If it hasn’t already become blaringly obvious I love anything to do with the ballet. Screw little girl aspirations of being a ballerina…I have adult aspirations of being one. Since that’s not going to happen, I’ll console myself with some beautiful photos instead …
Edmonton has been getting some pretty crazy storms this year. I love a good thunderstorm, with lots of lightning and thunder. Nothing like curling up with a cup of team and a blanket on the front porch watching Mother Nature do her thing. Here are some great pictures I found of storms on Pinterest …
Well, it’s official! We bought our first house!!! I’m super excited. It’s a new-build townhouse and our tentative possesion date is the end of August. So in honour of this I am dedicating my weekly roundup to all things decor inspired. Here are my favourite pins this week:
Living room accessories
Happy Friday!! It’s a long weekend (in Canada at least)…yay!!! Man oh man, I’m pretty sure this was the longest week of my life. Between a crazy work load and dealing with mortgage brokers, realtors and difficult builders, let me tell you I have earned this weekend. I’m heading up north to a friend’s cabin and I can’t wait. Anybody have fun plans for Canada Day? Below are my favourite pins as of late:
Best party food
Funnest looking summer toy
Happy Friday. If the rain hold out (fingers crossed), I’ve got a fun weekend planned, complete with food trucks, fashion shows, wine bars and block parties. Anybody have fun weekend plans?? In the meantime, here’s my favourite pins this week:
Favourite outfit (love nautical)
Best lawnchair ever
Prettiest summer cookie
Today’s Travel Tuesday post is another one about somewhere I want to go. I have not had the luxury of visiting Bora Bora yet, but you can bet your ass I will get there one day. No matter the cost (there’s still a black market for organs right?). Have you ever seen a more magical, beautiful or romantic looking place? Sigh. I could look at photos of this island all day. Has anyone been? Is it as gorgeous as the photos look?
Bora Bora is a French Polynesian island in the Pacific Ocean. It is located about 230 kilometers northwest of Papeete and is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.
Pora Pora – the ancient name, meaning “first born,” came from legends describing this as the first island to rise when Taaroa, the supreme god, fished it out of the waters after the mythical creation of Havai’i, now known as Raiatea. Although the first letter “B” does not exist in the Tahitian language, when Captain Cook first heard the name he mistook the softened sound of the Tahitian “P” for “B” and called the island Bola Bola.
Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where colored fish animate the coral gardens as they greet the giant manta rays. This could be easily be described as the center of the romantic universe, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatched roof villas and fabled ambience.
Bora Bora offers:
- Enchantment from the neon-lit turquoise lagoon waters with unending days of exploration through snorkeling and diving. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water.
- Excitement above the lagoon by outrigger canoe, Boston Whaler, wave runner, jet ski, and dramatic sunset cruises aboard a catamaran sailboat.
- Exploration of the panoramic overlooks found by hike or 4×4 accompanied by entertaining local guides.
- Discovery of the world-renowned shopping for local and international original art, Tahitian pearls, perfumes and oils, and precious wood handcrafts.
Hey guys, happy Friday! Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. My life is crazy busy right now. Work has picked up a ton and I’m in the process of buying a house, so between realtor appointments and house viewings, I really don’t have time for much else. On a positive note, the weather looks like it’s going to be great this weekend, I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I have a dinner reservation at Corso 32 with the BF (we made this reservation 2 months ago…that’s how long it took to get a 7 pm rezo on a Saturday night!). I hope everyone’s weekend looks as promising as mine; in the meantime, here are my favourite Pins from the past week:
Cute party food idea (raw bar)
Ahhh, Capri. Let me tell you…this place is magical, magical but expensive. I visited Capri for two days and one night on my Europe trip in 2010 (that was all I could afford, like I said the place is pricey). Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. The main town on the island shares the name. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. There are only two towns – Capri, just above Marina Grande, and Anacapri, the higher town. Both Anacapri and Capri have a range of hotels. Anacapri (where we stayed) appears to have more budget accommodations and is more peaceful at night while Capri is the main center and has more nightlife. Beaches are scattered around the island. Lemon trees, flowers, and birds are abundant.
What to See in Capri:
Faraglioni, rock formations, are one of the island’s natural wonders. The faraglioni make up the classic view one associates with Capri. On the shore, the Faraglioni beach is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. There are several other unusual rock formations in the sea around the island, including a natural arch.
Anacapri, the highest town on the island, has splendid views of the harbor below. Near the central square there’s a chair lift to Mount Solaro and a street lined with shops, several of which offer limoncello tasting. Olive trees, grapevines, and flowers give it a Mediterranean charm. Take the chairlift ride called the Seggiovia by locals, it goes from Anacapri up to Monte Solaro. On a clear day the views over the bay of Naples from the summit are indescribable and there are some really pretty gardens and orchards underfoot on the way up the mountain (passing over private homes). The ride takes 15 minutes each way and is a remarkably peaceful break from the tourist crowds elsewhere in Capri.
Villa San Michele, in Anacapri, was built around the turn of the 20th century by the Swedish physician, Axel Munthe, on the ruins of the Roman Emperor Tiberius’s villa. Its gardens have panoramic views of Capri town and its marina, the Sorrentine Peninsula and Mount Vesuvius. The villa and its grounds sit on a ledge at the top of the Phoenician Steps, between Anacapri and Capri, at 327 meters above sea level. San Michele’s gardens are adorned with numerous relics and works of art dating from ancient Egypt and other periods of antiquity. They now form part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani. The story of the villa is recorded by Dr. Munthe in his book entitled The Story of San Michele, published in 1929. There have been numerous reprints since.
Capri is the main town of the island. Piazza Umberto I, often called La Piazzetta, is the central square that houses cafes and the cathedral of Santo Stefano. The piazza is filled with people both day and night. There’s an archaeological museum in the town.
Grotta Azzurra, also known as the Blue Grotto is known throughout the world for its size, the intense blue tones of its interior and the magical silvery light which emanates from the objects immersed in its waters. In order to enter the Grotta Azzurra visitors climb aboard small rowing boats, with a capacity for two, maximum three, passengers and, lying on the bottom of the boat, enter the low and narrow mouth of the cave. The light is filtered by the water which absorbs the red tones, leaving only the blue ones to pass into the cave. A second phenomenon creates the silver appearance of the objects immersed in the water. It is believed that, in the Roman period, under the rule of Tiberius, the interior of the Grotta Azzurra was used as a marine nymphaeum. There have been those who imagined the cave as the habitat of Nereidi or of Sirens or believed it to be the realm of devils who bewitched all who dared to enter.