The D Word

It’s taken everything I have to be brave enough to share what I am about to publicly. I have knots in my stomach and feel like I am going to puke…. But if the stigma is to ever end people suffering from mental illness should be able to share their stories without fear of judgement. Depression is real and it’s something I would never wish upon anyone. I hope what I am about to share can in someway help anyone going through depression or any sort of mental illness know that it’s not something to be ashamed or embarrassed of. Depression is out of your control, you don’t choose to feel a certain way. It’s a real medical condition that affects you physically and is extremely painful emotionally.

On May 30th, with some hesitation, fear and anger, I was admitted to the hospital where I spent just over a week in a Psych Ward. Let’s rewind a bit here.
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New York City!


My sister and I ventured to New York City for Bridal Market last week. If you read my last post, you will know that she is opening a bridal boutique in Calgary called Pearl & Dot. I figured I may as well join her on her adventure as who would say no to a trip to New York?! An idiot, that’s who. I don’t think I have ever been as busy in my entire life as I was for those 5 days. The blisters, oh my lord the blisters…. My choice of footwear was not made for that city.

We sadly had a delay getting into the city and arrived about four hours later than we should have. We were starving by the time we got there so we hit the streets looking for food and found some 99 cent pizza. On our way back to the hotel we came across a cowboy walking two miniature horses down the road at 10:00 PM. I just looked at my sister, pizza in hand, and said “Welcome to New York City.”

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Pearl & Dot

10419436_367794553425242_1721850817427037173_nYou know that feeling you get when you know about something amazing but are sworn to secrecy and you can’t share anything about it? It’s pure torture and I assume comparable to how Hannibal Lecter felt while having that face mask on during transport. Well, my torment of having my lips sealed shut is finally over!

My sister Alyssa has been passionate about weddings for as long as I can remember. She loves everything about weddings but has always had a thing for the bride. Okay, that sounds a little bit scandalous. What I mean by that is she is able to truly connect with a bride and make her feel beautiful. I can’t tell you how many times she has teared up when seeing a bride find her wedding dress.

Today Alyssa has launched what she has been working on. I am beyond proud of all the hard work she has put into this. Seeing someone put their dreams and passions into reality gives me butterflies. I can’t wait for her to reveal the designer collections being carried and the beautiful location of the boutique.

“Meet Pearl & Dot! A bridal boutique dedicated to providing a rejuvenated and personalized way for all ‪#‎yyc‬ brides to shop for their dream wedding gown. Pearl & Dot will be hitting the Calgary market this fall and we can’t wait to introduce some incredible local and international designers to all you lovely brides to be! Over the next few months, leading up to the grand opening, we will be sharing a bunch of behind the scene footage as Pearl & Dot comes to life! Follow along on all our social media channels (@pearlanddot) and you will be with us every step of the way. We can’t wait to show you what we get up to as we take our first ever trip to Bridal Market in NYC on April 17th, as well as all the amazing finds we come across as we begin to renovate and decorate our soon to be swoon-worthy boutique.”

Please feel free to follow Pearl & Dot on all social media channels! The Pinterest boards are AMAZING. We head to NYC on April 17th and will be posting photos a long side our journey.

xo Kenzie