There's a certain duality at work in my spirit that's always been there. On the one hand (due in no small part to being a massive introvert) I'm a very happy homebody, yet at the same time there’s a side of me that perpetually yearns to venture forth and see the world.
While I have done a little travelling throughout my life, for the most part of health keeps me from being able to travel very far from home, so it probably works out well that most of the time I love sticking close my nest. Just because I can't be a world traveller very often though doesn't mean I can't be an explorer.
On the contrary, knowing that breadth of the territory I'll be visiting anytime soon is quite small, I look upon that fact as a challenge of sorts to get to know my own town and its neighbours inside and out. Whether main streets or dusty mountain roads, I believe that most locations offer up a wealth of sights and destinations to visit and discover, without the need for one's passport or even a suitcase.
Sometimes we'll set out with a location squarely in mind, other days we'll hop out onto the open road and let the day dictate where we end up. After a trip to get Tony some new workout clothes recently in the nearby city of Kelowna, as the day's sun rapidly turned as golden as freshly churned butter, we did just that.
Neither of us wanted to go home quite yet, so we headed towards Rutland in the north of the city, yet instead of following the main route after a certain point, we veered onto a charming street called Old Vernon Road that lead to an area comprised mostly of farmland, orchards, and homes.
Neither of us had ever been on that road (despite going past it on the main nearby street many times), and were delighted by the fact that within a minute or two it felt like we'd left Kelowna entirely and entered a new town.
Turns out that, in a way, we'd done precisely that. Old Vernon Road, you see, leads to a thoroughly lovely little community called Ellison, that I had never (even having grown up about an hour away) heard of before that day.
We wanted to grab some wardrobe snaps before the sun set, so when I spied a beautiful old building, standing out amongst the verdant surrounding thanks to its baby chick yellow hue, I knew instantly that it was destined to be our backdrop that lovely day.
Prescription eyeglasses: (frames) Venus Eye Design V-12
Blue hair flowers: Arden
Faux pearl stud earrings: Claire's
Vintage rainbow madras plaid dress: etsy seller NowSoLA
Coral cropped tie waist cardigan: Forever 21
Rainbow bangle bracelets: Forever 21
Light aqua bangle bracelets: Claire's
Denim slip-on flats: Payless
Lip colour: MAC Russian Red
Photography by Antonio Cangiano
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Mere moments after snapping that pic, two coyotes wove there way through the trees on that property, bobbing their grey heads between the tall grass so quickly we couldn't even grab a photo.