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Nova Scotia Trip Home

Nova Scotia Trip Home :

So ahhhhh my Nova Scotia trip home! Edmonton friends if you haven’t seen Eastern Canada it is a must. I mean even though it’s like a bazillion dollars to fly across Canada? I could literally fly Edmonton to Honolulu and back! WHATS UP WITH THAT? Anyway, we will save my rant for flying across the country for another day. J feeeeel..  Speaking of which I should book my flight home for Christmas before it’s like $1300 or MAYBE HONOLULU INSTEAD! JK I need to see my FAMJAM. Ok moving along…

So my recent trip to Nova Scotia was a blast. I was home for two weeks and I soaked up every minute of it. My family is in Cape Breton, so I spent the majority of my time there. Cape Breton definitely moves at a slower pace. I’ve always been a city girl and I do love Halifax, but Cape Breton will always be near and dear to my heart. For those of you that don’t know, Cape Breton is a beautiful island in Nova Scotia with SWEEPING ocean views. Ugh, the ocean makes my skin oh so hydrated. Now that I’m back in Alberta my skin will now turn into a wrinkly boot. Don’t get me wrong I love Edmonton but who doesn’t love HYDRATED SKIN from the ocean?

During my time home, my family took a trip to the Cabot Trail. It was the perfect day. My dad passed away 5 years ago and there isn’t a second where I don’t think of his witty humor. I miss him dearly. We talked about Dad a lot that day and all of the wonderful memories we’ve had in the past. It really felt like he was there. It was truly a beautiful day and I will cherish it forever. If you wondering what the limit is to my mother playing Luke Bryan songs, THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. Also, I remember changing my brother’s diapers and now they are basically MEN. Oh did I mention my brother Devon has his FULL LICENCE and a CAR? Ok, I’m ancient. Oh and now that Aaron is 15, Mom finally let him take his training wheels off his bike. #proudsister Maybe 16 is the year she will teach you how to cut the crust off your Bologna sandwich (ha he will get me back for this) Don’t worry we all have my fathers twisted humor. Besides spending the majority of my trip eating seafood, I really went home to stand in my Best Friends Wedding.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU.

“The moment I wake up

Before I put on my makeup

I say a little pray for you

While combing my hair now

And wondering what dress to wear now

I say a little prayer for you” 

Belting out excessively over here……..ANYONE? Ok, moving along. So I listened to The Rankins (Cape Breton celebrities) watched my beautiful friend say I do, danced, drank OH BOY DID WE DRINK and created wonderful memories! During my time in Halifax, I spent a few days with my friend Carmen. FYI: Mussels at the Bicycle Thief in Halifax are the bomb.com. If you haven’t tried them, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ok, I need to chill on the caps in this blog post ha ha. I swear I’m not yelling aggressively. Bicycle Thief in Halifax is probably my favorite restaurant.  Ever. Even though we were hungover pieces of crap the next day we still made it to Peggys Cove. Stillwell Beer garden really sneaks up on you when you end up at the dome on a Monday night. Also, I broke my two year “No Dome Streak” #domeishome  (Carmen’s idea obviously) So that is basically it! I wish I took more photos of this beautiful province but I was truly too busy enjoying my time home. Whoever I didn’t have time to see I apologize, I will be back soon. It’s really nice to put your phone down once in awhile and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. If you have any questions on Nova Scotia, feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I have quite a few blog posts coming in the upcoming weeks so don’t forget to check back! Ps: Have you seen my Blog post with Allure by Chelsea and Sara Jewell Photography? Check it out here! We just recently did another shoot so I’ll add those photos when I have more time.

Much love,

xo, Shay




Banff May long weekend

Banff May long weekend  – 2017

Shaylene, Stephen and Cambio + mountains and adventures = fun times.

May long weekend;

So I’m not gonna lie we basically threw this trip together last minute. With summer and our hectic life/schedules, we were becoming nostalgic of our previous adventures. Stephen and I often work opposite schedules so it’s hard to plan adventures together. Life is hard sometimes.. am I right?

We started our day off in Canmore and we spent the night in Lake Louise. We drove into Banff and ate at Park distillery! Oh my goodness, it was delicious! We were newcomers so our server took the time to go over the alcohol selection and gave us really good recommendations. I had fried calamari which is a rare occurrence for me, because of gluten yano. It was a breaded dream. Hashtag breaded dream. Park distillery makes small batch spirits handmade in Banff National Park. We obviously snagged a bottle of vanilla vodka before we left. It is DREAMY. I love my vodka. So much that when we got back to our room Stephen gave it to me to “smell” but when he passed it over I obviously took a swig and he started laughing uncontrollably, I was like what? He continued to tell me he meant for me to smell it but said sure fill your boots. UM, long weekend hello…It went down like water only it was Vodka ..get my drift?

We did quite a bit of exploring during our short visit. The weather was exceptional. I’m pretty sure it was 25-30 degrees all weekend. What do you wear in warm weather? Shorts? Flip flops? Crop tops? Spandex shorts? Maybe a leopard 1 piece romper? In the mountains it’s usually common sense it tends to get a little colder. I guess we didn’t bring any of our common sense. Just a couple of village idiots strolling around like it’s our first time in the mountains. #villageidiots. We got to Lake Louise and there was snow everywhere HA! So naturally, everyone was walking down the trails with winter apparel and mountain boots on. Ok not everyone but most people. Stephen and I are casually rocking flip flops. Not like a Birkenstock either, I’m pretty sure the delicate sandals I was wearing were like $14.99 #dealsonwheelz It was like my toes were experiencing snow for the first time.

We love Yoho National Park so we spent our last day in beautiful British Columbia! (check out my Vancouver post here) It was another gorgeous day. The lake is breathtaking. Every time I visit the mountains the beauty continues to surprise me. The gorgeous turquoise water makes me feel at ease.

Postive trip but chaotic drive home. So the drive home……….. If you look up the definition of “Hell” in the dictionary I’m pretty sure driving home from Banff on a long weekend is in there. We wanted to soak up as much time as possible at the lake before we left so we headed home at about 5:00 pm. We got home at almost 2:00 am. I remember I kept thinking is this real life? I didn’t even pack any snacks. The drive is normally just under 4 hours from Edmonton. I bet we could have walked out of the National Park… okay maybe not… but you could say it took a little longer than anticipated. YAWN.

Regardless of the drive home, we had gorgeous weather and It was another memorable trip for the books. Until next time!

Here are some of my favourite photos of the trip! Enjoy!


     Thank you, Big Bottle Co for these awesome water bottles!             

Vancouver, British Columbia


“THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER” (how I feel about visiting the west coast) I recently took a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. I would have done this blog post sooner but I’ve been laying in bed in sweatpants watching the office for the past couple of days. Ok…. It has been the majority of the past week. #bingewatchingtheoffice How did I never watch this show before? I’M OBSESSED!

So Vancouver. All I can say is, the license plates certainly don’t lie. Vancouver, British Columbia is surrounded by the pacific ocean, mountains and let’s not forget it’s basically an Instagram dream. I have many friends that live in British Columbia so there is no shortage of caffeine, red wine, and laughs. Now that I’m only a Province away I’m pretty darn content with it.

For most of my trip, I had gorgeous weather. Thank you Mother Nature, you’re the real MVP! I spent the majority of my time doing what I do best, prancing around, exploring the scenery, taking lots of photos, and drinking lattes of course!

I wish I had more time than four days, It simply wasn’t enough time. Although I did do a lot, I could have stayed another week at least. There is so much to do and see in British Columbia. I’m heading to Kelowna in the summer and I can’t wait! WINERIES! OKANAGAN LAKE! YAY! I also hope to plan a trip to Vancouver island sometime in the future.

So here are some pictures from my trip. Don’t forget to check out my blog post on the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. I hope you enjoy them, Happy Monday!

xo, Shay

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Abbotsford Tulip Festival

abbotsford tulip festival

It’s hard to believe it’s May.

Heck, this time last year I was just getting settled in my new city. I had a casual cross-country journey in my Jetta with two cats, a dog, a Uhaul attached and a really handsome man. So, I just realized right now I’ve been in Alberta a year! Sheesh! Where does the time go?

Maybe I’ll do a blog post about how traveling with three animals in a car for a week made me realize I can truly conquer anything in this world. Ok, I’m totally kidding the animals were really easy and by New Brunswick, they straight up enjoyed the car #oldpros. I mean my dog Cam flew home with me from the Dominican, I’m pretty sure he can handle 50 hours in the car and a few hotels…Right?

And of course, I’m getting sidetracked as always. Did I mention I’m new to this blogging thing?

So TULIPS! The week before last I finally made my way to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival (Vancouver blog post to follow!). I used to live in British Columbia, so I have a lot of close friends there and I try to get there as much as I can. Now being only a province away the flights are a heck of a lot cheaper than flying from Halifax.

There is something about prancing around in a field full of tulips that makes my soul happy. It’s located about an hour outside of Vancouver but totally worth the drive. In my opinion, the Abbotsford Tulip Festival is the best way to celebrate spring. It’s been a long winter and this was my first official Alberta winter and I’m not quite sure I’ll ever get used to stepping outside and literally freezing your face off.

Don’t get me wrong I love Alberta but British Columbia is a place I’ll always hold near and dear to my heart. I’ve been dying to go to the tulip festival for awhile and I’m glad I finally made the trip, and it didn’t rain… YAY!

I brought my rain boots to Vancouver and thought I would be trendy and not wear them to the tulip festival. BIG MISTAKE… Although it was a gorgeous day the field was pretty darn muddy, bring your boots, friends. Side note: ruining my little brown boots was totally worth the views. Here are some photos of the beautiful tulip festival. Don’t worry, I didn’t add any of the photos with my mouth open and stringy mullet blowing in the wind.

Thanks so much for reading, have a lovely week!

xo, Shay

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Welcome to With Shaylene Marie

welcome to with shaylene marie

First and foremost, WELCOME!

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. It’s a lifestyle blog mostly because I don’t know what the heck I’m doing yet. Lifestyle means everything right? I named it With Shaylene Marie because It sounds a lot better than I lovecatsandlattes.com and shaylenecameron.com was already taken, DANG!

So, it will be like a cool adventure with me, hey?

I know I’ve been saying for months it’s “coming soon” because I’ve wanted to do a blog for the last year and I kept putting it off.

Life right? Well, not this time.

I’m humbled from all the lovely messages I’ve received on Instagram over the last few months asking when my blog will be launched and the ideas you’ve given me! You motivated me to finally get the courage to do this. My blog will be an authentic representation of my life, the ups, the downs and all that jazz in between. It took me a long time to realize that everything about myself that is different is what truly makes me unique and special.

Since I’m just starting out and new to the blogging scene what do you want me to write about? Home? Relationships? Beauty? Food? Get in touch and tell me more!

I’m going to use this blog as a creative outlet for cafes, food, travel and a little humour of course. Humour is always good for the soul. So, I’m currently listening to “Deanna Carter – Strawberry Wine” and hanging out with my cat contemplating what to write. Speaking of wine, I should grab a glass. Flash back to two years ago when I only drank rosé or the sweetest pinot grigio… now, I’ll take the strongest red please.

The fact that you are reading this really melts my butter (on my gluten free avo toast) – no, seriously thank you!! Okay, I’m rambling… So, I have a website. This is exciting.

Stay tuned humans.

Ps, giveaway coming soon!

xo, Shay