My apple is unwell…

Faithful reader, my darling baby laptop is having severe headaches at the moment, probably an overdose of fashion blogs…oh well he’s at the doctor at present and i have no idea when he will return to me.. so until then, please be patient. i will be back!

what could be more perfect with your morning coffee?

than a piece of toast?

I’ve found this gorgeous British store called Toast.  Founded in 1997, Toast has beautiful clothes for women and men as well as homewares. The company has grown lots since then and continues to do so with stores in England plus their online store ( They also have a strong ethical policy eg, using organic cotton and only animal products that are a by-product of the meat industry plus most items are made in the UK.

Here’s some of my favourite pics of their ladies clothes.

xxo, Simplystylishmom

How to get new clothes without spending a cent



Answer: Hold a clothes swap party! I’ve hosted one each Spring for the last five years. Clothes swap parties can be great fun and a fantastic way to refresh that closet or wardrobe of yours. However, there are some things you should know before you start.

1. Send out invitations to all of your friends. Use the internet for this – a facebook event, email or an evite. The more friends you invite, the greater the clothes selection. Be clear on your invitation to let everyone know how many garments to bring. Of course, everyone is welcome to bring as many items as they want, but set a minimum (I usually say at least one shopping bag’s worth)

2. Go through your own closet to pull out the clothes you no longer wear. Include only clothing that someone can still wear in your clothes swap pile.

3. Find a large space, either in your own house (I’ve done it in three different rooms which is fun), a friends house or hire a public space eg. a community centre, church hall. Set up tables and garment racks. When your friends arrive, take their clothes and display them just as you would if you owned a store. If you can, have a room with mirrors (and privacy!) where people can try things on.

4. Now this is where it’s up to your choice – you can either create a system whereby people take turns picking items from the collection and each person chooses one item OR you can let people loose on the clothes and hope for the best (ie. no cat fights). I have always chosen the latter and so far (fingers crossed), I’ve had no catfights!

5. Continue until every piece of clothing has been claimed or until the party has a natural end point. Donate any unclaimed items to a charity.

At the end of the night you can leave with a completely new outfit without spending a cent!

N.B You can also have games – I’ve had a door prize some years which has been pretty fun and with smaller groups have run a trivia game, always with prizes. You can serve refreshments either you providing them or get people to contribute. Some swap parties charge an entry fee, I always make mine free – again that’s up to you. People can also bring accessories to the clothes swap party, too. Everyone can swap purses, shoes, belts and jewellery. Some year’s I’ve also had people bring Men, Kids, Maternity clothes as well as books and homewares… again up to you!

xxo, Simplystylishmom


P.S Oh – for any readers in Vancouver, BC, I am hosting a clothes party tomorrow (Saturday 26th) night if anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll forward you the details!


Free coffee or tea on Earth Day!

What better way to support our earth than to visit your local Starbucks?! Kidding. Anyone who knows me knows that while I’m not the greatest Starbucks fan, I am a fan of anything free…. so when you bring in your travel cup to your local Starbucks on Earth Day, April 22, you’ll get a free coffee or tea!

Having said that… on any other day, PLEASE either make your own coffee (with fair trade coffee beans) or purchase it from a small, local business eg. Kokopelli at Dunbar (more on that next week!)

Encourage nose-picking

When I lived in Paris i used to love watching all the kids. They are so beautifully dressed and there’s many kids clothes stores that are reasonably priced and their designs are amazing. They even have kids clothes in your local super-market! The French certainly know how to do kids clothes.

Now, 10 years later, with two boys of my own, i find it so hard to find boys clothes that don’t have skull & crossbones, trucks, or dinosaurs plastered all over them. I’ve recently come across this awesome French brand – with an even more awesome name: Finger in the Nose (!!) ( Here’s some of the Spring 2011 looks for boys.

What in the world is Hennes and Mauritz?

Hennes & Mauritz AB (operating as H&M), is a Swedish clothing company, known for its inexpensive and fashionable clothing offerings for women, men, teenagers and children. H&M has more than 1,500 stores in 28 different countries and has more than 60,000 employees. The company was established in Vasteras, Sweden, in 1947 by Erling Persson, though at the time it only sold women’s clothing and was called Hennes, Swedish for “hers.” In 1968, Persson acquired the premises and inventory of a Stockholm hunting equipment store named Mauritz Widforss. Included in the inventory was a supply of men’s clothing, prompting Persson to expand into menswear. Accordingly, he renamed the store Hennes & Mauritz, later abbreviated to H&M. Erling’s son, became CEO in 1990 and Chairman of the Board in 1998.

Why do we love it? Cheap, funky clothes to suit a range of styles and the cutest ever kids clothes! What could be wrong with that?

Here’s my favourite pics from the Spring 2011 catalogue.