This look is definitely a departure from my usual denim look I rock on most days.  I forgot how nice it is to slip on a dress.  I used to wear dresses almost everyday when I was working outside of the home.  I loved that I always felt comfortable but polished.  A dress is one thing to put on.  It is a quick and easy way to get dressed.  There is definitely still a chill in the air and layers are required.  On the days that have been a bit warmer, I have been swapping out my cardis for kimonos.  I got this beautiful one a couple years ago from Farminista.com.  I obviously love that they are based out of my home province of Saskatchewan.  This silk dress was an amazing find at the Nicole Bridger warehouse sale last month.  Even though this shade of green is typically a more Fall colour, the floral kimono freshens it up with a Spring vibe.  I really do need to dress up more.  With that said, I’m going to go through on a pair of jeans now.

Details:  Kimono from Farminista.com, dress by Nicole Bridger, clutch by Mansur Gavriel, shoes from Nine West

 

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Kimono & Shoes: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Jeans: Old Navy
Top: H&M
Clutch: H&M (old)

When life gets busy I can feel like a disheveled mess.  My brain is going in a thousand directions, my house gets messy, and my closet becomes a heap of clothes thrown on a chair.  Just yesterday I found myself squatting and scooping up change off the sidewalk after I pulled my open, upside down wallet out my bag to pay for parking.  I was running late for a meeting due to a poopy diaper incident as I was trying to get out of the house to drop her off at Grandma’s for the day.  You know, the usual mom frenzy.

When jeans and a tee are the easiest thing to throw on, I like to have a couple of pieces on hand to kick my look up a notch.  Kimonos are a go-to for this time of year.  They are soft, feminine, and instantly make me feel put together even when I don’t feel like it.  This beauty will carry me through the Summer months as well as some upcoming trips.

 

 

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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!

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