March 15, 2017

Glamping Getaway on the Sunshine Coast

Sorry for the brief absence... I'm (sadly) back from Kauai which was a much-needed break but, as with most vacations, it was way too short. Just one day after arriving home I hopped on a float plane to Victoria for a meeting and already have two more work trips coming up in the next three weeks. With my work/travel schedule being what it is, weekend getaways have become increasingly important to me. I'm not sure I could get by without them!

Last month, I had the opportunity to take a break and fully recharge thanks to a weekend spent at the Rockwater Secret Cove Resort. Not only that but I also finally got to achieve my dream of "glamping"! Located in Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast, the resort is only a ferry ride and short drive away from Vancouver but it seems like a whole other world with its gorgeous views and the overwhelming feeling of being nestled in nature.

The resort does have some small cabins and a lodge/hotel on its grounds, but the real claim to fame here are the amazing tenthouse suites. If you ever make it out this way, a tenthouse suite is the only way to go -- trust me.

Accessed by a long treehouse boardwalk and built upon wooden platforms, each tenthouse suite is equipped with everything you'll need for a total glamping experience: fireplace, rainfall shower, jacuzzi bathtub, kingsize bed, and 360° views all around (you can bring down the blinds at night for privacy).

I had the best time just shutting out all the craziness of life and decompressing... in fact, I even got to read for fun!

February 27, 2017

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil

Since I'm about to head off on a tropical vacation, I wanted to talk about something else tropical that I love... coconut! Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I love coconut everything, whether it's in my food or in my beauty and skincare products. In my household, we typically go through a case of coconut water every week (it's one of my favourite drinks) and cook with coconut oil on the regular (it's especially good with roasted veggies). Honestly, coconut oil is such a versatile product, so it's no surprise that companies have been bottling it up into cute packaging and marketing its various uses.

I have seen bottles of Skinny & Co. coconut oil while browsing through the products on display in the checkout line at Sephora, but it turns out the company has a wider product range than I was aware of. The key linkage: everything contains 100% pure raw coconut oil, cold-processed from from wild-harvested, handpicked coconuts. 

I was sent a couple of products to try a while back, including the regular Coconut Oil, Facial Oil (with Roman Chamomile Extract, Lavender Extract, and a proprietary blend of essential oils), Sugar Scrub (with coconut sugar and vanilla bean), and Oil Pull (infused with peppermint).

I mean, seriously, what can't coconut oil be used for? You can eat it, use it as a moisturizer for dry skin, even clean your teeth (that's what the Oil Pulling one is for). 

All in all, I have been absolutely loving Skinny & Co.'s line up.  If you haven't had a chance to try it yet, I definitely recommend you pick up a jar of your own. I'm betting you'll quickly become a coconut oil convert if you aren't already!

February 21, 2017

90s Graphics Wall

So after all that weird early February snow we received, Vancouver now appears to be on track for Spring. Unfortunately, I'm heading up north for a work trip later today where snow and minus degree temperatures are definitely in the forecast, but I can take comfort in the fact that next week I'll be in Hawaii! You may remember my Big Island trip from a few years ago; well, this time I am heading to Kauai, which I understand is the "sleepier island", and I am seriously looking forward to a week of lazing about.

Coat: Ever New / Pants: Wilfred Free (Aritzia) / Boots: Chloe (here and here)
Backpack: Auxiliary (Aritzia) / Scarf: Gucci (here)
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (here and with blue lenses)

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