Fancy dress

While I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween, I am partial to my kids running around dressed up, looking darn cute and collecting candy that I will find some reason to confiscate and when they’re tucked up in bed, husband and I will gorge ourselves silly. Happy Halloween…

goin’ native

 i love myself a new pair of shoes. especially comfy ones. these definitely are in competition with my TOMS and Allstars. They perfectly fit the ‘my husband hates them but i love them cause they’re so darn comfy’ bracket. Perfect for school drop off/pick up, swim lesson drop off/pick up, running to and from yoga, bike rides and running errands. These babies are from Native shoes, a local company that makes what i call ‘outdoorsy’ shoes: practical and useful for all kinds of weather and terrains. They also come in all kinds of fantastico colours and even better, kids sizes! For the Fall/Winter season they have some brilliant boots which have entered my personal wishlist, see here. My shoes (see above) are called The Jericho and come in about seven different colours and are ‘animal free, washable, waterproof, anti-microbal (which means they don’t spread fungi and yucky stuff like that), shock absorbant and (phew!) odor resistant (yay!). I highly recommend any Mom getting their hands on a pair of these goodies. I’m definitely going to get a lot of wear out of mine!

xxo, SSM

a petit treat

Recently, I was treated to a facial at Le Petit Spa on Vancouver’s westside. Located in an unobtrusive shopping mall, Le Petit Spa is a peaceful haven for Vancouver Moms. As soon as you enter this spa you are greeted with a serene space with a provincial decor and the signature flower, lavender seen (and smelt) everywhere (you even get given a pouch to take home with you!) Upon arrival you are ushered into a dressing room where you discard your clothes and personal belongings in rustic wooden lockers and change into a warm, fluffy robe and snuggly slippers. The waiting room is divine – there are magazines, tea, lime-scented water, cookies and chocolates, I happily sat there for a few minutes before being shown to my room by my facial specialist Razel. On this occasion I had a Dermalogica custom facial ($110) which included a relaxing massage, an extraction, exfoliation and a customized intensive mask. I use Dermalogica products daily and am a big supporter so to have a facial using their products was definitely a treat. Razel was super knowledgeable about the products as well as being a brilliant esthetician and while normally not the biggest fan of facials in the past, I most certainly enjoyed this experience. It was both relaxing and invigorating as well as leaving my skin feeling so well attended, nourished and spoilt afterwards. After my facial, Razel gave me a ‘make-up touch up’ which was a treat as I don’t wear make-up much and am always intrigued as to ways to apply it and different brands (they use Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup which felt amazing on my skin).

Aside from their facials and make-up, Le Petit Spa offers other services such as waxing, manicures/pedicures, brow/lashes treatments. They have various packages, weekly specials, monthly promotions and events throughout the year (like this one). They also have a morning dedicated to Moms, creating a space where Moms are free to bring their babies, breastfeed and enjoy a treatment for themselves and their babies. Additionally they do cater for men and my husband has enjoyed a massage there a few times and loves the special treatment! As for their prices, it is on the expensive side, but you certainly feel spoilt when you go there and you are guaranteed good service.

Thank you Le Petit Spa for a wonderful facial and spa experience, it most certainly was a treat!

xxo, SSM

Thursday latelies: From Paris with Love

  • Simply Stylish Mom’s Fall Smoothie: 1 cup of almond milk, 2 handfuls of frozen blueberries, 1 frozen banana, 1 handful of spinach leaves, 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, stevia (optional), pinches of cinnamon/pumpkin spice: blend it up and serve!
  • Belmondo Travel Kit, see here
  • Apricot Culotte (i love this (baby dior!), this and this for boys – and if i had a girl: this, this and ohmygoodness this!)

 Mon petit cherie in his Apricot Culotte sweater

Happy Thursday!

Link up to the other ladies at Bex….a Style Diary to see what they’re excited about!

love, SSM

Work it Wednesday: Stripes for cold days…

Ok, you’ve seen them everywhere: The breton, boat-necked blue and white striped t-shirts. They’re great for summer and under cardigans in the winter/fall. You’ve seen plenty of my t-shirt here, here and here (I even did a Work it Wednesday post on them!) They are so versatile, so stylish and so Mommy-convenient. So you can imagine my excitement, when browsing a local thrift store, and I found myself this stripey turtleneck, longsleeve tunic for under $10! I thought i may alter it (shorten, turn it into a round or boat neck) but as yet – have kept it and worked with it as is. Here’s three ways I’ve worn it:

with jeggings and a belt -

tucked in with a skirt and booties -

and tucked in and under a poncho with jeans and boots, love it!

I love these stripey, long-sleeve tops too (here, here and here).

Happy Wednesday darling readers!


inspirational women

Originally when I started blogging almost six months ago, I was concerned I’d be alone in my endeavour to provide a blog for like-minded Moms. I was wrong. In the last six months I have met many other Vancouver Moms who have been following similar dreams, not only online but in other areas – and doing it all with such style and panache.

These women have been a great encouragement to me and one such simply stylish Mom – Jennifer Gray (above, with me and two above, with her daughter Shaughnessy) recently celebrated the fulfilment of her dream.

Her wonderful store JENNYFLEUR LOVES... in Yaletown, Vancouver turned one two weeks ago and I attended Jennifer’s party with fellow blogger Petra (above far right), from The Style Lounge. It was a lovely evening and I thoroughly enjoyed browsing (my favourite pieces were from Maison Scotch – the women’s collection from Scotch and Soda) and meeting other inspirational Vancouver women such as stylist Nicolette Lang-Anderson. I am forever in awe of women like Nicolette (below), who new to Vancouver started her own business and already eight months in, she is widely known and working with other Vancouver designers, photographers and stylists.

Who are inspirational women in your life right now?

xxo, SSM

photos c/o Dan Poh

taking risks

i am not a risk taker. living the comfortable, safe and perhaps dull life, that’s me. but with fashion… hmmm, i try to be a bit riskier with this. whether i suceed or not that’s another question..

wearing short pants with short boots? turtleneck: thrifted (J crew), cigarette-leg jeans: thrifted (BDG, similar), Boots: Ariat (similar), necklaces: F21 & Mom

wearing clothes you’ve had since high school? Skirt: (my ‘carpet skirt’ – country boutique in Australia, in the 90′s!), Coat: H&M, Sweater: Laundry room (Club Monaco), Scarf: Swapped, Necklaces: F21 & Swapped

what outfit risks have you taken recently?