verb (used without object), day-tripped, day-trip·ping.

to travel as day-tripper

A few weekends ago, I got an opportunity to head South of the border with a friend.   We Canadians live mostly along the border and like love to cross border shop.  We love online shopping, too, but the shipping fees often make the item cost way too much!  So, we open an account at a local post office/shipping office and have our items shipped there.  It’s a short trip, we save the shipping fees and can often bring back a bottle of wine (don’t get me going on the price of wine in the US) on our excursion.

We crossed the border and picked up her son’s costume at the local shipping place.  After that we headed south to Old Fairhaven for lunch.  Old Fairhaven is located on the south side of Bellingham by the ocean.  It is full of historic brick buildings, cute shops and great restaurants.  Our favourite breakfast and lunch spot is Tony’s Coffee Shop.  They have been roasting their own coffee since 1971 and it is fantastic!  I usually have 3 cups and it seems to give me lots of energy for the day of shopping.  Their meals are also great.   My breakfast entree was delicious!

After lunch and a quick look in a couple shops, we headed to Trader Joes.


I have been wanting to go there for literally years.  I first went with my sister when she moved to the States (10 years ago?) and I don’t think I have been ever since.  Sadly, we don’t have Trader Joes in Vancouver, but we do have Pirate Joes, although that is another story.   We did a quick run through the store and ended up with some pumpkin crackers, Halloween cookies and the dark chocolate caramel bars.  I would have loved to grab some of my favourite wines at the low, low prices, but of course I didn’t.  I did see this bottle and thought it was cute:


Not sure what it would have tasted like, though…

Next we hit up Bellis Fair Mall.  This mall has been around forever and has gone through some changes to keep up with the times.  My friend was looking for a dress, so we headed to Macy’s and I was surprised!  Macy’s had lots of selection, great designer names and fantastic prices!   The selection of LBDs was huge, so my friend tried on about 15 dresses and went home with two!  Lucky girl!

I ended up with a tshirt from the Gap and some clothes for my kids, but I wasn’t disappointed.  I was just enjoying the change of scenery and some time to hang with a friend.  We ended with a dinner back across the border and home by 9pm, long after the kids were in bed.  And that is a great way to spend a day!

It’s here!

Last week, the US based store,Marshalls opened in Vancouver. I was quite keen to check out this store.  I was in the Palm Springs store last Fall and had scored a few good buys.

This store has only been open a few days, so it was clean and bright, and full of a great assortment of clothing, shoes and accessories. I would have to say the shoe department impressed me the most. An amazing selection at every price point! Check out these Coach flip flops in this great orange colour:


Depending on your budget, you might need these:


I also thought this sweater was cute:

I didn’t buy any of those things, but I did come home with a new white shirt. You can never have enough white shirts.  Can you?


Last week, my sister issued us a joint challenge.  By the end of the weekend, we were to  buy something new to wear in the colour green, Pantone’s colour of the year.

Well, I have to say that I passed the challenge.  This green and white plaid boyfriend shirt from Nordstrom was my choice and I am really happy with it.

I wonder if my sister was as successful.   More on my weekend shopping trip in a later post 🙂