Last week we escaped to Bear Mountain Resort on the Island for the long weekend. It was so lovely to get away with the boys and our extended family, and unplug for a few days.
Without fail, and at least one day out of every trip (but usually more), I reach for my go-to combination: button-down and denim. It’s easy, comfortable and is suitable for most any daytime activity. I have been living in these mother jeans; they are so soft, and are relaxing in the exact places I was hoping they would. As I was working on this post and breaking down the look, I realized that my jeans are the only new item. Every other piece (with the exception of these Quay sunnies from Christmas) I have had for almost two years. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that even after several wears, I am still not sick of wearing them. I have my favourites that go with me on every trip, and these are a few of them.
If you are in the market for new denim, there are only a few sizes left of these! And they are on sale for $109 US!!
Last night I had the pleasure of speaking at the Vancity Business Babes #Mompreneurmingle event at Sky Hangar (which is an incredible venue for a networking event!). I attended last year’s event, and have continued to support Danielle on her journey of bringing local female entrepreneurs together. Danielle thrives off of collaborations, connections and seeing friendships form through business networking. This evening in particular is my favourite, for the reason that you are connecting with like minded MOMS, who can understand the juggling act of balancing both home life and work. It is a great way to share our stories, tips, tricks, trials and tribulations. The panel of speakers was comprised of three local moms in business, hosted by the ever so lovely Codi.
Before the panel began, I shared some tips with the ladies on ways to dress for both lifestyles; to eliminate the two closet issue. Bella & Wren was gracious enough to supply clothing for the event (including this Scotch & Soda beauty that I (may) have to keep ;-)) which couldn’t have been more perfect as the store has a world of options when it comes to outfits. I styled three looks; all suited for women who aspire to take their look from day to night, home to work, week to weekend, and beyond.
After I arrived home from the event and could not for the life of me shut my brain off for the evening in hopes to have a restful sleep, I started to think of a few more tips for women building multi-purpose wardrobes. Here is a recap of what I shared with the group last night, as well as a few more tips..
There have been some beautiful, hot sunny days as of late, and it has me craving all things summer; including popsicles. I love the idea of making my own, not only for the reason that they are ridiculously easy to make, but also to see what exactly goes into making them.
I was introduced to Lucuma earlier this year, and I have to say, this subtropical fruit (also a superfood) has a seriously tasty flavour; a blend of maple and mango. Who on earth would turn down that combination?! Lucuma is packed with beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. It is also known to support skin health and digestion. Based on the flavour and the health benefits, I thought to myself, how amazing would this be in popsicle form??
I began my search, and came across this recipe. They require very few ingredients, and take no time at all to make. I even let Rex have a lick, which was quickly followed by him taking out of my hands, and going to town on it. lol. He is clearly a fan 😉
1 can of full fat organic coconut milk
5 tbsp lucuma powder
1/4 of agave syrup or organic maple syrup (I used maple)
1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients in blender. Poor into popsicles molds. Freeze for 3+ hours before eating.
I received an email a couple of weeks ago that brought quite a smile to my face. It was a notification informing me that I had been voted in the Top 30 Mom Bloggers in Vancouver for 2016 by VancouverMom.ca. Through years of writing, and working on establishing an online presence, I was elated in the feeling that just this year, my work is being recognized.
In blogging, the beginning of your journey is of course the toughest it will ever be. It is through these early stages that you learn how to identify yourself online as a brand; to carve out what that looks like, and learn what kind of an audience you are building, or hope to attract. In all honesty, I didn’t know what this looked like for me until a few months ago. My style has certainly evolved, and after many hiccups along the way, I have learned about where my focus should be. I cannot wait to unveil my new layout once it is complete, as it is truly a reflection of myself today.
If you care to vote for my blog, visit the link here on VancouverMom.ca! You have until May 28th, and you can vote daily! Thank you so so so much for your continuous support on this journey. I absolutely love having this platform to share not only my style, but also my stories. For someone who struggled through school, never in a million years would I have imagined building up enough confidence to share my writing. This small victory means the world. xo
A few weeks back we had our first family photo session as a family of four. We met Mandra of M.&Him in Gastown, as that is where both Scott and I had envisioned our first family photo session to take place (it is after all, our favourite part of the city). Mandra was amazing; fast, efficient, and so good with the kids. For someone who does not have any of her own, she still managed to understand the challenging task of photographing kids (and getting them to listen, and smile ;-)), through all of her past experience.
We settled in to the most well known alley way in the neighbourhood, Gaoler’s Mews. With a team effort, we completed the session in what felt like 15 minutes (more like 45min realistically), so Mandra asked to snap a few extra of the Mama herself 😉 It changes things up from our typical white garage door background at home, and I couldn’t be more pleased with her work! I am keeping our album to ourselves for the most part, but I couldn’t resist including a couple of these two cuties I call my boys! xo
This past Mother’s Day weekend was spent in one of our favourite places on the West Coast – Tofino. Our wedding anniversary aligns with this holiday every year, so it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, and get away. Scott knows me better than anyone, and if you were to ask him what I would request for either of those occasions, he knows what the answer will always be: a trip. There is nothing I love to do more with my family than to explore another place, and soak up quality time together with far less distractions than at home.
Incinerator Rock is on the outskirts of Tofino, and has one of the most spectacular (and largest) beaches on the West Coast. The warm breeze, white sandy beach, teal blue water and massive waves attracts not only surfers on a global scale, but tourists too. The experience of visiting this beautiful place is nothing short of breathtaking; You find yourself standing there, taking in the sound of each crashing wave, while in awe of the beauty of nature. Talk about living in the moment.
We made this stop on our way out of town to break up the drive to the ferry. We spread out a blanket, watched a shoreline full of surfers take on the waves, and witnessed Rex’s face as he discovered sand for the very first time. It was peaceful, memorable, and everything that I could have asked for on Mothers Day.
I had intially tried to wear a dress on this day, but the wind and cool air in the central part of Tofino made that a poor decision. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty darn cold. A mid morning wardrobe change was required. Thankfully I had packed layers, including this scarf (featured in my last post here). Having a scarf on hand while vacationing is so multi-functional. An added layer of warmth, a blanket, a pillow in the car, you name it. You will never regret packing one on a trip!
I hope all of you mothers out there had a wonderful day spent with your family, creating memories, and enjoying the greatest company you could ask for xo
There’s a new mother in town, and she ain’t messing around.
I mentioned a while back that my favourite pair of light denim had decided to give way after the millionth time of being worn. Fair enough; I certainly got my monies worth. I went on a long search for a new pair, hoping to branch out and try a new brand.
Well hello, MOTHER. I wasn’t very familiar with this line of jeans until recently. I started hearing great reviews on how it fits in the back, which is an area I could certainly use some help accentuating 😉
Upon arrival, I quickly ripped them out of the package like a kid on Christmas morning, and slipped them on. It’s like putting on sweatpants but feeling ready to hit the town. lol. They are sooooo soft and stretchy. So stretchy that I will say I did exchange them for a size down. I was so eager to have them in my arms (or on my body I should say), that I did not want to wait for the other size. However, I could sense they would relax, and in turn become too big otherwise. So (somewhat) patiently, I waited, and now they are here!! Oh and did I mention, these were ON SALE??!! (link below)
Denim is such a tricky item to shop for. Whenever I am working with a client, and denim is on their list, I try to provide them with as many options as possible. Sometimes it take trying on dozens of pairs to find the perfect fit. It is always worth the good hunt!
I have never appreciated my mother so much as I do now. After becoming a mom, and living through the many stages of raising now two children (although they are still young), I have a new found respect. One that couldn’t really be fully present until I had experienced it myself. Moms are ahh-mazing. Moms know the answer before you even ask the question; they care for you before ever thinking of themselves. They will go to the end of the earth for your happiness. It is a bond so strong, nothing in the world compares.
In addition to showing my love and appreciation for the mothers in my life, I am beyond ecstatic to announce this Mother’s Day Local Love Instagram Giveaway for ONE special Mama on the blog today. I have teamed up with the following brands, all local, to give one incredible, selfless, hard working mom a “thank you for being so wonderful” basket. Your hard efforts do not go unnoticed; it is time to treat yourself.
The Local Love Basket includes:
Over $650 in amazing products & services! This is not a contest you will want to miss! See entry details below. Good luck Mamas! xo **to enter, you must be over the age of 18, live in the Greater Vancouver Area, and have an Instagram account.**
Thank you to all of the local businesses who contributed to our Mother’s Day giveaway. Be sure to click the link on their name to learn more about their business! (and PLEASE support local this Mother’s Day!)
On those days when you simply don’t have the creative mindset to put together a fashionable look, what do you commonly reach for?? Black. Always. We ALL do it.
In the mornings, there is a small window of time (usually with kids hanging on to my ankles) to decide what to wear for the day. Sometimes the fastest, easiest solution is the never fail combination of black on black.
Whether you choose to continue the colour theme through to your accessories, or create contrast by adding a colour in your finishing touches, it works either way. If you find yourself doing this more than you would like, and are starting to feel tired with your constant monochrome look, play around with textures. Take this cashmere tank as an example; it is a simple take on a basic tank, with a soft, luxurious twist. It adds depth and texture, offering more than your regular t-shirt with your jeans.
In other news, Mother’s Day is this week, and I have a VERY exciting giveway for one lucky Mama!! Please stay tuned..
Rest assured friends. You WILL in fact win friends with this salad.
Andrea Saliba introduced me to Jicama (pronouned hee-cah-maa), a tuberous root vegetable of a vine, native to Mexico. This large turnip like vegetable has a crunchy texture, and is filled with fiber and antioxidants. I’m usually the type to grab my same produce every week; only on the rare occasion trying the odd new fruit or vegetable if a recipe calls for it. When I cut into the jicama and had my first taste, I was instantly inspired to research recipes. I found this one for a Jicama salad, and added watermelon for extra flavour (and colour!).
Jicama Salad with Mango + Watermelon
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp honey (I used organic raw honey)
1/4 tsp kosher salt (I used himalayan rock salt)
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced mango
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 1/2 cups julienne-cut peeled jicama
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Chop all vegetables/fruit, and place in salad bowl. Mix together lime juice, honey and salt in separate bowl. Pour over salad and stir together. Enjoy!!
Please let me know your thoughts on this recipe. It would be the perfect side dish for a summer night BBQ! 😉