Monday 6 May 2024

Currently: Busy Life Edition



Hi everyone.  Thanks for stopping by.  Today I am just updating you on my life.  It's BUSY, with all the right things, but I've decided that I can't keep up.  So I'll be taking a blogging break for May and June.  I'll be back in July when I am on summer vacay.  I'll be on IG whenever I can, but I've pulled back from that as well in order to make room for my girls, my training, busy spring season at work and my photography business.  Now let's dive in!


Currently FAMILY: The girls are so busy this spring and I am here to update you on their life.  Anya (14) has a big spring in store this year.  She is wrapping up her dance season at the end of May and is starting up baseball.  She will also be leaving elementary school at the end of June, which means she will have a grade 8 farewell.  Halie (17) is busy living her best teenage life, working and gearing up for another riding show season starting this upcoming weekend.  Needless to say the girls are busy and Logan and I are enjoying seeing them doing the things they love.  Logan is playing ball hockey twice a week and I am still loving my job, starting to train for some things I hope to do over the spring/summer, and my photography is really busy in May and June with graduations, mini sessions, etc.  So it's just busy all around until end of June.








Currently READING:  I just finished Hang the Moon by Janette Wells.  I give it a solid ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2.  It's a story of a young lady who inherits her fathers business, as well as his title during the prohibition era. It follows her not only coming of age, but managing her title in a time were women were just beginning to be acknowledged and to hold some position of power.  The book moves quickly, is entertaining, sweet and the main character is easy to love.  Although the story is downright unbelievable at times, it's a great and entertaining read nonetheless.  




Currently EATING:  I've decided to go back to a gluten free diet after years of being on gluten.  I've been suffering from weekly bouts of stomach pain that lays me up and leaves me feeling depleted.  This has happened before and at the time I was misdiagnosed with Celiac disease.  Although a year later I discovered that I was not Celiac, I did spend a ear symptom free.  Anyway, I am back to GF and feeling good so I am thrilled about that.  If you have favorite recipes or items that I should buy feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.




Current PARTY TRICK: Logan and I still love to be completely ridiculous at times.  When my daughter was trying a trick with her friend, I immediately felt the need to show her that we could still accomplish this just as good at our ripe age of 41 & 42.  We are still working on perfecting it but it's safe to say we have a new party trick.  LOL!




Currently WATCHING: A Million Little Things.  This is the best show I've seen in a LONG time.  We are now on season three and each has been as good as the previous.  The show revolves around 4 men that are close friends and then their families that feed into a larger friend group.  It's a lovely show that draws you into the story lines, the characters, and keeps you rooting for them all in different ways.  

Currently WEARING: Since the weather is all over the place, from snow last week, endless rain this week, and some really warm days, I have everything in my closet.  Some days its sweaters and boots, other days its a trench coat and an umbrella,  while others its bare legs and sandals.  We are all over the place over here.








That's a wrap for me.  I hope you are all doing well and I hope you'll be back with me in July, until stay well and follow along on IG.

💖Bo



Wednesday 17 April 2024

Ageless Style: Styling Stripes for Spring 2024



Welcome to another installment of Ageless Style, where you will find ladies from across North America, of different ages, styles and backgrounds coming together to share our style with you.  This months prompt, styling stripes for spring 2024, is brought to you by Joanne from My Slice of Life.  

I have been loving my button down white shirt for a couple of seasons so I already had my eye on the same style but wanted to add subtle stripes to it.  I love a good traditional stripped tee and always have one in my closet, but since I work in a business casual environment a button down goes a long way.  When I am looking for a button down, I want light weight, loose, flowy structure. I remember when button downs were super stiff and stuffy.  No thank you!  Anyway, I found this one at Marshalls and instantly loved that it wasn't a blue and white version (nothing wrong with that!) as I really wanted a subtle sage or buttery yellow one.  I've already worn this several times and I think it'll continue to be in heavy rotation all year round.  For todays post, I wanted to show you four ways I'll be wearing to work, for causal days and even into summer.


Office Style:  Olive Pants, Button Down, White Purse & Nude Pumps

These wide leg trousers are amazing you guys!  They are the perfect weight, don't wrinkle easily and I purchased them in petite and they are the perfect length for me, I am 5'4" for reference, wearing a size small.  Awesome price point too!






Casual: Denim skirt, Button Down & White Sneakers





Classic:  White Pants, Button Down, Red Lipstick and Funky Heels

These pumps are so fun!  Yes they are big but I got these little gel inserts that ensure my foot doesn't slip up/down as well as they add comfort.  I love the funky design and although I don't wear them everyday, I love to spruce up an outfit for a day of meetings or when I am going out!







Summer Style:  Denim Shorts, White bodysuit, Button Down & Sunnies




Your turn!  How would you style a button-down stripped shirt?  Which look is your favorite?

Remember to check out all the other ladies and their blogs, and make sure to link-up your own blog so we can grow our community.  Thanks for stopping by.  



Joanna ~ My Slice of Life

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Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style
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Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits
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Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle
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Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style
Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom


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Monday 8 April 2024

Dance Mom Era Style



I never in a million years saw myself as a dance mom, but here I am so proud to be one.  Both girls gravitated to dance several years back and as I searched for a studio that was the right fit for our family I prioritize these three things.  

  1. Movement, creativity and love of dance over competition and perfection.  We began in the non-competitive stream and eventually joined the competitive one as the girls made that decision.
  2. Studio with a focus on empowering and encouraging dancers at all skill levels and of all body types.
  3. A studio that stayed relatively close by for competitions to reduce travel costs, so that we could continue to travel as family as we choose. 
I am happy to say that I feel like our studio meets all these requirements and has given my youngest not only  wonderful  dance training, but also a community of lovely girls that support and encourage one another.  My oldest left dance when she had to make a choice between dance and horseback riding but was very happy at the same studio while she was there.  So now Anya dances in five group dances and is doing her first solo this dance season.  It gives me joy to watch her on the stage on the days when she is flawless and also the times when disappointment hits.  



So as we went  a busy competition season, I decided to make this sweatshirt with my Cricut.  I purchased the crew neck at Ardenes and it's soooooo soft you guys.  I love springy light pink color and then I purchased the Dance Mom Era svg from here.  I absolutely love how it turned out and its been in heavy rotation over the past three weeks.  Love it casually styled with jeans/joggers and white sneaks.  











What's something you found yourself loving because your kids love it?

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Ageless Style: Spring 2024 Colors Styled



Welcome to our special segment called Ageless Style, where we celebrate women of all ages and their styles every third Thursday of the month.  Today we are talking all about spring 2024 color palette and we are using the Pantone USA fashion colors for inspiration.  I am choosing to showcase a street style outfit featuring the pastel lilac color of the season.  I actually added this lilac cardigan  last spring and I have reached for it over and over again. I've worn it over a dress, with white trousers for work and jeans countless times.  Its so easy to throw on and style.  Honestly it adds a great pop of color to any simple outfit combination, and because of it's boxy cropped cut, I usually keep everything else pretty slim to even out the proportions.  I love the oversize button details when I wear it buttoned up but it's actually super cute over a dress unbuttoned as well.  Some other ways I've added lilac to my wardrobe is a simple pair of slides for the summer, getting my nails done with a light purple or simply adding a new clutch or purse in the color for spring.  

The other pantone color I am excited to play around this year would be the red-orange of Orangeade (bold) and I am happy to bring back the Chambray blue into my closet (see my nails, I am already incorporating it into my spring style 😉).












What color do you want to try or play with this spring/summer season?

Due to this bonus post, I will not be posting on Monday, March 24th but be sure to check out the this Mondays post here.


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Joanna ~ My Slice of Life

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Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style
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Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits
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Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle
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Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style
Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom




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Sunday 17 March 2024

Wrap It With Bow



Friends although spring is springing around many parts of the world, we are still in winter over her. We are getting some slivers of hope here and there 0C temperatures. That being said it's much to early to pack away all of my winter clothes so I usually like to play a little game with myself at this time of year.  I begin re-wearing my favorite wintery pieces and then placing them into my winter bucket in hopes that I don't need to pull them out again until next fall/winter season.  I love cozy knits in winter and this year I added two new sweaters to my closet, this oversized chunky sweater styled here and this one that I am featuring today.  This pretty sweater caught my eye because of it's darling bow on the back detail.  Bows were huge this season and I was immediately drawn to it.  I like that is short in length but not cropped, so it's perfect paired with high waisted bottoms and wearable to work.  I also love the neutral color of it, making it easy to style with any other accessories and colors.  For this outfit I pulled out my trusted wool pants, combat boots, and accessoried with my brown leather purse and gold jewelry.  I love the color palette, keeping it very minimalist and neutral.  The pants are for sure going into my bucket as temperatures turn slightly warmer, but I'll probably hold on to the sweater for a little bit longer.










How and when do you transition your winter to spring wardrobe?

Come back on Thursday for a special post with Ageless Style where we are talking and styling the "it" spring colors!


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Shein Frenchy Tie Back Sweater (on sale!; for reference I am wearing a small)

Cropped Wool Pants (sold out)

Steve Madden Boots

Annbrosa Purse (sold out in brown; black available)


Sunday 10 March 2024

Satin PJs You Need



These are the cutest, softest and the prefect spring/summer PJs you need to add to your collection.  Between my girls and I, we have purchased 5 sets of these over the past year.  They are reasonably priced, coming in a huge variety of colors, and are so silky and pretty.  We all love them and they were the perfect addition to my hot holiday vacation wardrobe, for the record all three of us wear a size M comfortably. Over the past few years, I've tried to be more mindful of choosing nice sleep ware rather than old oversized T-shirt (nothing wrong with that, btw).  Mornings have become one of my favorite times of the day over the last few years, especially in the summer.  I used to get up and GO, but now I prefer a slow start with a coffee and some reading time before getting on with the rest of my day, although this does change in the summers as I like to get my run in before it gets too hot.  During the work week, I am getting up, enjoying a black coffee and 20-30 minutes of reading and doing my gratitude journal, before getting ready to head out the door.  


While on holiday, I finished Bridegton: The Viscount Who Love Me ⭐⭐⭐ and The Five Star Weekend by Elen  Hilderbrant ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.  I like beach reads when I head on vacation and more in-depth and thought provoking reads during the rest of the year.  You can follow me on Goodreads here.









What is your morning routine?  Is there a difference between work week and weekend, or different seasons?


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Satin PJ Set