During our holiday, we went for a day to Portsmouth. Although I am certain that there are other musts and stops you should make while being in this charming city, I thought I’d share with you my favorite spots. Downtown Portsmouth is this cute area near the water with red brick buildings. It made me think of Boston a lot.

Scallops Mineral and Shell Emporium
This place is incredible. It has everything. I was particularly interested in a ring but they didn’t have my size anymore. Otherwise, the Open Road spray really intrigued me and I would’ve bought every single mineral if possible.

   

Birchrose + Co
Ok. Where to even begin. We stumbled upon this place really by accident and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m still dreaming of their products. They create and make all of their products, they have the PRETTIEST packaging, if you think that the exterior is cute well the interior is a hundred times better. I bought the Botanical Facial Steam and the Canabliss candle (hello patchouli lovers). I want e-ve-ry-sin-gle products. They also have curated products for Moon Juice, Kosas and others. I STRONGLY recommand paying them a visit. Now, I am dddyyyinnnggg for the eye serum.

  

Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium

Not much to say about this place except that is is a-ma-zing! You can buy herbs, crystals,you can have a reading in there. We bought patchouli incense and it is litteraly THE best we ever bought. It smells like patchouli but in the best way possible, it is sweet and subtle and the perfect dose. We truly are in awe and we still talk about this shop. The guy working there was SO nice and sweet and he had the best energy. Like incredible. I suggest you stop by for witchcraft and magical stuff or for one of their classes such as Herbal Alchemy.

Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Aaawwwwww. I want, once again, everything in that store. This boutique has the most amazing card and wrapping paper selection. How creative and beautiful are their window displays, right? They have tons of stationery and other cute things and they now have a store in Portland,ME also. YAY!

 

As for the food, we really wanted to try The Fresh Press, but unfortunately it was closed. Still, I can’t wait to go back and hopefully have one of their smoothie bowls. Another fun store was Off Piste! Portsmouth, you really charmed us.

Alie, love this typo.

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1.2.Scallops/FB
4.5.6.Birchrose+Co/FB
7.8.Birchrose+Co/WS
10.Emporium/FB
12.13Gus&Ruby/FB
3.9.11.14Me

 

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Cleary I have a thing for water. Maybe it’s because I’m a water sign (cancers are the best), who knows. We were off for two weeks and did a few things. As you can see we went to the beach in New Hampshire, stopped by Ogunquit and Portsmouth (stay tune for my musts), headed to the Bas Saint-Laurent to see my family, went to a farm (hello tiny rabbits that hold in my hand). I really wanted to add videos but for some reason it doesn’t work. There were tiny sheeps, tiny rabbits and loads of other animals. I ended my vacay in Montreal, shopping, enjoying the city but mostly attending a wedding. It was a great 14 days.

  

On our way back from Ogunquit, we saw tons of Inukshuks and stopped to make ours. We picked up shells and are keeping them in our house so when winter hits, we can look back on great memories.

Same picture, different filter. I can’t believe we are already in August. I love summer!

All photos by me

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Yes, you have read correctly, I met one of my biggest idol : Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys.

I have been a Backstreet Boys fan since day one. I have never stopped following them, buying their albums and listening to their music even when Kevin left the band (he’s my fave just so you know), and that even when we were 1500 people attending shows. I strongly believe that they are amazing singers, great entertainers and that if I were to play a new BSB song without people knowing it, they would love it as much as they enjoy a Justin Bieber hit let say. I have never cared about the fact that people think it’s stupid for me to be a true BSB fan. What can I say, they are one of my favorite bands and they are part of the reason why I decided to sing. I have to tell you for the sake of this story that I’ve met the BSB back in 2008 but at that time, Kevin wasn’t part of the band anymore. We had waited many hours in front of their hotel in order to meet them. It was a great moment where we quickly took pictures and took 1 minute. It was also the night Obama got elected for the first time and that made it even more special.

  
(2008, bad pictures because the excitement level was way too high)

This year, the BSB were in town for a show.  My friend & I thought about waiting outside the hotel for a picture but as there was a ‘meet & greet’ and an after party planned, we decided to go for the more ”legit” way and pay 300$ to meet them. For the past 10 years, every single tour, we had been hesitating on purchasing or not a VIP package. It usually costs about 500$ which is believe me way too expensive for me, so we always ended up not buying it. This time, as it was cheaper, we decided to just do it, go crazy and pay ourselves a treat! Also, just so you have all the facts, the after-party (without the meet and greet was 30$).

I was SO nervous! Hang in there because this post is going to be long and just a heads up, I have rarely been that disappointed in something. I was so dumbfounded by how much this night made me feel ridicule that I felt like crying. I am a normal person that is pretty much broke and that has decided ONCE in her life, to pay for something big and I basically paid 270$ more for nothing.

Here’s how the night went :

300$.VIP.Package
1. We waited 2h for them to arrive. I totally understand that the people from the organization didn’t have the control over that and to a certain extend I was ok with waiting until 1am on a Sunday night to meet my idol. I was ready for this really important moment of my life.

The ‘meet & greet’ 
2.If you look at what usually is included in a BSB VIP packages, well it consists of, yes an official picture ( which now I know, I will never own a copy of), 1 minute to express your admiration and bonuses such as having access to the soundcheck and things like that. On this particular night, no one in the organization took the time to let us know what the night would be consisting of. No one ever told us that we wouldn’t have time to even take 1 minute to speak with them, no one indicated us that it would only consist of an official picture (no cellphone allowed for that portion of the night) and where and when this photo would be available. It was such a surprise to see that nothing except a 300$ picture was what ‘VIP’ meant. How difficult would it’ve been to explain us, while we were waiting, what was expected of us, what we would be able to experience and where to find this ***!* picture.

  
(”VIP” pictures, good right?)

3.Once our expeditious picture was taken (like I mean give a hug, take a picture and move on), we were send in a small section, that separated us from the people having paid 30$ with a cord, and that was supposedly the VIP section. Way to feel like a Very Important Person. This section was along a row of tables and on the other side of those tables was the section where the BSB would eventually end up in. Security was constantly asking us to move back in this tiny section, but for us that were among the first in line, it felt kind of absurd. We had just paid this great amount to be near them and were constantly asked to move further back. The guards were rude and were not helping with our questions. And to be fair I’d say that most of the crowd, if not the entire crowd was calm and polite, so why the rudeness,

VIP you said?
4. Once the photo part ended, the VIP section (meaning the cord that were separating us from the rest and that was supposedly giving us a vip access) disappeared. The cords were taken down and within a second, the VIP section vanished. We were simply not given a VIP access and were among the people who paid the 10th of the price. I was squished between the tables and people that were not VIP’s trying to get closer. If I would’ve know that paying 300$ would only be giving me the opportunity to have a picture, I would not have participated. I understand that business is business and money needs to be made, but this really felt like exploiting fans. I felt so humiliated the moment I realized that I could’ve paid 30$ and would have seen Kevin and would’ve been able to take a selfie with him.

 

Let it be clear that I wasn’t expecting to spend 10 minutes with them, to share a meal with them, I wasn’t expecting to be seated with them, but I was expecting a minimum of time with them, clear indications, a VIP access and my picture. How come I got almost the same thing as the 30$ ticket? I have written to both companies that have organized that evening but nothing came out of it.The main company is there to make money and have told me that as nothing is specified on the ticket as to what the VIP/Meet and greet consists of, well I shouldn’t have expected anything in particular. HELLO! I paid 300 bucks for crying out loud! Way to ruin a special moment.

On a positive note though I did hug Kevin, I did look him right in the eyes. I had prepared a little letter with what I needed to say to him and was SO glad I had brought it with me. I gave him the letter and the rest is history. I felt like he had the best energy ever. His energy was calm, it felt,sane and balanced. He was very polite with all the fans and he looked like he cared. I know this is crazy, but I truly hope that he reads my note. What are the chances right?

So there you have it. I did ‘meet’ my idol. But I can guarantee you that when we met the rest of the band we had wayyy more time and lattitude and it was free. I have learned my lesson. Now that it is over, I will continue to cherish the dream that one day, oh yes, one day, I will sing with the BSB, as silly as it sounds.


(sorry for the quality, this is a screen capture)

 

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