Berlin, Germany/ Sydney, Australia/ Tulum, Mexico/ Barcelona, Spain/Santorini, Greece/ Marrakesh, Morocco/ Bali, Indonesia/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Rosemary Beach, Florida
When it comes to travel, my wish list is never ending. I did some travelling with my family as a young child, and it has forever sparked my inner wanderlust. I believe there is great importance in travelling with your children if it is feasable, as it is one of the greatest ways to educate your child about culture & geography (more than they will ever learn in school).
We are hoping to visit one of my favourite places, Edinburgh, Scotland, next year to see our family, and while overseas, make our way to Barcelona which has always been in the Top 5 for both Scott and I. Prior to this big trip, we would like to escape somewhere this fall for a couple of days for our first family of 4 trip (location tbd… but somewhere relatively close). Ideas anyone?? My rule of thumb is that every year, we have to go somewhere that we have never been before; whether it be within our province, or another country.
Often times I will search online for ideal travel destinations with kids, as I know with the amount of gear that little ones require, you want to try and make it as stress free as possible. Last year I discovered kid & coe, a fabulous travel website that lists the most amazing properties all of over the world. Their focus is on kid friendly rentals, that often times hold the essential items that you need to travel with little ones (allowing you to leave those items at home).
Above is a collage featuring all of my must go-to places (based on the list, this will have to span over my lifetime!).
Where do you dream of vacationing to??
The cooler & rainy weather today is very much welcomed after our latest dry spell. I was finally able to squeeze my butt into my white denim (yeah yeah!!!) after a LONG stint of staring at them in my closet. Paired with a simple knit and sneakers, this is my ideal casual #ootd.
I have definitely come to the realization that my closet is officially fifty shades of grey. Seriously, there is a major lack of colour. When you know what you love though (as long as it works for you), just stick with it. I wear those pieces most often, therefore my cost per wear is incredibly low (And in turn, a good investment piece ;-)).
I’m already thinking about how to pack for our trip next week. We will be heading to Seattle for two days, then a quick road trip through Washington to Osoyoos where we will be basking in the sun poolside. Can’t wait! Combining city & desert into one suitcase. I will be using my post here as a guide on how to pack like a minimalist!
I feel like a broken record sometimes with my clients when I talk about metallic shoes. I recommend them to EVERYONE, regardless of an individual’s style as I personally believe they are the most neutral; therefore they can be worn with anything.
I found this particular pair on sale at the outnet. My size, 50% off and in a style that I have been eyeing for a while. A low stacked wooden heel that makes it easy to walk in, and suitable for many occasions. As I am not one to wear much colour or pattern (outside of stripes of course), a pop of metallic elevates the look.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!
Jeans in the Summer… yay or nay?! I vote yes. Some people may think it is ridiculous to wear full length denim in the heat, but I am not one of those. Altough our Summers are short, sometimes it can get tiring wearing dresses, shorts and skirts, especially when you are as casual as I am (and a denim obsessed momma). I don’t want to build up a large wardrobe for such a short season either. Plus, my legs are white as snow so I like to give people a break from having to see them… lol. Paired with a light, airy top and sandals, you can make it work without sweating buckets. I opted for ripped denim to allow some air to flow through
These Jimmy Choo sandals were another MEGA find at Mine & Yours. Barely a scratch on them and for a fraction of the price (literally, about 18% of full retail price). You can’t beat that!
On a separate note, I am SO happy to have grabbed a ticket to Blogpodium 2015 in Vancouver. The always charming Jillian Harris is the keynote speaker, and there are going to be so many talented, inspiring women there that I cannot wait to meet!!
Being a mom means that some days (most for me right now), you are going to feel defeated. Much like when people try to forewarn you about how much your life will change after having a child, the same thing goes when adding another child into the mix. There is no conceivable way to TRULY understand until you are there yourself. I look back at the times when I just had Kingston, and remember feeling overwhelmed. Now on the few occasions where I have just one kid in my care, it seems like a vacation in comparison. Parenting is hard work, and it is only natural to feel defeated on days where you just can’t catch a break.
I have had many of those times as of lately. More than I would like to admit if I’m being totally honest. As mentioned here, it was inevitable that this post would be written after settling in with baby #2. I am trying so hard to be strong, to manage my crazy life, to keep people happy, and to maybe even give myself a break at some point. Easier said than done. So pardon me while I rant, but life aint easy right now and it is bringing me some peace to sit here and write about it.
If you are a mom of two (or more!), whether you work or not, do you have any advice for a mom feeling defeated? Any uplifting words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated right now.
This all being said, I managed to put a post together only due to the help of others. It takes not being shy to ask for help to accomplish almost anything right now, and I have learned to accept that. So thank you to my devoted husband who makes time in his day to take my photos (even when I know he really doesn’t want to) so that I can have this platform to share my stories with you. I know today’s post was completely unrelated to fashion (although I must say that I am really enjoying this canadian tuxedo right here), but life trumps fashion in the subject matter today.
After last weekend’s rush pack job and taking WAY too many clothes with me, I decided to focus on the ultimate packing list for a weekend getaway… in a minimalist fashion.
Wouldn’t it be nice to only take ONE bag with you for a weekend? Consider the idea of a capsule wardrobe (which I have been obsessing over lately – less IS more!), and convert that into a weekend wardrobe. All pieces are mix and match. Twelve items in total; all of which can fit into a small carry on.
1. Striped tank – T by Alexander Wang
2. Panama hat – Anine Bing
3. Denim shorts – J.Crew
4. Leather tote – Baggu
5. Wishbone necklace – Jennifer Zeuner
6. Converse chuck taylors – Converse
7. Classic grey tee – Steven Alan
8. Super Mona sunglasses – Club Monaco
9. White cropped denim – Citizens of Humanity
10. Oversized shawl wrap – Ally Fashion
11. Shiny sandals – Zara
12. Black maxi dress – Madewell
Summer days spent at the beach; Does it get any better than that??! Today we are packing up and heading home after a glorious 4 days on the Island. Family memories created, relaxation had ♥
The story behind this dress goes like so. After a quick run through H&M to find a bikini that actually fits, just to find out they no longer carry them at that particular location, I was about to exit the store feeling rather dissapointed when I discovered this number. All alone on a rack, just waiting for me to pick it up. How perfect and timeless, screaming “take me on a vacation!!” and with an exceptional price tag of $34.95. How could I resist???
Now I am all for quality pieces and supporting local, but I am also a firm believer of the high/low mix. When you find something that is great, it doesn’t matter the label. If it works for you, that’s all that matters (pardon if I am repeating myself here!). This dress is a perfect example. Even though a store like H&M is considered “fast fashion” there will always be timeless pieces amongst the rest.
Now, just need to plan the next beach trip… Suggestions??
I love living in Vancouver, especially during the summer. There are endless places to travel to in a short distance; all that offer beautiful scenery and a relaxing atmosphere.
This week my family and I have escaped to Tigh-Na-Mara for some much needed down time. Nothing on the agenda other than soaking up the sun at the beach, and spending quality time with our favourite minis and extended family. After a busy week of hopping around, working & mom duty, this time to oursleves is exactly what we all need.
The only downside to travel is the dreaded job of packing. It has really dawned on me how much work it is to not only pack up a baby for a trip, but an entire family. It doesn’t help that I left it to the morning of, and was running around scrambling to find things. That being said, I quickly grabbed a few of my go-to travel pieces, and we were on our way (inc. this recent sale purchase from Aritzia, which I LOVE).
When in doubt, a t-shirt and denim shorts is the easiest ensemble for summer. I have been living in shorts (as mentioned in this post) as it’s much easier with a nursing baby. There is no need for overstyling a simple combination such as this one. A great pair of sandals, sunnies & a bag, along with your everyday jewelry – and you’re set.
Speaking of everyday jewelry, I discovered local talent Kara Yoo at last weekend’s Summer Street Soiree at the Beaumont Studios. Her line offers a clean, simple & chic aesthetic, at a great price point. This single stacking ring is my first piece from her collection, and will certainly not be my last.
Cheers to the weekend, and the beginning of summer! Summer time is always the best excuse for getting out and enjoying the sunshine. There are endless things to do (like paddleboarding, which I LOVE), patios, street markets with the kids, and of course, the beach! Our family is heading to the Island next week for some much needed getaway time, so I thought what better theme than summer for the latest installment of Insta Faves! These accounts are getting me pumped for what’s to come this season (including some local love, of course ;-))
As a laid back casual gal, I find myself embracing the Westcoast look, and more often than not opting for shorts over dresses in the summer. You go with what you know, and what you are most comfortable in. As a mom, constantly leaning down and chasing after King (and now being thrown up on multiple times a day with Rex), it’s much easier to switch out a t-shirt or top than a dress; assuming I am able to save the bottom half of my outfit in that scenario
As it has only been just shy of six weeks since Rex’s arrival, I was on the hunt for shorts with an elastic waistband, that can accomodate my changing figure. I found this great style on Madewell (and these ones as well) that fit the bill perfectly. They are comfortable, easy to style, and will also be great to have on hand for vacationing.
On that note, Summer sale season is almost upon us (in fact Zara has already started!). This is a vulnerable time for women as it is FAR too easy to get suckered in to a good sale, and lose sight of what is right for you. Ask yourself these questions when shopping through a sale season; this will save you money, and ensure you are buying the pieces that will serve you well..
I hope you find these tips useful the next time you are shopping!