Another morning of rummaging through my drawers, frantically whipping through my closet just to realize that it’s time for this Mamma to go shopping! YES! FOR MYSELF! Not for the kids, not for the husband, JUST FOR ME!
How many of you are like me and although you may have gone shopping recently it was probably for everyone else in your household but not for yourself? Right? After having kids everything has been about them and it’s just recently that I’ve been finding my old self again. The one that actually used to do things for herself which included shopping and having an updated wardrobe…not one that consists of out dated clothing that were purchased pre-kids (yes that’s 6 years ago) and just don’t seem to fit right anymore.
I’m a plain and simple kinda Mamma; give me jeans or leggings, a tee or tank and add some Converse Chucks and I’m rockin’! I love that look and maybe it’s because it’s easy but I’m also looking to build off of that and start incorporating new pieces for some new looks. Shopping for me and putting together outfits is not something I’m good at. I either come home disappointed and with nothing to show for my countless hours of wandering the mall or I come home with stuff that is totally wrong for me and that I should have never bought in the first place.
I have finally come to the conclusion that I need shopping help. I need a pro by my side to talk some sense into me when I pick up the wrong thing or when I pass by something that I should be picking up. So I called up my friend Suzanne from Your Shop Girl and asked her to come along with me and help me out. It’s all about taking the first step right? LOL! I’m half way there…admitting you have a problem is half the battle they say 😉 .
Leading up to our shopping trip I had some homework to do; find a mall to hit up that has stores that I like as well as filling out a shopping questionnaire from Your Shop Girl. Done and done…that part was pretty easy. I pickedErin Mills Town Centre as I hadn’t been in a while and was wanting to go check it out again especially after all the great changes and updates that they’ve been working on.
Once arriving we got to work. Suzanne sat down with me and before starting on our shopping adventure we got comfy on a sofa at Hudson’s Bay (these furniture departments are awesome for impromptu meeting spots haha!) and based on my answers in my questionnaire and my body type she was able to guide me on what to look for and what I should be avoiding when shopping for clothes. It was now time to hit up the stores on my list like Husdon’s Bay, GAP, H&M, Roots and a few more. By the way, H&M just renovated their Erin Mills Town Center store, and it’s fab! Also in the midst of shopping I made sure to check out the new food court which by the way is beautiful. It’s a great big open space with a wall of windows and tons of variety which is key for Mammas like us. I won’t lie, I kinda felt guilty for not bringing the kids with me…but just for a second though, haha! Also being the breastfeeding Mamma that I am, I was totally impressed with the area they have designated for nursing mothers; it’s warm and welcoming.
Now back to the shopping…yes I get easily distracted by beautiful shiny objects like their brand new food court but also by the other kinds of beautiful and shiny like the stuff you’ll find in the Pandora store (also located in Erin Mills Town Center) and I’ll explain in a bit. I picked up a few great pieces; an awesome off the shoulder gray sweater from Hudson’s Bay, a fab long black vest as a great layering piece from Sears, and a super cute drapey eyelet tank from GAP, along with a few other pieces. It was now time to accessorize and I’m sure you can see how Pandora fits in to this part of my shopping trip. A Mamma needs to accessorize right 😉 ! There I was able to find a great necklace and bracelet to go with my new looks. I was able to take the tips and advice that Suzanne gave me and actually put them to use. Yeahhhhh! Finally some new great pieces to add to my closet and I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to be going home with bags filled with stuff I actually liked, looked great in and felt comfortable wearing!
The shopping didn’t end there though because although I finally got to do some shopping for myself, I also picked up a few things for the kids and the husband. For the kids; some summer basics at The Children’s Place and Old Navy and for the husband I got some of his fave essentials from The Body Shop. C’mon what Mamma can hit up a mall without shopping for the rest of the family! It’s ok though because I was in my happy place shopping away, with my tea in hand (yup they also have a David’s tea)! Oh and did I mention that Erin Mills Town Centre also has a Walmart which meant that I was also able to cross off some items on my grocery list. You don’t know how happy I was because now I wouldn’t have to stop at the grocery store on the way home…yeah to one stop shopping!
Now my question to you is, do you need your own Mamma shopping day at Erin Mills Town Centre? Probably….right? Well lucky for you I’m giving away a $100 Erin Mills Town Centre gift card and if you want a chance to WIN, well this is your chance!
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post with how you would spend your $100 Erin Mills Town Centre gift card and be sure to include your Instagram name.
The Christmas lists are never ending, the shopping is insane, the preparation is stressing you out and once again us Mammas are thinking about everyone and everything but ourselves. Well, it’s time to do something for yourself and maybe get yourself a little something this holiday season, which is why I’m featuring one of my favourite local online stores…My Legwear Shop!
My Legwear Shop is a homegrown Canadian company that was launched by founder Antonella, a Mamma just like us. Her desire for great fashion and comfort is what kick startedMy Legwear Shop. She was on a mission to find comfortable and quality clothing, at a price that wouldn’t break the bank, while being stylish and trendy. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for she knew that something had to change that. She knew that she would have to be the person to make that change.
My Legwear Shop is THE place to shop for athleisure, athletic wear, leggings, yoga pants, hosiery, stockings, tights, shape wear and much more. Tons of great and affordable items for both girls and women and I’m excited to fill you in on some my faves.
Let’s start with something from the Slymwear line which is exclusive to My Legwear Shop. I love this line because the quality is amazing. It’s made right here in Canada and the pieces from this collection are versatile, so you can wear them to workout in or just as everyday casual wear.
My fave pants from the Slymwear collection are the Tess Capri Premium Fit Leggings. These are fantastic and for a few reasons. The nylon used is silky and smooth while the spandex in the fabric ensures that your clothing will keep it’s shape forever, while the breathability ensures a faster drying time. You also don’t have to worry about fading, wrinkles, snags or pills. The thing that I absolutely love about these capri’s is that they NEVER creep up on you. I don’t know about you but putting on capri’s that ride up throughout the day are just annoying! With these it doesn’t matter how much you move around or how active you are…they stay in place all day long. LOVE!!!
Now let me introduce you to the Deanna Dance Bamboo top. This is a top that I think every woman needs in her closet. Again it’s from their exsluive Slymwear collection and I seriously don’t think I could live without it. It’s actually the most favourite top I own. This top is very versatile, comfortable and fashionable. Wear it with a pair of yoga pants to yoga class, while you run your daily errands or dress it up with some jeans and heels. It’s soft and lightweight…which makes it perfect for layering with a great tank under it and it doesn’t cling making it super sexy and flattering on everyone who puts it on. The wide neckline also makes it a great off the shoulder top!
The Deanna Dance Bamboo Top – Slymwear $58 (available in black and cherry burst)
My Legwear Shop also carries a wide variety of other brands including Yummie Life by Heather Thompson. This line is fantastic and having discovered it, I am hooked. These leggings are not your regular leggings, these are magical lol…let me fill you in. So what makes Yummie Life leggings amazing and different from the others out there? Well it’s because they are considered shapewear and were created by a Mamma just like us who knows and understand what life is like after children…including the fun body changes 😉 . These quality made leggings will give you a look that no basic average legging could ever do for you. They will lift, shape, tuck and boost the confidence of any woman who puts them on. I honestly didn’t believe it until I tried them for myself and now I own 4 pairs. They come in a variety of different colours, lengths and fabric, like their Tony style which is a faux leather (which is also totally breathable). Again like everything My Legwear Shop has to offer they are super versatile. I’ve worn mine with with a tank top and flip flops or converse in the summer, with a great top and high boots or heels and I love to match it up with my Deanna Dance Bamboo Top featured above.
Yummie Life Leggings by Heather Thompson $65 to $100 (available in variety of colours and lengths)
There you have it, my top picks from My Legwear Shop for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide picked specifically for YOU! You, not the kids, not the husband, not the teachers but YOU! So stop what you’re doing, it can wait…it’s not gonna go anywhere and jump onto their site and do some shopping. You don’t have to worry about driving to a crazy busy mall and trying to navigate your way through the bumper to bumper parking lot or fight your way through frustrating line ups…you can shop in your pj’s while sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea by your side. You’ll be happy you did and you can find some great stuff to dress up this holiday season and dress down on those stay at home and veg days. PLUS we’ll be giving one lucky Chic Mamma reader the chance to WIN a $75 gift certificate from My Legwear Shop as a little treat from us to you, enter below.
Also don’t forget that if you have a Chic Mamma Card you can SAVE 15% off your order at time of purchase. Click here for more info on this deal, many more and how to purchase your very own Chic Mamma Card.
Jewellery is more than an accessory, it often tells a story and holds a special place in our heart. It brings us back to a different place and time where memories were made. I often find myself going through my jewellery box and looking at pieces that I have received over the years and thinking back at that time. Whether it’s the pearl ring my parents got me at the CNE when I was a little girl, the heart locket my husband bought me for our first Christmas when we started dating, the initial charms for each of my kids that I wear around my neck or my daddy’s wedding ring. All are so special, meaningful and sentimental. It doesn’t matter if it cost you the same amount as a mortgage payment or it was less than what a tank of gas would be…it’s all about who it came from and what made them think of you to buy it.
About a year ago I came across this amazing boutique called Glitz Jewellery and fell in love. They have an amazing variety of items for men, women and children. From gold to silver, diamonds and semi precious stones, designer brands and even their own custom designed pieces…they have it all. There are two lines that they carry that I especially love…Chrysalis for the women and Italgem Steel for the men which of course, I just had to feature in this year’s Chic Mamma Holiday Gift Guide.
Chrysalis is a UK company that was launched back in 2007 by co-founders (husband and wife team) Andrea and David. Their love for jewellery joined together with their love for travel and making memories is what kick started their business. They wanted to create something that was meaningful to the wearer and they were able to do that with their signature bangles. Their bangles are stackable which means each individual is be able to create their own personal story. We love these fun and fashionable pieces. They are perfect for gift giving, whether it be for your mom, the wife, a girlfriend, daughter, aunt or even teacher…you can’t go wrong. Available in different colours…silver, gold and rose gold and with a large selection of charms pick from you’ll be sure to find the perfect meaningful gift for the perfect person. Prices range from $35 to $45.
Now let’s talk men…the hard ones to shop for! Over the past couple of years there has been a major shift in men’s jewellery. Men that weren’t really into jewellery are now finding themselves wearing more and more of it and why? Because they are finding the right way to do it and are coming across great new lines that are targeted specifically for men like Italgem Steel direct from Italy. It’s all about style and accessorizing to compliment your look without going overboard and feeling out of place and how do they do that? With bracelets of course! Keeping it simple, classy yet fun. Stack them up or wear them as singles. With options like beads, leather and steel it’s easy to achieve the the look and feel they want. The secret is to match up what on your wrist to what’s in your closet which is why I love this line that I discovered at Glitz Jewellery Boutique. These bracelets make a great gift and are at the perfect price point starting at $45 for their hook and anchor designs. Any daddy would love to get one from his little ones this Christmas and would surely cherish it and keep it close to his heart knowing it was picked out just for him.
Whatever it is that you are looking for when it comes to jewellery and accessories, Glitz Jewellery Boutique has you covered. With a wide variety items and price points, you’ll be sure to leave with the perfect gift. In the meantime since it is the Christmas season and it’s all abut giving, we are very excited to bring you an awesome contest! We’ve teamed up with our good friends over at Glitz Jewellery Boutique to give one lucky ChicMamma.ca winner the chance to WIN a beautiful Chrysalis bracelet of their choice. Wanna WIN? Just enter using the rafflecopter widget below.
The Chic Mamma Holiday Gift Guide for 2016 has arrived and I’m so pleased and excited to be kicking things off with local Toronto designer Ksenija Dias of KODA NIVOLI!
KODA NIVOLI launched this past spring with their amazing line of luxurious handbags and accessories for women, men and children. Gorgeous statement pieces, quality made and fantastic price points is what they are all about. Since their launch, their products have been seen on TV, in print and of course on the red carpet during TIFF.
This holiday season whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or that amazing statement piece to complete your look, KODA NIVOLI has you covered. Let me show you exactly what I mean.
For the ladies, we all know that a little black dress can go a long way. Rule of thumb is keep it simple and let the accessories complete your look. Go with a classy look, something a bit funky, trendy, edgey…the choice is yours and it’s really easy to do…just add some amazing arm candy or a great set of earrings from KODA NIVOLI. Have some fun with it, dress it up and create a look that is all you. Prices range from $20 to $90 a piece.
Now for the men! There is nothing better than seeing a man all cleaned up, polished and of course sporting a sexy suit. You don’t have to get all fancy but you can have a little fun with it and so this year’s gift guide is featuring these amazing and beautiful KODA NIVOLI cufflinks. It’s the perfect accessory for the man in your life and with a great selection to pick from. The best part is that they range in price between $50 to $70 dollars so if you can’t decide just grab him a few 😉 .
Saving the best for last is the brand new KODA NIVOLI Annie clutch! This clutch is oh so CHIC and we are in love with it. It’s the perfect add on to any outfit. Made with the finest lambskin leather or suede this is a MUST HAVE. Available in 4 colours (black, blue, mauve and gold) it will go with a sexy dress or even your fave pair of jeans with rockin’ heels. Throw your cell phone in it, some cash, cards, your fave lipstick and you’re ready for a night on the town. Hold it in your hand or throw on the beautiful chain that comes with it and wear it over your shoulder or as a cross body. We absolutely love this versatile piece from KODA NIVOLI and know you will too!
The Annie clutch is a steal at $149 which is a fab price but we figured that for all our awesome Chic Mamma readers we’d sweeten that up a bit with an additional 15% OFF* and FREE SHIPPING when you use promo code CHIC15 upon checkout on the KODA NIVOLI site at kodanivoli.com. Now you have no reason not to pick one up for yourself and maybe purchase a few more as gifts…honestly, you can’t go wrong!
*promo code CHIC15 is valid for the ANNIE CLUTCH online only at kodanivoli.com * can not be combined with any other coupon or voucher * valid until Jan 6, 2017 * unlimited use per customer for this product only
So there you have it, our top picks from awesome Toronto brand KODA NIVOLI for this holiday gift giving season. Stay tuned for more from the Chic Mamma Holiday Gift Guide and happy shopping!
It’s a new year and with that comes new and exciting things like the return of Valco Baby products to Canada and we couldn’t be more excited!
All the way from Australia, this family owned and operated business of over 30 years is back after a short hiatus here in Canada. In the past 30 years they’ve worked hard at what they know best; strollers and stroller accessories. I am super excited about this and am now trying to find reasons to sell my existing stroller so I can get one of these 😉 . Not only are they beautiful looking but the functionality is out of this world.
So what can we expect from Valco Baby Canada in 2016? Only the chicest strollers to hit the Canadian market! One of the features I’m loving about these strollers is their “Tailormade” series which adds a touch of luxury to their innovative and functional designs. All models appearing on the Canadian scene this spring will be decked out in Tailor-made fabrics and these models include the Tailormade Snap 4, Snap Duo and Snap Ultra Strollers.
Later on in the year, Valco Baby Canada will also be introducing the Tri Mode X Series that comes in a double and single seat model and with a compatible toddler’s seat. These strollers are what I like to call your all season friendly strollers! Take them on vacation to the beach with you, zip around the city or trek through the snow with ease.
Let me fill you in on these Valco Baby strollers and find out why they’re so awesome!
SNAP 4 TAILORMADE:
This light weight stroller (14lbs) is a great single stroller with tons of amazing features. It has a fully reclining seat with built-in support and adjustable footrests, new Tilt-Lock brake system & simple Valco Baby Clean Fold™ technology.
If you’re an on the go type of person, then this compact stroller is worth checking out! Comfort and maneuverability is what it’s all about.
SNAP DUO TAILORMADE:
Have you ever had to shop for a double stroller? Not much fun is it?! Trust me I know!
One thing that was big for me when I was shopping around 2 years ago, was size and weight. The Valco Baby Snap Duo has both and is the lightest full featured double stroller on the market today.
My favourite thing about this stroller is that it offers a one handed clean fold and convenient carry strap to give you the ultimate in double stroller convenience.
SNAP ULTRA TAILORMADE:
Expecting a baby and looking for a stroller that will accommodate your child from newborn and up to 45lbs? Well this is it! Use the luxe foot muff to get a bassinet feel for your wee little one and get that beautiful pram style look. As they get older have them sit up and explore the world in front of them, in comfort and style
Like the other Valco Baby strollers you will love this lightweight ride and easy fold down feature that doesn’t require you to remove the seat.
TRI MODE X TAILORMADE:
If you are out every day with your little one, no matter if the sun is shining, the rain is coming down or you’re caught in a snow blizzard with slushy and slippery conditions, the Tri Mode X will endure it all and hands down is the stroller for you!
One stroller is all you need as this one will grow with your little one from newborn to toddler and you’ll love the compact fold. Another great feature is the toddler seat which is available and will turn this single stroller into a fantastic double!
Check out the video below and see why this is Valco Baby’ssecond most requested stroller by Canadian consumers.
TRI MODE DUO X TAILORMADE:
Much like the Tri Mode X you’ll love the Duo for your little duo’s. We absolutely love this double stroller and all it’s features. Not only will this sturdy yet versatile all terrain stroller get you through all kinds of weather but it looks great and is super comfortable for your little one.
It’s hard enough trekking around with your little ones but it’s absolutely no fun when one or both are tired and not comfortable. With the Tri Mode X Duo, you’ll love the separate seats, canopies with extra coverage and options like sun screen to get some light in or extend them fully for a little privacy for nap time. Talking about nap time, we love that this stroller has reclining seats, an adjustable footrest and like the Tri Mode X has a super compact fold for a rugged model. That’s a huge bonus in our books!
Do you have a third child? No problem! Just add the twin toddler seat or add on the hitch hiker standing platform and be on your way. One feature we really love is that it’s easy to maneuver and only 29 inches wide which is perfect for anywhere you might go.
As you can see we can expect a lot of great things coming in 2016 from Valco Baby Canada! The only problem is choosing just one!
As a parent planning fun stuff for the family isn’t always easy, so when I hear about great local events happening I always jump on them and of course spread the word 😉 .
Next weekend (Saturday, May 2nd) the Our Rugrats Expo is happening at the Trios Sportsplex Event Venue (located at 601 Cityview Blvd in Vaughan from 10:00am to 5:00pm) and we couldn’t be more excited! This family friendly event is geared towards children of all ages, parents, grandparents and parents to be. The best part is that it’s FREE!
They have so many amazing things planned for the day and of course not just for the little ones but for us parents and the parents-to-be as well. New this year to the show is the Pretty Mamma and Dapper Dad Zone where parents and parents-to-be can go to get pampered and have some fun with businesses like Arboone, Stella & Dot, It Works!, Golf Lab, Barber’s Cave and more!
Another new and exciting addition this year are the FOOD TRUCKS! Now who doesn’t love food trucks . Everything from an ice cream to Mini Donuts and of course famous BeaverTails which aside from their signature sweet and delish pastries they have yummy french fries and hot dogs perfect for lunch or great to just snack on. All stuff that you and your little ones will love after you build up an appetite inside running around and visiting all the great interactive activities for kids like bouncy castles, Reptilia meet and greet with the reptiles and of of course the Legoland Discovery play area which is bigger and better this year.
The Our Rugrats Expo has all your favourite vendors under one roof. It’s definitely the place to be and you can guarantee the whole family will leave happy.
It’s all about decluttering, making money and meeting new people in your community…in other words VarageSale! You’ve heard me sing their praises here before and it’s obvious why, it’s a buy and sell platform like no other. As a Mamma I love being able to do things locally and in a safe and monitored environment. Well guess what? VarageSale is opening up 4 NEW communities and they’re coming YOUR way!
Launching May 7th at 7:00pm in communities across the GTA, including Ajax, Newmarket, Scarborough and Vaughan with a special 48 hour Preview Sale on May 5th.
VarageSale is here to bring people together to buy, sell and connect people to their local community — all the while having fun. Already popular in 400+ cities, VarageSale helps you find great deals on everything from clothes, shoes, purses, baby items, home decor and more.
Post items for sale today and you’ll get first pick at the deals during that 48 hour Preview Sale.
So what are you waiting for just click on the community closest to you and let’s get started ;).
Have a closet full of clothes and always unsure of what to wear, or how to wear it?
Invest in timeless pieces, they’re the building blocks to the perfect wardrobe! You’ll never be at a loss for what to wear whenever the occasion calls for something special.
All you need are these basics:
Black pant suit
Softer neutral suit (pants/skirt)
3 pairs of neutral trousers
3 winter weight skirts (1 tweed)
3 summer weight skirt (1 tweed)
3 cotton button front shirts
2 sparkly tops
3 pairs of jeans
Solid colour dress
Print or embellished dress
6 sweaters (3 neutral, 3 colour)
¾ length wool coat
Watch with 2 bands
The ability to stylishly mix and match anything in your wardrobe is a sign that you have all the essential clothing items a woman needs. You don’t have to have a stuffed walk-in closet loaded with all the trendiest clothes, shoes, and accessories in order to be relevant. So take a look and make sure your wardrobe is equipped with these essentials!
If there is one thing I LOVE, it’s discovering new, fun, different and unique things, so when I saw the 2L8 Lab bracelets from TOO LATE I fell in love !
TOO LATE is a company from Milano, Italy and it’s taking the world by storm with their CHIC accessories like these 2L8 Lab handmade bracelets. The line was launched in Italy about 1 ½ years ago and introduced to Canada last fall.
I absolutely love them and think they are awesome! They come in a variety of different fabrics (lycra, jacquard and cashmere), colours (12 to pick from) and have different theme’s (good luck, love, faith, butterflies, skull, stars, etc) to pick from so you can switch them up depending on your outfit and mood. I’ll tell you it will be hard to pick just one though and hey it’s ok because they also look great stacked 😉 . Buy for yourself, pick some up as gifts or do both…I did haha. Everytime I wear mine I always have people stopping to ask me about it and where they can pick them up and when I’ve given them as a gift the response I get is fantastic and everyone always throws them on right away. One of my favorite things about these bracelets is that you can wrap them around your wrist as many times as you want to get the perfect fit for you so that means it perfect for everyone…kids, women and men. You can also have some fun with it and wear it as a necklace, headband, or even use it as a hair tie. Oh and did I mention that the lycra and jacquard bracelets are perfect for the summer because they are water proof? So take a dip in the pool with it on and you’re fine…they are so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing it.
Wanna pick some up? Well they have an awesome SWEET DEAL just for Chic Mammas, buy one for $29 or get two for $50! They are perfect for birthdays, grads, communion/confirmation (the faith one especially as a add on gift), teacher gifts, or buy for yourself. The FIFA World Cup is on right now and what better way to cheer on your team than by wearing your colours proudly. Stack em and have some fun!
I’m also really excited to let you know that we’ve teamed up with TOO LATE Canada to give one lucky ChicMamma.ca reader the chance to win a 2L8 Lab bracelet of their very own! Enter below using the rafflecopter widget and GOOD LUCK!
It’s rare you find a woman who doesn’t have an appreciation and love for designer brand names and a soft spot for a good deal…am I right?
Julia and Stephanie know this all too well and so they created an online community for these women. It’s a facebook group called 100% Authentic Designer Goods – Buy and Sell, it’s awesome and BRILLIANT and our newest ChicMamma.ca partner! It’s just like any other buy and sell group but it’s different in the sense that it’s only for designer goods.
Want a part of it? All you need to do is join this ChicMamma.ca approved group and get started on buying and selling! It’s time to go through your closet, find those pieces that you haven’t used and post them for sale. You’ll make some money and who knows you might just find your next oh so CHIC piece and at a fraction of the price you would in stores 😉 . Hand bags, shoes, wallets, belts, scarves, children’s clothing, you name it! As long as it’s a designer name, you’re good to post.
Happy Buying and Selling! Oh and while you’re there be sure to thank Julia and Stephanie for creating such an great group .