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Road Trip to Whistler

June 8, 2017
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This post was created in partnership with Hyundai but all opinions are my own.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Ewa Macherowska June 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Nice post dear! 😉

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  • Reply Kim June 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Amazing photos! Love your car and your outfit. Always love checking out your blog. Thanks for the share.

  • Reply Jill June 28, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Whistler looks like an amazing place!

    Jill
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    • Reply Alexandra Grant June 30, 2017 at 9:53 am

      It’s pretty amazing! One of my fave places in the world 🙂 You should definitely go if you can!

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