Ashley MacInnis: The Frenzied Fashionista

Dec
18
2016
Shop your closet

T’is the season of too little time and too much to do, which means many of us are currently somewhere between “Do I have time to wash my hair?”, “Will there be food there?”, and “Where the hell are my pants?”. Or at least I am. Whatev.

The Holidays are practically synonymous with dressing up and parties, but for those of us hoping to spend a little less on ourselves and a little more on our loved ones, finding festive frocks and party-ready looks in our closets can seem daunting. 

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Nov
24
2016

My Doctor Didn't Believe Me When I Said Something Was Wrong

Six months later, I learned I have a precancerous condition

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With a sheet draped over my lap, I anxiously wrung my hands and texted a friend while I waited in the colposcopy procedure room, naked from the waist down. Six months of doctor’s appointments, six months of stress and anxiety and uncertainty, and I was finally going to see and understand what the fresh hell was wrong with my cervix. 

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Why am I tired all the time?

Chances are, hidden behind the facade of “I’m well, thanks,” is a grown-ass woman desperately wanting to scream "I JUST NEED A NAP." I know this to be true because, like you, I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of tiredness.

But when did this become OK?

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Shopping for clothing fashion tips

If you have a look through your wardrobe today, would you find any pieces that still have the sales tags on or a bunch of items you’ve bought but never actually worn? Have you fallen victim to impulse buys or emotional overspending? (Retail therapy: it’s totally a thing.)

As a self-professed shopaholic, deal-seeker, and fashionista, I could never try to deny the number of times I’ve purchased something I really didn’t need - or even truly love - because it was a great deal or I just felt like I had to buy something. 

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Whether you’re heading to work, hitting the mall or taking the kids to yet another sporting practice, this four-step outfit is perfect in its ease and stylishness and it absolutely screams “autumn." | Fashion | Beauty | YummyMummyClub.ca

If you’ve ever stood, staring at the clothes hanging in your closet and wondered What am I going to wear?, you are not alone. Whether you’re heading to work, hitting the mall or taking the kids to yet another sporting practice, this four-step outfit is perfect in its ease and stylishness and it absolutely screams “autumn". 

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tips for shopping for blue jeans

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: A great pair of jeans is one of the hardest things to shop for, falling closely behind “bathing suits” and “bras”. Very closely. Shopping for jeans is an activity that requires energy and a lot of positivity.  

I mean, it starts out OK: you walk into the store ready to find jeans that fit and flatter like a supermodel. 

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Oct
04
2016

On Sex With a New Partner When You've Got a Mummy Tummy

Dear Mom and Dad: If you're reading this, stop now. Please.

sex with a new partner after becoming a mom

I can all but hear my partner’s exasperated sigh as I reach for the lamp to turn out the light. I’ll make the same I look better in the dark! joke for the umpteenth time and I’ll know that he doesn’t understand why I’m so hung up on my body even now, several months into our relationship.

By any standard, I’m in pretty good shape. My partner has never made me feel self-conscious, but he doesn’t have to: the stretch marks and loose skin from my pregnancy have already done their damage.

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Oct
03
2016

What You Need to Know Before You Get Those Eyelash Extensions

From spidery lashes to traction alopecia, it's not all glitz and glamour

What you should know about lash extensions

Thick, long, curled eyelashes are a beauty want most women I know can attest to. I mean, who doesn’t want gorgeous eyelashes? 

I used to have my eyelashes tinted every three weeks taking my naturally long, blonde lashes to a rich black so they’d be visible without mascara - which was great except that they still didn’t pop without a coat or two of volumizing mascara. After months of debate and research, I took the plunge and made an appointment to have eyelash extensions done - and I’ve been going back every six weeks for fills. 

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Sep
14
2016

Treggings: Say Hello to Your New Favourite Pants

Because the holidays are coming and stretchy waistbands are the best

Treggings: Your New Favourite Pants

There are no two ways about it: leggings are comfortable, easy to move in, and take 10 seconds to put on. Ask any mother and she’ll tell you that bending, squatting, lunging, and reaching are all part of the day-to-day which means comfortable, no-fuss clothes are key. But leggings are not pants… until now.

Ladies, I give you… Treggings.

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Aug
29
2016

Want Easy Lunches? Try This Simple Meal Plan with Your Kids

Bonus: Recipe for Steel Cut Oat and Banana Muffins

Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks: How to prepare a week's worth of meals on the weekend so it's smooth-sailing for the week ahead. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Figuring out what the heck to pack in lunches, making dinnertime decisions, and stocking up on grab-and-go breakfasts happens to be a top priority in many homes, including my own. See also: packing lunches suck. It's a fact that mealtime prep can be a messy, time-consuming business.

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Aug
23
2016
Dating as a single mom | YummyMummyClub.ca

If you’d told me 10 years ago that I would be a single mother with an online dating profile, I would have called bullshit and laughed at you. But here we are. 

And, you guys, dating is not what it used to be.

NOT KIDDING: This spring, I was lying in bed re-watching Season 5 of Downton Abbey (SPOILER ALERT: it was the episode where Cousin Rose is asked on a dinner date) and simultaneously received a SnapChat from a guy I had exchanged a few texts with.

He sent me a dick pic.

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Aug
10
2016

Are Your Favourite Flats Ruining Your Feet?

Those stilettos aren't the only shoes that cause harm!

Are flat shoes wrecking your feet? | YummyMummyClub.ca

Most women I know (including myself) often swap out our heels for cute flats or funky sneakers to give our feet a break. Unfortunately, just because they’re flat doesn’t mean a heel-free shoe is better for your feet - in fact, they can do just as much damage.

Why?

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Jul
21
2016
Great Diaper Bags for every budget | YummyMummyClub.ca

Babies require a lot of gear to go out, even for a few hours, meaning a quality diaper bag is an investment every new mummy needs to make. When preparing for my son's birth, I decided not to listen to the ladies who'd told me to invest in a great, classic bag and instead reached for a cheap bag with a childish print which I had to replace within a few months. Why? For one, it fell apart. Then there was the fact it had almost no pockets. And of course, it wasn't very stylish so I didn't like carrying it.

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Jun
30
2016

Fuss Free Hair So You Can Chill This Summer

From Deep-Woods Camping to Dancing, Pantene has got you covered

Say it With Me: We're Going to Control Our Hair So We Can Chill This Summer

Whether the mountain you’re tackling is made of laundry or earth, the reality for most moms is that it always feels like there's never enough time in the day to do it all. Yoga class, kids’ swimming lessons, date night, coffee with the girls...something eventually has to give. I think you'll agree that when you’re tight on time, the thing that sometimes gives is haircare because it can be tough to squeeze in a shampoo and blow dry. I think you would also agree that having great post-baby hair is also a challenge.

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Jun
28
2016

The 10 Commandments of Thrift Store Shopping

A Fashionista's Guide to Frugal Finds for the Whole Family

The 10 Commandments of Thrift Store Shopping

Like most parents, I’m always looking for ways I can stretch my hard-earned dollars just a little further. With a fast-growing son and my penchant for pretty things, staying stylish on a frugal budget can be a challenge. One of my favourite ways to keep our clothing costs down is by shopping second-hand whenever possible.

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Jun
14
2016

I'm Terrified My Son Will Tell Me He's Gay

(and it's not for the reason(s) you might think)

I'm Terrified My Son Will Tell Me He's Gay... But Not Why You'd Think | YummyMummyClub.ca

My son is six years-old.

Right now, he loves his mommy and his pet cat, red Converse sneakers and anything that has an engine. Before we go to bed at night, he sometimes tells me that when he grows up, he wants to be a daddy and other times he tells me he wants to be a firefighter or a paleontologist. I love dreaming about the things he will be one day. I can’t wait to see who he becomes and what he does in life. 

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Jun
06
2016

5 Ways to Look Taller and Leaner Without Wearing Heels

(AKA all the reasons the world thinks I'm taller than I really am)

How to look taller without heels | YummyMummyClub.ca

When it comes to getting dressed, most of us would like to look tall and thin — even if we’re a little on the shorter side of things. The good news is that a long, lean silhouette isn’t just for the Giseles of the world thanks to a few little dressing tricks that I promise won’t add any time to your morning routine... and not one of them includes an uncomfortable pair of high heels.

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May
20
2016

PSA: Commenting on People's Bodies is Not Cool

I've been part of the problem. And I've vowed to stop.

Body Shaming Needs to Stop | YummyMummyClub.ca

I don’t know when or why, but somewhere along the line we all thought that it was perfectly acceptable to comment on or question others on the shape and size of their bodies. More often than not, we don’t question a person - we comment, behind closed doors or in hushed voices to our friends: God, she gained weight hasn’t she?

I’ve been part of the problem. I know I have. And I’ve vowed to stop.

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May
18
2016

The Beauty Tools This Fashionista Can't Live Without

Lasers and heated eyelash curlers and rollers, oh my!

Check out these 5 amazing beauty products every woman ought to have in her bathroom. | Fashion | YummyMummyClub.ca

Standing in my bathroom at 6:47 am I looked first at my reflection and then at the instructions that came with my heated eyelash curler and I questioned how in the reign of all things pretty I came to own a heated eyelash curler. 

On the list of things I should put near my eye, I’ve always felt heat-related styling tools fell into the ABSOLUTELY FLIPPIN' NOT category, but here we are. My first experience went a little like...

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May
10
2016

Turns Out Motherhood Isn't What I Had Imagined

(And I am NOT the mother I thought I would be)

Sometimes I sit back and feel like a failure in comparison to my mother. I am NOT the mother I thought I would be, and I have to remember that's actually okay. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

I’m sitting in the Edmonton International Airport surrounded by total strangers who are as tired as I am, anxiously awaiting the boarding call for my redeye back to Halifax. I can almost smell the sweet scent of F’s hair and I can’t wait to wrap my arms around him, 48 hours after I hugged him goodbye. I didn’t foresee motherhood being trips across the country. I didn’t foresee most of what motherhood has held for me. 

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