22.5.18

Maple + Love

It's been a while since I've shared a small shop with you guys, and I'm so excited about today's because it happens to be owned by my style icon for the last thirty years - my fabulous cousin Alysha!



Maple + Love is her new shop where she sells her beautiful macramé plant hangers, wall hangings and jewellery. I have one of her pieces in my bedroom and I love it so much!


Alysha has a background in jewellery and truly has the most unique style, so I anticipated the beautiful bracelets, essential oil diffusing beads, and necklaces, but the macramé totally surprised me! Everything in her shop is so beautiful. Head over and check out her Etsy Shop or visit her on Instagram



Maple + Love 
Instagram - @maplexolove
Etsy - Maple + Love

17.5.18

Nouveau Rivage (aka Basket Heaven!)

You guys know I love baskets! Every room of my house (literally) has several of them, but especially for my kid's room I love using baskets for storage. I love the natural look and feel of them and added texture that they bring to any room. Especially as I lean towards a more white modern decor, I love the warmth they bring! They're just the best!


Today I wanted to introduce you to Nouveau Rivage, a small Montreal company that sells gorgeous basket bags for you and your littles (as well as various lovely home decor objects, but you know me and baskets...) Twinning beach baskets is my dream come true, and they made it happen for this trip to Japan! These baskets are beautiful and can work as a tote for your groceries or beach towels or even as home decor. They're so versatile! 

 

Also we need to talk about tassels. Nouveau Rivage sells them for only $3.50!!

They add such a fun pop of colour to anything. My initial instinct, as in most decor decisions, was to go white or beige, but I think I like the bold yellow and deep fuchsia when paired with the natural fibers of the basket. Which one would you choose!? Such a steal... I might just buy every colour and make a garland out of them...

 

Brad jokes that every time I leave the house to go thrifting or shopping I come home with a basket of some kind. #accurate. I encourage you to check out Nouveau Rivage for their gorgeous basket totes, and sign up for their newsletter to get 10% off, too!


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14.5.18

The Kid's Summer Capsule Wardrobes

I don't usually have all of our summer things organized so early, but since we're in hot muggy Japan right now, I had to arrange all of this before our departure early this month. I packed a smaller version of their capsule wardrobes because when traveling I like to keep things light, but this is what I boiled things down to for the whole season of summer. Most of their clothes this season are a combination of thrift store finds, Gap, Old Navy, and Zara clearance section, and small shops (The Wild, Everywear Kids, She Is, Luv Mother, Mimi & August, Wildly, Hum Stitchery)

Girls (ages 4.5 and 6.5)

1 jean jacket (for cold nights at summer camp, and the rare cool day)
1 thick sweatshirt (for cold nights at summer camp, and the rare cool day)
2 thin cardigans (for cooler days; to go atop a dress or tank top)
2 long sleeve t-shirts (for cooler days, to keep bugs away on hikes)
4 t-shirts
5 tank tops
0-2 skirts (Lily isn't a fan)
2-3 dresses
2 jean shorts
2 casual shorts
1 pair thin leggings
2-3 swimsuits
1 close-toed shoes
1 rubber flip flops (for the pool)
1 neutral sandal (Birkenstocks, Salt Waters, or similar)


Boy (age 5.5)

1 jean jacket (for cold nights at summer camp, and the rare cool day)
1 thick sweatshirt (for cold nights at summer camp, and the rare cool day)
2 long sleeve t-shirts (for cooler days, to keep bugs away on hikes)
5 t-shirts
3 tank tops
2 jean shorts
2 casual shorts
1 pair thin leggings
2-3 swimsuits
1 pair running shoes
1 pair rubber flip flops (for the pool)
1 neutral sandal (Birkenstocks, Salt Waters, or similar)

10.5.18

Twinning with your Kids, Yay or Nay?

Here's something I would have probably scoffed at before having kids - twinning. Now that I'm a mama bear it's one of the things that puts a cheesy grin on my face with no shame! The fact that our kids get a thrill out of having something in their wardrobe that matches mine or Brad's is really sweet, and I know it's just a small window of time in their lives that things will be this way. As much as I'm totally in love with the idea of twinning with my one-day teens, something tells me they will not be! Haha! So for now, when we can, we savour the cheese factor of twinning. Brad and Oli sometimes both plan to wear blazers on Sundays and Oli feels very proud knowing he's matching Daddy. The girls and I will often accidentally twin in striped tops and jeans and once we realize it we giggle. The kids also love dressing similarly and they always mention it when they're matching one another. The girls have a few matching tops but even Oli will get into the mix and announce some mornings, "let's all wear jeans and red shirts!" or some other thing they have in common. What about you? Are you into twinning, either accidentally or intentionally? Do your kids like matching? I never thought I'd find it so endearing, but I'm such a fan!


Here's the fine line for me - I don't want my kids to be dressing in too mature a fashion in order to twin with us. Often clothes are fairly neutral, but an example I guess would be make up or bikinis. The bikini conversation can be shelved for another day, but I'll just say that I'm in no hurry for my darling girls to look like or act like grown women. When I say twinning, I'm usually referring to a matching t-shirt, or another neutral piece of clothing with the same pattern or colour, not my girls looking my adults. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this too!


Globo recently invited us to pick out some new kicks for our trip to Japan and I knew I wanted to find some matchy matchy styles. Our travels always involve a heavy walking and scooting itinerary and we're on our feet all day, so I jumped at the chance to grab some well-made, quality sneakers for the kids and myself. It was hard to narrow things down and find something everyone was happy with, so in the end we chose matching New Balance sneakers for the girls (they really wanted something bright and velcro!) and matching Nike sneakers for Oli and I (he's keen to learn to tie lace shoes, and I wanted a darker sneaker to hide scuffs). Our kids will also be playing tennis this summer for the first time, so it was time to get some sturdy athletic shoes. As much as I love sandals and canvas slip on shoes for summer, these are a must for both our trip and the summer ahead.

I never know when they'll be over twinning with each other or me, so I'm going to enjoy it while this sweet season is here. Thanks Globo for sponsoring this post!