What’s in a brand? Sometimes we like to wear a brand loud and whisper to the world our values through the label on our clothes. Sportswear companies are the masters of branding. Everyone recognizes the swoosh or the three stripes down the pant leg. High-end brands like Louis Vuitton have their monogrammed bags to communicate a lust for luxury.
I was just tooting the praise of wide legged trousers and here I am, back in my skinnies. As uncomfortable as they can be, I still like to pair them with ankle booties and layered basics. I often stop by H & M to pick up t-shirts and knits for layering and I’m a big fan of this combo because of the mix of lengths, textures and neutrals. Call me branded, the choker necklace and bracelet are also from H & M.
Yesterday we visited the Gesamtkunstwerk (GWERK) exhibition as a family. Gesamstkunstwerk is a German word that translates into synthesis of the arts. GWERK is a slang variation used in a sentence such as, “Vancouver is GWERKING it.” The Vancouver skyline is transforming and the new residential tower, The Vancouver House, designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group is bound to be a defining feature.
It was one of those days…I was supposed to go to a fundraiser this evening and got as far as contemplating what outfit to wear. The sad truth is I don’t have the chutzpah for an evening out on the town with three little ones at home, one of whom is up through the night. It is a season of life that is myopic; it’s hard to see down the road to when my kids will be more independent and able to sleep like regular human beings.
I’ve moved four times in seven years and in each place I paint the walls for a fresh start. I love colour but inevitably go for white. White is the colour ‘clean.’ It seems counterintuitive because dirt shows up quicker but I find that it’s easier to spot clean so that layers of dirt don’t build up or go unseen.
I suppose I might get sick of writing about chronic pain one day but writing about it is part of the healing process for me. I’ve lamented post-pregnancy hormones before and it’s because they are a real hindrance to my day-to-day life. Always, always 3-4 months after the baby is born my body crashes. I could mark it on the calendar. It starts with the hair loss and then progresses into one long, continuous migraine.
Do you fear being frumpy? There eventually comes an age where you can choose to go forward in how you dress or forever be caught in the look you most loved in your twenties. I’m realizing in conversations with friends that getting stuck in a fashion rut is an epidemic in the Mom’s of Young Children demographic. We need to be able to get ready fast and the easiest items to grab are tights and a tee.
I had the pleasure of partnering with The Vancouver Sun on their Spring Fashion Preview or as it turned out, the Preview to their Spring Fashion Preview. The article is out today and if you flip to the Arts and Life section, you’ll come across my mug and this look. Almost everything I’m wearing is by local designers selling at one of my favourite Yaletown boutiques, Woo To See You.
The last couple weeks I’ve been overwhelmed with a sense of being lost. I’m making the bed or preparing a meal or doing laundry and the words, “I feel so lost,” drift across my mind. Motherhood feels like a giant maze and while some of the markers look familiar I still can’t discern which direction to go. I have had three babies and each time at the three month mark I hit a wall that is difficult to scale.
I’m not one for experimenting in the kitchen because of time constraints and the simplicity of my childrens’ taste palate but Ben enjoys the art of cooking. He’ll look up recipes that involve precise technique and timing. For example, the perfect poached egg.