making: plans to hike with Erin and her mum.

eating: watermelon with a sprinkle of salt.

drinking: berry LaCroix (#basic) or a london fog.

reading: the owner manual of my first electric toothbrush. how have they made something so simple so intricate?

wanting: to cut all my hair off. i’m not going to, just daydreaming about taking scissors to it.

looking: like a librarian. i need some major everyday fashion help.

playing: dress up in all my fancy outfits, even if i don’t have anywhere to wear them to.

wishing: that Stampede wasn’t about glorifying binge drinking and harassment.

enjoying: long weekends with no real plans.

crushing: on my own damn self.

waiting: on being decisive (also known as procrastinating).

liking: my sauna saturdays. i bribe myself with 30 minutes in the infrared sauna at the gym if i get a workout in beforehand.

wondering: what the future holds.

needing: more summer shoes. i literally have one pair of sandals.

hoping: someone breaks into my condo and cleans my kitchen while i’m out.

smelling: the lilacs still in bloom outside of my office.

wearing: hats whenever i can.

knowing: what i don’t know and not trying to fake it.

watching: brooklyn 99.

listening: to the stuff you should know podcast.

noticing: how bright it is still at 10 p.m. (when this grandma is going to bed.)

opening: all the windows while it’s rainy and cool – and before it’s 31 degrees next week.

planning: my best friend’s engagement party in toronto…from calgary.

giggling: at dog videos on instagram. i’ve got a lot of time on my hands.

feeling: spacey.

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it seems like the only mail i’m getting these days are wedding invites! you know, the bills are all online now. as the summer wedding invites rush in from oh-so-in-love friends, the first thing that typically comes to mind is “what am i going to wear?” but there’s more to being a wedding guest than choosing the right look; i’ve been told it isn’t about me (though, i’m still not convinced).

with two wedding events this summer, i’ve rounded up a list of what i’ll need to stay comfortable and carefree from “i do” all the way to the midnight buffet!

first up: the bestie.

while the wedding isn’t until new year’s eve, we’re throwing a little engagement party in july. it’ll be a casual and small gathering for afternoon tea, where the families and the bridal party can get to know each other and eat great food (made by yours truly.)

fingers crossed the weather is nice, so we can hold it in the backyard. but being around the pool in ontario’s hot, humid weather means bug repellant! bugs are known summer party crashers. for serious protection from uninvited guests of the insect variety, choose a bug repellant with DEET like Muskol. Muskol will last up to eight hours, so we’re covered even if the afternoon party stretches far into the evening.

the sun isn’t always my best friend either. my pale shade calls for plenty of sunscreen and a wide brim hat. i also need a bottle of water close by and Asprin. get sunstroke once and you’ll be at the mercy of the sun forever. if i start feeling any sickness, or pains, i reach for Asprin Extra Strength because it’s best for fast relief of headaches.

in august, i’m a guest a heather’s inglewood wedding.

i’m a notorious wedding crier. okay, fine, i’m a notorious crier in general. the first thing i pack in my purse is tissues. i sobbed throughout Katey’s entire wedding ceremony in october, and i don’t see it being any different for Heather’s. unlike those who shed a single, beautiful tear, i weep until my face and neck are soaking wet. it’s a really pretty sight (sorry in advance, Jess, for having to put up with me).

i make up for it on the dance floor! doing the running man can really work up a sweat. no one wants to be the smelly kid, that’s why i’m really happy that deodorant wipes were invented. they are a convenient and portable option that fit in any clutch, purse or pocket.

at some weddings, you’ll find a basket of flipflops for when your feet get sore, but don’t rely on the happy couple to supply everything you need to enjoy the day – come prepared! wearing “sensible shoes” isn’t always an option, so i pick-up an insole that can cushion the strain of standing and dancing without tripping up my style. Dr. Scholl’s has brand new ultrasoft leather insoles that add comfort when walking and dancing in heels. as a bonus, they also help to keep my feet fresh and dry!

i’m hopeful for some cute, single, male weddings guests, too. that’s why i always pack a small tin of strong breath mints. you never know if onions and garlic will be on the menu. and you never know how close you’ll end up talking.

the last thing i pack is my red lipstick. my trademark colour, i toss it in my purse after applying for touchups throughout the evening, especially after dinner.


is there something i’m missing? what else should i slip in my purse?

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whenever sister comes to visit, it’s now common knowledge that we’ll be adventuring in the rockies. when hearing of her upcoming trip, friends started asking, “where to this time?”

jasper!

in the (almost) seven years i have lived here, we’ve only been in jasper for one night. one month after i moved, sister came to visit for thanksgiving and we did a whirlwind “all the rockies in three days” road trip. calgary to jasper on day one, jasper to banff on day two, and banff home on day three. it was a little ambitious to say the least, and we didn’t really get to see much while we were there.

after exploring in banff, canmore, kananaskis, waterton, montana, field, vancouver, victoria, and seattle, we gathered it was time to go back up to jasper.

currently carless, Ford Canada was incredibly kind to let us borrow a 2018 Ford Escape Titanium – or as we called her, Ivy. it felt so nice to drive again, and more than a few times i questioned why i haven’t bought a new vehicle yet.

our four-day trip included hiking, afternoon tea, sightseeing, picnics, swimming and overnight stays. we needed to pack a lot of stuff! thankfully, the 2018 Ford Escape was designed to make life easier. we were able to fold down both rear seat backs for a flat load surface and 68 cubic feet of total cargo space.

the hands-free foot-activated liftgate was also incredibly helpful. with our hands full of bags and groceries, all we had to do was kick a foot under the bumper and the trunk opened automatically.

with the car fully packed, it was time to start the 400km+ journey. the icefields parkway is an absolutely stunning drive with many places to stop and stretch your legs – and take photos while you’re at it.

it is also known for spotting wildlife! we saw two black bears, one grizzly bear, deer, cow elk, horned sheep and mountain goats (they are so fluffy!).

it’s also the drive of the countless waterfalls. tangle creek, sunwapta, athabasca – stop at them all.

once you arrive, jasper has plenty of parking – be it hotel, street or lot – which is super helpful, because a car is very needed. there are bus shuttles to major attractions, but nothing is close enough to walk or bike to (unless you’re a bike-crazed person). the drive to maligne lake is 50km from the town centre.

on the day we left, it was rainy, but there is something so beautiful about low clouds and moody skies.

we filled the tank with gas, and i was delighted at the price. i expected to pay a lot more than i did. with standard Auto Start-Stop Technology, the 2018 Escape reduces fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, shutting down the engine when it senses the vehicle sitting idle. when you lift your foot from the brake pedal, the engine instantly restarts and you’re on your way.

it doesn’t mean it is low on power. the standard 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost® engine delivers 245 horsepower and 275lb.-ft of torque at 5500 rpm, the unique turbocharger design ensures you have quick, powerful torque delivery when you need it most.

no bridgman sister trip in the rockies is complete without a stop at bow lake. it may be the only spot we consistently say hi to.

after 1,000km and four days of exploring, we were finally home and i started planning how i could get a Ford Escape Titanium, or the smaller Ford EcoSpot SUV, in my life full-time.

have you gone to jasper? what’s your favourite part of the drive?

thank you Ford Canada for making our road trips possible.