It’s safe to say that this is not a like my regular posts.  Being that it is Earth Day, I had to share something green with you {that I love}.  For the past several months I have been using these amazing compostable bins called Green Lids.  Not to get all infomercial on you, but I couldn’t really find anything in the market that worked for all our organic kitchen waste.  The bags leaked and the bins got smelly and dirty.  While strolling around the Vancouver Home and Interior Design Show, we spotted these beauties.  We were instantly interested and got some right way.

Why I love em….
~ No cleaning, no mess, and uniquely leak resistant.
~ Green Lids is the first compostable and disposable composting bin, made entirely in Canada from locally recycled cardboard.
~ Just fill it, seal it, and toss it in your backyard compost pile or put it curbside for municipal pick-up.
~ The Greenlid breaks down with your food scraps and moves quickly to farmers’ fields.
Visit their site here for more info and to see where you can buy yours.

There are so many ways to live a greener life.  I am certainly not perfect,  but I am continuously finding new ways and products to help in whatever small way I can.  A few things I do to reduce my footprint are…

~ Support local designers who manufacture in Vancouver.  I do have a real mix of things in my closet.  Some items are made over seas however, I do believe in shopping local when possible.  My Erin Templeton and Nicole Bridger pieces are some of my most loved items in my closet.
~Source Canadian made goods. Brave Leather imports their leathers from Italy, however they make their items here in Canada. I have been wearing their products for over 10 years.
~Re-usable bags. It sounds like such a small thing but it can make such a difference. I also recycle any of the soft plastics we do need to dispose of in our home.
~ I shop consignment sales and hit up the thrift shops when I can. I will be stocking Maddie up with all her Spring/Summer duds at the Just Between Friends sale this weekend. A mommy must!

What little things to you do to be green?

 

 

Who doesn’t like a deal?  Last Fall I was introduced to Just Between Friends or JBF.  JBF is a HUGE pop up kids consignment sale event held twice a year. Once in the Fall and once in Spring and hosted by a Vancouver, BC mom.  You can save 50-90% on all the items you need for your kids!  I stocked Maddie up on all her Winter needs at the last sale.  My favourite score was her Zara Baby winter coat for only $10.  It was in absolute perfect condition and she wore it all winter.  Needless to say, I’m hooked!   I can’t wait to stock Maddie up for Spring and Summer this weekend.

If you’re a local Vancouver momma, I totally recommend checking it out this weekend.  Prime time shopping is Friday and tickets are $18.  You get first dibs on all the fabulous items before it opens to the public on Saturday.  Saturday admission is $5 or you can find a free admission pass here.  For more info on this mommy must event, visit their website here.

 

{Details}
Kimono & Shoes: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Jeans: Old Navy
Top: H&M
Clutch: H&M (old)

When life gets busy I can feel like a disheveled mess.  My brain is going in a thousand directions, my house gets messy, and my closet becomes a heap of clothes thrown on a chair.  Just yesterday I found myself squatting and scooping up change off the sidewalk after I pulled my open, upside down wallet out my bag to pay for parking.  I was running late for a meeting due to a poopy diaper incident as I was trying to get out of the house to drop her off at Grandma’s for the day.  You know, the usual mom frenzy.

When jeans and a tee are the easiest thing to throw on, I like to have a couple of pieces on hand to kick my look up a notch.  Kimonos are a go-to for this time of year.  They are soft, feminine, and instantly make me feel put together even when I don’t feel like it.  This beauty will carry me through the Summer months as well as some upcoming trips.

 

 

{Details}
Top & Shoes: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Jeans: AG Jeans (pre-pregnancy jeans yo!)
Sunnies: Rayban
Bag: Brave Leather
Earrings: c/o Keltie Leanne
Bracelet: c/o Charles & Grace

Soooo, NBD but these are a pair of my pre-pregnancy jeans.  Who am I kidding?  It’s a HUGE deal!  Forget the scale!  It is a major feeling of accomplishment when all your working out starts paying off and you hear that zip as a pair of beloved jeans make their way over your new body.  I have some pretty fab jeans in my closet.  Happy I can start getting into them again.

This look was inspired after running into a friend of mine while she was shopping for items to take to Coachella.  She’s a mom and made a joke about her probably being the oldest one there.  Age, shmage!  Music festivals are for us all.  And the fashion?  There is a way to interpret the ever-so-popular boho look into something age appropriate and not at all costumey.  I found this gorgeous blouse on a shopping trip to Barefoot Contessa last week.  I loved the detail and flowy but flattering cut.  Boho items are perfect for when the sunshine starts to show itself and days get warmer.  It’s laid back and put together in the perfect West Coast way.  So mommies, I say break out the bell bottoms, grab a floral crown, and start throwing out those peace signs.

 

{Details}
Dress: c/o Old Navy
Jean Jacket: AG Jeans from The Urban Rack
Belt: Brave Leather
Shoes: Frye (old loves)
Clutch: Winners

Oh the awkward time of year where we attempt to transition our wardrobe from winter to spring.  We inevitably are either way too hot or freezing.  It’s a tough sartorial balancing act.  One of my musts for my spring wardrobe is a denim jacket.  {Or in my case two denim jackets.  One more spendy & fitted to go with dresses, tanks, etc. and the other cheap and cheerful plus a bit roomier to layer over slightly bulkier items.}

I picked up this super cute polka dot dress with my June trip to San Fransisco in mind.  However, my motto is “buy it now, where it later…but also where it now” .  I’m still working on a catchier way of saying this.  I get too impatient to wait for the warm weather to kick in to wear my new, carefully selected, finds.  Yesterday was a warm sunny day that was screaming for me to throw this dress on.   {Dress details that I love…the elastic waist makes it perfect for my curvy figure…the adjustable straps allow for a proper fit in the bust area…for the hot weather I’ll pair it with a blue lacey bra, sandals, and my straw hat.}

 

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