Life Update: Tofino Adventure

Happy Friday ladies! I flew to Vancouver on Wednesday for a special visit with my daughter. I don’t get to spend enough time with her so this is beyond precious. We hopped a ferry to Vancouver Island yesterday then drove to Tofino on the west coast. We weren’t getting colorful foliage at home yet so I’m oohing and aahing over it here.


Four years ago, almost to the day, enjoying the beach in Tofino

My email accounts and the blog had been hacked by a nasty person who began sending me threatening emails. He was demanding money to get my access back. I felt violated and vulnerable and was not dealing with it well. To say I was having a bit of a meltdown would be an understatement so my daughter brought me to Tofino for some R&R and challenged me to try things I never thought I could do.

the view from our room

We’re staying in the same hotel as last time which has a stunning view of the beach.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life on the beach in TofinoWe brought her little Pug with us who loves to run on the beach as we walk and talk. There’s something ethereal and healing about this area which is a balm to my soul. Being around nature reminds me what really matters in life, which is the health and love of my family.

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. thank you for sharing your story, Jennifer. Glad the hacker situation was resolved. I love to read your blog, its like having an on line pen pal. Your ensemble is lovely. Glad you can build happy memories there now.

    1. I’m so glad you’re here, Sharon. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. When I started enjoying this styling blog I never expected the added benefits. Jennifer, your travels have inspired me and have added locations to my bucket list. Some of the other stories have touched me in so many ways. Thank you.

  3. Linda Jacks says:

    Are your shoes comfortable enough for walking? (The ones where you’re kneeling with Pug?). The fall color is amazing!

    Linda Jacks

  4. You are right about the magic of this healing place. Five years ago my brother and his wife spent a wonderful anniversary vacation there. Sadly, two years later he returned with her ashes. She had jokingly said while visiting that she would like her ashes spread there as it was so beautiful…she never thought that would come to pass as they lived on the other side of the country and she was just 53 and never had a sick day in her life and I guess expected to live to be an old lady as we all do…He made the trip back in her honour and to realize her dream. My brother spent a few weeks there hosted by a friend. He also found some much needed healing.
    So glad you also found healing energy and peace on that beautiful beach.

    1. Thank you for sharing your sister-in-laws story with us Allison. I’m so sorry. What a sad loss. This place is very special.

  5. What a wonderful gift for you both! Enjoy this special time – and place – and rejuvenate! We will be here when you return! I have always enjoyed your blog and am glad you are back on!

  6. You certainly arrived at the right time – the weather is glorious just now! Enjoy your time with your girl.

  7. What a beautiful place to spend time with your daughter! I’m lucky, also, to have a daughter that is such a joy to be with. Enjoy your weekend, have fun!

  8. Cheryl Ann says:

    Love that whole area…winter & summer…very relaxing! Glad you and your daughter could get away together. My sweet daughter and I are headed for Bar Harbor, Maine soon. She invited me on a business trip & I’m so happy to get to spend one-on-one time with her. We are both blessed by wonderful children.

    1. How exciting Cheryl Ann! That sounds so fun. Have a wonderful time…I know you will.

  9. What size are you wearing in that great jacket…how do you find the fit…I’m usually a size 16. 42 bust but there measurement make me a 14

    Thank you
    Glad you got your blog back…how frightening
    The branch looks lovely and just the thing

    1. I am wearing a 2 in this jacket which equates to about an 8. My bust measures 37 1/2 – 38

  10. Love Torino and the Wickeninnish! Enjoy!

  11. I’m sorry you were going through that with the stalker. I hope it has been fixed so he can never bother you again. Looks like a beautiful place to be and being with our daughters always brightens our spirits.

  12. Aww, what a beautiful place and to spend precious time with your daughter! What a blessing! How did you get rid of the nasty person?

  13. So sorry your had to go through that ordeal 🙁 I’m glad you have your beautiful daughter to help encourage you and you got your blog back and are sharing with us again! I enjoy reading it almost everyday!

    1. Thanks for being here Diana! I love my readers and our wonderful community.

  14. Judith Robb says:

    I love this post. The pictures show beautiful Tofino and happy sunny you. How nice for you to enjoy this special time.

  15. I’m sure it’s cooler here than home but the sun is shining and you’re with your daughter. Life is good!

    1. I love the temperature here! It makes me miss our Canadian home very much.

  16. Sandy Andry says:

    Obviously, you got your blog and email access back – but how? What did you have to do? Was the nasty hacker ever caught?

    1. No he was never caught. I had a very clever gal go onto the Google chats and someone at Google finally gave me a chance to prove it was mine. The gave me 1 minute to switch my password which knocked him out. Permanently. Make sure your passwords are hard to think of.

  17. I just missed you! We were there for Canadian Thanksgiving. Walking the beaches definitely filled my emotional bucket to overflowing! It’s such an amazing place.

    1. How fabulous for you Elaine!! b
      Beach and nature walks do that for me too.

  18. Must feel great to be there again with a much-improved perspective (and some fun outfits)! Enjoy your time together!

    1. Thanks Beth. We are making new memories in this magical spot.

  19. Jennifer, you look great and very happy. Sounds like a wonderful get away!

    1. I am very happy here and reminded of how much I love Canada

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