Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sprucing Up

Hey ya'll!  My daycare, Ladybug Club, is on it's second to last day.  Sad but true!
To make myself feel a bit better I've decided to focus on the positives a change like this brings.  One of the hugest "pluses" is that I get my house back.  And I can decorate it a little less "kid-friendly."
Of course, I still have a 6 and 3 year old so things get a little hectic but it's not like I have a herd of finger-painters stampeding through my living room as much anymore.
 A little vignette from our bathroom.  The mirrored picture frame is from Dollarama, the vintage print is from a garage sale, and the little ceramic candle holder and Mexican lady are from Puerto Vallarta.  (Which is where we are getting married in a few months, in case I let you forget).
 Our side table that just used to have a hand-me-down lamp, kleenex and the phone: now way cuter.  Big candle & lampshade from Target.  Vase from Value Village.  Flowers c/o my daycare family.  Books: Derek Blasberg, "Classy," and Amy Sedaris, "Simple Times."  Picked not only because I love them, but also because they go with colour scheme:

 A little wicker basket sits below (you can see it in corner left) so that I can put all my magazines and notebooks that I always have lying around in there and they don't clog up the table and the aesthetic.
 The couch! This baby is a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down and normally not a colour I would pick. But, because our living room has no over-head lighting and is painted a little darker, I think it adds a nice punch.  Turquoise pillows from Target and polka dots from Ikea.

This used to be "kid corner" with a whole big shelving unit of books and toys and toys all over the ground, and buckets of toys and  I wanted to eliminate all kids stuff from ground floor but it just doesn't look like it's happening right now.  So...we have this green bucket that gets toys swapped around from upstairs bedrooms and the downstairs rec room, and this hamper with dress-up clothes and masks.
Bucket and fox hamper from Superstore.

It's coming along! 
More home stuff as we go, let me know!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mexico--clothes so far.

 Adorable 50's style dress in pink and white from Modern Dame in Saskatoon. The dress is very cute.  Much cuter than this picture.  I'll show it on one day soon.  (PS If you live in area, go to Modern Dame--one of the best dress shops in town!)
 Maxi skirt similar to the one this blogger is modelling from Target (pronounced TAR-jay in my household--very chi chi!)
 This Max Studio maxi dress for Winners.  I showed it on hanger in previous post (linked below) but you just have to see it on (this is not me but another blogger--thanks Google!)
 This is a cute little Ikat print tank from Arden (they call it "Ethnic Print"--is that allowed).  Gotta love their 3/$15 deals.
 Scored this boob-tube from there too.  Perfect for under a tank with big arm holes or a button-up.
I also got a rattan fedora with a neon yellow band.
 This cloche hat is from TAR-jay. *wink*

As is this WONDERFUL beach bag.  I bring it with me everywhere.  It's a purse/diaper bag/beach bag/pool bag/over night bag.  Love it.  Also from Targee (call it that too--aren't I cute?)

Also, if you'll remember I got:
This stuff 
 Plus this stuff 
And this stuff 

Now to pack it all....

Vibe-ing for Mexico

Some things I am thinking for my wedding/honeymoon 2 weeks in Puerto Vallarta:

 Nautical stripes and crisp white shirt.

 Casual t-shirt and tribal-y blazer for going out at night.
 Pencil skirt and t-shirt.  With killer shoes 
 Bustier and circle skirt with amazing shades.
 My wedding colours! (turquoise and fuchsia)
  This super sexy maxi.

 A floral pencil skirt and white beater.
 Loose crop and flowy pants.
 Beaded/intricate top and casual t-shirt.
 Adorable fit and flare dress.
 Another pencil skirt and tank.
 Bikini with boob embellishment (best for pear shape) and a fun head scarf.
 Skinny jeans, heels, graphic t-shirt.
 Everything in this picture!!

 Bright pants and floral blazer.
 Neon pencil skirt.
 Animal print pencil skirt.
 Fun-printed harem pants.

 Neon blazer.  And turquoise.
Ah-may-zing dramatic black dress.  I want.

So many things to little time we are there...


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Shorts---where art thou?

I need some shorts--desperately.  I have a handful of capris that are work appropriate and more casual.  I have jeans up the wazoo.  But shorts? I have one freakin' pair!  They are Massimo for Target grey flat-front shorts and I got them at the beginning of the season from Value Village.
And I wear those $7.99 numbers to death!
But I kinda need more than that.  Not only for the rest of summer (I have been subsisting on cotton skirts, maxi-dresses and capris on cool days when my shorts are dirty) but for Mexico and beyond.  So what am I to do?
I have chubby, shapeless, cellulitely legs and they just look awful in shorts that are too short.  To the knee is ideal. Try finding those in a sea of jean cutoffs and little late butt-covers.  No chance.  This was not the season for the pear-shaped gal.
I love the idea of a harem inspired pair like in the top picture.  Can be dressed up for down, hides a multitude of sins, and is just kind of different.
The second pair is the perfect length and I love how Sofi Fahrman has styled them with heels and a gauzy white shirt.  Perfect day to night combo.
The third and fourth make sense to me in theory, worn by a gal with similar body type to me (and the navy pair in eyelet? Adorbs!) but I think they might still be too short.
Anyway, the search continues.  I think when I get some moola I might stalk Reitmans and Ricki's.  I'll keep you posted.  Might also make sense to go back to Value Village and take my chances.  And we finally have a Target of our own, but I am not seeing good shorts there...yet? They are still getting stock in.
We shall see....I'll keep you posted.  Obvi!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Venus Order

Thought I needed some new outfits for Mexico.  *GUILTY FACE*  So I went on the cheap and trendy site and got some good finds.  Here's what I finally narrowed it down to and ordered:
I ordered this tankini top for Granny (my mom-in-law, Charlene).  So cute right?! Comes in other colours and I forwarded the link to my mom who should totally get the turquoise! Adorbs!
I got this tankini for me.  My friend Lollie told me I looked good in this cobalt blue colour so obviously I was sold.  I got another cheap pair of black bottoms to wear with.
It's mint green.  Has an anchor.  Has arm cutouts.  And is sparkly.  I think I've said it all.   I have some straight leg jeans with nautical rope designs on pockets that were made for this!
Total easy-easy beach dress.  Throw over a bathing suit and head to the pool!
This style (fit and flare) really works for me. I  also love this length and the shades of blue and I think this jersey material will be perfect to pack and wear in Mexico!
Another simple beach cover up maxi in a sexy wrap style.  And this emerald colour was too good to pass up!

As you can tell I'm pretty excited.  I've already made a list of what I'm packing ad wearing each day (day and evening wear).
I'll give you a peek into the process as I go!


UPDATE: All my stuff came in about a week an a half.  I had to pay extra duty as it was coming from the States but I kinda expected that.  The pink tankini I ordered for Charlene was absolutely adorable.  It kind of does a "v" point in the front which is super flattering.  
My tankini was SUPER lined with removable foamy boob cups that I don't think I'll need and I'll probably just take out.  The inside is also fully lined--but in white.  I'm a bit worried that it might show through at the boobal area.  I'll keep you posted.
Sweatshirt arm "cut outs" are a little small for shoulder to full peek out and I got a large and probably should have gotten a medium as it's a little too wide and boxy.  But the colour is great and I can still totally make it work!
Colour of red on this maxi dress is ah-mah-zing! So excited to wear it.
Blue and cream fit and flare dress is less structured then you might think from the picture, which is fine as it's jersey and comfy and totally appropriate to stuff in your suitcase and wear in the sun.
This turquoise wrap dress will be the toughest to tell.  It has inner ties that go though and wrap around, making it kind of nice to wrap around yourself at the pool with a damp suit and go.  I am just worried that the wraps two sides won't completely meet and I'll be flashing everyone.  I'll let you know how that works as well.
Would you like me to model some of or all of these items in a post? Let me know!