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Baby, Fashion, Uncategorized / By / May 11, 2017 /   No 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 /   No 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



Decor, Uncategorized / By / February 25, 2017 /   No Comments

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I have BIG news!! After a reallllly long time searching for the perfect property, Brad and I have purchased a lot in Calgary and will be building our new home this year! We finally found a spot that feels perfect for raising our growing family and I am estactic for this project to begin! So far, my blog has been mostly about fashion and motherhood, two things I really enjoy, but home design is truly my passion and I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Building can be really overwhelming so we are going to start by gathering some ideas and meeting vendors at the Calgary Home and Garden Show March 2-5 and I am so excited to be doing an awesome GIVEAWAY with the Home Show and HGTV designer Tiffany Pratt that you guys need to check out! Tiffany will be on stage presenting “The Rainbow Connection: Fearlessly Bringing Color Into Your Home & Life” Friday March 3 at 3pm and Saturday March 4 at 1pm. If you know me, you know that I need a little “nudge” to add color into my designs haha. I do love me some cream and grey, so I will be there checking this out for sure! We thought it would be fun to interview Tiffany and share with you some great tips for building, renovating or redecorating your home!

Tell us a little about yourself, how did you get into this business, where are you based and where are you originally from?

TP: Straight out of the womb I have been a creative. For as long as I can remember, creating, making and designing has been my language. I have always followed my curiosity and my love for beauty, textures, colours and shapes. I feel very grateful to be a designer, author and overall maker! Being called HGTV’s most vibrant interior designer is also pretty swell! I just adore what I do and being able to make people happy and create beauty is a true honour for me.

I was born in America and raised in Canada. I’m happy to now call Toronto home and it’s thrilling to be surrounded by multiculturalism and creative beings!

Will this be your first time appearing at a home show in Calgary? What are you looking forward to in this appearance?

TP: This will be my first time appearing at the Home Show in Calgary! YAY! But I’ve been to Calgary before and remember so many of the sweet and kind people in the city. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new kind souls!

What will you be discussing at this show?

TP: I’ll be sharing a very personal story about my true ‘Rainbow Connection’. And give audiences the real story of my connection to colours, rainbows and why I feel injecting colour into your life is so healing and transformative. I will be sharing how to fearlessly bring a bright range of colours into your life and home and how easy and accessible this colourful way of life can be! Get ready for a little spectrum of inspiration!

What influences your style? How would you describe your style?

TP: I would describe my style as a curated collage, filled with small and large choices that both reflect the soul of the person or place that I am creating for. I see myself as a creative medium bringing through the dreams and visual ideals of those that I work with.

How did you get into TV, and what is your favourite aspect of doing a TV show?

TP: I was running an art studio when a TV crew asked to use my space for a live broadcast. After that, producers on CBC’s Steven and Chris approached to ask if I would be a regular guest on their show. Things snowballed after that and the rest is history! My favourite part about working on a show is bringing light and joyful laughter to the set. I really love having fun and making TV that is lighthearted and easy to watch! I have been doing TV now for about 8 years and I truly love it.

Tell us about Home To Win? What is your participation in this ensemble show?

TP: Home to Win is a show where a collection of HGTV Canada network stars come together and pool their skills to build a dream home for one lucky Canadian to win. I am on of the designers on the show and it is truly a honour and a pleasure to be on this cast!

What’s your first step in designing a home?

TP: The first step I take when designing a space is learning how my clients plan to live and function within the four walls. Knowing what they have and want to include is also hugely helpful. Good design comes from great function and flow. If you live an organized life where everything has a place, beauty can be infused into the nooks and crannies so you are surrounded by things that make you feel at home.

What should people always remember in decorating their home?

TP: Have fun! Forget the rules and what your friends may have done in their home! Your space is your own and should be a reflection of who you are and how you want to live! Follow what you love and enjoy the process! It is not a race!

With the economy as it is in Calgary, what’s your top advise for people who want to renovate or redecorate their home and remain on budget?

TP: Paint is the most transformational and inexpensive way to refresh and redecorate your home. Once you have a new coat of paint on walls, or objects, you can get to the business of frosting. I do not believe you have to overhaul your whole life to make things feel new! Move things around! Paint it up! A newly renovated space is just a few brush strokes away!

I want to thank Tiffany for this interview, and for participating in the giveaway! Here are the deets!

This awesome package will run February 25 – March 1 and includes:

– A signed copy of Tiffany Pratt’s NEW book “This Can Be Beautiful”

– A notebook and pencil from her collection

– TWO FREE TICKETS to the Calgary Home and Garden Show happening March 2-5, 2017 at the BMO Centre & Corral at Stampede Park

– A Golden Acre herb garden kit

There are two ways to enter! Either subscribe to my Blog (you will get an email notification each time I post so you can stay tuned in!)


Head to my Instagram (@mamabydesign), follow me and tag a friend under any of the images for this giveaway! Each tag will count as an entry!

I will enter all entrants into a random draw and will announce on March 1, in time for the show!!

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!!



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 🙈



Uncategorized / By / June 8, 2016 /   No Comments

imageHey All!

I thought it might be fun to do a really short, fun post on a few things about me that you may not know! Instagram and other social media outlets are fun snap shots, but I find it’s hard to get to know someone, so here goes a few random facts!

  1. I wish I was a better runner. I love to run and find it to be such a stress relief but I’m just not blessed with the skills..or the frame.. or something. Maybe it’s my uber long neck? Lol
  2. As much as I love clothes and styling outfits, my passion is home decor and design.  I absolutely love it and can’t wait to build or reno a home someday to put my touch on it top to bottom. Really, it’s already all planned out in my head. 😉
  3. I love pizza. Any and all pizza. I would eat it every day if I wasn’t worried about being healthy 🙈
  4.  My favorite place I have ever travelled is South Africa. It was one of those once in a lifetime, unbelievably incredible trips. Everyone should go.
  5. I have a degree in Neuroscience. I now work in Medical Sales and I love my job.
  6. I have a HUGE family who I adore. Seriously, I have thirty cousins. They are some of my best friends and I realize how lucky I am that we are all so close.
  7. I only ever get two colours on my fingernails. “Salmon run” and “Firefox” (light pink and red). I need to branch out. I just can’t.
  8. I knew I wanted to marry Brad after our first few dates. I know, it sounds cheesy (and crazy), but I really did ❤️
  9. The thing I find most upsetting in life is when people are bullied or treated unkindly. It makes me so sad and really bothers me. If I teach Ella one thing, it will be to live a life of kindness, empathy and humility. There is no reason to ever bring others down.
  10. My worst fear is failure. That makes this blog a bit terrifying but also so liberating. One of the things I admire most about Brad is his willingness to take risks. So here I go!

Have a great rest of your week and thanks for reading!

XO Lesley



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



Uncategorized / By / May 4, 2016 /   No Comments


|Kimono| Blue Jeans| White Jeans|

Hey Guys!

Last weekend we headed down to Lethbridge to see my family and to attend my high school reunion. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about the event! I’m not even really sure why, it just seemed like an awkward situation to be in a room full of people you used to know 15 years ago… In the end, it was a really fun evening and I loved catching up with a great group of people. I’m glad I went.

The best part of the weekend though, was spending a few days with my family. My brothers and their wife/girlfriend came over and I got lots of time with my adorable nephew who I almost zipped into my suitcase and brought home. Seriously, he gets cuter every time I see him and I am turning into the crazy auntie who can’t get enough. My mom and dad got up early with Ella and I SO enjoyed a lazy morning in bed and coffee in my pj’s. We are so incredibly lucky that both sets of our parents help us out a tonne. Since they don’t live close by, they really make such an effort to give us breaks when we visit. It’s the best.

I hadn’t seen my family since my birthday and they all spoiled me. My sister in law, who always finds the cutest things, picked up this kimono for me at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge. It is made by a Calgary shop called Lost in Layers. They have a few stockists around southern Alberta (including SAAG) as well as an Etsy shop and a website. She only makes two kimonos from each piece of fabric, so they really are unique pieces with a custom feel. There are so many cute ones and I am loving her bridal collection (such a cute idea for you and your girls the morning of). Head to the website or Etsy shop to browse. For you gals in YYC or YEG, watch the website for upcoming pop up shops too!

This particular pattern is so bright and springy and I love how colourful it is. I kept it casual and easy by pairing it with jeans and a tee and a cute pair of wedges. This is legitimately an outfit I would wear to the park with Ella (minus the wedges) or out for a casual dinner. This piece is so versatile and I have a few more ways that I can’t wait to style it!

Have a great rest of your week! As always, THANK YOU so much for following along 🙂

XO Lesley