Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What I Wore : Looking Back

A few times each year, I find myself looking back over my weekly What I Wore posts. This year, even though I found myself not posting as frequently as I normally do, {life will do that to you} I still really enjoyed the look back.
As I get older, my style has definitely changed, but overall, the items I radiate to most often remain similiar.
A good quality pair of classic shoes.
An equally classic black or tan coat.
The softest, most worn in denim I can find.
And fun accessories. Always the types of pieces that can take an outfit from meh, to wow without a huge investment.
Right now, my transitional winter wardrobe includes a lot of three quarter length sleeve sweaters my favourite, knee length skirts with opaque tights and LOTS of blanket scarves.
I may be a bit addicted to the latter - love that they can add so much interest to an outfit AND keep me warm in the office on chilly November days.
I am on the hunt for a knee length denim skirt, a second pair of flat, weekend-wear ankle boots and a fuchsia blazer among a few other staple pieces to get me through the winter.
Here are just a few of my favourite looks from this past year - and while the winter month's here in Toronto often prove challenging for outfit photos, I hope to post as often as I'm able. 
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 : For The Littlest

This year, I thought I would begin sharing our annual Christmas Gift Guides with the most important little girl on your list.
she might also be the littlest.
I mean, isn't Christmas really all about them?

Gift Guide 2015

1. Paris PJ's - I always, always buy new pj's for each of the kids. I plan to continue this tradition forever, regardless of how old they get - these are not only adorable but have a special meaning this year with the tragedy that unfolded in this incredible city. Any small way to remember those who lost their lives so senselessly. I can't think about much else these days. $36

2. Olivia EVERYTHING - Truth be told, we already picked up an outfit for Ava this past weekend - I mean, who could resist? We got home and she promptly changed into her new duds, grabbed her Olivia book and proceeded to read it repeatedly until I couldn't take it anymore dinnertime. She also asked me if Olivia is a pig, how can she talk? Anyone? $12.99/piece.

3. Karl Lagerfeld Kids Choupette Bag - I have a bit of an obsession with this sweet little bag. Anything kitty designed usually gets me. The entire line is unbelievable - see more of it here on Thursday. $100

4. Shopkins Plush - This {and every other Shopkins item} is on Ava's Christmas List. Honestly, I totally understand why since each item is cuter than the one before. And the names? So clever. I get a kick out of reading them with her each time she opens a new package of collectibles. $9.99

5. Pandora Disney Charms - We saw these at Disney World this past summer and I couldn't get enough of them. This one, with it's vibrant colour scheme, happens to be my favourite but you can find each and every princess. And Mickey. And Minnie. And sparkle-encrusted crowns. And....$75

6. Fashion Plates - If I had to name my very favourite toy from childhood, this would be it. I spent HOURS moving those little plates around and creating outfits.When I saw this set available again earlier this year, I knew it had to go on my Christmas list. Yes, I said mine. $29.99

Just 4 weeks until Christmas.
I'm sorry.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Favourites : On Rotation

I'm still here.
Days trying to keep up with work + home + children + teenagers + highschool + university selection have been catching up with me.
Everything I do revolves around doing it in the fastest way possible including dressing in basics and keeping my skincare and make up routine equally simple.
Here are a few of my favourites - all are on consistent rotation:


1. Sally Hansen Gel Polish - This has become my go-to. With little, read no, time for self-indulgence, this keeps my nails looking business-ready in minimal time and LASTS. It is a 2-step process - 2 coats of polish followed by one coat of gel.
My colour du jour is red eye. A super wearable red.

2. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation - When I heard about this product - a foundation and concealer in one, I knew I wanted to try it. If you're like me, you find you end up spending more on concealer than on your fluid foundation! Crazy. 
This product allows me to use it all over, including under eye. Have really been enjoying it. Coverage is superb and the price is not ridiculous.

3. Stila Convertible Colour {Lillium} - This is the only product that keeps popping up over and over. I can't get enough. It provides a dewy glow like no other and especially around this season (when skin gets dry and dull), I love it. Worth the investment.

4. NudeStix Eyebrow Wax - What can I say? This is my FAVOURITE new product. {this from the girl who used to use the cult favourite eyebrow tamer that shall remain nameless but cost more than a few of these products combined} It goes on in a single swipe, can be easily sharpened AND keeps my unruly brows in place all day. 
Love, love. 

5. Pixi eyeshadow/eyeliner pencil - I received this product in a goodie bag from a local Toronto Target event and finally opened it a few weeks ago. To my delight, the goldish colour I received {doesn't seem to be available on the website anymore} was exactly what I was after. One swipe across the lid opens up my eyes and provides a great pop of metallic colour. 

6. Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - Putting oil ON your face? Yes! Honestly, I can hardly wait until bedtime when I get to use this product. A little goes a long way and my skin eats it up. I will say that it sometimes doesn't get every last bit of makeup off unless you remove first with a micellar cleansing water but the feeling it leaves is beyond compare.  I am using the refining/cleansing version but there are many formulations available. Highly recommend.

7. Caryl Baker Ritual Beauty Lipstick {Desert Rose} - The moment I received this lipstick from the team at Caryl Baker Visage I fell in love with the packaging. A tiny diamond-encrusted lid is removed and a mirror pops into place ready for quick-fixes on the go.
If you're like me, you apply often and everywhere. This lets me do so elegantly and discreetly.

What are your favourite beauty products these days? Anything I must try?

Monday, November 9, 2015


And somehow, I still can't believe it's true even though it been over 2 weeks since my original baby girl's birthday.
Her champagne birthday. Same birth date and age.
And yet, the champagne I bought still remains unopened in the refrigerator.
Our plan was to have cake and a little wee sip. Maybe my neglect was a way to hold on?
I never thought I would be such a sentimental mother.
But turns out, I was wrong.
I often think about how the years have passed, how I know that we have to savour each one as all of the moments that seem SO important at that time are so fleeting.
 When I think of Isabella, I vividly remember a particularly warm, sunny late October day.
We were in our first house and I was sitting in an upstairs bedroom.
The curtains were neutral with a wildflower print and the light shone in such a way that there were floral patterns on the wall and ceiling.
The room was warm.
My husband came in and I smiled and said "I am so happy".
It might have been the happiest time of my life - revelling in the early days of new motherhood.
Today, she has become a young woman who is so strikingly similiar to who I was at that age that sometimes, it throws me.
She looks like me, yes, but it is her mannerisms and her thinking that are unequivocably mine.
It is the strangest thing.
I want to remember how hard she is on herself.
How hard she works at doing well at school.
Mature beyond her years.
She won't wear much make up for fear of looking like she's "trying too hard".
Her style all her own.
Her room is the messiest thing I have ever seen.
She loves sweets just like her mama.
And has watched reruns of Gossip Girl at least 4 times now.
She loves music. And sings along.
And sometimes, on increasingly rare occasions, she sits down at the piano to play and sing.
I love those times.

Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky.
She is a blessing.
And I am blessed to call her mine.
 Love you my sweet girl.
Don't ever change.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

What Ava Wore : The Perfect Autumn Dress

If this dress, by Quebec-based brand Fili Boutique doesn't scream fall, I don't know what does.
With unique fabrics, each piece only made in limited quantities, every garment has a certain je ne sais quoi. 
Ava pranced around happily hanging off the wrought iron fence, jumping in the garden and moving from spot to spot so quickly, her big sister could barely capture all of the excitement.
It must be the dress.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What I Wore : Grey Days

Not only have the days been grey as of late - a farewell to summer and hello to fall - but my mood has been such that I have wanted to wear mostly grey. 
Or a combination of the two.
There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks including Halloween {Ava is beyond excited} and then, dare I say it, Christmas.
They always make a girl feel better.
As does a pretty new handbag - this one, by Francesca, has been my go-to as of late - as much for it's shade as for it's ability to hold EVERYTHING including my laptop.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

What Ava Wore : Stepping into Fall with Badorf Kids

This girl loves shoes.
almost as much as her mama does.
I'm a big believer in quality over quantity - especially when it comes to their growing feet.
These, both by Footmates via Badorf Kidscome with an amazing insole that allows you to either use or remove it as you need to.
Ava assures me they are super comfy.

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