{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}
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.}

 

 

{Details}
Dress: Barefoot Contessa Boutique
Denim Jacket: AG Jeans (The Urban Rack boutique)
Boots: Plenty Clothing
Bracelet: Alden Rae
Bag: Erin Templeton
Necklace: Karen Telio

There is some huge #LocalLove happening here in this look.  Absolutely everything I am wearing is either from a local boutique or a local designer/brand.  It wasn’t intentional, but when I started listing my outfit details I was pleased to see all the items I found that have supported local business.  This fabulous white lace dress with a floral print is one of my newest additions to my wardrobe.  While it is still a bit chilly to go full on Spring just quite yet, I couldn’t help but snap and share of few pics because it’s just so pretty.

I am also channeling my inner Dakota Johnson this week with my Oscar inspired hair style…a ponytail.  I LOVE fashion, but sometimes the fashion “experts” are hilarious with the ridiculous obsessions they have.  Like many of you, I watched all the red carpet coverage from the Oscars.  I watched the before, the after, and everything in between.  One thing that was amazing was the ongoing commentary over Dakota Johnson’s ponytail.  Now granted, usually a more glam hair style is chosen for such a formal fete, however, you would think this girl invented the ponytail with they way these fashion critics went on about it.  To paraphrase a few of my favorite comments….

” Dakota Johnson’s ponytail is anything but basic.”  It was pretty basic to me.

” I love her daring choice to wear a ponytail.”  Daring is a low cut dress after 50, a ponytail on a 25 year old starlet is well a ponytail!

” It’s so unexpected and not at all boring.”  I guess it is unexpected, but can’t say I leapt out of my chair when I saw her hair.

” Dakota’s hair is just brilliant.”  Brilliant?  I guess I’m chic-er than I thought when I head to the grocery store.

” Ugh!  How much are we loving the ponytail on Dakota Johnson?”  Clearly you are all loving it ALOT!

Maybe it’s because my hair style is pretty much the exact same as hers or that I’ve just worn a lot of ponytails over the years, but hearing this uber simple hair style was the top pick seems ridiculous…but I still love it!

 

It seems so strange to be talking about the end of Summer.  We Vancouverites have had an amazing season.  Loads of sunshine and warm weather have been a real treat compared to summer’s past.  With kids going back to school next week and the stores full of beautiful Fall fashion, I’ve been trying to enjoy my last days with my Summer wardrobe.

As I’ve said in previous posts, this year, I’ve been having a harder time wrapping my brain around dressing for Fall as I am perpetually hot.  I seriously was sweating  just looking at Instagrams of girls in knit sweaters yesterday.  Twenty three degrees is too warm for full Fall gear.    However, after perusing the pages of my Fall issues, Ive been starting to plan out how I’m going to style myself to be season appropriate, but still stay cool.   After all, Fall is my favorite season.  When do you make the switch to your Fall wardrobe?

Dress: Topshop maternity, Jacket: AG Jeans, Bag: Nine West, Shoes & Necklace: Target, Ring: c/o Pandora

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