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June 2016

I have really been obsessed with the colors in this dress lately.  It seems like everything I gravitate toward this season has sort of a “washed out” feel to it.  Muted greys, blush tones, lots of beige and ivory.  Once again Anthropologie knocks it out of the park with another cute dress!  They have SO many to choose from every season and do frequent sales online and in store so you never have to pay full price.  I have this exact dress from last fall in beautiful autumn colors.  You can see that dress and post here, it was actually my first blog entry!

And I have to mention the gorgeous hydrangeas I’m holding!  They are massive.  Some bigger then my head.  And best part they are right from our garden!

 

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Anthropologie Caviana Shirtdress size XS petite, Goorin Bros. Wide Brim Fedora Fatima Hat in Grey, Handbag Kate Spade Cedar Street Maisie, Sam Edelman Emmie Perforated Leather Heel size 6, sunglasses LOFT.

xo Marcy

 

With our sweet baby girl “Tinkerbell” arriving in September it’s time for me to start thinking about being in newborn mode again!  It’s funny how quickly you forget everything.  I find myself wondering how many times do I feed a newborn?  How often do you burp them?  How many hours a day do they sleep again?  You are just kinda in the stage you are in and can’t really remember the details of the other stages.  I’m sure it will all come flooding back when she arrives but in the meantime I am going through all of my favorite newborn essentials and I’m also adding a few more things to my wish list!  Newborns don’t really “need” a lot of items but I have found that these below helped a lot with our son Maverick.

 

Newborn Essentials!
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4moms mamaRoo swing, Aden+Anais Classic Swaddles, Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (expensive but worthwhile if you want to pump, it’s the most efficient), Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra (If you pump you NEED this.  Trust me, you will want your hands free while you pump.), Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, MAM Start Newborn Pacifiers (love these, they have many sizes, and the newborn ones are perfect for babies little mouth), Aden+Anais Long Sleeve Kimono One-Piece, Aden+Anais Classic Burpy Bibs (We used these a TON with Maverick.  He spit up A LOT.  These also have a snap so that they can be a bib too!), Motorola Video Monitor, Pampers Swaddlers Newborn (the BEST diapers IMO), SwaddleMe Velcro Swaddler, Boon “Grass” Countertop Drying Rack, Avent Bottles, City Select Baby Jogger Stroller (This Stroller is great if you have two children close in age or twins!  Can configure 16 different ways!  Only downfall is the base is heavy to lift in and out of your car.  And it does not stand up when folded.), Britax B-Safe Infant Carseat (rates high for safety), iBaby Wifi Monitor (great for grandparents to look in on baby too!), Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Diaper Bag (Highly recommend a backpack diaper bag.  Way easier for travel and staying hands free when juggling a little
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And for Maverick! (18 months old)
 Toddler Essentials
xo Marcy

 

 

Finally the sun popped back out after a few rainy days here in Kelowna!  Today I’m wearing a dress I found recently at the Gap that is so comfortable and the best part is that all their dresses were on sale in store for $30!!  I styled it with a basic white denim jacket, black flats and handbag, and my new fave Dior sunglasses.  Have a great Tuesday!

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Gap, Double-Layer Dress size XS, The Limited White Denim Jacket size XS, Steve Madden Lecrew Flat size 6, Necklace Forever 21, Handbag Celine, Sunglasses Dior So Real in Palladiam/Crystal.

xo  Marcy

Black maxi.  Chambray button down shirt.  Flat Sandals.  A cool pair of sunnies.  My easy effortless outfit!  This outfit is my pregnancy uniform as I have worn it several times.  The dress is so comfortable and stretchy, perfect for the bump, and the shirt acts as a light layer if it’s a little crisp out or you are going to a restaurant.  Happy Thursday!

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Black Maxi dress, Mossimo for Target, similar here and here, Chambray Shirt Guess, similar here and here, Tory Burch Miller Sandal size 6, Tory Burch clutch with large medallion newer version here, Sunglasses Dior “So Real” in Palladium/Crystal, earrings Kate Spade, lip color MAC “Relentlessly Red”, with lip liner MAC “Dynamo”.

xo Marcy

This weekend we had the opportunity to host a very unique event at our house.  We decided to throw a dinner party and the catch was everyone had to wear white and all the decor and table settings would be white!  This theme snowballed, as my girlfriend Kim (who was hosting the party with me) and I started getting our creative juices flowing.  Before we knew it, the party planning was full on and we were going Mach 3- “The guests can wear white!  We will rent white linens and chairs!  Let’s decorate with white flowers!” and on and on.  So this post will be a bit unique in that I’m going to walk you through, step by step, how we pulled off such an elegant event for a few of our friends!

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  • Choose your theme

We decided on a white theme because it just seemed like a great way to kick off the summer here in the Okanagan.  It was also easy for my friend and I to take on certain tasks separately while running our busy lives-  everything was going to be white.  No matching shades of colors or worrying about how things would all tie in.  I did the same thing for my wedding in Mexico.  I couldn’t imagine trying to match a bridesmaids dress to the color chair sashes and flowers that were available at our resort down there so all white it was!  It looked stunning.  Anyway, back to the dinner party;

  • Set a budget

This whole dinner party came about because we host a bigger “Canada Day” party for a very large group every year.  The chef that caters the party suggested that he prepare a dinner for us to showcase his skills and give us peace of mind for our main event.  It was kind of him and he gave us a great deal on his time and talents for this party.  To save some money we supplied our own beer and wine, purchased all the meats and cheeses for our charcuterie platter, and I made the cupcakes that were the dessert.  This way the chef did three courses while the other two (the appy and dessert) were done by us.  Kim and I also made our own flower arrangements with bouquets from Costco.  They have beautiful flowers there and are very affordable.  We bought the flowers the day before the party and kept them in the basement until the next day.  They still looked very fresh and beautiful!

  • Host with a friend!       

This takes some of the pressure off of yourself by being able to split duties and costs.  We were also able to pool all of our things together!  We used her dishes, my glasses, her candles, my flat wear, etc.  Together we had everything we needed and relied on a rental company (Avalon Event Rentals Inc.) for the things we didn’t have such as the beautiful Chiavari Chairs and sashes, the linens for over the tables, and the white napkins.

  • Plan, plan, plan….lists, lists, lists!

To pull a party off like this as seamlessly as possible a bit of planning and organization is necessary.  Kim and I talked a lot in the few weeks leading up coordinating everything we could.  We each had our separate lists of things we were each in charge of.  The day before we met up and did a mock table set up and collected all the glasses, dishes, candles, tables, etc. that we would be using and brought them down by the lake so they were ready for us the next day.  Delegate as well!  I put my husband in charge of picking up the rentals the day of and doing the heavy lifting.  He was happy to help out.  Some of the things on my list I had to save for when little Maverick was napping so that he wouldn’t get in the way.  Assembling the flowers was one thing he definitely didn’t need to be around for!  Kim and I also set a timeline as to what we needed to be setting up and when so that everything would be all ready for our guests to arrive.  Leave extra time.  Trust me you will need it.  There is so much to do last minute and things get chaotic!

  • Relax and Enjoy!

Once your guests arrive and things kick off try to relax and allow the evening to flow.  Let people help you.  Your guests understand that pulling off a dinner is a lot of work and are more then willing to help you out.  (Especially if your pregnant!)  Our guests were wonderful about serving each other wine and water, helping assemble cupcakes, looking after Maverick while he was at the party and passing out and clearing dishes.  I am so grateful for that because we honestly couldn’t do it all on our own.

 

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Hairstyle done by me with a little coaching from Exclusive Hair & Beauty Styling!

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Maverick enjoyed the party for about an hour too!

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Details….

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He loves to smell flowers right now!  So precious.

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With my beautiful co-host Kim!

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Bebe Camilla Lace Maxi Dress size xxs, Earrings J.Crew, Wedges Jimmy Choo, decorations in my hair were from Michael’s Craft Store’s bridal section (I just pulled a few of the picks apart and bobby pinned them to my braids.)

On Maverick:

H&M Chinos size 12-18 months in Beige, Shirt was from a market in Mexico that my mom picked up for him!

Costco Edison Light Bulb Strands– These were AMAZING!  They are so industrial and the strand is very long.  48 feet and 24 bulbs per strand!  The set even comes with extra bulbs which I’m sure will be handy.  We used two strands (one on each side of our lawn) and it worked out great.  In searching for these lights I noticed other brands weren’t nearly as long or heavy duty.  Plus they were also more expensive and you would need multiple strands put together to achieve the same look.  These from Costco were PERFECT!  I could not find the black strands online but they had tons of them in our store in Kelowna for $56 Canadian.

 

xo Marcy

 

 

 

Being pregnant this time of year definitely has it’s challenges but I must also say there are some great benefits as well!  First of all not having to squeeze into jeans or even maternity jeans with the dreaded stretchy band for that matter.  I find maternity jeans so uncomfortable but that’s probably because I haven’t ever had a good pair.  And having come this far into my pregnancy and it already being so hot outside I think I may make it without purchasing any!  I tell my husband I’m saving money already, haha!

This little dress is so perfect for this stage of my pregnancy and also this time of year.  It’s very breezy and light and it’s a flattering cut pregnant or not.  Score!  Today I was at Costco and they always have the most beautiful flowers!  Does everyones Costso have them too?!  They are so gorgeous and at $20 this designer bouquet is just stunning!

I plan on wearing more dresses similar to this one for the remainder of being pregnant with our little Tinkerbell, they are just so comfortable and effortless!

 

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Anthropologie Morning Glory Swing Dress, Sam Edelman Emmie Perforated Leather Heel size 6, Handbag Louis Vuitton Eva in Damier Azur Canvas, Sunglasses Ray-Ban Classic Aviator size Small,  Earrings Stella & Dot Nancy Studs

xo Marcy