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Sweet Carolina

1/31/2014
"I've gone to Carolina in my mind." - James Taylor
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I don't know what it is about the Outer Banks. The string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina is prone to hurricanes and unpredictable weather. The cottages we used to stay in have since been completely swept away into the ocean a few years ago. The ocean is a murky blue-green simply due to the waves pounding and stirring up the sand. But still, it is one of my favourite North American summer destinations.

Every two summers, our family drives from Toronto down through New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and finally we make our way out to the coast, arriving at the Outer Banks. Maybe it's the feeling of reward once we hit the salty ocean air after 2 days of driving. Maybe it's the always-changing sunrises over the Atlantic each morning, or knowing that this vibrant beach community in the summer becomes a ghost town in the coming winter months. Whatever the pull is, I just know I feel completely at peace in this place.


Making our way through beautiful West Virginia.


Virginia is for lovers!



The cottages we rent are all built on stilts to adjust to the changing sand base. Often at night, you'll feel the entire house shake as the ground moves underneath you.


Endless and endless beaches.


Wearing: Style Stalker "Cult" Dress. So perfect for the beach!


Must-eat: Dunes Restaurant in Nags Head. Amazing seafood options!




The towns are spotted with one-of-a-kind surf shops, but this has to be one of my favourites. Secret Spot Surf Shop.


One of the things the Outer Banks is known for is its lighthouses. Pictured with the infamous Cape Hatteras Light House, which was actually relocated from the coast inland.


Another thing the Outer Banks is known for? Blackbeard the pirate (also known as Edward Teach) frequented the island of Ocracoke and eventually fought his last fatal battle there.




Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head features the largest natural sand dune on the East Coast. This photo does NOT do it justice. While you can imagine how expansive it is judging by the size of the people, you walk the dunes and feel like you're in the Arabian desert. We often come here to fly kites, sand-board down the dunes (or more like roll down like I do, unintentionally), and hang-gliding lessons are offered with the benefit of the awesome winds you'll get at the top of the dunes.





Unpredictable weather can bring MASSIVE thunder storms or rain showers. This pouring rain was so strong, I actually took a shower on our driveway.




Back home through Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains we go. Truly the scenery that now often frequents my wanderlust dreams. Nostalgic for this place.

Have an incredible weekend,

MAC

Tie-Up Trousers

1/30/2014
Can I get a HALLELUJAH!

I think the weather gods demons have finally heard my prayers and relented on the deep freeze for a few days. All week I've barely been able to leave my house without a snowsuit, and I basically had a meltdown Tuesday morning when my gas cap froze at the pump and I was left hopeless without mittens. However, the next few days are supposed to hover around zero, and to us, that's basically as good as spring after the past week!

Is anyone a Stone Cold Fox fan? I'm absolutely obsessed with their collections, but it's simply out of my price range these days. And as much as I can't stand cheaper brands making replica designs of higher end label signature looks, when I saw this SCF look-alike tank at Urban, I had to have it. Love the lace trip detailing!


The only way you're going to get away with wearing a crop top in a Canadian January is with something high-waisted. These BB Dakota trousers have a cute tie-up waistband to add a more feminine less harem look.






Wearing:

Ray Ban "Cats 1000" Sunnies

Anthropologie Statement Necklace

Urban Outfitters Crop Top

Free People Jacket

BB Dakota Trousers

p.s. DON'T FORGET TO ENTER OUR $1000 Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Love, 

MAC


V-Day $1000 Giveaway!

1/27/2014
Bonjour mes amis!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. And so, since I don't have a date this year... how about YOU be my Valentine? It could be worth it, I promise! I've teamed up with some gorgeous fellow bloggers and we're doing an INCREDIBLE cash giveaway. Here's your chance to win an extra $1000 this Valentine's Day, little somethin' somethin' to spend on that special someone in your life (or yourself and loads of chocolate as I intend to do). Amazing, right?

Make sure you stick around until the end of this post for details! I ordered this coral and white lace romper from 6 Shore Road over the summer. 6 Shore Road's motto is as follows:

"Inspired by lazy beach days, 6 Shore Road captures the spirit of carefree days amongst friends. Intended for sipping champagne at the bar and dancing as the sun goes down, the effortlessly sexy styles easily transition from day to night."

Sounds like just my speed to me! I love the open back with criss-cross straps.






Wearing: 6 Shore Road "Malay Lace" Romper (Now on HUGE sale!), my mother's vintage gold heart necklace

So lovers, for your chance to win, be sure to visit these beautiful ladies' blogs and enter below to win in the Rafflecopter. Complete as many entries as you'd like, and $1000 in PayPal Cash will be awarded to one lucky reader!

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Best of luck! Love,

MAC

Cool Camel

1/24/2014
Good morning!

It is Friday and I feel like this past week just FLEW by. If we can keep this up until next month when I jet off to Thailand, I won't mind! I promise I'll try to stop annoying you with my Canadian weather complaints, but it is so freaking cold this week. Daily morning coffees and bundling up to the nines has been a must. Which is why I absolutely LOVE this toggle coat from Aritzia and its huge hood. Not the absolute best against -30°C, but it works for dashing from your car to and from. 

I might have gone a tad overboard with the matchy-matchy colour blocking, but tights were an absolute necessity this A.M. (and I ALWAYS stick to black so I thought I'd give these a shot because they're thicker). Please excuse the mis-direction of the tracking on my left leg haha, I was tired this morning! 







*Oops. Realized after uploading these the tracks on my left leg are skewed... oh well, it's Friday!





Wearing: 

Aritzia Deerfield Wool Toggle Coat (SOLD OUT but very similar style HERE and HERE

Free People "Wallflower Peplum" Top

Marc by Marc Jacobs "Flipping Out" Tote Bag 


Have a wonderful day! Love,

MAC

Spring in Philly

1/22/2014
Last spring, I had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia for a few days for a work trade show. I'd never been to the city of cheesesteaks and "brotherly love", but I was blown away by the beautiful architecture and landscapes.

The last few days, the Toronto area has been hit by another round of the frigid polar vortex and I am welcoming spring with open arms. Only being an hour flight from Toronto (which was STILL covered in slush and dirty snow mid-April), I couldn't believe the contrast. Streets were lined with cherry blossom trees and tulips, the Reading Terminal Market was bustling, Walnut Street had FANTASTIC shopping, and Midtown Village 13th Street was full of unique boutiques, restos, and gelato joints.


Philadelphia City Hall



How beautiful are these trees though? If I had it my way, my future house would be surrounded by these (and they would blossom all year long).


The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also known as the infamous stairs Rocky ran up.



The man himself!


The Reading Terminal Market. If you want cheesesteak, you will find any and every kind here.






A VERY happy spring-weather selfie in my floral print Free People blazer jacket.


Free People's home base is in Philly. So naturally, of COURSE I had to visit one of my favourite stores in the city that inspires it.


I'm sure you've seen the LOVE sculpture before, probably in New York City or Indiana. I never realized these are created by an artist Robert Indiana inspired by the 1960's "hippie free love" movement. Fun fact of the day!



We had dinner at Morimoto Restaurant. The top rated chef has a modern asian-infused menu, the sushi was mind-blowingly good (and so was their chocolate pot de creme dessert).


Swanky, right? Visit Morimoto HERE.


Just flipping back through these photos has me seriously lusting for the beginning of spring and blossoming trees. Even though it was just for a short business trip, I absolutely loved my few days in Philly. Hope to visit again soon!

Lots of love,

MAC