I just spent last weekend on Saltspring Island attending the wedding of a very close friend. (Congratulations Megan and Michael!) It was wonderful to escape Vancouver for what seemed like another world: a small town filled with farms and independent artists' studios where produce and flower bouquets are sold at unattended roadside stalls and customers drop their money into makeshift banks, where most businesses are situated along a main street in a small picturesque village. Aside from consuming copious amounts of food at wedding functions, the boy and I spent a leisurely weekend wandering around the Ganges village, checking out the wares at the Saturday market, browsing bookstores, and buying organic artisanal cheese. I'll post some photos from my trip as soon as I get my act together, I promise.
- Tunic and necklace (Forever 21)
- Belt (from a CiCi dress)
- Leggings (American Apparel)
- Sandals (Pour La Victoire)
- Lipstick (Tom Ford lip colour in 'Bruised Plum')
Although the mini getaway was nice, Saltspring Island only reaffirmed my belief that I'm an urbanite to the core. For one thing, an outfit like the one above would be pretty out of place in a town where sensible walking shoes, waterproof rain gear, and fleece jackets are de rigueur. This outfit was something I wore one or two weeks ago when the weather was still balmy but just a tad chilly for summer. Although it draws heavily on black and white, the graphic pattern, floaty tunic silhouette, and sandals make it more summer-appropriate, not to mention the touches of colour in the necklace and belt. As comfortable as this outfit felt while I was at the office and window shopping at Holt Renfrew after work, I'm pretty sure it'd make me feel awkward and out-of-place if I wore it to buy organic cheese from a farm.
Do you like the city or the country? Or do you prefer small doses of the country when you get sick of the city, or vice versa?