The Best Jumpsuit There Ever Was

August 16, 2017

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I don’t want you to panic, but there’s only a few sizes left…

We were in Chicago, casually browsing some stores and my sister in law, Anya, went into the J.Crew fitting room to try something on.  I stood with the guys at the entrance of the store to wait for her, when a light blue striped linen fabric caught my eye.  Someone was putting a jumpsuit back on the rack, but it was the only one left.  I walked away from their conversation, laser focused on this new mission, and told myself that if it was in my size, I would just try it on.  I flipped the tag around, and there it was…a 10!  I had to give it a shot!  Not only did it fit like a glove, but the sales associates insisted that I HAD to have it.  Twist my arm.

I knew in my heart that this jumpsuit was the trendy, but classic piece that would get me through summer.  The lightweight linen fabric and comfortable, yet flattering cut have a lot to do with that.  Thanks to its versatility, I’ve worn it to a wide range of events like a dressier patio brunch, a kid’s birthday party, a dinner out, and long haul city sight seeing.  If it were the right one, I would even consider wearing this to a wedding!  Cannot recommend this jumpsuit enough.  If your size is left, I think you should seriously consider going for it.

As I mentioned last week, we took these outfit photos at the New York Public Library and it was THE most gorgeous setting.  The grand marble details were the perfect backdrop for my favourite summer outfit!

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Life Relationships

2 Years Into Marriage

August 15, 2017

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Why the first two years of our marriage have been the toughest of our entire relationship.

Adam and I have been together for over a decade, and living together for more than half of that.  I really thought that marriage would be a simple, almost invisible transition for us.  A couple of rose gold rings and a new title, just surface level stuff.  I don’t know what it was, but the power of exchanging vows in front of all our friends and family brought profound shift within us and our relationship.  All this time, being thoughtful and patient about each stage of our union, brought us into marriage at a time of great personal chaos.

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A Trip To New York With eos

August 11, 2017

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Did you know that eos stands for evolution of smooth?

NEW YORK!  I freaking love New York so much, I can’t even tell you guys.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to go, even for 24 hours.  And honestly, we managed to get a heck of a lot done in such a limited amount of time!  We attended a spectacular eos event, hung out in the LES, spent an evening in SoHo, watched a crazy thunderstorm roll in, took outfit photos at the gorgeous Library, walked Bryant Park to Times Square, and wandered the West Village.  Our group of Vancouver gals included Cee, Lyndi, Samantha, and Sydney and we had such a great travel dynamic. You should go check out their blogs if you don’t already follow them!

I attempted to vlog the journey, though I massively failed when I basically forgot to get any video footage on the second day.  I hadn’t had a cup of coffee since before we’d left Vancouver, so my brain was mush!  Anyway, it’s still great fun, as you can see in the video and photos below:

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Health Life

Meal Prep: Make Ahead Smoothies

August 9, 2017

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Don’t worry, this is not a post about What The Health.

I have always wanted to be a smoothie person.  The one that shows up to a morning meeting with a delicious homemade green smoothie.  This dream is a bit tough to achieve for someone who lacks energy in the a.m. (and truthfully, never has morning meetings) because I really think you have to be a morning person to be a true smoothie person…or do you?  In my efforts to infuse more routine into my life and eat more whole foods, I have been trying out some meal prepping and it has been a massive help!  The fact that even I can be eating three meals a day, homemade, and full of nutrients is impressive for someone inherently lazy like myself.

I just can’t believe that I didn’t try freezing smoothie ingredients sooner!  It’s such a perfect way to enjoy a breakfast or lunch that nourishes your body and gives you energy for the day.  I finally feel like I’m on the way to be a smoothie person, and damn, it feels great!  The concept is very simple, and really, nothing revolutionary, but I’ve included some helpful notes below in case you want to try it out too.

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