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Fashion, Uncategorized / By / August 18, 2017 /   34 Comments


|Black Dress| Floral Romper | Peach Romper|

Happy Friday Everyone!

I love summer. Days spent outside at the park or the zoo, evenings enjoying dinner in our backyard and dates on the patio. Sometimes I think we should live in California or somewhere warm year round  (except for Ella’s potential mosquito allergy that we are dealing with.. it’s the one reason I can’t wait for the weather to freeze out the little bains of my existence). I also love summer fashion because it’s so easy to just pop on a romper and a pair of sandals and go. No jacket, no snow to contend with. It’s just so easy. Plus, I don’t have to dress my kids in 3000 layers and play the too hot, too cold game.

These three fun pieces are all so versatile and comfortable, and can truly be taken from day to night by switching up shoes and accessories. You can find all these outfits at the online shopping site TOBI ( You guys need to check out this shop. They have an absolute ton of selection from the cutest rompers and dresses, to the perfect little top for any occasion, all at really good prices. Like, this adorable black dress is on sale for $40 right now, good. I always find that it’s the subtle details that make a piece really cute, like the sweet scallop trim on this black dress and great pockets on this little peach romper. There are so many fun and different items available with some personality!

TOBI offers FREE shipping on all orders to Canada, with taxes and duties paid and no minimum spend (cue angels singing). I’m honestly so done with adding an extra 30% to my orders once shipping, taxes, exchange etc are all figured in on some other sites, so this is a huge selling point to me. You can download the TOBI app free from the App Store, which makes it easy to browse, place and track your order. Just make sure you update your country for correct pricing and shipping info. I will say not to expect luxurious fabrics, but for the price point, I think it’s fair, and similar to what competitive brands at this price point have to offer.

I have linked the three pieces I am wearing (find the links at the bottom of the photos), but TOBI adds new items every day, so you should really head to the site to take a peek! I want more things already!

Oh and one last thing – it’s totally worth it to sign up for the email list, you get 50% off your first order!! Happy shopping ladies!

Have an awesome weekend everyone, we are finally having a quieter weekend at home and I plan to make a big batch of homemade salsa to seal in jars. Tell me what you are up to! I would love to hear!

XO Lesley



Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / May 11, 2017 /   30 Comments

| Matt & Nat Dean Backpack w/Change Pad | Isabella Oliver Eldon Midi Dress | Isabella Oliver Anaise Maternity Print Dress | Matt & Nat Raylan Diaper Bag | Paige Adria Destructed Denim | Isabella Oliver Tailored Pant | Seraphine India Maternity Dress | Ripe Ultimate Express Nursing Tank | Bella Maternity Sexy T-Shirt Nursing Bra |

Hi Girls!

Now that Sophia has arrived and we are settled into a schedule, I am happy to be back at the blog! Life has certainly gotten busier with another baby but I am really excited to use this time away from my career to give this other passion of mine a little extra love!

One of the questions I got a lot while I was pregnant was where to find cute maternity wear. After having gone through it twice now, I would definitely recommend investing in a handful of good quality pieces that you love and feel great in. I lived in my favourite pair of maternity jeans (and still do!) for most of my pregnancy. Totally worth the price tag. I also found a few dressier items like a one piece jumpsuit and some tailored pants for work, were so nice to have in my closet for the office or a date night. You girls that are pregnant during the summer months are lucky and can pop on a cute dress!

In honour of us Mama’s and Moms to be, Posh Mommy here in Calgary is having a HUGE sale this weekend. You guys, the ENTIRE store is 25% off but they are giving my readers an extra 5%, so 30% off when you mention the code MOMDAY. The sale also applies to everything online (use the MOMDAY code at checkout), and shipping is FREE in Canada when you spend $75 or more. This is a really, really good sale. For those of you that have never been, Posh Mommy carries maternity wear from some of my favourite brands – Isabella Oliver, Ripe, Seraphine, Paige and Citizens of Humanity and they have THE cutest diaper bags by Matt & Nat and So Young (that Matt & Nat backpack diaper bag is amazing). They also carry a ton of nursing bras and tanks and have one of the biggest selections in western Canada, so for you girls struggling to find your size, you need to check this out! I’m finding that with a toddler running around wreaking havoc or escaping in public while I nurse, a nursing tank is super efficient..ahhh the days of sipping tea and online shopping with my feet up while nursing. Those days are gone lol.

Posh Mommy is located at 2120 Kensington Rd NW #102, Calgary, AB and you can also check them out online at Remember, this sale is only this weekend, so head down Today from 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm or Sunday 12-4pm and stock up!! If you follow me on Instagram (@mamabydesign) I will be popping into the store Saturday morning, so check out my Stories!

Stay tuned for Sophia’s birth story and our newborn photos coming to the blog next week. I can’t wait to share it with you. Lastly, Happy Mother’s Day mama’s! Even though this is the best job in the world, its not easy being a Mom and I hope your families spoil you!

XO Lesley



Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / March 16, 2017 /   28 Comments

Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories  Flower Crowns: Amborella Floral Studio

Hi Guys!!

So, according to my calendar and my obstetrician, I am 38 weeks pregnant and babe could arrive any time! For some reason, this time around it all feels a bit surreal. Maybe I’m just not in a huge hurry to jump back into labour (cringe) or enter into months and months of sleepless nights or maybe I am absorbing the transition from one child to TWO (we are going to be a family of 4 people.. wasn’t I a single, career girl like 5 minutes ago?!). Don’t get me wrong, I am over the moon excited and feel unbelievably blessed, I just get a bit anxious about everything going ok..and lack of sleep..did I mention that one? haha. I want to meet this new little person so badly, and I am especially dying to know if it is a boy or a girl!

Here is a little Q & A about this pregnancy since my last update!

Cravings: None, although I’m really using this as an excuse to allow my sweet tooth to run a bit wild. Did you know that a “Royal” blizzard, the one with all the best toppings like brownie and carmel and liquid marshmallow comes with a gold spoon?! It’s like being a platinum AMEX card holder..kind of.

Sleeping: Like a rock (big shout out to my toddler on this one)

Nesting: WAY more than I did with Ella. I want closets cleaned out, freezers filled, and taxes done before babe arrives! This is especially ironic since I used to file my taxes in like November 😳

Movement: I kid you not, this baby is a Ninja Warrior. I spent so much time worrying about Ella when she was in my belly because she hardly moved (or at least I couldn’t feel it with an anterior placenta). This babe? Running Man, 24/7. I actually really love it, although now that he or she has gotten bigger, my ribs may never recover.

Maternity Clothes: I bought a handful of really great maternity pieces and everything else has been regular clothes sized up or versatile pieces that I already had in my closet, repurposed. My absolute go to’s: Leather (pleather) maternity leggings and a winter coat from Seraphine Maternity, a great pair of Citizens of Humanity maternity jeans (which will be perfect post partum), Isabella Oliver Black one piece jumpsuit and a grey knit maternity dress by HATCH. That’s it. I was way happier spending a little more on fewer pieces that made me feel great this time around.

Skin and Hair: I am really lucky that pregnancy clears my skin right up and I never have to deal with the usual blemishes that I battle when not pregnant. The downside? I have noticed a bit more pigment (melasma) this time. I hope that it fades after I deliver! I have made some major changes to my skincare regime, which I will share with you soon, so maybe this good skin trend will continue! My hair is growing insanely fast, and my roots are getting DARK! Lastly, and I really hope that I am not jinxing myself by even typing this, but…so far, zero stretch marks. I was really lucky that I didn’t get any with Ella, but she was already here by this point last pregnancy, so I am a bit afraid for the next few weeks!

Energy: I have to say, I have been feeling really, really good. I do indulge in the occasional afternoon nap with Ella and its been so nice to sleep in now that Im officially on maternity leave, so overall, I can’t complain! I also don’t have any back pain, which I struggled with with Ella. I credit regular visits to the chiropractor and osteopath. I was a big non believer before, but my mind has been changed!

Ella: She is honestly the most gentle and sweet toddler and is SO excited to be a big sister. I think that she is going to adjust well and will be the best helper to me. She is officially potty trained and sleeping in her big girl bed and new room, so we are ready!

To celebrate Babe’s arrival nearing, we did a beautiful outdoor maternity session near Banff a few weeks ago with the incredibly talented Genevieve from Genevieve Renee Photographie, the pics are above! I wore a dress from Sew Trendy Accessories and I had flower crowns for Ella and I made by Amborella Floral Studio. Also, a big shout out to Megan from Vanity Vault for my beautiful makeup! I really debated if I needed or wanted maternity photos, but I am so glad I did it.  They are a snapshot into such a special and fleeting time in our lives.  I absolutely love them.

Stay tuned to see what I am packing in my Hospital bag!!

XO Lesley



Baby, Decor, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 24, 2016 /   No Comments


Hi All!

I hope that you are having a great week, and for everyone in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s a great one with family and friends and that you can take some time to relax and enjoy what’s important.

I love sale shopping, especially at this time of year when I want to start knocking items off my Christmas gift giving list. There are so many great sales on Black Friday but the thought of standing in line ups and battling aggressive shoppers actually gives me anxiety as I type this. Seriously, my upper lip is sweating right now. How much better does it sound to stay in your PJ’s, with a hot cup of coffee and shop from bed? Yes pleassssse! I know that online shopping can be overwhelming, and sorting through which brands have the best deals and how to get them can be tedious, so I did it for you guys! Here is my Black Friday Cheat Sheet! I have included both the “big box” stores as well as some local picks!

Good luck and happy shopping! Let me know what deals you scored!

XO Lesley

Anthropologie – 30% off regular and sale priced items.Code: LETSGO *remember with Anthro, you will be charged shipping and duty charges in Canada

J. Crew – 40% off purchase. Code: HOLIDAY *flat rate shipping of $12 CAD, no duty

Banana Republic – 50% off five regular priced items, no exclusions. Code: BRFIVE *free shipping over $50

GAP – 50% entire purchase. Code: TGIF50 *free shipping over $50

Old Navy – 50% off entire purchase. Code: none needed *free shipping over $25 use code SHIPFREE

Steve Madden – 20% off purchase. Code: BLACK *free shipping

Zara: 30% off storewide on website *free shipping over $50

Aritzia: 50% off select fall and winter styles

Also, check out these AMAZING local brands that I love!

Posh Panda: will be running limited coupon codes on Friday. Code: THANKS25, THANKS20, THANKS15 for 25, 20 or 15% off your order!

The Polka Dot Fox: everything will be marked down manually 20% off and $25 standard shipping. If you are able to do local pickup in either Spruce Grove or Lethbridge, use code LOCAL to eliminate shipping cost!

Dear Freya: 30% off the entire online store. Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Eli & Dex: 30% off online store. Code: BF30


BABY #2!!

Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 14, 2016 /   No Comments

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My Dress: Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, Ella’s Dress and boots: Zara

Hi All,

Since I am already over halfway there, I thought I would do a pregnancy update on baby Wanchulak #2!

Brad and I couldn’t be more excited and we are so grateful to all of you for your kind words, sweet messages and overwhelming support! I truly think Ella will be the best big sister and she already loves to kiss my belly and give baby “hugs” (melt my heart). I wanted to share the incredible photos that Genevieve from Genevieve Renee Photographie took for us and I thought it might be fun to do a little Q & A about my pregnancy so far!

My Due Date: March 31 (20 weeks along right now!)

Symptoms: I was pretty nauseous during the first trimester, although if I made sure I ate often and was well rested (a bit tougher with a toddler this time around 🙈) it was manageable. I was also SO tired during weeks 7-12. Like fall asleep standing up, at work, in the middle of the day, insane narcoleptic tired. Let’s say I’m glad that stage is over and I’m so thankful for a patient and understanding husband who was on toddler, dinner, and basically everything duty as soon as he arrived home from work every day for two months.  He is seriously the best. Now that the magical second trimester is here, I feel great! My energy is back, quesiesness is gone and I feel like the usual “me”, plus a few lbs and a growing bump 😉

Bump: growing way faster this time around! Could it be my complete lack of attention to rebuilding abs between pregnancies? Lol. Whoops. Also, my boobs apparently remember too because.. Wow 😬 I’m not buying many maternity clothes, I find it’s pretty easy (and a lot more affordable) to just size up where needed. EXCEPT.. I LOVE a great pair of maternity jeans. I live in them. They are more my style than leggings but just as comfortable. Completely worth the splurge.

Gender: we aren’t going to find out!! We were surprised with Ella, and it was so much fun, we decided to do it again! I find it way easier this time around since I bought all neutral baby gear for my first pregnancy. And let’s be honest…I’m a cream and gray kind of gal anyway. We are just hoping for a safe and healthy pregnancy and babe.

Cravings: none really! I just realllly like food right now haha! I have a bit of an aversion to red meat and salmon and I have cut out caffeine, so some days I miss that (again, cue mom of toddler). No real complaints in the food department. The only thing I really miss is a good glass of red wine here and there.

Doctor or Midwife: we are going to go the Obstetrician route, as I had some blood pressure issues at the end of my pregnancy with Ella and a tough delivery. I am on the hunt for a great Doula though, so send me your recommendations!

Again, thank you all for sharing in our excitement and for the wonderful response to our news! We are so lucky to be able to share this with all of you and I can’t wait to blog about this journey! I would love to answer any questions you have, so ask away!!

XO Lesley



Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 6, 2016 /   No Comments

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageS.A.M. Jacket, Eileen Fisher Top, Red Smythe blazer c/o Blu’s Calgary

Hi Ladies!

By this time, you have definitely seen me post about my collaboration with Blu’s Womenwear and the great pieces I snagged at the Southcenter location!

Here’s the thing. To be perfectly honest, I had never even heard of Blus’s until I was invited to join a focus group at their Banker’s Hall location. Literally, I had to Google Maps where I was going – no joke. Since then, I have learned so much about their brand, what they carry in store and the company vison.

Blu’s is locally owned and exclusive to Edmonton and Calgary. They carry high end women’s wear from many different designers and really bring a curated, unique flavour to the next step in women’s fashion.

To my surprise, many of my favourite brands already lived at Blu’s. They carry Smythe jackets (you know the fabulous Tommy Smythe, side kick to Sarah Richardson, my all time favourite designer? Ya, his sister), Vince, Micheal Kors, Hugo Boss, S.A.M., Tahari, Eileen Fisher and many, many more! There are many of the same types of things you would find at the big box high end stores, but this is small, locally owned and and the staff is so friendly and helpful (more on that below)!

I have always been a big believer in mixing my closet with trendy, more affordable pieces and good quality, well tailored, timeless investment items. Blu’s is where you will find the latter. The price point is high, but very much worth it for those special pieces. For example, I picked out the warmest, most beautiful winter jacket by S.A.M., that I am certain will last me season to season, and be just as practical for a zoo day with Ella as a nice dinner out with Brad. It is a really subtle shade of olive/army green and the fur around the collar is both stylish and warm! The construction is equally impressive with heavy duty zippers and and great insulation, without being too bulky. It’s safe to say I am a huge fan! Blu’s has a really good selection of all different types of beautiful winter coats and again, I truthfully would have never thought to check there! Without going into detail about every item that I bought, I will say this: they are beautiful, unique pieces that I really do love and fit me like a glove!

Lastly, I have to give a shout out to Stephanie, both for the opportunity to get to know Blu’s better and also for being so good at what she does! Before I arrived in store, she had pulled some items that she thought I may like. A lot of the items I pulled myself were exactly the same! Pretty impressive. She is a lovely person with amazing taste and a great representation of the Blu’s team. Unlike some high end retail, I didn’t feel judged or questioned for being in the store and was greeted with smiling helpful faces. It was really refreshing and totally welcoming.

So, if you have never heard of Blu’s, or you haven’t been in for a while, give it another look! Take a few minutes and really check out what the store has to offer. If you are like me, you will be really, really impressed.



p.s – follow @bluswomenswear and @blus_calgary on Instagram or visit their website at to keep posted on all the new arrivals, events and trunk shows!!



Baby, Fashion / By / August 2, 2016 /   9 Comments




| Ella’s Dress: Zara Baby | Ella’s Sandals: Baby Gap | Ella’s Bow: Posh Panda | My Romper: OLD (purchased in Hong Kong) | My Hat: Winners |

Hey Guys!

Eeeek! I’m SO excited to share this “Mommy and Me” post with you! I’m just going to start by saying it is SO fun to have a girl! I am loving this stage where she is my little sidekick and always wants to be like her mama. These precious moments where she adores tea parties and picnics in the park wont last forever, so I am going to make time and have as many as we can, as long as she will let me! As soon as I received these matching bracelets from Felicia at Devin Gem (local to Calgary!) I knew they were perfect for Ella and I and I couldn’t wait to get them on and twin with my little mini! Ella, the textbook girly-girl was possibly more excited haha. She is obsessed with dressing up in my clothes and shoes and loves to pretend she is wearing makeup 😂, so when she got a piece of jewelry of her own, she was quite pleased and wouldn’t take it off!  The bracelets are made of 12-24 Kt gold plated wire and clasp with glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Each gem on the bracelet is meaningful and represents things like peace, courage, confidence etc. Such a cool idea! I chose the “Baby S” because I am obsessed with pearls (they are the ultimate neutral and match everything!) and they are really so pretty.  Head over to the Devin Gem website or her Insta @devin.gem to check out all the cute choices!

Does anyone know how to freeze time so I can keep E little forever? Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly challenges to having a two year old, but I actually find her sass and determination quite adorable and when she is sweet, there is nothing in the world that melts my heart faster. These little moments make the tough days of mamahood all worth it.

We are headed for vacation in a couple days and I can’t WAIT! Check my Instagram @mamabydesign and snapchat (username lesleywanch) for updates from our trip!

Have a great week!


ps – I finally have Pinterst (Search Mama By Design) I just have to figure out what I’m doing 🙈. So let’s Pin! (Is that what you say? Lol)




Fashion / By / July 21, 2016 /   No Comments

Hi All!

Well, my favorite sale of the year has arrived! The Nordstrom Anniversay Sale kicks off tomorrow, so I have listed a few of of favorite items that I can’t wait to get my hands on (ok.. I may have already secured a few of these in the pre-sale 😉). If you don’t have a Nordstrom close by, these sales are available online too! image

1. Frye Boots | 2. Mackage Jacket | 3. BlankNYC Jeans | 4. Top Shop Cardigan | 5. Rails Plaid Shirt |    6. Skaggen Gold Watch | 7. Free People Wrap Sweater | 8. Burberry Jacket | 9. Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Backpack | 10. BlankNYC Seude Jacket | 11. Steve Madden Boots

Happy shopping and let me know what great items you snag!!

XO Lesley



Fashion, Uncategorized / By / June 21, 2016 /   No Comments


| Kimono c/o Urban Cowgirl | Red Top | Heels |

Hey Guys!

I have been sooooo excited to share this post with all of you! I’m loving lightweight and bright layering pieces these days and when my girlfriend wore her Urban Cowgirl Kimono on our Kelowna trip recently, I was having a bit of kimono envy! Lol. I love shopping local and Urban Cowgirl is based out of my hometown in Lethbridge, AB. She has the cutest selection of kimonos, tanks and some kids t’s and she has a ton of florals to choose from which is so up my alley 🙂 The colours on this piece are amazing and with summer here, this fabric is so perfect and lightweight to throw over a tank or even use as a coverup at the beach. I actually had a red swimsuit on under this exact kimono last week and it was so cute! In these photos, I paired it with a cute flowy red top to make the colors pop and an older pair of ivory wedges. 3/4 of the way through photographing this look, it hit me how great my red bottom Loubs would be and because I have the best hubby/photographer in the world, we shot both looks! It is a great testament to the versatitlity of this look, and how easy it would be to go from day to night.

The kimono’s come in different fabrics, so take a peek when you are selecting. Mine is a really lightweight flowy spandex, perfect for summer or the beach. Misty’s was a bit heavier and more of a multiseason piece. The lace around the bottom is an add on, so make sure to add it to your cart when you are checking out.  It’s so pretty and really makes the look. I think it’s totally worth the upgrade. As far as fit goes, the draping and length of these are so perfect. I like that they sit below the bum so you can pair them with leggings and the sleeve length is very flattering. Here are the links to shop this look in Instagram and in her shop. Head over and take a peek!

As always, THANK YOU for all the encouragement and support. You guys are the best and I am so grateful. Stay tuned for my next post wrapping up the details of Ella’s birthday party on Butterfield Acres farm. Where I milked a goat. For reaaaaal.

XO Lesley

ps – I just noticed on her Instagram that she makes kids kimono’s by custom order…I’m feeling tempted 🙈



Fashion, Uncategorized / By / June 1, 2016 /   No Comments



|My Romper| Misty’s Kimono| Black Choker|

Ahhh. What beats a weekend away with your girlfriends? There are laughs, food, wine and coffee for days. It’s the ultimate relaxation where you are only responsible for yourself and in the company of your oldest and most trusted pals where there is no pressure to be anyone but you. No filter needed. No topic offside. No one to impress.

These days life is busy for us all.  Trying to juggle busy careers and growing families makes it really tricky to set aside time to get away. Depending on who is preggo, nursing or working, we often can’t have everyone together (we missssssed you gals) but those that can make it, do, and we have a blast. Vegas and Banff (I know, significantly different vacations) are our usual go-to’s so this time we thought we would try Okanagan wine country.

This was my maiden voyage using Airbnb and I was really impressed. The owner of the condo was kind enough to let us check in at 9am when we arrived, so we were settled and comfortable long before we would have been in a hotel. Plus, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a deck with an incredible view and a full kitchen are huge bonuses over a dark hotel room. Dollar for dollar, I thought it was a huge win.  Plus, when the welcome instructions noted that the Wifi network was called “orangewifichicken” I knew I loved this place 😂

The first thing we tracked down were mimosas, I mean, brunch 😉 We headed to the cutest spot in downtown Kelowna called Bohemian Cafe. It was delish. I was still forgetting that I didn’t have my two year old in tow, so I hoovered my meal because usually, I don’t know when the next will come and I have to share everything delicious with my little sidekick. But seriously, those grapefruit mimosas..

While we are talking about local restaurants, I need to tell you about Waterfront Wines. A small, simple space in downtown Kelowna with the BEST food ever. The kind of restaurant where you turn off your calorie counting app or Fitbit or whatever and chalk it up to a yummy culinary treat. We stopped in for dinner on Friday and literally ate and drank for hours. We started with one of the best charcuterie boards I have ever tasted. Local meats, cheeses and olives paired with fresh breads, and homemade spreads. If no one was looking, I would have ordered about three of these. The food was just so interesting. Perogies filled with ricotta, pesto and pork, lightly charred squid and octopus with a siracha type sauce, shaved asparagus salad with honey miso dressing, the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth flatiron steak and creme brûlée with fresh cherries on the bottom. I could go on but I don’t want you to know just how much we consumed lol. It was really an experience. We never felt hurried and our server was amazing. I will stop there.  You should go.

Saturday was jam packed with wine tours and tastings for breakfast, lunch and dinner 🙈 It was an amazing day.  At our first stop, Sperling, our guide bought us all fresh spudnuts to have with the late harvest wine. It’s rude to say no right? Well, Heaven does come in donut form. Melt in your mouth deliciousness. Did I mention we ate well this weekend?! There were too many highlights to the day and this blog is already getting long, but my favs were Sperling (this may or may not have to do with the donuts), lunch at Cedar Creek and strolling the orchards at Vibrant Vines. This light and fun romper from Anthrolpologie was comfortable and fun for a full day outing. ps – I had to tag my girlfriends kimono because 1) I really wanted to steal it and 2) it’s from a local shop in Lethbridge called Urban Cowgirl. I have linked her Insta page. She has the cutest things and the kimonos are customizable with lace detail etc.  I want.

I wish I could see these girls all the time, but weekends like this are totally worth the wait. I am truly grateful to have the greatest friends and a hubby who takes the best care of my little nugget while I am away. I am one lucky girl.

XO Lesley