grey henley: ketch (old)/ coat: hatch maternity/ denim: AG adriano goldschmied/ shoes: j.crew (sold out)/ hat: urban outfitters (similar) / sunnies: ray-ban/ bag: baggu On Kingston: coat: burberry kids (gifted, old)/ denim: gap kids/ shoes: reebox via nordstrom rack/ toque: target
Photos by Kim Forrester
It has really dawned on me lately that my so called “freedom” of only having one child is about to come to an end. King is now old enough that we are able to do much more activities together, and without a nap in the way (although it is missed), we are not limited. I have been enjoying taking him out on adventures as we call them (sometimes I have to sell errands as adventures and make them sound SUPER exciting), and making the most out of our time left together just us two. Last week the weather was crummy, and I was feeling miserable. So, we decided to have a day date at the movies and see Paddington Bear. We sat there holding hands, eating popcorn, and laughing. I loved every minute of it!! I know I have 16 weeks left to go, but realistically in a mom’s world, that will fly by like minutes. King is going to make one fine big brother, and be quite the helper. He already has an obsession with work (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), and will own his title proudly. I am feeling confident that our decision to have almost a 4 year gap will be a good thing!
Let’s talk fashion for a minute. If there is one item I love collecting during pregnancy, it is shoes. A momma should feel good, so if a pair of shoes will lift her spirits when feeling sick & miserable, then so be it. Especially when you walk into J.Crew sale section, and find a pair of leopard pony hair oxfords marked down from $350 t0 $84.99 (oh and wait, with an additional 50% off). That made for one happy momma, and I have worn them proudly everyday since!
From left to right: grey stars infinity scarf/ grey dots infinity scarf/ basic black tee/ black xo leggings/ grey trees blanket/ soft grey stars sleeper/ knotted hats in pink dots, grey dots, navy/grey/black, grey stars
I have mini style on the mind lately. There are so many fun ways to dress up your kids these days, and when you can do so and support local, it’s even better! I love discovering new lines, especially when they are owned by mompreneurs! A good friend introduced me to Little Citizens, a local kids line started by owner, Jenny White. I am incredibly honoured to feature this brand!!
Little Citizens is an adorable collection of stylish clothing (size 0 - 36months), blankets & accessories, that is perfect for your fashionable littles! What makes this brand unique?? All products are made from 100% organic cotton, and are locally designed and made. Jenny creates the patterns, and with the help of a graphic designer has them transferred onto the materials using non-toxic, water-based inks. In addition, almost every element of her business is sourced locally (the packaging alone is precious!). Jenny strives to create a successful brand that moms will enjoy, all while being able to spend time with her own little one at home
Featured above are a few pieces from the collection. I want them all! I love how gender neutral the patterns & colours are. It is getting me very excited about styling another baby!
Jenny has very generously offered a discount to my readers, for the next two weeks! Place an order online here, and enter code ‘FAMILYJEWELS15′ at checkout to receive 15% off of your order. Offer ends February 6th.
On Instagram?? Follow Little Citizens (@littlecitizensapparel) and make sure to tag your littles using #littlecitizens!
Thank you to Jenny from Little Citizens, and my amazing photographer, Kim Forrester!
I was rifling through our hall closet last week, and came across a pile of scarves belonging to my hubby. Most of these I have obviously seen before, but this one I don’t recall him ever wearing in the past. I decided to borrow it for the day, to add some pattern to my neutral outfit. I love how menswear inspired has been trending for quite some time now. It gives me the opportunity to access an entirely separate closet (and Scott has good style.. If I may say so).
Maternity fashion has definitely evolved over the years. Now pregnant women can wear almost every style other women do, and this allows them to feel stylish & beautiful during their pregnancy (instead of rocking a muumuu for nine months). Even though I will not build a full wardrobe just for these remaining months, I have collected a few key items that are doing the trick. I am smitten over these Hatch maternity leather leggings. The waistband sits low, as opposed to having a belly band attached. I will easily be able to wear these post baby (bonus!).
Another BIG thank you to my dear friend, Kim Forrester, for capturing this look!
Happy Friday!! Yeah to the weekend! It has been another insanely busy week. I am quite nervous as to just how fast this baby will be here!
Outfit details. The weather dropped the other day, and I was ill-prepared. So, I decided to play around with some last minute layering techniques. I was wearing this SUPER soft maternity blazer, and added some edge to the look with my leather jacket. In the case you don’t feel like wearing a big heavy coat, layering blazers with jackets is a great alternative. Owning a good leather jacket is a must for every women’s closet (and worth investing in!). I was gifted this one years ago, and it has served me well.
Thank you again to Kim Forrester for capturing this look!
Lately I have been feeling a little uninspired on the blog, which you have probably noticed by the lack of posts there have been so far in 2015. I am sure it’s partially due to my pregnancy, and being completely wiped by the end of the day that my creative mind has decided to shut down on me. I would imagine this “bloggers block” happens to many, and it definitely comes with a serious frustration. I don’t believe in posting content just for the heck of it, or to fill a gap until a better idea comes along. When I am inspired, then my computer is turned on for writing.
I realized it has been AGES since my last Insta Faves post. Then I thought to myself, what am I most attracted to right now when scrolling through my daily feeds? Comfort. lol. I realize this does not surprise anyone. Finding sartorial inspiration in casual wear has me excited. Fortunately for me, my lifestyle matches my current wardrobe favourites. Therefore, it is the area to focus on. Who’s with me??
Also, I have stumbled upon some awesome accounts lately. Here are the links for your viewing pleasure.. (Be sure to take a peek!)
1. @lookdepernille – Stylist/Blogger/Blonde Goddess
2. @collagevintage – Take one look, you will be hooked! #closetenvy
3. @apartment_34 – Expectant momma, Instagram photos done to perfection
4. @elenashihan – Neutral palette, casual luxe (featured above in ripped denim)
5. @ryleeandcru – Kids clothing by Illustrator Kelli Murray (whose personal account is also worth checking out) – This has to be one of the best baby/small kids clothing lines that I have found on Instagram to date.
I have had a serious growth spurt this past week, and am feeling VERY pregnant now at 20 weeks! Everyone has been telling me that on your second pregnancy you expand much quicker, which I didn’t find to be the case for myself until a few days ago. Still, I am focusing on a healthy pregnancy with plenty of good nutrients & exercise this time around, and overall it has significantly increased my energy levels thus far.
I was recently gifted this Hatch cropped trench jacket, which I am absolutely loving in this cold weather. I am able to comfortably wear it open with several layers below, which is not the case for most of the outerwear in my closet. Comfort is key right now during my “expansion”, so having a few key pieces like this one in heavy rotation is covering my wardrobe needs.
As mentioned in my pregnancy announcement post, I promised to divulge the truth as to why we decided to wait on baby #2. I think this reason is an important one to share with others, as I am sure many women have experienced the social pressures of having multiples.
Our initial plan for starting a family was to have two children, which seems to be the most common number. After Kingston was born, it felt like it took no time at all for people to start asking about baby #2. I would think to myself (or sometimes vocalize) I JUST had a baby. How could I possibly think about having another already?? King changed our life for the better no doubt, and brings so much joy to our family. He is the most hilarious mini human I have ever met, and I have never laughed so hard as I do when I am with my two favorite men. He teaches me how to love, nurture, care & have patience on a level I didn’t know existed. The impact a child has to one’s life however when becoming a parent is what you can never truly prepare for. The sleep deprivation is rough, but moreso it’s the 180 degree shift your life takes once making the decision to have a baby. To say you are sacrificing many other areas of your life is a gross understatement. Sure you can gain these back over time, but never quite as much as before. Your career, your relationships, your personal time – all take a hit initially. One of the most challenging lessons in parenting I have found is sustaining all of these important aspects in my life while King remains the upmost important of them all.
As time went on, I was so wrapped up with my first child that the baby fever never came back for the second. This feeling remained, for a LONG time. It got to the point where we decided (or so we thought) we were perfectly happy being a one child family. That was going to suit us. I seem to have a lot of family and friends in my life who are only children (including both of my parents), and they turned out great. My feelings did not change for over three years after our first was born, so I took that as a sign that I would probably never feel that way again. The thought of adding a second child to our chaotic life seemed absured, and if I am being totally honest here, still scares the heck out of me. What bothered me is how opinionated people can be on the subject. If they don’t believe in having only one child (which is a serious accomplishment still), or did not choose this for their own family, they tend to give you grief. I may have come around after three years, but that is not the case for everyone. All I can say is, do what’s right for your family, because nobody is raising your kids but you.
I think Scott would agree in saying that he was ready before I was. The fact of the matter is, a woman’s life drastically changes the second they find out they are pregnant. From day one you are altering your diet, lifestyle, and putting your unborn child before you at every given moment. It is the biggest sacrifice you will ever make in a lifetime. I was not ready to walk down that path again, even though my spouse was. I needed to be ready, and in the right mental state before making such a huge life decision. Many of our friends have two children, and although you do not see their life behind doors, they all seem to be managing just fine.
One day I started to get the feeling that something was missing. I am in the midst of launching a new business, I have my blog (which is like another baby to me), I have a wonderful & supportive man by my side, and of course, lest we forget, I have my sweet baby boy. The feeling was almost foreign to me as it had been so long, but soon enough I realized I was ready to expand our family of three (deep breaths).
I am in no way an expert in parenting, and I will be the first to admit I make mistakes on the daily. Having baby #2 is not going to be easy, but it is something we as a family are ALL ready for. There will be a lot of trial and error in the beginning while we adapt to life with two kids, and that is just fine. It warms my heart to think about this baby being born, and giving our son the opportunity to become a big brother. It has been forever since I have enjoyed sweet baby cuddles, and the beauty that life brings when a baby is born. I am so unbelievably excited.
Rest assured there will be no shortage of updates (and maybe the occasional rant). Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I am known for being quite the open book, so having this platform at my disposal means that every once in a while, I am going to get very personal
Good morning!! I hope you all have managed to recover from the holidays, and are settling back in nicely to regular life. I was longing for our normal routine by the weekend, itching to get back on schedule, and get things done!
I have been meaning to post this DIY for several weeks now, but the holiday season had me far too busy. My inspiration for this project was for gifting, as I have always felt that something homemade carries special sentiment. In addition to the accessory trays, a fun gift idea for a friend or family member is to add a few pieces of costume jewellery on top, and package it together. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness & hard efforts!
I chose silver as my metallic accent, but this could easily be recreated with a gold finish. You could also play around with the shapes if you wish.
And here you have it.. the finished product!! (and already being put to good use)…
left: gold eye ring: oak & fort/ right: beaded bracelet: club monaco/ watch: daniel wellington
Happy New Years, friends!! I hope you all enjoyed a fun filled evening last night (I know we sure did!) and are able to spend quality time with your friends & family today.
Thank you for all of your love and support throughout 2014. This New Year is going to be filled with lots of exciting changes – a new baby, a new business, travel, and many more exciting adventures. I absolutely love sharing my stories with you, along with my style diaries, and I look forward to coming up with fresh content that I hope you will thoroughly enjoy!
Today marks an important milestone.. My halfway point in my pregnancy!! I can’t believe how quickly time flies! I am definitely starting to notice and feel the changes in my body, and now that I have a bump, the fun begins with styling it!! One of my favourite brands thus far has been LOFT Maternity. Their designs are simple & classic, the line is affordable, and the items are ones that I would wear outside of pregnancy. My outfit shown above is entirely from LOFT (minus the accessories), and I have been wearing this black denim every other day. Love it!
Well, in case you hadn’t already guessed it, We are expecting baby #2!! It has been extremely hard to keep this a secret for so long, but I finally feel ready to share our news now that I am 18 weeks, and well into my second trimester! We will be welcoming our newest addition in May
I will be opening up about our journey, and why we decided to wait until now. Stay tuned for details, and MANY more “bump style” posts!
King is over the moon about becoming a big brother. I couldn’t resist including my handsome little man in these photos!
Merry Christmas to you all, and Best Wishes for a wonderful year ahead!
Here is a fun & easy Christmas DIY project that is a must share!! I found these scented pine cones at the dollar store that have the smell of Christmas (mmmmm…). You can easily use pine cones found in your own backyard, but I just could not resist the beautiful scent of these ones! Pine cones & twine were purchased from the dollar store, and spray paint from our local hardware store. At a total cost of just less than $10, and a little time out of my day, I was pleased to take this DIY on. I am calling it my scented “snow dipped” pine cone banner. The end result is charming, and the perfect final touch for the fireplace!
Enjoy & Happy Holidays!!!
Stay tuned for a HUGE announcement on the blog this week!