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Is anybody else kind of sick of the Internet?

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A few weeks ago when I was getting my eyebrows microbladed, the girl doing my eyebrows Crista Nicole said the greatest thing.

“I just feel like Instagram is that hot popular girl in highschool that everyone wants to be friends with, but secretly nobody actually likes”.

Bingo.

Maybe I am just going through a phase. Maybe I am kind of depressed with the state of the world. Maybe I am soooo sick of all the bullshit. But there’s just this little spark inside me that says, there’s more than this. There’s more than staring at a tiny screen as soon as you open your eyes in the morning. There’s more than getting high off of internet likes. There’s more than constantly comparing your life to others. There’s more than consuming, changing your apartment decor every week, or sharing a zillion photos of your dog.

I’m just feeling like… we are doing this to ourselves. We dislike that we are in this constant state of wanting more. More followers. More engagement. More content. More more more more more. But we feed this beast. We feed it every time we get annoyed that our significant other is talking to us, because we’re reading on our phone. We feed into it every time we spend hours choosing the right outfit, Googling the right coffee shop, searching for the right hashtags. I always shy away from posting these types of blogs because A: I don’t want to be a downer. And B: I’m a hypocrite. But aren’t we all?

I think I often get sucked up into this feeling that basically I haven’t found my calling yet. That I have dabbled in lots of things I like, but I don’t think I’ve fully unlocked that fiery passion that I love yet. I definitely don’t think I am alone in feeling this way either. I just often feel like I am capable of more or that my life should have more meaning, more impact. That there is more I can be doing.. That my focus should maybe shift. That I am wasting time on things that don’t matter in the grand scheme of life. It’s hard to think about life because it’s uncomfortable. I just think I need to do some soul searching because I don’t feel content, and I am not sure why. Part of the problem I think, is that I don’t have a clear idea of where I want to go. I just think that I have this incredible life to live, and I want to make it worth while.

Did you know the odds of actually becoming a human are something like 1 in 400 quadrillion? I got that fact from the Internet, so it’s 100% true ;)… but if you really consider it.. All of us have won the biggest race of our lives. We are alive on this earth. We beat out everybody else in the race, and we are here.. But why?? To tap on Instagram photos? To talk about toothpaste or Iced Tea? Come on people, you do not stand for Iced Tea.

I’ve often felt like I want to break away completely from social media, or dreamt of living in an era where it didn’t exist. Where you were free to find yourself, your passions, your desires- on your own- without the influence of hundreds of thousands of people. I think the internet and social media make you want things you don’t need and make you question your own, life, body, house, etc. I’m a marketer, but I am sick of being marketed to. From the moment we take our first breath on this planet people are telling us what to do. How to live. Movies and advertisements, the internet, everything we see as we grow up shapes our minds as to what a “good life” should look like. What success looks like. What a good family looks like. What beauty is. What is important.

What if everything you’ve ever learned about living was all wrong?

This post doesn’t get wrapped up with a pretty bow and a quirky idiom filled ending with a call to action. I don’t have any answers, I just know that my life is important, and so is yours. 

 

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Keeping Tabs NO. 4 | FloralCOLORAY, Lash Lifts, The Broadview, Copper Gutters + Porter re:view

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  • I am working on an itty bitty office makeover that involves a custom yellow velvet sofa + this stunning peel and stick floralcoloray wallpaper. Sooooo perfect for renters, or in my case- corporate office employees.
    • All about that beauty shit. I love the look of long lashes. I think sometimes people with fake lashes can look a bit ratchet haha to be honest. But SOMETIMES you’ll bump into a girl that has super fab lash extensions that look so natural and lovely.  In the past few years my lashes have been growing like crazy. Maybe it’s because my diet is much more healthy than past years- or maybe it’s from all the margaritas.. regardless- I have a pretty good  base and I recently found out about this wild new thing (probably just new to me) called a lash lift and tint. Basically, it’s a process where your eyelashes are “permed” for lack of a better word, and tinted darker. AKA. No more mascara. If you guys can’t tell, I am literally trying to make it so that all I have to do is brush my teeth in the morning before work because, sleep. (Learn more about my microbladed eyebrows here). BEAUTY. Anyways- I am going tonight, wish me luck.
    • Formerly Jilly’s stripclub (cool), Toronto is coming out with a new hotel and I am into it. The Broadview will feature a stunning rooftop patio + a casual and slick interior a La Drake (via BlogTO).
    • I stumbled upon copper gutters on Pinterest and I don’t think I can ever look back. I will never look at an aluminum gutter the same way again. Studio McGee.~* Prayer Hands.*~
    • I mmmayyyyyybbbee appeared for a millisecond on HGTV Canada’s Home to Win on Sunday evening.

(Laughing because my Dad had to sit through an entire episode waiting for me ;)!) Did you know that you can actually WIN this insanely crazy amazing incredible house that these HGTV celebs are renovating? Yep. This week you can also win a Temperpedic Sleep System. (If you didn’t know- Leon’s is actually the title sponsor of Home to Win and almost all of the furniture you see revealed is from Leon’s! We share weekly roundups on the blog in case you want to get your paws on any of the goods!)

 

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The Best Microblading in Toronto

To microblade, or not to microblade..

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For me, it was a decision I sat on for quite a bit. I’m sure you have heard or stumbled upon the microblading craze that’s been sweeping the ‘gram. It seems every time I refreshed my feed I was seeing more and more delicately drawn on eyebrows.. and it really made me raise a brow ;). What was this new beauty trend, and how were all these girls gettin’ them brows on FLEEK?

Microblading, if you aren’t aware is a semi permanent type of cosmetic tattoo. Essentially, what you do with an eyebrow pencil- is done with small wispy tattoos that mimic the realistic look of eye brow hairs. Results vary, but can last from 1-3 years.

My friend Katie was actually one of the first girls I knew personally to go under the knife… so to speak.

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Katie is a super talented makeup artist (who often drives all the way from our little hometown in Walkerton to do my makeup for photoshoots and TV appearances- Love you Katie!!) who shared a bit of a behind the scenes of her own personal process and it got my really interested. After weeks of flipping through page after page of microbladers, Katie recommended Crista Nicole. I spent some time scrolling through her feed and was incredibly impressed by her sleight of hand. All of the eyebrows in her feed looked natural with an incredible attention to detail. I wanted to be really sure about the artist I had working on my eyebrows, because it is my face after all. With microblading being such a hot trend right now there are a lot of ladies just starting out, and while I am sure there are lots of talented rookies, I was really looking for a seasoned pro and wasn’t willing to take any risks with someone who wasn’t qualified.

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I reached out to Crista and was pleasantly surprised by the detailed email she sent back to me (and by how incredibly qualified she was!) Crista’s reply email included a bit of a bio about herself and her background in the beauty industry. Over the past 5 years Crista has travelled the globe tirelessly training and studying from the best and with the best. In addition to permanent makeup and Microblading, Crista has completed the celebrity-touted HD Brows course, an exclusive 7-step brow shaping treatment. In short, she’s kind of the best in the biz.

I scheduled a phone call with Crista and we talked for over 40 minutes. You know when someone is just oozing passion for their craft? That is Crista. This girl knows brows, and I was unbelievably excited to put mine in her hands. One of the comments Crista made that I absolutely loved was that she does not give people “new” or “on trend” eyebrows.. she enhances each clients natural beauty and makes their own unique eyebrows better. She said sometimes she would have people coming in asking for a Cara Delevigne brow.. but in all realness.. not everybody can pull that off, and while it might be really hot right now, it may not be in the future- and it just may not work with your face. Crista is dedicated to taking what you already have and making it better- and I love that.

studioI arrived at Crista’s stunning boutique on a Wednesday afternoon. The atmosphere was clean, polished and very professional. There were refreshments, and music. I arrived early with Katie, so we chatted and caught up while Crista finished touching up a client. She greeted us and gave me some waivers to sign, as this is a tattooing procedure.

Once I got into the chair, we took a few “before” shots, and in no time Crista was like an artist measuring and drawing, measuring, redrawing. It was such a mathematical exercise to figure out the precise angles that best suited my face.
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“Before”.. This is my eyebrows in their natural state. All makeup has been washed off.

After she drew them on, I took a look.. approved them.. and then we were off to the races!

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The first part of the procedure involves her “jabbing” for lack of a better term- your eyebrows- in order to prime them for a numbing cream. I’ll admit, it stung a bit- but it wasn’t unbearable. After the cream sat for awhile, it was time to get started.

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Crista used a little blade to essentially “cut” eyebrow wisps into my eyebrows. I think the weirdest sensation about this was that I could hear it. Little scratches being cut into my eyebrows. This part also stung a little bit, but for the most part the numbing cream really helped.

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After she was finished with the tiny cuts- she uses a pigment overtop of the eyebrow that fills them in.

We did this process twice over, and that’s it! Easy as pie.

Afterwards it was pretty sore so I ended up going to bed pretty early.

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Immediately after the procedure. Definitely pretty tender and sensitive.

My eyebrows were incredibly dark for the first three or so days, but now three weeks later they have definitely lightened up. There is a bit of an awkward period of dark eyebrows/scabbing eyebrows- but.. no pain no game. It may be a bit uncomfortable for a few weeks, but girl- I cannot wait to throw away all of my Anastasia brow pencils and bask in my eyebrow goodness ;).

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You can see Crista’s precise hair strokes close up. Again, this was immediately after the procedure (the next day)- they’ve since blended a lot!
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This photo was the next morning after doing my makeup. Pretty dark, but the shape was beautiful!

18012827_10155415163717573_1928043764_oHere I am currently siting about 3 weeks post microblade. This photo above is my full makeup without a lick of eyebrow pencil! Pretty incredible. You can see they’ve blended completely with my natural colour and have filled in some of my more sparce areas. At about 8 weeks I’ll go back for a minor touch up to make sure everything healed up properly- and then I’m in the clear! Time to swipe on some mascara and go!

Have questions? Feel free to comment below! If you’re interested in getting Crista to makeover your face a’la microbladed brows, you can reach her at: hello@cristanicolebeauty.com

Thanks for reading!

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KEEPING TABS NO.3 |Luggage Game, Day Designers, Matte Brass Hardware, GIRLBOSS on Netflix + The Citizens Collective

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  • As somebody obsessed with travelling, I’ve been looking lately at upping my luggage game. I have two top contenders: This incredible luggage by my all-time girlboss favourite, Bri from DesignLoveFest.. oooooorr, this wicked pink Pop + Suki version of the Away Luggage. The bonus with the Away luggage is it has a built in battery that can charge your phone (!!!) .. Say whaaaaat.
  • I’ve mentioned this before, but I will mention it again. My Day Designer is literally my life saver lately. I think April and May might be the busiest two months in my existence, and I’ve been leaning heavily on the use of this bad-boy.
  • This new matte gold hardware from Tonic is yes.
  • Soooo, there’s a GIRLBOSS series coming to Netflix? *dies*. If you haven’t already read GIRLBOSS- girl, get with it. I absolutely love Sophia and her entire story. I love that she started with nothing, wasn’t properly trained, and quite literally figured it out as she went and turned Nasty Gal into an empire. I love how raw and authentic she is and how she’s stayed true to her roots through all of her fame and fortune. I also love how fucking badass she is, buying a Porsche in cash when her credit company wouldn’t give her a loan. $$$
  • I WISH I could go to this, but I am going to be pouring my blood sweat and tears into #ProjectParentReno every weekend from now until May.. BUT, if I was in Toronto I would DEFINITELY hit up The Citizens Collective. A brand new curated marketplace of modern makers and well travelled brands. (Happening April 22!) I’m a bit head over heels for this JuJu hat.  I’m also fond of the fact that this section of their site is called curiosities. *heart eyes*
  • My teeth be feeling sewwww minty fresh RN because of my new Diamond Clean Sonic Electric Toothbrush. It’s kind of the Lamborghini of toothbrushes, in my opinion. Got this bad boy at my FAV dental clinic in the city, for real. Lawrence West Dental shout out!!  (It’s actually amazing. It has an automatic 2 minute timer for you to make sure you’re brushing long enough, and it beeps every 30 seconds for you to switch your angle up!)
  • Lasssstly, I finally made it out to Frings (Drake’s restaurant if you live under a rock) and I tried a Worst Behavior. It was delish.
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KEEPING TABS NO.2 | A Touching Story, Dope Iconography, #TorontoTotes, Design*Sponge + House and Home, Lochside Cycles, Notable + NYC Hotels

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Art + Creativity, Keeping Tabs

KEEPING TABS NO.1 | Mustard Cleobella Maxi, Nasty Galaxy, Chasing Slow, Tattoos + Embroidered Everything

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Hey Ya’ll. When you’re insanely busy with a kajillion things to do.. what do you do? You procrastinate, and you find other ways to occupy your time. What better time to start a new weekly post- Keeping Tabs. I am a woman of the interwebs and I spend a great majority of my time here. During that time, you can bet your sweet bottom I have tonnes of tabs open. In this weekly series, I’ll be sharing my favourite links, articles, and random things that sparked my interest this week. Grab a coffee and procrastinate with me ;).

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Escaping to Myrtle Beach 3/3

Our last “full” day in Myrtle Beach was definitely our favourite. We had plans to go to to Brookgreen Gardens, which would have been STUNNING no doubt- but our lunch went a bit later than planned so we decided to just spend the afternoon exploring downtown Myrtle. It was so nice to just be carefree roaming the town.

Lunch at Collector’s Cafe

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After a lively night down at the Marshwalk, both Kass and I were feeling that sleep in life ;). We got in some extra ZZZs before heading for a delicious lunch at Collector’s Cafe, a coffee shop and art restaurant. The restaurant boasts a gallery that spans 6 rooms and represents more than 25 artists. Many times during our trip Kass and I were told we looked like sisters.. well, we twinned out and both got the Pasta Du Jour for lunch, which was penne with Cajun Alfredo sauce and chicken. It lived up to the hype.

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Exploring the City

I mentioned this before, but I will say it again- Always leave a little room for magic. As big a planner as I am when it comes to itineraries, I think sometimes you need to leave a little bit of breathing room for spontaneous adventure- and that is just what our last day was filled with. We grabbed our cameras and hit the town to look for interesting places to check out and photograph. We stumbled upon many interesting and brightly painted walls, a vintage RV trailer, and tonnes of beautiful foliage. Make sure to leave yourself some down time to just walk around, see the sights, and enjoy being in Myrtle!

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Ice cream at Kirk’s

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When we were driving back from lunch, we noticed a vintage ice cream shop that we just HAD to go back to- and we are sooo glad we did! I mean, what’s a trip to Myrtle beach without ice cream? We had just seen a little snippet of the outside of the shop from the road during our drive, but I just knew it was a gem we had check out. When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised to be transported back into the 80’s via the Kirk’s vintage arcade inside. Green walls tacked with vintage coca-cola signs, retro diner tables, and old arcade machines filled the room. The vibe was totally old school and we loved it.

It’s also worth mentioning that they served the MOST DELICIOUS ice cream- you know, the kind you scoop out of a tub. I went with choc chip cookie dough, which if you were wondering, is my all time favourite.

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 Alabama Theatre (at Barefoot Landing) for “ONE – the Show”

We finished off our last night with a live performance at the Alabama Theatre. I love live performances, especially when it combines singing, dancing, and costume changes! I think that live performance is such a brilliant art form that deserves so much more credit. It’s truly an art form. The One Show was jazzy and cool, but also totally current and upbeat. Gotta love when you can listen to beauty and the beast, and Tay Swift in the same show haha. (Disney for life!)

All in all- it was a real treat to escape the winter freeze and thaw out a bit under the Myrtle sun. If you’re looking for a fun girls getaway- Myrtle is definitely the place to go. If you’re just catching up, you can read post 1 and 2 here. 

Until my next Escape! 

 

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Escaping to Myrtle Beach 2/3

Bright and early on Thursday morning (Like, before 9AM) Kass  and I grabbed an Uber and made our way over to Croissants Bistro and Bakery. We had the cutest Uber driver, telling us all about this great book he was reading, but couldn’t remember the title of. But it was about World War 2, and that was his favourite kind of book ;). Staring out the window, tall majestic palms swaying in the breeze, it was going to be a great day I just knew it.

With the sun beating on my face, eyes closed, I dreamed only of one thing. Coffee. And we went to the right place.

Croissants at Bistro & Bakery

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We were greeted by Mike, bright eyed and bushy tailed- who knew we were in dire need of some caffeine. Coffee with extra espresso it was- just how we like it. I was ready for some great eats and ordered, kind of conservatively. Some good old fashioned eggs and bacon- with a signature croissant. Kassandra, the bolder eater of us two- went with Eggs Benny… which in retrospect, I wish I had also went for. It was both of our first time trying eggs Benedict, and it was BLISS. Hollandaise sauce wassup!

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It wasn’t long before our friend Mike decided to show us what croissants were really made of, and he carried out the biggest, most delicious Banana Foster French Toast I’ve ever seen. Our eyes, kind of dropped out of our heads when we saw it haha. HUGE brown-sugary french toast topped with bananas and whip cream. We were already full from sharing our gigantic breakfast plates- but of course we had to give it a try.

So good. Like, so so good. It was literally dessert for breakfast.

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After we dug in to some of the french toast, I literally had to take a break because I was so stuffed. I went to the washroom, came back, and dear Mike had ANOTHER TRIO of delicious treats laid out on our table. OMG. haha.

Chocolate brownie (My all time fav).. Coconut Cake, and HANDS DOWN THE BEST STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE OF MY LIFE. If you go, you MUST, I repeat, MUST have this. Ditch the eggs, don’t even get toast. Just get this for breakfast.

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We also had the pleasure of meeting Heidi and her daughter- who gave us the CUTEST gift bags. Thank you so much ladies you are too kind. We will be back for sure!!

Lunch at the Tea Room at Hopsewee Plantation

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Here’s a little tip. If you’re coming to Myrtle. Rent a car. Rent a car. Rent a car. Kass and I decided NOT to rent a car because we knew we would be out for drinks intermittently during our trip. Well, yes- this was true during the evenings- but for the most part in the daytime we were out and about- not drinking. So a car would have been the best decision, and MUCH cheaper than Ubering around. Learn from our mistakes!

When you think Myrtle Beach, you likely do not think- Rice Plantation or Basket Weaving.. well, neither did we- but when we saw how stunningly beautiful the Hopeswee Plantation was with it’s giant willowy trees and it’s commanding colonial home- we just had to see it in person.

It was about a 45 minute drive (hello expensive Uber).. from Myrtle Beach- but the drive was nice, sunny, and relaxing. Especially after eating our body weight in treats, we needed that down time to digest haha!

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We didn’t get a chance to have lunch at Hopsewee- but in all fairness- we aren’t sure lunch would have fit! We arrived just in time to do the tour of the plantation. It was fantastic. So much rich history and energy in that building. We learned tonnes about the people that had worked on the plantation back in the day- and how the relationship between the Gullah Africans and the owners was much different than what you would expect. The Gullah people were respected and almost thought of as family. There was love in these relationships, with slaves living on the property with their families, working together with the plantation owners to come up with smart ways to irrigate the land. It was so interesting to hear.

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The architecture in the home was stunning. It’s so impressive to see how much careful detail used to go into buildings. How things were built to last. I love seeing history with my own eyes. Carvings in glass made by people we will never know that lived there so long ago. Leaving their anonymous mark on the world, hundreds of years later.

Something that really struck a chord with me was how slow everything used to be. While we toured through the home we saw the “warming room”. This was essentially a small room, where dinner would be rolled in on a buffet to stay warm before being served for dinner.

Ain’t no warming room for Kraft Dinner.

I can’t imagine how much time and effort went into every meal. Everyone gathered around the table, savouring their food and just living slowly.

It’s truly amazing- and I definitely want to make time for slow in my life.

Sweet Grass Basket Weaving

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Now this, was really something else. When was the last time you worked on making one thing, for upwards of three hours? I’ll tell you, it’s not often I can focus on ONE thing. I think in our hectic day-t0-day life we are so busy scrolling feeds and tapping photos that we (I) really need to find the time to take a break, and make something.

It’s been awhile since I started a project, and finished it all in one day. It feels incredible. I am so beyond proud of my little basket, and every time I look at it I will have fond memories of the tea room at Hopsewee. It will take me back to bonding with Verna, sitting beside Kassandra drinking coffee. This little tiny basket, that could mean nothing to someone else, means SO much to me- and that is super special.

I’m going to proudly display it somewhere in my home!

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Let me ALSO add, that our lives were saved by Tae- who works at Hopeswee. Unbeknownst to us, we tried to hail an Uber from Hopeswee- but there was not an Uber in sight. We were, well.. stranded. Tae saved the day by giving us a ride into town in her…. red mustang. Yup. Best day.

 Lobster at Wicked Tuna

After spending our afternoon basket weaving, we made our way over to Murels Inlet to check out Wicked Tuna. *sings* I tried lobster. I ate some lobster.* Another first for me, Kass and I dug in to some- may I say.. delicious lobster. Wicked Tuna was great. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but totally worth it for their great seafood.

Drinks + Music at the Marshwalk

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We topped off our day two down at the Marshwalk with some live music, girl talk + more cocktails. As we visited on the “off season”.. it wasn’t as busy- but come summer time and high season- this is one of the best places to go for dancing and live music.

I’ll be sharing post 3/3 later this week! If you’re still catching up, you can read about our first day here.

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#EscapingtoMyrtle Beach 1/3

ESCAPING1GIRLS TRIP!

How much fun is it to go away with one of your girlfriend’s to Myrtle beach? I’ll tell you. It’s the most fun. And I’ll also tell you, we definitely packed more than enough pairs of shoes. #girlstruggles.

Our itinerary for our trip was absolutely packed, so I thought it best to divide up my posts by day. Three totally jam-packed days full of everything from beaches to basket weaving, to cocktails and seafood.

Our trip started off with a sleepover party at mi casa. It was actually Valentine’s Day, so lucky Kass got to par-take in some Valentine’s Mcdonald’s and Bambino with me and my boo. ;).

We headed to Porter bright and early to catch our flight around 11AM.

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I kind of feel like a Billy Bishop master after my trips with Porter to Pittsburgh and last year during a shoot to Montreal.  You could say I know my way around the Porter lounge at this point. ;). It’s never too early for Porter cookies. (Confession: Last time I flew Porter I chain ate like 5 cookies and hid the wrappers because I was embarrassed that I lost my self control. It’s cool..)

Kass and I took at trip to Chicago with our girlfriend’s last year for a bachelorette party last year. (Yeah, it was pretty okay, wink.).. So it felt like old times hopping on another flight with her. I am liking this travelling trend here.

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A quick 2 hr flight to Myrtle complimented by my favourite in-flight reading material (RE: Porter) and always complimentary drinks… and we made it!

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First things first, LUNCH. When we arrived at the airport, we were whisked away by our first Southern Gentleman of the trip, Keith.. who helped us put together our itinerary for our trip. (Shout out to Keith!) On the drive in to the Market Common I was mesmerized by all the colourful houses on the way.

Lunch at Tupelo Honey

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Within our first hour in Myrtle, we headed to Tupelo Honey Cafe, where  I tried gritts for the first time. For some reason, (maybe my sheltered hamburgers and hotdogs childhood).. I thought grits looked like waffle fries. Nope.. Looked more like oatmeal, but tasted great! We also had fried green tomatoes (Another first, you’ll notice that is a trend on this trip).. They were AWESOME. If you’re in Myrtle, try them! Annnnd,  we were told if you’re in Myrtle shrimp and gritts is THE THING to try, but be careful- because the quality is apparently allover the place. We recommend asking a local to get the good stuff ;).

I had the Carolina Grilled Chicken Sandwhich at Tupelo, and it was delish! If the weather was a bit more cooperative we would have for sure headed to the roofop balcony for lunch.

Get your Shop On.

We were freeeezing after lunch because it had been rainy and not-so-typical-Myrtle weather, so we headed straight back to our hotel to warm up, check out our new pad + get ready for a night on the town! However- had it been much nicer weather we would have definitely strolled the shops at the Market Common. There’s a giant Anthropologie which I am sure we would have gotten lost in.

We then made our way over to the Hilton Doubletree.. Ocean view room with a private balcony, holla.

Nothin’ like waking up, opening the drapes, and seeing the ocean- let me tell you. Also, not sure how many hotels give you hot cookies upon arrival, but that was definitely a a big old check mark for the Double Tree. Not to mention the morning buffet that included both a DIY omlette, and a DIY pancake station.. with chocolate chips. *impressed face nod*.

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BTW, the beach is literally walking distance from the hotel, so of course we made a trip down to the water!

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Gotta love Porter Escapes!! If you’re ever looking to hop on a plane and not have to worry about a thing- look into booking an Escape. Porter does all the dirty work so you can head straight to the chemist for happy hour.

Happppppy Hour at the Chemist

Science Rules! F’real.. I was never one for science class, I mean.. except that one time I won gold at the Science Fair. <– click that link for a treat.  *cry laugh emoji*

But  mixing chemistry with drinking might be my new favourite thing (And had Ms. Mcgeachy included this in the course curriculum I may have went on to become a molecular biologist). Jokes.

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Phil from The Chemist definitely made our night (We sure kept him busy!) Phil was like a mad-scientist behind the bar, concocting the most delicious drinks- many of which he served up to us with liquid nitrogen, making us squeal with excitement haha. My favourite drink of the night (if I had to choose) was the Professor’s Punch.

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“Faculty meetings just got a whole lot more interesting with grapefruit-infused vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, cranberry juice, validated with with Sprite and varied with grapefruit peel-infused ice and lemon wheel.”

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AKA. Yum. I also loved the Flux Capacitor- which doesn’t just sound cool, it tasted amazing with it’s  house-concocted blackberry simple syrup.

Dinner at Art Burger Sushi Bar

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Now this is where sh*t got adventurous. For me that is. Like I mentioned previously, I’ve lived a sheltered life when it comes to food. I mean I only tried poutine for the first time in my 20s. (I know.. now I wish I hadn’t tried it because I am a gravy addict.) Up until this point, the only sushi I had tried was avacado rolls, and spicy salmon rolls. Here’s a great tip. If you’re a picky eater and have any reservations about trying new foods.. just have a little warm-up session at The Chemist. Post- drinks at the Chemist, my food inhibitions were a little low… and I. Tried. Everything. (Mom, I know, I can’t believe it either).

And, I am happy to report.. it was AMAZING..and I promise that’s not just the professor’s punch talking. I’ve come home a new woman, a new sushi loving woman. Kass and I decided as soon as we got there, that we couldn’t possibly come to Art Burger and Sushi Bar, and only order sushi. Heck no. We ordered both the sushi and the burger. *laughs*  What’s funnier is we ate it all. Travelling works up quite an apetite people. We both tried the Art Burger, because if it was named after the restaraunt it has to be one of the best choices. (It was)..

And.. the coup the gras.. after MUCH deliberation (Aka, me being like, why don’t we try this vege sushi option?..) And Kass standing her sushi ground- as she should have.. we decided on the Tiger Rolls (more so for me).. and the Omakase- which, if you aren’t aware.. is a SURPRISE DISH. Guys.. The pickiest eater on the planet let Kass coax me into having the chef prepare us a SURPRISE SUSHI DISH.

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……and it was the best decision ever!!

I wish we had better lighting in there because these dishes were served up SO beautifully. BTW- there were so many other cute aspects of this restaurant like the art gallery when you walked in, or the way the menus were in the shape of paint palettes. You should probably just go ;).

+ for all you fashionistas, here’s a link source for what I wore Day 1:

Moto Jean Jacket- Topshop | Black Leather Baseball Cap- Topshop | American Apparel Disco Pants | Blondie Crop Top | Blush Runners- Topshop | Yellow Floral Chiffon Dress | Blush Western Buckle Booties | Floral Kimono-Zara | Yellow Hat H + M | BF jeans TopShop

Stay tuned for posts 2 and 3..

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