She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing of rules or customs. “Time” for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows, clean, with passion , like a fresh water. – Roman Payne


out of the woods





Michaela and I are so excited to share with you the official launch of our online store: PACIFICA-BOUTIQUE!! Head on over and check us out at:


Just a quick thank you to our SHRESS followers for your faithful support. Here is a quote that encapsulates our philosophy:


“It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moment where you are truly yourself.”


Believe it.




a little announcement…

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This past week has been a busy one! We have been getting ready to launch our online e-boutique PACIFICA // Today we went location scouting for our upcoming look-book! So much beauty is around us & we are so excited to share some of our images!


Plaid Shirt//Aritzia

Grey sweater//H&M

Black Hat//H&M

Jeans//Seven Jeans (diy rip)



mountain life.

inspiration, style

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.” -Brenne Brown


It is easy to let your amygdala (the fear center of the brain) overly influence challenges or opportunities that might present themselves throughout your life. While developed to protect you, this fear response can gain traction every time you surrender, funnelling your existence into a “safe” and “comfortable” prison. We all struggle with different degrees of this affliction but it is important to recognize wether your amygdala is becoming a dominant influence on your life.


Here are some strategies that have helped me calm my fear response and try some new dangerous exciting things:


1. Take some time in the morning to feed your soul. have coffee, read, journal, pray. Contemplative meditation is so vital to being at peace.


2. Exercise daily, the brain chemicals you receive from 20 minutes of vigorous exercise are stronger than any anti-depressant on the market! (its okay if you become an addict!)


3. Practice breathing, bring your self back to the present moment, you can’t change the past and you can’t see the future, the time is now!


4. Dwell on positive thoughts, truths, good things and being thankful. Don’t let negative thoughts cycle in your head. recognize when you are thinking negatively and consciously over-ride those with good thoughts


5. Try new things, embrace opportunities to grow as a person, treat other people with kindness and go out of your way to show love. Showing compassion can help another’s struggles and help bring perspective to your own.


Here are some photos from beautiful Maui where I am attempting to become a big small wave surfer and windsurfer. The island is a place where I am constantly challenged by new but fun environments where I have to use all my fear fighting tools.







5 life lessons



Happy Weekend! I can’t believe its already March! This past week I found myself drinking lots of tea and coffee, planning for a photo shoot and even began a little spring cleaning.


Adri arrived back at school from a nice little reading week break where she baked some delicious treats from one of our favourite cookbooks: The Table by Kinfolk you can find the recipe here.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!




{clean sheets & new edition of Kinfolk}


{a new favourite snack//avocado on toast//chipotle & sea salt}



{A little D.I.Y distressed denim project}



{Loving my Rag&Bone booties from xmas}



{A new favourite cookie combo// Fig & Anise }


{Currently loving}

Matt Corby – Resolution from Matt Corby on Vimeo.


Saturday Snaps

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“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
-Jane Austen

Of late, I have to agree. Home has become a place of restoration. This week away from school has not exactly been productive in the way I had planned, but I’ve had the chance to read for pleasure, cook and bake to my heart’s content, spend some lovely time with friends, and enjoy snowy Alberta before I head back to the Coast!

It seems as though when I come home, I start to feel Jane Austen-y and drink tea in tea cups, among other 18th/19th Century undertakings. For a Downton Abbey marathon with Grandma and Grandpa, I found these delicious cookies in The Kinfolk Table and made them twice! They are seriously killer -packed with the raw flavour of nuts, a touch of vanilla, and zesty lemon. Perfect with tea and a good period piece!


10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus additional for dusting

1/2 cup shelled raw pistachios, finely ground

1/2 cup blanched almonds, finely ground

1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise, seeds scraped out

grated zest of 1 lemon

confectioner’s sugar, for dusting


Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and brush with 2 tablespoons of the butter.

Beat the remaining 8 tablespoons butter and the sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pause the mixer and add the flour, nuts, vanilla bean seeds, and lemon zest. beat on low speed just until the ingredients come together, then gather the dough and knead just to form a cohesive dough.

Lightly coat your hands with flour and divide the dough into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball between your palms, flouring them as needed. Arrange 12 balls on each of the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.

Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes or until pale golden. Transfer the sheets to racks and cool on the sheets for about 15 minutes. Sift confectioners’ sugar over the biscuits and serve.

makes 24 biscuits 


Almond & Pistachio Biscuits


SimplyME is a collaboration of hair and makeup services provided by my talented partner Erikka and yours truly! This is not your average bridal styling service, gone are the days of the done-to-death styled hair and perfectly placed curls. Our goal is to bring out your natural beauty and enhance your most beautiful features in the most organic way possible. Inspired by the beautiful bow valley mountains of our home town Canmore, Alberta. I am so excited to take you on the journey and keep you all in the loop with photos and tutorials, if there is anything that you would like us to post please let us know!

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This week has been such a roller coaster of emotions! Adri’s brother, my boyfriend Graeme qualified for Sochi Olympics to represent Canada! There has been so much excitement, tears of joy and gratitude, specifically being grateful to all the people who have helped him along this journey. This little collage we made over Christmas and I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on the time we spent together.


1. The beautiful Birchwood trails in Fort Mac. These honestly are the prettiest woods anytime of the year, there is something so magical about the snow heavy on the trees, even though it was -40 some days we still managed to get outside and experience the beauty! //2. Its not often I get to spent time with Adri since she goes to school in Langley so naturally when we get together many “selfies” are taken:)//3. Our beautiful bow river, so lucky to live in such a beautiful mountain town//4.Another shameless sister selfie//5. Apperitivo at Mountain Mercato; the best deal in Canmore!//6. Drinking latte’s at the best coffee shop in Canmore. //7. Another latte:) //8. Christmas in Banff, love visiting this little mountain town.//9. Adris new hair!! Six inches gone and she is a new human!



A Christmas Collage



“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
– Steve Maraboli. Life, the truth and being free