I have to giggle to myself everytime I am walking through our neighborhood, and I see young kids wearing converse. I think to myself as I stare down at those very same shoes on my feet, “Am I dressing too youthful?!” or “Is it okay to be wearing the same thing as your tween babysitter??” (or even more, your own child!). I am a mother of two in my early thirties, years beyond my fellow shoe matching twins.
Quite honestly, I love wearing them. I have always been a converse fan, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. My sneaker collection has evolved over time to more sophistcated styles, but this broken in pair of chuck taylors are my old faithfuls. I will gladly be caught twinning with my neighbour’s daughter if it means I am wearing what is comfortable, and what suits me.
On another note, I finally found a navy coat. I say finally because I have literally been on the hunt for years now. As popular as navy is as an alternative to black, it is not an easy colour to track down when it comes to outerwear. I scooped this one up at Zara recently in their new arrivals, and even better, it was under $120!
I am excited to introduce you to the following accounts, if you don’t follow them already. Most have already established a large following, but with over 400 million Instagram users, you can ALWAYS stumble upon new & amazing people!
@2pennyblue - Blazers with a cause. For every blazer purchased, a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa.
@oldjoygiftboxes – Beautifully curated giftboxes ethically sourced from Canada & the Pacific Northwest. If you send gifts to clients and want to set yourself apart from the rest, send one of these.
@ourlittlephotodiary – Stylish mom with two VERY stylish little boys.
@palmspringsstyle – A guide dedicated to everything Palm Springs. Where to stay, where to go. If you are heading to Palm Springs, follow them along for ideas!
@appistudio – Adorable blankets made in the USA. Perfect gift idea for expectant mamas.
@framebridge – Custom framing online. I am totally going to use this service!
@bellabuttercup_ - Creators of the wooden playbar. Making stylish products for baby & toddler.
@marieandmood – Fashion blogger based in France. Classic & feminine.
@seeannajane – Chicago based blogger with a cute baby, cute dog and effortlessly chic style.
I have touched on the subject of Luxury Resale in the past, and the advantages of taking that approach when it comes to shopping. There are major perks (and savings!) so today I have teamed up with my favourite place in the city, Mine & Yours, to talk about just how much you save when it comes to buying resale.
Mine & Yours sets themselves apart from the rest of local Consignment stores with their unique structure. Instead of opening a consigner’s account and waiting for your items to sell, the store will offer you 30% of their list price in cash (on the spot! check website for days) or 50% in store credit. Luxury handbags are the only exception to that rule, and can be taken in under consignment at a 50/50 split.
Since discovering the store last year, I have managed to not only sell a ton of pre-loved items, but have also scored big time on the buying side as well. Three items in my outfit above were purchased with a trade in credit. Here’s the breakdown on how much money I saved..
Total Retail Cost – $2,219 / Mine & Yours List Price – $415. That’s a savings of over 80%!!!
For the average consumer, spending thousands of dollars on a couple or even one singular item is just not an option. For myself as a part time working mom, that’s wishful thinking. That being said, the dream of owning beautiful, tailored pieces and sleek silhouettes by high end designers should not be unattainable. A “pre-loved” item simply means that someone else has paid the retail price for you, and now it’s yours for the win
Congratulations to owners Jigme & Courtney on a succesful two years!! xo
I attempted the midi skirt for the first time for my sister-in-law’s baby shower yesterday. I have always been intrigued by the silhouette, yet I’ve never managed to find one that has flattered my body until now. After several attempts and failing (also not selling myself short just for the sake of a trend), this zara “suedette” skirt fit the bill. As I was going to be attending a nautical themed shower at a french café, it was so suiting for the occasion.
Here is the kicker when it comes to trends. Sometimes you can be so in love with a style, but it may not work for you. Don’t jump on the bandwagon just to stay on trend. You may never make it work but still can appreciate the look; or you are late to the party, and finally discover a piece that suits you way after it became popular. The only wrong you can do is wear something that you don’t feel confident in. Wear what suits YOU, and ignore what everyone else around you is doing..
If you live in Vancouver and have not yet discovered Café Ca Va, you must! It is the most beautiful little Parisian cafe in West Vancouver, and to say I am slighlty obsessed would be an understatement. The decor alone is worth the trip, not to mention their exquisite pastry selection!
t-shirt: anine bing via mine & yours/ sweater: theory (old)/ jacket: aritzia (sample from their warehouse sale)/ denim: joe’s jeans/ boots: the bay (old)/ bag: baggu/ sunnies: ray-ban/ watch: daniel wellington
As the temperature cools, it’s time once again to play with layering techniques. We have not quite reached that point where coats are a must, so sweaters paired with lightweight jackets are an easy combination through this transitional period. It is also a great way to continue to use Spring/Summer items in your wardrobe, especially if they are in simple, neutral tones that don’t limit you to one season.
This jacket comes with a story that I must share. As mentioned a few posts back, I braved the Aritzia warehouse sale earlier this month. While shopping away with piles in my hand, something came up at home that had me darting out of there as fast as possible. Luckily my good friend was in no rush to leave, and offered to purchase my items for me. Otherwise I would have wasted hours spent waiting in line, fighting crowds, and trying on dozens of pieces – for nothing. This jacket had no labels whatsoever, making it what I assume to be a sample. When my friend went to purchase my items, there was no price tag on it either. The girl charged, get this… $9.99. You know what that says to me??? Two things. 1. I seriously scored big time and owe my friend a drink. 2. You pay for the label. Had this jacket been labeled on the inside, there is no way the price would have been that low. I am going to enjoy this jacket even more because of the story that came with it
Did anyone catch the excitement over the Nordstrom Opening Gala on social media last night??! Wow. All I can say is Vancouver, we are one lucky city. Without any exaggeration, I can honestly say that this is THE most beautiful location I have ever seen. What a great excuse for a mom like myself to trade in the joggers for heels for an evening. Open bar, amazing food, jazz band, live mannequins, early access to shopping, supporting local charities, and people watching.. The fashion was seriously on point!!
So, that being said, Nordstrom Vancouver is definitely in this week’s roundup. You must follow them along on instagram at @nordstromvan, as well as these other gems I discovered this week..
@nordstromvan – because, why wouldn’t you??!
@bell_amy – Calgary based photographer, also a mom of two boys. She captures beautiful images.
@thecultcollective – A beautiful online magazine featruring modern culture, art, fashion & travel.
@uyu_icecream – New Organic milk ice cream spot serving up tall in Gastown.
@growingfootprints – Online lifestyle boutique for kids & home, from Australia. It’s so good, I almost want it to remain my little secret..
@amvicollection – Basic essential t-shirts made in the US. Great price point, simple aesthetic.
@vraiandro – Online boutique of fine jewelry. Also at an affordable price point.
@afabulousfete – Calligraphy, decor, and all things pretty.
@anja_mari – Killer mom style documented on her beautiful instagram account. Great inspiration for pregnancy fashion.
I recently had the immense pleasure of working with some of my favourite local ladies in business, and their little ones for a fun fall shoot. Four mamas, four different styles. A group of inspiring women in business who are all balancing the parenting/work life, and staying true to their personal style all the way.
Since starting this blog two years ago, one of the most enjoyable experiences has been meeting other local moms in business; hands down. Here’s where Instagram enters the story. All of the ladies & brands involved in this shoot were thanks to social media. Friendships you develop online with the faces behind the brands, blogs & businesses – all before meeting them face to face. There’s a wonderful sense of excitement when you finally meet those people in person; feeling like you know them so well already.
As a mom who is in fashion, it goes without saying that I see the importance of having your own personal style. One that not only speaks to your personality, but also reflects your lifestyle. If someone was to ask me how to describe my own, I would simply say that it is classic in nature, with a casual luxe vibe. I know my role & how to dress for it. I see the value in a great piece that will serve me well, but also know that a piece that makes you feel good can come from anywhere. Following that, I absolutely LOVE exploring local talent.
I may be a classic myself, but when it comes to my kids, I love a good statement piece. You’re never too young to have good style! Kingston lives up to his name with a personality filled with strong will, pizazz & humour. I love dressing him in fun pieces that are a reflection of his free-spirited nature. The ladies behind Emerson Apparel, Vonbon, Whistle & Flute and Coral & Cloud focus on creating pieces that not only your kids will enjoy, but their mamas will too. The best part is, they are all mompreneurs producing local products.
Let me introduce you to my talented mama friends. First up, meet Jamie & her daughter, Charlie. Jamie is the beauty & brains behind Styling the Inside, a must-read mom blog that focuses on working on your inner beauty. Jamie tells it how it is; a talented writer who talks about the real truths when it comes to motherhood, and the challenges that we all face. I absolutely love what Jamie is doing, and if you ever have the pleasure of meeting her in person, consider yourself very lucky. She is so inspiring…
Next up is Jessica, the designer & creator of Emerson Apparel, and her daughter, Emerson. Jess is probably one of the funniest people I have ever met. She certainly has a presence in any room she walks into, and I absolutely love that about her. She shares her free-spirited nature with her adorable daughter, and it goes without saying that her kids line is a reflection of just that. Her strong work ethic, drive to succeed & killer motivational attitude make her one unstoppable mama. Emerson apparel has a unique & fun loving aesthetic; One that your child will enjoy, and other moms will notice. It is made locally from organic cotton.
Meet Jenn, the designer & founder of Vonbon Apparel, and her daughter, Esti. Jenn’s talents and dedication have made her an extreme success, and she is undoubtedly a power mama to be in awe of. Her strong sense of business has turned her brand into a household name; One that can be seen all over town, and is constantly being promoted through her fans on social media. Her line of eco-friendly, organic cotton kids clothing & accessories is a collection of sophisticated yet playful designs, and neutral colours. Every piece is gender neutral, making her brand the ideal baby gift that every expectant mama hopes to receive.
Photography: Stage Lab
Last weekend we stayed in the most beautiful place in Whistler. It was a modern design rental with white walls, and grey accents (my kind of space). Clean lines, monochromatic feel; it was all in the simple details. I took this opportunity to photograph my weekend look INSIDE, as these pristine walls made for an ideal background and created the perfect light.
As for my weekend look, it was all about comfort. And what is more comfortable than a cotton jumpsuit??!! It’s essentially a glorified version of pajamas. Since trading in a pair of shoes for this jumpsuit & an Anine Bing t-shirt at Mine & Yours (a screaming deal!!!!!), I have found great use for this piece already. Although I did not feature my shoes, a classic pair of converse are what completed this outfit for a morning spent in the village. If you have ever been to Whistler, you would know that sneakers are an acceptable (and preferred) shoe for both day and night.
I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend! Can you believe it’s officially FALL????!!!!
So my little man Rex is making an appearance on the blog today! This happy little ray of sunshine just brightens each day. It makes a HUGE difference when you have a good baby who loves to sleep! Many friends have asked how I find the time to blog during this time with two, and it is honestly due to having such a good contented baby. He is already so used to being on the move (poor boy doesn’t have a choice..lol), so naturally, he just goes with the flow. I will really enjoy looking back at these photos with the boys; it is a precious time that flies by far too quickly.
This eyelet top from Joe Fresh was another score at a fabulous price. I managed to buy three great pieces for less than $40, all of which I can see myself wearing on a regular basis. And shocker… it’s not grey. The split fabrics on this piece also adds some extra depth & texture, which is nice when your top is your statement piece.
Speaking of savings, I braved the Aritzia Warehouse Friends & Family sale the other night. What a crazy shopping experience. Talk about retail cardio!! There are great deals to be found, but to be completely honest with you, I’m too tried to face that again. I don’t have any extra energy to spare, and when it comes to navigating your way through this sale, a LOT is needed. I literally nursed a shopping hangover the next day (which developed into a migraine…. SO not worth it!).
I was so excited to share last week’s discoveries with you, and had all intentions of doing so on Sunday. Unfortunately due to the crazy wind storms we were left without power for about 36 hours! Grr… Not fun. This had me running around taking showers and blow drying my hair at neighbours’ houses. Thank goodness we live in such a friendly community…
Let’s begin, shall we?!
@andicsinger - blogger/stylist from Australia. Quickly becoming my new muse..
@tribeandpax – modern kid style selling the perfect romper for your littles.
@thetig – created by Suits actress Meghan Markle (who should also follow). Covering all the hot topics from travel, food, fashion to beauty. I am So happy I dicovered this page.
@pantosparis – sunglasses handcrafted in France (Parisians perfect everything).
@fashion_stash – daily style inspiration.
@littlepeanutmagazine – Lifestyle blog & magazine for the modern mom.
@the_citizenry - Designed modern goods that are ethically crafted; inspired by travel.
@mosquitodessert – new dessert & champagne bar in Gastown. Need I say more??
@axelarigato_women – lust worthy sneakers