shirt: West + Wind (now on SALE for only $12), jeans: JBF Vancouver (consignment), belt: Monkey & Peanut, backpack: Skip Hop, runners: Michael Kors, hair clip: Peekabloom Baby

I can’t quite believe it, but here I am writing about back to school.  My little Madelyn is starting preschool this Fall.  She is so excited!  I hope she stays that excited when the day actually comes.  We are less than a week away from her staring.  We bought her this adorable backpack when we went on our trip to Palm Springs last Fall.  She hasn’t really used it since, so it feels new to her again. I found her these cute little jeans at the JBF Consignment sale back in the Spring.  They were a bit big on her, but fit great now!   I plan on doing a bit more thrift shopping for her (and maybe for myself for maternity wear).  Thrifting is such a great to not only save money, but to also make a smaller footprint on the environment.

I had to, of course, grab Maddie a couple tees from my shop West + Wind.  In case you missed the announcement, my business partner Kait and I will be closing our shop at the end of September.  Kait is expecting her first child in just a few weeks, and I am expecting twins at the end of the year.  With all these babies on the way, we decided our focus should be on our growing families.  We have a BIG sale on now.  All our adult tees are all $20, kids tees are $12, the Thrift Tees are just $7, and all jewelry is $10 and under.  Okay…..that’s enough of my sales pitch;)

So Momma’s…where do you like to shop for your ones for all there back to school looks?  Do you thrift?  Online shop?  Hit up the local shops?  To head to the national brand stores?

 

sunnies: c/o Camilla d’Errico for Clearly Contacts,  tee: thrifted from Value Village

I have been making efforts this year to make my closet more eco-friendly.  So what have I been doing?

  • Consuming/shopping less. I have been utilizing the pieces in my wardrobe more and having fun with styling things in new ways.
  • Purchasing locally made and/or sustainable fabric choices when possible.
  • Thrifting! I have actually been enjoying the odd trip into a thrift shop so see what little gems I may find.

This fun little California tee was a great find.  I was first drawn to the colours and the graphic.  I kinda have this thing for cute t-shirts. (*wink) I have been living in these light wash jeans I picked up in the Fall at Old Navy.  They are a multi times a week item right now. They look perfectly Springy with the tee and this light pink blazer I bought a couple years ago tied the look together.  As always, a cute pair of shoes (or ankle boots in this case) and some fab accessories complete the outfit.  I am completely in LOVE with these new Camilla d’Errico for Clearly Contacts sunnies.  I am pretty sure they make me look a lot cooler than I really am.

So? What have y’all been wearing these days?  Any thrift finds?

 

Hey All!  Just in time for the weekend, my shop West + Wind is having a sale on our Par Tee Collection.  Receive 30% off with coupon code: PARTEETIME.  This very popular white slouchy tee has become a weekend staple for me.  With Spring around the corner, I’m looking forward to swapping out my cardis for kimonos.  A perfect and easy update for the season ahead.  The ParTee is also available in our pretty dolman sleeve tee and comes in black and silver.

Happy shopping and happy weekend! xo

 

Yesterday I took a bit of time to do some online shopping.  I have been purging my closet have been really honest about what I actually wear.  I’m trying to purchase less, but purchase well.  Buying well means finding things that no only fit well, but are also items I will actually wear over and over again.  While I was shopping I was kinda bummed that there is either teeny tiny stuff or plus sized items.  Love that there is such a wide variety of plus sized clothing now, but I’ve tried it before and it doesn’t fit me.  I’m in this weird bubble of sizing that can’t wear “skinny” clothes, but plus size doesn’t work either.  On one of the sites I was on, I was checking out there size guide and it said that their size 12/14 US was an XXXL.  What???  I’m not vain about the whole size thing, but what?  I looked around a bit longer and soon found that nothing really seemed to be available in that size.  {This was so a “Mean Girls” shopping moment.  LOL! }  This is one of the reasons I buy most of my pants at Old Navy.  I have searched…and nothing.

I think one of the reasons, I’ve been going a bit more classic with my wardrobe is because I’m finding it harder all the time to find clothes I love and that fit and flatter.  Getting dressed as a curvy girl takes more thought.  When I was younger and slimmer, getting dressed was a breeze.  Everything looked cute.  I have some left over baby tummy, hips and thick legs, and I guess I’m a bit booby now too.  These are complaints, just what I’m working with. Oh, and then there’s the whole refusing to be anything but really comfortable. Also, what is up with so many of the shopping sites for “curvy gals” being more costumey than fashiony?  I don’t want to dress like a 50′s pinup girl.  I just want to look like me.   If any of you curvy gals have any tips of places you like to shop, please share.  I always love a good recommend.  This vintage leopard print blouse was a great find.  I bought it at an Electric Lady Vintage popup. I love when vintage clothes are curated for me.

Update on my wardrobe purge…Yesterday, I had a giant box of clothes picked up for donation.  If felt great to downsize more.  I’ve got a pile of stuff I’d like to consign as well.

 

 

September Mood Board

 


Happy September first everyone!!!!  Even though we still have a few weeks of Summer left, September is typically a bit of a transition month fashion wise.  My mood to kick off the month (and drastic change in weather) is feeling easy basics like cute tees and pencil skirts.  There is no need to cover up completely yet, so I plan on keeping my legs bare as long as possible.  Ankle boots are a perfect shoe to transition into cooler weather and a large tote works weather you’re heading to a meeting or a play date.
I don’t know what it is about September that makes me want to buy fresh office supplies {cute ones, of course} and sip on tea.
Today my feet were chilly for the first time, so my moccasins were an obvious choice for working in my home office and playing with the
Little Miss.  I also realize that I need to come up with some ideas for indoor activities with a toddler.  We’ve been so used to being
outside everyday that I need to get creative to make fun in a whole new way.  Any suggestions Momma’s?
Fresh flowers are a good idea any time of year, but especially when the skies get grey.  A simple bouquet can brighten up a room, especially if it’s your
office space.  I’ve also been adding plants here and there around the house.  Admittedly, I am no green thumb, so I keep my plant picks
cheap and cheerful as they usually only last me a few months.
I still don’t want to rush the end of Summer.  Vancouver is supposed to have a warm and sunny long weekend coming up.  In fact,
they are predicting a sunny first half of the month, except these first few days.  I’m ready to embrace it fully and in the meantime, start
my strategic fall shopping plan.
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