Friday Night Fun

Friday Night Fun

It’s Friday! The busy week is over and it’s time for some much needed R&R. I have a fun evening of dinner, drinks and undoubtedly, lots of laughter planned with the hubby at one of our good friend’s places tonight.

I just love dinner parties with friends, especially during Montreal’s snowy winters. Not only do they typically offer the relaxed atmosphere I so enjoy on a Friday evening, but unlike going out to a restaurant or club, this way, I can actually take my wet, slushy boots off and put on a nice pair of shoes to spend the evening in, instead of trudging around in salt encrusted, often damp boots (ew).

Tonight I will have a rare wintertime chance to showcase my pretty painted toenails in a rolled up pair of polka dot jeans by Instant Vintage and an adorable Aldo high heeled sandal. On top, I’ve thrown on a simple, creamy orange colored tank top, a smart navy blue blazer, and a great belt.

A new manicure to compliment my pink toenails, some pretty orange lipstick (very trendy going into spring) and I am ready for a lovely (well lubricated) night of good food and good company!

Jeans – Instant Vintage
Tank top, blazer, belt, cuff bracelet – Addition Elle
Shoes – Aldo
Necklace – Penningtons

Just One Of Those Days

Just One Of Those Days

Well, I spent my entire Thursday running around taking care of other people. It started with the usual routine – I got my middle two ready for school, lunches packed and out the door to the bus; after which I got my husband off to work, then my oldest to school, all while toting my three-year-old around like a puppy in pajamas.

Lately I haven’t had to do as much back and forth-ing, but today everything was disorganized and I had loaded way too many plans into the few hours that I had to myself (to myself, by the way, meaning me and my youngest rugrat). I knew from the start it was going to be just one of those days.

I won’t get into the details of my afternoon, but I will say that it was mostly spent in the car, making sure everyone else’s needs were met. Once I finally made it home, I decided, what better way to relax after a long day than to paint my toenails!? With 4 kids and a husband to take care of, the small pleasures in life become of far greater importance.

So for the fifteen minutes between homework time and cooking dinner, that is exactly what I did. I sat back, (more like hunched over with the waistband of my jeans digging into my abdomen) relaxed, and painted my toenails fluorescent pink. Before the polish had a chance to dry and someone inevitably smeared me with snot, spaghetti sauce or both, (quite frankly, it was a small miracle that I wasn’t already covered in some sort of child-produced ooze) I figured I’d snap my pictures – better late than never, right?

Jeans, top – Addition Elle
Earrings, bracelet – local markets in Haiti
Nail polish – my 11 year old daughter’s junk drawer (win)
Shoes – what shoes?

Walking in a Winter Watermelon

Walking in a Winter Watermelon

So… I know animal print is really hot right now; but how amazingly wonderful is this watermelon and beige zebra print scarf!?!? It has become my new favorite wintertime accessory.

In a sea of black, grey and navy blue coats, this bright, cheery scarf is definitely a serious attention grabber.

Wearing a vibrant color can really brighten up your face, and at this time of year, you really need it. When it’s cold outside, it just sucks the life out of your skin leaving it looking dull and drained, so liven up your face a little, and throw a great, colourful scarf around your neck!

You don’t have to spend much. I found this one at Wal Mart for next to nothing and it has quickly become my go to scarf. The best part is, there are so many awesome prints, so many fantastic color combinations and great options are available in any price range so you can pick up a few different scarves and change things up all winter long for a look that stays fresh and exciting!

The Power of Tribal Print

The Power of Tribal Print

In the past I have often avoided wearing prints. It’s unfortunate, because there have been prints that I’ve loved but always figured were either too loud and flashy or I simply just didn’t feel comfortable wearing for one reason or another.

But when I found this top. Oh… It was love at first sight. Its bright, daring color, bold tribal print, soft jersey fabric and cold shoulder detail had me weak with wardrobe lust. I knew I had to make it mine. So I did; and no sooner had I picked it up, I started to doubt my new acquisition.

The internal questioning commenced, as it always does. Is it too much? Will people stare at me and think “wow, it takes a whole lot of print to cover THAT body”, or worse yet, will they say it? I couldn’t beleive how fearful I was simply over the idea of wearing a pattern that I liked. I thought to myself, how sad is it that I would even contemplate not wearing something that I loved so much because I was worried about people thinking I looked stupid, ugly or extravagant? And the worst part was, it was me who was making up the hypothetical insults in my own head! I just couldn’t let myself be controlled by my own negative ideas of how others would perceive me this time. I went for it, and I’m so happy I did.

For me, this is more than just a print, more than just a garment. It is an accomplishment – a celebration of how I put my self-doubt and self-bashing thoughts aside and wore something just because I loved it. What an empowering feeling!

In this top I channeled the beauty and stength of the tribes that inspired it and conquered my own negative thoughts, even if only for a moment; but a glorious moment it was.

Top – Penningtons
Leggings- Addition Elle
Boots – Spring

Just Peachy

Just Peachy

This weekend I did something crazy. I went out wearing pastel peach chiffon in the middle of winter and there was nothing anyone could do about it!

Gone are the days of limiting winter wardrobes to dark, drab colors; and while I’m all for the perfect little black dress anytime, I love to bring something unexpected to the party.

This exquisite, tiered dress from Laura Plus did just that, and it did it with class. A sexy silver heel from Aldo, Swarovski crystal encrusted accessories, side-swept hair and soft, classic makeup gave the look an old world Hollywood feel – glamorous and elegant.

I felt like Marilyn Monroe (with bigger hips) and I could feel everyone’s eyes on me as I walked by. In the past I would have shied away from being noticed; but now I am confident enough to realize that they were looking because I was someone worth seeing, someone they thought was beautiful.

I left the party, heels dangling from my finger tips, feeling as peachy as my dress and with a warm, fuzzy feeling that I won’t soon forget.

Call Me Hot Pink

Call Me Hot Pink

There is something I find so ridiculously irresistible about this color. It’s bright and cheerful, sultry and seductive all at once without even trying.

If I could be a color, hot pink would be my name; and there really isn’t much more I can say to describe how I feel about it because its entrancing glow speaks for itself.

Full Bodied Fine Wine

Full Bodied Fine Wine

I am far from being a conaisseur of wine, but I know what I like, and there are very few things more pleasurable than a deep, rich red to brighten up a grey January evening.

When I first put on this elegant frock from Monif C. I couldn’t help but realize that if red wine could be spun into fabric, and made into garments, this would be the outcome.

When it comes to evening wear, this full bodied girl needs pieces as robust as she is, and this velvety smooth, wine colored dress is definitely bold enough to stand up to anything.

It marries harmoniously with gold and black patent, coating my curves with an elegance that lingers. Its mock sweetheart neckline is just sweet enough without being overpoweringly so and its mesh upper is a tasty detail indeed.

This is a look that will undoubtedly leave ’em longing for one last sip!

Playing Dress Up

Playing Dress Up

Remember as a kid, how much fun it was to raid your mother’s closet and find all of her hidden goodies? There was something so magical, so enchanting about dressing up and pretending, if only for a moment, that you were someone else – someone spectacular, dazzling, famous and grown up. There were silk scarves, flowing dresses and if you were raised in the 80’s, like me, sequins galore all ready to be ravaged; and the risk of getting caught? Oouf! That was the best part!

While those days are long gone, I still like to play dress up every once in a while; and while it lacks the element of danger now that it’s my own closet I am raiding, it never ceases to surprise me, how many forgotten treasures are lurking in it’s shadows.

This little number is the product of my latest quest into the far reaches and lost corners of my closet, where I rediscovered a few gems I had completely forgotten I had picked up a while back.

This gorgeous, black sequin skirt from Penningtons, which I had been saving for just the right sheer blouse, now that I remember, had completely slipped my mind; and this insanely sexy, leather corset, from Hips & Curves has been sitting in there, just waiting for the right moment to be taken out to play with the perfect off-the-shoulder Victorian crop top. Paired with a hot pair of wildly uncomfortable wedges (but cute though, right?), this outfit is a daring slice of dress up heaven, if I do say so myself!

Corset & crop top – HipsAndCurves.com

http://www.hipsandcurves.com/plus-size-ophelia-underbust-leather-corset

http://www.hipsandcurves.com/plus-size-edwardian-off-shoulder-cropped-blouse-white

My Husband, My Artist

My Husband, My Artist

Art is a very vast form of expression. Fashion, writing, photography and music all have the potential to transport you to another world in an instant. The boundaries of art are limitless; but regardless of how many categories the word “art” covers, when I think “artist”, the classic image of a painter, in paint stained jeans, holding a palette in one hand and a brush in the other always comes to mind.

Perhaps because this is the image of my husband, my absolute favorite artist in the world (and not just because I’m biased). I have always dabbled in the arts, but my talents don’t compare to his. He is, in a word, amazing.

This was my Christmas present a couple of years ago; my portrait, alive with color and light.

Please visit his Facebook page to see more of his outstanding work!

www.facebook.com/brouzard

On the Menu

On the Menu

Just a little preview to give you a taste of the delicious textures and prints I will be working with over the next week or so.

I think these four choice cuts, with the right accompaniment will definitely make up a delectable fashion menu for my upcoming week!

Yum!