I am sure I am not the only one who is totally over winter. As I sit here on my sofa (Hallie has passed on her germy cold to me so we are snuggling and watching Toy Story while Jackson blesses us with a nap) I can’t help but appreciate how beautiful winter can be. The snow, the white, the trees that are dusted from the last snowfall still…. I get it. We love it. For a little while! For a season even! But come on folks, March is literally right round the corner and we all need a little warmth and vitamin D in our lives. I believe that Old Man Winter is sticking around everywhere too. Not just Kamloops. So I don’t feel too burdened knowing that many others are dealing with the chilly temperatures as well. Nothing can stop me from dreaming about spring which basically means perusing spring clothing online and losing hours of my life on Pinterest while I research summer recipes, outdoor activities for the kids and backyard remodelling ideas. Normally I turn to my essential oils diffuser and diffuse something fresh and tropical to lift our winterized spirits. Today (and for the last two weeks) it has been Thieves in the diffuser all day, erry’day. I do believe we have avoided most of the bugs this season because of our oil use and Thieves in particular. I have also made my own countertop cleaner, incorporated it into our laundry, and made the kids roller balls and chest rubs for when they aren’t feeling top notch. It is amazing stuff for building those immune systems. Though they did catch a bit of a cold the last couple weeks, I hundred percent believe their symptoms were mild because of these efforts. So when the germs depart and I can get back to sweeter scents, my favourite to share with you today will leave your home smelling exactly like Anthropologie. Everyone who loves that store KNOWS that smell. You can thank me later! Combine Grapefruit, Geranium, Orange and Bergamot. You will be seeing sunny skies in your mind before you know it. I have also decided to share some fashion favourites that have me personally hoping spring get’s it booty here STAT! Also, for those not suffering from the sniffles, a dreamy sangria recipe to get you in the mood for warmer temps:
The weekend has finally arrived! I couldn’t be happier because this week has SUCKED! It just felt that anything could go wrong this week was going wrong. I also felt super BLAH and the kids were not sleeping so each morning started with that feeling like you had been hit by a train. It was a bit of a struggle! But each day is a new one and all things do pass so here we are again at the beginning of a great weekend! So much fun going on too for us. Hallie has her first day of ballet; I can’t even contain my excitement about this. We have some adorable dance outfits to try and though we don’t have shoes yet, she can patter around bare foot and look just as cute. I don’t know who in their right mind thinks they can carole a herd of two year olds but power to ya! I intend to watch it to! I think it will be a combination of proud mom-tears and a good chuckle at the little kiddo’s expense. Will be quite the show! We are also heading out for some adult fun at the casino for a friends birthday. I have baked her a Bailey’s Chocolate Cake (yes, the boozy kind) and my entire house smells amazing right now. I am salivating just writing about the darn cake. If it’s a success tomorrow night I will be sure to share the recipe on here. If it tastes as good as it smells you can bet your boots I will be making it again soon. Bailey’s cake in the morning with coffee? Yes please! Okay so not the busiest, action-packed weekend I thought I was about to get into, that is pretty much it. Fun will be had nonetheless. Since it is so bitterly cold here, I decided to share some very appropriate Friday Favourites. Some of these items I own, and some I just wish I did. Either way, put them all together and you are feeling pretty darn cozy in this minus 25 degree weather we are having. No pone says you can’t look good, feel good and stay warm all at the same time.
I was browsing through Pinterest at some Winter fashion and LOVE the look of the bralette peaking out of soft winter layers. It’s at the top of my list next time I am shopping. I am in love with my large Tupperware water bottle, and love even more that it is black. I signed up to sell Tupperware just so I could get a great discount but I got this little baby for free. (Tupperware loves to give you free stuff!). And it’s not really little at all. You can fit an entire bottle of wine in there! Coincidence? I think not. One brand I have become deeply obsessed with since I moved to Kamloops is Sorel, mainly because everything is so warm. Your fashion choices definitely open up when you move to a colder climate. I particularly love this coat and the tan booties. They are not what you would typically guess to come from Sorel and I love that they are a little less rugged and a little more chic. Now that I have two kids and am a lot busier, I find the need for dry shampoo more than ever. This one by John Masters is light and feels incredible on your hair. It doesn’t leave behind a residue as well that some do. A winner in my books for sure. For those days where not even dry shampoo will cut it, I love hats such as this one. I have many pom pom hats but I am really liking this one in black. The hat and the this GORGEOUS watch are out of my friend’s online store, Wishlist. With a birthday coming up real soon, this watch may be on my wishlist too. I love the Rose Gold and the simplicity of the strap and face. Lastly, I picked up this sweater at our GAP Outlet and seem to live in it these days. It is so warm and cozy…. plus I have a thing for grey. All items are linked back to their sites above.
Happy Friday friends! It’s just about Happy Hour so I think we should get this weekend started. Have a great weekend!
It seems that Fall has arrived! I know back in Vancouver, talking to friends, it showed up in all of it’s glory the first week of September. Here in Kamloops, it peaked in a little, then buggered off again to give us three days of sunshine and 32 degree heat! But now, it is here. There is a bit of a chill in the air and just enough to make you question your footwear. This annual transition between seasons can be somewhat confusing for the wardrobe; at least I always find that happens. Once you see a few Fall gems in store or online though, it’s easy to find your way with a nice scarf and a good pair of booties. Here is a round-up of my favourites for Fall fashion – some new and some tried and true. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
We will start with new purchases!
On a mini shopping spree, I picked up this William Rast Moto Jacket from Hudson’s bay. It’s a perfect layering piece for Fall. I even wore it with a pretty slip dress to a wedding at the end of Summer. It was the perfect touch on the floral dress to give it a bit of edge. H&M happened to have just about every piece I was after. I love this leather bag as it easily doubles as my diaper bag. It’s large and deep enough to hold diapers, wipes, the odd toy or ten, my wallet, my giant BKR bottle and whatever else I may need for the day. The Heather Grey Tee and distressed skinnies are the perfect go-to mom outfit. Comfy, fashionable and easy to get around in when you are chasing a crawler. The hat is that gorgeous raspberry color that we have noticed pop up all over the place and the felted fabric makes it nice and cozy for those windy, blustery days ahead. I love the boho shawl as well. The stripes and colors make it easy to mix in with other outfits and it’s a great layering piece. Can you tell I like to layer?
Lastly,the tried and true pieces from last year. My Jessica Simpson Ballerina Flats are a nice solution when you don’t feel like boots. I’ve paired them up with skinnies and skirts and they are super comfy.The stretchy ankle strap adds a bit of youthfulness to them as well. My Sam Edelman booties are a godsend and lets just say I wouldn’t get through Fall without them. Or Winter. Or Spring…. okay I may be obsessed with booties. What is on your Fall Must-Have shopping list?
Even though we have gotten our fair share of rain here on the West Coast lately, you really can feel Spring in the air. Every time I step into my closet I find myself ditching the wooly sweater and hunting for those fresh Spring florals and brighter colors. (more…)