Ava Grace's Closet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

But First, Berlin

It will be a little quiet around these parts this week. 
My full time gig is taking me to Berlin, Germany for sales meetings and I'm pretty excited about it!
My parents spent many years living in Germany before immigrating to Canada; both are fluent in the native language. We have spent a wee bit of time in Frankfurt some years ago, but otherwise, I have not been. Sadly, I don't have a ton of free time, but I plan on squeezing in a little bit of sight-seeing and people watching. 
and as much european coffee drinking as I possibly can

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fashion Friday : Freshening Up Your Makeup Routine

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When I was tasked with creating a fresh make up look for Spring with a $20 product budget, I considered it a challenge. 
And also,an opportunity to share some of my recent favourite drug store picks with all of you.
Typically, I am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" but when it comes to make up, updating each season doesn't have to break the bank.
Investing in 2 bases,more coverage in winter, {this is my newest obsession} and a sheer tinted moisturizer in the summer {this is my tried and true}alongside a good quality mascara {I still love this one} keeps me looking my best throughout the year.
Fun elements like blush, lipstick and eye shadow can easily be changed up - and, with drugstore quality getting better and better, there is no need to make a significant investment for items that you use seasonally.

I stopped into Shoppers Drug Mart to see what was new for Spring and was greeted with a wide array of products to choose from.
I even found a sweet Valentine's display still in place with a decent selection of Essence products still available.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Stylish Kid : Dancing in the Dark

If you don't follow me on instagram then you likely haven't seen the joy that is these photographs. 
On this particular evening, a certain ms. Ava Grace decided that dancing on the bed in one of her fanciest dresses would be a fantastic idea.
I quickly pulled her hair up, grabbed my camera and snapped away.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I Wore : Layered

It has been, what feels like week's of -35 with the windchill 'round these parts.
The daily commute to the office is painful. I wear my uggs with socks most days and am STILL cold.
Layers are the only way to go.
other than South.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Little Girl No More

This has been on my heart lately and like always, when I think about something too much, I have the overwhelming urge to write it down. Get it out. Share it.
You see, I knew it was going to happen, I was just hoping it wouldn't happen quite this quickly.
I tried to keep her little.
Maybe a little too much so.
But my original baby girl? She is growing up. 
And this mama didn't realize how hard it was going to be on me.

I went through a phase with my two oldest, I'm only now realizing.
When they were very small, I was crazy for them. Worried all the time. 
Rushing to get to them at daycare - literally counting "minutes away" during the course of the day. 
And then, for a period in between, up until the tween years, I let go. I finally felt safe I guess, for lack of a better word.
I knew they were old enough to get it and also that they needed to be independent and on their own. I was ok with leaving them. I thought about them during the day but wasn't missing them non-stop because I knew they were fine.

And then. One of them turned 16.
And everything changed.
Now, I have brand new things to worry about.
And I play out every.single.bad.scenario in my head. What is that? and how do I make it stop?
I feel like I just want to hold onto her. Make sure she is ok and that nothing bad happens.

Don't even get me started on boys.
Because I am in a whole other way out of my comfort zone there.
I was sure I would be fine when that day came. Turns out, I was wrong.
I like the nice things. The getting roses on valentine's day kinda nice. The teddy bears. 
But the we are going to the movies, can I go to his house for a little while, can he come to our house...this part, I don't like so much.
We are trying, both my husband and I. Trying to be understanding, to "get with the times" but really, every time she walks into a room, I still picture her like this -

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Stylish Kid : Reality Check

In case you hadn't noticed, I take a lot of photos of Ava. 
For the most part, I have to say, she is a pretty good sport.
So sometimes, I let her loose.
The result is reality.
The very best kind.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I Wore : From Where I Stand

 Not all outfit photos are built the same.
Sometimes, a little change in perspective is all you need to get inspired.
and to get a better look at your shoes.
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