50 days of no grey

To try and wear no grey for 50 days……

I’ll never forget…

It’s Wednesday and we are just getting around to posting this week’s Monday Listicle.   Our assignment ?  A list of 10 things you will never forget.

Wow – that is a big topic to just put into a few lines, but with my sister’s help, we have narrowed it down to five each and here we go:

Sister’s List (in her words):

  1. The day I found out my ex-husband was cheating on me. (is that too
    heavy for this list…haha?)
  2. The days each of my two daughters was born.
  3. Meeting the five women who would become my first friends in Seattle and
    still are today.
  4. The best laugh I shared with my new husband when we were first dating.
  5. How hard I cried the day my favorite cat died.

 

My List:

  1. My first trip to Europe –  with my sister when we were twenty-something and it was pretty impressive
  2. The birth of both of my kids – this is an obvious one
  3. Everything about my husband’s and my first dog – adoption, her life, death and everything in between.    Greatest. Dog. Ever.
  4. Buying my first condo at age 26.  Something most “kids” in this crazy city will never be able to do because it is so freakin’ expensive.
  5. Finally hitting 10km on a run – I felt like I could say I was a runner.

 

What would be on your list?

Mesa ball in mouth

 

 

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If You Make It They Will Buy It (at least I will)

In Europe and the United States, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color. (source: Wikipedia)

Clearly, my sister and I beg to differ. My biggest problem with gray is sometimes confusing the difference in how Canadians and Americans spell the word. Other than that I’m all good.

Take these boots for example:

grey bootDo they scream conformist? Do you yawn with boredom looking at them? Is there anything old age-like about them? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions feel free to go surf elsewhere.

I found these boots at Nordstrom a few days ago. They are by KBR (Italian brand I’ve never heard of and more reasonably priced than I’d expect an Italian brand to be). Perfect for fall in my opinion!

Followed those up with a pair of Genetic denim dark gray skinnies. Sooo comfortable and on the clearance rack at Nordstrom, too! Because I’m happy (insert Pharrell Williams tune here).

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Anyways, long story short, for me gray is anything but boring. Thank you, thank you to those designers that keep churning it out. As long as they do, I’ll keep buying it.

 

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It’s Everywhere!

Plaid.  It’s everywhere and I love it!

Maybe it’s my Irish/English/Scottish heritage that draws me to it.   Maybe it signifies Fall, warm clothes and coziness.   Maybe it’s because it is being featured everywhere in magazines and lifestyle TV for both your wardrobe and your home.

I’m not sure exactly what it is, but this year I am especially loving plaid. So much so, that I just bought this:

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and this:

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Both of these items are from Superstore – Joe Fresh.  The shirt fits great and surprise, it’s not grey!  Ok, well, there is a little grey stripe in the pattern, but it’s not entirely grey.  What surprised me was they were both predominantly red, which is so unlike me!

I wanted to use some plaid in the house to make things feel like Fall and I saw this sheet set, also at Superstore:

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They werent quite the right colours, so I didn’t buy it.  But I’m on the hunt for a plaid blanket for the family room in greys and blues – wish me luck.

Lastly, this is a bold move, but I saw this wallpaper and thought how fun would this be in a powder room or a rustic cottage bathroom:

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So that’s my plaid update this week.   Hope you have put some plaid into your life, too!

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Favourite Pins

It’s no secret that I love Pinterest.   I pin and pin and pin, and sometimes I actually try out my pins.

This week at the Monday Listicles, we were asked for our top 10 favourite pins.  I know its Friday and I’m a little late this week, but since I love to pin, I had to put up this list.

Joining me again for this list is my sister and here are 5 of her favourite pins:

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Favourite flowers and the cover page for her pin board of Things that make me happy

Super easy yummy recipe that most of the family likes.

Super easy yummy recipe that most of the family likes.

Happy Place! Campbell's Resort, Lake Chelan

Happy Place!
Campbell’s Resort, Lake Chelan

Laugh out Loud!  Because we love Target!!

Laugh out Loud! Because we love Target!!

And to round out our top 10, here are 5 of my favourite pins:

Because I love all things leopard.

Because I love all things leopard.

Love this whole outfit.

Love this whole outfit.

I would love to have a basket of tulips one day!

I would love to have a basket of tulips one day!

I have made this salad many times and love it!

I have made this salad many times and love it!

One of the first kitchens I ever pinned and I still love it.

One of the first kitchens I ever pinned and I still love it.

Hope you have enjoyed these pins as much as we have.  Have a great weekend and Happy Pinning!

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Hello, Fall!

We haven’t done a Monday Listicles in a while, so when we saw this week’s topic, we couldn’t resist!

Who doesn’t love Fall ?  As I look outside my window at the sunshine and the ever changing leaves on the trees, I think it is my favourite season.

My sister and I are sharing this list and here are her top 5 favourite things about Fall:

  1. Sunny days with cool temperatures
  2. Leaves changing colour
  3. A fire in the fireplace
  4. Breaking out my sweaters and boots!
  5. Roasted squash soup

My top 5:

  1. The angle of the sun and the light it creates
  2. Clothes; plaid, boots, scarves, down jackets, vests, etc!
  3. More red wine than white
  4. Rainy days (yes, I did say that)
  5. Hockey

Hope all of you are also enjoying Fall wherever you may be!

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Back to School – finally!

I know you are probably reading this title and wondering, is this woman a little slow to post?   Has she just returned from a fantastic trip to Europe?  Has she completely lost track of time?

No, she hasn’t done any of those things.  She (me) has just survived the 100 Days of Summer.  Huh?

Here in British Columbia (BC), our government and teachers were unable to come to terms with their contract and thus, in June the teachers went on strike.  June 13th was suddenly our last day of school.  After 100 days and many negotiations, everyone went back to school yesterday!  And that my friends is how we ended up with 100 Days of Summer.

Today is the first full day of school and we, I’m pretty sure I speak for the entire province, are pretty darn happy!

Here’s what I wore:

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Black t-shirt, army green boyfriend pants and my new fav leopard slip on runners (in the style of Vans).  I thought it was a fun and stylish way to start the new school year  –  finally!!

 

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Mini me

My daughter is 5 and a little bit of a clothes horse. I don’t encourage or discourage her fashion sense, but I might ooh and aww just a little bit when she wears something I think is cute. On alternate days, I might also try to teach her about matching (to no avail).

She is very lucky to receive clothes from my sister’s two girls. A couple times a year, large bags of clothes arrive in various sizes and mostly bright cheerful colours. It’s like Christmas and a birthday all at once as we pull out each item and try it on.

I’m also lucky to have a friend who often passes along her daughter’s too small clothes. Just last week, my friend brought over a bag filled to the brim. She said, “I picked out some things that I thought you would like. Hmmm… What did that mean?

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Yup, those clothes are several shades of grey.  Grey or gray, however you like to spell it, my friend thinks I like grey.  It’s not that she’s wrong, but I thought it was interesting that she gave my daughter grey clothes.  Which I’m guessing means that my friend wears a lot of grey, and so does her daughter, and so on, and so on.

Does your daughter wear grey?

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What’s For Dinner?

It’s kinda sad, but I feel so accomplished when I use the slow cooker and am not scrambling to figure out dinner at 5 o’clock when everyone is hungry and needs to be somewhere. Tonight we’re going with pulled pork (couldn’t get any easier) which I will turn into sliders or tacos depending on what everyone wants.

I’m blending a Betty Crocker recipe I found online with a different recipe I found on 100 Days of Real Food. Here is the spice rub I put on the pork shoulder. It was pretty simple: paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme.

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It looks like this when you rub it into the meat.
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It sits on top of cut onion and I’m going to add a half-cup of water, set the cooker on high and let it go. Fingers crossed!

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Thoughtful!

Eleven years ago Oprah Winfrey featured initial charm necklaces by Helen Ficalora (www.helenficalora.com). I fell in love and treated myself to an S charm in honor of my first daughter. Since then I have added an E and have introduced a few more people, including my sister, to these charms. Several companies have since produced similar lines but I love that these were most likely the originals (at least as far as I know). I wear it every day on the original chain.
Recently I got remarried and my thoughtful sister sent me a gift to complement my charms and pay tribute to my new hub. Courtesy of Stella and Dot, she bought me a charm in his birthstone. I LOVE it!
Nice work, sis! She’s awesome.

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Fall for Grey or Grey for Fall ?

It’s hard to believe, but Fall is just around the corner.  Here in beautiful BC, we are still having summer weather.  The sun is a little lower in the sky and the morning and evening temperatures have a coolness in them, but the days are incredibly warm!

I’m still wearing cotton pants, t-shirts and even shorts during the day.  So, I can’t quite get my head around sweaters, boots and scarves just yet.  That said, I am seeing all lots of ads for Fall clothes; the plaids, blacks, jewel tones, and of course…grey!

The Bay and Banana Republic caught my eye with these:

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I love the looks I am seeing.  Grey and greige together look so classic and timeless.  There will definitely be a few new pieces in these colours heading to my closet in the next few months.

Looking back, I think there is a reason we did our 50 days of no grey challenge in the Spring, because it would be way too hard to try and not wear grey in the Fall.

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