Style Content – Monday Fun Day OOTD

Spring is here today! I don’t know for how long but it’s here today! And although it’s still a bit cool out I just had to embrace the season with my outfit today. I opted for absolutely no maternity items today – this is proving more and more difficult as time goes on, so this is me squeezing my belly into these Zara jeans one more (last?) time (seriously it’s starting to get uncomfortable).

Yes I keep wearing the same clothes over and over, that’s what you do when you are 7 months pregnant! It’s too expensive to keep buying new items. I did buy this new t-shirt from Jcrew and am loving it. I went for a size large, even though i can still fit into a size Medium, thinking that it would easier accommodate the bump in these last 10 (or so) weeks.

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Leather Jacket – Zara, hoodie – Wings & Horns (husbands), V-neck tee – J Crew, jeans – Zara (same washed out stretchy jeans I bought months ago).  I paired this with my good ‘ol black Toms. I was going to go with my Tory Burch flats but had too much running around to do and thought the slipper like shoe was probably my best bet.

Layers Layer Layers and Comfort. That’s my advice (and motto) for today.

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Home Content – Reclaimed Wood Dining Room Table

When my parents got married, their parents bought them their Dining Room set – table & chairs etc. To this day we still have most family dinners/meals/gatherings at that table. So when we got married my parents wanted to do the same for us. I knew we were going to need something large and special to suit the space. Added to that we really wanted to go with reclaimed wood, but also have something that wasn’t so rustic it would look odd amongst our more modern & contemporary furnishings. And to throw one more ball into the juggle, my parents were paying for it so I didn’t want it to be outrageous in cost.

I searched high and low all over the city, the internet, word of mouth leads, etc. There’s no shortage of companies in Toronto that will make you a reclaimed wood table but their pricing was just out of the question. And then I stumbled upon HD Threshing. Their showroom and work shop are out in Cambridge, which helps them keep overhead down, it’s a family business, and they deal direct with the wreckers who take down old barns all over the country. We went to visit them in January and fell in love with their product. They don’t stain the wood but they do an epoxy finish that protects your table for life (I swear this thing will outlive my husband and I). This also adds a smooth surface which is helpful for kids doing homework, cleaning up crumbs and spills, etc. The colour of your finished product is based on how much sanding they do – the more sanding, the lighter the final colour. Everything is custom made and you can choose from a couple of different wood options, plus a variety of styles of shapes/sizes/legs/etc. We also opted for a bench to coordinate in style for the one side.

Last week they sent us photos of our table pre-epoxy;

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And our bench;

bench in progress

And today they delivered the finished product! 8.5 foot Reclaimed Hemlock Barn Board, 100% amazing.

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To keep it feeling modern we opted for really clean lines with the legs, and to seat enough people we opted for a Trestle Table as opposed to a Harvest style so the legs don’t get in the way. Also the bench they designed to be in the same style as the table. The bench came out a little darker than the table which is kind of the brilliance of their process, i love it. I don’t like things to be too ‘matchy matchy’. And we opted for clear resin chairs on the opposite side thus keeping the beauty of the table top as the focal point as well as maintaining a lighter and modern feel in the room. We have two velvet upholstered chairs being made for the ends, they should be ready in a few weeks. I’ll post photos when they arrive.

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And to top off our new table, some fruit and fresh tulips. Can’t wait to host our first family dinner!

Mrs Content – Toronto Yoga Mamas

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I stumbled upon Toronto Yoga Mamas when I was searching for a Doula a few months ago. We interviewed a handful from different agencies and I ended up connecting with Thea who also happens to teach pre-natal yoga at Toronto … Continue reading

Mr Content – Casual Friday in Navy Tweed

A great sport coat can go a long way. Today Mr. Content paired his new Navy Tweed jacket with a bold purple check shirt, a clean pocket square, dark denim cuffed over a strong loafer (not as high as in the picture, i tugged them up to show you the socks), and he’s never without a bold sock. The lesson here: Casual Friday in denim does not have to be sloppy!

Casual Friday ootd blue tweed

Detail shot of the socks and shoes…

Casual Friday ootd socks

Sport coat is from a new favourite spot of Mr. Content’s – Ted’s Style Shop. They have one of the best hand-picked selections in town and will tailor everything to fit like a glove (if it doesn’t already – most brand are from Europe and have a tailored fit right off the rack). Shirt is Tom Ford, socks, pocket square & shoes are all from Harry Rosen.

Kitchen Content – Home Made Hummus

I like most people have always just bought hummus in the store, not realizing how flippin easy it is to make myself!

I can’t take the credit for the recipe, just for following it – and now sharing it!

Here’s the recipe I used from Inspired Taste. Seriously delicious, I don’t plan on changing a thing next time. I like my hummus a little thick so I only added about 2 tablespoons of water at the very end, but everything else I followed to a T.

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Enjoy it with baby carrots, sliced cucumber, or just about any other veggie you can think of. Also for the price it cost (under $2) it yeilds about 2 or 3 times the amount you get in a pre-packaged option in the grocery store. And of course, no preservatives!

Home Content – The Wallpaper Diaries

Ok so I admit I put the whole wallpaper search on hold for a while. I did order the mural for the family room, which just came in. And was debating just painting the hallway instead of wallpapering it, mostly because the cost of awesome wallpaper was just so high! (seriously – it’s an investment!). But I really didn’t like the idea of a plain hallway, i wanted impact and life, some creativity! It’s tough with a hallway, there’s no direct sunlight and i have really awkward light fixtures (they came with the house, see below).

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So I took the time while I was waiting for the mural to arrive (meanwhile we did the baby’s room and our bedroom) to brainstorm solutions for the hallway. Should I just do the one wall? (but then would the impact be there?) Should I try one of those stencils like you see on Pinterest? (seriously, at 30+ weeks pregnant I can’t exactly get up on a ladder and my husband is not really the ideal candidate for this job) Should I just say ‘eff it’ and do plain jane paint for the entire hallway until i have the money and inclination to do it right? And then I was watching Candice Tells All and discovered paintable wallpaper. Oh. My. God. Could this be the solution?

As it turns out doing the hallway in Paintable Wallpaper is going to cost less than half of what it would cost for any of the cool graphic print wallpapers that we were looking at. And there are a lot of options, you can get anything from just a really cool texture, to a geo repeat, and plenty of traditional options as well. Including an option that would be awesome for a ceiling to mimic tin tiles.

Geo:

PW geo diamonds

Texture:PW texture

Tin Ceiling:PW tin roof

And the winner for us is this guy, i just love the traditional pattern and the scale of it. Also the fact that the texture is on the raised pattern really adds dimension:

PW raised relief

So the plan is to leave it white (the ceilings are going to be painted white as well, this grey has GOT to go) and then when it starts to look a little dingy we can just put a fresh coat of white paint on it. It’s highly durable and designed for high traffic areas. Can’t wait to show you the ‘After’ photos.

Mr Content – Passion for Purple

Why are men so afraid of colour? I assure you that executive or not, no matter what industry you work in, you don’t have to be afraid of colour! I highly encourage having a ‘signature’ colour, it makes wardrobe building so much easier and eventually makes outfit creativity so much easier.

OOTD Purple power

And of course, the details;

OOTD Purple Details

 

By now you’ve noticed Mr Content’s passion for purple, it’s a great colour to work with all your basics – Navy, Greys, Black, Brown, etc. When you have a variety of accessories that have your ‘signature colour’ mixed in, or in varieties of that particular colour it really makes wardrobe assembly easy in the mornings, and you always look polished.

Kitchen Content – Grain Free Granola

This recipe is great for paleo & primal diets, as well as anyone who enjoys tasty granola. Mr Content is hooked on it so I make a large batch every few weeks so he can add a few spoonfuls to some full fat yogurt before heading to the office. I love knowing what is in my food, and I also love great tasting food. Plus it’s a great gift if you ever need a hostess gift. Just fill up a mason jar and tie some raffia or straw around the jar in a bow and voila!

Now here’s the thing about this granola. I don’t measure. I’m sorry! It probably differs a little every batch but the basic ratios stay the same. And you can alter it to remove anything you don’t like, or add some items you do like. I have some nut allergies so I don’t put cashews in it, but i bet they would be super yum if you added them in.

The base of the granola is Almonds – both sliced and in pieces (mix up the texture), pecan pieces, and walnut pieces.

Granola nuts

Then I add coconut flakes (the larger the better, and preferably unsweetened), ground flax seeds/meal, hemp seeds, and sometimes sunflower seeds…

Granola seeds

Next is the dried fruit; apricots (i dice them up to make chunks), raisins, cranberries, and apples (unsweetened and also diced into chunks)…

Granola Fruit

Then comes the seasoning. This is the key to the flavour, well that and baking perfectly. Coconut oil melted it in the microwave, then add vanilla extract, a lot of cinnamon, and some rich/dark maple syrup. How much maple syrup you add is up to you and how large your batch is. Really you don’t need to sweeten it up too much because the fruit has a lot of sugar in it already. But i do go heavy on the cinnamon. Mix up the seasoning ingredients together then add to your fruit, seed, nut mix to coat thoroughly. But you don’t want a puddle of seasoning at the bottom of your bowl. Just enough to get everything nicely coated.

Granola seasoning

Your ratio should look something like this, i made an extra large batch so i divided it into two bowls so i wouldn’t spill everywhere while trying to coat the mixture;

Granola mix

Now you want to spread the mixture flat onto baking sheets, ideally lined with parchment paper. Set the oven for 200 degrees fahrenheit to slow bake. Stir the sheets every 10 minutes or so, so they don’t burn up and bake evenly.

Granola baking

Your granola is ready when it’s all a nice deep golden brown, the house smells amazing, and your apricots and raisins have plumped up.

Granola close up

Take your baking sheets out of the oven and let them cool completely. The raisins and apricots will shrink back down and the whole mixture will go from soft to crunchy. I absolutely recommend eating this with full fat organic yogurt for the best ever start to your day. Let me know if you make any alterations that you loved!

Style Content – The Pregnancy Files

It’s hard to get inspired with clothes these days with Spring only coming at us in short teasers, but I’m trying! I refuse to buy anything new until the weather turns and i can start getting some spring/summer items. I’m still doing prenatal yoga three times a week, swimming once a week, and in the last legs of getting the house ‘ready’. I’m dying to have my weekends back – as in no painting, no furniture assembly, no reason for a 7:30am alarm on a Saturday morning! I want some quality time with my husband. We live in the same house, sleep in the same bed, spend all weekend together working on the house – and I miss him! It’s just not the same as having ‘us time’. y’know? And the amount of weekends we have left where it’s just the two of us are decreasing rapidly, so I really want to make the most of it.

Whoa tangent, back on track; Yoga/Swimming/house etc = busy me who needs outfits that can take me through all the day time errands that need doing and are still comfortable. The bump is more of a mountain these days (11ish weeks left to go) and only getting bigger, this makes for some very uncomfortable waistbands in some of my regular go-to items. This week i rediscovered my harem pants – i know they are a hit or miss style with most folks but for this on-the-go-pregnant-yogi they were a key item this week. These exact ones were from the lululemon lab, so they were made in luxtreme which is a very soft flowy fabric and felt so comfortable around the bump.

Yoga mama w jacket

So this was me on Tuesday evening, heading off to Hypnobirthing with the Mister. I added one of my basic white maternity tshirts (from Thyme Maternity – great basics!), a scarf from lululemon (doubles as a shawl or a blanket in savasana), my husband’s sweatshirt and my good ‘ol denim jacket (levi’s).  Comfort to the max.

The next morning, for yoga – same pants but i added one of those extra long cool racerbacks I’ve told you about before.

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I had to give you a profile shot so you can see the bump is growing! (this is me at 28.5 weeks). So find your one piece that gives you your mojo and work it as many ways as possible, that’s my advice this week.

Style Content – Analyzing KK

Ok so I’m the first to admit pregnancy is not all rainbows and unicorns – your body is completely out of your control from the very moment of conception (except you just don’t know it yet). And adapting to the roller coaster is a full time job, and then when your body starts to change – and rapidly at that, adapting your wardrobe and style to that is also a challenge. I can’t even begin to imagine how someone who lives (and thrives?) in the public eye and whose pre-pregnancy body was constantly under scrutiny. So kudos to Kim for really embracing her changing body and trying to maintain her personal style throughout her pregnancy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but the girl keeps trying and my hat is off to her for that.

When i first saw this photo my gut reaction was ‘What was she thinking?!’

Kim Kardashian curves-1724150But then i saw this photo from another angle and I understood her thought process, from just about any other angle it looks like a totally different dress. But let this be a lesson to us all to check all angles before heading out – and also be weary of colour blocking. Sometimes it works… sometimes it doesn’t.

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Another lesson from KK – leave the peplum for when we have our waists back, and prints/shine just draw the eye so be careful where you’re drawing that eye to. Now if the black top had little more coverage (so you couldn’t see her bra through it) and it went down to her hips and the peplum was attached to the top – it’s possible this could have worked. But as it stands, I’m learning from her mistakes, and so should you.

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Now this on the other hand… Why would you strategically put embroidery that increases in size, with the biggest size right over your chest? She’s already known for her curves, and if she’s anything like me her boobs started getting bigger the second she got pregnant (true story I noticed how painful my boobs were before i figured out i was four days late…). So this move is just questionable. And then adding more bulk to the mid section without actually giving you shape, I have to assume she has one of those mirrors at home that lengthens and thins. Kudos to her for putting pants on under the dress and not attempting to wear it as a dress. Points to you Kim for having that insight through those crazy pregnancy hormones.

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In my books this is her biggest miss yet, I personally find exposed skin/cutouts/mesh inserts around a baby bump inappropriate, but more than that it’s just unflattering. It makes her boobs look bigger than her head (which they may very well be but why highlight them?!) and the hem slit curves up at a very unflattering point of her body, and goes a wee bit too hight for my taste. This is my biggest fashion miss of the year.

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For all the risks she’s taken, and misses she’s endured, she’s had a few hits as well. White is a tricky colour when you’re growing in size but i believe this was a white party so what choice did she have? All in all I think she did pretty good! I love all the ruching and no defined waist, very slimming. The draping on the right draws the eye down and also cuts the body down in width. How she’s holding the girls up is anybody’s guess but they’re at the right height and not pouring out. And her hair and makeup? Perfection!

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And on a more casual note, this was a win for me;

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It’s had mixed reactions from the press and bloggers alike but I like it, in fact I’d like to borrow it. I love this type of blocking, the oversized repeat and the strategic princess seams that draw the eye in. The top ‘V’ appears to drop a little too low to offer much in the way of shape, but with a jacket on it’s hard to tell what it might look like on it’s own.

Pregnancy is hard kids, staying fashionable and pregnant – even harder. She’s got at least 2 if not 3 more months to go and I for one am anxious to see what else she attempts as she gets into what my mom so lovingly refers to as ‘the elephantitus stage’.