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Canada, 2011

In the Canadian summer of 2011, I travelled to White Rock, Canada to attend my cousin Kate’s wedding. It was important to me to be there as despite the distance of where we both lived, we were the only girls on the side of the family, so were close.

The wedding was held at my aunt and uncles place with a view of the water. Many friends and family had come from all over the world to attend. I had arrived a few days before the wedding, so had time to catch up with Kate- we even fitted in dancing and a movie.

I also met my cousin Glen’s girlfriend at the time, Tara. We got along well and had pre wedding manicures together. My cousin Jay and his family had flown in from Australia too, so it was a full house buzzing with preparations including marquee and stage building.

I caught up with Celina on my first night there over too many red wines at the local pub. She had a toddler now, so it was lovely to meet him and go for ice cream on the seafront on another day.

One night, Jeanette picked me up and we went over to Celina’s place for dinner. I was impressed to learn that Jeanette had started a successful business of her own.

The garden wedding itself was held on a bright sunny day. It started in a beautiful Apex shaped church and ended in dancing, party crashers and a bit too much wine.

It was great to see Geoff and Genevieve there, who now had two boys, and catch up with the groom, Ben, and meet his family. My personal favourite touch were the table centres that were formerly grandmother’s teacups.

I left the day after the wedding to catch the bus to Seattle and an internal flight to visit my bestie in her hometown of Nebraska for 4th July. I had never been to an Independence Day celebration and was very much looking forward to the experience.

Related posts: New Year’s Eve on the Island, 2007Christmas in Canada, 2007, Canada, 2005, Canada, 2002, Canada, 1997-1998, Canada, 1997, Canada, 1990, It’s a Canadian Thing

O-P-I don’t mind if I do!

I’m just going to say it- I am addicted to OPI nail polish.

Their clever marketing has sucked me in and now I can stop despite the fact that I have over 30 bottles of nail polish that I have no hope of ever using in my lifetime.

I discovered OPI nail polish when my bestie took me to my first manicure. Shortly afterwards, I purchased Ali’s Big Break as red is my favourite colour.

Next I bought Princesses Rule following a manicure session for my cousins wedding. A pale pink colour that was recommended as it could go with everything.

And with that- I was hooked!

Next came Purple with a Purpose and Austin-tatious Turquoise as my next two favourite colours. And I thought, ok let’s stop there.

But, then I found Grand Canyon Sunset and the obsession really began. They make nail polish after places in the world?! I must have all of the ones from my favourite places in the world that I have been to.

I started with the Coleccion de España- the Spanish collection- and once I obtained all eight colours in that collection I moved onto the six colours of La Collection De France- the French collection. By now it didn’t matter what the colours were or if they suited me as long as they belonged to the right collection.

I was dismayed to find that the London collection had been discontinued and New York only had a collection for the ballet company- not the city. There was also no Vancouver collection, so I settled with a bottle of Chocolate Moose from the Canadian collection.

When the San Francisco collection came out in 2013, I was majorly excited and bought the mini collection as soon as it hit the shops in Australia. I had realised that buying full bottles was not a viable option for me anymore as my bathroom cabinet was full to the brim.

As a preview of some places that are covered/are to come on the travel side of my blog, below are some other bottles of OPI nail polish that I own as places I have travelled to:

  • Vampsterdam (Holland)
  • You’re a Pisa work (Italy)
  • Euro Centrale mini collection (Hungary, Czech Republic).
  • Berlin there done that (Germany)
  • Big Apple Red (New York)
  • Diva of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • My address is Hollywood (USA)
  • Royal Flush Blush (Las Vegas)
  • Cozumelted in the sun (Mexico).

I wonder what they will come out with next?!

Related posts: Italy, 1997, Part 2: Bella ItaliaItaly, 1997, Part 1: From Rome to FlorenceSpain, 1997, Part 2: Beyond Barcelona,  Spain, 1997, Part 1: Barcelona,  France, 1997, Part 2: The South of France, France, 1997, Part 1: Paris, Holland, 1997England, 1997, Canada, 1997, USA, 1990