Wednesday, 27 July 2016

3 years

I can't believe it readers! It's been 3 years since I started this little blog.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Black and Blue

I do love this jumpsuit - and it's colour scheme is fitting given that I've spent the last month literally black and blue.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Want you back, want you back, want you back for good....

It's been an interesting time for me readers - I know, I know - I've been away for quite a while - and some of you have even taken to writing messages to me reminding me to get back at it (Thanks for the push Judith!) and I have been taking some time to think.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Lady in Pink

I never used to wear pink. I always thought of it as a super-girly colour - and super-girly I am not. But in recent years pink has moved from that sweet, pale, baby pink to a much more saturated and energetic colour.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

An Example to Live up to

I don't usually post on the weekend - but this year I wanted to take note of Mother's Day on the actual day.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Fresh like Spring

This may actually be a first for me. I don't think I've ever worn a fully green outfit (that wasn't a dress).

Monday, 18 April 2016

Move it Move it

Recently I've started a new program to get back to running. I used to run all the time when I was younger - but age and life takes over and the thought of going out and running around the neighbourhood just seems silly. So I downloaded a Couch to 5k app (from here on called C25K) for my phone and have started interval training hoping to get up to a running a full 5 k by the end of week 9.

Despite dancing regularly and walking with the kids everyday and the odd family bikeride I don't usually do anything that requires any specific gear - but getting serious about running means wearing appropriate gear. It has to breathe and move with you and not be too constricting or uncomfortable (because there's ENOUGH uncomfortable things about running already, lol).

But therein lies the problem: finding plus size activewear that's not a)super ugly/unflattering b)too small and therefore overly constricting and c)exorbitantly expensive.
Now I know this is going to seem whiny, but I'm going to say it anyway: apparently heavier people "need" to exercise (let's not get into that - the fact is I personally WANT to exercise) but there is a definite lack of activewear in plus sizes. And frankly - I don't want to run in a giant cotton t-shirt just because people think that I need to wear something that bears a striking resemblance to a sack when I run just because I'm bigger.

So - I've done quite a bit of searching and found a few Canadian plus size activewear options that aren't bank-breaking, and are actually quite functional and even cute!

Additionelle has a line called Nola that makes some decent pieces. Their dry-wear is actually quite effective and the prints this season are decent. Some of my faves are:

Nola No-show Waist Legging - love the purple!

Nola No-sweat T-shirt with Mesh - great print and breatheable

Nola Run Sculpting Legging Capri - a decent compression tight for running that's not uncomfortable

Old Navy has a decent amount of plus size activewear - of course the only downside is that you are often unable to find it in store. I do sometimes order from them online, but I always end up over ordering and returning things that don't fit. That said - I have found their sizing to be getting better and they go up to a 4X in most of their activewear.

I really love this mesh back loose tank and these printed capri leggings

Penningtons has always been decent for basics. I love these two pieces for a low-impact workout, walk, yoga or family bike ride.

Activezone Pant with Drawstring

Activezone Weekend Collection Crossover Top

 And last I have a few items I want to share that I've seen at Reitmans. Even though Reitmans calls this a "plus size" line - it only goes up to 2X in most pieces. So, I don't consider it a true plus size line, but if you're on the lower end of the plus size spectrum like me you can find a few things.

I like this sleeveless sport vest - great for layering

This wrap around sports bra is going to be part of my dance wardrobe soon

And this Peplum cami

What do you look for in activewear? And are there any runners out there - what are your must-haves for a good run?

Monday, 11 April 2016

Tunic Time

I'll admit that there's not much I love more than a good tunic. I find they're flattering to most body types, they hide a multitude of sins and they can be seriously comfortable.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Put a bow on it

Like most Moms, I often fall into the jeans and a t-shirt rut. It's just so easy to pull on in the morning and get to the business of making lunches, getting kids ready for school and the rest of the everyday life that gets in the way of looking awesome.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Navy Neutral

Apparently Mother Nature did not get the notice that it is officially Spring. Because it was -3' C this morning and then it snowed all afternoon!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Texture and Print

I always love the way mixed prints look on some of my fave fashion bloggers. Specifically stripes and floral. But every time I put it on myself I think I look a little, well, silly. Perhaps I haven't found the right pieces to combine yet.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Spring Floral

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. Ours was filled with family and church services and love and laughter. Oh, and food. So. Much. Food.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Comfy (New)Chic

*Disclosure: I received these items for free from Newchic in return for a post reviewing the items. All opinions are 100% my own*

Do you remember when I posted telling you about Newchic?

Monday, 28 March 2016

Good Taste

I am very lucky to have family members who have good taste. Almost everyone has experienced that gift that you open and say "Thanks!" when you're really thinking "Oh gracious! Please have a gift receipt!"

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Friday, 19 February 2016

Lady in Red

A while back I heard that Suzy Shier was getting a Plus-Size line - and let me tell you, I was excited. Suzy was a mecca for cheap, fun clothes when I was a teen and I had stopped shopping there a while ago because I had long since outgrown their S/M/L/XL sizing.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday, 5 February 2016

Agent Carter?

Do you watch Marvel's Agent Carter? Admittedly, I became interested in it because of my boys and their obsession with all things "super" but I am hooked on the Agent Carter tv show. Peggy Carter is just so. darn. cool.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Beyond Hydration

*Disclosure: I was provided these L'Oreal products for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed herein are my own*

I was super excited to receive the new Hydra-Total5 skincare line!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Online Shopping

*Disclosure: I will be receiving product from Newchic in return for this wishlist posting as well as a post reviewing the items once I receive them.*

Do you do much shopping online? I order lots of different things online, but usually, clothes aren't one of them. I was recently contacted by Newchic website and asked if I would like to order a few things to try and review. I was definitely interested, but wary because I don't usually buy clothes online - what if they don't fit!? What if the material isn't what I expected?
Also - I usually have major issue navigating the websites for online clothiers.

Newchic's website is fairly easy to navigate and they have TONNES of search options, which I like. I hate looking through lots of pictures and choosing to look at something only to find it's not available in my size. You can narrow your search parameters by size, colour, print, price range, material and pretty much anything else you can think of! They also have a really easy to use wishlist function (which I find is a nice way to save all of the things you *think* you might want to order and then narrow it down according to your budget later on)

Surprisingly - they actually have a fair amount of plus size clothing. My other main issue with most online retailers is they say "We have plus sized clothes!" and by that they mean "We carry up to a US size 12" which is.... not. the. same. You have to take a look at their size chart to figure out what they call the sizes, and knowing your measurements is definitely helpful, but Newchic had quite a few items that fit my measurements.

Newchic Women Plus Size Dresses

Here are a few things that I actually ordered from Newchic. I may order other things later on if these items work out.

This casual top looks really comfortable and I look forward to pairing it with my fave jeans, or leggings. Top

This scarf has a beautiful print and I'm looking forward to wearing it when it arrives.

And lastly this dress is just so fun. I'm hoping that the ruching and curved detail suits my figure.

What do you think? Have you ordered clothes online? Did you have a good experience or bad? Let me know in the comments below - and let me know your fave online retailers!

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Vintage Women Jazz Hat sku161225

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Mama Talks Hair

*Disclosure: This post was in collaboration with Madison Reed to share my hair dos and don'ts with you. I was not compensated for this post.*

So, I have something to share with you Blog friends... you may not have noticed, so I just want to let you in on a little secret.... I have a LOT of hair.

What? You're not surprised? Lol. Okay, okay - I know.

I have naturally curly hair; by naturally curly I mean mostly frizzy, often poofy, nicely curly in some spots and weirdly crimped/flat/completely bizarrely straight in others. Yeah - it's all kinds of awesome.

It's also thick - so thick that I regularly have it cut with thinning scissors. And here's the best part about having curly hair - people just LOVE to give me hair advice.

"Don't get layers cut into your hair!" "You should try out that no-shampoo thing for curly girls!" "You should never ever brush out curly hair!" and so on and so forth.

Well, you know me - I just love to follow people's advice. NOT.

Possible Curly Hair Don't #1 - DON'T cut layers into curly hair or you'll end up with Christmas Tree hair
FALSE. I have layers in my hair; many many layers. In fact, without layers in my hair I often look like a triangle head more than a Christmas tree. I would say a much more reasonable "Don't" for curly hair would be: Don't let someone who doesn't know how to cut curly hair cut layers into your hair. Or DO ask your stylist to see some examples of curly hair they've worked on before. I happen to absolutely love my hairstylist - and she is amazingly talented at cutting curly hair.

Possible Curly Hair Don't #2 - Never use shampoo on your hair.
Okay - I've heard this about a billion times, and I even looked into it:  the "alternate" cleaning solutions for the "no-poo" system for hair. Pretty much anything that's not shampoo makes my hair look greasy, and flat in irritating spots. It's just not great.
That said - one of my DOs for curly hair is do skip a day (or 2 or even 3) between washes. Curly hair is a lazy girls blessing. I wear my hair down for about a day, maybe 2 after washing and then I can usually wear it up for another 2 days before shampooing my hair again.  A little steam and a bit of water and fresh mousse or argan oil spray and my hair is good to go for the day! Win!

Possible Curly Hair Don't #3 - You should NEVER brush out curly hair. 
Well I'm sorry(notsorry) - but I just can't do it. I will admit that I DON'T OFTEN brush out my hair. But when I do I use a wide bristle brush and go really really slow and careful. That said - if I don't brush it out I end up with hair falling out all over the place. I DO brush through it with a wide tooth comb while I'm in the shower every time I use conditioner. I know that people say that it causes more breakage to brush out curly hair - but I don't think I've ever noticed a significant loss of hair because of brushing.

Madison Reed has a pretty cool hair colour quiz you can take - and check out some of their Dos and Don'ts for your hair.

What's your best hair advice? Have you ever bucked the trends or bucked the rules and done something you're not "supposed" to do? DO let me know in the comments below!