Wednesday, October 29, 2014

what I wore - Fall Style Challenge week #3

I write this from the comfort of a meeting room at my office while on my lunch. Suffice to say, I've been crazy busy lately (aren't we all?) and the blogging is getting behind (that implies I was at some point on the ball... right).

I have also been craptastic at taking pics this past week.... soooo the quality of this post will be questionable. Sorry.

In my defense, I'm currently sick AND mini-me is proving that the 18 month sleep regression is a REAL thing. BAH. "no sleepies" is her favorite thing to say at bedtime and then she proceeds to play, sing songs, and run around screaming (happily) for two hours. It could be worse, she could be miserable.Although, my quality of sleep has taken a dive due to this awful cold and tiny feet smacking me in the face all night (this kid moves NONstop in her sleep). I digress.

Anyways, back to the point. Here's what I've managed to dress myself in:

The Style Challenge only has a few more days left and then I'm left to my own devices until the Fall Challenge starts. Don't worry, I'm not allowed to wear yoga pants to work so I'll manage to pull something together.

HERE's what I'm wearing on my nails now - perfectly fall and lots of fun AND I managed to incorporate some leopard and sparkles (because who doesn't love leopard and sparkles?):

Gold Fishnet and Gilded Leopard designs

see this link for more info on Jamberry wraps or HERE to shop online.

Don't forget to see what my fellow Style Challengers have been wearing this past week (they've likely been more diligent than I)

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah | 
Leslie | Katie | Jennifer | Carrie M. | Lisa | Sheila | Lana | Lauren | Anna | Alison

Sunday, October 26, 2014

well HELLO Jamberry nails

I have been seeing Jamberry nail wraps ALL over my Facebook for some time now. I had good intentions of giving them a try at some point but never got around to it.

No, that's not me but yes, I want those nails and that yummy looking drink

Enter my mommy-friend Chelsea! She's a fellow mom and blogger and she offered to let me try out the Jamberry wraps in exchange for a review - DEAL!

I LOVE having pretty nails. I've gone through many nail phases including (but not limited to) acrylic/solar tips, home manicures, salon manicures, shellac manicures etc. Most recently, I've been getting shellac on my finger nails for special occasions (and when the mood strikes). I love how long shellac lasts but I'm not too keen on the cost OR what it does to my nails.

Often, I'll resort to home manicures which always seem like a good idea... until I wake up the next morning with sheet marks on my nails and then chip said nails before I leave the house. I have never had a home manicure go 24hours without a chip or dent. *sighs*

It took a while for me to actually getting around to applying the wraps. I wanted to wait until I wasn't chasing a toddler... or working... or cooking or cleaning... you get the idea, it took a while. I also over estimated how long it would take me to apply them (I'm used to waiting for nail polish to dry).

First, I dutifully watched the application videos. I tried to follow instructions as good as possible but in hindsight I probably rushed the application a little because I was so excited to see how it would turn out!

I was immediately thrilled with the results. My nails looked so pretty but they usually do RIGHT after a mani.

Today marks day 6 and I'm VERY impressed. I've read that people wear the Jamberry wraps for up to two weeks. I can see them lasting that long but I'm not sure I will be able to wait that long to try some new designs.

Please tell me someone else is reminded of "the claw" from Liar Liar when looking at these pics. Anyone? Bueller?

You can see that my nails are growing a bit, besides that, very little difference from day 1. I'm impressed because this is my first time applying them, I rushed a little, and I'm still going to get a solid week out of this manicure (I could get more, but I know I have more arriving soon lol).

I've been so happy with the results, I've joined Chelsea's team and will be selling Jamberry as a fun hobby. For those who know me, I'm no salesperson, but when I find something I like, I like to share and I really like these nail wraps. So much so, it's been very challenging to pick only a few to try for now (there are over 300 different designs and I love the majority of them).

I'm not going to beg you to order from me or join my team or anything like that. I DO want you to know I would NOT recommend these if I didn't love them AND I do want to share.... so, if you're interested in more info, see below, if not I dare you to look at the shop, see all the designs and not want to try them!

If you're not interested in buying but want to support me by 'liking' my Facebook Page, I'd greatly appreciate it!

If you'd like more info just comment below.

If you'd like to order (it's always buy 3 sheets get 1 free!) then feel free to visit my page and order away.

If you'd like to do the "7-day challenge" email at with your address and I'll send you accent nails FREE so you can see how long the jamberry nail wraps last compared to regular polish.

If you're a blogger and are interested in trying and reviewing Jamberry wraps comment below or email me at for more info

If you'd like to host an online (Canada only) or live party (local only) just comment or email for details

If you're interested in joining my team email me!

stay tuned for some SUPER cute manis and pedis!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

what I wore - Fall Style Challenge week #2

Another week of the Fall Style Challenge. I'll admit, I've gone off track a few days (as per usual) but am loving most of the pieces and am warming up to some others.

It's been challenging to embrace booties and plaid shirts but I'm making progress.

You'll notice there are only 6 pics, that's because today I was home sick and didn't manage to get a picture of me in sweats. I am sure it's for the better than no one witnesses me in all my frumpy glory. I will point out, it's progress when your frumpy days coincide sick days.

Here's what I've been wearing this past week:

Yes, I'm aware of horribly tired I look in some of these pics... I blame the little cutie there and her early mornings this past week!

BONUS night out wear!!!
I had an event on Friday (more about that later) so here is me all dolled up and ready to go!

This awesome dress was purchased from Melanie Lynne last winter (and I got an AMAZING deal on it!)

Click HERE for more of my collection of Style Challenge related posts.

Once again, linking up with some fellow challengers! Make sure you check them, and my other linkups, out!

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah | 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday in a minute - family time

We had our annual visit to the pumpkin patch yesterday. Despite the chilly weather, we had an amazing time AND brought home some lovely little pumpkins!

Our little peanut was beyond proud of her find. Okay, I may have helped a wee bit with the choosing but had I not, we likely would have come home with the rotten pumpkin to the right.

I've been missing my little miss lately during the week and the weekends have been full with activities and going by much faster than I'd like. Thankfully, we are making a point to enjoy every minute.

I have said before, I want to blog more, I want to write more meaningful things more often and eventually I'll get those posts in. Right now though, I'm living the weekends up and getting in as much family time as I can.

Hope everyone had as wonderful of a weekend as I did and here's to a quick work-week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

top 5 pics... of me

Before I get started - the winner my 100 post Giveaway has been chosen - Deby - you're the winner!!! see HERE for more info! Thanks to EVERYone who entered. There just may be some other exciting giveaways in the near future ;)

I'll blame credit Deena for this week's topic.

I think the intention here was to look at pictures of ourselves a little differently.

I tend to be quite (overly) critical of myself and particularly of pictures of myself. Generally, this blog has helped that because I have had to let go of the hope that all the pictures I post will be awesome. My photographer (Mr. B) doesn't have the eye/patience for elusive perfect shot every time. It's good though. I can't always be edited. This is real life.

So, in an effort to be a little more true to myself (and you), I am not going to pick the pictures you would think. I am going to try and pick the top 5 pictures (that are relatively accessible) that I think capture ME (and not just some photo-shopped/fake smiling version of myself).

okay, admittedly, this pic has some instagram filter... I love it because it's on of my first times wearing red lipstick AND I had a super fun night out (my first, as a mom) with one of the bestest women I know!

I don't necessarily love this pic of me, but I love the outfit and it's something I would have NEVER worn prior to my deliberate journey out of frumpy mommy-hood.

Okay, had to throw these two momma pics in. It's such a big part of who I am. I might like these pics more for the cutie chubby baby ;) It also makes me miss my long hair ;)

A recent pic from the contest I entered (and WON but still need to write about!!) - read more here. I was kind of uncomfortable in this dress, it was tight and short and after having a baby I didn't feel I could pull it off, but sometimes you just need to go out of your comfort zone!

Picking these pics was so so so so much harder than I thought. Seriously! I wanted to pick the best of the best but that's not an accurate depiction of me. 

I also realized, when picking these choices, I'm so freaking critical of myself. I would never, ever, be even remotely as critical about someone else. It's honestly ridiculous. 

Anyways, this post has inspired me... you may get some more random pics of me in the near future... some highly edited pics and others with no makeup :) Stay tuned.

To see my past "Top 5" see HERE

Please linkup below and make sure you visit the other ladies to see their top 5!

Deena @ Shoes to Shiraz
Christy @ R Squared 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

what I wore - fall style challenge week #1

I have been trying to be diligent about taking daily outfit pics lately. As annoying as Mr. B may find it, it's helpful for me to see what looks good (or not so much) for future reference. PLUS, it makes it easy to share with all of you!

The Fall Style Challenge is underway (it started Monday) and even though only the first two pics are 'challenge outfits', the majority of the pieces are part of the challenge (AND I already had a bunch of them already in my closet!) 

Some of the challenge pieces this go around are definitely challenging for me. See those booties with rolled up jeans?? Ya, I'm still not sure if I love the look on me but apparently it's on trend. Sometimes, when I try and wear something trendy, I end up feeling silly BUT I'm comforted knowing I'm not the only one thrown out of my comfort zone.

Click HERE to see my previous Style Challenge looks/posts.

What's your fav look of the week? Any fall trends you're loving or terrified of?

If you haven't entered my GIVEAWAY for a beautiful blanket scarf yet, you've got less than 2 days left to get your entry in! HURRY

Linking up with some fellow challengers for the next few weeks. Make sure you visit their links below to see how they've interpreted the outfits (I think you'll be surprised how different we all look!)

Deena | Christy | Jordan | Carrie C. | Shaunacey | Danielle | Beth | Joy | Sarah | 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

my OTHER blog

I haven't posted about my OTHER blog here much. It's super personal and close to my heart. It started over two years ago, shortly after I found out I was pregnant.

My initial intro into blog-world was documenting my pregnancy which quickly turned into letters for mini-me. How could I not have a place where I devote some kind of written word to my mini?

Letters for Annabelle is close to my heart, obviously. It needs no publicity because the purpose of it has nothing to do with other people (though I'm happy to share with those interested).

I did want to share this entry though, because it's a glimpse of my absolute pride of this little girl. A snapshot of my life as a parent right now.

I write here a lot of fashion, clothes etc. As much as I love those things, my world is so much bigger and my heart full with other things.

ANYWAYS, if anyone is interested in a look at my life as a proud momma right at this moment... HERE IT IS.