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Posted on October 1, 2017

Warm & Cozy with Gingham & Knits

photo by Bespoke Photography

foundation | concealer | volumizing mascara | year round bronzer | eyebrow pencil | lip sheer | eyeshadow duo

Hello, October!

October has a very special place in my heart and in my memories, as Annaliese and Abigail were born then.

I remember the first snow that occured in October 2013 was the day we brought Annaliese home from the hospital. And being able to introduce Abigail as a newborn to all our family and friends at Oktoberfest a couple years later.

Plus, it’s the best month for dressing in cute sweaters, scarves, and boots before you need to cover up with a winter coat (at least in Canada that is…).

I’ve linked some of my favourite fall accessories, as well as some that I recently put in my online shopping cart.

What are your favourite fall accessories?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 23, 2017

Fall Colour Inspiration | Essie Wild Nudes Collection

Essie Wild Nudes Nail Polish Collection

Yay! It’s finally sweater weather!

Fall is my favourite weather because I’m already a 24 hour furnace. Though this week it was very rainy – which I joked to Matt that it doesn’t really rain in Edmonton, it just means it’s too warm to snow.

Speaking of fall, who else is loving the Essie Wild Nudes collection? The nail polishes surprised me because I loved them all, the purple and green are beautiful and don’t clash with multiple outfits.

I need nail polish colours that are versatile so I don’t want to change my nail polish every day. And these colours are perfect for that!

What are your favourite fall nail polish colours?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 21, 2017

A Mom’s Postpartum Body | Advice For Loving What You’ve Got

mom's postpartum body

dress: Pink Blush

It’s no secret when you’ve previously experienced it, but postpartum bodies are challenging.

Challenging to accept, and challenging to dress.

Thankfully whenever I’m frustrated I have so many women to listen to my rants and give me encouragement back. Especially my mom blogger community, they know exactly what I’m going through:

I think my biggest tip would be to take your time and not rush into finding a style. I think style should be fun – sometimes it can take a while. Don’t rush it.” – Naya, Lactivist in Louboutins

 “Like birth, your body postpartum can be totally unexpected. Half the battle is accepting that ahead of time instead of placing expectations on yourself. Our body changes with each birth and with age, so how you looked after the first pregnancy may not be how you look this time around. It’s important to remember that you aren’t the same person as before you started this motherhood journey. You aren’t that other mom, either. You don’t know how she birthed or what battles she’s facing. You don’t have her genetics. You’re you, your child’s mother. You are the most beautiful being in the world to that child. See yourself the same way. Instead of insecurity, let confidence stem from what you’ve just accomplished, and continue to accomplish every day.” – Shari, Savvy Every Day

My biggest advice would be to let yourself heal and recover. It’s hard to look in the mirror (it was for me) and some days I would over do it. Your recovery will take twice as long if you don’t take it easy. Mine was much longer the second time around because I “felt” fine 2 days postpartum but my body was like “nope!” There is plenty of time to workout and eat healthy, but the first month(s) are about survival and getting into a groove with your new little person.” – Jessica, Grace & Ford

My advice is don’t let the smoke screen of social media cloud your confidence. Everyone is different, every mom is different, and every mom has different priorities. Some moms are in the gym 2 weeks later while others are focusing on nursing. At the end of the day, we’re all sitting on the couch with greasy hair and spit up on our shirt.” – Justine, Sunny In June

My biggest tip is to take it slow and don’t rush the process. I had my baby 4 months ago and there are days I look at my body and like “Why hasn’t my stomach snap back yet?” Even with working out and eating healthy, we carried our babies for 9 months. It may take up to a year to fully recover. And secondly is to love yourself! You carried a living breathing human being for 9 nine months and are now keeping the being alive on a sleep deprived body. Your a warrior mama. Don’t forget it!” – Angel, Perfectly Mixed Mama

For some moms their bodies take time, just know you’re not alone. God made your body to do miraculous things – like create life, and grow a baby!

Motherhood is emotional, tiring, overwhelming, amazing and wonderful. And there ain’t no hood like motherhood.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on September 7, 2017

How I Prepare For Taking Outfit Photos | Quaker State At Canadian Tire

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CanadianTire #QuakerState #CollectiveBias

What to bring to a lifestyle photoshoot?

As​ ​a​ ​lifestyle​ ​blogger,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​always​ ​on​ ​the​ ​lookout​ ​for​ ​places​ ​that​ ​would​ ​be​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​taking photos.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​blessing​ ​and​ ​a​ ​curse!  

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​iconic​ ​Alberta​ ​scenic​ ​views​ ​are​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​fields​ ​blanketed​ ​in​ ​canola​ ​-​ ​and​ ​at the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​July​ ​when​ ​the​ ​canola​ ​bloom​ ​into​ ​their​ ​yellow​ ​flowers.  

To​ ​get​ ​to​ ​these​ ​picturesque​ ​fields​ ​is​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​a​ ​hike​ ​from​ ​our​ ​downtown​ ​home​ ​and​ ​we​ ​would​ ​be​ ​so disappointed​ ​if​ ​our​ ​vehicle​ ​could​ ​not​ ​make​ ​it​ ​there​ ​or​ ​back…​ ​so,​ ​when​ ​we’re​ ​preparing​ ​to​ ​take photos​ ​there’s​ ​a​ ​checklist​ ​of​ ​things​ ​to​ ​do​ ​to​ ​make​ ​our​ ​journey​ ​worth​ ​it.  

A​ ​mandatory​ ​pit​ ​stop​ ​at​ ​Canadian​ ​Tire​ ​is​ ​a​ ​must.​ ​They​ ​have​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​car​ ​parts​ ​and products,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​so​ ​much​ ​for​ ​helping​ ​us​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​summer!​ ​I​ ​personally​ ​love​ ​walking​ the​ ​baking​ ​aisles analyzing the cake pans and muffin trays, ​but​ ​I’ll​ ​save​ ​my​ ​baking​ ​products​ ​for​ ​fall​ ​when​ ​it’s​ ​not​ ​too​ ​hot​ ​out​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the oven.

How To Prepare For Taking Outfit Photos

The rest of my mini road trip checklist includes:

Water bottles and dry snacks – whether it’s hot or cold out, staying hydrated and full will make your shoot more enjoyable. There’s nothing worse than dry mouth and a growling stomach when you’re in the heat and are starting to look miserable in photos! Plus, you would not want any stains on your clothes so keep that in mind when choosing a snack.

Makeup bag – I’m human, if you didn’t already know, and I am not impervious to sweating. When it’s hot or I’m stressed, I sweat. Though typically I don’t use flash in any of my photography looking shiny is not a flattering look for me. To fix any shininess or smudges on the go I bring my translucent powder, waterproof mascara, lipstick, cotton pads, and q tips.

Fully charged camera battery and memory card – Thankfully, the new camera I have now I do not need to remove the memory card to transfer photo files anymore but believe me from experience how much it sucks when you arrive at your photo destination and have no memory card! Same goes for a well charged camera battery – there’s no way to fix the situation. So learn from my mistakes!

Check the tire pressure – imagine something going wrong with your vehicle on the way, during, or on the way home while you’re in the middle of nowhere. That is not a fun place to be dealing with wheel troubles! It’s better to take the extra steps – look in your owner’s manual to check the correct tire pressure, then use Google to learn how to measure the pressure and fill if needed.

Check the oil – While you’re checking your owners manual, look for what kind of oil your car needs. I’m all about learning from other’s mistakes to avoid making the same mistakes ourselves – a few months ago a family member’s engine nearly blew when making a short 2 hour road trip to visit. The car trouble? The oil had not been checked and filled since a long time ago! I’m not judging because I am the most guilty of never checking the oil in our vehicles. It’s crazy to think that something as simple as checking your vehicle’s oil will save you so much money, time, and grief!

Do yourself a favour and purchase Quaker State® Ultimate Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil from your local Canadian Tire – car maintenance being made for life in Canada.

Once these tasks from my checklist are complete I have peace of mind that we’ll have a smooth photo session.

How do you prepare for mini road trips with your car?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on August 30, 2017

Fall, Where You At? | High Waist Jeans For Loving Your Post Partum Body

Loving Your Post Partum Body: How To Dress In The 4th Trimester

My body has gone through MANY changes over the past few weeks, and I love it for those amazing changes. Where my stomach used to be hard and tight from a little baby growing inside me – it is now squishy and tender and healing from the lack of child inside.

After my first was born I didn’t know I would need to wear my maternity clothes for at least a couple of months afterward… so when I tried a looser pair of jeans and they didn’t fit I was more than upset! But it was a good first lesson on loving my body, the clothes on my body did not matter.

No one else could tell or cared if I wore a nursing top and maternity pants. I was the ONLY one who knew, and my pride was eating away at being a new mom. So give yourself a break, take a breath, and love your body for the little miracle you produced! You’re a beautiful mama!

P.S. I have a feeling I didn’t share this last time I gave birth, but I like to bring a belly binder to the hospital with me to help my muscles and internal organs settle into their normal place. It amazes me how far your abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the new baby inside!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on August 29, 2017

Stripes & Leather | Fall Date Night Outfit

Honey & Betts Canadian Lifestyle Blog fall date night outfitEdgy, feminine fall outfitsGorgeous Stella & Dot purse Postpartum outfit inspiration

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