My Fav Postpartum Denim

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is hard, especially after you’ve had a baby or two.  A few months after I had my second and had lost most of the baby weight I decided it was time to wear something other than leggings.  I was going to buy new jeans.  While I had  lost alot of the baby weight, my body was just different; specifically it was rounder in the middle (still working on that).  So I was on the hunt for jeans that would help slim my tummy.  And I didn’t want to spend alot because I knew my body would continue to change over the new few months.  So my budget was <$100.

I took me alot of try ons but I finally found a few pairs that I love.

BTW -the  best way to try on denim is to order online in a few sizes and try them on in the comfort of your own home.  Same applies to bathing suits.

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Three Styling Options for Day 2, or Day 5, Hair

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Lets be real, who wants to wash their hair everyday, or every other day for that matter.  My hair is thick and curly (not the nice curls, the frizzy ones) so washing and styling takes at least an hour. The wash is easy enough, but then there’s the brushing, oh how I hate to brush out all the tangles.  Even with my @thewetbrush it’s still an ordeal.  And then comes the blow dry which takes forever because I have to smooth it out in such small sections.  Finally,  if time permits,  I flat iron the ends and use a curling wand for loose beachy waves.

Needless to say I hate washing and styling my hair so I try to do it every 4-5 days, or longer if it’s not too uncomfortable.  And I hate the way dry shampoo feels so I need to get a little creative with my styling to hide my greasy roots. And as much as we all love a top knot, I am just not feeling it these days, so here are a few alternatives.

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Say Goodbye to Dull Winter Skin

The Winter has wreaked havoc on my skin.  It feels dry no matter how much moisturizer I apply (yes, I know I need to drink more water) and it just feels dull.  So I went on a mission to track down some products that will help give my skin that well rested, youthful, dewy glow.  And since I have been hoarding my Shoppers Optimum Points, I decided I would start at BeautyBoutique.ca where I knew I could redeem my points.

What I love about shopping at BeautyBoutique.ca is that I can take my time researching products instead of feeling pressured in store to buy what the sales associate has recommended.  And if I am unsure on something I can always go into a Shoppers Drugmart to sample out the product before I buy online.

Here are a few of the items I bought that I love.

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Ideas to Restyle Your Winter Wardrobe

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Come end of January I always get a little, actually REALLY, tired of my Winter wardrobe. Most likely because in August I am so excited about my new Fall purchases that I start wearing sweaters and boots way too early.  No wonder I am bored of oversized knits already.

So to combat the Winter blahs, both in terms of wardrobe and mood, I try to restyle items I already have in my closet.  I like to get my Spring wardrobe from storage and so I can start mixing Spring pieces with my Winter wardrobe to create new looks.  Plus it adds a little colour to my very grey Winter wardobe which makes me happy in these last few dark, cold and oh so long Winter months.

Below I have included some ideas on how you can start to mix and match your Spring and Winter wardrobes.  So get creative and have fun.

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Four Festive Looks

I love getting dressed up.  Obviously.  Often I find myself all dressed up with nowhere to go.  So one of the things I love abut the holidays is having an excuse to get all dressed up.  I built most of these looks with items already in my closet (trying to stay on a budget) and it was so much fun.  I am much more creative when I am challenged to work with what I already have.  It’s easy to just buy something new.

1. Plaid + Leather

Leather is a great way to add some edge to this iconic print. I paired a plaid shirt dress from H&M (love wearing shirt dresses as a shirt because they actually stay tucked in) with a leather wrap midi shirt from TopShop.  Both of these items were from last year so I linked a few similar items below, just click the product pics.

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plaid shirt                  h and m leahter skirt

 

2. Subtle Sparkle

I scooped this voluminous metallic skirt up from Winners for just $29.99.  I was tempted to pair it with an oversized sweater.  But instead I decided at go for something a little more sparkly – this sweater has jewel embellished shoulders.  And to top it all off I added a brushed gold hairband to my messy and unwashed pony.

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3. Casual Sequins

I love me some sequins but often I find they are just a little too glam.  I find the best way to tone down your sequins is with a chunky knit.  I went for  a winter white and added a pom pom beanie.  Both of these items are a couple of years old so I added a few similar options below if you are in need of some sequins or knits.

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4. Bold Colour

I love mixing bold colours.  And when they are as bold as this red and eggplant I go all in with the accessories.  The sweater is from Marshalls so I linked a couple similar ones below and the jeans are from The Gap.  Links below, just click the pics.

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red sweater zara       red sweater with bow zara       eggplant jeans

 

Hope this helps inspire you as you don your festive looks this holiday season.

Happy Shopping

 mandi

Holiday Gifting: Gifts For The Homebody

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Personally I don’t think its ever too early to start getting into the holiday spirit.  My husband would disagree but he knows when to pick his battles.  So yes, the tree is up and I have started my holiday shopping.  I love to get an early start on my shopping; in fact, my goal is to finish up by Dec 1.  This way I can avoid the December shopping madness.  I don’t do well with crowds and line-ups, especially with two kids in tow.  I can’t say I am always successful in meeting that goal and I am very thankful for amazon prime but nonetheless I am usually in full swing gift buying mode come November.

So here is some holiday gifting inspiration for those of you looking to get a head start.

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Its All in the Details – Sweater Edition

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As much as I love cozying up in a good chunky knit, I find that sweaters can get sort of boring which is why I am loving the all the little details and embellishments this Fall. From fringe, pom poms and lace ups to pearls and embroidery, this season its all about the details.

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SPANX Faux Leather Leggings

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Okay so these leggings are a dream.  I still love my Aritzia leggings but these are winning right now because they are so great postpartum.  They are a little higher waisted than the Aritzia leggings and the compression is great – as one would expect from SPANX. They are a little pricey but worth it.  I picked mine up at Nordstrom on sale in the summer for $78.  Right now you can get them full price at The Bay for $108 and given the magic these leggings can do for your mid section I think its totally worth the investment.

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Five of My Fav Ankle Boots for Fall

Sure sweaters are nice but for me its all about the ankle boot.  They are absolutely my favourite thing about fall, besides the mini chocolate bars meant for Halloween.  They really start selling those boxes of mini chocolates way too early  At our house we must go through 3 boxes before we even get to Halloween.  No self control.  I guess self control is also an issue when it comes to shoe shopping for me.  I can’t pass up a deal.

That said, I have rounded up my top five favourite ankle boots for Fall, all of which are on sale. Most of them well under $100.  And I included a couple options for toddlers as well – they are just so cute I can’t resist.

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