Signs of September

Kids are back to school. Wait, what! Did I really write that. Where did summer go. Am I really ready for the routines and the early mornings, and alllll the driving!? Either way- it’s here.

We have had a year of many years; and our year is far from over, but hopefully heading in the right direction. It is amazing to me that even through a summer of less adventure than normal, the time still ticks by at the same rate. It still flew.

Last night we sat down with the kids and started something new: We asked them what their intentions were for this school year; In sport and school, what are they looking to achieve and how that would look to them. We plan to check in on these part way through the year and then at the end in June. I have recently begun journaling my daily gratitudes as well as setting goals for the next decade. I realized that this isn’t something just for me. This is something that will, I believe, open our kids eyes to a world that they haven’t yet begun. To future planning, to follow through, to seeing how, when you actually want something bad enough, there is a way to keep working towards it.

It definitely enlightened me. All too often we look at our kids through the light that they portray when frustrated, tired or not getting their way. Amazing how in those moments they are no longer 7, 9 or 11…and they are instantly 2 again. And yet, when you sit with them, when you really talk with them, spend time with them, the insights that they offer are blow you off your own seat level!

A few intention highlights they spoke of were: to make new friends, to make a certain team despite current setbacks with the need and desire to try harder, to worry less and find calm more… They had to choose something that had a tangible end although the process to get there intangible, and elicits behaviour change along the way.

Not only did we learn of what their expectations of self are, we also asked them what they were grateful for this summer. In despite of all that has been happening in our house, they were still able to make memories, laugh, love and have gratitude.  Keats Camp, Cultus Lake, some beach time to soak in the sunshine and ocean; Sometimes its the times that amount to the bigger moments- something I have to remind myself of and was thankful to be reminded of, that even to kids grandeur isn’t always better…

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Life sometimes reminds you that you aren’t always in the drivers seat. It needs to slam on the brakes to allow you to take a pause and look at who your are and what you have. From these past 6 months, I am grateful for the family that I have: For the man that has stood by me for the past 20 years and who I will continue to always stand by. I am grateful for the three amazing humans we have created, for the love I have for them and for what they teach me everyday about themselves, about life, about myself. I am grateful for our house that we have built into a home. A safe place for us all to feel content. And I am so grateful for the pool we put in last year…. This summer it was WELL USED.

So School Year 2019/2020…. bring it. We are ready. Arms wide open to embrace what you have for us. To let us learn, grow, love…. and maybe just laugh a little more than the past few months.

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Embrace YOUR Assets

Embrace Your Shape! October Style Tips

Figuring out the styles that flatter you is key to a sexy wardrobe and confidant you. Dressing your body allows you to show off the areas you love about yourself- long toned legs to rock a mini, arms that scream to be THE accessory to your sleeveless upper…embrace your assets!

 

There are four most talked about body shapes: Apple, Pear, Hourglass and Straight (rectangular). Find a quick reference below as to what may help flatter your body.

 

Apple: top heavy. This shape benefits from accentuating the legs and butt, drawing attention away from the waist/torso area. Drawing attention to the bust and neck is also a positive for the Apple shape.

 

Pear: bottom heavy. Using neutral and solid color opposed to patterns can help your bottom look slimmer- although these days we are trending large behinds! Think Kim Kardashian and rock that ass-et… However if that’s not for you, by bringing attention up to your waist and mid section, think belts and V-necks, will help balance out your shape.

 

Hourglass: narrow waist while hip and bust are equal yet larger than waist. A shape that many try to mimic- show off what you have without giving too much away. Simplicity goes far with this shape. Clean lines, scoop neck tops, waist belts, avoid extra fabric- layering isn’t the best option for this shape.

 

Straight (Rectangle): waist and hips are the same or similar. Stay clear of baggy clothing with no shape to avoid looking too boyish. Adding texture and feminine layering (think lace) can help bring out a flattering and feminine appeal. This shape can also ‘fake’ an hourglass by bringing your waistline in to exaggerate curves (i.e. a belt or crisscross dress).

 

Now lets talk FALL FASHION TRENDS and how to dress them for your shape.

LEGGINGS: Yes you read that right- leggings are making a bigger breakout this season, even by the likes of Rachel Zoe and Louis Vuitton. The key to wearing a pair that is right for you is fit and texture. Ensure the size is right. Too tight or too thin will leave you with a pair that is see through- exposing more than you hoped for. Pair with a tunic top, sweater or dress…something a little longer than a typical top. Leggings, although more recognized- are still NOT PANTS. Wear them tastefully.

 

Tuxedo Jacket: This is the perfect staple to add a classic feel to almost any outfit. Dress it up for a night out or down with jeans and a T. This is a great piece for any size as it is a piece that works both fitted or oversized. You can leave it open or buttoned- when buttoned, the neckline of the v is another reason it adds to most body shapes.

V-Neck: This neckline looks great on anyone. Reason being- it gives a slimming verticle line and a great focal point.

 

Over-the-Knee Boot: Shoes are a fun way to add a piece of you and a flare for style to your wardrobe. There are so many ways to wear this trend that can cater to any size and fashion style. Add a heel is you are looking to elongate your leg and/or add height. Pair with leggings and a Chunky-knit and you are on TREND for fall. Just ensure you choose the right Knit for your shape.

Chunky-Knit Sweaters: No matter your shape you can wear this trend…but the proportions for this style and your shape are key! Slim/athletic/straight and petite shapes can get away with the baggier knits. All above, aside from petites can also wear the longer knits- petites the longer knits will make your legs look shorter, so opt for something that finishes at waist or bum. For our curvy shapes (apple, hourglass), best stick with lighter weight materials that don’t add bulk and bagginess- this will just make your shape look bigger than it is. Grab a knit that is a nice weight and holds some shape through the midline to accentuate the smaller area on your body. A V-neck knit would look great!

Stud Bag: Accessorize! The right accessory will have you smiling ear to ear- and will finish your outfit off perfectly. The studded bag is a must have for Fall 2014…the other bonus- one size fits all!

And remember, if you feel uncomfortable you probably look uncomfortable. So ensure to find what works for you. No rule is set in stone- these are simply talked about guidelines!

Confidence

is

THE BEST

accessory!