Travel Diaries: Vancouver Weekend Trip

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Happy Mother’s Day! I flew into Arizona this morning to surprise my parents for Mother’s Day, and they were completely surprised! I hope you’re having a great holiday with loved ones.

After some technology / YouTube  difficulties yesterday, my first vlog is finally up on my new YouTube page! I’m sharing some snapshots and a behind-the-scene look at my weekend trip to Vancouver. In case you missed my Vancouver posts from last week, you can see them HERE and HERE. Enjoy! xo

View my first vlog here:


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Hotel Diaries: Afternoon Tea at Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

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You know how yesterday I said I felt like royalty at Wedgewood Hotel & Spa? Well, let’s just talk about the afternoon tea we did on Saturday after checking in, because I could have sat there all day long. I have never been to a traditional afternoon tea before and I was so excited to experience this! Shelby and I both dressed up and once we arrived to the Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge, they escorted us to a reserved corner booth next to the fireplace where we sat on a velvet couch looking out a window to the street.

Wedgewood’s Traditional Afternoon Tea includes a large selection of loose leaf teas and herbal infusions, a 3-tier platter with a variety of finger sandwiches, scones and dessert. You can see the full menu HERE. I tried the Organic Pear Green Tea, and Shelby had the Lavender Earl Grey and they both were delicious! We also couldn’t get enough of the food, it was so tasty!

Afternoon Tea is served daily between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and I highly recommend that you indulge in tea if you’re visiting Wedgewood and Vancouver. Here are handful of snaps from the tea, enjoy! xo

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DRESS (C/O LULU’S) | BOOTS (H&M)

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Thank you Wedgewood Hotel for collaborating with me on this trip and post!

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Hotel Diaries: Wedgewood Hotel & Spa in Vancouver

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I have a confession: I now have the travel bug. I’ve always loved vacation and experiencing new places, but travel was never a huge part of my life during college and the first couple of years of adulthood. Now that I have the flexibility in my schedule, and a desire to break away from my previous monotonous and draining routine, I decided 2017 would be the year of travel, saying ‘yes’ and living life for myself. About a month ago, on Easter Sunday, I was grabbing brunch with my friend Shelby and we were discussing our quarter-life crises, freelance life, living in New York and what was next for us. Typical brunch talk over sangria and waffles you know? Shelby, who is also from Arizona, mentioned that she spontaneously bought a ticket to Vancouver for the following weekend and said I should join. Instead of mulling over it and being my “2016 Audree”, I instantly said ‘yes’ and got a ticket that night. I decided Vancouver would be the launch of my new travel component to Simply Audree Kate, and my life.

After doing some research about Vancouver, I instantly fell in love with Wedgewood Hotel & Spa – a luxury downtown boutique hotel in the heart of Vancouver. It is one of the only hotels in the city with private balconies and is known for their award-winning Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge.

We flew into Vancouver on a Saturday morning and left Monday afternoon – we spent three days and two nights at Wedgewood, and by the end of the trip, Shelby and I didn’t want to leave our (huge) suite with espresso machine, separate living room and probably one of the most comfortable hotel beds we have ever stayed in. Today I’m going to share a few snaps of the hotel, our room and talk a little bit about our weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a post about our afternoon tea at Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge, and on Saturday I’ll be sharing our Vancouver adventures, including my first ever travel vlog!

Before we dive into today’s post, I wanted to give Wedgewood the biggest thank you for completely spoiling us during our trip. The entire staff was incredibly helpful, nice and we had the best time. Ok, now for the fun part!

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When you arrive to the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, you immediately feel like royalty. I was obsessed with the victorian lobby with a huge chandelier, fireplace and ornate artwork. In the lobby, you can also enter Bacchus, and up the stairs are the elevators to the rooms. We stayed in a one-bedroom suite with two beds and it was probably as big, if not bigger than my New York apartment haha. We had a separate living room with a couch, tv, desk area, a bathroom with a super nice spa tub, additional shower, and then the bedroom had two beds, access to the private balcony and plenty of closet space for our belongings.

Once we checked in on Saturday, we freshened up a bit and headed down to the restaurant for afternoon tea. After tea, I worked and answered emails while Shelby had a couple of work meetings in the area. We met up again, enjoyed the complimentary wine, chocolate and cookies the staff surprised us with and while we got ready for dinner. We then headed to dinner and drinks for the night. On Sunday, we woke up early, ate breakfast at a little cafe down the street and adventured out to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island and then Gastown for shopping. On Monday, we explored the city a little more, visited Yaletown and headed to the airport. It was a quick, super fun and adventurous weekend! Make sure to tune in the next two days for more pictures from the weekend!

If you find yourself in Vancouver, I highly suggest you book your stay with Wedgewood! Shelby and myself thoroughly enjoyed our stay with them and cannot thank Wedgewood enough for making our trip so special! xo

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Thank you Wedgewood Hotel for collaborating with me on this trip and post!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the “Cool Mom”

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Good morning loves, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Today I’m sharing my Mother’s Day gift guide, but it’s not your regular gift guide, it’s a gift guide for the cool moms 😉 . I broke it down into five categories: For the mom who likes to get pampered, the neighborhood-renowned chef, the crafty mom, the ultimate woman-boss mom, and last but not least, the jet-setting adventurous mom. While I know these don’t necessarily fit every mom out there, I picked some of my favorite things on the market right now that I think will be a great fit for your mom, a friend or family member. Happy shopping! xo

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YOGA BAG | VOUCHERS | BLESS BOX | CHAMPAGNE GLASSES |COFFEE SCRUB | TEA POT | ROSE STEM CELL | EYE MASK | SOAP | TOCCA FRAGRANCE

From this lux yoga tote, to my favorite blogger, Sazan‘s Bless Box subscription, you can truly pamper your mom this Mother’s Day. Click on the links above to see the products.

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TEA KETTLE | MARBLE TEA CUP | COOKBOOK | COOKIE JAR | APPETIZER PLATES | COLD BREW MAKER | RECIPE TIN | WINE DOWN BOX | COFFEE MUG

How adorable are these flamingo appetizer plates or my BFF’s lemon coffee mug? Or even this wine down subscription box?! These unique pieces will make your mom the talk of the next neighborhood happy hour.

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FUJIFILM INSTAX  | THE YEAR OF COZY | COLORING BOOKMINI EASEL | CALLIGRAPHY PEN SET  | KNITTING KIT | CUSTOM STAMP

Give your mom an updated addition to her craft room with this fun polaroid camera or adult coloring book.

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CARD HOLDER | IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN | NOTEBOOKS | ERIN CONDREN PLANNER | THANK YOU CARDS | GLASSES HOLDER | CLOCK | PINEAPPLE HOLDER | BOSSYPANTS | MUG

Spruce up your mom’s desk or at-home-office with these fun desk accessories! I want 10 of these StudioSarah notebooks!

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Planning your next girls’ weekend, or have a mom that isn’t into your typical Mother’s Day gifts? Try out this backyard word game, all-weather bangle set, or the hobby box subscription!

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