Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
I’ve had this outfit rattling around in my head for a while. With the sun coming out this past Sunday I figured it was as good a time as any to put it together. So I pulled my hair up, threw it on and…
I looked like a suburban mom.
Jacket: Talula / Shirt: Le Chateau / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Shoes: Poppy Barley /
Scarf: H&M / Earrings: Tiffany
And really, why is that such a bad thing? I am a suburban mom.
I spent most of my morning cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and tending to my son. We went out to buy router bits and reciprocating saw blades because they were on sale at Canadian Tire. We fuelled up the truck at the Costco gas bar. We picked up a small Skor Blizzard and a milk shake at Dairy Queen.
I wasn’t hitting up a post-post-modernist warehouse art exhibit, or attending the opening of a macrobiotic sushi bar, or ordering a unicorn algae latte with sustainably sourced fair trade hazelnut milk. I was doing average person things wearing average person clothes. And that’s fine. They’re all fine actually (and I kinda want to try that latte).
Clothing is a means of self expression, and sometimes that expression is nothing more than today is an average day in which I am doing average things. Average days are like wardrobe basics. They may not be the most noteworthy, but they make life easier when your mind is on other things. They’re good to have.
What does your average day look like? What do you wear on an average day?
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
How else do I describe it? I have a serious soft spot for these pants.
I don’t wear them very often. In fact, I’m pretty sure the last time I wore them was when I posted them on Instagram close to 3 years ago. They have been placed in the donate pile and then rescued from it more times than I can remember.
So why the soft spot?
Pants: vintage / Jacket: Talula / Tank: Miiyu / Shoes: Poppy Barley /
Purse: Streel Level / Watch: Skagen
They’re actually my dad’s pants.
Seriously! My dad wore these to high school in the 70’s. He didn’t really hit his adult growth spurt until grade 12, so his old pants were considerably shorter than what he wears now. My sister and I got ahold of some of his old clothes when we were in high school and used to argue over who got to wear them. This pair of pants went back and forth between us a few times, but they’ve been in my closet for years. My sister got the Chevy 427 t-shirt.
One of the things I didn’t appreciate when I was younger, but certainly do now, was the attention to detail that went into the making of these pants. When was the last time a brand took the time to line up the stripes on a pocket with the stripes on the pant leg? Usually if you see patterned pants now they don’t have pockets.
The material is a little worse for wear, but they’re super comfortable. There is enough material in the hem that I can let them down a little, so I’ll probably do that at some point in the near future. They’re currently a little shorter than I’d like. Love the colours though.
It didn’t occur to me until we were out that I had actually doubled up on the tassels. Apparently I have a thing for them and didn’t even realize it? Actually, I doubled up on the braids too. This outfit is full of unintentional duplicates.
I wore this outfit to drop a bunch of stuff off at Goodwill. Obviously, these pants didn’t go.
Saved from the pile again.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
I bought these jeans a couple years ago, and to be honest they’ve been pretty awesome. The denim is sturdy, not transparent in the least, and the cropped length is the perfect unhemmed length for flats on my short frame.
Sweater: Banana Republic / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Boots: Poppy Barley / Belt: Banana Republic
That being said, I feel like they hit my boots in an awkward spot. They’re short for where I would normally expect jeans to break over boots. Maybe it’s just because I grew up with longer bootcut jeans, but it still feels odd.
I wore this outfit to the office when I was going stir crazy and needed to get out of the house. That day I wore them with a narrow double cuff. Since then I’ve tried a couple different combos, but I haven’t settled on how to wear these two together.
Uncuffed / Wide Double Cuff Exposing Socks
Narrow Double Cuff Exposing Socks / Wide Single Cuff Hiding Socks
Any thoughts? How would you wear this pant/boot combination? Or would you just not wear them together?
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Flying with a baby.
Not going to lie, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. I’m sure everyone has been on a flight with a screaming child before, and the idea of being the parent dealing with that scared me a little. Not enough to not fly, but a bit.
My niece’s first birthday party was in BC last month. I don’t make it to every birthday, but I do try to make sure I make it to the first one. The introduction of a budget airline to our area makes it infinitely easier, so our little family packed up and flew out for a few days.
I generally pack carry on only for my flights to minimize hassle. Having to pay a premium for every checked bag makes this even more important, so I try to put as much thought as possible into the items I bring.
Blouse: Banana Republic / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Boots: Poppy Barley /
Scarf: H&M / Bag: Coach
Scarves are kind of a must have. This one is a little on the thin side, but it served all of its purposes beautifully. It was an accessory in the airport (obviously), a wide nursing cover on the plane, and ultimately a blanket for my son when he fell asleep in my arms.
As much as I like a good button up, this shirt has been a nursing MVP. There’s no fussing with fasteners, just move it to the side and move it back when he’s done. I wish Banana Republic would keep this style in stock like a standard t-shirt. I would whole heartedly recommend this style of shirt to any new mom.
Most people know when it comes to taking bags on a plane, there’s two sizes: Carry-on and personal item. Our airline allowed us to bring one free personal item – a carry on cost extra!
I bought this bag 3 years ago when I sold my first house. It’s actually a tote from the Coach men’s line. I was looking for a bag that I could take to Rome and Santorini that would fit in a European budget airline’s baggage sizers. Baggage sizers vary by airline, and the ones in Europe tend to be smaller than the ones in North America. This bag actually just barely meets the requirements for a personal item, not a carry on!
My toiletries and most of my clothes all fit in the bag, as well as a diaper wet/dry bag, spare sleeper and a couple toys. I didn’t find out until I had already packed that I was allowed to bring a separate diaper bag for free.
Normally I would prefer to go through security in ballet flats, but it was too cold out to wear those. Slip on boots fit the bill instead.
Add some stretchy high rise jeans and I was good to go. That’s my airport momiform! Slightly more put together than yoga clothes, and nearly as comfortable. To be honest, I’ll probably end up wearing the exact same outfit the next time we fly.
For the record, munchkin did well. He slept through takeoff on the way there, and landing on the way home.
What do you wear when you’re travelling? Any tips and tricks to share? Moms, what do you bring on longer flights?
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
A couple months ago a public health nurse referred my son to the head shape clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. There is nothing quite like the threat of something being wrong with your child’s head to put a first time mom into full blown freak out mode. Also, Google is not your friend. When it comes to all things medical, Google is almost never your friend.
After an initial appointment before Christmas, we had a follow up a couple weeks ago.
T-shirt: Twik / Vest: Olsen Europe (thrifted) / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Bag: Mulberry /
Shoes: Sam Edelman (thrifted) / Belt: Anthropologie
Long story short, he’s fine. He has a mild metopic heel and his front fontanelle closed a bit earlier than average. It’s cosmetic, and it will become even less pronounced with age. As it stands most people don’t notice it unless I point it out.
That doesn’t mean I wasn’t freaking the f@&# out.
Coming back to the clothes though, this is what I wore to his appointment. Would you believe that this is the first time I’ve done this vest up? I was 7 and a half months pregnant with my son when I originally bought it, and I was guesstimating by looking at it that it would fit once he was born. I was right, but it turns out I’m not actually a fan of the button closure when it’s done up. It’s kinda matronly. My belt hides the button nicely though, and I can see myself wearing it like this again in the future. In fact, I already have another outfit in mind for it.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
When Garth Brooks announced his first concert in Edmonton in 20 years, my husband and I both lost our collective minds. Then despite being online the moment the ticket sales opened, we were still snubbed. Near tears I tell you.
Fortunately Garth announced more show times, and we snagged two tickets to a 3pm show. He sold out 9 shows!
Despite two months of giddy anticipation to think about it, I had absolutely no idea what to wear. I went right down to the wire and the morning of the concert hastily altered a shirt that had been sitting on my sewing table for months. Canadian tuxedo it is!
Jacket: Mackage / Shirt: Banana Republic (altered) / Tank: Miiyu / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind /
Boots: Poppy Barley / Belt: Banana Republic
Turns out it was a perfect pairing! Not only was it an amazing concert (seriously, his music is the soundtrack of my life), Garth himself was wearing light wash denim and a dark blue shirt up on stage.
What was the last concert you went to? What did you wear to it? Who sings the soundtrack to your life?