You guys! Life is rough sometimes. Thankfully these days pass and the little things in our day that make us smile move us forward. I had a great time updating my ‘3 minute’ face this week with my trusty toddler. Be sure to check out how the real pros do it: 
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These are a few things that are making me smile this week:

✔️My adorable morning makeup assistant 

✔️Concealer Click Pen (disguise sleepless nights)

✔️Glow Shimmer Oil (Because it’s totally not necessary, but leaves your skin looking fantastic)

✔Formaldehyde Free Mascara (Clean beauty rocks)

✔️ Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer: (Our skin is always changing)

✔️Silver jewels 

✔️Watching these videos with my adorable Makeup assistant 

✔️Free Gift with purchase from Beautycounter! 

❤️Share the love! Are you loving your latest purchase from Beautycounter / Stella & Dot? Pass my contact on to your nearest and dearest! I always gift new clients a free product upon ordering and will send you one as well!

❤️Book a one on one clean beauty / style session with moi. You all know I rock the ‘busy mom / minimalist / simple / chic / Haute Mess / look very well 👌🏻

Cute black dress from http://www.thrivelifestyle.ca

Xo

A.

Wee Urban!

Babies are so lovely when they sleep. Even more so when you find the most adorable printed and proudly Canadian sleep sack thanks to a total Boss Mom at Wee Urban.

I had the pleasure of meeting Holly when she first started selling what has become my favourite ‘grobag’ at the One Of A Kind show in Toronto back in 2012. I was pregnant with my first child and obviously was in the market to purchase all things baby. I purchased 2 of her bags and both have been passed down to my daughters. I love that my children haven’t been able to sneak out of these bags. The snaps aren’t located on the shoulders (like most grow bags) which makes the bag stronger than the average Toddler. You can easily do a diaper change through the bottom zipper. I love the simple prints and gender neutral colours. This particular print has been on repeat for a few years in our house.

I was out and about in Nanaimo yesterday when I came across a new pattern from Wee Urban – black and white phrases about dreams. LOVE! I haven’t been able to track down more of this brilliant print online, but I will do some digging around to see what else I can find out. These are great gifts for new moms! They don’t know how great these little bags are for the child that constantly kicks off their blankets!


A bit about Wee Urban – they are designed in Toronto and are crafted abroad. They are a huge supporter of one of my favourite charities – Kiva and look after all of their workers / partners by ensuring production is ISO regulated, fair trade certified and comply with regional safe working practices and safety standards. Boom. Businesses doing better. I love it. Be sure to give them a follow on Instagram: @weeurban

✔️ Shop my accessories here:

Beautycounter

  • Petal Lip Sheer 
  • Hibiscus Creme Blush
  • Concealer Click Pen

Stella & Dot

  • Tierny Layering Necklace 
  • Halo Earrings

Vonbon

  • Hairwrap


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.

Thoughtfully Engraved

After my third pregnancy, I realized we got this whole ‘baby gift’ thing completely wrong. Instead of spoiling those super cute and squishy little babes with the teensiest Micro Fashion trends on the market – don’t forget to treat the Baby Momma with a little special something. Those of us with multiple children know how life changing it was with that first baby to realize how quickly you stop looking after yourself because you are so busy looking after an adorable human. Your good friend who just had her second or third or forth (omg I can’t even) baby – she doesn’t want or need more Micro Fashion. She wants a babysitter, really good coffee beans, a bottle of wine, and a thoughtfully engraved piece of jewelry wearing the names of her beautiful children that she can wear with any outfit. She will wear it every day – especially this one from Stella & Dot

I am big on rose gold right now and am loving all the rose and bronze pieces from the new Fall collection from Stella & Dot. Check out the rose gold engravable bangle I finally ordered  to house the names of my three children – Felix, Chloe and Penelope. 

They added more variety and characters to the engraving option which is something I have been struggling to find even with other brands.  With Stella & Dot engravables, you are able to pick a few different fonts and even see a preview of how your design looks before you order. Just make sure you love how it looks before you place your order as engraved pieces are final sale. The bracelets come in rose, gold and silver.

I found a few other styles that are quite cute – a fun one from Thomas Sabo that includes free engraving. A different variation from Michael Kors that does not include engraving, but the piece is wide enough any jeweller could help you out.

💥 Shop Stella & Dot here:

✔️ Engravable Bangle $89 CDN (includes engraving)

My family is complete, and now so is my bracelet!

Thankfully it has solid clasp hinge opening!

She pairs well for an evening at the park with a few other rose gold bracelet pals. Stay tuned!

Xo

A.

Playground Accessories

I hear you Mommas. Alway so busy making sure your kids go to bed with a full tummy and you likely have forgotten to shower yourself. You are the minimalist. You don’t wear accessories. You spend your days chasing children at the playground. Shoes need to be comfortable and clothes need to be washable. Preferably black. Hair needs to give the illusion of not looking greasy. Top Knots are your favourite hair style. You want to be confident and strong for your daughters. You are so very tired.

These days will pass. Smile. Stop saving your jewels for a special occasion. Figure out how to dress down your accessories so that you can wear them with your favourite tank, denim and sandals. You will give instant energy to all the other tired moms. Sparkle on!


These are a few of my favourites that make the trip to the playground. I often borrow my Toddlers headbands from Vonbon. They are the perfect head band that can be tied on any size of head. How adorable are these prints! They are also made in Canada!


New Moon Necklace and Mai Wrap Bracelet from Stella & Dot:


Texture Sea Salt Mist for an incredible Pony Tail from Beautycounter.


It’s playground time!

Xo

A.

Sunday Truths

This is what I know to be true: 

1. Motherhood is rough and the perfectly accessorized outfit can lift you out of the blues. I will be sharing a whole lot of accessory love with you all very soon to ensure you are set up to have your best version of September. Some Stella & Dot – more local Canadian artisans. I have discovered a ton of local businesses who are working so hard to keep Canadians perfectly accessorized and they are waiting to be seen by real City Mommas like yourself. 

2. Canadian Fashion is so HAUTE right now! I am excited to showcase a slew of incredible and entirely Canadian fashion designers who are outfitting the Toddler / Mom crowd using simple and practical designs that will help you feel a little less disheveled when the day switches to chaos mode.

My current favourite dress is this number from Oxford – a local designer in Victoria, B.C perfectly situated at the bottom of my favourite street – Lower Johnson St. It screams simple – chic and is made of the most adorning Japanese Cotton. 

 

✔️ Another fab find from my other favourite local designer from Vancouver, Canada – ‘Vonbon‘. The cutest baby, chambray and gold mary janes for the win! 


3. Clean Beauty is my new black and my love for all things Beautycounter is here to stay. Ingredient transparency will never go out of style in my books and will only continue to grow in popularity as other consumers demand BIG BUSINESSES to change their ways of formulating beauty and cosmetics with questionable / *potentially toxic/ ingredients like aspestos. Take note Justice

Whether you choose to try Beautycounter or another clean brand – be an educated consumer and be proud of the company you are purchasing from. Talk about the brand if you LOVE them. The Clean Beauty Conversation is a game changer in this industry.


4. If the whole clean beauty, real style, healthy living ‘thing’ resonates with you – come work with me. I have worked tirelessly this past year to cultivate a thriving community of incredibly talented and innovative women who are slowly turning their interests and hobbies into thriving online businesses. We are pretty incredible. 

#takethejob

#styleboss

But first –

Start thinking of how you can rock Feathers and Birds this fall 🙀. Thanks Vogue.

Xo

A

The ‘It Girl’ Summer Dress

She is brave. 

She plays hard.

She laughs.

She is confident

She has skinned knees.

She loves to wear a dress.

She is my mighty resilient two year old.


One of our top picks in micro fashion this summer is from the incredibly hip, Vancouver-based line Vonbon. Though she normally gravitates towards dresses in all shades pink, she opted for this white and grey capped sleeve dress and the mini version for her baby sister. I love the soft jersey feel of the fabric. I found this style to be true to size. My older ‘mini’ is wearing a 3T and my baby ‘mini’ is wearing 6-12 months. We might just have to pick up this style in pink!


We accessorized with some fun headbands from Vonbon and Baby Whisp (a Toronto company) and slipped on a fun pair of Minimoc babyjanes and a pair of classic Saltwater Sandals

What are your favourite Micro Fashion designers in Canada?

Xo

A.