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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ELLA’S FIRST BIRTHDAY

Baby / By / September 30, 2015 /   No Comments

Found this gem of our little birthday girl a few months ago #latergram #Ellaturnsone #timeflies Dress is @kadeeskloset Bow is @bananaribbonlove

Ella’s Dress/tutu: Kadee’s Kloset  Bow: Bananaribbon

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My Dress: Eliza J (Similar Here and Here), Chalkboard Banner: PinknPurplePress

Cookies and Cake: Lindsay Eakett Cook, Cake Plate: Homesense

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Ella’s Bodysuit: Similar Here

Teepee: SugarShacksTeepee

Gold “One” banner: Glambanners, Bunting: DontStringMeAlong

Everyone told me.  They said she would grow up so fast, and before I knew it, she wouldn’t be a baby.  I can hardly believe our little peanut is one.  What a tiring, challenging, empowering, amazing and blessed year.

If I am being honest, this party overwhelmed me a bit.  How do you do justice to celebrating the best year of your life?  The first year of your pride and joy?  In the end, I decided that as long as the people who loved Ella were there (and they were), it would all turn out.  I loved how it all came together and Ella had so much fun with her little baby buddies!  We had a backyard BBQ with some sweet treats.  I displayed lots of photos of Ella and she wore the cutest little dress.

The teepee you see in the pictures was her birthday present from Brad and I and she loves it so much.  We have it set up in our home and she loves having her own special space.  When we had her first year photos taken, we brought it along and it looked so cute as a backdrop!  I bought some artificial flowers at the Dollar Store and added them in to add an extra hit of texture and colour.  Sometimes the most inexpensive touches make all the difference.

THOSE COOKIES THOUGH!  My friend Lindsay made these!  They tasted as good as they looked.  She is incredibly talented.  I linked her Instagram account under the picture.  I can’t say enough about what beautiful and tasty things she creates.

I am so incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to watch our beautiful Ella grow.  Wish us luck in year two!

Lesley

Photo Credit to Kelly Casey Photography for First Year/Teepee Photos

 

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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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