Dallas Big

Luckily we were able to visit Dallas yesterday because today both Sebastien and I are sick and confined into staying in bed at our Airbnb. Obviously, this is a tough moment on this trip.

Dallas is quite visitor friendly. A lot of the sites turn around the shooting of President Kennedy.

Here you see the landmark, the Dallas Tower.

Cute Christmas decorations were visible all thru the city. We strolled in the freezing city, after which we warmed up at a Starbucks at one of the classy tower buildings.

The Dealey Plaza close to where John F. Kennedy was shot at the end of his presidential parade. The spot is still marked with an X on the ground.

I found lots of books on Jackie Kennedy and other first ladies’ style in the Kennedy shooting The Sixth Floor Museum bookstore.  My cropped, fur lined gloves weren’t a bad idea in the freezing cold Dallas December weather.

The Giant Eyeball is an interesting sculpture in the heart of Dallas.

Now we are at our Airbnb hoping to get better really soon. It has been a fun trip yet shadowed by me being sick almost all the way. I have tried to be courageous about it. I have tried to accept things as they come. I have tried to learn a useful lesson on patience and trust. Now I can only trust the medicine to clear up my ears and sinuses enough to be allowed to fly back home on Saturday.

Inauguration

Inauguration

Before I headed out to Starbucks to savor writing this post, I watched Donald Trump take his first steps down the inauguration parade route in Washington DC. Prior to that, I had watched Barack Obama say good bye to his staff and supporters at Joint Base Andrew. My emotions are shuffled. I don’t quite understand how my country got where it is today.

Nevertheless, I’ve always been a huge believer in positivity. In general, I try to accept the facts as soon as possible, and then see how I can find my happy place within the defining factors I cannot change. Future remains to be seen. Within that, I feel that my place is to keep shining the light of multiculturalism and inclusion. I think that a great deal of our societal problems of today stem from the fact that a part of our society, be it in the USA or elsewhere, doesn’t find their true place in it.

If I on daily basis spread the message of respect to everyone I come across, be it the barista, cleaning lady or bus driver, if I reach out to them with a friendly smile, a few words to acknowledge them being a part of my day, that will help everyone feel like their input is valued and needed. I know that this takes energy. The day isn’t always opportune to breathing out positivity. Yet, if I challenge myself to this task, I am the first one to reap the good fruit. A smile blesses the smiler first and foremost.

Today I inaugurate a mandate of daily positivity. I swear in with a desire to be the voice of encouragement. I am in control of my life. My individual actions matter. They are my precious daily doings – nothing counts more than that. I hope you’re down with me…

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

Plaid is the Way to Go

Plaid is the Way to Go

Fall isn’t my favorite season per se. So that brings up the necessity to boost my moods and doings. We took a day trip to a nearby town of Baie Saint Paul. I brought along a mini bottle of champagne that my husband gifted me with on my birthday. We sat on a sunny bench and savored our drinks prior to lunch at a locally famous smoked meat joint.

Plaid is the Way to Go

Plaid is the Way to Go

Plaid is the Way to Go

Plaid is the Way to Go

Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Hey peeps, Whazzup? I wish we had more interaction here on the blog. But maybe those days are bygone… Anyways, I’m enjoying the summer. Quebec is such a beautiful place to live in at this season. I’m taking deep breaths and sweetly gazing into the future, and the present, too.

Work is a lot slower at this time. Peeps don’t really want to take English lessons when the temps rise, and the city is full of outdoor activities. So I’m giving all my energy to the ones that still do come. I’m also developing new ideas for fall. Hopefully then my enterprise will soar again.

Today I’m hyped up since my sister is on her way to visit us. It’s been a long haul not connecting face to face. Tomorrow we’re off to Portland, Maine, so blogging from there will definitely follow.

What would you ask me if you saw me? Let’s go…

Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Toronto Bling-bling!

Toronto Bling-bling

This dress is another of my cherished finds from Girls Only store in Soho, New York. I love to throw that glam, a little-over-the-top glimmer into my daily life. I’m just fine going teaching a class frocked like this. My students now expect nothing less of me.

Your style is your personal field – place where you express yourself. I don’t take fashion seriously. I just enjoy the game. I shop a little bit here and there. Never anything too expensive since I believe that creativity – making cheap stuff look like million bucks – suits me better than buying fancy frocks.

Toronto is a place where you can have fun with affordable shopping. The Eaton Center, a big downtown shopping mall, offers interesting stores and China and Korea towns can hide some pretty cool accessories. I had a blast visiting Toronto. It’s a city in full bloom. Lots of construction going on in various places. The feel was a lot like New York – with vibrancy and international influences.

Fall is here now so I accept it, and rejoice over my steaming Starbucks cup as well as tights that can come in different colors. In this outfit I went for black but I have other hues in store…

What’s your attitude towards fall?

Girls Only dress
BCBG boots

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Only a 15-minute drive away from Quebec City, we have Canada’s highest rapids – of course not the biggest, that would undoubtedly be Niagara Falls. Sebastien and I took my friend Leesa to see this marvel, along with the cute island of Orleans which is facing the rapids. We walked across the bridge over the hovering waters. On the Orleans island, we stopped at the southernmost tip’s must place, a legendary chocolate shop that drowns ice-cream and sorbet  in chocolate. Needless to say, the strawberry sorbet ladled with dark chocolate was super yummy, especially when savored under the sun, sitting by the waterfront.

Summer just keeps on going here in Eastern Canada – and we are all thrilled for that. Maybe we’ll never get winter this year!

La Senaza top
Pimkie skirt
G by Guess ballet flats

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic

Montmorency Magic