a paisley print dress (sometimes a tunic)

Mar 27, 2015

 
dress Zara (similar here & here & love this one!)
fringed cardigan & medallion necklace Forever 21
vegan leather moto jacket (similar) & abbey road sunglasses Free People
fringed suede purses Zara
 
This outfit is from a few weeks ago, when the weather was super warm, the sun was shining and all the snow was melting. Jay's parents were in town and they insisted we go out and do something just the two of us while they watched the kids. Jay and I went out for lunch at what ended up being a mediocre pub (I'm so over industrial interiors, I find them cold and uninviting) but had a lot of fun talking about non-baby related things while enjoying an afternoon IPA*.
 
We had planned on stopping by the new Whole Foods after lunch but I guess we were way longer than we thought - we left the pub and walked out to a bylaw officer giving us a parking ticket! We told him we were leaving right then and convinced him to cancel the ticket. No trip to Whole Foods (I have seriously been trying to get out there for weeks!!) but no parking ticket either so I can't complain.
 
I like this dress and this was the first time I wore it as an actual dress. Since it's quite short I usually wear it as a tunic top which is practical for looking after young kids. I like that it's a little bit dressy, I can throw it on and look somewhat put together, even if I haven't had the chance to wash my hair in a few days!
 
I find that as a mom of two some days it's way easier to stay in pjs or sweats all day but I don't like doing that often. Sometimes it just happens but I try not to let it become a habit. If I take just 20 minutes to have the worlds fastest shower, throw on a little make-up and get dressed in actual clothes I find I end up being more productive than if I had stayed in sweat-pants mode. That being said I save my nice stuff for work wear, silk blouses, dress pants and dry-clean only sit unworn my closet. It's all about easy to wash and dry clothing these days!
 
*non beer drinkers, an IPA is a hoppy beer that has a bitter, tangy flavor

outfit: that dress

Jan 30, 2015

 diamonds in the sky dress & boots Free People
sweater Club Monaco
coat Vintage
necklaces top Urban Outfitters, middle Etsy, bottom Forever 21
scarf Forever 21
 
This dress! I saw the white and blue version months ago in the Free People store in Toronto, and although I thought it was pretty I wasn't quite sold on it. When I saw the black and lilac one online I knew it belonged in my closet! It's more of a summer dress (it's essentially backless) but it works as a layering basic, light enough to wear under bulky sweaters and long enough (without dragging on the ground) to keep your legs warm. I love the crochet trim and embroidery detail, now all I need to do is find a lilac something or other to layer over top.
 

outfit: pink prints

Dec 11, 2014

 

 necklace Club Monaco
coat Vintage 
scarf & blouse J Crew
skirt Aritzia
cardigan Gap
hat Zara
tights (super warm) Forever 21
scarf Super Fresh Baby Knits
 
I'm not a huge fan of pink but, make an exception for this dusty rose shade. Something about it's soft, romantic vibe really appeals to me. Plus its a colour that matches just about everything so it gets a pass. Winter is most definitely here in Ottawa, but when the temperature hovers around zero a thick pair of tights is just as warm as a pair of jeans
 
This is my first outfit post since having Eden and I forgot how fun they are to do, despite the fact my laptop died and I had to post from our tablet. These photos are straight out of the camera, no editing (no editing software on the tablet), but luckily the light was good so no touch-ups were necessary.
 
I'm still trying to figure out how to get back into doing outfit posts regularly. It would be easier taking pictures inside, but the light in our place isn't great and I hate using the flash. We usually take pictures when we're out doing something, but with two under two we're usually crunched for time and pictures don't always happen. Not sure what I'm going to do going forward (ideas are welcomed!) but I'm sure I'll come up with something.
 

and then there were four

Nov 30, 2014


 After being pregnant for what felt like forever our newest family member is here and almost a month old! On November fourth I went into labour and unlike my first pregnancy with Tavi everything happened quite quickly. It was a little over four hours from my first contraction to delivery. It was a good thing Jay was home prodding me along when I first went into labour because I was taking my sweet time getting ready. I figured based on Tavi's birth (which was 30+ hours) I had plenty of time and there was no rush to get to the hospital. The only reason we left when we did was because Jay convinced me it was better to go than to be too late!
 
Although I had Tavi's overnight bag packed my own bag was half done so I got my stuff together as Jay got Tavi ready to get dropped off at our friends. At the hospital we thought we had arrived with plenty of time to spare, a nurse checked me and was going to send us home because I wasn't dilated at all. The only we reason stuck around was because I kept throwing up and they wanted to make sure the grovel I was given stayed down. When the nurse checked me one final time before sending us home we realized we wouldn't be leaving anytime soon. Basically the baby was coming that very moment! Needless to say the delivery was a bit chaotic, everyone was scrambling around trying to get things set up and I was in disbelief everything was happening so quickly!
 
Eden arrived on Nov 4th at 3:40am weighing 7lbs 3oz. I remember thinking she was so small (compared to Tavi who was 9lbs 5oz) and I was a bit worried actually, but she was just fine. I was so happy to finally hold her in my arms and couldn't wait for Tavi to meet her little sister.
 
 Tavi has been really good with the baby and loves her a lot.  She constantly says the word baby and points to Eden and then tries to say her name but it comes out ee-ee, which makes us smile. She loves helping with the baby and is excited every morning to see Eden. Right acted she wakes up Tavi runs into our room to look at Eden sleeping in the bassinet.
 
 As far as adjusting there were a couple times when Tavi wanted mama the same time that the baby did and she got really upset, but for the most part she's adjusted well. Jay took vacation and then my mom was here and Tavi spent some time at Jay's parent's so she's gotten lots of attention (and we've had lots of help) when the baby first came home. I make a point of finding time to spend one on one with Tavi so that she doesn't feel like the new baby gets all the attention.
 
We are very happy with our little family of four. It hasn't been that much of a change really, it feels as if Eden has always been a part of our family. Jay and I both look forward to watching our two little girls grow up together and who knows, maybe add another kid down the road!
 
 

Sunday Series/Family Life: We are Canadian #OttawaStrong

Oct 26, 2014


This past week was a dark one in Canadian History. The deaths of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent have reverberated across the country and shocked us all. This is not the country we know. Parliament Hill is a safe place, a tourist destination. Gun violence is something that happens other places, not here. It's not part of Canadian culture to own guns, or even think about them. Yes the police, military and recreational hunters own them but if you asked the average person where you could buy a gun they'd look at you with a blank stare. These murders are difficult to comprehend and have affected us all. 
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