Day 1: Montreal. We arrive at 7am (4am our time) after a not so solid three hour sleep on our flight. We cab to our hotel downtown, crossing our fingers that they were not busy the night before and miraculously have our room ready for us. Wrong! Instead we haul our luggage into the gym changerooms to shower and put ourselves together. I’m not going to lie – we were complete zombies by this point. A simple chambray dress paired with my chuck taylors was in order for a day of sightseeing!!
When you are in a new city, you can somehow muster up the energy to rally for the day. So, on we went and made our way into Old Montreal. It did not take me long to fall hard. The cobblestone streets, the old buildings & churches that surround you, and the European vibe had me smitten. We wanted to be free to do as we please, so with no agenda at all, we roamed the streets to see what we could find. Our first tourist stop of the day: Basilique Notre-Dame Cathedral. Walking in there left me completey speechless (which doesn’t happen very often). This masterpiece took 100 years to create, and the detail is unreal. The stunning stained glass windows, carved woodwark, paintings – You can’t help but just stand there and take in it’s beauty. Montreal has many impressive monuments throughout the city, but undoubtedly this was by far my favourite.
More photos de Montreal to come!
Today is the day! We are so beyond ecstatic for our first trip to Montreal. I was having my usual mother’s guilt when booking flights so tonight we are out on a red eye, so that I can put my sweet little boy to bed one more time before we leave. It’s always a bittersweet feeling travelling sans child. On one hand, you get quality time with your partner (which is so important in a marriage), restful flights where you can actually read, and dinners out past 6pm. Glory! On the other hand, you miss them minutes after you separate, you constantly wonder if they are surviving without you, and you will always feel bad for leaving (parents just can’t win!).
We will be keeping ourselves entertained – sightseeing, dining (I’m prepared to pack on a few lbs), shopping, and taking in the beauty of Montreal. I will of course document through photos as much as my memory card will allow me, so rest assured there will be a vacation recap on the blog next week!
Now.. to the packing. I am planning ahead and outfitting, as opposed to stuffing random pieces in my luggage and hoping for the best. One accessory that is sure to tag along is this baggu leather tote. Perfect for travel, in the softest leather imaginable. The simplicity allows me to pair with both my travel & day looks. So, no need for multiple options, leaving plenty of room in my suitcase for new fine finds!
Here I am again, day three, looking for ways to style my hair in lieu of washing it. Sea salt spray has been a saviour, and has elimintaed hair spray for me entirely. But, instead of keeping my unkept locks down, it’s more fun to play with simple updo styles (plus it looks like you put in a little effort in the morning).
So, what to do? I love the inverse ponytail. It is a fun variation of the norm and is attainable through one simple step. This past time I decided to fishtail the ponytail, and pull it apart for a messy-chic style.
Check out my steps below. This will take you all of 5 minutes (if that!).
The tools required: two clear elastics, two bobbypins (just in case), sea salt spray (I reused this bottle and made my own – super easy!).
Begin by putting your hair in a ponytail. I left my shorter pieces in the front down, but you don’t have to. Then, create a hole above the elastic with your fingers, and pull the ponytail through.
Pull on the inverse ponytail to secure it.
Begin your fishtail braid. I chose to do a wider one ,but either way is fine.
Fishtail to the end, and secure with second elastic band.
Pull apart the fishtail with your hands. You can be pretty aggressive with it. The more you pull, the “messier” the look.
If need be, use bobbypins to tuck in any loose hairs into the top of the inverse ponytail (above the elastic).
Five miunutes later. The finished product!
As I am prepping for our trip to Montreal next week (SO excited!!), I am inspired daily by all of the simple yet stylish fall looks being posted to social media. Here is this week’s installment of Insta Faves.. Enjoy!
I decided to focus on mom bloggers this week who I believe deserve a follow. These moms, most who are inspiring “mompreneurs”, are setting the bar high with their creativity, drive for success, adorable babies, and of course.. their killer style.
Here we are! My transition from work to night.. with one simple accessory switch! This clutch was one of my very first splurges while I was in New York about five years ago. The leopard detail offers a pop, and the hard shell case completes the polished look. This beauty has travelled with me on almost every trip since!
Eliminating a full wardrobe change eases the stress of planning two outfits, and saves time. The clutch fits easily in my day handbag, and can store those few essential items for when it’s time to freshen up between events.
Another BIG thank you to my talented friend, Kim Forrester, for taking these beautiful photos. To see more photography by Kim, check out her personal facebook page here.
dress worn as skirt: aritzia (old, another option here)/ sweater: vince via nordstrom rack (different colour here)/shoes: shoemint/ bag: badgley mischka (old)/ sunnies: ray-ban/ necklaces: short, leah alexandra/ long, blue ruby (gifted)
Happy Monday, friends! I present to you installment #2 with photographer, Kim Forrester: Work to Night. There were FAR too many fabulous photos to choose from, so I will be featuring the nightime look on the blog tomorrow, showing one simple switch!
Here is my latest nine to five look. Applying one of my favourite tricks to add versatility to a piece, I used this grey aritzia dress as a skirt. The tulip style wrap around detail creates the illusion of a skirt, and paired with a knit sweater, is perfect for the transition into fall.
Can we discuss nude heels for a moment?! Speaking of versatility, they are the smartest footwear investment next to a pair of black boots. They elongate the legs making you appear taller, and the colour can be matched with anything. As I have incorporated these heels into my office look, I must mention this: Know your company dress code. Not all offices will allow open toed shoes. If you work in the creative field, most often it would not be an issue. Just make sure to have pretty, pedicured feet before doing so!
I am so incredibly excited to share the first installment of my latest photo session. After recently reconnecting with my old friend Kim, I discovered that she has taken up photography as a hobby. As long as I have known Kim, she has always been a creative being with an eye for style. When we decided to team up for a day, it was like no time had passed (even though it has been seven years since we last worked together!).
This first look we shot was my “everyday” look (aka running errands with King). Most days you will find me in converse, or an alternate flat shoe. This is partially why I get so amped up for boot season, as it elevates the everyday just so.
Stay tuned for next weeks second installment, where I share a Workday to Night outfit with one simple switch. You can check out Kim’s personal FB page here to see more of her work! A BIG shout out and thank you to Kim for these beautiful photos!
Here’s the latest collage of inspiring looks from my instagram feed. It is making the coming of fall that much more exciting! Neutral colours and minimal style is dominating this season.. How suiting
And the latest accounts added to my following list are…
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post… it’s a goodie xo
I have been staring at four blank white walls for several weeks now in my home office, focusing more on starting my business as opposed to decorating (which DOES make sense). That being said, it’s time to add some life to the space. I am working with a small budget until I get the moneyball rolling, so some creative DIY work was in order.
I was walking through Michaels the other day, and was inspired by this wooden skull stencil in their Halloween section. I quickly snatched it up, using that as my main piece to be inspired by. Then I came across the metallic frame, and I immediately envisioned this end result. At a total cost of under $10, I could afford to take the risk.
First I spray painted the skull with white spray paint, applying two coats (it dries very quickly!)
Then I took a piece of white cardstock paper and attached it to the metallic frame.
I secured the back by adding a piece of cardboard.
Using a hot glue gun, I applied glue on several spots of the back of the skull.
The end result. I laid this flat for about thirty minutes before putting it upright.
I realized yesterday how long it has been since my last work day post. Please don’t take this as me not working, just simply forgetting (or not having the time!) to document my office day attire.
I had a meeting with a potential client yesterday, so the pumps came out to play. My pairing of choice was a simple stripe (surprise surprise) with a cropped trouser. Add a few necklaces, sleek black pumps, and a black bag – and vòila! Easy peasy. Effortless chic!
My photog husband pointed out to me yesterday that I tend to have certain pieces in heavy rotation on the blog. This is simply because I see the value in a good piece, and I like to showcase it’s versatility. Style does not need to be complicated; having mix and match pieces makes the decision process that much easier!