Jennifer Pistor

 

Last month my husband had to go overseas for work for a week, so naturally my first thought was “I should have the girls over!”  The first full day he was away was as Sunday, so brunch seemed like the natural choice.  I began planning a menu of eggs benny, scrumptious baked goods {made by me, naturally}, a beautiful assortment of fresh fruit, and a signature mimosa inspired cocktail.  Well, the thing is, my main chef was out of town.  My husband not only loves to cook, he’s damn good at it.  I do ok, but he really nails it!  So with the reality of me sweating it out trying to serve the most Instagram worthy brunch of all time all while entertaining my little one and getting the house clean, and grabbing a shower, I nixed that first menu and went for something a little more realistic.

Our lovely little menu consisted of:
bagels and whipped cream cheese
organic strawberry jam
organic coconut & strawberry parfaits
(made by moi)
mini cupcakes
fresh fruit salad
mimosas
coffee with Irish cream
assorted teas

My tips to entertain and keep it stress free(ish):
1) You don’t need to make everything from scratch. You can purchase very yummy eats at the market. I had planned on whipping my own cream cheese until I saw it available at the store. Done!
2) Clean your house the night before. Especially important if you have a little one. Once I put Maddie down to bed, I took an hour to clean and tidy up. I bought fresh flowers that day and made little arrangements for around the house {including with washroom, of course}.
3) Don’t worry about everything matching perfectly. I used mis-matched pretty mugs for coffee and had my favourite old printed Ikea glasses for juice. Even our mimosa glasses were a mix of different champagne flutes. There is also less of a chance of someone mixing up their glass with someone else. I also used assorted vintage bowls and trays to serve up the food.
4) Add colour! Fresh flowers can make everything look just that much prettier.  Just do the arrangements the day before.
5) Set the mood with some crowd pleasing tunes. Know your audience. We had a couple of little ones, and a couple of big hanger overs at the brunch, so the music needed to be light and mellow. I opted to play some of my vintage vinyl. Frank Sinatra anyone?  {Mommy tip:  Go ahead and throw on some cartoons on the TV.  Just keep it muted so you can still chat.  Also, try bringing out something new or different for the kids to play with.  Even your own kids.  New colouring books from the dollar store are always a hit!}

 

{Details}
Kimono & Sunnies: c/o Barefoot Contessa Boutique
Skirt & Top: The Urban Rack (old)
Necklace: Zuka Artful Accessories
Bag: c/o Old Navy
Shoes: Army & Navy

Working in a creative industry means no traditional work wear for this gal.  Stretchy pencil skirts, jersey tops, kimonos, and comfortable heels are appropriate and practical for client appointments, coffee meet ups, and lunch meetings.  This giant tote is perfect to throw my camera, planner, daily essentials, and a pair of flats in.  I love an easy boho feel for the warmer months, so why not for work days too?  To complete the look I add a few well appointed accessories like this necklace by local label Zuka Artful Accessories and a pair of over sized sunnies.

I feel so grateful to get to work along side my fabulous partner in crime, Alicia of Alicia Fashionista.  We have a uniquely wonderful professional relationship + a friendship I cherish.  I love that I get to be a full time mom + blog + work with inspiring local business owners who challenge me to be better and I continue to learn from.  Oh, and did I mention I get to play with pretty clothes?  Thank you to the super fab staff at Barefoot Contessa for helping me pick out some sweet new Spring pieces like this pretty kimono.

 

{Details}
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Clutch: Christopher Kon (old…see his newest collection of clutches here)
Shoes: Aldo
Belt: Value Village
Ring: BCBG
Lip Colour: c/o Lise Watier

Lately, I have been coming out of my black and grey cocoon, and adding  some pops of colour to my life.  This look is a big pop!  When I first started to accessorize this dress, I was grabbing subtle and neutral items but I felt like this dress could handle more.  So instead I grabbed this big orange clutch (that is made of the most buttery soft leather) and some shiney gold things.  I even opted to add in one more bit of colour with this pretty pink matte lip colour by Lise Watier.  Sometimes a girl just needs to stand out.

This dress though!  It fits like a glove, is soft and stretchy, and very flattering on my curves.  I was recently introduced to this LA and London designed label, Voodoo Vixen.  They are known for their vintage inspired designs and definitely cater to a curvy gal (yes, they even come in plus sizes!)  This green hue is a red head’s dream come true.  It might just be the dress I’ll be wearing to celebrate my second Mother’s Day as a Momma.

 

{My Outfit Details}
Dress: Nicole Bridger
Jean Jacket: AG Jeans
Shoes: Salt Water c/o Barefoot Contessa
Belt: c/o Flatter Me Belts
Scarf: Aldo Accessories (old)

{Maddie’s Outfit Details}
Jean Jacket: Just Between Friends Consignment Pop Up
Shirt: gift
Pants: Sears
Shoes: Barefoot Contessa

Motherhood.  One of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done in my life.  As a work from home Mom, I am constantly trying to find that perfect balance.  As I’m writing this, Madelyn is sitting on my feet flipping through her books.  I do feel very privileged to be able to work on things I’m passionate all while being a stay at home mom.  As a blogger I often feel like I’m in this weird no-mans land (or no-womans land).  I’m a style blogger who’s a mom and while writing about fashion has been my main gig, I can’t help but be influenced by my bright little light running around the house.  I hope to have more posts soon that travel into the Mom realm.  After all, being authentic is so important to me so flexing my mom muscles only makes sense.

Having said all that, enter Maddie in today’s style post!  Needless to say, my body has changed and morphed a lot from pregnancy.  As a result of that and a pretty major lifestyle change, my personal style has evolved too.  One item I’ve coveted in my wardrobe before, during, and after pregnancy are my Flatter Me Belts.  These amazing belts are stretchy, adjustable, and lay nice and flat.  When I was newly sporting the bump, this belt kept my pants up when my button could no longer be done up.  When I wanted to cinch in a dress but still be comfortable my FMB was perfect!  And now, while I’m loosing weight (ya, it takes a while for some of us), I rock this belt to keep up my pants until I can make it out to purchase a size down.   I have been wearing FMB for over 4 years now.  I first met the designer, Claire,  when I was an accessory buyer at The Urban Rack in Vancouver.  They are the most comfortable belts and have been a staple in my wardrobe ever since.  Mother’s Day came early for my Mom as she will be traveling next month.  You bet that one of her gifts was a belt in new hue Good Greycioius!   Flatter Me Belts currently has a promo on.  From now until May 3rd get 2 belts for $60 and your shipping is free!  Just use my shopping code PGMOMSDAY .

Lastly, how adorable are these matching Mommy & Me SaltWater Sandals?  I had to get us each a pair when I was in Barefoot Contessa last time in.  They carry the wee ones sandals at the Commercial Drive location only.  I love matching her…even though I use to swear I would never go there.  Oh how things change!

 

 

{Details}
Romper: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Shoes: Miz Mooz c/o Shoes on Fourth
Clutch: Value Village
Bracelet: Stella & Dot

I think rompers are adorable!  One problem, I’ve never been able to find one that suits me and fits.  Most rompers are geared towards a smaller, younger, tighter figure than mine.  Not cutting myself down, just a fact.  I was pumped when I found this sexy yet age and lifestyle appropriate romper at Barefoot Contessa.  It fits me perfectly and shows off what I’m comfortable showing off and flatters the rest.  It’s still way too cold to break it out here in Vancouver, but I will be packing it for my trip to San Fransisco in June.  A girl’s gotta plan ahead!

 

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