It’s A Pink Kind Of Day!!!

Honestly the calendar might as well say that it’s November!!!!! The past few days have been cold and full of soggy, wet weather. Yesterday we had swimming lessons and then a playdate so I opted for a casual look of leggings, my favourite graphic tee, pink cardigan, pink scarf and pink rain boots. Can you see a theme emerging??? Yup, yesterday was a pink kind of day. As I’m writing this post, I realize that I’m subconsciously wearing Spring colours in hopes of resurrecting Summer. I really hope that this is not indicative of what is to come for August.

Pink

Cardigan & Leggings (Jacob). Graphic Tee (JAC). Scarf (Gap). Rain Boots (Joules). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

Pink

Joules Rain Boots

Pink

May this blog inspire you to do a monochromatic look. What is your favourite casual look? What is your favourite monochromatic look?

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Birthday Staycation, Valentino & Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

This past weekend I celebrated my 35th birthday. To celebrate, my husband planned a mini-staycation for us. It’s been almost 3 years since we’ve had a little getaway just the 2 of us. He surprised me by booking us a hotel at the Fairmont at YVR (Vancouver airport). We went to Seattle for the day to do some shopping and then we spent the next 2 nights at the Fairmont. We spent Saturday in Downtown Vancouver, going to my favourite shops and eating at my favourite restaurants. We skytrained it from our hotel and it was great. No worries about parking.

In Bellingham, we found a cute sandwich shop called Gandolfo’s. They have a store in New York and it’s decorated to celebrate and honour the men and women who protect us everyday. The service was amazing and the food was absolutely delicious. Everything is home made and they have an huge selections of sandwiches. Next time we head down to Seattle we will definitely be stopping by :).

Gandolfo's

Gandolfo's

Gandolfo's

The menu

Gandolfo's

I was a bit worried at first about staying at the airport, as in planes are very noisy!!!! I’m here to say that if you ever want a quiet hotel, stay at the airport. It is sooooo sound proof that I didn’t hear anything. I only could hear our adjacent neighbours leave and that’s it. It was so quiet it was unbelievable. Friday night we laid in bed watching a movie and the planes take off. It was surreal!! I really felt like we were on vacation.

Fairmont YVR

The view from our room

Fairmont YVR

Fairmont YVR

Fairmont YVR

Fairmont YVR

Fairmont YVR

We enjoyed ourselves so much at the Fairmont YVR that we are thinking of making this into a yearly thing. It was so relaxing and much needed!!!

On the skytrain on our way Downtown

Skytrain

Like I said earlier, on Saturday we took the Skytrain from the airport to Downtown Vancouver. It was a lot of fun to ride it and we felt like tourists. One of our first stops was to Holt Renfrew. I’ve been talking about these heels forever and my husband humoured me and accompanied me while I tried them on. They are not in this Mama’s budget, yet!!! This is something that I would and will have to save for. I tried on 2 pairs: a black patent one and a nude/pink studded one. They were both absolutely stunning! I had a hard time leaving the nude/pink one behind, but once I’ve saved for it, it’s going to make buying them and wearing them all the more better!!!!!

In heaven at Holt Renfrew trying on Valentino heels

Valentino Heels

Valentino Heels

Valentino Heels

Aren’t they absolutely stunning?!?!?!?!?!? Even my husband agreed that they are gorgeous :). Now to win the lottery!!!!!!!

Our next stop was lunch. We decided to go to Reflections, since I’ve now been there twice and my husband hasn’t been. The food was delicious as always and my husband loved the food.

Our next stop was to get me some birthday cupcakes and then we headed to my favourite bakery, Thierry’s for coffee. Funny thing happened once we got to the bakery, we couldn’t resist sharing dessert. Funny how that happens!!! :)

Cupcakes

Theirry's

My husband surprised me with a rose Saturday morning

Rose

For dinner, we headed to one of my absolute favourite restaurants, Vij’s. It’s an amazing Indian restaurant that leaves you not only full, but wanting to lick off your plate.

Vij's

Thank you to my amazing husband for this wonderful weekend. It wasn’t really about my birthday, it was about us and having some much needed time for ourselves. I really do hope that we make this into a yearly thing!!!! :)

Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

It’s that time of the week for my link up. Thank you to all 125 of you fabulous ladies that linked up last week!!! :) Not just a great turnout, but the best turnout yet. Thank you guys so much for all your support!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!! If you are interested in co-hosting please email me at vodkainfusedlemonade@gmail.com. If you’ve already co-hosted and would like to again, don’t hesitate to email me.

This week’s fabulous co-hosts are:

Amber from Avec Amber

Avec Amber

&

Angele from The European Malteser

The European Malteser

Here are my favourite looks from last week:

Rachel from Rachel the Hat

Rachel the Hat Niki from Glossy Blonde

Glossy Blonde Iris from Love, Iris

Love, Iris

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Top Knot & Beach Bum

Yesterday as I was looking at my favourite blogs, I came across Emily’s post from Cupcakes & Cashmere on hairstyles for short bob. Gotta say I was really happy to see it. Although I wear my hair down most of the time, sometimes I would like to pull it up in a messy bun but my hair is layered and short. What I liked is that her tutorials were simple, easy and most importantly they were doable!!!! So guess what I did yesterday? You guess it, a top knot! A messy, very quick top knot. My son had swimming lessons and wanted us to stay at the pool afterwards so it was the perfect opportunity for me to try it. Guess what??? It worked! It was very messy, I would recommend spraying your hair with hairspray, but I actually really liked how it turned out. I felt like a bit of a beach bum with my outfit as well.

Top Knot

Top Knot

 

Top Knot

Thank you Emily for a very realistic and easy tutorial on creating a top knot. I’ll definitely be sporting it more this Summer, especially when we are at the pool. The key is to use a lot of bobby pins and spray your hair. I’m also really excited to try the braid as well. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

May this blog inspire you to try a top knot.

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Happy Hump Day Everyone!!!!!

 

Striped Maxi, Denim Vest & eShakti Giveaway

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a wonderful birthday weekend. I’ll post more about it on Thursday.

The weather has kind of cooled down so yesterday I wore my maxi dress with a denim vest. It wasn’t cool enough for a jacket, the vest was perfect. So the next time you’re finding that you don’t want to wear a cardigan or blazer, try adding a denim jacket to your outfit. It’s a great way to change up your look.

Striped Maxi

Vest (Old Navy). Dress (Gap). Purse & Watch (Michael Kors). Necklace (My Name Necklace). Sandals (Aldo). Bracelet (The Bay).

Striped Maxi

I’m excited to be joining Amber from InDuffinitely Me to giveaway 2-$25 giftcards to eShakti. Please follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Good luck!!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I Feel Pretty & Style To Inspire Link Up

I wore this outfit last Wednesday and I’m not sure but I felt very pretty wearing it. I’m not trying to sound vain, but it did. I think it’s the colour of the skirt and how you can twirl in it. I felt very feminine, girly wearing it. Anyways do you guys ever wear something that makes you feel pretty?

Flower Skirt

Top (Gap). Skirt (My Girlfriend’s Closet). Necklace (My Name Necklace). Sandals (Aldo). Purse & Watch (Michael Kors). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

Flower Skirt

Flower Skirt

I’m really excited to be co-hosting with Rhea from rhea, et cetera  for her Style to Inspire Link Up!!!

NOW FOR THE LINK UP

Fellow fashion bloggers, we are all part of
this amazing community where we can share our own style and check out
other bloggers’ style through our own personal space in the web. Through
blog hops / link ups, we discover more blogs to follow, and more
outfits that inspire us to shop our closets and come up with a similar
outfits!

That is what is amazing about blogging… in
our own ways, we inspire and are inspired by our fellow bloggers’ style
posts! This is the reason for this weekly blog hop called Style to Inspire,
with hopes to be a weekly collection of style posts that reflect the
bloggers’ personal style, in turn inspiring new outfit ideas and new
connections with fellow fashion bloggers!

Welcome this week’s co-host, Agi of Vodka Infused Lemonade!

Link Up Guidelines

1) Please link up a direct link to a fashion post you would like to share.
2) Please follow your host Rhea EtCetera via BlogLovin or Facebook and your co-host Vodka Infused Lemonade via BlogLovin or Facebook.
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4) Please link back to this post by using the button below (code provided) or a text link back.
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Essentials To Make Packing Easier

Packing Essentials

It’s taken me many, many years to learn the art of packing. You don’t want to see the size of suitcase I had when I went to Europe 14 years ago. It was ridiculously large!!! Not sure what I was thinking!!! Just my shoes took up 50% of my suitcase. Now I’m older and wiser and since having my son, I’ve had to learn to really only pack the essentials.

Above are 8 items that are must have when packing. They facilitate packing and help keep your things organized and easy to find.

Michael Kors Hamilton Large Tote

Having a large tote when travelling is a must!!! I can’t travel with anything smaller than a tote. It allows me to pack my passports, travel information, make up, book, phone, charger, magazine, IPod and many other things. I hate travelling with a bunch of carry on bags. My one tote is the perfect size to fit everything that I need to carry on the plane.

Passport Holder

I purchased a passport holder a few years ago when we had my son and I had to carry 3 passports, plus other travelling documentation and information. I even use it when we are travelling within the country. It just keeps our information organized and together and I don’t have to worry about losing something.

Make Up Bag

I purchased this make up bag a few years ago and I don’t know how I travelled without it. It keeps all my make up and toiletries together. The best thing about this bag is that it can also hang, making it easier to store when you’re travelling. You can just hang it on something. For a girl that has a lot of make up, this bag is perfect. It even holds my travel size shampoo/conditioner, moisturizer and face wash.

Toiletry Bag

Toiletries bag is the next must have to help you pack. I like this florescent yellow one (please excuse the water stain on it, it’s well loved :)) because it’s big enough to fit the rest of my toiletries that don’t fit into my make up bag. Ie my razor, perfume, soap, deoderant, contact solution, glasses, etc… You get the idea.

Shoe Bag

A shoe bag is super important. I only recently discovered them when I bought my first pair of Toms. I love them because they keep your dirty shoes away from your clean clothes. I used to just used plastic bags, but these ones are much cuter and environmentally friendly.

Jewelry Roll

I purchased this jewelry roll last Summer and I’ve used it countless times. I used to travel with jewelry boxes and jamming all my earrings into one box, my bracelets into another and my necklaces into another. This way I can keep all my jewelry together, neat and organized. Less chance to losing something.

Travel Size products

Travel size toiletries are also a must. Try finding your products in a travel size or purchase plastic containers and fill them with your shampoo, conditioner, soaps, face wash, face moisturizer, etc. Again these are a must!!! You can also find many of your favourite products in travel sizes. It’s much easier to pack, store and travel with.

Other suggestions to make packing easier:

Make a list of things you need to pack and include everything and I mean everything ie. underwear. This makes packing easier and less stressful because you have a list of everything you want to pack.

Plan ahead. Know what the weather is going to like at your destination. It will prevent you from packing many unnecessary things. Plan your outfits ahead of time, again making it easier to pack and dress once you’re on vacation. If you’re like me and some days you have a hard time deciding what to wear, allow yourself one extra outfit, that way you won’t feel like you don’t have “anything to wear”. Also pack clothes that can multi-task and be worn with other items. This also will reduce too many things that you won’t really wear or need.

Don’t pack at the last minute!!! Give yourself time to pack in peace and quiet, without interruption and the fear that you’ll forget something. Even if you have your stuff picked out and in a laundry basket ready to be put into a suitcase is a great start and will be extremely helpful when you pack.

May this blog inspire you to use this as a guide to help you pack. Packing is not easy and can take years to learn how to do it efficiently. Believe me, it’s taken most of my adult life to figure out how to pack properly.

I hope the next time you’re planning a trip, these suggestions will help make packing easier.

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Laid Back Birthday Celebration & Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

This past Saturday I had a small, intimate birthday celebration with a few friends. The past few years I did a bigger thing with more people, but this year I just wanted to keep it quiet and simple. We headed downtown to Reflections, this amazing patio restaurant in Georgia Hotel. It’s located on the 4th floor and is absolutely gorgeous. A few months ago a friend and I went there for the first time and I feel in love with the scenery and the food. We had an amazing time. I had a glass of Sangria that was the size of my head. Needless to say between the heat and the size of the Sangria, one was more than enough. After dinner we headed to Black and Blue for more drinks and dessert. Again this restaurant did not disappoint. They had a fridge full of aging meat. It looked absolutely delicious. For those of you vegetarian, just ignore the above comment :). Thank you to the ladies for taking me out. I had a great relaxing evening celebrating my 35th birthday. My husband has something planned for this weekend as Saturday is my actual birthday. Can’t wait to see what that sneaky monkey has up his sleeve :)

Scarf Print Dress

Dress (RW & Co.). Necklace & Bracelet (J Crew). Purse (Nine West). Heels (Aldo). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

Scarf Print Dress

Scarf Print Dress

Birthday Celebration

Birthday Celebration

Thank you ladies for a great start to a week of birthday celebrating!!!!!!

Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

It’s that time of the week for my link up. Thank you to all 113 of you fabulous ladies that linked up last week!!! :) A great turnout, I love it!!!!! If you are interested in co-hosting please email me at vodkainfusedlemonade@gmail.com. If you’ve already co-hosted and would like to again, don’t hesitate to email me.

This week’s fabulous co-host is Jen from Fashionably Employed

Fashionably Employed

Here are my favourite looks from last week:

Amy from Amy’s Vintage Closet

Amy's Vintage Closet

Nicole from High Latitude Style

High Latitude Style

Gina from Pink Wings

Pink Wings

Audrey from Audrey Salutes

Audrey Salutes

The Real Arnolds

The Real Arnolds

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Maxi Skirt Day To Night

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore anything maxi related: dresses, skirt, I’m in love. For today’s post I decided to show you how you can take a day look and make it into a night one. One of my favourite ways to wear my maxi skirt is with a simple white tank top, sandals and simple necklace. A great way to make it into a night look is to change your sandals to heels, add a statement necklace, blazer and clutch and you’re set to go. It’s an easy way to quickly change up your outfit from a day look into an evening one. You can also change up your make up by wearing a bright lip or smokey eyes.

Maxi Skirt

Style it with a simple white tank top, sandals and tote for a day look

Maxi Skirt

Top (Gap). Skirt (J Crew). Necklace (My Name Necklace). Sandals (Aldo). Purse & Watch (Michael Kors). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

Style it with a statement necklace, blazer, clutch and heels for an evening look

Maxi Skirt

Skirt (J Crew). Tank Top (Gap). Blazer (RW & Co.). Heels (Aldo). Necklace (J Crew). Purse (Kate Spade). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

A maxi skirt is the perfect addition to your Summer wardrobe. It’s an easy piece to wear and to style.

May this blog inspire you to purchase a maxi skirt and see how you can take it from a day look into a night one.

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Happy Hump Day Everyone!!!!!

The Story of my MK Bag & Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

Michael Kors Hamilton Large Tote

Isn’t she beautiful?!?!?!? That’s what I thought the first time I saw her 3 years ago. So here’s the story behind how I got this purse. A few weekends ago, my girlfriend and I were downtown and as we were walking into the Michael Kors store, I was telling her that I’ve been saving for this bag but now I’m not so sure I want to buy it. Funny how I’ve been eyeing it for 3 years now and now that I have the money, I wasn’t sure. Anyways as we are walking into the store, I see 40% off signs. I joke with my friend that my bag is the one that is never on sale. Well, I was eating those words as the sale associate overhears me and tells me that in fact this purse is 40% off. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited. I could hardly believe it!!!!!!

In January I started a separate savings account where I put away the dollar amount that corresponded to that week. For instance for the first week, I put away $1, the second week $2, etc. until you reach all 52 weeks. Fast forward 6 months and I’ve managed to save more than the cost of the purse. With it being 40% off and money in my savings account I didn’t feel guilty buying it. Needless to say I was very excited when I bought it. I’ve been wanting it for so long but I couldn’t justify spending $400 on it.

The morale of this story is that being patient pays off, and saving money even more so. Over the years I haven’t always done a good job of saving for things and I felt really good being able to buy this purse with money and not on credit. I’m also learning that quality not quantity is important when it comes to purses. Sure I could have found a similar purse for much cheaper, but the quality is not the same. I would rather have less purses but good quality ones that last me longer. In case you’re interested in this purse, it’s still on sale. Click here to check it out.

Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up

It’s that time of the week for my link up. Thank you to all 109 of you fabulous ladies that linked up last week!!! :) A great turnout, I love it!!!!! If you are interested in co-hosting please email me at vodkainfusedlemonade@gmail.com. If you’ve already co-hosted and would like to again, don’t hesitate to email me.

This week’s fabulous co-host is Susan from Charming Lucy

Charming Lucy

Here are my favourite looks from last week:

Jenn from Hello Rigby

Hello Rigby Sky from Sequins & Stilettos

Sequins & Stilettos Nora from Jacket Society

Jacket Society

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Patterned Shorts 3 Ways

When Summer arrives, I can hardly wait to pull out my shorts. One of my favourites is my pink patterned ones. The pink is a nice soft shade allowing me to pair it with many things. Try wearing it with a tank top and denim vest or a graphic tee and jean jacket or a t-shirt and blazer. Other great ways to wear it would be with a Chambray top, button shirt or light weight sweater. You could also try adding heels, wedges, flats or runners to change things up. Below are 3 ways I like to wear my patterned shorts:

Patterned Shorts Style it with a tank top, denim vest and sandals

Patterned Shorts

Vest (Old Navy). Shorts & Tank Top (Gap). Necklace (My Name Necklace). Sandals (Aldo). Purse & Watch (Michael Kors). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

Style it with a graphic tee, jean jacket and runners

Patterned Shorts

T-Shirt (J Crew). Shorts & Jean Jacket (Gap). Runners (Converse c/o The Bay). Purse (Banana Republic). Watch (Michael Kors). Bracelet (Stella & Dot).

Style it with a white t-shirt, blazer and wedges

Patterned Shorts

Shorts & Blazer (Gap) T-Shirt & Wedges (J Crew).

Below are 4 great options for patterned shorts:

Patterned Shorts

1/ 2/ 3/ 4

Patterned shorts are a great way to spruce up your outfit. The key is to keep the top simple. You can take a colour from the shorts and feature that colour in the top, like I did with my graphic tee. The key is to play around with it. Try mixing patterns, adding a vest or jacket, accessorizing. Have fun with patterned shorts. You don’t have to be afraid of them.

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Happy Hump Day!!!!!

 

 

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