Travel Diary: Seattle/Canada

July 10, 2015

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Photographer - Cecilia Yuen/Olivia Yuen
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! In mid-June, I took a family vacation to Seattle and Canada. It was a nice break and refresher to see so much greenery and fresh air. As a well-known heavy packer, I took this opportunity to create a challenge for myself to minimize the heavy packing. Growing up, I would always flip through my mother’s Lucky magazines and the one page I would look forward to the most seeing is the page where they styled X many pieces for X many days such as 13 pieces for 30 days. I have always wanted to try this fun little fashion puzzle for a few days straight For this trip, I created the challenge for 6 days with 6 different outfits which included 2 jackets, 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 bags, and 3 pairs of shoes. Through this challenge, I learned that in order to have a good foundation for each outfit,  always opt for more basic and essential pieces. I tried to pick basic pieces with little details that made it a bit more fashion forward such as the white t-shirt with a scalloped hem or the midi-skirt with the gingham print or the sweater with flirty lashes. The little details in the pieces  are what really helped to give that umpf in each outfit. Continue to read below as I take you through my travels and adventures with each outfit. If you want to see more pictures of this trip, check out  my Instagram @petiteolivia.

Day 1
The first day, I wanted to be a little more comfortable since I was flying. I paired together a plaid button up with light blue shorts, a bright yellow bag, and flats. I flew to Seattle to meet up with my family. Then we rented a car to drive up to Canada. Along the way, we stopped at a city called Bellevue aka The Emerald City for lunch. Awed by so much greenery and fresh fair. Took a mini ice cream break at this cute drive through ice cream shop. Checked into our hotel. Grabbed dinner (Coincidentally, across from the Richmond Olympic Oval). Hit the hay.

Day 2
The second day, I knew it would be a little cold and I would need to wear comfortable shoes. We started of the day with dim sum and afterwards we drove straight to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Again, awed by so much greenery and fresh air. We then continued our trip to a Salmon Hatchery. Unfortunately, they were not in season. Next, we ended up in Stanley Park which was a huge park that consisted of different activities and sight-seeing. We ended our sight-seeing with the Gastown Steam Clock.

Day 3
The third day was interesting. We took a Ferry with our car to the Victoria Islands. Guessing that it would be windy and cold if I stepped outside the ferry for photo opps, I paired my favorite classic trench coat with a plaid shirt and faux leather pants. When we arrived, we were a little hungry so grabbed some food at a local hot dog, root beer float, and ice cream place. With our bellies full, we continued to explore the island at The Empress Hotel. Along the way, I saw a lot of the British influence with the hanging flowers and red double-decker buses. We then continued to explore a place called “The Miniature World” which was absolutely clever and witty. The place consisted of many miniature dioramas and display that told history lessons to fairytales to stories. We took the ferry back to Vancouver and ended the day there.

Day 4
The fourth day, I kept the outfit in a black and white combo with a pop of yellow. We started the day by visiting the Granville Island Public Market where vendors sold food and merchandise. We grabbed some food there, sat down and enjoyed the view while eating. Walked around for a little bit and spotted a gelato shop! For me, no trip is complete without eating ice cream or gelato! We continued our journey to the Fisherman's Warf. Headed back to Richmond to celebrate Father’s Day early with dinner.

Day 5
The fifth day was Father’s Day! I kept it fairly casual with a scalloped tee, shorts, and a trench coat. We had dim sum one more time before driving back to Seattle. When we arrived in Seattle, we checked into our hotel and took a monorail to the famous Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The glass art was an explosion of vibrant colors. It was interesting to see sculptures of glass bending and twisting into a beautiful form of art. The great thing about this place is that you can come back at night to the see the glass in a spotlight.  After the glass garden, we decided to end the day with sushi.

Day 6
The sixth and final day, we started the day off with brunch at a part restaurant, part flower shop, part bakery, and part restaurant at a placed called the London Plane. Loved the atmosphere of that place. After brunch, we went to the Sky View Observatory to see a stunning 360 view of Seattle while reading a few fun facts of Seattle on the walls. Our last sight seeing destination was a Japanese Garden called the Kubota Garden. I loved this garden because it was calming and there were so many hidden trails that I didn’t know where it would lead me. We spent the remainder of our time relaxing at a Westfield mall before it was time to head to the airport for our flight.


Thank you so much for reading! I apologize if the post was longer than usual. I just like sharing places and food adventures with you all! I hope you have a great weekend and I will talk to you soon!

Outfit

Top 1 (Plaid Top) - Zara
Top 2 (Eyelash Sweater) - Zara
Top 3 (Scallop Top) - Topshop
Bottom 1 ( Blue Shorts) - Forever 21
Bottom 2 (Faux Leather Pants) - H&M
Bottom 3 (Gingham Skirt) - Topshop
Bag 1 (Yellow) - Zara
Bag 2 (White) - Zara
Bag 3 (Navy) - Zara
Necklace 1 (Gold) - Baublebar
Necklace 2 (Silver) - Baublebar
Shoes 1 (White Oxfords) - Zara
Shoes 2 (Black Flats) - Zara
Shoes 3 (Black Heels) - Asos

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