Heidi and I went out to snap these photos on a crisp clear -20 day in the stunning bow valley. I couldn’t feel my hands or my feet but still managed to get some shots equipped with a set of 10 thumbs and a gorgeous model. It is so easy to forget to look up and realize how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful valley. Most of what inspires me comes from my experiences as a ski racer, being outdoors and surrounded by simple and raw elements. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh snowfall to rediscover your surroundings.

 

Thanks to my good friend Heidi for taking some time out of her busy training regime (Canadian Olympic hopeful) and letting me snap some pictures of her, she is just as strong and beautiful as the mountains.

 

Here is a quote I have been thinking of lately:

 

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14 MSG 

 

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winter’s arrival

Nov22
Michaela
inspiration, style
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It’s fall everybody! Time to cozy up with a warm drink… maybe paint your nails red and throw on a warm sweater too! : ) Out here in on the west coast, darkened clouds have been sputtering rain all morning; a prime opportunity to wear my gumboots! Wet leaves break free from their branches and tumble down, glueing themselves to the side walk. I’m feeling a late afternoon pumpkin spice latte to bring in the first day of Fall!

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sweater and coffee

Sep23
Michaela
inspiration, style
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These early September days are so beautiful it feels like summer is lingering a little while longer before it leaves us for good. I took these photos a couple weeks back they are of my little cousin Jaime, she is a dancer with the most beautiful heart and spirit, it also happens to be her birthday today!

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dancers pose

Sep11
Michaela
dresses, inspiration
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Sometimes there is nothing more appealing than a whispery dress to feel your best. I will be sad to be packing away my summer clothing items but still excited to start layering for the colder weather! This summer was my busiest yet but I somehow managed to have a good balance between summiting mountains, working towards a new career and casual get togethers with friends. I am looking forward to the fall as I am always excited for new beginnings. Adri is off at school and I am starting a new business venture that I cant wait to share with you! Farewell summer, thanks for the good times!

 

 

 

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new beginnings

Sep11
Michaela
dresses, inspiration
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This post is rather picture-heavy but I couldn’t resist all the beautiful colours! The treat recipe is from my Meringue book
My mom bought me these sweet little teacups from Anthropology for my birthday. They have the prettiest little detail and make tea-drinking all the more exciting!

 

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tea and a sweet treat

Jun12
Adri
food, inspiration
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The mountains have been completely socked in with rain and clouds over this past week. As a preventative measure for cabin-fever we took a trip down to one of our favorite bakeries in town. We warmed up with a bowl of soup and enjoyed some of the best cappuccinos in Canmore!

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cafe outing

Jun3
Michaela
inspiration
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In my early years I would spend every summer at my cottage on lake superior. Our place is about four miles off the trans canada and where the road meets the highway there is a delicious ice cream store to help combat northern Ontario’s surprisingly hot summers. With a little convincing my mother would drop my friends and I off to enjoy a frozen desert followed by a walk/run back to the cottage. On one of these excursions we passed some neighbors having a garage sale. My mother is always up for treasure hunting so we pulled over to take a gander. The sale had your usual plastic figurines, exercise equipment and tacky placeholders but we were immediately drawn by two pre second world war cruiser bikes. Five dollars each and they were ours! Excited we set off on our newfound toys while dreaming about how many more ice creams we could devour with our prehistoric wheels! No sooner had we reached our top speed, the pedals locked and both bikes coasted to a standstill. We now were stranded with two heavy pieces of metal to drag for the remaining three and a half miles home. Struggling to reach the next milestone and Ill admit lacking the grit of a war hero we were forced to ditch them off the side of the road. Upon arriving empty handed my mother had no sympathy, making us return to retrieve the bikes from their premature grave.

 

The following summer I was bored and looking for a summer project. Remembering the old cruiser bikes, I set out on a mission to restore and beautify one. My Father and I set off for town to pick out some paint, a pretty basket and some WD40 to free the seized drive chain. By the time I was finished with the bike it was a matt shade of bubble gum pink and I was in love. I rode the bike all summer long commuting between the neighbors house, ice cream store and the beach. I had put the bike to such great use and couldn’t bare the idea of going a day without it. Luckily my uncle, a truck driver, offered to transport my pink bike from ontario all the way to Canmore, Alberta. Since its arrival it has provided me with countless summer memories and experiences all the while reminding me of my childhood on lake superior.
I took the pink bike out for a spin today. I am happy to say it is still going strong, although it may be time for a fresh coat of paint.

 

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The Pink Bike

May24
Michaela
craft, inspiration
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On our way home from Hawaii, we broke up the trip with a 24 hour stopover in Seattle. My brother and I have always wanted to visit this beautiful costal city so it was something to anticipate after having to leave paradise! We arrived at night, headed to our hotel after grabbing a late night dinner at iHop. The next morning we went down to Pike place and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the bustling market. We sipped morning lattes at the very first Starbucks; something that has been on my bucket list for a while now… I was pretty stoked! We also visited the aquarium, contributed to the famous Gum Wall, rode the Ferris Wheel and enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips at Lowell’s in the Market. Seattle is such a wonderful city full of art, history, and the steady, energetic hum of everyday life. You get the erie feeling that extremely creative people live here. The sea is only a few steps from the market, street musicians and entertainers occupy every corner and you hardly see a person without their precious cup of coffee. I think this is my kind of place!

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hello Seattle

May19
Adri
inspiration
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On my quest for health and wellness I have tried very hard to drink commercial coconut water. Despite  knowing all the health benefits  I just could not choke it down. It wasn’t until I saw a Maui surf babe drinking from a real coconut that I attempted to try it again. I stopped at a roadside stand with a truck filled with coconuts and a man with a machete cutting them fresh. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the refreshing water and after a full day spent in the sun and in the salty ocean I felt as if I was instantly recovered! My skin is going to love me now:) xx

 

 

 

 

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CooCoo for coconuts

Apr29
Michaela
food, inspiration
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Classes are now over and the last stretch of finals have begun! I can hardly wait to be in Hawaii but in the meantime, I’m putting in some good hours studying while treating myself to oat fudge bars and lattes from Starbucks. The libraries and study areas of the university are packed with students and the coffee shops are enjoying good business I’m sure!

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Finals Time

Apr22
Adri
inspiration
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