A Charming Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake

It is my absolute opinion that Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the dreamiest places in Ontario. I adore this little town. Situated in Niagara, just a bit away from Niagara Falls, it’s like stepping back in time into a quaint 19th century town - with all the boutiques and cafes your little heart could ever desire. I wish I could spend every day walking along these beautiful streets, with their little shutters and beautiful brick buildings.

My boyfriend and I recently had a week-off from uni for Reading Week, so we decided to take a day trip out to Niagara-on-the-Lake to stroll around. Fortunately, despite it being the dead of winter in Canada, the sun came out, the weather was tolerable, and we had a positively beautiful day! Since it’s one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever seen, I took a ton of pictures and thought I’d share them all on the blog today!

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Since we only explored Queen Street, rather than visiting some of the historic areas throughout the town, we spent our day primarily popping in and out of the little shops that dot the street. There are a ton of small businesses along the road which I’ve come to appreciate even more since moving to a very small town that is quite reliant on their local shops.

One of the shops that is not a local business, however, is the Cows Creamery, which is an ice cream shop. It’s actually a chain of parlours from Prince Edward Island that has somehow made it out to Niagara-on-the-Lake (and apparently Beijing!). I love the ice cream there however it was far too cold for a scoop so instead we decided to check out their merchandise. It’s all hilariously cute, as most of it is cow-related pop culture puns. It sounds hideously tacky, but I swear it’s funny!! They actually had a line of really nice crewnecks that were very subtle and had the logo on it, so I bought a nice large grey sweater that I currently am living in lol.

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Every time I visit Queen St, I’m in complete awe of this building. The Old Court House is from the mid-19th century and it’s a wonderfully historic addition to the main street. I adore.

Walking down the streets, taking in all the sights, was really the most fun ever. It was also really lovely to just spend a day alone with my boyfriend, chatting and enjoying the sun. The road of Queen St isn’t very busy, so there aren’t so many cars along the road which is nice. They also have horse-drawn carriages that come down the road quite often, which is so beautiful. I love horses so much and every time they pass, I make my boyfriend stop in the middle of the sidewalk to watch!

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It is simply not a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake unless I visit Just Christmas. In fact, the main reason we went down there was to go to Just Christmas. Established in 1985, it’s known as Canada’s oldest year-long Christmas emporium. This store is M A S S I V E. It seems like it goes on forever, up and down stairs, around corners, in little loft areas. For a Christmas fanatic like myself, it’s a dream.

It’s also a crucial part of my Christmas traditions! My whole family, including my grandma, late grandpa, and my boyfriend, all have red ornament balls personalized with our names. It’s something that’s been a tradition for us since before I was even alive I believe. But this past Christmas, we realized we didn’t have one for my pup (yes, we’re that crazy dog family) so my boyfriend and I decided to go out and get one for her.

We also bought a very cute marshmallow snowman ornament for our mini bedroom tree and a Jon Snow ornament for our main tree because he’s a cutie and it was only $3 lol.

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I’ve always heard about the Prince of Wales Hotel and I’ve seen it from afar before, but for whatever reason, I’d never gone to see it up close. So this time, I insisted we went down that road and I’m so glad we did! The hotel was established in 1864 under a different name, being renamed the Prince of Wales after the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary) came to visit in 1901. It’s positively huge and beautiful. My little history-loving heart couldn’t take all the historic importance and the 19th century architecture. As we explored the exterior (I don’t think we even have enough money to open the front door), I just kept saying “oh my GOD” really loudly and dramatically, which got me a lot of interesting looks from very posh elderly patrons of the hotel and accompanying restaurant.

Also, it’s apparently extremely haunted. There’s a whole story about an American soldier going into a wooden house which stood in the Prince of Wales Hotel’s spot during the War of 1812 and he mistook a woman looking out the window for an enemy British soldier, piercing her with the end of his bayonet. Not a great time. There’s even a Trip Advisor review titled “Great. But totally haunted.” I won’t be staying there any time soon.

That being said, if you’re really into ghosts, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the place for you. Being such an old town, and the site of many War of 1812 moments, it’s apparently generally haunted. They even do ghost tours which I might gather the nerve to do one day, though I vow not to do the ghost tour of my own town lol.

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Interesting fact: this beautiful clock tower in the middle of Queen St is actually a cenotaph for those who were killed during World War I.

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Near the end of our trip, I was absolutely starving so my boyfriend lured me into the Nina Gelateria & Pastry Shop. I’d been there before for gelato before years ago, but had never had anything from the cafe menu. Immediately after I saw the crepes, I was hooked. My boyfriend, shockingly, had never had a crepe before!! Luckily I fixed that haha. I ordered us a Chocolate Hazelnut Banana crepe, which is essentially nutella and sliced banana pieces. It was heavenly! Massive, too. If you happen to come to Nina’s someday, keep in mind that these crepes are very easily sharable. But very, very delicious.

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Finally, we reached the end of our trip (sad). I should mention that parking at Niagara-on-the-Lake is… interesting. It’s primarily street parking, meaning the dreaded parallel parking aka I made my boyfriend drive and park haha. I think there’s some parking behind the shops, in little parking lots but I can’t be certain where there are or if they even exist. Anyway, for parking on the street, you have to pay a parking meter. It’s $3 an hour. We stayed an hour and a half, so we had to pay $6 for two hours. But it wouldn’t take our credit cards! We tried credit cards, debit cards, and nothing. Which meant we had to use coins which we did not have, so we had to pop into a shop to break a twenty. It took a longgg time. Keep that in mind!

We actually parked right in front of Starbucks, which was fabulous as it was easy for me to grab my beloved caramel macchiato before hoping in the car for the long drive home. Let me just say that this is the cutest Starbucks I’ve ever seen! It’s very small and cozy, located in a white, old-looking shop with beautiful rich green shutters and green door. The barista who took my order was so sweet and it was just the perfect ending to the day!

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And here’s my outfit that I wore to Niagara-on-the-Lake! Would it be a day out if I didn’t take a snap of my outfit, really?

Beret - Joe Fresh
Jacket - Forever 21
Sweater - Gap
Jeans - Garage (I only ever wear Garage High Rise Roller Jeggings, they’re so flattering and comfy!)
Ankle Boots - Madden Girl by Steve Madden

Have you ever been to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Felicia x

Bath & Body Works Autumnal Haul

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Hi, my name’s Felicia and I’m an autumn-aholic.

Okay, but in all seriousness, I’m a teensy tiny bit addicted to autumn. It’s my favourite season after all. And what better way to fully embrace the autumn spirit than to fill your house with glorious scents of pumpkin and apple delight! Bath & Body Works is my go-to for candles and other home-related scents, even though I’m slowly warming up to Yankee Candle too. I just think their scents and the designs of their candles are so lovely, and they’ve typically got great sales going on.

Since I’ve returned from Florida, I’ve done two separate trips to Bath & Body Works and spent a bundle each time… Oops. I’ve bought quite a few lovely autumnal things that I thought I’d share with you guys today as a) I love sharing the autumnal joy and b) I haven’t done a haul post in quite some time. So let’s get right into it, shall we?

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Stress Relief 3-Wick Candle [x] - This was the first of two replacement candles I purchased, as two of my favs were nearly completely burnt out. This candle has a lovely scent of eucalyptus and spearmint that is soo soothing. I usually burn this candle while I’m studying or doing homework, as a little way to keep my stress levels down while I get to work. I’ve found it’s really made an improvement to the whole experience!

Mahogany Apple 3-Wick Candle [x] - Surprisingly, this my boyfriend’s favourite scent of the Bath & Body Works collection and this is the second of the two replacement candles - he nearly burnt his entire first candle in this scent. My boyfriend is not at all into candles or scents at all for that matter, but this one is an exception. It’s a mix of mahogany woods, golden apple, pink peppercorn, and fresh lavender sprigs.

Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow 3-Wick Candle [x] - Prior to this year, I’ve been very anti-pumpkin (I know, I know, I’m in the minority). I’ve never liked anything pumpkin before, except for as decor, so I never gave pumpkin-scented candles much attention. But this year I thought I’d branch out and give them a try. After a bit of a browsing, I realized I do like some pumpkin candles after all! This was one of the ones I loved most - I really liked about 4 but could only afford to buy a couple haha. It’s got a delicious scent of vanilla, pumpkin spice, homemade marshmallow, and caramel that really smells like a confectionary to me. It’s very sweet, but wonderful.

Pumpkin Apple 3-Wick Candle [x] - This had to be my absolute favourite pumpkin-scent in the entire store. It’s a mix of red delicious apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove buds. I’m not usually big on cinnamon, in fact certain levels of cinnamon make me a bit nauseous, but I find it hardly noticeable in this candle, more of a background note. I’ve burnt this one the most so far and can see it running out before the season is done if I’m quite honest!

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I’ve also become quite the connoisseur of car scents in the past few months after I discovered the Yankee Candle scents (which you can read about in my Recent Favourites post). How did I not know until now that Bath & Body Works sells car scents?! The Car Scentportables are so cool because you first buy a little vent clip (there are a ton of cute designs, mine is a rosy gold one) and then you buy refills to put in the holder. The refills come at about $3.50 a piece, but there was a 4/$10 sale going on when I was at the store so I bought 4 :) I like how you can buy any refill you like, which means that as the seasons change, so can my scents! (You can buy my holder here).

Car Scentportables Pumpkin Apple Refill [x] - Of course I bought the Pumpkin Apple scent for my car!! It’s autumn (almost) after all! I’m sure this will be the first one I use, once I’ve gone through my Yankee Candle scents.

Car Scentportables Sweater Weather Refill [x] - Oddly enough, I don’t actually have the Sweater Weather candle, even though I love the scent. It smells of fresh sage, juniper berry, aromatic eucalyptus, and fresh woods - so it’s a very nature scent, which I really like.

Car Scentportables Flannel Refill [x] - Girl I love me some Flannel. Is this anyone else’s fav autumn scent?! I have it in a hand soap too and oh my goshhh it’s heaven. The fragrance is crisp autumn air, bergamot, heirloom mahogany, and soft musk.

Car Scentportables Vanilla Bean Refill [x] - And, of course, I had to pick up a lovely vanilla scent because I’m a major vanilla fan. I feel like this would be a good anytime scent for any season, in-between trips to Bath & Body Works to get new refills!

Let’s see how long I can go before I’ve burnt out every candle and gone through every scentportable lol…

Felicia x

Spring Cleaning Must-Dos

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Spring has sprung (I've been waiting ages to say that haha). As I mentioned in my last post, spring isn't my most favourite season, however, there are definitely parts of it that I do really enjoy. And one of them is spring cleaning. Don't get me wrong, I usually hate cleaning. I'm the kind of person who either gets super grumpy when I have to clean, or I start cleaning and then end up sitting around all afternoon looking at random stuff I find in the process. But spring to me is the perfect time to hit refresh on your life. Thoroughly cleaning out everything that might have been a bit neglected over the dreary winter months gives me a really awesome feeling and I'm so eager to get started on it all!

To keep myself productive, I've set myself up a to-do list to keep myself on track with what I want to accomplish during the next few months. Without further ado, here is my spring cleaning must-do list!

(1) Declutter my workspace

I tend to get my best work done in an organized environment. Is it just me? Clutter seriously drives me crazy. I'm weirdly specific about how my workspace is set up and I really like it looking ~aesthetically pleasing~ too lol. But when times get super busy, it can be really easy to just get used to putting up with a messy workspace. Now that spring is here and things are winding down, I have much more time to devote to cleaning out the clutter once and for all.

(2) Reorganize my vanity

I have been blissfully ignorant of the fact that my makeup stash is super cluttered and full of crap for a long time. I find myself digging past tubes of mascara far past their expiry dates on a daily basis. My makeup collection is in desperate need of a clean out y'all... So I'm really looking forward to taking the opportunity to go through my makeup and tossing out all those old products that desperately need getting rid of.

(3) Purge my closet

I've needed to do a good purge of my closet for ages now. I last did one around this time last year, just before I moved, but I still held onto a bunch of things I definitely didn't need. There's a lot of clothes in my closet that I kept from my teens that I just wouldn't wear in my twenties. So now is the perfect time to sort through everything and donate the things I don't wear anymore (and toss out the things that are too worn out to pass along). It also gives me the opportunity to upgrade my wardrobe - aka shopping!!

(4) Do a proper top-to-bottom clean of my room

Spring cleaning does, in fact, have the word "cleaning" in it. So, of course, I have to do some proper cleaning. That means vacuuming, dusting, washing the linens, cleaning the windows, etc. Throughout the school year, I've been doing things sporadically, doing one task at a time. But now that I've got some free time, I'll be able to do it all at once which means going into spring with a perfectly fresh start!

(5) Clean the inside and outside of my car

I've been dying to clean the inside of my car basically since the week that I got it. When the weather finally gets nice (whenever that will be...) the first thing I plan on doing is clean my car. Winter wreaked some major friggin' havoc on my poor car. I hate it. It's like everything is coated in snow and slush residue and the exterior is all stained from trudging through mountains of snow. Blegh. I'm soo ready to run my car through the wash and do some major interior cleaning!

Happy Spring Cleaning to all!!

Felicia x

Room Tour

When I first moved into my new house a year ago, I knew automatically that my favourite room would be my bedroom. In my old house, my bedroom was bigger than what I currently had, but it was awkwardly shaped which made decorating it sorta complicated. But this room is a perfect rectangular shape and the previous owners put in adorable wall stickers and wallpaper so I was very excited to put my personal touch on it. Since I've finally got all my stuff in order, how I like it, I thought I'd share with you guys a lil room tour!!

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My bedding set is a fairly new addition to the room - we actually just bought it a few months ago. My old bedding was starting to get old, plus it was yellow to go with the walls of my old bedroom, but now it didn't work. I went onto Wayfair and for an AMAZING deal, I ordered a 10-piece set that came with sheets, pillowcases, shams, an accent pillow, and a throw. Pretty good, right?? I've also got another accent pillow on there from Disney Parks, which has Minnie and Mickey watching the fireworks and it says "My Happy Place Is With You" which I thought was pretty perfect for my bf and I :)

As a little ~accent~ to the bed, I've got little fairy lights strung at the top of the headboard. I think it's super cute and really makes the room feel cozy! I've also got a strand on the top of my dresser. You can pretty much pick these up at any store nowadays, but I got mine (which are battery-powered and have a timer option) in a pack of like 5 strands for about $15 from Costco which is the best deal I've seen.

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Also on my bed is this cute lil pink tray with a gold pattern on it. I picked this up from Home Sense awhile back for under $20 and it's a lovely addition to the room.

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My dresser is from Ikea (much like the majority of my furniture) and it's got a ton of drawer space which is a blessing when you've got a shit load of clothes and have to share with your bf haha. On top of my dresser, I've got a few things. I have these matching fake white flowers in little copper pots. I also have two boxes - the one on the left is my jewellery box, and the one on the right is my boyfriend's watch box. Please take notice of how his is bigger than mine.... ANYWAY I've also got this absolutely adorable Cinderella pumpkin coach jewelry box that my bf's parents bought me for my 16th birthday!!

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Also I've got this adorbs pic of Steven and I at our senior prom on my dresser :)

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This is a bit of a work in progress.... Buuut I've got this cute photo collage thingy hanging on the wall. What do you call these things? Frankly I haven't the slightest clue. Oh well! Anyway, ideally, this will be a board to showcase all our travels. So far, I've got my 3 fave pics from trips with my bf - one of us in Times Square NYC, one of us in Magic Kingdom (my FAVE pic), and one of us in Epcot. On the right, I've got some polaroids, a ticket to Chicago the Musical, and a ticket to the Johnny Cash Museum. And then other side has the wristbands to the Mickey's Not So Scary Party, a London Tube map, and these cute Star Wars pins of Han Solo and Leia. I love this board and can't wait to update it as time goes on!!

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My bedside table is super minimalistic and uncluttered which is justtttt how I like it. I actually wrote a post on my Bedside Table essentials a few months back, which you can read here. My lamp is...believe it or not....from Walmart!! I was shocked when I saw it and for the price, how could I not pick it up? Ya gurl's on a budget. It looks really sophisticated and I love the rose gold accent. My boyfriend has one on his side because matching is crucial y'all. The table is from Ikea... I keep a book on there, so I can do some reading before bed (which is when I get most of my reading done) and usually a glass of water but that's not in the pic lol.

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My vanity table sits on the far wall, underneath the window. I won't go too much into detail because I plan on doing a vanity tour post in the near-ish future. My vanity is from Ikea (shocker!!) and so is the chair with it. I love how this fits so perfectly below the window cause I have the natural light coming in when I do my makeup in the morning, as the sun rises on this side of the house.

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As for artwork, I have the three pieces above my bed which are from Ikea (I told you everything was from there) and then I've got this lovely little set up in the corner of my room. The Audrey Wall has two collage photos of Audrey Hepburn - the top I bought in Times Square last year on my trip to NYC and the bottom one was a gift from a friend a billion years ago. I loveeeee this area of my room, especially because it sits right beside my vanity.

So, that's my bedroom, as it currently stands. I'd like to do little additions here and there as time goes on, but I have a feeling this is how it's gonna look for awhile yet! Hope you enjoyed this lil sneak peek, behind the blogger sort of post!

Felicia x

Autumnal Decor

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I absolutely love decorating. I always have. Interior design is something I've been interested in for a long time, and picking up little pieces from home decor shops is one of my favourite pasttimes. So, being able to decorate our house for autumn was something I was definitely looking forward to. It's just a little bit of sprucing up that I think makes a big difference to the overall look of our house, on the outside and inside, and since it always puts a smile on my face, I thought I'd share it with you all to give you some home decor inspo!

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Our main focus of decorations inside the house is our mantelpiece, which has been something I've been dying to decorate ever since we saw this house for the first time back in February. In the old house, we had a fireplace but the mantel was quite thin so you could only place photo frames or cards on top of it. But since this one has a lot of space, we've got a lot to work with. It's quite sparse right now, but I'm sure by next year we'll figure out what to do to fill out the space. But for now, we have a few pieces decorating it.  

This side of the mantel is my personal favourite. The plastic fake pumpkin is from Michaels, the craft store, and the "Home is where the haunt is" sign is from Hallmark. They were both decently priced and I like the nod to Halloween (as we all know, I'm a huge fan of the holiday). The itty bitty pumpkin is just so cute, and I think the two pieces really compliment each other.

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On the other end of the mantelpiece, we have a large basket which was gifted to us by our real estate agent who helped sell our old house. It came with a bunch of goodies inside, but now we use it as a flower holder for these fake flowers, which are also from Michaels. There are a few bundles of these flowers inside, that we've mixed up to create an assortment of fall-coloured bouquets. I love how this turned out. It definitely spruces up the room. 

Lastly, in the centre of the mantlepiece, we typically have a candle. Currently, the Bath & Body Works Hello Sugar! Warm Apple Pie candle is in that place. This is my favourite autumnal candle, as it really does smell exactly like the scent of apple pie baking. I love lighting this candle up and cuddling up under a blanket to watch a film, which is how I'm tempted to spend my evening tonight haha.

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On the exterior of our house, we currently have this beautiful autumn wreath hanging from our door. Again, another Michaels' find. Can you tell I spend a lot of time at Michaels?! I love placing wreaths on our front door, as they're a subtle way to decorate for any season, especially the Christmas season (stay tuned for a Christmas decorations post in the next month or so!!). We got this wreath for about 60% off, which was an absolute bargain as it was originally, like, $70.

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Last but not least, we have this adorable little set-up in our front yard. Our yard has this little area, with a stone pathway and bench nearby a miniature waterfall. It was the perfect area to put a bunch of outdoorsy autumn decorations. We bought these hay bales from (no surprise) Michaels, and decorated them with pumpkins that we purchased just from our local grocery store. We didn't want to pick out average-looking pumpkins so we went with some odd looking ones, like this white one on top and the two funky Cinderella pumpkins. We left a space for the pumpkin that we're going to carve, which we plan to do this weekend in preparation for Halloween. We also have this cute little scarecrow guy hanging out in our front yard. At first, we weren't sure if he would be able to sit out front, but we tied him to the short gate which you can see if you look closely behind the bench. I love that the first thing you see when you pull up to my house is our little scaregrow guarding our mini pumpkin patch haha :)

Have you decorated your house for autumn or Halloween?

Felicia x