Friday, October 31, 2014

Looking Back : Halloween through the Years

I love Halloween. And, even though my own mother thought it was ok for me to wear the same clown costume every single year, I do my best to keep it a little creative. 
Halloween 2011
Harry Potter / Little Red Riding Hood / our little witch
Some of my favourite memories included running house to house across front lawns chasing my older cousin and my friend's older brother. We would be soaked with sweat, the good kind, by the time we got our pillowcases home. We would lie down on our tummies to begin the process of sorting -- lollipops in one pile, chocolate bars in another, gum, licorice, hard candy...and so it went. 
My father would steal all of the tootsie rolls and I would hope to trade off all of my coffee crisp.

Halloween 2012
A little devil / A crazy clown / Minnie Mouse
Halloween 2013
our favourite bunny
Those were the days, when my biggest worry was where to hide my halloween candy after our swaps were done.
Ah, the joys of having an older brother.

Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Favourites : A visit to Turnberry Isle

Each summer, our annual Florida vacation takes us to West Palm Beach. And, each year, we choose a different destination to visit within the state.
Last year, we spent time at Marco Island - highly recommend. 
This year, my oldest, whose singular goal for the entire vacation was to get as tanned as humanly possible while wearing the strongest sunscreen I could find, wanted to go to Miami.
Something to do with Dash Boutique and a certain Kardashian family.

We decided to visit Turnberry Isle in Aventura, not only because it happens to be across the street from what may be the greatest mall in all of the world, but also for it's stunning property, on-site restaurants and incredible views.
We weren't disappointed.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Is Instagram the new Blog?

I recently read some back and forth about whether or not instagram is replacing the conventional blog.
As someone who both blogs and shares photographs on instagram, I thought it was worth a debate - could still photos replace the written word?
I say no.
But in today's ridiculously crazy busy world, it seems many feel differently.
I see gals who have "made it big" on instagram alone - having never written a single blog post. That or they start out on instagram, gather followers and then start writing. 
Sloan's Ice Cream Parlour / Turnberry Isle / Toronto's waterfront / A Wedding Tablescape

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Wore : Rainy Day Chic

I have a secret.
I love the rain.
Yes, it's mostly because I get to wear my rain boots, but really, does the reason matter?
I think I would do just fine in say,Vancouver. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

How I Style Halloween with

I love the Fall season and everything that goes with it - especially Halloween.
Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have gone all out with my kid's costumes.
To this day, kids from Isabella's elementary school remember and talk about her costumes - usually put together using simple items we found at home.
She was a punk rock ballerina one year, complete with ripped tights and black tutu. Another year, a snow princess {looong before the Frozen pandemonium} with dangling snowflake earrings and a sparkle-filled face. 
Halloween morning has always been a big deal around here.
This year will be no different.

I have a few fun ideas under my hat for ms. Izzy who is by far the most difficult to get ready - at 16, you would think we would be done with all this.
But, when your child basically goes to school at Fame, all of the kids in the program go crazy - which I kind of love. Her and a close friend typically dress the same and/or complimentary; I'm kinda loving the idea of Rosie the Riveter for the girls this year.

Halloween Ideas
denim jumpsuit {use code here to get free shipping on $100+) / bandana / blush / lipstick / boots 

Kinda fun non?
Get lots of other great Halloween ideas at The Good Stuff,'s own on-line magazine. 
And while you're there, enter the Halloween Creepstakes for your chance at $100/day prizes + a Grand Prize of  $3000! Ends October 31st. 

What are your little goblins wearing this year?
Any fabulous ideas for 2 we want to look cool but also cute sixteen year old girls?

Winner of the Soprano Bertotti Handbags giveaway is Kari Crum. Congrats! I have emailed you. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sweet Sixteen : A letter to the first girl to change my life

Dear Isabella,
It seems so apropos that sweet you is sweet 16 today.
The day you came into the world is one I will never forget. You made your entrance on a Saturday night, with a headful of black hair and blue eyes that later changed.
You stared up at me as though you were trying to decide who I was and whether you should hang around.
I'm glad you did.

You were a kind, shy little girl with a headful of golden curls. Everywhere we went, people would stop to tell us how adorable you were.
A little Shirley Temple.
I can remember years later wishing to have you back at the toddler stage for just one more day. 
They were some of the happiest days of my life.
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