The Canadian end of winter has been acting up. On our recent journey, we ended up booking a hotel in Montreal just to spend the night. The ordeal wasn’t planned, yet it turned out fun. We enjoyed what the bar and cuisine had to offer, along with my complementary Starbucks fix. Nothing better to paint a smile on my face upon wake up.
I’ve really been mindful of cultivating a positive attitude towards the weather, among other things. I can’t change nor shorten the Canadian winter. So I will simply accept it, work around it. I’ve been roasting veggies – mmm, the yummy smell spreading across my place as I’m writing this – and just enjoying the freezing air walks. Happiness radiates from within. It has very little to do with the temps. But finding your sparkle is the hardest.
Here is what Mont Royal in Montreal looks like. The hill gives you the best view point over the city. Fall colors are in full bloom right now. North America really radiates at this season. There are so many fun activities to partake. I’ve enjoyed long walks in my Central Park. I’ll stroll energetically for an hour or two, then go journal and fashion mag read at my regular Starbucks. They often play jazzy tunes so that’s perfect as I jot down on the pages of my Vogue. I love the concept of writing over pretty, trendy images. My thoughts and fashion merges into the greater scheme.
I practice being happy for no reason as is the title of my favorite book. Purchasing that little wisdom packed, second-hand book two years ago upstate New York has ended up really impacting my life. Inviting positivity into my life is simple yet demands a more or less conscious of an effort. When I feel that my mood could get gloomier, I pull out my book and spend some time reflecting and meditating. Being happy starts where you are – things then follow that confirm the sentiment, but nothing or no one will make you happy if you yourself don’t pull it out from within. People and things can help you do that so just ask… I’m here, too.
Tom Tailor Denim plaid shirt
Montreal was a fun destination for our little getaway. These pics were taken outside the Museum of Modern Art, right before our visit there. The hubs wanted to come in with me. This is rare luxury so I jumped at the occasion. Too bad that this time the exhibition was quite short, and also quite weird, with lots of violent scenes.
We ventured back to our previous visits’ find in the Chinatown, a bakery selling savory and sweet pastries called Harmonie. We ended up getting two meals from there. We also went out clubbing. That night the music was Brazilian. I was more inspired to dance than the Guy, but hey, it doesn’t take much to make me dance in the first place.
The days are getting shorter. Pumpkin decorations are all-around town. I’m burning a scented candle and savoring in-between-clients walks in the foliage-beautified park and also making sure to pause at Starbucks for a sweet little energizing moment of journaling on the pages of my fashion mag.
What does your fall look like?
Kimchi Blue blazer
Forver 21 mini skirt
Oh, these sweet summery days. I’ve been indulging in roller-blading, Often I’ll go swoosh around the track behind the Quebec City Fine Arts Museum, then treat myself to coffee on my way back, stopping over on Grand Alley. Right now the hear wave is over us. A glass of rose wine cooled me off nicely at lunchtime. Little summery sweet bits…
Place Laurier bag
Montreal can be the funniest cities ever. There I was having a leisurely stroll – and then I met a parade of mascots. That was so cool! They were all up for pictures, too, no needing to persuade.
How sweet is that – letting life throw things at you, just like that. My candy colored outfit mingled in with the summery city like a dream. This is life – here and now. No need to think ahead or behind. Simply living and catching the ball once it’s headed your way.
Forever 21 top
Montreal Chinatown earrings
French Riviera bag
Honey and I spent a weekend in Montreal. The temps are really cooking in Canada at the moment. The city heat, lots of walking around town, popping in several of my usual clothing stores – and we were good for a nachos-chicken wings-sweet potato fries-wine diner experience. I love to make my Frenchie discover real America. Wide eyed and amazed.
I like the edginess of Montreal. Lots of bohemian vibes, artsy looking people and at the same time that modern, urban buzz. Big cities inspire and overwhelm at the same time. There are lots of things that can boost you in what you want to be, yet existing in the big mass is not a given. It’s a quest for balance. Being safe and secure, loved and supported, yet not bored or missing out on life.
For the longest time I felt like the place you lived in defined who you were. Parisians or Londoners were cool. Those residing in a place no one could place on the map… not cool. But is that really so? Isn’t your worth in who you are – period? If you feel confident in yourself here, you will feel that anywhere.
As I enjoy my less-crowded-than-Paris outdoor pool, this is what I will be meditating on. The freedom to move and breathe. Less stuff going on, for sure, yet maybe my fashions and personality get to be noticed more. Not everything has been seen yet. I can be the heroine of my story – today. Happy mind games.