It’s safe to say that this is not a like my regular posts.  Being that it is Earth Day, I had to share something green with you {that I love}.  For the past several months I have been using these amazing compostable bins called Green Lids.  Not to get all infomercial on you, but I couldn’t really find anything in the market that worked for all our organic kitchen waste.  The bags leaked and the bins got smelly and dirty.  While strolling around the Vancouver Home and Interior Design Show, we spotted these beauties.  We were instantly interested and got some right way.

Why I love em….
~ No cleaning, no mess, and uniquely leak resistant.
~ Green Lids is the first compostable and disposable composting bin, made entirely in Canada from locally recycled cardboard.
~ Just fill it, seal it, and toss it in your backyard compost pile or put it curbside for municipal pick-up.
~ The Greenlid breaks down with your food scraps and moves quickly to farmers’ fields.
Visit their site here for more info and to see where you can buy yours.

There are so many ways to live a greener life.  I am certainly not perfect,  but I am continuously finding new ways and products to help in whatever small way I can.  A few things I do to reduce my footprint are…

~ Support local designers who manufacture in Vancouver.  I do have a real mix of things in my closet.  Some items are made over seas however, I do believe in shopping local when possible.  My Erin Templeton and Nicole Bridger pieces are some of my most loved items in my closet.
~Source Canadian made goods. Brave Leather imports their leathers from Italy, however they make their items here in Canada. I have been wearing their products for over 10 years.
~Re-usable bags. It sounds like such a small thing but it can make such a difference. I also recycle any of the soft plastics we do need to dispose of in our home.
~ I shop consignment sales and hit up the thrift shops when I can. I will be stocking Maddie up with all her Spring/Summer duds at the Just Between Friends sale this weekend. A mommy must!

What little things to you do to be green?

 

{Details}
Shoes: c/o Kate Spade for Keds
Sweater: Maison Scotch (old)
Pants: Joe Fresh
Denim Vest: Fidelity Jeans
Bag: Erin Templeton
Earrings: c/o Farminista
Scarf: gift from Dubai 

I would have to say it’s been a very long time since I’ve worn Keds.  I’m guessing at some point in the early 90′s with a pair of red high waisted jeans (with zippers on the ankles), and a gimham crop top.  Huh…that kinda sounds like whats happening right now in fashion.  Anyway!   Keds have been killing it lately with some adorable collaborations like this one with Kate Spade.  This pair definitely needed to be styled with a bright and happy outfit.  This look is perfect for a Spring weekend.

On a side note, I’ve been doing more Spring closet cleaning in an attempt to simplify my wardrobe.  I have been adding a few carefully selected items to keep things fresh and to replace some items that just don’t fit they way they did before baby…so they have to go.  I like the idea of having less and wearing those items more.  This sweater and vest obviously made the keep pile.  Every woman needs a denim vest.  It’s a perfect layering piece for the warmer days ahead.

 

{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!

 

{Details}
Dress: c/o Plenty
Sweater: c/o Plenty
Scarf: gift from Italy
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: Erin Templeton (purchased at Plenty)
Bracelet: c/o Olive & Piper

Ladies, being stylish doesn’t mean you are forever in stilettos and rocking a red lip morning, noon, and night.  Some days a gal needs a classic jersey dress, cozy sweater, cute flats, with a few easy accessories thrown in.  When I’m running around with my Baby Girl I choose to be practical, but of course practical can still be cute.   Embrace your basics, and live your day to day life cutely comfortable.

If  you want to stock up on some amazing basics (and other adorable things), then head on over to GetPlenty.com  All my lovely readers can get  25% off the entire store including the sale section until the end of November (one time use per customer).  Use my shopping code JEN25. #LocalLove

 

{Outfit Details}

Dress: Old Navy (on sale here)
Cardi: Emu
Bag: Erin Templeton
Necklace: c/o Olive & Piper 
Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Olive & Piper

Between working, blogging, motherhood, and the day to day hustle that is life, I haven’t been doing much that is ground breaking when it comes to my outfits.   As I’ve mentioned in many other posts, I’ve adopted a uniform mentality.  I’ve got my go-to looks that I stick too by mixing and matching some easy basics.  I simply don’t have the time I used to to spend getting ready.  A five minute shower, couple minutes to get dressed and then about ten minutes for hair and makeup is about the norm now.  Plus with all this hot weather we’ve been experiencing, why complicate things?

Instead of my usual black, grey, white combo, I opted to mix things up slightly with an easy red jersey dress, and neutral toned loose cardi.  With this being a work day outside the house, I left my hair down and threw on some shiny baubles as I didn’t have little hands grabbing at everything.

When I saw this dress hanging on the rack in the store, I thought of the famous Bill Blass quote: “When in doubt, wear red.”  I figured I’d go with those wise words.

 

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