To get inspired when writing fashion pieces I sometimes make a pit stop at a thrift shop to see if I discover any gems. It’s the thrill of the hunt and while I’m satisfied to walk away with nothing I’m giddy when I find something good. Last Friday while browsing through Value Village I grabbed the blood orange coloured sleeve of this dress and was instantly taken by the craftsmanship
Last Spring I did a feature for the Vancouver Sun on building a brand from scratch, spotlighting Prospekt Supply I was so impressed by their Spring Summer 2015 Lookbook and how the brand is expanding their collection with trousers and shorts that highlight their sportswear roots while also taking on the appearance of classic business wear. The Hastings Panelled Pinstripe Pant has perfect details like double welt pockets and bottom zips. The zips bring me back to my competitive track and field days. Now if only Prospekt Supply would come up with the quintessential tear-a-way…
A new season has usually crept up on me before I’ve given any consideration to what items I might need to add to my wardrobe or bring out of storage. I’m planning to prolong summer as long as possible and yesterday during my daily swim in the Pacific Ocean, a cold water compatriot told me that she manages to swim through October.
I hired a cleaner. I think it is going to be a game changer in how I balance the responsibilities of life. To make the decision in the end was simple; I just can’t do it all. I have an amazing mother and one thing I remember about our house is that she kept it so clean. I don’t know if she felt that way.
I’d like to think that our mind body connection allows us to know when certain food cravings should be satiated. I’m not talking that ever-present desire for chocolate banana ganache cake but similar to when our bodies need more water; a desire for healthy, nutrient dense food.
The last few days I couldn’t stop thinking about garlic. Not just a little bit of crushed garlic in a dressing but a whole clove of roasted garlic. For a healthy snack I made kale chips and roasted garlic in olive oil.
I can’t resist a good check especially when it’s a tunic with funky seams and weirdly placed, yet some how appealing pockets. Comfy, breezy and breast-feeding friendly; check, check, check. I wore this look to a family reunion with 35+ of my relatives. My kids’ great, great aunty and uncle were even in attendance.
Suffice it to say, we all drop the ball sometimes. If you were to ask me what my greatest practical life struggle is, my answer would be administrating our lives. Ben and I are both weak in this area which makes for some frustrating predicaments. Our friends can attest that when attending a wedding we know enough details to point our car east or west and then inevitably end up texting someone for more information.
While those types of circumstances resolve themselves fairly quickly it is a little bit harder to fit wellness into our schedule (this includes not missing appointments. Gah). I shared how I find time to exercise but there’s more to health than exercise. For over a month the right side of my neck and back were killing me.
I may be going out on a lash but I think blue mascara is making a come back. Most memorably for Fall 2012 Stella McCartney had her models go down the runway in clean dewy, skin and electric blue mascara. Before I came across these images I had on a whim bought Cobalt Blue mascara from Joe Fresh. It suddenly made sense that blue mascara would make my already blue eyes extra bright. I wore it to an event with a little gloss on my lips and received a strong, positive reaction.
Today the boys took me on a sky train adventure to the airport. They’ve done this trip with Ben on several occasions and today I tagged along. It is the perfect budget-friendly way to entertain the kids on a dreary summer day in Vancouver. The only cost is sky train fare and the younger two still ride for free.
When I first started blogging I had no concept of personal style or what suited me best and I am still on the journey. In the last 5 years my body has gone through remarkable transformations with three pregnancies and periods of not eating very healthy or being intentionally active. I know what I like on other people and for a while I tried to go for that lovely, boho Free People look that involved layers of clothing and accessories. Now I know that boho is a big fashion no no on me. Flowy (how is flowy not a word?) dresses and tops and layers do not suit my body type.