Friday 21 July 2017

OOTD - My Summer Getaway Essentials With Upper Canada

Having just come off of a sunny European getaway and with a few more trips on the horizen, it's official - I am addicted to summer getaways. It's no secret that I love travelling, but this has been the first year that the bulk of my trips fall within the summertime. I've learned that travelling in the heat of summer can make packing tricky, but through trial and error I've come up with a list of essentials that will enhance every summer getaway. Luckily for me, I was able to find every item while shopping at Upper Canada - it's so refreshing to be able to find everything that you need at one stop! Without further ado, here's a list of summer getaway essentials that definitely need to be packed into your suitcase.

Dress - Zara, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau, Hat - Aritzia, Bag - Zara

First things first, you need a summer bag. Myself, I'm usually drawn to leather bags in classic shapes but that all changes when you're travelling in the summer. I love straw or wicker bags that add an earthy element to your outfits, and can act as double duty from beach to city. This mid-sized straw bag that I found at Zara is really the perfect size; it's large enough to fit all of my essentials, including beach gear, but is also small enough to transition into a city bag. 

Next up are beach essentials. I always check Old Navy first when I'm looking for cute bathing suits and flip flops; there's always a lot of variety and you really can't beat their prices.  I've learned that even if I don't plan on visiting a beach during my trip, its always a good idea to pack flip flops - they're nice and simple to slide on and off, and come in surprisingly handy when your hotels or Airbnb don't supply slippers.

A lightweight scarf is another essential, that is surprisingly multifunctional. I picked up this blush pink scarf from Zara and it will come in handy as a blanket or pillow on a plane, to keep warm on cooler nights and even as a beach cover up! 

Having a hat when travelling in the summer is essential; not only does a hat protect your face from the sun and help to prevent over-heating, but they can also be a cute addition to your outfits!  This straw hat from Artizia is perfect, and very lightweight!

Now shown here, but you can probably tell from the overnight glow I have developed, I have learned that a good self-tanner is definitely an essential when heading on a summer getaway. I picked up Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil from Sephora, and it is one of the best self-tanners that I have ever used.  It's a quick-drying oil that smells great, and makes you look like you've already spent a week at the beach - without damaging your skin with the sun. 

I hope you guys like all of my summer getaway essentials that I picked up at Upper Canada! Do you have any exciting getaways on the horizon?  What do you consider an essential that must be packed in your suitcase?  Let me know!

xo Joƫlle

This post was created in collaboration with Upper Canada. All thoughts and oppinions are 100% my own.

Photography by Laura Clarke Photography



  1. Beautiful summer dress!


    1. Thank you Liv! I love dresses like this - easy, long sleeve and wrinkle-free!

  2. I love the dress - it's so perfect for the beach!


    1. I totally agree Rosalie! I love dresses like this because they go from beach to city so easily!

  3. Great outfit as always! Such a cute little you had there. Beautiful summer getaway and style in Canada. Have a great day! Thanks for the share.

  4. The food was always great, I think they just updated their menu and it's off the hook. Who would expect delicious pizza at such big events. Not me, but you can get some of the best pizza at event space San Francisco here. The best place in this area.


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