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Fashion / By / November 24, 2015 /   No Comments

imageCoat|HauteLook Toque|Forever 21 (Similar)Boots|Nordstrom Rack  Jeans|Rag and BoneIMG_2744IMG_2758Brad’s Jacket|Zara last season  (Similar)IMG_2698IMG_2694imageJacket|Nordstrom Rack (cute ones Here & Here) Bag|Burberry (old) Sunnies|Nordstrom (Similar) Boots|Nordstrom last season (Similar)Jeans|Nordstrom Top|Banana Republic Factory Store (Similar)

Last weekend Brad and I did a quick trip to Boston, just the two of us.  He is a proud Notre Dame alumnus and their football team was playing against Boston College at Fenway Park.  We met up with some of his college friends and teamates who are the nicest and most genuine guys and ALL of them married amazing girls.  It is always so fun to reconnect and see everyone.  We decided that this trip we would leave the kids at home, and have a few days of adult only time.

Although I was excited to go, I was also a bit nervous to leave Ella.  I am the first to admit that before we had her, I would hear parents say similar things and I would think “Don’t be weird.  It’s important to spend time with your partner without kids.  How is that not obvious?”  Haha. It is. On paper. But Mom guilt is REAL.  What if she thinks I am abandoning her and not coming back?  What if we never go back to Boston and she doesn’t get to experience it (which is ridiculous since she is one)? What if something happens to her and I’m not there to be with her?  To all you parents wrestling with this… GO!  If you are as lucky as we are to have wonderful grandparents willing to come take great care of your little one, it makes it easy. Saying goodbye and driving away was hard and I fought back tears.  Wearing white cashmere that was still white at the end of the day, not hard.  A full, HOT cup of coffee, not hard.  Sleeping in, NOT hard!  Just because you take a few days away, doesn’t mean you are selling out on parent duty.  In fact, I truly think recharging my Mom batteries was the best thing I could have done.  I also was reminded of how much fun Brad and I have together.  It was such a treat to have a few days, responsibility free, to just enjoy each other.

Bostonians are great.  For some reason, having never been there, I pictured two things when I thought of Boston: Red Sox and Kennedy’s.  Jersey clad, sports crazed middle aged men and Jackie O.  Fenway is amazing and has the most magical feel and the Newbury street shops had me dreaming of iconic fashion but Boston is friendly, unpretentious and beautiful.  And Boston is “wicked” FUN (as the locals would say).  There are pubs on every corner and an endless energy.  The history is everywhere and fascinating. Note: I would leave the driving to the cab drivers!  If you go, be sure to take a Duck Tour.  Old military style vehicles take you on a land and water tour and give you the Cole’s notes version of all things Boston.  It’s cheesy and I wouldn’t call it luxurious but we had a great time and learned so much.  Last note, we stayed in the best location at a great boutique hotel, Boston Park Plaza.

It was a fun, restful weekend and the best part was having Ella run to greet us with a big kiss upon our return.  Happy, content and seemingly unscathed from having Mom and Dad leave for a few days 🙂

Lesley

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THE LITTLE THINGS

Fashion / By / November 11, 2015 /   3 Comments

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Vest: Anthropologie  Booties: Nordstrom  Sweater: Zara  Ella’s Boots: Next  Jacket: Old Navy

Motherhood is the hardest and most important job I have ever had.  Ironically, it is also the least glamorous.  There are days when the house is a disaster, the laundry continues to mount, supper isn’t made, and I think to myself, “I’m not good at this”.  Shouldn’t a responsibility of this magnitude come with more coffee breaks, a hot lunch, or I don’t know… Sleep?! But being a Mom has brought me so much more than I ever expected.  I knew that I would love and adore this little person, but I didn’t realize how much she would teach me.  I so often catch myself in an unending quest for “more”.  More recognition for a job well done, more things, more travels, more skills, more knowledge.  Constantly striving for bigger and better.  Now, I’m not saying these things are bad, and goals are important, but in the pursuit to achieve and out-do, I sometimes forget to let myself enjoy and be grateful for the moment.  Ella reminds me every day to slow down, take it in, and appreciate the small things.

This weekend, as we spent the afternoon playing outside, I was reminded of how amazingly blessed I am to be her Mom.  Watching the world through her eyes, I see the amazement in watching snow fall for the first time or the crunch that leaves make in the Fall.  I am wrapping my head around the fact that “more” can be measured differently.  It can be the feeling of pride in hearing a new word from my little mini, the excitement of watching her giggle on the swings at the park, the bursting of my heart when she leans in for a kiss.  These things may not be building my resume, but they are certainly building me as a person. The experience of raising a child is truly better than any paycheque or award, dishes and diapers and laundry included.  I can’t wait for what is to come, and I often think about what the future has in store, but right now is pretty great, just how it is.

 

Lesley

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FALL BLANKET CAPE

Fashion, Uncategorized / By / November 3, 2015 /   No Comments

Cape: Winners (Some cute options  HereHere and Here)  Boots: Nordstrom (Similar Here and Here)    Jeans: Nordstrom    Sweater: Zara


I love Fall and Fall fashion.  Time to dust off the boots, trenches and scarves and have some fun with layers.  This year, ponchos and blanket capes are everywhere.  I think this is such a fun trend and a really easy way to add some colour and texture to those standard go-to basics.  I will admit, I was a bit hesitant to leave the house in what is basically a Snuggie…but I love the look and feel.  It’s a bit edgier than a simple cardigan but just as cozy and easy to style.

For this look, I gave the outfit a bit of a 70’s feel by layering a turtleneck underneath and paired my favourite black midi boots with the ensemble.  I wore jeans for a more casual look, but this outfit could easily go from day to night by swapping the jeans for a cute pair of leather leggings.

This specific cape I found at Winners for $29! (really).  I am crazy about this cranberry colour for the season and I loved the woven texture.  While I am a believer in purchasing some investment pieces, there are so many items like this in my closet that are beautiful and truly affordable.

Want to hear the real life story behind the Instagram worthy shots?  I wore this on the weekend to get some family photos done..in freezing rain and gale force winds.  My little peanut was being a typical toddler and refused to sit still or smile.  Seriously, she was the human version of  Grumpy Cat until we took her to the vehicle to have a break and let her sit in the driver’s seat (don’t worry, ignition was off).  She instantly lit up with that smile I had begged for earlier. Murphy’s Law.  I guess it’s a wind blown Adam’s Family Christmas card for us this year haha!

Lesley

 

 

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MAUI WRAP UP

Baby, Fashion / By / October 29, 2015 /   No Comments

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My Suit: Swimco, Sunnies: Prada (Similar), Ella’s Suit: Coolibar

Rompers: Old Navy & Baby Gap (Not available), Bow: Baby Wisp

Dress: Baby BonBon Boutique Shoe: Micheal Kors

My Dress: The Bay   Ella’s Dress: similar here & here, Shoes: Teepee Tots & Co

Back to real life today and missing beach days with my little bestie #hawaii #snorklife #sunfordays Ella's hat is @theposhplum and Suit is #babygap. Ps - loved the @honest swim diapers this trip!

Suit: Old, similar here, Hat: ThePoshPlum (Seasonal)

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Dress: The Bay  Sandals: Similar Here

We recently returned from a beautiful family vacation to Maui.  It was so nice to get away from the hustle of everyday life and take in precious memories with Brad and Ella.  We were there for a family wedding and were fortunate to have a few babysitters (thank goodness for Nana’s!), so Brad and I snuck away for a couple evenings out, just the two of us!  We celebrated our second Anniversary by going on a sunset dinner cruise with Sail Trilogy.  It was a beautiful evening on the water, the food was delicious and it was so nice to spend time together, away from all our usual distractions.  The day after the wedding, the bride and groom treated us all to a catamaran sailing trip, again on Sail Trilogy. I LOVE being out on the open water.  There is something so relaxing about ocean air, I swear it is good for the soul.

Now that we are travelling with a babe, luggage space is limited!  Hawaii is amazing because the weather is so dependable and it never really gets cold, so light dresses and rompers filled my bag.  I planned my outfits for the week in advance and didn’t bring much extra.  I found a couple great pieces (black swimsuit in pic) from Swimco before we left.  When visiting the beach, a suit that makes you feel good is a must.  The other suit pictured was a random find in a shop next door to our resort in Maui!  Resort/beach vacations are really fun because colours and prints look great and are so fun to wear.  I find myself departing from my usual monochromatic tendancy and and going for bolder items.  For the Catamaran trip, I thought the black dress with the cutouts worked great.  It is a very lightweight knit, comfortable, easy to move in and it was CHEAP.  Like under $20 at Winners.  I love finds like that!

Ella was honored to be a flower girl in the wedding.  The bride ordered her dress off Etsy and it was adorable.  The lace detail was gorgeous and the champagne colour looked so good with the rest of the wedding decor.  I splurged on the Micheal Kors shoes and I don’t regret it 🙂  They have hard soles, good support, are super comfy and are adorable.  She wears them a ton and they looked great.  I have about 10000 photos of Ella on the wedding day, but didn’t snap any of my dress 🙁

I struggle a bit with swimwear for babies.  There are such cute little bikinis and suits but I hate the constant sunscreen struggle/sunburn worry!  So I trend toward rash-guard type styles.  The floral print suit with the hood has been a lifesaver and I LOVE it.  I found it online at Coolibar, and even though it was pricey, the stretchy fabric makes it last a long time and it is so worth it.  Ella went through a “I hate hats” stage, and this was helpful haha

I have linked as many pieces as I could find for you.  My closet is a mix of new and old, investment pieces and really affordable finds.  I hope you enjoy!

Lesley

 

 

 

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VICTORIA GET AWAY

Fashion / By / September 30, 2015 / Tags: , , , , , , /   No Comments

Summer in Victoria

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When I packed for a weekend away in Victoria, I wasn’t sure what we would be doing, but I knew this chambray dress would do the trick regardless. I find this piece so versatile. Here, I paired it with a fun pair of gold gladiator sandals for a weekend brunch, but it could be worn with heels, or a cute flat. I like that it is quite fitted, and gives a good shape without needing a belt. The slight hi-lo cut is perfect for summer and easy to wear.

I have been using this Tory Burch bag a lot. It is a beautiful rich neutral and I love the gold details. I finished the outfit with some delicate gold jewellery, a bright pink lip and my favourite sunnies. Oh, and I’m a bit obsessed with this peachy pink nail colour. It is perfect for summer and goes with everything.

Dress: Winners Sandals: Aldo Bag: Tory Burch Sunnies: Bvlgari (Similar)

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