fall go-to outfit - #1 - chambray and graphic tee

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I'm a mom, I like anything that makes my life easier. So a little trick I have, now that I'm feeling well enough to put in some effort most days is to have some go-to outfits.

My "go-to" outfits are always readily available, require very little effort and yet leave me feeling just a little more put together than I would have had I just thrown on yoga pants and long t-shirt (which, I will not lie, has been my default for the last 2 months-ish).

Go-to outfit recipe #1 is this:

chambray shirt + graphic tee + black pants + leopard flats + some fun accessories = cute and comfy momma 

chambray, tee and black pants

Abercrombie Fitch button down shirt, 52 CAD / Uniqlo graphic t shirt, 13 CAD / River Island denim legging, 105 CAD / ANNA flat shoes, 17 CAD / MICHAEL Michael Kors watch, 330 CAD / Kate spade earrings, 60 CAD / Minnie Grace charm necklace, 25 CAD

I love this outfit primarily because it's easy but also because I feel great in it. It doesn't look like I'm trying to hard (because I'm not lol) but I still feel somewhat stylish. 

The Minnie tee was picked as an ode to mini-me who adores her, Plus, it's kinda super fun.

I didn't put a bag in the pic because pretty much any color/style handbag would go great with this outfit. Oh, and my super stylish plain black diaper bag also happens to coordinate ;)

Now, here's what the outfit looks like in real life (warning: it's not quite as cute as the pic above):

Super cute right?! Still working on getting 'in shape' post-baby (it's only been 2 months, these things time, which apparently I don't have a lot of these days) BUT, I felt great in this outfit! Just as easy as my yoga pants, t-shirt and sweater BUT way more put-together.

Do you have any go-to outfit combos???? 

Related Posts:
Fall go-to outift #2 - plaid

Linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy
Pumps and Pushups
Pampers and Pearls
Tucker Up
The Mummy Chronicles
Cappuccino and Fashion 
Shopping My Closet
Jo Lynne Shane

on losing myself

Monday, September 28, 2015

New parenthood is so many wonderful things. It's baby snuggles, that new baby smell, it's that feeling in your heart when your toothless child grins so big and complete at just the sound of your voice. It's an amazing time but it's not always easy. Being a new parent is exhausting and doing so while parenting a toddler, unbelievably tiring and all-consuming.

As a second time mom I'm cognizant that this first little bit is incredibly challenging. My days are currently made up solely of being 'mom'. I try my best to keep my two littles somewhat happy while also trying to ensure my house isn't in complete shambles (though, it usually feels like it is). The laundry is unfolded and the beds aren't made. There's an ever-growing and overwhelming list of to-dos. 

I don't have a lot of time outside of my role as 'mom' to be or do anything else. This is the most challenging part of parenthood for me. I'm at a point right now, because little man is so new, that I sometimes feel like all I am is mom. Don't get me wrong, I adore my children and I love being a mom, but I am also many other things. I am also someone who needs time to herself, to nurture her soul doing things just for me. Unfortunately for me, and most new moms, there often isn't time for that other stuff.

Currently, most times when I don't have the children I'm doing something necessary to the functioning of our home/family. Things like grocery shopping (though I do treasure a trip to the grocery store with no littles), bill-paying, laundry-folding etc. take precedence over things like going to the gym or yoga or getting a pedicure (all of which, I desperately need right now). 

The days of doing something with a minutes notice are gone replaced by planning ahead and remembering to bring diapers, a change of clothes and enough snacks. 

Sometimes as moms, our identities get lost in all of the things we need to do. Sometimes, we're so busy putting our children, our family and our homes first, that we wake up one day and realize that we have fallen to the bottom of our own list.

This happened to me last time. I wasn't depressed, I was quite content with mini-me and being her mom but there was  strange and unsettling feeling that lingered in me. I felt like something that I had before was missing, only I didn't know what that could be. I realized, after a night away when mini-me was just over a year old that what was missing was me. I had spent over a year completely focused on my daughter, on my role as her mom and trying to maintain my home that I didn't know who I was anymore. I had lost touch with myself. 

That night away, enjoying friendship, some wine, some dancing and some pampering was just what I needed to snap me out of it. It was at that point that I made a commitment to focus on myself and to put even a fraction of the effort I do in making others happy, into trying to make sure I'm happy too.

The point of this? I feel it happening again. That losing of myself. Thankfully, it's much earlier this time and I'm much more aware of what's going on.

I'm not nearly ready yet to leave for a night (part of my problem is being able to 'let go') BUT I am going to push myself to take some breaks. To put myself first, even if just for an hour. I need to conscientiously let go of this ridiculous 'mom-guilt' and put a little effort into fostering my identity and sense of self outside of my mother and wife roles. It may sound selfish, but I really think a little self-care goes a long way. When we care for ourselves, are happy with ourselves, and are kind to ourselves, we are better able to take care of others, delight in others and be kind to others. I know, without any doubt, that I will be a better mom to my children if I'm taking good care of myself.

So my friends, whether you have 0 children or 10, my challenge to you this week to embark on a little intentional self-care. Treat yourself to something, a massage, a pedicure, a meditation or a yoga class - anything that makes you feel good. Enjoy some time with yourself and plan future ways you can foster your sense of self. I truly hope to be able to do the same.

bridesmaid dresses with Cocomelody

Saturday, September 26, 2015

You may remember my recent post about wedding dresses. It was so much fun thinking about what wedding dresses I'd buy that it got me thinking about bridesmaid dresses too. Like wedding dresses, you can now buy bridesmaid dresses online with a few simple measurements.

Cocomelody has a huge assortment of cheap bridesmaid dresses to choose from so I had to go through and pick a few of my favorite.

I'll be honest, it was really hard to narrow down my favs, so I had to pick a few.

for the elegant and sophisticated wedding:

 long blush bridesmaid dress
I love long dresses and this one is so pretty. It would be my choice if I was were doing a classy affair

for the vintage-style wedding:

 lace bridesmaid dress
lace just screams vintage to me, so this would be my choice for a vintage wedding.

for the destination wedding:

 destination bridesmaid dress
flowy dresses seem to fit best with destination weddings and I love the length of this one

bonus dresses:

 short champagne bridesmaid dress
this dress is too fun not to include in my picks!

 long blush bridesmaid dress
like the first, I think I just like the look of the longer dresses. This one would be great for pretty much any kind of wedding

If you happen to be shopping for bridesmaid dresses online, be sure to check out Cocomelody.

 cocomelody logo

Writing this post has me wondering, did you pick out your bridesmaid dresses or let them choose their own??? 

If you picked your own the first time around, would you do anything differently now??

**I received compensation in exchange for writing this post; however, all opinions expressed are honest and my own**

Mighty Mug - review and GIVEAWAY!

Friday, September 25, 2015

I love coffee. I love coffee A LOT. It's pretty much a necessity to my daily functioning as a mother of two.

As a lover and enjoyer of coffee, I have, on more than one occasion, had my coffee knocked over or spilled be it by one of my littles, my dog's tail, my husband, or myself. Because of this, I'm always nervous to set my coffee on the coffee table or have it right beside me while typing on the computer (because obviously if I spill it, it's going all over my keyboard).

You can imagine my curiosity when I was asked to review the Mighty Mug, the mug that won't fall over. I agreed immediately, mostly because I figured it would be impossible for there to be a mug that wouldn't fall over but could be picked up easily. Plus, I kinda of love travel mugs and am always happy to add another to my collection.

 mighty mug logo

I ordered this super cute teal 'Mighty Mug Go' and it was delivered within 2 days (and that's international shipping because the company is out of the US). Note: shipping is free within the US when you spend over $30 and free to Canada when you spend over $50.

The verdict: it WORKS!!! This thing is legit!!

(excuse my voice and crappy manicure)

I had to attach a video so you can see for yourself. It doesn't fall over when you hit it and yet it's still super easy to pick up. I won't pretend to understand how it works, but it works!!

There are a ton of different mugs to choose from and they range in price from 14.99 to 24.99 so you won't be breaking the bank. I'm thinking this is a pretty awesome gift idea! Don't know what to get your clumsy coworker, how about a Mighty Mug?!

The Mighty Mug is an absolute must-have for coffee-lovers with kids and/or pets (or clumsy husbands).

mighty mug products

They're already working on bar ware that won't fall over... are you kidding me?! A wine glass that can't be knocked over? BRILLIANT!

The Mighty Mug really is the mug that won't fall over! How cool is that?!

NOW, your chance to WIN a Mighty Mug!!!! Visit this link http://bemighty.themightymug.com/confessionsofafrumpymommy/ and enter for your chance to win (winner will be chosen at random on October 3) Good Luck!

incorporating fringe into your fall wardrobe

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In case you haven't noticed, for fall 2015 fringe is 'in'.

If you're anything like me, you're not sure how to incorporate this trend into your fall 2015 wardrobe without 1. looking like you're trying too hard or 2. looking like you're trying to look way younger than you actually are.

I am pretty confident that if you saw me attempting to rock a fringe jacket, it wouldn't be pretty. Same goes for a crop top with fringe on the bottom (yeah, I just had a baby, that sure as heck ain't happening. I wasn't exactly 'crop-top ready' pre-baby). Enter accessories, and even more specifically, purses!! There are a TON of fringe bags out there right now. You can find them as easily as going to your local Walmart or Target as well as in the biggest (most expensive) brand names (note: I didn't include the uber expensive ones because, well, I didn't want to have purse-envy writing this post).

Here are a few I'm loving:

fringe bags fall 2015

Kate Spade crossbody handbag, 320 CAD // Rebecca Minkoff crossbody purse, 255 CAD // Zara leather bag, 185 CAD // Express crossbody purse, 53 CAD // Fringe purse, 51 CAD

A new handbag is the perfect way to test out this trend without breaking the bank or looking and/or feeling uncomfortable. 

Yes, you may recall that burgundy beaut from a previous post of mine (transitioning your maxi dress from summer to fall), at this point, I'm kind of feeling like I need it! 

Guest Post: Things I did differently with my second baby

Monday, September 21, 2015


Things that I did differently with my second baby

Motherhood is a complex experience and every woman needs some time to adjust and get used to this new role in her life. As it is also the most important role of our lives, we tend to worry too much about it and forget to enjoy each moment. However, this changes as we gain experience in parenting and we learn how to relax and enjoy it more. It was tense and tiring with my first baby, but with my younger kids I applied what I’d learned and it went more smoothly. Here is what I have changed with my younger kids, it might help you too.

Babies are so tiny and fragile and moms normally worry about their well-being. But I was one of those moms who worried too much. I would jump in panic every time the baby started crying, I would take her to the doctor because I thought she was sick. It was a disaster for me. But little by little, I got used to it, babies cry, full stop. It doesn’t mean something is wrong. With my other children I didn’t let negative thoughts rule and I was not overcome with fear for the baby’s health. As long as I tended to all the babies basic needs, I could relax. Even when the baby was sick, it was quickly resolved by giving her medicine, so that was another important bit for me to get – sometimes they do get sick but it will pass, just do your best to help them without panicking.

Since I could not stand the baby’s cry, I used to carry my first baby around all the time and I spoiled her that way, so she cried when she was in her crib by herself. That’s also one of the things I’ve changed with the other kids – we didn’t carry them around too much and we put them to sleep in their crib and not in our arms, and they were more peaceful babies.

I also worried too much about germs and I sterilized everything. It was time and energy consuming, but I don’t think it had much of an effect. Babies do require a safe and clean, toxin-free environment, but they also need to develop natural resistance and living in a sterilized room will not help much in that regard. I cleaned every day, I would freak out if the baby got some dirt or mud on her fingers, but I let the other two daughters play on the ground still keeping an eye on them. I have also hired help with cleaning the house, I have more energy for the kids and the cleaning lady is more objective about the overall cleanliness level in the house so I don’t need to go into the clean freak mode.

I’ve also accepted that I don’t need to handle the kids’ birthdays by myself. We’ve tried it once, I did everything by myself, it was good but I was so exhausted I almost got sick. Now we get professional animators like Superheroes, we organize great birthday party and we just enjoy. It is such a relief.

This is closely tied with my realization that the healthier the mommy is, the better the parenting will be. It does not help my kids if I overexert myself and neglect my wellbeing. When I had the first baby, I put all my attention on the baby’s needs and totally forgot about my own, from nutrition and exercise to sleep and grooming. I was haggard and I was depressed. But I know better now. Only six weeks after the second baby, I took up an exercise regime to get in good shape, I took care of my diet and my nutrition, I went out for walks in nature and I arranged for some much needed me-time. I stopped feeling guilt and shame for feeling I needed to be by myself for some time to wind down and relax. Sometimes I take a babysitter or I call the kids’ grandparents over and I take a few hours out. I journal, daydream, get in touch with my inner self, see an old friend or go to a spa. I’ve realized it is a necessity, not a luxury. The best mom is the healthy mom – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I try to be mindful, stay present in my everyday life and enjoy every bit of my motherhood.

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” .

outfitting your littles with Linzy Dawn Designs

Friday, September 18, 2015

This week my favorites is Linzy Dawn Designs, and specifically, a handmade cardigan onesie for little man!

It's important to note I was not asked to write this post nor am I being compensated in any way for writing it. I am writing this post because my friend, Nikki, owner of Linzy Dawn Designs, can make some pretty awesome stuff and I wanted to let people know about it!

Nikki makes a plethora of items including bibdanas, dresses, Tula carrier accessories, pants, leggings (for kids and adults) etc. BUT my most favorite item that Nikki makes is the cardgian onesies!

matching mom and little leggings, Aly dress, leggings with knee patches, Tula accessories, Linzy dress

Cardigan onesies - I may or may not have ordered the grey with the red tie :)

As soon as I knew we'd be attending two weddings with little man, I knew exactly what I wanted him to wear. I contacted Nikki and ordered a custom (I picked colors etc) cardigan onesie complete with two coordinating bow-ties! Then she went and had a sale, so I ordered two larger sizes in anticipation for the holiday season.

Seriously, how adorable is that?! 

Make sure you check out Linzy Dawn Designs! She has something for everyone and her goods make fantastic gifts! 

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Eyeglasses for Fall 2015 with Warby Parker

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Something you may not know about me is that I wear prescription glasses. The majority of pictures I post I'm either wearing no glasses or sunglasses (which are prescription). Because of my glasses-wearing, I know first-hand how hard it is to find a good pair of glasses and to feel somewhat stylish while wearing them. I also know how expensive glasses can be.

Enter Warby Parker. An affordable, yet fashionable eye wear company.

Warby Parker very recently released their Fall 2015 line and, after looking it over, I'm pretty impressed! They have some great, stylish, frames that are a fraction of the price of the prescription glasses I would normally purchase.

I picked two of my most favorite to share with you:

red glasses

I love these the most because of the combination of the color and the style. They're super fun and this tone of red is super hot for Fall 2015.

girl in red glasses

fade glasses
The shape of this frame is what I normally go for but what I really love is that they're two-toned. 

girl in two-tone glasses

One of the reasons I wanted to write this post is also because for each pair sold, Warby Parker works in non profits to help people in developing countries receive needed eye wear.

Now I am kinda feeling like I need some new glasses....

If you're a glasses wearer like myself, do you normally go for the same look over and over? (I'm so guilty of this)

How do you keep your eye wear collection stylish/fresh?

transitioning your maxi dress from summer to fall

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hopefully you'll recall my most recent collaboration with some pretty awesome ladies over at The Blended Blog. WELL, this week I'm participating in the Blended Blog's first Blog Hop about transitioning clothes into fall!!

If you've stopped by from Sheila's blog, than you already know how to transition white jeans into fall AND you already know that on Mondays, for the next few weeks, we will be showing you how to take your summer pieces into the fall! There will be 15 of us sharing how we transition our summer pieces into fall each Monday!

Today I'm going to share how to transition your maxi dresses into fall.

If you're like me, you adore maxi dresses in the summer and spring and wish you could make them a wardrobe staple just one more season.

Well, my friends, I'm here to tell you that you can easily incorporate your maxi dresses into your fall wardrobe (yay)!

There are a few key ways to take your maxi dressed from summer into fall and I'm happy to share them with you.

  1. Flats - you CAN (and should) rock some flats with your maxi dresses/skirts. For some reason, prior to my first Style Challenge, I thought this couldn't happen. I was so wrong. Flats are super cute with maxis and help you make those favorite pieces last well into another season.
  2. Scarves - I am OBSESSED with scarves in the fall. They are the most inexpensive way to transform your look. They're also a super easy way to allow you to incorporate tons a different colors in your ensemble! Scarves for the win!
  3. Jackets/Vests - in the fall, you may need some added warmth to your maxi, flats will keep your feet warm and a jacket or vest will serve to keep your upper body cozy. You can easily add a denim vest (on warmer days), or a jean jacket or military jacket. You could even throw on a leather moto jacket if you happen to have one kicking around.

So NOW I'm going to I show you how the same maxi can be styled from summer to fall using a cute pair of flats, a scarf and a jacket (and some other accessories of course). 

Summer Maxi Dress
black maxi dress fall

See what I mean? Two totally different looks both seasonally appropriate. An easy way to keep your maxi dresses in your fall wardrobe rotation! 

NOW head on over to check out Katie's post on transitioning dresses to fall!!! AND if you didn't come here from Sheila's blog, check out her post on transitioning white jeans into fall!

Make sure you check out the Blended Blog again next week to see what other pieces we're helping you transition to fall!

Also, if you're still debating signing up for the Fall Style Challenge, do it SOON! Early bird rates end on the 17th AND this time around you get your shopping list right away (I'm loving the picks and I may or may not have already purchased a few things :) SIGN UP NOW!

For more info about the Fall Style Challenge check out my recent interview with Style Challenge creator Alison Lumbatis HERE.

Linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy
Pumps and Pushups
Pampers and Pearls
Tucker Up
The Mummy Chronicles
Cappuccino and Fashion 
Shopping My Closet
Jo Lynne Shane

**this post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated if you make purchases as a result of clicking on the link**

shopping for wedding dresses online with Cocomelody

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I have fond memories of wedding dress shopping with my girlfriends but at the time I hadn't even considered the possibility of looking for cheap wedding dresses online. Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Cocomelody and write a post about their selection of cheap wedding dresses online.

There were so many beautiful dresses to choose from including some beautiful lace wedding dresses. My first wedding dress didn't include any lace but I find myself leaning towards these beautiful lace gowns.

Here are some of my favs:

lace wedding dress

This stunning lace gown is my absolute favorite. It's so pretty and feminine and check out the back! Gorgeous!

lace wedding dress

high neck lace wedding dress

I also liked this lace wedding dress. It would be the perfect dress for a sophisticated wedding.

mermaid wedding dress

I probably liked this wedding dress because it somewhat reminds me of my wedding dress lol. I can't get enough of the mermaid style.

destination wedding dress

Something like this would be my choice for a destination wedding dress. Comfortable yet still dressy and beautiful.

cocomelody logo

Make sure you check out Cocomelody and their current sale!

cocomelody sale

The online downside to this post, is that searching through their selection of lace wedding dresses has made me realize that I would love to be able to buy and wear another beautiful wedding dress. Don't worry, I'll keep the same groom. Perhaps a vow-renewal is in order? I think I'll have to wait a few years for that, 4 years may be a little soon, no?

** I received compensation in exchange for writing this post; however, all opinions are my own.**

Interview with Alison Lumbatis and Fall Style Challenge info

Friday, September 11, 2015

For most fashion lovers, fall is the most wonderful time of the year. It means cute sweaters, layering and boots! Fall also means another Style Challenge care of Alison Lumbatis from Get Your Pretty On.

Early bird registration for the fall challenge opens TODAY!! See more info on the Fall Style Challenge at the end of this post but first, something super exciting: an interview with Alison Lumbatis, the Style Challenge creator!!

I've been following Alison's blog since I started blogging and I love her. She offers so much practical fashion advice for your regular girl. She's easy to relate to, down to earth and just generally a really sweet person. Obviously, I was super excited for the chance to ask her some questions... ENJOY!

style challenge logo

 Alison Lumbatis

1.  What inspired you to start doing Style Challenges?

My blog readers inspired the first GYPO Style Challenge.  They were asking for seasonal shopping lists and outfits.  I finally created the first one in Spring 2014 and was blown away by the response.  The challenge has grown from 500 participants in the first round to close to 5,000 women participating in the first year.  

2.  You've done a number of Style Challenges now, how do you keep on top of current fashions/trends?

Honestly I'm not a huge trend follower.  I believe in having a closet full of mostly classic pieces and then adding in inexpensive trendy items to refresh it each season.  To determine what trends to include, I usually do some online research and pay a few visits to the mall to see what strikes my fancy.  Then I decide if it can be translated into everyday wear.   

3.  What have you enjoyed most about the challenges?

The hands-down best part of the challenge is the amazing community that's grown out of it.  The women who do challenges are the most encouraging, supportive and kindest women I've ever encountered.  They are so willing to help one another out, whether it's with a trend you're struggling with, needing fit advice or looking for shopping tips.  Many real life friendships have grown out of the challenge and that gives me warm fuzzies!

4.  Is there one thing you'd like potential participants to know about the Style Challenges?

They aren't for everyone.  The challenge works best for women who feel that they're stuck in a clothing rut and are ready to try something new to get out of it.  You have to be willing to allow someone (me!) to help take the guesswork out of style for you.  You need a strong desire to have some go-to outfits in your closet, not just pieces that don't work together.  You need to be open to modifying the outfits to suit your tastes and comfort level.  You must also be willing to get out of your comfort zone. 

5.  With all of the different Style Challenges you've done (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Work Wear and Men's Wear), do you have a favorite one to prepare for?

Definitely fall!  I love the colors, patterns and layering that it allows.  

6.  Is there's one piece/item for this coming 2015 fall that everyone needs to have?

A pair of cognac ankle boots.  You can invest in a nicer pair, this trend is going to stick around for awhile.  

7.  What's your best style/fashion advice for busy moms?

Have some go-to outfit formulas that help you get dressed on a daily basis.  Once you have the right pieces in place, it's just as easy to put together a cute outfit as it is to throw on your yoga pants.  Start in your closet.  Use resources like Pinterest to find new ways to wear some of your basic pieces.  Then add in inexpensive items like printed scarves and accessories to dress them up and make them feel special.  

8.  Can a girl ever really have too many shoes? 

Heck no!  If you love them and wear them, then fill up your closet with them.  I ain't mad at ya!

style challenge fall 2015

It's that time people! Fall Style Challenge is here and better than ever! This time around there's added bonuses!! You get last year's fall challenge (which was awesome) as well as a fit masterclass to help you with finding clothes for your body shape! Oh AND the shopping list is sent out upon sign up so you NEED to sign up ASAP!!

If you don't know what the style challenges are or why you should participate, I'll summarize it right quick: sign up, get shopping list, shop, receive daily emails (the night before) telling you what to wear and how to wear it.
No guesswork getting dressed in the morning and you always look put together. Yes, yes and YES!
PLUS you get to be a part of the Facebook group where we share selfies and are super supportive/helpful/friendly etc. It's a win/win/win. Alison offers a money back guarantee so you really have nothing to lose!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS (RIGHT NOW!!!) – Friday, September 11th, 2015
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES (PRICE GOES UP) – Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at midnight ET
DAILY OUTFITS START – Sunday, October 4th at 7:00 pm ET


**this post contains affiliate links, if you sign up for the style challenge through the links, I receive compensation (which in all likelihood is used toward my Style Challenge addiction!)**

What to Wear for Maternity Pictures

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

You've decided to get maternity pictures done (if you're still on the fence read: Do I Need Maternity Pictures) and you know all of the Tips for Maternity Pictures but now the final big decision: What do I wear?!?!?!

Don't worry, I'm here to help with some tips!

What to wear for maternity pictures: 

  1. solid prints - solid colors are timeless and photograph well. That's not to say if there's a patterned piece you love you can't include it just be mindful that patterns can be distracting (taking away from the focus: you and your belly).
  2. don't be afraid of color - a lot of people tend to go with black and/or white and denim in order to keep things neutral. Broaden your choices to colors you really love and you'll be happy you did. (I love cobalt blue so I wore it!)
  3. sleeves - most photographers recommend long-sleeves because they're more flattering. Having said that, long-sleeves might not be ideal for a warm spring or hot summer. If you're going for a tank or t-shirt, bring a cardigan or jacket to throw on  for east extra look.
  4. stick with your style - maternity pictures are not the time to be recreating your entire style profile. If you're normally super casual then it's okay to dress casual for your pics - you still want to look like you, just a pretty, pregnant you. You want to be comfortable (because if you feel comfortable, it will translate in your pics).
  5. don't go overboard - like the previous suggestion, now is not the time to completely change your makeup and hair. You still want to look like you, maybe just a wee-bit fancier. Yes, a little more makeup for pics but don't go for a hardcore smoky eye if it's something you'd normally never wear.
  6. change it up - you can wear more than one outfit and in fact, I encourage it! Variety is the spice of life and this is true in your maternity pictures as well. It's nice to have a few different outfits (I'd say 2 at least) to give your pictures some pizzazz!
  7. accessorize - skinny belts are always great to accentuate your growing belly but you can also wear your favorite scarves and/or jewelry pieces. Don't forget about shoes!! You can always add some fun to your outfit with the perfect shoes. The key is complementing your outfit without overdoing it.
  8. be mindful of your undergarments - for example, if you're wearing a clingy maxi dress, you may want to ensure your underwear don't create some unflattering bulging (I may or may not have had this problem). You also want to wear undergarments in colors that won't show through your clothes (no need for that). Now is not the time to attempt a black bra with white t-shirt.
  9. focus on fit - the key here is accentuating your belly. Stay away from anything very loose or so tight you can't breath. You want to highlight the roundness of your gorgeous belly not look like you're wearing a sheet or can't hardly move. You'll be moving around so you want to be comfortable.
  10. coordinate but don't be matchy matchy - this is one a lot of people struggle with. You and your partner (or other children) do not need to look like twins (in fact, I discourage that). Coordinate with each other without mirroring. The best way to do this is wearing complimentary colors (google 'color wheel' if you need some assistance). If you're really struggling: Pinterest is your friend!! 

winter maternity picture

winter maternity picture

maternity picture in apple orchard

spring outdoors maternity picture

**photos c/o MillerEllis**

you can find more of our maternity pics HERE

Related posts:
Do I need maternity pictures?
Tips for maternity pictures

Introducing: The Blended Blog

Today is the day that The Blended Blog goes live.

The Blended Blog is a collaboration of a number of bloggers, including yours truly, who have come together to create a collective blog. The Blended Blog will cover a variety of issues/topics but most importantly, it will share a number of different perspective from some pretty awesome women.

I'll be referencing The Blended Blog more in the future but nothing else will change around here.

Happy reading :)

August in numbers

Monday, September 7, 2015

Today I'm doing a quick August in numbers post as well as showing you what my Instagram looked like this August. Enjoy!

2 - number of people in our house who celebrated birthdays. Both Mr. B and I have August birthdays. He's 32 years young and I'm 34 (ya, I know, younger man - but not by much).

1 - crazy storm, hideout in the basement and subsequent power outage. Interesting night with the littles!

6 - pounds away from pre-baby weight! Must be from all that baby-carrying and bouncing!

13 - number of blog posts written - down from last month but not too shabby!

1 - welcome baby party

1 - brother who got married (yay!)

1 - bridesmaid dress I managed to squeeze into

1 - of the most adorable flower girls I have EVER seen. EVER. No, I'm not biased at all!

2 - number of well-behaved children I took to aforementioned wedding (seriously, they were both AWESOME! Mini-me danced and was a little superstar and little man slept almost the entire time)

August also had a few tears (I blame hormones), not a lot of sleep, lots of snuggles with the kiddos, more hours of Dora watched than I'm normally comfortable with, a couple play dates and some wine (yay).

Looking back, August felt really busy and somewhat overwhelming for me but some beautiful memories were made! Hope you had a great August and here's to an even better September!

linking up with Deena over @ shoestoshiraz for my August in numbers post.

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June in numbers
July in numbers

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the most important advice for new moms

Friday, September 4, 2015

Whether you have a ton of children or are expecting your first, you are bound to get advice (wanted or not) from everyone and their mother. Some of this advice will be good and some will be not so good.

One thing you'll hear over (and over and over) is 'sleep when the baby sleeps'. That's great advice and I strongly encourage you to follow it as much as possible; however, I don't think it's the most important bit of advice. Plus, to tell the truth, sleeping when the baby sleeps is a grand idea IF you only have one child. Also, although you may benefit from a nap, sometimes it feels better to sit on the couch in the quiet, enjoy a coffee and catch up on smut tv or blog reading.

After having a recent visit from a friend of mine who was recently in the same position as me  (new mom with a toddler at home) I realized how important that visit was for me. How much it helped me feel somewhat refreshed, even if all I did was complain the entire time.

I've also recently connected with one of my daughter's friend's moms. She also has a newer baby at home and is trying to cope with life with a headstrong two year old. Our weekly play dates aka mom vent sessions, have become something to look forward to each week, something to keep the children busy and us a little more sane.

So, what's the most important thing new moms need to know AND follow?? I will tell you.


Sure, you've got your spouse, your girlfriend with 4 older kids, your mom and your neighbor but unless one of them has a newborn or a child relatively close in age to yours, it's just not the same.

There is something immeasurable about being able to relate to and commiserate with someone who is or has recently been where you are right now.

When you feel like you're the only one in the world going through what you're going through, your mommy-friends will be able to tell you they are right there with you.

When your house is a mess and you feel like all you do is sit around with a baby on you, your mommy-friends will tell you 'don't worry, my pile of dirty dishes is way bigger and I too haven't folded laundry in two weeks'.

When you feel like you're losing your mind, your mommy-friends will remind you, that unless you're all nuts, this is normal.

When you feel like you can't handle another sleepless night or another cluster feed, your mommy-friends will either cry with you or ensure you that 'this too shall pass'.

Motherhood is great, awesome, in fact. There are so many moments that are so breathtakingly beautiful. Motherhood is also hard. New motherhood especially. It's hard and it's overwhelming at times. It's normal and okay to struggle, to worry and to cry. You'll get through it, but you'll feel a lot better going through it if you've got at least one mommy-friend to chat to and to remind you that everyone goes through this.

If you don't happen to have any peers in the same boat, FIND SOME!! I joined a new-mommy group when I had mini-me and we supported each other through some rocky times and felt so much better after comparing stories. I also had (and still have) a group of online moms who were an invaluable resource and source of support for all things baby (and then some)

So new mommas, get chatting, you won't regret it!

newborn sleeping baby

**photos c/o MillerEllis**

wedding guest wear

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wedding season is in full swing! We only have two to attend this year but they're back-to-back weekends. My  little bro got married this past weekend. I was a bridesmaid so that helped take the guesswork out of what to wear. Wedding #2 is this coming weekend and I have yet to figure out what I will be wearing.

What better way to help me get inspired for outfit ideas than to create a blog post!! The wedding this coming weekend is an evening wedding at a fairly fancy venue so a perfect opportunity for me to put together a glamorous yet easy ensemble!

wedding guest look

Donna morgan dress, 205 CAD / Ted Baker leather sandals, 245 CAD / Tory burch shoes, 180 CAD / Yves Saint Laurent accessories handbag, 1,705 CAD / Urban Decay eyeshadow, 77 CAD

I adore cobalt blue and gold! The combo is so regal and pretty, plus, cobalt looks great on every skin tone.

I recently purchased the new Urban Decay smoky-eye palette so will be needing to use that this weekend (obviously).

A pair of heels is a must, but so it an coordinating pair of flats because this mom will absolutely NOT be rocking heels all night.

Now, if I can organize myself enough, you may just see a post about what I actually ended up wearing to the wedding (although, I haven't figured that out just yet!)

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