KINFOLK GATHERINGS: A MESSY MEAL

Kinfolk Dinner 2014

I AM SO thrilled and honoured and excited to announce (if you hadn’t already heard) that I’ll be co-hosting the upcoming Kinfolk Dinner here in Vancouver. I am even more over the moon about the fact that the event sold out before I had a chance to share the news with ya’ll. (For some reason I feel like I can get away with typing ya’ll just not saying it).

In January, when I was re-writing my goals I put Kinfolk Magazine into them. First as a 3 year goal… than a 5… then I just took it off completely because I was like “that’s never gonna happen”. Sometimes I have the worst attitude. WARNING: do not set goals how I mentioned above. It’s the very wrong way to go about it.

Anyway, here I am, gearing up to co-host this October 11th event with the lovely ladies of Victory Gardens and I’m kind of like, pinch me.

I love the theme for this series – Wabi Sabi – an old Japanese concept that celebrates beauty in imperfection. Actually, Wabi-Sabi was one of the first theories I learned in Art School and when I heard the theme I was sort of like “fudge… I wish I had paid more attention to that”. It’s actually a really cool idea but my 18-year old self just couldn’t appreciate it at the time. I think in the age of instagram, pinterest and perfectly styled everything, this is a very welcomed and refreshing theme. We’ve had a lot of fun putting our wabi-sabi hats on working on bringing it to life in all the details.

So far though, the best part of planning this dinner, other than the fact that it’s freaking KINFOLK! Is that it’s allowed me to connect with so many amazing local businesses and collaborate in ways I never imagined possible. I just love small local businesses. People who – against all odds – followed there hearts and just did it. I find them so inspiring. I’m the person who will walk into a shop, chat with the shop owner, get their life story and then buy something I don’t even need just because I want them to make money. It’s my very expensive version of a high-five.

Check out the list of our awesome partners here and if you snagged a ticket, start getting excited about how rad this is going to be. I don’t want to give away how everyone is contributing yet but believe me it’s going to be sweet.

I also need to make a very public shout-out to the lady who’s keeping me sane right now, none other than my bestie, Tiff. As soon as I got the call I enrolled her because I knew she’d just help me take the whole thing to the next level.

Wish me luck folks! The countdown is on. And of course I’ll be recapping it all on here… at some point… when I have time. Le sigh.

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HOLA SAYULITA!

Sayulita Mexico

REMEMBER LAST YEAR when I won this? Well it’s finally time to cash in my prize. After a lot of research and debate, humming and ha-ing, and weighing pros and cons – we went from Costa Rica to St. Lucia to Tobago and then finally settled on a small little surf town in Mexico, Sayulita.

I hate to sound like a brat but winning free flights to ANYWHERE in North America (+ Caribbean) made it really hard to choose a destination. I know, I know, cry me a river. There was immense amount of pressure to “take advantage” and go somewhere really far that would otherwise not be an option for us ($$$$). The US seemed too boring even though there are a ton of American cities I’m dying to check out. The Caribbean was extremely tempting, especially since it’s so far from Vancouver. Growing up in Toronto, exotic places like Barbados and Jamaica were always just a hop and a skip away, but now it feels like an epic trek to get there (possibly the only downside – apart from being far from family – about living on the west coast). Also – let’s not forget about the swimming pigs that I vowed to see at some point in my lifetime. I mean, the pigs swim! No – I still haven’t accepted this reality. Those pigs made the Bahamas a top contender for sure.

We had almost completely decided on Costa Rica until we sort of realized that we’d burn 2 of our 7 precious vacation days on travel (and I mean completely burn – like a 12 hour travel day). It also was in the midst of the rainy season and hey, if we wanted rain we’d just stay in Vancouver, right?

After all the dreaming and planning and feeling like we were spinning our wheels and never going to be able to commit to anything we made a list of what we both wanted to get out of the trip.

1. Hot and sunny
2. Cheap once we got there (hey, funds are low)
3. Spanish speaking (Dan’s request)
4. Not an all-inclusive
5. A place where we can have adventures and be active but also relax on a beach
6. A cultural experience (not a tourist trap).
7. Not too far so we don’t spend half of our vacation travelling

Sayulita Hotel

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When we broke down what was important to us, Sayulita seemed like the clear choice. I have a lot of friends who have visited this tiny little surf-town just north of Puerto Vallarta and they all rave about it. I’ve always wanted to visit and though the flights aren’t that expensive or far from Vancouver “taking advantage” of free flights stopped being our priority.

Casa-colorida-de-Sayulita

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I just love how vibrant and colourful everything is! Ironic, I know, since I live in a world of black and white. And TACOS! I want all of the tacos. And Margs. And Coronas. EEEEEE!

We leave mid-October just after a lot of the projects that I’ve been killing myself over will wrap up and right before I start working full-time with PlaidFox. It’s the perfect time for a getaway for Daniel and I and now that we’ve booked it, it can’t come fast enough!

Have you ever been to Sayulita? We’re now accepting all recommendations!

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SO THIS HAPPENED: IKEA PAPER SHOP

Ikea Paper Shop

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YUP. YOU READ that right. The best and worst thing ever has officially happened.  Best because freaking IKEA started a freaking paper shop that I freaking love (you know how I get about these things!) and worst because… drum roll please… it’s not available in Canada. Shocker [insert not shocked face at all]. Unbeknownst to me they actually launched this line awhile ago in Europe and have since (aka today) brought it to the grand US of A. Why do the Americans get all the good stuff. It’s so… I don’t know? Racist?

IkeaPaperGoods

The coolest, right? I must say having access to this stuff would make any and all Piccolo Design Co. packaging a breeze! Also – Ikea actually already stole my heart once this week when they launched this video promoting the 2014 catalogue. A bookbook! HA.

Ikea Paper Goods

I guess I’ll just have to hold my Swedish meatballs until it they decide to set up shop here in Canada, eh? See what I did there?

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