Dress 18: ‘Cool’ When Loosely Applied To Me

Dress – Threadsence; Leggings – F21

Lipstick – Joe in Apple

Boots – thrifted; Earrings – F21; Ring – F21

Today I was feeling a little ‘cool’ *and I use that term loosely when applied to me* So, I thought that it’d be appropriate to wear this relaxed jersey knit dress.  I love the asymetrical hem and the slightly unfinished look it has. It feels wonderful on.  I just wish it felt that wonderful to be outside taking these shots.

Hope you all had a great day.  I’m retiring to a glass of delicious wine and some cuddles with Husband.

Good night. See you all tomorrow!

Something Special

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Hey guys, I don’t usually post something about another blog.  In fact, I never do.  But I stumbled across this fantastic lady and just had to share her blog with you. She’s a photographer and a mom of a little boy named Cash.  Now Cash has some medical issues and spends a lot of time in and out of doctor’s offices.  And these are the visual chronicles of this Mom’s journey.

Why do I post this?  
Two reasons:  
One: I’m a new mom and anyone who’s going through a struggle with their child touches me very poignantly right now (and probably forever). 
Two: I have a nephew who also struggles with medical issues and I see first hand how hard it is on him and on his parents.  But I can’t imagine how much harder it would be with expensive, and mounting medical bills.  In that sense we’re really lucky here in Canada.

If you like her work, check out her etsy shop where you can purchase some fabulous shots. And all the proceeds go directly to pay for Cash’s medical bills. 

Dress 17: I Know, I Copped Out!

Dress – little shop in Bruges; Jeans – Guess; Shirt – Smart Set; *Ignore the socks*

Me bundled up outside.

I wore this dress with pants, which I know is a bit of a cop-out, but here me out.  I was going out today – shopping, errands, etc – and since it’s still very cold outside I knew I’d be wearing my sporty coat for most of it.  Now a sporty, puffy coat, though necessary, doesn’t look the best with a pretty dress; so, I wore the jeans because it looks better together on the outside.  I love this little sweater dress for it’s softness, and the fact that it has polka dots. ‘Cause I love those! Notice how Drake the Dog has to be in every picture?  I tell ya, he wants a blog of his own.  I just know it! 

Tarh, stash or save?

Dress 16: Pardon Me While I Babble On Way Too Long…

Pigtails : a great way to avoid doing your hair.

Drake the Dog is such a media hog.  He has to be in every photo!

Dress – vendor in Lagos, Portugal; Sweater – Zara; Belt – AE; Boots – F21.

This morning Husband took Baby after breakfast and I got a run!  I ran for a full hour – just over 6 miles. It felt wonderful!.  Having been sick the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to go full out – if I’ve been able to run at all. But today felt glorious!  I have to admit, I’m a bit of a workout junkie.  I love the high and I love challenging and pushing myself.  Plus, running and physical exercise help me to release emotion, focus my thoughts, and keep me sane (that and well…chocolate, a good scotch/wine, laughs with my girlfriends, and a greasy spoon breakfast).

Since having Baby, I’m not able to do a lot of physical things.  It’s one of the changes/challenges that I’ve had to adjust to.  But Husband is really good in understanding and he doesn’t kick up too much of a fuss when I ask him to take care of her. 
So, that’s me.
Whether you have a baby or not, how do you stay sane?

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t feel like doing my hair or make-up this morning (so really, today’s no different from any other day).  I just wanted to get my hair out of the way.  We all do it ladies – shove our hair in a ponytail and just forget about it.  It gets old, am I right? Lately I’ve been flipping through mags and found stylish models who have their hair in pigtails or braid(s).  It looks so chic, effortless, and like you’re totally above it all but still really cool!  Yes, please! Now I’m not saying that I’m particularily successful at the “stylish pigtail”, I’m just saying it’s possible.

Picturesque Lagos, Portugal.

One of my favorite memories. ( I had a cane because of an injury).

I’m always reminded of eating sorbet in Lagos when I wear this dress (that’s where I bought it).  I loved Lagos.  So beautiful and picturesque. I’m not so crazy about the dress, however, because the top is too big.  But I love the pattern, and I think if I altered it into a skirt it would be fabulous.  What do you think?  Alter? Trash, stash, or save?

Random Sundays Follow Up: He Knows Me Too Well

Husband just called:
Him: Did she go to sleep fine?
Me: Yes
(pause)
Him: What are you drinking?
Me: Scotch.
Him:  (in a knowing way) …And blogging. 
Me: Yup.
Him:  I’ll be home soon. Love you. 
Me: Love you too.

Random Sundays: The Sun Has Come Out to Tease

Frost on my upstairs window.
A shot from my backyard of everything lit up.

The morning visitor herself.
This morning the sun came out in all its glory.  It was so bright and beautiful that I had to run and grab my camera to preserve some of it and share it with you.  But the bright sunshine belied the truth…that it’s -29 degrees celsius out there with the wind chill.  Therefore, my plans to go out for a brief walk today with Baby have been shelved.  Instead, I had coffee, breakfast and finished it off with a little piece of Oreo fudge I have been saving for just the right moment.

Baby’s asleep right now.  I’m going to enjoy my Creme Caramel Roibos tea and read some blogs.  Have a great everyone!  See you all tomorrow!

Disclaimer: I’m Having a Really Bad Day

The night before last:
* Couldn’t breathe because my nose is too stuffed up.
* Throat was dry and painful.
* Baby couldn’t breathe because her nose is stuffed up.
* Held Baby in my arms all night so she could sleep.
Yesterday:
* Am still really sick.
* Had no sleep.
* Have to care for a sick Baby.
* Dog started shaking uncontrollably and panting.
* Anxious phone calls to try to figure out what’s wrong and whether he needs to go to emergency.
* Baby still couldn’t breathe at night.
Today? Let’s not talk about today.  I’ll only say that Drake the Dog is doing fine. 
I’m pretending that right now doesn’t exist.  So on that note I’m looking back.  And what did I find?  These two youngsters who had no idea what they were getting themselves into…

2004: engaged, but not yet married.

Circa 2007: just coming up on our 3 year anniversary.
See you all tomorrow!

Dress 15: When is Enough, Enough?

Making faces at Baby

Dress – Jacob; Cardigan – H&M; Scarf – Jacob; Belt – ?

So Casa Joanna is still sick.  I thought we were getting over it but no such luck.  Worst thing ever?  Baby is so stuffed up she can’t breath through her nose when she’s lying down.  Which means that I spent the entire night holding her in a reclining position so she could sleep…which means that I slept only 2 1/2 hours. Later in the morning Husband took her and I got another 2 hours.  So yeah, you can imagine how I’m feeling.  WHen is this cold going to end??

She’s been sucky and whining/crying all day because she’s over-tired and can’t sleep.  I’m just getting a break right now because I put her in her stroller, bundled her up, and took her for a 10 minute walk to get her to sleep.  Currently, she’s in the sun room tucked into her stroller. 

Needless to say, clothes were not the first thing on my mind.  But this dress is a relaxed boatneck dress that I purchsed used when pregnant.  Now though I think the top is too big for me.  Again, this is another dress I don’t know how I feel about.  Trash, stash, or save?

Dress 14: What’s Black, White and Gray All Over?

Dress – H&M; Sweater – Aritzia; Belt – ?; Leggings – Forever XXI

Today is Thursday, which means that today I got together with some of the mom’s that I know…which means that today we complained about being moms.  No seriously, I love getting together with these ladies.  They’re all very funny, and very easygoing, and it’s necessary to have someone to talk about all these things with.  I love my girlfriends, but since they don’t have kids they don’t quite get it.  These women do.  So it always revitalizes me to chat with them.  Plus, I love the excuse to have a coffee and a big cookie!

I bought this dress originally in brown and white polka dots, but I loved it so much I went back and bought it in black and white too.  *Confession – I bought it as a Maternity dress too because the empire waist and a-line gave me room to expand…and expand I did*  It was so cheap and so cute and comfy I couldn’t resist having it in two colors.  I was even tempted to get it in red and white, but I thought that would be going overboard.  It’s a summer dress, and it’s one that I thought I could only wear in the summer, but paired with a shirt and tights underneath and a chunky sweater on top, I think it totally works for the winter too. Trash, stash, or save?

Stay tuned for the brown and white one.

Good night all.  It’s date night – movie, hot apple cider, berries…and hopefully a foot massage from Husband.

See you all tomorrow!

Dress 13: Massages, Socks, and Hiding Out

First things first: Husband said, “Just don’t put me in you blog today.”  So like the dutiful wife that I am, here he is everyone.  He’s now got the cold that I’m getting over, and feels miserable all day.
Just hangin’ out.

Dress – Forever XXI; Cardigan – Gap; Leggings – American Apparel; Scarf – made by my Babcia.

Today I got a massage.  Oh yes I did.  I’ve been having some tension headaches and the best solution to that is an RMT.  I’m going to go for another in about three weeks and that should take care of it.  But here’s a weird thing: she cut the appointment short.  I’ve never had that happen to me, but she ended up not feeling too good and cut it short.  Oh well!  It was still good.

Than I bummed around downtown for a while going into shops and getting yummy lunch.  Where was Baby you ask?  Why she was with Husband.  It was my day out today. I spent some gift certificates – on really cute socks (Betsey Johnson), knee highs (MacGregor Weekenders); and thick winter tights (Hue).  And I’m really excited about the knee highs – I’m already putting together a dress outfit around one of these pairs.  Check back soon for that!

So yes, today was a day for me to relax; hence, the easy, chill dress.   This is one I’ve had for about 5 years.  And when I bought it I wasn’t crazy about it.  It was one I bought because I either spent $20 on a dress and got free shipping or paid $15 shipping.  But it’s one I come back to on days when I just don’t feel all that spry and delicious.  Like today, when I’m getting over a cold.  But is it a keeper?  I’m not sure it does anything for me – makes me look cute, or sexy, or elegant.  And I’m not sure whether I wear it because it’s comfy and relaxing, or whether I wear when I want to hide and not be noticed.  So what do you think?  Trash, stash or save?

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