The year 2016 is my first blogging hiatus since I started blogging on 2013. Half of the year I was in the Philippines and blogging constantly and at the same time attending events. Half of the year I am already here in Canada and that’s when blogging stopped. Trying to be familiar with different season outfit and changing my style from my usual girly feminine dresses to jeans and pull over is not a welcoming thought for me. I didn’t like the style, too boring and simple and too much clothes for my small framed body. I still feel the same way, so now that Fall is about to start, I am having separation anxiety to my dresses. But anyway, it’s gonna be fine, I survived last year so I probably will this year. I’ve got enough coats, parkas and jackets for me to use for the season. I will do my best to blog Fall and Winter season outfits, so stay tuned.

 

Every January, I do Fashion, Travel, Events and Book Recap but I did not do it this year because I was on hiatus from January to April. My style for 2016 are mostly corporate office wear and casual light dresses for travel. Ideal clothes for Asian countries which is what I love. I know this recap is already late but I will post it anyway, so check out my 2016 Fashion Recap.

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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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As soon as Spring started, my friends and I decided to visit the beautiful old Quebec City. It is Quebec province capital, and one of the oldest city in North America. Exploring new places excites my Dora-the-explorer-alter-ego especially because we are going to visit an old city that looks totally different from Montreal. Hopped on another tour bus, which I am starting to love now as it gives me nothing to worry but to enjoy myself. I am a meticulous traveller, I do in depth research of the place I am going to visit, but with tour bus, all I need to do is follow the instruction of our tour guide and off I go wandering, taking pictures, appreciating scenery like an art.

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First Stop, Chez Dany Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) to try Maple taffy or tire d’erable in French. It tastes really good and so sweet I thought I’d end up having tonsillitis. Thank god I didn’t. Aside from giving us the taste they also gave us a little background about the process of making maple syrup. Canada is the largest producer of Maple syrup contributing 90% worldwide, thus explains the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. Statistics also showed that 70% of the produce come from Quebec. Very impressive!

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Next is Montmorency Falls. My friend kept on telling me that we have to see this because this falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Cool, but thing is I haven’t seen the Niagara Falls either.

True enough, it stands 275 feet and the highest waterfall in Quebec. It is magnificent and a beauty to behold. This is by far the most beautiful waterfall I’ve seen in my life long journey of chasing waterfalls.

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We took the cable car ride to the top where the Montmorency Manor and suspension bridge is located which also gave us the stunning bird’s eye view of the Montmorency River.

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After the sumptuous lunch buffet, we visited the Capital Observation, the tallest building in city to see the panoramic view of the capital in 360 degree on the 31st floor.

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I like this view because I can see Chateau Frontenac and St. Lawrence River.

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Our last agenda is to explore Old Quebec to see Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale and Petit Champlain. Being in Quebec City is like being born in the wrong era, it’s both old and new. The city was able to preserve whatever’s left in its history which to be honest left me in total awe. Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site with cobblestone street and well preserved 17th and 18th century buildings.

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The stunning Chateau Frontenac which is called the most photographed hotel in the world. It definitely deserve its title because its elegance is beyond compare, I could stare at it whole day and breath in its beauty.

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Place Royale and Petit Champlain looks like an upgraded version of Kings Landing (Game of Thrones fan here). Its heritage buildings and impressive murals are incredibly photogenic. I wouldn’t mind getting lost here and end up discovering something interesting.

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Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, a Roman Catholic church in Place Royale.

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We don’t have Cherry Blossom trees here, so this will do for now.

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One interesting street in Quebec City is the Rue du Trésor, an open-air contemporary art gallery that sells beautiful arts and paintings in canvas. This renowned artsy spot  in a narrow pedestrian alley sells local art at reasonable price. I would have wanted to buy one but art shopping where there are too many beautiful arts to chose from takes so much time and unfortunately, we don’t have much time.

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Rue Sainte-Anne on the other hand is the street where talented artist will draw a caricature or portrait of you. Very impressive indeed.

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To keep the tradition alive there are horse-drawn carriage ride that will take you through the Historic District of Old Quebec. The price will depend on the length of the tour, the cheapest will cost you $100 for 35 minutes and the most expensive is $300 for 120 minutes. This is not something that I am interested in trying because, first, its unbelievably pricey and second, I pity the horse.

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We ended the day by going on shopping at Simons then grab a coffee from this quaint place called La Maison Smith Place Royale where I saw this nice wall decor.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Shein
Faux Fur Coat: Guess
Bag: Michael Kors
Sunnies and Boots: Forever 21

 

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