Oct 312014
 

Happy Halloween! Today I’m adding blazers to my favourite fall pants.

Joggers & Tartan Blazer 2

Joggers & Tartan Blazer 1

Navy Blazer & Burgundy Pants

 

Outfit Details -1st Outfit:  Wool Joggers, JCrew (not available online, similar here) || Blouse, JCrew (similar here) || Blazer, Banana Republic (old, similar here & option here) || Necklace, Ann Taylor (old) || Bag, Furla (old)

2nd Outfit : Blazer, JCrew (old, love this one on from Nordstrom) || Button Dow, Pink Tartan (sold out similar US, CAN) || Pants, JCrew (similar and lots of colour options here) || Shoes, Louboutin || Belt, Banana Republic (old, similar here)

 October 31, 2014  Posted by on October 31, 2014 No Responses »
Oct 302014
 

This blouse and these faux leather leggings are in heavy wardrobe rotation (last seen here & here). I’ve just been changing the toppers to switch up the looks. To be honest, I have been wearing the three pairs of pants over and over again – these faux leather leggings, the wine coloured cropped trousers (here) and the wool joggers (here).

Faux leather leggings

faux leather leggings

day in 1

day in 2

day in 3

 

Outfit Details – Faux Leather Leggins, Ann Taylor (here, similar ponte version here) || Blouse, JCrew (sold out, similar here, here and here) || Blazer, Smythe (old, similar here, herehere & here) || Vest, Ann Taylor (old, similar herehere) || Hat, Joe Fresh || Necklace, Foxy Originals (old) || Handbag, Danier (old) || High Heeled Shoes, c/o Guilhermina || Pearls, c/o Lia Sophia || Leopard Print Shoes, Nine West (CAN, US)

 October 30, 2014  Posted by on October 30, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  1 Response »
Oct 292014
 

I am still feeding my cape obsession and it’s because I love the drama. I don’t like personal drama but I can get behind wardrobe drama – especially when everyone has access to this type of drama.  I wanted to pair this cape with an outfit that would showcase how great this cape was and I couldn’t narrow down one outfit so I am featuring two outfits – this classic LBD (seen here) and my culottes (seen here and here).

Cape & Dress

Culottes & Cape

I love saying “the cheap is expensive”. This white button down from Pink Tartan was a splurge but after purchasing several less expensive shirts I could have bought two of this one. The other’s didn’t wash well, sit well or look great a year later. This one button down is all I need for a while. Lesson learned.

Cape & Dress

Culottes & Cape

Outfit Details – Cape, Ann Taylor (US here, CAN here) || Dress, Pink Tartan (CAN & US) || Cuff, Ann Taylor (here) || Handbag, Furla (old) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old, similar here) || Culottes, Pink Tartan (here, love these & these) || Blouse, Pink Tartan (here, similar here) || Booties, Guilhermina (c/o)

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 October 29, 2014  Posted by on October 29, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Oct 272014
 

Still borrowing from LOFT and featuring this beautiful leopard coat. My favourite part has to be that the sleeves are a decent length on me. I also think that pattern is perfect. Canadian women own lots of black wool winter coats. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe try this “neutral” pattern. Paired with these wool joggers it’s great for work or even running around doing drop offs and pick ups with the kids.

Leopard Coat 1

Leopard Coat 2

 Outfit Details – Coat, borrowed from LOFT (find here) || Blouse, JCrew (similar here) || Pants, JCrew (similar here CAN, US) || Shoes, Ann Taylor (here, similar here & here) || Handbag, Furla (old)

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 October 27, 2014  Posted by on October 27, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Oct 252014
 

This shouldn’t have been a difficult post to write – getting an amazing vehicle like the Honda Odyssey for a Family Day weekend trip to New Jersey should write itself. However, for this Windsor girl that grew up surrounded by the Big Three it wasn’t that easy. I felt like a traitor and that’s what kept me from reviewing this vehicle. I’m over it.

I have four children and I drive a minivan and I am NOT embarrassed by it, I OWN it. SUVs look chic but are not practical for my growing family. They are difficult to get in and out of and NONE of them have lots of room in the back seat or enough trunk space. I should know because my husband is looking at getting a new car and we have test driven so many of them. I had 3 children under 3 so all of them were in car seats and cars were not an option, we bought a minivan right away. Once the fourth child came I knew that I would be driving a minivan for quite a long time…my husband took a lot of coaxing but even he is a convert.

The first few things I noticed about the Honda Odyssey Touring

  • -phone pairing is easy, much easier then with my current vehicle.
  • -it drives like a car. That is what won my husband over immediately.
  • -button located in the tailgate. Easier to close and brilliantly placed.
  • - cool box! It keeps your drinks cool, brilliant.
  • -built in vacuum – cleaning is a breeze. Little kids make a mess, so do adults after a road trip and I was able to vacuum the vehicle and return it just like I got it.
  • -8 inch control panel screen. There were SO many options that I just couldn’t learn everything in one weekend, like the SMS text function.

We drove this vehicle in February during one of the worst February’s I can remember. This car drove like a tank with it’s winter tires. While other vehicles were literally sliding across the New Jersey streets (some people had Florida licence plates and others were locals) we were secure in our vehicle. This vehicle is loaded with safety features and you can tell when you drive it. I am not an engineer or a mechanic but everyone who drives knows when they are driving a well built vehicle and that is how this car feels.

Safety Features in the vehicle I had included:

  • - Forward Collision Warning (FCW) [33]
    – Lane Departure Warning (LDW) [34]
    – Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control [35]
    – Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    – Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
    – Brake Assist
    – Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines [36]
    – Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) [37]
    – Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
    – Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
    – Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
    – SmartVent® Front Side Airbags
    – Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
    – Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Active Head Restraints
    – 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
    – Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
    – Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row Outboard), Tether -Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row All)

My children loved the DVD entertainment centre that was also wireless so we didn’t have to listen to their movies as we drove. It was pure luxury. I loved the lane watch and cameras that made parking a breeze. My husband actually enjoyed driving the Odyssey and we all noticed how quiet it was. That might have been the biggest surprise for me, conversations where clear while we drove.

The one issue was with the GPS, it was disappointing. I would map out your road trip before you leave just to save time. My husband and I even tested it when we were close to home and it selected a route that over shot and then brought us back to our house. I am pretty sure that Honda will rectify that situation.

The Honda Odyssey has a high price tag but I like to say that the cheap is expensive. If you are looking for a quality vehicle for your family with all the bells and whistles that kids will want to drive in and adults will want to drive this is the perfect vehicle. We do lots of road trips to Sudbury and Windsor so we’re pros at this whole thing and the Honda made our trip to New Jersey enjoyable and safe. My husband has told me that the next minivan he wants to buy is a Honda Odyssey and I’m good with that.

 

 

 October 25, 2014  Posted by on October 25, 2014 Tagged with:  1 Response »
Oct 242014
 

My four weeks are complete and here is my final verdict on the Conair True Glow Skincare Brush and Facial Sauna.

Skincare Brush – with a $99.99 price tag and two brushes this product is perfectly priced and does exactly what it claims – clean skin, smaller pours and an easy to use product. With the weather getting drier here in Toronto I’ve been using the body brush to scrub off the dry skin on my legs this was a big bonus and sealed the love for the Skincare Brush. I love this brush and would recommend it to all my readers.

Facial Sauna – Again Conair delivers on a product that does exactly it states. I enjoyed using the Facial Sauna and my skin felt great. My favourite part was having the lingering scent of my favourite moisturizer. I don’t think this is a product for everyone. This product is for those dedicated to a skincare routine – those who love going to the spa but don’t have the time and/or resources. If you are dedicated to your skincare regime you will find a spot for this product and will find time every week, for those I say buy, for others you will curse looking for a storage spot and this product is not for you.

Next week I’m dedicating to toppers – coats and blazers. Have a wonderful weekend.

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 October 24, 2014  Posted by on October 24, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Oct 222014
 

Cape & Burgunday Pants 1

 

Cape & Burgunday Pants

Cape & Burgunday Pants 3

Cape & Burgunday Pants 2

 

Outfit Details – Cape, Ann Taylor (sold out, some great options here, here & here) || Cropped Trousers, JCrew (sold out, options here, here, here & here) || Sweater, JCrew (old, similar here, here, here & here) || Pumps, Jimmy Choo (old, similar here, here & here) || Handbag, Furla (old, great options here & here)

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 October 22, 2014  Posted by on October 22, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  5 Responses »
Oct 202014
 

I have been looking for the perfect legging – it has to be higher waisted, fit snuggly and not get saggy after wearing. Leggings are everywhere this season so I spent the day trying on various pairs – my criteria was they had to be black and basic (I already have the perfect faux leather pair). I found two great products. The first was from WHBM that you can find here. The main reasons I loved this legging is because it is high waisted and a great weight. It is thicker and the fabric has a great stretch which is slimming and comfortable. I recently did a shopping tour of Yorkdale for a contest winner and the woman I was leading throughout the centre asked me about leggings. I promptly brought her to WHBM and she bought those leggings because of the reasons I just stated. If you click the link above and read the reviews by other customers you’ll see why this is such a popular pant. The second legging I loved and the ones I am wearing is this pair from Chico’s, the Raleigh Legging found here. It sits below the natural waist and the fabric has this luxury feel about it. The weather in Toronto has been neurotic – cold one day warm the other. These leggings are the perfect transition from spring/fall/winter…honestly I don’t know what is going on but I do know I love these leggings and am glad I got them.

Just remember that leggings are NOT pants. Wear a longer top with them, I don’t want to see the waist band. A great rule of thumb is that the top cover the bum.

Anyone else have a story about the perfect legging?

Leggings and layers

Tristan Scarf

 

Outfit Details – Leggings, Chico’s (here) || Tunic, c/o Chico’s (old, similar cuts here and here) || Denim Jacket, Gap || Scarf, Tristan || Brogues, Sam Edelman (here, brown version in CAN)

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 October 20, 2014  Posted by on October 20, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  10 Responses »
Oct 182014
 

family fun in Croatia

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you saw pictures of my first family trip on a plane to Croatia. I was excited about the trip but I also dreaded it. Everyday things can be a challenge with children, flying and being trapped on an airplane with four can spell disaster for you and make you the target of angry strangers just trying to fly in peace. Moreover, driving through a European country with tight windy roads, in a nine seater van, can lead to lots of “Are We There Yet” fatigue. Last year when my husband and I went to Croatia I was on a plane in front of a child who kicked my seat, so I knew what if felt like to be on the receiving end of a bored child.

I am not a great planner, while my husband is the master of organization. Now for this trip I knew the only way it was going to be success was if my husband and I had everything ready before we left and this trip really was a team effort. So here are some tips for travelling with children:

1. Know your Roles – My husband is the best trip planner I have ever known. He was in charge of the itinerary and I was in charge of making sure all the kids stuff was purchased and packed. Division of labour is key here, no one person can or should do it all.

2. Plan Early, Buy Early – Once our trip to Croatia was booked I started to look for deals on items we would need to bring and my husband booked flights and hotels for early discount rates. For example, one of the best purchases I made occurred in February when our family went to New Jersey. On our way home we stopped off at an outlet mall where we picked up four Ralph Lauren backpacks on heavy discount. These backpacks would be the carry on luggage for our children and they would hold electronics, games, books etc. Another example, once Costco had their snorkelling gear out we picked up a set for each child. My husband had the itinerary ready and we knew what we were doing and would need.  This helped with packing and made my job easier.

  • - Tip: Shop Back to School sales (I did all mine at Staples, but Walmart & Target are also great places) and have travel supplies on hand.

 

3. Get the Kids Involved and Excited – Every family starts their dialogue at different times. My oldest daughter is 10 and my oldest son is 9. With them we were talking about the trip right when we booked to get them more engaged and had them research to see where we were going. When we bought the backpacks we let them know they would be used for the trip and would be carrying what they needed/wanted for the plane and on the road trip. My middle son is 7 and he was in a grey zone – some early interest and then it would fizzle. My youngest is 4 and we didn’t get him too excited until closer to departure.

4. What to pack in everyones Carry On – This is what I packed for every one of my children, myself and my husband:

  • - one change of clothes (t shirt & shorts, this takes little room), underwear, flip flops and a bathing suit. If you lose your luggage you at least have some clothes and a bathing suit and still are vacation ready and you don’t have to spend time re-buying things until luggage is found. I knew of a family that had their luggage lost while traveling to Croatia this summer so it can happen to you. In fact, my husband had his luggage lost on the way home.
  • - fully charged electronic devices, chargers and electrical converters for Europe. This one seems like a no brainer so sorry if I am stating the obvious. I am fortunate that we have lots of gadgets and tablets. Every child had access to a tablet and all tablets had their favourite apps (we have iPads, Google Nexus and a Kobo. I had to buy some apps twice. Just think of it as buying your sanity). At home we have very limited screen time but for this trip all bets are off. Don’t listen to the tsk tsk of other parents. Do what gets you to your next destination stress free.

 

5. What to pack in the kids Carry On – For me it was all about keeping them occupied when we travelled in the airplane and keeping boredom at bay during the remainder of the trip

  • - a deck of cards. We had a set of Uno cards and a regular deck or cards. The Uno cards got the most play and were used in every city/town we visited.
  • - crayons or coloured pencils and a book to draw/write in. I had stocked up on school supplies during the Back to School sale at Staples so I was ready for this trip. Back to School sales are a great time to stock up if you and your family travel a lot.
  • - books to read

 

6. Pack Medical Essentials – My family does not have the best of luck – stitches, staples and allergic reactions are our norm. For this trip I packed Benadryl Allergy, Children’s Tylenol, Adult Tylenol and bandages. I could have bought all of this in Croatia but I figured it would just be easier if I had it instead of trying to find it. My father-in-law needed stitches and my husband had a spider bite plus the Benadryl Allergy was used by an extended family member.

7. Let kids make some of their own decisions – For example, let them pick out an outfit to pack, let them choose the restaurant while on vacation or stay on the resort because they don’t want to see one more church. I call this picking your battles because you want to win the war. NO ONE likes to be told what to do for an entire vacation, allowing them to choose activities will make it more enjoyable for everyone.

8. Check the Weather – Yeah I know this sounds like a no brainer. Croatia has HOT summers, 40 degrees Celsius plus, but this summer they had lots of rain and mild temperatures. My husband followed the weather and was in contact with others that were travelling in Croatia. We packed pants and sweatshirts, something my husband I never did in our past travels during the summer months in Croatia. We were lucky, the first two weeks of our vacation we didn’t need them but the last few days we all wore jeans and long sleeve shirts. Global warming people!

Our family trip to Croatia was perfect. We are already planning to go back. Being of Croatian background makes it easy to travel because we already know the language. For everyone else this country is a great destination and has a booming tourist industry. You can hear German, English, French and Spanish spoken in major Croatian cities and smaller destinations. The plane ride was smooth and the kids were well behaved. That’s not to say that there wasn’t some kicking of seats (that was taken care of right away) or boredom but we dealt with it and survived! My trip was successful because of the points above. I didn’t set out to create a list of tips when travelling with children but once the trip was all said and done I realized I did use several strategies that helped make the trip so memorable. I hope that this post helps you make your next family destination a success.

This is the first post about my Croatian holidays. I plan on doing at least one more in the next month.

 

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The red, white and blue theme was a coincidence. Just realized it when I posted these picks. Yeah, the boys and girls are colour coded to match. It must be subliminal.

Ivan and Iva

 

Leaving on a Jet Plane

 

It was my husbands idea to monogram each back pack and it was a great touch to a wonderful vacation.

Packing for Six

 Yup, that’s how we rolled!

 October 18, 2014  Posted by on October 18, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Oct 172014
 

Things have been hectic lately, Thanksgiving was spent in Sudbury, I was a MC for a political fundraiser, I am getting ready for two Halloween segments (for one show), my oldest son turned 9 and we’re having our first big class party plus there is just the everyday with the kids and husband (we almost missed the bus this morning, the driver waited a few extra minutes as we rushed to pack our lunches and get out the door). I have been feeling tired and it showed on my skin. This past week I got busy and forgot to take care of me – typical of all women regardless if you have small children, big children or no children. We take care of others first, ourselves second. I dropped the ball on my Conair challenge and it showed in my skin. Last night I “scrubbed” my skin clean with the Sonic brush and I am writing this post after using the Facial Sauna. I took 12 minutes out of my morning for the sauna and my skin feels vibrant and I have the lovely scent of my Clarins moisturizer lingering.

That’s all I had time for but it was enough.

I feel energized and my skin looks and feels better. Life took over my blog postings and that’s ok because it happens to everyone.  I’m just happy I got back into the swing of things and my skin is back to feeling clean and healthy with a bit of a glow (I see the glow after finding 12 minutes to myself).

If you can find 12 minutes in your day Conair has a giveaway for the entire True Glow line here. The contest closes today.

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 October 17, 2014  Posted by on October 17, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »