Monday, 20 March 2017
Thursday, 16 March 2017
This outfit is polar opposite of last weeks Fashion Friday post which was all about weekend, casual wear. Though I love the casual looks for weekends, and sometimes at the office, I felt not only comfortable in the this but super stylish and on point. I love everything about this transitional winter-to-spring outfit, but especially this frayed skirt. The skirt is a few years old but with frayed denim all the rage this spring, I was inspired to dig it out and give it some attention. It paired up so well with my favorite cable knit sweater, also styled HERE, and these fantastic new chandler, tassel earrings I purchased recently from a friend. I love the way they dangle from my ears and they make such a statement on their own that I didn't feel any need to add more glitz and glitter.
Since it's still fairly cold here, I grabbed my trusted faux fur jacket and these adorable little gloves that I received as a gift from a student a couple of years ago. Overall I felt like a million bucks in this outfit!
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Rachelle Tassel Chandlers: Stella & Dot
Skirt (old): Asymmetrical tweed skirt; denim skirt
Cold Shoulder Cable Knight Sweater: Guess
Faux Fur Coat (similar): Chickwish
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
I meant to have this post ready for March 8th, International Women's Day, but it didn't come together the way I envisioned it so I decided to postpone it for the moment. Though I have many women to celebrate in my life, today I am choosing to highlight two of my role models, my grandmas. I feel immense gratitude to have these ladies in my life and to have my girls get to know them. My girls are surrounded by family but to have two great-grandma's is a special gift.
|March 9th, Celebrating International Women's Day|
Both of my grandmas were both a big part of my childhood and I spent a great deal of time with each of them. Baka Zlata lived just down the street from where I grew up and her house was always open to us. We came and went as we pleased (or at least that's how I remember it). She had a large yard that we utilized to play in and my grandma always had treats for us. She always wore this special necklace around her neck, that I would touch/play with and ask if I could have when she died. The morning we fled our city, my grandma took that necklace off of her neck and put it around mine. We were not sure if our paths would ever cross again. She wanted me to have it as a memory and a keepsake and that flashback always bring tears to my eyes. Thankfully my grandparents eventually also made it to Canada and we were blessed with more years to spend together. My grandma refused to take that necklace back and so I continue to wear it on a regular basis. Years later when Anya was 4 or 5, she would often touch the necklace gently and ask me if she could have it when she grows up.
My grandma was here to welcome each of my little girls when they were born. She lives only a few blocks from our home and the girls love her dearly. They love having an "old baka" who can still play with them. Baka Zlata has even babysat for us on occasion and I've had the privilege to learn some Bosnian dishes from her in recent years. She bakes her special cakes for each of our birthdays and we all look forward to getting "our" own specialty cake each year.
|Baka Zlata & Halie 2007|
|Baka Zlata & Anya 2009|
|Baka Zlata teaching me to make baklava|
|My dad, me, my mom & baka|
Now, baka Rada and I were pretty inseparable when I was little. She lived in our city and I went everywhere with her. My grandpa died when I was young, around the age of 2, and so I spent a great deal of time with her. She was a school teacher and when I refused to go to daycare, my grandma would take me along to school with her. I would sit alongside her students and get spoiled. I am pretty sure this is where the initial seed was planted that I wanted to be a teacher. I watched my grandma not only inspire children within the walls of the classroom but their families as they would stop by her home after school and for years to come. My grandma was doing "family engagement" decades before I studied it and became passionate about it.
As mentioned I was never far behind her. As a child, I followed her out to her country home, nothing fancy but so much open space. I think that's where I developed my love for the outdoors and being in nature. About five years ago, Logan and I decided to begin camping with the kids, I was a little unsure, but found my love for this simple lifestyle resurfacing quickly. I see myself instilling that love of a simple life, a slower pace, the outdoors, and an appreciation for nature, in my own girls.
Recently my grandma, after 23 years apart, was finally able to come to Canada to join our family. She now lives in the same building as my baka Zlata! My girls have welcomed her into their lives with open hearts, open arms and so much love. They communicate in various ways, gestures, basic English/Bosnian vocabulary, and of course help from us.
|Baka Rada & Halie, Doboj, BiH, 2008|
|Me, Anya, Halie & Baka Rada, Doboj, BiH, 2010|
|Baka Rada and I|
|Christmas Eve 2016|
My girls are so lucky to have these two incredible women as part of their lives. They will leave a mark on them and they will shape who they become as adults. I can't imagine better role models for them my girls and a better way to teach them about cross-generational family connections.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Last Saturday spring arrived in Saskatchewan for a very short time (for less then 24 hours) and I took full advantage of it. I went to my running club, then quickly showered and got dressed, hit up Costco and the outdoors with the kiddos. Even though I love dressing up for work, most of the time at home this is the kind of outfit you would find me in, jeans, casual t-shirt, hair up and little to no makeup, weekend. This crop top is quickly becoming my favorite item I see myself wearing it a great deal around the campfire this summer. I recently purchased it from a local store called Hardpressed. Their line of clothing draws inspiration from where we live, the city of bridges is our slogan, and they hand print the designs in their studio which is visible to the costumer through a glass wall. They also carry other brands that are similar in quality and uniqueness to their own. This top and the tanktop featured here are my first purchases from the shop and I am hooked. The quality is astounding and the comfort of this crop top is unreal. I wore it three days in a row!!! (I know gross but I just couldn't get enough of the softness).
Since Saturday, the weather has taken a drastic turn and we have had a massive dump of snow and are back to frigid temperatures. Sadly I had to go back to my winter wardrobe, winter boots, snowboarding mitts, toques and a warm parka when going outdoors for any length of time. I can only dream of spring fashion so I created this little collage of my spring wish list items. Have a great weekend ladies and thanks for stopping by.
Friday, 3 March 2017
I am absolutely, positively, without a doubt, in love with my bomber jacket. The crazy thing is that I've had it hanging in my closet since the beginning of January and I just wore it for the first time! That's okay because this beauty is going to be with me all spring and summer long. I am thinking of all the outfit possibilities: pencil skirt for the office, jeans and my lace cropped top, over my little white dress, with a little black dress, etc. I am pumped! As you can see from the pictures snow is still present around here, but the weather is warming up and we are getting so much daylight that it makes me giddy. My goal for March is to bring out my spring bin of clothes and use them to transition from winter to spring without buying anything (we'll see if this actually happens).
Just after I took these pictures I went to the salon and finally had my hair done. I haven't colored it since September and it was sooooooooo dry. I am now a redhead and loving it. I decided to go with a deep, rich, red even though spring it just around the corner. I always go light but what the heck, I tried something new and I love it.
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Guess Bomber Jacket (similar)
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
I know that February is usually considered the most depressing month but for some reason March always kicks my butt, especially in the fitness/healthy eating department. It seems like each year I fall apart in March, give up on making it through the winter. I think it's because in this part of the world winter is still often going strong and we usually end up with one more dump of snow and one last cold snap. I also think as a teacher March is a hard month. Report cards, report cards, report cards. This year the winter has been relatively mild so I don't feel like it's dragged on and I don't' have report cards to write (though work is pretty crazy busy in March),but regardless I compiled a list of goals and things to focus on to make it through March and into spring.
1. Fitness: Clock 80 km of running and take in one exersice class a week (spin, yoga, bootcamp).
2. Get my hair done. I cheated and just got my hair done this past weekend. It wasn't exactly as I wanted it but it's way healthier than prior to going to the salon.
|My very dry hair prior to my color/cut.|
|Pinterest Desired Look|