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Kimono: c/o Farminista
Dress: Nicole Bridger
Boots: Old Navy
Bag: Coach
Bracelet: Stella & Dot

Lately I feel like I have been on this journey of finding better ways to not only take care of my self but love myself more.  As a woman and a mother it is easy to put yourself last on the list of priorities.  There is always work to be done, chores to complete, laundry piling up, and most importantly my family to care for.

This last week I treated myself to two opportunities to reflect inward.  I attended the Leading Moms seminar as well as went to see the AMAZING Taryn Brumfitt and her Body Image Movement.  Both of these events celebrated women and their diversity.  It was nice to hear that I’m not the only one who feels overwhelmed some days.  I’m not alone in feeling less then when I compare {dirtiest word in the English language} myself to other women and other moms.  It was completely uplifting to realize there is whole network of beautiful and amazing women out there to support and encourage you.

This was my “I am an amazing women” outfit I wore to the Body Image Movement night.  Clothing can be ornamental for sure, but it can also make you feel beautiful and powerful.  It’s easy to tear yourself apart when getting ready to go somewhere.  ”I look fat in this.”  ”I look so old and tired.”  And so on.    I’m now trying to pay myself a complement before leaving the house.  After all, it only matters what I think of me.

This LBD has become a fast favorite in my wardrobe.  It’s flattering, it’s comfortable, and when I came out of the changeroom in it I said ” I think I’m pretty cute in this dress.”  Did I also mention it was on sale and made locally here in Vancouver??  I know!  The perfect LBD.  My obsession with kimonos continues with this new beauty recently added to my wardrobe from a fabulous prairie site from my home province of Saskatchewan.  Be sure to check out Farminista…you will love! 

Wanna see another super cute LBD look?  Head over to my girl Alicia Fashionista’s site here.  She has a new look coming soon!

 

 

Heart + Art = Hart

I am incredibly proud to announce the H’Art For The Cause campaign I am launching today along with the very talented Kait DeWolff of Kait Creative.

Many of us have been affected by Breast Cancer, whether it has been first hand or helping a loved one through the fight. Every October we are reminded of all those affected by this disease. This year I felt the call to get involved. With another of my loved ones currently battling, I just had to do something {other than get angry}. So, I decided to work on something beautiful with Kait.

Our goal was to find a simple and lovely way for you to donate to this amazing cause. We have designed this water colour print of the ultimate symbol of love, a heart. There is so much symbolism with this one simple shape. The heart itself simply means love. The pink, of course
represents the charity colour, its imperfections represent the beauty of imperfections in all of us, and the ombre is for our hope of fading out the effects of this disease through early detection and one day a cure.

Love is powerful medicine and we want you to spread it around. You can purchase this piece of art for yourself or better yet, gift it to someone you love. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Even if you have not personally been touched by this disease, you can still help now to ensure a breast cancer free future.

You can purchase your print at:
KaitCreative.com for $20
and starting this weekend, they will also be available at Lofty Living!

Be sure to show us your H’art and help spread the word. Photograph your new print and use the hashtag #HartForTheCause .

Follow Us:
Jen @prairiegirlitc  /  Kait  @kaitcreative 

 

 

 

 

I love me some Etsy shopping!  Who doesn’t?  It’s a wonderful way to support independents with mad creative talents.  Having always been more of a in person type shopper (love the experience of going shopping), I found Etsy still gave me that boutiquey feel while browsing online.  It was really my first experience with online shopping, and I liked it!  With Etsy, I am able to find top quality, unique, Canadian made pieces.  A few of my favorite Etsy shops include The Prettiest Bow, I See Noise, Field TripPeekabloom Baby, and Kait Creative.

Speaking of in person shopping….this Saturday 23 locations across Canada will host a one-day marketplace of your favorite local Etsy shops.  This will be the first ever Made in Canada event and it’s happening at 800 Robson St. here in Vancouver.  Other BC cities participating include Victoria, Kelowna, and Nanaimo.   The Vancouver event will be on from 10-5 where you can shop 57 local Etsy sellers including personalized IPhone case from Field Trip!  {Love their cases!}   For more information on this event, visit the Facebook page. {here}

Happy Shopping!
#EtsyMadeInCanada

 

 


Details:
Skirt: Splendid (similar)
Tee: Frenzi
Vest: Garcia
Boots: NEW! Old Navy
Necklace: Harriet Grey
Bag: Nella Bella

I would LOVE to be able to purchase a brand new wardrobe every season.  In fact, when I worked in retail, I practically did! {Gotta love that discount.}  Now that I have financial responsibilities like a house and family, I can’t indulge quite like I used to. {aka: trying to act like an adult}  I start off each new season with a closet purge.  There is always stuff in there that I have hung on to for way too long and really need to just give it up.  After that I shop my closet.  What do I already have?  How can I wear these pieces in a new way this season?  What new pieces could I add to enhance my existing wardrobe?  {You still need some new things.}

Some of these pieces I’m wearing above I have had for years now.  They are easy, quality, basics that I am able to wear lots of different ways and in different seasons.  It just goes to show that if you buy smart, you can get some real longevity out of your clothes.

 

Top: Staple
Skirt: Metalicus
Boots: Old Navy
Bag: Michael Kors
Earrings: c/o Olive & Piper

Not me…this weather!  It is hard to believe that it is just past mid-September and we are still in the middle of a heat wave.  It was 30 degrees at my house a couple days ago.  Wowzas!  While I do love this prolonged sunshine, I could use just a bit of a cool down.  Not to be a brat, but I’ve got Fall shopping to do and this extreme heat is delaying me playing with cozy layers.

Continuing with the transitioning part of this time of year, I’m opting for snug skirts with bare legs, flowy easy blouses, and, my fave, ankle boots.  On a hot day I have to pull my hair back, so a high pony seemed like the perfect {and easy} choice.  I’ve also completely fallen in love with statement earrings.  These beauties from Olive & Piper totally made my look a bit more oh la la.

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