Sunshine Coast: Side Lace-Up Crop Top & Red Shorts

For our 5th anniversary the weekend before last, my boyfriend and I visited the Sunshine Coast of BC. It’s a region about an hour from Vancouver. Though it’s connected to the mainland, it’s cut off by mountains with no roads so it’s only accessible by ferry. I felt like I was on a secluded island the whole time, surrounded by nothing but ocean and mountains.

It was my first time there, and I loved it! I can’t believe I hadn’t been earlier (it’s only a 40 minute ferry from the city). It really felt like its own little, peaceful world with all the nature and tiny seaside towns scattered throughout. It was the perfect anniversary. We’ve done the fancy dinners and the romantic hotel getaway but it was so nice to just explore a beautiful new place together.

I did want to dress up for the occasion, but a trip like this required practicality. We had a long hike planned and we were travelling by motorcycle, so skirts and dresses were out. I chose this cute side lace-up crop top from Sammydress (I actually forgot I had ordered another side lace-up shirt earlier, oops! I really like lace-up guys…), red shorts, and slip-ons so I could easily change in and out of my motorcycle boots.

Our first stop was the small town of Gibsons, where the ferry terminal is. We walked around the city centre (AKA one short street) and the harbour for a bit before lunch. We went to a cute small town cafe run by an old lady that had probably lived there her whole life. Her dog Dustin joined us outside and tried to play with Lady, it was adorable.

Please excuse my messy helmet/ferry hair.

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After lunch, we hopped back on the bike to make our way further down the coast. We had read about a place called Skookumchuk Rapids, where two saltwater streams meet and flow against each other. That was the hike we had planned, and it took up most of our afternoon. The spot was so beautiful and it was really cool seeing the two streams competing with each other (and a poor kayaker trapped in the middle).

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If you look closely, you can see that there are in fact two different streams in the above photo!

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After the hike it was time to go back to Gibsons so we wouldn’t miss the ferry home. We totally would have stayed the night but unfortunately all the dog-friendly rentals were booked even though we had checked a few weeks in advance. That’s the downside of having your anniversary on a long weekend.

We took one last stop to stretch our legs in a town called Sechelt just as the sun was going down. It was such a beautiful sunset – everything was drenched in pastels. It was the perfect ending to our trip – that and the burgers we devoured on the ferry home.

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Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this mini travel diary! If you’re ever visiting Vancouver and have time for a day trip I highly recommend visiting the Sunshine Coast.


TOP: SAMMYDRESS | SHORTS: MOTEL ROCKS | SHOES: ALIEXPRESS

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27 Comments

    1. Maria 08/08/2016 at 18:24

      Thank you beautiful! xx

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  1. Reagan 08/08/2016 at 17:45

    I love the pictures! Looks like a gorgeous place to visit! And happy anniversary!! =) Also, at first glance, your tattoos almost look like an addition to the shorts! It has a very unexpected and very cool effect! =)

    Reagan

    http://www.reaganinmyownworld.com

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    1. Maria 08/08/2016 at 18:25

      Thank you! It was a gorgeous place to vist 🙂 I never noticed that! xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:07

      Thank you beautiful xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:07

      Thanks Dora! Someone said that to me earlier but I never noticed haha xx

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  2. Christina Gliati 09/08/2016 at 09:53

    Oh this place is really beautiful! So glad you had a wonderful time and shared with us, hope you have many trips like this.And of course I love the outfit. Kisses

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:08

      Thank you Christina! Glad you enjoyed xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:08

      Thanks Jessi! There were pretty views all over xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:08

      Thank you! It really was xx

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  3. Erica 10/08/2016 at 01:44

    The view is stunning as your look! Fashion but practical!
    xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:08

      Thank you! I tried 🙂 xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:09

      Thank you! xx

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    1. Maria 10/08/2016 at 17:09

      It was adorable 🙂 thank you Sophia xx

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  4. melis 10/08/2016 at 20:48

    amazing top and the setting is just gorgeous! beautiful photos, and i love your tattoos! what was the inspiration behind it?

    xx Melis
    http://fashionmews.com

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    1. Maria 11/08/2016 at 16:35

      Thank you Melis! The unicorn is because I’ve always loved fantasies and I like how they symbolize majesty and mystery. For the other one I was inspired by a girl that I saw that had a similar tattoo, so I gathered some inspo and sent it to my artist who drew up the design 🙂 xx

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  5. Lisa Favre 11/08/2016 at 03:58

    First of all, let me just say that your hair is fantastic! But I truly do love what you’re wearing, too: the lace-up top is gorgeous on you!

    Lisa Favre
    http://marblecrumbs.com

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    1. Maria 11/08/2016 at 16:35

      Thank you! I actually thought my hair was super messy that day from all the riding around haha xx

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    1. Maria 14/08/2016 at 18:45

      Thank you! xx

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