Monday 13 July 2015

#Instagood - 5 Things That I'm Loving This Summer

striped hat outfit

At the risk of sounding cliché, but can you believe that we're well into July already? It's undeniable that Summer is passing us at light speed and while I sometimes catch myself dwelling on it's impending end, I try my best to live in the moment and appreciate every day as it comes. It doesn't hurt that this has been a great summer, despite the cooler temperatures. Just give me a sunny day and I'm a happy camper! Here's five things that have helped to make my summer a great one.

1. The Cottage

I never thought that I would see the day that this city girl would be at one with nature, but the great north has wooed me. I love the simplicity that a cottage provides, and the slower pace is a welcome change from my daily hustle in Toronto. With cottage living comes cottage dressing, and I've embraced minimalist outfits - a far cry to my cottage emsembles from the Spring (what the...)

eggs and avocado

2. Eggs and Avocado

Have you experienced the majesty that is eggs and avocado on toast? If not, run to your local grocery store and start cracking (literally.) I've never been one to make myself a large breakfast, but I've been sacrificing a few extra minutes of sleep to make this satisfying meal.  The best part about eggs and avocados for breakfast is that it's filling - I typically don't get hungry until well after noon!

matcha green tea latte

3. Matcha Green Tea Lattes

I've been known to be a bit of a coffee-aholic, and am definitely starting to feel the effects of this multiple-espresso-a-day habit. Enter the matcha green tea latte, and I have my perfect afternoon treat.  I love how calming the warm green tea and milk is, and it doesn't hurt that the drink is bright green - so fun! If you're new to the matcha green tea latte, be warned - it's a bit of an acquired tastes, but once you have a couple you won't be able to stop!

gold skirt navy top outfit

4. Repeat Offenders

How very un-blogger of me, but lately I've been gravitating towards some of my favourite outfits and wearing them on multiple occasions. As I've mentioned before, I'm not one to spend all of my money on clothes and shoes - I would much rather save it or travel. I feel as though this summer is the first that I've quelled the feeling of always having to buy new clothes, and have really enjoyed getting the most out of my old favourites. (The outfit above was also the subject of one of my previous blog posts)

toronto skyline thompson hotel

5. Exploring Toronto

This summer marks my first that I'm actually living right in the city instead of immediately outside of it, and I'm loving the change! Toronto has so much going on, and the amount of time that I save being right in the action is incredible. Summer nights after work can now be used to get out and about, and I feel as though life isn't limited to just the weekends. It's a great feeling!

Those are my 5 things that are making my summer great.  What have you been loving this summer?  Any big plans on the horizon, or is it just about appreciating the simple things?  Let me know!

All of these photos can be found on my Instagram, so follow along to see what I get up to on a daily basis!

xo Joëlle


  1. 3 cheers for the cottage!! :) I'm so glad that you've embraced the #cottagelife outfit haha

    Kris | Love. Loft. Life.

    1. I've totally embraced it, and am loving it! Now I just need to work on my abs - like you!

  2. The hat!!! You look like you should be in Capri instead. haha the fur coat ensemble had it's charm too.

    Eleni xo - Bijuleni

    1. LOL you're too kind Eleni! I think the charm of the fur was lost on our cottage neighbours, who definitely think that I'm a crazy person now!

  3. Fab post! Toronto looks like a fab place to live. I'm yet to visit Canada but would love to someday!
    I feel ya with the repeating outfits. I still wear clothes I've had since I was 11, so you can't be as bad as me!
    lily x

    1. Thanks Lily! Toronto is definitely a fun place to live, and visit if you find yourself in Ontario, Canada! xo


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