Saturday, November 14, 2020

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can only collect a few. One moon shell is more impressive than three.” 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~ Gift from the Sea. 

I read “Gift from the Sea” every single summer and I’m trying to carry the message of this book along with me as we head into the season of holiday overload. The themes and messages never grow old. (It was written over fifty years ago!) There is so much wisdom offered in this tiny little book

This is one of my favorite quotes I like to keep in my back pocket ๐Ÿ‘–. This can apply to so many areas in life! One slice of cake? One black dress? One photo? One post? One gift? What area of your life would you most like to use this mindset?


Friday, November 6, 2020


If you’ve had a chance to dive into the first few chapters of my new book, you will know that I had a black leather belt on my wish/shopping list for my winter wardrobe.  I was looking for something that showcased a prominent buckle.


Here is the belt I chose.  It’s by Sรฉzane, but I originally spotted it on a photo of Kate Middleton.  It’s called the “Artemis Belt”.  It’s very versatile as it pairs well with denim, but can also be cinched around the waist (which is how The Duchess styled it).  I snagged this second-hand on the site Vide Dressing! I’m using this “waiting game” approach for a couple of items on my winter wish list.  Someone’s else’s cast off is your next treasure!

Friday, October 30, 2020

As we head into Halloween weekend, I’m looking forward to some fun for the kids. They are growing up and I think this is probably the very last year for trick-or-treating. I want them to just enjoy the spirit of the holiday. ๐ŸŽƒThis is Coco’s first Halloween, so the focus is actually on his costume. I voted caterpillar but “killer doll” won as the costume of choice in my house full of boys. He makes a cute “killer doll”! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

I haven’t bought treats yet, and I won’t pick them up until the last minute tomorrow. I have learned my lesson. If they are lingering around the house ahead of the big event, they get gobbled up. Last minute shopping is a technique I use to keep my health goals on track and keep temptation out of the house. I also buy treats I personally don’t even like! This way, I’m not tempted to indulge. I will likely pick out a tootsie roll or two from my sons’ bags, and that will be it. ๐Ÿฌ 

If you read “Elevate The Everyday”, you will know that I discuss anti-nibbling techniques I have used specifically around Halloween. I tell the story of the “Green Pumpkin” in Chapter 6. If you have young children, I encourage you to check it out. This fun little family tradition served me well for a good number of years when my kids were ages 3-10. It definitely limited some of the candy binge and likely saved a few teeth in the process.

Have a wonderful, spooky weekend! Stay safe. ๐ŸŽƒ ๐Ÿ‘ป 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

In 1990 I participated in a school art trip to New York City. This was a very big deal for a small-town Canadian girl! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐ŸŒ‡ One of the highlights of the trip was meeting @cindycrawford and @lindaevangelistawhile they were doing a photo shoot outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chapter 19 of my book, “Elevate Your Personal Style” is titled “Accept and Appreciate Your Body”. It tells the story of this meeting, and what my impressions were. I’ll give you a hint, standing next to and comparing yourself to a supermodel at the tender age of 15 does nothing for one’s body image! ๐Ÿ™‰ Thankfully I now view the body parts that were under scrutiny in a much more positive light! ๐Ÿ’•

Sunday, October 18, 2020

I’m assuming many of you out there binge watched “Emily in Paris”. I did a controlled version of binge watching in order to stretch the entertainment out for several days. 10 episodes/ 2 = 5 evenings of escapism. That’s just a little glimpse into how my accountant’s mind operates in life!

I found it to be fun bubble-gum entertainment and watched it mainly for the swoon-worthy scenes of Paris. I definitely crave tucking myself into a little corner of a quaint cafรฉ, or getting lost along a cobblestone street. That being said, I’m also quite happy with my current surroundings, and am trying to soak up the natural beauty on my doorstep instead of constantly dreaming of exciting and exotic locations. My life as “Jennifer in Nova Scotia” is as far away from “Emily in Paris” as one could imagine! With travel on the backburner for quite some time, this fall/winter I’m really going to focus on what my current environment has to offer. These days it is crisp and colorful hikes in the woods with Coco that I am enjoying the most. What have you been up to in your neck of the woods that feels ordinary but also extraordinary? ✨

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

It’s just another typical day at home for me with the kids back to school after a long weekend. The mercury has taken a noted dip the last few days, and the sight of frost this morning made me well aware of what lies ahead! ❄️☃️

I decided to go for a casual, yet elevated look when compiling today’s outfit. I’m just wearing black jeans and a white t-shirt, topped off with one of my favorite second-hand finds. This bouclรฉ jacket by @smythebrand is from their 2013 collection. Although it is 7 years old, I think it looks relevant, modern and fabulous. I also think it has a bit of a Chanel vibe going on. I see this particular jacket on the second-hand market quite often, so it is still widely available. I mentioned this particular piece in Chapter 5 of my book “Elevate Your Personal Style” when discussing my winter wardrobe plan. I imagine pairing it with black dress pants or over a black dress during the holidays for a festive touch.

It received a thumbs up from my very critical 14-year-old son this morning. On the way to school he noted that a close-up view of the fabric revealed many interesting details – such as a hint of silver thread. He’s not usually this generous with his assessments of my outfits so this is a good sign!

I just wanted to share another example of elevating your everyday looks with something special that was purchased second-hand and deeply discounted.

Friday, October 9, 2020

If you have read either of my books, you know that I am a CPA in Canada (@cpa.canada) . I worked for a multi-national firm before I left the accounting industry fourteen years ago to raise my children. I always thought that once my children were raised, I would return to a financial career in some form. I guess I have chosen to venture in another direction! That being said, lately I have been thinking about how the skills I learned as an accountant have helped me reach my goal of becoming a self-published author. Having strong attention to detail is something that certainly came in handy when editing (my husband, also an accountant, helped with this task). I also think my time in the accounting industry helped me develop strong communication skills and the ability to take on and complete a large project. I can’t deny, it also gave me some good comical content for my books! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿงฎ

Is anyone else doing something today that feels like the polar opposite of what they originally planned and studied for? I’d love to hear your stories of discovering a new path in life!