When you’ve lived in the same place for your entire life, it’s pretty easy to think you’ve seen it all. And that’s how I’d felt about my city for quite a few years now; after all, it has been over two and a half decades of calling it home. This past weekend, though, I discovered that I was definitely wrong. On the way to the water where we often like to shoot at we discovered Finn Slough– an amazing, tiny, hidden fishing community in Richmond. Stumbling upon the decaying village, complete with its rickety bridge and wooden houses on stilts, made it seem like we’d momentarily escaped the city and discovered a hidden gem. It’s nice to be reminded that even in the familiar, it’s always a good idea to keep on exploring.
PS. A big thanks to Lyst for some of the pieces I’m wearing in this post! If you haven’t heard, Lyst is a site that allows you to browse over 9,000 brands and millions of products in one place so you don’t have to look everywhere to discover pieces you love. They recently reached out and asked if Erin and I wanted to pick out gifts for each other from their site in honour of Galentine’s Day and, of course, we gladly complied!
Thanks to Erin, I received some lovely classics from Club Monaco for spring, including this sweater and vest (and this beautiful trench that I just got shortened!). Oh, they also offer sale and back-in-stock alerts– always a good idea for extra efficient shopping.
Be sure to check out what I picked out for Erin in her post here!
Sweater, Vest: Club Monaco (c/o Lyst) | Sweater: RACHEL Rachel Roy | Jeans: Uniqlo | Bag: Proenza Schouler | Shoes: Topshop | Watch: Nixon | Necklaces: Emmy Trinh (c/o)
Photos by Brian Chan
What makes a love story great? Is it the one that’s comprised of grand gestures, the can’t-live-without-yous, the kind of all-consuming passion that we often see in the movies? Sometimes, the romantic in me wants to say yes. It seems like this is what I’ve been told all my life, that this is the sort of love that’s ideal, and that anything less just isn’t worthwhile.
If you had asked me just several years ago, I may have very well affirmed that yes, these are indeed the things that set the grand romances above the rest.
As part of their #ChloeLoveStory fragrance campaign, Chloé asked me to share my own love story for Valentine’s Day. And as I got to writing this post, I couldn’t help but think that what I described above was pretty well exactly what I would have hoped for a few years back.
A bad break up, a period of singleness, lots of reflection, and a bit of personal growth later, and it’s pretty astounding how much that has changed.
Perhaps the love story that helps us grow has less to do with the courtship (though that’s important) and more to do with the commitment. Maybe it’s more about looking out for the other person’s growth and interests above your own instead of constantly evaluating if your needs are being met. Maybe romance is more in the mundane than it is in the mushy.
What does a good love story look like to you? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below…
Jumpsuit: Topshop | Jacket: Aritzia (old) | Pumps: Coquette
A special thank you to COTY Fragrances for sponsoring this post.
Photos by Brian Chan