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Spoiling Your Favourite Guy with JORD {Giveaway}

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Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

This post is all about the amazing men we have in our lives: the husbands, dads, brothers, uncles, friends; whoever they are, this post is for them. It’s been a little while since there has been something for the guys here on OHP so I thought it would be a good time to have a giveaway. I’m excited to be working with JORD watches again this Fall and will be spoiling a lucky reader with a $100 gift credit towards one of their amazing wood watches!

On the topic of spoiling… I feel like us mamas talk about how much it means to us to hear that what we do is appreciated (especially on those tough days when it feels like everything is going wrong), but I think it’s important that our hubbies do too. Families are a team effort and both moms and dads can feel left in the dust and forgotten after a crazy day. I know ours wouldn’t be as strong as it is if it wasn’t for the guy I’m on this crazy ride with, and he’s not just a great hubby, but an awesome Dad too.

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Will is a pretty casual guy and I’ve always joked that his personal uniform is a t- shirt, hoodie, and cargo shorts or jeans. And now as a Dad, these wardrobe staples are pretty much perfect since he spends plenty of time chasing our two monkeys. He doesn’t treat himself very often so when I got the chance to work with JORD again I felt like one of their wood watches couldn’t go to a more deserving and selfless guy.  This watch fits in nicely with his casual style, but will also look great dressed up for a night out (date night!). He went with the walnut and black option from the Hyde series, and it really suits him.

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace
Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Jord wood watch father son http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

Whether the man in your life is a suit and tie kind of guy or more the t- shirt and jeans variety, JORD’s wood watches are the perfect accessory (they also make beautiful wood watches for women, see mine in this post from last year). Their watches combine classic with contemporary style making them a great choice for anyone whatever the occasion: from a day at the office to Dad life. If you have a guy that deserves a little spoiling,  a JORD watch would make a nice gift (you can also get them engraved for an extra- special touch) plus you can enter to win a $100 gift credit towards one of their wood watches below! (Added bonus: everyone who enters will receive a $25 gift credit just for entering!).

Contest Details

Click here to enter

Contest closes on October 3, 2017

Terms & Conditions

Open to residents of Canada & US | No cash value | Non transferable 

To see all of the styles available for men and women, visit the JORD website

Jord wood watch http://www.jordwatches.com/#ourhappyplace

 

Luxury Wooden Watch

September 21, 2017
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Layer Love: 4 Ways to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall

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Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Even thought it’s still Summer, the first day of September always feels like Fall to me. And with it comes a switch in the style department towards more layers and cozy additions (think scarves, hats & booties for starters). It’s a great time of year to shop your closet and maybe add a few key pieces that you’ve been missing or had your eye on.

But just because Summer’s coming to an end doesn’t mean you can’t wear some of your warmer weather items in the cooler months. Getting a bit creative can extend the wear you get out of certain pieces like shorts and tank tops and can stretch your style budget. Things like tights and sweaters are definitely Fall favourites and can mean you don’t have to put away some of your favourite lighter pieces just because the temperatures are cooling.

Since this time of year marks a change in seasons I’m sharing how to take a few key pieces from your Summer wardrobe and transition them to Fall, along with some footwear ideas. Booties are a favourite item that go with so many things and can get dressed up or dressed down. I’ve also included a pair of runners in this post that are great for errands or taking the kids to and from activities without compromising on style or comfort.

Starting with a few key pieces, shop your closet for different items to create a variety of outfits, and make note of items you’d like to purchase. Think of how you can pair the same piece with a variety of others you already own, only adding something to your shopping list when you identify something you know you can wear in a variety of ways (this will help you save money and ensure the pieces you buy will work well with what you’ve already got). I started with a Summer outfit of a top, shorts and flip flops, and shopped my closet for different pieces that could be mix- and- matched to create several outfits.

I created the outfits in this post with items most of us already have in our closets to show how adding just a few new pieces can be all it takes to inspire some Fall #ootds (jeans, tights, a denim vest, sweater, jacket, a scarf, hat, and footwear). The good news: it can be a as simple as adding layers and accessories to bring your Summery items into the Fall.  If you want some ideas to transition your style into Fall, I hope you’ll find these tips helpful!

I started with this floral outfit: a light sleeveless top & shorts with my favourite flip flops…

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

and added…

1. Tights

Perfect for days when it’s cool vs cold and you just need an extra layer to keep your legs warm. Tights look really cute paired with booties and you can throw on a sweater if things really start to cool off. Mix and match shorts and tights with some favourite tops for a variety of looks (I love the combo of different patterns/ fabric textures). I definitely went for a casual outfit here, but how cute would heels be to dress things up?

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

2.  A jacket (+ scarf)

Need a little extra warmth? Swap out a sweater for your favourite jacket. Stay warm without feeling like your outfit is too heavy. And if things are really starting to cool off…

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall …add a scarf for a little extra warmth/ style. Cool Fall days are a perfect excuse to add an extra layer and add contrast/ interest to an outfit (I love the combo of different patterns like stripes and florals).

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3. Denim

Great year- round, no? For those in- between days when things are cool but not cold, a denim vest is a classic item that works with lots of wardrobe pieces. It can add a different texture/ colour to your outfit and is a great piece for those days where it’s cool but still warm enough to skip sleeves. And who doesn’t own a pair of jeans? I liked pairing this floral top with my white jeans but classic blue denim goes with pretty much everything. Also- a cute excuse to rock a Canadian tuxedo with denim on top and bottom. 😉 I went with black lace runners for this outfit but booties would look super cute too (see what I mean about how easy/ interchangeable everything is when you have the right pieces?).

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall4. A hat

Hats are the perfect finishing touch to many an outfit and add an extra element of style and personality. Dig through those ones you put away for the Summer or treat yourself to a new one (or a few!) for the Fall to help keep cozy. A cute pom pom toque is a fun option on colder days, with a wide- brimmed beauty being a great choice that you can wear throughout the seasons. Just a little warning: once you become a hat person there’s no going back. 😉

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall      Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

What are your favourite Fall style pieces? 

Sources

Floral top + shortsTobi

Faux leather jacket- Winners

Sweater- H & M

White jeans- Forever 21

Denim vest- Value Village

Hat- Joe Fresh

Blue & white striped scarf- Value Village

Booties- Joe Fresh

Black lace runners- Geox

Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography

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Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

September 1, 2017
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Beach Please {Summer Hat DIY}

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Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat

I never used to be a ‘hat person’. But now I can honestly say I have a little bit of an addiction. And all the cute Summer hats I keep seeing everywhere ain’t helping. I’ve seen a variety of different versions online of big hats with writing on them and kept thinking ‘I can make that’- so I did just that. Hats can get a bit pricey, but I’m happy to say this wide- brimmed cutie cost me less than $10 (the hat I used for this DIY was $5 at IKEA folks!) and is super easy to make. I also love the idea of making a mini version with a kids hat for some cute Summer twinning (if you find one let me know!). Just pick a favourite word or phrase, pick up some thread or twine and glue. It’s. That. Simple. Pair with your favourite swimsuit and sandals for a beachy #ootd! See below for the steps.

Materials

Wide- brimmed hat (I bought mine at IKEA for $5- I also found a similar one on Amazon)

Black embroidery thread or twine (I doubled mine up and twisted it together so the design would show up clearly)

Fine- tipped marker

Hot glue gun

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat supplies

Directions

  1. Start by picking a phrase and writing the letters with the fine- tipped marker on the brim using dots or dashed lines

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

2. Using the glue gun, trace over the letters with hot glue, doing about 2- 3″ at a time so the glue doesn’t cool before you press the embroidery thread onto the design

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

3. Continue until your phrase is finished. For some letters like ‘a’, it might be easier to cut the thread and restart the letter rather than doubling over the thread you’ve already glued down

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

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Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat

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June 13, 2017
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Fashion Feature: Chews Boutique

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When you’re running around in a romper in November, you know you must be on the West Coast. No snow here folks, and on the day we shot the photos for this blog post it almost felt like Summer was back. In November. Chews Boutique launched earlier this month, offering up a variety of adorable pieces all priced under $70. Everything is selected by owner Chelsey to be comfortable and stylish with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. With everything from tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear, Chews has pieces for every aspect of your closet, and you won’t break the budget treating yourself. We got together just after the online shop opened to style a few of the pieces from this recently launched collection, and lucked out with a rain- free day to run around taking photos. If you’re on the look out for pieces that offer up easy style, make sure you check out this awesome new online boutique. See below for 5 looks styled with Chelsey and Chews Boutique.

 

 

Tribal Cardigan– $59.50
Antler necklace- JQ Vancouver
Hat, leggings & shoes- my own

 

 

 

Shoes- my own

 

 

 

Choker necklace- JQ Vancouver
Shoes- my own

 

 

 

 

Striped Romper– $54.50
Neckalce- JQ Vancouver
Bag- borrowed from Chelsey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Knot Top– $38.50
Hooded Vest– $55.50
Shoes- my own
If you’re like me, a few of the pieces from Chews have made it onto my Christmas wishlist. Everything is comfortable, stylish, and affordable- how can you go wrong? I hope you love this new collection as much as I do, the hard part will be narrowing down your choices! Also- make sure you keep an eye out for more pieces being released in the coming weeks as Chelsey will be adding new pieces to the shop regularly.
Special thanks to Akane Kondo for shooting the photos for this collab!

About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper’s closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

Follow Chews on social media for the latest releses and special discounts:
Facebook: Chews Boutique 
Instagram: @shopchews
Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography
Instagram: @akanekondophoto
November 25, 2016
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Telling Time in Style with JORD Watches {+ Giveaway}

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Who else agrees: the right accessories finish make an outfit. They’re the details that bring everything together. And be honest: how often do you notice a great pair of earrings, a hot pair of shoes, or an awesome watch before you notice the clothes? This happens to me all the time and so many times it’s love at first sight. And this time, it’s about a watch. One helluva of a beautiful, wood watch.

JORD makes timepieces that combine classic with contemporary with watches made out of a variety of wood including sandalwood like the one I’m wearing below. They’ve taken something traditional and made it a little more edgy, a little more of a statement. Something about the wood makes it jump out a little more than if it were a traditional metal piece. Even though they offer both men’s and women’s styles, I love that many of them have a unisex vibe- I don’t think mine screams ultra girly and I love that. I can wear it with jeans and t- shirt or pair it with a dressy outfit and heels to add contrast. It’s a heavier piece that you can wear on it’s own or stacked with bracelets and it will look amazing either way. You just have to decide which one you want more, which I think is the hardest part! 😉

… And just in case you find yourself falling in love with these watches like I did, I get to give away a $75 shop credit towards a JORD watch for someone to splurge on themselves! Scroll to the end of the post to enter!

Outfit Details:
Sweater, jeans & boots- My own
Dark Sandalwood watch- JORD
Wood brimmed hat- Austra
Bracelets- Quinsco
About JORD
JORD offers handcrafted wood timepieces that make a statement and suit a modern lifestyle. Their watches are made from materials such as bamboo, ebony, and sandalwood (like the one I’m wearing) and are a fresh twist on a classic item with styles available for both men and women. Whether you’re a watch lover or not, their pieces will have you putting yours on everyday.

Aaaand let’s not forget about that GIVEAWAY I mentioned! I have a $75 e- voucher to give to one lucky reader and for a fun added bonus, everyone who enters (aside from the winner) will receive a $20 e- gift card from JORD!

Want to win a Luxury Wood Watch for yourself? Enter below!

Fallen in love with JORD? Check them out online for the latest news & styles!
JORD Watch website
Instagram: @woodwatches_com
Facebook: JORD Wood Watches
Twitter: @woodwatches_com

Photo credit: Janette Shearer- Ava to Zoe

October 20, 2016
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From Summer to Fall: 5 Days of Sanuk Style- DAY 5 {+ Giveaway!}

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It’s FriYAY! This has been a fun week on the blog and I hope you’ve liked this post series with Sanuk as much as I have. Today is the fifth and final day (and the last day you can enter to win a pair for yourself!) and just like the outfit from Day 3, I’ve added a warm layer to show how simple it is to up the cozy ante for the cooler Fall weather.
No matter what time of year it is, I love a pop of colour and the great thing about these cute shoes is they go with pretty much everything. A tank and skinny jeans are classic wardrobe pieces and are great as the foundation for a day- to- night outfit- just switch up your hair and add some pretty jewellery and you’re ready for drinks with the girls or date night with hubby. The bracelets from Quinsco that have appeared throughout this series are so pretty and I think they’re perfect arm candy for everything from casual to dressy outfits- those marble bracelets would be beautiful with a LBD, dontcha think? I hope you like the final outfit of the week & don’t forget to enter below!!!

Outfit Details
‘Drop It Like It’s Yacht’ Shoes- Sanuk 
Tank top & green skinny jeasn- The Rag Machine
Bracelets- Quinsco
Leather vest, sweater & hat- my own

That chunky sweater & black hat have become two of my favourite Fall & Winter pieces, and I think having a variety of neutral items that pair with more colourful pieces is a good style mantra. Those ‘Drop It Like It’s Yacht’ shoes are so comfy and they’re a great option to transition from Summer to Fall before you break out the booties and gumboots. If you’re like me and love some good vintage/ thrifted pieces, make sure you hit up The Rag Machine for some fun pieces for Fall. No matter if it’s a hair & makeup done kind of day, or a topknot and more coffee kind of day, I hope the 5 outfits from this week have given you some style inspo and show that you don’t have to think too hard to put a cute outfit together!


Want to see the other posts in this style series with Sanuk? 
Check out the links below!
Day 1: Romper & Boat Shoes
Day 2: Jean Skirt, Striped Top & Sandals
Day 3: Jeans, Tank Top & Sandals
Day 4: Tee, Shorts & Boat Shoes

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Find ‘Em
Thanks to these collaborators for being a part of this style series!

Sanuk
Check out all of the great styles available on the Sanuk website
Facebook: Sanuk Footwear
Instagram: @sanuk
Twitter: @Sanukfootwear

The Rag Machine
Facebook: The Rag Machine
Instagram: @theragmachine

Quinsco
Website: http://www.quinsco.com
Instagram: @quinsco

Photo Credit
Miriam Elizabeth Photography 
Facebook: Miriam Elizabeth Photography
Instagram: @miriamelizabethphotography 

Shoes/ sandals- Sanuk 
Shorts- The Rag Machine
Tee (my own)- West + Wind
Sweater & hat- my own
Bracelets- Quinsco

September 2, 2016
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From Summer to Fall: 5 Days of Sanuk Style- DAY 4 {+ Giveaway!}

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Who else is going to be rockin’ shorts into September??? I found these cuties at The Rag Machine and even though I’m a Canadian girl, I couldn’t resist the stars & stripes. Even when the weather starts to cool off you can pull on a pair of leggings and extend how long you can wear them. Paired with some closed- toe shoes like these ‘Drop It Like It’s Yacht’ Shoes from Sanuk (how awesome is that name?) and it makes for a cute outfit.
And what goes better with a cute pair of shorts than a classic tee? Another wardrobe staple that transitions through the seasons effortlessly. Pull on a cozy sweater when it starts to get chilly and you’ve got everything you need for a late Summer evening. Get your hands on a pair of Sanuks for yourself & make sure you enter below!

Outfit Details
‘Drop It Like It’s Yacht’ Shoes – Sanuk 
Shorts- The Rag Machine
Tee (my own)- West + Wind
Sweater- my own
Bracelets- Quinsco

Can you tell I’m really just about having some fun with style? That tee from West + Wind is so soft and one of my favourites. I know these boat (excuse me, yacht shoes) will get a lot of love and I think it’s great how they go with so many things. They’re the perfect transition shoe for heading into Fall and would be super cute for you lucky people going on vacation soon. Even if you just dig flats & booties for Fall, why not pick up a pair for next Summer so you’ve got them? Yay for thinking ahead! 😉
Want to see the other posts in this style series with Sanuk? 
Check out the links below!
Day 1: Romper & Boat Shoes
Day2: Jean Skirt, Striped Top & Sandals

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Find ‘Em
Thanks to these collaborators for being a part of this style series!

Sanuk
Check out all of the great styles available on the Sanuk website
Facebook: Sanuk Footwear
Instagram: @sanuk
Twitter: @Sanukfootwear

The Rag Machine
Facebook: The Rag Machine
Instagram: @theragmachine

Quinsco
Website: http://www.quinsco.com
Instagram: @quinsco

Photo Credit
Miriam Elizabeth Photography 
Facebook: Miriam Elizabeth Photography
Instagram: @miriamelizabethphotography 

September 1, 2016
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From Summer to Fall: 5 Days of Sanuk Style- DAY 1 {+ Giveaway!}

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When it comes to Summer winding down I’m a pretty big baby- I never want it to end. I love the warm weather and light nights, and all the fun things that come with the season. But then I start to think about cozy sweaters and boots and layers and it’s not so hard to make the transition into the cozier months. And just because August is coming to an end doesn’t mean Summer’s totally finished (even though it still reminds me of back- to- school as a kid and feels that way), right? Right!!! 
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited about this post and the next few coming up this week (there will be one each day Monday to Friday!). With help from The Rag Machine and  Quinsco along with a few of my own pieces I’ve styled 5 outfits inspired by 2 pairs of shoes from Sanuk to help you transition your style from Summer into Fall. Starting off with today’s outfit that pairs a fun romper with a pair of boaty shoes, I’ve got an outfit a day for you this week! It’s not time to put away your Summer clothes just yet & let’s face it, rompers are just plain FUN. Oh and did you see that there’s also a GIVEAWAY? I get to give one lucky reader a promo code for any pair of Sanuks they want (your feet will thank you & you will love them!). The contest will be open all week and you can enter in all 5 style posts that will be on the blog this week. See below for outfit details & to enter!

Outfit Details

‘Drop It Like It’s Yacht’ Shoes- Sanuk 
Bracelets- Quinsco
I love that these shoes are a fun way to keep a little spirit of the Summer in an outfit as the cooler days return. As with all Sanuks I’ve worn, these are super comfortable and go with so many things, even when it’s not the middle of Summer. I scooped up this romper from The Rag Machine in Vancouver (an awesome used clothing shop that sells clothes by the pound– yes you read that right they sell their clothes by weight!) and stacked some pretty bracelets from Quinsco on my wrist. It doesn’t get simpler than that and added bonus: it’s super comfortable!

Want to see the other posts in this style series with Sanuk? 
Check out the links below!

Find ‘Em
Thanks to these collaborators for being a part of this style series!

Sanuk
Check out all of the great styles available on the Sanuk website
Facebook: Sanuk Footwear
Instagram: @sanuk
Twitter: @Sanukfootwear

The Rag Machine
Facebook: The Rag Machine
Instagram: @theragmachine

Quinsco
Website: http://www.quinsco.com
Instagram: @quinsco

Photo Credit
Website: Miriam Elizabeth Photography 
Facebook: Miriam Elizabeth Photography
Instagram: @miriamelizabethphotography 

August 29, 2016
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DIY Boho Shoulder Bag

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Have you ever had a bag that you love so much that it gets worn out from all the use? Bags and purses are one of those things that when you find one you like, it’s hard to make a switch. I’ve always been someone who uses the same bag everyday and even though it’s one more thing to lug around with kids, I can’t give up my purse for a cute little clutch. I just can’t. I’m guilty of always having way too much stuff in mine and having it weigh as much as a mini suitcase (and I know I’m not alone on this ladies!). But sometimes I do like to switch it up- like if I’m going out, or want something for a specific outfit- and I’ll transfer my wallet and other essentials to a different bag.

And that’s kind of what inspired this DIY. I’ve been looking for a shoulder bag for a little while to throw on with casual outfits, and I’ve seen so may cute ones with leather tassels and fringe. But instead of splurging on an expensive one, I thought I’d try and make one myself. Why not, could be fun, right? So I found an inexpensive bag at one of my favourite thrift stores and cut up some scrap leather left over from another project. Considering this project didn’t even cost me $10 I’m pretty happy with the result! See below for the super simple how- to.

Materials
– leather or leather- look bag (the simpler the style, the easier to attach the leather fringe)
– leather in the colour of your choice
– scissors
– hot glue gun (as hot as you can find)

Directions
1. Begin by measuring the area you want to cover. Depending on how long you want your fringe to be you may need more or less leather to get the coverage you want.

2. Measure the pieces of leather for the fringe. Again the length can vary depending on the look you want, just make sure it’s wide enough for the area you want to cover.

3. Using really sharp scissors, cut the leather pieces to size and then begin making cuts approx 1/8″ apart, cutting to about 1/4″ from the top edge. This can be a little tedious, but take your time to keep your cuts as straight as possible so your fringe is even.

4. When you’ve cut all of your fringe strips, start gluing them on. You can use a leather or strong fabric glue if that works, I just had this glue gun and it worked fine- but hotter is definitely better.

5. Trim any little pieces of leather away if necessary and voila! (You can also make a little tassel out of leftover leather as a cute embellishment). How easy was that? Now just to pick an outfit to wear… 😉

Styled photos- Miriam Elizabeth Photography

August 25, 2016
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#KEWEBirthdayBash: Kewe Clothing Turns 1

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Last week one of my favourite local kid’s clothing brands turned 1, and to celebrate founder/ lady boss Angela threw one heck of a bash. There was shopping, treats (delish coffee served up by Jack Coffee, and popcorn from The Popcorn Bar to name a few) epic swag bags, a raffle benefitting The Joy Smith Foundation, and so much more. In the invite she called it a ‘Shop + Celebrate’ event, and I’d say she knocked it out of the park on both counts.
In case you’re not familiar, KEWE Clothing offers up locally made organic and bamboo clothing for kids that are as comfortable as they are adorable (I really wish the ombre leggings came in my size!). The fabrics are printed in small batches using water based inks so they’re safe and gentle against littles’ skin and eco- friendly without comprising on quality. The prints are fun and the quality of the fabric means they can handle whatever their little customers put them through.
The #KEWEBirthdayBash took place at Montrose + George General Store, with all sorts of goodies and a raffle for a gift basket loaded with items from local artisans curated by Pacific Basket Company, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Joy Smith Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking (it’s sadly one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises globally and a very worthy cause- kudos Angela for helping bring more attention to this great organization). There’s a lot of hard work and heart that goes into running a business, and Angela makes it look easy. Congrats to Angela on all of her well- deserved success and to everyone who helped her make her celebration so special (see the end of the post for all the locals who were involved).
Sidenote: As Codi (aka Creative Wife and Joyful Worker/ co- host of the event) snapped this shot, she happened to mention potty- related activities and the look on my face is the result. Sometimes I think the candid shots are the best and I just might have to print this one. 😉

So let’s take a quick sec and talk about those swag bags! They’re a fun bonus from an event like this, and I appreciate the treats inside contributed by the amazing sponsors. By far one of the best bags of goodies I’ve been treated to, with some of my favourite local businesses like Bebe De Luxe and From the Seeds (see the full list of sponsors below). Let’s just say that popcorn from The Popcorn Bar and gourmet marshmallows by Marsh & Mallow were devoured as soon as I took this photo…
If you’re on the hunt for some new threads for your kids or need to pick up something as a gift,  check out all that KEWE has to offer on their website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
The #KEWEBirthDayBash sponsors:

May 11, 2016
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