A Little Flare

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I've had a pair of flared jeans sitting in my closet for quite a few years.  And though I love them, I always found that their cut was just a tad off.  I spotted this pair from Gap and immediately threw them into my cart.

I'm also a huge sucker for peplum and ruffles.  When a top combines both of those details, sold.



I absolutely love how the jeans have a snug fit past the knee (vs beginning to widen at the knee).  I also find this cut to be much more flattering and totally makes your legs look longer (something that I definitely can use!).

The top easily dresses up a pair of jeans (which I wear nearly 99% of the time).  I can totally see it paired with a fabulous pair of distressed jeans and then the flared jeans would look absolutely amazing with a fantastic sweatshirt!

Versatility is key when it comes to the pieces that are in my closet and these two newest additions are making this mama super happy!

Cheers,

HGTV's Home To Win - Series Premier April 24th!

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'm always pretty darn happy when I find out that HGTV Canada is about to launch a new series.  But never before have I ever been so intrigued and excited to tune into a premier as I have for Home to Win.

There has been a whole lot of anticipation for this series.  It's by far, the biggest, most interactive, multi-platform series yet.  When 20 of your fave HGTV Canada Stars, including Sarah Richardson, Bryan Baeumler, Scott McGillivray, come together to buy an average home, which they will then renovate from top to bottom, you know it's gonna be amazing!

The best part (as if the cast wasn't enough), Canadians can audition to be one of three who will compete to WIN this ultimate property!

You: Get.out.

Me: I.know.

photo credit: HGTV Canada

It all starts this Sunday, April 24th at 10pm ET on HGTV Canada.  The premier will follow the HGTV Canada Stars as they hunt for the ideal property.  I can't wait to see the options or to see how the team comes to a final decision on the perfect property to tackle.  With so many amazingly talented stars working together, there must have been a bit of a tug of war happening when it came to choosing the ideal property.

photo credit: HGTV Canada

Once the fan-favourite builders and designers have completed their job of renovating the home room by room (there are 20 major renovations), three lucky Canadians will have a chance to compete in "heart-pounding challenges".  The victor will claim the keys to this amazing house!

To find out how you too can submit a video audition for the chance to compete for this amazing home, and for loads of extras, such as videos, how to virtually step inside of the home, and for the entire list of the stars participating, visit HomeToWin.ca!

Happy weekend, friends!

Cheers,

Ready. Set. Go.

Monday, April 4, 2016



Getting out for a run or making it to the garage for a Crossfit workout are two of my favourite things to do.  Some days it takes a lot of effort to get out there, but it's always, always, always worth it, no matter how much I'm dreading it in the beginning.  Always.

I recently bought a pair Nike's Lunartempo runners and I'm over the moon happy with them.  I find the cushioning to be incredible and they are really comfortable.  Another new Nike favourite that I got for Christmas - this hoodie from their Tech Fleece line.  My husband has been a long time fan of these pieces and I finally understand why.  Not only do the pieces look great and fit well, but they are undeniably cozy.





I love a good 5km run, not too short, not too long (and just enough time to listen to your favourite tunes).  But I think I need to start incorporating longer runs here and there to mix it up a bit.  As for my Crossfit workouts, I don't do anything too extreme.  I started Crossfit last year and absolutely love it!  I noticed a huge difference in my endurance, strength and overall fitness.  My favourite Crossfit workout is probably the Helen because it includes running.  For this workout you do a 400m run, followed by 21 kettle bell swings and 12 pull ups (I do 12 ring rows instead of the pull ups, because truth be told, I can not do 12 pull ups yet! ha!).  You repeat it three times.

I've been doing this workout in the basement using the treadmill for the past bit because it's been too cold outside & in the garage.  I swapped out the ring rows for dips or shoulder presses and it's still a great workout and takes less than 20 mins!

With the warmer temps creeping back, I'm looking forward to getting back to outdoor running and garage workouts.

Have you tried these Nike runners?

Cheers,

Back to Work!

Monday, March 21, 2016







Phew!  We survived March break!  We didn't travel anywhere, but did take advantage of activities that were going on around our city AND we took advantage of the fact that we could get away with doing absolutely nothing!

Our days consisted of waking up late, getting going even later.  It was refreshing and though the weather wasn't ideal, the kids were able to get to the park and play some soccer with friends.  So all in all, it was a great week for the kiddos.

I'm so guilty of wearing the outfit in the photos above several times over the break.  That and then my other go to outfit was jeans and a chambray shirt.  You just can't go wrong with either!  I love the jean jacket.  Throw back to The Canadian Olympic Team!  Whoop!

After a couple of weeks that were full of curve balls, I'm looking forward to getting back on track this week!  I can hardly believe that it's Easter Weekend!  I need to start decorating the house!

Happy Monday, friends!

Cheers,

Kiddo 1's Bedroom Makeover - The Reveal!

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Well, this post should have been written months ago!  It's so funny, because I took the photos on two separate days...weeks apart, and you'll notice that in some of the photos, kiddo 1's bedside table is close to the door and then in others, it's against the wall.  That's what happens when you stall on photographing a space, it evolves and changes between shoots! Oh man....anyhow, without further ado, here are the results of kiddo 1's bedroom makeover!

Here's the before:




And the after:












Orange pillow - HomeSense//Orange paint on frame - FAT Paint (c/o)//Bison Print - Anewall//Green Frame - IKEA//Bedside Table - IKEA//Lamp - HomeSense//Bedding - Aura Home (c/o)

The primary focus was to spend little money (ha, truth) and to make the room more efficient and keep an airy feel.  We changed the layout, to keep from having every single piece of furniture pushed against the walls.  I purchased a pair of the ever popular Vittsjo shelves from IKEA to flank his desk (also from IKEA).  I chose to remove the glass shelves that came with the units and replaced them with wooden ones, which I stained after having them cut to size.  Truth is, I thought I could get away with wood shelves that were the same width as the glass, the next size up would have left a little bit of a lip above the frame.  Of course, there's a bit of sag now because the wood isn't strong enough to hold heavier items.  We just work around it, not stacking a slew of books on one shelf, etc.  So it's not awful, and we could add some support in the centre of the shelves, but just so you know if you chose to go that route as well.

We kept the desk & chair that he had before, they work, but I'd love to eventually replace both for something vintage, maybe even just the chair.  The bedding from Aura is super cozy.  I love the pattern and especially love the orange piping, a colour that we ended up carrying throughout the room.

The biggest change was by far the stripes.  I am SO happy with how they turned out!  I was extremely nervous, but after testing out over 5 paint colours, this blue was the one and boy does it ever add a great focal point to the room.  I also love that you can see it in the mirror when you walk into his room.  Speaking of the mirror, I chose to hang it above the desk for that exact reason, to make the room feel a tad bit bigger.  Does the job!

My favourite decor piece in the room is his very first baseball glove.  Oh my heart.  I picked up the case from Michaels.  We are a big baseball family (hence the hats on either end of his bed!) so we had to include touches of baseball in the room.

We bought the dresser, desk and chair when we first moved into the house.  I now wish I had waited and purchased a dresser that was shorter and wider, like this.  It would provide him with more space to display items, with the larger top.  I also think it wouldn't have such a "heavy" feel to it.

I still need to switch out the lighting and hang up some awesome blue hooks that I picked up (they'll go behind his door).  They will give him a place to easily hang up sweaters or hats vs placing them on his bed.  The bed frame could have gone, but there's nothing wrong with it, so it stays for now.  A little more art to hang (sports related, of course) and then that's that!

He's so happy with it, there's a bean bag chair on the left side of his bed where he loves to hang out.  I'm happy that he's content with the space and finds it so cozy.   Now to move onto the other kidlets' rooms!  Hopefully it won't take me as long to finish! oy!

Cheers,

The Dining Room Chairs Before & After

Monday, March 14, 2016

If you're following me on Instagram then you've definitely gotten your fill of our new-to-us dining room chairs.  I still can't believe that I found them!  I live for great vintage finds and the fact that these chairs were in such great shape was an added bonus.

The dining room is now on it's way to being finished, which I'm SO excited about!  I vowed to never again reupholster chairs, but I figured I could tackle this job in a decent amount of time, so I decided to take on the challenge.  What I had forgotten was how unforgiving reupholstering is on your hands! Oh man, I have nice blister on the inside of my thumb and I still can't feel the tip of one of my fingers!  But, it was well worth it!

Here are the chairs before:





I chose to go with the stunning floral fabric, Millie, for the seats and then to add some velvet piping in Citrus.  Both fabrics are from the wonderful Tonic Living.  The best part is that the floral fabric has a soil and stain resistant finish!  I've had my eye on this fabric for some time, so I was pretty excited to finally have a place to use it!  The velvet piping added the perfect finishing touch!









I finished this project over two days, while the kids were at school.  The reupholstering definitely took up a large chunk of that time.  Sewing and adding the piping was much quicker.  The next time I do this, I think I would opt for piping that is more tightly woven (they didn't have it at our local fabric store and I was too impatient to search for other options lol).

Now I just need to find a rug.  I do have my eye on this one from IKEA, but I'm still undecided if I want to go that route or if a neutral rug would be better.  Maybe I'll just give the one from IKEA a try ;)

Have a wonderful day!

Cheers,

***Tonic Living kindly provided me with the fabric for this project.  This however, did not influence my opinion in any which way, all opinions are my own.

Celebrate Warmer Weather With the CANVAS Patio Collection!

Friday, March 11, 2016


It's bound to happen, the arrival of warmer temps (right?!) and soon, everyone will be dusting off their patio and begin to plan their backyard oasis for 2016!


Back in November I had the chance to get a jump start on my very own backyard plans, when I met up with the wonderful Canadian Tire team to style pieces from their gooooorgeous CANVAS Patio Collection.  I thought about my family and how we love to use our backyard space.  The first thing that came to mind, a BBQ pizza party and games night!

You will find us in our backyard most days and nights once the warmer temperatures arrive.  Hubs and I start our day off by enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck and we typically finish the day there, enjoying a delicious beverage after dinner.  Here in Canada, summer is rather short, so we are determined the make the most of it!

Since the day we moved into this house, I've dreamt of having two designated areas in the backyard...one for dining and another for max-relaxing.  So that's what I created for this wonderful collaboration!


When hosting a BBQ pizza party, consider removing chairs from one side of the table so that your guests can easily help themselves to the delicious food.  Wooden cutting boards play double duty.  You can easily cut your pizzas into bite size pieces and leave them on the board for everyone to try!  A cutting board and serving tray in one!



Two things that every patio needs are flowers and lanterns!  But why not use a party tub or a mud pan (yup, mud pan) for planters?  Another quick and easy DIY: grab some old cans from your recycling bin, spray them your colour of choice (I went with gold) and again, use them as planters or add some water and a floating candle for an added touch of ambiance!




Brilliance is designing dishes that are both durable and beautiful (they do exist!).  I adore these ripple tumblers and especially love how they make your beverage look over the top refreshing with the bubbles that are set within the plastic!  Even more brilliant?  Lamps that are solar powered and that bring a touch of interior style to your outdoor space!





Add some pillows, throws, and finger foods and just like that, you have yourself an extremely warm and welcoming space for you, your family and your guests!  Hop on over to this Pinterest board to see more inspiration creating a fantastic backyard oasis!  You can view some videos and other great decor ideas here!


Happy entertaining!

Cheers,

This post is a collaboration with Canadian Tire, all opinions are my own.
 

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