Aug 202014
 

I am a big fan of Joules, the British brand that was born when it sold 100 pairs of bright pink wellies. Joules is very British countryside – well cut clothing with a fun twist and classic silhouettes. When they approached me to review one of their dresses I jumped at the chance. I selected their white eyelet shift dress and thought it would be my summer staple. Canadian weather had different plans for me, I only wore it for the first time in Zadar, Croatia and it became the most worn article of clothing on the entire trip.

I didn’t think I would wear it that much, once for sure, maybe twice but with each wear I kept getting more compliments so with each new city I would wear it again. I wore it a total of four times. The classic shape and eyelet fabric made it both a staple and a trend piece. My husband, family, kids and friends all loved the dress and I could wear it to dinner, touring, church and family functions (yes I did all that on this one trip, but more on the trip in a future post). All I had to do was switch out the accessories and footwear and it was appropriate for all those functions

Wearing white with four kids around may sound daunting but the only time I got it dirty was because of my own carelessness. I had spilled something yellow on myself and I thought I had ruined the dress (it was on the first wear). I was fortunate enough to have access to a washing machine. I pre-treated the stain and washed it and whatever it was came right out!

Joules now ships to the US and their fall selection offers beautiful dresses, quilted coats, handbags, blazers and of course wellies. To my US readers consider yourselves very lucky!

All the photos below were taken in Zadar, Croatia.

Joules Dress Shift Dress

Indigo Faves

Joules Shift Dress

joules Outfit Details – Dress, c/o Joules || Necklace, Indigo || Handbag, Indigo || Flip Flops, Tory Burch.

 August 20, 2014  Posted by on August 20, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  2 Responses »
Aug 062014
 

The next few weeks I will be posting infrequently and briefly. I apologize but hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Joe Fresh Pants

Outfit Details – Patterned Pants, Joe Fresh || Top, LOFT (old) || White Vest, Smart Set || Shoes, Express || Handbag, Mulberry || Watch, Michael Kors || Bracelet, JCrew

 August 6, 2014  Posted by on August 6, 2014 1 Response »
Aug 012014
 

The moment I put this pink skirt on I knew it would be mine – I waited and waited and it finally was. I purchased it because of its versatility, I should be able to wear it all year round, especially considering the mild summer weather we are having here in Toronto. Short sleeves in summer and a sweater and boots in fall and winter.

I adore Pink Tartan (brand of skirt I am wearing)- lady dressing at its finest. I paired the skirt with a Joe Fresh top which is appropriate given that the designers behind these two fabulous brands are married. They are Canadian (I would also argue International) Fashion Royalty. To finish the look – pearls, nude clutch (also Canadian Brand Danier) and heels.

Pretty Lady 6a

Pretty Lady 4a

Pretty Lady 3a

Pretty Lady 2a

Pretty Lady 5a

Pretty Lady 1a

 

Outfit Details – Skirt, Pink Tartan (here similar here, here, here & here) || Tee, Joe Fresh (old) || Necklace, JCrew || Shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo (old, similar here love thesethese) || Handbag, Danier (old)

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I also wanted to share that I am part of  mom.me 50 Favourite Fashion and Beauty Mom Bloggers! So surprised and happy to be part of this wonderful group.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Jul 302014
 

Change is good – short hair for the summer is what I needed. I was bored with my hair and wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I saw my hair dresser. When I told him to cut off 4 inches he was a bit surprised but obliged – the hair colour was his idea. Shorter and darker is definitely a winning combination.

Dress Mavens

 

This dress is care of Dress Mavens - a custom made online dress shop that offers beautiful dresses for women of all heights, shapes and sizes. A new dress and new hair. Wednesday never felt so good.

Short Hair

Navy Blue Dress Mavens

 

Outfit Details – Dress, c/o Dress Mavens || Shoes, Banana Republic (old, similar here & here, these are fun here) || Necklace, Ann Taylor (old) || Handbag, Danier (old)

 July 30, 2014  Posted by on July 30, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  15 Responses »
Jul 252014
 

First thing first – HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSIE!! My little sister is celebrating a birthday today. I hope it’s a good one.

It’s Friday and I’m getting ready for the weekend – soccer games and packing. Hope you all enjoy some much needed time off.

white denim

 

I bought these GAP sandals so I don’t wear out my Marc by Marc Jacobs ones and I’m glad I did. A very affordable alternative that are comfortable.

white denim 2

Outfit Details – Jacket, GAP (old, like this one) || Jeans, Hudson (old, like these, these & these) || Top, Express (here) || Belt, Joe Fresh || Watch, Michael Kors ||Handbag, Mulberry (here) || Sandals, GAP (US, Canada)

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Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style),
Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (Urban Umbrella)

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Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista’s Diary),
Justina (Justina’s Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)

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Maria (Amotherworld), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries),
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Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz),
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 July 25, 2014  Posted by on July 25, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  5 Responses »
Jul 242014
 

I’ve mentioned my aversion to prints – they scare me. I can wear a neon pink dress but give me a floral top and I just become a confused child. I was a little surprised with myself when I decided to try some pattern mixing and paired this stunning floral pattern top (last seen here) with a wide snake pattern wide belt. The belt cinches in at the waist and just adds another touch of drama. That’s the only drama I like.

Anthropologie top

Clutch

Back View Anthropolgie Top

Print Mixing

 Outfit Details – Top, Anthropologie || Jeans, Hudson Jeans (here, here) || Belt, BCBG (old) || Bracelet, Lia Sophia (c/o) || Watch, Michael Kors (here & here) || Clutch, Danier (old) || Shoes, Express (here)

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Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style),
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Maria (Amotherworld), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries),
Cheryl (Beauty by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning)

Row 5 (L-R):
Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz),
Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

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 July 24, 2014  Posted by on July 24, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  5 Responses »
Jul 232014
 

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Row 3 (L-R): Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista’s Diary), Justina (Justina’s Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)

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 July 23, 2014  Posted by on July 23, 2014 14 Responses »
Jul 222014
 

I am a HUGE hip hop/rap fan. My love for that genre started when I was in high school and continues to this day. Biggie Smalls/The Notorious B.I.G. is one of my favourites and I remember where I was when I heard of his passing – at university going to class. There are so many of his songs I enjoy listening to over and over again and have passed this appreciation on to my children (clean versions only). His lyrics are timeless and I often wonder what could have been.

When I saw this top at F21 I just couldn’t resist – Biggie All A Dream Tank. “Juicy” is one of my favourite tracks and I just had to have that tank. You have already seen this outfit on my Instagram account so here are a few more photos.

Biggie T Shirt

Fuchsia Shoes

Mulberry Bag

Notorious BIG

Biggie Closer Look

 

Outfit Details – Tank, F21 (here, here) || Jeans, Hudsons (here, here) || Watch, Michael Kors (here, here) || Blazer, TopShop (here, here) || Handbag, Mulberry (here) || Bracelets, Cocoa Jewelry, F21 || Necklace, ONecklace (c/o) || Shoes, Banana Republic || Sunglasses, House of Harlowe

 July 22, 2014  Posted by on July 22, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  8 Responses »
Jul 142014
 

I have had this Banana Republic maxi dress for two years and I am always happy to wear it. I am trying to make more of an effort to “shop my closet” and wear all the great items and re-style them. Maxi dresses (last seen here) are hard to re-style so I cheated and added a jean jacket. It has been a little chilly lately so I have been wearing this jacket a lot. Be prepared for at least one more post with me wearing it.

Recently Jane from Torontoshopoholic, Amber from Canadian Fashionista and I discussed style bloggers re-wearing our favourite pieces. Jane is obsessed with her white shorts and I have been wearing this denim jacket and my Hudson jeans on heavy rotation. We all go through phases, anyone else?

Banana Republic

Denim Jacket

Banana Republic

 

Outfit Details – Maxi Dress, Banana Republic (old, like this, this, this and this) || Denim Jacket, GAP (old) || Necklace,  c/o Lia Sophia || Watch, Michael Kors (CA here, US here, UK here)  || Shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs (here) || Handbag, Coach (old)

 July 14, 2014  Posted by on July 14, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »