Thursday, February 11, 2016

Old Québec

About 158 miles away from Montreal is "Old Québec", a historic small town and capital of the Quebec province in Canada. A true UNESCO World Heritage Site, the moment you step foot outside of the train station it feels as if you've been transported back in time to a sleepy European village at the top of a cliff. Even during the off season, the town was quite dazzling with its remaining bright-colored cottages, charming cobblestone alleyways, and christmas decoration remnants. From toboggan sledding at Le Château Frontenac at speeds up to 43 mph to hot chocolate and chocolate croissants in the cozy La Maison Smith, and shopping along the iconic Le Vieux-Port de Québec
I felt like I was living in a fairytale for the day!

Who: Everyone— especially those who crave a taste of Europe without crossing the Atlantic
What: An official World Heritage site with everything from authentic eighteenth century architecture, to art galleries in the famed Vieux-Por district, multiple museums, cozy coffee shops, military fortifications, and a 270 foot toboggan slide (in the winter)!
Wear: Layer up like an onion if you're going anytime after mid December through early May.
Post-adventure, I can see why someone invented "Canada Goose" jackets. 
When: Winter // Take the train from Montreal, it's an easy 3.5 hour ride.
Why: If you're looking for a quintessential, Old European-type adventure! 
Tyro Tip: Try to catch an early train ride so you can watch the sun rise over Canada's icy landscape— it was breathtaking.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Snow Play the SOREL Way

Winter has been pretty "tropical" in Boston this year with little snowfall and record high temps (57 degrees in January, I'll take it!). The only downfall is that I haven't gotten to style much of my winter wardrobe, including these SOREL 1964 Premium Wedges. I loved wearing my red ones in the fall, but I've enjoyed the cooler cafe color that they recently released! These boots have become my signature staple and go-to for any outfit; they're just so easy to pair with a lot of different styles, and seasons— plus they're comfortable like a normal sneaker. When we did finally get some snow in Boston a few weeks ago, I knew I had to go take them for a spin. If you don't want a heavy, bulky snow boot for only a few inches of snow, I highly recommend these as the coated canvas is very waterproof and suitable for any fellow snow frolicker.

Also, how adorable is this SOREL pompom beanie?

ootd: sweater: Ralph Lauren | button down: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: J.Crew
Socks: Tommy Hilfiger | Bag: Coach | Keychain: Ralph Lauren
hat: SOREL c/o | boots: SOREL c/o

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tyro Tidbits: January 2016 Flashes of Delight

Like the weather, life has had some ups and downs this past January. For the most part,
things have been great although this semester has proven to be pretty stressful already; however,
this has made the little moments of my day or flashes of delights that much more special. From magical winter wonderland walks through the Common, to warm 57 degree runs along the Esplanade, lazy Sunday morning snow days, and good coffee + gallery hopping along Newbury Street, I've never been more appreciative of the little things in life!

Acorn Street Doors

Snow day in the Commons

Magical snow along Bay State Road

Harry Potter vibes in the Boston College Library

Sunset along the Esplanade

Beacon Hill doors

Lazy snow day morning featuring my SOREL slippers & new design book 

Lobster lovin' while gallery hopping

Snow Day Sunday

Study Break Sketch

New colorful Brownstones in the Boston Public Library

High temps and a beautiful sunset along the Esplanade

Ice skating at Frog Pond

Happy February!