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.

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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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Clothing Exchange: Hearts and Flowers

clothing exchangeI went to my first clothing exchange while visiting my daughter Jean in Seattle. It was so much fun and a wonderful experience. I helped Jean shop and prepare refreshments for her guests. Jean is a gracious host and served delicious, nutritious vegan dishes that everyone enjoyed.

I am searching for the photos of the delectable food Jean prepared with a variety of fruit, veggies and vegan cheese that tastes better than dairy.

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All the guests were so courteous and made this experience very enjoyable!

guestsguests 2This dress was going in the clothing exchange but Jean gave me first dibs! It was her dress–she wore it last summer on our vacation in New York City. The petite flowers are coral, pink and turquoise, so I wore a coral cardigan, added a pink belt and a turquoise purse. Jean gave me this heart belt and straw hat many years ago–I added a black flower. I clip on different flowers depending on my outfit. I have a bold sunflower and a red rose.

high low lace dress

This lace dress has a colourful, calico print and a high low style, that’s three things I love: LACE, FLORALS and HIGH LOW. I wore it for the first time on a lovely afternoon in July.

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Off-the-shoulders for a garden party …

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and tea for two …

Welcome to my garden room …

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Morning tea with Maggie and if I ever host a clothing exchange, she will be the first one on my list; Maggie has exquisite taste and I love her style.


Have you ever been to a clothing exchange?

<3 carmen


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Wrap dress styled for summer and winter

Shopping with my daughter Jean is always something I enjoy. I bought two wrap dresses last summer in New York City at Bebenoir. (My first one you can see here.)

Although sometimes we have very different taste, many times we like the same things and I can’t count how many things we have the same–from jewellery to shoes (and everything in between). I bought the same houndstooth dress that Jean is wearing and she bought this wrap dress too.

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 It has a fabulous black and purple Hawaiian print with a dash of orange. Love how Jean has styled hers with an orange camisole and her cute vegan purse. Check out her post about this dress and her unique shoes!


It’s great to get more wear out of dresses that can be worn all through the year and I knew this one is perfect for warm weather with bare legs and sandals …


Tights and boots means I can wear it in the fall and winter, I also add a black cardigan for warmth.

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 Sometimes I wear it as a tunic over capris.

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That’s a wrap, folks!

Have a fashionable week!!

<3 carmen



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