Monday 21 March 2022

Spring Sweater Outfit: Transitioning from Snow to Spring

Hey there SPRING, I am thrilled to see you!  Although we still have plenty of snow around, see in the photos, the melt has been on all week!  I am so ready for spring this year and when we were shopping in Calgary, I knew that I wanted to add some pops of bold color to my wardrobe to make me feel like spring was just around the corner.  This is a fairly lightweight sweater that I picked up at Zara, but it still keeps me warm while the temperatures stay around that 0C or just above.  Fingers crossed that I can put away my parka pretty soon and even trade this gorgeous wool coat in for my trench coat.  So if you are in the same predicament as me, add a few brightly colored sweaters to your current rotation and fake it until Spring really arrives.  

Happy Monday all!  Thanks for always stopping by and dropping me a comment.  You all truly brighten my days.


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Zara Pink Sweater 

Aldo Purse

H & M Sunglasses (black in color); H & M Belt

Garage Jeans (similar)

Blundstone Boots

Bracelet (FabFitFun box)

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Ageless Style: This Wine Is Making Me Awesome Sweatshirt


Our prompt this month is brought to you by the lovely Jodie of Jodie's Touch of Style and it's sweatshirts!  I immediately knew I would be styling my Brunette the Label "This Wine is Making Me Awesome'  sweatshirt.  I absolutely love it and I am on my second version of the same sweatshirt.  LOL.  It's by go to in the summer months or when I want to be completely relaxed.  Whenever I wear it I am reminded of  warm summer nights, campfires, and drinks with friends.  While that's the image that is the feeling and image that pops up for me when I wear it, you can see by this post that I  am wearing it recently while on our Banff vacation.  It was on repeat in the evenings as we relaxed and reflected on the days events.  I also wore it as part of my travel day outfit.  Being in the car for 8 hours requires comfort and the lululemon leggings and sweatshirt both deliver.  As we were heading out of Canmore, there was a great spot to see the three sisters and the overall beauty of the rocky mountains, so although there was no wine at the moment, it was a magical day and there was plenty of coffee for the road trip ahead.  

A nod to summer.  Only 4 months away!

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Tuesday 8 March 2022

Part 2: Sunshine vs. Lake Louise

A day late, but better late then never, they say.  Part two of our Rocky Mountain vacation got us outdoors and on a mountain, read part one here.  This was why we headed to the mountains and everything else was icing on the cake.  Now that the girls are old enough and skilled enough, one of our favorite family winter activities is going skiing/snowboarding.  We enjoy going to a nearby hill but it doesn't even come close to skiing/snowboarding in the mountains and we've wanted to share this adventure with our girls for years but hadn't experienced it yet.  Now that we have, I kind of think we might choose a mountain adventure over a hot beach holiday, at least every couple of years.  WE LOVED IT!!!  

Now let's look at the two mountains we tested out and give you our take on both.

The gondola ride up to the base is beautiful in itself and a great way to see just how big the mountain is.  Along the way you can get off at Goat Eye (we didn't explore this area),  or ride up to the top where you are greeted by a big chalet, the ski school area, and several chair lifts and numerous runs.  From previous experience Logan and I knew that the green runs at Sunshine are not for snowboarders.  They have lots of flat spots along the way and usually make it almost impossible to have enough speed to get through them, which results in you having to take off your board or side slide it = NOT FUN.  We decided to hit up the blue runs and enjoy the day.  It was COLD,  - 33C in the morning and as the day went on it did improve to approximately -22C.   We were all bundled up and made the best of the day, but didn't take a ton of pictures because our hands would get so cold anytime we didn't have our gloves on, LOL.  Anyway, I've decided that the easiest way to compare the two places are with a pros and cons list. 

  • Lots and lots of different runs to choose from and you wont get board.  
  • Multiple lifts and no waiting (although it was a chilly day).
  • The gondola ride up is beautiful.  Be warned though that they charge a spectator $50 to come up to sit in the chalet and watch (seems kind of steep).
  • A bit less expensive/adult/day.
  • Less waiting in lines because there is so many lift options.
  • Runs are poorly signed, so you often aren't sure where you are going or what level of run you are on.
  • Very open  and windy.

This was unanimously our favorite of the two and next time we would actually skip Sunshine all together to be honest and spend more time at Lake Louise.  We LOVED the atmosphere, the lush tree surroundings and the the runs were just overall better and you 100% felt like you were in the mountains.  Also, we met up with some friends on the hill which was fantastic!

  • The chalet is enormous and it stands at the base where people gather.  It's a busy but also a beautiful sight.  Also, if you do have a spectator they can join you and watch you from the chalet for free.
  • Lots and lots of runs to choose from, as well as a gondola and several chair lifts.
  • The runs are well signed and you don't worry about splitting up as a family because after a few runs you get a good feeling of how the runs reconnect and land back a the base.
  • The runs are LONG, like 15 minutes of straight riding, or longer depending on which chair lifts you take.
  • Spots to take photos along the way that showcase the beauty of being in the Rocky mountain.

  • More expensive, get the Costco passes they are worth it.
  • Further from Calgary and Canmore but still drivable and it's about 30 min. further than Sunshine.
  • More time waiting in line for the gondola but there are many other lifts available, it's just what we choose to wait in line for the most. 

At the end of the day, both were incredible experiences for our family and we would love to go back again next winter.  I definitely think it's going to be something we try to budget for if not every year, every second.  

If you are wondering what the cost of our trip was for basically 2 adults and two youth, two days of skiing, four nights in Canmore, food on the hill and groceries at the condo, and also doing a bit of exploring in Banff, I would say $2600 - 28000.  We also did a shopping day in Calgary and that was an added extra but I also figure the shopping we did there would have been done at home or online regardless, it was just that we did it in one shot.  

That's a wrap.  Thanks for joining me on this travel diaries installment.  Next week, I'll be back with not one but two fashion posts, Monday, March 14th and on Thursday, March 17th join me and the ladies of ageless style in styling our sweatshirts and a link-up.  Happy Tuesday!