Today’s Mantra: Be Bold.
A statement coat is the easiest way to liven up an otherwise classic look. I have very few items like this in my closet, so I decided to branch out of the norm and be bold. Keeping within my usual colour palette, this jacket can be inserted into my wardrobe seamlessly. A statement piece, whether that be a jacket, bag or a pair of shoes, allows you to keep every other aspect of your outfit simple.
I was in Fort Langley over the weekend and discovered Bella & Wren, the sweetest little boutique. I completely fell in love with everything in store, and could not bring myself to walk out empty handed. They carry an amazing selection of brands, and the entire store was completely my aesthetic to a tee. I have to agree when they say, it’s #worththedrive. I grabbed this coat off of their sale rack, where many other gems were hanging. Finding items on sale that can be worn into the next season is a great way to build a wardrobe with quality pieces. Look out for next week’s post where I will be sharing my tips on how to shop sale for the next season!
I am always on the hunt for new breakfast recipes that are healthy, quick and easy. I tend to just throw some veggies and fruit in our vitamix and call that breakfast, but often times that means there is no protein in the morning, which is extremely important to start the day off right.
I came across this recipe on Pinterest, and I must share it with you! I even made it this morning and loved the flavour profile. If the idea of mixing nut butter and fruit is not your cup of tea, here are more smoothie bowl recipes that you may enjoy!
Blend smoothie ingredients together in blender. Pour into bowl; top with granola, fresh strawberries & raspberries (or any other berries of your choice) and sprinkle with shaved coconut. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
We are in major weekend mode over here. Enjoying some quality time with our family, catching up with friends, and laying low until we take off for LA next Friday. This look is the extent of my dressing up this weekend.
Oversized sweater and sneakers – can’t go wrong with that. Even something as simple as adding a shirt underneath that pops through creates more depth and contrast to your look. Easy peasy. I stayed within my safety blanket colours, which I don’t stray far from as of late. Finished up with my menswear watch, and you have another husband’s closet outfit for the day
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Hold up.. Wait a minute. Yup! I’m wearing colour. Well, sort of. I decided to branch out from my everyday greys/blacks/blues tones and I try a colour that is HUGE for Spring/Summer. Blush, also referred to as Rose Quartz. I typically do not reach for pinks, but after scrolling through Spring Trends on Pinterest, and checking out the latest arrivals in store, it had me intrigued. I think mostly due to the subtle hue. It’s like taking baby steps when it comes to injecting colour into your wardrobe.
I picked this top up for under $40 at H&M last week. At a price point that low, you can afford to take a little risk. And I must say, the quality is decent. Which leads me to my next two points. 1. If you are going to try something new, don’t invest right away. Test it out by purchasing an item that doesn’t break the bank. 2. Just because the price point is lower, does NOT mean the quality has to be poor. I am a bit obsessive when it comes to the feel of materials, so I always look for well constructed, thicker fabrics that don’t look cheap. This top is a crepe like fabric that feels like it won’t lose it’s shape, which is so important after washing.
Now I am using this newly found blush top to create what I consider to be a Valentine’s Date Night Look for the Casual girl (or just a regular date night!). I am first going to address the fact that yes, my blazer is wrinkled. But let’s pretend I had the time to iron it properly You can remain in your comfort zone by including denim, while still remaining chic & effortless by pairing your denim with a nice top, blazer and a simple pair of pumps. Complete the look with a statement bag and a few pieces of jewelry. It is simple, understated, and with a soft touch of pink, suiting for the occasion.
Weekends are always a great excuse to pull out the denim/tee combo (or in my case, daily :-)). Given the amount I a wear t-shirts, I am always on the hunt and open to try new brands.
I’m a girl who especially cannot turn down a great fitting grey t-shirt. Typically it is preferred to see the product in person, feel the material, and get a sense of whether or not it’s going to stretch out or shrink in the wash. I could tell just by looking at the Amvi website that if their business is t-shirts & basics, and they don’t mess around when it comes to quality. American made, vintage inspired – Amvi produces high quality basic essentials at a more than reasonable price. After placing my first order, I ended up exchanging and sizing up, as they are a smaller fit in my opinion. Now that I have received the t-shirt and have already worn it more times than I would like to admit, I can say with the confidence – they are GOOD. Whether it be for loungwear, weekend wear, or paired with jeans and heels for a casual date night, I will put my to great use!
Let me introduce you to my pretty little friend: The Bralette. This increasingly popular style of undergarment has established quite the name for itself. With easy wearability, and a soft, luxe feel. It screams romantic and comfortable in the same sentence.
I happen to come across Sewn Designs on Instagram, a local Vancouver brand owned by Designer Alesia Akehurst. Alesia’s designs stood apart from the rest in my opinion. The collection is not made up entirely of the traditional lace bralette; she plays with different patterns and materials. From florals to knit, lace and criss cross, every design offers their own unique aesthetic. I decided to reach out to Alesia, and learn more about her business.
How did it all begin? With a girl and her sewing machine. Alesia has sewn for many years, learning the ways from her Grandmother as a young girl. She began taking it up as hobby, making handbags. One day Alesia took on a new challenge; making her own bra. To her pleasant surprise, it was a success!! After her friends started inquiring about placing their own order for her new design, Alesia saw an opportunity and ran with it. When Sewn Designs was born, Alesia like many young entrepreneurs did not know what the future held for her new business. With a smart and ambitious head on her shoulders, Alesia has worked hard and continues to grow her small business, while receiving a wonderful response from both her North American and European customers. We look forward to seeing what’s next for this Vancouver born brand (including a loungewear collection, debuting this Spring!)
Don’t be mistaken.. these little bralettes are not just for the twenties something girl. If you are reading this and thinking, I’ve had a baby (or more than one), and there is no conceivable way this style is going to work, know that you are not alone in that thought. As someone who has had two babies now (and with a large chest), I had written off the idea of even trying one on. I envied every woman who popped up on my Instagram feed wearing one of these pretty little numbers. My thoughts have since changed. Well now I can promise that I won’t be throwing a blazer on top and posing as Sue Ellen Mischke anytime soon (google if need be), I have learned however that moms can easily wear these too. The feeling of comfort is what sold me, and the fact that the bralettes are beautiful handmade pieces makes them that much more appealing.
So, who wants to win the LAST wanderlust bralette featured above????!!! Sewn Designs and I are teaming up for an Instagram giveaway!! To enter, you must follow sewn designs (@sewndesigns) and myself (@thefamjewels). Check out this morning’s post for entry details! Contest ends Sunday, January 31st at 9pm PST. Good luck! xo
If you happen to follow me on Instagram (@thefamjewels), you know that this past week I took on a style challenge. I decided to take seven pieces (excluding jackets, shoes and accessories), and create seven outfits. I wanted to demonstrate just how simple it is to pare down; Take the less is more approach. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity, and when there are less options, you actually wear what is hanging in your closet. I continuously tell clients to clear out any unused items (this would include anything that was not worn through an entire season), and only hold on to what makes you feel and look good. If you show zero enthusiasm when you put it on, it’s OUT!
In the efforts of creating a practical wardrobe for a week’s time that suits your day to day (and of course remaining chic), please consider the following..
1. Stay neutral, or pick similar colours that can be worn together. You want to be able to mix and match all items, to maximize your looks for the week. The same rules apply for patterns.
2. Consider lifestyle. Whether you are working or at home (or working from home, whatever your situation may be), be sure to choose pieces that can be dressed up or down, and work for your everyday needs.
3. Choose three bottoms. This will carry you through the week, without having to wear the same bottoms every other day. Again, really consider lifestyle. I went with two pairs of denim (one blue, one grey) and a pair of leather leggings, to cover all occasions in the week.
4. Include a white top in the mix. I believe that no matter how much colour, or lack thereof in your selections, a white shirt is the most versatile.
Here is what I included in my seven pieces..
I played with accessories and shoes to switch up my look, so that it never really appears that I am only using seven base pieces. As a mom, the less to think about in the mornings, the better! I don’t believe I have ever been so quick to decide on what to wear for the day, which really saves valuable time (that I desperately need!!).
This idea of capsule wardrobing is very convenient for travel; Consider taking this approach to packing as you can fit it all into a carry on. The worst is being away from home, not knowing what to wear (let’s face it, we’ve all been there before).
I hope this has inspired you to take a look at your closet, and analyze what should stay, and what should go!
I was at a networking event the other day that focused on the hot topic of social media, and how to manage it. We are so bombarded by images that pop up on our platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest (the list goes on), that the truly great content is what sticks out. As a brand, business or blogger, creating attractive and relevant content is key to your success. With conflicting advice on whether to post regularly or post when you have GOOD content, I vote for the less is more approach. These following accounts drew me to their page due to their attractive photos, which led me to discover who they are, what they do, and in turn, start following them to see more of what they have to offer.
@acesofarmor - A new Scandanavian clothing line based in Vancouver, made from quality Italian fabrics. Also taking the less is more minimalism approach.
@soul_sunday - Started by a photographer & a filmaker, this aromatherapy & beauty line was started after an inspiring trip abroad; A reflection of their roots in design, yoga and wellness.
@saganordisk – Daily interior inspiration from Britt Marie, a girl with great taste in Scandanavian design.
@cheekyreubens – Designer plug-in pendant lighting. Geometric, modern designs.
@thewears – Style blogger in New York with an androgynous flare.
@quentinandco – Mom blogger with a feminine style & a very pretty IG account.
@kapuluancoconut – High quality raw coconut oil. They plant a coconut palm tree for every tree sold, in an effort to sustain the economic success and wellness in rural communities of the Philippines.
@itslindak – food blogger in LA with fresh & airy photos that will draw you in.
@sewndesigns – Local Vancouver lingerie company making beautiful bralettes. Stay tuned next week for a feature, and an exciting giveaway!
My girlfriend shared this recipe with me a few months ago. It is has been her go-to snack for her kids for quite some time, and is so easy to make. You don’t have to be good in the kitchen to succeed at this recipe, so fear not! After trying this I was immediately hooked, and now it has quickly become a household favourite for my family. So, why not share the love with you too?!
Gluten Free Carrot Zucchini Loaf (Recipe makes two loaves)
3 cups flour (gluten free or any all purpose)
1 tsp each salt, baking soda, baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups sugar (** I just made this with 3/4 cup of raw sugar to cut back on sweetness, and it still tastes amazing)
3 tsp vanilla
1 cup each of grated zucchini & carrot
Mix all ingredients into one bowl. Spray baking pan & pour the mixture half way, into two pans. Bake for 60 minutes at 325 degrees. Let cool completely.
As mentioned in this previous post, tunics are in my opinion one of the most versatile pieces in a wardrobe. Consider the length; If long enough, it can be worn as a shirt, or a dress. This is one of the few items (and these boots) that returned with me from our trip to California, and I look forward to styling it several different ways through the season changes.
In exactly one month, we will be taking off again back to Cali, this time without the babes! (Mixed feelings over here). So, in preparation for our trip, I will be shopping in my closet for the next month, making the most out of what I have. This is not only a great exercise to practice in order to save money, it also allows you to really see what you’re wearing in your closet, and what no longer works for you. During this process, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase how to mix and match with only a handful of pieces. Stay tuned for next week’s post! xo