Halloween Bat Wings

Halloween Bat Wings

I have a confession to make. I actually HATE Halloween.

I hate dressing up.

I hate having all that temptation (read: bite size chocolate bars I end up eating 20 of) in the house.

I hate anything scary, or gruesome.

I’m not a fan of fake blood

AND, I’m super not into how on Halloween everyone seems to think they can turn any profession into something “sexy.” ie. Sexy nurse, sexy cop, sexy prison inmate… REALLY??

But, as a mom I have embraced the Halloween season with as much joy as I could muster for my kids. I decorate the house with fun – not scary Halloween decor and make cute bags of goodies for the dwindling numbers of trick or treaters.

On a side note, one thing I DO love about Halloween is seeing all the littles dressed up – parents following closely behind, carrying pillow cases filled with candy.

Our kids are older now – with two in university, they do their parties and costumes on their own and trick or treating with mom and dad has long gone by the wayside. Many of our Halloween traditions have faded away, but one remains. Every year I make Halloween BAT WINGS as our meal.

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Your FALL FIVE – 5 trends to check out this Fall

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Fall is in the air – chilly mornings, changing leaves and of course, everything pumpkin spice.   As much as I hate seeing “plaid and cozy sweaters” coming in to the stores in July,  at the beginning of September – you have to admit – there is a bit of a thrill in seeing all the fun new fall fashions and trends hitting the stores.  It makes the anticipation of cooler weather somewhat more bearable.  In anticipation of the season, Danni and I recently visited one of the cool local boutiques in Calgary to bring you the FALL FIVE!  Stacey and the amazing staff at Bamboo Ballroom pulled together some fun fall looks to show some of the trends we are seeing this fall – and ways to wear the trend if you are “not 20 anymore!” Continue reading “Your FALL FIVE – 5 trends to check out this Fall”

WHAT TO WEAR??? It’s GRAD SEASON and we’ve got you covered…

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So – UPDATE, as this article was posted as a page on the blog when we first debuted.  THIS is one of the dresses I tried on at SAKS in YYC to prepare for Z’s grad.  I tried on a few dozen…

My oldest is graduating from high school this year and with the big day only days away, I have been spending some time thinking (ok, maybe panicking) about what to wear on the big day of the dinner and dance (which is an entirely different and separate event from the ceremony (ugh). I consider myself a mildly fashionable person – on the edgier side of classic but aware of the trends that work and don’t with my body as well as my age. The age thing has been a difficult one to grasp in recent years. Man, would I love to wear the high waisted pants and a short midriff top with some fun accessories out for dinner. But I refer to my famous saying, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I’m having trouble accepting this, but truth is, I hate trashy more than I hate getting older so I am slowly getting used to looking at certain things in the stores and recognizing that it may not be age appropriate anymore. Shorty rompers – I’m looking at you…

So for graduation, my search had to have a few parameters. Something comfy – meaning I feel good in it, classy and current – oh – and probably I should pick something that meets the approval of my son – because just the fact that he will be eating and drinking with his parents is mortifying enough, he may as well think I look “decent.”

SO – in the search for my own outfit as mother of the graduate (wow, that is crazy) I have put together 5 looks for you to check out. Maybe one of these will inspire you for the upcoming graduation, shower, wedding, garden party season! Make sure you let me know what you think in the comments below! When the big day comes, I will be sure to post my outfit on our Instagram story…

 

The Wrap Dress

Perennial fav for most women – and I love that you can pretty much get this dress in any price range. From the “original” from Diane Von Furstenberg at the higher end, to some of our “old standby” retailers like The Gap, a wrap dress is pretty perfect for all body types and for all budgets. Hugs the curves, shapes the booty and something you can wear again. Go into your fav store and I bet you find one! I love the high / low detail in this one. Don’t forget your spanx for this dress – smoothes everything out and keeps you looking your best.

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The Suit

Ok – so here’s the thing – if you are going to wear a suit (can you say COMFORT!) in my opinion it needs to be special. It can’t be the suit you wear to the office – or should I say, it can’t be worn the way you wear it to the office. Add a silky camosole, a gorgeous statement jewelry piece, a killer pair of shoes – make it special with a funky clutch / bag. I am loving the vibrant pinks in the stores this year, and that mustard colour you keep seeing – to die for. Nothing like a pink suit to make a statement. If you go for a vibrant colour, keep your accessories to a minimum…let the suit do the talking. However, I wouldn’t say no to the addition of a white pump (the shoe of the Summer).  I guarantee it will be a hit.

 

 

 

 

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Suit Jacket (Ted Baker)

Suit Pants (Ted Baker)

Shoes (DSW)

Earrings (Kate Spade)

Bag:  (DSW)

 

The “Almost” Jumpsuit – my ultimate fav

Who doesn’t love a jumpsuit – so flattering and classy.  In a jumpsuit, you never have to worry about being uncomfortable.  Until you have to use the bathroom – then its a whole different story – you are naked in the stall, trying to figure out how to get re-dressed and put it all back together in suitable fashion to return to your function. If you have noticed – one of the latest trends these days is the matching two piece top and bottom. Looks remarkably like the jumpsuit but with the ease of a pant suit. Pajama inspired, these “almost jumpsuits” are a great option for grad. Check out the one I found below from Ted Baker… I love the Bardot neckline.  Universally flattering and has a dressy feel to it.  You might just see me in this one at my son’s grad in May..

 

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Pants (TED BAKER)

Bardot Top (TED BAKER)

Earrings (Swarovski)

Clutch (DVF – via the OutNet)

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The Shift Re-visited

Not too flashy, just above the knee – the key to this dress will be in the added details – that is what will take it from something you might wear to the office to something special. Find one you love with a flutter sleeve, a little lace, or subtle button or exposed zipper detail. I love this one because the bell sleeve just takes it up a notch. Add a choker or a large pair of earrings (not both!) and some shoes you plan to stand in for more than a few hours! Hint – if you are not fond of your legs – the higher the heel, the better they look…

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