Beauty Content – Spa Day At Home

I recently fell in love with Beautycounter – have you heard? My girl Gwyneth Paltrow first introduced me, then I heard some more about it from JCrew (you can always count on Jenna Lyon!) . Their mission is simple – To get safer products into the hands of everyone. Their products though? cult following, and as I recently discovered, for good reason!

I have a terrible history with extremely dry and sensitive skin that is highly allergic & reacts with eczema. OHSOFUN. I stopped wearing all eye makeup 1.5 year ago because it got to the point where everything caused a reaction. Eczema on your eyes – not fun folks! Before Beautycounter I was down to 2 brands of cleansers & moisturizers that I could use safely – both unsurprisingly from Europe where they have MUCH higher standards for ingredients than we do in North America (and here then Canada has higher standards than the USA). Beautycounter has a Never List of 150+ ingredients that they will NEVER use in their products – making them so much safer for all.

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They are extremely new to Canada, so when my girl Allison over at City Mama Style first signed up as a Beautycounter consultant I was quick to host an online pop up shop. My first order was the sheer lipstick in Fig, and that was all it took to get me hooked. The perfect natural enhanced nude colour, moisture that lasted half the day without leaving my lips high and dry afterwards. Instant brand loyalty in one cute gold lipstick case.Before I knew it I was ordering more and more and then I realized I really need to just become a consultant as well.

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Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Fig – is that the perfect nude or what? (

This past Sunday I found myself with a few hours of serenity in the late afternoon, my daughter was napping and Mr Content was catching up on work in his home office. I took the time to do a quick scrub with the charcoal cleansing bar (I only use it here and there to control the odd hormonal breakouts, Mr Content has more oily skin and uses it more regularly). And then I filled my sink with steaming hot water and held my face over top for a few minutes to loosen everything up and then i applied my new Purifying Charcoal Mask, laid back in bed and read my book in compete silence. HEAVEN.

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A simple and quick treatment, although very lux for a Sunday afternoon for this mama. “Mineral rich with Kaolin clay and charcoal to draw out impurities, gently exfoliate, and soothe skin.”

This mama gives it two thumbs up! I didn’t need a lot of product to get even coverage so the tube will last me quite a while. It washed off easily afterwards and left my skin feeling fresh, smooth and taught but not dry. Follow up with your favourite moisturizer. I definitely plan to use this for spot treatments as well, when needed.

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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.

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

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.

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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 – Pastel Power

The forecast for last night & today was so miserable – I just refuse to let Spring think it can drag it’s butt any longer. So I did my best to pretend the warm sunny weather is on it’s way by opting for a pastel mani/pedi. I wish I had had the presence of mind to take note of the colour names – both are Essie. Obvi i went for mint green on the toes and a pretty soft coral on my hands, my sincerest apologies for not knowing exactly which colours they might be.

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A fresh mani/pedi will cheer any girl up – well at least it always cheers this girl up. Especially these days as I can barely manage to shave my legs, never mind paint my toes. It’s the one indulgence I’ve tried to maintain through my pregnancy – because when you look good, you feel good. And some days when the hormones are through the roof and you don’t know if you are happy or sad or coming or going – you need all the help you can get. A little pastel polish goes a long way.

Baby Content – Bee Decisions

Ok folks, those brilliant folks at Bugaboo have gone and done it again. This time they are offering limited edition Andy Warhol prints on their canopies for all stroller models. But which one to choose??? Let me know your vote!

Flowers?

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or Cars?

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Style Content – OOTD Shades of Grey

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New grey washed out jeans (maternity) from H&M ($40!), oversized black blouse  by hanni y that is a staple in my closet (I’ve had it for over a year). Oversized fuzzy grey w/ skulls scarf and of course my trusty black leather jacket both from Zara. Boots from  Fiorentini & Baker.

All that happened here was a new pair of inexpensive maternity jeans from H&M giving new life to some staples in my wardrobe. FYI I’m at 27 weeks here. We didn’t take a side profile pic but trust me there’s a large bump there. That’s why i had the big fuzzy scarf and gloves on, because there’s no way my jacket zips up.

Mrs Content – Guest Etc

I had so much fun today shooting with Jonathan from lululemon. He is the proud owner of Guest Etc and asked to feature me this week. Having worked for lululemon for 6+ years, I’m still a big fan of their clothing – which is no secret if you’ve been following my OOTD posts.

Here are some of the ‘runners up’ photos from today’s shoot;

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Another Beautiful Yoga Morning

We welcomed in Spring today with Toronto Yoga Mamas (even though it felt like anything but Spring outside!). These camo Wunder Unders are still one of my all time faves and they spark a conversation every time I wear them.Image

There’s new art up in the Gallery where Toronto Yoga Mamas practices out of. I love yoga-ing amongst art.

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