Friday Favourites

Friday ❤️
✔️French 75 Cocktail: Gin, Champagne and a splash of lemon. Why am I just discovering this now??


✔️Summer Skin: Scrub away traces of dry winter skin. Check out the Sugar Scrub / Body Butter Combo. For all you Sun Goddeses out there – be sure to check out the Shimmer Oil. Think JLow rather than Lindsay Lohan💥


✔️Ghetto Gold accessories. Just live a bit bolder this summer – these are a few of my faves from Stella & Dot.


– Gilded Path Wrap Bracelet 

– Jacqueline Lariat 

– Hammered Hoops 

– Covet Initial ‘a’

http://www.stelladot.com/allisonlarouche
✔️Go get Sweaty!! Hot Yoga just got a whole lot Hauter in Nanaimo! 🔥🔥Local Nanaimo pals: Stay tuned for a fun collaboration with Moksha Yoga Nanaimo!🔥🔥

✔️Black Coffee and hand written notes – a few of my most savvy clients who have switched most of their products over this past year will be receiving a bit of Beautycounter ❤️from me in the mail. 


✔️ Let this be the summer of YES. Come work with me
Xo
A.

The Real Truth.

​I had a local photographer take a few head shots for me this week in my hometown of Nanaimo, B.C., Canada. He is incredibly talented and we had the opportunity to talk all things style and beauty behind the lens. The session in itself is another upcoming blog post, but it did leave me with one word to digest.
🔥Real🔥
The ‘Real Real’ when you have small children on the go and there is more dry shampoo in your hair than you would care to admit.
The ‘Real Real’ when you have a closet full of random clothes ranging in so many sizes as the lingering evidence of your previous pregnancies.
The ‘Real Real’ when you feel like the ‘mom days’ are slowly sucking the life out of you.
The ‘Real Real’ when you are feeling emotionally weak and all you want to do is feel strong.
Pop in and check out my first blog space that just keeps going – City Momma Style. It’s all real. Real style, real beauty, real truths, real strength. Feel free to share it with your nearest and dearest fellow City Mommas. If they have a Facebook account, just add them to this group.
If you feel like you want to feel a bit stronger, do push-ups until you can’t. Count them them, write down the number. Do it again in two days. Over time – you will surprise yourself by how your body builds strength and responds to stress.
I could do 15 push ups 3 weeks ago and can now do 45. This summer I want to do 100. You are stronger than you think 

This is real.

Xo

A.

Brighten Up!

After 3 pregnancies, my body is tired. So is my face. Malasma (aka Pregnancy Mask) was in full force in my last two pregnancies. Like many other women, I turned to Hydroquinone, a skin bleaching compound that lurks inside so many department store products to brighten up my complexion. It is currently banned in 51 countries including the European Union. 
We buy products because we want results. We want immediate results and we don’t want to hear that what we put on our skin is actually absorbed into our skin. We want to live in our bubble and pretend that Big Business is looking out for our health. We all know Big Business only looks out for Big Business and would lose a lot of money if they actually had to be accountable for the ingredients they are putting in our products. 
Our skin absorbs what we put on it. 
Think about the nicotine patch. 
Think about the birth control patch.
This all hit home for me at a Dr’s. appointment a few years ago when the topic of breast feeding and retinol came into conversation. Feeling clueless and Doctor shamed, I walked out of that clinic feeling pretty darn shallow of just not caring what was in my cosmetics and skin care, playing down the chemicals that my skin was absorbing, and shrugging it off thinking “What really are the odds of having side effects from using these products.”

I was so wrong and I have learned lot over the past year. I know better and I am doing better.

My skin still has darker pigmentation, but I choose to embrace it while using a safer and higher performing option. The pigmentation has definitely faded over time and I feel much more confident knowing I am making educated choices when it comes to making skincare selections. 


If you are like me and spend far too much time exploring your community in the sunshine and have a few too many sun spots to prove it – try a few of my favourites from Beautycounter:

✔️ Cleanser: Charcoal Bar (am) / Cleansing Balm (PM)

✔️ Toner / Mist: #1 Facial Mist (Skin Brightening)

✔️Hydration: #1 Face Oil

🔥#1 Brightening Face Mask (1-2 time per week)

🔥Concealer Click Pen (Hide darker areas)

🔥Beautycounter Sun Screen (protect)

Get outside and enjoy that sunshine and feel confident that you can find high performing skin care that can treat skin pigmentation without compromising your safety.
Xo
A.

Baby Gifts You Will Love!

Friday Truth: Girls Rock🎸
…Especially my sweet little mischievous munchkins who keep me on my toes all and up all night. 

Many of my very closets gal pals are expecting clever little babes this summer, so I thought I would share a few of my favourite gifts I like to give. 


A few 🇨🇦 choices and a few I am always looking for on Amazon in the extreme SALE section (Mini Melissa). Don’t forget new moms are always forever tired. The Flamingo Blush gives just a bit of rich pink colour to freshen up any Momma.


✔️ New moms and old moms: You don’t always need to carry a ‘diaper bag’. Hand bags of all sorts and sizes can house your essentials. I love the polka dot Bookhou pouch for a diaper clutch that transports into all my bags. 

You can check out the sites here:

🇨🇦 (Toronto) Bookhou

💥 Hava the Bunny: 

🇨🇦 (Vancouver) Mini Mocs: 

💥 Mini Melissa

🇨🇦 (Vancouver) Red Fish – Infant 2 piece

💥 Janie and Jack – Toddler Palm Dress
Xo

A.

Summer Style in Box!

Dear Rachel Zoe,

Thank you for FINALLY sharing your box subscriptions with my fellow Canadians who are desperately anticipating the arrival of Beautycounter’s most coveted sunscreen in Canada. Your choices couldn’t be more perfect. Hats with Pom Poms, a floral kimono, Tortoise shades and two of my summer essentials from Beautycounter – Colour Pinch Creme Blush and the SPF Sunscreen Stick.

I know how the online e-commerce subscription market has been rocking the stilettos off many of my pals south of the border. It’s not a hoax. These companies want to help you coordinate. Let them. 

Canadian pals – this is know joke. This box is worth $400 and can be yours for $99. You can sign up for a one time seasonal box, or a yearly subscription. Y’all know what I signed up for.

USE THE PROMO CODE: BOSU10 for 10$ off your box.

You don’t always need to ‘try before you buy’. Live on the edge. Rachel Zoe has killer style for just that reason. So do her micro styled Toddlers.

xo
a.

“The best thing about this is that it’s free of all the bad things that we don’t want on our skin.”

– Rachel Zoe on Beautycounter SPF Sunscreen Stick

To subscribe to this style box:

http://boxofstyle.thezoereport.com

For those who online shop – You MUST check out this site and join Honey. It is similar to Ebates, but automatically searches for promotion codes for each site you are on when you are in the checkout screen!!!

I saved $20 off my yearly subscription using the code BOS20 that Honey found for me.

joinhoney.com/ref/ircdyp

Love me.

xo
a.

How to wear the Denim short

The ‘casual chic’ look is one of my favourites – especially in the summer months. If you are looking for a few ways to spice up your current denim shorts – toss on a long layering necklace and a fedora for a daytime look.  Sport your favourite blazer and a pair of heels for a quick transition for an evening out.
Shop this look:

I’ve posted a few of my fav summer accessories from Stella & Dot that can easily freshen up your look.

Joe Fresh has a few super cute Fedora / brimmed hats that are great for summer and are only $16 🇨🇦!
I can never have enough large totes these days! Beautycounter launched a cute diaper bag earlier this Spring. It has become one of my favourite ‘everything’ bags. You can’t go wrong with navy and white. 

Xo

A.

Be Brave. Toddlers Smell Fear

I’ve been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost two years now and there are still so many places I have yet to explore. The MoMA in San Francisco is one of them. 


Navigating the city with two Toddlers and an infant is no joke – but somehow we pulled ourselves together and had a fantastic time. 

We learned all about our pal Henri Matisse and particularly enjoyed the paper cutting exhibits. We even managed to make our way up to the roof top patio so this momma could indulge in a lunch time cocktail 🙀#momtruth.

If you are visiting SF – this is a great little stop to brush up on your art culture.

To all you Mommas out there with Bucket List – be confident. Toddlers smell fear.

Xo

A