Summer Style: that vest again

I almost didn't post this outfit because when I saw the pictures, I decided I didn't like the way it looked as an ensemble and also because apparently that I only wear maxis + vest + sneaks when I go out. Last week I wore kinda the same thing here and so this week, instead of breaking into my sister's house, she was kind enough to snap the pictures for me.  She's nice that way. She also makes a good cookie, so there's that too.

Things I like about this outfit? The backpack, the shoes and the sunglasses.  So basically everything except the actual clothing,  which was just kinda blah to me.  I think what this needed was a belt or something, but I'm not a fan of the belt so live and let live. Or learn. Or whatever.

Outfit deets:  Sunglasses, Vest, Maxi (old, but while searching for it, I found this dress that I now want and would probably have looked better with this outfit. Okay, you've convinced me, I'll order it) , Shoes (also couldn't find the Shoreline in pink, so Sarah and I definitely picked winners on our Vegas trip.  I like these ones too) , Backpack and Necklace (from Stella Dot but I also couldn't find it but would have ordered this one that Christy ordered instead.  Also- did you know my friend Shaunacey is now a consultant? Let her hook you up).

And since I'm not 1000% proud of today's look, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some August looks of the past.  That has been my favourite feature of having a Mac,  I love that all my pictures are sorted by the date they were snapped.

[caption id="attachment_7894" align="aligncenter" width="450"] last year at this time I was hanging in Banff with my besties in my new anthro tee- can't wait to get that one out of the archives[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_7900" align="aligncenter" width="450"] playing with pattern mixing in 2014...kinda want those bangs back...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_7897" align="aligncenter" width="448"] cutest fashionista I know...2013...because I couldn't find a good August picture[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_7898" align="aligncenter" width="600"] why oh why is my tank top pulled down so low over my pants??? 2012[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_7899" align="aligncenter" width="683"] clue where I was going, but those kids in the mirror are awfully cute.[/caption]

Happy Wednesday to you and link up your fashion posts here!

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Favourite Fall Foods: the one with all the pumpkin

September long weekend for me marks the beginning of fall.  Maybe that's because it means school has officially started and I have to redefine routine and dig out my work clothes.  Or maybe it's because the nights start getting cooler, we're constantly serenaded by crickets and it's dark by 9.  Regardless, I'm at the point where I am starting to anticipate fall and will start digging out the decor, the clothing and the recipes.  So naturally, my blog posts are going to be more fall oriented and we're going to start today with my favourite fall foods: the one with all the pumpkin.

I thought it would be fun to cover some of my favourite fall foods because of all the pumpkin we acquire at the end of each August.  Dan's parents are also on an acreage and have a beautiful garden in which they grow an enormous amount of produce. But also enormous sized pumpkins.  I think we had 500 lbs of pumpkin in the back of our truck on Sunday.  The kids spent the day with them and helped (somewhat?) them pick and clean what they could out of the garden.  Now they are sitting in my garage, waiting to be placed for decor on the deck and by the fireplace.  There are smaller ones too which are great for pies but I have a freezer full of purée from last year's picking and I'm not sure I will need anymore this year.

My goal is to one day transform our backyard into the pumpkin picking place for friends.  We're on our way there with a dozen pumpkins growing, but they are nowhere close to the size of what my inlaws have produced.  Someday.  I also started planning our annual Friendsgiving celebration and the invitations will be going out this week, my hopes is that it can somehow be pumpkin themed this year.

In the meantime, I've compiled a Pinterest board with some of my favourite fall recipes, most for pumpkin as we do a lot of pumpkin cooking.  A couple of my favourites are the chocolate pumpkin muffins and the pumpkin turkey chili.  Do you have any favourite fall recipes?  Linking up with Momfessionals and Tuesday Talk.

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Summer Style: Stripes + a vest + Adidas

Alright, so only one of those summer style prompts appear on the graphic, but whatever- tis the summer of no rules and well, I made the graphic so I can do what I want. Why not?

Regardless of my rebel-ness, I'm showcasing a striped dress today, paired with a vest and some retro kicks- my Adidas Superstars.  And to add to my badassery, I broke into my sister's house while she was at the farm and took outfit pictures in her backyard before rushing over to Sara's house for a Tupperware party.  Okay, you can take cool points off because I went to a party for plastic containers..but the food and the company was good and well, gotta love me a good cheese grater. Also, they make great containers for salad dressings.  So there.

I'd give you the deets of the outfit but it's all old and unavailable...kinda like me sometimes. Bah. Necklace- Stella Dot Sanibel Pennant, Shoes- Adidas Superstar, Dress- similar, Vest- Forever 21.

Link up your outfits here today!  Linking up here

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Summer Style: What I Wore in Niagara

Today I followed my own prompts, for once and am showcasing an outfit I wore on our trip to Niagara Falls.  When packing for our trip to Ontario, I purposely packed blue + paisley and showcased it with shorts.  This outfit was simple and comfy and I happily spent the day gallivanting in all of the 42 degrees of heat.

Link up your summer style outfits with us!

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Summer Style: newest + oldest

I decided for today's post that I would pair my newest piece with my oldest.  The tank top is my newest addition from Aritzia...I should never go there with my sister, it is becoming my favourite store.   She got the same tank- you would be surprised how much of the same Kyla and I both have.  The oldest piece is the skirt that my mom bought me when I started teaching 15 years ago from Rickis and is awesome because it's actually shorts underneath but looks like a skirt, not one of those skorts that are shorts in the back and skirt in the front.  I am very much into chokers right now and am loving the resurgence of everything 90s.  Other things I'm into right now? Not doing my hair (haven't used a blow dryer or straightener for over a month) and the beauty surrounding me (check out the canola fields which line the highways everywhere).

Have something fun to wear? Do share and link up with us! I realize I haven't followed my own prompts. Oops.  Maybe next week??

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Summer Style: what I wore on vacation

I have been wearing clothes, kinda and I have been taking pictures.  I just haven't been blogging it.  So now that I'm on the blog bandwagon, I do have some fun stuff to share and am even feeling motivated to take better pictures.  Or not.

So let's have some fun- today's post is themed around the top 2 outfits that I wore on vacation in beautiful British Columbia a couple weeks ago.

Outfit #1- my new favourite skirt and swing tank.  Paired with birks and Sanibel pennant.  Also, I get tons of questions about my glasses.  I won them in a giveaway on Vanessa's blog...they aren't available anymore but I sure love these..

It was a comfy enough outfit to climb fences and talk to horses with the kids over at my Uncle's place.  I also wore this outfit travelling to Calgary Day 1.

Outfit 2 is my new bathing suit.  Yup, me in a bathing suit.  I hummed and haaed over this one (hence the weird and tense face in picture) and in the effort of being body positive and not hiding in shame because I'm not some unattainable and unrealistic version of myself that would never fit my body structure anyway, I thought to hell with it- here is me in my bathing suit, world.  Eff it, I'm too old and life is too short to worry what others' think.  Also, I love this bathing suit and would wear it everyday.  Sadly for your inner 80s or 90s child, it's sold out from Simons.  

So there you have it, my top 2 outfits, which are actually the ones that I wore the most also, because I don't have pictures of anything else.  Oops...we'll try again next week. #heyitssummer

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