Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hot with a side of humidity

Outfit Details:

dress - Joe Fresh, belt - Old Navy, bracelet - H&M, sandals - Matt Bernson

Today's a scorcher and uncomfortably humid, so it was the perfect time to wear this crochet-neck dress that I picked up recently from Joe Fresh (line found in the Canadian grocery store Superstore). I tell you... those Joe Fresh people are savvy! Who can resist throwing in an inexpensive top or dress or necklace with your groceries?

This top equals no-brainer dressing. It's loose, comfortable and jersey means it remains wrinkle free no matter how humid it is. Throw on a belt, bracelet and sandals, and you are good to go!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Come sail away

Outfit Details:

tee - H&M, skirt - Lands End Canvas, shoes - Banana Republic, necklace - Forever 21

Shopping in Canada definitely has it's drawbacks. We are deprived of some of my favourite American stores like J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Lands End Canvas, Piperlime, US Amazon... I could go on and on. Of the stores that do ship across the border, the extra costs can be insanely expensive and I hate the "unknown" of not knowing how much customs will slap on as duties/taxes/etc. Not to mention, there's the extra hassle of returning if the item doesn't work out. But once in a while, sometime comes up that I'd really love to have at a price I don't mind paying. In that case, I ship to my top secret connection (shh... that means my friends and relatives who live in the US and will bring back or ship to me) and take a leap of faith.

Case in point, this skirt for Lands End Canvas. It was the first item that I ever ordered from them. I had the page bookmarked forever, stalking prices and pouring over the sizing reviews. But the risk of ordering something that didn't work for me scared me away. When this skirt hit their "classifieds" page during the fall for $7.50, who could resist hitting the submit button?

Well, it turned into one of my favourite purchases for the season. Not a huge surprise since it has so many of my favourite elements.

Nautical? check
Whimsical? check
Full-skirted? check

Basically, it is awesomeness in skirt form.

So maybe it was a sign when I decided to pull out this skirt today because not long after, I found myself deliberating on whether or not I should order from the Leifsdottir sale. (DH will attest that I spend way too much energy shopping or thinking about shopping). The prices points were irresistible and made my trigger finger itch. But spending money on a great deal that doesn't work for me is not a deal at all. I finally decided that the shape, print and price point of this dress...

Leifsdottir dress

Leifsdottir dress (clipped to polyvore.com)

was enough to put me over the edge. It'll soon be on it's way to my uncle's place in Las Vegas. I probably won't see it until August (boo). Hope it's worth the wait!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sir yes sir!

Outfit Details:

tee - Gap, tank - Anthropologie Maryam tank, jeans - Gap, shoes - Steve Madden, necklace - Ann Taylor Loft

I woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday. It took a few moments before I realized that I was wrong and it's actually never-ends-day (aka Wednesday). Oh well, it could be worse... could've been Monday!

So I feel just the tiniest bit sore this morning. Last night, I joined some friends of mine for an unofficial bootcamp run by my friend's co-worker. I thought it would just about kill me, but surprisingly, I actually made it the full hour! And even more surprisingly, I actually kept up with the workout. That's killer squats, planks, jumping squats, push-ups, sit-ups, light weights, stairs, jogging, etc. I'm pretty happy with myself, and am amazed that I'm in better shape than I thought I'd be. *fist pump*

I'm doing it all over again tomorrow evening. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Oakville Anthropologie? Yes please!

Outfit Details:

top - Gap, skirt - Anthropologie Circle the Globe skirt, shoes - Joe Fresh, necklaces - H&M (kids) and Tiffany

As an Anthropologie addict and a working mom of a preschooler, it's almost painful for me to have an Anthropologie in the Toronto area, yet it's still an hour's drive away (more in traffic). So close, and yet so far and inconvenient to get to. Why oh why did they put both Anthro's on the east side of Toronto?  Obviously, I live on the west side.  Such a tease...

Well, here's a juicy bit of news for any fellow GTA west siders. During my last Anthropologie visit, the SA who was helping me asked where I drove up from.  This was in response to me apologizing for bringing two dozen articles of clothing to the dressing room by professing my love of Anthro, and how it's such a drive that I need to make every visit count.

"Did you know that Oakville is getting an Anthropologie?"

OMG OMG OMG.  (Not what I said, but what I was thinking). Uh oh, this could be dangerous!

So yes indeed. Oakville will be getting it's very own Anthropologie. She said the location is still a secret, but they will likely open in early 2012.  Happy dance!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Kindergarten graduation

Outfit Details:

dress - Anthropologie Tied Down dress, necklace - Banana Republic, belt - H&M, shoes - Joe Fresh, bag - Rebecca Minkoff

This morning, my little girl graduated from JK (junior kindergarten). The kids in her combined JK/SK class put on a charming concert for the parents.  Afterwards, the diplomas were awarded along with a tidbit about each graduate's favourite thing about school (Maya's favourite thing is playing with all her friends). The concert/ceremony was followed by a backyard lemonade and cookies social, while the kids played.

Awww, my little girl is growing up.  The good news is we get to do it all again when she graduates from JK for the second time next spring. LOL

In our school system, your start is determined the calendar year you were born.  Maya was born in early 2007, so technically she should start JK next September. But since we needed childcare and thought she'd do better in school than daycare, her montessori put her in the JK class a year early. And she's kept up just fine.

I decided this was the perfect opportunity to break out my new Tied Down dress from last week's Anthropologie visit. I love this dress. It's so comfortable and so versatile. For anyone interested, I sized down one from my normal Anthropologie sizing.

One of my favourite bloggers, Lisa from http://respecttheshoes.blogpot.com is having a giveaway to celebrate 1.5 years of blogging.  If you haven't checked out her blog, you should... and enter her fabulous giveaway as well.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Crazy like a fox

Outfit Details:

top - Forever 21, cardigan - Forever 21, jeans - Gap, shoes - Gucci, necklace - H&M

After my little spree at Anthropologie, you'd think my thrist for shopping would be quenched. Let me guide you through my logic little grasshopper.

I found myself at Forever 21 with the intention of doing a quick return. However, anyone who knows me well (or let's face it, at all), knows that it's hard for me to resist browsing once I'm in a store. And browsing oft leads to shopping.

BUT look how cute this top is? I mean, it's nice and drapey, and it's covered with little foxes. Honestly, who could resist? The little sweater paired so well with it, and an outfit was born.

And I might just have taken a few more things home with me as well.

You might notice a trend. Many of the items I gravitate towards tend to be whimsical, and just a little Anthro-esque. So when I find an item that tugs at my love at Anthropologie, but without the price tag, I simply must get it. It saves me money you see?

Yes, I'm crazy... LIKE A FOX!

Forever21 polka dot top
$18 - forever21.com

Forever21 a line top
$18 - forever21.com

Forever21 ribbed cardigan
$20 - forever21.com

Whimsical Girl Necklace
$2.80 - forever21.com

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Casual OOTD + Anthropologie sale haul

Outfit Detail:

top - American Eagle, shorts - American Eagle, shoes - Matt Bernson, necklace - Tiffany, bracelet - gift

Normally, I'm not a huge American Eagle fan, but I went into the store to pick up a few things for DH. While DH shopped, I found myself wandering around the women's side and fell in love with this top:

ETA: I must've been blind when I clipped this because it's a slightly different top. Same style though. Wow, I should start going to bed before midnight!

It reminded me a bit of Anthropologie's Reed dress, and the fabric is light and soft. I couldn't resist, and grabbed a pair of jorts to try on with them -- partly to be silly (who me? jorts?) and partly because I secretly liked them. Surprise, surprise... I loved both items and bought them. Together they made one of my weekend OOTDs above.

As many of you Anthro fans are well aware, the third set of markdowns for Anthropologie's bi-annual tag sale started yesterday. And an unexpected bonus was an extra 25% markdown on all sale apparel. Well, that was enough for me to rush down to the store after work (after batting my lashes at DH to pull some babysitting duty). I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I brought at least 16 items into the fitting room with me. I'm actually pretty sure that count was much higher, but the nice SA wrote 16 on the door which I'm guessing is the official cutoff. LOL Despite my try-on extravaganza, I didn't find as many must-have items as I thought I would. However, I did come home with these babies, plus a mystery top that I can't find an online picture of:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Seeing your imagination

Outfit Details:

dress - Thakoon for Target, necklace - Jacob, belt - Costa Blanca, shoes - Joe Fresh

Last night, Maya woke up in the middle of the night disoriented and half asleep.

"Look Mommy, do you see it?"


"The flying thing over there!" and she reached out to grab it (which would be air).

The next morning, she woke and asked me again if I saw it.  I told her that she must've been dreaming because there was nothing.

"I woke up, and I could see my imagination. It was a flying machine, and it was medium-sized and it was brown and made pooting noises (Mommy LOL here). I felt it and it felt like nothing! Then it disappeared, and I closed my eyes so that I could wake up for the next day... which is today! Did you see it Mommy?"

It must've been so vivid to leave an impression like that, and I believe this may be the first dream that Maya actively remembers. I wish I could see too.

"It's so cool. I didn't know it was my imagination in the beginning. I thought it was real life!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Peanut buttery goodness

Outfit Details:

dress - H&M, cardigan - Old Navy, flats - Banana Republic, necklace - H&M

I just discovered these yummy peanut butter filled pretzels when I stopped by Superstore for a quick grocery shop this morning. Over the course of the day, I have already inhaled 1/2 the container. Uh oh... this could be dangerous.
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