Ava Grace's Closet

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Graduate + A Giveaway

My baby boy graduated 8th grade last week.
We can hardly believe he'll start high school in the fall - not sure he's ready, not sure I'm ready.
It is so true what they say, the days are long, but the years are short.
And in the end, memories are truly all we have.

Now, if you have followed the blog for any length of time, you will know that I love photographs.
I am that mother, the one who always has a camera in tow.
I have endless pictures of my children and while Ava Grace is always willing to strike a pose; Julian, not so much.
But on this day, he had no choice.

The very top photograph is my favourite from the day.
It's shows him pensive and elegant all at the same time.
He cleans up nice n'est pas?
And honestly, I just want to bring the bow tie back forever + ever.

I ordered a beautiful canvas via Canvas Factory of the image.
It couldn't have been easier to simply upload the correct size to the site, crop it as I wanted to see it {in my case, wrapping around the outer edges} and then choose my finish.
I decided to go with a crisp black and white - it looks clean and modern.
Lastly, I chose my desired size -- so many options including cropped or collaged images, vertical or horizontal layouts and more.
The whole process took about 15 minutes and that's only because I was having so much fun playing with their editing tools.
When it arrives, it will be wrapped as part of his graduation gift and will always be a reminder of the day he let me take his picture.

The team at Canvas Factory has graciously offered up a chance for you, my fabulous readers, to win a 16 x 20 canvas print of YOUR choice!
Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
Visit their site here + leave us a comment letting us know one thing you learned.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mommy + Me + A Giveaway

Each June, as the school year slowly comes to an end, I'm faced with the daunting task of deciding what to get the kid's teachers.
Another mug? A gift card? Yet another candle?
None of them seemed thoughtful enough.
And then, we saw these by Foxy Originals {proudly Canadian!} - and we looked no further.

On Ava:
t-shirt - Abercrombie | skirt - Abercrombie
holding - Live, Love, Teach Necklace
On mama:
top - Winners {similiar} |"Austin" necklace - c/o Foxy Originals | "Star" necklace - c/o Foxy Originals 
jeans - Forever 21
Open to Canadian Residents only.

Contest closes Sunday at midnight.
Winner will be announced on Monday so that we can get prizing out to you in time to treat the special teacher in your/your little one's life.

Good Luck! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What I Wore : Pink Lace

We celebrated Julian's 8th grade graduation last night and although the days are warm, the evenings are still quite chilly here in Toronto.
I reached for this pretty pink lace peplum dress and it was perfect for the festivities which included a formal dinner.
Love the fact that it's summery but still has sleeves.

dress - Chicwish | necklace - J. Crew | 
handbag - Rebecca Minkoff {a few seasons ago - love this (on sale!) option} | shoes - Kate Spade {not current - option}
Wishing you all a Happy {and colourful!} Wednesday.
Linking up here.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Want List : Summer Fashion Essentials

As the warmer weather quickly approaches, I am updating my closet to include a few essentials.
Done right, just a few key items can quickly update your current wardrobe keeping you current for the summer and beyond. 

Summer Ready

1. Shoes - Add just three key pairs.
one - a basic trainer. I like these by Stan Smith and they have a great variety of colour options.
two - a lace up anything.
three - switch up your stilettos for a block heel. Super comfortable too.

2. A bodysuit.
These by Topshop are both cute options. At my age, I add a 3/4 blazer or light cardigan and am good to go.
I love the smoothness achieved at the waist.

3. Lighten up your handbags.
Do away with the black and navy, add a nude and a pastel.
A good quality clutch and a tote or bucket bag will get you through in style.

4. Dresses.
I'm kinda partial to wearing one or another every day come summertime.
SO easy.
A chambray version, {with or without bohemian-style elements} and a maxi in a pretty floral print would do nicely. I'm on the hunt for the latter as we speak. 

5. A pretty detailed blouse.
Make it lace or crochet. The options out there are endless.
I'm kinda partial to this one myself - just stunning.

6. And last, but certainly not least.
The 2 pieces that are non-negotiable this season, both with a little bit of shoulder.
one - an off the shoulder blouse, I love this chambray version and the price is definitely right.
two - a "cold shoulder" version. Perfect for showing a little bit of skin and still covering up an area that is often a problem for women - the upper arm.
I may or may not own this exact one.

So, what are you adding to your closet this season?
Happy Friday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What I Wore : The Tunic & A Giveaway

When Needham Lane reached out to me and asked if I wanted to style one of their stunning tunics, of course I jumped at the chance.
A super versatile piece; it looks equally fabulous for the office, {in this case, worn over wide-legged linen pants} or with denim shorts for a day at the beach.

I love a good tunic.
Almost as much as I love my peonies, which I grew in my very own garden, thankyouverymuch.

sunglasses - Gucci | tunic - c/o Needham Lane | linen pants - Tristan | shoes - Jessica Simpson
market bag - Gap {last season - cute option here}
Enter below to win a tunic of your choice via Needham Lane.
Open to readers in the U.S. and Canada.
Good Luck!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What I Wore : Mommy & Me

It's not always that Ava agrees to fool around with me in front of the camera.
Or that Julian agrees to take our photo.
But on this particularly warm Spring day, we did just that.
And we were kind of adorable.
On Mommy: dress - J. Crew Factory | headband - Burberry | shoes - Boemos
On Ava Grace: outfit - Gap Kids {last season} | shoes - Garnet Hill Kids {on sale!}

Happy Wednesday!
Linking up here.  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Caryl Baker Signature Facial Experience

I was recently invited by the team at Caryl Baker Visage, to experience their new Signature Facial.
The 60-minute facial uses potent, pure botanicals (all of which smell incredibly good) in a multi-benefit way to restore hydration to the skin and fight those stubborn signs of aging. 
The application of a professional-use 3D serum with trademarked Idealift technology for a firmer complexion combined with a 3D (super cool!) anti-aging, bio-cellulose sheet face mask made my skin glow.

My facialist, Brittni, started off by thoroughly cleansing my skin and eye area, then gently applied the 3D serum which was left on for a full 3 minutes.
Once fully removed, a 3-layer sheet face mask infused with coconut milk was placed on my face.
When the layers were slowly peeled away, a transparent, sheer net was put on to "hold" all the goodness in the mask in place.
The lights were dimmed and I was left to relax and enjoy a quiet 20 minutes.
Pure bliss.
When the mask was removed, the skin was cleansed, fully massaged and moisturized with what smelled like a mix of peaches and cream. 

My appointment was in the late evening otherwise, I was told the final step included an application of a subtle tinted face cream that gave a lovely glow.
To be honest, I didn't need it.
My skin was glowing following the treatment. 
In fact, I went directly to Starbucks sans makeup and didn't get a single odd oh my God what happened to her face stare.
Mission accomplished.

Learn more about the Signature Facial here and if you're local, I encourage you to visit a location and get your skin summer-ready. 

 Big thanks to the team at Caryl Baker Visage Vaughan Mills both for the amazing treatment and for photographing me each step of the way. 
You ladies rock.
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