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Ausable Chasm {Jumpsuit + Boater Hat}

Everyday Outfits, Travel

ausable-chasm-4{Jumpsuit, H&M Sweater, Forever 21 Boater Hat, Ralph Lauren Bag, BORN Sandals}

After a spending a relaxing few days roadtripping through Canada, it was time to head home. But we made time for one last stop along the way: Ausable Chasm. Known locally as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, the chasm is a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock. If you love the outdoors, then you’ll definitely enjoy spending the afternoon here. There are various trails to explore, and all are easily accessible for beginners. And I highly recommend you try rafting or tubing while you’re there. The rapids are pretty tame and provide just enough of a thrill (for me at least!).

Since we had a long car ride ahead of us, I wore a simple jumpsuit that was as comfy as a pair of pajamas. The trail l through the chasm is pretty easy and well-groomed, so I was comfortable in an old pair of sandals with a well-cushioned insole.

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Oh, Canada! {Montreal & Thousand Islands}

Everyday Outfits, Travel

aa-thousand-island-3{Liberty of London x Uniqlo Dress, H&M Cardigan, Coach ‘Swagger’ Bag, Salvatore Ferragamo Sunglasses, Soludos Espadrilles (also love these}

Once we left Toronto, it was off to Montreal for a short stay. On our way there, we stopped off for a boat tour of the Thousand Islands – an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada–US border in the Saint Lawrence River. The ride gave us a great overview of the region, and I can’t wait to take another trip back to explore some of those tiny little islands (especially Pollepel, home of the famous Bannerman Castle) even further.

We were famished by the time we arrived in Montreal, so we strolled through Old Town and found a wonderful French restaurant called Le Vieux Senateur tucked away on a little side street. We mostly spent our time relaxing and taking in the sights in this charming city that can easily make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Europe. And one activity we particularly enjoyed was our excursion to the Parc Olympique where we rode to the top of the Montreal Tower as well as explore the Biodome.

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{Nifty-Thrifty} CC’s Guide to Thrift Store Shopping In Manhattan

Tips & Tricks

Thrift-Store-Collage{Suede Fringe Clutch, Bandana Scarf, Vintage Pillbox Hat, Ribbed Cardigan, Vintage Mink Trimmed Coat, Anne Klein Sandals }

I’m definitely a lady who enjoys the finer things in life… However, that doesn’t mean I like to break the bank.  Au contraire!  In fact, most of my best finds have been procured from one of three places: the clearance rack, eBay, or the thrift store.  Over the years, I’ve gotten a few emails from inquiring minds who’d like to know my favorite shopping destinations in NYC.  And since thrift stores are ALWAYS at the top of my lists of recommendations, I thought I’d share the wealth with the rest of you readers should you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods.

I find thrift store shopping in Manhattan to be somewhat of a sport, so I’ll usually spend an entire afternoon pounding the pavement and bouncing around to half a dozen shops or more all in one go. Below are my two favorite thrift store shopping routes to follow when I feel the urge NOT to splurge!

ROUTE 1: Chelsea & East Village

View Closet Confections Thrifting Map (Chelsea/East Village) in a larger map


View Closet Confections Vintage/Thrift Store Route (Upper East Side) in a larger map

And if you’re up for venturing off the beaten paths I’ve shared above, here are a few more spots I recommend:


Runnin’ Through the 6 {Toronto Travel Diary}

Everyday Outfits, My Style, Travel

toronto-ontario-3{Old Navy Chambray Dress, Polo Nautical Stripe Sweater, Coach Crossbody Bag, K-Swiss Sneakers}

After our stint in Niagara Falls, Eric and I were off to explore Toronto. I’ve been to Toronto a number of times, but I always find something new to experience while I’m there. While there weren’t any official Drake sightings during our stay, we still managed to have a great time. You can’t tell by the gorgeous blue skies in these photos, but there was a torrential downpour the morning we arrived in the city. Undeterred, we ducked into Ripley’s Aquarium for a couple of hours to wait out the rain. This turned out to be the best decision ever as there was so much to see. I had to be reluctantly torn away from the jellyfish and shark tanks because I seriously could have sat and stared all day.

Once the rain clouds cleared away and the sun poked out, we skipped over to the waterfront for a scenic cruise through the Toronto Islands (but not before grabbing a beaver tail for the ride!). Luckily for us, the weather was picture-perfect for the rest of our stay. We were famished by the time our boat docked early in the evening, so a quick Yelp search led us over to Flock for a casual, yet DELICIOUS, fried chicken dinner with all of the fixings. It was the perfect cap to a relaxing day before hitting the road again to venture further east.

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Falling for Niagara {Denim Shortalls + Striped Top}

Everyday Outfits, My Style, Travel

niagara-falls-2 {Shortalls, Striped Top, Forever 21 Boater Hat (similar), Espadrille Sneakers}

Rcently, Eric and I took a few days off to visit one of my favorite places in the world… Niagara Falls! It’s no secret that I’m a city-slicker at heart, but the sheer force and natural beauty of the falls leaves me in awe every single time. If you’ve never been, a trip should definitely be at the top of your bucket list. You can view the falls from both the American and Canadian sides, but I definitely recommend staying overnight on the Canadian side as there are tons more attractions and restaurants to keep you entertained (plus the American dollar goes a loooong way over there right now).

It’s rare for me to wear shorts, but I just couldn’t resist this adorable (and super comfy!) pair of shortalls. This turned out to be the perfect outfit for our excursion (you get totally soaked from the knees down when you cruise the falls, so bring a change of flip-flops!), and I can’t wait to wear them for a whole slew of summer adventures. I’d been searching for a pair of espadrille sneakers, so I was pretty stoked when I found these cuties online. They kept my tootsies happy through tons of walking during our trip.

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