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when you go to the mainland

I think for probably the first time in like, 7 years I went to Vancouver and it didn’t rain. Just let that sink in for a minute. I was in Vancouver and it wasn’t raining. Not even a little. I was straight BLESSED UP.

I went to visit a few of my favourite ladies before the husband and I leave this glorious west coast for good. It’s always nice to have an experienced Vancouverite in your back pocket to help show you where all the goods are at, especially considering that going from island life to downtown Vancouver is like a real life scary version of country mouse/city mouse. Spoiler: country mouse dies, probably.

But thanks to my trusty Connie, I got the insider tour to all the best coffee shops, food, and local goods that Vancouver has to offer. Nelson the Seagull was the first stop we made when we got downtown for a perfect Flat White.

It’s airy and beautiful inside with big long communal tables and what looked like spectacular breakfast. I could’ve happily camped out for a few hours if every table wasn’t packed with happy patrons.

We wandered and wandered, enjoying the cool spring weather and stopping into every little shop that tickled our fancy. But most importantly… Nettle’s Tale.

A little tiny store front just opened in Vancouver, but what’s inside is so big and beautiful and important. Locally owned and designed, Nettle’s Tale swimsuits are just… the best. Not only are the swimsuits incredible, but the way they’re designed and shown off is revolutionary – made for everyone and every body. Even better, photographed and shown on everyone and every beautiful body. My love for this company and their message is pretty boundless.

And then, you know, it was time for lunch. We stopped by Birds and the Beets and it didn’t disappoint.

It’s pretty excellent to have friends where you can be busy as hell and not see each other for about a million years, but when you get back together it’s like no time has passed at all. Once we were tired of the big city lights, we headed back out to Abbotsford and slowed things down with Old Hand Coffee and good good conversation. That’s about all a girl needs. Oh, and the chance to meet the newest addition to my favourite 3 sisters, of course.

Just the cutest little spud.

I’m so glad I got the chance to hop across to the mainland to see my favourite ladies and spend some quality time with them before we pack up and move. It’s coming faster than I’m prepared to deal with, so I’m just trying to soak up every last moment while I have the chance.

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