Monday, August 31, 2020
Over the next few days I’m going to do a little series on connecting with your true self by revisiting past passions. I discuss this topic in chapter 20 of “Elevate the Everyday.
I think a lot of woman lose touch with themselves during mid-life. This is usually when heavy adult responsibilities around careers and parenting start to take hold. Mentally travelling back to childhood allows you to revisit places, people and activities that really brought you joy. Is it possible you have forgotten them? Could they bring joy to your life today?
Physically returning to a happy place from your childhood is a great way to get in touch with the past. I’m lucky enough to visit our family cottage every summer. I wasn’t that disappointed about our cancelled trip to Italy this year, but missing the cottage would have been a big blow.
Walking the same beach I did as a child is very grounding for me. My morning walks on the beach reiterated just how important a daily dose of nature is for my well-being. Days on the coast always solidify my love of nautical style and home décor. As a child I loved beachcombing and collecting seashells. I love doing this as an adult too, and always bring home a few special shells to add to my collection.
Have you recently visited a special place from your childhood? Did it allow you to reconnect with your true self? Please share!
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
One of the reasons I’m putting out so many fashion related posts lately is because I am working on a new book. I will be releasing it sometime this fall. If you read my current book “Elevate the Everyday” and enjoyed the fashion and beauty chapters, you might this new book will be for you! I’m really excited about it because I think it is going to offer inspiration in a very relatable and approachable manner. I’m certainly not a fashion expert! I’m just a regular, everyday woman who is having fun expressing herself through her personal style. This was not always the case, so the book includes my story of how I transformed my wardrobe, presentation and self-esteem. There are lots of funny and personal stories that I think many people will relate to!
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
I’m playing dress up today. The crisp chill in the air inspired me to start moving a few fall pieces into my closet. I love pulling out favourites that I haven’t worn in months! It kind of feels like Christmas! Since I enjoyed my straw hat so much this summer I just committed to wearing this Greek fisherman’s cap this fall. My dad wore one growing up so there is a nostalgic feeling associated with it. Do you notice when you wear hats it often attracts peoples attention? Being a huge introvert, I think this may be why I sometimes shy away from them even though I love the look! ❤️
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Have you been thinking about your fall wardrobe? I’m always planning a season ahead since I like to buy second hand as much as possible. I bought a beautiful plaid silk blouse in July. I feel like I got a better deal since most people are not looking for plaid in the heat of summer. I’m trying to keep up with Coco. He’s gone mad for plaid this fall. 🤣
Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Spotted these two on the beach. We all love a good street style photo so I thought I’d share it. She has definitely nailed that beach wave hair we all strive for 🤣. Thank you to whoever did this. It puts a smile on my face every time I walk by (Coco has finally stopped growling at them since he marked his territory🐶)
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Heading out on a little road trip today! It’s Coco’s first big outing 🐶 I’m trying to wear this scarf more lately because I love it. For some reason I rarely bother to reach for it and make the effort. I don’t love having my photo taken. My son took these and said “Mommy you just don’t look that good in photos. You look fake ”. Gotta love his innocent honesty 😂🤣 So here I am being fake and inauthentic so I can share my OOTD. What I lack in front of the camera I think Coco makes up for it ❤️.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Like many of us, I use Instagram as a source of style inspiration. I follow a few accounts that really capture the overall aesthetic that appeals to me. A few weeks ago, I was scrolling my feed and something caught my eye. I recognized something from my own wardrobe! One of my favorite stylish women to follow is Claire Teixeira @theworkinggirl . She is the founder and CEO of @rosaeparisofficial (love, love, love). Her OOTD post included the Olympe blouse from the Isabel Marant Etoile SS2014 collection. I had just recently purchased it for $60 on Poshmark. Buying second hand is one of my key weapons in elevating my wardrobe with special pieces I could not normally afford (and even if I could I would not pay full price for these things). This one boasts an original retail price of $700. Yes it is six years old, but it is a timeless, high-quality classic. If it is good enough for the streets of Paris, clearly it will do just fine on the backroads of Nova Scotia! 🌲🐚
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
In my effort to “stop peering over the fence” I am highlighting a few of my favorite Canadian sources for fashion and style inspiration. As I mentioned, my next book is going to be heavily focused on personal style, so this is top of mind for me lately. Alyssa Beltempo @msbeltempo is one of my go to sources for inspiration. Her focus in on slow fashion, making the most of what you have in our closet and shopping responsibly. In particular, I love her “shop your closet” videos. I also just love her! She absolutely exudes warmth and enthusiasm that feels contagious. If you haven’t heard of her already, I encourage you to check her out. I’m guessing you might have some binge watching in your future!
Friday, August 7, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
I enjoyed writing my latest book so much that I am already working on my next title. It’s going to focus on personal style, so I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately. Yesterday I had to take my 13 year old to the mall to buy some back to school shoes. I wanted to avoid this situation, but he has been walking around in bare feet and flip flops for months. I had no idea what size he was. Turned out he’s gone from a 6 to a 9! I decided going in that my only criteria (other than a budget) was that he could wear them comfortably for Phys. Ed. class. I know my son pretty well, so it was no surprise when he picked out the sparkling white shoes embellished in a rainbow of neon colors. I resisted the temptation to steer him towards the more versatile and maintainable black pair. Because I have been exploring the topic of researching and tapping into personal style, I knew I had to let him go with the pair that spoke to him. It was pretty clear that the colorful pair did in fact match his style and personality. It’s evident in so many areas of his life, but particularly his art work. He creates the most amazing cartoon art and I always admire his use of color. Despite a slight sadistic undertone, his art makes me smile. Obviously, he is a lover or color and flash. My husband was shocked when we walked in the door, but I’m happy with his choice. What’s your take on allowing our kids to experiment with style? I think that since they are growing, it’s a great time to play around. I’m hoping these at least fit him for three months!!!