For those you that don’t know, Vancouver happens to be my home town. It’s where I was born and raised, and this city has a special place in my heart. It’s a beautiful city surrounded by mountains and water, and a place where the grass is actually greener because it tends to rain a just little to much. Every year I make sure to visit Vancouver at least once, if not more. It’s amazing to have seen the city grow and change, throughout my life, and every time I go back I love seeing all the things that have remained the same while enjoying all the new developments and progress the city has made.
This trip was back to Vancouver was short, but sweet 4 days. Just barely enough time to see all my friends and family while enjoying the city. But I managed to squeeze in 2 birthdays, 3 dinners, a photoshoot, coffee date, IDS, and a bike ride on the Sea Wall before hopping back on a plane back to Toronto.
This visit to Vancouver was an extra special visit for me because it was my grandmother’s 100th birthday! She’s an amazing woman that’s live the most adventurous life and has the best life story to tell. Born in 1917, she was the first girl to have a perm in her village, turned down 3 arranged marriages, married the love of her life, ran a jewelry store, widowed at 45, raised 7 kids and 6 grand-kids, made the best meals, collected hundreds of happy meals for her grand kids, travelled the world, and still mowed the lawn and shovelled snow well into her 80’s. And that’s just the icing on the cake!
Another beautiful thing was meeting my best friend’s baby daughter who was a month old. I’ve had a few family members have children over the last few years, but she was the first of my was the first of my close circle of friends to have a child, so it really struck something in my heart. I’ve known her since I was 15, and part of me still feels that way, as a big kid myself. But seeing her with her darling baby girl was so amazing, like she was born for it.
I also manage to squeeze in a coffee date and photoshoot with a long time instagram friend BarbaraJun. I think we started following each other even before I initially left Vancouver. And I’ve been watching her life adventures through Instagram for the past 5 years. It’s amazing to finally meet her, she was every bit as wonderful as her feed. And just so happened to be a very talented photographer too. So I met her at the coffee shop to chat, and I was we did a shoot in Gastown, and these are the pics from it!
Another highlight of my trip was also going the IDS show, thanks for ObessedbyPortia who I won the tickets in an Instagram contest! I went with one of my good friends, which I met pretty much exactly a year ago through my old job. We worked in the same company, but in 2 different cities. So we only really get to see each other for a week out here and there when we got to travel to our sister offices. But it’s always a blast to see her, and we had so much fun checking out.
And one thing I always do when I’m back in Vancouver is bike the seawall. If you’re from Vancouver, you’d think that it’s such a cliche thing to do, but the truth is the very first time I did it was when I was just about to leave Vancouver to move to Toronto, and I can’t believe I had been missing out this entire time. The seawall is a walking/biking route that runs along the circumference of the entire downtown of Vancouver, you get water views, city views and mountain views the whole way around. And since I started biking around Toronto last year, I appreciate biking along the seawall so much more and do it every time I go back now.
Outerwear: Babaton trench by Aritzia
Shoes: Pointy toe pumps by Guess
Bag: Zac Posen Bag by Amazon
Jewelry: Long necklace from The Latest Scoop
CindyJuly 10, 2018
Eileen, you make a very pretty model. You and Annie Cho must carry a pro photog in your hip pockets!! (Very nice shooting!) See you on BTC!
AdaJuly 10, 2018
I’ve never been to Vancouver, but you’ve intrigued me. That’s incredible that your grandmother has made it to 100 years! Snap! Also, thank you for the low down on where you got those heals, they are SO cute… I’m having a nude-pump obsession at the moment 😉
EileenJuly 17, 2018
Thanks Ada! They’re from Guess, I love them because they have a good chunky heel which makes them so much more comfy to wear!
Alan StensonJanuary 26, 2018
I grew up in Vancouver as a kid but left when I was 12, haven’t had the chance to go back! Great post ✌️
Lisa RiosDecember 4, 2017
Congratulations on your grandmother’s birthday. I can tell you admire her and she sounds like a great person. I have been to Toronto before and it was great but I’d love to travel to Vancouver.
Carol CassaraDecember 2, 2017
Looks like you did so much when you were in Vancouver! Wow, your grandma is one strong lady! It’s awesome that she celebrated her 100th birthday. I love the photos from the shoot that you did with your friend.
Melanie WalshDecember 2, 2017
I adore my hometown also. It looks like Vancouver needs to be on my 2018 travel bucket list.
Jessica HughesDecember 1, 2017
What a fantastic trip home to Vancouver. Seeing your friend’s new baby and celebrating your Grandma’s 100th are such wonderful milestones and it is wonderful you could be there for both.
Tami - This Mom's DelightDecember 1, 2017
I’m glad you enjoyed your visit in Vancouver. Making it to 100 is a huge accomplishment! Happy birthday, Grandma!
MonicaNovember 30, 2017
Its sounds like a really cool place to visit and I’d love to bike along the way too. Love your style!
Allison @neversaydiebeautyNovember 30, 2017
I have never been to Vancouver, but I hope to get there some day. I want to see the famous gardens, the name of which escapes me right now. It sounds like you had a terrific trip, though short, and you look fabulous in neutral colors in the November city pix.
kelly recciNovember 30, 2017
Vancouver is a beautiful City.I love each of every spots in Vancouver. I’m looking forward to see your post about the IDS show that is very interesting. I love your outfit, you look so wonderful.
Annemarie LeBlancNovember 30, 2017
I love your outfit but I love the story of your grandmother too! She sure is one amazing woman! My grandmother was like that too. Very resourceful, industrious and caring. Her children were her life.
Irina DavidNovember 30, 2017
Very pretty outfit and I love the small bag! I think i was on the same spot while in Vancouver 🙂