Rossi  (posted for sale on ETSY)♦ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ♦ BOOTS: Aldo ♦ SUNNGLASSES: Forver 21 ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein

In person, I guess I felt a little awkward wearing such a powerful color…but looking at myself through these photographs, I realize that I may be a little too harsh on myself and that green actually suits me and that my complexion is fine. We sometimes just put limitations and boundaries from ourselves to ourselves (if ya gys know what I mean). We need to be kind to ourselves once in a while…we tend to forget we’re human.

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Wearing green actually made me happy as I fit in with nature and mt surroundings…or whatever green left there is in my surrounding. Taking some time off these past few weeks has made me realize that life needs to be enjoyed fully…make every moment worth it and last. Sometimes, we run to catch up with life and then we forget about the true core values of our lives such as family and health. It is necessary to taste what’s around us with our senses and our hearts.

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As mother Teresa said: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough, Each moment is all we need, not more.”

 

 

That 80s sweater….

We visited Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue today and it was the perfect weather to walk along the river…it wasn’t too cold nor too hot. Hubs and I walked around the city and enjoyed the local market area where there was a bazaar supporting local farmers and small businesses . We ate some handmade gelato and it was amazing! The sun was bright and shining and the bees and butterflies were out to play.

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The foliage was remarkable and there still loads of green left in the scenery. The air smelt nice and the breeze was just super yummy! There were loads of people walking around and enjoying family time. There were even people taking advantage of the mild weather to ride their boats (perhaps) one last time before winter.

Hubs and I also took the time to go to Nova (the vintage/thrift shop) in Sainte-Anne…and I ended up buying a few items and I cannot wait to share them soon..EEEKK!!!

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Can’t make this post without also sharing my outfit of the day…and I wore vintage! I got this sweater a few winters ago..it’s a beautiful hand knit sweater made in Hong Kong. It’s honestly very heavy and you can see that it is worked meticulously. It’s a rare and wonderful piece to own. I have posted it for sale for the moment on my Etsy page (for those interested).

WHAT I WORE:

TOP: Vintage Nannell sweater ♦ PANTS: Thrifted Buffolo (straight leg cut) ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein ♦ SHOES: Converse ♦ BAG: Cole Haan ♦ SUNGLASSES: Forever 21

I’ve been enjoying wearing straight leg jeans/looser jeans…they’re much more comfortable and I feel like I have abused the skinnies a little bit too much. The ones I am wearing in this blog are thrifted…and they were longer and so I cut them and let the bottom hem frayed. DIYing is a super easy way to give the illusion of having loads of items in your closet…but you’re just really pimping what you got. I have been into this at the moment..I haven’t really actually shopped in real store or malls in a while..I would say a good 5 months. Thrifting has been taking a lot of my time lately and revamping my clothes even more. Why not make your things unique and leave your own touch. It really doesn’t cost much.

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I will share some of my DIY items that I worked on lately in up coming posts…right now I am loving documenting about our travels and discoveries.

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I have been pimping loads of my denim items and some items I have had for ages…so I figured why not make them new again. You’ll see them soon!!!

Not just another blazer….

My husband’s been enjoying his discovering journey to Canada and has been loving every moment of it. Seeing him discover my home and see the world I come from is so adorable and touching! He’s so cute and I can just put him in my pocket!!!

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So…while on this discovery journey…how can I not take my husband to go apple picking?? I mean this is the ultimate Canadian tradition and he must follow in those foot steps. So we went on a little road trip to Saint-Eustache to a cute little farm called Verger Lacroix. We spent a few hours picking apples, walking around the farm and visiting the animals.

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Although it was raining that day, we had loads of fun and went with the family…it was one of the best days we spent so far in Montreal.

I decided, even though it wasn’t the most appropriate place, to dress up kinda fancy…but in a casual relaxed way. I decided to incorporate some vintage in there and some thrifted items. Here’s how it came out.

This blazer is on of the blazer that my momma got me while I was away..it’s such a cute piece. It’s an 80s Parisian satin blazer. It’s very comfortable and adorable to wear over anything. I can imagine wearing it over a fancy red dress!!! OOOoouuu, that would be so freaking cute!

PS: for those interested..I am putting this blazer up for sale on my Etsy store. A percentage of each sale goes to random acts of kindness!! *wink*wink*

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WHAT I WORE

BLAZER: 80s vintage ♥ JEANS: Thrifted ♥ SHOES: Converse ♥ BAG: Kate Spade ♥ NECKLACE: Vintage (from the 70s…my mom’s!) ♥ BELT: Calvin Klein

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I thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures that day..I am not a photographer by any means but I love exploring and experimenting with different mediums and I enjoyed taking all the colors in and different textures. Nature is a beautiful creative space and I love that we are free to see and discover here at home.

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Unfortunately, there are some places in the world where there are bridges and borders and some people are not as blessed as we are here in Canada to travel. This land is filled with amazing opportunities and I am truly blessed to be a part of it!  And I am very proud to show my husband around so he can also see what I see. Canada is a great place to live in!

 

A trip to Haskell

My husband has been nagging over and over (for months!) on me to go to Stanstead (Quebec) so we can see the Haskell library as part of our honeymoon. We took the time to do so today! I was super glad to see my husband exploring and discovering the little town and the library. This library was founded in 1901 and is located on the US/Canadian border. So technically you’re like both in the US and in Canada at the same time. There’s loads of visitors that come in the library from both sides of the border. It’s quite fascinating. What I find so wonderful is that it’s like traveling to a different country but without really having to cross the border. We met an American family that never left the US, took a plane or traveled except to come see the Haskell library. They drove 6 hours to be able to just take 1 simple picture. People’s enthusiasm to discover this little jewel is adorable!

Inside the library, there’s a black tape on the floor to show the border’s division and we ended up abusing it and we snapped endless pictures in every angle possible.

We then spent the time to walk around and discover Stanstead a little better. It was pretty much an empty spot…we didn’t see many humans walking around..so we took loads of picture and we looked a little crazy.

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We also visited the Stanstead Stone Circle , it’s basically a sanctuary and a place of reflection. All you can hear is the clear sound of nature helping you find inner peace. This place is special for in many ways and it was designed to honor many things…such as the Equinox, the close and peaceful relationships between Canada and the USA, and the English  and French cultures that together share and live in this unusual and symbolic community.

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So….how can I not document this day?! My husband’s been dreaming about this day for ages! So I took the advantage to also document my outfit as I was feeling it (so much).

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WHAT I WORE:

JACKET: Danier leather ♥ TOP: Zara (thrifted) ♥ PANTS: Free People ♥ BOOTS: Aldo ♥ Turban: Silk scarf from Turkey ♥ BAG: Diesel ♥ EARRINGS: Vintage

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Can you tell I’m obsessing over this Danier leather jacket?!!!

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The outfit was super not over thought…I just threw on some jeans and my favorite jacket….I have been getting a lot of wear out of this jacket and I can’t get enough…Also, I am super proud to be back to my vintage/thrifting affair. Everything is always much more interesting when you get unique items.

If you guys are ever around the Derby or Stanstead  region, this library is a must see. Trust me, you won’t regret it!