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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!

 

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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 .

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

 

 

As many of you know I’ve been making the change to incorporate more green and eco friendly beauty products into my daily routine.  When I was contacted by The Mountain Retail Store (America’s Greenest T-shirt Company), I was excited about their company.  I wasn’t sure which little face was going to be sent my way nor was I sure how exactly to style the tee to look like me.  When this black and white panda tee came my way, I knew it would work into my casual style just fine.  For a cute and casual look I paired this tee with a shorter black and white skirt, some unbelievably comfy flats by Hush Puppy, and my new go-to carry all bag by Nella Bella.  People definitely do a double take to check out this top.

Tee: c/o The Mountain,  Skirt: Joe Fresh,  Shoes: c/o Hush Puppy,  Bag: c/o Nella Bella,  Bracelet: Forever 21

 

 

Lately our up and down weather has proven to make getting dressed in the morning a bit challenging.  Layers seem to be the key along with a large bag loaded with essentials (umbrella, a pair of flats, makeup for touch ups, etc)  Yesterday I had to pull out my trench coat again.  It’s just too chilly to pretend I’m warm enough in my outfit.  There is sunshine in our near future.  I can’t wait to retire my coats once and for all.

Blouse: Dex, Pants: Mexx,  Tank: Graham & Spencer, Bag: c/o Nella Bella, Shoes: Nine West

 

Yesterday I got to spend some time with one of my besties.  We had a date day where we got to catch up on each others lives.  We started out with lunch at a spot that was new to me.  Being that we were so full we opted to head down to the beach and take a little stroll by the water.  It was not quite what we expected.  As beautiful and sunny as it was, the wind was nuts (as evident by my crazy wind blown hair).  We watched a few sail boats going out, snapped some pics, and when we couldn’t stand the goose bumps anymore, we opted to warm up in the car and then go get some gelato.  A sensible choice.

Dress: c/o Plenty, Sweater: c/o Left On Houston, Bag: c/o Nella Bella, Belt: Brave Leather, Watch: Hong Kong market, Scarf: The Urban Rack

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