The last time I saw Paris

I’m not referring to Paris, the city of Love (France).

Paris, Ontario is a quaint little town on the Grand River, Ontario–a 20 minute drive in the car or a couple of hours traveling by bike.


It has charming shops and cafes with a view of the river, parks and places to walk and a trail great for biking. Unfortunately, no Eiffel Tower.

Paris by the riveron the bridge

I will always remember my days living in a little townhouse on the Grand River: the city out the front door with shops in walking distance and the spectacular Grand River in the backyard.

My dream is to visit Paris, France someday.

follow your dreams

I love Paris

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Elora – Part Two

There wasn’t enough time to see all when I stopped by Elora on my way to the dance party, so I went back the following week.

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storeREFIND Salvage featuring eclectic boho, rustic and shabby chic.

refind salvageJEZEBELS an exquisite shop of vintage jewellery and retro antiques. Owner Karol is wearing all white (my favourite).

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Elora Gorge

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I wore this outfit to a garden party in July and to Toronto.

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summer is fun

<3 carmen

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Detour through Elora, Ontario

Once a month, I lead a Ceili-style dance, which includes Irish and Scottish country dances, as well as other fun dances from around the world. These dances are usually held in various small towns around southern Ontario.


While on the way to the dance in the little village of Alma, we took a detour through the charming town of Elora and enjoyed a beautiful July afternoon. There are antique shops to browse through …

Antique shop

and unique clothing boutiques …


vintage shops (too late, this one is closed) …

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My kerchief skirt is thrifted ($5.00) it light and twirls when I dance.

handkerchief skirt

There was not enough time to do everything so I’ll be back with part two.

Time to dance, but first a “ride” on the old train.

locomotive We danced till midnight.

dance in the moonlightlove carmen

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Country Roads

Lazy summer afternoons are lovely occasions to wear my lavender and turquoise sundress that I bought a few years ago for my vacation in Costa Rica.


Whether I’m on my way to visit friends, going to a barn dance or just taking a drive through the countryside, I enjoy the little towns scattered around Southern Ontario.


Meandering along the country roads, about a 45 minute drive from where I live, you would miss the quaint town of Troy if you blink your eyes. Passing a patchwork of fields of gently rolling hills, Cafe Troy has a charming restaurant, perfect stop for an elegant afternoon coffee break.


Adjacent to this fine restaurant you will see the amazing pottery studio of Donn Zver, a magnificent inventory.


My sundress is comfortable and cool.

sundressThis turquoise statement necklace was bought at a secondhand shop and came with matching earrings.

turquoise necklaceMy favourite strappy stilettos are not comfortable for a walk, but they are great for a drive in the car and sitting in the restaurant.

black stilettos

timelove carmen

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Pattern Mixing: leopard and polkadots

All the fashionistas are doing it: mixing patterns and prints. When I was young, I followed the rule not to mix patterns; when you wear a blouse with a print, you wear a solid colour skirt or pants.

There is an art to it unless you want to look like you got dressed in the dark. I have seen some pattern mixing that I wouldn’t wear and I have seen some that inspires me.

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Choosing patterns with the same colours is pleasing on the eyes. Although I rarely mix prints, this outfit was fun and perfect for a game of mini golf.

mini golf

daisieslove carmen

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Summertime and the living is easy

… and the cotton is high!

I love cotton–simple, pure and natural.

There’s nothing I like more than the comfort of 100% cotton: from sheets and towels to clothes and underwear.

Here’s another top from Le Chateau in a soft, airy cotton knit that I purchased specially for my trip to Germany.

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It’s the little things in life that give me the most pleasure.

enjoy the little thingshappy summer

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Shades of White

My favourite colour in summer is white: fresh and clean. My new blouse I bought at Le Chateau recently is so light and cool on the hottest summer days. High low style and simple detail makes this a great choice for wearing with any colour pants, leggings or capris.

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Summer Breeze: My Little White Dress

There are many nature trails where I live and warm summer evenings are perfect for riding my bike. The sun stays up late on warm July evenings. The fragrance of the meadow and beauty of the wild flowers are simple pleasures of life that we often don’t take time for because of our busy lives.

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happy summer


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The sky’s the limit: blue skies and cloud 9

And that’s where I’m going: up above the clouds and across the BIG pond! I’m off to Germany for a month.

I am so looking forward to this vacation that has been too long in the making. It’s been 21 years since I’ve been there and as a procrastinator, I keep putting it off till next year. However, next year may never come so I’m going THIS year!

Visiting with my cousins and family and friends will be wonderful. Perhaps I’ll even get a chance to meet some bloggers! The BEST news is that my daughter Jean will be flying out from Seattle to meet me in Stuttgart, then we’re off to Munich and the fast train to Berlin where we will go to VEGAN STREET–something we’ve been wanting to do forever!

I’m wearing my white skinny jeans (they go with everything) and my new blue fringed kimono from Garage. Blue and white for the sky and clouds where I’ll be soaring; I love flying!

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 Germany is not only my homeland (where I was born and have been back five times since living in Canada) it is also a beautiful country: rich with history, magical castles, romantic towns, modern cities and breathtaking scenery. I know I will have tears in my eyes when I see the little red rooftops of the charming houses as my plane descends on this storybook land: a place of a myriad of treasured memories.

Have a great summer and make some happy memories!!

<3 carmen

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Take the last train to Clarksville Elmira.

Train Ride

I love making memories and the slow train to Elmira, Ontario was just the perfect adventure to make a wonderful summer memory for my grandson. He had never been on a train before and this old steam engine takes us back in time; the railroad car we were in was made in 1923. We watched the beautiful countryside through the huge open window and crossed the Conestoga River on a high bridge.

1923 railroad carbridge

I wore my colourful, multi-patterned skirt. Each panel has a different print and I love how it flares.

multi-patterned skirt

We stopped at the little town of St. Jacobs and got off to see this 99 year old steam engine.

steam engine 99 years oldI snapped a few shots of railway cars no longer in use.

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No time to stop and shop in St. Jacobs (after all, my grandson came for the ride–not to shop).

antiques store in St JacobsThat’s my youngest son working on the railroad.IMG_0052This track is no longer in use, so no worry that a train will be coming.IMG_0063IMG_0068End of the line of a fantastic adventure, another day trip in Southern Ontario.

Make some summer memories!

<3 carmen


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