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No longer a baby!?!

In just over a week my little angel is going to be one!!!  ONE!!  I still don’t think I can wrap my head around this.  Today was graduation day.  How have I already experienced a graduation with her.  lol.  She graduated from our Mommy & me class and it was such a bitter sweet experience.  I am proud of the little lady she’s becoming and so sad that my tiny baby isn’t so tiny any more.  This class and the mama’s I’ve met have been such a support system for me.  For any first time moms, I couldn’t recommend joining a group like this enough.  Having friends and a support system of people going through the exact same things as you is amazing.  Especially that first year of sleepless nights, new emotions and many firsts.

Lately Carlota has been keeping my hands full.  There are just not enough hours in the day and unfortunately I haven’t had as much time to focus on my blog.  I don’t know how all the mama bloggers do it out there.

Normally you will see the both of us in jeans and a T-shirt but today we got dolled up.  This  shift dress is perfect for any occasion.  I could dress it down or pair it with these boots and hat for a hip night out.  Maybe I need to start planning some more of those soon so that I can wear it more often!!  This clutch is handmade by J c & e and I just love the details. Its perfect for sprucing a simple monochromatic look.

Thanks for stopping by.

With Love,

Andrea

 

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Dress:  COS   (Similar here summer version here) //

Hat: J crew  (Similar here and here) //

Clutch: J c & e  (Similar here and here) //

Boots:  YSL (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota:

Dress: Gap (Similar here, here and here) //

Moccs:  Freshly picked  //

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A day on the pier!!

I’m looking forward to the days of going on the rollercoaster and sharing an ice cream with my babe.  As of now I get to just watch her as she’s taking in all of her surroundings, exploring the world and seeing everything for the first time.  Its crazy how alert she has become these past few months.  If only I knew what she was thinking.  We rarely go to the pier, and when we do, we find mostly tourists and children around there.  I do imagine that when Carlota is walking and talking, the ferris wheel and Merry-go-round will be our weekly destinations.

My style is 90% casual and I love adding accessories to make my look pop.  With this sweater, the sequin details do the popping for itself. No need to accessorize.  These details also make it that perfect piece that can be worn from day to night.  I added the jeweled pumps for extra sparkle to compliment the shoulder detail of the sweater.

The rips and light colored denim give this look a daytime casual vibe.  Changing for a date night, I would trade the skinny jeans for a midi skirt and tuck it in to accentuate the waist.  Date nights with the hubby are scarce these days but lets hope as Carlota gets older we start getting back on that track.  For now I’ll stick to rocking sequence during my daily outings.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I’m really looking forward to our first Thanksgiving with Carlota.  So much to be thankful for.

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Sweater: J Crew on major sale with an extra %30 off with code SHOPNOW //

Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (similar here) //

Heels:  Louboutin (Similar here very cool here) //

Clutch:  Clare V (Similar less expensive here) //

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Tuxedo Royal

Its been 3 months since the birth of my little angel and I’m excited that I’m slowly starting to fit into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes.  My favorite go-to look has always been a button down shirt and jeans.  I’m obsessed with this style top.  I love that you can just throw them on and still look put together.  Since I did not fit in any of them during my third trimester, I’m happy to have them back in full wardrobe rotation!

The tuxedo panel gives this classic shirt a little twist.  With the summer weather already here, I decided to pair it with white jeans and my favorite sandals.  Lately, white has been my favorite color, and white denim is a definite must have for the summer season.

I used to be quite self-conscious in light jeans.  I am currently still above my pre-pregnancy weight and I’m wearing white pants constantly.  The trick is to get the pants in the most flattering cut for your figure and to make sure they aren’t too tight.  I think the rips in the knees take the focus and remove the unwanted attention to my thighs.

IMG_8001FullSizeRender-12 FullSizeRender-13Shirt:  J Crew old (Similar here)

Jeans:  Motherhood Maternity (Non-Maternity here, and here)

Sandals:  Celine

Sunglasses:  Ray Ban

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LA Tropical

The weather in Los Angeles has been all over the place.  Most days this fall, it has still felt like summer.  Thankfully these past few weeks we are starting to get cooler weather.  I have been waiting for the crisp weather so that I can wear my plaids and fall layers.  Unfortunately I think I will have to wait a little longer as this weeks forecast is in the mid to high 70’s ( 20’s for Celsius).  I guess I can’t complain since back home in Toronto there is already snow!!

Todays look is a mix of summer and fall.  This equipment shirt definitely has a tropical vibe.  To make my outfit more seasonal appropriate I wore dark tones and layers.

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I have had this cardigan for years.  I love when you find something in the back of your closet and it was just what you were looking for to complete the outfit.  Having classic pieces in neutral colors always come in handy.

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Shirt:  Equipment (Similar here and here)  //  Cardigan:  Banana Republic old (Similar here and here)  //  Jeans: AG Jeans Maternity (Non-maternity here and here) //  Hat:  J Crew  //  Shoes:  Repetto (Similar here)

Hope you all have a great weekend.

With Love…..

Andrea

Paradise Cove


IMG_5381Last week my parents came to visit me in Los Angeles.  It’s always so nice to spend time with family even if its only for a short period.  When I first moved to California my father and I stumbled upon Paradise Cove in Malibu.  We were driving up the Pacific Coast Hwy to explore Malibu and enjoy the scenic drive.  We noticed the sign for the cafe right off the Hwy and decided to try it out.  Little did we know we were about to stumble upon a gem.  The Beach Cafe is the only restaurant in Malibu right on the sand with its own private beach & cove.

During the summertime the beach and Cafe are packed with people, and its almost impossible to get a table.  This past weekend was off season so we were fortunate to get a table right away and enjoy the beautiful view.

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Even though we are well into Fall, the weather in Los Angeles has not been reflecting this.  This past weekend it was in the high 80’s, so the beach was the perfect place to go.  Since we were there for the sunset I brought some layers as California nights are always cool.


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Purse:  Michael Kors (on sale similar color here)  //  Shoes:  Tod’s (Similar here and here)

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Shirt:  Zara old (Similar here, here and here) //  T-shirt:  Club Monaco old (Similar here and here and love this) // Jeans: A pea in the pod I also love these (Non-maternity here)  //  Hat:  J Crew

Nights like these

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Shirt: James Perce (Similar here Jeans: 7 of mankind (Similar here and here)  Hat:  Bailey for J Crew  Sweater: Vintage

Life is always so busy and hectic that we sometimes forget to just sit and breathe.  Last weekend my husband and I did just that.  We had no specific plans but to enjoy each others company and beautiful mother nature.  I rarely get the time to just sit and watch the sun setting, this was one of those nights.

I decided to wear jeans and a cardigan because once the sun sets I get pretty cold.  I love wearing simple, comfortable clothing.  Maybe this is because California style has grown on me, or maybe because I just don’t feel at ease when I’m trying so hard with my fashion.  I think women are at their sexiest when they feel comfortable in their outfits.  Some women thrive in fancy and elegant looks, while others look amazing in California cool.  One of my inspirations of this is Sincerely Jules.  Most of the time she has a laid back look with sneakers and yet I always find her so chic, fashionable and sexy.

It is important to determine what your style is and work with it.  There is no point dressing in whatever is trendy at the time if you don’t feel comfortable in it.  This has taken me some time to figure out but I think I have finally found my style and groove.

With Love…..

ANDREA

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All about Stripes

photoIMG_5049photo Shirt:  Banana Republic   Shorts: Piperlime (Rag & Bone)   Hat:  J Crew   Boots:  Anine Bing    Bag:  Celine   Glasses: Bloomingdales (Chanel)

I’m a firm believer and patron of the simple look.  Of course I love a good statement necklace, or extravagant pattern mixing but I must say my go-to look is always simple yet chic.  (At least I like to think so!!)  Today in LA we were back to summer weather, so I had to keep cool whilst adding some Fall accessories.  I opted for the perfect little bootie and hat to add a little autumn into my summer vibe. The ankle boot was a staple last year and will also be this year so if you don’t already own a pair I suggest you give them a try.   These Anine Bing boots have been my favorites all last season.  They are pricey but were my investment piece last season, and I’m so happy I took the plunge.  You can find many affordable ankle boots that look just as stylish as these in every price range.

Distressed denim and stripes are the perfect combo.  I feel the boyfriend jean shorts give a little edge to the look, while the stripes add some flare to a simple jersey shirt.

I just bought this Banana Republic shirt and its perfect.  Has anyone else noticed the change in Banana?  I’m so happy with the addition of Marissa Webb as Creative Director.  She has kept their sophisticated business look but has incorporated a younger  hip vibe.  My next blog post will be about the New Banana Republic so be sure to check it out.  I opted for a Large size as I wanted something loose and flowing.  The link I posted is for a similar stripped shirt as I don’t see this exact shirt online.  It most likely is still in stores as I had just purchased it this past weekend.

With Love…

ANDREA

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