July 17, 2015

Dunton Hot Springs (Part 1)

Well you guys, I can honestly say that Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado is what dreams are made of. It's one of those magical places that I was lucky enough to spend 4 days at with my love, but chances are high that I will most likely never get the chance to go back. I wish that photos would do it justice, but they won't, but i'll try anyway because this place was too amazing to not show you guys.

Gareth and I were 2 of 40 people invited to a very intimate 4 day wedding in Dunton. Gareth had been friends with the bride Christeleny when he lived and worked in New York for a year, a few years back. I had the chance to meet Christeleny this Winter in New York, and I somehow made the cut to be invited to this extravagant event.

We arrived at this fairy tale camp site on Thursday afternoon and spent a few hours settling in and meeting the other guests. Of course there were cocktails too.

This bar in the saloon (yes there was even a saloon) had Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's names engraved in it. Apparently they hid out here drinking whiskey after a heist in nearby Telluride, Colorado.

Exploring the beautiful venue.

And this, my friends, was the mind-blowing hot springs. They built this incredible building around one of the hot springs and it's connected to a second hot spring just behind where I stood taking this photo. 

As if this place is real. I sat in the hammock a fair amount, in between dips in the 105 degree pool of course.

I still can't believe this place was my temporary home for a few nights.

This was our cabin for the time we were there. It was pretty incredible. As was this view. 

It was hard to get a good shot of the inside, but Gareth snagged this panoramic shot.

The second day we started off with a good ol' fashioned horseback ride! All suited up and ready to ride! I hadn't ridden a horse in over 20 years and was a little nervous, but my horse "mama" was super chill and did all the work while I sat there and took in the breathtaking beauty surrounding me.

Look at this cowboy!

It's no surprise, but the food during the entire weekend was out of this world. This was from a lunch before we went for a hike. Fish and pork tacos - so incredibly delicious.

And then we hiked! First we checked out the waterfall that was a 5 minute walk away from our cabin.

Then we hiked (with our new friend Ana Maria) until we hit the end of Geiser Trail. I guess I figured it would be a little more "Old Faithful" and less of a murky pool, but the hike did not disappoint. It started pouring rain and then it hailed, but we had a wonderful time and made it out alive. 

He's a pretty great hiking partner, and just partner in general.

Ok you guys, I would apologize for the photo overload, but in this case, there's no way i'm going to do that. Stay tuned for even more photos from the actual weekend coming up soon!

XO, Erin

July 15, 2015

Pop-Up Shop 2.0!


A couple of weeks ago we had our first outdoor pop-up event of the summer! It was hosted by Wildwoodrose Vintage Market downtown in our old stomping grounds, the Exchange District, and we had a blast! It felt so good to be back in that area of town and that we got to see all of our old friends and some familiar faces again. 

Didn't make it out to our last event? Well, not to worry because Wildwoodrose is hosting another vintage market this Saturday, July 18th from 10am-4pm in West Broadway on 167 Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg. Spending the afternoon rummaging through vintage gems outside on a beautiful day sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Saturday to me!

Here is a little peek at what you can expect from this next pop-up event as well as a look at some of our behind the scenes prep:

I feel that it goes without saying that anytime we have some sort of event there will be coral and/or mint colored paint involved somewhere, and this event was no exception! We decided that we wanted a bit of a new look so we designed and built a new backdrop display for our booth and I must say, it turned out pretty darn cute!

Making new sandwich signs was also a must! This is also a sneak peek at our new logo which will be coming soon when we launch our blog makeover in the upcoming weeks! (as well as our new online shop! So stay tuned friends... there are plenty of exciting new things on the horizon!)

Voila! The final product turned out better than we even imagined! We really wanted to make our signage and display bright and eye-catching so that we would stand-out as much as possible and I think that we accomplished that mission fairly well!

Our backdrop is actually a giant pegboard that we constructed out of pieces of plywood and a giant drill bit. We cut down wooden dowels to make oversized pegs to hang shirts from as well as little white handmade shelves. It held up great all night and wasn't even phased by a little bit of a breeze. Not to mention we had so much fun setting up because we basically had the chance to start with a blank canvas and create whatever we wanted! (aka our favorite part.)

We planted a bunch of cute flowers and plants in vintage pots and planters that are also up for grabs!

Well friends, that gives you a bit of an idea of what to expect on Saturday! If you are in the area we would love for you to stop by between 10am-4pm and come say hello! 

XO, Stef

July 14, 2015

Viva Las Vegas!

Last weekend I had the trip of a lifetime with Gareth. We drove to Grand Forks, flew to Las Vegas where we spent one night, then drove to a 4 day wedding, back to Vegas and then home. I'll be posting photos from the unbelievable wedding in the next couple of days, but here's a little look into our two nights in Vegas!

We couldn't even leave the airport before I had to waste the few bills I had on the slot machines.

This guy. Ready to party.

Our first stop was In-N-Out Burger which never disappoints!

After a quick bite, we wandered the Strip in the sweltering 45 degree heat.

That evening we came back to the hotel, (The Tropicana) took a quick nap and got changed and walked some more. 

First stop was the fountains at The Bellagio. 

Next stop was Frankie's Tiki Room which Stef had recommended and man oh man, it did NOT disappoint! We drank fish bowl-sized goblets of different tiki drinks, laughed until it hurt and wasted all of our $1 bills on slots. 

Sometimes you have to get boozy off of really strong rum-based tiki drinks and spend nearly $100 to get on a huge ferris wheel at three in the morning to have a dance off followed by steaks before you barely make it to the airport in time.

We got upgraded to the second floor from the top and the view was pretty great.

See what I mean?

We stayed at The Flamingo on our last night of the trip, the oldest hotel on the strip!

One last walk around our hotel. I love these pink windows!

A thing that Gareth and I do is a list of things we've always wanted to do but never have. It's a shared list that we add to all the time, and one of the things on there was put $50 on red. Neither of us had played roulette before, but he upped the ante, put $60 on red and won and walked away with $120! Our rule is we have to take a photo every time we complete something on the list so this is what he gave.

Our last night in Vegas after the wedding.

XO, Erin

June 25, 2015

Quick trip.

This past week I got to escape rainy Winnipeg and head out East. I had the pleasure of visiting our Nation's capital - Ottawa, for 3 nights and Toronto for 2 more nights. Gareth was working at the Ottawa office for the week so we thought it would be fun if I could go and meet his co-workers and see where he works when he's there. I knew Ottawa would be a pretty city, but I was completely blown away by how beautiful it was. I spent my days walking, for hours on end just slowly getting to know the city.

The first day that I got there, Gareth surprised me by taking me to Le Nordik Spa just outside of Ottawa in Chelsea, Quebec and it left me feeling like a relaxed floppy fish in the best way possible. If you're close by, I highly recommend checking it out. Sorry for this blurry pic, but I quickly snapped it   and could have cared less to take another, I just wanted to get outside!

It was conveniently rib fest while I was there. One of the first things I did was grab a plate of pulled pork and ribs, and head for the river.

Maman!

Rotatoes at rib fest! It took all my strength not to eat these every day. 

Dental hygiene! This guy is truly the best... I'm a sucker for stripes.

I got to see an old pal from Winnipeg while I was there. My friend Glennys and I went for lunch at a place called Backdrop and had such a lovely time!

Such beautiful homes everywhere you looked.

Oh Ottawa, you're so nice. Until next time!

Me, Brittany, Myles and Lauren (missing Matt & Gareth)

Then it was off to Toronto to visit friends! My friend Brittany Hildebrandt and her friend Laurie picked me up from the airport and then Brit and I headed back to her place for lunch and then to the park for a few beverages and to talk about her wedding plans! That night we went to Grand Electric for tacos and met up with one of my oldest friends - Lauren Sellen and her husband Matt! I hadn't seem them in years (with the exception for a brief rendez-vous this Winter, but it hardly counts) and truly had the best time re-connecting. The best surprise of the night was when Gareth showed up, suitcase in tow for a taco and ended up spending the night. The poor guy had missed a connection and then couldn't catch a flight out until the next morning, but only found this out after waiting 6 hours in the airport. Eventually he came to us, and it was so good to have him by my side!
Leave it to Brittany to get up and take the perfect taco feast picture!

Matt & Lauren. Dream team.

I walked a lot more in Toronto and stumbled across mini eggs! I used to eat these when I was in Hong  Kong and then made them when I opened Kawaii Crepe and have not had them since.

On Saturday, Brit and I went for brunch and then walked for hours and ended up at the back of an art gallery, where Myles' band The Lord Almighty's played an afternoon show. That was followed by more beers with friends on a patio on the perfect Summer day. We happened to bump into a bunch of friends from Winnipeg which was pretty random and unexpected!

I poked through lots of shops while I was there and felt so inspired. It really got my wheels turning. How amazing is this barware store? 

My last night there was spent catching up with this dear friend. Ugh, my heart felt so full when I left Toronto. It's so rare for me to have friends that I don't see for years on end, and we don't communicate a tonne, but then we see each other and pick up right where we left off, but are somehow closer than ever. That is the case with this wild woman. I am so proud of her and the things she's doing and the woman she's become. I always feel like we are 19 year old roomates again, the way we laugh till it hurts and get right down to business. It's never useless small talk with this one. And i love that about her. 

Thanks for doing a spontaneous photoshoot of us Matt, you're one of the good ones.

And just like that I was headed to the airport, with Matt & Lauren's dog Petunia in tow. 
Until next time Toronto & Ottawa. Thanks for having me. Kind of fell in love with both of you.

Next week I'm heading to Las Vegas for a few nights, as well as Colorado for a 4 day long wedding! Can't wait to share more pictures with you guys so keep an eye out!
Xo, Erin