Thursday, 15 June 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

I've been wanting to do a post for the fella's and what better time than for Father's Day?!

Marco and I were married for three years before deciding we were ready for parenthood and since becoming parents, I can easily say that I love him more today than when we married. Seeing him become a dad allowed me to see this new side of him that I don't think he even knew he had! In our family, both Marco and I share all of the responsibilities and chores - it's what works for us. He cooks as much as I do, does diaper duty, laundry and the list goes on and on. Our marriage has always been fifty/fifty and when we added babies to our family, it now feels like we both do 100/100; it's a busy time but such a happy and fulfilling one!

If you have been struggling with what to get your father and or hubby, this Sunday, you've come to the right place! I have put together a list of a few gift ideas to help you out. Marco helped curate this list so it's guy-approved :)

Here we go!

For the Foodie: 

We all know that subscription boxes are all the rage now. This one delivers six full-sized products every two months for the foodie in your life. You can opt to purchase one, three or six boxes. He'll love it so much, he may not want to share. 

For the Sporty Dad: 

Not only will this jacket keep your guy dry, it will look amazing on him. Helly Hanson makes great waterproof and breathable coats that are perfect for his outdoor activities. It comes in four classic colours. Shop the look here

For the Techie-Father

The Kobo Aura is the perfect gift for those who commute and travel; the Kobo can hold up to 3,000 books and it allows you to read in direct sunlight without glare, just like a real book but without the bulky weight! You can shop the Kobo here.  

For the Fashion Forward: 

These sleek white runners have become my personal fave for guys. They look so good dressed up or down. Wear them with jeans or roll up your khakis for a relaxed look. They are available in white and black. They are unisex so you may also want to order a pair for yourself. Shop them here.  

For the Coffee-Lover: 


With summer days ahead of us, get him a coffee tool he'll love. He can make his morning coffees and pour it into his HyperChiller and have iced coffee in about a minute. Cold coffee with zero diluting. Pick it up here.  

For the Traveller: 
I'm a such a sucker for good quality weekender bags. I found this ultra sleek, cruelty-free, Canadian-made weekender bag. It also comes in several colours here

For the Classic Dad: 
My dad doesn't collect things, but if he could, he'd collect watches. He loves the classic styles like this classic Tissot Le Locle leather watch. It's Swiss-automatic and is water resistant to 99 feet. Shop it on Amazon here

The Outdoorsman: 
You can find Ray Bans that suit every dad's style. From the Wayfarer to the classic Aviators, there's a Ray Ban for every papa. You can check out all the styles here.  

The Music Lover:  

Okay, so most guys love bluetooth - anything bluetooth is usually a score. I chose this speaker because of its beautiful minimalist design; Marco chose it because of its amazing sound. Shop the speaker here.

For the New Dad: 

When Marco and I first had our son, one of the things he cared about having a say in was the diaper bag we used. He wanted a diaper bag that looked great and didn't really give the diaper bag vibes. (You know which ones I'm talking about). We ended up deciding on a sleek, grey messenger bag that although was a diaper bag, looked nothing like the traditional ones. 

This backpack converts into a messenger and a shoulder bag. It has an oversized front zip pocket for diapers and other essentials, has a large main compartment divided with pockets and includes a cushioned changing pad for your babe.  Basically, the new dad will thank you. Shop this look here

For the World's Greatest:

Because come on, how cute are they?! You can shop these cute mugs here.

Whatever you may end up picking up for the great dads in your life, I hope it's a memorable day full of love. 



Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Must-have Bras

Let's talk about a very important issue that is sometimes largely overlooked when it comes to fashion.  We often look at our outfits, planning each layer and piece, down to the final detail but overlook the most important foundation - our undergarments. Did you know that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? 80%! Bras can make or break outfits that we have so carefully put together so it only makes sense that we give some thought to what you'll be wearing under your outfit! In this post, I want to highlight three of the most important bras in my wardrobe and how they work with three different outfits. But first, a little background to what led me to this...

A few years back, I was talking to my sister and some of our friends and we were sharing our frustrations about finding the right bra sizes. Like most of us, I used to go to the mall and buy (what I thought) was my size. I would shell out tons of cash on pretty bras that were worthless on me or my body shape because they were the wrong size, the back band would always ride up and I was constantly having to adjust it. One of my sister's friends shared her same frustrations and told me that she had found a place that actually carries a large range of sizes. After years of spending so much on bras that were ill-fitting, I decided to give it a try.

I first visited Inside Story's Mississauga location and loved the boutique style. The ladies there were kind and took the time to ask me what my bra needs were and were able to provide me with several options - sans measuring tape! That's how good they are at figuring you what size you need. With each bra type and style they brought to me in my gorgeous fitting room, we were able to really figure out what looked and felt great to me. Seriously girls, I can't tell you the satisfaction I had walking out of there, wearing my new bra home - for the first time, I felt incredibly comfortable and confident in my own skin. That was four years ago and I have never looked back! I have continued shopping at both of their locations, there's one downtown Oakville as well! Both locations make you feel like you have just walked into a little Paris boutique. The personalized shopping experience doesn't end there - Inside Story keeps your styles and sizes on file so that you can phone in your orders when there are sales and cannot get to there store on time. How great is that?! Grab a girlfriend and check out Inside Story, trust me, you'll love the experience.

Here are my current favourite bras.

The Strapless

As we all know, off-the-shoulder looks are hot this spring and summer. They began making a comeback last summer and they aren't going anywhere this year either.  I often feel like I can't wear strapless bras because of my bigger chest size but this bra made me feel confident. The smooth fit was perfect under this light and breezy OTS top and because I'm wearing a nude colour, it was perfect under the white colour. My favourite thing about this particular style however was that it creates a lift and it actually makes you look lighter - yay. Because it is a convertible bra, you can actually adjust the straps to several looks (i.e. crossback). And for my petite girls, it actually provides two places where it can hook so it allows the straps to sit on a more narrow back if needed. You can shop this look here.

The T-shirt Bra: (PrimaDonna)
After having spent so much time putting your outfit together,  the last thing you want is to look at your reflection and realize that your bra has made strange shapes in your t-shirt. Definitely not the cute look you were going for! This bra takes care of all of that. Once you find the one that fits like it was made for you, it is absolutely seamless under form-fitting clothing. Because of its soft padded cups, it provides support and coverage so you can confidently wear what you want!

The minimizer: Chantelle (Hedona)
One of their most popular bras (and I can see why!) is the Chantelle Hedona. It provides full coverage and support but it is so seamless that it can also be worn under form-fitting clothing. Because of its soft moulded cups, it provides a minimizing look which I loved! It is a beautiful bra and has beautiful details. This has been one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn! You can find this bra here.

I hope this has helped build on your foundation pieces or helped you get started. Make sure to visit Inside Story if you have any questions about the bras I mentioned above or for your own bra fitting!
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