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Fall Favourite Finds: Outerwear

Today is outerwear finds day...which some were fall finds but most are jackets that I use to transition into the colder, wintery temperatures.  Here are a few of my favourites:

1- the cape (modcloth here)...which has been a surprisingly super jacket for transitioning from fall temps to the nice, mild start to winter we've had.

2- the winter bomber (Michael Kors- found at Winners).  This jacket was screaming my name...faux fur and comfy!  I love the bomber trend that is going on and I'm happy to have found one I can bring into the winter. Plus I like having a shorter jacket for the outfits with a shorter shirt. (fun option Simons)

3- the wrap (old Banana Republic): This is my go-to jacket for the outfits that have a longer shirt on underneath. (similar Nordstorm, similar Nordstrom and the Bay,the Bay, Simons

Our Christmas Tradition

This past weekend was spent decorating the house for Christmas, somehow it has become an entire weekend process.  The house gets a good cleaning, the furniture is moved around and it is magically transformed into a cozy Christmas abode.

One of our longest running traditions is the Christmas village.  When we were first married on Dec 27th, we decided that for every year we would add a piece.  So needless to say after 12 years, the village has grown considerably.

This year we picked out a Chocolate Factory to add to our collection and after moving it around the house way too many times, I found the perfect spot.

Linking up with Momfessionals.

You can see my previous posts about our village here:




OH, them kids

Our little rascals have been keeping us busy (aka crazy) and well, let's just go with a currently styled post for both of them:


Enjoys nightly Google Hangouts with his BFF Noah...I enjoy secretly listening to their conversation.

He loves basketball and the beep test in gym.
He is currently reading a whole bunch of books but I just got him into actually reading the Harry Potter books.
His bedtime is at 830, but I usually let him read until 9

Things have gotten better with her and we've had a lot of learning opportunities to talk through feelings and how to deal with them.
I may have said that too quickly though because earlier this week she got upset with herself and started crying, claiming "I don't deserve to live here" and "I need to move out"....I left her room, giving her time to sort through her feelings and eventually she made her way upstairs, needing a hug and a good cry.  But also, in the 30 minute cool-down she managed to pack her ba…

Fall Favourites: the turtleneck

Last week I did a guest post for my French teaching blogger friend, Whitney, and I talked about how le turtleneck has become my fall staple, so I figured today would be a good day to cover the different ways I wear my turtlenecks.  I find them to be super versatile and comfy; they have replaced the collared shirt in my lookbook.

My favourite ways to wear them are:

with a vest

2. under a sweater'

3.  with a blazer:

4. under a sheath dress:

The other thing I really like about turtlenecks is the price point: I find mine for under 25$ and they last forever...check out these affordable options at H&M (here), Joe Fresh (here) or Uniqlo (here)

Link up your fall favourites with us today!

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Christmas thinking

I am slowly starting to get into the Christmas spirit, but I tell ya, it's a process.  Ideally we won't become fully engulfed in all things holidays until a month before, on Nov. 25th or sometimes Dec. 1...depending on when they fall during the week.  But regardless when I decide to Christmassize our world, it takes a couple weeks before to get ready for the event.

1- I spend one weekend taking down all the fall decor and getting out Christmas stuff.  I usually also do my Christmas baking on that weekend.  I also will put up the tree and put the lights on, but no decor goes up (This is what I did this weekend)

2- My Christmas shopping needs to be done by December 1st.  There's usually a couple little things here and there that don't get done or that I forget that I have to buy...shit, the teachers. Forgot them already. Oops.  (I am 97% done my shopping as of right meow.  95% if you count the teacher presents that I have forgotten.)

3- Outdoor decor goes up around the Reme…

When in Seattle: my favourites

Already a week ago since my little trip over to the west coast to visit my bloggityblog friend, Lana. I'll say it over and over again- I love that this blogging thing has cracked open this crazy world and that I have <met> so many wonderful ladies all over Canada and the States.  So to be able to see Seattle through the eyes of a local was quite fun, but it was also interesting going to the States after a crazy election that makes most Canadians scared.

So here are a few of my favourites from my trip to Seattle, from a Canadian perspective:

1- Outlet shopping - even if it was raining.  There was a Canadian's discount at this place, so they are quite used to us crazies spending our plastic, colourful money there.  I bought Christmas presents for my kids and a Tory Burch bag pour moi.

2- Lana and her hubby were awesome at explaining all things American to me, even though I giggled every time they said roof.  I was able to bring a little bit of Canada to them by making the…

Fall Favourites Link Up: The one with all the Yves Saint Laurent

This past weekend I took a little trip out west to see my friend, Lana, in Seattle.  I learned a tons of things American and got to see some nooks and crannies of Seattle that I would never have seen before.  But more on my favourites from our time together on Friday.  Instead today I want to show you some of my favourite fashion finds from our adventure at the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I was glad that Lana picked this as it is something she would have had to do alone and it is something I would never had seen.  I felt completely inspired being there: seeing his sketches, his art, his dresses. Wow.  It made me really wish that I had done something with fashion in my career.

So to have some fun,  Lana and I picked out a dress for each of our blogging friends in the Blended Blog, based on what we knew about their style and/or how we'd want to dress them.  They are as follows:

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For Whitney…

A summer piece transitioned to fall

I had purchased a duster vest in the spring from one of my favourite Canadian shops, Aritzia (here) and I fell in love with it's versatility. It got a lot of use in the spring and summer but I wondered how I would transition this key piece into the fall and winter.  Well, I figured out a way and got tons of compliments from my students on it.  But, you'll have to head over to my friend, Whitney's blog, where I'm guest posting today to see what the outfit looks like.  Sneaky devil, that I am.

Seattle revisited

The last time we were in Seattle in 2013, we drove the 4500kms aller-retour with my parents and made stops in Vernon.  It was one of my favourite trips ever.  We looked like this and I posted about it here.

Look how little Miss Lucia was![/caption]

Ummmmmm, not too sure what this is about. Likely my obsession with fur coats[/caption]

3 years later and while you read this, I am back in Seattle, but this time it's just me, hanging out with my favourite Seatte friend, Lana, who I happened to meet for the first time on our trip there 3 years ago.  This is a much needed weekend away and I can't wait to tell you about our adventures next week!Have a great long weekend.

November Style Finds 2- a link up

One of my favourite ongoing trends is all things 90s.  Maybe it's because back in the mid 90s, I was in my prime in high school and at that point in life, I hadn't really defined my personal style.  Here's some evidence:

Working the floral(?) velour dress.[/caption]

My version of a graphic tee[/caption]

Sporting the babydoll velvet dress...I think Kyla had on velvet too?[/caption]

Actually, in that last picture, I think my mom is around my current age (ish).  Crazy to think that she is only 20 years older than me and was mothering a ....edgy....teenager at my current point in her life.  Sometimes I feel like I'm getting the teenager with Lucia's current attitude.

Anyway.  Back to the nineties.  I have loved bringing in a few pieces here and there to play with this trend.  One rule I always follow with trends is that I never spend a lot on them; I save the splurges for key wardrobe pieces.  What have I added? A few chokers, some darker lipstick and some turtlene…