My favourite family photos are those we take over the holidays. We're all relaxed, spending time together, and our surroundings are decorated so prettily. When it comes to taking holiday photos, a little planning goes a long way. It can mean the difference between a picture you'll want to post as your next Facebook cover photo...versus one that will end up on an "Awkward Family Photos" website! Here are some tips to help you come up with the best outfits for your kids and yourselves so your photos are perfect:
Growing up, I loved picking out the perfect outfit for the first day of school. My poor sister had to listen to endless descriptions of what I should wear! Part of me felt that if I dressed the part, everything else would fall into place.
When it came to preparing for a new baby, I felt like I was thrown in at the deep end. We were in the middle of planning our move to Canada, but my husband’s job was still in England. Pregnant with twins and living between two countries, I was grateful to manage the present, let alone not having much time to plan for the future.
Blanket scarves first gained popularity at then end of 2013, when ZARA came out with its famous tartan/plaid blanket scarf. By 2014, other retailers were selling copies of the infamous ZARA scarf, and a trend was born – everyone and their sister owned this scarf! Since then - other prints and designs have been introduced - and the scarves continue to be in demand.
I’ll admit I’m as guilty of this as anybody – when I have a free moment, I like to scroll through my Instagram feed and look at beautifully staged pictures: people enjoying their coffee with their magazine perfectly placed and some fresh berries on the side... outfit shots featuring fashion bloggers in beautiful locations wearing outfits that they may have only put on for the photo op... a perfectly manicured hand showing off dainty bracelets with the obligatory Starbucks cup in hand.
It can be a challenge finding work-appropriate outfits when pregnant. On one hand, it's not practical to buy a whole new wardrobe when your size will be changing month-to-month. On the other hand, it's important to maintain a professional look.
My children started playing with dolls when they were toddlers. I have priceless videos of them singing their “babies” to sleep, spoon-feeding them pretend food, and racing them in strollers around the playroom. As they grew up, they continued this nurture-based play, holding parties and classes for their dolls and stuffed animals.
There have been a lot of strong makeup trends recently – from heavily defined brows to the intense highlighting and contouring made popular by Kim Kardashian. Some of the recent buzzwords coming up in the beauty community include “baking your face” and “strobing.” Here’s a quick rundown of these terms – in case you wanted to give these techniques a try.
I don't know about you - but I think shopping for Father's Day can be a little bit...(dare I say)... boring! I often find that the gift options are limited and impersonal - i.e. ties, socks, cologne etc. To inject a bit of fun into this year's shopping - I've come up with 5 categories - see which one matches up with your recipient's personality - and you're good to go!
Applying foundation is a quick and easy way to achieve flawless-looking skin. But even if you find the perfect shade and formula for your skin-type, you still might need a bit of trouble-shooting. If your foundation feels blah - try one of these fixes and take your makeup from adequate to fabulous!
"You're hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no..." With the weather being SUCH a tease this year, it's hard to get excited about dressing for Spring. How can you shop for florals and skirts when you still need to bundle up every time you step outside? Thank goodness for handbags. They're an easy way to freshen up your outfit - even when the weather is not cooperating. Here are three bag trends that will be popular this spring:
Fertility is a funny thing...you spend years worrying about birth control and unplanned pregnancies, but when you’re finally ready to start a family, you realize that getting pregnant is NOT as simple as you thought. In my case, I gave myself six months...I cut back on caffeine...I started tracking my ovulation cycle, and still...nothing.
I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Seymour during her recent visit to Toronto. She was in town to promote her Open Hearts Collection, which is now available through Peoples Jewellers. I chatted with her about jewelry, parenting, and of course, I asked her to share some of her beauty secrets since she just radiates beauty!
Beautiful lingerie doesn't have to be a "splurge" purchase. If you're looking to update your lingerie drawer, here are six stores you can choose from. BONUS - all of these stores offer online ordering, so you can do all your shopping from the comfort of your computer!
When I was in University, Friday night meant spending two hours getting ready in the dorms with my friends before heading out in the freezing cold to go clubbing (it seemed fun at the time!). In my mid-twenties when I was living in England, Friday nights were when hubby and I picked up our favorite Turkish take out and had a leisurely dinner while watching re-runs of Friends - the perfect end to a hectic work week. Now that we have two kids, Friday nights have had to be redefined, I'm sure yours has changed a lot too since having your kids!
Scarves are my favourite winter accessory - not only do they keep me warm and cozy - they're also the easiest way to dress up a simple "jeans and sweater" outfit. Before I started fashion blogging, I never really knew how to wear scarves - I'd admire them on others, but think that they were too complicated to try on myself. But after reading posts and watching videos, I started experimenting and realized that wearing scarves can be simple! Below I'm sharing my four favourite ways of wearing a rectangular scarf (such as the pashmina-types found in every mall kiosk).
I'm not sure what it is about this winter, but it's definitely done a number on my family's skin. Dry flaky patches, red itchy bumps...despite using a humidifier every night, we've definitely had more skin issues than usual this year! Luckily, through internet-research and word-of-mouth recommendations, we've been able to overcome a lot of our issues - so I thought I'd share some of my favorite product recommendations here: