I started this blog after having my son to document & show women that moms can be stylish too, and it doesn’t need to be complicated. As shown above, there are many influential moms who prove this to be true. It’s comes down to what speaks to you, what is most important, and staying true to yourself (avoiding certain looks/trends that may not work for you).
You can still look polished in casual wear. These mommas are showing us how it’s done!
In addition, check out these awesome accounts (not just fashion related) which made it into my top 5 of the week…
1. @_zilvi – Interior decor. Adorable wall art for your littles, all the way from Australia!
2. @emily_luciano – gorgeous Canadian fashion blogger, just about to release her own collection of wool panama hats (which I am VERY excited about!)
3. @kayla_itsines – Personal trainer from Australia who creates bikini body workout ebooks. I know this is completely different from my usual suggestions, but if you saw this woman’s body, you would also be intrigued in what she has to offer!
4. @givelandeau – simple & beautiful flower delivery based in Vancouver. Order online. The packaging is perfection!
5. @lilliesandleon – Stylish NYC momma doing it all. Capturing her adventures with her little through instagram.
As mentioned in this post, I have been taking the less is more approach when it comes to introducing new items to my closet. When you are a busy mom on the go, you need your wardrobe to be functional & user friendly.
I have had my eye on MANY things (the list is never-ending, as per usual), but these selected items were the front runners – and are making me pleased to say there is no buyer’s remorse here..
A pair of metallic sneakers are the perfect casual sneaker – elevating a look, and are a fun replacement to your regular basic coloured footwear. These gap sneakers were all of $13 at the outlet (not shown online), and were a total steal in my opinion.
A pair of black boots – a no brainer. You will always find ways to wear them for both day and night. This Alexander Wang pair are on the high end of the spectrum, but will see me through many fall/winters for years to come. The fun silver backing adds an unexpected edge, and they are SO unbelievably comfortable. If there is a place to splurge, it is on boots…
A basic white t-shirt – even at this time of year, I find myself grabbing for t-shirts. Pairing them with sweaters, jackets, blazers, and with denim, skirts or cropped trousers. A basic white v-neck should live in everyone’s closet. Both men & women can be particular when it comes to the brand/style/material of their t-shirts. I personally have fallen for the tissue tee from J.Crew. The quality & shape remains the same after several washes, and at a cost of $25 you will have no regrets.
Black chunky knit – paired with denim & heels, it is the quintessential “cool girl” look. There’s many colours you can choose from, but as I am still on my basic black & white kick, I felt the colour choice was an obvious one. Mixing this from day to night, all while feeling wrapped up and cozy, the chunky knit trend is one to follow. I happened to luck out and snag this at the Aritzia warehouse sale for $60 (!!!), but I still feel like it would be worth it at full price ($165).
White shirtdress – a classic. I have been after a white shirtdress for AGES. I have come across many, but none of them were the right material. This Aritzia version is perfect for many reasons. It is light, airy, comfortable, and long enough to wear on it’s own, or with something on top. Easy to accessorize, wearable through all seasons – I will never get bored in styling this piece. ($95)
The blanket scarf – A must have accessory this season. This oversized version of a typical scarf can be wrapped in multiple ways. It adds texture, pattern & colour to your look, and will keep you warm through the cold months. I love my greys, so when I spotted this Zara one (for $30 I might add!! ), I was immediately sold!
The menswear watch – This highly popular androgynous trend is getting a lot of attention. Daniel Wellington watches have been spotted everywhere as of recently, and for good reason. This unisex version is my favourite. It is bold yet simple, classic & is perfect for the “borrowed from the boys” look. I was over the moon about this birthday present, and it is now my everyday accessory ($229)
What are your favourite pieces this season??
Happy Sunday!! This week’s Insta Faves is by far one of my favourties, because it showcases all local boutiques in Vancouver! Sharing some local love, these fall pieces have me excited to shop close to home. Check out their instagram pages for constant updates on new arrivals..
4. @shoponeofafew - This gastown shop has been killing it since ’05. Always a beautiful collection of unique pieces.
5. @heyjudeshop – A new vintage pop up shop on Kingsway. Their instagram account is one to swoon over..
7. @shopnoul – Vancouver brand, simple designs. I can never walk away empty handed.
8. @woo2cu – East meets West. Asian & European designs found in Yaletown. An exceptional collection of minimal style accessories.
9. @musefashion – If you are ever in the Surrey/White Rock area, this store is a must. A perfect collection of versatile pieces, must have basics, and dresses. If you don’t find yourself out that way, they just launched their online site, so check it out!
top: muse social fashion house/ necklace: jq vancouver
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Chelsey Andrews, the beautiful face & creative talent behind JQ Vancouver. I was first introduced to Chelsey’s brand while shopping at Muse Social Fashion House. I loved the simple display of dainty, long chains & elegant designs. A collection of everyday wear pieces (which I have proved by wearing one of her designs here, here & here), Chelsey’s creations are completely relatable – making it possible for women to find that perfect “go-to” piece.
S: When did you start designing jewellery, and how did you get into it?
C: I started designing jewellery in March of 2013 after graduating from Fashion Design School the previous year. I’ve always loved jewellery, especially long pendant necklaces; I found they seemed to complete any outfit I was wearing. I really jumped two feet in with the knowledge I gained in school and throughout a career in the Fashion Industry. I started to research necklace trends, where to order supplies, and through trial and error learned how to put all the individual pieces together to create variations of necklaces and bracelets.
S: What is your favourite source when searching for current design trends, before starting a new collection?
C: My top two favourite sources for current design trends come from observing what women are wearing in their everyday lives, and pinterest is also a great source of inspiration! Once I’ve noticed the current trends that I think are a great fit for JQ Vancouver I then try to come up with ways to create a necklace that will be different then what I’ve seen!
S: Describe your target audience…
C: My target audience is women anywhere from teens to the well-aged beauties. I find that with delicate and modern designs any woman can find something in the JQ Collection that will suit her!
S: What is your current best seller?
C: The current and consistent best seller is definitely the Silver Double Pendant necklace. From the moment it hit stands to over a year down the road it has been the front runner… and great news, JQ has now added a Gold Double Pendant as well! In stores and online the styles do vary a bit, with the Gold Antler becoming a great seller around the world through online!
S: Where are your pieces sold, and what is the price range?
C: JQ Vancouver is sold at Muse Social Fashion House in South Surrey, Mad About Style in Winnipeg, Mountain Maven in Montana and through Etsy online! Our price range is pretty consistent – staying around the $32 mark which is a great price point for gifts and adding to any wardrobe!
I am so excited to be giving away this gorgeous gold double spike necklace (featured above) to one lucky reader! I will be announcing the winner next Tuesday, November 18th!
A BIG thank you to Chelsey Andrews!!
In continuation of my weekend wear theme from Monday, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite images of the week – all emphasizing comfort, while remaining oh so cool. Friday can’t come fast enough..
Annndddd.. the top 5 accounts this week are..
1. @kateoliver – Her three ridiculously adorable boys are pictured above. She is my #wcw!!
2. @primecutbags – handmade bags from Portland. LOVE.
3. @semblanceboutique – minimal/contemporary/cool
4. @kindredoak – mother/designer (daughter shown above). I am obsessing over everything she has to offer!!
5. @whentheyfindus - A guide to creative Vancouver. The perfect place to discover what’s authentic & local in this city.
Outfit details – t-shirt: j.crew/sweater: aritzia (old, similar)/ grey denim: 7 for all mankind/ sneakers: gap (cool wool version here)/ bag: baggu/ beanie: aritzia/ King – shirt: a’hoy (sold out)/ sweater: splendid kids/ sweatpants: crewcuts/ sneakers: nike/ beanie: target (similar)
This about sums up our Sundays. Bad hair, don’t care – that’s what toques are for! I really LOVE not having an agenda on Sundays. Waking up, not in a rush, enjoying the company of my family while laying around in our pajamas. I am soaking up these memories as I know these days won’t last forever. I had a moment when King came into our bed after he woke up, climbed up next to me, and his smiling face was the first thing I saw. I looked at him thinking, please stay like this forever!!
We eventually decided to get dressed, not fetching far beyond our pj look. I think the three of us were still recuperating from our Halloween adventures, and the serious overindulgence on delicious candy. I am growing concerned on the amount of leftovers we have, plus King’s bucket-o-goodies. We are going to have to use some serious self control over the next few weeks!
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Well, I honestly can’t believe how long it has been since my last outfit post (embarrasing, to say the least.) Where did October go?? The time is flying by, but lucky for us we fall back this weekend and gain an hour. A much. needed. hour.
I finally pulled out this amazing chunky knit aritzia sweater that I scored from the warehouse sale a while back. I love this lasting trend, it is an easy pairing, and who doesn’t love to be wrapped up in soft, thick knit?! I chose this as my workday wear for the week, mixing it with a plaid skirt & creating a simple, classic black and white look.
I have been very selective (also known as picky) this season as to what new pieces I purchase. Finding a few key items will over time create a functional, timeless wardrobe. I’ve made the mistake of acquiring too many impulse purchases in the past, ones that do not go together, and leave my feeling like I have nothing to wear. So, there will be favoured articles of clothing in heavy rotation on the blog- but always styled differently of course!
There is an overwhelming amount of websites out there to choose from, that it feels impossible to keep up and stay current. The key is to find a small handful that cover the bases of what you are looking for. I’ve rounded up my Top Five, covering motherhood, healthy eating, travel, style, and DIY… Enjoy!
This website is a great resource for moms. It covers everything from how to battle morning sickness to how to design your dream nursery. Motherhood, style, beauty, living, travel – you will find it all. The articles are insightful, and the photos are beautiful.
I am always looking for ways to sneak in more veggies to King’s diet. This website provides healthy, fun recipes that are suitable for the whole family. I have had great success thus far with anything I have made from this site!
3. Kid & Coe
Zoie Kingsbery, wife of a musician, a mother of two, spends her life travelling with her family. So she created Kid & Coe - a website that provides kid friendly properties for rent, all over the world. It is the perfect guide for finding ideal travel destinations, that will allow you to feel at home & not have to travel with every kid essential item. You can also list your property for rent!
As stated in it’s name, the Everygirl has something to offer for all demograpghics. Style, beauty, living, DIY, travel – this is one of my favourite websites to check out what’s new with my morning coffee. A guide to the latest products, brands & trends. A great source of inspiration!!
Erin, the creative talent behind House of Earnest, is always posting new projects to make your home look fresh & beautiful. Her taste of rustic meets modern with a side of natural is simply perfection. These bent metal hurricanes are one of her latest creations (LOVE)….
This week’s Insta Faves are all about the Details – Hair, beauty, accessories, shoes (including my newest addition.. these Alexander Wang boots!!)
Collecting a few key accessories & putting that extra effort in to your routine can make a world of difference. As I tend to err on the simple side, adding the little details is a quick and easy way to obtain a polished look. A messy braid, fun nail polish (LOVING this matte black look above), or a printed scarf are my personal favourites. Hope you enjoy!
Here are the top five accounts of this week..
1. @figtNY - perfect classic style inspiration
2. @bc_thelabel -Sydney based label with gorgeous designs
3. @the_smillie_burrage - mom, design consultant from Norwich with a keen eye for style
4. @littlerascalsshop - adorable fashions for the minis in your life!
5. @kristanorrisco - awesome Canadian handmade scarves
Calling all shoe lovers!! If you have been looking for a good excuse to add to your shoe collection, here it is!
On October 21st from 7 – 9:30pm, Holt Renfrew in Pacific Centre is proudly teaming up with the Children’s Wish Foundation for Shopping for Shoes with a Cause. Come check out the latest shoe arrivals (and other fine fashions) over some bubbles, nibbles, sweets & surprises! Holt Renfrew will be donating 10% of sales to the BC & Yukon Chapter – which helps heartfelt wishes of terminally ill children come true. Please come and support this worthy cause!
Find the pair (or pairs!) that speak to you, snap a #shoefie, and spread the word! Tweet & instagram your pictures using #shoefie, #cwfbc, and #holtsvancouver.
You know where to find me tomorrow night! Hope to see you all there
“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.”
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