Ava Grace's Closet

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Birthday Girl

 Today is my 46th birthday.
When I look back on my life, the days are indeed long while the years? So short.
I honestly cannot believe I am 46.
That I have 3 children of my own.
There are days where I still feel 27.
And then, there are others when I look at my parents and realize my own age. And often all of our mortality.

I've learned a lot in these 46 years.
And every day, regardless of whatever is happening around me, I find I continue to learn things I never knew before.
I appreciate other people's stories.
Revel in their trials and appreciate how lucky I am. How lucky we are.
Aging is indeed a privilege - wish I could say the same about wrinkles.

If I could go back in time, to say 27...what would I tell my then self?

1. The friends you have today? They won't necessarily be the ones you will have tomorrow. Or forever. Some of the best friends you will make be ones that you will meet through your children.
2. Life is all about balance. Save some of what you make - you will be thankful for it later on.  But also treat yourself. Go ahead. You work hard and you deserve it.
3. Life is short. Buy the shoes. Tell your mother you love her even when she drives you crazy. Try to never go to bed angry or live with regret.
4. If you can, always have a pet. They give you so much unconditional love and truly make a house a home. If you follow me on instagram, you will see our newest addition. My only regret is not getting him sooner. But then, it wouldn't have been him.
And I'm so in love with him.
5. Keep key pieces from your wardrobe. I had a fuchsia blazer years ago that I would kill to have today. My mother always did this and today, all these years later, I have found a ton of gems in her closet. Like this and these.
6. Women can be mean. And sometimes, you won't know why. Say a little prayer for those ones - for they know not what they do.
A good heart and kindness will always prevail.
7. Sunscreen. SPF 60+ on your face. Especially your forehead. And botox? There is a time and place for it. Like right now and right here. Or anywhere really.
8. No matter what you go to school for. Or what you end up doing as a full time career. Never ever let go of your passion.
Mine was always fashion though, ahem, it never paid enough and over 5 years ago, this little blog became my outlet for that love and allows me to indulge my creative side.
9. Your children will be your biggest, proudest and best accomplishment. The rest really doesn't mean that much in the end.
10. Your mother was wrong when she said women over 50 can't wear long hair or red lipstick. I say, that's the time to grow your hair and buy the brightest one you can find!

Age ain't nothin' but a number.

Happy Friday.
And Happy Birthday to me.
xo

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What They Wore : Dr Martens Sisters

When these boots arrived for the girls, I couldn't help but feel a little nostalgic.
I wore Dr Martens all through high school and well into my 20's. 
Tucking my jeans {secret? THESE are my old jeans!} into them exactly the way Isabella did in these photos.
They gave you that instant cool factor. The rebel WITH cause.
And came with a universal type acceptance with the preppy and punk crowd alike.

The "docs" of today still come in the classic lace-up style of old but also in a ton of other great options including the pull-on chelsea style boot Ava Grace wears and various leather combinations like the snakeskin print on Izzy. 
Once "broken in" they will be the boot your little or you reach for again and again. 
And by again and again, I mean that the quality is so superb, they literally last a lifetime. 
I may or may not still have mine somewhere.
#truth 

On Ava:
top - Gap {sold out / linked cute spring style}
jacket - Ralph Lauren {this year's version}
jeans - Joe Fresh
Dr Marten "Slip" - c/o Union Jack Boots

On Isabella:
top - Aritzia
jacket - Joe Fresh
jeans - 7 for all Mankind
Dr Marten hi-shine snake - c/o Union Jack Boots

Formerly known as Dr Martens Canada, Union Jack Boots is Canada’s top online shopping destination for authentic Dr. Martens boots and shoes as well as a bunch of other favourite brands including Converse and Vans.
With free shipping across Canada on any minimum $75 purchase - be sure to check them out!

Disclosure: Today's post is sponsored by Union Jack Boots. As always, all opinions are strictly my own. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jamaica Me Crazy

Literally.
I am going crazy wishing I was still there. 

I surprised my husband with a quick getaway to Sandals in Negril, Jamaica for his 50th.
Just the two of us.
No kids.
We haven't been away solo since Ava was born so it really was a big treat.

We left last Thursday following a 4 hour (ugh) delay at the airport. 
Once we arrived though, PARADISE! Just absolute paradise.
I can't say enough about the experience - first class from start to finish.
The staff, the resort, the food! Ah, the food.
So good.
We literally didn't have one bad meal.
The weather was great - with blue skies well into the evening which were eventually replaced by the most spectacular sunse
My husband literally tried every.single.watersport available.
From paddleboarding, to sailing {that's him!}...
we kayaked and took long walks on the never-ending beach.

It was just what the doctor ordered.
So irie.
xo

Friday, April 22, 2016

Favourites : Lladro + A Special Mother's Day Giveaway

Dear readers,
You are in for a treat today.
And more importantly, a smile.
I know many of you are mothers, grandmothers or God mothers and like me, would do anything for the little ones in your life. 
When I read about what this amazing company was doing to help children who aren't as fortunate as my/our own - I knew I had to share.

I've long since lusted after admired Lladró Handmade Porcelain for their stunningly handcrafted  items and loved learning about their long-time collaboration with Operation Smile.
Since 2006, they have worked with this incredible organization to help raise more that $311,000, enough to fund approximately 1,300 life-changing surgeries. 

Operation Smile’s free, life-changing surgeries allow children  to have the opportunity to receive an education and a bright future. 
To support Operation Smile’s mission, Lladró has introduced New Beginnings, a special version of an existing piece, featuring a pendant heart decorated in gold in honor of Operation Smile’s worthy cause. 
With the purchase of each New Beginnings porcelain sculpture sold throughout 2016, Lladró donates to Operation Smile $240; the average cost necessary to provide one cleft lip surgery to a child. 

 In the spirit of giving and of the love between mother + child, 
Lladró is offering one of our readers an opportunity to own a  piece from their home fragrance collection, as pictured in the above images, valued at $55.
GIVEAWAY OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF CANADA + THE U.S. 



ABOUT LLADRÓ 
Lladró was established by the brothers Juan, José and Vicente Lladró in 1953 in Valencia, Spain. Since then, the brand has undergone an amazing metamorphosis from an artisan workshop to a huge firm that holds a presence in over 120 countries and is at the forefront of contemporary porcelain design. All Lladró pieces are the fruit of a painstaking handmade process of creation, still carried out entirely in the workshops of the brand in Valencia. The highest artistic and technical quality is achieved in each phase of this process.  For further information on Lladró, visit www.lladro.com. 


New Beginnings

ABOUT OPERATION SMILE 
Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. To build long-term sufficiency in resource poor environments, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their local communities. Operation Smile also donates medical equipment, supplies and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide centers. 


Disclosure: I received the product photographed at no charge  for the purpose of this post. All opinions are strictly my own. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Ava Wore : Mixing It Up

Ava wears a uniform to school on a daily basis and while, she can basically wear whatever she likes, it has to stay within a certain colour scheme.
Namely, navy blue + white. 
So, on days where they can dress down, she often chooses to wear the exact opposite of this classic combination.

A tulle skirt with a cotton t? 
Why not. 
Mixing it up is fun - especially when you're 6.
"glasses" - Target 
long sleeve t-shirt - Garnet Hill Kids {on sale!}
tulle skirt - Garnet Hill Kids {no longer available - option *use code APRIL2016 to save 25%}
shoes - Tom's 
Yay for warm Spring days + bare legs!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What I Wore : Vacation Dressing

We're just back from 5 days away in Negril, Jamaica where we celebrated my husband's 50th, again.
I will have more photos soon but for today, I had to share this new favourite.
Pictures aren't the greatest as they were snapped quickly using an iphone, but the surroundings make up for what is lacking in clarity.
These were taken on our balcony as we were getting ready to head out for dinner.

When I'm away down south, I am all about ease of dressing.
No pun intended.
I literally packed a dress for each evening - including this new-in {may actually be a tunic/top} tasseled number.
It is light, almost sheer without being see-through. I sized up for some additional length -
tassel dress - Forever 21
watch - Kate Spade
sandals - Tory Burch 
Winner of the Caryl Baker Visage skincare giveaway has been announced!
Hope your Wednesday is happy.
xo

Linking up here.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Introducing Needham Lane + A Sweet Dreams Giveaway

SO excited to introduce you to this month's premium sponsor, Needham Lane
Just wait until you visit their colourful page, chalk full of goodies from journals to clothing and the pretties pajamas. 
Which just might make THE perfect Mother's Day Gift.
Hint, hint. 
eyeglasses - MiuMiu
pajama - c/o Needham Lane
slippers - c/o Needham Lane
Needham Lane wants you to have a chance at Sweet Dreams in one of their beautiful cotton pajama sets.
I couldn't decide which of the colours was my favourite!
Let me know in the comments which set you would choose if you win.
Open to residents of the US and Canada.


Good Luck! 
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