It seems when September rolls around, we start thinking about cozy sweaters, falling leaves, and pumpkin flavored everything.  The reality is that September is still actually quite a warm month with a strong sun.  This means we can’t forget about sun protection.

I’ve recently been introduced to the new Cloud Vitamin A Sun Protection.  Cloud is your guardian, neutralizing and preventing the constant injuries inflicted by sun and pollution {love this fact}.  Cloud Retinyl Palmitate protects against 93% more of the sun’s power than conventional sunscreen while providing long-lasting benefits you can see and feel in any weather.

So what does all this mean?  Cloud will prevent and reverse signs of aging, help in skin cancer prevention, and provide sun protection throughout the year.   A few of the things I love about the product is that it is paraben free, fragrance free, preservative free, and their labs are located in Victoria, BC so it’s a Canadian product!

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Dress: Le Chateau | Necklace: Olive & Piper | Floral Crown: The Flower Factory 

If I had to pick just one favorite moment from last week’s Diner En Blanc, I don’t think I would be able to.  The whole evening has a magical quality to it.  A sea of people dressed in their finest whites all dining together under the stars…magical!  Being that this was our second year attending, we felt much better prepared.  Our food was perfect and our set up was beautiful with minimal work involved.  The best part {ok, I picked one}  was obviously sharing it with good friends.  Alicia and Adam, you made the evening all that much more special.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!

 

{Outfit Details}

Dress: Old Navy (on sale here)
Cardi: Emu
Bag: Erin Templeton
Necklace: c/o Olive & Piper 
Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Olive & Piper

Between working, blogging, motherhood, and the day to day hustle that is life, I haven’t been doing much that is ground breaking when it comes to my outfits.   As I’ve mentioned in many other posts, I’ve adopted a uniform mentality.  I’ve got my go-to looks that I stick too by mixing and matching some easy basics.  I simply don’t have the time I used to to spend getting ready.  A five minute shower, couple minutes to get dressed and then about ten minutes for hair and makeup is about the norm now.  Plus with all this hot weather we’ve been experiencing, why complicate things?

Instead of my usual black, grey, white combo, I opted to mix things up slightly with an easy red jersey dress, and neutral toned loose cardi.  With this being a work day outside the house, I left my hair down and threw on some shiny baubles as I didn’t have little hands grabbing at everything.

When I saw this dress hanging on the rack in the store, I thought of the famous Bill Blass quote: “When in doubt, wear red.”  I figured I’d go with those wise words.

 

 

These images are not my own.  All sourced from Pinterest.

S T Y L E  I N S P I R A T I O N :   Normally Summer is all about bright colours and fun prints.  While I have infused a bit of this into my wardrobe, I can’t seem to shake gravitating towards pretty neutrals.  Little black dresses, a denim vest, flowy kimonos, and basic tees and tanks have been my staples.  Between the luxury of working from home and being on full time mommy duty, this has been the simplest way to make my closet work for me.  The time I have to get ready is much shorter so easy pieces I can mix n match help enormously.  We’ve also been experiencing one of the hottest Summers I can remember, which has also been affecting my outfit choices in the morning.  Light weight cottons and linens allow me to layer and keep me cool.

My self made Summer Vibe “rules”:
1. Top knots or a straw hat are a must.
2. For a flattering look, layer a super light kimono or vest over a simple dress.
3. Keep makeup minimal. Mascara, bronzer, and lip gloss is all you need.
4. Interesting jewelry will add the personality to your basic pieces.
5. Focus on your skin. Use a body scrub a couple of times a week to keep your skin glowing. Of course, don’t forget to moisturize and protect your skin with sunscreen.

 

Dress: BCBG,  Hat: Hive Mind Millinery, Shoes: Aldo,  Clutch: Co-Lab

On Saturday, Vancouver’s Glitterati and style lovers took over the Hastings Race Track for a day of glamour, music, cocktails, and betting.  Weather you were nibbling on the lobster lunch, sipping champagne in the VIP tents, or down at the fences cheering on your pony, you were undoubtedly having an amazing time.

Derby goers really got into the spirit of the event with bow ties, enormous hats, suspenders, and facinators as far as the eye could see.  Jazz bands played while bartenders showed off their skills in a bourbon cocktail competition in a skybox patio.  The whole day was first class.  After all, afternoon drinking is so much more acceptable if you’re dressed like a lady.

I didn’t come home any richer, but I am looking forward to another day of glam again next year.

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