Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide : What to get Her {under $100}

Join me here each Tuesday through Christmas as I share my annual gift guides -
for her, for him and for the littles.
Today, you will find gifts perfect for the special women in your life, all under $100.
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I officially started my shopping this weekend.
I swear I will get it done early this year.
Happy Shopping.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seventeen : Imperfectly Perfect

My husband and I celebrated 17 years of marriage yesterday. 
So much has happened over those years - 
3 homes.
3 children.
A separation.
Yes, I said separation.
Marriage does not come without it's difficulties. If you are married, you know what I mean. And no marriage is perfect.
Those that pretend their's is, are doing just that - pretending. 
In my younger, naive days, I think I thought it would be all champagne and roses.
I definitely had unrealistic expectations.
Throw in a couple of children and woah. Things are not what you thought they would be.

We were lucky. 
We spent our time apart wisely. And when we decided to give it another go, couples therapy truly helped us. Cannot tell you how much.
Now, almost 9 years since that time, our marriage feels solid. Different. 
Is it always lovey dovey? Hell no. But when I get home and something crazy has happened to me during the course of the day?
He truly is the first person I want to tell. 
He makes me crazy. And he makes me laugh.
Just like a best friend should.

In the spirit of sharing the imperfectly perfect marriage we share -
here are just a few outtakes from our big day. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

What I Wore : The Statement Earring and a Stella + Dot Giveaway

Sometimes, all it takes is that one perfect piece to make an entire outfit go from classic to classic with an edge.
I am all about the latter.
I wore these incredible, art-deco inspired Stella + Dot earrings to the White House Black Market preview in New York a few weeks ago and they were definitely a conversation piece.
The gals couldn't believe how simple they were to change up.
Easily taking you from office to evening.
earrings - c/o Rebecca Hall Stylist {Stella & Dot}
turtleneck - Adea 
tweed blazer - Zara 
Want a chance to win a pair for yourself?
Rebecca, my newest sponsor and Stella + Dot Stylist is giving you a chance to do just that!

Like Rebecca's page on facebook, visit her site and leave me a comment letting me know what piece is on YOUR wishlist.
Open to residents of Canada and the U.S. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I Wore : The Best Purchase I Ever Made

I have a secret.
I never buy anything full price.
Well, I should say with the exception of things that never go on sale - read, certain designer handbags, sunglasses and shoes.
The rest? I head to the sale rack first. 
I like to think it's a bit of a gift. 
This dress? Hugo Boss. Pure silk. Retailed for $750 locally. 
I picked it up for $79.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dancing With Bailey : A Mother's Story

I "met" Stephanie just a few short months ago when she reached out about potentially sponsoring the blog.
We went back and forth on email and she shared some of her tragic story with me. I visited the facebook pages she has set up to learn more and now find myself continuing to - I warn you, it will break your heart. 
Unknowingly, I came to find, that we share a bond. An Izzy. 
Both undoubtedly special. 

I asked her recently if she would share her story - personally, I find it therapeutic to write. I was happy she was willing to try.

My name is Stephanie Sherman. I am a mom of 5 beautiful children. I have 3 amazing, healthy, growing boys and 2 beautiful daughters. My daughter Isabelle is an angel in heaven but I know she watches over us everyday. 
Isabelle, better known as Izzy, was an angel on earth with us for just 19 and a half months. She was a fighter and taught me so much in her short life. Her smile was amazing. Izzy had mitochondrial complex one deficiency. Every day was a battle, from the surgery to the feeding tubes and central lines she had to constantly endure. She required my attention around the clock and I was happy to give it to her. Infantile onset of mitochondrial disease is almost always fatal by the age of one. Many children do not even see that first birthday like my Izzy did and for that we are grateful. 
sweet Izzy
Bailey, who is now nearing 7 months, has been diagnosed with the horrible disease as well. Although she is more stable then her sister at this age, we live knowing what may come one day. We travel near and far often for almost daily appointments. There is no cure and very minimal treatment for MITO. 
We live in fear that she too will never grow up just as her sissy did not get the chance to. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

36 Hours in New York City

We were thrilled to be guests of White House Black Market last week for their Spring Previews in New York City.
If you follow me on instagram, you will have seen some of the fabulousness that is to come. And there is lots of it.
The photograph above does not do the merchandising set up justice, a virtual garden complete with greenery, watering cans and hoses - truly lovely.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Stylish Kid : Mary Helen Clothing

"The best way to predict your future is to create it".
Mary Helen

The designer behind mary helen clothing's dream has always been to create beautiful items for little girls that would allow them to feel good in their clothing and about themselves.
With bright colours and patterns, comfy cotton fabrics, they can't help but do just that.
Encouraging girls everywhere to express themselves by what they wear and to always remember how individual and beautiful each one of them is.
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