This year, Canada hosted a spectacular event called MOSAÏCANADA 150 to celebrate 150 years of history, values, culture and arts in Canada. When my friend told me about this, we made plans to go there before it ends on October 15, because this is not something that we can visit next year. As far as I know, this is only for this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

After a month of planning, we finally decided to drive from Montreal to Gatineau to see this enchanting garden. Located in Jacques-Cartier Park, this one-kilometer stroll through 40 fantastic horticulture arrangements left us in total astonishment. All 30 plant-based sculptures representing Canada’s provinces and territories add meaning to all these masterpieces.

Without further ado, let me take you to a fantastic tour.

Representing Quebec! The moment I saw the Quebec flag on the three boats shaped like fleur-de-lis, I knew I’ve reached our province sculpture.

(Outfit Details: RW&Co top, Forever 21 scarf, Ardene warmer leggings, Guess boots, and Aldo bag)

The biggest of all garden sculpture is Mother Nature, but I call it Te Fiti from Moana.

I have so much respect to the brilliant people behind this because they’ve made my childhood dream come true. It was reported that the Quebec government invested about $2 million for this event, so no wonder it was made to perfection. If you are living in Montreal, Gatineau or Ottawa, I would highly suggest for you to visit this place for a once in a lifetime experience. I hope you enjoyed my photo tour as much as I do in person.

 

MOSAÏCANADA 150 is located at:
Jacques-Cartier Park, south end
164, Laurier street, Gatineau (Quebec) J8X 3V8

Open from June 30 to October 15, 2017
Opening Hours : Everyday from 10 am to 7 pm
Entrance Fee: FREE!!!

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One sunny Summer afternoon, my friends and I decided to visit Rawdon. Random idea for a spontaneous road trip to the country side. The weather was perfect even if it’s a little gloomy and rain is a highly anticipated guest for this one-day adventure. I felt summery so I grabbed an off-shoulder top paired with a tattered jean and because of the expected trail walks, I reached for a nice pair of white sneakers. Why white? Je ne sais pas! Sometimes, trend knows no boundaries. I know I break all comfort rules just to look trendy.

 

This is my first off shoulder top that I deny myself buying even if its popularity becomes undeniable. The idea of reduced mobility due to some shoulder strains and the constant pulling of the sleeves when it gets up is something that I would not sign up to in the first place. But of course, trend is trend. My determining factor in buying clothes is the print and the color. Is it floral, is it pastel? If yes, without a doubt it will be added to the cart. My love for floral prints started before it became the seasons style staple. Back in the days when monochrome and color blocking is the hottest trend, I am still wearing floral and now that the style took center stage, I am one happy fashionista.

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Outfit Details:

 

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Save the Date

Shoes: Adidas Superstar

Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg

 

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“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated”

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As I turned 28th I decided to make my dream birthday theme come true. I’ve never really had a themed birthday party before. I was contented in celebrating it with my loved ones with good food and good conversation, but for this year, I want to have both and more. High Tea is something that I want to try so, I promised myself that when I go to London one day, I will  try the Afternoon Tea at the Berkley. But going to London to experience it with probably just the person I will be going with, who I am not even sure would enjoy a high tea sounds challenging, so I decided to do it here in Montreal on my birthday with the closest friends I have.

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I also requested for my visitors to wear pastel or floral printed dress (no dark colored clothes allowed). I know there has been too much pressure with the dress code because not all girls are like me who likes cute, pretty, feminine stuff but I appreciate that they arrived looking gorgeous and fabulous. As for my own dress, it is not something that I just found in my closet and decided to wear. A month before my birthday, I’ve been looking for a nice pretty dress that would go well with the high tea themed party. I found the perfect dress from Light in the Box. The moment I saw it, I fell in love with it. The 3D design and floral embroidery made me look like a flower that just bloomed. Thank you Christine from Light in the Box for helping me get this dress which easily gets sold out due to high demand.

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The process in finding an Afternoon Tea place requires effort in research. I remembered listing 10 prospect tea houses then I narrowed it down to 5 before I decided to visit each place. My criteria in choosing the place are as follows. It must have:
1. A colorful, well lighted, instagrammable setting.
2. Tea wares must be ceramic, not stainless steel.
3. Spacious and private.
4. Good food choices but not pricey.
5. Location must be accessible to all attendees.

 

After much deliberation, Bar a Beurre won me over. It is the cute tea, cafe and pastry place in Old Port. When I went there to inquire about birthday party, they offered me their curated birthday package with a private room that I can rent for 4 hours. 2 weeks before my birthday, I was in constant communication with Vanessa of Bar a Beurre who helped me with my food choices and the person I’ve been bugging with so many questions. All because I want to have the best birthday ever.

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Table set up. I made the table tags myself that I am glad matches the tea set and table napkin.

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Everything went well as planned, I was over the moon, euphoric, elated when my birthday party ended. I’m so happy all my friends made it to my party. There were 11 of us and all of them are the closest friends I have here.

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Light in the Box
Shoes: Le Chateau
Earrings: Forever 21
Bracelet: Franck Herval Bijoux

 

Special thanks to Christine from Light in the Box for providing me my Birthday dress and Vanessa from Bar a Beurre for the beautiful Birthday set up.

 

Photo credits to Claire.

 

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