Vancouver Style Blog

Own only what you love

Simplicity

My first post, Minimalism and Style, explained my style philosophy and guided readers through the process of cleaning out their closet. Coincidentally, after posting it, Cuyana (a San-Francisco based clothing and accessories company that advocates fewer better things) launched a Lean Closet Movement series, which concluded today. I really respect this company and its philosophy. We both are advocating the same thing: own only what you love.

To have a great sense of style, you need to be surrounded by things that inspire you and that you love and learn to weed out all the “noise.” Decluttering is the first step towards being able to develop your style and in turn have a beautiful home, a functional closet, a lighter schedule and a healthier lifestyle. Without it, all these things become very difficult.

Over the past year, I went on a decluttering spree. The more I did it, the better I felt. Now there is less stuff around, I spend less time cleaning, less time making choices about what to wear and more time doing the things that I love. I am also extremely careful with the purchases that I make and only part with my money if I feel that I am getting something that will truly add value to my life.

By posting style inspiration pictures and recommendations, I hope to inspire and help you to find out what your essentials are and live with less things that are better quality.

Namaste Tea

Namaste Tea

I secretly love dark, rainy evenings such as these because it is a perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with a nice hot cup of tea. Over the last year I have cut out all caffeine and have since resorted to a wide assortment of herbal teas. This tea from Tea Leaves is my absolute favourite. As described on the tin: “a synergistic blend of uplifting organic peppermint leaves and antioxidant-rich organic rooibos, with a smooth vanilla finish. Naturally caffeine-free”. YYoga is the only place I have found in Vancouver that carries this particular blend, but if any of you know of other places, please let me know!

Summer in San Francisco

San Francisco

Russian Hill

Lombard Street

Pier 39

Mission Dolores Park

The Painted Ladies

City of Lights

Napa Valley

Some random photos from my trip last year to San Francisco. It is a nice weekend getaway for people on the West coast. The Ferry Building Marketplace was definitely one of the highlights and the shopping wasn’t too bad either. Unfortunately we didn’t get to sample too much of the wonderful food this city had to offer as we didn’t make reservations (restaurants get booked out fast in this city). I was surprised at how cold it could get in the summer – definitely unexpected from a Californian city.

Is This Love?

Na Pali Coast

2013 was a huge travel year for us! We visited eleven countries and over 30 cities. One of our favourite destinations by far was Kauai, Hawaii. We had initially considered Bora Bora but I am so happy we ended up going to Kauai instead. It is such a beautiful place and the people there were so friendly. We stayed at the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, at Po’ipu Beach. My favourite part of this hotel were the lovely breakfast mini muffins (if I am honest they were more like mini cupcakes) served with whipped cinnamon butter.

Koa Kea Hotel

Picking an island on Hawaii can be very difficult if you can only visit one. While I have only been to two others – Maui and Big Island – I can confidently say that Kauai was my favourite. Maui is excellent for surfing and rougher beaches. Big Island is perfect for young families however I feel Kauai is a perfect honeymoon destination. It has enough things to do if you aren’t the sort that likes to lie around and crisp yet it has a serenity that everyone seeks on a vacation.

Things to Do List

Hanalei

Kauai Drive

Waimea Canyon

Shipwreck Beach

Hawaii Lighthouse

Na Pali Coast