Not Your Mother's L.L. Bean

Since 1912, L.L. Bean has been the top purveyor for sporting and outdoor gear. Rooted in Maine, it sells functional clothing that withstand any sort of element. Back in the 90's, when I was growing up, L.L. Bean meant brightly colored fleece pull on jackets, wool felt clogs, and backpacks with my initials on them. Fashion and trends has Bean not ever worried themselves with. Well made and functional has always been what they are known for. You will pay a little more for your product but it is guaranteed until the end of time, basically. ...more
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5 Fall Fashion Trends for Your Inner Sophisticate

With fall comes the welcome return of AC-free days, pumpkin spice lattes, and we'll admit it, cold-weather wardrobes. As much as we loved the shoulder-baring days of summer, we've been thinking a little more each day of ankle boots, long-sleeve flannels and cozy jackets. Here are 5 fall fashion trends that marry the sophisticated side of fall with the casual vibe of summer.   The Iconic Flannel  ...more

Fall Blazer

Smythe Blazer Today is the first of five posts showcasing some of my favourite looks from Carriage Trade Boutique. Why do I love Carriage Trade? The obvious reason is the clothing - great selection of fashionable clothing. The best reason is the service, the sales staff is all about service. They can outfit you for a casual dinner with friends or power lunch for work....more

Seeing Yellow...and a bit of Red

I am reading the fifth book of Fire & Ice series by George R.R. Martin. I started reading the first book of the series at the end of June and I can't seem to put the books down. The television series "Game of Thrones" opened my mind to the possibility I could maybe enjoy a fantasy series like this. It has been described as the Sopranos of the Fantasy Genre and I have to agree. I really enjoy the character development and the twists and turns. My favourite female character has to be Dany and I have a place in my heart for Tyrion Lannister....more

Mundane Mondays - Yellow Again

I know I'm not the only one who's obsessed with the Olympics...GO CANADA GO...GO CROATIA GO...just a quick shout out before we begin talking about what I'm wearing...oh one more thing before we get to me, what are your opinions on the Team Uniforms? Did Ralph Lauren do well with dressing the Americans? I was not happy about the uniforms being made in China. What about the Canadian Team? I'm not excited about them but they could be worse. Then there's Armani for Italy and Stella McCartney for the Brits. Fashion is now part of the Olympics....more

Neon Pink & Prints - 101st Post!

I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. When we were in church my husband mouthed something to me, I thought it was to complain about the behaviour of our sons, it was "I love what you're wearing".Mixing neon's or brights can be difficult, the easiest thing to do is to pair them with white or black and I love easy, however, I wanted to try and be creative (difficult) so I decided to mix some neon's together....more

Memories and Merlot…at the Shopping Mall

I was walking in the mall with my husband last Saturday night. First off, I would like to thank my babysitter for making this momentous occasion (some call it ‘date night’) possible. Because how great is date night…even if we do get home at 9:30pm? But I digress. As we walked by a Nine West, I exclaimed excitedly, “I used to shop there!” It was a strange little moment, because as I looked at all of the adorable, strappy little shoes I wondered, why don’t I shop there anymore?...more

Countdown to Swimsuit Season..Will you be Ready?

Hello Mamas, It's that time of year when Sports Illustrated launches there yearly swimsuit issue, on Valentine's Day no less! After our significant others put there eyes back into their heads and stop giggling, talking, texting, emailing etc. their friends they remember us. lol!   I don't buy the issue but do peak online at the girls.  They are young, beautiful and have great genes.  I'm sure they exercise because its their job to be fit as swimsuit models but lets face it Mamas they are in their early twenties. This years cover girl is only 19....more
Just because of this post, it's 50° and I'm to wear ...more