Friday, 15 June 2018

Summer Office Style: Ruffles and Tassels

 

My favorite outfit combo for the office during the spring/summer is a dress and heels.  Easy peasy,  lemon squeezy.  Dresses are a grab and go kind of look that totally tricks others into thinking you spent time and effort to look good.  Think about it, there is no top/bottom matching necessary, you just need shoes and maybe some accessories, and done! 

 

Now, how adorable is this dress?!?  The different shades of purple, hot this season, the ruffles and check out the adorable high neckline.  I simply love everything about this dress.  It was passed down to me from my sister, that's how I do thrift shopping without the $ tag. 

Tee-hee-hee.     

 

I threw on a white blazer for the the office, since it can be chilly with the air conditioning,  but forgot to snap a picture.  I also pulled out these  big, dangly, tassel earrings to add  a little flair to the outfit.   I've had these beauties in my stash for a few years now but they don't get worn nearly as much as they should.  Stell and Dot doesn't carry them anymore but I fournd som great options for cheap down below. 



 

What's your summer office go-to?

 

Shop This Post:

Ruffle Dress (option 1; option 2)

Zara Straw Bag

Earrings (option 1; option 2)

Friday, 8 June 2018

Girl, I Am Not Giving You the Cold Shoulder

 

 

Generally off the shoulder dresses, shirts, rompers, etc. are not my jam because let's be honest when you are 30+ and a C cup, you need/want to wear a bra.  Am I right?!?  I am not a big fan of strapless bras but if you have a kind that you swear by I'd love to hear from you.  That being said, this little dress has been in my closet now for 3 years and I wear it a lot.  I just love how it feels and moves on my body.  It's the perfect dress for extreme heat as it's breathable, light and flowy.  I also love styling it with a belt or letting it flow.  I wore this dress for Mother's Day weekend and it was absolutely the perfect mix of trendy and comfortable.










Since my dress is a few years old,  I decided to gathered up a few options for you to check out that are out for spring/summer 2018. 



Dex Printed Off-the-Shoulder Dress:  You can't get much more trendy than this dress.  Off the shoulder.  Cute Print.  Bell sleeves with little tie-up details.  A ruffle wrap front.  Sigh.  I think I am in love.  $34 CAN

 

Dex Stripe Off-the-Shoulder Dress:  Want to update your stripes?  This just might be the dress for you.  $41 CAN

 

Guess Ombre Off-the-Shoulder Dress:  Who says ombre is only a hair coloring term?  I think this is just the perfect dress for the beach during the day and dinner on the coast in the evening.   Lace detailing.  I love that it has little shoulder tie-ups, giving us the option of wearing a bra, and it's fully lined.   If I was going to pick one of these to splurge on, this would be it.   $108 CAN

 

JustFab Printed Dress:  I have been happy with every purchase form Justfab and the price point can't really be beat.  This is an everyday summer dress.  I love the bright ptint, the tie waist, light fabric and pockets.  I love pockets!  $ 39.93 USD

 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Mommy Diaries: Raising Tween Girls & Laughing About It

 

I always envisioned myself as a mom of babies, toddlers and little people.  It’s what I dreamed of for years before actually becoming a mother.  What I never really saw in my life was being a mom beyond that young age and when that happened, like anything else, I just continued to learn alongside my girls and tread new territory.  Now I have two girls who are considered “tweens”, 8-12 years of age.  How did that happen? !?  I am on both sides of this right now, Anya (8) is in the beginning of this stage and Halie (11 ½) has been in it for a while.  As with any children, my girls are very different in the ways they approach life, friends, activities, school, etc.  The changes that I am talking about are social and emotional and how they have resulted in me having to change and adapt as a mom.  Here are some things that snuck up on me and made me re-assess how things have been up to that point in our lives. 

 

 

1.      Make-up and Deodorant.  Eeek.  Phew.  It literally seemed to happen overnight.  One minute it’s that baby smell and the next you have BO.  I didn’t even know what deodorant was best for this purpose so I quickly searched online to find information and suggestions.  We settled on buying Tom’s at our local drugstore and it works really well.  The girls don’t mind the smell and I feel good knowing that it’s mostly natural.  I will also say that the BO kind of came out of nowhere and it comes and goes, and is not consistent.

 

 

Another thing that happened was we went from kids make-up, you know the Barbie flashy colors, to wanting the cover girl stuff.  At first I wasn’t really sure what my stance was and I kind try to deter Halie from it.  I quickly noticed she was going to  experiment regardless so I decided if this was what she wanted, I was better to help educate then to scold.  We  have talked about why it’s not necessary or overly good to put a bunch of make up on her face  but settled on having a natural look if she was going to wear make-up.  I also took the opportunity to introduce some new products for washing her face daily, including the MakeUp Eraser cloth and Cetaphil gentle cleanser.  Another thing to consider is who pays for the make-up?  We’ve decided that   make-up is an extra and is not our responsibility but she is welcome to use her allowance money on it if she chooses to. 

 

 

 

 

2.     Phones & Technology.  Hmm.  Remember land lines?  Yeah.   We finally decided to ditch ours and within 8 months we realized that Halie was wanting to stay connected with her friends outside of school hours.  So what do you do?  Some kids have tablets, some iPads, some phones.  We were totally unsure of what to do, so we have gone through a mix of things to be honest.  Sometimes she borrows our phone for talking on (this is very rare as that’s not really how they communicate much), uses text or snapchat with friends.  We have been approached for an IG account which at this point we have declined her for.  Thoughts?  Technology use is a big one, so it’s worth having a conversations with your spouse around this.   We have discovered that keeping an open mind and assessing things as they happen works best for us, we rarely say no to things forever, but have said ‘no’ for right now. 

 

 

3.     Birthday Parties!  Good news.  The over the top, large, full of screaming and running children, birthday parties are just about behind you.  When the girls were younger we invited EVERYONE.  The more the merrier concept.  No excluding people, etc.  By the end of grade 2 and beginning of grade 3, you will notice your children begin to form closer ties to smaller amounts of people.  They still play and include others, but they form some stronger relationships based on their own personality and interests.   The good news is that birthday parties become more exclusive and smaller.  The bad news is they want SLEEPIOVERS!

 

4.     Toys.  This is a good sag-way into the types of toys you buy.  I find we are no longer going to Toys R Us regularly and honestly the last time I was on their website/store was Christmas time.  Toys become less and less desirable, though Anya still enjoys getting little toys such as LOLs.  Baby dolls, even Barbie’s, kitchen stuff, dress-up, etc. are for the most part gone.   The one thing that both of my girls still enjoy are stuffies (insert eye-roll) and their American Girl dolls.  Anya (8) still does play with toys but I know her days are numbered (this makes me terribly sad), but Halie pretty much entertains herself with make-up, her friends, writing, reading, playing card/board games, etc.  One thing that I will say that they still completely engage in is playing and creating with loose parts.   They love being creative and building things using blocks, marbles, gems, craft supplies, natural materials.  Just the other day the girls constructed a habitat for caterpillars, they love building forts in the woods by our cabin, or creating Goldberg rubrics.  If you need gift ideas for tweens check out my suggestions here and here

 
 

5.     Grunting as a form of communication & mood swings.  Hahaha.  Laugh people because it’ll keep you sane.  Your sweet child will be just that, SWEET one minute and grunting, stomping, eye-rolling, the next.  “Grrr.”  “I know mom.” “I hate you.”  Those are actually words of love and understand that if you are not receiving these sounds/phrases, then you might be failing as a parent in fact.  Here is the thing.  They are just figuring stuff out and you are too.  Once I was able to come to terms that I wasn’t there BFF and that wasn’t really my role, I was able to focus my attention on what I feel my job is, to help them be the best versions of themselves right now and in the future.  So sometimes it’s my job to say or be unpopular for the moment, but I always explain the WHY of our choices.  Sometimes I don’t do it right in the moment, if it seems heated or my child doesn’t want to hear it, but then I talk to them when things are calmer.

 
 

There are many more things that I can write about but I’d love to hear your stories of parenting.  If you would like to write a blog post on something you’ve experienced, regardless of your child’s age, at some point in the future I’d love to hear from you or write in the comments below.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 1 June 2018

2018 Summer Adventures & Continental Drift Link-Up #3

 

I am pumped to kick off summer 2018 in four weeks.  We are doing something completely different this year to kick the summer off.  The girls are flying to Victoria, BC to visit my sister and her family, while Logan and I are driving and doing some adult only touring, and then we are all driving back to SK while exploring Kelowna and Calgary along the way .    The highlight for me is going to be :


a) spending a few days alone with my hubby

b) spending some much needed quality time with my sister

c) seeing two girlfriends and their families while on this trip

d) experiencing new adventures as a family


 

Okay here is what we have loosely planned!

 

Logan and I are going to venture out to Banff to do a moderate/challenging hike, if you've been to this area I would love to hear your recommendations.   I am so pumped to work up a sweat in the mountains without any whining from the kids.  Of course I want to take a light picnic lunch to enjoy on the hike, as well as take time to hopefully stroll a little bit in the town of Banff (time permitting).

 

Kelowna wineries.  I've never  been and am a huge fan of wine.  Top of my list is visiting Mission Hill Winery, Quails' Gate and Cedar Creek Winery.  I already have my outfit planned for the day 😄




Once we arrive in Victoria, I am all about spending time with my sister, brother in-law and my nephew who is sadly only going to be around for a couple of days before he takes off to Quebec to do some road bike racing.  (side note, I do get to see him for a whole week in August when he comes to Sk.).  I have nothing really on the agenda for Victoria because my sister and brother in-law are always amazing hosts and tour us all around.  One request I did make is that my sis and I get a teeny tiny bit of alone time so we are hiking at Bear Mountain, getting facials at their amazingly posh spa, and hopefully soaking up the rays by the pool. 


My sister and I many years ago loving Vegas life. 
 

 

As a family we are going to spend a day and a half in Kelowna, BC and my friend who I met in grade 9 is hosting us.  I am so beyond excited to hang out with her little family, especially her little girls Nova  & Sage.  Babies and toddlers, bring it on.  We hope to take the kids to the either Wibit Water Park or Kangaroo Park and maybe some cherry picking.  Anyone experienced either of those two?  Recommendations? 


My friends from left to right (Kristi, Carling, Jill & I) in grade 9 at our first outdoor concert!


As we head from Kelowna back to Calgary, we plan to stop in Revelstoke to tour the Enchanted Forest and their adventure park with the kids.  This park came highly recommended to us on FB by various friends and it's totally a thing my girls would enjoy.  I am all about taking a self guided boat tour through the forest, and possibly the Tree Adventure Park. 






In Calgary we get to see some more friends!  My friend Lindsay and I met in a first year class University English class when I try to cheat off of her on the first day!  LOL!  She was my dancing and bar bestie pretty much the entire time I was in University and she is loads of fun.  My kids absolutely love her energy and easy going nature.  Last time we visited her we hit up Callaway park and she was such a trooper even though it was freezing cold.  This time we are hoping for better weather and to finally experience the Calgary Zoo.  We've never been and every time we try to go something happens, the flood, too cold, raining, so fingers crossed one of the two days that we are in Calgary it works out.  Like in Kelowna we are pumped to catch up with friends and just go with the flow. 


 

Back home in Saskatchewan brings our favorite part of the summer LAKE LIFE.   Beaching. Boating.  Reading.  Family games.  Friends.  Roasts by the fire. Relaxation.


 

Time to link-up your post!


Welcome to our Continental Drift linkup! The reason we are  dabbling at a link up was that we wanted to connect and learn from bloggers from all across the world about their passions and lifestyle.  We will host the  Continental Drift link-up the first of every month.  The concept for myself and my fellow hosts (Mutton StyleSydney Shop Girl ) is that we, the hosts, will write a post about our life on our continent/Country/state over the past month (hence the name).  Starting June 1st we will have a prompt that we are writing about.  You are welcome to join us using the prompt  or link-up with  any family friendly topic that you like,  be it DIY, cooking, sewing, crafts, lifestyle, de-cluttering, traveling, moving homes, fashion, style, beauty, make up, etc. Your hosts to this linkup come from UK, Canada and Australia.  Enjoy getting to know each other! 


Now please follow each of your hosts Bojana of Bodaciousblog, Sydney Shop Girl and Mutton Style  on at least one platform (Instagram, Twitter or blog) and comment on their blogs.  It would be great if you could read and comment on the blog above yours in the link up.  You might make a new friend. Please also do add a link back to our blogs on your posts to help the linkup grow.  Thanks for stopping by, we look forward to learning more about everyone!


 
 
 





Friday, 25 May 2018

Wrap It Up With a Bow

 

 

A little bit boho.  A little twist on the chambray shirt.  A little bow on the side.  What more could a girl want in a blouse?  I've had this in my closet for close to two months and I can't believe I haven't shared it on here until now.  Like the kimono I styled a few weeks ago, a wrap shirt was on my spring/summer wish list (see here).  I actually stumbled upon it when I was frantically searching for a straw bag that I could order online within Canada and I found it at Zara, along with this top.  The great thing about Zara now is that you can order and ship back for free.  I instantly knew I wanted this top and ordered it in both small and medium because I often find their sizing varies. For reference I keep the medium, mostly for the length. 

 

This blouse has too many cute details.  The obvious ones being that it's a wrap shirt, the side tie-up can be done in multiple ways but I prefer a big bow.  The sleeves have a bit of the balloon shape to them, the tassel tie-ups on the sleeves add to the boho, care-free style that I love for this time of year, and also the delicate embroidery ion the sleeves.  For $50 this shirt really had it all for me.  I can wear it casually out and about, or to work.  I can't wait to pair it with some denim and white shorts in the summer as I run errands around the city, or head to the farmers market. 

 

 

 

I recently wore this when we went out to watch the Cirque Du Solei show Crystal.  It was nothing short of phenomenal.  The talent, ability, strength, story, characters, were all incredible.  I was so glad we were able to share the experience with our girls as well.  They left inspired and in awe of the performance, and of course a huge appreciation for the arts and the performers. 



What are your wish list items going into summer? 

 

Shop This Post:

Crossover Blouse with Lace Trim (Zara)

Kate Spade Wallet (eBay)

 Guess Rhinestone Sandals (similar Guess)

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Mother's Day Recap: Sometimes Low Key is All I Really Want

This post is a little behind but I was swamped both at work and home last week so it just didn't get done. It was such a  lovely weekend that I wanted to put it down on paper to share with others but more importantly to have to remember for years to come as well..  Mother's day is not an extravagant holiday for us.  In fact, we keep it super simple and have for years.  When the girls asked me what I wanted my answer was simple and completely truthful, "a picnic and a weekend of family time", and I feel like it's simply  implied that the girls would keep their bickering to a minimum.  We long ago abandoned the idea of $$ gifts, it's just not us, and instead have the kids create homemade cards, letters, or crafts to share with us.  We compile these into a large book that we add to every year after mother’s and father’s day.  This book is fun to look at as the girls have grown and their expressions of love have evolved with age. 

 

We kicked it the weekend by indulging in our first ice cream cones at the corner store following Anya’s soccer game. 

 

 

 

Saturday I surprised my mom and the girls by taking them all to get pedicures.  Though this was a great idea, the salon we went to created a rather unpleasant experience and we didn’t exactly get what we wanted but never the less we enjoyed our time together.

 

 
 

 

 

Sunday, I was awakened to a house full of decorations and love notes.  Anya had woken up extra early, 5:30 am, to decorate and then went back to bed.  I could read sweet, tender and heartfelt messages all day long.  The girls and Logan also brought me toast and coffee in bed, followed by sharing the most beautiful they've written with me.  I guess I am doing alright at this mothering thing. 



At 11 a.m. I was escorted out into a backyard that had been transformed into a tea party garden, fit for a queen and her princesses.    We enjoyed tea also known  as “Fresca”, a variety of snacks from the pantry, and  some lovely picture books.  The tea party eventually turned into “restaurant” play for all of us and then a lovely picnic lunch in the afternoon. 

Late afternoon Logan and I dashed out for a 10 km run in the sweltering heat, followed by afternoon naps.   You guys, one of the things I am most looking forward to in the summer and retirement are afternoon naps.  I love them.  

 

We wrapped the weekend off by having a BBQ in our backyard with my parents. 

 

 

This is pretty much the best kind of Mother’s Day for me, low key, time with the kids and Logan.  I don’t need more stuff, I just need to be grounded and removed from my never ending list of things to do, my phone and all social media.  I hope all the moms out there were made to feel as special as I felt on this day!

What are your traditions for mother's day?  Father's day? 

Now that father's day is just around the corner, please share with me your best homemade father's day gifts and ideas.