This week I had one of the most fun Style Sessions of recent history. I did a daytime ‘back to work’ session for new mommies with babies in tow of course. The best part was being able to ‘work’ during the week and bring my own 3 year old with me – and maybe the baby cuddles.
Some concerns about accessories were universal no matter what sort of career/work moms were headed back into because everyone has young grabby babies. Dangling earrings were out, as were delicate necklaces. Pieces that would also work for non-office mom life were also key – and I’m always a fan of versatility. So here are some of my top picks for new moms, no matter what your day to day looks like.
Earrings. Studs, Ear Climbers, and Ear Jackets. Nothing too dangly, some versatility, and a little bit of cool factor.
Deja Vu Studs are reversible, available in a variety of options and metals. I guarantee there’s a deja vu stud for everyone. And Sparkle Studs really speak for themselves – my absolute favourite ‘add-on’ item to any order, for $19 you get the look of 1.5 karat diamonds. Perfect for vacations, honeymoons, bridesmaids, date nights, and gift giving.
Ear Climbers are my favourite alternative to studs, just as easy to wear but that much more ‘cool factor’. Bonus – if you have more than one piercing you can put the climbers in the top and pair with a hoop or stud in the bottom piercing.
The Pave Triangle Ear Climbers are more delicate and also available in silver.
Ear Jackets have been popular for a while, my top pick for the newest version of an ear jacket is the Pave Horn Ear Jacket because you can also wear the stud on it’s own, turn it upside down and wear it like an ear climber. Or you can flip the climber piece around for a solid gold look instead of all-pave-all-day.
For necklaces, a simple pendant or versatile lariat always seem to work. Easy to finish your look for the office or toss on with jeans and a tee and head to the park, and not too delicate that it can be easily yanked off by your favourite 1 year old.
A pendant is great for those that are no nonsense, and no thinking required or are new to accessorizing and are looking for really simple pieces to just get started with. The Luna & Double Horn Pendants are the newer version of the Rebel Pendant (bottom row above). All very organic shapes, the Rebel is modelled after a piece of crystal and the Luna & Double Horn are a little softer and obviously lunar in shape/inspiration. Wear them together, alone, or layer with delicates to customize your look.
I love a lariat for those that require more versatility. You can wear them simply draped around your neck and maybe tossed over itself like a knot in the front, or get more creative. So many options with these, and so many more options available as well. Wear them doubled up to get a layered and shorter look, backwards for a black tie affair with a dramatic backless dress, wrapped around your wrist, or in your hair with your favourite up-do, the sky is the limit.
And for the wrist – keep it simple! Go with a easy wrap or a cuff. My top pick for any mom is always the Illumiate Cuff – proceeds from sales go to support one of my favourite charities Every Mother Counts (is there a better gift for a new mom than a very cool bracelet that also supports maternal health?). Or go with an easy leather/beaded wrap bracelet like the Sierra or the Gilded Path.
All these styles will work with just about any outfit, and can help you feel pulled together when you’re heading out of the house in the mornings no matter your destination.
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;
And our bench;
And today they delivered the finished product! 8.5 foot Reclaimed Hemlock Barn Board, 100% amazing.
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.
And to top off our new table, some fruit and fresh tulips. Can’t wait to host our first family dinner!
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!
Detail shot of the socks and shoes…
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!’
But 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
And on a more casual note, this was a win for me;
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’.
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!