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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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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!

Pants: Nicole Bridger | Top: Winners | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: Coach | Necklace: Olive & Piper | Glasses: Iris Eyewear | Ring: Pandora

This time of year is always a bit strange fashion wise.  It’s WAY too hot to be layering on cozy sweaters, and somehow, it doesn’t look quite right to be running around in Summer dresses either.   Lately I’ve been gravitating towards anything lightweight and my favorite neutral colours.  {Thank you fashion for making the minimalist look a trend right now.}   It seems like the perfect way to transition into Fall.   I find the key is even though I’m wearing basics, I still keep it interesting with texture and a couple of accessories.  Jersey is my mommy-go-to fabric of choice.  These pants by Nicole Bridger have been a fave of mine from the early stage of my pregnancy {before the bump}, all throughout my pregnancy, and now again post pregnancy.  There’s something to be said about comfort and style.

Stay tuned for some fun new Fall Fashion posts coming soon!

 

 

One of my favorite things about my job is when I get an up close and personal look at a collection I truly love.  Local Vancouver designer, Nicole Bridger, has been a favorite of mine since she opened her flagship store on 4th Avenue in the heart of Kitsilano.  Nicole’s line is for women who want to look chic and stylish but also wish to keep sustainability in mind.

This season, she has teamed up with Vancouver contemporary artist, Zoe Pawlak for the most lovely wearable art I’ve ever seen.  With Zoe’s use of colour and prints, and Nicole’s ability to create soft, feminine, timeless pieces; it was quite obviously a match made in fashion heaven.

The Nicole Bridger pieces I own in my own wardrobe are soft, comfortable, and versatile.  Her amazing jersey fabrics allowed me to wear them during and now after my pregnancy.  I can’t wait to add some of these amazing items to my closet.

 

I adore pouring over the glossy pages of my newest fall issues to see what treasures are in store.  What colours are being shown?  What are the silhouettes?  Have skirt lengths finally gotten longer? (one can only hope)  A new season brings new fashion, shopping, and a frenzy of trying to be the It-Girl with the latest of everything.  Rather than trying to reinvent myself every season, common sense  has me infusing small bits of trends into my closet all while reworking what I already have.

My Fall New-Mom Look inspiration.  I’m planning on items with casual comfort and wash-ability.    I’m thinking soft jersey’s, embellished sweatshirts, flats, denim, tees, and cozy layers.

Perhaps it’s shopping maturity, having other financial responsibilities, my age, or the strain on my wallet that has me now more concerned with dressing for myself instead of for others.  Dressing for others often resulted in strange purchases of items that would get worn once due to feeling ridiculous in them.   It was easy to over shop as one piece purchased would need multiple other components, that I of course didn’t own, to make it work.  Now, I first turn to my already existing wardrobe where I edit, purge, and discover all my wardrobe can offer me.  Of course there is always a missing item (or five) that need to be purchased and added in for an update.  However, my shopping choices are now made with practicality, budget, and my lifestyle in mind.   Can’t say I’ll be rocking the very cute Miu Miu polka dot dresses to breastfeed in.  (Although they do don a half zipper right at the bust.  Hmm??)

Freeing myself of the one-up-manship of  trying to look cuter than everyone else in the mandatory blogger Zara skort and JCrew sequin tee…is well, just that.  Freeing.  I do not live by the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality.  I’m more of a why try and  beat ‘em, just do something different.  With an ever changing figure this season, I’m not exactly sure what my personal style will look like in the upcoming months.  The only think I do know, I plan to look like me and feel good doing it.

Photos sourced from some of my favorites: Motherhood Maternity, Old Navy, Nicole Bridger, Sam Edelman, J Crew, Joe Fresh, and H&M

 

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