Being in the wonderful world of blogging and social media can have some highs and lows.  What I have come to realize that I am the only one who can control how I feel and how I choose to participate in this industry.  I am often disappointed  with the worlds obsession with the unobtainable.  Spoiler alert…average women aren’t having milk baths with flowers floating around them.  If you dress kids in all white, they will get dirty.  And the everyday girl gang isn’t bursting into spontaneous laughter with arms linked decked in head to toe designer gear.  I got my start in this crazy industry as a model, so I completely appreciate the art behind a beautiful photo.  Just make sure these images bring you joy and don’t make you second guess how you live your life.

As I have got older and navigated my way through an industry where perfection is coveted, I have learned to turn down the noise and do what I love with people and companies I truly enjoy and respect.  With this I have been so lucky to make lifelong friends and meet and collaborate with real, authentic people.  One of these people is Kari, the oh-so-talented designer of Zuka, which is this lovely long necklace I’m wearing in these pics.  I had the pleasure of meeting Kari years ago though my retail job.  We have stayed in touch and I’m so happy to be showing off a piece from her latest collection.  All her pieces are handcrafted in Canada.  She uses such unique shapes and textures together like the vintage German Art Deco blue beads on this piece as well as the vintage German resin pendant.  So beautiful!

This weekend, when you are scrolling through your social media feed and find yourself rolling your eyes at a photo or you get that gross comparison pit in your stomach, try to just move on.  Make sure you fill your feeds with friends and people you truly admire or enjoy.  A warm and fuzzy feed can feed your soul.  I am inspired by fellow mommas who speak truth about day to day life and share their challenges along with all the yummy stuff.  Who do you like to follow?  Who brings a smile to your face?

Happy Friday All! xo

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long necklace: c/o Zuka Designs
dress: old fave from my closet
white kimono: Barefoot Contessa
tote: Old Navy (old)
shoes: Miz Mooz from Shoes on Fourth
short necklace: Katami Designs

photos by Kendra

 

I’m not sure if I dress Madelyn like me or if I dress her in things I wish I could wear.  This black and white outfit is an absolute new fave of mine!  When I spotted these VonBon Apparel black and white harem pants ON SALE, I had to snatch a pair up.  They are, of course, the perfect pants to pair with her West + Wind tees.  I think because of our W+W kids collection I’ve been really drawn to black and white for her.  I do infuse colour into her outfits too…she’s a kid after all.  The matching headband and her cute kitty shoes keep her outfit playful and not too grown up looking.  She’s only two, and I want her to stay little as long as possible.

I’m a big fan of reusable decorations.  This adorable bunting was from Maddie’s birthday party in November.  Why buy disposable decor when something like this can be used over and over again? Mitani is another local Vancouver, BC label.  Loads of local love in this post!

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tee: West + Wind
pants & headband: VonBon Apparel
shoes: Old Navy
pink mouse: The Cross Design
bunting: Mitani Designs

 

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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.

 

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Dress: c/o Nicole Bridger
Vest: Mystree (old)
Necklace: c/o Katami Designs
Belt: Brave Leather
Boots: Nine West
Clutch: c/o Nella Bella

Today is my three year wedding anniversary.  This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated a bit early and took a much needed break.  There was one side of me that felt like we needed to plan something big.   Jet off to some romantic tropical location, book a fabulous hotel, couples massages,….you get the picture.  We kept throwing around ideas but nothing really spoke to us.  Then finally we realized all we really wanted was just some quality time together.  We took Baby Girl over to Grandma’s house for a sleep over, took ourselves out for an early dins since we skipped lunch, and then we went for a walk down by the Quay.  We took advantage of the time and snapped some pics (these ones) and then grabbed a coffee at a fave little Italian place.  We went home and relaxed for a bit (I may have had a little nap) and then we went to a movie.  The next morning we SLEPT IN until 10:30!!!  The best!  Then took our cute, rested selves out for brunch before heading to the Home + Design Show and then off to reunite with our sweet girl.  All in all it was a perfect weekend.  It may not have been ritzy and glitzy, but we loved it.

Speaking of love….this ultra cozy knit dress by local Vancouver designer, Nicole Bridger, has become a go-to dress for me.  It’s like throwing on a warm hug.  I’ve been able to style it lots of different ways and I adore the longer length.  If you don’t yet have any NB hanging in your closet, check her out here.  The collection is available online or at her flagship boutique on West 4th Ave.  #LocalLove

 

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Knit Tunic: c/o Plenty (here)
Cardi: c/o Plenty (here)
Hat: Plenty
Leggings: c/o Plenty (here)
Clutch: c/o Nella Bella
Scarf: c/o Plenty
Ring: BCBG
Boots: Old Navy

I often describe my personal style as dressed up casual.  Plenty is the perfect place for me to find the right mix of comfort with an elevated twist. Plenty has been a Vancouver staple for shopping since it came on to the scene in 1989.  They offer up many fabulous international brands mixed with very coveted in house labels.  I am actually rocking all in house labels in this look.  Why do I love Plenty?  Let me count the ways….affordable, stylish, comfortable, laid back, friendly, versatile, fits my West Coast lifestyle, and LOCAL!

I had so much fun shopping their Fall collection.  Expect cozy knits, printed silks, touches of lace, fur embellishment, and endless options for layering.  Need help putting your look together?  No worries, not all of us love to shop as much as I do.  The staff is incredibly helpful and know how to help you style the perfect look FOR YOU.

Leggings and sweaters are West Coast staples.  I know leggings get a bad rap {Ladies, they aren’t pants, you have to cover your bum when you wear them.}  I demand comfort from my wardrobe, so leggings are admittedly a staple in my closet for the Fall/Winter season.   As someone who loathes hosiery, leggings are a great way to cover my legs comfortably.  And really…who says I can’t make my leggings look adorable?  I just did;)

For another fabulous look with Plenty pieces, head over to the lovely blog of AliciaFashionista .

#LocalLove

“THE TRUEST SENSE OF PLENTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN WANTING FASHION TO CAPTURE INDIVIDUALITY…”

 

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