Sunday shopping: hitting up the summer sales

So as you know I don’t tend to spend a lot on clothes. I have a few classic pieces that I will spend good  moula on eg. jeans, purses and shoes but for everything else this SSM is cheeeaap! So I either swap, thrift, garage sale hunt or raid my laundry room throw-away box! So it was much to my husband’s shock and horror when i came home from my ‘spiritual retreat’ loaded down with shopping bags from the craaazy summer sales. Hahaha. Well let me tell you friend, I was darn proud of my purchases. Let me share.

1) Anthropologie skirt reduced to $40 + tax, used gift certificate, so all i had to pay was $4, 2) H&M oversized chambray shirt (because my husband is a male size L and I”m a female size XS so there goes ‘raiding hubby’s closet’ outfits) $14, 3) H&M black romper youth size 14 $12 (score!), 4) Old Navy metallic flats $20 – my biggest purchase but a total staple, 5) Old Navy belt on sale for $4 and 6) Bollywood bangles from F21, $6… loving it!

What did you purchase this week? Any steals from the summer sales?

Treasures in Vancouver #2 – Nitobe Gardens

Hidden at the back of UBC’s campus is the infamous Nitobe Garden. Recently my little travel companion and I visited this garden and marvelled at the peace, beauty and harmony that we experienced here. Nitobe Gardens is considered to be one of the most authentic gardens in North America and certainly one of the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Every tree, shrub and flower has been deliberately placed is carefully maintained to reflect an idealized conception and symbolic representation of nature.  Visit in spring for the cherry blossoms, summer for the irises or autumn for the maples. The subtleties of Nitobe Memorial Garden can be enjoyed throughout the year: a reflecting pond with Koi, streams and waterfalls, stone lanterns and the teahouse — all contribute to a unique and meaningful experience.

Welcome back old friends

Although my 30 for 30 remix days are far behind me, I thought I’d share what I’ve been wearing since (well Saturday!) I am loving having full access to my wardrobe and actually have worn some of my 30 for 30 items as well (surprise surprise?!) 

 What I wore: Utility Jacket (my new staple): F21, dress – Glebe Market in Sydney (Sportgirl I believe), Sunnies – H&M ($2) and shoes – swapped (Target)

At UBC’s beautiful Nitobe Gardens with #2 boy – my outfit wasn’t clear so posted the below pic to help you out! Dress: Old Navy, Scarf – swapped (from fellow blogger and talented artist Anje (see her blog here) & denim jacket: thrifted (Gap)

My darling hubby let me get a couple of days off to have a personal retreat to Bowen Island. Forgive my expression – I’d just finished a long uphill hike and was admiring (trying to admire amidst exhaustion) the view. Shirt – garage sale ($1!), DIY Bracewell jeans into shorts and Shoes: Toms

Till next Wednesday, take off your Mommy sweats and smelly Uggs and put on some pretty clothes!

xxo, SSM

Which way to the gym?

Husband and I are pretty nutty about our respective gyms (well only him really, I personally like the fact that it gives me an hour away from my kids… sorry but it’s true!) Found this recently and had a chuckle … it’s so so true!

pleatedjeans:your local gym

courtesy of ilovecharts

Sunday shopping: Give me some Sexy Summer Momma

Hey Moms, do you often feel that ‘sexy’ is the last word you would ever use to describe yourself at the moment? I do. I’d describe me as ‘practical’, ‘organised’, ‘efficient’ even ‘stylish’… but definitely not ‘sexy’. Well who says we can’t feel or be sexy after having kids? No one. And I know our hubbies still think we’re sexy – so that’s at least one person in the world. Thankfully some brands are offering us sexiness at little cost (under $50!) and infuse some practical summer features into the mix. Recently when virtual window shopping I came across the Victoria’s Secret sale and thought – wow, these girls are sexy – but not skanky, I think I could actually wear that and look somewhat-sexy myself. What do you think? (and just quietly I pretty much crush on every Victoria’s model out there – they are sooo gorgeous!!)

30 for 30 remix – Final update!

I entered into my last five days with as much enthusiasm as I started this challenge, so excited about the rest of my summer wardrobe crying out to be worn! Here’s what I wore on my final week of the 30 for 30 challenge.

Day 26:

Dress – Swapped, Cardigan – H&M, thrifted, Shoes – H&M (sale!), Earrings – Spank.

Day 27:

T-shirt – Amour Lux,Vest – Jacob (sale), Shorts (Sass&Bide OLD, similar)

Day 28: Skirt – Anthropologie (sale), Tube top – Old Navy (swapped), Belt (from Esprit skirt in challenge), Necklace (I feel like Betty Flintstone in this!), thrifted, Shoes - Aldo (consignment), Bracelets – Grandma, Mom, H&M, thrifted, vintage & swapped

Day 29: So… the one top I haven’t worn – I thought I should finally wear it – so wore it for two days in a row! Top – Gap (sale), Skirt – Mom’s, Hair-clip – thrifted, Shoes - Aldo (consignment)

Day 30:  Top – Gap (sale), Skirt – Anthropologie (sale), Shoes – vintage & earrings – thrifted. 

Saturday’s schmoozings with…

Another Mom/daughter power team (like here), Jennifer Gray and her daughter, Shaughnessy Chow-Domos, co-owners of trendy, Yaletown boutique Jennyfleur loves… I had a chance to chat to these two lovely ladies about their boutique and their fashion highs and lows. 

SSM: Tell me about Jennyfleur Loves, how it came about, where your name comes from and the aim of your boutique?

JG: We thought of the name originally as it is a take on the name Jennifer – we just liked the name – and because the boutique is filled with all the things that we personally love.. we wanted to share our finds and the things we love with our friends and customers. Jennyfleur Loves… is owned and run by my daughter Shaughnessy and myself. We are completely hands on and every item in our boutique has been personally chosen by us – we spend quite a bit of time carefully choosing brands and styles that we would actually wear ourselves. Both of us love to have a little bit of a unique style, so we are constantly searching the globe to find those things to suit both of our taste. It seems to work, because we have a broader approach to fashion as it comes from both of our perspectives, therefore our store appeals to other mothers and daughters just like us.

SSM: What sets Jennyfleur Loves… apart from other Vancouver boutiques?

JG: We are always looking for unique brands and trends and never play it safe when it comes to fashion. Our buying is not limited to any particular geographical area – if we find something special- it becomes a necessity to have in the store. We are also conscious of the fact that not everyone has the same budget, ensuring that there is something for everyone. We carry everything from clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags, nail polish as well as fun little gift items. You can spend as little as $9 or up to $1600. Many of our clients pop by to purchase gifts for their moms, daughters and girlfriends because they know that can find something within their price range that they won’t find anywhere else. Customer service is very important to us – we want everyone who walks through our doors to have an amazing and unique experience. We welcome those who simply want to drop by for a chat over a cup of coffee or a beverage which we always keep on hand. We want to create and comfortable and friendly environment for all our friends and customers and most of all we like to keep it fun! We are just a phone call away any time -  even when we are not in the store we are happy to answer questions.

SSM: One of my favourite activities was shopping with my Mom, Jennyfleur seems to specialize in providing for Mother and daughter – how do you bridge the gap of style and age?

JG: There are alot of trendy moms out there – just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you have to lose your individual style. Our customers range in age from around 13 to over 70. Not only do we get moms and daughters, but grandmothers as well. There are certain looks that will work for any age  – for example a mother or a daughter might like the same jacket but in the end, each will style the look completely differently to suit their own age group and personality.

SSM: Who are some of your favourite designer that you stock right now that would suit a Vancouver Mom?

JG: DV by Dolce Vita is one of our favourite brands for every day living because it is fashionable and affordable at the same time. Whitney Eve injects femininity into all her pieces allowing them to be worn in a casual setting to a more formal setting. We are looking forward to carrying many new brands in the fall, Cameo, Style Stalker, Finders Keepers, Maison Scotch.  And of course the biggest trend this summer in footwear is TOMS shoes – which every mom needs. As well, We are going to be carrying TOMS for little ones as well in October.

SSM: What are your favourite trends we are seeing this summer?

JG: The maxi trend seems to have taken over and we are loving it!

SSM: What are your personal key staples in your wardrobe?

JG: White sheer button up shirt and wide leg trousers, Jeffrey Campbell Shoes.

SCD: Pants, white button up shirt, Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

SSM: Do you and your daughter ever share clothes, if so what items?

JG: YES! We share just about everything – except shoes only because our feet are different sizes.

SSM: Biggest fashion purchase regret?

JG: Acid wash denim way back when… I can’t even look at the new version of it today!

SCD TNA pants

SSM: Vancouver Moms often have a clothes allowance, if we were to splurge and invest in something, what would you recommend?

JG: Both Shaughnessy and I agree that having a classic handbag goes a long way in completing your look. It is well worth the investment and depending on the bag, should last for many years.

SSM: What are your best selling products at the moment?

JG: People are crazy over TOMS shoes right now – they are affordable, comfortable, fashionable and with their one for one program where they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased, Vancouverites appreciate all those things. Our Wildfox Couture baggy beach jumpers have been a great seller – they are so soft!

SSM: What items should a simply stylish Mom never be seen in outside of the house and gym (my biggest gripes are Uggs and Lululemons)?

JG: Well, you have just said a couple of our gripes as well, but besides that we both agree Crocs  – they should be saved for the garden only!

SSM: Finally, a fashion minute with you both:

Favorite shoes:

JG & SCD: Fluevog, Jeffrey Campbell

Favorite stores:

JG & SC-D:Topshop, Bloomingdales

SCD: All Saints

If I was attending the Oscars I would wear:

SCD: Zuhair Murad

JG: Marchesa – I love the glamour!

Favorite magazine:  Vogue Italia

Shopping is:  A complete high for both of us – that is why we do what we do with a passion.

Last purchase:

SC-D: Felix and Andriks ear cuff from our store

JG: Jeffrey Campbell Page One Suede Wedges

Favorite clothing era:

JG: The 1930′s and 40′s – I love to watch all the old movies sometimes just to see what they are wearing. I have to say I also have a place in my heart for the 1960’s as well.

SC-D: The 1960′s – Givenchy!

My inspiration:

Both: The Sartorialist

Thank you ladies for your time and best wishes with your fabulous store!

Readers; have a lovely weekend, I’m off to Bowen Island for two days, what are your plans?

xxo, SSM


 1058 Mainland Street
Suite 110
Vancouver,BC V6B 2T4
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Gray and frockon

Friday’s IT list

theitlistHappy Friday peeps! I hope you are staying cool these days… stay inside and discover some great new blogs with all these fun links! Enjoy!

  • gs lillian uses two men’s neckties as a belt – this is so cute and fun idea for raiding your guys closet! Or the mens section in your favorite store or thrift shop! (find gs lillian on twitter!)
  • a spot of whimsy brings you gorgeous beach photos… does the beach ever get old? Never.  That’s what I say! (find a spot of whimsy on twitter!)
  • johns journal had her handsome, handsome baby boy this week… bop on over and give her some sweet words! (find johns journal on twitter!)
  • alisha of alisha and brandon gives tips to style bloggers on how to do your own photos… especially helpful when your live-in photographer (or otherwise) isn’t available!  Check out her tips! (find alisha and brandon on twitter!)
  • sweetie pie style devotes a whole week of her blog to her kitchen… stop by to see the “befores” and give your two cents on her selections. She has a very fun project in the works! (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)
  • little tin soldier mixes yellow and leopard print. I suddenly wish I had more of both in my closet – gorgeous! (find little tin soldier on twitter!)
  • simply stylish mom is giving away one of these adorable wall flags… stop by to check them out and enter to win! (find simply stylish mom on twitter!)
  • verbal melange is going on a Financial Diet and she’s encouraging you to join her – stop by to see what it’s all about! (find verbal melange on twitter!)
  • the style dossier takes three sisters who each style up the same dress… see how they do it!  This is so fun! (find the style dossier on twitter!)
  • fabulously average calls this outfit “corporate chic” – I love that! I remember working in a business office in the summers and finding it difficult to look profession and keep cool She does it! (find fabulously average on twitter!)
  • take me for a twirl shows off this awesome thrifted skirt in bold red!  What a fun color for summer. (find take me for a twirl on twitter!)
  • good life for less contemplates what’s appropriate wear for summer outdoor activities… check it out! (find good life for less on twitter!)
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