We are one week away from Mother’s Day. Are you scrambling to find your mom that perfect gift? My go-to store for every occasion has always been Chapters Indigo. Not only for their books (I love to gift & receive books!), but for the mass selection of beautiful home decor items as well. There is something in store for everyone, and Chapters never disappoints when it comes to shopping for a gift.
I have put together my top ten gift items for Moms (for the hostess & interior designer lover in mind) – all priced under $50!
Two is the magic number for today’s post. Why?? Well, it is just over TWO weeks until we welcome baby #2!!!! 16 days exactly, but who’s counting
Two also represents the theme for my outfit today. Round two. Both shirt & top were hand-me-downs (bless my mother in law and her love for fashion), and the pants are a fabulous consignment find from Turnabout South Granville. Have you ever discovered the world of consignment?? The deals that can be found out there on gently used (sometimes BNWT) items are incredible. These pants for example, which I am so excited to have for post baby life, are from Obakki (a Vancouver company, even better). They retailed on Shopbop.com for $342 CAD. I paid, wait for it……. $31 plus tax. A mere 10% of the original price tag!! (I think I deserve a slow clap for finding a deal that good). Now some women are nervous, even sceptical of the idea of buying “used”. Maybe they don’t like that an item has had a previous owner, or are worried about germs coming from a used item. Here is my advice to you if that is the case..
I hope I have convinced you to discover the world of consignment now. Happy Shopping!!
Shortly after meeting our neighbours around the corner almost three years ago, I discovered that Jordan is the Founder, Owner and face behind Pebble, a local kids boutique in Vancouver. Since 2008, Jordan has successfully built her business by focusing on carrying a curated selection of hand selected items, catering to the conscious parent, and their children ages 0-6. There you will find a wide selection of eco-friendly toys (none of which require batteries!), natural bath and body products, clothing, toys, accessories, swimwear, shoes & baby items. Pebble believes in supporting local, and is proud to carry many popular brands such as Herschel Supply Co., Nine O’clock Gun, Parade Organics, Beba Bean, Nest Designs & From the Seeds – to name a few
Jordan offers her customers a level of service that you would never find in a big box store. She has an excellent rapport with her clients due to her attention to detail; Learning their names, catering to their needs, and exceeding their expectations. These customers return again and again not just for the store’s selection, but for the friendly and knowledgeable service that is provided.
When I walked into the shop for the first time, I was immediately drawn in every direction. I love natural wooden toys, unique gifts, quality apparel & conscious feeding supplies (to avoid plastic) for my little one. As pictured above and below, Pebble covers it all with their collections, and with style in mind.
Don’t have time to make it into the store? That’s okay. Order online instead! Who doesn’t LOVE a giveaway??!! Pebble is gifting a pair of Native miller shoes (a $40 value, pick up in store) to ONE lucky winner! Entry details below. Contest ends April 30th. Good luck!
A BIG thank you to Pebble for teaming up with me for this post. Please support local!
t-shirt dress: woo to see you (old, similar)/ chambray shirt: j.crew/ jacket: loft (shorter version here)/ scarf: aritzia (in store, similar here)/ shoes: gap (old, cute version here)/ bag: tory burch/ necklaces: short: leah alexandra, long: gifted/ sunnies: ray-ban/ watch: michael kors
This weekend was all about family. Hubby is out of town for the week for work, so we wanted to spend as much quality time together as possible. This beautiful Westcoast weather had me on the seawall for two days in a row. Collecting rocks, flying a kite and finding crabs. This is what keeps our little man entertained, and happy! I just can’t resist it when it’s only a five minute drive away!
On Thursday evening I spoke at our monthly neighborhood mom’s group meeting, and so of course, the topic was style
I wanted to focus on making the most out of your wardrobe, with less pieces. This is something I preach to my clients, as there is no need for a TON of clothes in your closet, you just simply need them to work for you, and together. I teamed up with Loft, as I find their selection appeals to the largest demographic. A teenage girl can walk in there with her mom and grandma, and they can all walk out with something to wear.
I focused on eight neutral & casual pieces, that can be paired in over a dozen ways. This anorak featured above was one of the items, and was definitely in the top most favoured pieces out of the bunch. Anoraks are a classic piece that always remain in style, and can serve well in your wardrobe. Here I decided to use it for layering, over top a comfortable t-shirt dress, chambray shirt & paired with a patterned scarf. This kept me warm in the wind, but is lightweight so I can avoid overheating from my pregnancy hormones! (Tip: Take note of the length. If a longer version overwhelms your body, or makes you look wider at the bottom, opt for a shorter one, like this)
Want this jacket for 40% off?? Visit Loft today for the LAST day of their friends and family event!!
This past weekend was extremely eventful. On Sunday I was under the impression that I was putting on heels for a special brunch date with one of my girlfriends, only to be completely surprised by over 20 friends & family at a baby shower – that had been planned without my knowledge. Word was out on how much I LOVE surprises (how can you not??) so I was overjoyed. To be blessed with such thoughtful, kind & caring friends who would go to such great lengths to make this momma feel incredibly special & loved before baby #2′s arrival left me speechless (and of course, teary eyed). Thankfully my girlfriend had planted the idea of dressing up in advance, so I did not have to be embarrased by rolling in there in sweatpants
After I found out I was having another boy, I was turning down the idea of a shower from friends, as part of me felt selfish for having another party – especially when it’s the same gender! Even still, it made me realize how sweet it is to make a big deal out of the second baby, like you do with the first. There’s already going to be less time, more hand me downs, and a struggle for momma’s undivided attention. So to celebrate his arrival, receive some fabulous gifts, and have each and every lady there speak a few words (Hostesses idea – which was so sweet, and once again brought me to tears), I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better surprise!!
Thank you ladies!!!!! (who know who you are!) xo
Spring has sprung, Vancouver!! This weather is amazing, and I am soaking up everyday without rain. After working yesterday morning, I headed out to visit my best friend and spend some time at Rocky Point Park. I opted to stay in my workwear, as the sun was shining and there was definitely no need for a coat!
First off, let’s talk Spring Blues. As you all know (and I make it very apparent on the blog) blue is my preferred colour, no matter the season. It always makes me feel good, and compliments my fair skin. I have been staying clear of most of my favourite stores lately and am much more focused on acquiring baby items, but when I walked passed the Aritzia window, I just couldn’t resist taking a peek. There it was, beautifully draped over a flowy white summer dress. This scarf. A perfect blend of blues & mixed patterns, just calling my name! Right at first glance I knew this would be a justifiable purchase that I will wear ALL THE TIME. Bonus, it’s a one size fits all accessory so my massive belly doesn’t alter it’s appearance, therefore it can be used immediately.
Secondly, the countdown is on. The struggle is real. Five weeks to go until baby. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the pain you endure in your last weeks of pregnancy is like no other. I am strong in the morning, but extremely weak at night. My back is constantly aching, and I have minimal lung capacity. Even walking down the street can be physically exhausting. Sadly, this is probably not the last time I will vent to you until baby arrives. I need to share my “woe is me” feeling on occasion.
I am doing my very best to stay active on the blog, but please forgive me if it’s not as consistent lately, and for the next few weeks. I have some exciting collaborations in the works, and look forward to sharing them with you when the time comes.
I seem to forget just how great the Urban Outfitters apartment section is on their website for home decor. Whether you are looking to create a new space, or liven up an old space with a few new finishing touches, UO has fabulous options for an affordable price. I recently placed an order for the nursery (although it is not specifically for a baby’s room), and this floating book shelf for my office (featured above). From bedding, furniture & wall decor to kitchen accessories, storage options, rugs & gifts, they offer a large range of lust-worthy products that won’t break the bank.
Here are some of my current favourites that are featured on their website now. I am leaning towards clean lines, modern design, and bright white spaces lately..
1. faux fur pouf - $198
2. mini geo terranium – $18
3. magical thinking printed rug – $89
4. geo wire pendant - $49
5. magical thinking bedding set – $34 – $99
6. chelsea victoria for DENY paris windows framed print – $49
7. pattern state for DENY triangle shower curtain – $89
8. invisible book shelf – $16
9. magical thinking open eye mirror – $69
This bump is popping! Anything with stretch is mandatory at this point (can you tell??!!!)
Embarrasing story: While Scott was taking photos for me, he pointed out that I had food stains on my shirt – on and below my belly. lol. This has happened to me several times as of recently, but what’s a pregnant girl to do when she can’t see that far down???
You have heard me use this term several times in the past. “Comfort is key”. I think this needs to become my new slogan, even post partum days. I used to be the gal that would forgo comfort and would wear a piece NO MATTER WHAT. I laugh when I think about how far gone those days are. Now it’s all about top knots, t-shirts, and sneakers (aka my momma staples).
Now that warmer weather is upon us and lighter clothing is doable, I definitely have the Spring cleaning itch. I want out with the old (not all, but some), and in with the new. Even if this means having way less. There are so many great trends for S/S, but I am cautious about staying true to my style & not jumping on a bandwagon just to stay current. To avoid the “one offs”, I am taking my own advice that I share with clients, and only welcoming something new if there are several pairings already in the mix. Smart shopping!
Two nights ago I had the incredible opportunity of hearing my first RAW Beauty Talk with Erin Treloar. There has been a lot of hype in social media about this movement that Erin began just over a year ago, so I was especially excited to be part of a small group and learn more about her story.
Erin’s struggle with body image started young, and quickly developed into something quite severe. After battling an eating disorder to the point of hospitalization, Erin decided to take her own experience and use that to raise awareness. Her bravery in speaking out about her own personal struggles and turning it into a powerful movement to help women overcome the same issues is so inspirational. As women, we are so influenced (and brainwashed) to believe we must look a certain way, that we completely lose sight of what the true meaning of beauty is. Erin has created a platform for women to discuss the REAL issues – especially those surrounding media. In today’s society we are constantly being sold products to make us appear & feel more beautiful, and social media is a powerful tool that is being used to plant these ideas in our heads. constantly. One statistic that I found shocking (yet sadly believable) is that on average we check our phones approx. 150 times a day. Wow. During that time, how many photos have we seen?? How are these images we are viewing making us portray ourselves?
I walked away from this discussion feeling enlightened, informed, emotional & empowered.
So, while we are on the subject, I thought I would get RAW and honest with you. As someone who has struggled with body image issues on and off my whole life, pregnancy can be a challenging time. You are creating life inside you, and watching your body completely transform before your eyes. This can be an empowering time for some, and a personal struggle for others. One of the main reasons I find it hard to stay confident through this transformation is the comments I receive. For example, I was asked if I was ready to give birth in a coffee shop yesterday, based on the size of my belly. The shock when I said there are seven weeks remaining in my pregnancy almost floored this woman. Thankfully I still had Thursday night’s conversation on my mind, and I was able to brush it off, and have a good laugh. That being said, the constant remarks can get to you. Take a minute and think about the comments you make to your friends, family or even a stranger. We all need to be a little more conscious of the words we are speaking. In addition, and as Erin beautifully said, treat YOURSELF as you wish others to treat you.
Please take a moment and check out Erin’s website here to learn about #lessismore. Sign the petition asking magazines to reduce the amount of photoshop they are using.
Hey friends! Remember me?? Ha! Just a quick “bumpdate” for you as I haven’t been feeling too well these days. Energy is low, and I am really noticing that I can’t take on nearly as much as I could even a few weeks ago (hence the lack of posts). We have finally scheduled the day, so we will be meeting baby #2 on May 15th! (A perk to having a planned c-section). I am trying to keep myself mobile and active as much as possible, but with my baby measuring two weeks ahead, he is not making it easy!
I am not going to lie to you. My desire to dress well everyday until the baby arrives has fizzled. Carrying around what feels like a 10 pound brick has me reaching for leggings and sweatpants most of the time. Although I do still try and put in somewhat of an effort when I leave the neighbourhood (this combo above being an example). I knew these sneakers would come in handy!
This top is one of the many amazing Spring arrivals at Loft. It’s probably best that my body is in this current form because I wanted EVERYTHING. I am loving the saturation of neutral tones, greys and blues for Spring. I always err on the cool side because of my skin tone & hair (this is an important fact to know), so dressing my post-baby body will not be hard with endless options out there.
What are your current favourites for Spring??