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glasses: Tom Ford c/o Smart Buy Glasses
dress: Mystree from The Urban Rack
bag: Erin Templeton
sandals: Target (old)

The ease of getting dressed this time of year is just one of the things I love about Summer.  Throw on a dress and some sandals and head on out the door.  One other obvious must have is a fabulous pair of sunnies.  These new Tom Ford stunners are from Smart Buy Sunglasses.  It took me a while to pick a pair out as they had so many cute ones to choose from.  Life is tough when you have to choose between Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana.  This fab little dress is so easy and breezy.  Picnics, dinners out, or even dressed up with some sexy heels, I sure do love me this dress.

Last night we headed to the Farmer’s Market to get some farm fresh eggs and ended up also bringing home a blueberry pie…as one does.  We love to take advantage of the food trucks and take a night off from cooking and cleaning.  All hail Summer.  Happy Friday All!!!

 

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pants: c/o Svelte
top: Anthropologie
mug: Blushface from Brick & Mortar
pictures by: Alicia

It is so easy to get in a style rut when you work from home or are a stay at home mom, or both, in my case.   Comfort rules over all for me.  When my days are full, like yesterday, I want to be comfortable but still look kinda cute.  These uber comfy pants by Svelte are perfect for my day to day life at home.  They come with a built in shaper that helps give my tummy a smoother look.  This little top I found at Anthropologie (on sale!) and has become a fast favourite.  A pretty piece like this can instantly perk up any simple look.

Another part of making yourself feel good is stealing a bit of time away for yourself.  My happy place is the swing in our backyard.  I’m working on taking a little time out here and there to unplug, sit, enjoy sipping a coffee, and even reading a bit.   There will always be a list of things to do, but taking a little time for self care is so essential.   And Ladies, unplug.  I swear it is good for the soul.  Switching off allows us time to breath, reflect, and to not be concerned with what everyone else is doing.

This post was sponsored by Svelte, however all opinions are completely my own.  I only share products I love, wear, and use.

 

Summer Formula

Summer Shorts Inspiration

I have never really liked my legs so Summer after Summer they have stayed hidden away from the world.  This year, it’s been way too hot to concern myself with the condition of my legs, so I went on a mission to buy shorts.  I didn’t own any!  I know, what a weirdo.  I’ve always done dresses as they are so comfy and usually quite cool on a hot day.  Enter the curvy girl chubby thigh rubbing issue.  So in order to prevent the very uncomfortable thigh chafe I tend to get this time of year, I wear bike shorts under my skirts and dresses.  Works great, but some days are just far too hot to bother with an extra layer.  Here is where shorts come into play.

I started with a denim pair and have grown my collection from there.  I have a couple pairs of sweat pant cut offs for around the house and playing at the park with Madelyn.  I have my denim ones, a pair of loose khaki green ones (only $16 at Old Navy), a palm print pair, and I even bought a romper ( A cute denim one also from Old Navy.  In love with this adorable palm print one above.)  .  With months of warm weather still to come, I am well stocked for the remainder of the season.  I’m still not loving my legs, or myself in shorts, but I always like a style challenge and I’m pretty happy with the new additions to my closet.
What is your Summer style formula?  Do you have a go to look?

 

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sweater & scarf: c/o Jackson Rowe
dress: Old Navy
shoes: Kenneth Cole (old)
necklace: Forever 21 (old)

Sometimes you come across a line that you just LOVE!  This happened to me after visiting the Jackson Rowe showroom.  This line has pieces with real personality.  There is a simplicity and interest to it all at the same time.  The print on this scarf is everything.  The designer originally had sketched this image for herself for a potential tattoo.  Instead she shared it for all of us to wear.  I feel like this sweater knows no season.  It’s perfect for Summer nights but will be equally gorgeous this Fall.  If you love easy clothing with a boho vibe, this label is must.

 

Beat the Heat

Happy Canada Day!!!!!!   It is H.O.T. here on the West Coast!  We are almost a month into an incredible heat wave.  Of course none of us want to complain about such amazing weather and endless days of sunshine, but we are having to adapt a bit.  How I’ve been keeping cool….
1) Cool showers are divine, but as soon as you towel yourself dry, you’re warm again.  I’ve been using this fab new body lotion by Jergens.  You actually apply it when your skin is still wet.  I’ve been loving it!  Perfect after a shower or even after a swim.  Available at London Drugs.
2) Paper fans are a great thing to keep in your purse so you can make a breeze wherever you go.  I stocked up on a couple when I was pregnant and still use them.
3) I received the Bobble water bottle at an event recently.  I’ve been trying to stay as hydrated as possible, so it’s been the perfect thing to pack around everywhere.   I love that this water bottle is light weight and has a built in filter.
4) Any time you can be either in or around water is a good thing.  Yesterday, I purchased a couple of beautiful Turkish towels from Home Sense (similar to the ones above).  I first thought I’d put them in the bathroom buy I might as well have pretty towels at the pool.  {Even if it’s Maddie’s kiddie pool.}
5) Every girl needs a great straw hat that matches anything and everything in their Summer wardrobe.
6) Pin that hair up!  When it gets this hot, you’ll be seeing my hair up in a top knot more days then not.  I’ve got a big stash of hair ties and bobby pins on hand.
7) I have flip flops laying all over the house right now.  They are all I want to wear.
8 )  This Avene Thermal Spring Water spritz is perfect after time in the sun.  Keep one in your beach bag for fresh soothing after sun relief.  I’ve been using it for years.
Keep cool and enjoy that sunshine!
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