Little Fashionista Style

I’ve been having so much fun with Maddie’s wardrobe this fall!  Now that she’s a bit bigger, I’ve been really thinking about creating a little collection of things that go together.  Along with being bigger and more active comes new messes. If she spills on her shirt, I don’t want to have to start the whole outfit all over again.  I’ve stuck to a lot of easy mix ‘n match pieces in fairly neutral colours.  Kids should still look like kids though, so to keep her outfits playful, I opt for mixing up prints and cute images on her tops.  Think bunnies and kittens! Her moccs are an everyday item. {We have the MiniMoc x VonBon ones.}  They keep her feet warm and give her some extra grip when she’s rippin around the house.  Layers are always perfect for our West Coast weather regardless of our age.

All these items are similar or versions of pieces I’ve bought for Maddie.  My favourite places to shop for her are….

VonBon Apparel
Osh Kosh B’Gosh
Old Navy


Dress: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Vest: Fidelity Denim
Scarf: Stella & Dot
Shoes: Vionic c/o Shoes on Fourth
Hat: purchased in Maui
Bag: c/o Old Navy

Hello June!  This Thursday I am headed to San Fransisco!  I am so excited to get away with two of my oldest and dearest friend for a fun extended girls weekend.  {I am obviously also a wee bit sad to be away from Maddie for more  than one night for the first time.}  When it comes to my travel style, comfort is at the top of my list.  Easy jersey dresses like this cute anchor one from Barefoot Contessa are soooo comfortable.  I also like to layer a pair of bike shorts underneath my dresses.  It allows for a bit more movement + it prevents the hot weather thigh chafe, for those us who don’t have thigh gap.  Accessories can play double duty if selected properly.  This pretty print scarf adds some personality to my look and can be wrapped around me for some added warmth on the chilly flight.

T I P : My carry on usually consists of a large tote like this one.  Perfect for magazines, an IPad and any other goodies you’d like to have with you during the flight.  I also pack a cross body bag and clutch in my carry on and fill them with my wallet, passport, lip balm, etc.  This keeps a couple less things out of my suitcase and gives my big tote compartments to help me find things in there more easily. 

Back to comfort…these shoes are amazing!  I have some brutal feet.  I need some good support if I plan on doing some all day walking (which I obviously will be in SF).  These cute sandals actually have built in orthaheel technology.  Instead of my usual flat as a pancake sandals, I will be bringing these contoured, supportive sandals to make sure my feet are as comfortable as possible while touring around.

I get way to excited when I’m packing and want to bring everything.  I’m narrowing down my choices and  I’ve been busy pinning for packing inspiration too keep my suitcase contents at a minimum.  Have any favourite packing tips?



Kimono & Sunnies: c/o Barefoot Contessa Boutique
Skirt & Top: The Urban Rack (old)
Necklace: Zuka Artful Accessories
Bag: c/o Old Navy
Shoes: Army & Navy

Working in a creative industry means no traditional work wear for this gal.  Stretchy pencil skirts, jersey tops, kimonos, and comfortable heels are appropriate and practical for client appointments, coffee meet ups, and lunch meetings.  This giant tote is perfect to throw my camera, planner, daily essentials, and a pair of flats in.  I love an easy boho feel for the warmer months, so why not for work days too?  To complete the look I add a few well appointed accessories like this necklace by local label Zuka Artful Accessories and a pair of over sized sunnies.

I feel so grateful to get to work along side my fabulous partner in crime, Alicia of Alicia Fashionista.  We have a uniquely wonderful professional relationship + a friendship I cherish.  I love that I get to be a full time mom + blog + work with inspiring local business owners who challenge me to be better and I continue to learn from.  Oh, and did I mention I get to play with pretty clothes?  Thank you to the super fab staff at Barefoot Contessa for helping me pick out some sweet new Spring pieces like this pretty kimono.


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.



Dress: c/o Old Navy
Jean Jacket: AG Jeans from The Urban Rack
Belt: Brave Leather
Shoes: Frye (old loves)
Clutch: Winners

Oh the awkward time of year where we attempt to transition our wardrobe from winter to spring.  We inevitably are either way too hot or freezing.  It’s a tough sartorial balancing act.  One of my musts for my spring wardrobe is a denim jacket.  {Or in my case two denim jackets.  One more spendy & fitted to go with dresses, tanks, etc. and the other cheap and cheerful plus a bit roomier to layer over slightly bulkier items.}

I picked up this super cute polka dot dress with my June trip to San Fransisco in mind.  However, my motto is “buy it now, where it later…but also where it now” .  I’m still working on a catchier way of saying this.  I get too impatient to wait for the warm weather to kick in to wear my new, carefully selected, finds.  Yesterday was a warm sunny day that was screaming for me to throw this dress on.   {Dress details that I love…the elastic waist makes it perfect for my curvy figure…the adjustable straps allow for a proper fit in the bust area…for the hot weather I’ll pair it with a blue lacey bra, sandals, and my straw hat.}


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