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Lavender Fields Forever | Weir’s Lane Lavender Farm & Apiary

A few weekends ago, I had a chance to visit Weir’s Lane Lavender Farm & Apiary.

Walking through gorgeous purple lavender fields has been on my bucket list for a while, and I was so excited, I forgot my DSLR! That means all of my photos were taken on my phone and the weather was slightly rainy and very cloudy, but even so, the experience was pretty magical.

If you have a lavender farm near you, I highly suggest you go check it out! (Only downside is there are bees – lotssss of bees!).

XO.

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Lovelyisms Toronto

If you wish to follow along for peeks into the beautiful city of Toronto, search #lovelyismstoronto on Instagram for a little glimpse into some of the best spots in the city.

I promise I will be posting more on Instagram in the coming year. I have a huge list of places I want to explore, so stay tuned!

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^^ Lovelyisms Toronto ^^

 

From top left to bottom right corner:

1) Sweet Jesus

2) BYOB Cocktail Emporium

3) Liberty Village

4) The Cameron House

5) BYOB Cocktail Emporium

6) La Carnita

7) Indie Ale House

8) Colette Grand Café

9) The Joint Salon

 

 

xo.

Melanie

 

Travel

Tulum Travels

tulum, mexicoTulum has stolen a little piece of my heart. I took a four day getaway here after wrapping a huge project at the office and it was a much needed escape from work life to relax in the sun.
striped bathing suit and hatI had brought several books I wanted to read but ended up getting caught up on much needed sleep. Nothing beats napping by the ocean in my opinion and I loved every moment of letting myself recharge.Beautiful Tulum watersThe water in Tulum was beautiful. Not only was it a perfect shade of turquoise blue but the temperature was so warm I actually braved the water and went in a few times. Letting my skin and hair get the full salt water and sunshine treatment was just what I needed. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant CameraI had brought my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera that I had purchased just before heading on my trip. The camera doesn’t come with film so I bought a package as well. It took me a few tries to figure out how to set the lighting properly and then quickly got addicted to taking photos.

Crab on the beach in Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, MexicoThe day I visited the ruins was one of the hottest days of the trip. The views were worth it. Taking a dip in the ocean along the beach lined with ruins to cool off was unforgettable.Tulum ocean views

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selfie in tulum mexicoTulum, you are beautiful and I can’t wait to come back here in a few months. I already have a few places on my to do list for next time. Pelican flock flying

 

 

Love

In Love With Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love this holiday and everything it SHOULD stand for, which to me is celebrating the act of loving. I’m a hopeless romantic and I can’t help it…

Leaving you with this quote because I think it’s beautiful:

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Don’t try to change people, because they don’t. Love them with all your heart and help them grow into whoever they are destined to be. Isn’t that what true, selfless love should be to everyone? Give, give, and give until you can’t anymore.

xo.

Fashion Fitness

Silver Linings

This month has been crazy busy and I think it’s just a precursor to the rest of the year. With several weddings, bachelorette parties, and traveling in the works, my calendar is already pretty full!  I love having things to look forward to that help me set my goals every month. Like with a possible trip to Germany and Switzerland, a destination wedding and a cottage wedding on the schedule for summer, I’m focusing on toning up not just for all the upcoming photo sessions, but as a precursor to all the drinks and eats that will be had! German pretzels, here I come!..

Working out is also my much needed form of relaxing my mind. Sometimes, whether I’m stressed or not, I just get a strong urge to run and I try not to ignore that call from my body. Who doesn’t just want to runaway from it all once in a while? But the better option is to focus that urge to run away and just go for an actual RUN. Hitting GoodLife Fitness as usual is my ultimate form of stress relief and the other benefit is that it keeps me fit.

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As part of sticking to my gym goals, I made another awesome fitness fashion find recently. These killer sports bras are seriously SO comfortable and they also make your boobs look amazing which is rare from a sports bra since most of them squash your boobs down. I’ve found these bras lift and support (I think it’s the cool straps that make this magic happen!). Best part is they didn’t break the bank so I splurged on a bunch of them. Check out the links aboves to get your hands on some! I’ve been lounging and sleeping in mine, and I’m telling you, even if you don’t make it the gym, you’ll find plenty of occasions to wear them!

And in other fitness fashion news, I am obsessed with my new Nike shoes. I bought them at the end of the year. It was a tough time for me personally, and when I saw these shoes, they were like little silver linings, urging me to stop looking at the big picture, slow down, and focus on smaller goals, and put the spotlight on my well being and being good to myself. They are silver and have a slight sparkle to them that makes me want to pull them on and get active every time I look at them. What more could you ask of a workout shoe!?

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Stay tuned for a new post next month where I’ll share some of my fav workout songs! I’m always on the lookout for new songs for my running playlist. What are you listening to currently at the gym?

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.