“Winter is coming” – Are you ready?

Hey guys,

November has arrived, along with its cooler weather, brrr! Are you ready for winter? Lucky for me, having little ones means that I have to get my butt in gear and make sure that they are well dressed for the cooler weather but, like most parents, that doesn’t mean that I’m ready.

After wearing the same Tommy Hilfiger jacket for 7 years, and through two pregnancies, I finally decided to splurge and buy myself a new coat. Afterall, I’m going to Banff next month and “need” a new coat to keep warm 😉 The only thing is that I didn’t have the time to endlessly browse through the malls to find the perfect jacket, until this week… For those who follow my Instagram account, lovelylifexo, you already know about this but, for those who don’t, Julien and I were supposed to go to Le Nordik Monday but weren’t able to because it was packed. Rather than spending the day at the spa doing nothing but relaxing, we ended up doing some Christmas shopping and Julien convinced me to look around for a winter jacket and, of course, we found one.

We stopped at Bayshore to check out what they had to offer. Don’t you find that shopping for a practical winter jacket is like jean shopping? The shopping experience can be long and painful but once you find the right pair or coat it’s unbelievably satisfying. Especially when your husband is the one encouraging you to make the purchase 😉 thanks babe.

Our first stop was the Bay. Do you know how many jackets they have there? Tons but most of them were the same style and not what I was looking for. Like most purchases, I was trying to find something a little different and unique. Our next stop was the Coat co, Reitmans and, of course, my favourite store Zara but none offered an affordable, warm and stylish coat. It wasn’t until we went to Aritzia that I found “the one.”

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I was hoping to buy a maroon coloured jacket and managed to find one. I know that Aritzia’s winter jackets are super popular but I had never tried them on. Until this year 😉 Exciting news is that they are offering new styles and they are fabulous!!!

After trying on a few, I ended up buying the Babton Harrison parka brought to you by Aritzia! How fabulous is this jacket :)!? It provides warmth until minus 30 and literally feels like you’re wearing a duvet when you put this jacket on.

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It’s the details that make this jacket amazing:

  • It’s 100% responsibly sourced goose down;
  • It’s made of both water and windproof exterior fabric;
  • It has a real faux fur hood lining and trim and is made of luxe vegan fur with an authentic look and feel; and
  • The pockets are fleece-lined and so warm and cozy.

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The only con I see with this jacket is that it is almost too warm. I haven’t been able to wear it yet but I look forward to doing so during our trip to Banff next month. I think it will be perfect for the wintery occasion. An added bonus is that this jacket is stunning and is offered in both black and maroon.

So, if you are looking for a new winter jacket I suggest you stop by Aritzia to see what they have to offer this year. They have their traditional style but a few new ones as well. The only thing I have left to buy are some new and warm gloves. If you have any suggestions on where I can find some, please let me know.

For those who live in Ottawa, I hope that you’re ready for winter since it’s supposed to feel like minus 10 Friday morning and we’re supposed to get snow over the weekend. Stay warm!!!

Talk soon,

Ash xo

 

 

 

Fall Style Favourites!

Welcome back!

I don’t know about you but I’m a hot weather kinda gal. I love summer and I love hot weather BUT I also welcome fall and the cozy sweaters and boots that accompanies it. It’s nice to get back into your favourite baggy sweaters, ankle boots and wear fall coloured nail polish and makeup.

Last fall, when I was off on maternity leave, I picked up these beautiful knee high camel coloured boots but haven’t had a chance to wear them yet. I’m looking forward to being able to rock them soon.

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They’re the perfect colour and I love the heel. In my younger days 😉 I loved a higher heel but nowadays I welcome a medium hight heel.

I’m also looking forward to wearing some of my closed toe pumps. How cute are these navy and grey pumps from Zara. Check out the cute detail on the heel of the Navy pump. Love! I’ve come to realize that Zara is by far my favourite store. They offer the cutest styles at affordable prices. If I could, I would own everything they have.

 

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I can’t believe that I’m going to share this lol but I hadn’t been to the Rideau centre in literally almost a year and a half until recently. Two weeks ago, I decided to bus over on my lunch hour and couldn’t believe the changes. My first stop was Zara, of course, but I didn’t know that it had move. Not only that though, it’s now two floors YESSSS. I shopped the top floor first and only found a few items. I asked the girl at the cash if there was another floor and she said yep. I almost went into a frenzy when I made my way down. The store is beautiful and I wanted it all! I only have an hour at lunch so I had to shop quickly. I choose several things to try on and of course loved them all. I wish that I could report that I bought them all 😉 but I did treat myself to a few beautiful pieces. The first is this stylish light grey sweater coat:

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How cute is this coat? It’s super cozy and looks super cute over jeans and work clothes. It’s also a lovely piece for the fall since you can layer over and under it. Even better, this sweater coat was crazy affordable. Guess how much it cost? Go on…take a guess 😉 It was only $50! A total a steal right!?

I also treated myself to two new blouses which I’m in love with. I wasn’t sure if they were a little too out there but they’re FABULOUS. I wore them this week and felt great in them. The first is a floral print, long sleeved blouse with a faux velvet collar and giant bow tie. How stunning is this piece:

 

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The second top I picked up is a cream coloured classic blouse with a twist. It has ruffles down the centre, pointed shoulders, and a collar that ties into a lovely bow down the middle:

 

Overall, I was happy to have found a few pieces in the short visit I had at Zara and I’m looking forward to the next one where I will hopefully have more time to browse through what they have to offer.

What are some of your favourite styles for fall? Any fellow Zara lovers out there? If so, I’d love to hear about any recent purchases or finds that you’ve picked up and love.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. If you’re interested in trying out a new fall recipe for a side dish please check out my new post on a new roasted carrots recipe I tried out this week.

Talk soon!

Ash

Marquee Noir – Have you heard of them?

Hey guys!

As you know, I’ve only recently started blogging and I’m really enjoying this experience and something kind of fun and unexpected has come of it. A couple of awesome companies have reached out to me to collaborate. Marquee Noir (MN), an international clothing company from Toronto, reached out and sent me an awesome t-shirt of theirs. Have you heard of them? If not, you have to check them out online at www.marqueenoir.com. They are an amazing local and Canadian apparel company who’s also doing good in our communities and country.

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Their journey began when they started creating custom clothing for people in Toronto and Markham. Their primary focus was to provide their customers with high-quality clothing and exceptional customer service. After receiving awesome feedback about their products they decided to launch their own business focusing on individuality and expression. Their pieces are based on minimalism and their goal is to create clothes that can be dressed up or down.

Several things drew me to MN. The first was their unique Instagram page featuring their products, but even cooler is that their posts are of consumers wearing their clothes. How cool is that? I’ve never seen anything like it. Secondly, they’re all about being body positive and I LOVE THIS!!! Like most, I’ve had difficulties accepting certain things about my body, but with age 😉 and after having had two kids, I’ve learned to love and appreciate my body. Most importantly, I’m grateful to have a healthy body. If we could all learn to love ourselves just the way we are earlier on in life, it would be so beautiful. Thirdly, they have an initiative to “rebuild our home.” What does this mean? It means that with every purchase made, MN plants a tree in British Columbia “in an effort to sustain the environment and preserve its scarce resources.” Lastly, if you send them your used clothes they will give you 10% off your purchase and personally distribute them to shelters across the GTA. How amazing are these initiatives!!!

Keeping Canada green, preserving ecosystems, reducing poverty in the GTA and making Canada better for everyone are all initiatives that are high on MN’s list of priorities. Like most, I think that these things are important to all of us which is why I support their cause!

So, about their products. Well, I received my YOW black t-shirt quickly in the mail and loved it right away. Not only is it super comfy and original, I love that it’s a long t-shirt. Long tops are a staple in my wardrobe, so I was happy that this top was. It’s also very soft and comfortable to wear. Even cooler, the YOW (Ottawa airport code) is written in a vibrant red but they also have other colors available. They sell t-shirts, sweaters, hats etc… in all different colours with different sayings and airport codes. Please do check them out!

 

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My experience with Marquee Noir has been nothing short of exceptional and everyone I’ve dealt with has been very kind. For anyone looking to purchase original pieces and/or interested in supporting a local business that’s also community minded, I highly recommend MN. Visit them online at http://www.marqueenoir.com or on Instagram at @marqueenoir.

For those interested in buying any of their items, please feel free to use the code lovelylife to get 15% off your purchase!

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend! Please check out my Instagram account to see what we get up to.

Talk soon.

Ciao!