Australia

2017-03-28 17.09.22-1Now in all honesty, Australia though always and forever on my bucketlist, wasn’t like this huge planned trip. I didn’t know I was going for sure until maybe a month or two before. The conversation as to how this happened went as follows:

A few days after Christmas:

Mom: “That was a fun Christmas. When will we see you again?”

Me: “Well, I have some time off in March so I’ll probably go down to Phoenix then and meet you there.”

Dad: “How about we go to Australia instead?”

Me: “OKAY!”

And that was that. Literally how we plan almost all of our vacations. Or how I plan at least.

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Anyway, after a comedy of errors from Edmonton-Calgary and making it to Vancouver for our red eye flight into Brisbane I landed feeling buzzed and ready to go. Sure I was rocking a 17 hour time difference from home, but I managed myself on the longest plane ride of my life just fine. After an epic Australian breakfast (just kidding, I had an omelette like at any other hotel in the western world and I was thankful they did breakfast like a Canadian would. I think European breakfasts are such a nightmare) we were off to explore the city.

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When I’m on vacation my favourite thing to do is to explore. I don’t look at a map, I don’t ask for directions unless there is a must-see destination I have in mind. I know that is probably dangerous sounding but it is all in the name of adventure. I keep my head on straight and fuel myself with gelato as I go.

Brisbane is a cool city. Like, a never-mind-visiting-I’m-going-to-move-there-one-day, type city. They have stuff like sunshine and koalas. I found myself in the middle of a crazy world science fair one afternoon, at a beach in the middle of the city ten minutes later. An iguana basically attacked my foot while I was eating more ice cream in the botanical gardens another day. Scared the shit out of me. Then it had the attitude to turn around and stare at me. I think I will opt for facing a beaver in the Canadian wilderness than an iguana. I shopped and had amazing food the entire way through and enjoyed the company of the friendliest locals.

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One morning I went to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Now, if you know me and anything about my #lifegoals I never really have had anything huge on my bucket list to do other than just to “hug a koala”. I just knew they give good hugs. Anyway, I could write an entire entry about my time at Lone Pine so I’ve opted to share with you pictures throughout this post of my Australian Animal adventure. I held a koala named Maximus, I fed giant red kangaroos and grey ones. I pet an Emu which was more like a terrifying Jurassic Park bird. This place is basically an Australian Animal Disneyland.

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After a week in Brisbane, we boarded a flight down to Melbourne. Melbourne is another amazing city, it offered more great food, great shopping with tons of fascinating little cobblestone side streets. I went to the aquarium one afternoon. I found a gallery with all of the artwork by Dr. Suess. I randomly collected socks. I filled my tummy with more gelato. One of the local girls was smitten over my accent. “Oh my gosh you have the most beautiful accent I have ever heard! Where are you from?????” ….Canada. Lol.

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Continuing the theme of “Australian Animals the Adventure” I took a full day trip to Phillip Island. Phillip Island is well, this little island kinda off the coast of Melbourne. After a drive there which included a stop to another animal sanctuary where I pet more koalas, contemplated kidnapping a wallaby, and another stop at a farm where the Alberta girl in me fed a beautiful horse and wanted to play with the highland cattle, we made it to this cutesie island.

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Probably my favourite wine on the planet is called “Little Penguin”. It is cheap. It tastes like adult kool-aid and is probably the most unsophisticated drink you will ever have. Anyway, I love it. No I could not find it anywhere. As the sun set I went to this “Penguin Parade” place on Summer Beach where you stare at the ocean and wait quietly to see the little penguins (That is actually what they are called. They are the smallest species of penguin!) waddle up the beach and try and make a break to their burrows for safety. They are cute and hilarious. I found myself totally caught up in watching them and following them back up the boardwalk cheering stuff like “Go penguin!” and “You can do it!” and “Run mthrfckaaaaa!” It was bizarre and amazing. The wind and rain were just howling everyone froze even though it was like 14C outside. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. How can this tiny, tuxedo clad bird swim in what is almost the Antarctic Ocean all day, catch some fish, waddle home, sleep a few hours and do it again? Every day. Nature is a crazy thing.

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Anyway, I could probably keep rambling on and on about my trip down under. Its been ten months since I was there and I probably have thought about my trip every day since I arrived. I tell anyone that will listen about my penguin experience and show everyone in sight my pictures of the koalas.

If you have read this far down, thank you so much for sticking with me as I retold my adventure. What is the best holiday you’ve been on? Any place on your bucket list?

Don’t forget to say hi in the comment section below. I love reading your comments and responding to all my visitors.

xoxo

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OOTD: San Gimignano

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A couple weeks ago I spent the day exploring the Tuscany region and all the Italian culture it has to offer. One of the highlights of my trip was an afternoon spent in San Gimignano (San Jimmy-Meow-Meow), a medieval hill top town south of Florence. The town is not only known for its many towers, but for its world-famous gelato. Yup, that is right, the “Best gelato in the world” is made there.

So here I am, battling the heat in an off the shoulder Wilfred dress and my Gucci disco soho crossbody, looking for more gelato as I had just run out. Unfortunately there wasn’t any in the well, though perhaps it was for the best as I would have shamelessly attempted to steal it.

This is easily one of my favourite pictures from the trip and my favourite memories. While I loved exploring ancient ruins in Rome, there is something about medieval architecture and street art (there were faded out crests on the stone walls lining the towers) that just pulls at my heart strings. Probably because it is as close to a fairy tale I will get, or the knights who say “Ni!”

 

Saturday Accessories

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I plan on doing a little catch-up blogging over the next while. I have tons to share with you from my trip to Arizona over Easter break, and a lot of excitement coming up through the Spring. A couple weekends ago I went out with some girlfriends for dinner and had fun picking out some accessories before the night began.

I got those Manolo Blahnik BB pumps a couple years ago and I still love them just as much as I did when I first grabbed them. The colour is everything, don’t you think? Unfortunately they are a bit more stiff than some of my other pairs of Manolos so they don’t make it out quite as often as I’d like them to. I think at this point I own more BB style pumps than any other type of stiletto- and if you know my shoe closet you’d understand that that is quite the statement. Really they are just a great shoe. I know I compare them to Jimmy Choo’s Abel quite often but I have to say that MB is currently outnumbering JC. I can’t wait to share with you the latest addition from my trip on here. Don’t forget to stay tuned for that!

You may also remember that kissy face clutch by Kate Spade. It has made it onto Talk to My Shoes a few times now. I picked it up about a year ago while in Arizona when I was putting together an outfit for a special celebratory evening for E’s work. I love that it is a great size and super versatile- it holds everything, and more than what you would want to carry with you in a clutch and works just as well in the day time with a pair of jeans as it does in the evening with a cute dress. Definitely one of my better purchases. My favourite part? The “Hello Stranger” stamp on the backside.

I hope that everyone had a great Easter and that the Spring is treating you well. Today is very windy yet it is sunny so at least it is motivating to get up and get at ‘er. Thanks again for stopping by! Hugs.

A NYC TravelDiary. Kind of.

I’m back!!! But I honestly feel like I have been hiding because I am exhausted from my most recent trip and have so much to share, say and do I don’t really know where to start. I definitely have some new pairs of shoes and reviews to share with you, and outfits of the day but that will all come later. Let me first explain my absence… You see, I’ve been hangin’ out in NEW YORK CITY!

I couldn’t wait to share with everyone the news, I secretly planned the trip months ago when I scored (desperately waited for) tickets to see my most BFF ever, Taylor Swift. I have spent the last week or so in the Big Apple shopping, sight seeing, attending shows and eating the best food ever. I had a very different trip compared to my last one two years ago but still had a great time.

Anyway, here are a couple pics in an attempt to convey the chaos I’ve been through in the last week.

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Just a little taste of the great view from a great concert. We had amazing seats and had a great time. Also particularly loved Heidi Klum’s appearance during Style.

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I wore my mega dorky “Team Taylor” shirt to the concert like the dorky fan I am, accompanied by my most amazeballs Michael Kors pants. And you know what? Whatever, I was super comfy and had fun. AND got compliments on my shirt. Win.

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We ate great food at the lounge of our hotel. I spent the week sleeping at The Pierre- one of the city’s finest so I was in good hands. We also found a Lego store and brought this little unicorn for snack time one afternoon.

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I didn’t pick any of these up, but I found the complete collection of Louboutin nail polish at Saks. The original rouge colour polish had it’s first birthday so why not use it as an excuse to celebrate?

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This was my outfit on my second afternoon in the city. I generally tuck my shirt into this skirt but was so drawn to the undone lazy look that day I just rolled with it. My Gucci crossbody from the Soho collection is one of my absolute favourites. It is a perfect size for running around and staying hands-free!

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I was lucky enough to attend two Broadway shows during my stay. I grew up quite the theatre geek and am a firm believer that musicals make the world go round. If you really know me, you’d know that I definitely sing and dance spontaneously at the opportune moment or even at completely inappropriate times. Kinky Boots was wonderful, if you love shoes (you must, you’re reading my blog) you need to see this.

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The second night I saw the production “Something Rotten” which I have to say was absolutely hilarious. Anything that makes fun of the renaissance and Shakespeare is right up my alley. Don’t get me wrong, I studied English all through university, so hearing the lyrics of various sonnets and lines from plays sung and accompanied by tap dancing was all very welcoming in my book.

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At Rockefeller center they displayed the most beautiful pieces of art I had ever viewed in my life. I’d kill to get my hands on some of these paintings. Don’t they just win at life?

Anyway, that is a taste of my trip, as I said before, lots of outfits and shoe reivews to come! Apologies again for the absence and looking forward to hearing from you! Hope everyone is having an amazing summer!