wedding nights & lovely mornings.

7.23.2011

"Again, again!" they cry, as we grip their little hands and twirl them about on the dance floor. Their shoes fly off, and their wedding hairdos become mussed and windblown, yet everything seems magical with a wall of twinkling lights as our backdrop.




My cousin was married last night, and the wedding was absolutely beautiful.


At the reception, country music filled the room, and we danced the night away - a good portion of us barefoot.


The next morning, our many 'goodbye's were followed by a bit of meandering in a lovely shop, and then we were on our way home.





In just a few days, I'll be gathering with my family again, and I am incredibly ecstatic.

xo,

Abbey

a myriad of summer pleasures.

7.19.2011



{nostalgia}

I am reading what undoubtedly the sweetest thing I've ever read. When I was a baby, my Mom started documenting each day to me, in a journal. Stories of good & not-so-good days, hysterical moments, and "i love you"s grace the pages, and I find myself smiling & laughing while I read. This journal is such  sweet thing to have. I can't wait to do the same thing some day. 


{iced beverages}

It's been sweltering hot in the Prairies, y'all. Seriously. With the humidex, it was 49° C {120° F} today. So, I delight in pretty much anything iced lately. Sun tea, lemonade, iced coffee, water - i'll take it all. Not hot tea for me this week! {Also, I've been saying 'y'all far too much in the past few months. And I love it. Carlotta may be to blame. ;)}


{feathers, please}

Tucked amid my crazy, unruly head of hair, are two feathers. One is red, the other speckled. They're very small & subtle, but I smile whenever I see one out the corner of my eye. {I cannot seem to get a good shot of them, hence the feather earring photo.}


{instagram}

I am still very much in love with Instagram. It's such a simple way to capture beautiful moments. 

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So, tell me. What little pleasures have been making you smile lately? 

xo,

Abbey

a city day.

7.14.2011

I am not a city person. At all. I much prefer the countryside, or at least small towns. But, if a trip to the city includes vintage, antiques, and cupcakes, you can count me in!


I may or may not have come to the Fringe Festival solely to check out Eggie, Jill's 1976 boler trailer-turned-vintage shop.



For any lover of vintage and bohemian clothing, stepping into Eggie is like stepping into a beautiful dream. Seriously.




Our city trip ended with bubble tea, delectable red velvet cupcakes, and a bit of exploring at the antique mall. Perfect.



I hope you are all having a lovely week.

xo,

Abbey

PS. I did a little DIY guest post for Carlotta over here, if you're feeling crafty. :)

the lake.

7.10.2011

The five days spent at the lake were bliss.


I love the carefree aura that each day at the lake brings. The juxtaposition of fun and serene times is just my cup of tea.



{Meadow's car}

Boat rides at sunset, looking for black bears with my Grampy, swooning over antique books in my favourite shoppe, and writing letters on the beach, are just a few things that had me smiling ear to ear. 



It was so nice to spend time with family members I hadn't seen in years. Hugs were always being given, and laughter was constantly shared.



After moving our departure time ahead two... or three or four times, we eventually had to say goodbye to the lake and our family. 


A stop at the flea market, along with some iced green tea, was the perfect way to end our trip. 


 



A wonderful time was had by all, but we're quite happy to be home again. I'd love to know - what's your absolute favourite place to visit in the Summer? 

xo,

Abbey

7.04.2011


Hello, lovelies! By the time you're reading this, I'll be on my way to the lake that my family camps at every Summer. I'll back in a week! Thank-you so much for all your sweet comments today. It really put a smile on my face. Hello to all of my new readers! :)


Yes, she is wearing two pairs of sunglasses. Crazy girl.

And, if you haven't already seen it - I did a guest post on Olivia's blog about vintage shopping. Check it out here, if you'd like. If you don't already, you should definitely read Olivia's blog, because it's filled to the brim with beautiful things.

Talk to you soon! xo,

Abbey

it takes my breath away.

7.02.2011

My breath was taken away on more than one occasion yesterday. First, while taking photos inside old, deteriorated barns amidst a never-ending prairie field.


Ever since I can remember, I have had a great love for exploring old barns and houses. There's just something so beautiful about it. It's like opening a treasure chest, in which the treasures are items that have been left behind. They've rusted and chipped, but that is just part of what makes them so beautiful.







Coming home to see that my little blog had reached one-hundred followers was yet another thing that took my breath away. You are all so awesome. The fact that you have all taken the time to read any of my posts, look at my photos, or comment, makes me smile. Thank-you!


At the lake, while celebrating Canada's 144th birthday, my breath was taken away once more. As the night sky made its appearance, the band started to play Oh Canada, and all conversations came to a halt. I felt proud to be a Canadian, as we all stood on the beach, singing.


 Like every year, our anthem ended with a 'BANG', signalling the beginning of the fireworks. Squished together, some friends and I quickly buried ourselves in a picnic blanket, making sure everyone had an equal amount to cover them.


Watching the fireworks burst, then fall to meet their reflections in the lake, always gives me that same feeling. A mixture of summer bliss and thankfulness. I'm so happy to live here. 

Any moments that took your breath away lately? Do tell.

Abbey

PS. Tomorrow, I'll be leaving for a family camping trip. I'll be back in one week. Prepare for another photo-filled post! See you! :)