Archive for November 2016

Fall Trends: Shearling

Sunday, November 27, 2016

We started to have some winter-like weather last week, which has me pulling me out my winter jackets. I have been looking for a jacket for this winter season and have been seeing a wide range of shearling jackets lately. These ladies pull off the shearling jacket perfectly and prove that you can stay chic while dressing for the colder weather.

Sometimes, it's all about how you style it — the fastened collar provides extra warmth and makes a statement.
Don't let the Winter shut out your style. Add personality with a scarf — that's easy, right?
Source: Le 21ème | Adam Katz Sinding
Le Fashion Blog Alexa Chung Beanie Hat Shearling Jacket Black Skinny Jeans Heeled Boots Via Vogue

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Travel: [What to wear] England in the Winter

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A visit to England during the winter may get you away from the snow, but that doesn't mean you won't need to keep warm. The weather can be tricky, so I wanted to share some tips to help you pack for a visit to England.

[What to Wear] England

What to pack for 1 week in England

  • You'll want a light jacket, and a heavier one for those colder days.
  •  Sweaters are the key to keeping warm on those cold damp days that you are walking around visiting the sights. I would suggest to bring sweaters that you can layer so that you get the most use out of them.
  • Depending on your itinerary, you'll want at least one nice blouse that you can wear out, and some more casual tees for daytime. 
  • Cardigans are great for layering and if you get a day without rain you can venture out without a coat! 
  • Footwear can be tricky because you don't want to bring anything too bulky, but keep in mind you will need something comfortable, warm, and practical for the weather.
  • Pack neutral bottoms such as leggings and jeans to be able to work with any outfit. And throw in something different like a dress or skirt if you want to dress things up a little.
Tights, Mittens (hat optional), and Umbrella.
A couple of scarves to keep warm and change up your look.

Want to read more about England, UK? Check out this post.

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Fall Maternity Fashion: 24 weeks

Thursday, November 17, 2016

We are in the middle of Fall and I must say that I am enjoying being pregnant in a season where oversized sweaters and leggings are acceptable. Here's my weekly update for those who have been following my pregnancy journey.

How far along: 24 weeks
Size of baby: Eggplant

What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
I've officially dug out all of my winter clothes to see what I can fit into before I make the move to buy any more maternity clothes. Things are getting tight, so I stick with maternity bottoms but have been trying to get away with non-maternity tops as long as possible. I've just been layering long tank tops under shorter shirts like this one to try and squeeze out a few more wears. 

How do I feel: Symptoms? 
Every day has been different depending on how much I try to do in a day. When I feel like I have the energy to get stuff done, I usually end up over doing it and just crash by 9pm.
I experienced my first debilitating muscle cramp this week, which was so painful. I woke up suddenly one morning when I felt my calf lock up and I had to force myself to stretch it out despite the pain. I've read that it's common but I have been trying to stay hydrated and rest to prevent it from happening again. 

Cravings: I had my first strong craving this weekend for something sweet, and since I have been trying to keep healthy food at home, we didn't have anything. So my wonderful husband made a trip to the grocery store at 8pm and brought home a cupcake and ice cream (for him). Apparently the cashier made a comment about his choices and he said it was for his pregnant wife! lol We're both taking advantage of this "free pass" while we can.

Movement: Baby's kicks are getting stronger and it's been crazy to see my stomach moving when she gets going.

Sleep: I have had a few restless nights over the past week which hasn't been fun, but I know it's only going to get worse the bigger my belly gets. *Sigh

Best moment of the week: Getting some of our nursery furniture delivered! Now to put it all together.

Outfit details:
Open cardigan: Joe Fresh | Tee: Forever 21 | Jeans: Old Navy (maternity) | Boots: Dr. Martins

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Current Project: Nursery Inspiration

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

When I started to pin and save photos for our "future nursery" a few years ago, it was always hypothetical and I had so many varying styles. I always thought a bright kid's room would be fun, but then again it didn't seem calming enough for a newborn. Then when we got pregnant, I started pinning gender neutral rooms that I knew could transition easily through the first few years. And then, we found out we were having a girl, I was instantly drawn to pink! What a surprise eh?
We have purchased some of the furniture and are hoping to paint this week and start getting the room ready for our sweet baby girl.  

The bright colours were so fun and I loved the vibrant feel it had, but I felt like we needed to go with a warmer palette. We'll save the Cool & Colourful theme for a toddler room rather than a nursery.

I liked the idea of something gender neutral, with warm wood tones and hints of a safari theme. A plush rug to cuddle up and play with baby and lots of fun art work would be the perfect place for our new babe.

When I saw this theme of neutrals with a pop of soft pink, I knew it was the perfect mix of modern and girly, and would create a calm space for baby. So, we went with the Soft Neutrals palette and I'm so excited to see it all come together.
You can find all of my nursery inspiration here!

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Style Crush: Sarah Rutson

Sunday, November 13, 2016

As I am approaching my 30th birthday (!) I am feeling like I have to dress "older" or more "age appropriate", which sounds terrible. Seeing women like Sarah Rutson pull off such amazing style as an older woman gives me hope that turning 30 doesn't mean I have to dress boring.

Sarah Rutson is the vice president of global buying at Net-A-Porter. Rutson rebranded Hong Kong–based Lane Crawford, then jumped to Net-a-Porter to head up global buying.


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2nd trimester must-haves: 23 weeks pregnant

Thursday, November 10, 2016

If you're a first time mom like me, it's hard to know what you'll need during and after pregnancy. So, I wanted to share a few items that I have loved so far during my 2nd trimester.

2nd trimester must haves

1. Maternity pj's
I bought myself this set (which is on sale right now), from Thyme maternity and was going to save it for the hospital, but decided I might as well make use of it now!

2. Wireless bra
With my ever expanding breasts, this wireless bra from GAP has been a life saver! It's honestly the most comfortable bra I have ever owned and I even wear it to bed.

3. Sneakers
With lower back aches and tired legs being an every day occurrence, finding a comfortable and supportive shoe is important. And why not take advantage of all those trendy new styles!

4. Stretch mark cream
There are so many options out there for stretch mark prevention, ranging from inexpensive to ridiculously overpriced, but I have enjoyed using Earth Mama Body Butter. They have a range of organic products that I hope to use after pregnancy and for baby as well.

5. Cute notebook
I know we are in the age of technology, but I still enjoy writing down my weekly updates in my "baby journal". I started a new journal while we were trying to get pregnant and have continued through the weeks of pregnancy.

Here is my 23 week update if you're interested.

Size of baby: Grapefruit
Weight gain: 14.5 lbs

What am I wearing: Maternity clothes?
My outfits are getting less and less interesting, and I always end up wearing the same things. My husband has given me "permission" to go out and buy some new clothes, since every morning I end up going through so many outfits trying to find something to wear. Comfort is key!

How do I feel: Symptoms? 
Have had very sore hips lately, and easily tired. I've been drinking a mid-day caffeinated tea this week (which I usually don't) just to get through the work day. I am also starting to notice my balance and centre of gravity is changing as my belly gets bigger.

Movement: Baby is always moving and I love those little reminders each time that we are going to have a baby!

Sleep: Have been getting as much sleep as possible lately to rest my tired body.

What I'm most looking forward to: Getting started on the nursery this weekend!

Outfit details: 
Burgundy sweater: Joe Fresh (non-maternity) | Jeans: Rich & Skinny (non-maternity) | Ankle boots: Gap

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Fall trends: Red

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I mentioned it here, but red is definitely dominating as far as fall colour trends go - and I love it! It's so fresh and such a nice change from all of the neutral (90's) outfits we have been seeing this year.

What do you think? Are you on board with red?
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Travel: Babymoon Getaway ideas

Monday, November 7, 2016

Babymoon Destinations in December

In recent years, “babymoons”, which simply means a vacation that takes place in the months before having your first baby, have become somewhat of a trend. It's a time to recharge and reconnect with your significant other before baby comes. 
Your second trimester is the best time to take some time away with your partner before it's time to push out that baby! Since we are planning a trip for next month (December), I thought I'd share some locations that are perfect for a winter babymoon. As a precaution, we do want to steer clear of locations that may still be affected by the Zika virus - just to be on the safe side.

Nassau, Bahamas
The Bahamas have more than 700 islands and cays, and average water temps of 80 degrees year-round! Although you’ll have to skip diving in the 2,400 coral reefs, you can snorkel, go boating, sailing or kayaking in the turquoise shallows and discover the Bahamian marine life. As a babymoon destination, the Bahamas offer a range of resorts, from the most laid back barefoot style to the highest of plush luxury, and everything in between.

New York City, New York
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When you’re finished with your retail therapy, check out a Broadway show or head over to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. It’s no wonder they call it the city that never sleeps (but make sure you get some rest!).

Maui, Hawaii
If you’re up for a little exercise (always good for the baby), Maui has some great options: the warm, calm waters of Kapalua Beach (perfect for kayaking) and easy to moderate walking trails in Haleakala National Park. It is also home to the world’s largest dormant volcano and some pretty stunning views!

Charleston, South Carolina
In addition to being the friendliest city in the U.S., Charleston also makes for a killer weekend getaway these days, whether you like to shop (check out the boutiques on King Street), go on a food crawl (Husk, Fig, Xiao Bao Biscuit), or do a leisurely mansion tour of Battery Park. Charleston also affords plenty in the way of R&R.

Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island, located just off the coast of northeast Florida, is easy to get to and offers 13 miles of unspoiled beaches and a 50-block historic downtown packed with bistros and cafes. Amelia Island is a Northern Florida getaway with active mosquito prevention in place, with pristine waters and lots of wildlife. You’ll also find plenty of old-fashioned Southern hospitality throughout – just what a mom-to-be really needs. 

With cultural attractions like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and beautiful 18th- and 19th-century buildings, tons of restaurants and cafes for culinary adventures, and festivals year-round, there’s so much to do and see. (but don't forget to relax!)

Did you take a babymoon? I'd love to hear where you went what you'd suggest for parents-to-be!

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