Best Friends Style Series: Christine!

I started a new series on my blog a couple weeks ago called ‘My Best Friends Style Series’. If you missed reading about my gorgeous bestie Amber you can do so here.

My best friend Christine is literally one of the most hilarious people I have ever met! People naturally gravitate towards her.  It is actually super annoying as I am constantly trying to defend my title as her bff… there is always someone who wants to take my place… LOL! Her sense of style completely matches her personality… classy and FUN!  Her wardrobe is a mix of classic and trendy pieces and she is always dressed completely on point for whatever the occassion.

Christine’s Style Staples:

Great Denim

Lots of stripes

Dresses that can transition from day to-night

Accessories: Fun Sunglasses, Delicate Jewelry

Trendy Tops: off the shoulder, tie sleeves, cold shoulder

off the shoulder striped blouse

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Christine’s Favourite Stores:

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Christine is our boss babe. She works in human resources by day, so her classy and professional style always carries over to her outside of work looks.  She is seriously the life of the party.  So a huge component of her personal style is work wear that can transition from the office to going out for dinner with a group of friends afterwards, with a quick shoe or accessory change.

I have rounded up a bunch of Christine-style pieces below if you love her look and are wanting some inspiration:

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One. Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Romper // Two. Bow Neck Floral Dress // Three. Tie Sleeve Blue Striped Dress // Four. Slide Sandals // Five. Denim Miniskirt // Six. Ruffle Sleeve Striped Top // Seven. Scalloped Block Heel // Eight. Asymmetrical Peplum Tank // Nine. Distressed Jeans // Ten. Moonstone Trillium Studs // Eleven. Stripe Tie Front Jumpsuit // Twelve. Floral Lavender Dress // Thirteen. Round Metal Sunglasses // Fourteen. Hexagonal Sunglasses // Fifteen. Seersucker Tie Waist Top // Sixteen. Shorts with Tie Belt // Seventeen. Two-Tone Cat Eye Sunglasses // Eighteen. Floppy Straw Hat

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

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Best Friends Style Series: Amber!

I started this blog because I wanted to be able to share what I love.  One of the things I hold nearest and dearest to my heart is my girlfriends! I am blessed to have a phenomenal group of women in my life.  They each have an amazing and very defined sense of style.  I thought it would be fun to start a new blog series featuring each of my girlfriends and their particular sense of fashion.  Talk about where they each love to shop, trends they like and share looks they are loving for Spring and Summer.  I pride myself on being completely authentic and hopefully very relatable to the every girl (like myself!)  I try to keep the clothing and items I link very reasonably priced… things that are actually affordable.  I figured what is more genuine then sharing my real friends and their everyday style.  I’m starting off this series with my gorgeous best friend Amber.  She is one of the absolute gems in my life.  She is as kind as she is beautiful and without a doubt, absolutely fabulous!

Amber’s Style Staples:

  • Coloured/ textured skinny pants & jeans
  • Fitted pencil skirts
  • Heels. Always
  • Blousy, flowy tanks & tops
  • Colours, patterns but absolutely no floral (trust me, I have tried!)
  • Accessories: Fabulous hats, earrings, rings the works.  This girl is always accessorized!

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Amber’s Favourite Stores:

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Amber is our colour queen. She is not afraid to dress brightly or stand out.  She knows what works for her and rarely strays from her trademark style.  I have rounded up a bunch of Amber-style pieces below if you love her look and need some inspiration!

 

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One. Short Sleeve Blouse // Two. Belted Drapy Trench // Three. Long Blazer // Four. Drop Stone Earrings // Five. Leopard Block Heel Sandal // Six. Striped Fitted Shorts // Seven. Straw Hat // Eight. Pencil Skirt // Flounce Sleeved Blouse // Nine. Ruffle Trim Pencil Dress // Ten. Boatneck Dress // Eleven. Twelve. Gold Openwork Drop Earrings // Thirteen. Blue Skinny Jeans // Fourteen. Open-Shoulder Blouse // Fifteen. Swing Tank // Sixteen. Knot Front Bodycon Ankle Dress // Seventeen. Platform Wedge // Eighteen. Tie Waist Trousers

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Sangria Popsicles!

We threw my son’s first birthday party a couple of weekends ago.  I felt that I needed to make my girlfriends something yummy to drink to thank them for coming to celebrate with us on a beautiful, sunny Summer Saturday so I whipped up a big batch of pink sangria.  Being as it was a huge bowl that we were not able to get through, there was a bit leftover so I decided to turn it into “adult popsicles!”

Sangria Ingredients: 

  • Bottle of Wine
  • 3 cups of Vodka
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 4 cups of water (to cut some of the sweetness)
  • 2 cans of lemon Sanpellegrino- I like it to have a bit of fizz
  • 1 frozen can of juice (I used Strawberry Fruitpoia because that is what I had in my freezer!)

(Please remember this made a GIANT punchbowl full of Sangria!)

Directions:

  • Place all of your berries in a bowl & pour vodka overtop (I like to leave my fruit to soak overnight in the fridge)
  • In a large punch bowl (or pitcher) pour in the wine
  • Add fruit mixture & vodka to your bowl
  • Pour in frozen juice, water & sanpellegrino
  • Stir to mix all the yumminess together & enjoy over ice!

I’ve found that sangria will usually keep for up to 48 hours in the fridge, but in this case I had just enough to pour it into 6 popsicle molds…. They were delicious and super simple to make!  The only tricky part was explaining to my children why they couldn’t eat “Mommy’s popsicles”… lol!

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Popsicle Cheers :))

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Dark Floral Dresses

Happy Monday everyone!  Starting this week off by talking about one of my favourite purchases from this summer, this black floral maxi dress.  I have always thought of floral prints to be traditionally an exclusive of Spring and Summer,  but as of late I have noticed darker floral prints seem to be appearing more and more.  This is a trend I can definitely jump on board with!  I adore floral print anything, so the idea of being able to continue wearing it into the upcoming cooler seasons definitely excites me!  I find with the dark background it can give the print a bit of edginess while still looking feminine.  I wore this dress all summer with sandals and open toed heels, but now plan to switch it up for Fall with a cute pair of ankle boots and a cozy cardigan.

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My outfit details:  Dress  //  Shoes  similar here  //  Straw Bag  //  Sunglasses

 

I have linked a few other reasonably priced dark floral dresses that I love and think are really pretty if it is a look you would like to incorporate as well:

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  1. Rip Curl Floral Maxi  //  2.  Blue Sheer Floral Midi  //  3.  F21 Floral Maxi dress  //  4.  Lush Floral Cold Shoulder  //  5.  UO Off the Shoulder Smocked  //  6.  Lulus Floral Print dress  //  7.  Nordstrom Strappy Back Maxi  //  8.  Zara Long Floral Print dress  //  9.  F21 Floral Wrap Maxi

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Blushing

This soft, baby pink is one of my favourite colours to wear right now.  To be honest I love most shades of pink, I’m not discriminatory… lol.  Lately though, I have noticed this pretty blush colour starting to creep into my closet more and more!  This particular skirt is so easy to wear.  It is light weight, breezy and super feminine.  The price is nice too :))  I have linked my particular outfit below as well as few other great items in this pretty pink if you are looking to add some blush to your summer lineup!

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My outfit details:

Blush Button Up Skirt  similar here  //  Cream Button Tank // Slide Sandals

 

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One.  Lipstick //  Two.  Earrings  //  Three.  Ruffled hem top //  Four.  T-Shirt dress //  Five.  Knot front dress  //  Six.  Ruffle hem Dress //  Seven.  Cross body purse  //  Eight.  Off the shoulder dress //  Nine.  Bathing suit //  Ten.  Deconstructed midi skirt  //  Eleven.  Strappy sundress //  Twelve.  Tie waist trousers //  Thirteen.  Romper //  Fourteen.  Linen shirt with bows //  Fifteen.  Wide-brim hat  //  Sixteen.  Scalloped shorts // Seventeen.  Slide sandals //  Eighteen.  Linen skirt //  Nineteen.  Shorts //  Twenty.  Velvet skirt //

I love this colour so much and I can guarantee you are going to be seeing it a ton this Fall as well.  It is soft enough that it is easy to coordinate with the cooler tones of next season… the tans, blues, browns and greys… so gorgeous!

Stay tuned, I am already working on that post…

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Mixing up a Kentucky Mule!

My husband recently returned from a work trip.  When I asked what the best part of his trip was, he told me that it was being introduced to the Kentucky Mule… not exactly the response I was expecting!  I thought he might actually mention something work related… lol!  Neither of us had heard of this drink before.  A Kentucky Mule is a take on the popular and delicious Moscow Mule which I was already well acquainted with ;))  It is a super refreshing drink that consists of ginger beer, lime, mint and vodka.  To switch it from a Moscow to a Kentucky, all you have to do is substitute Bourbon for Vodka.

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Ingredients:

  • Ginger beer
  • Lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Bourbon (it’s a Kentucky Mule after all)
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Directions:

Throw some mint leaves and 1/2 of a lime into a shaker and muddle together

Add ice, along with 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz of bourbon, then give a good shake to mix all those flavours together

Pour into a copper mug

Add 4 to 5 oz of your favourite chilled ginger beer

Garnish with a few mint leaves and a lime wedge

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Hopefully you have a chance to enjoy this delicious & refreshing drink this summer!

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Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Blue Asymmetrical Skirt

One of my favourite recent purchases is this asymmetrical striped skirt.  I love this bright blue for Spring and Summer.  This particular skirt is super versatile in that I can fancy it up with a sleeveless blouse and cute heels when I want to feel a bit dressier, or wear it with a simple tank top and flip flops for a more casual vibe.  The latter is literally my summer uniform this year.  I love to throw on a cute midi skirt, light weight tank and sandals. It lets me feel a little bit dressed up while still being practical enough to play with my kids.

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I love the layered ruffles on this particular skirt.

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My Outfit Details:

Bow Tie Waist Layered Ruffle Skirt // Sleeveless H&M blouse- sold out- similar here & here  // My shoes are Nine West & no longer available but a couple other styles are available here, here & here  // Sunglasses

I have linked some other similar and fun blue midi skirts of various price points:

 

 

1. Tiered Frill Hem // 2. High Waist Light Blue Flounce //  3. Wayf Quinn Ruffle

4. Jules Menswear Tanya Taylor // 5. Chelsea28 Ruffle // 6. Moon River Ruffle Layered

7. Melinda Midi Waterfall // 8. Stripes Patched A-Line // 9. Opening Ceremony Cody Stripe

10. Stripe and Embroidered // 11. JOA Wrap Style Pencil

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

A Day at the Cidery!

Cider TastingMy girlfriends and I are always looking for fun restaurants and activities for when we get to steal a couple of hours away from our beloved children.  A few weeks ago one of them suggested we should go cider tasting sometime.  I didn’t even realize that there was a local cidery where we could do that… I love cider, so imagine my excitement!  Turns out that I am not super out of the loop…. the Cidery only opened their doors in May 2016 and I have been pretty tied up the last few years having babies… lol.  Well wouldn’t you know, the stars aligned for us and we were able to both have a few hours free on a beautiful Sunday morning.  We decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make a trip to the  Fraser Valley Cider Company!  The moment we walked in I knew that I was in love.  The tasting room was full of rustic charm and so many cute details.  The tasting was a good deal as well… only $4.00 or waived if you purchased a bottle (which obviously we did!)  The staff was so lovely and knowledgeable and the ciders were seriously delicious.  We decided to order a charcuterie plate and a bottle of the Rosy (a raspberry infused cider) and sat outside in the picnic area to enjoy it.  An added bonus is that everything they offer to eat and drink is locally sourced… as I love to shop local & support small businesses!Cider Tasting RoomCider Tasting RoomStyle Files TastingFraser Valley Cider companyStyle Files Cider TastingStyle Files Cider Tasting

We both loved the ciders we tasted and had such an awesome time there.  If you are looking for something fun to do one weekend (they are currently only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday) I definitely recommend a trip to the Fraser Valley Cider Company!  My husband had asked me to bring him home a bottle of my favourite… I couldn’t decide so I had to buy one of each… lol.  With the exception of the sold out Elderflower Cider… they were just in the middle of brewing a new batch.  Guess I will have to make another trip back soon…..  ;))

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My Outift Details:

Linen Sundress // Sandals similar here // Sunglasses // Bar Pendant Necklace

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

Nutella Ice Cream!!

Once in a while you come across a recipe that is so delicious that you cannot believe it is low fat…. this is NOT that recipe… lol!  That being said, it is sinfully delicious and worth every decadent calorie I promise!  You have to indulge on occasion right?!  It is a simple recipe (only 3 ingredients & 4 steps) to make Nutella Ice Cream and you can do it without an ice cream maker.  My children (and hubby!) seriously go crazy for it.  It is easy enough that the oldest two kids love helping me make it.

Nutella Ice Cream ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup Nutella

Directions:

  1. Whip the cream
  2. Mix / whisk the condensed milk & Nutella together
  3. Fold the Nutella mixture into the whip cream until it forms a smooth consistency
  4. Scoop your mix into a freezer safe container, and place in your freezer for at least 7 hours

 

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(See what I mean? My husband snuck a spoonful before I could even take the picture!!!)

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This mixture could also be placed into the fridge and served as a chilled mousse, however frozen it is an incredibly smooth ice cream.

 

If you like a little texture in your ice cream, feel free to add a few chopped peanuts, or hazelnuts when folding in the Nutella with the whip cream.

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I hope you enjoy…

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

The Cutest One-Piece Bathing Suits Under $100

One of the trends I have been loving this summer is one-piece bathing suits!  There are so many different cuts, prints and styles to flatter every body type.  I seriously came across hundreds of different suits that I absolutely loved while writing this post.  I feel like this is definitely a must have addition to your summer wardrobe! The possibilities are endless.  The other added bonus is that so many of the styles could also double as bodysuits, which are also back with a vengeance this year!  So after you finish hanging out on the sand in your super cute one-piece swimsuit, you can throw a pair of cut-offs on over top and hit a patio for fish tacos… My kind of afternoon :))

I have narrowed it down to a few of my favourites below:

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One  // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten // Eleven // Twelve // Thirteen // Fourteen // Fifteen // Sixteen // Seventeen

 

Happy Shopping…

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx