It’s been forever!

It’s been forever & a day since my last post. I have been so busy with teaching & juicing & pilates that I haven’t had a moment to write. Teaching is such a challenging job but also so rewarding! I loved my substitute teaching placement & hope to work there again soon. Such a great team to work with!! The teachers & the students made me feel so loved!

20140711-233359.jpgAlthough I was done teaching I was still busy as I had a ton of juicing, good thing I had a student helper!

20140711-234349.jpgAfter my substitute teaching contract was up, I decided that I needed some workshops to spice up my instructing for Pilates. I decided that ZEN•GA was going to be perfect because of its focus on fascia stimulation & mindful movement. I had an absolutely fantastic week in Toronto training with Pj O’Clair herself!

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I also got to spend time with one of my besties Darrell. We spent the time that I wasn’t in training; drinking tea, eating good food, shopping (a lot!!) & doing my hair. It was a great recharge week & helped me get into my summer vibe.
Some Toronto pics:

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20140715-090959.jpg Tried some exotic meat that we purchased at the St. Lawrence Market (which was awesome & I bought some yummy condiments… not the only place where I bought food, went a bit crazy on this trip as you will see in next pic.)

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Spent a couple nights with my family in Arnprior (a town outside of Ottawa). It was great. Had a quiet morning to myself (only person up before me was my uncle who went out to play golf)… so I hung out with this guy

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We took a drive thru the country side, had some DQ, saw a calf just after being birthed, went to the family storage unit, and hung out with my grandma.

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20140715-092240.jpg Eating berries on my grandma’s couch, hanging with my grandma & 2 cats, while looking at memories.

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Next post… my next vacation & the week home between… ahh love summer!!

Personal Style… Cause & effect

I decided to apply for a dream job with a blog company… Fingers crossed. One of the desired characteristics was a great sense of personal style. Which got me to thinking about my personal style & why I have been remiss in speaking about it. After all its my sense of style that organizes my plates…

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Influences my makeup…

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& the way I decorate (& redecorate) my home…

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As I get older my style becomes more and more like my mother. I’m drawn to colours that I’ve seen her wear (& decorate with).

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20140130-225144.jpg my blue, blue/black shoe obsession! (Shoes are an addiction passed down to me by my mother)

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Don’t get me started on my dad. He’s fashion blog obsessed… And is so stylish he’s often on them!

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And don’t think the shoe gene isn’t passed down thru him because…

20140130-230742.jpg you’d be wrong, he’s also obsessed. He is in love with “dead people movies” (what we jokingly call them since they are all black & white, & all the actors are no longer living), and it gives his outfits a real dapper gentleman flair. Like a leading man…

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My wedding day was the day that represented my style the most. I had my hand in every detail of the day. Since we got married in Vegas, and we are both poker players I used playing cards as my theme. I made inserts for my floral bouquets, the invitations, the menus, and most importantly…

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I told my “girls” to pick a gray dress they loved & to wear that. No style or length restrictions. & I loved the mixed coordinated look that was the result.

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My husband is way more into things matching so the groomsmen all wore matching suits.

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20140130-232338.jpg a few years of living with my husband & I now get a real perverse pleasure in matching. There’s a real strict matching rule when it comes to shirts with ties & shoes with outfits, needless to say its rubbed off on me (as I often pick out his shirt & tie combos & and have learnt how precise it must be lol).

Style is personal, & it should be fun. Something to make you smile as you head out the door to face the day.

#stoneboyseries #stoneboytravels #amsterdam #nyc – a photo diary pt. 2

Our Daily Bread… A very thought provoking exhibit at the Rijks Museum:

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Checking out all the absinthe choices:

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But don’t worry, we only drank normal stuff…

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& ate yummy steak at our favourite restaurant

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Mini photo shoot in Grey Area:

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We loved the scooters!

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Didn’t take too much with us (more room for shopping) so did a load before we left for NYC

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& we are off!

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NYC baby!

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Cocktails in Brooklyn

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Shopping in Macy’s, enjoying the old wooden escalator

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Pedicab to cocktails with my acegirl Crystal

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Feeling under the weather

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Last taste of NYC

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Back home in the sunshine!

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#stoneboyseries #stoneboytravels #amsterdam – a photo diary pt. 1

Stoneboy double checking that we had our passports:

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It was a beautiful day the day we left:

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Safety first! Reading the safety manual:

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Catching some zzzzs:

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JFK:

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Private car to Newark because the taxi line was insane!

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Taking the train from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central is cheaper (4€ pp) & faster (17 mins):

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Beating jetlag means getting right on to Amsterdam time so some fresh orange juice for breakfast:

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You can have a burger for breakfast if you stick an egg on it 😉

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At Burger Bar they like it wet & clean… Cheeky monkeys aren’t they lol?

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Found cheap clementines & enjoying the view from the room:

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Hanging with my girl Caty… Being jealous that she lives there!!

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Love love love the bath tub…

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A visit to Anne Frankhuis:

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Shelly Winter’s Oscar has nothing on Stoneboy:

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If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it! Sticking to the same morning routine:

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A trip to the Heineken Factory:

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20131216-183813.jpg 2 beers included with the tour – Stoneboy got tipsy lol
Went to the Rijks Museum:

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Some of my favourite pieces of art:

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Even the building is beautiful!

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(The building is so big there is a bike path thru it!!)

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“In the house of lovers the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances.” Rumi

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I open the door to my fantasy house
Set on top of a hill inside my mind
It’s a sweet home
Filled with laughter, love…
& two halves of a whole
Swaying to the rhythm of their heartbeats
Whispered endearments on mingled breath
Stolen kisses between long glances
The morse code of adoration
~ author: me