FASHION, STYLE

6 Easy Items to Wear this Fall

September 4, 2017

One way or another we are all thinking about Fall at this time.  While I am currently on vacation visiting family in Edmonton, Alberta, most of us are getting ready to go back to work, school or to slowly transition into our Fall wardrobe with temperature getting a little cooler.

I happily have been looking at the upcoming season for trends, ads and basically the Fall forecast in all things fashion.  I usually prefer to keep my Fall items in darker tones, warmer shades and styles that can be easily worn with multiple outfits and that won’t go out of style.

Today I am sharing 6 simple items that I am excited to wear this Fall !

1. Sleeve Details

Spring and Summer had an array of tops and dresses with decorative sleeves, volume, bows, pleats, ties and so on…  This Fall won’t be any different.  While our arms will be more covered, you will see an open-shoulder, longer sleeves with grommets, laces, bows or ties at the wrist.

Click on the following to see examples of fun Fall styles: here, here, herehere, here, here, here

2. Plaid

Plaid has always remained on the Fall trend only updating the colours on the pattern.  This year it will continue and is clearly amazing worn as pants, a blazer or a blouse but I am really excited for my plaid runners which I am planning on wearing daily, sold here, which are a perfect mix of comfort and style with jeans, pants, corduroy skirts and Fall dresses.

STYLE TIP: The easiest way to update your look for fall is by adding a plaid scarf to a simple t-shirt or worn over a jacket (jean, leather or wool).  It looks stylish and effortless!

Here are other style options in plaid : dress, shirt, shirtdress, blazer, scarf, scarf

3. Bows

Bows, bows, bows, they aren’t just for little girls anymore.  Sweaters will be important for this trend, bows on wrist and shoulders as well as centre-back details.  You can keep everything simple and classic if you wish since the bow is small enough.  Velvet bows in hairties is very important as well as neckties for tops.  Last winter I bought a pink velvet belt and wore it as a necktie (view photo here), I will definitely wear it again this winter.

STYLE TIP: Apart for bows as hair ties, the other easiest option is to wear a top that has a neck tie, similar to this  or this to update your look for Fall.

Here are some style options: shoes, top, sweater, tweed blazerleather gloves, hair ties, hair tie, loving this hair tie

4. Red shoes

These might be the most expensive item on my list but any red shoes or boots will do the trick.  Red is a big ticket item this Fall for shoes and while it is a trend, it is a color that remains a classic.  I bought these red flats this Summer and will definitely wear them this Fall.

Here are other red shoes to wear this Fall: basic flats, short rain boots, perfect height heels, loving these patent flats!red snakeskin, short boots, classic short boots, sneakers, over-the-knee boots, short wedge heels boot.

5. Black with dark blue, indigo blue or navy pairing

An easy pairing for Fall is to wear dark blue or bright indigo with black. While some people might say that navy doesn’t go with black…..let me tell you that, that IS NOT THE CASE.  They are both dark colors which will give you a slimmer appearance of a long and lean body…And who doesn’t want that?!

HERE ARE IDEAS OF HOW YOU CAN WEAR THESE 2 COLORS THIS FALL

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6. Headbands

This hair accessory has been on runways for Fall.  Honestly, ever since this Spring and also getting bangs, this has been my go-to hair item for a quick and easy hairstyle.  I found that the longer the hair, the wider you can go with headbands.  For you chin length or shorter hairstyles, it is better to wear the thin bands.  I am looking forward to buying some Fall ones in caramel colours, forest green and burgundy.  This will give you a simple and chic hairstyle!

Here are some styles to wear for Fall: floral,  bedazzled, metal florals, plaid, leather, velvet brocade,

 

I hope this post has inspired you for Fall!

Let me know in the comments box below which item you would like to try.

 

Color your style, color your food, color your life!

Christiane xxx

 

FOOD, HEALTH

Orange Delight Smoothie

August 21, 2017
smoothie, healthy, carrot, mangoes, lentil

This recipe will surprise you!

When I think of smoothies, I think of fruits and nutrients plain and simple.  So when I happened to receive an e-newsletter from “The Food Babe” stating that smoothies should contain less fruits and more vegetables or other food that contains less sugar.  Yes, I was a little disappointed but also intrigued. Continue Reading…

FASHION, STYLE

Trying something different: A twist on the classic stripe shirt

August 7, 2017
zara summer classic twist on button down stripe shirt

OUTFIT: Zara Shirt (other fun blouses here, here, here and here), Anthropologie Pants (old), Bussola shoes (old)

I did something that I never do …

I wore a classic button down stripe shirt. Okay, that might not seem impressive or different as stripe shirts are basically known as a must-have in everyone’s closet….well not for me!

I absolutely dislike wearing “une blouse” (in french) or the classic button-down shirt.  The simple reason is Continue Reading…

MOTHERHOOD, NEWBORN, STYLE, TODDLER

Currently Loving: Fun Clothing Brands for Baby Boys & Boys

July 24, 2017

Baby clothes are soo darn cute !

Seriously, I have never met someone who didn’t think so. Having a baby, especially if it’s your first one, you can’t escape the monthly restocking and buying or receiving of new clothing.

Babies grow incredibly fast, well most of them, so as a parent it is fun to go shopping for new items and outfits for your kids. I always enjoyed this part as you can basically dress them and style them however you want. It is pretty much the only time that you will have this much freedom on their choice of clothing !

I can’t believe this !

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FASHION, STYLE

How to wear yellow this summer

July 10, 2017
summer outfit, yellow and light blue, casual style

MY OUTFIT: Yellow Anthropologie blouse sold out (same style in white), belted pants, Matiko sandals sold out (another option), silk printed scarf (old)

Ever since the Summer collection appeared a few months ago, we have seen the yellow color pop up everywhere!  I can happily say that this is a great thing as most people tend to shy away from this bright color.

However, to make things easier and to make this color more wearable, there has been this softer lemon color that has also made it’s way on the market and can be worn as a neutral replacing the pure white or beige classics that are always on rotation. Continue Reading…

FOOD

Finger licking good BBQ chicken sauce

June 26, 2017
singer licking good bbq chicken sauce, summer recipe, easy

When I think of Summer, I see images of fresh fruits, limonade, watermelon, time at the beach, vacations and BBQ’s.  Now that it’s officially summer and festivities are starting, I wanted to share a BBQ chicken sauce recipe that you should definitely make this Summer.

Why this recipe?

It is simple, can be prepared in 10 minutes and cooks without needing to babysit it every 5 minutes.  I have already made it a few times and Sasha loves it as much as I do, but that’s probably the taste of the ketchup in the sauce, lol!

This is not my original recipe but was taken from another food blog which I will put the direct link to it in the recipe box.  However, I kinda interpreted the recipe a different way since I used the wrong ingredient the first time I made it, which was actually the main ingredients (oups!).  Nevertheless, we all loved it, and kept going back for more!  So today I am sharing with you my “oups, I did it wrong” version of the recipe but which was still oh soo good.

***You can also add this sauce on couscous, pasta or chicken, I have tried it and it is delicious!

I also doubled the original recipe since I did not find it was enough for a family meal.

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Finger licking good BBQ chicken sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce, Chicken
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
 
A sweet and tangy chicken sauce that will have you going back for more! Don't limit yourself to only eating it with chicken, you can also use it as a pasta or couscous sauce. Your family and friends will be asking for more!
Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • ⅔ cup of ketchup
  • ⅔ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sugar or honey
  • 4 garlic gloves minced
  • 2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chicken:
  • 8 chicken drumsticks or 2 pounds
  • 2 tbsp of canola oil
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the sauce by putting all of the ingredients together in a medium saucepan and stirring.
  3. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Add the chicken drumsticks, cover and cook for about 25 minutes, making sure that the chicken is covered with sauce and mixing once to rotate the chicken.
  5. Transfer the sauce and the chicken to a 9x9" pan in the oven.
  6. Cook for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve.

bbq chicken sauce, summer, easy recipe

Color your style! Color your food! Color your life!

 

Christiane xxx

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FASHION, STYLE, TODDLER

Oh Canada! Simply Red and White

June 26, 2017
canada day outfit, red and white stripe knit dress with red accessories

MY OUTFIT: old navy stripe dress, (on sale, other stripe dresses), red smile flats sold out! similar red flats, OR for more casual try these ones., sunglasses(on sale)

SASHA’S OUTFIT: canada day t-shirt, old navy stripe short (old) similar this or this, keen sandals 

 

What is great about summer is that you can simply throw on a basic stripe knit dress and slip on a pair of shoes and sunglasses and VOILÀ, you’ve got yourself an amazing stylish and versatile outfit! This dress  was less than $35…see outfit detail for link.

In the spirit of Canada Day being just around the corner….and don’t forget it’s their mega 150th anniversary!  I thought I’d do a post about what I had planned to wear for this years celebration as well as for my son Sasha.

I was even more excited planning my red accessories!!  If you don’t know me, I usually enjoy wearing a simple outfit and adding accessories to personalize it for my taste which is usually in bright colors.  That being said I always make sure that they follow my wardrobe tips which I’ve mentioned in a previous post.  I fell in love with these SMILE red flats from ED by Ellen.  They sold out very quickly everywhere but fortunately my good friends at Lord’s Shoes in Vancouver managed to get me a pair and ship them to me!  So happy!!!  However, you can find them in other colors online with “love” or the basic red ones.

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A question I get asked very often is “do you need to match your accessories (shoes, handbag and jewellery) to your outfit?”, NOT AT ALL!

However, in light of the Canada Day’s, Red and White celebration, I decided to wear only these 2 colors.

*STYLE TIP*  Wearing a simple stripe dress is the easiest way to get through the summer and summer events!  It has become a classic and a must-have in anyones closet next to your LBD (little black dress).  Every year, stores either sell black, navy or red stripe dresses to cover your basic needs, so it is always very easy to find.canada day outfit, red and white stripe knit dress with red accessoriescanada day outfit, red and white stripe knit dress with red accessoires with toddler style*STYLE TIP 2* I am very comfortable in dresses. The key is to read the fabric content on the labels. I almost always buy 100% cotton, which is a very breathable fabric in summer and in a knit (a fabric made of interlocking loops) will automatically give you just enough stretch to move comfortably.

As for Sasha’s Keen sandals, they are absolutely perfect for rough terrains …like the park or for rough kids.  If he gets them wet, no problem, simply throw them in the washing machine and that’s it!!

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NEED MORE STYLING IDEAS!

Here is how others are wearing the stripe knit dress.

  • Wear it with a long cardigan or jacket and sneakers
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Image via Cruel-kid

  • Wear it slightly oversized with pantsstripe knit dress over jeans, outfit ideas
  • Wear it as a skirt

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Happy Canada Day!

 

Color your style, color your food, color your life!

 

Christiane xxx

 

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MOTHERHOOD, NEWBORN

Top 3 baby products I wish I had bought!

June 12, 2017
top 3 baby products i should and wish i had bought, newborn items, baby products

We all learn through our own personal experience.  Looking back on the last 18 months since Sasha was born, there are baby items I wished I had bought that would have been better investments (especially if you are planning on having more than 1 child). So if you are planning on having a child in the future or are pregnant, these are good items to purchase if your budget permits. For other ideas of suggested baby products, see my previous post about 10 essential budget friendly baby items if you want more ideas of baby items to consider.

Here are the 3 items that I truly believe would have been AMAZING to have from the beginning with a newborn.

I understand that every child is different but these would most definitely be useful to all babies !

Let’s get started… Continue Reading…

FOOD, HEALTH

Carrot Chickpea Soup

June 12, 2017
best carrot chickpea coup, gluten free, vegan

One of the quickest meal you can make is soup.  What I enjoy about it is that even if you haven’t been grocery shopping all week, you can usually find a carrot somewhere in the fridge maybe even one that is less than pretty.  Although I tend to eat a lot of soups as a comfort meal during colder months, whenever I feel like eating a lighter lunch, this is often the way to go. Continue Reading…

FASHION, STYLE

4 SHOPPING TIPS TO HAVE A BETTER WARDROBE

May 29, 2017
fashion closet 4 shopping tips to have a better wardrobe

Do you find yourself standing in front of your closet in the morning and thinking “I have nothing to wear!” only to be looking at a closet full of clothing OR even skipping an event because you secretly have nothing to wear (and not really because you don’t feel like it)?  Well you aren’t alone, I cannot speak for men here but I know this happens often to women. Yep, I am guilty of the “nothing to wear” scenario.

What to do?

It is as simple as changing the way you think when you are shopping.

Let me explain….

I have realized that when I applied these 4 simple steps, it completely changed my way of shopping and made it less time-consuming, less expensive and so much easier! Continue Reading…