{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.

 

{Details}
Blouse & Sunnies: Barefoot Contessa
Jeans: Old Navy
Bag: Nella Bella
Necklace: Olive & Piper
Shoes: Aldo

I’m always amazed with how we women can go from being so confident one moment to it all flying out the window the next.  I’ve been heading to the gym quite regularly these days.  We made the switch from a meat-head gym to our local community centre as it has everything we could need as a family.  The gym, a pool, lots of classes, and child minding.  Normally I can just get into my zone and giver with one of my cardio/weights routines.  Last night, however, I struggled to get into my zone.

My warm up cardio was fine, but then I headed for the free weights.  It was a very dude heavy crowd last night.  I was the only woman doing free weights and there were only two other women there and they were both on the bikes.  I guess with it being Spring break all my fellow moms with a bit of squish on their bods are on vacay, and not at the gym.  I kept trying to find a small space to carve out for myself to exercise in.  Every time I turned around there was some twenty something guy sprawled out and grunting doing his fiftieth rep of something to make his arms bigger.  Fade to the 35 year old mom doing lunges with her eight pound free weights and you can see how I was feeling a bit out of my element.

After spending about 20 minutes walking from space to space and getting in a few reps here and there, I got fed up and went back to the cardio machines which were virtually empty.  I wanted to be annoyed by all the guys who were making me feel insecure, but I realized that I was the only one who did that.  I got in my head and couldn’t shake it.  Then on the drive home, Miss Swift gave me some great advice…”Shake it off!”  I think we’re only human to have days where we just aren’t feeling our most amazing self, but then you shake it off and tomorrow comes with a fresh outlook.    One of my confidence boosters?  An outfit I feel I could conquer the world in!

 {Details}
Sweater: Joe Fresh
Jacket and Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Aldo
Earmuffs: Winners
Scarf: Plenty
Bracelets: c/o Pearls for Girls (a pretty Swedish line new to Canada)

{Madelyn’s Outfit}
Jacket: Zara Baby (purchased at JBF Vancouver)
Pants: gift
Hair clip: Peekabloom Baby
Shoes: First Prints

I am a Christmas movie nut.  I get as many in this time of year as possible.  Even the terribly cheesey and predictable made for TV ones. {I actually cried watching one the other day. Such a loser…I know.}  Of course I also have my favourites like Love Actually.  Last night with Madelyn in bed and my husband at hockey, I made myself a cup of peppermint tea and soaked in this holiday movie must.  I remember back to my single days of watching this movie and how I would wish for big love in my future.

When I was single at Christmas I would make wishes for my future self.  I wished for things that now seem so simple, but then felt huge.  I wished for a house.  Somewhere I could plant flowers, paint the walls whatever colour I wanted, and feel proud to own.  I wished for a husband.  A wanted a man who I would adore and who would do anything for me.  I wished for a family.  A little girl all my own to love and sing to and rock in my arms.

Now here I am years later, and all of those Christmas wishes have come true.  Whenever I have a moment and I get that “I need more”  attitude, I like to remind myself of the amazing things that have come true for me.  These wishes, although as basic as they may seem, are really what life is all about.  Comfort and Love.

 

 

Stylicity is the official retail program of World MasterCard Fashion Week.  The program – now in its fourth season – brings WMCFW to the streets and offers MasterCard cardholders exclusive offers at over 150 locations – both in Toronto and online for all Canadians to enjoy…yeh!   This year, Stylicity runs from October 18 – November 3.  Weather it is shipping or merchandise discounts, these retailers are offering up some sweet deals for a limited time.  I’ve already started myself up a wishlist of items I am coveting.  Christmas has come early for MasterCard cardholders!

 

one: French Connection Bach Knitted Applique Jumper
two: Michael Kors Pave Stud earrings from Neiman Marcus
three: French Connection Block Party Knitted Scarf
four: Aldo Rusova ankle boot
five: Wild Kingdom leopard print PJ’s from Neiman Marcus (for baby)
six: French Connection Heartbeat Knit sweater
seven: Micheal Kors Python Embossed Pyramid Bangle from Neiman Marcus

Online offers:
French Connection:  Receive 20% off on regular priced merchandise.
Aldo: For a limited time get 15% off.  Enjoy free shipping over $60.  Offer available online only.
Neiman Marcus:  Receive free standard international shipping on purchases of $75 or more.
+ more retailers and deals to be had!

 

One of my favorite things about Fall are cozy knits.  They are the ultimate in comfort and can look quite chic with the right accessories. The knit dress is a perfect transition piece.  I start with bare legs, flats, and a blazer and as the weather cools off I add tights and switch to boots.  This striped one from Old Navy Maternity has a casual feel to it but the neutral colours allow me to dress it up a bit.  I will wear this dress for anything from a dinner out to work meetings.  What is your favorite thing in your Fall wardrobe?

Dress: c/o Old Navy (maternity), Jacket: thrift shop find, Bag: Coach, Necklace: Forever21, Rings: c/o Pandora, Bracelets: Aldo accessories & Maui purchase

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