This August I was invited to Montreal to cover the Fashion and Design Festival. The FDF is a grand annual celebration of creativity in downtown Montréal. It includes fashion shows, multidisciplinary shows, live art installations, musical performances and real-time design. Over four days and four nights, close to 50 shows will be presented, featuring renowned Canadian designers and leading names in international fashion. Selected designers will present their work free of charge as part of FDF Collections, taking place August 18-19, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Wearing florals always brings me back to my childhood when every wedding required that I wear a pouffy dress decked out in pink and purple flowers. My sister had a matching dress and while she looked adorable I looked horribly awkward with a bad perm and big glasses. There was also a pair of floral print jeans in grade school and now in adulthood I’ve moved onto jumpers.
Today we attempted a fireworks inspired painting where all the supplies we needed were paint canvases, acrylic paint, toilet paper rolls, scissors and tape. The idea came from Parentdish to which I’m a contributor. I loved this messy project and it was perfect for my almost three year old. My five year old was less enthused but it’s because he prefers to come up with his own artistic endeavours.
A paleo diet requires a lot of vegetables and I occasionally run out of ideas for how to doctor up my greens to make them more interesting. I loved the idea from The Year in Food blog of grilling a romaine head that needs to be used up quickly. The dressing recipe she provides is excellent although I substituted capers for the anchovies to use what I had on hand.
It’s not easy dressing for the beach after having three babies and while nursing. The mix of salt, sand and sweat does not make for happy breastfeeding. For a little extra sun protection and to feel less body-con while strolling the beach I’ve discovered a wrap dress is the perfect beach cover up. The one I’m wearing is a Michael By Michael Kors wrap dress that I bought seven years ago for our honeymoon!
The Khatsahlano Festival on the weekend was not primarily live music, greasy food trucks and sparkling goods but a big, bad swelling mass of sweaty humanity. From the tweets and Instagrams on my feed, young child free children loved the event. It is a huge annual street party on W. 4th that involves live music and beer gardens.
It takes divine intervention to act as a patient, grace-filled person. I am not this way by my own virtue and I have to pray that God would still my sharp tongue and put out the fires of frustration that rage away in me. I know that God has heard this prayer when people tell me that I’m so patient with my kids. Really? I don’t feel it. My boys give me a run for my money every day.
June was an extremely busy month for us which usually means a busy time at work for Ben and a busy time with the kids for me. In the midst of the busyness I went through a major parenting paradigm shift. Starting with Levi I have always been fairly rigid about scheduled nap times, being at home to get the kids in bed, stressing out when they refused to fall asleep or didn’t sleep for as long as I expected. I held nap time as a sacred time for myself to recalibrate for the remainder of the day.
I know that I should channel my time and energy into improving my grammar and writing. Perhaps even look into furthering my post secondary education with a certificate in editing or something that strengthens my skill set. However, I have always wanted to try various art forms. I can be frenetic when it comes to creating things and I go full speed ahead when I decide I want to make something.
I’m going to state the obvious, that the Valentino Resort 2015 collection was inspired by the Lego Movie. Style.com wrote that, “In the end, somewhat ironically, it was an archival moment that gave this collection its vivid zing. A psychedelic print from a 1973 Valentino show—the program notes called it “visually disruptive”—inspired the graphic, multicolored designs that made up the boldest looks in this huge eighty-three-outfit lineup: a chevron mink over a contrasting-stripe frock, checks with zigzags, and a chemisier dress in pixelated stripes.”