Thursday, February 4, 2016

What She Wore : M is for Moto

We've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of mid-calf moto-inspired boots.
We fell in love with these but sadly, they just weren't in the budget. Not for a casual every day boot.
We're pretty happy with the ones we found. 
The perfect combination of rugged and polished.
Just like this look -
sweater - M for Mendocino {option}
jacket - Joe Fresh {last season} loving this one for Spring
leggings - Joe Fresh
boots - Vince Camuto {Canada - here}
Isabella's university acceptance letters are slowly trickling in.
We are so proud of our girl.
Still have our fingers crossed for her first choice - hoping to hear in the next few weeks! 

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What I Wore : Fringed

This fringed long cardigan by Canadian knitwear brand Line hides a multitude of sins including indulgent post-holiday eating.
On days like this one, where the weather is unseasonably mild, it's the perfect addition to a simple turtleneck and jeans.
No coat required. 
turtleneck - The Gap {on sale!}
fringed cardigan - Line {option}
jeans - Forever 21
over the knee boots - Zara {last season} similiar here + here
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ready, Set, Romance

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, the romantic in me slowly starts to veer its heart-shaped head.
The stores are full of pink and red goodies making me feel like Cupid can’t be far away.
I find that even though I swear to myself each year that it’s just like any other day, something about the fact that everybody else is celebrating makes me feel like it’s just somehow more special than other days.
While the romantic one-on-one dinners of old may be a thing of distant memories, I now find myself trying to make the day special for my both my husband AND my children. All while waiting for my own flowers to arrive. Ahem.
Getting prettied up is always a popular exercise in a house filled with women, as ours is.
Between my Isabella, who is almost 18 and my Ava Grace, who thinks she’s 18, all of us enjoy our girl time – whether it’s playing with makeup, trying out new hair styles or doing our nails and feet.
Valentine’s Day gives us the excuse to go all out – and we’ve already started the process.
When the new Amope™ Pedi Perfect™  Electronic Nail Care System arrived, we were all anxious to give it a try. Isabella loves a natural nail and thought the idea of not needing clear polish, while still getting shiny, natural looking nails was amazing.
I loved the fact that I no longer needed to lay out buffers, nail files and the like. One compact, easily portable tool that does it all for both your hands and feet?
There might be a little romance in store for me on Valentine’s Day after all.  
  Using the Amope™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Nail Care System is quick and easy.
We both loved the numerous different filing heads the tool comes with and agreed that it was by far, the fastest we’ve ever got our nails to look this fabulous.
I especially loved the buffer as have always struggled with finding a tool that does the job well particularly in the colder, winter months when it’s tough at best to keep your nails looking natural and not dry and brittle.
Definitely a must-have for this Valentine's Day.
The Amope™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Nail Care System is the perfect and effortless way to keep your toe and finger nails natural looking and shiny. Its ergonomic design allows for use on both toe and fingernails, and comes furnished with two different speed settings (Normal and Fast). The easy to use product comes with three different heads that allow you to file, buff and shine in less than a few minutes. Get yours now!
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Amope Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Amope Canada.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Coffee Talk

It's been far, far too long since we sat down to have coffee.
I still take mine with double cream (I know) and a sugar and a half. No matter how hard I try, I just can't give up the sugar. In the process of slowly weaning myself down to just one. I blame my mother who takes hers so sweet, it makes your teeth hurt.

Ava started FULL TIME senior kindergarten this past fall. Still not sure I agree with a full time program for this age {it makes for a long day} but she is loving it. For us, it means no more daycare as we're fortunate to live just a few short blocks away from the school. I must say, walking her back and forth reminds me of my own childhood; something so great about being able to do so.

Julian is finishing his LAST YEAR of grade school. Maybe it's just me but he does not seem anywhere near ready to head off to high school. We are still deciding whether or not he will enter the regular school system or if we'll go private - I worry about him more than I ever did with Isabella both socially and academically. He's a different cat - and high school can be intimidating at the best of times. 
Life was so much simpler when he was in diapers.

The weather here in Toronto has been quite mild this year with very little snow. It's funny - the older I get, the LESS I like it very cold or very hot. This weather is suiting me just fine although, I do miss the white stuff. 
As you already know, Isabella is in 12th grade - her last year of high school. SO many milestones for us this year! I worry about her university choices; mostly because I don't want her to leave home. I'm leaning more towards the "go to school locally and we'll buy you a little car" route. 
Bribery? Maybe so, maybe so.

Is blogging a dying art form? (was it ever an art form?) I often contemplate where this little space is headed and while I still love the creative outlet it provides, I don't want it to become just a marketing space. I love sharing stories about our everyday life, photographs of my children - combined with reviews of products we actually LOVE and would buy ourselves. 
I never want that to change.

So tell me, what do you think of the semi-new blog design? We've been getting great feedback so far - I think it's much easier to navigate (find our favourite weekly features on the right side bar with direct links to the posts) and definitely cleaner. As Ava grows up, I wanted the space to grow with her; hoping we've achieved that.

I need to start working out. I hate working out. Any tips?

What have y'all been up to? Tell me everything.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

What Ava Wore : The Little Red Coat

I think every little girl should own a little red coat.
There is just something so classic about it.
We inherited this one from a dear friend whose own little girl had outgrown it; the detail is just beautiful.
And, it's perfect for twirling.
toque - Roots {not current}
coat - Helena Neiman Marcus
pants - Old Navy {on sale!}
boots - Hunter {on sale!}
I also think every little and big girl should own a pair of red rubber rain boots.
But that's a given.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What I Wore : New Classic

The weather in Toronto has been so unpredictable lately.
Some days, you can't leave the house without a parka - others, a light car coat is all you need.
This grey full length version has been on rotation on milder days - have been loving this classic shade lately.
Much less harsh than all black and it's become the perfect addition to my winter coat collection.
turtleneck - Banana Republic
skirt - Target {old}
coat - No.1 Boutique
booties - Zara {loving these}
handbag - Soprano Handbags 

Linking up here + here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Now you're 40

I'll be the first to admit that turning 40 was a really big deal for me.
Mostly because I still feel 29 in my head.
Once there though, I sort of felt like not much had changed. 
I still paused each time someone asked me how old I was, looked over at my husband, and struggled with my response. Letting go of 30-something was a tough go.
The early years of 40 went by in somewhat of a newborn baby blur - I didn't feel that different than when I had Isabella except for the fact that I was way, WAY more tired.
Now, with {ahem} 45 upon me, not sure how or when that happened but I don't like it, I am starting to feel 40.
My dear friend Valerie and I had brunch on the weekend and we both agree that during the first few years of being "in your 40's" you are basically pretending not to be. Grappling with the idea that the 30's are gone forever. And then, the truth painfully sets in.
And by painfully, I am mostly talking about back pain. 
We chatted about things that have most definitely changed since now you're 40, namely:

1. The 4 and a half inch heels that we so lovingly wore in our 20's and 30's are now a thing of memories and dusty shelves. Sure, we will wear them on rare occasion but overall, we've both pretty much moved into sensible shoes territory. Now there's 2 words I never thought I would be synonymous with.

2. Warmth. As in, you will never truly be warm again. I am in a constant mode of freezing. We both agreed that by far, the very best investment we've made in recent years, to quote Val, is "a super warm but still sexy" down-filled coat. 

3.  An early bedtime. One of the reasons we decided on brunch is because whenever we try to get together for dinner, both of us are yawning at 10pm. This from two girls who loved to burn the midnight oil dancing into the wee hours of the night. Neither of us are sure where those two girls went but they are likely wearing flannel pjs, WITH socks and fast asleep by 11 each night.

4. Investing in your skin. We both thought we were pretty good at getting ahead of this one but truth be told, no amount of high-end skincare is as good as a wee bit of botox.

5.  Tanning be banned. While I love the beach as much as the next girl, I am now armed much differently than I was in my younger years. Then, less was more and an SPF of 4 seemed like a perfectly good idea. Today, a full piece, cover up, beach umbrella, large sun hat and SPF of 70+ fits the bill. My goal is always to remain as fair as possible following a trip to a sunny destination - basically the polar opposite of the competitive tanning phase of my youth.
6. The gym is your new best friend. My girl friend swears by it - basically it helps her last until the 11pm bedtime when really, she would probably prefer to be in bed by 9. And while I have yet to convert, I do realize that things that were so tight you could bounce a quarter off them before, are now well, not. No one looks pretty waving their hand and their upper arm skin at the same time - precisely why I am basically doing some form of weird arm lift numerous times a day including on my morning commute. No, I am not kidding.

7.  Lighten up. Gone are the raven haired, ink black hair days. Just a few face-framing highlights can do wonders for the darker haired set. Val finally took the plunge and she looks STUNNING. Like, best I've ever seen her look. It's amazing actually how much brighter the skin looks. 
Note: we did not take any selfies on said brunch Sunday mostly because we are old and forget to. Just take my word for it. 

8. And lastly, while no one really wants to speak about it, including us girlfriends, we all know it's there. The dreaded oh my god I just peed myself a little sneeze. laugh. No amount of kegels will help but just keep at it - doctor's orders.
After all, now you're 40 and everything.

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