Buffalove & A Little About Me

Buffalo

Greetings from Buffalo, New York! Today I wanted to share with you my Buffalove and a little about me. A few other bloggers have been sharing '10 facts about me' and I had this in the back of my mind for a future post. It was while I was in Buffalo (for the second time last week) wearing an all Canadian brand outfit that I thought I might be better off explaining a bit of my background and my love for this All-American city! 


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Tank, Skirt, Sunnies, Bandana c/o Reitman's

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Our 1970 Mercury Montego needed a photo too! AMH and I recently returned from a New York State road trip in the Montego and we put on a little over 1800 kms (a touch over 1000 miles)! I'll be sharing more in the next week about our road trip but let's just say that for a 47 year old car, she sure kept up with everyone on the Interstate!

Mercury Montego

Pattern mixing is a tricky business. When done incorrectly it is jarring but when it's done right, it's oh so satisfying! I picked up this navy and white stripe tank and printed skirt on a recent trip to my local Reitman's. I found the tank first and really wanted a skirt to pair it with but nothing seemed to be  matching, until I found this multi-coloured skirt. The white space and navy palm leaves in the skirt match the tank top perfectly! It's a bold combo but one that works because the colours are matching. I think that's where you can go wrong with mixing patterns, if the colours don't match, walk away. The blue bandana also matches and it is the real workhorse of the outfit. Since we travelled to Buffalo in our 1970 Mercury Montego, with no air conditioning, I used the bandana to cover my hair so the wind wouldn't wreak my hair-do. When not driving it was tied around my neck or around the handle of my vintage bag. 

Wearing an all Canadian outfit (thanks to Reitman's!) in Buffalo, New York kind of perfectly explains my background (had I been holding a Scottish flag I would have been set!) I get asked so many questions about my nationality and my accent over social media, I figured today would be a great day to address all these questions! 

First, yes I.Am.Canadian (just like the beer commercial). I'm also half Scottish and working on getting my dual citizenship. My siblings and I are the only Canadians in our family, everyone else is in either Scotland or Wales which is why I visit as often as I can (headed back to Scotland in the fall!) Since my family is all there and over the years we've communicated via snail mail, phone and now the internet explains why I sometimes use Glesga slang. I had to so I could understand what everyone was talking about! Glesga refers to the words that are used by those who live in Glasgow, Scotland. There is even a dictionary of Glaswegian words! My mom was born there and while she no longer has a Scottish accent, she does speak Glaswegian to young children and babies. It's kind of funny, it's like she's speaking a totally different language! My siblings and I are used to it and have been known to put on fake Scottish accents (I profess that mine is the absolute worst in the bunch). I once was able to speak Gaelic thanks to an uncle who taught me all the best swear words. I walked around Glasgow with my aunt swearing at everyone! I was only 12 and had no idea! 

So how does Buffalo play into all of this? Well, I grew up in a small town in Ontario, not that far from the Buffalo border. My parents both loved to visit the Niagara/Buffalo area and I've been visiting on weekends since birth. And when I say weekends, I mean a lot of them. There were times my mom would take us kids one weekend and my dad would take us the next and so on. It wasn't just summer vacations, we would go almost every weekend in every season. On trips with my mom we would shop (obvs) and site-see in the area. When we would visit with my dad it was all about trying new restaurants (he was always on the hunt for the best Buffalo Wings) and hanging out by the water. He would park on the waterfront just off the Buffalo Skyway and we'd stay for hours just playing, listening to the radio and watching the sunset. 

Growing up in the 90's and early 00's, Downtown Buffalo was a rough area. The worse the city seemed to get, the more my travels moved to suburbs of the city like Williamsville, Allentown, Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, Depew, Amherst and Orchard Park. Orchard Park is very special to me because it is home of the Buffalo Bills! While I will admit that baseball is still my favourite sport, I don't love any team as much as I love my Bills. Spending so much time in Buffalo as a youngster I was heavily influenced by the people and places I encountered, and that means Bills football! I learned about American patriotism (which is probably why I studied American History in school) from Buffalonians and their undying love for their football team. I rejoiced with them as the Bills made it to four Superbowls and I cried with them every time they lost.  I can still remember being enamoured with homes that had hanging American flags on their porch and Buffalo Bills football signs on their fence. It was polar opposite of what I saw at home in Canada. Not many homes display the flag and even though this is Canada's 150th birthday, my house is the only one on our street with a flag on our porch. 

When I met my husband the first thing we did together was drive to Buffalo, I wanted him to love the city as much as I did and thankfully he does! In the last 20 years things have really starting to turn around. The downtown core has been redeveloped and Canalside was developed into a beautiful waterfront space with attractions and outdoor concert areas. There are just so many great things to see in the city, which is why I am always visiting! I mentioned that I love baseball and we are frequently found at Coca-Cola Field in the summer. It's the home of the Buffalo Bisons and this summer is their 30th season! When we had our children I wanted them to grow up in Buffalo the same way that I did. If you ask my boys, I'm sure they would say they feel most at home at Coca-Cola Field. They've been coming to games here since they were babies! It's the first place we ever let them go off on their own and they were known by the regulars and workers of the ball field. Larry the Peanut Man, who very sadly passed away last year, was a treasured friend of The Oldest. On one of the last visits I snapped pictures of Larry and The Oldest together and Larry kept saying that he remembered The Oldest when he was "this high" and pointed to his waist. Now a teenager standing at 6'2 he towered over him. 

So now you know why I love Buffalo so much and why I refer to it as my second home. I feel as at home in the city as I do in the one I currently live! Oh and about my accent, this is the question I get the most over social media. I don't have one! Ha! Well, I don't think I have one but I have always been told my accent sounds like I'm from New York. I've heard this literally all my life. I do have a slight lisp so maybe that's where it comes from. Or maybe I do have an accent, picked up from all my years of visiting, but it just seems so normal to me that I don't notice it! Either way, I love Buffalo and I hope that you get a chance to visit this wonderful city. Here's a few places I love recommending when people visit

  • Canalside and Naval & Military Park
  • Buffalo Main Light (lighthouse)
  • Buffalo Bisons Baseball
  • The Washington Market (where these photos were taken!)
  • Buffalo City Hall (my fave building in the city) 
  • W Chippewa Street for amazing restaurants. My fave, Spot Coffee is on the corner of W Chippewa and Delaware.
  • Charlie the Butcher for Buffalo's famous Beef on Weck
  • Flying Bison Brewing (best beer in the city!) 
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Darwin Martin House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Tony Walker & Co for the best clothing shopping
  • SUNY and University at Buffalo for college football
  • NFTA Metro is the best way to get around the city
  • and the Anchor Bar is the home of the original Buffalo Wings! 
Tell me your favourite spots in and around Buffalo! 
  1. You love Buffalo! The wall mural is awesome! I am definitely taking note of your recommendations for a future visit.
    I saw a different side of Buffalo just a couple of weeks ago when I had the opportunity to stay at the newly restored Hotel Henry (full review will be on my blog this Wednesday!). I didn't venture far on this trip, though, as time was tight. Dinner was at Patina250 (delicious, fancy, friendly), and coffee break was at Tipico (a friend's sister was the architect!). I'd recommend both. And the Hotel Henry - beautiful. I'd definitely make a return trip to discover more around Elmwood and Allentown.
    Jordana
    p.s. I heard that Bar Bill (http://barbill.com/) has the best wings!

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    1. I can't wait to read your post! I loved your photos of the Hotel Henry. I'll have to check that place out sometime soon! xx

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  2. I'm really digging that skirt! I love mixing patterns but it can be tricky!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    1. It sure can! I find the easiest way is to match at least one colour in it. Also, when you look at an outfit you are creating, if something looks off, walk away. Never force a mixed prints outfit. When it works, you just know. xx

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  3. This is such a great spot for pics and fabulous outfit! I love love love your style!!
    xxoo
    Mary
    www.BelleOnTrend.com

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    1. I love this area of Buffalo and that mural is the best I've ever seen! xx

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