Alberta, Canada

january-2018

I feel as if I'm always dragging my husband along on my wild travel ideas but to my surprise, he was actually excited about this one. let me note, even though he's not the trip planner in this relationship, he always has an amazing time and we both love traveling together. so much that we created the hashtag #nobabiesnoboundaries.

I have never seen snow fall in real life prior to these moments. yes, I cried. on our sweet 5 day adventure through Alberta, we visited both Calgary + Banff. we enjoyed a hockey game, flames vs kings (GKG! // we won in OT.), we drove 3 hours around the national park just to explore, almost had my drone taken away from me, partially hiked Johnston canyon (I was TOO cold), ate all da poutine, visited a brewery, took a gondola up to the top of a mountain, hiked some more, walked on a frozen lake, couldn't feel my toes for 5 days straight + had some of the best Indian food in my entire life.

 

see Alberta through my eyes;

enjoy!

 

and we're off! Air Canada was so great!! from the comfy seats to all the free movies + tv shows, they made our flight carefree.

and we're off! Air Canada was so great!! from the comfy seats to all the free movies + tv shows, they made our flight carefree.

if you know me at all, you'd know that this is so typical of me.

if you know me at all, you'd know that this is so typical of me.

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decending over the Canadian rockies

decending over the Canadian rockies

view from our room in Calgary, but just for the night before we head to see the Kings play the flames and leave for Banff at dawn

view from our room in Calgary, but just for the night before we head to see the Kings play the flames and leave for Banff at dawn

did I mention we had glass seats behind the Kings bench?

did I mention we had glass seats behind the Kings bench?

ohhhh yeaahhhh!!!

ohhhh yeaahhhh!!!

we got that W!

we got that W!

off to Banff!

off to Banff!

view from our hotel room at the Rimrock Resort in Banff 

view from our hotel room at the Rimrock Resort in Banff 

in search of food!

in search of food!

we found Bear Street Tavern! their specialty (besides pizza) was their pork belly mac n' cheese. it was 10/10 and I have tried recreating this dish at home many times since, it's not the same.

we found Bear Street Tavern! their specialty (besides pizza) was their pork belly mac n' cheese. it was 10/10 and I have tried recreating this dish at home many times since, it's not the same.

the pizza was also amazing and the way they eat it is with a chili honey drizzle. GAME CHANGER.

the pizza was also amazing and the way they eat it is with a chili honey drizzle. GAME CHANGER.

off to explore!

off to explore!

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a very frozen Two Jack Lake

a very frozen Two Jack Lake

a boat house on the beautiful (and frozen) Lake Minnewanka

a boat house on the beautiful (and frozen) Lake Minnewanka

the self timer can often become your best friend on vacation

the self timer can often become your best friend on vacation

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a view from standing on Lake Louise

a view from standing on Lake Louise

standing ON Lake Louise

standing ON Lake Louise

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look up

look up

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Banff Ave Brewing Co. // est. 2010

Banff Ave Brewing Co. // est. 2010

head smashed IPA. pretty good, better than I expected!

head smashed IPA. pretty good, better than I expected!

some fuel before our hike! crispy chick'n sandwich and poutine fries

some fuel before our hike! crispy chick'n sandwich and poutine fries

Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon

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when you realize you're hanging 7k feet above ground

when you realize you're hanging 7k feet above ground

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we heard a lot of great things about Indian Curry House in downtown Banff, it did NOT dissapoint!

we heard a lot of great things about Indian Curry House in downtown Banff, it did NOT dissapoint!

amazing veggie samosas

amazing veggie samosas

tikka masala

tikka masala

veggie biryani // SO. GOOD.

veggie biryani // SO. GOOD.

back in Calgary + ready for bed!

back in Calgary + ready for bed!

after this long + cold trip, hopping on a plane at 6:20am heading southbound to LAX is all I needed. I love traveling but there's nothing in the world like sleeping in your own bed when it's all said and done. I hope you enjoyed this one!

 

xx, Stephanie 

COURTNEY + PAUL // MEXICO PROPOSAL

honestly, I'm not sure where to start. my husband and I met Courtney + Paul in early 2017 and quickly became close. after shortly realizing how much we absolutely love each other, we decided to plan a trip to Cabo together - but ding ding! Paul takes the cake on this trip because he had a secret proposal planned for Courtney. what is more romantic than that? go ahead... I'll wait.

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a little bit about Courtney + Paul; they've been together for almost 10 years at this point, they just moved into their very own place together, and they reeealllyyy love their cats, Hamlet + Houdini. Houdini likes to smoke cigarettes, but that's beside the point. Courtney had NO idea this was going to happen, but we all did. I even had to take her out one night for dinner and shopping (like, 4 hours of shopping) so Paul can go to her parents house and ask for her hand in marriage.

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fast forward to august 2017, we fly into Mexico and get to our hotel rooms and I call Paul and ask, we doing this? he said "yes, we need to go now. I think I'm going to have a heart attack." HA! so the plan was to walk down to our private beach and have them snap a couple photos of my husband and I as a decoy and when it was their turn, Paul would pop the (way overdue) question. "your turn" I said while giving Paul THEE look. Paul pretty much immediately got down on one knee, I could barely snap a photo beforehand. I'm going to go ahead and guess that he was anxious?? Courtney was in complete shock, as you can tell from the photos below. she kept saying things like, "are you sure?" and "oh my god, I have to call so many people!". we continued the trip with the most expensive Japanese meal we'll probably ever eat, karaoke, sailing, snorkeling and jet skiing on the Pacific Ocean. it was pretty much the best vacation ever.

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enjoy these beautiful, priceless moments. I'm so grateful and honored I was able to be there for them on such a special day in their lives.

 

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~fin~

BEX // WHITTIER, CA

I woke up up this morning with an idea and wasn't quite sure how I was going to execute it alone. I thought to myself, "hey, if I post that I'm looking for a model on my instagram, maaaaybe someone will be interested." so I trusted my gut and then I met Betsy! she was the first to message me AND she was so chill! I was so stoked based off her natural curls and beauty - I knew we were going to make magic. although I had just met her moments before all these images below, it felt like I had known her for years. the chemistry was there and I think you can tell by looking at these photographs. I hope you enjoy this post! since it's my very first, I'm a little nervous on what I should've included or not included. I'm still pretty new to all of this so if you drop a comment below, I'd really appreciate it!

 

xo, Steph

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