Island Girl…

Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One


Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One
{My DYT Type One Style   Jeans   Pure by Alfred Sung, last seen here
Turquoise and White Striped Shirt  Randy Girl,thrifted   
Cardigan  A La Mode via Winners, and last seen here
Gold Jelly Sandals  thrifted   Scarf  thrifted
Gold handbag  No label, thrifted and last seen here
Zoya Nail Polishes L -R  Wednesday – Turquoise, Tracie – Green, and Perrie – Violet}
Hi everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  The photos in today’s post were snapped last week while the mister and I were on the ferry making our way home from Vancouver Island.  The trip is scenic at any time, but on this relatively warm evening with the sun beginning it’s descent in the western sky, it was heavenly.  The ferry zigzags through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago of over one hundred islands and islets.   Victoria, the capitol of British Columbia and our holiday headquarters, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.  Like most capitol cities I’ve visited, it has a welcoming ambiance; museums, good eats, street entertainers, and a myriad of tourist activities.  Our visit was brief, and focused on family, but we did squeeze in a few hours in the city itself.  We were blessed with glorious sunshine; Beacon Hill Park was putting on her best spring show, and the inner harbor was just beginning to show signs of the heavy tourist season to come.  
A little about my outfit today.  I felt nautically inspired, and white just seemed right.  Well, white and the watery hues in my shirt and scarf.  I also had my blue rain coat, last seen here, folded in my gold bag.  It’s usually very chilly on the water, but I can honestly say I was quite comfortable wearing just a sweater.  Wahoo!  Even my toes got in on the party.  I love gold toned shoes and accessories, and they are almost certain to find their way into my travel bag.  I find it really simplifies packing as they go with all my clothing effortlessly.  

You’ve noticed the changes to my blog?  Please tell me yes!  I had a few moments of terror when I was copying and pasting all my changes from my test blog over to A Colourful Canvas.  My new header was misbehaving something terrible, but it all worked out in the end, and yes, with a little help from the mister.  In my defense, it took techie husband a while to find the problem, and {woot woot} it was not my fault, but a gremlin in the template.   I do have a few things I want to tweak, but overall I am really happy with the new look.  I hope you like it too!

Linking up with:

Bella of Citizen Rosebud for Shoe Shine: Summer KicksPatti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday
Shana of ColorBlind for Thrifters Anonymous



{Tally Ho Carriage Tours with the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in the background}

{The Fairmont Empress Hotel – Iconic Victoria Landmark, built 1904 – 1908}

{Top Left:  BC Ferry docked at Galiano Island, BC Gulf Islands
Top Right:  Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC  Stone Bridge constructed in 1889
Bottom Left:  Peacock on the grounds of Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC
Bottom Right:  Empress Hotel grounds, Victoria, BC}


  • Reply hostess of the humble bungalow April 29, 2013 at 5:58 am

    You look so fabulous in your travel outfit! Your gold accents are a great way to add elegance. I would love a pair of those sandals and your tote is perfect for travel. Am I gushing too much?

    I like the changes that you've made to your blog it looks fresh and crisp.

  • Reply Val Sparkle April 29, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Gorgeous pictures, every one – you and the landscape! Good thinking about using gold tone for accessories with everything, and I love your toenail polish!

    The islands look amazing. Having lived on the Puget Sound for 25 years, I really miss that geography. My husband and I met in Victoria, so we just love that city. We haven't been there for quite some time, though, and Id love to do a trip up to the V cities across the border. I'll let you know if I do get up that way!

  • Reply Val Sparkle April 29, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Oh, and I did notice the new banner – pretty fonts!

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files April 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I think the new design on the blog is great. Clean.

    How I miss Victoria! We lived there for a couple of years while my husband was finishing his law studies. I loved it. I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Your outfit is very Spring and the colours are lovely on you. Love the different coloured toenails!


  • Reply Megan April 29, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I noticed the blog changes right away! Looks great 🙂 These photos are gorgeous and you look so happy – love that gold tote!

  • Reply Cindy April 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Love the changes. You are really growing and developing as an artist!

  • Reply Claudia Moser April 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

    You look amazing! And the nails are cute

  • Reply sabine April 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Wonderful photos Sue! I love seeing you enjoying the wind and the warm sunlight. You look amazing in your nautic outfit. Again I wish living so near to the sea, you are a lucky girl!
    I love your new blog design, particularly the font.

  • Reply Patti April 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I did notice your new design – very nice! Love the simple font and colors. And those greens and blues you're wearing are so great with your coloring. Thanks for sharing all the fab photos with Visible Monday.

  • Reply Laurie April 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The blog looks wonderful. Thank goodness for techie husbands! It's so satisfying when they discover the difficulties are not your fault.

    Another lovely outfit. Perfect for spring in Victoria. The bag for the raincoat is inspired! I've lived on this island for almost 20 years. Why didn't I think of that?

  • Reply amy mayen April 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Lovely, from your head down to your multi colored toes!

  • Reply Flo April 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

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  • Reply Flo April 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I noticed your new design immediately, looks good–although I do admit I miss seeing that pretty necklace that used to be in your header 😉 Perfect outfit for a relaxed day, and love all the pictures of the cherry blossoms, ours are running behind here. (sorry about the duplicate post!)

  • Reply dan April 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

    The photos have a bright, beautiful light and you look very happy!I appreciate the new look of your blog…

  • Reply trina April 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Noticed the change right off and LOVE it! It has Sue written all over it. I really like the nice clean, simple format, well done!
    Your travel outfit is the best, so refreshing, it gives off such a breath of fresh air. Your colorful toes are awesome, did you do the pedicure yourself? I also love the accents of gold woven into your ensemble.
    And, thank you, thank you, for sharing your amazing pictures with us. I just want to pack my bags and head right over. So glad to hear you had a wonderful get-away.

  • Reply Anne M Bray April 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    The blues and greens together are so lovely, then adding the white and the gold… A+! I want to jump on that ferry NOW! The Sound looks beautiful. I've only flown over.
    For your new layout — very fresh. Great new headshot on sidebar — MUCH more flattering! I have a bit of a hard time deciphering the script fonts — have you looked at this on a smart phone? (I'm on my work CPU on an “ancient” CRT monitor).

  • Reply A Matchy Matchy Midlife April 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Sue, YES I noticed the changes right away. Everything looks great. Simple, colorful and clean.

    I love your outfit as well. Watery colors and white with gold tone accessories..perfect! And can I just say, you always look so peaceful in your photos, and that makes me smile.


  • Reply Franziska April 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    the new blog lay out is great! very simple but easy to navigate- two thumbs up lady!

  • Reply Carley Lee April 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Love love LOVE this post – and the new look to your blog!!
    It's so fun looking at these photos of Victoria through your eyes 🙂
    Beautiful, as always, Sue!

  • Reply Shirl April 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Loved your former header, but always good to change things up too. You are looking sweet petite on the ferry. And wonderful shots of Victoria. You had much better weather than us in Victoria. (But I'm not really complaining,lol)


  • Reply The Style Crone April 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Your toe colors are a great addition to an already perfect ensemble for ferry riding. You live in a beautiful location, with access to breathtaking landscapes.

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen April 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Yes! Love the new look … very modern, very tasteful and a suitable home for your bright self! You look like a painting done with Copic colors! Fabulous. Cute little toes.
    Have to say … the rest makes me homesick, and I miss the PNW so much sometimes. Nice reminders of happy times. It might have been that very same ferry where my adorable sister-in-law fed a french fry to a circling, begging seagull. She was enchanted until she got pooped on by one of the adorable birds. I know you are aware that this happens. It's like a rite of passage.
    Have a great week, and congrats on your vacay and your new and brill site!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Not too much at all, thank you very much my friend! 🙂

    Just the words I was aiming for; fresh and crisp.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I look forward to a in person visit Val!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Oh please do Trina!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I tested it on Chrome, Explorer, and hubby's phone, and it seemed to look fine. Hopefully, it's just your older monitor that is messing with the font a bit. LOL, I know what you mean about the previous photo.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! I really enjoy reading them all. I appreciate the positive words about the new look. It was fun playing around with different colours, and layouts, and fonts, and…well, I could have spent forever mucking about and never publishing. It was a relief to finally do it!

  • Reply Style Sud-Est April 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Wow Sue! I'm impress but i have a problem i can't access your blog via the comment you leave on my blog…i don't know why it happens

    The new blog is spectacular! very chic! you are fabulous girl!

    The pics look extremely professional, lucky you have the mister to take the pics!

    You are a rock and roll star now i tell you!

    Love and hugs

    Ariane xxx

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Ariane, thanks for the compliments and for letting me know about not being able to visit via my comment. I think I have it fixed now. I am finding the same with yours. I will email you to let you know.

    Sue xo

  • Reply Melanie May 1, 2013 at 1:03 am

    You look like a young woman on an adventure in these photos. I love that vibe. The outfit looks comfortable and beautiful and ready for anything. Your gold bag is a great accessory for this.
    I also like the changes to you blog. It's very professional-looking and yet still very welcoming. Glad you mister was there during your layout emergency.

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle May 1, 2013 at 3:27 am

    It worked now! I enable my Google+ profile maybe it solved the problem!

  • Reply Bella Q May 1, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Your blog looks great- looks clean and easy to navigate. Nice work! Also looking good is you, in metallics! I hope you joined in Adrienne's and Jill's How I Wear My Metallics this month cuz you look stellar! Love the bag, the shoes, and the view!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Well dang, I did not know about this fun link up. Thanks so much for the heads up! May have missed this month, but there's sure to be more themes to participate in. Learning about all kinds of new get-togethers these days. Thanks for adding me to your blog roll Bella!

    Sue xo

  • Reply May 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Sue … Amazing photo's and this makes me miss the ferry from Seattle to Victoria! Love your outfit btw! pippa

  • Reply May 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Love the layout, just as colorful as your toenails!

  • Reply Wendy May 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Love it all, Sue! The outfit, the brilliant photography and especially your toes!

  • Reply ann wood May 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Boy do you live in a beautiful place. Great pictures and lovely casual outfit. The gold sandals and bag sparkle especially with your fancy toenails. I think your updates to your blog look great! I've got to add some more to mine and it is intimidating.

    blue hue wonderland

  • Reply silkpathdiary May 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Hello! Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog. I'm so sorry for being so late to visit yours and have to say I love everything about your outfit and look, the colours, the comfort and the easy chic style.

  • Reply Charlotte Issyvoo May 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Looks like we're sort of neighbours. Don't you just love this part of the world? I rhapsodize about it on my blog on a regular basis.

    I was drawn to you through your gold shoes because I've got a pair I just put in my blog too. Check them out if you'd like.

  • Reply Ofelia May 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Sue, I just found your blog from Bella's shoes post and I love your spirit and the fact that you love color as well.
    Will be stopping by often.
    Have a happy week,

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