My Solo Trip to Vancouver, Canada

When I started thinking about a solo trip I thought of a few things: where can I go that is safe, and where can I go that is fun but not too much fun. I have always wanted to do a solo trip and I have always wanted to go to Vancouver. Now that I am employed, I thought this was a perfect time to take some vacation and get some R&R. 

On my first day of adventuring, I went to Calipano Stanley Park which was an absolutely beautiful place to go. It was super serene and super easy to navigate. What was nice about traveling solo in Vancouver was it is Canada. So that made everything easy to understand which already removed a barrier. The city is also super easy to navigate. My hotel was within walking distance to pretty much any tourist attraction in Vancouver. This made it easy to explore and go to everywhere I saw on Pinterest. After this, I went to Canada place and walked along the Canada Walk. Then I did some shopping (classic) at the CP Pacific Centre which was one of the nicest laid out malls, and the Nordstrom was just beautiful to gander around in. I also had chipotle for dinner which was amazing. 

My second day was Grouse mountain. Now, I don’t ski so I didn’t go skiing which might have been something I could have looked into, but I did rent some skates and skate on their little dinky rink. In the lift I chatted with two fabulous ladies (one that offered me a ride but wasn’t going to where I was heading) and it was just nice chatting and see why people were there and where they were from. I ended up busing to Stanley Park where I walked along the seawall and checked out the Totum poles. It was a very peaceful walk and of course, my legs were sore at this point, but it was lovely. The weather was also so nice, it was plus 5 and the vibe was so chill in the city and on the Seawell. After this, I went to try and find this Italian resteraunt but somehow ended up in the Downtown Eastside. I eventually made it to Gastown where I ate the best Carbonara of my life. Also only in Canada can you go in the same city to snow and then go back down a mountain and it is practically Spring!

My third day was full of adventures let me tell you. First, I went to Granville Island where I got lost and couldn’t really find where I was going. I walked around the little market and then got myself some fish and chips. I then went downtown again near my hotel to check out Robson Street, the most popular street for shopping. What a fun place. The whole vibe of downtown was actually quite chill, but as I found out during my time in Whistler apparently this is not always the case. After this I might have gotten Chipotle again…

My next and last day was a day in Whistler. This was a fabulous day. I met two women who where traveling together, we had lunch and gabbed. They told me about Vancouver and Whistler and we exchanged emails. To me, this is what solo travelling is all about, meeting new and interesting people. It was great! I then went to the Squamish cultural centre which was very interesting. 

What did I learn solo traveling? It was an experience that I want to do again. I am really glad that I went within Canada and that I had the confidence to take public transit. I also liked that I could wake up when I wanted, eat when I wanted, and essentially had the freedom to just roam around and adventure. Where should I go next!?


My Plane wouldn’t start

Okay so I decided that I would go on a solo trip (and if I get a partner eventually sure I guess they can come too). Every year since I am gainfully employed and have pretty decent vacation time I have decided as a self proclaimed single women that I would travel somewhere each year to keep the wonderlust alive. As a result, I decided that for my first solo trip I would go to Vancouver. There were a few reasons I picked Vancouver. First, it is in Canada so I knew that I wouldn’t be as nervous flying domestically, second, many of my favorite creators and fellow bloggers live there and it made me want to go there, and three I am a bit of free soul so I thought I would fit in the west coast mindset. 

My travel day was a wild roller coaster and series of fortunate events. First, I scored at the vending machine and got two bags of ketchup chips for the price of one and I got the seat to myself to Toronto and to Vancouver.

But let’s start with the plane not starting. I felt like I was in my car when my battery died and I had to wait for CAA. First, our pilot tried to start the plane quite a few times. The cabin was dark with only the emergency pathway lit. The pilot made an announcement, saying we had no power to one engine, and something about the battery. THEN he kept trying. They had to bring in three back up things, and then finally the issue became the battery. 

I did not know that planes were like cars (I know have I been living under a rock). To me, it sounded like he was basically saying that we lost power because of the battery and he needed a boost. He made yet another announcement once again and advised that he then needed to reprogram the plane because the power outage cleared the plane’s computer. Ah how comforting. During this time I might add, it was super hot in the plane as we sat in the dark waiting. People were surprisingly fine – I thought a lot more mayhem would ensue. I heard some dude calling people saying that he was waiting for the plane but for the most part, my flight was not crowded and I had my whole three-row seat to myself which was a huge bonus as did many of the other folks. I could stretch out my short legs and use my scarf as a little pillow. I was not connecting so this delay wasn’t a huge issue. 

There were only a few things running through my mind when the plane wouldn’t start: when can I use the washroom, when do I get food, my phone is at 50% battery life and I want to charge it. I also saw White Collar on the TV thing and want to watch it. Many of the other travelers were a bit nervous about making their connection. Don’t I know that feeling. The real mayhem ensued when we landed. There was a lady rushing off and pretty pushed this other lady over trying to get off to figure out her next flight. Overall, the flight was good. I have flown many times myself, but never at such a great distance totally alone but quite frankly it was wonderful. Conquered travel day 1, next time an international escapade.

Stay tuned for the next installment of thegordonedit travels. 


Things I liked and Did in July

Wait? It is already August? How did this happen? It’s bonkers! I did some fun stuff in July and discovered a few products, a few old favourites were brought back to the fore front and of course I went on an amazing trip with my dad to the UK!

My first thing that I did was go to the UK with my dad. We went to London and Aberdeen. It was amazing! Of course we had the four hottest days in London but nonetheless it was beautiful. We took the tube like true londoners and explored Oxford Street, saw the Tower of London, took a boat tour to Greenwich and just a lot of walking around and seeing the sites. We also went to Aberdeen which is BEAUTIFUL a hidden gem of Scotland (maybe not so hidden but its great). We did a boat tour, saw dolphins, saw the university which was amazing, unfortunately we didn’t know this but we were there on a holiday so the library wasn’t open! Then we experienced the pubs that are randomly in old churches and castles. We also visited Stirling castle which was beautiful. The stone was beautifully crafted and everything was super short so perfect for me.I wish we had more time to explore both places but alas we will go back eventually!

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Okay now for the makeup. First a cheek product. Becca Champagne pop. Ya’ll, why did I not ever have this before? Maybe because the bulk of my highlighter collection is drugstore I just never forayed into the high end world of highlighters and I think I may be converted. It is a beautiful champagne colour that isn’t too dark for my skin (right now since I have tan from England, who knew) so I’m interested to see how it looks on my skin in the winter, maybe all the more reason to get the lighter shade moonstone? 

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I wanted to give a shout out to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette and the Maybelline Rooftop bronzes city mini palette. I have been reaching for these two when I’m going for a bolder look and have been loving a specific combination of shadows. The matte shade in the sweet peach Puree all over the lid, then with the shade Luscious tapped on top. Then, to make it even more glittery and grand, I have been dabbing the Maybelline Rooftop bronzes the fourth shade from the left at the top and scattered in the middle. It creates a beautiful and bronzy which is my favourite kind of look.

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I have also been loving my lavender scented things. I bought the Bite Agave Lip mask in Lavender and also have been loving using my Lavender essential oil from Therawell. Yes, to many lavender is an old lady scent but I just can’t get enough of it. The lip mask is pretty good so far, I wear it at night or when I exercise or go running and it’s really been helping my lips feel soft and hydrated. I also love wearing the essential oil either as a perfume or before bed because it’s just such a relaxing scent

What did you enjoy this month?!

 


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Blune Day 25: Travel Skincare

For today’s post I want to do a what’s in my skincare bag for travelling as well as a few other less glamorous items that I like to bring with my skincare stuff because it fits into the bag.

First, face cleaning mechanisms. So I am bringing quite a few bits of skincare with me. I found this adorable mini Garnier micellar water and am bring two reusable cotton rounds for that. As well as I am bringing this little Soy Fresh Face cleanser which I got in a Christmas set from my mom, and I have used this once before and remember it being very gentle. I know its a bit of a gamble to not bring my regular cleanser but I still haven’t found one I love so I thought I would dabble in this and use it abroad. I am also bringing the rest of my decanted Burt’s Bees Willow Bark face exfoliator.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Garnier Micellar water, Mini Caudalie Brightening essence, Caudalie Vinosource moisturizer

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Hydration: I brought quite a few moisturizing products with me. I decanted my Garnier 3 in 1 rose water moisturizer because it is extremely hydrating and  airplanes can do a number on your skin. I’m also bringing this cute Caudalie Vinosource moisturizing sorbet that I got as a point perk. I also have the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate which I have used a few times before and really liked. I’m mostly bringing it because its travel size and can also act as a primer. Then as my essence/serum I have the cutest mini of the Caudalie Brightening Essence  which I got as a point perk and its so cute and mini. I’m excited to have got this because I wasn’t planning on bringing my large one since its glass and I didn’t want it to break.

Hand sanitizer, Fresh Face Cleanser, Embryolisse

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I am also bringing a body wash, but its a bar soap so I didn’t photo that one. Then I’m bringing my decanted Live Clean Daily Care Shampoo.

This isn’t really skincare but since I’m bringing this on my carry on, but I have the essential medicines. Gravol, Benadryl, Imodium, and Oval. Yes not the most glamourous carry on items but you just never know when your going to be in a pickle when it comes to travel.

Bringing hydration is key when on an airplane because for some reason they really suck the moisture out of your skin.

What is your go to travel/carry on skincare?