Camoflage and Caffeine

It appears a few of you have been taking a little bit of time to catch up on some fall accessories via my Stella & Dot page. I would LOVE for you to share some pictures of your new jewels tops!!  

🌺For those still holding on hard to summer styles and trends – take a moment and think about camouflage. Do you have any camo pieces in your closet?


Ugh oh. #firstworldfashionproblems

What to do next?

☝🏻First – check out this fab post from my pal Jenna Lyons: 
💡Take a peak at a few ways you could add a bit of camo into your wardrobe with ease. It wears very well with stripes, grey, black, and my new favourite brown shade – oatmeal.

💡Play it casual at the playground with silver, fringe, pink gold and mixed metals. Pair it with your favourite FALL LIP COLOUR – Plum Lipsheer (Beautycounter)

🎸A few of my favourite Stella & Dot pieces to rock it with:
– Edni Wrap Bracelet $55

– Logan Layering Necklace $119

– Freya Fringe Necklace $128

🛒 www.stelladot.com/allisonlarouche

🌿For those who have messaged about starting a new skin regime for fall – check out the Beautycounter Match Adaptive Moistuizer ($55 CDN) below. It will be back in stock later this week so be sure to get on my pre order list if you are wanting to give it a go.  

💪🏻I have been getting my butt kicked with my fellow workout pal. My morning workouts have left me withthose teeny tiny sweat zits that hang out around my hair line. I have been relying heavily on the black badass charcoal bar from Beautycounter. It feels old school using a bar of soap. Totally not glam but it does the job. I add in a little bit of the Rejuvenating Serum and top things off with the Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer. Easy Peasy.


🛒www.beautycounter.com/allisonlarouche

Go get your Wednesday. It’s waiting.
xo

a.

A Pop of Pink

Some days I wake up and think to myself ‘Thank goodness I have a bathroom full of clean cosmetics to hide the fact that I feel like I’ve been tired for a decade.’ Of course we are beautiful in our own naked skin. But man oh man – motherhood is exhausting. 

My favourite eye shadow (Pearl Champagne) for the ‘non eye shadow’ person is the FREE gift for new Band of Beauty members. I love this duo because Christy Coleman told us it brightens up ‘tired mom eyes’. Christy would never tell a lie 🙀. 


🔥 See it in action here
Get it FREE by joining up as a Band of Beauty member for $29/year 👌🏻. Just add it on to any order over $75 by clicking ‘become a member’.

Shop here

🤓Band of Beauty Perks:

💡Free Shipping on orders over 🇨🇦$125 / 🇺🇸$100

💡15% back in product credit on every purchase 

💡Free Welcome gift (Pearl / Champagne Eye Shadow for August)

It feels good to add a bit of colour to that face👌🏻

Xo

A.

Birthday Style

Thank you all for the lovely birthday messages. I always do a bit of self reflection on my birthday, even more so since I have become a mother. Our days are often so busy as we continuously look after everyone else. Another year passes us by and we are once again calling a new city home. 
Good morning Toronto.

This blog has evolved over the past 2 years and so have many of you. You know who you are. You are the educated consumer. You are the one who might have added a pleated skirt to your life. You might have bought your first ethical diamond initial necklace. You might have started wearing bit of make up. You might pay more attention to the ingredients in your cosmetics. You might read labels more closely and recognize the words ‘Paraben’ and ‘Fragrance’. You might have dug out a few of your favourite accessories and worn them to the playground. You might have taken an extra 10 minutes for yourself before bed for the love of a good charcoal mask. You might be as excited as I am that ‘belt bags’ (aka fanny packs) are back. You might just add one to your closet. You might be a little bit more bold and confident when you are getting dressed in the morning and planning for your day ahead. You might have become a better version of yourself.


I have learned to share my City Mom adventures through accessories and style. I remember outfits like I remember moments in time. It’s never just about buying clothes. It’s about this: Where are we going to be wearing them? Who are we spending that moment with? How can we hold on to those moments just a little bit longer? This and only this is why we have such a hard time cleansing our closets and passing along old clothes. We always remember our outfits. Where we wore them, how we felt, who we were with. We aren’t ready yet to let these moments and memories go as we fear we might forget them.


On the evening of my 36th birthday, I dug out a super cute and incredibly simple white eyelet dress from Joe Fresh and paired it with the most expensive necklace Stella & Dot has ever made (in my opinion) – The Florence Statement Necklace and a simple pair of gold earrings (Halo Earings by Stella & Dot).


 I had a lovely birthday BBQ with my family that my husband had planned. He knows how much I love real Sangria and Paella (my sister and I spent a few months in Spain back in 2001) and whipped up an incredible meal.

 The day was spent at one of my favourite spots on Vancouver Island – Neck Point Beach and I rocked my new ‘belt bag‘ along with a few other Birthday Girl essentials. It was perfect. In a simple chic kind of way.


A few of my favourites from Beautycounter:


👌🏻Dhalia Lip Gloss

👌🏻Pearl Champage Eye Shadow (FREE GIFT for new band of beauty accounts this month!)

👌🏻Tint skin / Concealer Click Pen Trio

👌🏻Flamingo Blush

👌🏻Glow Shimmer Oil

👌🏻Mascara

👌🏻Sugar body scrub 

I think this year is off to a great start and I am ready to call Toronto ‘home’ once again.

Xo

A.

West Coast Make-Up Hacks

You might find this surprising but I am NOT a ‘makeup’ person. I rely heavily on tips and tricks from people who are ‘makeup people’ talented enough to apply product effortlessly. 

Check out this little tutorial of the NEW Ocean & Pacific Palette led by the Uber talented Christy Coleman from Beautycounter. 

🔥Limited Edition Ocean & Pacific Palette 🇺🇸$58 / $75 🇨🇦
My ‘Beauty Hack’ routine: I watch tutorials during nap time and surf my favourite online shopping haunts for style inspiration. I then add this spectacular new palette to my cart and start thinking of a few outfits that I would pair these shades with. I rarely wear eye liner, and when I do I love using eye shadow with that teeny little precision brush ($29)
Precision Brush $29 🇨🇦
These colours are bolder than I would normally wear, but I am in love with that turquoise shade COVE and I already miss the California coastline. 
Santa Cruz, California
Xo,

A.

When you need to break the lazy summer days uniform…

I’ll be the first to admit my style changes come summertime. Simple tanks, Birkenstocks, and distressed denim seem to be on repeat in my world. I’m spending the summer on Vancouver Island and it just screams laid back, west coast lounge wear. 

Today I dug out a classic Kit and Ace cashmere (extremely washable) dress from a few years ago. I linked a similar style currently ON SALE that is one of my favourite staples. Throw on a few new rose gold bracelets and a pretty spectacular blush toned jewelled necklace with a bit of gold fringe and this Momma is off to explore. I love the look of the Analina Pendent necklace. It’s has that boho glam look and works well with my neutral clothing palette – white, grey and black. 

Shop the look:

I keep my make up routine incredibly simple in the summer months and have been loving a few favourites from Beautycounter. The Caramel Creme Blush gives a hint of warmth and glow to my cheeks and is perfect for travelling. The concealer click pen is my secret weapon given my youngest daughter is still waking up frequently during the night. 

Shop my Beautycounter Favourites:

  • Caramel Creme Blusher $49
  • Peach Bronze Eye Shadow $44
  • Concealer Click Pen $44


I enjoyed my coffee this morning while checking my favourite Canadian shops on Instagram and was delighted to see these cute earrings from Courtney, B.C. I can’t wait to order a pair! Be sure to give @thrive.lifestyle and @makoacreative a follow on Instagram. These super fun earrings will be in my shopping cart very Sooners can be ordered directly from Thrive Lifestyle.

And of course for my youngest ‘mini-me’, Minimoc just launched a new pair of Mocs – Posy. I love the Blush shades and cute little flowers that represent each of the provinces and territories. They will be available on the site on Thursday, July 27 at 10 am PDT. You can shop them here.

Xo

A.

Beach Day Accesories

I have become a bit obsessed with a few local Canadian designers since I left San Francisco this past spring. One that particularly stole my heart is this hidden little gem in Victoria, B.C. – Oxford. While trying on a few fabulous dresses, I talked all things online shopping, shopping portals, and the role of social media with the store owner – Dave. It was brilliant and quite clear that he has an incredible vision of how simple and practical dresses can be designed beautifully for us busy minimalists.

I will have to devote an entire blog post to their  lines of dresses very soon – especially the few that now live in my closet. For all of you breastfeeding moms out there looking for a post partum outfit – finally a cute dress with buttons!!! Think Fall. Think long sleeve. Think buttons. Think the perfect ‘Oxford Shirt’ dress in the most beautiful Japanese cotton. Designed and crafted in Victoria, B.C. – this store is my new absolute favourite. Check out the summer tank style below.

Let’s talk handbags – this one in particular. Buttery soft pebbles leather – I would send you think link to shop online but the owner Dave – is too busy designing these bad girls, he hasn’t had a chance to get his site lauches. Tisk, tisk. 

If you are in Victoria, stop by the shop (589 Lower Johnson St.) and try a few things on. Tell the owner Dave that I sent you 👌🏻and tag me in your next favourite Oxford dress on Instagram @citymommastyle.

What’s my beach style on a chilly west coast day? 

✔️ 3 children, cute shoes, top knot, and my new favourite handbag.


Oh and a few sparkles…

Cosmetics by Beautycounter:

Jewels by Stella & Dot:

✔️ Prices listed in 🇨🇦

Xo

A.

Toddlers Who Brunch

You guys! Whose adorable kids are these right here and what delicious foods are they eating for brunch??

While visiting a very dear friend of mine in Victoria, B.C., I had the pleasure of sampling some tasty wine and brunch treats with her better half who happens to manage one of the most popular pubs – Bard and Banker. He might also be my favourite sommelier who always seems to pick out the perfect bottle of wine for us when we are due for a visit to catch up on life. (See previous night below).

What accessories made my brunch date? Just a few hot little numbers from Stella and Dot’s Fall Collection that just launched this week. 

Shop this look:

Druzy Studs $34

Alay Statement Necklace $139

Open Druzy Cuff $54

I love the earthy shades in the Alay necklace and the feel of the wooden beads. I am thinking this will be a very easy piece to wear with shades of brown, army green and of course my classics (black, white and grey). The side coils are bound in black leather – it gives the piece a bit of confidence. The Druzy set is just really dainty. The intricate semi – precious quartz stone gives a bit of colour and is a perfectly sized stud.

I can’t seem to get enough of these two shades from Beautycounter – Carmel Creme Blusher and Fig Lip Gloss. They add a bit of warmth and colour to a chilly summer west coast day!


And we are ready to shop!


How do you distract your children while shopping?

Xo

A.