Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Belted Blanket Scarf (and a Corn Maze)



Last weekend, also Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, our family hit the road to for our annual trip to the corn maze.  This has become a fall tradition for our little, not so little anymore, family.  It's a time to unwind and enjoy the fresh air, the open farm land, the outdoors, and the child within all of us.  It's so much more then just a corn maze, they have a petting zoo, a wall climb, a bouncy trampoline type of thing, a hay ride, you name it, they've thought of it.


Last year was the first time we successfully completed both corn mazes and we found all four of the hidden stamps.  This year we had a heck of a time but the girls were relentless and we spent a good hour and forty-five minutes in the two mazes searching for the stamps.  I was vetoed by my lovely husband and kids numerous times when I tried to persuade them to quit.  They were having none of it!!!!  

Success!  We found all four punches. 


Onto the outfit!



I layered up for the day as it's been quite chilly, and windy, around these parts.  Plaid shirt, gray cardigan, and then my blanket scarf!  I decided to switch  it up and use it as a poncho/cape rather than the traditional blanket scarf around the neck.  I belted it, belts are so in this fall,  and I love how it turned out, not to mention how warm it kept me.  Bonus!!!  


I'd love to hear what other ways you've styled your blanket scarves down in the comments. 

Shop This Look (top left to bottom right)


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

14 Years of Marriage

This past weekend was our Canadian Thanksgiving and instead of doing the traditional post of all that I am thankful for, which you can read about HERE, I am sharing with you a glimpse of what Logan and I did to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary.  Neither of us are 'gift' people, in fact in terms of our love languages I think for both of us that was near the bottom of the list, so this year we started a new tradition thanks to an idea I got from a friend on FB.  Her and her husband take turns planning their wedding anniversaries and keep it a surprise for the other person.  I love this idea mainly because it lets me off the hook every second year, I just get to show up and enjoy! 



I took a turn first  and planned an early fall picnic by the river.  I arranged for the kids to go to my parents for a sleepover and when we got home from work our date began.   We both enjoy being outdoors and active, so our first stop was the local tennis courts for some friendly competition.



Afterwards I got the idea to make a charcuterie board from my amazing friend Kendra, check out her blog and all the delicious foods she makes.  As soon as I saw this "how to" on her blog I knew I wanted to do it for our anniversary.  It was the perfect evening.   The company was wonderful.  The food was delicious.  The wine was flowing. The river was calm. The sun was setting for the day.  And we even had a few little friend visitors. 

We ended the evening by walking downtown and catching the last bit of Train's outdoor concert. 


I am so thankful that we still enjoy spending time together and though we are far from perfect, we are perfectly imperfect. 


What are some great ideas for anniversary dates?

Friday, 6 October 2017

Fashion Friday: Three Outfits from the Fall Style Challenge


Hello everyone, it's finally the end of the work week and we are heading into the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend.  I am super pumped to get away to the lake  and also to get together with family friends for a turkey dinner.


Today I am sharing three outfits that I have complied and made my own over the first couple of weeks of the Get Your Pretty On Fall 2017 Style Challenge.  I've shared my recaps before, here, here, and here.  If your are interested in joining one of the current style challenges, check out the links at the end of this post.  

Onto to three simple outfits you can re-create for your own lifestyle and with what's in your closet.  Enjoy!



Prompt #1:  Moto Jacket, White Tee, Olive Jeans, Printed Scarf & Slip on Sneakers


My Take:  Work Wear Culottes


I know, I know.  You are thinking, "you go this out of that prompt?!?"  Here is the deal, I don't have olive jeans, well I didn't at the time but do now.  I absolutely adore these culottes that I picked up in London last year and subbed them in for the olive pants.   I stuck to the white tee portion and printed scarf, but added a denim jacket with some heels for work. 


Let's talk culottes! To be honest I had been crushing on culottes forever but I never thought they would work on my short body, I am only 5'4".  Anyway, these do and what I feel is the trick for them is that they are high-waisted, making my lower body appear longer and also my waist smaller, which it's not as a result of over-indulging in pretzels dipped in Nutella.  


Here are a couple of culotte options from Modcloth to check out, here and here.




Prompt #2:  Gray Sweatshirt, Gray Jeans, Statement Necklace & Velvet Shoes


My take: Weekend Style


I was actually able to wear a casual look because it was finally the weekend.  I always wear jeans on the weekend because it's the only time I am really allowed to.  I just love this look.  It's casual, comfortable and stylish.  I especially love my new purse from H & M and  the deep, wine color of it (it's sold out in this color but they do have It in black here).  Oh, and did I mention these cute, lace up flats were only $11 at Walmart?!?



Prompt #3:  Gray Sweatshirt, Grayed Hem Jeans, Printed Scarf and Slip on Sneakers


My take:  From Office to Casual Mom


My favorite part of this outfit is that I got to do both a work look and casual look in one day.  I basically flipped the prompt for the office and had a TON of compliments on it; and to think that chambray shirt was on my "maybe"  pile.  Instead of the printed scarf I added some leopard print to my feet and classy pearls for the office.


For running the kids to gymnastics that evening I paired up this cute, ruffled tee from H & M  and I styled it with casual jeans, sneakers and a printed scarf. 




If you are interested in trying out a style challenge for yourself check the following challenges out:



Fall 2017 Menswear Bootcamp


Fall 2017 Work Wear Capsule


Fall 2017 GYPO Style Challenge

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Red Tweed Please & Thursday Moda Link-Up



My usual Fashion Friday post is coming live to you one day early this week as I co-host with the wonderful Ada over from Elegance & Mommyhood.  Ada is a mom to an adorable little girl, who takes after her mama and is well versed already in striking a pose.  Ada blogs from Europe and is a trendy working mom.  She showcases casual and dressier options so there is something for everyone.  Make sure you hop on over and check her out.


As for me this week, I've been super pumped to share this outfit with you.  My three top items for fall this year were something with embroidery, high-waisted/paper bag pants, and a bodysuit.  I got all three while in Edmonton in the later part of August.   


These Twik, red, tweed pants were an instant YES for me.  I immediately knew that I NEEDED to find a bodysuit to create a sleek, tucked-in, look, which you can also see styled with my new embroidered skirt here.  I love how this outfit came together without too much effort.  The red, beige, cognac and emerald green colors just fit so well into the outdoor fall color pallet.


What are your fall 2017 wish list items?



Shop This Look:

Tweed Pants (Simons)

Bodysuit (similar)

Hillberg & Berk One of a Kind Bracelet (similar)


On  to the link-up ladies! 

Life is Better with Friends: Reflecting on Friendship

Life is better with friends. 

Nobody can argue that walking, laughing and crying through life with friends is the best.  Ashley and I met in high school and slowly over the years we continued to grow closer and closer.  As we entered University that friendship just became stronger and stronger.  Logan, Ashley and I became a trio.  It was a no brainer that she would stand by our sides at our wedding, and not only that but she played her harp to From This Moment by Shina Twain as I walked down the aisle.  She has been there for me through the amazing, the good, the not so good and the worst.  She has treaded water with me,  pulled me up when I have been drowning and at times  even pulled me up on shore. 


Along the way she moved to another city,  met Jeff and Kaileya, got married, added another little girl, Myalle,  to their already beautiful ,and still we continue to grow our friendship except now that includes a whole lot more people. 


The thing about old friendships is that they don't need to be tended to on a daily basis like when you are forming a new friendship and just getting to know each other.  Old friendships can whether the days/weeks that  pass by without a phone call, and they can withstand "life" that  sometimes gets in the way.   Though we don’t talk every day, heck sometimes not even every month, we do have what I feel like is a never ending bond.  I know that she is literally a phone call away.  Sure we still "work" on our friendship, because all good relationships need to be worked on and nurtured.  So this past summer we were able to do just that.  Not only did our friendship continue to blossom  but the friendship that has gown amongst our families continued to flourish.  The Roffey’s joined us for four glorious days at our cabin and it was probably my favorite four days of the summer.  Unanimously we all agreed that this little ritual would become an annual event for our families. 



Here are a few of our favorite moments from our time together. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Embroidery Love Affair: One Skirt, Three Ways

You guys embroidery is everywhere this season and I am all head-over-heels in love with it all!  I have been admiring the jeans with embroidery since the early spring but since I work in an office environment it didn't seem like the best investment for me.  That being  said when I walked past this beauty at H & M a few weeks ago I knew it was going to be coming home with me.  I quickly found the possibilities with this beauty were endless.  It's perfect for the office, date night and I am pretty sure I am going to wear it for Thanksgiving dinner. 


Here are three very different versions of the outfit. 


1.  Stripes and florals.  My favorite pattern mixing duo.  I also picked this adorable jersey knit, ruffle top at the same time as the skirt from H & M.  They were just made for each other.



2.  Feminine in Pastels.  This blush pink top was passed down to me by a friend and I love the little ruffled shoulders.  How pretty is the H & B rose gold necklace and pearl combination against the light pink blouse.  This is just so pretty to take me into spring of 2018.


3.  Feeling Sexy.  Okay you guys, so this one made me feel sexy and who doesn't like that?!?  The reason for it?  This new bodysuit.  It's my first and it's low-cut which generally I do not wear, and obviously wouldn't wear to work, but you know what, I think I would for date night.  So this one is getting  archived so I can pull it out next time Logan and I actually get a night out on the town.  Oh, and how cute are these spruce green pumps?


What's your favorite 2017 fall trend?


Shop This Post:

Embroidered Skirt (H & M)

Ruffled Shirt (H & M)

Lace-up Pumps (Similar: 425 Fifth)

Floral Statement Necklace (Similar: Ricki's)