What I Wore- Finally Fall

I am so excited that jeans/boots/sweater weather is here. I am so happy to finally be able to start switching out my summer clothes for my fall stuff- I was getting SO bored.

Here is a casual work outfit that I wore last week. All black of course. Duh.

 What I Wore- Finally Fall

Jeans- H+M (similar)

Sweater- Mossimo via Target

Boots- JustFab

Necklace- Via Treasure Lanes Vero Beach (similar)

Sunnies- Karen Walker

Bag- deux lux (love this one)

Lipstick- L’Oreal Paris Collection Privee by J,Lo in “Jennifer’s Nude”

 

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What I Read- August 2014

August was an insane month for us! We went on a two-week holiday, I started a new job and we continue to be in the throes of our renovation. This didn’t leave me a lot (by my usual standards) of time to read. Here are the fun books I managed to fit in!

 The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard - This book by the writer of Pretty Little Liars was the perfect fluffy holiday read- part romance, part suspense and all fun!

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The List by Karin Tanabe -I borrowed this from a the friend that we stayed with in Long Island; it was written by a friend’s sister! I adored this book! A fast paced romp through the political journalism scene in Washington DC had me hooked from the first page!

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong The second book in her new Cainville series, this supernatural suspense novel built upon the foundations of the first book, and left me wishing that the next book was already out! She teases you like that! If you liked her Women of the Otherworld series, this is a must read.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - This book was a departure from my previous fluffy reads. Based on the true story of the last female criminal beheaded in Iceland, this story is so atmospheric and beautifully written. Agnes’s story will stay with you long after the last page.

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Runtastic Orbit Review and Giveaway

I live a busy life- a preschooler, a blog, a full-time job, home reno… it has been insane recently.  I am always on the go but I have no time to officially “exercise”.  I really like to track my fitness level on an average day and to see if I am getting any exercise and to see where I can maybe add a bit more movement into the routine… even taking those stairs a few extra times a day can make a big difference.

Runtastic Orbit

I was approached recently  to try a new fitness tracker called the Runtastic Orbit. The  Orbit is a 24/7 tracker capable of tracking your fitness, steps, exercise and sleep cycle with one tiny little device. The device syncs to your smart phone (iPhone and Android for the moment) and is waterproof up to 300 feet (yes, you can track swimming!) . Like some of the other trackers out there, it can be worn in a wristband (it comes with two- basic black and blue) or on a clip for a more invisible look (wear it with your cocktail dress!)  There are so many activities that can be tracked with the orbit, it is mind-boggling. I love that you can use it to track cycling, skiing, push ups and more!

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The apps are free, very user-friendly and nice to look at. I am a big fan of this little device and I have been wearing it 24/7 since I got it! I am still crazy busy- now I can see the calories my life burns!

The complete starter package retails for $119.99 CND on Amazon.com and extra colours of wristbands (for you colour loving ladies) can be ordered separately for $34.99 CND

Starting in October, the Runtastic Orbit will also be available at Walmart and Canada Computers!

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Trending for Fall- The Blanket Coat

Blanket coats are the thing to have to keep warm this fall. I love the look of them- slouchy, cozy, fun… did I say cozy?
Here are a few that caught my eye!!
Trending for Fall- The Blanket Coat
Clockwise from Top Left:
Chloe (sold out- another cute option)
Topshop (sold out- love this one)
As soon as I started looking at the coats, I started to envision how I would style them! Here is one of my visions!
Styling a Blanket Coat for Fall

Coat- Chloe/ Jeans- Genetic Denim /Bag- Alexandar Wang/Boots- Rag & Bone/ Sunglasses- Karen Walker/Beanie- Black.co.uk

What I Would Wear- TIFF Red Carpet

The Toronto International Film Festival starts today and I am going to be hitting up a couple of parties in support of a film I worked on, Maps to The Stars. I have a fantastic look planned and it got me thinking about what I would wear if I was walking the red carpet at a gala premiere. I can imagine that there is a lot of anxiety over what celebrities choose to wear, especially in this era of savage (and instant) social media commentary (poor Obama and his tan suit- no one cared about the important issues he was talking about).
I would like to think that if I was in a starlet’s shoes, I would choose a look that I felt comfortable and chic in. I LOVE this intricate dress by Mary Katrantzou and I love the delicate deco pieces that I found to compliment it yet still let it stand on its own.
What do you think of this TIFF look? What would your fantasy red carpet dress look like?
Red Carpet Ready- TiFF
Dress- Mary Katrantzou  /Shoes- Charlotte Olympia   /Clutch- Nina Ricci /Earrings-Eddie Borgo /Headband- Jennifer Behr

Michael Smith’s Family Meals and GIVEAWAY

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Making a meal that your ENTIRE family will eat and enjoy can be a real challenge, as I can tell you from first hand experience. When you succeed, it feels like the greatest achievement ever! Even famous and creative chefs like Michael Smith feel this way.

With his new cookbook, “Family Meals”, Michael wants to help the average home chef get it right every time. He shares one hundred recipes straight from his families kitchen to help every family eat right and well in spite of their busy lives.

He shares breakfast ideas (huge for me), lunchbox meals, cook ahead meals and slow cooker meals to name a few, all with the hope of helping the average Canadian family get out of their food rut and get a bit more adventurous without spending more time in the kitchen!

My husband and I decided to test drive his recipe for Nacho Burgers last weekend.

We found that we had most of the ingredients in our pantry already so all we really needed to pick up was ground beef and buns!

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After very simple and quick prep, the burgers and buns hit the BBQ and in a few minutes.. voila!

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The verdict from the family was AWESOME- the recipe is super simple and straightforward and easily adaptable for my pickiest eater without having to make him a different meal.  The tortilla chips were a unique touch and adding spices to the buns is genius!

I think that they turn out very well and even looked like the photo in the book!

Nacho Burger

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What I Wore- The North Fork

Our family road trip (see previous posts here and here) was so much fun and one of the highlights of the trip was our visit to a friend’s country house in Orient, New York, on the north fork of Long Island (across Paconic Bay from the more famous, more crazy Hamptons). While we were there, the Oysterponds Historical Society had their annual summer fundraiser. I was thrilled to find this DVF dress at Woodbury Commons, an outlet north of NYC, to wear- and it was perfect for the event! I felt completely at ease with the creative and interesting movers/shakers of the North Fork, including the President of an iconic fashion retailer (I won’t say who!)

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What I wore- A Little Bit Gatsby

Dress- DVF (Found at an outlet; love this one)

Shoes- Just Fab

Bag- Deux Lux via Barney’s New York (uber luxe version)

Sunglasses- Forever21

 

Our friend in Orient has two amazing guest houses on her property that are for rent between the beginning of May and the end of October. Check them out on VRBO! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this little town!

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Movies to get excited about this autumn!

I love movies. I grew up around films as the daughter of a film editor and I have worked on films myself for over a decade. Here are some of the movies I am looking forward to seeing this fall. I start with Maps to the Stars, the most recent film I worked on (so, yes I have already seen it many MANY times)!

Maps to the Stars (release date TBC)

 

Gone Girl (October 3)

 

Dracula Untold (October 17)

 

Birdman (October 17)

 

 

Foxcatcher (November 14)

 


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One (November 21)

 

Autumn Style with Old Navy

I had a chance to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for women at Old Navy this fall! The Look Book is full of cozy yet polished looks featuring a mixture of sporty pieces, denim, patterns and layering!

Here are some of my favourite pieces that will help you transition to the cooler weather to come!

Old Navy Fall 2014

 

Do any of these pieces strike your fancy???

 

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What I Wore- High-Waisted

I have been checking out the whole high-waisted cut off denim look that has been everywhere this summer and wondering if I could pull it off. A few weeks ago, the family and I were at the Junction Flea and there was a booth selling vintage Levi’s cut offs and these ones fit me perfectly! I have to say that I love how binding they are but it takes some getting used to wearing pants that go over your belly button!
What I Wore- High Waisted #2

What I Wore- High Waisted #1

Jeans- Vintage Levis via The Junction Flea (similar)

Sweater- Michael Kors via eLuxe

Booties- Just Fab

Necklace- Expression via The Bay

Bag- Indigo

Sunglasses- Karen Walker

On Wee Man – Long Sleeved Teeshirt from Crew Cuts

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