Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bonobos Fall 2014 Suit Collection (Men's Fashion)

I was recently contacted by Bonobos to write a post to help launch their Fall 2014 Suit Collection. My initial thought was "too bad I'll never be able to get Mr. B to wear any of it". THEN I realized this was the perfect opportunity. I could peruse the fall collection and dream of what it might be like to dress a cooperative husband.


So, here it is, a sneak peek at the Bonobos Fall 2014 Suit Collection

Note: I did contemplate cropping Mr. B's head onto the model's bodies purely for my own amusement but then I thought that miught not be super appreciated by all the people whose hard work went into these pics. So, instead of Mr. B, you'll have to suffer with these hideous models. I'm mean like that.

I love the way this looks dressy but not super formal.
There really is just something about a man in a suit. Maybe the novelty would wear off if Mr. B wore suits regularly... then again, maybe not.

How great is this jacket? I love jackets in different patterns and textures and there seems to be a lot of that in the Fall Collection. I also think it helps make a suit look a little more casual and unique.

I'd LOVE to see Mr. B in something like this! In fact, with plaid shirt underneath and jeans, it might just be something I could get him into.

“Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion,” says Dwight Fenton, Bonobos VP of Design.

Fenton’s simple suit tips to find the right fit:
• Fit starts with the shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snuggly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.
• Length matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.
• Show some shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.

Here are a few other pieces that I'm coveting from Bonobos for Mr. B:

I'm not sure why, but I love men in scarves. Unfortunately, Mr. B refuses to wear one. UGH.

I love this jacket and I actually think Mr. B would agree with me.

Another fav! I love that it's paired with jeans, that might be one way to get Mr. B into it!

And a few pieces I KNOW Mr. B would love (and actually pick out without my help/encouragement/insistence):

along with their entire line of sweatpants, hoodies and t-shirts...

I haven't purchased anything from Bonobos (yet) so I can't speak personally to the quality BUT I did do some online research and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. I'm even more inclined to start holiday shopping for Mr. B now!

They also offer shipping to Canada from $15-$20 (YAY!)

So there you have it, some fall looks for the men in your life! Visit to start shopping!

Friday, September 19, 2014

5 places I want to see before I die

The world is full of so many places and if I had an endless budget (I don't), I'd love to just travel all over. Sure, I'd have to work on a few of my fears: planes, spiders, bugs and sharks (among others) BUT I'm confident I could work through that or at least cope with it. 

Here's 5 places I really want to go/see but remember... my REAL list of places I'd like to go is much much longer ;)

5 Places I want to see before I die:
  1. Canada's West/ West Coast - I've technically been 'out west' a few times. I used to spend summers in Edmonton when my dad lived there when I was younger. I even went on a camping trip with a friend and her family and camped around BC. My recollection of these travels is minimal and every time one of my friends posts a picture of the mountains or the beautiful coast, it confirms why this is my #1.

  2. New York City - Maybe it's my love of fashion or my previous obsession with everything Sex in the City or maybe it's because everyone I know that's been to New York City seems to develop a special place in their heart just for New York. Whatever the reason, I need to get there.

  3. Italy - It's no surprise I love wine. I also love food. Those two things alone make Italy a desirable destination for me. Then there's the whole history, the art and the architecture. I don't pretend to be a history buff by any stretch, but I like pretty stuff and sometimes I like to learn stuff ;)

  4. Germany - I just happened to be born in Germany so it only seems appropriate to go back. My dad was stationed there while my mom was pregnant so it's where I spent the first two years of my life. I'd love to go back and explore. PLUS, I also happen to enjoy beer and I hear it's kind of a big deal there!

  5. Greece - Well, who doesn't love Greek food?! Tatziki anyone? That's Greek, right? My REAL reason for wanting to go to Greece is purely for aesthetics. The pictures I've seen are absolutely stunning, how could I not want to go there?

Now you know some places I'd like to go... Where have you been that you'd recommend? Where do you feel you NEED to go some day??? 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

what I wore - FALL!!

The Work Your Work Wear style challenge ended Friday. Thankfully, the style tips and blazers have stuck with me.

AND the weather has cooled significantly here. Most people are complaining about this. I chime in but I'm secretly (or not to secretly now) excited for boots and sweaters. 

Fall is my most favorite time of the year clothing-wise. Cute, comfy but still stylish.

Soooo stay-tuned this season for what I've been wearing AND how I've managed (or not) to make my fall outfit inspirations 1, 2 and 3 come to life 

But until all that happens... I'm hoping to at least snap a few shots of what I've been wearing each week (unless it's track pants because I still have those days) 

Here's a few from this past week:

Linkin' up with some lovely ladies again: Get Your Pretty On, Because Shanna Said So, The Pleated Poppy


Soooo I'm super curious what your favorite fall fashion pieces are???? Any good finds lately? This little mom needs to get her fall shop on!

Monday, September 15, 2014

baby and toddler safety 101 (for the realist)

Having an almost 17 month old pretty much means I am required to have eyes in the back of my head. Mini-me is wild, energetic, curious and somewhat mischievous. It's hard to get much done when she's running around.

As a thoughtful shower gift I received a couple 'safety kits'. I remember thinking "these will come in handy". I'm quickly learning that it sometimes seems like no matter how many precautions you have in place, your little one can ALWAYS find something to get in trouble with.

Another tricky factor: toddlers are uber clumsy. They really are like little mini drunkards teetering and tumbling all over the place. The whole 'learning to walk' thing takes some time and there are many falls. MANY falls along the way. Then there's the whole "I want to climb on, up, over and down every and ANY thing". Their curious minds and new mobility skills can be a recipe for disaster.

blackeye care of our coffee table

Oh boy.

The majority of the 'safety supplies' haven't been used in our house. I strongly believe that the #1 safety measure is good supervision. I don't leave mini-me unsupervised for any length of time. That's not to say I don't cook, BBQ, go to the bathroom etc. But I usually know where she is and what she is doing and she's close enough that I can see her or hear what she's doing. NOTE: I have ONE child, so supervision is easier than if I had any more than one.

While I think supervision is so important, there are also a few tips that are helpful (and necessary) so that you can rest a little easier while your little one is roaming the house and you do things like cook dinner, use the washroom, surf facebook  and other important house-stuff:
  • if you can move it, it needs to be bolted to the wall. I'm not even being funny. If you think that bookshelf has a chance of falling over on your little one, just bolt it to the wall. You and/or your partner will have fun using the drill anyways. 
  • if it's poisonous and you wouldn't eat it, they will so put it away. I'm talking dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent, pool/hot tub chemicals etc. Little people are extraordinarily fast and sneaky, if it shouldn't be in their mouth they will find a way to put it there. Better safe than sorry.
  • baby gates. If you can't have your eyes on your baby/toddler than you better have some properly installed baby gates. I have no idea why, but little people, particularly the ones unable to use the stairs, are drawn to the stairs. As soon as that gate is left open, she's on her way up. 
  • plug covers. Seriously, if you have little people you NEED these. Since a very young age, mini-me has been intent on sticking anything she can into outlets. Mainly her fingers but anything will do. She recently got her hands on a pair of headphones (which Mr. B thought would make a good toy - go dad!) and I totally busted her trying to plug the metal part into the outlet. Thank the sweet lord there was covers on the outlet or mini-me might have got quite the shock. Literally.
  • teach your children how to treat pets. Mini-me was taught very early on to be gentle with our dog. He is a sweet, loving and kind dog, but she also knows not to hit him, pull his hair or climb all over him. Animals are animals, they have instincts, so we need to treat our little ones how to treat them, just like we treat them how to treat other people, with kindness.

I'm also quickly learning that some things, while gross, aren't necessarily a safety concern. 
Things I'm less concerned about these days:
dog food - it's going to happen, as long as she doesn't eat the whole bowl, we're good.
dog hair - we have a Golden Retriever, it's pretty much a given but holy heck it's everywhere. EVERY. WHERE. She's covered in it most of the time regardless of how much I vacuum and it's inevitable that she's consumed a ton of it. 
dirt - she walks in sand all day and sucks on her toes on our drive home. Really?! I can't control that nor do I have the energy. She actually finds it rather humorous when I express my distaste with an "ewwww don't eat your dirty toes".

Things that you don't even consider will happen. Like the time mini-me dropped one of my weights on her foot (ouch). Or the time I zipped her neck up in a vest (ya, that happened). Stuff will happen, hopefully minor, and you'll feel bad (or like the zipper example, like the worst mom ever) but it happens. It happens to everyone.

Here's the deal: accidents happen. Be prepared as possible, use common sense but keep in mind sh!t is going to happen. Heads are going to run into the coffee table, knees and elbows will get scraped and fingers will get shut in cupboards.

I refuse to be a 'hover'er'. There's being preventative, safe and using common-sense and then there's being overprotective. You can't put padding around your entire house and to some extent these little people need the freedom to explore and learn about the world. 

September is National Baby Safety Month so this linkup is a timely one! Check out other safety posts below (and linkup your own). Make sure you visit TrueAgape for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and some other safety stuff!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

my new little black dress c/o eShakti

I was super excited when eShakti recently contacted me wanting to collaborate. Particularly because they offered to send me an item of my choosing AND they said they would customize it to my measurements. All of this in exchange for a review. Yes, please.

They had a great assortment of things to choose from. Truth be told, I took an absurd amount of time picking this dress out. I wavered back and forth between a number of dresses but ended up settling on a cute, yet practical, little black dress. My wardrobe is surprisingly lacking in little black dresses.

eShakti has a ton of stuff and all of it is available for customization. I picked my size but then added all of my measurements. I have never had a piece of clothing customized so I wasn't sure what to expect.

The fit on this dress is literally perfect. It's tight in all of the right places but covers up things I don't want the world to see.

Customization is $7.50, on top of the price of the dress (or whatever item you choose). I pay  more than that to have my pants hemmed so I'm thinking it's a total deal!

Just from my shopping around, I'd estimate the average dress price to be around $65, plus customization. For a dress that fits this well, total steal!


I didn't wash pre-wear, but it's a very thick cotton material (that you need the right undergarments for) and it is super comfy. Downside: cotton black tends to fade and pick up a sh!t ton of dog hair which just happens to already be EVERYwhere in my house.

I would like to add, this dress is uber comfy to drink wine in! The shoes I'm wearing, not so much, but the cotton dress pretty much feels like I'm in pjs (can't go wrong with wine and pjs). 

Shipping: it was about 2-3 weeks from order date to delivery. I'm thinking that's decent considering my piece was customized. I also appreciated that it came in a cardboard box as opposed to being in a crumpled pile upon arrival. 

Here are some other dresses I'm coveting:

Will I order again? Very likely and I will definitely customize my pieces. There's seriously nothing like having a piece of clothing arrive by mail and fitting you like a glove.

Verdict: thumbs up for my eShakti experience! Happy shopping

**I received a dress in exchange for my review. All opinions on my experience are honest and my own.**

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

what I wore Wednesday - work wear challenge week 3

I'm going to endeavor to keep it short this week for the following necessary reasons:

  • mini-me's sleep hit the crapper this week and my brain is once again at less than optimal functionning (you think I'd be used to this by now)
  • SOA (Sons of Anarchy for the newbs) season premiere is tonight. Although, allow me to complain that it's on at 10pm and is 90min long. I'm too old for shows that start past 9. And to answer your question, no, PVR is not an option. Someone will inevitably blow it for me tomorrow if I don't watch.
  • I think I had more excuses but my mind is failing me. 

Here's my week in work wear:

Yes, the 'print pants' made two appearances but in all fairness they weren't in the same work week. That's acceptable, right? I choose YES! Plus, this also shows they can be worn more than one way.
The side pics were clearly taken on my 'tired days' OR maybe I just need to rock the shades 

Don't forget to see how my friend's have rocked their work wear (some followed a lot more closely than me, so you might get some great ideas!).

Also linking up with Get Your Pretty On, Because Shanna Said So, The Pleated Poppy