Fall Coveting and Some Fashion Notes

It’s fall (despite the temporary return of summer this week) and I’m so excited and inspired by all of the season-appropriate styles! With the wrap of New York Fashion Week, the beginnings of London Fashion Week, and our very own Western Canada Fashion Week around the corner, my brain and fashion senses have been flooded with beautiful things. Below, some of what I’m coveting, and some of what Theodora is coveting, complete with a few fashion notes at the end.

Coveting for Fall

Clockwise: Cigarette pant with faux leather detail, $30; Fingerless leather driving gloves, $45; Army green d’orsay heel, $345; Suede & faux leather jacket, $59.90; Colorblock tunic sweater, $69.10; Tailored wool coat, $525; Equestrian inspired bootie, $139.98; Wraparound scarf, $29.90; Kate Spade 2014-15 planner, $36; Blush pointelle blouse, $63.30; Painter jacket, $80.72; Gray wash skinny jeans, $34.

Little lusts

Clockwise: Polka dot dress, $12; T-shirt with bow, $7.90; Rose jeggings, $14; “Hello” sweatshirt, $17.90; Paisley chambray shirt, $34.95; Lined leather boot, $39.90; Pink ruffle polka dot henley, $16.95; Black polka dot bodysuit, $6; Flower hat, $7; Ruffle cardigan, $12; Denim dress, $16.

~ A few notes ~

Olivia Palermo has collaborated with shoe designer, Aquazzura, and her creations are gorgeous!

Moms can be chic, too! These two proved it during NYFW.

Monogrammed, wearable blankets. Would you do it? Cara, Olivia and Rosie did, and made it look pretty effortless and cool!

Tiffany T has nailed New York sleekness to a T with this new collection.

So nostalgic and so beautiful. A trip down memory lane of the original street stylistas.

Nine Months (and our summer in pictures)

I am completely astounded at the fact that we have a nine month old! That this little beauty we have had the absolute pleasure of getting to know is ours to keep, protect, grow, teach, guide and nurture. We’ve had the same amount of time to get to know each other as it took to “fully cook” her, so to speak. At this time last year, I was providing a cozy little home for her, where she developed her eyes and her ears, all of the complex systems within her brain, vital organs like her heart and lungs, and the tiny little features that make her “her”. And now, we have this adorable, active and healthy little girl that we love more and more as each day passes. Amazing!

I should also mention that said little girl has two pearly whites that she proudly flashes whenever she can, is bringing back the one earring trend (the short story – took her to get her ears pierced, and the very next day, she yanked one of them out), and loves to impress us with phrases like “ma-ma-ma-ma-ma” and “da-da-da-da-da”.These are but a few of the delights Theodora has thrown our way this summer, the majority of which was full of festival-going, discovering new parks, and enjoying as much time with family and friends as we could.

Whenever I witness Theodora overcoming a new milestone, such as sitting on her own, or mastering the army crawl like nobody’s business, I take a second or two to really watch and process what is going on. She just amazes me. In an earlier post, I talked a little bit about how surprised I was to hear people’s rather negative opinions around parenthood. A realization I have come to in recent months is this – I think the hard stuff is yet to come. When life gets real, and she gets picked on by the mean kid at school, or has to realize the bigger picture and the impact her decisions will make; that will be tough. Or when we have to help her understand that kindness and strength are always the better paths to take, despite hurt feelings or shattered confidence; that’s going to be heartbreaking. So, yes, the reduced sleep takes some getting used to, as do the physical demands that motherhood brings. To me, however; those are things that tend to have a shorter life span. They get ironed out as you begin to carve out a routine for your growing child and for your new life as a family of three.

As daunting as all of these future challenges seem, I do find comfort in knowing that Alex and I will find our way as these issues arise. Which is why I remind myself to stop and soak in every new, funny and cute antic of hers. It is in these moments that we will build trust, memories, and a relationship that only family members really get amongst one another.

This post seems to have a bit of a heavier tone than usual, and I apologize for that (I’m a happy and lighthearted person, really!) I promise this isn’t foreshadowing into what my one year post will be like! I’m just speaking from my heart. Also from my heart, or more like my Canon Rebel and Samsung S4 camera, a photo collage of our summer. Safe to say that all of us enjoyed every sweltering, hot minute of it.

Summer 2014

Have a great week!

xo,
Kassey

Family Photos

Earlier this summer, we had family photos done, and I’m so excited to share some of them here with you. I thought it would be so fun to get a little fancied up for a few of the shots, and mix it up with a slightly more casual style. We worked with the ever so talented and fun Nicole Ashley and her team of ladies, Janna Huget and Stefanie Carlson. You may remember a mention of Nicole and her team in one of my very early posts where I shared our mother-daughter photos. Needless to say, I was so excited to work with these girls again. Not only do they produce photos meant for cherishing, but a few minutes with this crew is a guaranteed ab workout from all of the laughs!

While I initially took inspiration from my style icons (the Beckhams, the Royals, and Blake Lively), it was with the help of Janna’s savvy styling skills that helped the whole look and feel of our photos come together. Combine that with Stef’s mad skills in hair and makeup, my delicate and sparkly dress, a sharp suit and a tiny gold crown and we had all of the necessary ingredients to cook up the photos I had been dreaming of. And if I can just talk about this dress for a minute – I had every intention of leaving the tags on and returning it once we were done with the shoot. Until I tried it on. Seriously, every girl needs a dress like this in her life! I can’t wait to wear this beauty again.

It was hard not to post all of them here, because with every single one I say “No, THIS is my favourite”. So here are a few more. And so begins my task of deciding which ones to print for framing. It’s going to be a tough one…

Our Family

(dress by Adrianna Papell, no longer available. Similar here and here)

Hope you all are enjoying what marks the last of the summer long weekends! Have a great week.

xo,
Kassey

And the winners are…

Happy Friday, guys! I’m so excited to announce the winners today. Without further delay…

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EMILY S. & CATHY M.

Congratulations, and thanks for your support! You will soon have one of these hot tanks in your hot little hands, so stay tuned for an email from me.

If last week’s interview with Sandy sparked an interest, and you’d like to stay in the loop of what’s next for How’s My Down Dog, give her a follow over on Instagram and Facebook.

Wishing all of you a wonderful long weekend!

xo,
Kassey

Inspired || How’s My Down Dog?

In light of my recent giveaway with Sandy, I thought this would be a good opportunity to begin, yet, another series where I feature cool people doing cool things all on their own. There is so much of this that goes on under the radar, why not spread the word as best as you can?! Here’s a little more about Sandy, how she got the idea for the yoga tanks, and a little more about her fabulous self!

Tell us a bit more about these cool tanks. How did you get started and why?

The idea for the shirts is inspired by my yoga teacher – Jeff Mah. His classes really focus on the foundation of yoga poses and how to refine your practice to avoid long term injury. We spend a lot of time in class talking about the foundation of downdog. So, while in downdog one day, I thought it would be cute to print “how’s my downdog?” on a shirt, like “how’s my driving?”. Then I started giggling to myself and people stared…

Has yoga always played a role in your life? If not, what is it that keeps you going and loving it?

I started practising yoga (seriously) about 5 years ago. Depending on where I’m at in life, I practice anywhere from one to five times a week.

I love yoga because you can really craft your practice to make it work for you. For instance, I was training for a leg of the Canadian Death Race with my sister this year, so instead of my normal Vinyasa/power flow practice I opted for Yin or Restorative.

It’s also a major challenge and never gets stale. There’s always a something new to learn, whether it be a new pose or how to get your hamstrings to stop feeling like they’re going to snap like a twig (I’m still working on this).

You balance this, plus your day job as Principal at Bassett Digital Consulting. Any tips or tricks to making it all happen so smoothly?

If you have the luxury of working for yourself from home, I would suggest that … You don’t have to wear pants!

Seriously though, it’s a matter of prioritizing. What are you going to do today that will help you achieve your goals? Then sort out what needs to get done and what can wait.

Also, don’t over extend yourself, be realistic, and manage expectations. I have worked in a project management capacity for many years so I am able to set fairly realistic deadlines for projects that I’m working on.

Favourite spots to do yoga in Calgary and in Edmonton?

Calgary – One More Breath (see jeffmah.com for more details on where and when), Bodhi Tree, Yoga Mandala

Edmonton – Moksha Yoga (go see Meghan Butler), Noorish Yoga in Garneau

If you’re ever in Canmore check out the Yoga Lounge

Favourite indulgence?

Cheese, wine and beer.

I actually read a book about cheese mongering once, called “Living Life on the Wedge”

Best piece of advice for someone looking to start yoga, or take their practice to a more serious level?

For someone wanting to start I would suggest a yoga sampler. Try a bunch of classes and different studios. See what you like and what you don’t like. It’s fairly cost effective to check out new studios. Most intro passes will get you an unlimited week or month for pretty cheap. Know that there is a yoga out there for almost anyone, you just have to find your sweet spot.

Also, don’t get discouraged. It’s called a yoga “practice” for a reason. Some poses will come naturally and some will not. If you keep at it and practice regularly, you’ll be amazed at your progress. I know people who, when they started, weren’t able to touch their toes and now they’re in full hanumanasana (full splits).

Let’s all try and say hanumanasana three times fast! It was so fun working with you, Sandy, and getting a bit more of an inside scoop on how this all came to be! And for you, dear readers, don’t forget you still have a few days left to enter for a chance to win one of these yoga tanks. Just follow the link below to enter your information:

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Good luck and have a great week!

xo,
Kassey

Giveaway || How’s My Downdog?

Giveaway

Happy Thursday and Happy Giveaway Day!

I’ve teamed up with my friend Sandy, the cool and talented gal behind How’s My Downdog? yoga tanks, and we’re giving away not one, but two to two lucky readers!

I had the good fortune of meeting Sandy (that’s her ^) many years ago through a childhood friend, and we have crossed paths and caught up many times since. When we started chatting about joining forces and putting this giveaway together, I was all too excited. Without saying too much here, as I’ve got a fun spotlight post coming up on her and all of her coolness next week, I’ll get straight to the good stuff – entry details!

It’s quick and easy – follow the link below and enter your information, and then cross all of your fingers and toes that your name is drawn! This contest runs until August 28, so don’t let the week get away from you. Winners will be chosen on August 29, at which point I will get in touch with you directly to obtain further details and information.

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Good luck to you all, and allow me to be the first to wish you a lovely weekend!

xo,
Kassey

My Favourites || Apps

I thought I would start a feature where I share some of my favourite things, whether it’s in the category of fashion, beauty, food, or fitness…and everything in between. Having recently discovered a couple of new apps for my phone, I thought the topic of “tech” would be a good place to start. I’m also using this as a way to crowd source, if you will. I’d love for you to tell me your new favourites in whatever category we’re talking about. Here we go…

VSCO CAM
Prior to Thea’s arrival, I did a serious phone upgrade and became a proud new owner of a Samsung S4. The main driver behind this was that I wanted something that would take good quality photos and videos of our little bundle. I also love the ability to edit and define photos with filters, temperature and exposure adjustments, and cropping. A good friend, and a tech-savvy one at that, recommended VSCO CAM for its filter and editing abilities.

VSCO CAM | Visual Supply Co

I’ve been really happy with it so far, but have to admit – I need to spend more time experimenting with it, because I think it’s got a lot of untapped coolness that I have yet to discover.

Interested? Click here for for an Apple iTunes download, or here for a Google Play download.

Stocard
Along with a baby comes a whole lot of gear that requires a larger bag in which to tow everything around. While I love my baby bags (I alternate between this and this), I wanted to make sure I could still carry a small-ish purse. This meant I had to downsize; my poor shoulder could only take so much. A constant battle for me is managing all of the loyalty and membership cards that occupy prime real estate in my wallet. Stocard is the answer that solves everything!

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It was so fast and easy to store cards into this app – find, scan, and voila! The only card I decided to hang onto rather than scan was my Starbucks gold card. There’s just something fun about a flashy gold card in my wallet, so I was ok with that one staying put.

To download for an iPhone, click here and for an Android, click here.

Your turn! Let me know of any fun, new apps you have started using. And if you choose to try out either of the above, let me know how they work for you!

xo,
Kassey