February 18, 2018

i fell in love with joshua tree!

J  O  S  H  U  A      T  R  E  E     L  O  V   I   N '

Sharing more Cali Love and couldn't be more excited to share some of my favourite photos of our trip to Joshua Tree (which is now one of my favourite places I've ever been)

We road tripped to Joshua Tree and this was a place I grew so excited to visit. We arrived in the evening, and even then it proved to be a really awesome place.

Waking up in the morning in JT was such a magical experience. We stayed in a sweet little air b&b and woke up eager to explore the little town and the park. 

One of my favourite parts about being inside the park was driving around and exploring so many different places landscapes. Every twist and turn brought us to another breath taking view. We had a few places we had marked our map to check out, but we basically pulled over every few minutes to walk around, hike a little and take some seriously incredible pics!

Here are a few of the places we visited in the park!:
  • Keys View
  • Skull Rock
  • Cholla Cactus Garden
  • Sheep Pass
& here are a few other places we visited (and loved) in JT:

February 12, 2018

valentine's day + netflix lovin'

h   e   l   l   o      m   o   n   d   a   y   ! ! !

It's love week, and if you know me then you know that I love love and Valentine's Day ♥ (a lot)

I thought it would be fun to do a little round up of shows and movies all about loveeeee! So, I've always liked Valentine's Day because regardless if you are in a relationship, I've always taken this as an opportunity to celebrate love of all kinds!

So, these are all movies or shows that are currently on Netflix (Canada) that I've watched and liked loved. Some are traditionally about love, and some are about different kinds of love. Love is love and it's beautiful in all forms!

Here's to a week filled with all of the love (and maybe some netflix, popcorn & a cosy blanket)

Here are sixteen shows or movies with the same common theme;   L O V E ♥

Drinking Buddies // Prob one of my fave movies of recent years! Olivia Wilde + Jake Johnson=♥
Forgetting Sarah Marshall // This one always makes me laugh and has the best cast.

About Time // This was such a sweet movie, and Rachel McAdams is so dreamy.

Beginners // Pete and I absolutely love this movie. I find it heart breakingly sweet.

Wedding Crashers // I've seen it tons of times and it still holds up as being awesome.

The Notebook // How can I not include this one? Gives me all the feels.

Sixteen Candles // One of my favourite classic movies. Teenage love at it's all time high.

Finding Dory // I remember sobbing when I saw this in theatres, a perfect love story about family.
Band Aid // Absolutely LOVED this one. Made me lol and was just such a fun story.

50 First Dates // This is such a sweet movie and Drew Barrymore is (always) so friggin' cute.

Love // Modern day love story with cute hipsters who are stylish and cute in every way.

This Is Us // I have no words to describe the amount of love that this show displays.
Love Actually // Christmas + endless love stories, what' not to love?

He's Just Not That Into You // This is a classic rom-com that I tend to watch over and over.

Master Of None // Aziz Ansari is love. Adore the entire cast and the vibes of this show.

The F Word // An adorable love story (that is filmed in Toronto) so double the love.

February 8, 2018

new blog look. same positive vibes

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You may notice my blog got a little makeover! H O O R A Y! Nothing drastic, but a little refresh because to be honest, it just felt like the time was right.

For a while I was exploring other blogs and websites to get inspiration and try and find ideas for what I should do next, what types of layouts are hot right now and make the most sense for me. Buuuut, something really resignated with me from The Goal Digger Podcast - they talked about when you're looking to update your blog/website, how you shouldn't look to others for inspiration, but rather think of other ways to find what inspires you and what will feel right for your blog. It's so true!

And you know what? I am a very simple girl when it comes to this kinda stuff. My blog has had the same layout since I started blogging, and it's actually my favourite type of blog to read. Everything you're looking for is right in front of you. Obviously the evolution of blogs has given us all the fancy widgets, suggested posts, requests for info for email lists and so on. But the truth is, I don't need all those things right now.

I'm a full time workin' gal who is absolutely LOVING her career, I've got a side hustle, a husband, and a fun life with lots on the go, and this blog is just something I do for fun! I hope to inspire people in some way, spread some happiness and positivity online, share things I love and think you will too, and post about things that are truly me. I promise you that what you see on here, the way I write and share on this blog are totally, authentically Jules!

I will say this, I am looking forward to this new little face lift and hoping it will inspire me to post on here more regularly! I was checking out how many blog posts I did in 2017, and it was only 40! I'd love to get close to doubling that number this year, and I hope you'll follow along!

Hope you're having a great week, we're almost there! ♥

February 1, 2018

hello february + monthly goals!

Hooray! It's Februaryyyyy! ♥

I have to say, I really love February. It's a good month! Of course, I love it because it's Valentine's day, which is in my top 3 favourite holidays (lolol) but overall it's just good vibes.

We've got a really fun, jam packed month and a lot to look forward to which is always lovely. I started off the month right with an intense Krav Maga (self defense) class at work and I'm feeling really great. 

I used to always post my monthly goals on here and I thought it'd be fun to get these going again. They may be small, but it's all about the little things. So, here we go.

february goals:
+ Send some surprise valentines in the mail
+ Roll out my new blog layout - ooh la la, so excited
+ Spread some anonymous love around Toronto
+ Have a galentines day party with my bffs
+ Have a self-love/self-care day
+ Read The Sun & Her Flowers
+ Watch my favourite classic rom-coms
+ Plan a special surprise for my (very handsome) and funny valentine

January 28, 2018

five things to do in venice beach!

O H,   H A P P Y   S U N D A Y!

I am so excited to share some more Cali love for you all today. I'm talkin' bout Venice Beach! AKA one of the coolest, most dreamy places I've ever been. Pete and I arrived there late on boxing day, we had just enough time to some how find a beautiful, delicious restaurant to desperaretely find something to eat. 

We stayed in an adoraaaable airstream air b&b which was filled with cool books, mint green and everything cute, all in a very small amount of space. Cute and cosy for sure! Venice was such a fun first stop on our trip (it also set the bar very high as we absolutely loved it) Something about the good vibes and aesthetic in VB was very "us", the people were so nice, the shops were amazing, the coffee shops were cool af, and the restaurants were delicious. 

1. Explore the boardwalk // The Venice beach board work is just too cool. It was exactly what I hoped it would be! It all starts with the perfect and famous venice sign! It's literally always sunny and there are so many things to look at around there! There are so many characters who make things exciting, people biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and riding on things I didn't even know existed. People gathered around the skate park watching, people playing basketball, tennis, and every sport in between! The main note is that it was nothing but good vibes down there! (Also, the pride boat lighthouse was my favourite part of course!) See photo below.

2. Shop along Abbot Kinney // Coolest street ever? It's definitely up there for me. Pete and I had a great time walking from the boardwalk to Abbot Kinney! We actually spotted our first celebrity of our trip (Mena Suvari!) and she was as beautiful as she is in the movies! - there were so many cool shops, bright colours and inspirational messages everywhere (one of my favourite parts about California for sure!) we found lots of great shops and wandered around all day long in the sunshine!

3. Rent bikes & head to Santa Monica Pier // A few people recommended doing this to me and I was so excited we were able to make this happen! Pete and I rented (cute) bikes and biked along the boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier - it's such a fun and easy ride! There are tons of people biking, skating, running, walking and exploring the boardwalk. We headed to Santa Monica Pier, which was cute but definitely crazy busy and somewhere we only stayed long enough to snap some photos. We explored the shopping area a few minutes from there too which was really cool! Renting bikes for the boardwalk though? DEF WORTH IT, and so fun!

4. Experience the beach at sunset // Pete and I were having a bite to eat at a place not far from the beach when we started to see the pink and purple sky form! We literally booked it back down to the beach and I am so glad we made it in time to see one of the most beautiful sunsets! We took a billion photos and selfies and just stood there in absolute awe of the view. The beach is covered with palm trees that only make a sunset look even more perfect. A sunset in Venice Beach is definitely something you should put on your list if you're headed there.

5. Eat delicious food // I feel like this is something that should be on your list no matter where you're travelling! VB was filled with great spots to eat and I've listed a few below. Great White was probably my favourite spot we went to (the avocado toast pictured below is from there) and Egg Slut was definitely up there too! Such a cool spot, and the most delicious breakfast sandwiches. We were only there for so long and didn't get to go to world famous spots like Gjelina, but everywhere we went was really good. A lot of fresh delicious food, and drink specials. Oh, and obviously (always) coffee.

All in all, Venice Beach was WONDERFUL and did not let us down. Here are a few of the places we loved below! & if you don't follow me on insta yet, I've been posting a lot of VB photos for you to enjoy if you're interested.

Places you should check out in Venice Beach:
// Urbanic - cutest stationary store (spent a good while in there!)
// Great White - in love with this beautiful cafe
// Egg Slut - still dreaming about these breakfast sandwiches
// Southend - such a tiny, cool, local pizza & wine spot
// Buck Mason - really awesome men's store with v. cool decor
// General Admission - such a cool shop, beers while you shop & visually beautiful
// Lemonade - delicious spot for lemonade drinks and healthy lunch food