I love simple pairings like this one. Just classic white shirt & denim, with neutral details.
Lately I have been getting into the habit of going through my closet on a weekly basis, and eliminating the items that are consistently not being worn. I would rather have a bare looking closet holding only my go-to’s, as opposed to a full closet of pieces that don’t work for me. As fall is around the corner, it’s a great time for a fresh start. My consignment pile is looking good!
Speaking of fresh, I snagged this shirt up from Joe Fresh in the clearance section while I was grocery shopping with the kids. That’s the danger of a store that has everything; you are easily disctracted! With a price tag of $9.99 though, how could I not! I am so pleased with this purchase!
I never thought I would be so happy to see rain. I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home, and the return of my hubby. Have a wonderful weekend, friends! xo
Is anyone else secretively getting excited for fall?? It’s almost time to pull out those cozy knits! This outfit was probably a bit premature as the temperature was still in the twenties, but I just couldn’t resist.
As stated in the past, grey is the most dominant colour in my wardrobe. That being said, I did not own a grey cardigan until a few weeks ago. I was always on the hunt, came across several on pinterest, but never pulled the trigger until now when I found this one for a rocking price at Oak + Fort. Needless to say, I will be putting it to good use for the next couple of seasons. This entire look may quickly become my new “mom” uniform!
- SIDENOTE – I just discovered New Brighton Pool & Park this week for the first time. If you are local or visiting Vancouver and have kids, I highly recommend it! Swimming, playground, picnic spots – all by the water with a beautiful backdrop of our gorgeous city!
So I meant to post this yesterday, but I was logging in some quality hours with my family instead. Hubby is heading out of town today for work, and this weekend was all about time spent outdoors with family & friends (including a date night.. yeah!!).
This past week was another successful run of Discovering New. There are new places popping up all over the city (I just can’t keep up!), and as per usual, no shortage of websites & brands that I don’t know how I am only stumbling upon until now. If you know of a new place or brand, please share the love via my comment section
@suncooparis – parisian style at an affordable price
@cuyana – women’s premium essentials
@shopsweetcharlie – new Kitsilano boutique for the cool kid
@littlebluecanoe – online shop curating Canada. Clothing for kiddies, bath, beauty & home. LOVE!!
@thefashionmedley - fashion blogger from Montreal. Minimal chic.
@damoyantwerp – blog & e-shop. Luxury goodness. Pull out your wallet for this one
@birdsandbeets – new Gastown cafe & floral shop
@runwayscout – fast fashion from Australia. Awesome designs at great prices.
@moeofsweden – the ideal home inspiration from two sisters in Sweden.
My obsession with neutral colours has now extended into my kids’ closets. Everyday at least one, if not all of us are matching. Completely unintentional although I know people must think otherwise. Black/White/Grey – for the monochromatic family
I decided to have Rex (and Kingston for one shot!) make an appearance on the blog today. At this point, there is barely a moment in time when I am not with them, so why not have them join in the fun too?! My goal with The Family Jewels has always been to stay true to myself, and never display a false representation of the life I lead to my readers. These are the clothes that I wear, and how I dress my kids; I am not dressing up for show. I want this platform to remain a place where others can relate, and find inspiration for their own style. I find that for myself, I am often inspired by the simplest of combinations (most often on Pinterest & Instagram). You don’t have to have an out of the box look to keep others interested. The biggest rule of thumb when it comes to personal style is this: Wear what suits you, both inside & out. You can’t fool people if you are not comfortable in it!
Thank you to Jen from Vonbon for these incredibly soft organic cotton baby harems for Rex!! They fit him perfectly, and will be put to good use this Fall (and they are black.. Yipee!). I can’t wait to see the rest of her new collection!!!
Good Sunday Morning to you, friends!! Well my intentions were to post a new Insta Faves, I decided to switch things up and begin a new segment, called “Discovering New…”. Instead of basing it on a theme, every week I will post my current finds on Instagram; whether that be related to fashion, interior design, kids, new restaurants, blogs, travel, or brands. You name it, if it peaks my interest and is worth a follow, I want to share it with you!
Check out the links of my latest discoveries below..
Handmade Jewelery – @inger_studio
Mini Fashions, UK based – @dudesndolls
Home decor & food blog - @earnesthomeco_
Homewear & Design, local to Vancouver – @peridotdecorativehomewear
Bonded leather mats, perfect for your littles & outdoors - @letsplayground
Travel & Lifestyle Blogger – @boubouteatime
Amazing glasses, both prescription & sunnies – @oscarwylee
Melbourne Style, online shop – @shakuhachi
Minimalist Store (home decor), @minimaliststyle
Yesterday I escaped for a few hours to work on an exciting project; something that I will be sharing with you next week! A couple of talented local ladies & I did some pulls for a fun shoot that we will be doing on Saturday. Conveniently this required us to be in Gastown, my most favourite neighborhood in the city.
This dress is perfect for an “on the run” kind of summer day. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. I love the vintage vibe with the combination of crochet & bell sleeves. Even though I am extremely pale (or peaches & cream, as my mom likes to say – thanks mom!), I still like wearing white & other light colours. It has taken me my whole life to accept the pale, and see it as beautiful. I see beauty when I notice others with pale skin, but not always myself. It’s the legs mostly that get me. I feel like I am blinding people with my transulent tone & reflection from the sun.. lol. Learn to accept & work with what you’ve got!
On a personal note, today my baby turns 4. Can you believe it??! Kingston is the most hilarious & strong-willed kid I have ever met. He has become an ahhh-mazing big brother, owning this role with great pride. He keeps me on my toes everyday. single. day. I know I won’t ever have to worry about him not having a voice, or lack of presence in a room. I can’t wait to see what type of person he becomes ( as far a career, my guess is a lawyer. He’s extremely good at arguing.. ha!)
When looking back at older posts from last summer, it is apparent that I have a few summer staples in my wardrobe that have seen me through the last couple of years. For example, this oak & fort dress was last year’s LBD, and has continued to be this summer. In addition, my sandals, necklace, and sunnies have all made repeat appearances several times over. This shows that I “invested” in the right pieces. Once again, that goes to show that it isn’t about having several versions of the same piece; it’s about choosing the perfect one for you.
That being said, when looking at the fit of this dress, I am going to take the advice I provide to clients about the length of an item, and how it can make a world of difference. If I shorten this dress to one inch above my knees, it will automatically make me appear taller. The midi length is a tough style to pull off, and certainly does not work for everyone. A pair of heels can help elongate with this hemline, if it is your desired length. I most often wear this dress with these sandals, so shortening it by a few inches is the best idea.
On another note, we visited Church & State in Oliver (where these photos were taken), and they have the most incredible selection of wines. I highly recommend visiting their winery if you find yourself in that area. The view of the valley is so stunning, and with a glass of vino in your hand, you couldn’t ask for anything better!
Well, it’s back to reality after an amazing & memorable six day trip with my family. We started in Seattle, then drove through Washington to Osoyoos. Little city time, little desert time.
The weather was smoking hot to say the least, which for a fair lady like myself can be a real shock to the system. It makes for some early mornings, and most definitely early bedtimes as well. We had so much fun and checked everything off of our list that we wanted to do; Boating (including some wakeboarding which I had not done in seven years), wine touring through Osoyoos & Oliver, paddleboarding, pool time with the kiddies, and some walks along the beach. We couldn’t have asked for a better time away with family.
If you are going to wear all white, sometimes it is nice to add a pop of something; whether that be texture or colour. Due to the hot weather (and the fact that I like them as an added accessory), hats are an absolute must in this heat. I have been sporting my J.Crew number for quite some time, so I was quite pleased to find this Vitamin A hat that is a slightly different style. I was crossing my fingers that it would fit, as my head is teeny tiny, and it’s very hard to find hats that don’t overwhelm my small framed face. This one fit the bill!
These photos were taken from one of my favourite wineries that we toured, Black Hills. We enjoyed lunch on the patio, sipped some vino, and took in the breathtaking views!
Why is it that the day before every vacation is so chaotic??! Just once I would like to be properly prepared, resulting in a calm start to an enjoyable getaway. The title says it all today; I am working for the weekend.
I guess I can’t really complain too much when shopping for a client constitutes as work. The other perk to the job is getting to see all of the latest arrivals for Fall. Typically I try to stay away as long as possible as the new season’s looks often expedites the transition in my mind. I get “over” summer much more quickly as Fall has forever been my favourite when it comes to fashion.
I stuck to my rule this time and packed with a minimalist mindset. I recently purchased this tunic from Oak + Fort, and have been dreaming up endless ways to wear it. It was a no-brainer that it be included in my suitcase this weekend. Whether it be today’s outfit for work, over a swimsuit or with flat sandals & a straw fedora on a warm vacation, or with booties & a chunky knit cardigan in the fall, this piece has major potential (and what do you know… it’s grey :-)).
I am so excited to be going to Seattle tomorrow! I have not planned anything yet, but roaming the streets with my boys, and popping my head into Moorea Seal. Sounds like a good plan to me! Be sure to follow along on Instagram at @thefamjewels…
Berlin, Germany/ Sydney, Australia/ Tulum, Mexico/ Barcelona, Spain/Santorini, Greece/ Marrakesh, Morocco/ Bali, Indonesia/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Rosemary Beach, Florida
When it comes to travel, my wish list is never ending. I did some travelling with my family as a young child, and it has forever sparked my inner wanderlust. I believe there is great importance in travelling with your children if it is feasable, as it is one of the greatest ways to educate your child about culture & geography (more than they will ever learn in school).
We are hoping to visit one of my favourite places, Edinburgh, Scotland, next year to see our family, and while overseas, make our way to Barcelona which has always been in the Top 5 for both Scott and I. Prior to this big trip, we would like to escape somewhere this fall for a couple of days for our first family of 4 trip (location tbd… but somewhere relatively close). Ideas anyone?? My rule of thumb is that every year, we have to go somewhere that we have never been before; whether it be within our province, or another country.
Often times I will search online for ideal travel destinations with kids, as I know with the amount of gear that little ones require, you want to try and make it as stress free as possible. Last year I discovered kid & coe, a fabulous travel website that lists the most amazing properties all of over the world. Their focus is on kid friendly rentals, that often times hold the essential items that you need to travel with little ones (allowing you to leave those items at home).
Above is a collage featuring all of my must go-to places (based on the list, this will have to span over my lifetime!).
Where do you dream of vacationing to??