What I wore Wednesday: A life interrupted

Linking up with one of the loveliest blogs, The Pleated Poppy (check out the other outfits!) with some of my daily Mommy outfits – and note they’re not as fancy as other bloggers pictures of themselves because 1) i don’t have a fancy camera 2) i am not photogenic at all and c) i have two little ones who like to be within 1 metre of me at all times…

My super comfy, everyday outfit: I love this sweater (Ben Sherman, hand-me-down from a girlfriend), paired with swapped t-shirt, my daily bangles (gifts from Mom and H&M), my latest jeans (BDG cigarette jeans) from Value Village and my newest pair of adorable cobalt blue loafters (Value Village).

Trying to style my $2.50 teal (can’t tell the awesome colour in these pictures) skinny jeans – with my cute interruptions. Jeans (thrifted), T-shirt (Asos), Sleeveless Trench (F21-on sale!), Necklace (church garage sale)

Here with wrap (Anthropologie) and the comfiest ballet flats ever (Old Navy - on sale!)

  this one – had to steal a moment outside to escape the boys. here i was trying on some pieces i purchased BK (before kids) as i was doing a major wardrobe cleanse – i thought, either i wear them now, or i donate them! Cardigan: thrifted, Top: Review, Jeans: 7 for All Mankind ($40 at Barneys warehouse sale!), Shoes: Value Village, Necklace: a boutique in London (gift from husband), Hat: Asos

How do other style blogger Moms take get their pictures taken without our lovely interruptors? Would love to know…

xxo, SSM

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Work it Wednesday: the Breton Shirt

This closet staple, an item i wear the whole time! The Breton stripe shirt originated in Brittany—a French province by the sea which explains its nautical affiliation. The long-sleeved cotton garment usually has a boat neck and, traditionally, the stripes begin around the breastbone. These shirts are super comfy and better still, so versatile. They can be worn year round paired with jeans, shorts, skirts, blazers, cardigans….

This shirt is reminiscent of Coco Chanel, portrayed here by Audrey Tatou in one of my favourite movies Coco Avant Chanel which portrays her simple, but elegant personal style borrowed from traditionally male pieces. 

If you want to get your own Breton, I’ve found some affordable options here, here and here ($8.00!) Mine was very affordable, I found it in one of my community’s laundry room drop off box and it’s an original Breton top from France, why someone was getting rid of it I don’t know!?! Oh well, it has served me well! Here’s three of looks I’ve done with it recently:

with skinny jeans and flats and a silk scarf; with an Anthropologie skirt and H&M sandals and with boyfriend jeans, sunnies and sandals.

Happy Wednesday!

xxo, SSM

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Bright interruptions on a cloudy day

Green of the Crop HeelChloé Cropped wool and silk-blend pants by MarniCleobella Mexicana Clutch in Yellow
Fatigue Finery CapeCece suede ballet flatsImage 1 of ASOS Leather Skinny Metallic Belt

This Fall, get yourself some brightly coloured pieces so as the weather gets colder and foggier, you’ll still stand out in the crowd.

If you’re not comfortable with main piece, stick to accessories – a bag or a shoe.

Don’t go overboard, you don’t want to turn into a rainbow. Make sure you wear the bright colours with a neutral or a pattern print.

xxo, SSM

Leopards and Zebras

This week’s Clothed Much Rule-Breaking challenge proved tough for me. While I own many a stripe, I’m not really a leopard print girl…. I have two items: my leopard print flats and my pink leopard print scarf… so I incorporated them with my simple stripey t-shirt and voila – an outfit i would wear out the door!

t-shirt: laundry room, skinny jeans: thrifted ($2.50), shoes: thrifted (steve madden), scarf: blogger scarf swap and bangles: F21

Review: Red Dragon Apparel

When I was contacted to try the latest items from RDS (Red Dragon Apparel),a local, Vancouver skateboard company, I was dubious. Anyone who knows me, knows that skateboarding, let alone sport in general isn’t really my thing. I basically go to the gym, walk everyday do yoga and live a pretty healthy lifestyle, but sport? What’s that? Hehe. No really, unlike 99% of Vancouver women, I generally refuse to wear sportswear as my everyday attire. If you see me in sweats I’m usually on the way to the gym, sick as a dog (and you’re at my house) or… well shoot me if it’s neither of those two options. I didn’t think I could be too much help for RDS especially since the aim of this blog is to encourage Moms to be stylish, not wearing sweats and hoodies.  However, RDS has a huge line of clothing available, from hats to shirts to pants.

When I saw their Fall catalogue, I was actually excited. They sent me the following items: The Olivia Leggings (above), the Bella Cardigan (right) and the Raven Hood (below). The Olivia Leggings are more like jeggings than leggings. They are a thicker material than leggings are their waist band is high-waisted and not elasticised like leggings. I really love the feel of these and will definitely wear them as everyday pants rather than workout leggings.They will look great with boots or ballet flats or even heels for date nights.

The Bella cardigan unfortunately is huge on me (even in their smallest size). It is a lovely cream and is quite see through and certainly has the fit of a boyfriend cardigan. I passed it onto a girlfriend and she likes it but her husband doesn’t like the RDS label on the back. It does look great over a simple top and jeans and is a great season transition piece.

The Raven hood is definitely an item I’d reserve solely for the gym. I really thought I wouldn’t like this but I really love the colour and as most of my gym clothes are black or grey it was great to add a punch of colour to my gym uniform. This sweater is HUGELY snuggly and I love the holes in the sleeves for my thumbs. It also has great pockets for keys etc.

I found some other items on their catalogue I really liked and would consider purchasing (below): the Aurora Tank has got a gorgeous back view and looks like a great everyday tank, the Adrienne button up chambray shirt is a great classic item and looks super comfortable and I love the military jacket, that kind of coat is perfect of Vancouver winters!

All in all I was happily surprised with RDS’s clothes. They were more stylish than I thought they’d be and while I would only wear a lot of their items to the gym, they do offer a lot of basics and their clothes are most certainly comfortable and suit a range of shapes and styles.
Check out their Fall/Winter catalogues here and here

xxo, SSM

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Thursday latelies: Sniff sniff!

Happy Thursday!

xxo, SSM

PSST don’t forget to check out other Thursday latelies at Bex…a style diary here and check out this week’s WOMEN ONLY giveaway here

Holding on to summer

Well, Fall has arrived. An unlike every other blogger on the planet, I’m not happy about it. I know i was kinda excited about it originally, but I’ve realised… I’m a summer girl. Maybe it’s the Aussie in me, maybe it’s the fact that summer is so darn sacred in this city, maybe it’s just the summer dresses, the denim shorts, the cute tank tops and the smell of sunscreen. I don’t know. But I am annoyed that summer is disappearing and the next six months of the year will be cold and wet. So, like the Mommy who holds tight to her child on the first day of school not wanting to let them go, I’m holding tight to summer, not ready to appreciate fall. So, my efforts have been to keep my summer wardrobe from collecting dust balls as long as i can.

NB I’m shivering in this shot. Shirt: F21, Romper: H&M (kids), Shoes: Thrifted (Steve Madden)

Hat: Asos, Tweed Blazer: Just Jeans (old), T-shirt: Laundry Room, Shorts: Sass&Bide (old), Boots: Laws of General Economy (Ariat), Bangles: F21

Date night/ friend’s art exhibition (#1 actually picked out this outfit!) Kimono: F21, Silk top: Value Village ($3), Necklace: F21, Jeans: J Brand Lovestory @ Anthropologie, Shoes: Thrifted

Ok, lots of knotted shirts, sorry if you’re sick of them! Shirt: Swapped, Dress: Marcs (old), Bangles: Moms, Boots: Value Village ($5)

xxo, SSM

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Work it Wednesday: Kimono love

I recently purchased this gorgeous Kimono top from F21. It was an internet find, but I waited till I was next in store, they had it but I wasn’t sure so slept on it (do you do that?) and sure enough, the next morning it was still on my mind, so I ordered it online (and so did my girlfriend who was shopping with me!) and when it arrived, it was love.

However, I’m left asking the question, how to style it? One of my favourite bloggers, My Daily Style, styled her kimono top this way:

She looks fabulous, doesn’t she? However, I’m on the lookout for some more Fall looks, so I turned to the trusting Pinterest for some inspiration and here’s what I found:

with my J Brand jeans and a v-neck tee ( i kinda this! see here),

 with a cream tee and skinny black jeggings and

for these transitionary days denim shorts, a white tee and ankle boots.

Nice one.

Sayonara friends, Kimono and I are off to enjoy our Fall day!

xxo, SSM

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pinterest images c/o zara.com and tobi.com