End of Summer Holiday packing

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I am desperately hanging on to every last second of Summer.  It’s not over yet!  I haven’t even unpacked from being away last weekend, and I’m getting ready to pack up again for another weekend away.  This time Maddie will be joining us as we head over to Victoria to celebrate my Dad’s 60th Birthday.  This has been a very hectic week, so I’m looking forward to a bit of time away, where I can unplug a bit, or at the very least ignore my dirty house.

I’ve streamlined my weekender bag to have just a few faves I can live in for a few days.  Since I pack a lot usually for Maddie, I try to keep my bag compact.  A little grey dress is an awesome piece to wear for shopping, a dinner out, or even just kicking around the house.  Just pack a few different accessory stories to mix it up.  A pair of denim shorts and some breezy tops are another go to.  A hat is a must for days out exploring or cocktails on the patio. (These are usually backyard patio cocktails when we’re with Maddie.)  I was so completely satisfied last weekend when I realized I wore everything I brought except my bathing suit.  Not too bad!

So soak up the Summer and pack light.  Here’s to another fabulous weekend away!


glasses: Tom Ford c/o Smart Buy Glasses
dress: Mystree from The Urban Rack
bag: Erin Templeton
sandals: Target (old)

The ease of getting dressed this time of year is just one of the things I love about Summer.  Throw on a dress and some sandals and head on out the door.  One other obvious must have is a fabulous pair of sunnies.  These new Tom Ford stunners are from Smart Buy Sunglasses.  It took me a while to pick a pair out as they had so many cute ones to choose from.  Life is tough when you have to choose between Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana.  This fab little dress is so easy and breezy.  Picnics, dinners out, or even dressed up with some sexy heels, I sure do love me this dress.

Last night we headed to the Farmer’s Market to get some farm fresh eggs and ended up also bringing home a blueberry pie…as one does.  We love to take advantage of the food trucks and take a night off from cooking and cleaning.  All hail Summer.  Happy Friday All!!!

Summer Formula

Summer Shorts Inspiration

I have never really liked my legs so Summer after Summer they have stayed hidden away from the world.  This year, it’s been way too hot to concern myself with the condition of my legs, so I went on a mission to buy shorts.  I didn’t own any!  I know, what a weirdo.  I’ve always done dresses as they are so comfy and usually quite cool on a hot day.  Enter the curvy girl chubby thigh rubbing issue.  So in order to prevent the very uncomfortable thigh chafe I tend to get this time of year, I wear bike shorts under my skirts and dresses.  Works great, but some days are just far too hot to bother with an extra layer.  Here is where shorts come into play.

I started with a denim pair and have grown my collection from there.  I have a couple pairs of sweat pant cut offs for around the house and playing at the park with Madelyn.  I have my denim ones, a pair of loose khaki green ones (only $16 at Old Navy), a palm print pair, and I even bought a romper ( A cute denim one also from Old Navy.  In love with this adorable palm print one above.)  .  With months of warm weather still to come, I am well stocked for the remainder of the season.  I’m still not loving my legs, or myself in shorts, but I always like a style challenge and I’m pretty happy with the new additions to my closet.
What is your Summer style formula?  Do you have a go to look?
Beat the Heat

Happy Canada Day!!!!!!   It is H.O.T. here on the West Coast!  We are almost a month into an incredible heat wave.  Of course none of us want to complain about such amazing weather and endless days of sunshine, but we are having to adapt a bit.  How I’ve been keeping cool….
1) Cool showers are divine, but as soon as you towel yourself dry, you’re warm again.  I’ve been using this fab new body lotion by Jergens.  You actually apply it when your skin is still wet.  I’ve been loving it!  Perfect after a shower or even after a swim.  Available at London Drugs.
2) Paper fans are a great thing to keep in your purse so you can make a breeze wherever you go.  I stocked up on a couple when I was pregnant and still use them.
3) I received the Bobble water bottle at an event recently.  I’ve been trying to stay as hydrated as possible, so it’s been the perfect thing to pack around everywhere.   I love that this water bottle is light weight and has a built in filter.
4) Any time you can be either in or around water is a good thing.  Yesterday, I purchased a couple of beautiful Turkish towels from Home Sense (similar to the ones above).  I first thought I’d put them in the bathroom buy I might as well have pretty towels at the pool.  {Even if it’s Maddie’s kiddie pool.}
5) Every girl needs a great straw hat that matches anything and everything in their Summer wardrobe.
6) Pin that hair up!  When it gets this hot, you’ll be seeing my hair up in a top knot more days then not.  I’ve got a big stash of hair ties and bobby pins on hand.
7) I have flip flops laying all over the house right now.  They are all I want to wear.
8 )  This Avene Thermal Spring Water spritz is perfect after time in the sun.  Keep one in your beach bag for fresh soothing after sun relief.  I’ve been using it for years.
Keep cool and enjoy that sunshine!


dress: Reitmans c/o Coquitlam Centre
shoes: Army & Navy shoe sale
belt: Maison Scotch
necklace: LowLuv
cardi: c/o Jackson Rowe (find this cardi again in an upcoming post)

It’s officially summer and that means backyard BBQ’s !  I love a good night in or over at friends where everyone can relax, eat, drink, and catch up all while soaking in the glorious weather.  Canada Day is coming up and many of us take to entertaining.  Here are my 5 tips for making your next BBQ that much better.

1) Fun & Games

Young or old, everyone likes to play outside.  Set up a couple of fun and easy games for your guests to play.  I’m a fan of LadderBall and the Bean Bag Toss games.  Limited by space?  Grab a few board games or even a deck of cards.  Any activity outside is fun in the summer!

2) Comfort

Make sure you have lots of seating for your guests.  There is nothing worse then trying to eat your dinner while standing.  Don’t have enough chairs?  Throw down some beach blankets and throw pillows for extra places to hang.  This is especially great for kids.  People are always moving around so turns will be had in all the different seating areas.  I also love having some blankets or wraps on hand for those late night gab sessions over a bottle of wine.  It’s like camping in the backyard…kinda.

3) Lighting

If your soiree is running into dusk, make sure you have pretty lighting in your outdoor space so you can keep the party going.  A giant bright porch light doesn’t  exactly set a chill mood.  Our patio umbrella has LED lights on it and I’m obviously obsessed with my new Edison Bulb Garden String Lights.  A few candles always do the trick too!

4) Food

Ok, obviously you need food at a BBQ, but don’t stress to impress.  Keep things simple.  There is a reason hotdogs and burgers are summer classics.  I love anything in bar form.  Why not do a hotdog bar?  You can have an assortment of hotdogs and smokies (lots of veggie options here too), different types of buns, and elevated condiments.  Found some cute inspo here.

5) Style

If you’re hostessing you are going to want to be cute but comfy.  Coquitlam Centre and I have paired up to show you how you can get #FreshlyDressed for your next backyard bash.  This super cute pineapple print dress is comfortable, machine washable, and super breezy.  I always wear little bike shorts under my dresses and skirts.  This way I can chase Maddie around, bend, and be confident if the wind picks up.

Thank you Coquitlam Centre for this casual party perfect dress!  Be sure to follow the hashtag #FreshlyDressed for more ideas of how to elevate your summer style.

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