Ava Grace's Closet

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What I Wore : Better from Behind

Who doesn't love a crisp white shirt with a pair of jeans?
Add a fun pop of colour and you're good to go.
This shirt from Haggar Canada in light linen is the perfect transitional piece.
And might just be better from the back.

linen shirt - c/o Haggar Canada | jeans - J. Brand | scarf - Zara
sunnies - Prada | handbag - Gvienchy |
shoes - J. Crew {not current / loving these}

Sidenote: If you are on the hunt for the perfect pair of black sunnies - not too big, not too small, these Pradas are your answer.
You're welcome.

Linking up here + here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Our Newest Addition

Just like any overtired mama, I'm a little late in sharing our newest additions birth story - even though he may or may not be almost 4 months old already.
Blame it on the late night feeds.
I kid. 

For as far back as I can remember, we always had a cat. Or cats.
Or cats and kittens.
I've always felt like something was missing in our home - that certain feeling that only an animal can bring.
You get home and they're waiting for you.
That unconditional love and a certain warmth.
I wanted that for my own children.
But somebody who shall remain nameless just wasn't feeling it.
He didn't grow up with animals.
It took a while for us to break him down.
But he finally did.

Introducing Calvin James Liberatore.
Yes, he has 3 names.
And we may or may not call him Sir. 
I may be partial but isn't he the sweetest?
Just look at those eyes!

When I picked him up just 6 weeks ago, he could literally fit in the palm of your hand.
He was eating from a little can of cat food and I swear, it was bigger than he was.
We worried we would step on him. And we might have.
He looked so lost in our house, barely a quarter of the size of one of our floor tiles.
But he adjusted quickly.
And now, he's right at home.

In case you're wondering, Calvin is a doll-faced persian which means he is a persian bred cat but doesn't have the standard "flat face" that you typically see with this breed.
He's a shaded silver which gives him the appearance of white but he's really more a pale grey mix.
His paws are dark underneath and his eyes have this magnificent almost eyeliner-like appearance.
He hails from Elliot Lake which is about 6 and a half hours north of Toronto.
He's a little bit country.
And he's all ours.

We're smitten.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What Ava Wore : Just a Touch of Gingham

For as long as I can remember, I have loved gingham.
A crisp gingham shirt.
The perfect 3/4 skinny gingham capri with the perfect kitten heel.
And of course, gingham for little girls?

The world of instagram brought me to Eva's House.
We connected over a mutual love of images of children - most especially those who are fashionably attired in pretty bows.
Eva lives on the other side of the world, in Geneva, Switzerland and makes each pretty piece by hand.
As lovingly as if she were making each one for one of her own 3 children.
t-shirt - J. Crew Factory
"Vichy" gingham bow hair elastic - c/o Eva's House
chambray joggers - Walmart {love these also!}
Thank you sweet Eva! 
Both for the pretty bows + for Ava Grace's chocolate treats.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

What Ava Wore : Eyelet Overload

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is nothing sweeter than a young child in white.
Am I right?
Add eyelet to the mix in a 3/4 sleeve, lace trimmed dress and I'm smitten.
Imagine our surprise when we came across the seemingly matching headband in big sis' closet?
headband - c/o Izzy's Closet {no pun intended}
broderie anglaise lace dress - Majoral c/o Melijoe
shoes - Gymboree {no longer available but dozens of cute options here}
Melijoe has THE best selection of beautiful clothing for children and the recently added Majoral line is no exception.
We've been long-time fans of the brand for it's unique styling, quality fabric and fair price point.

Take a moment {or two!} to have a peek at the sale section here. Lots of great finds for the little in your life.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What I Wore : Mom Life

In the spirit of Mother's Day which really should be a week or maybe a month or really every day I'm sharing one of the looks we did for Charity Mom Shirts a while back.
This one pretty much sums up how I feel on an ongoing basis.
Just one of the many hats I wear. 
And each one is ahem special in it's own way. 

t-shirt - c/o Charity Mom Shirts
denim shirt - Edit by Jeanne Beker {not current - options here {40% off!} + here}
jeans - Forever 21
kicks - Converse
Linking up here.
PS - I've updated my want list for Spring (finally!) here. Have a peek -

Monday, May 9, 2016

On Mother's Day

I was never the type of girl who thought about her wedding day.
Planned out every last detail about married life.
Wished for children and imagined what that life would be like.
But, as soon as was married, it was the first thing I wanted to do.

When I had Isabella, it was far and away the very best thing that had ever happened to me.
They laid her on my chest and the feeling of pure love was and is one that has no true description.
She was the light in my life and brought me so much joy each day.
It felt like I got to see the world through new eyes.
Our children have a way of doing that for us; if we would just stop and let them.

Julian was born three and a half years later and literally rocked my world.
To say I loved this child was an understatement.
I had a indent on my right side from carrying him around day and night.
We were literally, attached at the hip.
I could die happily.

And then, so many years later, the one that completed our little family came.
She was unannounced.
But make no mistake, she is MEANT to be here.
I know in my heart that she will do great things.
Whatever those things may be.
This Mother's Day, I reflect on my greatest accomplishments.
I did good.

Read last year's Mother's Day post here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

What We Wore : Jill Yoga

You have seen us showcase our love for Jill Yoga before and this Spring is no different.
With vibrant new colours and prints, the line is perfect for the upcoming {please say they're coming} warmer months.
We all got into yoga mode for these photos - with Ava mastering standing tree pose in no time at all.
Future yogi?
I think so.
On mama:
hooded yoga jacket - c/o Jill Yoga
capri legging - c/o Jill Yoga

On Ava:
all-over print headband - c/o Jill Yoga
yoga jacket - c/o Jill Yoga
yoga leggings - c/o Jill Yoga

On Isabella:
headband - c/o Jill Yoga
cut & sew athletic jacket - c/o Jill Yoga
all over print capri - c/o Jill Yoga

And PS - if you're looking for headbands for your little girls that DO NOT HURT, search no more.
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