Breakaway to the Sunshine Coast/ What to do, Where to Stay

The Sunshine Coast is beautiful, and the best part is it's very close to Vancouver, with the ferry ride being only about 40 mins, you could be there in just over an hour.

We went over the other day just for one night, although I would have preferred much longer...
Francis Point Hike
I feel as if it's a whole new world, so close to the hustle of Vancouver but yet worlds away,  peaceful and much slower paced. The people are all so friendly; we didn't encounter one rude person what-so-ever. You feel free to relax unwind and not worry about how you look, or traffic, or anything! No stress.

The larger cities/towns on the Sunshine Coast are Gibsons and Sechelt. I've been to Gibsons once before to eat at the famous Molly's Reach (where they filmed The Beachcombers), but we didn't end up going this time round.
Francis Point Hike
We did stop in Sechelt for an awesome and HIGHLY recommended meal at The Basted Baker. Tried their Lemon + Chive Smashed Avocado Benny, and my man had their Local Smoked Salmon Benny. Out of the two I would say his was better, but they were both incredibly good!
We then walked around town and along the ocean promenade. I did notice it can be pretty windy there so come prepared.

We drove a bit up the coast to Madeira Park, it's a small community in Pender Harbour with a small quaint village. We did a really beautiful hike there to Francis Point. It was just perfect if you want something to get your heart rate up a bit but nothing too hard. It was along the ocean so it was very scenic, in my opinion it was a perfect hike, and highly recommended.

For dinner there's a nearby pub that's fairly popular in the area about 5-10 mins up the highway called The Grasshopper Pub. I had the butter chicken which seems odd for a pub, but if you like your typical butter chicken you'll really like this, it was nice and spicy filled with flavor!

In the Hospital Bay where La Verne's Grill is 
For accommodations there are many places to stay in the area, if you're into luxury you can stay at the Painted Boat Resort, or the unique Rockwater Resort  where you stay in luxurious tents ( I stayed here once before and highly recommend this, especially if you're looking for something different). If you're on a budget or just don't feel the need for luxury I really recommend Stonewater Motel, they are very pet friendly and the lady that runs it is extremely friendly, they also offer camping as well. We stayed here without any reservations with our dog, so I was really happy to have found a bed! If you're looking to rent a cabin I seen Pender Habour Resort offers cabins and yurt Rentals along with campsites. They have a nice pool and are situated right on the water at the marina.

The next day we did a little hike at Daniel Point (hard to find) , then drove around and had lunch at La Verne's Grill, I really liked the slow pace and old school charm here... it was a nice treat to sit in the sun outside on the picnic table enjoying some ice cream. The whole vibe of the Sunshine Coast really brings you back to a time when life was slow paced, I think you'll really appreciate it ;) 

La Verne's Grill

Gucci Loafer Dupes

Mules and Loafers are tremendously popular right now. They came back in trend and recent popularity again during 2016 largely from Gucci. Gucci has and always will be famous for their horsebit loafer, but I would say that is their signature shoe for the season, year, and past year...for sure really on fire!
Their collection is incredible from wild prints, jacquard and the fur hanging out the back to the more classic solid tone leather mule.
 Gucci Loafer
Gucci Princetown Loafer
There are many 'dupes' on the market so if you're after the look of the mule, but don't want to pay that high Gucci price tag check these top picks out!

This one is a nice classic at a much more affordable price than the Gucci Loafer, it's the Annie Loafer Mule, by Linea Paolo. What I like about it is the classic design, not too out there in anyway, it comes in a variety of classic colors as well as this animal print which is my favorite!
Annie Loafer Mule Linea Paolo

If you love bright colors and patterns this mule is for you. It's the Ravis Tassel Loafer mule. It comes in a greyish velvet as well as this amazing print with the tassel.
Ravis Tassel Loafer Mule by Jeffrey Campbell

From Free People (didn't know they were doing shoes) is this awesome metallic mule. It comes in a bunch of different metallic as well as a textured snake leather in a few neutral colors. Very affordable.
At Easer Loafer Mule by Free People

Moisturize the Natural Way...Using Olive Oil

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It's a shame I have a drawer filled with drugstore beauty products, but I haven't been using them at all lately! I've gone natural I guess you could say, but I will use them again in the fall.

For the sunnier weather I've really been enjoying using olive oil on my skin. It's such a perfectly balanced form of hydration for your skin. It soaks in well, and if you happen to put too much on just lightly pat your face with a tissue to absorb any extra.
I've been finding olive oil to be really great before bed, I even rub it on my face then use a cotton pad to cleanse my makeup off. Then I will add a touch more and massage into my skin, along with my hands and neck for added moisture to those areas before bedtime.

I've found olive oil to be great for my dry nails. it is also really good for your hair if you're finding the ends to be dry.

When purchasing olive oil to use on your skin, just buy what you'd use for cooking with. Look for extra virgin olive oil that says first press. This guarantees it's not processed at all and has the most antioxidants in it.
Olive oil has a natural sun protection of SPF 8, so you can also use it during the day to keep the sun rays off a bit without any harmful chemicals like regular sunscreen.
Olive oil is really great for so many things. It's also very inexpensive!

Check out this excellent quality olive oil

Papa Vince Fresh Harvest 2016, Family Made, 100% Unblended First Cold Pressed

Whistler Vacay 2016

Hello,  just wanted to write a little bit about my recent Whistler trip for anyone who hasn't been and is possibly planning to go on their next trip to the Vancouver area. Whistler is about a 2-2.5 hour drive from Vancouver on the Sea to Sky highway. It's been ranked one of the most beautiful drives in the world, and it absolutely is!
Night time walk
Beautiful Sculpture inside the Four Seasons

 We stayed for 3 nights. I wish I could have stayed longer as that would be nice, but we didn't want to spend too much. It can add up quickly with eating out and lift tickets. Hotels can be pricey in Whistler so this time we stayed at one of the more budget friendly places which is the Coast Hotel.
I will talk a bit about this hotel if your're curious and never's great for ski-in-ski-out, as it's literally right beside the slopes. Don't worry about getting your ski passes ahead of time because you can ski right down to where you buy them, and the lift back up is right there!
The Coast Hotel also includes a daily continental breakfast. They had boiled eggs, toast, bagels, fruit, oatmeal, waffles and Starbucks coffee (pretty decent for free). Every morning I would go downstairs and grab some food, then use the toaster in our room, as it's just more convenient that way. Your room will come with a full kitchen as well.
The outdoor pool and hot-tub are open year round, so it's great for kids and  adults to relax. Overall for the price the Coast Hotel is my favorite, especially for the ski-in ski-out convenience. We brought our pooch too, and all rooms are animal friendly (I believe anyways).

If you're looking for higher-end I would recommend the Fairmont as they have the best ski-in/out location and have the nicest amenities, including steam-room/sauna, hot-tubs and pools.

Whistler is incredibly beautiful, it was ridiculously cold this time though, but the sun was out which is kind of rare for up there.
 The village is large with lots of shopping and great restaurants. This time we ate at 21 Steps, which is always a favorite and for a more upscale meal we tried out Sidecut for the first time. We were so hungry after skiing we went to the Four Seasons (where Sidecut is located) and enjoyed some snacks first in the lounge, then moved over to the dinning room after for Dinner. The food was incredible, I can't recommend it enough! It is pricey, but if you feel like a well deserved meal, you won't be disappointed. They also had live music in the lounge area which was really nice.

Now to the slopes.
Whistler can often tend to be icy but this time was incredible! If you're an avid skier you won't be disappointed as there are two mountains to ski.; Whistler and Blackcomb. There's also well over 200 runs between the two. I've hardly skied even a fraction... I'm really not the best, I stick mainly to blue runs where I feel safe!

Even with the frigid temperatures -15 Celsius Whistler was still very enjoyable, and don't worry it's usually not that cold!
We didn't do too much, just relaxed and ate some really good food, as well as did a bit of shopping and wondering about through the stunning art galleries and larger hotels. There are so many great places to stop and grab a hot-toddy too, so yes, I did that :) I LOVE hot Toddies! 

Cute Designer Vegan Handbags

These are some of my favorite vegan handbags I've been able to find. If you want to treat yourself to a nice handbag but don't want to involve animal skin (which I totally understand!) or you're looking to buy for a vegan friend, I hope you'll approve of this list of vegan friendly handbags.

Tory Burch

The Ella tote is a completely vegan bag. I've seen this go on sale before, so check back after Christmas as I can only hope you'll see it on for less. This is the larger size.. It is the only style Ella Tote that remains without any leather, so I'm hoping they don't discontinue it anytime soon. 

This is the Tory Burch Vilette Tote. I love these fun colors! I seen a matching wallet and other small accessories to match as well which is really nice.

Ted Baker

This is a beautiful evening bag by Ted baker. It's the Juxtapose bag . This bag comes with a beautiful gold chain that perfect for dressing up. It's completely animal friendly and offers a pop of color as well as class. 

This is the Donnie Travel bag by Ted baker. I thought I'd add it as it's honestly just so stunning I had to share it!! If you're bored with travel bags this bag will make you smile! How can you pass up this gorgeous pattern. Sigh...I'm in Love! Oh and best part, completely vegan!! 

Sole Society

 This is the Oversized Faux Leather Shopper by Sole Society. You can get it at It has a very natural look and movement to the fabric. Also available in Black.

Matt & Nat

This is a great everyday bag. Very on trend but also classy and timeless. Matt & Nat has really made a name for themselves in the animal friendly market with their high quality vegan handbags. This is the Baxter Faux Leather Shopper.

Hope you enjoyed this list!

Fragrances That Make a Great Gift || Perfume and Cologne Reviews

For the Women

I go in and out of phases where I remember to wear a fragrance everyday, and sometimes forget. Right now I'm in my fragrance phase..more like addicted stage...and I thought with Christmas coming up it's a good time to talk about some that I highly recommend as you may be thinking of gift ideas.
 Shop for Escada Fiesta Carioca nowThe first one is the latest addition to my collection. Since purchased I've worn it everyday (I find it THAT addicting) Even giving myself a spritz before bed.
 It's the 25th Anniversary fragrance Fiesta Carioca by Escada. It's another limited edition of theirs that offers a fresh exotic scent of fruit on top of a musky woody background. It's so incredible and although it may be a summer sent I quite like it for winter since it really picks you up from the gloomy weather. 

The next is a lifetime all round favorite, probably my number one choice of any perfume. That is Chanel No.5. This fragrance offers such a powdery scent. It's so classic it's hard to describe. It isn't old lady to me, it's just perfect. I recommend getting the Eau de Parfum as it will last all day on your skin. It's simply divine.
 Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum

This next fragrance is something that's perfect if you're in a playful mood, feeling sexual or I think going to the club. The reason I say going to a club (or any social venue to pick up men) is that for me to smell sweet is very attractive and if you're single I think it's a very alluring scent. Who doesn't like cake or doughnuts?? The fragrance is Sexual Sugar by Michel Germain. This is a sweet sent but not too sugary that it smells cheap, if that makes any sense. 
 Sexual Sugar

There's one more for women I'd like to mention that I feel is a real classic and that is Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana.
 Dolce Eau de Parfum
This is Dolce and Gabbana's signature scent. It's a definite classic and offers a possible slightly more youthful scent than Chanel No.5 but still very ultra classic and good for all ages. 

For the men
 Le Nuit De Le'Homme by YSL

This is a gorgeously deep scent. I bought this for my man last year and I'm still obsessed every time he wears it. He loves it too.  It's La Nuit De L'Homme by YSL and believe me it's really good, you won't want to stop smelling him. The top notes are lavender, bergamot and cardamom with a woody cedar and black pepper. It's very dark and rich. I highly recommend this as a gift!

 Buy Chanel Bleu here

This is a repeat year after year with my man. I actually bought this twice for him, he ran out of it so quickly I was surprised and hey, I have no clue what to buy him usually, so I thought this one again...and as you can see it's nearing empty already.
It's Chanel, so pretty much that right there tells you it's good. It's a very classic scent that doesn't steer too far in any direction. Just a nice clean scent that I feel would be a safe bet for most any man. It has woody notes but citrus ones too. It's very well created and blended perfectly. May possibly be the most perfect and safest fragrance. You'll have to try it to know what I mean!

This last one is oh so good. My man's had it for a few years now, but I love it like the first day. It's unique, ultra rich and chocolaty (well that's what we get from it).
It's Very Irresistible for men by Givenchy. It doesn't mention chocolate when you google it, but that's what I get as well as my man says. Anyway, it does mention coffee, mint cedar and grapefruit. This is a fragrance I would recommend for someone who likes a bit deeper scent. Perfect for winter as it's very warm and chocolaty. :)