So a lot has happened over the summer. Festivals, travel, and some much needed down time with my family. A lot of people would think that being awol for an entire summer is not the best way to attract followers when starting a blog, but I needed to give my mind and body what it needed so that I can give you what you want.
I kicked off the summer with the Calgary Stampede which was previously posted. And then my family and I took ourselves off the grid and explored Iceland and Paris. I know, two polar opposites in terms of culture and weather (Iceland is COLD). But it was so incredibly magical and I won’t lie about being extremely depressed to come back to Calgary. I love Europe so much! It is aw inspiring and I am the biggest nerd when it comes to art and history, so there is really no better place for me to be.
I had forgotten how much I love to travel. My husband Gary and I used to do it all the time and would seriously plan our future adventures while on our trips. We were seeing a lot of the world and then stopped when we had our son. A lot people can do the travel thing with small kids, but ours was not that easy. It wasn’t until now that Oliver is able to travel smoothly with only a few minor issues along the way.
Needless to say, I was so happy to be back on my original track exploring the world and doing it with the two most important people in my life. I cried happy tears everyday and was overwhelmed with joy.
Iceland is seriously the most beautiful and exhilarating landscape I have ever encountered. Yes it is wet and yes it is cold, but there is something so purifying about it that it doesn’t seem to bother you as much as it would at home. I had every intention of doing some fashion shoots there, but with the waterfalls, volcanoes and black sand beach, there was just too much to explore and I quite frankly forgot about being a “model” the whole time. The back drop is the real star anyway in this place and no outfit aside from couture could stand up to it in my opinion. So if any designers want to hit me up for a shoot I will gladly hop on a plane to this majestic place ant day of the week!
Paris was another story all together. The street fashion is alive and booming there and I took some major notes! I will be doing a full post dedicated to French Girl Fashion shortly! Hint: it is definitely NOT what most would have you believe. We explored Atelier des Lumières, the Louvre and the Orsay along with taking endless walks by the Seine and throughout the 1st, 6th, and 11th arrondissements stopping at every café we could for a glass of rosé.
OMG the wine! I am a sucker for French wine as it is, but to get a good bottle in Canada, you’ve got to be ready to shell out at lease $40 for something decent. In France, 10 bucks will get you the equivalent at the grocery store! So we may have taken advantage of that fact and indulged as much as we could.
We didn’t have much time there so we filled our days with as much French everything as we could. There was seriously nothing I wouldn’t eat or explore. I was shaking with excitement the whole time and probably accomplished about five times as much as the average traveler would in a week.
Coming back home was a whirlwind. Oliver did amazingly with the jet lag and by the third day at home, we were all back to our regular sleep schedule (thank God)!
Since then there’s been swimming, hiking (with a bear scare), and a lot of board games and prepping for back to school. I’ve been through every emotion known to man and maybe even a couple of others as well. But now I’m back and ready to get into the swing of things. Photoshoots are happening this week so stay tuned for the Fall phase of Savoury Elegance.