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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

#YEG Mini Staycation


Breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed

Rose 31 beauty products

Denim on denim for spring

Girls weekend

Best new beauty products for spring

Baby board books

Vintage Chandlier

Birthday treats

Tufted velvet chairs

White marble details

The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald


Edmonton River Valley

Parisan patio


Emery is almost a year & a half, and during that whole time there hasn't been one night where I have slept through the night without listening to the monitor or waking up the next morning when I wanted to get up. This is mostly due to the fact that Emery has only been breastfed & mainly depended on me during the night. The other week my Mom asked me if I wanted to have a mini staycation and stay at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald with her for the weekend. My first reaction was to say no out of the Mom guilt (Mom guilt is a real pain & it sucks) I felt and so I mentioned it my husband to gauge his reaction. Of course I was being silly and he was all for it! It was perfect timing as we had just weaned E's morning feed out (which is a whole other story) so Aaron could manage without me. So I packed my bags and headed to downtown Edmonton for a fun weekend away.

The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald holds lots of special memories for me. When I was a little girl my Aunt and Uncle had their wedding here & I was the flower girl. My Mom, sister and I have also spent many girls weekends at the Fairmont & exploring downtown. One of my favourite memories is spending my wedding night here with my hubby. We had an afternoon reception so we actually got to check into the hotel earlier in the day and had a romantic dinner in the Harvest Room. We have also celebrated our anniversary at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald as well. Also did I mention it's pretty much a castle? Needless to say, I love this place!

The first night we stayed in, put on our pjs, ordered room service and watched a movie. Is it just me or when you order late night room service do you end up ordering more food then you can eat? Haha! If only I could always have a delicious mimosa and truffle popcorn delivered to me in bed!

The next morning I slept in till past 9 and woke up on my own with no baby crying on the monitor, it was awesome to say the least! Before we started our big day of shopping (what else would we be doing) we ordered in breakfast. Eggs Benny at the Fairmont Hotels is always a good and solid choice. I honestly think I could eat it everyday!

We finally got ready for the day and headed out to explore downtown. First we went to the Edmonton Public Library annual book sale. We have been going to this book sale for a long time. This year I stocked up on board books for Emery. The books are gently used and you can't go wrong with the books only being a dollar!

After that I got my Instagram Mom (if you haven't seen the video Instagram Husband, you need to) to snap some blog photos. We went and dropped off our books back at the hotel, and off we went again. No girls trip could be complete without stopping at Holt Renfrew. We had a quick bite to eat in their cafe and then explored the store. Our favourite part is always the beauty section (it always fits right?). A little shout out to our girl Maureen at the Sisley booth who was amazing, seriously go see her! We made a quick stop at our favourite store, Swish Vintage & then headed back to the hotel to change for dinner.

For dinner we walked over to Zinc, the restaurant inside the AGA gallery. It was amazing to say the least, so good! When we got back to the hotel, we went and had a nice swim & soak in the hot tub in the Fitness Centre. We called it an early night & went to bed.

On Sunday morning we had reservations for the Sunday brunch in the Empire Ballroom. This brunch buffet I am constantly dreaming about. It is seriously one of my favourite things of all time! There is an endless supply of Eggs Benny, the mimosas are flowing and there is a crepe station! I forgot to mention earlier that we were celebrating my Mom's birthday, so they were so sweet & brought her over a piece of birthday cake with a candle.

We headed out onto the terrace before we left to snap some outfit photos & lucked out with the beautiful weather. It was such an amazing, fun & relaxing weekend with my Mama! I seriously encourage you to go out and explore your own city for a mini vacation, it's lots of fun!

<3 Kastles

*This post was not sponsored in any way. I just really loved my fun weekend away & the beautiful Farimont Hotel Macdonald!*

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