Lime Ricki + thoughts on bathing suit season

It's hot out and if you're lucky, you're cooling off in a pool or lake on the regular, which brings about the issue of bathing suits. This is a loaded topic for a lot of us, so I'm going to start with some basic truth that shape my view of bathing suits, body image, and womanhood.

Firstly, we are loved by our creator and when he created us he said it was good. There is so much in those words that should alter how we view ourselves and our bodies! The female body is crazy amazing. We were created to do so much and our bodies are a gift. After having three kids in the span of four years, my body doesn't look the same as it once did, and hey, I'm also turning 30 in a couple months, so there's that, too. Some parts are softer, some are bumpier, some are larger, and some are smaller.  Bodies change, but there is constant truth in our womanhood. We are strong, capable creatures. Our bodies can birth and nourish human life, they can carry the burdens of others and help strangers. We can protect and nurture and rescue and produce because we have bodies. Quite amazing.

But that's not what we focus on, is it? We focus on the imperfections. The bumps and marks and those extra pounds that haven't left since our last baby. We idealize a fleeting image of a 16 year old as our standard for perfection. The entire beauty industry is propped up on the lie that if we can look a certain way, we'll be happy. What a sad lie.

Let's believe better for ourselves and our daughters. I love this Lime Ricki suit because I feel confident in it. For me, that means having the right support, in a suit that fits me well, with a fun design. I like to cover myself up more than the average bikini and they have an amazing selection of suits that flatter and cover. When I choose a swim suit that covers more of me than my bra and underwear, it's not out of shame of who I am - how frustrating that that's become the notion of our culture! For me, I want a swimsuit that I'd be happy for my daughters to wear at any age. I want a swimsuit that I can flip off the diving board and remain wearing. I want to be able to chase my kids along the shoreline and race them in the pool, and have conversations with other adults at the kiddie pool without them seeing what only my husband sees.

For these reasons and more, I love this tankini from Lime Ricki. The bottoms are high, so I can pair with them a smaller top and still feel confident and secure. The top is long enough to pair with low cut bottoms, too (and I love the fun skirt!). They have a mix and match policy, so you can build your own suit to fit your needs and your unique size. Best of all, this company embraces womanhood in all of our shapes and sizes. Their Instagram feed is full of REAL women doing real life in their bathing suits, and I just love that.

I'm hosting a giveaway over on Instagram and the winner will receive a FREE SWIM SUIT!

TO ENTER: Head over to Instagram, like my photo + follow @emmorrice and @limericki, and leave 1 comment saying which suit you'd choose.

For additional (infinite!) entries: Mention friends who inspire you to embrace womanhood. One name per comment.

Winner will be drawn on Friday morning. Good Luck!

This post was in collaboration with Lime Ricki
All opinions are 100% my own.
To book a collab, please see HERE.


Frank & Oak WOMEN!

You guys I'm so excited! Frank & Oak, which is our favourite place to shop for Brad, is coming out with a women's line! The brand started in our own backyard, the Mile-End, and we pass their Atelier almost every day. Most people buy their stuff through their online subscription, but they now have stores all over Canada, too.

I've started shopping their annual sample sale for myself, too, because I love the fit of men's clothing and their style is always on point. I can only imagine how fab their women's line will be! Sign up HERE to get access to their pre-sale events!


Best Ice Cream in Montréal!

Our city is brimming with ice cream shops - kind of a crazy feat considering we spend 8 months of the year dusting off snow, haha! And it's not just run of the mill ice cream, it's gooooood! Here are my favourite spots!

Noble Café - 430 Ave Laurier Est

I love Noble (we even did our Christmas photos here!). Their staff are the nicest in the city and it's such a hub for the community. There's almost no space inside but their outside is perfect for grabbing a cone with tons of benches and space.  They sell soft serve (and even have a $1 baby cone for the littles) and Les Givrés ice cream. Go for Feux de Camp (Camp Fire)!

La Diperie - 86 Ave Des Pins Est

This place takes soft serve to the next level. Coated in variations of melted chocolate and toppings for days. They just opened in the West Island and Toronto, too! Cash only. Go for Becky's Fave!

Kem Coba - 60 Ave Fairmont Ouest

Last summer we stopped at Kem Coba weekly and most people make several pilgrimages there each summer. It's arguably the most popular spot in the neighbourhood, which is why it wasn't the first spot on my list. Yes, it's amazing, but the lines are INSANE and they only take cash. Worth it, but just warning you :) Go for Lime Mint sorbet or Butter flavour (yes, butter flavour!)

Monsieur Crémeux - 43 Beaubien Est

This place has killer ice cream sandwiches and an ice cream truck that you'll be lucky to catch! Go for the mint ice cream sandwich!

Havres-aux-Glaces - Atwater Market

This place is the perfect way to end a morning at the market. Grab a cone and stroll the Lachine Canal. Go for Apricot Milk!

Creme Jolie - Ave du Parc just north of St. Viateur

I went here with the kids earlier this week and it was really good, plus they have a buy 10 get the 11th free card! Go for the Cardamon and nuts (pictures above)!


date night in Little Italy

A couple of weeks ago we were invited by Flavor Your Life to attend an olive oil tasting by Zucchi Olive Oils at the Mezza Luna cooking school beside the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy. Flavor Your Life aims to educate people about the benefits of EVOO from Europe. I learned a ton about the quality, taste, and purposes (as if we needed any more reason to love it!) - Such a fun night!

We tasted several olive oils, and they were all delicious. I loved hearing about what oils are best with which foods (just like wine, the region has ideal pairings with certain dishes), and tasting each oil in the amazing food that we were served afterwards.

Stefano Faita and his crew from IMPASTO blew our minds with so many delicious dishes. I think my favourite was the homemade focaccia bread and zucchini and the grilled octopus. Brad loved the pasta and now IMPASTO is on our restaurant bucket list, even though we don't often go out for Italian. What really struck me was watching this celebrity chef with his own cooking show, doing the dishes afterwards. Cooking and foodie culture can be pretentious, but I find the people who are most passionate about food simply love eating and love being in a kitchen. Period.

It was a fun night out in Little Italy, which is just north of us and easily walk-able from le Plateau. I wore this fun denim dress from ROOLEE and these elastic strap sandals that I bought five years ago from Ardene, if you can believe it! I think they were $10, and they're still alive (though I don't wear them often)! My dress is labeled a "tunic" on their website, FYI, if you're looking for it! I'm wearing a size L here, and I'm usually a M, so size up if you're using it as a dress, size down or as usual if it's going to be worn as a tunic :)

I can't wait to check out IMPASTO and their sister spots, Pizzeria Gema and Chez Tousignant, all in Little Italy. A highlight of the night was chatting with Stefano about his favourite spots to eat in the city. He said for high-end eating, he loves L'Express and Lemeac and for under-the-radar ethnic cuisine he loves taking his family to SOY, a Sichuan joint on St. Laurent; all in le Plateau.

Thanks for a terrific evening, Zucchi! Your oils were delicious! I've loved cooking with them since your lovely soirée!

This post was in collaboration with  ROOLEE, 
a company I have loved for years. 
All opinions are mine :) 
To book a collab, see here