We returned from our French Holiday / Baby Moon late Sunday (last Sunday… that’s how behind I am these days!) and it’s safe to say that I’m now obsessed with France and everything French. I’ve taken a couple days to adjust back into the swing of things and work but I can’t stop day dreaming. I know everyone thinks Paris is magic (although, I had also heard that some people didn’t enjoy it!) so there was a small part of me thinking it may be a bit cliche, a bit “overdone” if you will and a bit too precious but I was wrong. I fell in love with it and want to live there. Sidenote: I always want to move after we visit Europe, I just think they do life better and in all honesty, they offer a more chic lifestyle.
Our trip was a fabulous mixture of city bustle and country relaxation and I’m currently still trying to climb out from my vacation depression (it’s a real thing). The good news is that I have come home to plenty of other exciting things including the possession of our new home! It’s been so exciting to visit, start moving little things here and there in and planning out what the space will look like. We’re currently packing up our little loft which is the worst as anyone who has ever moved can attest to but my recent trip now has me ensuring that there’s a hint of french in every room. After flipping through some french decor magazines while on Holiday, I came across this space and just love everything about it. The mixture of the modernity and glamour, the eclectic and classic and the minimal approach yet high impact. I could happily live here!
Currently searching for a large mirror, for our mantle! We have a mantle!!!! Yay! I’m taking lots of pics so I can reveal the before and afters BUT FIRST, I must reveal the before and afters of our loft (can you believe I haven’t done that yet?).
LOVE this art – Have you ever noticed that the J.Crew on Bloor St W in Toronto has something similar? Every time I’m in there I want to walk away with it.
Classical while not boring at all, and those floors I so badly want those floors.
I am so excited to finally be leaving for our French holiday today and hellooooo August! It felt like it took forever to get here while at the same time, the trip has arrived so suddenly and out of the blue. I spent this past long weekend relaxing, visiting Prince Edward County with my girlfriends and preparing for the trip. Mostly running errands, you know, doing the things you do before you leave for a vacation and it was so very nice to have the holiday Monday for some extra time to spend with Mackie before we leave him. He totally knows we are leaving and it’s the worst. He would look so good in France though, it’s too bad he can’t join us!!
As I’ve mentioned many, many times before, I’m the worst packer but with each trip I try to pack less and less while being more strategic. This time around, I’m not bringing the largest suitcase I own, because we all know what happens there – you just fill it. So I’ve packed with a mid size (in my opinion) with a large amount with neutrals. Since I’m also 6 months pregnant, I have less options to work with (boo!) but this has actually made packing light easier. Also, I’m not really too nervous to forget something since we’re travelling to a very stylish city that I’m sure isn’t too shabby to shop in either.
4 paris of shoes may be the lightest I’ve ever travelled with! Sneaks, of course, I mean who doesn’t travel with a pair these days? I left my white superstars at home because every girl in the world is rocking the white sneak trend so I wanted to switch it up.
Strappy flat sandals to pair with a dress for daytime or night – kept it neutral to go with multiple options.
Beach appropriate flats for our day trips from the villa! These were so cheap and cheerful I wouldn’t even mind if they were to be left behind.
Versatile flats that will translate into evening and could be my “fancier” option.
People say to travel with neutrals when you’re trying to make more with less and although that may seem like an obvious statement I never really consciously did this until recently.
Another tried and true tip that really allows you to pack in more.
Packing helper, Mackie.
Et voila! I’m off with a smaller suitcase that Andrew and that has NEVER happened before.
:: Sunnies, Shirt, Shorts, Sandals (old but similar) ::
So it’s safe to say that “I’ve popped” as the saying goes. For weeks, months, it appeared more like a burger and or beer belly before a pregnancy belly which was not chic. I’ve been feeling great and I’ve been enjoying the summer like no other but one thing I’m not Mclovin’ right now is the maternity style. I thought I would be all over it – loose and flowy yet I’ve never missed high-waisted jeans more in my life and I NEVER thought that I would be wishing for a waistband. We always want what we can’t have, right? I mean, I love the oversized mens shirt as the next girl but perhaps I’m mostly struggling with the fact that I just have less options and have to make it work. No one wants to invest a ton into the clothing that you’re going to wear for a couple months. I did succumb to the maternity pants and or shorts and they have been really great. I wanted to share some info that I discovered when purchasing them!
So there are two types of bands – the short type that essentially is a large elastic band where your traditional waistband goes and then theres the large belly band. I vote large belly band. I just like you feel totally covered (I’ve never been a show your midriff type person, all the power to you if you are) but you don’t have to be as concerned about reaching and sharing your belly with the world. It is however an extra layer that can be way warmer in the summer months.
There are two types of larger belly bands – one that start right way from the pockets and don’t even present to have a waistband – and then there are some, like the example above that d have a little button and a gap to sorta stuff your shirt in. I love half-tucking a shirt so these have my name written all over them. These are actually from a brand name Mamalicious (terrible name if you ask me) and found they are reasonably priced and made stylish jeans. They’re a British brand but I purchased my shorts from this amazing maternity store here in Toronto and found some jeans through ASOS.
Oh and I’ve hopped onto the choker trend – I just went to Michaels and bought a piece of suede string and called it a day.
:: Typical Monday night din din, paired with the Bachelorette (which I’m actually loathing this season but have committed until the end – actually have you started watching UnREAL on Shomi? It’s basically a behind the scenes drama of the Bachelor series and it’s WAY better ::
This week was an interesting one on many levels for me – 24 weeks (a.k.a 6 months pregnant) a couple of things have hit home. Feeling unprepared (mentally and physically!) for this baby is slightly an understatement at this point. I’m dying to start making purchases for her nursery and her wardrobe yet it doesn’t make much sense when we’re packing up the place. I’ve also noticed some other changes – like how long I can stay standing for at a party before needing a seat ha! On the work front opportunities are arising at a steady pace and Laura and I are pleased as clams. I hope to spend some time both indoors and out this weekend to balance the heavy heat (which I love). Hope you have a good one!
:: So into dark marble these days – this is gearing a bit 80’s but I was digging it for the mo ::
:: Laura demonstrates a fun way to fill a non-working fireplace at her apartment ::
:: A cool orb like light at EQ3 ::
:: Berry obsessed ::
Summer gives us many great gifts and I know I could go on and on but one of those great gifts are the fresh local berries! If I’m being honest, I would say that blueberry typically sits at the bottom of my favourite berries list yet something inside me (perhaps le bebe?) was feeling a blueberry crisp. Even though I’m usually more of a pie fan (all about that crust) the warm crisp served with ice cream didn’t seem like it could be beat. See the recipe below!
Recipe derived from here
- 2 quarts of fresh blueberries
- 3⁄4 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1cup water
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- 1cup all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup regular oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted (no substitutes)
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare an 9×13 pan (can use smaller sizes if you prefer a higher pile)
- Spread the blueberries in the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and 3 Tbsp lemon juice; cook and stir until thick and clear (like actually clear!), then add in the vanilla.
- Pour over, then gently stir in the cooked mixture with the blueberries.
- In a bowl combine the flour with oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Add in the melted butter; mix until crumbly (don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!)
- Sprinkle over the top of blueberries.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until blueberry mixture bubbles and the topping is brown.
- Serve with some cold delicious vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!
When we realized we were pregnant, a million and one things went through my mind. More like a zillion things but one of them was, and I’m also a little embarrassed to admit it, but the fact that we hadn’t travelled to France yet (there was a long list of things that we hadn’t done yet but you can’t overly plan these things right?!). It had always been on our list and I always envisioned us travelling there sans baby (seems much more chic right? That and travelling with babies from what I can see in airports seems like a nightmare). So right then and there, we made a deal – we were going to holiday France before the babe arrived. I’m thankful for whoever came up with the ridiculous idea of a babymoon – because I’m into it. Sadly, France is in the news for other reasons at the moment which is terrible and gross but we’re travelling with open hearts even in the wake of tragedy. We’re headed out the first week of August and will be spending 4 nights in Paris (I know this isn’t long enough but I’m certain we will be back) and then driving to the South to my design partner’s uncle’s villa. She briefly mentioned it when we first met and I knew I had to go there one day. Just watch the video, and you’ll be booking your stay. We’re lucky to have some friends who are joining us on this adventure and I’m oh so excited to explore with them.
Source: image of Paris, all other imagery.
Everyday seems like I’m counting down for something – first up – France – Then – the big move and – Lastly – the babe! I’m really trying to savour each day and summer evening and take it for what it’s worth because even though we’re mid July, the fashion magazines with their Fall collections and the looming deadlines have me nervous fall is coming all too soon!
Here are some items for your life and or home that are keeping things light, airy and summery.
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It’s about time that I get around to sitting down and writing this out considering we’re halfway through July. I just love Summer, it literally brings a smile to my face each day I step outside and I try to make the most of it year after year. We have a lot going on this summer but will still try to squeeze in other fun and laid back items. I often carry lists in my head or in my notes section of my phone but I’ve been taught that if you share your list or goals with the universe – they are more likely to happen.
- As many dinners al fresco as possible – this will be all the more easy when we move into our new place with a backyard (eeee!)
- Experience an outdoor movie – complete with a blanket and some sort of delicious beverage in replace of my usual wine.
- Island day with friends – it’s such a cool feature to Toronto and we definitely don’t visit it enough.
- Move to new neighbourhood – well this is happening but I threw it on here anyhow.
- Dock day at the cottage – our days are limited up north this summer but I would love to dedicate one full day on the water.
- Round of golf with Andrew – it’s sad that this has to be on the checklist and isn’t just a thing we normally do but we’ll make it happen.
- Make a signature mocktail for the summer – I miss booze, I miss booze a lot but it does help when enjoying something more interesting than flavoured water.
- Travel to France – this is also totally happening and it’s oh so very exciting. Taking any recommendations for Paris!
- Start the baby’s nursery – Time seems to be flying and as soon as we are in the new place it’s taking the first priority! I have some ideas floating around but it will be good to put those into action.
- Go to Ed’s Real Scoop for some ice cream – I’m guessing they won’t have these ridiculous line ups the other trendy ice cream places have on the regular. I’m looking at your Sweet Jesus and Bang Bang!
:: My new nephew – Henry James, the CUTEST ::
Life has really been happening these past couple of weeks and this week finally felt like we were getting back in to our groove. We hadn’t made a dinner and sat at home together for one in what felt like ages so that was a major win and I’ve also scaled back on my evening plans which has also helped provide a more chill vibe. Even though this was a short week for me, I’m so ready for a weekend again and soaking up this glorious summer weather.
:: Best iced latte around ::
:: Love Mackie’s little bum::
:: Baby Bozzy is about the size of an ear of corn! ::
:: Sweet treats with Sarah at the Club Monaco street market on Bloor St. ::
:: Top, Pants (similar), Sunnies, Sandals (similar) ::
Loose and flowy is totally my jam these days. At 21 weeks preggo (also, I am now one of those people that talk in weeks, I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s a little annoying but things do change week to week now!) I’ve fully outgrown any pants with a waistband and have resorted to drawstrings and elastics. As someone who tends to not enjoy tight clothing, I thought I would love being in maternity style but to be honest, I don’t really love it! I had cute rompers and waist cinching summer pieces that I can no longer reach for which really limits things. But, it’s short lived and I’m trying to make the best of it I can. Both of the top and pants I’m wearing weren’t maternity clothing but fit well enough and were comfortable to pair together. Oh and great news! My hair can be worn wavy again!! Oddly enough, I was finding that when left to its own devices, it would dry in such a way that wasn’t great and I would have to blow out again however after a little wavy spray – she’s back. I’m happy since it’s a super easy and carefree summer look.