Ava Grace's Closet

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Be Barefoot Beautiful with Amopé

There's just something about summertime.

We're what one might call a barefoot family'.
Seriously, come to our home during the summer months (or the winter ones for that matter) and you will rarely find any of us in shoes.
The lazy (well, definitely lazier) days of summer are often spent around our backyard pool, enjoying time with friends, grilling fresh meals and usually forgetting we ever owned shoes at all.
There is just one small problem.
It's confession time.
I hate pedicures. (Yes, I realize I am one of a very, very small group of women; I also hate massages.)
I have never enjoyed someone else touching my feet, finding it both ticklish and uncomfortable; don't even get me started on the wee blade some spots consider using.
But I know I need to take care of my feet, and would never be caught without polish on my toes, so whats my solution? 
I do it myself. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What the boy Wore : Tailgate Clothing

Our Julian is not much of a fashionista but give him a super soft, vintage feel t-shirt with a cool slogan?
He is all in.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Favourites : Luminess Air

I have seen the look achieved by airbrush makeup numerous times - and always thought that it had to be either impossible to achieve or done by a trained professional. 
I watched advertisements for this or similiar products and just never thought I could do what I was watching with any skill or precision; that I would obviously come off looking the entire wrong colour and ridiculously made up.
When I received the Luminess Air product, I was surprised to find how compact it was. 
I set about learning more about the product, how best to match your own skin tone and the steps required to ensure an even, natural application. 
Honestly? Even once I had read the manual AND watched the instructional DVD, I was still a little intimidated. I am not a professional makeup artist by any stretch of the imagination - 
I set up everything I needed and played with the stylus ensuring it felt comfortable and then proceeded to swatch a few of the shades contained in the starter kit on the lower part of my face. It was simple to quickly discover which shades would work best - one slightly lighter and one the actual shade I was after.
I started with a very thin layer of the moisturizing primer all over my face. 
Well, that was easy enough.
From there, I proceeded to put a few drops of the lighter base into the stylus; I began to spray, making sure that the nozzle was a safe distance away from my face. 
It took a few moments to layer some extra coverage on problem areas {including my forehead where melasma had come and stayed} and a few dark spots that I have on one cheek. 
I then used the slightly darker shade all over.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What Ava Wore : Back To School with thredUP

We're so excited to share the final photos in the Back to School with thredUP series today.
Loving the pieces we chose so much - did I mention they were ALL new with tags? Or that all of the items you see today plus the look featured in this post were under $100 with FREE shipping?
Or that I want the Lucky Brand shortalls in my size?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What I Wore : Peek A Boo

This top is a dream.
A little ruffled coverage in that upper arm area I struggle to keep as toned as I would like.
And a little peek a boo shoulder to keep it interesting.
Oh Zara, you always get it so right.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Raise a Hand for Teachers: Back to School with ThredUp

We're fortunate here in Canada that most teachers have what they need in classrooms to ensure the experience for children is everything it should be.
In the US, I was shocked to read that many, many teachers spend THEIR OWN MONEY each year to not only ensure their classrooms are properly equipped, but in some cases, to help outfit their students with much needed items like clothing and shoes.

The Raise A Hand for Teachers Program, in conjunction with our favourite fashion resale site thredUp and AdoptAClassroom, have partnered to inspire YOU to nominate your favourite teachers for a chance at 1 of 3 prizes of $2500 in classroom supplies PLUS a $500 gift card at thredUP.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sheltered In Suburbia : On the GO with GO Transit

I consider our Ava Grace to be quite the seasoned little traveller.
 In her short 5 years, she has already been to Cuba, to Florida numerous times and just last year, to both Croatia and Slovenia. {with a quick stop at London's Heathrow!
I find that the younger you start them, the more accustomed to travel they become. 
She can sit for long periods of time so long as we bring an array of activities and usually entertains herself pretty well. 
When I told her that we would be doing a solo mama/daughter trip to Niagara Falls with Go Transit's new weekend train service, she was beyond excited.
I mean, what kid doesn't love a good train ride?
This mama was just excited I didn't have to drive and instead, could finally just enjoy the view and stalk instagram some much needed downtime. 
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