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Why Downtown Toronto Stole My Heart


Where were we in the last post ? Ah yes, that’s right. Just visited Niagara Falls on the tour bus and headed over to Toronto, ready for the third Coldplay gig at The Rogers Centre.

But we had some time to spare with a day off and wanted to make the most of it. So headed to some places that we knew were going to be fun and memorable. I have to say vibrant and friendly Toronto stole my heart.

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I was really keen to pop over to Graffiti Alley and check it out. It’s pretty popular and after visiting  I can see why.

I would say an alley. probably half a mile long of colour and art. All sorts of work but it blends and looks incredible. Apparently it is legal and painted over a 24 hour period each year.

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I’m glad I wore my my colourful clothing. I know I look like I’m posing but in reality I was thinking about chocolate pancakes probably.

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If you’re wondering where my outfit is from, it’s from Boden. So please with the Nell Ponte Blazer. I’ve listed everything at the bottom of the post so you can have a look if you fancy.

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This Toulon bag was fantastic for the time away. I needed to fit in my camera, phone, make up bag, purse, show passes etc. It was roomy and I still love it now.

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In fact I love it so much I kept photographing it as the backdrop was just too tempting not to. How often do you get the opportunity and with so much artistic inspiration ?

So much colour. I was literally in heaven. Luckily Andy and the girls love it too so we were all very happy to spend some time there.

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A little pit stop before heading off to for a late lunch at Pizza Libretto in the Financial District  – nice food.

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Then we went over to a vinyl store recommended by a friend on the tour who knows his record shops. Had a good rummage there. They have an amazing selection of music downstairs.

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It’s not your average kind of place as it also has a very cool shop upstairs with books, gifts, home things. You’d love it !

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After a bit more meandering we were totally ready for a rest. Niagara Falls and all of this in one day calls for a swim and sleep. Ready for a trip up the CN Tower in the morning and our last gig of the trip.

I’ve another post with us inside the  venue preparing for the Coldplay show.

Hope you can see why I love Downtown Toronto so much ?

Do leave me a comment  – would love to hear from you. You can also follow me on Bloglovin’ for updates.

Lucy x

Outfits:

Me: Nell Ponte Blazer, Richmond Trousers, White Easy Tee, Toulon Bag, Gloria Ballerinas.

Girls: Adventure Dress, Pointelle T-shirtHoliday Sandals, Patchwork T-shirt and Mint Bright Shorts.

All c/o Boden.

Where to visit in Cleveland USA and Hello, Niagara Falls

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You may have already read my first post in which I told you about the start of our USA / Canada road trip with Coldplay.

Here we’ve set off from Chicago on the tour bus and arrived in Cleveland at our hotel at some point in the morning. I was too jet lagged to know exactly when but it was a smooth sleep !

All I knew before about Cleveland was that it was in Ohio and that there’s a funny scene about it in ‘ This is Spinal Tap ‘. That’s pretty rubbish really isn’t it ?

We had the rest of the day to scour the area and then the show was the next day and we managed to visit some cool places in Cleveland in that time.

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Like the biggest candy and soda store I have ever seen called Rocket Fizz. Wall to ceiling colour and sugar. I went back to my youth and bought some bubble gum and other stuff that’ll I’ll probably never eat.

One thing that strikes me about the USA is how polite everyone is. I’ve always thought this but it reminded me. Even the girls commented on it.

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Hope you can read backwards ..? Cleveland is famous for it’s rhythm and blues origin and a good place to visit is The Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.

Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame Cleveland Boden OhioIt’s located by Lake Eerie and is unique in it’s sheer dedication to everything rock ‘n’ roll.

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We had supper at Mexican Restaurant Nuevo. I loved the Palm Springs style decor, okay so that wasn’t necessarily Mexican but the place was very instagrammable and the food good with an open kitchen. The views were of the lake which is well worth taking a wander along.

We not only saw a couple getting married there but literally turned around and another couple were getting engaged. A romantic spot, clearly.

Cleveland Indians Progressive Field

The next day was spent resting at our hotel and then hanging at the next Quicken Loans gig venue which is right next to The Indians Stadium while the girls helped out .. and I sat and watched :)

You know, I have always wanted to go to a Basketball match in the USA so it was really cool to have a good look around. The concert was a more intimate 20,000 … ?! I’ve watched the band in various places with different audiences and I really enjoyed this smaller arena.

Coldplay’s show promotes such a healthy and kind attitude to life and I love that. We need more of it on this planet.

With jet – lag still playing with our heads, we set off for the tour bus and fell asleep pretty quickly, only to wake up at 6 am at the Canadian Border. We felt a bit like the Von Trapp family having to step off the bus for it to be checked and speak with the passport control.

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Just around the corner was what we had been waiting to see. Lee our driver ( did I say how lovely he is in the first post ? ) timed it all so we could witness Niagara Falls at sunrise.

Wow.

The sound hits you before you see it. The mist spray teases you as you get closer and then there you are. Sitting by the most famous waterfall in the world.

Because it was so early we were literally alone. I can’t tell you how happy it made us all. I could’ve cried if I wasn’t so tired ! I will be eternally grateful for that being arranged for us. Amazing.

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We sat and soaked up the experience before heading back to the bus for some more sleep before reaching Toronto for the next few days. Will update again soon on one of my favourite areas Downtown. It’s a very colourful one !

Lucy x

Clothing and accessories c / o Boden.

On the road with Coldplay starting with Chicago

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Now that we’ve been back for a good few days and the jet lag has subsided I’ve had a chance to sort through some of my photos of our road trip with Coldplay. We visited Chicago, Cleveland and then over to Toronto in Canada all in the space of a week. I managed to take a lot of images as I’m never without my camera for inspiration so I’ve broken the rip down in to no less than 4 posts !

But, hopefully you’ll find them interesting especially if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like travelling and living on a tour bus or if you fancy seeing Niagara Falls at sunrise. I’m still scraping myself off the ceiling over that view. All to come over the next few weeks. I’ve also written about some cool places to visit in Downtown Toronto the next time you visit.

So, you may wonder why we were on the road, over the pond with Coldplay ? Well, they very kindly organised a family tour bus for their team over the holidays. I mean, this is quite unusual in the music business but highly appreciated. In fact, really kind I thought.

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If you follow me on instagram you will have seen our shenanigans that kicked off in Chicago, the windy city.

I have always loved the USA but it was the girl’s first time there so you can image the levels of anticipation. High !

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To wake ourselves up on the first day after a HUGE breakfast at 15th Avenue Diner ( recommend by the way ) passing this colourful wall  en route … and with only a day to soak up the atmosphere in Chicago before the gig and onwards, we popped in to some stores, checked out the ‘ Silver Bean ‘ and then went on a speed boat ride just off the Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. I’m not joking – I couldn’t breathe we were going so fast much to the amusement of the girls. It was pretty funny in hindsight.

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So if you have ever wondered what it’s like to travel on tour  – I can confirm it’s pretty bl**dy amazing. These particular buses are also known as ‘ star buses ‘ as they are usually used by artists for instance Dolly Parton loves to travel this way apparently.

They have a living space with TV’s, well stocked kitchen area and a loo and then a door that leads to bunk bed areas for 4 and a shower room  – and then at the back a main bedroom with wardrobe, ( super comfy ) double bed and another TV. The whole bus is air conditioned really well which was a bonus as all places were very hot. I did make a little video which I will probably pop on to YouTube soon.

Lee our driver was possible one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. We were really lucky.

I got the giggles on the bus because the experience was surreal and the feeling of travelling on an American Highway on a double bed in my PJ’s was pretty immense.

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All in all, I can see why touring is quite addictive. The buzz, the people and the places. Although I have toured with theatre productions in the past – it has always been in the UK so it was kind if realising a dream doing real a road trip.

The first concert in Chicago was fantastic and the girls were totally ready for the next venue.

Another post soon to tell you about Cleveland and show you our early morning stop at Niagara Falls.

Lucy x

Cleo Kaftan, Mayfair Skinny Jeans, Rose Gold Elsie Flats,Sunglasses, Summer Hotchpotch Dress, Holiday Sandals, Denim Shirt Dress cat pumps all c / o Boden.

The Coat is off, the Boden Jacket is on. It’s Spring !

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This is my favourite time of year. It’s full of so much hope for the coming months and I find it a good time to work on new ideas for the blog and certainly this year it’s already looking interesting.

Recently I’ve also just started home schooling my youngest daughter for a little while so it’s a good opportunity to get out and about and do some fun topic days with her.

I’m also so happy to be back to wearing a blazer and lighter clothing. Aldeburgh definitely has been mild enough recently – I didn’t mean to coordinate myself here but it’s a pretty good match with the doors, hey ?

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If you’ve ever wandered along the seafront in Aldeburgh you will know these colourful, tall and eye catching houses well. The place is peppered with lots of bright homes and  many of them are varying. Shades of blue but lots of Suffolk pinks too.

It’s a really inspiring place to hang out and soak up some fresh sea air.

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By the way, what are your thoughts on my new Boden shoes and handbag ? I am a real sucker for black accessories to go with my outfits. The shoes are super comfy. A wardrobe staple – and ooh ..  on that note, I recently designed our new bedroom wardrobe and can’t wait to show it to you later this week along with our new wooden floor. I digress … :)

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Let’s get back to the business of Spring and seaside love ! The other thing I especially love about this time of year is this. Strawberry ice cream in a sprinkles cone. It really is that simple sometimes. Bliss.

Come on sunshine, I’m ready for ya !

Are you set for it too ? Leave me a comment under this post and let me know what you’ve got planned or just to say hi  -always good to hear from you.

Emilia Ponte Blazer, White Swing Tee, Mini Saddle Bag, Black Slipper Shoes, Mayfair Skinny Jeans all c / o Boden.

Lucy x

How We do Autumn in Southwold …

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Would you believe me if I told you that this was Southwold yesterday ? Blue skies, sunshine and all the colour that you could wish for. All in one place. On a late October afternoon. Stuff dreams are made of ..

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It’s the time of year when we get the promenade pretty much to ourselves and we can wander around the town still enjoying the warm ( ish ) days while sharing fish and chips and checking out some of the interior shops. Squeezing in at least one trip here a week is always on my agenda, sometimes I pop over after school with the girls.

I’m starting out this season as I mean to go on – with more bright clothing. Considering how much I talk about strong colours and pastels here on my blog – you’d think all my clothes would be crazy bold but that hasn’t been the case recently. I’m putting that right though now and it feels much more ‘ me ‘ again.

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You might already know how much I love teal. It’s a really flattering colour, I think, on most people. This Jennie coat is a new staple favourite. It’s from Boden ( my whole outfit is here ) and it’s versatile being perfect for Autumn and the right shape to pop an extra layer under for winter. Kind of classic isn’t it ?

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One type of item that I wear all the time is a tunic. If it has a little stretch, then all the better. I like to layer them over skinny jeans. It’s just a nice relaxed look isn’t it ? This breton stripe kind of suits Southwold. Nautical ! Talking of jeans – what did we ever do without the skinny style ? I can totally recommend these ‘ Mayfair ‘ ones as they stay fitted.

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So you may wonder why I have a picture of the lighthouse here ? Well, we walked from the promenade up to Cafe Fifty One for a milkshake ( check out their cool pumpkins display – and do visit  – it’s really good ) and passed it on the way to the pier and I just thought how quirky Southwold is for having a lighthouse right in the middle of town. Kind of suits the place, really.

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Right under my feet here is the sea. But in all honestly I was admiring my new pumps and bag on this occasion. The shoes are called Patti and I love the contrast of black and navy. Do you like them too ? I have needed a drawstring bag big enough for my camera and everything else I need for the day ( kitchen sink, anyone ? ) and am very into the Beatnik Red. I honestly didn’t intend to coordinate with my surroundings but it worked out pretty well :)

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Before heading home  I stopped off at the local flower store to grab a bundle of sunflowers for the kitchen table.

Long may these blue sky days last …

I’d love to know your thoughts on my outfit ? Are you a fan of brights too ? Do leave me a comment under the post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Jennie Coat, Breton Tunic, Mayfair Jeans, Drawstring Bag and  Patti Shoes all c / o Boden.

Lucy x

Photography by Andy Henderson & Lucy Gleeson.