My outfit details: romper –  Old Navy, vest – Suzy Shier (last year), sandals – Salt Water Sandals c/o Barefoot Contessa, hat – Maui purchase
Maddie’s outfit details: Tee + shorts – Carter’s , Sandals – Salt Water Sandals
Song: Bright Future (loop) by Akashic Records

We have always loved going out for dinner.  It’s such a treat to have someone else cook yummy food for you and clean up after.  Maddie has now hit her I-Don’t-Want-to-be-in-One-Place-for-too-long phase.  We do go out to dine occasionally, but we don’t really take our time with it like we’d like to.  Most of our time is spent entertaining her so she doesn’t freak out.  Last week we felt like a night off from cooking + wanted to spend time outside enjoying this incredible weather!  So, off to the local Farmer’s Market we went.

We were able to stock up on some things like eggs and I bought some fresh baked goods for a creative meeting I had the next morning.  (I think way better with a fresh berry scone in my belly.)   The market always has some fantastic food trucks, so we grabbed some gourmet grilled cheese, some pink lemonade, and some locally brewed beer, threw our blanket down and picnic’d in the park.  Maddie of course loved that she could sit and eat but then get up and run around if she felt like it.  We were able to relax and not worry about bugging anyone around us because everyone at the park was doing the same thing.  This will definitely be a night out we will be doing several times again throughout the summer and into the fall.  Hope you enjoy our little video!

 

Summer Vibes

Summer has come early here on the West Coast.  We have been enjoying loads of sunshine and trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  Fall has always been my favourite season, but since I started working from home, two and half years ago, Summer had definitely worked its way up as a season to cherish.  I love how easy Summer is.  Throwing my hair up in a messy knot, putting on a simple dress and sandals, and wearing just a bit of makeup to complement my seasonal freckles.  I love how adorable Maddie’s little thighs look in her shorts and how every walk we go on is whole new adventure for her.
My summer vibe is pretty laid back.  You’ll be seeing me in simple pieces like a denim dress or black bermuda shorts.  Sandals, hats, and sunnies are an obvious must.  I really pair down my jewelry when the mercury goes up.  Fun and quirky studs are all I really need.  Currently on my wish list…a round beach towel.  I adore the look of them!  I can see Maddie and I curled up on one reading books under a tree in the backyard.  What are you feeling for summer? Done any shopping this season?
Some songs from my current summer playlist that I have on repeat {I know it’s not all brand new, but love these songs}
Cheerleader ~ Omni
Rule the World ~ Walk Off The Earth
Sugar ~ Maroon 5
4×4 ~ Miley Cyrus
Busy Earinin’ ~  Jungle
Where Are U Now ~ Skrillex with Justin Bieber
Summer Vibe ~ Walk Off The Earth
Hero ~ Family Of The Year
I Was A Fool ~ Tegan & Sara
Wagon Wheel ~ Darius Rucker
Knee Deep ~ Zac Brown Band
Earned It ~ The Weeknd

 

With the warm summer weather upon us, I’ve been doing some decor refreshes around the house.   A refresh doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new things.  Start with a piece to base your colour palette around, like a piece of art, a throw, or a pillow.  Next, take a little walk through your house and see what items might find new life if different room of your home.  Love fresh flowers?  Me too!  A single bloom from the garden can make a real impact.

This fabulous new throw pillow, by Vancouver label Joue,  is currently the main attraction in my bedroom.  This boutique design house offers up small batch home accessories blending art and textiles.   Obviously I love that they are both designed and made in Vancouver.  Appropriately named “Soleil”, this 100% silk pillow definitely brightens up the room.  Due to its hand painted nature, no single Soleil pillow is identical, so mine is completely unique to my home.  It’s like art for my bed!

Sometimes your bedroom is more than a place to sleep.  It can also be a little sanctuary to curl up with a book and a cup of tea.  {It’s like a mommy time out.}   These gold lip teacups are great for my morning lemon water or a cup of hot {or cold} tea.

I have a reversible duvet cover.  I use the check pattern in the Fall/Winter months and then flip to the stripe for the Spring/Summer seasons.   A blanket can be way too much warmth in the middle of summer.  I like to throw one of my many pashminas on my bed for those times when you just need a little something {light} to keep you cozy.   I’m thinking a post day-at-the-beach nap!  I’ve recently discovered Parachute.  A beautiful bedding and accessories line.  Their website is full of lovely things I want in my home.

Details:
Colourful Pillow: c/o Joue
Bedding,lamps, & Print Pillows: Ikea
Yellow Pashmina: Love Quotes
Candle: Burnt at Both Endz
Prints: I See Noise & Kardz Kouture
Yellow Eiffel Tower: Homesense
Gold Lips Cups: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Small White Vase: Chintz & Co.
Vintage pieces: silver cup, floral dish, silver tray
Mirror: second hand purchase

 

Dress: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Vest: Fidelity Denim
Scarf: Stella & Dot
Shoes: Vionic c/o Shoes on Fourth
Hat: purchased in Maui
Bag: c/o Old Navy

Hello June!  This Thursday I am headed to San Fransisco!  I am so excited to get away with two of my oldest and dearest friend for a fun extended girls weekend.  {I am obviously also a wee bit sad to be away from Maddie for more  than one night for the first time.}  When it comes to my travel style, comfort is at the top of my list.  Easy jersey dresses like this cute anchor one from Barefoot Contessa are soooo comfortable.  I also like to layer a pair of bike shorts underneath my dresses.  It allows for a bit more movement + it prevents the hot weather thigh chafe, for those us who don’t have thigh gap.  Accessories can play double duty if selected properly.  This pretty print scarf adds some personality to my look and can be wrapped around me for some added warmth on the chilly flight.

T I P : My carry on usually consists of a large tote like this one.  Perfect for magazines, an IPad and any other goodies you’d like to have with you during the flight.  I also pack a cross body bag and clutch in my carry on and fill them with my wallet, passport, lip balm, etc.  This keeps a couple less things out of my suitcase and gives my big tote compartments to help me find things in there more easily. 

Back to comfort…these shoes are amazing!  I have some brutal feet.  I need some good support if I plan on doing some all day walking (which I obviously will be in SF).  These cute sandals actually have built in orthaheel technology.  Instead of my usual flat as a pancake sandals, I will be bringing these contoured, supportive sandals to make sure my feet are as comfortable as possible while touring around.

I get way to excited when I’m packing and want to bring everything.  I’m narrowing down my choices and  I’ve been busy pinning for packing inspiration too keep my suitcase contents at a minimum.  Have any favourite packing tips?

 

 

Miz Mooz Cosma shoe in blue from Shoes on Fourth

Summer is all about backyard BBQ’s, watermelon, slushy drinks, and new shoes!  If you live in the Vancouver area, join myself and my pretty pal Alicia of Alicia Fashionista this Thursday from 6-9pm at Shoes on Fourth for a fun and fabulous summer bash.  They have an amazing variety of beautiful footwear with their main in house brand being Miz Mooz.  Expect bright pops of colour, beautiful detailing, and extreme comfort from their collection.  But don’t take my word for it, try some on for yourself!  I’d love to have you join the fun on Thursday, so bring a friend {or three} and enjoy 10% off regular priced shoes, nibbles, sips, swag bags and more.  See below for how to RSVP + more details.  Hope to see you there!

 

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