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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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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.}

 

 

Tunic: c/o Farminista
pants & tote: c/o Old Navy
hat & boots: Plenty
bracelet, necklace, & earrings: c/o Foxy Originals

Spring is almost here!  While I do love to add some colour to my wardrobe when the blossoms start blooming, I’m also just fine sticking with my go-to neutrals.  Black is always in season.  To breath new life into this classic hue, I’ve added a pop of print with these amazingly comfortable pants from Old Navy.   Accessorizing with gold and a large off white tote also brightens up the look.  When making the transition from Winter to Spring, think of mixing and matching your seasons.  Lightweight pants with a felt hat or a silky tunic with ankle boots are great ways to transition.

This fab jewelry is by Foxy Originals.  Foxy is designed and made in Toronto.  That’s right, Canadian made! Local production means they not only support the local job market, they are eliminating transportation and minimizing their carbon footprint.  They have a ton of fun, on trend pieces and are affordable.  The perfect way to do a little accessory update.

Sidenote…how much are we all loving cherry blossom season?  I can’t get enough!

 

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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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Skirt: Lofty Living
Top: Language (old)
Boots: Old Navy
Bag: Co-Lab (old)
Earrings and Bracelet: Olive & Piper

For the longest time I felt like I was too old and too curvy to wear a tulle skirt, unyet, I was completely drawn to them whenever I would see them.  Such a beautiful and versatile piece…as long as you are young and thin, right?   Weeeellllllll, maybe not.  For me, it was all about finding the right skirt.  My checklist I had for such a skirt was that it needed to not be too poofy (check), have a longer length (check), have an elastic waistband (check), and be in a darker basic colour (and check).  When I spotted this beauty, I knew it had to be mine.

Styled my way with pretty neutral colours and a pop of sparkle, I now think a tulle skirt can absolutely be an age appropriate item.  And the too curvy thing?  I’m so over that too!

 

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